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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Google offers 'short term fix' to help ad publishers bypass Apple's iOS 9 security protocol

Google offers 'short term fix' to help ad publishers bypass Apple's iOS 9 security protocol

Google on Thursday informed developers of a five-line bit of code crafted to sidestep Apple's upcoming App Transport Security encryption feature in iOS 9 by creating HTTPS exceptions, which could in some cases block mobile ads from appearing.

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Apple's customer service suffers in Q2, study says

Apple's customer service suffers in Q2, study says

A study from market research firm StellaService published this week seemingly reveals a rapid decline in Apple's customer service capabilities, from a slight slip in shipping fulfillment to longer wait times for online and phone support.

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September iPhone event marks return of live stream for Windows users

September iPhone event marks return of live stream for Windows users

Next month's iPhone event will mark the first time in recent history that Windows users will be able to officially live-stream an Apple presentation, the company quietly revealed on Thursday through the event's website.

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Square launches Appointments iPhone app for booking, managing clients

Square launches Appointments iPhone app for booking, managing clients

Mobile payment firm Square on Thursday launched Square Appointments, a combination service and iPhone app for businesses dependent on client bookings.

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Instagram loosens limits, enables portrait, landscape modes for photo & video

Instagram loosens limits, enables portrait, landscape modes for photo & video

Facebook on Thursday released an update to its Instagram apps for iOS and Android, opening up the media-sharing service to posts in landscape and portrait ratios.

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PayAnywhere to launch Apple Pay-compatible card reader at Apple Stores

PayAnywhere to launch Apple Pay-compatible card reader at Apple Stores

A company called PayAnywhere is preparing to launch a self-named card reader that could help bring Apple Pay support to small businesses, which have so far mostly foregone the technology.

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Rumor: New display with Force Touch could make 'iPhone 6s' slightly heftier

Rumor: New display with Force Touch could make 'iPhone 6s' slightly heftier

A leaked display component purportedly destined for Apple's next-generation iPhone has been measured up and comes in heavier and thicker than its counterpart in the iPhone 6, suggesting that the addition of Force Touch might make the "iPhone 6s" bigger than its predecessor.

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Siri knows about Apple's new iPhone event on Sept. 9

Siri knows about Apple's new iPhone event on Sept. 9

The invitations for Apple's upcoming Sept. 9 event were designed around Siri — bearing what she would call "colorful wavey words" and the phrase "Hey Siri, give us a hint" — and it turns out there's more to it than meets the eye, as the erstwhile digital assistant actually does drop some knowledge.

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Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,' updated Apple TV at massive new venue

Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,' updated Apple TV at massive new venue

Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It's expected to showcase not only a next-generation "iPhone 6s" handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box.

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Exclusive48 Hour Deals: Gold 12" MacBook for $1,149.99 ($150 off), 13" MacBook Air (1.7GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,249 ($500 off)

48 Hour Deals: Gold 12

This week we have one more last minute back-to-school deal: the lowest price ever on Apple's new Gold 12" MacBook (1.1GHz/8GB/256GB) at $1,149.99 ($150 instant savings) plus a free 3-piece USB-C early adopter accessories kit, free software, free shipping, and no sales tax collected in 48 states.

'iPhone 6s' 12MP camera rumored to shoot 4K video, front camera again said to have 'selfie' flash

'iPhone 6s' 12MP camera rumored to shoot 4K video, front camera again said to have 'selfie' flash

With less than two weeks to go before Apple is expected to take the wraps off of its next-generation iPhone, a new rumor claims the so-called "iPhone 6s" will be capable of shooting ultra-high-resolution 4K video with its rear facing 12-megapixel camera.

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China sentences 14 people in plot to convert US iPhones for Chinese networks

China sentences 14 people in plot to convert US iPhones for Chinese networks

A court in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou has reportedly sentenced 14 people for hacking into a Foxconn database to steal digital identity certificates, in turn used to convert U.S. iPhones for Chinese networks.

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Lenovo folds smartphone unit under Motorola, plans to streamline mobile portfolio

Lenovo folds smartphone unit under Motorola, plans to streamline mobile portfolio

Apple competitor Lenovo on Thursday confirmed that it will shuffle all of its smartphone operations — including design and manufacturing — under its Motorola banner, and eventually shut down Lenovo Mobile entirely.

