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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Future iPhones might collect fingerprints, photos of thieves

Future iPhones might collect fingerprints, photos of thieves

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes a method of storing an unauthorized user's biometric information, which can help strengthen security management or assist in device recovery and criminal prosecution in the case of a theft.

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Apple Music Festival to feature Elton John, Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, others

Apple Music Festival to feature Elton John, Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, others

Apple on Thursday announced the full lineup of its upcoming Apple Music Festival slated to kick off on Sept. 18 in London, where music industry icons like Elton John and Alicia Keys will take the stage at the historic Roundhouse theater with up and coming stars including Chance the Rapper and The 1975.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Frank Ocean's Apple Music releases potentially mark beginning of end for streaming exclusives

Frank Ocean's Apple Music releases potentially mark beginning of end for streaming exclusives

After four years out of the spotlight, Frank Ocean last week debuted not one, but two new albums on Apple Music. And while the rare double release delighted fans, it raised the ire of one of the world's biggest record labels, potentially marking the beginning of the end for streaming exclusives.

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Apple ceases code signing for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, blocks Pangu jailbreak

Apple ceases code signing for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, blocks Pangu jailbreak

Apple on Wednesday stopped signing code for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, meaning device users who upgraded to the most recent iOS 9.3.4 version, or who have not yet upgraded from iOS 9.3.1, are no longer able to access the release.

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Apple suggests five new professional emoji be added to Unicode Standard

Apple suggests five new professional emoji be added to Unicode Standard

As the Unicode Consortium evaluates a proposed update to emoji standards that includes new Google-recommended characters representing various professions, Apple in August submitted its own suggestion to add another five jobs to the list.

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macOS Sierra beta points to future Macs equipped with 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2

macOS Sierra beta points to future Macs equipped with 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2

Upcoming Macs may support USB 3.1 Gen 2, enabling peripheral speeds up to a maximum 10 gigabits per second, code discovered in macOS Sierra suggests.

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Suspect order assembly sheet purports to confirm 256GB 'iPhone 7' capacity

Suspect order assembly sheet purports to confirm 256GB 'iPhone 7' capacity

A noted smartphone product leaker known for collecting data from Chinese manufacturers has published an assembly sheet for the "iPhone 7," but there does not appear to be any clear designation on the paper that directly points to Apple as the client.

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US Treasury takes last stab at deterring tax judgment against Apple & Ireland

US Treasury takes last stab at deterring tax judgment against Apple & Ireland

The U.S. Treasury Department issued a special white paper on Wednesday, threatening that it will "consider potential responses" should the European Commsission demand that Ireland collect billions of euros in back taxes from Apple.

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TipsHow to use your iPhone to see what political affiliation Facebook thinks you have

How to use your iPhone to see what political affiliation Facebook thinks you have

Facebook stores a significant amount of data on every user, including details about devices and operating systems you've used to access the service, and what political affiliation you may be. Here's how to find out what the world's largest social network knows about you.

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Microsoft updates Word Flow iOS keyboard with built-in search tools, 3D Touch & more

Microsoft updates Word Flow iOS keyboard with built-in search tools, 3D Touch & more

Microsoft has released a significant 2.0 upgrade of its Word Flow keyboard for the iPhone, mainly adding a wide range of integrated search functions.

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Siri's voice to benefit from machine learning improvements in Apple's iOS 10

Siri's voice to benefit from machine learning improvements in Apple's iOS 10

When iOS 10 arrives this fall — most likely in September — Siri's voice should sound a little more natural thanks to machine learning technology Apple is implementing, an interview revealed on Wednesday.

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French & German interior ministers call on EU to enable access to encrypted data

French & German interior ministers call on EU to enable access to encrypted data

In a joint press conference in Paris on Tuesday, the interior ministers of France and Germany called on the European Commission to enact laws that would give countries on-demand access to encrypted communications under some circumstances.

