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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chevrolet to add CarPlay support to 14 vehicles for 2016 model year

Chevrolet to add CarPlay support to 14 vehicles for 2016 model year

General Motors' Chevrolet division on Wednesday announced plans to add CarPlay and Android Auto support to 14 vehicles in the 2016 model year, marking a major growth in availability for the two platforms.

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Apple Store app partners with Postmates for same-day deliveries

Apple Store app partners with Postmates for same-day deliveries

In an update to the Apple Store iOS app on Wednesday, Apple added integration with on-demand logistics service Postmates to offer customers same-day deliveries as an alternative to in-store pickups.

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Apple's Jeff Williams calls cars 'the ultimate mobile device' in discussion on CarPlay

Apple's Jeff Williams calls cars 'the ultimate mobile device' in discussion on CarPlay

As the CarPlay rollout slowly marches on and rumors swirl around a possible Apple-branded electric car, Apple operations chief Jeff Williams on Wednesday referred to cars as "the ultimate mobile device."

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Native apps for Apple Watch will arrive this fall, Apple still won't reveal sales

Native apps for Apple Watch will arrive this fall, Apple still won't reveal sales

At next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple will release a new software development kit that will allow applications to run natively on the Apple Watch, and those apps will become available to consumers this fall, the company confirmed on Wednesday.

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CBS 'excited' about Apple's rumored web television service, CEO says

CBS 'excited' about Apple's rumored web television service, CEO says

Les Moonves, longtime chief executive of broadcasting giant CBS, said on Wednesday that his company will "probably" sign on to Apple's forthcoming streaming television offering.

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Apple updates WWDC app for 2015 event, confirms June 8 keynote at 10 a.m. Pacific

Apple updates WWDC app for 2015 event, confirms June 8 keynote at 10 a.m. Pacific

Apple on Wednesday confirmed the full schedule for the 2015 Worldwide Develoeprs Conference — including the keynote presentation on June 8 — and released version 3.0 of the WWDC iOS app, introducing a new Apple Watch companion.

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Kindle for iOS adds 'Bookerly' font, Fox Movie of the Day app promotes iTunes flash sales

Kindle for iOS adds 'Bookerly' font, Fox Movie of the Day app promotes iTunes flash sales

Amazon on Wednesday improved the look of fonts in Kindle for iOS, while Fox launched a Movie of the Day app for the iPhone, highlighting daily flash sales of Fox movies hosted on iTunes.

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Jony Ive makes list of influential tech execs, Apple retakes top spot in brand rankings

Jony Ive makes list of influential tech execs, Apple retakes top spot in brand rankings

On Wednesday Apple's newly-minted Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive, came second to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on a Juniper Research list of the most influential technology executives in 2015, while Apple as a whole reclaimed the top spot on a Millward Brown chart of the world's most valuable brands.

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Deals: Free AppleCare with all Mac minis; $305 off new 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare; Free Apple TV with all iMacs

Deals: Free AppleCare with all Mac minis; $305 off new 15

This week, AI is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to knock $305 off both of Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pros with AppleCare in addition to giving away free AppleCare with all Mac minis. Additionally, readers can save between $119 and $469 on dozens of 21- and 27-inch iMac configurations, each of which also includes AppleCare and a free Apple TV.

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Apple's iOS drives 75% of Google's mobile advertising revenue

Apple's iOS drives 75% of Google's mobile advertising revenue

Despite the ever-increasing competition between Google and Apple, iOS remains an exceptionally important advertising platform for the search giant, with one Wall Street estimate attributing as much as three-quarters of Google's mobile ad revenue to users of Apple's devices.

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EditorialWatch Effect: Apple Watch hints at a Siri who's always just a shout away

Watch Effect: Apple Watch hints at a Siri who's always just a shout away

Pairing an Apple Watch with an iPhone makes Siri easier to access than ever. But with a new voice-controlled Apple TV said to be on the horizon, Siri seems poised to become an even more prevalent part of the Apple ecosystem.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bug in iOS Unicode handling crashes iPhones with a simple text

Bug in iOS Unicode handling crashes iPhones with a simple text

A peculiar iOS bug apparently that allows pranksters to crash a victim's iPhone by sending a text message from their own iPhone containing what appears to be a single line of seemingly innocuous Arabic script.

