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Friday, May 27, 2016

Apple eyes Apple Pay expansion into Asia and Europe, looks to roll out in 'every significant market'

Apple eyes Apple Pay expansion into Asia and Europe, looks to roll out in 'every significant market'

Addressing this week's Apple Pay expansion in Singapore, segment vice president Jennifer Bailey said Apple is "working rapidly" to deploy the payments platform in Asia and Europe on the way to launching in every major market the company's products are sold.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Apple can add 62M iOS users in India but it won't be easy, analyst says

Apple can add 62M iOS users in India but it won't be easy, analyst says

Investment firm Piper Jaffray estimates India could contribute some 62 million iOS device users to Apple's user base if the company successfully ramps its presence up to China levels, but a comparatively low-income population and strict government policies presage a rough path ahead.

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Apple TV nets Bravo, E! and Syfy content with new tvOS apps

Apple TV nets Bravo, E! and Syfy content with new tvOS apps

As of Thursday, pay TV subscribers who also own a fourth-generation Apple TV can stream the latest shows from NBCUniversal channels Bravo, E! and Syfy through dedicated apps Bravo Now, E! Now and Syfy Now.

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Google staves off Oracle code copyright claim

Google staves off Oracle code copyright claim

Putting an end to a contentious trial, a jury on Thursday found that Google's implementation of 37 Java APIs in Android represented fair use — rebuffing complaints by Java's nominal owner, Oracle.

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Updated Apple TV may form foundation of Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor - report

Updated Apple TV may form foundation of Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor - report

While Apple is indeed said to be working on competition for Amazon's Echo voice assistant, it should come in the form of an upgraded Apple TV instead of a separate speaker-like device, a report claimed on Thursday.

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Rumor: leaked schematics reaffirm dual-lens camera, Smart Connector for 'iPhone 7 Plus'

Rumor: leaked schematics reaffirm dual-lens camera, Smart Connector for 'iPhone 7 Plus'

New sets of alleged "iPhone 7" and "7 Plus" schematics purportedly leaked on Thursday may support rumors the Plus will ship with a dual-lens camera and a Smart Connector, although the standard model may still have some form of camera upgrade.

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VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime and iMessage, add $190 million to patent payout

VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime and iMessage, add $190 million to patent payout

Intensifying its patent infringement case against Apple, VirnetX has asked a Texas court to order an injunction against FaceTime, iMessage, and a VPN feature, while simultaneously asking for greater damage payments on top of $625.6 million awarded earlier this year.

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Pixelmator for Mac gets new Quick and Magnetic selection tools, Retouch extension for Photos

Pixelmator for Mac gets new Quick and Magnetic selection tools, Retouch extension for Photos

Pixelmator Team on Thursday updated its namesake Mac image editor with two new selection tools, and a Retouch extension for Apple's OS X Photos app.

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Apple pondered Time Warner buyout in 2015 - report

Apple pondered Time Warner buyout in 2015 - report

Eddy Cue, Apple's head of internet software and services, raised the idea of his company buying Time Warner in talks with the media giant late last year, a report said on Thursday.

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Apple invention turns Lightning headphones into smart walkie-talkies

Apple invention turns Lightning headphones into smart walkie-talkies

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a somewhat unusual Apple invention detailing a communications platform that ditches cellular in favor of direct, point-to-point network technology.

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Deals: Where to grab the lowest prices on Apple's MacBooks this Memorial Day weekend

Deals: Where to grab the lowest prices on Apple's MacBooks this Memorial Day weekend

This Memorial Day weekend, save up to $300 on popular 13" and 15" MacBook Pros when you pair instant discounts with exclusive coupons. Or snap up a 2015 12" MacBook for only $964 with 3 free accessories, free shipping and no sales tax in most states.

Energy consumption concerns loom over Apple's proposed Irish data center

Energy consumption concerns loom over Apple's proposed Irish data center

In a hearing in Galway, Ireland on Tuesday, Apple fielded concerns from locals regarding a planned data center that is shaping up to be the country's largest consumer of electricity, with some estimates placing usage rates surpassing Dublin's entire daily supply.

