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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

EditorialApple Watch 'collapsing sales' report actually shows Apple is crushing smartwatch sector

Apple Watch 'collapsing sales' report actually shows Apple is crushing smartwatch sector

Widely publicized study data reported by clickbait sites as evidence that Apple Watch sales have "plunged" and "are tanking" actually shows something completely different: that Apple has launched the most successful smartwatch product by a vast margin.

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Apple to hike international App Store prices, add new low-cost tiers in certain countries

Apple to hike international App Store prices, add new low-cost tiers in certain countries

In an email sent to developers on Tuesday, Apple announced upcoming App Store pricing adjustments slated to affect Mexico, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey, including new low-price tiers in select emerging markets.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Penn State researchers to investigate Apple Watch as learning tool

Penn State researchers to investigate Apple Watch as learning tool

An upcoming research program to be conducted by Penn State University staff is exploring the effect wearables like Apple Watch have on human behavior, with an eye on turning the device into a learning tool.

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Questionable report claims Apple Watch sales plummet from 200K units per day to less than 20K in US

Questionable report claims Apple Watch sales plummet from 200K units per day to less than 20K in US

According to research firm Slice Intelligence, which has been closely following Apple Watch performance since the device launched in April, sales averages are taking a nose dive in the U.S. as availability increases, but the firm offers little data to support the provided numbers.

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Apple stops signing iOS 8.3 just one week after 8.4 release

Apple stops signing iOS 8.3 just one week after 8.4 release

On Tuesday, Apple quietly stopped signing the code for iOS 8.3, preventing people from downgrading to the release from iOS 8.4 using iTunes.

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Apple Pay comes to 23 more US banks, sees early signs of UK support

Apple Pay comes to 23 more US banks, sees early signs of UK support

Apple on Tuesday added 23 more companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, simultaneously gearing up for the launch of the mobile payment service in the United Kingdom.

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Apple touts 'tested to the limit' iPhone & iPad cases in new online store campaign

Apple touts 'tested to the limit' iPhone & iPad cases in new online store campaign

Apple on Tuesday updated its virtual retail outlet with a new section that describes the company's approach to testing and approving the third-party cases it stocks for the iPhone and iPad.

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Sales of 53M iPhones in June quarter predicted to help propel Apple stock to $170, Brean Capital says

Sales of 53M iPhones in June quarter predicted to help propel Apple stock to $170, Brean Capital says

Apple's June quarter will come in higher than most on Wall Street expect, Brean Capital told investors on Monday, revealing it expects the company to have sold as many as 53 million iPhones in the three-month period.

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Withings' iPhone-compatible Activite, Activite Pop watches get automatic swim detection

Withings' iPhone-compatible Activite, Activite Pop watches get automatic swim detection

Withings on Tuesday announced the addition of automatic swim tracking to its iPhone-compatible Activite and Activite Pop smartwatches via a firmware update, with plans to further expand the feature in "coming months."

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TipsHow to get Beats Music's 'The Sentence' back on Apple Music

How to get Beats Music's 'The Sentence' back on Apple Music

While Apple has killed the user interface for The Sentence —Beats Music's flagship on-demand playlist creation feature —it hasn't removed the functionality from Apple Music entirely. AppleInsider shows you where it's hiding.

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Showtime's new cord-cutter channel launches on Apple TV with 30-day free trial

Showtime's new cord-cutter channel launches on Apple TV with 30-day free trial

Cable cutters can now access premium network Showtime, home to "Homeland" and "Dexter," via their Apple TV, which launched on Tuesday with a free 30-day trial period.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook joins roster of new trustees at Duke University

Apple CEO Tim Cook joins roster of new trustees at Duke University

North Carolina's Duke University on Tuesday announced the addition of several new members to its Board of Trustees, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, who will help direct the school's educational and fiscal policies.

