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Monday, December 05, 2016

Procreate for iPad updates with major layer enhancements, Photoshop import & more

Procreate for iPad updates with major layer enhancements, Photoshop import & more

Savage on Monday released a major update to Procreate — its professional-level illustration app for the iPad — building in several new options for handling layers, the ability to import PSD files from Adobe Photoshop, and other upgrades.

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CBS CEO Les Moonves 'not unreasonable,' assumes DirecTV Now deal probable

CBS CEO Les Moonves 'not unreasonable,' assumes DirecTV Now deal probable

Speaking at a telecommunications and media conference, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves hinted that DirecTV Now will be able to add his network's programming to the slate, eventually.

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Apple issues new public & developer iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2 betas, plus dev-only watchOS 3.1.1 beta

Apple issues new public & developer iOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.2 betas, plus dev-only watchOS 3.1.1 beta

Apple on Monday issued a sixth iOS 10.2 beta and a fifth macOS 10.12.2 beta to developers and public beta testers, as well as a fourth watchOS 3.1.1 developer beta, all of which include unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements.

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Deals: 32GB iPad Air 2 for $379; 13" MacBook Air for $899; 13" MacBook Pro for $1,349

Deals: 32GB iPad Air 2 for $379; 13

Holiday shoppers can save $20-$80 on iPads this week at B&H with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY. Or snap up a 13" MacBook Air while select models are $100 off. MacBook Pro discounts are also heating up with savings of up to $245 off 2015 models.

App Store highlights titles with support for single sign-on in iOS 10.2

App Store highlights titles with support for single sign-on in iOS 10.2

Perhaps hinting at the update's imminent launch, people using the iOS 10.2 beta can now find a section on the App Store dedicated to apps which support single sign-on for their cable, satellite, or internet TV streaming services.

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Apple adds Minneapolis-Saint Paul transit directions to Apple Maps

Apple adds Minneapolis-Saint Paul transit directions to Apple Maps

Apple on Monday continued the expansion of public transit directions for Maps, adding systems for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area in Minnesota.

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Apple Watch market share falling amongst fitness trackers, holding steady with smartwatches

Apple Watch market share falling amongst fitness trackers, holding steady with smartwatches

New IDC data examining the wearables market shows a growing overall presence, with fitness bands claiming 85 percent of Q3 sales, but little impact demonstrated from the late-quarter Apple Watch refresh in its short availability.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $140 to $275 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $140 to $275 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this Cyber Week to instantly save between $140 and $275 on pre-orders for every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Netflix uses 'chunk' analysis on downloaded video to save space, retain quality on iPhone

Netflix uses 'chunk' analysis on downloaded video to save space, retain quality on iPhone

On iOS devices, Netflix has broadened how it handles encoding videos for downloading, looking at a feature in short chunks, and making decisions on how each piece should best be handled.

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South Korean developers complain Apple's iOS app refund terms causing financial problems

South Korean developers complain Apple's iOS app refund terms causing financial problems

Developers in South Korea are decrying the iOS App Store's refund policy, saying that they are spending an inordinate amount of time cracking down on customers who have claimed to need a refund for an app's purchase by minors, yet are still consuming resources.

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Apple to open seventh Shanghai store on Dec. 10

Apple to open seventh Shanghai store on Dec. 10

Apple is preparing to launch its next Chinese store in Shanghai on Saturday, Dec. 10, throwing open the doors at 10 a.m. local time.

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Apple adds basic support for Touch Bar in beta Web-based iCloud Photo Library

Apple adds basic support for Touch Bar in beta Web-based iCloud Photo Library

Very recently, Apple updated its beta iCloud site with support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro — but the support is bug-laden, and not fully implemented.

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Burglars ram SUV into Palo Alto Apple store in smash-and-grab raid

Burglars ram SUV into Palo Alto Apple store in smash-and-grab raid

A group of 8 to 10 burglars reportedly rammed a rented Kia Soul into the Palo Alto Apple store over the weekend, stealing numerous Macs and iPhones.

