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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook to headline Sen. Orrin Hatch's Utah Tech Tour on Friday

Apple CEO Tim Cook to headline Sen. Orrin Hatch's Utah Tech Tour on Friday

Apple CEO Tim Cook is slated to sit down with U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch this Friday in a Q&A session that will cap off the senator's Utah Tech Tour, an event created to shine a light on the state's technology community.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

NYC restauranteur Danny Meyer looks to upend hospitality industry with Apple Watch

NYC restauranteur Danny Meyer looks to upend hospitality industry with Apple Watch

Famed New York City restauranteur Danny Meyer is outfitting floor managers and sommeliers at upscale eatery Union Square Cafe with Apple Watch hardware, a tech-meets-hospitality integration that could shape the future of restaurant services.

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Skype for iOS gets Siri and CallKit support in latest update

Skype for iOS gets Siri and CallKit support in latest update

Skype on Wednesday became the latest app to take advantage of Apple's new iOS 10 APIs, with the popular VoIP product now supporting both Siri commands and CallKit for a completely integrated experience.

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Spotify reportedly engaging SoundCloud in advanced buyout negotiations

Spotify reportedly engaging SoundCloud in advanced buyout negotiations

Potentially further consolidating the streaming audio business, Spotify is said to be in discussions to purchase user-driven music and podcast hosting service SoundCloud.

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Apple activates Search Ads ahead of Oct. 5 launch, gives developers $100 credit for first campaign

Apple activates Search Ads ahead of Oct. 5 launch, gives developers $100 credit for first campaign

As promised, Apple on Wednesday activated backend machinery for Search Ads, a new feature in iOS 10 that allows developers to purchase promotional ads which show up in iOS App Store searches.

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Government agency issues warning over 'exploding' Samsung washing machines

Government agency issues warning over 'exploding' Samsung washing machines

Samsung's standing with consumers became all the more tenuous on Wednesday when the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned owners of potential "safety issues" related to the company's top-loading washing machines.

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TipsiOS 10 tips: How to turn on/off individual read receipts in Apple's Messages app

Starting with iOS 10, read receipts in iMessages can be enabled or disabled on a person-by-person basis, letting users decide which contact knows when their texts have been viewed. Here's how to take advantage of the new feature.

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Apple planning to launch new MacBook Pro with OLED touch bar in late October - report

Apple planning to launch new MacBook Pro with OLED touch bar in late October - report

While reports have consistently suggested the new MacBook Pro with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and OLED touch bar will debut this fall, exactly when in the fall has been a lingering question. A new report Wednesday aims to clarify that rather large window, singling out a late October release for the redesigned notebook.

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Apple partners with leading business service provider Deloitte for enterprise IT

Apple partners with leading business service provider Deloitte for enterprise IT

Apple continues to move into enterprise information technology, with a new partnership with Deloitte formed to help businesses utilize the iOS ecosystem of hardware, software and services in the workplace.

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FeatureInside iOS 10: Split-screen view in Safari for iPad boosts productivity

Inside iOS 10: Split-screen view in Safari for iPad boosts productivity

Apple's newly released iOS 10 improves multitasking on the iPad by offering a new split-screen mode in Safari, allowing users to have two tabs open side-by-side simultaneously.

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Apple Music tops customer satisfaction in new JD Power study

Apple Music tops customer satisfaction in new JD Power study

In terms of customer satisfaction, at least, Apple Music is the top-rated streaming music service, J.D. Power said in its first Streaming Music Satisfaction Study, published on Wednesday.

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Beats Solo3 test finds Apple W1 audio chip boosts battery life & simplifies pairing

Beats Solo3 test finds Apple W1 audio chip boosts battery life & simplifies pairing

The Beats Solo3 headphones are virtually identical in appearance to the Beats Solo2, but the W1 chip in the newer model boosts battery life and simplifies the pairing process with an iPhone 7.

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Apple summons security experts for bug bounty program brief - report

Apple summons security experts for bug bounty program brief - report

Apple has allegedly invited a bevy of third party security experts and device hackers to its headquarters to break down the details of the previously announced bug bounty program for macOS and iOS.

