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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Apple's multitouch 'fusion keyboard' invention with multitouch keys could replace touchpads

Apple's multitouch 'fusion keyboard' invention with multitouch keys could replace touchpads

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent describing a dual-purpose keyboard that sports touch sensors overlaid atop mechanical keys depressible to two more levels, affording users both multitouch gesture control and conventional keystroke entry without having to remove their hands from the device.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

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Apple's Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer

Apple's Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer

Longtime Apple designer Jony Ive has been promoted from SVP of Design to a new position called Chief Design Officer, which will see the star designer relinquish day-to-day oversight of industrial design and user interface operations to take on a wider array of projects.

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Charter said to be nearing $55B deal to buy Time Warner Cable

Charter said to be nearing $55B deal to buy Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications is on the verge of buying out rival Time Warner Cable in a cash-and-stock deal worth approximately $55.1 billion, a report said on Monday.

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Apple's iPhone 6s could add 12MP Sony camera with RGBW subpixels - report

Apple's iPhone 6s  could add 12MP Sony camera with RGBW subpixels - report

The next-generation iPhone will reportedly sport a camera with a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that makes use of the firm's RGBW technology to help with low-light photography.

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Rumor: Microsoft interested in acquiring BlackBerry

Rumor: Microsoft interested in acquiring BlackBerry

Microsoft is rumored to be talking with investment firms about the prospect of buying out Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, likely motivated by a desire to deepen its foray into the mobile enterprise and gain access to BlackBerry's patent trove.

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EditorialWatch Effect: How the Digital Crown and Force Touch could inform future iOS device design

Watch Effect: How the Digital Crown and Force Touch could inform future iOS device design

Even staunch Apple Watch detractors have to admire the technology Apple managed to pack into its first wearable platform. As Apple's "most personal device ever," Watch boasts multiple advancements to the user interface, two of which — Force Touch and UI concepts invented alongside the Digital Crown — we'd like to see in future iPhones and iPads.

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National Security Agency's bulk phone metadata collection program to sunset on June 1

National Security Agency's bulk phone metadata collection program to sunset on June 1

The Obama administration has decided not to ask a secret court for a 90-day extension of Section 215 in the Patriot Act, effectively putting end to the authorized bulk collection of U.S. phone metadata by the National Security Agency.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

EditorialHow the rest of Apple's ecosystem could benefit from Apple Watch: Smarter, contextually aware notifications

How the rest of Apple's ecosystem could benefit from Apple Watch: Smarter, contextually aware notifications

Apple frequently introduces new technologies and features in a singular new product, then gradually brings them to other devices in its ecosystem, making for a more coherent user experience. With the recent launch of the Apple Watch, the company has begun offering smarter and more contextually aware locations —something we'd like to see on the rest of the company's platforms.

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ReviewReview: CaseStudi's Libre Bluetooth keyboard is an ultra-portable workhorse, with some trade-offs

Review: CaseStudi's Libre Bluetooth keyboard is an ultra-portable workhorse, with some trade-offs

An increasing number of consumers and businesspeople are turning to portable Bluetooth keyboards to increase the productivity potential of their iPad. AppleInsider took a look at one of the latest contenders, CaseStudi's Libre.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

FeatureApple Maps in China offer a sneak peek at what's in store for Maps in iOS 9

Apple Maps in China offer a sneak peek at what's in store for Maps in iOS 9

Apple has gobbled up mapping market share on iOS (and the Mac) since introducing its own alternative to Google Maps back in 2012, despite lacking a variety of key features. Hints at how Apple Maps may soon improve are coming from a seemingly unlikely source: China.

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This week on AppleInsider: New Macs, Apple Watch update, TV plans & more

This week on AppleInsider: New Macs, Apple Watch update, TV plans & more

Perhaps the most significant Apple-related event this week was the launch of a refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro, but the company also released its first firmware update for the Apple Watch, and saw its takeover of GPS firm Coherent Navigation made public.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Apple bolsters Maps with more business listings data providers

Apple bolsters Maps with more business listings data providers

As part of ongoing upgrades to its in-house mapping service, Apple on Friday added a handful of entries to its rolling list of providers that supply the company with maps data, business listings and satellite imagery.

