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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Apple seeds sixth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 for developers

Apple seeds sixth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 for developers

Apple on Thursday released another developer-only macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta, the second one in three days, and the sixth overall.

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Microsoft debuts Visio Viewer for iPad, updates look & feel of Cortana iOS app

Microsoft debuts Visio Viewer for iPad, updates look & feel of Cortana iOS app

Microsoft on Thursday brought another productivity app to iOS, its diagramming tool Visio, while promising an enhanced iPhone version of its voice assistant, Cortana.

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Apple gives employees a closer look at finishing touches on 'spaceship' Campus 2

Apple gives employees a closer look at finishing touches on 'spaceship' Campus 2

With contractors working to finish Apple's new Campus 2 headquarters in time for an early 2017 grand opening, the company has given employees a peek inside the efforts with a series of new photos.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook delivering MIT commencement speech in June

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivering MIT commencement speech in June

Apple CEO Tim Cook has agreed to deliver the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 2017 commencement address to graduates of the class of 2017 on Friday, June 9.

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Adobe Lightroom updated for iOS, macOS; brings one-handed editing to iPhone

Adobe Lightroom updated for iOS, macOS; brings one-handed editing to iPhone

Adobe has issued an update to the macOS and iOS versions of Lightroom, adding one-handed editing features for the iPhone, with similar changes coming to the Mac and iPad in a later revision.

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Spotify drops efforts to buy SoundCloud in prep for IPO plans - report

Spotify drops efforts to buy SoundCloud in prep for IPO plans - report

Apple's chief rival in on-demand music, Spotify, has backed away from trying to buy another important player in the space, SoundCloud, according to a report.

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Killer Deals: Save up to $550 on Apple's new 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare

Killer Deals: Save up to $550 on Apple's new 15

Prices on Apple products are steadily rising as the holiday shopping season begins to wind down. But there's still time for shoppers to save between $250 and $550 on orders for Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pros with Touch Bar and AppleCare by combining our exclusive coupon codes with the benefit of no sales tax on out-of-state orders. A few configurations are in stock and ready to ship.

Apple adds ChargePoint EV stations & app links to Maps coverage

Apple adds ChargePoint EV stations & app links to Maps coverage

ChargePoint — claiming to run the world's biggest network of EV charging stations — on Thursday announced its addition to Apple Maps, letting Mac and iOS device owners quickly find a station if their electric car is beginning to run low.

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Sprint, Starbucks now featured as in-game locations for Pokemon Go players

Sprint, Starbucks now featured as in-game locations for Pokemon Go players

Hot on the heels of Niantic teasing the addition of more creatures to capture, the Pokemon Go developer has announced deals with both Starbucks and Sprint, making stores from both companies in-game features.

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Samsung aims to beat Apple with edge-to-edge display, no home button on Galaxy S8

Samsung aims to beat Apple with edge-to-edge display, no home button on Galaxy S8

Potentially beating Apple to the punch in some regards, Samsung's next flagship — the Galaxy S8 — will allegedly have an edge-to-edge, bezel-free display in all forms, and omit a physical home button in favor of a "virtual" one embedded in the glass.

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TSMC seeks space in Taiwan to build next-generation chip fabrication plant

TSMC seeks space in Taiwan to build next-generation chip fabrication plant

Apple chip manufacturing partner TSMC is in the early stages of planning a $15.7 billion microchip fabrication plant, in an effort to glean more business from from Apple and other companies needing advanced chip designs.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $130 to $350 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $130 to $350 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 week to instantly save between $130 and $350 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.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Apple signs deal with wind turbine maker Goldwind to bring clean power to suppliers

Apple signs deal with wind turbine maker Goldwind to bring clean power to suppliers

Apple has entered into a joint venture with wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology — better known as Goldwind — that should help bring more clean energy to its Chinese suppliers.

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A decade later, ad team behind iconic 'Get a Mac' campaign recounts development & production

A decade later, ad team behind iconic 'Get a Mac' campaign recounts development & production

Stars John Hodgman, Justin Long and the ad team responsible for Apple's 'Mac vs. PC' campaign — launched in conjunction with the Intel Mac — recently got together and talked about the evolution of the concept, other celebrity ad campaigns proposed and scuttled, and the difficulties of working with perfectionist Steve Jobs.

