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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Apple slugs it out with HBO over new J.J. Abrams TV drama - report

Apple slugs it out with HBO over new J.J. Abrams TV drama - report

A bidding war has reportedly broken out between Apple and HBO for rights to a new science fiction drama written by Star Trek director and Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams.

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States take net neutrality fight to court as Senate resolution reaches 50 votes

States take net neutrality fight to court as Senate resolution reaches 50 votes

The attorneys general of 22 states on Tuesday asked a federal court to intervene in the FCC's plan to roll back net neutrality protections, while a resolution of disapproval in the U.S. Senate crept closer to passage.

Apple Pay picks up new card issuers in US, Canada & China

Apple Pay picks up new card issuers in US, Canada & China

Apple has updated its roster of banks and credit unions with Apple Pay to include more U.S. institutions, plus a handful of additional options in Canada and China.

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Universal Audio's $499 Arrow interface connects over Thunderbolt 3

Universal Audio's $499 Arrow interface connects over Thunderbolt 3

Universal Audio has shipped the Arrow desktop audio interface, a high-end peripheral for music creation and audio recording that connects to a Mac with Thunderbolt 3, with the portable unit including a number of built-in plug-ins to help refine the overall sound of recordings.

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Apple educating FBI, other police on accessing data from iPhones, Macs & iCloud

Apple educating FBI, other police on accessing data from iPhones, Macs & iCloud

Despite the appearance of conflict between Apple and U.S. law enforcement, the company is not only cooperating in many search requests but actually training the FBI and other police forces.

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Issue in Google's Cast-enabled devices, including Chromecast causing home Wi-Fi outages, router crashes

Issue in Google's Cast-enabled devices, including Chromecast causing home Wi-Fi outages, router crashes

Google's Chromecast and Home devices are reportedly causing issues with some Wi-Fi networks, with the Cast-enabled hardware like the Google Home Max flooding the network with packets of data after waking from 'sleep mode,' a problem Google is working to rectify.

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ExclusiveLowest Prices Ever: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,299; iMacs as low as $799; plus no tax in 48 states and 0% financing

Lowest Prices Ever: 13

Kicking off 2018, shoppers can save $500 on Apple's 2016 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray. Now $1,299 with our exclusive coupon, this is the lowest price we've seen to date on this model. Closeout iMacs also start at just $799, a discount of $300 to $420 off. All with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and 0% financing OAC.

Apple issues fifth macOS 10.13.3 beta to developers

Apple issues fifth macOS 10.13.3 beta to developers

Apple on Tuesday released a fifth developer beta of macOS 10.13.3, cleaning up code ahead of the High Sierra update's official launch.

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Western Digital ships G-Speed Shuttle external storage devices with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports

Western Digital ships G-Speed Shuttle external storage devices with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports

Drive producer Western Digital has launched two models of the G-Speed Shuttle, an external storage device range aimed at content creators that offers up to 48 terabytes of capacity and boasts fast transfer speeds using Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to connect to an iMac Pro or MacBook Pro.

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Apple's first South Korean store set to open in Seoul on Jan. 27 [u]

Apple's first South Korean store set to open in Seoul on Jan. 27 [u]

Missing rumored launch dates by a wide margin, Apple's first South Korean store now appears set to open in Seoul on Jan. 27. [Updated with Apple confirmation]

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LG Innotek not expected to boost TrueDepth camera production for Apple until 2019

LG Innotek not expected to boost TrueDepth camera production for Apple until 2019

While Apple is likely to add Face ID to more products this year, LG Innotek's rumored TrueDepth supply expansion will only come into play in 2019, a report indicated on Tuesday.

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US politicians pressure AT&T to cut ties with China's Huawei in 5G development

US politicians pressure AT&T to cut ties with China's Huawei in 5G development

U.S. political figures are reportedly escalating their pressure on AT&T to distance itself from Chinese companies, including work on 5G standards with Huawei.

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Apple improves U.S. device activations share following iPhone 8, iPhone X launches

Apple improves U.S. device activations share following iPhone 8, iPhone X launches

Apple enjoyed a bumper quarter in the United States following the launch of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, according to a consumer research report into device activations, with activations of iPhones in the last quarter of 2017 up compared to both the previous quarter and the same quarter in 2016.

