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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Apple Pay in-app transactions rapidly expanding beyond NFC payment terminals

Apple Pay in-app transactions rapidly expanding beyond NFC payment terminals

App developers are increasingly adopting Apple Pay as a fast, convenient way to enable purchases, often as an alternative to standing in line at a store's cash register or manually entering in billing and shipping information.

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Apple Music to go live on Sonos connected speakers tomorrow

Apple Music to go live on Sonos connected speakers tomorrow

After month of waiting, Apple Music subscribers who are also invested in the Sonos speaker ecosystem will finally get native access to Apple's streaming music service on Wednesday, a report said Tuesday.

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Sparkle software updater leaves 'huge' number of Mac apps open to attack

Sparkle software updater leaves 'huge' number of Mac apps open to attack

A "huge" number of third-party Mac apps are under threat of man-in-the-middle attacks due to a recently discovered vulnerability in Sparkle, an open source framework used to facilitate software updates.

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First look: Apple adds voice dictation to latest Apple TV with tvOS 9.2 beta 3

First look: Apple adds voice dictation to latest Apple TV with tvOS 9.2 beta 3

This week's release of tvOS 9.2 beta 3 further addresses the device's text input shortcomings, giving users the ability to enter words using their voice, rather than the onscreen keyboard.

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Apple's biggest Florida store coming to Brickell City Centre in Miami

Apple's biggest Florida store coming to Brickell City Centre in Miami

Apple's largest-ever Florida outlet will debut within Brickell City Centre, a new open-air shopping mall launching in Miami this fall, according to reports.

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Deals: Gazelle paying extra for old MacBooks this week; 15" MacBook Pro for $1,599 ($400 off)

Deals: Gazelle paying extra for old MacBooks this week; 15

Got an old MacBook laying around? Gazelle this week wants to pay you an extra $25 in cash on top of its existing cash trade in value. Meanwhile — at $1,599 — this week's listing for Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro (2.2GHz, 16GB, 256GB) is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model, at $400 off MSRP.

New job listing hints at wider number of clock face options for Apple Watch

New job listing hints at wider number of clock face options for Apple Watch

Future versions of watchOS should incorporate more clock face options, building on the 12 already included, a new Apple job listing discovered by AppleInsider suggests.

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Belkin's ScreenCare+ Application System for iPhone launches at US Apple Stores

Belkin's ScreenCare+ Application System for iPhone launches at US Apple Stores

Accessory maker Belkin has partnered with Apple to bring its ScreenCare+ Application System to the iPhone maker's retail stores in America, allowing customers to have a screen protector professionally installed.

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Hackers trying to bribe Apple workers into handing over login information, report says

Hackers trying to bribe Apple workers into handing over login information, report says

Hackers are trying to bribe workers at Apple's Irish offices with thousands of euros, hoping to gain access to sensitive company login information, according to several people within the company.

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Russia's new Internet czar vows to make Apple & Google pay more taxes

Russia's new Internet czar vows to make Apple & Google pay more taxes

In an effort to bolster local competitors, Russia's new Internet adviser to president Vladimir Putin plans to raise taxes on American companies, singling out Apple, Google and Microsoft as targets.

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Monday, February 08, 2016

Munster: Apple likely to fold VR into 'Made for iPhone' program within 2 years

Munster: Apple likely to fold VR into 'Made for iPhone' program within 2 years

Following up on a recent flurry of Apple acquisitions and key hires from the augmented reality/virtual reality field, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes the iPhone maker plans to pivot on iOS in a bid for the mixed reality space within the next two years.

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Apple's Notes for Mac to support Evernote file imports in OS X 10.11.4

Apple's Notes for Mac to support Evernote file imports in OS X 10.11.4

Apple's Notes app, included as part of the upcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update, has been confirmed to support Evernote .enex file format imports in what could be a move to convert users to the iCloud native format.

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Apple open-sources Swift benchmarking suite

Apple open-sources Swift benchmarking suite

Apple on Monday took its Swift benchmark suite open source, providing developers access to a wide-ranging set of tools designed to track project performance and catch bugs in code written in the company's fledgling programming language.

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Lawfirm considers suit over iPhone's Touch ID-connected 'Error 53'

Lawfirm considers suit over iPhone's Touch ID-connected 'Error 53'

A Seattle-based lawfirm is considering a class action lawsuit against Apple, following reports of an "Error 53" message some iPhone owners have seen after having unofficial repairs done on their Touch ID sensor.