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UK police turn to stealing in-use iPhones from suspects on the street, bypassing encryption

UK police turn to stealing in-use iPhones from suspects on the street, bypassing encryption

U.K. law enforcement has turned to legalized "street robbery" to avail themselves of suspected criminals' iPhones, snatching them after the owner unlocks them to prevent contents from being irretrievable by forensics teams.

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Examined: FileMaker Pro 15 ecosystem for macOS, Windows, and iOS

Examined: FileMaker Pro 15 ecosystem for macOS, Windows, and iOS

The latest FileMaker Pro 15.0.1.118 is at the center of an entire ecosystem aiming to help individuals and whole corporations manage their data. AppleInsider examines the platform's main app, which is now — mostly — macOS Sierra-ready.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

ReviewReview: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most reliable Bluetooth headphones we've ever used

Review: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most reliable Bluetooth headphones we've ever used

Bluetooth audio —especially when exercising —has always been "good enough," but never great. Apple's W1 chip in its latest headphones lineup changes that, and the proprietary wireless technology steals the show in its new sports-focused Powerbeats3 headphones.

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This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' plans, Apple Maps drone fleet, MacBook Pro performance shootout & more

This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' plans, Apple Maps drone fleet, MacBook Pro performance shootout & more

News settled down this week post-Thanksgiving, but there were still developments involving next year's OLED-equipped "iPhone 8," and hints about where Apple is going with its Maps app and future health hardware.

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Apple expresses interest in autonomous vehicle testing in letter to NHTSA

Apple expresses interest in autonomous vehicle testing in letter to NHTSA

In perhaps the most public admission of its automotive ambitions, Apple in a statement issued to the NHTSA in November proposed a policy update that would grant industry newcomers the same opportunities as established manufacturers when it comes to testing on public roads.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Apple scrubs VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve's bio page from website

Apple scrubs VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve's bio page from website

Apple this week removed Apple VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve's bio from its Apple Leadership webpage, suggesting the executive has changed roles or is no longer with the company.

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Reported 2016 MacBook Pro graphics issues likely caused by third-party software [u]

Reported 2016 MacBook Pro graphics issues likely caused by third-party software [u]

An undetermined number of 2016 MacBook Pro models are suffering from disturbing graphical rendering issues, with owners reporting full screen artifacts, screen tearing, flashing, random "glitches" and even system crashes. The issue, however, is related to overzealous third-party software and is not indicative of a critical hardware flaw.

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Updated Apple Store app allows users to buy favorite items from the Apple Watch itself

Updated Apple Store app allows users to buy favorite items from the Apple Watch itself

Apple's App Store app has been updated, with the primary addition being the ability to allow users to make purchases from the Apple Watch.

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Executive leading HealthKit, other software platforms leaves Apple

Executive leading HealthKit, other software platforms leaves Apple

An executive hired to lead teams responsible for HealthKit, CareKit, and ResearchKit — as well as related machine learning algorithms — has left Apple after just a few months on the job, a report said on Friday.

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VideoWatch: Apple's 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar vs. 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro in performance shootout

Watch: Apple's 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar vs. 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro in performance shootout

Apple recently released the first MacBook Pro redesign since 2012, and in typical Apple fashion, there's been some controversy over the new machines. People are talking about are the lack of legacy ports, and the need for adapters to use current devices and accessories. With so many Macbook Pro users waiting for this redesign, AppleInsider takes a closer look and compares the new 15-inch model to the old to see if you should upgrade to the 2016 model, or stick with 2015's version.

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Apple switches App Store pricing to local currencies in 9 countries

Apple switches App Store pricing to local currencies in 9 countries

In nine markets, Apple will soon move to using local currencies on the App Store, according to an official notice to developers.

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Apple issues iOS 10.2 beta 5 to public & developers

Apple issues iOS 10.2 beta 5 to public & developers

Apple on Friday released a fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers and public beta participants, its second update of the test software in just four days.

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Apple blames iPhone 6s battery problems on air exposure during manufacturing

Apple blames iPhone 6s battery problems on air exposure during manufacturing

Elaborating on an unfolding issue with iPhone 6s shutdowns, Apple on Friday linked the problem to gaffes during the manufacturing process.

