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Saturday, September 05, 2015

This week on AppleInsider: Cisco link-up, Sept. 9 rumors, Apple-made TV shows & more

This week on AppleInsider: Cisco link-up, Sept. 9 rumors, Apple-made TV shows & more

News was jam-packed ahead of Sept. 9's press event with Apple announcing a Cisco enterprise partnership, and a flood of rumors emerging about things like video content deals, the fourth-generation Apple TV, and a 21.5-inch 4K iMac.

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Apple installs banners, flags at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium ahead of Sept. 9 event

Apple installs banners, flags at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium ahead of Sept. 9 event

Apple is starting to dress up the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco with posters, banners and flags in preparation of a special event next week expected to include new iPhones, Apple TV hardware and more.

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BlackBerry spends $425M on secure iOS solutions provider Good Technology

BlackBerry spends $425M on secure iOS solutions provider Good Technology

BlackBerry on Friday announced the acquisition of mobility services firm Good Technology in what appears to be an attempt at protecting its position in secure mobile enterprise solutions before declining into complete irrelevancy.

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Rumor: Apple acquires real-time motion capture firm Faceshift

Rumor: Apple acquires real-time motion capture firm Faceshift

A report on Friday claims Apple has potentially purchased Faceshift, a Swiss firm working on real-time facial motion capture animation through proprietary markerless technology.

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Controversial 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' premieres online and at limited screenings

Controversial 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' premieres online and at limited screenings

Alex Gibney's documentary "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," which has been heavily criticized by Apple executives, made its official debut on Friday, appearing in a limited theatrical run, as well as on a variety of online services.

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Runtastic debuts Moment smartwatch, combining analog face & fitness tracking

Runtastic debuts Moment smartwatch, combining analog face & fitness tracking

Runtastic on Friday launched the Moment, a new smartwatch that employs a traditional analog watch face but with smartphone-connected fitness tracking.

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Philips at work on Hue Bridge to connect Hue lights to Apple's HomeKit

Philips at work on Hue Bridge to connect Hue lights to Apple's HomeKit

Philips is preparing to launch a device called the Hue Bridge, apprarently designed to link current Hue products with Apple's HomeKit platform, according to a now-deleted store page from a Dutch lighting retailer.

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Apple may introduce less expensive gold Apple Watch, new iPad keyboard next week - report

Apple may introduce less expensive gold Apple Watch, new iPad keyboard next week - report

Apple may still have a few surprises in store for its Sept. 9 event, including a "revamped iPad keyboard" and a less expensive gold variant of the current Apple Watch design, according to The New York Times.

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Wells Fargo says low expectations for Apple's Sept. 9 event could work to stock's advantage

Wells Fargo says low expectations for Apple's Sept. 9 event could work to stock's advantage

There's a feeling on Wall Street that everything is already known and expected heading into Apple's "Hey Siri" event, investment firm Wells Fargo said on Friday, suggesting that any potential surprises could help push the company's stock higher.

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Belgium's first Apple Store to open in Brussels on Toison d'Or on Sept. 19 [u]

Belgium's first Apple Store to open in Brussels on Toison d'Or on Sept. 19 [u]

Apple has reportedly confirmed plans to open its first Belgian store in the capital city of Brussels on Sept. 19, erecting a special construction barricade around a building on Avenue Toison d'Or. [updated]

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RBC reiterates $150 target for Apple stock, sees 'iPhone 6s' event boosting shares

RBC reiterates $150 target for Apple stock, sees 'iPhone 6s' event boosting shares

Apple's Sept. 9 event, where it is expected to introduce a new iPhone and Apple TV, will likely be a catalyst for shares of the company, RBC Capital Markets told investors on Friday, while reiterating its $150 price target.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast delves into the rumored Apple TV, 'iPhone 6s,' retail store designs & more

AppleInsider podcast delves into the rumored Apple TV, 'iPhone 6s,' retail store designs & more

With just a few days to go until Apple's Sept. 9 event, the AppleInsider podcast dives deep into the future of Apple TV, streaming content, rumors of new iMacs, new retail store designs, the next-generation iPhone, and an enterprise push with Cisco.

