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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Apple Pay lands 24 new bank and credit union partnerships

Apple Pay lands 24 new bank and credit union partnerships

In an update to its Apple Pay support webpage on Tuesday, Apple announced a new batch of 24 participating card issuers, with credit unions accounting for a large majority of additions.

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Apple working on ResearchKit-based DNA testing, sources claim

Apple working on ResearchKit-based DNA testing, sources claim

Apple is collaborating with researchers on new ResearchKit-based iPhone apps that will allow people to undergo DNA testing, in some cases for the first time, for scientific analysis and research, according to a Tuesday report.

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OpenTV sues Apple over iTunes content streaming technology

OpenTV sues Apple over iTunes content streaming technology

Interactive digital television firm OpenTV on Tuesday filed suit against Apple for alleged infringement of five patents relating to storing and delivering digital content to personal electronic devices.

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Home Depot announces future Apple Pay support, will become largest partner retailer

Home Depot announces future Apple Pay support, will become largest partner retailer

Home Depot on Tuesday officially announced upcoming support for Apple Pay, and with more than 2,000 stores will be the largest retail chain to sign on to Apple's branded NFC-based mobile payments initiative.

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EU to probe market control of Facebook, Google, other tech firms

EU to probe market control of Facebook, Google, other tech firms

The European Commission is beginning a probe into how major technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google exploit their market power, a move that could potentially lead to new regulations, a report said on Tuesday.

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Apple's Beats Music relaunch might hurt Spotify more than others, data suggests

Apple's Beats Music relaunch might hurt Spotify more than others, data suggests

Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apple's anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotify's active users.

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Mophie launches waterproof Juice Pack H2Pro battery case for Apple's iPhone 6

Mophie launches waterproof Juice Pack H2Pro battery case for Apple's iPhone 6

Mophie on Tuesday revealed a new battery case, the Juice Pack H2Pro, which it said will not only extend the battery life of an iPhone 6 but make it waterproof to a depth of 1.2 meters (about 4 feet) for 30 minutes.

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Beats Music rebranding may not be imminent, as Apple still doesn't have necessary licenses

Beats Music rebranding may not be imminent, as Apple still doesn't have necessary licenses

Despite rumors that Apple could rebrand and relaunch Beats Music as soon as next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, a new report suggests that's unlikely, as the company apparently does not have the licensing deals finalized for such a change.

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Over a week after launch, Apple Watch still draws long line of buyers at Colette in Paris

Over a week after launch, Apple Watch still draws long line of buyers at Colette in Paris

It's been over a week since retail sales of Apple Watch began at a select few boutique stores around the world. In Paris, the exclusive location for obtaining one is still managing a line of over 70 people waiting to buy.

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Volkswagen intros Watch remote app, Dropbox to get in-app creation of Office docs

Volkswagen intros Watch remote app, Dropbox to get in-app creation of Office docs

Volkswagen on Tuesday announced an Apple Watch app that will offer remote control of many car functions, while Dropbox released a significant update to its iOS client and promised that users will soon be able to create Office documents from within the app.

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iOS-exclusive Periscope torpedoed Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV sales, promoter says

iOS-exclusive Periscope torpedoed Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV sales, promoter says

Even after shattering pay-per-view records, at least one person involved in the "fight of the century" believes it could have been even bigger without the availability of illegal video streams through Twitter's iOS-exclusive Periscope app.

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Apple Watch workout battery life falling short in some cases, owners complain

Apple Watch workout battery life falling short in some cases, owners complain

The Apple Watch can offer inconsistent power consumption while tracking workouts, particularly during outdoor activities like cycling, according to a handful of complaints received by AppleInsider and seen on Twitter.

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'CBS Sports' & 'USA Now' channels come to Apple TV [u]

'CBS Sports' & 'USA Now' channels come to Apple TV [u]

Apple continues to gradually expand the channel options available on its Apple TV set-top box, with both "CBS Sports" and "USA Now" automatically arriving on second- and third-generation devices on Tuesday.

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EU delays judgement on Apple's Irish tax deal as discovery proves 'time consuming'

EU delays judgement on Apple's Irish tax deal as discovery proves 'time consuming'

Initially slated for mid-June, the European Commission's investigation into Apple's tax arrangement with Irish authorities will not be completed until later in the year, Europe's competition chief said Tuesday.

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Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was America's top-paid female executive in 2014

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was America's top-paid female executive in 2014

Though she was only an Apple employee for about half of the year, Angela Ahrendts earned nearly $83 million last year, making her the highest paid female executive in America.

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TipsHow to sync a music playlist to Apple Watch

How to sync a music playlist to Apple Watch

Complementing great fitness tracking and workout features, Apple Watch users can save and play back music locally on their device, meaning they can leave their iPhone at home.

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Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing method likely revealed in new patent

Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing method likely revealed in new patent

Lost amidst a sea of flashy hardware technologies introduced with Apple Watch was a new image-based pairing technique distinguished by a "particle cloud" effect. On Tuesday, Apple received a patent detailing what appears to be the bedrock of this unique pairing procedure, hinting at its use in future products.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Apple publishes Apple Watch band design guidelines for accessory makers

Apple publishes Apple Watch band design guidelines for accessory makers

Apple on Monday posted to its website a previously unreleased document detailing Apple Watch band design guidelines for third-party manufacturers interested in making aftermarket straps for the device.

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Apple Maps Connect updated with support for five new European countries

Apple Maps Connect updated with support for five new European countries

Continuing its internal mapping initiative, Apple on Monday added Maps Connect support to five new regions, allowing users in those countries to add and edit points of interest.

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Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with new design, more resources

Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with new design, more resources

Apple on Monday updated the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with a refreshed look and new software design resources for app developers.

