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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Apple investigating ways to embed health sensors, fingerprint readers, chargers into iPhone logos

Apple investigating ways to embed health sensors, fingerprint readers, chargers into iPhone logos

In a seemingly never-ending quest to make thinner, lighter mobile devices, Apple is researching methods by which heart rate monitors, skin conductivity sensors and more can be directly incorporated into an iPhone's product logo.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Apple officially recognizes Jony Ive's promotion, adds VP of design bios to leadership webpage

Apple officially recognizes Jony Ive's promotion, adds VP of design bios to leadership webpage

Apple made its promotion of Jony Ive to Chief Design Officer a bit more official on Wednesday in an update to the Apple Leadership webpage, while at the same time adding executive profiles for design underlings Alan Dye and Richard Howarth.

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Apple's iOS 8.4 kneecaps Home Sharing, music streaming now limited to Apple TV

Apple's iOS 8.4 kneecaps Home Sharing, music streaming now limited to Apple TV

While Apple introduced an array of new music features with its latest iOS 8.4 update featuring Apple Music, it also quietly nerfed content serving functionality by apparently limiting Home Sharing to videos.

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Apple Maps vehicles project expands to 13 new US states in July

Apple Maps vehicles project expands to 13 new US states in July

Apple on Wednesday announced upcoming survey areas for its Apple Maps vehicle initiative, revealing its sensor-laden vans will be tooling around a total of 27 new U.S. locales come mid-July, including an expansion into 13 states.

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Greek capital controls put squeeze on iCloud, iTunes, App Store subscriptions

Greek capital controls put squeeze on iCloud, iTunes, App Store subscriptions

In a move to preemptively thwart a cash exodus as its economy implodes, Greece earlier this week enacted capital control restrictions to titrate the outflow of money, limiting international credit card payments to Web services like Apple's App Store and iTunes.

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Apple Music users complain iCloud Music Library deletes, renames iTunes content

Apple Music users complain iCloud Music Library deletes, renames iTunes content

Some people turning on iCloud Music Library to make full use of Apple Music are instead coping with deleted songs and playlists, in addition to other problems, according to complaints on Apple's support forums and testing by AppleInsider.

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TipsHow to follow and get updates from your favorite artists in Apple Music Connect

How to follow and get updates from your favorite artists in Apple Music Connect

Connect, a Tumblr-like social network for musicians and their fans, is a tentpole feature of Apple's new streaming music service. AppleInsider takes a look at how easy it is to follow and get updates from your favorite artists using Connect.

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Judge approves $50 million settlement from Sprint for phone bill cramming

Judge approves $50 million settlement from Sprint for phone bill cramming

A U.S. judge has approved a $50 million settlement by Sprint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, part of a still broader settlement over allegations it billed customers for services they never wanted.

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Photos, iCloud Drive, iMessage, other online Apple services hit by slowdowns & outages [u]

Photos, iCloud Drive, iMessage, other online Apple services hit by slowdowns & outages [u]

A series of Apple's online services suffered slowdowns on Wednesday, and may be completely inaccessible to some users, according to Apple's official system status page. [Updated]

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Promotional images suggest Apple's new iPod colors will launch July 14

Promotional images suggest Apple's new iPod colors will launch July 14

Apple's newly leaked iPod colors may arrive sooner than expected, on Tuesday, July 14, if the company's carefully designed marketing materials once again prove accurate.

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Despite big licensing wins, names like The Beatles, Prince & Garth Brooks absent from Apple Music

Despite big licensing wins, names like The Beatles, Prince & Garth Brooks absent from Apple Music

Apple Music has turned around many artists who previously opposed streaming —Radiohead's In Rainbows made its subscription debut on the service, for instance —but there are still a number of notable holdouts, including Apple favorite The Beatles.

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Hyundai Blue Link comes to Apple Watch with remote car controls, locator tool

Hyundai Blue Link comes to Apple Watch with remote car controls, locator tool

Hyundai has released a Blue Link app for the Apple Watch, bringing many of the same vehicle remote control features present in the Blue Link iPhone interface to Apple's first wearable.

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Full trailer for 'Steve Jobs' film shows Apple co-founder's successes and struggles

Full trailer for 'Steve Jobs' film shows Apple co-founder's successes and struggles

The full two-and-a-half-minute trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic was released by Universal Pictures on Wednesday, giving a closer look at how the film will feature high-stakes drama from the Apple co-founder's personal and professional lives.

