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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Apple Music and Sonos launch collaborative ad campaign touting benefits of music

Apple Music and Sonos launch collaborative ad campaign touting benefits of music

In conjunction with Apple Music's introduction to the Sonos connected speaker platform, the two companies teamed up to create a comprehensive ad campaign highlighting the scientific benefits of listening to music out loud.

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Surprise Funny or Die spoof "The Art of the Deal" recommends viewers watch it on Apple TV

Surprise Funny or Die spoof

A mockumentary secretly produced by Funny or Die, staring Johnny Depp as US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump, has grabbed widespread media attention, making it particularly notable that, "for the best viewing experience," the comedy site recommends viewers "get the Funny or Die app for Apple TV."

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Standalone HBO Now subscriptions at 800,000, says network's CEO

Standalone HBO Now subscriptions at 800,000, says network's CEO

Despite launching almost a year ago with a publicity boost by Apple, HBO Now currently has just 800,000 subscribers, the head of the premium network revealed on Wednesday.

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iPhone controlled 40% of US smartphone market in 2015, data shows

iPhone controlled 40% of US smartphone market in 2015, data shows

Apple secured 40 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in 2015, though close competitor Samsung managed to gain ground, according to a research report published on Wednesday.

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Apple supplies third betas of iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 to public testers

Apple supplies third betas of iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 to public testers

Members of Apple's public beta program now have access to the third preview builds of both iOS 9.3 for iPhone and iPad, as well as OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 for Mac.

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AI 'drivers' will gain same legal status as human drivers in autonomous vehicles, NHTSA rules

AI 'drivers' will gain same legal status as human drivers in autonomous vehicles, NHTSA rules

The artificial intelligence in a self-driving vehicle can be treated as the "driver" from a legal standpoint, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a decision that could set an important precedent for Apple's own self-driving car.

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Deals: $100 off WiFi iPad Pros; 13" MacBook Airs with free Apple Super Drives & 50% off AppleCare

Deals: $100 off WiFi iPad Pros; 13

This week, readers can grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's current generation 13" MacBook Airs bundled with 3 full years of AppleCare extended protection, and also snag a free Apple Super Drive, free shipping, and no sales tax in 48 states with each order. Plus the biggest discounts yet on WiFi iPad Pros.

Apple's in-house CDN efforts spell trouble for Akamai as infrastructure biz warns of losses

Apple's in-house CDN efforts spell trouble for Akamai as infrastructure biz warns of losses

Seminal internet infrastructure provider Akamai has cautioned investors that traffic from its two biggest clients — Apple and Microsoft — will decline in the year ahead, thanks to what chief executive Tom Leighton called their "DIY efforts."

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System outage prevents adding Visa cards to Apple Pay

System outage prevents adding Visa cards to Apple Pay

Apple reported an unusual network problem on Wednesday, preventing some owners of Visa credit or debit cards from adding them to Apple Pay.

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Proposed bill would ban US states from mandating backdoors in encryption

Proposed bill would ban US states from mandating backdoors in encryption

A bipartisan bill introduced to the U.S. House of Represenatives on Wednesday would bar individual states and localities from requiring backdoors in encryption, something often demanded by law enforcement officials and intelligence agencies.

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Google to ban Adobe Flash-based display ads, go 100% HTML5

Google to ban Adobe Flash-based display ads, go 100% HTML5

Google's massive AdWords network will no longer accept new display ads made in Adobe Flash as of June 30, the search giant announced this week, as it works to phase out the much maligned Internet plugin.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Apple Pay in-app transactions rapidly expanding beyond NFC payment terminals

Apple Pay in-app transactions rapidly expanding beyond NFC payment terminals

App developers are increasingly adopting Apple Pay as a fast, convenient way to enable purchases, often as an alternative to standing in line at a store's cash register or manually entering in billing and shipping information.

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Apple Music to go live on Sonos connected speakers tomorrow

Apple Music to go live on Sonos connected speakers tomorrow

After month of waiting, Apple Music subscribers who are also invested in the Sonos speaker ecosystem will finally get native access to Apple's streaming music service on Wednesday, a report said Tuesday.

