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Saturday, February 13, 2016

ReviewReview: Atlas Wristband is an ambitious but flawed strength training tracker

Review: Atlas Wristband is an ambitious but flawed strength training tracker

The Atlas Wristband is a noble first effort at something no other fitness tracker does, but there are too many rough edges to recommend it to anyone but a small subset of fitness enthusiasts.

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This week on AI: Apple Car secrets, iPhone & iPad launch dates, a Dr. Dre TV show & more

This week on AI: Apple Car secrets, iPhone & iPad launch dates, a Dr. Dre TV show & more

This week more evidence of Apple's car project was uncovered, while rumors hinted at an Apple Music TV show starring Dr. Dre, as well as a launch date for a new 4-inch iPhone and third-generation iPad Air. Separately, Apple seeded several new betas and was hit with two lawsuits.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Bug in Adobe Creative Cloud updater erases root level Mac data

Bug in Adobe Creative Cloud updater erases root level Mac data

Adobe has pulled its most recent Creative Cloud update after the version was found to contain an errant script that automatically deletes locally stored Mac user data without warning.

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Apple, Inc set to open new $25 million tech center in Hyderabad, India by June

Apple, Inc set to open new $25 million tech center in Hyderabad, India by June

Apple is reportedly opening its first technology development located in India, on 250,000 sq ft of land within the IT corridor of Hyderabad, next to facilities for Microsoft, Infosys, Wipro and Cognizant, reportedly within Tishman Speyer's WaveRock facility.

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Apple initiates replacement program for MacBook USB-C charging cables

Apple initiates replacement program for MacBook USB-C charging cables

Apple on Friday activated a quality program for USB-C charging cables included with 12-inch MacBook with Retina display models, as well as those sold as standalone accessories, saying a design issue with affected units could cause them to fail.

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Apple Music passes 11M subscribers as iCloud hits 782M users

Apple Music passes 11M subscribers as iCloud hits 782M users

During a wide-ranging interview published on Friday, Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi revealed fresh statistics on the company's various internet services like Apple Music, which now boasts more than 11 million paying subscribers.

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Lowest Prices Ever: 12" MacBooks for $999 ($300-$350 off all models); $100 off Apple Watches

Lowest Prices Ever: 12

Apple authorized reseller B&H just slashed $300-$350 off Apple's entire lineup of 12" MacBooks and $100 off all Apple Watches, delivering the lowest prices we've ever seen for these product lines. Plus free shipping and no tax outside NY, while supplies last.

Harvard study says Apple's Tim Cook was right: encryption bans, backdoors wouldn't work

Harvard study says Apple's Tim Cook was right: encryption bans, backdoors wouldn't work

Efforts by the FBI and certain lawmakers seeking to ban Apple and other U.S. companies from selling products with real encryption will not be effective, note researchers in a study citing 865 encryption products already available in 55 countries—two thirds of which originate outside the U.S.

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'iPhone 7' might replace 3.5mm headphone jack with second speaker, analysts say

'iPhone 7' might replace 3.5mm headphone jack with second speaker, analysts say

Apple's next-generation iPhone — expected to abandon a 3.5mm headphone jack — will probably replace the part with a second speaker, according to a Barclays research memo obtained by AppleInsider.

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Rumor: New 4" iPhone, 'iPad Air 3' will go on sale Friday, March 18

Rumor: New 4

Just a few days days after Apple announces its anticipated latest product updates, customers could be able to get their hands on the latest iPhone and iPad refreshes, according to a new report.

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First Apple Music TV series to star Dr. Dre, will feature 'no shortage of violence and sex'

First Apple Music TV series to star Dr. Dre, will feature 'no shortage of violence and sex'

Apple is reportedly set to get into the original content business, competing with the likes of HBO, Netflix, Amazon and others, with a new TV show starring one of its own employees: Dr. Dre.

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AT&T lays plans to begin testing 5G data in 2016, brings back 2-for-1 iPhone deal

AT&T lays plans to begin testing 5G data in 2016, brings back 2-for-1 iPhone deal

AT&T on Friday announced its plans to test 5G network technology, beginning with lab tests in the second quarter done in collaboration with Intel and Ericsson.

