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Friday, July 24, 2015

Nike, Apple agree to $2.4M settlement in suit over false FuelBand claims, Apple to pay nothing

Nike, Apple agree to $2.4M settlement in suit over false FuelBand claims, Apple to pay nothing

Consumers who purchased a Nike+ FuelBand between 2012 and 2015 might be eligible for a small payment from Nike after the sports brand, alongside co-defendant Apple, agreed to settle a class action suit alleging the companies falsely advertised the device's health tracking capabilities.

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Apple reportedly eyed BMW's i3 electric car as basis for branded vehicle

Apple reportedly eyed BMW's i3 electric car as basis for branded vehicle

According to a report published Friday, Apple last fall initiated talks to partner with BMW on a rumored electric car project underpinned by the German automaker's i3 model before ultimately changing its mind.

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Apple announces first sterling-denominated bond valued at $2B US

Apple announces first sterling-denominated bond valued at $2B US

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Apple announced its first-ever sterling-denominated bond issuance set at 1.25 billion pounds, or nearly $2 billion.

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Apple takes 'If it's not an iPhone' ad campaign online with new minisite

Apple takes 'If it's not an iPhone' ad campaign online with new minisite

As part of its 'If it's not an iPhone' ad campaign, Apple on Friday introduced an online minisite touting unique iPhone features, from an unparalleled selection of apps to digital and physical security.

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Trailer debuts for Steve Jobs documentary derided by Apple exec as 'mean-spirited'

Trailer debuts for Steve Jobs documentary derided by Apple exec as 'mean-spirited'

The trailer for "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," a highly criticized documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney, premiered on Friday, giving the general public their first glimpse at the controversial film.

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Leaked Intel Skylake info reveals future MacBooks will gain graphics boosts, better battery life

Leaked Intel Skylake info reveals future MacBooks will gain graphics boosts, better battery life

Newly-leaked Intel presentation slides suggest that the company's upcoming Skylake processors could bring important performance and power consumption improvements to future Macs.

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Consortium-backed Apple Pay competitor CurrentC to launch 'trial run' in August

Consortium-backed Apple Pay competitor CurrentC to launch 'trial run' in August

CurrentC, the MCX-developed mobile payment platform backed by a number of major U.S. retailers, will reportedly see an initial trial run in August, signaling that the service is finally approaching a public launch.

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Pandora CEO says company has seen 'no impact' from Apple Music launch

Pandora CEO says company has seen 'no impact' from Apple Music launch

Apple Music so far isn't — and probably won't be — a meaningful threat to Pandora, the latter company's CEO told analysts during a conference call announcing better-than-expected quarterly financials.

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Apple's $26.5B in purchase commitments hint at huge 'iPhone 6s' launch

Apple's $26.5B in purchase commitments hint at huge 'iPhone 6s' launch

Apple had $26.5 billion in off-balance sheet commitments at the end of the June quarter — a massive year-over-year increase that suggests the company is planning for a record breaking launch of its next-generation "iPhone 6s."

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks earnings, future of iPhone, iOS 9 betas & Coin credit card

AppleInsider podcast talks earnings, future of iPhone, iOS 9 betas & Coin credit card

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, we discuss Apple's earnings call, Neil reveals how he feels about Wall Street analysts, Victor endorses the Mac App Store, and Mikey tells all about the good and bad of the Coin connected credit card.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

App Store puts 100 iOS titles on sale for 99 cents, YouTube app updated with 'vertical video' support

App Store puts 100 iOS titles on sale for 99 cents, YouTube app updated with 'vertical video' support

In a pair of iOS App Store developments on Thursday, Apple put a collection of 100 titles up for sale priced at 99 cents each, while Google updated YouTube for iOS to make the "vertical video" viewing experience a bit more bearable.