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Oppenheimer: Apple 'lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation'

Oppenheimer: Apple 'lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation'

Oppenheimer analysts have issued an unusually scathing Apple investor memo, charging that the company is headed in the wrong direction and poised for a "decade-long malaise" as a result.

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UL safety testing shows 95 percent of counterfeit iPhone chargers lack safeguards, are unsafe

UL safety testing shows 95 percent of counterfeit iPhone chargers lack safeguards, are unsafe

A commissioned report of 400 fake Apple chargers bought from all over the world found that 99 percent of them were unsafe, and didn't have sufficient safeguards to protect users and plugged-in devices.

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Taiwan indicts Foxconn manager on stealing & selling 5,700 iPhones

Taiwan indicts Foxconn manager on stealing & selling 5,700 iPhones

An ex-senior manager with Foxconn, Apple's main assembly partner, was reportedly indicted in Taiwan on Friday for stealing and selling some 5,700 iPhones in China.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks scaling back production of iPhone 7, external GPUs, and Nokia back from the dead

AppleInsider podcast talks scaling back production of iPhone 7, external GPUs, and Nokia back from the dead

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey discuss the the iPhone 7 production rumors, the surprise acquisition of Pebble by Fitbit, and Nokia's brand revival from the dead.

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Consortium forms out of worries Apple could monopolize AMOLED supply with future iPhones

Consortium forms out of worries Apple could monopolize AMOLED supply with future iPhones

Several major Chinese smartphone vendors are forming a consortium with a supplier to invest in AMOLED production in 2017, mainly out of worries that Apple will end up monopolizing panel supplies with upcoming iPhones, according to reports.

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FeatureLeftovers: Here are the best Apple deals still going strong following Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Leftovers: Here are the best Apple deals still going strong following Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday has come and gone, and with it, some great flash deals and many stock-outs. But dozens of killer offers still remain, such as exclusive savings on 2016 MacBook Pros, 12" MacBooks, and iMac 5Ks.

Apple to establish centralized distribution center in India, report says

Apple to establish centralized distribution center in India, report says

According to a report published Friday, Apple is looking to consolidate its logistics operations in India, and thus gain more control over regional sales channels, by establishing a centralized distribution center in the country.

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Researchers bypass Apple's iOS Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad

Researchers bypass Apple's iOS Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad

Researchers in a pair of reports that surfaced this week claim to have successfully bypassed Apple's Activation Lock security feature using a heretofore unknown bug, potentially leaving iPad and iPhone devices open to attack.

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Flash Deal: $250 off Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2016) in Space Gray with AppleCare

Flash Deal: $250 off Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2016) in Space Gray with AppleCare

For one day only, shoppers can snap up Apple's brand-new Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, 8GB, 256GB) in Space Gray bundled with AppleCare for just $1,499.99 ($248 off). On top of the instant cash savings, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ — and shipping is free. This is the lowest price we've seen to date on this model.

Apple dresses up stores with red logos, employees wear red shirts for World AIDS Day

Apple dresses up stores with red logos, employees wear red shirts for World AIDS Day

Apple on Thursday tinted red the iconic backlit logos installed outside brick-and-mortar stores around the world, continuing a long-standing tradition in support of World AIDS Day, which falls on Dec. 1.

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In Stock Alert: Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 455) in Space Gray & Silver

In Stock Alert: Apple's high-end 15

Looking to purchase one of Apple's high-end 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar but seeking instant gratification? You could be in luck: Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo has just taken receipt of several new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models — including the (2.7GHz 16GB 512GB Radeon 455) configuration — which are ready to ship out tomorrow with free expedited shipping and no sales tax in 49 states.

CBS boosts All Access video streaming with live NFL games

CBS boosts All Access video streaming with live NFL games

CBS on Thursday announced a significant coup for its All Access video service, revealing that as of Dec. 4 subscribers will be able to stream the network's NFL games — though smartphone owners will have to turn elsewhere.

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iHeartRadio steps into on-demand streaming with latest app updates

iHeartRadio steps into on-demand streaming with latest app updates

Adding more competition to an already tough marketplace, iHeartRadio on Thursday released iOS and Android app updates allowing listeners to stream music on-demand with a paid subscription, thanks to a partnership with Napster.

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