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Apple seeds third developer beta of OS X 10.11.4

Apple seeds third developer beta of OS X 10.11.4

Apple on Monday issued a third developer beta of its upcoming OS X 10.11.4 update, roughly two weeks after the release of the second.

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Killer Deal: Get a free 32GB Apple TV with 15" MacBook Pros, 21" iMac 4Ks and 27" iMac 5Ks

Killer Deal: Get a free 32GB Apple TV with 15

This week, AI readers can use exclusive coupons to grab a free 32GB Apple TV in addition to cash discounts with the purchase of all current 15" MacBook Pros, in addition to dozens of popular 21" iMac with Retina 4K display and 27" iMac with Retina 5K display configurations.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue attend Super Bowl 50 amid talks of NFL streaming deal

Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue attend Super Bowl 50 amid talks of NFL streaming deal

Apple CEO Tim Cook and his head of Internet endeavors — Eddy Cue — made an appearance at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, amid multiple reports the company is vying to stream NFL games.

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Apple drops third betas of iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 [u]

Apple drops third betas of iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2 [u]

Apple on Tuesday provided developers with new pre-release versions of the software that runs the company's mobile ecosystem, releasing iOS 9.3 beta 3, watchOS 2.2 beta 3, and tvOS 9.2 beta 3.

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Tommy Hilfiger's next fashion show to offer 'fast lane' for Apple Watch wearers

Tommy Hilfiger's next fashion show to offer 'fast lane' for Apple Watch wearers

For its upcoming New York Fashion Week show, clothing brand Tommy Hilfiger will reportedly be offering speedier entry for people wearing an Apple Watch, including a dedicated fast lane to usher them in.

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Apple rejects indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth over child violence

Apple rejects indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth over child violence

The sequel to cult indie game The Binding of Isaac will not be allowed in the App Store — at least for now — thanks to what Apple has reportedly deemed to be themes of violence toward children.

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Facebook app still an iPhone battery hog, testing shows

Facebook app still an iPhone battery hog, testing shows

Though Facebook has been trying to address power usage concerns through software updates, its main iOS app is still a drain on the iPhone's daily battery life, a report claimed on Monday.

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Apple Watch comes out ahead in study of fitness tracker privacy, security

Apple Watch comes out ahead in study of fitness tracker privacy, security

When it comes to the privacy and security of user data, the Apple Watch and its accompanying software ecosystem are the most well-designed products in the wearable marketplace, a new study shows.

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Indian government ready to push through approval of local Apple Stores - report

Indian government ready to push through approval of local Apple Stores - report

The Indian government is said to be preparing to fast-track approval of the country's first Apple Stores, detouring normal rules about foreign ownership.

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Apple sneaks into several Super Bowl 50 commercials

Apple sneaks into several Super Bowl 50 commercials

Apple didn't buy airtime during America's National Football League 2016 Super Bowl, but some of its products did turn up playing a cameo role in a variety of commercials.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

EditorialApple, Inc CEO Tim Cook's piqued peek at Peak iPhone

Apple, Inc CEO Tim Cook's piqued peek at Peak iPhone

Halfway through the last quarter, supply chain rumors of iPhone production cuts—purportedly "30 percent" of some unknown number—snowballed into an abominable snow-boogeyman of conjecture that claimed the end to iPhone growth was nigh and speculated about a downhill implosion of Apple's sales overall, an embarrassing lack of interest in Apple's newest iPhone 6s and a rapid evaporation of the world's most valuable company. They were wrong, here's why.

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ReviewReview: Parrot's Bebop Drone is lightweight, aimed at casual hobbyists

Review: Parrot's Bebop Drone is lightweight, aimed at casual hobbyists

The market for personal drones has grown exponentially over the last several years, led by consumer-oriented products from companies like Parrot. We got the chance to play with the firm's entry-level model, the Bebop Drone, designed for casual hobbyists looking to get their feet wet in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards

Apple offers free repairs for 2013 Mac Pros with defective video cards

Apple has launched a free repair program for 2013 Mac Pros dealing with faulty video cards, in some cases believed to be responsible for problems like distorted or non-existent graphics, as well as freezing, reboots, sudden shutdowns, or even a system failing to start.