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Samsung Electronics revenue slides 8.4% after mismanaged Galaxy S6 launch

Samsung Electronics revenue slides 8.4% after mismanaged Galaxy S6 launch

Samsung Electronics on Tuesday released its second-quarter earnings estimates, calling for significant drops in revenue and profits based on what one report claimed was a gross miscalculation of demand for the Galaxy S6 versus the S6 Edge.

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Apple Store at Queens Center in NYC to open on Saturday

Apple Store at Queens Center in NYC to open on Saturday

Apple's highly anticipated retail store at the Queens Center shopping mall in New York City will open this Saturday, July 11, the company has revealed.

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Apple patent adds magnetic drive actuation to UK-style folding pin USB adapter

Apple patent adds magnetic drive actuation to UK-style folding pin USB adapter

Continuing a seemingly never ending quest for smaller form factor products, Apple engineers dreamed up a compact folding pin USB adapter design with the convenience of push-button magnetic actuation, as detailed in a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.

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Apple Stores to start sales of first HomeKit-enabled thermostat on Tuesday

Apple Stores to start sales of first HomeKit-enabled thermostat on Tuesday

Apple online and brick-and-mortar stores on Tuesday will start selling ecobee3, the first Internet-connected thermostat compatible with Apple's iOS-based HomeKit framework.

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Monday, July 06, 2015

Apple's push into automotive spurs race to cash in on car-as-device gold rush

Apple's push into automotive spurs race to cash in on car-as-device gold rush

Rumors of automotive product entries from Apple and Google are prompting carmakers to look beyond traditional toward revenue streams fueled by data, the first being a reported joint overture for Nokia's HERE mapping service worth billions of dollars.

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Apple looks to reinstate Home Sharing with iOS 9, Eddy Cue says

Apple looks to reinstate Home Sharing with iOS 9, Eddy Cue says

Following revelations that Apple disabled the popular music Home Sharing feature with its latest iOS 8.4 update, SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Monday said the company is working to restore services for iOS 9.

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TipsHow to make Apple Music do more with Siri voice commands

How to make Apple Music do more with Siri voice commands

While Apple Music has drawn a lot of comparions with other streaming services, like Spotify and Google Music, on iOS it does have at least one special trick: Siri voice commands.

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Apple to reportedly debut co-designed third-party accessory packaging at Apple Stores next week

Apple to reportedly debut co-designed third-party accessory packaging at Apple Stores next week

Apple Stores will soon get a more uniform look as select third-party accessory makers adopt packaging co-designed by Apple, part of a larger transition toward a "premium feel" under retail chief Angela Ahrendts.

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Rapper recorded album by posting up at NYC Apple Store every day for 4 months

Rapper recorded album by posting up at NYC Apple Store every day for 4 months

A New York-based rapper has taken the phrase "demo unit" quite literally, saying that he parked himself at Apple's SoHo store in Manhattan five days a week, for sixteen weeks, so he could use the store's display computers to record a full-length album.

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Amazon brings Cloud Drive media, document access to iPhone & iPad

Amazon brings Cloud Drive media, document access to iPhone & iPad

Amazon on Monday released an official iOS client for Cloud Drive, allowing people to access content from the file storage service on their iPhone or iPad.

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Purported 'iPhone 6s' schematics back claims of 0.2mm thicker design for Force Touch

Purported 'iPhone 6s' schematics back claims of 0.2mm thicker design for Force Touch

An alleged schematic for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" may support claims that the device will be marginally thicker than its predecessor, presumably owing to design additions such as Force Touch.

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Google's Waze mapping service launches carpooling trial in Israel

Google's Waze mapping service launches carpooling trial in Israel

As Apple looks to expand its Maps effort with public transit information, Google its taking its Waze service in a different direction, debuting a new ride sharing feature that is being tested in Israel.

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GoPro launches compact, single-button Hero4 Session camera with iPhone connectivity

GoPro launches compact, single-button Hero4 Session camera with iPhone connectivity

GoPro on Monday announced a new $400 action camera, the Hero4 Session, a cube-shaped device said to be half as big and 40 percent lighter than other Hero4 models, while still offering many of the same features including wireless connectivity to Apple's iPhone.