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Gazelle paying up to $480 cash for old iPhone trade-ins; vows to beat Apple, carrier offers until Sept 9th

Gazelle paying up to $480 cash for old iPhone trade-ins; vows to beat Apple, carrier offers until Sept 9th

If you plan to purchase an iPhone 6s later this month, now's the time to help fund that upgrade by making plans to trade in your existing iPhone before its value plummets. And for the next 7 days, Gazelle is offering up to $480 cash for old iPhones alongside a guarantee to beat any competitive offer from Apple or its big four US wireless partners.

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Friday, September 04, 2015

HBO GO activation page for Apple TV suggests support from Charter coming soon

HBO GO activation page for Apple TV suggests support from Charter coming soon

Charter Communications subscribers might soon be able to stream HBO programming to their Apple TV, as an updated HBO GO activation page now lists the U.S. cable company as a participating provider

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Sphero's BB-8 droid from Star Wars rolls into Apple Stores on Friday

Sphero's BB-8 droid from Star Wars rolls into Apple Stores on Friday

Sphero, maker of iOS-connected robot toys, is bringing The Force to Apple Stores this Friday when it introduces BB-8, a rolling ball model named after the astromech droid from Disney's upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Firefox for iOS preview launches in New Zealand, to hit App Store by year's end

Firefox for iOS preview launches in New Zealand, to hit App Store by year's end

It appears that Mozilla is making progress with its Firefox for iOS browser, as the company launched a limited trial program in New Zealand to shake out bugs and gather data ahead of a planned worldwide debut later this year.

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Apple launches new gaming-centric Twitter account ahead of expected Apple TV refresh

Apple launches new gaming-centric Twitter account ahead of expected Apple TV refresh

Apple activated a new Twitter account on Thursday dedicated to iOS App Store games and run by App Store editors, a move that some suggest could be tied to gaming capabilities for an expected Apple TV hardware refresh.

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Amazon buys mobile video services firm Elemental Technologies for a reported $500M

Amazon buys mobile video services firm Elemental Technologies for a reported $500M

Amazon on Thursday announced the acquisition of Elemental Technologies, a firm that provides video processing services for encoding and transcoding traditional media content for consumption smartphones, tablets and PCs.

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Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' to make early showing at this weekend's Telluride festival

Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' to make early showing at this weekend's Telluride festival

Although its official debut isn't scheduled until October, Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic will make an early showing at this weekend's Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.

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Microsoft updates Skype iPhone & iPad apps with overhauled interfaces, more

Microsoft updates Skype iPhone & iPad apps with overhauled interfaces, more

Microsoft on Thursday released major updates of its Skype apps for iPhone and iPad, redesigning their interfaces for better ease-of-use and more visual appeal, while giving iPad users access to options like location sharing and interactive notifications.

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Latest comScore figures show iPhone growing and cementing US marketshare

Latest comScore figures show iPhone growing and cementing US marketshare

Updated comScore analytics data published on Thursday suggests that Apple's U.S. smartphone share is still increasing in the U.S., despite the imminent arrival of new models.

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Apple Music team working on fixes, improvements through end of 2015, says iTunes VP

Apple Music team working on fixes, improvements through end of 2015, says iTunes VP

Apple still has "a bit of homework to be done" throughout the rest of 2015 to improve Apple Music, including fixing problems with the service's interface and handling of local iTunes libraries, an iTunes International VP said on Thursday.

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Rumor: Apple to launch 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display in October

Rumor: Apple to launch 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display in October

Apple's iMac lineup will gain a smaller 21.5-inch model with a 4K-resolution Retina display in the coming months, likely at the company's annual October media event, a new report claims.

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Judge denies Apple a retrial in Smartflash suit, but upholds decision to toss $533M damages against Apple

Judge denies Apple a retrial in Smartflash suit, but upholds decision to toss $533M damages against Apple

A Texas federal judge has refused to grant Apple a new trial in its fight against a Smartflash patent infringement lawsuit, but simultaneously declined to reconsider a decision to toss $532.9 million in damages that were originally awarded to Smartflash.

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Key 'iPhone 6s' upgrades reaffirmed to be Force Touch, rose gold color, improved cameras & Touch ID

Key 'iPhone 6s' upgrades reaffirmed to be Force Touch, rose gold color, improved cameras & Touch ID

When Apple announces its next-generation iPhones next week in San Francisco, the sales pitch for consumers will almost certainly include Force Touch, a new color option, and upgrades for Touch ID and the already class-leading camera system.

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Apple shows continued interest in fuel cell-powered devices with weeklong battery life

Apple shows continued interest in fuel cell-powered devices with weeklong battery life

Apple has showed continued interest in using hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its portable devices, echoing a functional iPhone 6 powered by hydrogen that was showcased just last week.