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Super Mario Run demo stations installed in Apple Stores for pre-release play

Super Mario Run demo stations installed in Apple Stores for pre-release play

Nintendo's highly-anticipated "Super Mario Run" will be available to all users on Dec. 15, but until then, people anxious to play the game can head to an Apple Store for a few minutes of hands-on time with the title.

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Apple files patent for autonomous vehicle collision avoidance system

Apple files patent for autonomous vehicle collision avoidance system

In one of the first pieces of documentation proving Apple's investigation into autonomous vehicles, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a patent application describing a basic collision avoidance system that could one day serve as the underpinnings of a self-driving car telemetry solution.

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Apple patent filing further details folding iPhone with wraparound display

Apple patent filing further details folding iPhone with wraparound display

An Apple invention published Thursday fleshes out the folding iPhone concept revealed in a separate patent grant last week, adding features like a wraparound display and touch sensitive structures to all external surfaces.

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Apple asks Beijing court to lift iPhone 6 sales ban, reverse patent infringement ruling

Apple asks Beijing court to lift iPhone 6 sales ban, reverse patent infringement ruling

Apple on Wednesday appeared in Chinese court to defend its iPhone 6 from patent infringement charges leveled by now insolvent tech firm Shenzhen Baili, arguing that the Beijing Intellectual Property Office defied legal convention in its decision to ban sales of the device.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Bluetooth SIG adopts Bluetooth 5 with 4X rage and 2X speed, devices due within 2 to 6 months

Bluetooth SIG adopts Bluetooth 5 with 4X rage and 2X speed, devices due within 2 to 6 months

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially ratified the Bluetooth 5 standard on Wednesday, meaning Apple's next iPhone and iPad models could boast wireless accessory connectivity up to four times the distance of current specification devices at double the speed.

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Potential NHL deal could bring Apple iPads to team benches

Potential NHL deal could bring Apple iPads to team benches

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is in late-stage talks with the National Hockey League to bring iPads and supporting backend infrastructure to team benches, a deal similar to one struck with Major League Baseball earlier this year.

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Deals: $30-$150 off iPad Pros; 13" MacBook Air for $899; $199 Apple Watches (first-gen)

Deals: $30-$150 off iPad Pros; 13

Shoppers this week can snap up instant savings plus free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY on iPad Pros and MacBooks (with savings of up to $150). First-gen Apple Watch Sport models are also marked down starting at $199 and select Late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar systems are in stock and ready to ship.

US paid Apple at least $600M on foreign cash held as bonds since 2012

US paid Apple at least $600M on foreign cash held as bonds since 2012

Although technically refusing to repatriate its international revenue to avoid taxes, Apple is actually keeping much of it in the U.S. in the form of bonds — and generating interest in the process, a report pointed out on Wednesday.

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ABC and Disney apps now support Apple's single sign-on feature

ABC and Disney apps now support Apple's single sign-on feature

One day after Apple released its new single sign-on feature for tvOS and iOS device owners, longtime partner Disney and its ABC subsidiary added app compatibility with the new authentication service.

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After a VR-free year from Apple, VR headsets deemed "the biggest loser" of 2016

After a VR-free year from Apple, VR headsets deemed

Apple has been attacked throughout the year for failing to jump on the Virtual Reality headset bandwagon following Facebook, Samsung, Google, HTC, Microsoft, Sony and others. Yet after a year of hype, VR headsets remain a niche that's failing to live up to even conservative expectations.

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Apple 'iPhone 7s' rumored to retain iPhone 7 design, debut without wireless charging

Apple 'iPhone 7s' rumored to retain iPhone 7 design, debut without wireless charging

Contrary to recent predictions, a report on Wednesday claims the biggest changes coming to Apple's next-generation iPhone models are an upgraded "A11" SoC and new red color option, with the forthcoming handset likely to carry over the design language introduced with iPhone 7.