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iPad Pro could use much faster 29W charging, if Apple allows USB 3 Lightning cables

iPad Pro could use much faster 29W charging, if Apple allows USB 3 Lightning cables

The USB 3 capable Lightning port on Apple's iPad Pro could use an incoming charge of up to 29 watts, matching the abilities of Apple's 12-inch MacBook. But without any USB 3 Lightning cables yet available on the market, this power remains untapped for now.

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Apple captured 21% of smartphone processors, 31% of tablet CPUs in 2015

Apple captured 21% of smartphone processors, 31% of tablet CPUs in 2015

Although the smartphone and tablet processor markets actually declined year-over-year in 2015, Apple managed to capture large shares of both in 2015 simply manufacturing for its own devices, Strategy Analytics said in data released on Friday.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks 'Apple Car,' iPhone's future, software betas, iPad Pro keyboards, more

AppleInsider podcast talks 'Apple Car,' iPhone's future, software betas, iPad Pro keyboards, more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Mikey look at new evidence pointing to work on a so-called "Apple Car," forecast the future of iPhone and Apple Watch, discuss Neil's iPad Pro keyboard comparison and much more.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Harman's JBL Legend CP100 CarPlay receiver to launch Feb. 14 for $400

Harman's JBL Legend CP100 CarPlay receiver to launch Feb. 14 for $400

A month after Harman debuted its JBL Legend CP100 aftermarket receiver with CarPlay support, the company on Thursday opened preorders for the $400 device ahead of a Feb. 14 ship date.

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Immersion files lawsuit, ITC complaint against Apple's haptic technology

Immersion files lawsuit, ITC complaint against Apple's haptic technology

Haptic feedback technology developer Immersion on Thursday announced a two-pronged legal attack against Apple for allegedly infringing on its patents with haptic systems embedded in Apple Watch and iPhone.

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Apple slapped with class action suit over Touch ID-related 'Error 53' code

Apple slapped with class action suit over Touch ID-related 'Error 53' code

Seattle-based law firm PCVA has decided to move forward with a class action lawsuit related to Apple's hardware repair practices, specifically targeting the "Error 53" code issue that renders iPhone unusable following an unauthorized Touch ID fingerprint sensor install.

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TestFlight gets support for iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2 betas

TestFlight gets support for iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2 betas

Apple on Thursday released a new version of the TestFlight iOS app, adding support for iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, both of which are still in beta form.

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Novel Quartz news app launched for Apple Watch ahead of Android phones

Novel Quartz news app launched for Apple Watch ahead of Android phones

An innovative new app launched today by business news site Quartz turns new stories into an interactive streaming text conversation. Also of interest: the new iPhone app was launched for Apple Watch before being released to Android phones at all.

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CBS head says talks for Apple streaming TV have stopped for time being

CBS head says talks for Apple streaming TV have stopped for time being

CBS is no longer in talks with Apple regarding the latter's frequently-rumored streaming TV service, the network's CEO admitted in a recent interview.

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Newly-revealed date glitch may render some iOS devices unusable

Newly-revealed date glitch may render some iOS devices unusable

Though people have to go out of their way to trigger it, a time-related glitch discovered in iOS 8 and 9 will let users potentially "brick" many Apple devices, rendering them non-functional.

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ExclusiveApple working on systems for 'high-end cars' at California 'auto testing center'

Apple working on systems for 'high-end cars' at California 'auto testing center'

A year and a half ago, Apple received approval to build an "auto testing center" in the town of Sunnyvale, Calif., and the city manager's office even highlighted the project in a biweekly blog, though no one seemed to notice at the time [updated].

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Third OS X 10.11.4 beta fixes bug with shortened Twitter links in Safari

Third OS X 10.11.4 beta fixes bug with shortened Twitter links in Safari

The third OS X 10.11.4 beta solves issues Safari would encounter trying to load shortened Twitter links, according to a developer in contact with Apple.

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ExclusiveLate-night 'motor noises' emanate from Apple's mysterious car testing center

Late-night 'motor noises' emanate from Apple's mysterious car testing center

Apple's top-secret Sunnyvale, Calif., automotive testing facility has been the source of loud "motor noises" late at night that irked at least one nearby neighbor, AppleInsider has discovered.

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Apple Maps vans operating around the clock in run-up to 'iOS 10' debut

Apple Maps vans operating around the clock in run-up to 'iOS 10' debut

With Apple widely expected to announce improvements for its in-house mapping effort alongside "iOS 10" this summer, the company's fleet of sensor-laden vans continues to ply the streets — even at night.