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Amazon to forego future phone development following Fire Phone failure

Amazon to forego future phone development following Fire Phone failure

E-commerce behemoth Amazon has reportedly begun to draw down engineering resources in its mobile phone team, shedding jobs and re-focusing efforts on tablets and other home electronics in the wake of the Fire Phone's dismal showing.

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Latest guesstimate pegs Apple Watch at 3.6M units shipped last quarter

Latest guesstimate pegs Apple Watch at 3.6M units shipped last quarter

Though Apple still hasn't announced sales of its wrist-worn Apple Watch, that hasn't stopped yet another research firm from throwing their hat into the ring, estimating that Apple debuted at second place in the wearable device market behind Fitbit.

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Apple researching wireless earphones with bone conduction noise cancelling tech

Apple researching wireless earphones with bone conduction noise cancelling tech

According to a patent application published on Thursday, Apple is looking into advanced bone conduction technology that would enhance voice communications in an unannounced wireless earphone system.

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Rumor: Unlikely 'iPhone 6s Plus' retail packaging revealed in photo

Rumor: Unlikely 'iPhone 6s Plus' retail packaging revealed in photo

A highly suspect photo out of East Asia on Thursday purportedly offers a first look at retail packaging for the next-generation "iPhone 6s Plus," though a closer inspection of its contents reveals a number of design choices inconsistent with Apple's usual aesthetic.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Killer Deal: $750 off Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (2.5GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 750M)

Killer Deal: $750 off Apple's 15

[Update: Still valid at Adorama, Expired at B&H] Apple authorized resellers B&H & Adorama are slashing Apple's mid-2014 MacBook Pro by $750 to its lowest price ever of $1,749 with a free notebook sleeve, free shipping and no sales tax collected outside NY.

iOS code suggests 'iPhone 6s' will feature Force Touch technology

iOS code suggests 'iPhone 6s' will feature Force Touch technology

Code discovered in a recent iOS build suggests Apple is testing implementations of pressure-sensitive Force Touch gesture technology in its next-generation smartphone hardware, anticipated to launch in the coming weeks.

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Apple supposedly confirmed to hold Sept. 9 iPhone event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Apple supposedly confirmed to hold Sept. 9 iPhone event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Following up on rumors circulating earlier this week, a report on Wednesday claims Apple has indeed rented out the large Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for its upcoming iPhone event.

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Google launches Twitch clone YouTube Gaming with companion iOS, Android apps

Google launches Twitch clone YouTube Gaming with companion iOS, Android apps

Google officially launched YouTube Gaming on Wednesday, entering into direct competition with Amazon's Twitch for live and pre-recorded videogame content.

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Apple's Jony Ive, Jimmy Iovine to join tech and entertainment luminaries at Vanity Fair event

Apple's Jony Ive, Jimmy Iovine to join tech and entertainment luminaries at Vanity Fair event

Apple CDO Jony Ive will again be attending Vanity Fair's 2015 New Establishment Summit in October to talk design and tech — and potentially new iPhones — this time accompanied by Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine.

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Griffin launches Survivor Tactical, Ultra Thin cases for Apple Watch

Griffin launches Survivor Tactical, Ultra Thin cases for Apple Watch

Griffin on Wednesday launched its first-ever protective cases for the Apple Watch, the Survivor Tactical and the Ultra Thin, adding to a growing selection of aftermarket accessories tailored to Apple's wearable device.

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Facebook launches 'M' virtual assistant driven by both human and artificial intelligence

Facebook launches 'M' virtual assistant driven by both human and artificial intelligence

Facebook on Wednesday launched "M," a text-based virtual assistant integrated with Facebook Messenger that unlike Siri, Cortana, or Google Now relies on both human and artificial intelligence to fulfill requests.

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Universal unveils official poster for upcoming Steve Jobs movie

Universal unveils official poster for upcoming Steve Jobs movie

As the release of the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie grows closer, the Hollywood marketing machine has begun to churn faster and Wednesday's rotation brought the release of the official promotional poster.

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IDC speculates an Apple 'iPad Pro' could help invigorate 2-in-1 tablet market

IDC speculates an Apple 'iPad Pro' could help invigorate 2-in-1 tablet market

If Apple releases a "larger, screen-detachable" iPad in the near future it could help invigorate the once-quiet 2-in-1 tablet market, IDC suggested in a Wednesday research report.