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Save $809: Apple's 11" MacBook Air (1.7GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,089 with free AppleCare, Microsoft Sculpt Mouse & LG CD/DVD drive

Save $809: Apple's 11

For just a few more days, readers can save $809 on Apple's completely maxed out 11" MacBook Air (1.7GHz, 8GB, 512GB), which is up for grabs at $1,089 with free AppleCare and plus your choice of two free or heavily discounted accessories.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Apple leaks new gold, deep blue and hot pink iPod colors in iTunes 12.2

Apple leaks new gold, deep blue and hot pink iPod colors in iTunes 12.2

An update to Apple's dwindling iPod lineup is indeed in the works, Apple's own iTunes software appears to indicate, thanks to graphics showing gold versions of the iPod touch, nano and shuffle, along with new shades of blue and pink.

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ReviewReview: Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock for Apple Watch

Review: Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock for Apple Watch

Apple Watch owners looking to conveniently charge and showcase their wrist-worn device have a new, affordable quality option with the Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock.

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Olloclip introduces Studio camera case & accessories for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Olloclip introduces Studio camera case & accessories for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Olloclip on Wednesday announced its new Studio accessory system, meant to enhance the use of its add-on lenses for iPhones, including a ruggedized case with kickstand and new mounts.

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Apple could eschew plastic back for new metal case with 'iPhone 6c,' rumor says

Apple could eschew plastic back for new metal case with 'iPhone 6c,' rumor says

The next iteration of Apple's lower-cost iPhone "C" series might do away with the colorful polycarbonate shell it's currently known for in favor of a more robust metal case similar to the iPhone 6, according to a recent analyst report.

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New iOS 9 beta with Apple Music integration due next week

New iOS 9 beta with Apple Music integration due next week

Developers testing out iOS 9 were excluded from Apple Music launch day festivities, but Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said to expect a build supporting the new streaming music service early next week.

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Apple adds TRIM support for aftermarket SSDs in OS X 10.10.4

Apple adds TRIM support for aftermarket SSDs in OS X 10.10.4

Some four years after adding TRIM support for first-party solid state drives to OS X, Apple incorporated the command for aftermarket drives as part of Tuesday's OS X 10.10.4 update.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Samsung subsidiary Mapzen hiring Apple cartographers, designers for maps initiative

Samsung subsidiary Mapzen hiring Apple cartographers, designers for maps initiative

Mapzen, a pioneering open source mapping project now backed by Samsung Research America, has hired a number of former Apple employees previously attached to Apple Maps, AppleInsider has learned.

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Apple's automotive ambitions reportedly take toll on other departments with staff reassignments

Apple's automotive ambitions reportedly take toll on other departments with staff reassignments

A report on Tuesday claims Apple's secret automotive initiative is creating tension within the company's ranks as resource allotments are now gobbling up personnel from other divisions.

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Apple Music comes to Mac and PC with iTunes 12.2

Apple Music comes to Mac and PC with iTunes 12.2

Following the release of iOS 8.4 earlier on Tuesday, Apple pushed out the latest version of iTunes with support for the company's Apple Music streaming service, bringing including Beats 1 radio, Apple Music Connect, Apple Music Radio and more to Mac.

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TipsHow to save Apple Music songs, albums & playlists for offline listening

How to save Apple Music songs, albums & playlists for offline listening

Like Spotify and some other streaming music services, an important feature of Apple Music is the ability to temporarily save songs for when an Internet connection is unreliable — or simply to avoid data caps imposed by cellular carriers.

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Photos of alleged 'iPhone 6s' chassis show revised internal layout, unchanged external design [u]

Photos of alleged 'iPhone 6s' chassis show revised internal layout, unchanged external design [u]

A set of supposedly leaked photos suggest Apple's next-generation iPhone will include new or redesigned internal components, while retaining an external design identical to current models.

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GarageBand 10.1 for Mac adds Force Touch, Apple Music Connect publishing [u]

GarageBand 10.1 for Mac adds Force Touch, Apple Music Connect publishing [u]

Apple on Tuesday released GarageBand 10.1 for the Mac, adding a number of features including Force Touch support and the ability to publish directly to Apple Music Connect. Accompanying it was a minor iOS app update. [Updated]

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First look: Apple's revamped Music app in iOS 8.4

First look: Apple's revamped Music app in iOS 8.4

The launch of Apple Music on Tuesday brought with it a nearly all-new Music app, with a host of new functionality that blends the best of Beats Music with Apple's long-standing iTunes platform.

