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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Swift-based ransomware targets macOS pirates with false decryption promise

Swift-based ransomware targets macOS pirates with false decryption promise

New ransomware for the Mac has been discovered by security researchers, with the "poorly coded" malware created in Swift encrypting the user's files and demanding a payment, without any possibility of decrypting the files even if the ransom is paid.

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Apple Watch & ResearchKit epilepsy study concludes, gleans insight on seizure triggers

Apple Watch & ResearchKit epilepsy study concludes, gleans insight on seizure triggers

A research study on epilepsy with the Apple Watch and ResearchKit at the core of the work has concluded, and is shedding light on seizure triggers, hopefully paving the way for better identification of precursors of the disruptive and dangerous event.

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iOS 10 now installed on 79% of Apple's mobile devices

iOS 10 now installed on 79% of Apple's mobile devices

A little over 5 months after the update's release, iOS 10 had made it onto 79 percent of iOS devices, according to official Apple statistics shared with developers.

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Santander among more than 40 banks, credit unions added in latest US Apple Pay expansion

Santander among more than 40 banks, credit unions added in latest US Apple Pay expansion

Apple Pay has today gained support from more than 40 new banks and credit unions in the U.S., including Santander Bank, inching the total of participating nationwide card issuers closer to 2,000.

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Apple confirms existence of Cambridge Siri R&D lab with new office sign

Apple confirms existence of Cambridge Siri R&D lab with new office sign

Apple is no longer keeping its Siri research and development office in Cambridge, U.K. a secret, revealing the facility's existence by constructing a sign bearing the company logo beside the building's front door.

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Foxconn workers depart company, rather than shift to non-iPhone assembly — report

Foxconn workers depart company, rather than shift to non-iPhone assembly — report

Apple partner and device assembler Foxconn is going on a hiring spree at China colleges, but reports from within the company claim that as iPhone 7 manufacturing winds down, assemblers would rather leave than deal with lower pay and fewer safety precautions when building goods from other companies.

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ExclusiveDeals: $8.62 off $50 Amazon orders; 13" MacBook Pro in Gray for $1,329; 15" MacBook Pro (Apple refurb) for $1,399; 2TB G-Drive Pro $239

Deals: $8.62 off $50 Amazon orders; 13

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Apple, Foxconn & TSMC consider swooping in on Toshiba's flash memory business

Apple, Foxconn & TSMC consider swooping in on Toshiba's flash memory business

Apple, Foxconn, and TSMC are among a group of over 10 companies hoping to win a majority stake in Toshiba's flash memory business, reports say.

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Apple Park's campus auditorium named 'Steve Jobs Theater,' opens later in year

Apple Park's campus auditorium named 'Steve Jobs Theater,' opens later in year

As part of the new "spaceship" campus, now called "Apple Park," Apple is commemorating its legendary cofounder, naming the auditorium that overlooks the facility "Steve Jobs Theater."

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Apple's 'spaceship' Campus 2 to officially be known as Apple Park, 175-acre HQ to open in April

Apple's 'spaceship' Campus 2 to officially be known as Apple Park, 175-acre HQ to open in April

Employees at Apple's corporate headquarters will have a new home — Apple Park — starting in April, though the migration of more than 12,000 workers will take over six months to complete.

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VideoWhat's the status on LG's UltraFine 5K monitor?

What's the status on LG's UltraFine 5K monitor?

After receiving reports of connectivity issues related to LG's new UltraFine 5K monitor, and confirming those problems with LG, Apple temporarily suspended sales of the display earlier this February. With ship times slow to improve, AppleInsider explains what's going on.

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Apple stock closes at new high of $136.70 as market cap inches toward $720 billion

Apple stock closes at new high of $136.70 as market cap inches toward $720 billion

Riding a wave of positive financial news and a rosy outlook for fiscal 2017, Apple stock touched $136.74 in intraday trading on Tuesday before closing at an all-time high of $136.70.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $415 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

Apple airs regional AirPods ads featuring UK musicians

Apple airs regional AirPods ads featuring UK musicians

As part of a shift toward targeted digital and regional ad campaigns, Apple on Tuesday released three new versions of its "Notes" AirPods commercial in the UK featuring music from The 1975, Craig David and Lianne La Havas.

