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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Facebook working on optional end-to-end encryption for Messenger

Facebook working on optional end-to-end encryption for Messenger

Following greater industry trends toward security, Facebook is looking to bring end-to-end encryption to its popular Messenger platform, a report said on Tuesday.

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Square pushes Apple Pay contactless reader with new $1/mo. installment plan

Square pushes Apple Pay contactless reader with new $1/mo. installment plan

For businesses interested in buying Square's new Apple Pay-compatible contactless terminal but put off by its $49 cost, a new $1-per-week installment plan option is now available.

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Apple TV's App Store now hiding installed apps on top charts

Apple TV's App Store now hiding installed apps on top charts

Apple has quietly tweaked the tvOS App Store to hide apps a user already has installed when browsing the store's top charts, a German developer noted on Tuesday.

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Giveaway: Win a baseball, basketball or golf sensor and app from Blast Motion

Giveaway: Win a baseball, basketball or golf sensor and app from Blast Motion

Blast Motion is partnering with AppleInsider to offer readers the chance to win their choice of a baseball, basketball or golf sensor complete with app. And arguably the best part of this week's giveaway is that there are 10 sensors up for grabs.

Rumored rose gold 'iPhone 7' shell shows single camera, tweaked antenna

Rumored rose gold 'iPhone 7' shell shows single camera, tweaked antenna

With production of Apple's next-generation iPhone believed to be ramping up, a new purported parts leak shows a rose gold rear casing said to be for a 4.7-inch "iPhone 7," complete with revised antenna lines and a single-lens camera.

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Deals: $50-$70 off 2016 12" MacBooks; 12.9" iPad Pros(128GB, WiFi+LTE) for $799 ($280 off), DJI Phantom 4 bundle

Deals: $50-$70 off 2016 12

Apple resellers on Tuesday are offering some of the first discounts on 2016 12-inch MacBooks, while a few remaining 2015 models are marked down as low as $964. Meanwhile, grab a 128GB 12.9" iPad Pro with WiFi+LTE for just $799 (or upgrade to a MacBook Air for the same price). Also a DJI Phantom 4 bundle includes 2 additional batteries and a $150 eBay Gift Card to back out their cost.

Mophie introduces wirelessly charging battery case for Apple's iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

Mophie introduces wirelessly charging battery case for Apple's iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

Mophie is launching what it calls its first wireless charging ecosystem for iPhones, centered around a new battery case called the Juice Pack Wireless.

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Apple moving to 3-year 'major' iPhone cycle, adding complex vibrations to 2017 model - report

Apple moving to 3-year 'major' iPhone cycle, adding complex vibrations to 2017 model - report

Apple will likely be waiting until next year to debut its next major iPhone refresh, treating this year's "iPhone 7" as yet another interim upgrade, a Japanese report said on Tuesday.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Prospect of Indian Apple Stores still on the table, minister says

Prospect of Indian Apple Stores still on the table, minister says

Despite rejection by the country's finance minister, Apple still has a chance at opening stores in India in the near future, another high-level government official indicated on Monday.

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Developer interest in Apple Watch eclipsed by iOS and tvOS, report says

Developer interest in Apple Watch eclipsed by iOS and tvOS, report says

As Apple works to build out software support for its nascent Apple Watch platform, a report published Monday claims developers have lost interest in coding for the wearable, and have turned their sights back to iOS and Apple's latest software product, tvOS.

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EditorialApple's iPhone is no Blackberry: a closer look at AI and the world's biggest company

Apple's iPhone is no Blackberry: a closer look at AI and the world's biggest company

Last week, developer Marco Arment suggested in a blog posting that if Apple were to fail to grasp the potential for voice-based Artificial Intelligence to change the nature of smartphone demand, the company's core revenue generator could suffer the same fate as RIM's Blackberry, which a decade prior had similarly failed to see the importance of iPhone's advanced multitouch experience until it was too late to do anything about it.

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Caltech sues Apple & Broadcom over alleged Wi-Fi patent infringements

Caltech sues Apple & Broadcom over alleged Wi-Fi patent infringements

Apple and one of its long-time Wi-Fi chip suppliers, Broadcom, violated several patents on Wi-Fi technology owned by the California Institute of Technology, according to a lawsuit launched this month.

