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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Intel splits on Atom after the mobile relevance of x86 whacked by Apple's Ax

Intel splits on Atom after the mobile relevance of x86 whacked by Apple's Ax

Intel is ending production of its mobile Atom processors as the reality sets in of a mobile world where virtually all the profits are inhaled by devices sold by Apple and powered by the iPhone-maker's own custom Ax series Application Processors.

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ReviewReview: Logi Base Smart Connector charging dock is the best way to juice your iPad Pro

Review: Logi Base Smart Connector charging dock is the best way to juice your iPad Pro

MagSafe has long been a defining feature of Apple's market leading notebooks. Thanks to the Smart Connector charging capabilities first introduced by the new Logi Base dock for iPad Pro, Apple's iDevices now have their own convenient MagSafe equivalent.

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This week on AI: Apple's no-good terrible quarter, a death in Cupertino, 'Apple Watch 2' rumors & more

This week on AI: Apple's no-good terrible quarter, a death in Cupertino, 'Apple Watch 2' rumors & more

In many ways the last week of April was a negative one for Apple, with disappointing financial results, a death on campus, and word of more labor abuses at a key supplier. Rumors did emerge, however, about plans for the "iPhone 7" and a second-generation Apple Watch.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Apple redesigns Support website with clean layout, responsive UI

Apple redesigns Support website with clean layout, responsive UI

As part of ongoing website redesign efforts, Apple on Friday launched a revamped Support Pages mini-site with a cleaner layout, easy to access topics links and responsive web assets supporting desktop and mobile browsing.

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OpinionSchiller schools internet on correct Apple device plurals, but Cook says 'iPad Pros'

Schiller schools internet on correct Apple device plurals, but Cook says 'iPad Pros'

A contentious debate is brewing in Cupertino. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller on Friday took to Twitter to inform tech plebes that Apple devices should never be pluralized, a stance in diametric opposition to beliefs held by CEO Tim Cook.

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Apple will attempt data extraction on iPhone of teen lost at sea, report says

Apple will attempt data extraction on iPhone of teen lost at sea, report says

Apple forensics experts will attempt to extract data from an iPhone 6 used by missing Florida teen Austin Stephanos, who was presumed lost at sea some nine months ago, a lawyer representing the Stephanos family said Friday.

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Tor Myhren officially starts as Apple's new VP of Marketing Communications

Tor Myhren officially starts as Apple's new VP of Marketing Communications

Months after the hiring was announced, Apple on Friday officially instituted Tor Myhren as the company's new VP of Marketing Communications, replacing Hiroki Asai, a now-retired 18-year veteran with the company.

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ExclusiveExclusive: Apple's top secret 'Athena' chip fab gets new 'delicate equipment'

Exclusive: Apple's top secret 'Athena' chip fab gets new 'delicate equipment'

Apple has quickly moved to overhaul the equipment installed at the San Jose, Calif., chip fab it acquired from Maxim Integrated Products in December, indicating that the purchase was a strategic priority for the company in its relentless drive to out-innovate its competitors.

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Apple to partner with Coach on new leather Apple Watch bands, coming as soon as June

Apple to partner with Coach on new leather Apple Watch bands, coming as soon as June

New leather Apple Watch bands made by luxury fashion brand Coach could arrive as soon as Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June, a new report has revealed.

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Software update upgrades select 2013-2015 Fiat Chrysler vehicles with Siri Eyes Free

Software update upgrades select 2013-2015 Fiat Chrysler vehicles with Siri Eyes Free

Fiat Chrysler on Friday issued a free software update to owners of some 2013-, 2014-, and 2015-model vehicles, giving them access to Apple's Siri Eyes Free, which enables voice commands to an iPhone by tapping a button on the steering wheel.

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Apple's iPad Pro beating Microsoft Surface in 'detachable' tablet market

Apple's iPad Pro beating Microsoft Surface in 'detachable' tablet market

Apple's iPad Pro is already surpassing the Microsoft Surface in the so-called "detachable" tablet market, though that market is still relatively small, according to a new research report.

