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Saturday, December 16, 2017

VideoVideo: iPhone X vs Note 8 - Real World Comparison after 1 month

Video: iPhone X vs Note 8 - Real World Comparison after 1 month

I started out my smartphone experience right at the launch of the very first Android phone, HTC's G1 and stuck to that OS until the last couple years. We've been comparing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 against the iPhone 8 and iPhone X for over a month now and I think it's time to talk about the real world differences between these two flagship devices.

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EditorialHow the FCC's repeal of net neutrality could affect Apple

How the FCC's repeal of net neutrality could affect Apple

This week, the Federal Communications Commission rolled back net neutrality rules, sparking a firestorm of debate and speculation over the future of the internet in the U.S. But Apple, who supports net neutrality, finds itself in a unique position in the discussion: It is one of the few companies that has actually been affected by the kind of restrictive internet provider practices that net neutrality aimed to prevent.

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This week on AI: iMac Pro launch, Apple buys Shazam, FCC repeals net neutrality & more

This week on AI: iMac Pro launch, Apple buys Shazam, FCC repeals net neutrality & more

Somehow news accelerated this week, even with the impending Christmas holiday — the biggest stories being the launch of the iMac Pro, and Apple's takeover of song recognition service Shazam.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Weekend Apple Deals: iMacs from $949 ($400-$550 off); MacBook Pros as low as $1,169 (up to $1,000 off); plus 0% financing offers

Weekend Apple Deals: iMacs from $949 ($400-$550 off); MacBook Pros as low as $1,169 (up to $1,000 off); plus 0% financing offers

As we head into the last week before Christmas, Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on iMacs and MacBook Pros by up to $1,000, as well as tacking on special offers, such as free Office 365 or no interest financing for 6 to 12 months. Many deals end soon with limited quantities available.

Save $400-$1,055 in tax on iMac Pro pre-orders from Apple authorized resellers, plus 0% financing offers

Save $400-$1,055 in tax on iMac Pro pre-orders from Apple authorized resellers, plus 0% financing offers

With iMac Pro pre-orders officially underway, shoppers looking for the best deal on a new system can save $400 to $1,055 in tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ at B&H and Adorama. Those looking to finance their purchase can also take advantage of no interest financing for 12 months at Adorama.

Alibaba researchers reportedly jailbreak iOS 11.2.1 on iPhone X

Alibaba researchers reportedly jailbreak iOS 11.2.1 on iPhone X

Security researchers at Alibaba's Pandora Labs claims to have jailbroken Apple's recently released iOS 11.2.1 running on iPhone X, proving the latest version of the operating system contains vulnerabilities open to exploit.

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Apple's iTunes will not make promised year end debut on Microsoft Store

Apple's iTunes will not make promised year end debut on Microsoft Store

Earlier this year, Apple and Microsoft announced plans to release iTunes on the Windows Store, now called Microsoft Store, by the end of 2017. That timeline has been pushed back as Apple works to deliver an optimal user experience.

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FeatureWhy Apple opposes the FCC's repeal of net neutrality

Why Apple opposes the FCC's repeal of net neutrality

Apple was one of a number of parties that fought the repeal of net neutrality protections, originally instituted in 2015 during the Obama administration. The company has a lot of pragmatic reasons for taking a pro-neutrality stance.

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TipsGet more out of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' with these toys, tips and apps

Get more out of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' with these toys, tips and apps

With critical acclaim and unparalleled hype, the latest entry in the Luke Skywalker saga has arrived in theaters. If you just can't get enough "Star Wars," AppleInsider has you covered, with some of the coolest toys, best apps, games and more.

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Last call: 21" iMac 4K for $949; 27" iMac 5K for $1,299; high-end MacBook Pros from $1,999; plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

Last call: 21

While supplies last, Adorama is offering shoppers the lowest prices anywhere on a variety of Macs and iPads. Pick up a 27" iMac 5K for $1,299, the lowest price we've seen to date. Current 15" MacBook Pros are also up to $300 off, while a premium 13" Touch Bar is $200 off and iPads are $30 to $80 off. All with free shipping, no tax outside NY and NJ, and 0% financing incentives.

Court rejects US bid to intervene in Apple's appeal of EU tax ruling

Court rejects US bid to intervene in Apple's appeal of EU tax ruling

The European Union's General Court has refused a U.S. government request to intervene in Apple's appeal of a 2016 European Commission ruling, which ordered Ireland to collect approximately $15.3 billion in back taxes from the company.