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Sparkle software updater leaves 'huge' number of Mac apps open to attack

Sparkle software updater leaves 'huge' number of Mac apps open to attack

A "huge" number of third-party Mac apps are under threat of man-in-the-middle attacks due to a recently discovered vulnerability in Sparkle, an open source framework used to facilitate software updates.

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First look: Apple adds voice dictation to latest Apple TV with tvOS 9.2 beta 3

First look: Apple adds voice dictation to latest Apple TV with tvOS 9.2 beta 3

This week's release of tvOS 9.2 beta 3 further addresses the device's text input shortcomings, giving users the ability to enter words using their voice, rather than the onscreen keyboard.

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Killer Deal: Get a free 32GB Apple TV with 15" MacBook Pros, 21" iMac 4Ks and 27" iMac 5Ks

Killer Deal: Get a free 32GB Apple TV with 15

This week, AI readers can use exclusive coupons to grab a free 32GB Apple TV in addition to cash discounts with the purchase of all current 15" MacBook Pros, in addition to dozens of popular 21" iMac with Retina 4K display and 27" iMac with Retina 5K display configurations.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Apple's biggest Florida store coming to Brickell City Centre in Miami

Apple's biggest Florida store coming to Brickell City Centre in Miami

Apple's largest-ever Florida outlet will debut within Brickell City Centre, a new open-air shopping mall launching in Miami this fall, according to reports.

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New job listing hints at wider number of clock face options for Apple Watch

New job listing hints at wider number of clock face options for Apple Watch

Future versions of watchOS should incorporate more clock face options, building on the 12 already included, a new Apple job listing discovered by AppleInsider suggests.

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Belkin's ScreenCare+ Application System for iPhone launches at US Apple Stores

Belkin's ScreenCare+ Application System for iPhone launches at US Apple Stores

Accessory maker Belkin has partnered with Apple to bring its ScreenCare+ Application System to the iPhone maker's retail stores in America, allowing customers to have a screen protector professionally installed.

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Hackers trying to bribe Apple workers into handing over login information, report says

Hackers trying to bribe Apple workers into handing over login information, report says

Hackers are trying to bribe workers at Apple's Irish offices with thousands of euros, hoping to gain access to sensitive company login information, according to several people within the company.

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Russia's new Internet czar vows to make Apple & Google pay more taxes

Russia's new Internet czar vows to make Apple & Google pay more taxes

In an effort to bolster local competitors, Russia's new Internet adviser to president Vladimir Putin plans to raise taxes on American companies, singling out Apple, Google and Microsoft as targets.

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Deals: Gazelle paying extra for old MacBooks this week; 15" MacBook Pro for $1,599 ($400 off)

Deals: Gazelle paying extra for old MacBooks this week; 15

Got an old MacBook laying around? Gazelle this week wants to pay you an extra $25 in cash on top of its existing cash trade in value. Meanwhile — at $1,599 — this week's listing for Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro (2.2GHz, 16GB, 256GB) is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model, at $400 off MSRP.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Munster: Apple likely to fold VR into 'Made for iPhone' program within 2 years

Munster: Apple likely to fold VR into 'Made for iPhone' program within 2 years

Following up on a recent flurry of Apple acquisitions and key hires from the augmented reality/virtual reality field, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes the iPhone maker plans to pivot on iOS in a bid for the mixed reality space within the next two years.

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Apple's Notes for Mac to support Evernote file imports in OS X 10.11.4

Apple's Notes for Mac to support Evernote file imports in OS X 10.11.4

Apple's Notes app, included as part of the upcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update, has been confirmed to support Evernote .enex file format imports in what could be a move to convert users to the iCloud native format.

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Apple open-sources Swift benchmarking suite

Apple open-sources Swift benchmarking suite

Apple on Monday took its Swift benchmark suite open source, providing developers access to a wide-ranging set of tools designed to track project performance and catch bugs in code written in the company's fledgling programming language.

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Lawfirm considers suit over iPhone's Touch ID-connected 'Error 53'

Lawfirm considers suit over iPhone's Touch ID-connected 'Error 53'

A Seattle-based lawfirm is considering a class action lawsuit against Apple, following reports of an "Error 53" message some iPhone owners have seen after having unofficial repairs done on their Touch ID sensor.