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Drake says new album's Apple Music exclusivity just one week long

Drake says new album's Apple Music exclusivity just one week long

Although Drake's new album Views From the 6 is launching today as an Apple Music exclusive, that exclusivity period is just one week long, according to the rapper.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare, including the new iMac HD, iMac 4K and Late 2015 iMac with 5K Retina display. Save up to $250 instantly, with no tax in most states. Plus a free Canon AIO Photo printer with each 4K and 5K.

Friday, April 29, 2016

US Supreme Court approves search warrants for computers in any jurisdiction

US Supreme Court approves search warrants for computers in any jurisdiction

The U.S. Supreme Court has authorized a rule change that — barring intervention by Congress — will allow judges to issue search warrants for computers in any jurisdiction, instead of just the ones their courts oversee directly.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast reviews Apple's 12" MacBook, talks earnings, Smart Connector, 'iPhone 7' and more

AppleInsider podcast reviews Apple's 12

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, we go hands-on with Apple's new early 2016 12-inch MacBook, talk Apple's soft earnings, discuss the Logi Base Smart Connector charger, and talk about 'iPhone 7' and the headphone jack.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

FBI reportedly paid less than $1M for San Bernardino iPhone exploit

FBI reportedly paid less than $1M for San Bernardino iPhone exploit

A report on Thursday claims the U.S. Federal Bureau of investigation spent less than $1 million on an exploit used to access an iPhone tied to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, far below a previously estimated sum of more than $1.3 million.

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Dead Apple employee identified as 25-year-old software engineer, report says [u]

Dead Apple employee identified as 25-year-old software engineer, report says [u]

An Apple employee found dead at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Wednesday has reportedly been identified as a 25-year-old software engineer.

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Apple Maps expands Spotlight Suggestions to 3 new countries, adds Flyover and traffic locales

Apple Maps expands Spotlight Suggestions to 3 new countries, adds Flyover and traffic locales

Apple in an update to its Apple Maps product on Thursday rolled out new coverage areas for Flyover and traffic services, while activating Spotlight Suggestions in three countries.

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Apple buybacks to resume on Friday, gobbling up stock priced near the lowest of 2016

Apple buybacks to resume on Friday, gobbling up stock priced near the lowest of 2016

Apple's share repurchase program will exit a mandated quiet period on Friday—two days after the company reported earnings—enabling the company to resume buying back shares. Coincidentally, the company's shares were conveniently pushed down toward their lowest price of 2016 today.

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iMovie for Mac updates with quicker project launch, better range selection

iMovie for Mac updates with quicker project launch, better range selection

Apple on Thursday released a new version of iMovie for the Mac, bringing several small but useful improvements, including three aimed at launching and browsing projects.

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Apple Music for Android gets music video support, family membership option

Apple Music for Android gets music video support, family membership option

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for the Android version of Apple Music, delivering support for music video playback and new billing options for families.

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Vudu and Telegram iOS apps update with new 3D Touch options, more

Vudu and Telegram iOS apps update with new 3D Touch options, more

Walmart on Thursday updated its Vudu iOS app with support for 3D Touch and iOS 9's Picture-in-Picture mode, while messaging service Telegram expanded its use of 3D Touch across the board.

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Porsche to bring Apple's CarPlay to 718 Cayman series

Porsche to bring Apple's CarPlay to 718 Cayman series

Sportscar maker Porsche has announced support for Apple's CarPlay in the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S, which are now on sale, but only shipping to dealers in late November.

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Citing concerns in China, activist investor Carl Icahn no longer owns shares of Apple

Citing concerns in China, activist investor Carl Icahn no longer owns shares of Apple

Billionaire Carl Icahn, who has used his financial clout to influence boardroom decisions at publicly traded companies, announced on Thursday that he no longer owns shares in Apple, just days after the company announced its first revenue decline in over a decade.