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Second man pleads gulity in 'Celebgate' hacks of iCloud & Gmail accounts

Second man pleads gulity in 'Celebgate' hacks of iCloud & Gmail accounts

Edward Majerczyk of Illinois has become the second person to plead guilty in 2014's "Celebgate" scandal, which saw the leak of nude photos and other private data from hundreds of people, including many female celebrities.

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Deals: $150 off 256GB 13" MacBook Pro; up to $220 off first-gen Apple Watches; 1TB storage for life now $39

Deals: $150 off 256GB 13

Shoppers in the market for a 13" MacBook Pro can pick up the 2.7GHz model with 256GB of space for $1,349 and save $50 on AppleCare. First-gen Apple Watches are also $200-$220 off, while Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage is 98% off.

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, September 28, 2016

BlackBerry to exit hardware business, stop making smartphones, as financial skid continues

BlackBerry to exit hardware business, stop making smartphones, as financial skid continues

After yet another unprofitable quarter, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has announced that the company will rely on partners for hardware, will no longer design smartphones internally, and will shift to a services-only model to insure the company's survival.

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Apple to house 1,400 employees at London's restored Battersea Power Station starting in 2021

Apple to house 1,400 employees at London's restored Battersea Power Station starting in 2021

Consolidating a number of offices around London, Apple plans to open a new British headquarters inside an iconic decommissioned power station on the south bank of the River Thames.

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Sao Paulo joins list of cities with Apple Maps transit directions

Sao Paulo joins list of cities with Apple Maps transit directions

Apple has quietly added a second Brazilian city, Sao Paulo, to the list of places with public transit coverage in the native Maps apps for iOS and macOS.

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Supply chain report again notes dramatic increase in Apple iPhone 7 orders

Supply chain report again notes dramatic increase in Apple iPhone 7 orders

Yet more supply chain reports are escaping China, with the most recent ones from touchscreen suppliers suggesting that Apple continues to increase component orders for the iPhone 7 family of devices far in excess of original quantities.

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Apple's iPhone 7 camera tops competition despite smaller sensor in DxOMark review

Apple's iPhone 7 camera tops competition despite smaller sensor in DxOMark review

Imaging specialist DxO recently wrapped up its evaluation of Apple's iPhone 7, noting the new smartphone flagship raises an already high bar set by previous models thanks to Digital Cinema (DCI-P3) color gamut support, class-leading image stabilization, fast autofocus and other enhancements.

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Occipital brings room-scale VR to iPhone with $500 dev kit headset

Occipital brings room-scale VR to iPhone with $500 dev kit headset

Occipital on Tuesday launched a $500 VR development kit that uses the company's proprietary Structure Core 3D Sensor to turn smartphones — including iPhone — into VR headsets with true room-scale position tracking technology.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ExclusiveFirst look: DJI touts Mavic Pro drone's compact design, spotlights continued partnership with Apple

First look: DJI touts Mavic Pro drone's compact design, spotlights continued partnership with Apple

Two major drone announcements this month featured Apple's iOS platform as the centerpiece of the world of aerial photography, being used on the go to view, capture and edit footage. DJI and its new Mavic Pro go a step further, working with Apple's retail stores to provide customers with hands-on impressions via trained pros.

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Spotify debuts 'Daily Mix' to compete with Apple Music's 'For You'

Spotify debuts 'Daily Mix' to compete with Apple Music's 'For You'

Spotify on Tuesday debuted a feature called the Daily Mix, offering tailored playlists apparently meant to challenge the "For You" content on Apple Music.

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Health insurer Aetna to offer customer & employee discounts on Apple Watch

Health insurer Aetna to offer customer & employee discounts on Apple Watch

Aetna will be giving both its workers and some customers discounts on the Apple Watch, the U.S. health insurance giant said on Tuesday in a joint announcement with Apple.

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New macOS Sierra 10.12.1 betas available to developers & public

New macOS Sierra 10.12.1 betas available to developers & public

Apple is continuing apace with beta release, and has made new macOS 10.12.1 betas available to developers and anyone in the public Beta Software Program. [Updated with public beta launch info]

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Honeywell intros Lyric T5 thermostat ready for Apple's HomeKit

Honeywell intros Lyric T5 thermostat ready for Apple's HomeKit

Honeywell has announced the Lyric T5, a new Wi-Fi-connected smart thermostat with support for Apple's HomeKit platform.