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China Labor Watch again cites Apple for poor Chinese factory working conditions

China Labor Watch again cites Apple for poor Chinese factory working conditions

Apple has come under fire again for working conditions in an iPhone and MacBook enclosure manufacturing facility, with workers allegedly undertrained, and lacking sufficient hazard protections.

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Apple-owned FileMaker launches ad campaign featuring actors from TV show 'The Office'

Apple-owned FileMaker launches ad campaign featuring actors from TV show 'The Office'

Apple subsidiary FileMaker has released a new ad campaign touting the custom app development tool, with a video and website featuring cast members from 'The Office' in a mock documentary about a highly successful beet farm powered by a FileMaker-produced app.

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Apple's WebKit team helps launch Speedometer 2.0 browser benchmark

Apple's WebKit team helps launch Speedometer 2.0 browser benchmark

In partnership with Chromium, Apple's WebKit team has released Speedometer 2.0, an updated benchmark for developers testing the performance of browser engines.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

China adds to government pressure on Apple over iPhone slowdowns

China adds to government pressure on Apple over iPhone slowdowns

Apple is facing yet another government-backed inquiry into revelations of deliberate iPhone performance throttling, as the Shanghai Consumer Council reportedly sought answers on Monday.

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Apple, Tencent find "mutual understanding" over WeChat tips - report

Apple, Tencent find

Chinese iPhone users will once again be allowed to send tips - the financial variety - through popular platform app WeChat thanks to a new agreement between Apple and WeChat's parent company.

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FeatureSteve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air - and Apple's future - 10 years ago today

Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air - and Apple's future - 10 years ago today

When Steve Jobs showed off the MacBook Air to a collective gasp from the tech industry one decade ago, nobody could yet know its importance as a harbinger of Apple's future.

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Apple under fire from U.S.-based class action suit over Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in A-series chips

Apple under fire from U.S.-based class action suit over Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in A-series chips

Apple has become the target for another class action suit over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities found in Intel and ARM-based processors, as a suit filed in the California U.S. district court is going after the company for designing the A-series processors bearing these same defects.

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Apple's iPhone 7 Plus was second most-popular smartphone sold in China during 2017

Apple's iPhone 7 Plus was second most-popular smartphone sold in China during 2017

Analysis into the Chinese smartphone market reveals Apple continues to be a major force in the region, with both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus appearing in a list of the top ten mobile devices sold in the country in 2017 alongside locally-produced rivals.

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Apple, ARM & Intel facing potential Israeli class action suit over Meltdown & Spectre

Apple, ARM & Intel facing potential Israeli class action suit over Meltdown & Spectre

Israeli plaintiffs are seeking to file a class action lawsuit against Apple, ARM, and Intel over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities recently uncovered in Intel and ARM-based processors.

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Deals: 27" iMac 5K (512GB SSD) for $2,004; 13" MacBook Pros from $1,199 ($100-$450 off); 12" MacBooks w/ upgrades for $999

Deals: 27

Mid-January deals have arrived with instant and coupon savings of up to $600 off iMacs and MacBooks. Pick up an upgraded 27" iMac 5K for $2,004 with coupon or snap up a 13" MacBook Pro for $1,199 with free expedited shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Apple's 10.5" iPad Pro is also $50 off, while upgraded 12" MacBooks are $999.

India loosens 30 percent sourcing requirement on sale goods, paving the way for Apple Stores

India loosens 30 percent sourcing requirement on sale goods, paving the way for Apple Stores

The India government has loosened up — but not eliminated — a 30 percent rule that was putting a damper on Apple's plans to open up retails stores in the country.

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Toyota concedes, reveals plans to launch first cars with Apple CarPlay

Toyota concedes, reveals plans to launch first cars with Apple CarPlay

Perhaps the longest major CarPlay holdout, Toyota on Monday announced that it will be bringing the platform to the 2019 Avalon, as well as other vehicles in the 2019 model year — including some from its luxury Lexus brand.

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Apple's App Store revenues poised to beat global movie ticket sales in 2018

Apple's App Store revenues poised to beat global movie ticket sales in 2018

Barring a sudden drop in demand, revenues from the App Store are likely to eclipse worldwide box office revenues sometime this year, according to one analyst.