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ReviewThe best Smart Connector keyboard for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Create

The best Smart Connector keyboard for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Create

The first two Smart Connector accessories for iPad Pro offer very different keyboard style experiences, each addressing two different types of tablet users. But which keyboard is best, Apple's Smart Keyboard or Logitech's Create? AppleInsider breaks down which accessory is best for you.

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How to watch Super Bowl 50 on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV

How to watch Super Bowl 50 on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV

It's Super Bowl weekend, and for cord cutters that usually means a visit to a bar or friend's house — but not this year, as NFL broadcast partner CBS has made the game available almost everywhere you look.

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This week on AI: Glimpses at Apple's plans for new iPhones, iPads, VR & more

This week on AI: Glimpses at Apple's plans for new iPhones, iPads, VR & more

This week saw teases about the plans for next-gen iPhones and iPads, as well as Apple Pay, cross-platform services, and even virtual reality. Apple was also hit with a massive penalty in the VirnetX patent case however, and saw Alphabet overtake it as the world's most valuable company — at least temporarily.

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Apple adds server-to-server web service requests to CloudKit

Apple adds server-to-server web service requests to CloudKit

Apple's CloudKit framework for automating apps' storage and retrieval of user data "in the cloud" has learned a new trick. Developers can now read and write data in their app's public database from a server-side process or script.

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TSMC, other Apple suppliers in Taiwan largely unaffected by deadly 6.4 earthquake

TSMC, other Apple suppliers in Taiwan largely unaffected by deadly 6.4 earthquake

A tragic earthquake has hit the city of Tainan in southern Taiwan, injuring 144, killing at least 5 people and causing the collapse of several large buildings. So far however, it appears that Apple's suppliers in the region have survived the quake without sustaining significant damage.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Apple Inc. shares reach ex-dividend as it gears up to distribute $2.9 billion to shareholders

Apple Inc. shares reach ex-dividend as it gears up to distribute $2.9 billion to shareholders

On February 11, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.52 per share, but investors must have had settled ownership of the company's stock by Monday February 8 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $2.898 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

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Apple Deals: $100 off 13" MacBook Airs with 8GB RAM; $400 off 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Apple Deals: $100 off 13

AI readers this week can save $370-$440 on Apple's most popular 15" MacBook Pros with 3 years of AppleCare included, plus a free AIO AirPrint photo printer, free shipping, and no tax in 48 states. Also, $100 off select 13" MacBook Airs, or $100+ off all 13" MacBook Airs with AppleCare plus a free Apple Super Drive.

Apple's rumored 4" iPhone to launch with hot pink color option, report says

Apple's rumored 4

Apple is working on three different color options for the launch of its much-rumored 4-inch iPhone, including a version closer in hue to a hot pink iPod than rose gold, a report said Friday.

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LeapFrog toy tablets out-jumped by Apple's iPad

LeapFrog toy tablets out-jumped by Apple's iPad

Northern California's educational toy tablet maker LeapFrog is selling itself to its Hong Kong-based competitor VTech for just $72 million, after years of declining sales. Apple leapfrogged the company with its more general purpose, albeit more expensive, iPad—which LeapFrog now develops apps for.

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Apple, Inc has filed for mistrial in $625M VirnetX lawsuit

Apple, Inc has filed for mistrial in $625M VirnetX lawsuit

After objecting to the closing arguments made by Caldwell, Cassady & Curry attorneys representing VirnetX, Apple has now filed a motion for mistrial in the case that awarded a $625 million verdict after just a week of testimony and deliberation.

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Apple acknowledges 'Error 53' glitch, says it's part of Touch ID security [u]

Apple acknowledges 'Error 53' glitch, says it's part of Touch ID security [u]

Apple on Friday publicly acknowledged an unusual "Error 53" message, triggered by updating an iPhone 6 to iOS 9 or later after having the phone's Touch ID sensor fixed by an unofficial technician. [Updated]

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Sharp takeover deal should be finalized by end of February, Foxconn CEO says

Sharp takeover deal should be finalized by end of February, Foxconn CEO says

The Foxconn bid to take over Sharp is now only awaiting finalized details between the two parties, Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou told reporters on Friday, indicating that Innovation Network Corp. has indeed been cut out of the loop.

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