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Apple buys iCloud.net domain, shuts down associated Asian social network

Apple buys iCloud.net domain, shuts down associated Asian social network

As part of efforts to bring its online assets under one roof, Apple recently purchased iCloud.net from a small Chinese social network, one of the last product related domains not currently under its control.

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Apple could ditch Qualcomm for new Gbps Intel XMM 7650 modem in iPhone 8

Apple could ditch Qualcomm for new Gbps Intel XMM 7650 modem in iPhone 8

Earlier today Intel announced a new XMM 7650 Baseband Processor modem today to take on Qualcomm's X16. Unlike previous Intel modems, the new product supports CDMA in addition to LTE, as well as high speed LTE Category 16, enabling gigabit downloads. The new chip could enable global mobile support for Apple's next iPhones.

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ReviewReview: Jaybird's X3 Bluetooth earbuds are a great choice for pumping iron

Review: Jaybird's X3 Bluetooth earbuds are a great choice for pumping iron

The Jaybird X3s are a high-quality, yet affordable alternative to other fitness-oriented Bluetooth headphones, including Apple's AirPods and Beats products. Whether or not they're right for you, though, can be very subjective.

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The average US iPhone owner spent $40 in App Store purchases during 2016

The average US iPhone owner spent $40 in App Store purchases during 2016

Over the course of 2016, American iPhone owners forked out an average of $40 on iOS App Store purchases, including in-app transactions — up from $35 in 2015, according to new analytics data.

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Apple updates Logic Pro X with minor improvements, fixes for erratic region behavior

Apple updates Logic Pro X with minor improvements, fixes for erratic region behavior

Apple on Tuesday released a new version of its digital audio workstation, Logic Pro X, making some minor feature additions while simultaneously solving two glitches with regions.

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Samsung reportedly plans to refurbish, resell Note 7 in emerging markets

Samsung reportedly plans to refurbish, resell Note 7 in emerging markets

Samsung is planning to sell refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7 with smaller batteries in emerging markets, according to a South Korean report, in an attempt to mitigate some of the costs incurred as part of the electronic giant's battery-related smartphone recall.

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Third public betas of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 arrive from Apple

Third public betas of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 arrive from Apple

A day after developers were issued fresh pre-release beta builds of all four of Apple's major platforms, new public betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 are also available to download.

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Verizon agrees to buy core of Yahoo for reduced $4.48B price tag following hacks

Verizon agrees to buy core of Yahoo for reduced $4.48B price tag following hacks

Verizon on Tuesday announced a deal to buy the core business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion — managing to secure a $350 million discount it was pursuing because of two major security breaches, the last of which affected over 1 billion accounts.

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As legal spat with Apple continues, Qualcomm teases ultra-fast 1.2Gbps LTE mobile chips

As legal spat with Apple continues, Qualcomm teases ultra-fast 1.2Gbps LTE mobile chips

Apple supplier Qualcomm on Tuesday revealed a new LTE modem, the Snapdragon X20, which could push the limits of the cellular technology and theoretically appear in a 2018 iPhone —if the chipmaker and Apple can get along.

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Apple plans $51M expansion of Reno iCloud data center, codenamed 'Project Isabel'

Apple plans $51M expansion of Reno iCloud data center, codenamed 'Project Isabel'

Apple's data center operations in Reno, Nev., continue to expand, with the company now pursuing an additional 375,000 square feet of space to power its iCloud services, AppleInsider has learned.

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News agencies ask court to force FBI to reveal cost, source of San Bernardino iPhone hack

News agencies ask court to force FBI to reveal cost, source of San Bernardino iPhone hack

The U.S. government should be forced to reveal how much the FBI paid for tools to unlock an iPhone at the center of the San Bernardino shooting investigation, three major news organizations insisted to a judge on Monday.

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Apple rumored to eliminate 32GB tier with 'iPhone 8,' with capacity starting at 64GB

Apple rumored to eliminate 32GB tier with 'iPhone 8,' with capacity starting at 64GB

While not much has been said up until now about Apple's possible intentions for user storage on the "iPhone 8," a new report claims that the high-end device will have at least 64 gigabytes of flash storage, with a second configuration boasting 256 gigabytes.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' may not use curved OLED due to production problems

Apple's 'iPhone 8' may not use curved OLED due to production problems

Although Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" is expected to offer a 5.15-inch AMOLED screen with a 2K resolution, the company is dropping plans to make it curved because of problems discovered in testing, a research firm said on Tuesday.