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Alphabet, Fiat Chrysler working toward self-driving car tie-up - report

Alphabet, Fiat Chrysler working toward self-driving car tie-up - report

Google parent Alphabet may soon have a major ally in its push toward autonomous vehicles, as the company is said to be "in the late stage of talks" with London-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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Apple Watch shipped 2.2M units in March quarter, but lost marketshare, estimates claim

Apple Watch shipped 2.2M units in March quarter, but lost marketshare, estimates claim

Apple shipped about 2.2 million Apple Watches in the March quarter, although it still saw its share of the smartwatch market slip to 52.4 percent, according to research estimates published on Thursday.

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Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes unanimous House vote, with compromises

Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes unanimous House vote, with compromises

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

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No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know when autocorrect makes a mistake

No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know when autocorrect makes a mistake

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work.

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Volkswagen says it's not in talks with Apple or Google about new 'digital mobility' businesses

Volkswagen says it's not in talks with Apple or Google about new 'digital mobility' businesses

Volkswagen is talking with external partners about launching so-called digital mobility businesses, but is not in any negotiations with either Apple or Google, the carmaker's CEO said on Thursday, pointing to a different direction for its self-driving car efforts.

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Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit support now shipping

Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit support now shipping

The newly launched August Smart Lock includes support for Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to lock, unlock and check the status of their door lock with voice commands using Siri.

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Apple CareKit platform goes live with four health apps

Apple CareKit platform goes live with four health apps

Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on its new CareKit framework, a health-minded platform that lets developers build advanced software solutions for tracking, managing and reporting medical conditions.

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Philips releases Hue 'Gen 2' app with Routines, Rooms & other improvements

Philips releases Hue 'Gen 2' app with Routines, Rooms & other improvements

Philips on Thursday released a "Gen 2" Hue app for iOS, updating the tool for its HomeKit-enabled smartbulbs with new features like Routines, and extra options for controlling rooms and scenes.

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Indian government approves Apple bid to open stores free of 30% sourcing policy

Indian government approves Apple bid to open stores free of 30% sourcing policy

An Indian government committee this week recommended Apple be exempted from local sourcing regulations that previously kept the company from opening its own brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the country.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Samsung reports Q1 mobile profits just 24% of Apple's

Samsung reports Q1 mobile profits just 24% of Apple's

Samsung Electronics reported Q1 operating profits of 6.68 trillion won ($5.81 billion), while its Mobile division reported 3.89 trillion won ($3.38 billion) in profits, both a fraction of the "disappointing" $13.987 billion in operating profits Apple reported for the same quarter.

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AMC launches tvOS app with free streaming for select shows

AMC launches tvOS app with free streaming for select shows

As promised, AMC this week launched a tvOS app with a content selection mirroring that of its iOS app and web portal, including free-to-stream episodes of hit shows like "The Walking Dead" and "The Night Manager."

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U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google's abuse of Android

U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google's abuse of Android

The FTC is expanding its investigation into Android related to complaints that Google is exploiting its ostensibly open platform to shut out rivals.

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Was Mike Daisey right about Apple being doomed?

Was Mike Daisey right about Apple being doomed?

Back in November, theatrical performer Mike Daisey was given the opportunity to write about Apple in the Technology section of the The Guardian. He's now claiming "reverse claim chowder," insisting that some of what he wrote about actually turned out to be true, given Apple's recent earnings report showing the first decrease in year-over-year, quarterly iPhone revenues.

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New videos offer first-person view of Apple's Campus 2 'spaceship'

New videos offer first-person view of Apple's Campus 2 'spaceship'

A pair of videos posted to YouTube are some of the first to show an up-close look at the main "spaceship" building on Apple's Campus 2 headquarters, including views of the structure's inner courtyard and underground access tunnels.

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Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2, accounted for 5% of total revenue

Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2, accounted for 5% of total revenue

Apple's research and development spending spiked at an all time high of more than $2.5 billion during the second quarter of 2016, with the unusually large $600 million year-over-year jump owing primarily to new hires and related expenses, Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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