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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Apple sued over Apple TV's 'What did he say,' other Siri voice control features

Apple sued over Apple TV's 'What did he say,' other Siri voice control features

Florida-based software company CustomPlay on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming a fourth-generation Apple TV feature that allows users to control and interact with video content using Siri voice commands infringes on patented software technology.

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LG mobile sales tank as Samsung Mobile revenues improve, but they're still below 2014's Peak Galaxy

LG mobile sales tank as Samsung Mobile revenues improve, but they're still below 2014's Peak Galaxy

LG blamed a "challenging quarter for mobiles" for the $117.27 million quarterly loss posted by its mobile unit, even as the company posted slightly higher year-over-year revenues across its other businesses. Samsung similarly reported strong overall earnings—primarily from its semiconductor segment—while its mobile unit turned in revenues and profits better than last year but still below its Galaxy heyday back in 2014.

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VideoWatch: Apple officially kills off iPod nano, iPod shuffle product lines

Watch: Apple officially kills off iPod nano, iPod shuffle product lines

After nearly 12 years of service, Apple on Thursday officially killed off the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, leaving the $199 32GB iPod touch as the only iPod consumers can buy.

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Apple ad explains origins of company's forestry program

Apple ad explains origins of company's forestry program

A new Apple ad posted to YouTube on Thursday focuses on the company's worldwide effort to preserve and manage forestland, itself part of a wider goal to achieve a net-zero impact on the world's supply of virgin fiber.

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Apple Store app for iPhone & iPad updates with Touch ID for Apple ID

Apple Store app for iPhone & iPad updates with Touch ID for Apple ID

Apple on Thursday updated its official Apple Store app for iPhones and iPads with a pair of important changes, most notably expanded use of Touch ID.

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Apple granted permission to renovate DC's Carnegie Library with 63,000 square foot store

Apple granted permission to renovate DC's Carnegie Library with 63,000 square foot store

Apple has been given the go-ahead to renovate the Carnegie Library in Washington D.C by the controlling group, and given the go-ahead to build a 63,000 square foot flagship retail location in the space.

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Aston Martin & Mini join Apple's roster of CarPlay vehicles

Aston Martin & Mini join Apple's roster of CarPlay vehicles

Several models from Aston Martin and Mini are now listed as CarPlay-ready on Apple's website, representing the brands' first entries into the platform.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $200 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $200 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $70 and $200 on every new Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In addition to the promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

New CIA 'Vault 7' leaks detail 'Achilles' and 'SeaPea' vulnerabilities for Snow Leopard, Lion

New CIA 'Vault 7' leaks detail 'Achilles' and 'SeaPea' vulnerabilities for Snow Leopard, Lion

The latest WikiLeaks "Vault 7" data dump demonstrates a pair of exploits developed in 2011 for Apple's Snow Leopard and Lion operating systems, that still require root access to install.

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Apple wins permission to start testing 5G for future iPhones & other devices

Apple wins permission to start testing 5G for future iPhones & other devices

Apple has secured a U.S. Federal Communications Commission license to test 5G cellular, setting the stage for the technology arriving in future iPhones and iPads, and likely other products as well.

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Hands-OnFirst look: Zungle Panther bone conducting Bluetooth speaker sunglasses

First look: Zungle Panther bone conducting Bluetooth speaker sunglasses

After a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $2 million, the Zungle Panther sunglasses with built-in bone conduction speakers are now making their way onto the faces of the wider public. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the Bluetooth accessory.

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Global money service TransferWise adds Apple Pay support in US, other countries

Global money service TransferWise adds Apple Pay support in US, other countries

TransferWise on Thursday announced U.S. support for sending money via Apple Pay, plus similar compatibility in Australia, Switzerland, France, Spain, Ireland, and Italy.

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Apple kills iPod nano, iPod shuffle lines after nearly 12 years of service

Apple kills iPod nano, iPod shuffle lines after nearly 12 years of service

Ending an era, the iPod nano and iPod shuffle have been officially discontinued, leaving only the A8 iPod touch as the sole survivor of the iPod line.

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Apple doubles iPod touch storage to 32GB for $199, kills 16GB & 64GB models

Apple doubles iPod touch storage to 32GB for $199, kills 16GB & 64GB models

In one final death blow to the 16-gigabyte tier, Apple on Thursday tweaked the pricing and capacity of its iPod touch lineup, offering a new entry-level capacity of 32 gigabytes for $199.