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FBI complains it can't break encryption on phone used by San Bernardino terrorists

FBI complains it can't break encryption on phone used by San Bernardino terrorists

FBI technicians have been trying and failing to break the encryption of a phone used by the couple who killed 14 people in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif. in December, according to FBI Director James Comey.

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Apple invention uses Apple Watch to auto adjust iPhone alert volume

Apple invention uses Apple Watch to auto adjust iPhone alert volume

Apple is looking to turn Apple Watch into an automated iPhone command and control module, as a patent application published Thursday details a method by which the wearable monitors, compares and adjusts handset audio output on the fly.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TSMC reportedly sole supplier of next-gen 'iPhone 7' A-series chip

TSMC reportedly sole supplier of next-gen 'iPhone 7' A-series chip

A report claims Apple will rely solely on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to produce the next-generation system-on-chip design destined to power this year's iPhone hardware refresh, beating out longtime Apple partner Samsung.

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Apple Music and Sonos launch collaborative ad campaign touting benefits of music

Apple Music and Sonos launch collaborative ad campaign touting benefits of music

In conjunction with Apple Music's introduction to the Sonos connected speaker platform, the two companies teamed up to create a comprehensive ad campaign highlighting the scientific benefits of listening to music out loud.

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Surprise Funny or Die spoof "The Art of the Deal" recommends viewers watch it on Apple TV

Surprise Funny or Die spoof

A mockumentary secretly produced by Funny or Die, staring Johnny Depp as US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump, has grabbed widespread media attention, making it particularly notable that, "for the best viewing experience," the comedy site recommends viewers "get the Funny or Die app for Apple TV."

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Standalone HBO Now subscriptions at 800,000, says network's CEO

Standalone HBO Now subscriptions at 800,000, says network's CEO

Despite launching almost a year ago with a publicity boost by Apple, HBO Now currently has just 800,000 subscribers, the head of the premium network revealed on Wednesday.

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iPhone controlled 40% of US smartphone market in 2015, data shows

iPhone controlled 40% of US smartphone market in 2015, data shows

Apple secured 40 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in 2015, though close competitor Samsung managed to gain ground, according to a research report published on Wednesday.

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Apple supplies third betas of iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 to public testers

Apple supplies third betas of iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 to public testers

Members of Apple's public beta program now have access to the third preview builds of both iOS 9.3 for iPhone and iPad, as well as OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 for Mac.

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AI 'drivers' will gain same legal status as human drivers in autonomous vehicles, NHTSA rules

AI 'drivers' will gain same legal status as human drivers in autonomous vehicles, NHTSA rules

The artificial intelligence in a self-driving vehicle can be treated as the "driver" from a legal standpoint, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a decision that could set an important precedent for Apple's own self-driving car.

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Deals: $100 off WiFi iPad Pros; 13" MacBook Airs with free Apple Super Drives & 50% off AppleCare

Deals: $100 off WiFi iPad Pros; 13

This week, readers can grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's current generation 13" MacBook Airs bundled with 3 full years of AppleCare extended protection, and also snag a free Apple Super Drive, free shipping, and no sales tax in 48 states with each order. Plus the biggest discounts yet on WiFi iPad Pros.

Apple's in-house CDN efforts spell trouble for Akamai as infrastructure biz warns of losses

Apple's in-house CDN efforts spell trouble for Akamai as infrastructure biz warns of losses

Seminal internet infrastructure provider Akamai has cautioned investors that traffic from its two biggest clients — Apple and Microsoft — will decline in the year ahead, thanks to what chief executive Tom Leighton called their "DIY efforts."

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System outage prevents adding Visa cards to Apple Pay

System outage prevents adding Visa cards to Apple Pay

Apple reported an unusual network problem on Wednesday, preventing some owners of Visa credit or debit cards from adding them to Apple Pay.

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Proposed bill would ban US states from mandating backdoors in encryption

Proposed bill would ban US states from mandating backdoors in encryption

A bipartisan bill introduced to the U.S. House of Represenatives on Wednesday would bar individual states and localities from requiring backdoors in encryption, something often demanded by law enforcement officials and intelligence agencies.

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