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Apple TV remote control to get touch pad when new version launches in June, report says

Apple TV remote control to get touch pad when new version launches in June, report says

According to a report on Monday, the Apple TV isn't the only piece of hardware in line for a redesign this year, as the device's long-in-the-tooth remote control is now expected to come with a built-in touch pad.

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TipsHow to start and monitor a workout on Apple Watch

How to start and monitor a workout on Apple Watch

One of the highlight features of the new Apple Watch is its fitness tracking abilities, which lets users track movement throughout the day, keep tabs on wellness goals and monitor specific workout routines.

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Apple hires new general contractor to finish Campus 2 interior

Apple hires new general contractor to finish Campus 2 interior

Apple is signing on a new general contractor to help finish Campus 2, the company's upcoming ring-shaped headquarters being constructed in Cupertino, Calif., according to a Monday report.

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Apple stops iOS 8.2 code signing, prevents downgrades from iOS 8.3

Apple stops iOS 8.2 code signing, prevents downgrades from iOS 8.3

Apple has stopped signing the code for iOS 8.2, meaning that anyone wanting to downgrade from iOS 8.3 through iTunes will no longer be able to do so, accounts indicated on Monday.

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GE to develop new LED bulbs that work with Apple's HomeKit

GE to develop new LED bulbs that work with Apple's HomeKit

General Electric on Monday announced plans for a new color-changing LED light bulb, due to ship sometime later this year, that will come out of the box with support for Apple's HomeKit system.

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Microsoft prepping Continuity-like features for Windows 10 alongside new flagship handsets - report

Microsoft prepping Continuity-like features for Windows 10 alongside new flagship handsets - report

Just over a year after closing its acquisition of Nokia's phone division, Microsoft is reportedly set to reenter the high-end handset space with a pair of new Lumia devices that will feature powerful internals and carry the mobile banner for Windows 10.

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Charter pursues Time Warner Cable merger in wake of abandoned Comcast deal

Charter pursues Time Warner Cable merger in wake of abandoned Comcast deal

Following Comcast's unsuccessful takeover bid, high-level talks have reportedly taken place between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable over a possible merger, in spite of the bad blood between the two companies.

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YouTube app vanishes from older Apple TV models, latest version unaffected

YouTube app vanishes from older Apple TV models, latest version unaffected

The YouTube app has disappeared from many second-generation Apple TV units, users noted on Monday, with both the home screen icon and references to the app in Settings vanishing overnight.

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Apple Watch diagnostic port can be used for charging, accessory makers say

Apple Watch diagnostic port can be used for charging, accessory makers say

Third parties are able to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch's lugs to charge the device, according to one accessory maker, opening up the possibility of a "Made for Apple Watch" program down the line.

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Deals: 12

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Monday, May 04, 2015

DOJ to review secret cell phone tracking programs, reveal information on usage

DOJ to review secret cell phone tracking programs, reveal information on usage

The United States Department of Justice has reportedly decided that the use of controversial cell phone tracking devices —widely known as "stingrays" —by its agencies must be more closely monitored, and is preparing to launch an extensive internal review while publicly revealing more details about the secret programs.

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Apple efforts to end free streaming music on Spotify, YouTube spur DOJ inquiry - report

Apple efforts to end free streaming music on Spotify, YouTube spur DOJ inquiry - report

As it prepares to launch a new streaming music service, Apple is said to be pressuring music labels to force rivals like Spotify to abandon their free tiers — something that has apparently brought scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

ExclusiveApple's 12.9" iPad will feature Bluetooth stylus, Force Touch, NFC & more, source says

Apple's 12.9

Apple is indeed working on a larger iPad which will feature a number of changes, including an all-new Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input, and a USB-C connector, AppleInsider has learned.

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

FeatureWhat would it take to take Apple private?

What would it take to take Apple private?

Die-hard Apple fans have long suggested that the company might be better off without the scrutiny that comes with being publicly traded. On the heels of another record-breaking quarter, AppleInsider took a look at what going private might mean for the computing juggernaut.

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This week on AppleInsider: Apple's blockbuster Q2, 'tattoo-gate,' Apple Watch review, more

This week on AppleInsider: Apple's blockbuster Q2, 'tattoo-gate,' Apple Watch review, more

The week began with a financial bang, as Apple published the results of its record-breaking second quarter, but later saw controversies swirl with Apple Watch production obstacles and problems for wearers with tattoos. AppleInsider meanwhile reviewed the device, finding it attractive but saddled with some flaws.

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Friday, May 01, 2015

TipsHow to manage Glances on the Apple Watch

How to manage Glances on the Apple Watch

From customizable clock faces to notifications, quickly referencing important information without having to dive into an app is a key feature of the Apple Watch. Dubbed Glances, users can access these bits of information with just a single swipe.

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EditorialSamsung takes Apple obsession to next level with new Galaxy ad

Samsung takes Apple obsession to next level with new Galaxy ad

Samsung has been known to borrow Apple's ideas from time to time, an effective — if not entirely inspired — strategy considering massive iPhone, iPad and now Watch demand. But its latest advertisement for the new Galaxy S6 edge, basically an amalgamation of Apple Watch promo videos, dials the homage up to 11.

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Tweetbot updates iOS app with new Twitter 'Quote Tweet' format

Tweetbot updates iOS app with new Twitter 'Quote Tweet' format

Popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot received a small update on Friday with access to Twitter's new "Quote Tweet" format, which embeds tweets in a new message instead of copying a block of text.

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NBC Sports channel unexpectedly disappears from some Apple TV boxes

NBC Sports channel unexpectedly disappears from some Apple TV boxes

In the midst of the NHL playoffs and hype for the Kentucky Derby, a number of users have found that the Apple TV channel to stream those events, NBC Sports Live Extra, has unexpectedly disappeared from their set-top box.

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