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Lowest Price Ever: 10.5" iPad Pros for $599 with no tax in 48 states, plus $150-$350 off 12" MacBooks, $50-$150 off Apple Watch 2

Lowest Price Ever: 10.5

Shoppers can instantly save $50 on 64GB and 256GB 10.5-inch iPad Pros (Wi-Fi Only) this week with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or pick up an ultraportable 2016 12-inch MacBook for up to $350 off with prices starting at $1,149. Apple Watch Series 2 devices are also up to $150 off instantly.

Apple pulls iPod nano, iPod shuffle from website, future uncertain

Apple pulls iPod nano, iPod shuffle from website, future uncertain

In a quiet update to its webpage, Apple has removed the iPod nano and iPod shuffle product pages, leaving only the iPod touch intact for shoppers seeking the family of devices.

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Leaked part could show Apple's 'iPhone 8' wireless charging coil assembly

Leaked part could show Apple's 'iPhone 8' wireless charging coil assembly

A newly leaked component shows what is clearly an inductive coil, claimed to be for the "iPhone 8," with an apparent female Lightning socket. But unanswerable questions surround the provenance of the part.

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Google to merge Play Music & YouTube Red into new service

Google to merge Play Music & YouTube Red into new service

Google has confirmed plans to unify Play Music and YouTube Red, creating a stronger service in the face of competition like the increasingly video-saturated Apple Music.

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Unlike Roomba, Apple confirms it won't upload, share or sell your home data from HomePod

Unlike Roomba, Apple confirms it won't upload, share or sell your home data from HomePod

With vacuum maker iRobot looking to sell user's house maps to smart home vendors, an AppleInsider reader asked Apple what it planned to do with data collected by the HomePod's room mapping technology. Unsurprisingly, Apple confirmed it has no intention of saving or sharing information about a user's home layout.

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Samsung hits record quarterly profits, likely briefly topping Apple ahead of 'iPhone 8'

Samsung hits record quarterly profits, likely briefly topping Apple ahead of 'iPhone 8'

Apple rival Samsung Electronics has posted profits of $12.65 billion for the June quarter, its highest quarterly revenues ever — also eclipsing predictions for Apple's performance in the period, though the situation is likely to reverse once this fall's iPhones ship.

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GoPro launches QuikStories automated video creation tool, rebrands GoPro app

GoPro launches QuikStories automated video creation tool, rebrands GoPro app

Camera manufacturer GoPro on Thursday officially launched QuikStories, a video creation solution that automatically pulls content off Hero 5 and Hero 5 Session cameras and generates custom movies complete with special effects, music syncing and more.

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Apple invention details AR mapping system for iPhone, head-mounted displays

Apple invention details AR mapping system for iPhone, head-mounted displays

An Apple invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday details a method of overlaying interactive digital information onto real-world environments displayed on a portable device screen, specifically data regarding navigation assets like points of interest.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

White House looks to Apple's Cook, other tech CEOs to shape STEM education policy

White House looks to Apple's Cook, other tech CEOs to shape STEM education policy

The Trump administration is looking to tech sector elites to help shape funding policy for science, technology, engineering and math public school education programs.

VideoWatch: Hands-on with iOS 11's new Document Scanner

Watch: Hands-on with iOS 11's new Document Scanner

When iOS 11 debuts this fall, users will be able to take advantage of a new feature in the Notes app that automatically senses and scans documents, makes crops, adjusts image settings to remove tilt and glare, and allows on-the-fly markups using a finger or Apple Pencil. AppleInsider goes hands on with the function in this video.

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Foxconn's $10B Wisconsin LCD factory to supply Sharp, not Apple

Foxconn's $10B Wisconsin LCD factory to supply Sharp, not Apple

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou on Wednesday announced plans to invest $10 billion in an LCD manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, with production slated to go to subsidiary Sharp.

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Apple 'iPhone 8' to reportedly launch in October or November sans white bezel option

Apple 'iPhone 8' to reportedly launch in October or November sans white bezel option

Amid rumors of supposed production delays, a report on Wednesday claims Apple's forthcoming "iPhone 8" handset is slated for unveiling in September alongside incremental improvements to the iPhone 7 series, but the device won't see launch until late 2017.