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Google preps self-driving car facility near Detroit as Chrysler partnership ramps up

Google preps self-driving car facility near Detroit as Chrysler partnership ramps up

Google on Wednesday announced plans to launch a "self-driving technology development center" in Novi, Mich., just outside the home of the American auto industry in Detroit.

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China's Xiaomi shows off new $460 4K camera drone

China's Xiaomi shows off new $460 4K camera drone

The race to the bottom has reached the drone market, as infamous copycat Xiaomi on Wednesday revealed a pair of new camera-equipped drones that work with the company's smartphones.

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Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 workers with robots

Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 workers with robots

Apple's primary manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has replaced 60,000 people with robots at a single factory in Kunshan, China, a report said on Wednesday.

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Apple working on charging infrastructure for electric cars - report

Apple working on charging infrastructure for electric cars - report

Apple is talking with firms which provide vehicle charging stations and hiring engineers with experience in the field as it works on a means of charging its rumored electric car, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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Microsoft set to axe nearly 2,000 jobs in bid to 'streamline' smartphone biz

Microsoft set to axe nearly 2,000 jobs in bid to 'streamline' smartphone biz

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a restructuring of its mobile hardware group that will see as many as 1,850 employees — most of them former Nokia staffers — lose their jobs as the company looks to right the listing smartphone ship.

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Indian finance minister shoots down prospect of local Apple Stores - report

Indian finance minister shoots down prospect of local Apple Stores - report

India's finance minister has reportedly ratified a ruling that Apple must follow local sourcing rules, potentially halting the company's near-term attemps to launch its first stores in the country.

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24 Hour Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi, Silver) for $499.00 with free case

24 Hour Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi, Silver) for $499.00 with free case

For the next 24 hours, Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo's Deal Zone Deal of the Day offers the lowest price we've seen on Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi Only) in Silver, Space Gray, or Gold at $499.00 with free shipping, a free case, and no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Winners of the WaterField Designs MacBook bag giveaway announced [Carl J. and Tyler D.]

Winners of the WaterField Designs MacBook bag giveaway announced [Carl J. and Tyler D.]

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, Carl J. and Tyler D., who scored a handcrafted laptop bag from WaterField Designs in the color of their choosing.

Plaintiffs try to keep 'Error 53' lawsuit against Apple alive, say reimbursement not enough

Plaintiffs try to keep 'Error 53' lawsuit against Apple alive, say reimbursement not enough

Apple's motion to dismiss a pending class action lawsuit related to the infamous "Error 53" Touch ID issue was countered in a recent court filing claiming the company's remedial actions, which include an iOS software update and reimbursement efforts, are inadequate.

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Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay support to six models, report says

Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay support to six models, report says

Korean carmaker Hyundai plans to integrate CarPlay compatibility into a total of eight 2015 and 2016 vehicles, bringing the firm closer to offering Apple's infotainment system across its entire lineup.

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Apple brings iOS 9 Spotlight Suggestions to 7 more markets, adds NBC to Apple TV's universal search

Apple brings iOS 9 Spotlight Suggestions to 7 more markets, adds NBC to Apple TV's universal search

Apple on Tuesday made a pair of improvements to its search services by bringing iOS 9's Spotlight Suggestions to seven more markets and adding NBC as an item in the fourth-generation Apple TV's universal search results.

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Apple Pay nets five major banks in Singapore to cover over 80% of Visa and MasterCard holders

Apple Pay nets five major banks in Singapore to cover over 80% of Visa and MasterCard holders

Just over one month after Apple Pay rolled out to iPhone and Apple Watch users in Singapore through American Express integration, Apple on Tuesday announced new partnerships with five local banks that bring with them support for credit and debit cards issued by Visa and MasterCard.

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Apple seeks lawyer with HIPAA expertise for health initiative

Apple seeks lawyer with HIPAA expertise for health initiative

An Apple job listing on Monday reveals the company is looking to hire a seasoned attorney with health privacy expertise to take on the role of Privacy Counsel , suggesting a health and medical systems expansion could be in the works.

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Adonit ships new Pixel stylus to compete with Apple Pencil

Adonit ships new Pixel stylus to compete with Apple Pencil

Stylus maker Adonit on Tuesday launched its latest model, the Pixel, advancing its own technology and responding to new competition provided by Apple Pencil.