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Apple seen switching to glass-film touch tech this year for Apple Watch Series 3

Apple seen switching to glass-film touch tech this year for Apple Watch Series 3

For the next Apple Watch, Apple is likely to switch from touch-on-lens technology to a glass-film option, in the process changing up suppliers for its touch technology, a report claimed on Tuesday.

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Wireless charging likely coming to Apple's 'iPhone 8,' but not Energous's long-range solution

Wireless charging likely coming to Apple's 'iPhone 8,' but not Energous's long-range solution

A new report sheds some doubt on Apple's "iPhone 8" including Energous wireless charging at-range technology, and suggests that it will either use the Qi or the Airfuel protocols.

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'iPhone 8' to include game changing 3D facial recognition tech in FaceTime camera

'iPhone 8' to include game changing 3D facial recognition tech in FaceTime camera

In addition to being a complete redesign of the iconic handset, Apple's anticipated "iPhone 8" will reportedly bring key technical upgrades to the platform, including a "revolutionary" front facing 3D camera system that can be used for a variety of applications, from biometric authentication to games.

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EditorialEditorial: Uncertainties of a dysfunctional American government likely to hurt Apple's performance

Editorial: Uncertainties of a dysfunctional American government likely to hurt Apple's performance

Shares of Apple are currently trading at an all time high, in a bull market rally that recently-elected U.S. President Trump has frequently taken credit for. However, stock market gains—including Apple's—appear to be driven primarily by favorable earnings reports from the December quarter. The economic future of Apple — and the U.S. overall — is less certain, given risks related to infrastructure investment, taxes, currency valuations, immigration restrictions and travel bans under the new administration.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro out of stock as refresh looms

Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro out of stock as refresh looms

Amidst rumors claiming Apple plans to refresh its iPad line at a special event in March, the company and its reseller network are seeing stockouts of all 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, with both online and brick-and-mortar stores showing availability estimates pushed back by 2 to 3 weeks.

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Apple shares four new 'One Night' ads focusing on iPhone 7 low-light photography [u]

Apple shares four new 'One Night' ads focusing on iPhone 7 low-light photography [u]

Apple on Monday shared a series of four short commercial spots featuring the low-light photo capture capabilities of iPhone 7, with the ads taking viewers on a trip through a sampling of nighttime scenes, from New York to Johannesburg.

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Apple updates German and Italian Apple Pay support pages ahead of rumored launch

Apple updates German and Italian Apple Pay support pages ahead of rumored launch

Apple recently added complete translations and custom explainer graphics to Apple Pay support documents on its regional websites in German and Italy, suggesting the payments service might soon launch in those countries.

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Apple files 14-point appeal against European Commission's $14 billion tax edict

Apple files 14-point appeal against European Commission's $14 billion tax edict

Apple has filed its appeal with the European court of appeals, all declaring that the European Commission's decision to levy $14 billion in taxes on Apple on behalf of the EU is erroneous, against the rule of law, and should be stricken.

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TipsHow to disable word predictions on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

How to disable word predictions on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Students who own Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar may not be able to use its dynamic function row in public examinations as industry officials believe its integrated predictive text feature and other capabilities could give them an unfair advantage. Here's how to disable it.

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macOS Sierra 10.12.4 third developer's beta now available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 third developer's beta now available

In addition to betas for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, Apple on Monday also deployed its third developer-centric beta of macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift, and other bug fixes.

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As Apple explores truly wireless iPhone charging, Disney Research demos cord-free room concept

As Apple explores truly wireless iPhone charging, Disney Research demos cord-free room concept

Disney Research has showcased an automatic, unaided charging platform that would enable purpose-built structures — such as cabinets, rooms or even entire warehouses — to generate and deliver power to mobile receivers in close proximity.

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Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker - report

Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker - report

Apple doesn't appear interested in developing a standalone Amazon Echo-like speaker utilizing Siri, as the company's vision is instead linked to devices like the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.

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