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Deals: $100 off 2016 12" MacBooks; 12.9" iPad Pro for $590; 30% off plus free shipping at Zagg

Deals: $100 off 2016 12

Shoppers this week can snap up triple-digit savings on 2016 12" MacBooks. Or pick up a refurbished 12.9" iPad Pro for $589.99 with a 2-year warranty. Accessories are also 30% off at Zagg with free shipping.

FeatureTim Cook's crucial role at Apple extends well beyond his 5 years as CEO

Tim Cook's crucial role at Apple extends well beyond his 5 years as CEO

Though Wednesday marks the five-year anniversary of Tim Cook officially taking reins at Apple, he actually oversaw the company's day-to-day operations well before he was named CEO, and during some of its most difficult days.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to score the lowest prices anywhere on 27-inch iMac 5Ks, 15-inch MacBook Pros and remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks bundled with AppleCare. Save up to $430 instantly with free shipping and no tax in most states.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tim Cook's fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton set for tonight

Tim Cook's fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton set for tonight

Later on Wednesday, Apple chief Tim Cook will reportedly host a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who so far has more support among Silicon Valley workers and executives than her Republican rival, Donald Trump.

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Unlikely photos of "iPhone 6 SE" packaging appear, contain some questionable details

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A series of photos have popped up purporting to show packaging for a new "iPhone 6 SE," but may be photo manipulations, combining the iPhone 6 and iPhone SE boxes.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Retailers, payments association side with Australian banks over Apple Pay negotiations

Retailers, payments association side with Australian banks over Apple Pay negotiations

Major retailers and payments associations filed letters in support of a regulatory request from Australia's three top banks that would force Apple into collective negotiations over third-party access to iPhone's secure NFC module.

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ITC judge rules Fitbit did not steal trade secrets from Jawbone

ITC judge rules Fitbit did not steal trade secrets from Jawbone

An International Trade Commission judge on Tuesday cleared fitness tracker maker Fitbit of allegedly stealing corporate secrets from competitor Jawbone, ruling out the potential of a U.S. import ban.

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Spotify looks to squeeze record labels over streaming rights ahead of IPO

Spotify looks to squeeze record labels over streaming rights ahead of IPO

Coming off a year of heavy net losses, Spotify, the world's largest music streaming service, is attempting to negotiate better terms with record labels as it prepares for a potential initial public offering next year.

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Pinterest absorbs offline reading service Instapaper

Pinterest absorbs offline reading service Instapaper

Popular clipping site Pinterest on Tuesday announced the takeover of Instapaper, a mainstay in the offline reading services world.

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UK supermarket giant Asda tests support for Apple Pay

UK supermarket giant Asda tests support for Apple Pay

Major U.K. supermarket chain Asda is currently in real-world testing of Apple Pay, despite its parent company, Walmart, not offering any compatibility whatsoever in North America.

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Sony brings wireless PS4 DualShock 4 controller support to Mac with new $25 dongle

Sony brings wireless PS4 DualShock 4 controller support to Mac with new $25 dongle

Mac gamers will gain full functionality with Sony's DualShock 4 controller, including touchpad, vibration, and stereo headset jack — via a new USB wireless adapter priced at $24.99.

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Touch controllers on iPhone 6, 6 Plus failing in specific way for some users

Touch controllers on iPhone 6, 6 Plus failing in specific way for some users

A handful of users of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are reporting manifestation of display aberrations and inconsistent touch functionality — and a screen replacement doesn't fix the problem.

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Pyle launches low-end attack on GoPro with iPhone- & Apple Watch-connected $80 4K camera

Pyle launches low-end attack on GoPro with iPhone- & Apple Watch-connected $80 4K camera

The newest affordable action camera from electronics maker Pyle Audio captures 4K video at 120 frames per second, along with offering iOS connectivity and an array of mounting accessories.

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Apple to reopen Thousand Oaks store on Saturday, close Cambridge shop for renovations

Apple to reopen Thousand Oaks store on Saturday, close Cambridge shop for renovations

Apple is set to reopen one outlet in Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Saturday, and will close another in Cambridge, Mass. just a day later to begin renovations.