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Apple releases first iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6 public betas with minor bug fixes [u]

Apple releases first iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6 public betas with minor bug fixes [u]

Apple on Tuesday released the first public beta versions of iOS 9.3.3 and OS X 10.11.6, both maintenance updates that bring minor bug fixes and performance improvements to iOS and Mac devices.

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Apple looks to debut Siri SDK at WWDC, developing Amazon Echo competitor

Apple looks to debut Siri SDK at WWDC, developing Amazon Echo competitor

Five years after Siri launched with iPhone 4S, Apple is reportedly preparing to open its virtual assistant platform up to third-party developers through a dedicated SDK, and might dive deeper into AI services by embedding the technology into a speaker type device similar to Amazon's Echo.

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Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as encryption battles heat up

Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as encryption battles heat up

Apple has re-hired Jon Callas, a cryptography expert responsible for much of Apple's security technology over the years, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

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Pebble unveils Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches, 3G-enabled Core running accessory

Pebble unveils Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches, 3G-enabled Core running accessory

Pebble on Tuesday launched two new smartwatches on Kickstarter, the Pebble 2 and the Time 2, along with a new accessory, the Core — aimed at people who want to go running without their smartphone, as well as hacking enthusiasts.

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Eric Schmidt says he uses an iPhone, but claims to prefer Samsung's Galaxy

Eric Schmidt says he uses an iPhone, but claims to prefer Samsung's Galaxy

Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt has owned up to the worst-kept secret in Silicon Valley: that the leader of the Android mothership leans on an arch rival for his day-to-day communications.

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Local sourcing rules may still block Apple Stores from expanding into India

Local sourcing rules may still block Apple Stores from expanding into India

Apple may not have secured permission to open its first stores in India after all, though the company has not been shut out of the process, a report said on Tuesday.

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Tim Cook hints Apple pushing further into health through Apple Watch & other devices

Tim Cook hints Apple pushing further into health through Apple Watch & other devices

Apple is hoping to venture deeper into health tracking, through the Apple Watch and beyond, CEO Tim Cook hinted on Tuesday during a talk at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Breaking
New 13" MacBook to launch in Q3, end development of MacBook Air insider says

New 13

Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple to launch a next-generation 13-inch MacBook model in the third quarter of 2016, which would expand the company's thin-and-light lineup directly into 13-inch MacBook Pro territory.

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Breaking
Touch ID, OLED touch bar to highlight thinner MacBook Pro models in Q4

Touch ID, OLED touch bar to highlight thinner MacBook Pro models in Q4

Apple is expected to drastically revamp its flagship laptop line in the second half of 2016, according to one informed insider, with the slimmed down 13- and 15-inch models said to sport Touch ID, an OLED display touch bar, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, among other improvements.

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Will.i.am debuts i.am+ EPs earphones as Apple Store exclusive

Will.i.am debuts i.am+ EPs earphones as Apple Store exclusive

Musician will.i.am's "i.am+" tech brand on Monday released a pair of pricey Bluetooth earphones dubbed the "EPs," with initial sales to be exclusive to Apple's online and brick-and-mortar retail stores.

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IDC: $200-350 Chromebooks shipped 37% more U.S. units in Q1 vs Apple's $1,200 MacBooks

IDC: $200-350 Chromebooks shipped 37% more U.S. units in Q1 vs Apple's $1,200 MacBooks

Google's Chrome OS partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung and Lenovo collectively shipped 37 percent more low-priced netbooks than the number of premium laptops Apple sold during the quarter in the U.S., although most of those Chromebook sales were to K-12 schools.

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Alleged 'iPhone 7' production plates, schematics show no sign of Smart Connector

Alleged 'iPhone 7' production plates, schematics show no sign of Smart Connector

Adding to a growing pile of supposed parts leaks, a set of images posted to the web on Monday suggest Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7" series will indeed sport a larger rear camera aperture, as well as a dual-camera array for the larger "Plus" model, but might ship without a Smart Connector as previous rumors claimed.

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Philips' HomeKit compatible Hue white ambiance bulbs now for sale

Philips' HomeKit compatible Hue white ambiance bulbs now for sale

Philips on Monday announced immediate availability of Hue White Ambiance bulbs and starter kits, an addition to the company's smart light bulb lineup capable of integrating with Apple's HomeKit smart home framework.

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