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New iMac displays said to improve color saturation via LED phosphor, sales could reach 1M this quarter

New iMac displays said to improve color saturation via LED phosphor, sales could reach 1M this quarter

Apple is soon expected to debut new models of its all-in-one iMac lineup with improved displays —an upgrade that one analyst has predicted will drive sales this quarter to 1 million units.

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Apple supplier Japan Display alludes to increased iPhone orders ahead of Sept. 9 event

Apple supplier Japan Display alludes to increased iPhone orders ahead of Sept. 9 event

Japan Display CEO Mitsuru Homma dropped some clues regarding Apple's upcoming iPhone release on Thursday, saying his company's biggest client, widely thought to be Apple, is increasing orders despite a soft Chinese market.

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Judge approves $415M settlement in Silicon Valley anti-poaching lawsuit

Judge approves $415M settlement in Silicon Valley anti-poaching lawsuit

A federal court judge has green-lit a joint $415 million settlement in an anti-poaching lawsuit involving Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, officially bringing the years-long case to a close.

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JetBlue mechanics choose iPad mini 3 for digital aircraft maintenance toolbox

JetBlue mechanics choose iPad mini 3 for digital aircraft maintenance toolbox

After putting iPad 4 into operation as an electronic flight bag in 2013, then iPad mini 3 for in-flight cabin services this year, U.S. airline JetBlue is turning to Apple's tablet platform to aid aircraft maintenance technicians.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Facebook, casual games dominate list of most popular iOS apps of all time

Facebook, casual games dominate list of most popular iOS apps of all time

According to fresh statistics from analytics firm App Annie published on Wednesday, social media giant Facebook is responsible for four of the top ten most downloaded iOS apps of all time, with Google and Apple titles in tow.

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New 'iPhone 6s' photos reportedly confirm slightly larger design

New 'iPhone 6s' photos reportedly confirm slightly larger design

A set of photos posted to the Web on Wednesday supposedly show a next-generation iPhone partially assembled from leaked parts being measured with a pair of calipers, revealing the device is slightly larger than current models in all dimensions.

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Google Nexus event rumored for Sept. 29 with new phones, Android 6.0

Google Nexus event rumored for Sept. 29 with new phones, Android 6.0

Google is reportedly planning to host a Sept. 29 press event in San Francisco, at which it will reveal two new Nexus smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, James Bay, more added to Apple Music Festival lineup

The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, James Bay, more added to Apple Music Festival lineup

Apple on Wednesday revealed more information about its upcoming Apple Music Festival slated to kick off later this month, adding The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, James Bay, Leon Bridges and Take That to the list of artists set to perform live in front of UK fans.

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Motorola debuts second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch, first-gen Moto 360 Sport

Motorola debuts second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch, first-gen Moto 360 Sport

Motorola on Wednesday introduced two new versions of its Moto 360 smartwatch, including a second-generation flagship device and separate edition specifically for fitness, the Moto 360 Sport.

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Apple Music seen as gateway for streaming TV service, may need 30M subscribers to succeed

Apple Music seen as gateway for streaming TV service, may need 30M subscribers to succeed

The recent launch of Apple Music —while important to the future development of iTunes — is also thought to be part of a larger effort to push consumers toward Apple's long-rumored web television service by softening the ground for monthly subscriptions.

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CBS to stream Super Bowl 50, AFC playoffs & two regular-season NFL games free to Apple TV

CBS to stream Super Bowl 50, AFC playoffs & two regular-season NFL games free to Apple TV

CBS on Wednesday announced that it will stream the Super Bowl, the AFC playoffs, and two regular-season NFL games to a wide range of devices and platforms, including Apple TV, for free, with no authentication required.

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iOS 9's News app grows to 50 publishers amid Safari ad blocking worries

iOS 9's News app grows to 50 publishers amid Safari ad blocking worries

When its News app launches this fall alongside iOS 9, Apple will have over 50 publishing partners on board, a report revealed on Wednesday.

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Rumor: New colors coming to Apple Watch Sport Band lineup next week

Rumor: New colors coming to Apple Watch Sport Band lineup next week

Current and future Apple Watch owners will reportedly have a number of new color options to choose from when picking out a Sport Band for their wearable, as Apple is said to have prepared an expanded range of color options that will be unveiled on Sept. 9.

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