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New book says BlackBerry ignored iPhone threat because it misunderstood market

New book says BlackBerry ignored iPhone threat because it misunderstood market

An excerpt from an upcoming book on the rise and collapse of Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry suggests that while the company — then known as RIM — had some appreciation for 2007's first-generation iPhone, it did not see the device as a threat given RIM's core customers.

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Apple attends 'spy summit' to discuss data privacy, mass surveillance issues

Apple attends 'spy summit' to discuss data privacy, mass surveillance issues

Apple was on the list of attendees at a secretive three-day conference last week, where heads of intelligence agencies from around the world met with private sector tech companies, security experts and journalists to discuss the ramifications of data privacy on state protection.

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Early Apple Watch Edition orders begin shipping with custom delivery times

Early Apple Watch Edition orders begin shipping with custom delivery times

The first Apple Watch Edition orders should arrive as soon as Saturday, although unlike most Watch models, buyers are being given the option of when they'll have their device delivered, a report noted on Friday.

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Apple's iPhone 5c helps man survive shotgun blast to the chest

Apple's iPhone 5c helps man survive shotgun blast to the chest

A 25-year-old British man who was shot in the chest with a shotgun during a confrontation outside of his home survived the event, thanks in part to his green iPhone 5c, which absorbed much of the impact.

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Google adding fingerprint support to 'Android M' - report

Google adding fingerprint support to 'Android M' - report

The next version of Google's Android mobile operating system will reportedly bring system-wide support for fingerprint authentication, paving the way for more Android devices to adopt Touch ID-style biometrics.

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Fitbit leads in fitness tracker popularity, but Apple Watch poised to gain ground

Fitbit leads in fitness tracker popularity, but Apple Watch poised to gain ground

Fitbit devices remain both the most used and most wanted fitness trackers, but Apple is in a position to make gains with the Apple Watch, especially as a huge number of consumers plan to buy a wearable device in the near future, according to a U.S. consumer survey published on Friday.

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Rumor: Intel prepping next-gen Skylake chips for August debut, may curtail Broadwell sales

Rumor: Intel prepping next-gen Skylake chips for August debut, may curtail Broadwell sales

Chip giant Intel is reportedly targeting August of this year for the initial rollout of its next-generation Skylake microarchitecture, a timeline that likely means Apple's high-end Macs will skip the oft-delayed Broadwell line.

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Watch OS 1.0.1 update causes Apple Watches to skip heart rate tracking, users say

Watch OS 1.0.1 update causes Apple Watches to skip heart rate tracking, users say

This week's Watch OS 1.0.1 update has caused some Apple Watches to track heart rate sporadically, in some cases with an hour or more between readings, according to complaints on Apple's support forums, and verified by AppleInsider's own tests.

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ExclusiveDeals: $400 off 2014 15" MacBook Pros & mid-2015 15" MacBook Pros at the lowest prices

Deals: $400 off 2014 15

Apple's 2015 MacBook Pro lineup is now complete and AI is proud to offer all 13- and 15-inch Force Touch models at the lowest prices anywhere via exclusive discount coupons. Meanwhile, the 2014 models they replace are now a bargain with fresh price cuts of $200-$400.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Apple wants subscription TV service to include live local broadcasts, content rights remain roadblock

Apple wants subscription TV service to include live local broadcasts, content rights remain roadblock

The main hold-up in Apple launching a subscription TV service is content rights, with a new report on Friday saying the company could again face delays as it seeks to include live, local network television stations.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses new Macs, Apple Watch update & Wall Street analysts

AppleInsider podcast discusses new Macs, Apple Watch update & Wall Street analysts

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Neil Hughes and Shane Cole as we discuss the latest iMac, MacBook Pro, and Apple Watch news. Also, Neil has a word to say on Wall Street analysts.

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Steals: $300 off Apple's new 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare; Free AppleCare with each 3.3GHz iMac 5K; Unlocked iPhone 5s from $256

Steals: $300 off Apple's new 15

Exclusives: AppleInsider this week is proud to offer the lowest price anywhere on Apple's brand new 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare at $2,043.00 ($300 off) and its new 3.3GHz iMac 5K with AppleCare at $1,999 ($169). Plus, certified unlocked, contract-free iPhone 5s units from $256 and iPhone 6 units from $468.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

New AT&T policy may restrict Apple Stores from selling iPhone with two-year contract, reports say

New AT&T policy may restrict Apple Stores from selling iPhone with two-year contract, reports say

According to multiple unconfirmed reports, AT&T is on the verge of making a major change to its smartphone sales model that will prohibit third-party retailers, like the Apple Store, from selling handsets under two-year contract terms.