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Apple buys original space drama TV series from 'Battlestar Galactica' creator

Apple buys original space drama TV series from 'Battlestar Galactica' creator

Ronald D. Moore, the brain behind the critically acclaimed remake of "Battlestar Galactica," will pen a new space drama for Apple, as the company continues its push into original TV content to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

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Apple's first Korean store expected to open on Dec. 30

Apple's first Korean store expected to open on Dec. 30

Apple's first-ever outlet in South Korea is reportedly scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 30, deepening a footprint in the home of key rivals — and suppliers — like Samsung and LG.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $300 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $300 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

First come, first served! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $300 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing offer

Long-running AOL Instant Messenger shuts down for good

Long-running AOL Instant Messenger shuts down for good

As promised, Verizon's Oath on Friday shut down AOL Instant Messenger, once as omnipresent on the internet as services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are today.

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India hikes import tax on cellphones, liable to hit Apple's iPhone hardest

India hikes import tax on cellphones, liable to hit Apple's iPhone hardest

The Indian government is raising import taxes on cellphones from 10 to 15 percent, which could put pressure on Apple to accelerate local iPhone manufacturing.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks GymKit, iMac Pro, and Jony Ive's return to product design

AppleInsider podcast talks GymKit, iMac Pro, and Jony Ive's return to product design

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the powerful iMac Pro and its custom T2 chip, GymKit and the opening up of NFC connectivity, and Jony Ive's return to focusing on product design.

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Celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with discounts on games for macOS and iOS

Celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with discounts on games for macOS and iOS

To celebrate the release of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in cinemas, games linked to the major movie franchise offer discounts or free items as a bonus to their players. AppleInsider has collected some of the better offers available on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so you can continue your 'Star Wars' experience long after watching the latest installment.

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Cisco debuts Cisco Security Connector app for enterprise iOS deployments

Cisco debuts Cisco Security Connector app for enterprise iOS deployments

As part of its partnership Apple, Cisco on Thursday released a new security app for iOS, called Cisco Security Connector, designed to give enterprise customers deep insight into, and control over, network activity in large device deployments.

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Samsung's Bixby-powered HomePod competitor to debut in first half of 2018, report says

Samsung's Bixby-powered HomePod competitor to debut in first half of 2018, report says

According to a report on Thursday, Samsung's smart home speaker is expected to debut in the first half of 2018 with support for the firm's Bixby virtual assistant, setting the device up for direct competition with Apple's delayed HomePod.

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TipsTake a movie theater bathroom break at the perfect time with RunPee app for iPhone

Take a movie theater bathroom break at the perfect time with RunPee app for iPhone

This weekend's highly anticipated release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" clocks in with an epic-length runtime of 2 hours and 32 minutes. That's a lot of Star Wars action for your eyeballs, but can your bladder handle it? If not, the iPhone app RunPee is here to help.

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Apple SVP Eddy Cue to participate in Q&A session at Pollstar Live! conference in February

Apple SVP Eddy Cue to participate in Q&A session at Pollstar Live! conference in February

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue will be making the rounds early next year when he takes part in a live Q&A session at Pollstar Live! 2018, an annual conference serving concert industry professionals.

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Apple details iMac Pro's T2 chip, which handles secure boot, system management, ISP, more

Apple details iMac Pro's T2 chip, which handles secure boot, system management, ISP, more

Though it flew largely under the radar, Apple introduced a new custom T2 chip in iMac Pro that combines a number of system controllers into a single secure package. The company detailed what, exactly, the silicon does in an update to its iMac Pro product webpage on Thursday.

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Pandora opens up on-demand music to free & Plus subscribers

Pandora opens up on-demand music to free & Plus subscribers

Pandora is gradually rolling out on-demand music to listeners without a Premium subscription, putting it more direct competition with Spotify, and offering at least one advantage over Apple Music.

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Apple launches podcast analytics service as iTunes Connect beta

Apple launches podcast analytics service as iTunes Connect beta

Apple made good on promises to launch an iTunes podcast analytics service on Thursday with a new iTunes Connect beta feature dedicated to tracking granular listener data, though the service is limited to iOS 11 devices.