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Giveaway: Win a Stanley Stand and iPhone Wally Wallet Case from Distil Union

Giveaway: Win a Stanley Stand and iPhone Wally Wallet Case from Distil Union

Distil Union is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of five bundles containing a Stanley Stand and iPhone Wally Wallet Case.

Lyft president says ridesharing service isn't looking to sell, blames Uber for rumors

Lyft president says ridesharing service isn't looking to sell, blames Uber for rumors

Ridesharing service Lyft is not actively looking for a buyer, though it has been approached by interested parties in the past, according to the company's president.

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Facebook tests new autoplaying videos with sound for iOS users

Facebook tests new autoplaying videos with sound for iOS users

Facebook on Tuesday began a limited test of new video autoplay technology for its mobile app, including a version that begins playing audio automatically as a person scrolls past a clip in their News Feed.

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Deals: $400 of 21" iMac; $270 off 13" MacBook Pro; 8GB 13" Air for $800; $120 off 12.9" iPad Pro

Deals: $400 of 21

Shoppers this week can snap up a 21" iMac for $899. Or pick up a 128GB 12.9" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) for $959 at B&H. Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro is also marked down to $1,030 on eBay, while the 13" Air with 8GB of memory is $200 off, and a refurbished 32GB 12.9" iPad Pro with a 2-year warranty is $589.99 at Daily Steals.

Primax tipped to be building dual-lens camera modules for 'iPhone 7 Plus'

Primax tipped to be building dual-lens camera modules for 'iPhone 7 Plus'

A Taiwanese supplier, Primax Electronics, will be manufacturing at least some of the dual-lens camera modules for Apple's "iPhone 7" line, a report indicated on Tuesday.

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Apple-licensed iPod navigation patent invalidated by US regulatory agency

Apple-licensed iPod navigation patent invalidated by US regulatory agency

A patent that Creative Technologies used in the beginning of the century against the iPod forcing a $100 million payout by Apple has been invalidated, saving the rest of the smartphone industry from costly settlements and protracted legal battles.

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Apple patent details visual-based AR navigation, confirms Flyby Media acquisition

Apple patent details visual-based AR navigation, confirms Flyby Media acquisition

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a method of device localization — mapping — using computer vision and inertial measurement sensors, one of the first inventions to be reassigned from this year's acquisition of augmented reality startup Flyby Media.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Samsung to shut down Milk Music streaming service in September

Samsung to shut down Milk Music streaming service in September

Samsung on Monday announced it will officially end Milk Music streaming services in September, bringing an end to the company's in-house product that launched in the U.S. only two years ago.

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Amazon looks to debut Echo-only streaming music service, undercut industry pricing by half

Amazon looks to debut Echo-only streaming music service, undercut industry pricing by half

In a move that undercuts the entire streaming music industry, online retail giant Amazon is reportedly developing $4 or $5 per month subscription service that could see release next month. The catch: the service only works with Amazon Echo hardware.

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Apple issues sixth public, seventh developer betas of macOS Sierra

Apple issues sixth public, seventh developer betas of macOS Sierra

Apple on Monday released sixth public and seventh developer previews of macOS Sierra, continuing to pave the way for a final release due sometime this fall.

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Sony readies its first aftermarket receiver with Apple CarPlay support

Sony readies its first aftermarket receiver with Apple CarPlay support

Expanding CarPlay's so-far limited number of aftermarket upgrade options, Sony has announced the XAV-AX100, its first receiver to support the Apple platform.

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10th anniversary Apple Music Festival to start Sept. 18 in London

10th anniversary Apple Music Festival to start Sept. 18 in London

Apple on Monday announced the 10th anniversary Apple Music Festival, which will run from Sept. 18 through 30 at London's Roundhouse.

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Samsung adopting Apple-like plan to sell refurbished smartphones

Samsung adopting Apple-like plan to sell refurbished smartphones

Samsung is reportedly planning a dip into first-party sales of refurbished phones, pursuing a strategy similar to Apple in an effort to boost profits.

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