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Chinese company advertises new Lightning-to-headphone adapters ahead of Apple's 'iPhone 7'

Chinese company advertises new Lightning-to-headphone adapters ahead of Apple's 'iPhone 7'

With Apple's next-generation iPhone rumored to ditch the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, one Chinese accessory maker is hoping to capitalize on the anticipated switch, and is now advertising a series of Lightning-to-headphone adapters with separate volume controls.

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Apple's VocalIQ takeover could hint at Siri upgrades for WWDC and beyond

Apple's VocalIQ takeover could hint at Siri upgrades for WWDC and beyond

Assuming it makes it into Siri upgrades that may start as soon as next month's WWDC, technology Apple acquired from VocalIQ could greatly improve the assistant's accuracy and contextual awareness, one report claims.

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Deals: Where to grab the lowest prices on Apple's MacBooks this Memorial Day weekend

Deals: Where to grab the lowest prices on Apple's MacBooks this Memorial Day weekend

This Memorial Day weekend, save up to $300 on popular 13" and 15" MacBook Pros when you pair instant discounts with exclusive coupons. Or snap up a 2015 12" MacBook for only $964 with 3 free accessories, free shipping and no sales tax in most states.

Monday, May 30, 2016

FeatureTry these iOS grilling apps for your Memorial Day BBQ

Try these iOS grilling apps for your Memorial Day BBQ

If you're a preparing a Memorial Day barbecue — or just planning a cookout later this summer — here are five iOS apps that can make the process a little easier, or give you some fresh ideas.

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TipsHow to watch this week's NBA and NHL finals on your iPhone

How to watch this week's NBA and NHL finals on your iPhone

It's championship season for both hockey and basketball — the NHL Stanley Cup Final kicks off Monday night, while the NBA Finals matchup will be set after game seven of the Western Conference Finals. Here's how to watch all of this week's action on the go with your iPhone.

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Indian government publicly rejects Apple's desire to sell used iPhones

Indian government publicly rejects Apple's desire to sell used iPhones

Despite a recent trip by Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to meet with local officials, the Indian government on Monday announced that it will not allow the company to sell refurbished iPhones in its country.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Apple Stores suffering from 'cult' atmosphere, advancement barriers, says UK staffer

Apple Stores suffering from 'cult' atmosphere, advancement barriers, says UK staffer

For some workers, Apple Stores don't pay that well, don't leave much room for advancement, and sometimes produce an extremely difficult climate to work in, according to an interview with a U.K. staffer published on Saturday.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

This week on AI: New MacBook Pro rumors, Apple's answer to Echo, Apple Car charging & more

This week on AI: New MacBook Pro rumors, Apple's answer to Echo, Apple Car charging & more

While "iPhone 7" rumors continued to fly fast and furious, some of this week's biggest news actually surrounded the company's MacBook plans, as well as a possible Siri-based competitor to Amazon's Echo speaker.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Twitter for iOS gets 'Peek and Pop' 3D Touch gesture support, Google adds AMP integration

Twitter for iOS gets 'Peek and Pop' 3D Touch gesture support, Google adds AMP integration

Ubiquitous microblogging service Twitter on Friday released an updated version of its iOS app with native support for in-app "Peek and Pop" 3D Touch gestures, while Google refreshed its flagship search app with integrated Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology.

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FeatureAnticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for Apple's Macs and OS X

Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for Apple's Macs and OS X

Apple has sold far more iOS devices than Macs over the past several years, but as a $20 billion business, the Mac platform remains extremely important to the company. Here's a look at where Apple's conventional computing platform is headed, and what we can expect to see at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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Apple details efforts to ease environmental impact at Irish data center

Apple details efforts to ease environmental impact at Irish data center

In an effort to allay local concerns over a massive data center project in Galway, Ireland, Apple this week offered greater detail on environmental initiatives it has planned for the site, from forest repopulation to the creation of a public woodland walkway.

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Jawbone said to end fitness tracker sales, may sell off speaker business [u]

Jawbone said to end fitness tracker sales, may sell off speaker business [u]

Once a mainstay of both industries, Jawbone is reportedly exiting the fitness-tracking world — at least temporarily — as well as trying to sell off its speaker division.

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Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor could come with facial recognition camera, ship in 2017

Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor could come with facial recognition camera, ship in 2017

Apple's rumored Amazon Echo competitor could reportedly include a camera for facial recognition, but may have to wait until 2017 to hit store shelves.

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AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule pulled from U.S. Apple Stores

AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule pulled from U.S. Apple Stores

Although the products are still available online, Apple no longer appears to be selling the AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule in its U.S. retail stores, according to a Friday report and checks by AppleInsider.