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DJI launches ultraportable iOS-connected Mavic Pro camera drone for $999

DJI launches ultraportable iOS-connected Mavic Pro camera drone for $999

Drone maker DJI on Tuesday unveiled its latest flying camera —a foldable, portable, sub-$1,000 device dubbed the Mavic Pro. AppleInsider went hands-on with the all-new aerial camera, and offers a closer look.

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MLB At Bat adds video highlights in Notification Center, other iOS 10 enhancements

MLB At Bat adds video highlights in Notification Center, other iOS 10 enhancements

Major League Baseball has updated its At Bat app for iOS, adding several iOS 10-related features, particularly the ability to watch video highlights from notifications without opening the app itself.

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FeatureInside the iPhone 7: Apple's Taptic Engine, explained

Inside the iPhone 7: Apple's Taptic Engine, explained

Apple has moved the Taptic Engine to its third device — the iPhone 7. The new technology replaces the older linear actuator, and will ultimately bring a world of force feedback sensations to the user, as developers implement the technology in their own apps.

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New Galaxy Note 7 fire raises worries Samsung didn't fix battery problems

New Galaxy Note 7 fire raises worries Samsung didn't fix battery problems

A Chinese man's Galaxy Note 7 reportedly exploded on Monday morning, potentially signalling that batteries in newer versions of the phone still pose a risk.

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Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid mechanical-capacitive keyboard, invisible I/O connectors

Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid mechanical-capacitive keyboard, invisible I/O connectors

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple three patents covering laser-based positional and 3D mapping hardware, a keyboard with mechanical switches and capacitive touch sensitive keys, and optical interconnect technology .

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Apple, Silicon Valley raised millions to fund Hillary Clinton platform backing tech's positions on encryption, privacy, innovation, patents, education

Apple, Silicon Valley raised millions to fund Hillary Clinton platform backing tech's positions on encryption, privacy, innovation, patents, education

Ahead of the first U.S. Presidential campaign debates between Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, fundraising among California's Silicon Valley tech elite has decisively backed Clinton—in response to her policies that outline clear support for tech industry concerns involving encryption, privacy, innovation, patents and education.

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Apple reveals algorithm behind Apple Music mixes, execs discuss past and future of service

Apple reveals algorithm behind Apple Music mixes, execs discuss past and future of service

Mixed in with the usual PR speak and promises to make Apple Music the most accessible, consumer-friendly streaming service available, Apple executives in a wide-roving interview published Monday hinted at the development of exceedingly advanced personalized playlist algorithms.

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Apple to reveal fiscal Q4 2016 earnings on Oct. 27

Apple to reveal fiscal Q4 2016 earnings on Oct. 27

Apple on Monday announced it will report quarterly earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 on Oct. 27, to be followed by a live-streamed conference call on Apple's investor website.

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Drake's 'Views' exceeds 1B streams on Apple Music

Drake's 'Views' exceeds 1B streams on Apple Music

Popular rapper Drake recently saw his album "Views" become the first to surpass one billion streams on Apple Music, an achievement Apple commemorated with a plaque presented to the artist on Monday.

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Nvidia working with Apple on graphics for 'revolutionary' new Mac products

Nvidia working with Apple on graphics for 'revolutionary' new Mac products

Though Apple's current Mac lineup relies on AMD graphics, a switch to Nvidia could be in the works for the MacBook Pro and beyond, if new job listings from the GPU maker is any indication.

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Disney said to be weighing Twitter purchase to bolster online video efforts

Disney said to be weighing Twitter purchase to bolster online video efforts

The Walt Disney Company is reportedly examining the prospects, and the risks, of purchasing social media venue Twitter, potentially battling Google and Salesforce for the service.

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Sonos brings PLAY:1 & PLAY:5 speakers to Apple's online & retail stores

Sonos brings PLAY:1 & PLAY:5 speakers to Apple's online & retail stores

Wi-Fi speaker maker Sonos on Monday announced a partnership that will see the company's PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 speakers sold in Apple's online and physical retail stores.

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