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TipsHow to hide the Apple Music subscription service & get back Playlists parent menu in iOS 8.4

How to hide the Apple Music subscription service & get back Playlists parent menu in iOS 8.4

Though heavily hyped, Apple Music subscriptions may not be for everyone. Those who want to remove the streaming service from their iOS 8.4 Music app, and gain back easy access to custom playlists in the process, can easily do so —here's how.

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Apple SIM goes global: GigSky brings iPad data plans to more than 90 countries & territories

Apple SIM goes global: GigSky brings iPad data plans to more than 90 countries & territories

iPad toting travelers can now use their Apple SIM card in many more places internationally thanks to GigSky, which announced on Tuesday that it has struck a deal with Apple to provide high-speed wireless connectivity in more than 90 countries and territories across the world.

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TipsHow to sign up for (and cancel) an Apple Music streaming subscription

How to sign up for (and cancel) an Apple Music streaming subscription

Signing up for the brand new Apple Music service is a relatively simple process. Here's how to get up and running quickly, as well as how to turn off automatic renewals or cancel later down the road.

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Apple's 24-hour Beats 1 radio station goes live in 100 countries with Spring King, Beck, Jamie xx

Apple's 24-hour Beats 1 radio station goes live in 100 countries with Spring King, Beck, Jamie xx

Apple on Tuesday began officially broadcasting Beats 1, its live, worldwide Internet radio station built into the iOS 8.4 Music app intended to promote new artists and songs, enhancing discovery for music lovers.

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FeatureEverything you need to know about Apple Music, Connect, Beats 1 radio, and more

Everything you need to know about Apple Music, Connect, Beats 1 radio, and more

Apple on Tuesday launched Apple Music, as well as companion services Connect, Beats 1, and Apple Music Radio. Together, the platforms represent a major push into the streaming music world. Here's everything you need to know about Apple Music.

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements, 'discoveryd' fix

Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 with Mail, Photos improvements, 'discoveryd' fix

In addition to iOS 8.4 and Apple Music, Apple on Tuesday released OS X 10.10.4, making a variety of bugfixes including one solving problems caused by the infamous "discoveryd" service.

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Apple loses final e-books antitrust appeal, will pay $450M settlement [u]

Apple loses final e-books antitrust appeal, will pay $450M settlement [u]

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday confirmed a lower court's finding that Apple colluded with major publishers to raise the price of e-books following the launch of the iBookstore, putting the case to rest and clearing the way for distribution of a $450 million settlement.

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Apple Music service goes live with redesigned app, out now in iOS 8.4

Apple Music service goes live with redesigned app, out now in iOS 8.4

Apple on Tuesday released iOS 8.4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, officially debuting the Apple Music subscription streaming service, as well as the Beats 1 live radio station set to start broadcasting at 9 a.m. Pacific, noon Eastern.

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Apple Music & Beats 1 launches hyped by Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine & Trent Reznor

Apple Music & Beats 1 launches hyped by Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine & Trent Reznor

To promote this week's launch of the subscription Apple Music streaming service, as well as the 24/7 Beats 1 worldwide radio station, the faces of Apple's music business — Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor — stepped into the limelight once again, to explain how their new services are intended to stand out from the rest.

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iTunes Match libraries seeing duplicates, bad metadata ahead of Apple Music launch

iTunes Match libraries seeing duplicates, bad metadata ahead of Apple Music launch

As Apple Music prepares to launch later on Tuesday, many people are experiencing problems with iTunes Match that are causing havoc with their music libraries, according to complaints received by AppleInsider and on Apple's support forums.

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As Apple doubles down on maps data, Microsoft bows out with sale of some Bing Maps assets to Uber

As Apple doubles down on maps data, Microsoft bows out with sale of some Bing Maps assets to Uber

Uber is set to acquire the imagery collection unit of Microsoft's Bing Maps division —giving the ridesharing service a leg up as it seeks to lessen its dependence on mapping products from Apple and potential rival Google —in a deal that will see Microsoft end its own in-house mapping data efforts.

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EditorialSamsung Galaxy S6 'fastest smartphone,' if using phony benchmarks and ignoring iPhone 6 real world performance

Samsung Galaxy S6 'fastest smartphone,' if using phony benchmarks and ignoring iPhone 6 real world performance

Last Friday, Tom's Guide published an article calling Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 the "world's fastest smartphone," writing that it came in "first in 6 out of 9 real-world tests and synthetic benchmarks." Unfortunately, that claim relied on cherry picked figures and ignored the real world entirely.

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Monday, June 29, 2015