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Apple apparently shifting more MacBook orders to Foxconn with no plans for a major update in 2018

Apple apparently shifting more MacBook orders to Foxconn with no plans for a major update in 2018

In a report from DigiTimes alleging Apple is sending more of its MacBook Pro orders to assembly partner Foxconn, it is also suggests Apple is not planning a major update to the notebook line in 2018 at all, though the claim does not completely discount potential changes to the line altogether.

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Rock Bottom Prices: Apple's 15" MacBook Pro as low as $1,799 ($800-$1,000 off); plus no tax in 48 states

Rock Bottom Prices: Apple's 15

While supplies last, save up to $1,000 on Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2016). Pick up the standard model for $1,799 or upgrade to a high-end config for $1,999 . Apple's loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model is also just $2,499 ($1,000 off). Plus, shipping is free with no sales tax on orders outside NY and NJ.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple homepage honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple homepage honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Not only does Apple's homepage have a full-page tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but a Tweet from Apple CEO Tim Cook commemorates the holiday celebrating the civil rights leader.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Drone footage shows Apple Park entering 2018 still under construction

Drone footage shows Apple Park entering 2018 still under construction

A new drone video published on Sunday shows that while construction and landscaping is winding down at Apple Park, it remains in progress — and may continue through the facility's first anniversary.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Apple's new iPad Pro ads tout augmented reality & mobile notetaking

Apple's new iPad Pro ads tout augmented reality & mobile notetaking

Apple on Saturday released a pair of video ads for the iPad Pro, concentrating on some of the possibilities brought with September's iOS 11.

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This week on AI: CES 2018, Meltdown & Spectre fixes, Apple's AR headset & more

This week on AI: CES 2018, Meltdown & Spectre fixes, Apple's AR headset & more

CES was taking place in Las Vegas, but much of the news continued to revolve around crises like Meltdown and Spectre, the iPhone slowdown controversy, and taxes.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Apple clarifies only iCloud users in China will see data migration to Chinese server

Apple clarifies only iCloud users in China will see data migration to Chinese server

Earlier this week, Apple notified users living in China that their data would be moved to a Chinese company's servers in compliance with local laws. There was some confusion, however, as a number of customers who currently live outside of China received the same message.

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Office Depot, OfficeMax temporarily drop iPhone battery replacement cost to $28

Office Depot, OfficeMax temporarily drop iPhone battery replacement cost to $28

iPhone owners out of range of an Apple retail store can have their iPhone battery replaced at Office Depot or OfficeMax for just $27.99 until Feb. 4, with one important caveat.

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U.S. House members question Apple once more over battery slowdowns

U.S. House members question Apple once more over battery slowdowns

Lawmakers have reportedly sent yet another letter to Apple leadership related to the company's announcement of battery-related slowdowns in older iPhones.

Apple shines 'A New Light' on iPhone X's Portrait Lighting in fresh spot

Apple shines 'A New Light' on iPhone X's Portrait Lighting in fresh spot

"Studio-quality portraits without the studio," Apple again promises in a new camera-focused iPhone X ad pushed to YouTube on Friday.

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VideoVideo: How Apple's Intelligent Tracking Protection in Safari works

Video: How Apple's Intelligent Tracking Protection in Safari works

Have you ever shopped for something on Amazon, and then noticed that other websites and even apps like Facebook are flooded with ads concerning that product? AppleInsider explains how this happens, and how Apple's implementation of Intelligent Tracking Protection in Safari works.

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CESHumanscale M/Connect 2 updates split-level dock with 5K monitor support, USB-C charging

Humanscale M/Connect 2 updates split-level dock with 5K monitor support, USB-C charging

Ergonomic design firm Humanscale has updated one of its compact docks for the workplace, with the M/Connect 2 retaining the split docking station design while introducing USB-C charging and enabling the connection of higher-resolution monitors to the accessory.

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CESOccipital's Structure depth sensor can scan objects in 3D on the iPad, provide VR on the iPhone

Occipital's Structure depth sensor can scan objects in 3D on the iPad, provide VR on the iPhone

Occipital took to CES to show off its 3D scanning technology and how it can be used with iOS devices, including the Canvas app and Structure accessory that can quickly scan a room using an iPad, and the Bridge headset that turns an iPhone into a mixed reality device.

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