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Deals: Apple's premium 15" MacBook Pro $1,999 w/ free Office 365; $1,000 off loaded model; plus no tax in 48 states & free next day delivery

Deals: Apple's premium 15

While supplies last, save up to $1,000 on 15" MacBook Pros (Late 2016). Pick up a high-end 2.7GHz config with 512GB of storage and Radeon 555 graphics for $1,999 with a free year of Office 365 Personal. Or opt for the loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model for $2,499, a deal we haven't seen since Cyber Monday. Plus, expedited shipping is free with no sales tax on orders outside NY and NJ.

VideoWhich iMac Pro configuration is right for you?

Which iMac Pro configuration is right for you?

If you've got questions about which iMac Pro to get, AppleInsider has answers in a video breaking down the specs of the machine — and how much it's going to cost you.

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Apple ships first self-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable in wake of iMac Pro launch

Apple ships first self-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable in wake of iMac Pro launch

Apple began selling its first-ever self-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable on Thursday, timed alongside the introduction of the iMac Pro, which has four Thunderbolt/USB-C ports for monitors, external storage, and other add-ons.

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Apple seeds first public betas of iOS 11.2.5 & tvOS 11.2.5

Apple seeds first public betas of iOS 11.2.5 & tvOS 11.2.5

Apple on Thursday issued the first public betas for two of its next planned point releases, iOS 11.2.5 and tvOS 11.2.5.

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Tim Cook writes opinion piece with Charles Koch urging Congress to protect 'Dreamers'

Tim Cook writes opinion piece with Charles Koch urging Congress to protect 'Dreamers'

Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing to campaign on behalf of 'Dreamers,' participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, by writing an opinion piece with Koch Industries chairman and chief executive Charles Koch demanding action from Congress over the issue.

Amazon spokeswoman confirms Apple TV 4K being processed for return to sale

Amazon spokeswoman confirms Apple TV 4K being processed for return to sale

The Apple TV 4K and Chromecast appear to be on their way back to Amazon sales listings after a two-year absence, according to a spokeswoman for the commerce giant.

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FCC votes to undo net neutrality protections despite public protests

FCC votes to undo net neutrality protections despite public protests

As predicted, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 along party lines to rescind net neutrality protections instituted under the Obama administration, potentially radically reshaping the nature of the U.S. internet.

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AppleCare+ price for iMac Pro remains unchanged at $169 despite new machine's cost

AppleCare+ price for iMac Pro remains unchanged at $169 despite new machine's cost

Apple is making the decision for customers acquiring the iMac Pro to pick up AppleCare+ with their purchase easier, by keeping the price of the extended warranty service the same as for the iMac despite the increase in hardware cost.

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Apple posts brief iPhone X Apple Pay tutorial video on YouTube

Apple posts brief iPhone X Apple Pay tutorial video on YouTube

Apple has added to its suite of instructional videos, with a new one discussing how to use Apple Pay for transactions at the point of sale.

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Disney paves way for streaming Netflix competitor, entertainment behemoth with $52.4B purchase of 21st Century Fox

Disney paves way for streaming Netflix competitor, entertainment behemoth with $52.4B purchase of 21st Century Fox

The Walt Disney Co., the major media conglomerate that has previously worked closely with Apple, has confirmed plans to acquire 21st Century Fox, with the $52.4 billion purchase of the entertainment rival likely to have major repercussions for the rest of the media industry.

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Apple Pay promotion launched, granting $5 iTunes gift card for some online shoppers

Apple Pay promotion launched, granting $5 iTunes gift card for some online shoppers

To celebrate the holiday season, and boost Apple Pay adoption, Apple has launched a promotion with select vendors that will award online purchasers that use the payment service a $5 App Store and iTunes gift card.

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Logic Pro X updated to take advantage of high core counts in the iMac Pro, future Mac Pro

Logic Pro X updated to take advantage of high core counts in the iMac Pro, future Mac Pro

Apple on Thursday issued an update to Logic Pro X, the firm's digital audio production tool, optimizing the performance of the software when used with the iMac Pro, as well as addressing an issue in High Sierra that prevented some users from working on their projects.

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Protests mount online and offline over impending FCC Net Neutrality vote

Protests mount online and offline over impending FCC Net Neutrality vote

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a possible repeal of net neutrality rules later today, but as the decision-making time draws closer, Internet users continue to fight the proposals of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, taking to Twitter and protesting outside government buildings to pass the message and attempt to influence the result.

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'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

Internet traffic coming into and out of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other companies was briefly redirected through a Russian provider on Wednesday, in what appears to have been a deliberate move.

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