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Worries about sales of Samsung's Galaxy S6 temper investor expectations ahead of earnings

Worries about sales of Samsung's Galaxy S6 temper investor expectations ahead of earnings

Korean investors have begun to back off their formerly hopeful predictions that Samsung's updated flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone could mitigate the conglomerate's recent financial freefall, thanks to seemingly lackluster sales of the new handsets.

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EditorialApple Music offers a peek into the future of Apple Inc, and its stark contrast to Google and Microsoft

Apple Music offers a peek into the future of Apple Inc, and its stark contrast to Google and Microsoft

Just in its first few days, the launch of Apple Music has demonstrated that Apple can competently execute outside of its core hardware business. That has implications for its future ambitions in TV and automotive, as well as highlighting the vast gulf between it, Google and Microsoft.

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

ReviewReview: Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i wireless game controller for iPhone and iPad

Review: Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i wireless game controller for iPhone and iPad

The Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i is the most affordable iPhone- and iPad-compatible wireless game controller on the market, and that alone will make it the ideal choice for many mobile gamers, even though its design has a few glaring issues.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

This week on AppleInsider: Apple Music, Beats 1, new iPods, car plans & more

This week on AppleInsider: Apple Music, Beats 1, new iPods, car plans & more

The week's news was dominated by the launch of Apple Music and Beats 1 on Tuesday, but other developments percolated under the surface — including Apple losing its last appeal of a long-fought e-book antitrust case.

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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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Friday, July 03, 2015

Apple Music scores another exclusive with Eminem's 'Phenomenal' music video

Apple Music scores another exclusive with Eminem's 'Phenomenal' music video

Eminem dropped an epic music video-cum-short film for his latest single "Phenomenal" on Friday as an Apple Music exclusive fraught with product placement courtesy of Apple Watch and iPhone.

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Dr. Dre to debut radio show 'The Pharmacy' as Apple Music exclusive on July 4th

Dr. Dre to debut radio show 'The Pharmacy' as Apple Music exclusive on July 4th

Rap mogul Dr. Dre on Friday announced a Fourth of July debut of a bi-weekly radio show called "The Pharmacy," which will launch on Saturday as an Apple Music exclusive focusing on West Coast jams.

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TipsHow Apple Music and the iCloud Music Library work with iTunes Match

How Apple Music and the iCloud Music Library work with iTunes Match

On its website Apple describes Apple Music and iTunes Match as "independent but complementary," but in fact the services are closely connected through a third feature: iCloud Music Library.

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Custom iPhone 6 paint job hints at what a rose gold Apple 'iPhone 6s' could look like

Custom iPhone 6 paint job hints at what a rose gold Apple 'iPhone 6s' could look like

Apple is rumored to offer its next-generation iPhone in a new rose gold color option, which has led to forgeries in the Far East attempting to imagine what the color might look like on a so-called "iPhone 6s."

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Apple's 'iPhone 6s' again said to be in production as parts leaks continue

Apple's 'iPhone 6s' again said to be in production as parts leaks continue

Late-week reports from the Asian supply chain continue to suggest that Apple's next-generation iPhone has begun to roll off of assembly lines, with some indications that the forthcoming device will sport a nearly identical outward appearance with slightly tweaked internals.

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Music streams surged to 135 billion songs ahead of Apple Music debut

Music streams surged to 135 billion songs ahead of Apple Music debut

During the first half of 2015 Americans streamed some 135 billion audio tracks and music videos over the Internet, despite the absence of any major new services such as Apple Music, according to newly-published data from market research firm Nielsen.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Music & the iPhone's 8th birthday, plus listener questions

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Music & the iPhone's 8th birthday, plus listener questions

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Neil Hughes and Shane Cole as we discuss the Apple Music launch, Beats 1 going live, and leaked new iPod colors. Shane and Neil have a word to say on cloud services and the small storage of the entry-level iPhone, and we briefly reminisce about our first iPhones from 8 years ago.

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