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Apple to open 'global flagship' store at Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

Apple to open 'global flagship' store at Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

Apple has reportedly reached a deal to open a major new store at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C., a building some 113 years old sitting across from the Washington Convention Center.

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Apple pushes for iTunes rentals of movies still on big screen

Apple pushes for iTunes rentals of movies still on big screen

Apple could potentially offer iTunes rentals for movies that are still in theatres, a report said on Wednesday, which would give it a rare advantage over other rental platforms.

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T-Mobile launches iMessage-incompatible 'Digits' virtual phone number beta

T-Mobile launches iMessage-incompatible 'Digits' virtual phone number beta

Wireless carrier T-Mobile has started a beta of Digits — a service that allows multiple phone numbers to be utilized in conjunction on one device, or one phone number to be shared across multiple devices on a carrier-level. The company recommends, however, that beta participants disable iMessage while using it.

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Invite-only meeting details state of AI, machine learning research inside Apple's halls

Invite-only meeting details state of AI, machine learning research inside Apple's halls

In an invitation-only meeting at Tuesdays Neural Information Processing Systems conference, Apple's head of machine learning broke down Apple's specific goals for its artificial intelligence developments, and detailed where it feels it has an advantage of its competitors, giving a rare look at Apple's research process.

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ExclusiveApple Deals: Save $169 to $369 on 27-inch iMac 5Ks & 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks with AppleCare

Apple Deals: Save $169 to $369 on 27-inch iMac 5Ks & 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks with AppleCare

Our exclusive holiday deals keep rolling in: This week, save $169 to $369 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans, or take $169 to $219 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks paired with AppleCare. Alteratively, pick up an iMac 5K by itself for $1,624 or an iMac 4K for $1,460 — all with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ.

Apple adds ability to schedule third-party service appointments online for Mac, iPhone, iPad

Apple adds ability to schedule third-party service appointments online for Mac, iPhone, iPad

Apple recently made changes to its service scheduling process, and is now allowing users to make appointments with certified third parties and the remaining Apple Specialists for repair and support.

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Apple seeds seventh public & developer betas of iOS 10.2

Apple seeds seventh public & developer betas of iOS 10.2

Apple on Wednesday issued a seventh beta of iOS 10.2 to developers and the public, a mere two days after releasing the sixth one.

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New research data shows iPhone at top of sales charts by vendor across most of the world

New research data shows iPhone at top of sales charts by vendor across most of the world

New research data shows that Apple's iOS saw a significant sales percentage boost with the release of the iPhone 7 family, with year-over-year sales growth in a three-month measurement period ending in October.

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November set App Store's 'highest monthly sales ever,' says Apple's Schiller

November set App Store's 'highest monthly sales ever,' says Apple's Schiller

Last month saw the App Store achieve a new monthly sales record, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing said on Wednesday.

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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.

Apple's Federighi suggests GPU issues on 2016 Retina MacBook Pro fixed in macOS 10.12.2

Apple's Federighi suggests GPU issues on 2016 Retina MacBook Pro fixed in macOS 10.12.2

In email response to a customer regarding GPU anomalies associated with the Touch Bar MacBook Pro, Apple's senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi suggested that the problem is solved in the latest macOS 10.12.2 beta.

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Sony to release six games for iOS & Android in next financial year

Sony to release six games for iOS & Android in next financial year

Taking a cue from Nintendo, Sony's PlayStation division is reportedly aiming to launch six games for iOS and Android in the financial year starting in April.

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Fitbit's Pebble buyout valued at less than $40M, more about fighting Apple than product line

Fitbit's Pebble buyout valued at less than $40M, more about fighting Apple than product line

New details about Fitbit's buyout of Pebble have emerged, namely that the deal is more about acquiring software and talent the company needs to fight Apple in the wearable arena, and less about the Pebble product line.

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Apple assembly partner Foxconn plans US expansion

Apple assembly partner Foxconn plans US expansion

Apple's primary assembly partner, Foxconn, will soon invest in expanding its U.S. operations, the latter company said on Wednesday, apparently following in the steps of a similar SoftBank announcement.

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