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Apogee adds direct monitoring support for its Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element hardware to Apple Logic Pro X

Apogee adds direct monitoring support for its Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element hardware to Apple Logic Pro X

Audio equipment manufacturer Apogee has updated its Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element series audio interface software with Direct Monitoring support, allowing for latency-free recording and monitoring without additional hardware in Logic Pro X.

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Apple's Tim Cook speaks out against President Trump's ban on transgender soldiers

Apple's Tim Cook speaks out against President Trump's ban on transgender soldiers

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Wednesday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on transgender soldiers, joining other tech executives like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai and Twitter's own Jack Dorsey.

Apple Music's Trent Reznor backs subscription streaming, but says free music 'here to stay'

Apple Music's Trent Reznor backs subscription streaming, but says free music 'here to stay'

In an interview published on Wednesday, Apple Music executive Trent Reznor — best known as the frontman of Nine Inch Nails — said that while he's been converted to the concept of subscription streaming, he also believes free music is "here to stay."

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Apple iOS App Store continues dominance over Google Play in earnings battle, gap widening

Apple iOS App Store continues dominance over Google Play in earnings battle, gap widening

While iOS App Store purchase volume may be losing ground from a marketshare perspective by number of downloads, Apple continues to dominate the market in consumer spending by a wide margin and still growing.

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New TSA rules will require airline travelers to remove Apple iPads, MacBooks from bags

New TSA rules will require airline travelers to remove Apple iPads, MacBooks from bags

In the coming weeks and months, travelers will no longer be able to keep iPads or small MacBook models in their bag when passing through security screenings, and will instead have to place them in a separate bin to be X-rayed, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced on Wednesday.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: The coolest Apple ARKit demos created so far

Inside iOS 11: The coolest Apple ARKit demos created so far

ARKit will instantaneously become the largest augmented reality platform in the world — but to capitalize on that, developers will need to come up with awesome uses of the technology. With only a few weeks under their belt using Apple's iOS 11, content creators have already begun to impress in big ways.

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Facebook shoots for mid-August launch for first TV shows

Facebook shoots for mid-August launch for first TV shows

Facebook's first set of original TV shows — posing a challenge to nascent offerings on Apple Music — will reportedly premiere in mid-August, after a month-long delay.

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Internet-connected television use including Apple TV growing to over 168 million in 2017

Internet-connected television use including Apple TV growing to over 168 million in 2017

Apple has grown its body of streaming hardware users, but still lags behind offerings from Amazon, Google, and Roku, according to a new research study.

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New Cochlear hearing implant tech will stream directly from iPhones & other Apple devices

New Cochlear hearing implant tech will stream directly from iPhones & other Apple devices

An upcoming Cochlear sound processor — the Nucleus 7 — will reportedly let people stream audio directly to hearing implants from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Foxconn manufacturing plant in Wisconsin expected to be announced tonight, Apple connection still unknown [u]

Foxconn manufacturing plant in Wisconsin expected to be announced tonight, Apple connection still unknown [u]

Whether or not Apple products will actually be built there, a new facility from the company's key manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is reportedly in the works for the state of Wisconsin, and set to be announced later this evening.

Jony Ive talks Steve Jobs's vision for Apple Park, design inspiration from 'Star Wars'

Jony Ive talks Steve Jobs's vision for Apple Park, design inspiration from 'Star Wars'

A wide-ranging conversation with Apple's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive discusses how the ultimate execution of Apple Park hews very close to founder Steve Jobs's vision for the project, and how he inspired Star Wars director J.J. Abrams, and vice versa.

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Apple ranks among 'Best-in-Class' brands for loyalty in new marketing study

Apple ranks among 'Best-in-Class' brands for loyalty in new marketing study

Among major corporate brands, Apple has some of the highest loyalty and satisfaction rates with the U.S. public, according to the results of a recent survey.

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Nintendo's mobile sales surge 450% on strength of 'Super Mario Run,' 'Fire Emblem Heroes' for iPhone

Nintendo's mobile sales surge 450% on strength of 'Super Mario Run,' 'Fire Emblem Heroes' for iPhone

Though the real standout was its hot selling hybrid Switch console and assorted software, mobile games were a very strong performer for Nintendo last quarter, with income surging a whopping 450 percent year over year.

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