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Apple Store app updated with two-step authentication, deeper Touch ID integration

Apple Store app updated with two-step authentication, deeper Touch ID integration

Apple on Thursday updated its Apple Store app for iOS with more comprehensive Touch ID support and a new two-factor authentication feature for securing users' Apple ID accounts.

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Rumor: Delayed Kanye West album could debut on Apple's streaming music service

Rumor: Delayed Kanye West album could debut on Apple's streaming music service

A tenuous rumor on Thursday claims there might be a connection between Apple's unannounced streaming music service and the release of a long-delayed album from Kanye West, who recently signed a partnership deal with competitor Tidal.

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Apple, IBM roll Apple Watch support into three MobileFirst apps

Apple, IBM roll Apple Watch support into three MobileFirst apps

As part of an ongoing enterprise solutions partnership, Apple and IBM on Thursday announced Apple Watch support for three MobileFirst apps serving the healthcare, public safety and energy industries.

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Apple highlights accessibility in iOS apps, Apple Watch for Global Awareness Accessibility Day

Apple highlights accessibility in iOS apps, Apple Watch for Global Awareness Accessibility Day

In recognition of Global Awareness Accessibility Day on May 21, Apple has showcased a series of iOS apps and published a podcast highlighting its efforts to make Apple Watch easy to use for people with disabilities.

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Regent Street Apple Store to undergo major renovations for more light, street visibility

Regent Street Apple Store to undergo major renovations for more light, street visibility

Apple is planning a major renovation of its flagship Regent Street store in London, one which will radically impact the interior and exterior appearance of the building.

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Google's Chromebooks continue to make inroads in education, Gartner says

Google's Chromebooks continue to make inroads in education, Gartner says

After a slow start, the market for laptops running Google's Chrome OS —known as Chromebooks —has begun to pick up steam, new data indicates, with education customers representing a sizable majority of orders.

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Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch, offers video glimpse of future replacement tech [u]

Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch, offers video glimpse of future replacement tech [u]

Adobe on Thursday announced plans to discontinue Photoshop Touch, its advanced photo editor for iPad and Android tablets, while offering brief hints about where a successor or successors might go.

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Apple seeks to improve the stylus with dynamic input based on pressure, grip, angle & more

Apple seeks to improve the stylus with dynamic input based on pressure, grip, angle & more

As rumors suggest Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad with a new stylus accessory later this year, a new patent application offers a glimpse at what the company could be working on, describing an advanced stylus that would offer much more dynamic ways of interacting with a touchscreen than just the press of a finger.

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Apple Stores begin selling Watch bands in advance of device's own retail debut

Apple Stores begin selling Watch bands in advance of device's own retail debut

Select Apple Stores are now selling official bands for the Apple Watch, according to photos and anecdotes posted on Twitter on Thursday, as Apple gears up for the product's formal retail debut.

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Foxconn to handle bulk of manufacturing for Apple's 'iPhone 6s' & 'iPad Pro' this fall, insider says

Foxconn to handle bulk of manufacturing for Apple's 'iPhone 6s' & 'iPad Pro' this fall, insider says

Longtime Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will handle the bulk of production for the company's next-generation iPhone, and will also be the sole manufacturer of the anticipated 12.9-inch iPad, both on track to launch this fall, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Apple's online store outs Touch ID-equipped iPhone 5c [u]

Apple's online store outs Touch ID-equipped iPhone 5c [u]

A promotional photo posted to Apple's online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the plastic-backed iPhone 5c, largely unchanged save for the notable addition of a Touch ID sensor in the home button.

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Apple's iCloud experiences hours-long global outage and service slowdowns [u]

Apple's iCloud experiences hours-long global outage and service slowdowns [u]

Apple's iCloud took a hit late Wednesday night as users from around the world experienced trouble with multiple services due to an unknown issue, ultimately resolved some seven hours later.

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Apple invents adaptive eye-tracking 3D display, highly portable cellular hotspot

Apple invents adaptive eye-tracking 3D display, highly portable cellular hotspot

A pair of Apple patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describe a display capable of displaying 2D and 3D images at the same time and a portable cellular hotpot with a unique cylindrical design.

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