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Apple seeds third developer beta of OS X 10.11.4

Apple seeds third developer beta of OS X 10.11.4

Apple on Monday issued a third developer beta of its upcoming OS X 10.11.4 update, roughly two weeks after the release of the second.

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Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue attend Super Bowl 50 amid talks of NFL streaming deal

Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue attend Super Bowl 50 amid talks of NFL streaming deal

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his head of Internet endeavors — Eddy Cue — made an appearance at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, amid multiple reports the company is vying to stream NFL games.

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Apple drops third betas of iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 [u]

Apple drops third betas of iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 [u]

Apple on Tuesday provided developers with new pre-release versions of the software that runs the company's mobile ecosystem, releasing iOS 9.3 beta 3, watchOS 2.2 beta 3, and tvOS 9.2 beta 3.

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Tommy Hilfiger's next fashion show to offer 'fast lane' for Apple Watch wearers

Tommy Hilfiger's next fashion show to offer 'fast lane' for Apple Watch wearers

For its upcoming New York Fashion Week show, clothing brand Tommy Hilfiger will reportedly be offering speedier entry for people wearing an Apple Watch, including a dedicated fast lane to usher them in.

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Apple rejects indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth over child violence

Apple rejects indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth over child violence

The sequel to cult indie game The Binding of Isaac will not be allowed in the App Store — at least for now — thanks to what Apple has reportedly deemed to be themes of violence toward children.

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Facebook app still an iPhone battery hog, testing shows

Facebook app still an iPhone battery hog, testing shows

Though Facebook has been trying to address power usage concerns through software updates, its main iOS app is still a drain on the iPhone's daily battery life, a report claimed on Monday.

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Apple Watch comes out ahead in study of fitness tracker privacy, security

Apple Watch comes out ahead in study of fitness tracker privacy, security

When it comes to the privacy and security of user data, the Apple Watch and its accompanying software ecosystem are the most well-designed products in the wearable marketplace, a new study shows.

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Indian government ready to push through approval of local Apple Stores - report

Indian government ready to push through approval of local Apple Stores - report

The Indian government is said to be preparing to fast-track approval of the country's first Apple Stores, detouring normal rules about foreign ownership.

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Apple sneaks into several Super Bowl 50 commercials

Apple sneaks into several Super Bowl 50 commercials

Apple didn't buy airtime during America's National Football League 2016 Super Bowl, but some of its products did turn up playing a cameo role in a variety of commercials.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

EditorialApple, Inc CEO Tim Cook's piqued peek at Peak iPhone

Apple, Inc CEO Tim Cook's piqued peek at Peak iPhone

Halfway through the last quarter, supply chain rumors of iPhone production cuts—purportedly "30 percent" of some unknown number—snowballed into an abominable snow-boogeyman of conjecture that claimed the end to iPhone growth was nigh and speculated about a downhill implosion of Apple's sales overall, an embarrassing lack of interest in Apple's newest iPhone 6s and a rapid evaporation of the world's most valuable company. They were wrong, here's why.

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ReviewReview: Parrot's Bebop Drone is lightweight, aimed at casual hobbyists

Review: Parrot's Bebop Drone is lightweight, aimed at casual hobbyists

The market for personal drones has grown exponentially over the last several years, led by consumer-oriented products from companies like Parrot. We got the chance to play with the firm's entry-level model, the Bebop Drone, designed for casual hobbyists looking to get their feet wet in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards

Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards

Apple has launched a free repair program for 2013 Mac Pros dealing with faulty video cards, in some cases believed to be responsible for problems like distorted or non-existent graphics, as well as freezing, reboots, sudden shutdowns, or even a system failing to start.

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ReviewThe best Smart Connector keyboard for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Create

The best Smart Connector keyboard for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Create

The first two Smart Connector accessories for iPad Pro offer very different keyboard style experiences, each addressing two different types of tablet users. But which keyboard is best, Apple's Smart Keyboard or Logitech's Create? AppleInsider breaks down which accessory is best for you.

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