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Apple's installment-based iPhone trade-up program comes to France, Italy & Spain

Apple's installment-based iPhone trade-up program comes to France, Italy & Spain

Apple on Friday brought its "Trade Up with Installments" program to France, Italy, and Spain, expanding it beyond U.S. borders for the first time.

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Samsung to bring web-based 'SamsungPay Mini' to iPhones - report

Samsung to bring web-based 'SamsungPay Mini' to iPhones - report

The expanding electronic payments battle between Apple, Google, and Samsung will reportedly reach a new front next month as the South Korean firm is said to be readying a new web-based option that would enable iPhone users to make online payments via SamsungPay.

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Congress won't consider mandatory encryption bill after Apple battle - report

Congress won't consider mandatory encryption bill after Apple battle - report

Draft legislation that could've forced U.S. corporations like Apple to decrypt data on-demand following a court order won't be formally introduced this year, and has lost the support needed to advance anyway, sources said on Friday.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks about the latest rumors in MacBook, Siri, 'AppleTV 5' and 'iPhone 7' rumors

AppleInsider podcast talks about the latest rumors in MacBook, Siri, 'AppleTV 5' and 'iPhone 7' rumors

The Appleinsider podcast talk about rumored new MacBooks, Siri and AppleTV, rumors about Apple competing with Amazon Echo, Apple Watch as a health device, and new iPhone 7 rumors.

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Apple eyes Apple Pay expansion into Asia and Europe, looks to roll out in 'every significant market'

Apple eyes Apple Pay expansion into Asia and Europe, looks to roll out in 'every significant market'

Addressing this week's Apple Pay expansion in Singapore, segment vice president Jennifer Bailey said Apple is "working rapidly" to deploy the payments platform in Asia and Europe on the way to launching in every major market the company's products are sold.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Apple can add 62M iOS users in India but it won't be easy, analyst says

Apple can add 62M iOS users in India but it won't be easy, analyst says

Investment firm Piper Jaffray estimates India could contribute some 62 million iOS device users to Apple's user base if the company successfully ramps its presence up to China levels, but a comparatively low-income population and strict government policies presage a rough path ahead.

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Apple TV nets Bravo, E! and Syfy content with new tvOS apps

Apple TV nets Bravo, E! and Syfy content with new tvOS apps

As of Thursday, pay TV subscribers who also own a fourth-generation Apple TV can stream the latest shows from NBCUniversal channels Bravo, E! and Syfy through dedicated apps Bravo Now, E! Now and Syfy Now.

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Google staves off Oracle code copyright claim

Google staves off Oracle code copyright claim

Putting an end to a contentious trial, a jury on Thursday found that Google's implementation of 37 Java APIs in Android represented fair use — rebuffing complaints by Java's nominal owner, Oracle.

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Updated Apple TV may form foundation of Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor - report

Updated Apple TV may form foundation of Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor - report

While Apple is indeed said to be working on competition for Amazon's Echo voice assistant, it should come in the form of an upgraded Apple TV instead of a separate speaker-like device, a report claimed on Thursday.

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Rumor: leaked schematics reaffirm dual-lens camera, Smart Connector for 'iPhone 7 Plus'

Rumor: leaked schematics reaffirm dual-lens camera, Smart Connector for 'iPhone 7 Plus'

New sets of alleged "iPhone 7" and "7 Plus" schematics purportedly leaked on Thursday may support rumors the Plus will ship with a dual-lens camera and a Smart Connector, although the standard model may still have some form of camera upgrade.

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VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime and iMessage, add $190 million to patent payout

VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime and iMessage, add $190 million to patent payout

Intensifying its patent infringement case against Apple, VirnetX has asked a Texas court to order an injunction against FaceTime, iMessage, and a VPN feature, while simultaneously asking for greater damage payments on top of $625.6 million awarded earlier this year.

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Pixelmator for Mac gets new Quick and Magnetic selection tools, Retouch extension for Photos

Pixelmator for Mac gets new Quick and Magnetic selection tools, Retouch extension for Photos

Pixelmator Team on Thursday updated its namesake Mac image editor with two new selection tools, and a Retouch extension for Apple's OS X Photos app.

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Apple pondered Time Warner buyout in 2015 - report

Apple pondered Time Warner buyout in 2015 - report

Eddy Cue, Apple's head of internet software and services, raised the idea of his company buying Time Warner in talks with the media giant late last year, a report said on Thursday.

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