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Snapchat might abandon hold-to-view UI, takes wait and see approach to Apple Watch app

Snapchat might abandon hold-to-view UI, takes wait and see approach to Apple Watch app

Speaking at Re/code's Code Conference on Tuesday, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said the ephemeral messaging firm is tossing around the idea of ditching its familiar hold-to-view user interface, a change that could help pave the way for an Apple Watch app version.

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Latest OS X beta ditches buggy discoveryd DNS service, replaced with mDNSResponder

Latest OS X beta ditches buggy discoveryd DNS service, replaced with mDNSResponder

In an apparent effort to fix DNS errors seen in recent OS X 10.10 versions, Apple's latest Yosemite beta shows the buggy discoveryd service replaced with mDNSResponder, a process last implemented in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

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MLB At Bat comes to CarPlay, 1Password gets faster launch, numerous bugfixes

MLB At Bat comes to CarPlay, 1Password gets faster launch, numerous bugfixes

Major League Baseball on Tuesday added CarPlay support to MLB At Bat for the iPhone, while AgileBits released an update to 1Password for iOS, making a large collection of technical improvements.

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Wealthy Chinese man buys two gold Apple Watch Editions for dog, prompts bizarre controversy

Wealthy Chinese man buys two gold Apple Watch Editions for dog, prompts bizarre controversy

Wang Sicong, the son of mainland China's richest man, incited a virtual riot Tuesday after posting photos on Weibo of his Siberian Husky wearing not one, but two Apple Watch Editions on its front legs.

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Rumor: TSMC preparing trial run of 10-nanometer ARM chips, could power future iPhones

Rumor: TSMC preparing trial run of 10-nanometer ARM chips, could power future iPhones

Apple chipmaking partner Taiwan Manufacturing Semiconductor Co. is reportedly gearing up to test production of 10-nanometer size processors beginning in June, according to a new rumor.

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Emergency crews respond to 'large fire' at Apple complex in Mesa, Ariz. [u]

Emergency crews respond to 'large fire' at Apple complex in Mesa, Ariz. [u]

Emergency responders coped with a "large fire" at Apple's complex in Mesa, Ariz., on Tuesday afternoon, putting out the blaze in 35 minutes, a local TV station said. [updated]

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Apple eyeing first-ever bond offering in Japanese yen worth $1.62 billion

Apple eyeing first-ever bond offering in Japanese yen worth $1.62 billion

Apple could issue 200 billion yen, or $1.62 billion U.S., in Japanese bonds as soon as June, marking its first ever debt sale in the country, a report said on Tuesday.

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Apple issues fourth beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, public with focus on Photos & Migration

Apple issues fourth beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, public with focus on Photos & Migration

Apple on Tuesday issued a new beta of OS X 10.10.4, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for Yosemite, with an identical new build being supplied to both developers and public beta testers.

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Apple hiring spree looks to improve iTunes search, discovery, video & more

Apple hiring spree looks to improve iTunes search, discovery, video & more

A large set of Apple job listings posted on Tuesday suggests the company is looking to make major improvements to iTunes, particularly in search and music discovery at the iTunes Store.

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EditorialWatch Effect: Apple's iPhone, iPad could learn a new way to wake

Watch Effect: Apple's iPhone, iPad could learn a new way to wake

In Apple's post-Watch world, pressing a button to bring your iPhone to life just feels wrong, something akin to plugging a Retina MacBook into an ethernet jack —a procedural relic of a time gone by. Tap-to-wake has arrived, and we hope it's here to stay.

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Charter confirms Time Warner Cable takeover in deal worth $55.33 billion

Charter confirms Time Warner Cable takeover in deal worth $55.33 billion

Charter Communications on Tuesday confirmed plans to buy fellow cable operator Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, as well as smaller cable outfit Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion.

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Citing 'long tail' of iPhone 6 & 6 Plus sales, Cowen raises Apple target to $140

Citing 'long tail' of iPhone 6 & 6 Plus sales, Cowen raises Apple target to $140

Projecting that iPhone sales will again top 50 million in the current June quarter, investment firm Cowen and Company raised its price target on Apple stock to $140 on Tuesday, on continued strong sales of the flagship iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Microsoft bringing Cortana to Apple's iOS via Windows 10 Phone Companion

Microsoft bringing Cortana to Apple's iOS via Windows 10 Phone Companion

iOS is set to become the epicenter of a battle between personal digital assistant technologies from Apple, Google, and Microsoft, as the Windows maker revealed Tuesday that Cortana would join Siri and Google Now on Apple's mobile platform.

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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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ExclusiveSteals: $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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Monday, May 25, 2015

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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