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Windows 10 adoption up to 75M devices nearly one month after launch, Microsoft says

Windows 10 adoption up to 75M devices nearly one month after launch, Microsoft says

Adoption of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system has already hit 75 million devices nearing the end of its first month, a marketing executive announced on Wednesday.

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Coin 2.0 credit card replacement announced with NFC tap-to-pay, free for existing Coin users

Coin 2.0 credit card replacement announced with NFC tap-to-pay, free for existing Coin users

Just after the Coin credit card replacement began shipping to early adopters, the company has announced a new next-generation model with a number of changes, including support for NFC tap-to-pay functionality, available for preorder now, and as a free upgrade for existing users.

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Former TSMC engineer gave secret process technology to Samsung, court rules

Former TSMC engineer gave secret process technology to Samsung, court rules

An engineer who left chipmaker TSMC for a new job at rival Samsung's foundry division illegally passed trade secrets to the South Korean firm, Taiwan's Supreme Court said in a Wednesday ruling.

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watchOS 2, Best Buy expansion expected to boost Apple Watch sales this holiday

watchOS 2, Best Buy expansion expected to boost Apple Watch sales this holiday

Investment firm J.P. Morgan believes sales of the Apple Watch will see a boost from two key events this fall —the launch of watchOS 2 with support for native third-party apps, and a retail expansion to all Best Buy locations.

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Swatch insists 'one more thing' trademark connected to Columbo, not Apple

Swatch insists 'one more thing' trademark connected to Columbo, not Apple

Swatch's Swiss trademark on the term "one more thing" is really a reference to a line from the TV show Columbo, according to a spokesperson for the watchmaker.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Apple's Cook awarded $58M worth of AAPL stock for meeting performance goals, sells none

Apple's Cook awarded $58M worth of AAPL stock for meeting performance goals, sells none

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday acquired 560,000 vested restricted stock units, split evenly between time- and performance-based awards, worth nearly $58 million, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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Apple redesigns Workshops scheduling system in minor website update

Apple redesigns Workshops scheduling system in minor website update

Apple on Tuesday rolled out a small change to its newly integrated website, allowing customers to easily browse and schedule Workshop appointments with in-store staff at participating brick-and-mortar stores.

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For consumers, Apple's CarPlay takes backseat to practical in-car technology

For consumers, Apple's CarPlay takes backseat to practical in-car technology

A study published on Tuesday shows consumers are largely indifferent to high profile automotive infotainment initiatives from Apple and Google, instead exhibiting considerably more interest in practical car technology like blind spot detection and lumbar seat adjustment.

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German court rules against Apple 'swipe-to-unlock' patent protection

German court rules against Apple 'swipe-to-unlock' patent protection

Judges in a top German court ruled against Apple's European "swipe-to-unlock" patent on Tuesday, stating that it didn't meet high enough standards to secure patent protection.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Free AppleCare on these mid-2015 15" MacBook Pros, plus cash discounts & a free accessory (up to $450 off)

Killer Deal: Free AppleCare on these mid-2015 15

For our final back-to-school MacBook Pro promo of the season from Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama, readers can get free AppleCare (a $349 value) on 7 different mid-2015 15" MacBook Pro configurations, plus additional instant discounts, a free accessory, free shipping and no sales tax collected in 48 states. Or use exclusive coupons to discount all other configurations to the lowest prices anywhere.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Supposed 'iPhone 6s' display and logic board powered on with help from iPhone 6 hardware

Supposed 'iPhone 6s' display and logic board powered on with help from iPhone 6 hardware

A video and photoset published Tuesday claim to show a partially assembled Frankenphone with "iPhone 6s" display and logic board powered by a host iPhone 6 battery, chassis and other integral components.

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Google reopens Map Maker with new safeguards to block controversial edits

Google reopens Map Maker with new safeguards to block controversial edits

Google on Tuesday reopened Map Maker access in 45 more countries, including the U.S., with a new moderation system designed to prevent a repeat of the offensive Google Maps edits that forced it to disable the system in May.

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Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.2, MainStage 3.2 updates with Alchemy synthesizer

Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.2, MainStage 3.2 updates with Alchemy synthesizer

Apple on Tuesday released updates of Logic Pro X and MainStage 3, both of which include support for Alchemy, a synthesizer plugin acquired through the company's takeover of Camel Audio in February.

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