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ExclusiveFinal 36 Hours: Free AppleCare with all standard 2015 13" MacBook Pros, $300-$400 off all 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Final 36 Hours: Free AppleCare with all standard 2015 13

For just 36 hours more, readers can get 3 years of AppleCare free on all of Apple's standard early-2015 13" MacBook Pros, or save up to $200 on select custom configurations with exclusive coupon codes. These deals expire July 31st. Also, $300-$400 off all 15" MacBook Pro + AppleCare bundles and a loaded 11" MacBook Air with AppleCare for $1,089.

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Apple removes Nest Learning Thermostat from online, retail stores in potential HomeKit push

Apple removes Nest Learning Thermostat from online, retail stores in potential HomeKit push

A pair of reports this week made note of Apple's apparent decision to remove Google's Nest Learning Thermostat from its online and brick-and-mortar stores, leaving only smart home devices compatible with HomeKit available for purchase.

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Honda says CarPlay to share dash space with Android Auto in 2016 Accord

Honda says CarPlay to share dash space with Android Auto in 2016 Accord

Honda on Thursday announced that the 2016 model year Accord will be its first car to support CarPlay, making good on a promise from March of last year to bring Apple's iOS-powered infotainment platform to its auto lineup.

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Apple celebrates 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with App Store collection

Apple celebrates 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with App Store collection

Observing 25 years of the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act, Apple is profiling a collection of accessibility apps expressly designed to accommodate users with vision, hearing, speech, physical and motor skills or learning and literacy issues.

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Apple throws clout behind Equality Act blocking discrimination against LGBT Americans

Apple throws clout behind Equality Act blocking discrimination against LGBT Americans

Via a press statement, Apple on Thursday officially backed the Equality Act, an expansion of 1964's Civil Rights Act that — if voted in — would add gender identity and sexual orientation to non-discrimination protections for Americans.

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First photos of supposed 'iPhone 6s' front panel appear, points to mass production

First photos of supposed 'iPhone 6s' front panel appear, points to mass production

A set of photos posted to the Web on Thursday claim to show so-called "iPhone 6s" screens rolling off the production line, suggesting mass manufacturing of the next-generation handset has started.

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IDC: Apple snags global smartphone marketshare from Samsung in June quarter

IDC: Apple snags global smartphone marketshare from Samsung in June quarter

IDC research data published on Thursday shows that Apple's share of the global smartphone market grew to 14.1 percent in the June quarter, up from 11.7 percent in the same period a year ago — largely at the expense of Samsung.

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Apple supplier LG Display to spend nearly $1B on fourth OLED display plant

Apple supplier LG Display to spend nearly $1B on fourth OLED display plant

LG Display on Thursday announced plans to devote almost $1 billion towards building a fourth OLED factory, one that could potentially be instrumental in keeping up with demand for products like the Apple Watch.

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Rumor: Supply chain expects Apple to grow Mac production in second half of 2015

Rumor: Supply chain expects Apple to grow Mac production in second half of 2015

Apple's Mac orders with suppliers have remained constant, and are expected to increase overall during the second half of the year, heading into the lucrative holiday shopping season, according to a new rumor out of Apple's supply chain.

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Sales of Apple's iOS devices now equal total Windows PC sales

Sales of Apple's iOS devices now equal total Windows PC sales

Sales of Apple's iOS lineup — comprised of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch — has now matched annual sales of devices running the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows platform.

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How normal people get their photos featured in Apple's ads and wallpapers for iOS, OS X

How normal people get their photos featured in Apple's ads and wallpapers for iOS, OS X

One of the things that has defined Apple for the past decade is its dedication to and admiration for photography, whether it's improving the iPhone's camera or creating advertising campaigns centered around famous images. Here's how the company selects the images that it features on billboards, in commercials, and on your desktop.

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Apple's Back to School 2015 promo offers $200 Beats Solo2 headphones with purchase of new Mac

Apple's Back to School 2015 promo offers $200 Beats Solo2 headphones with purchase of new Mac

Apple on Thursday launched its awaited Back to School 2015 promotion, offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 wired headphones, valued at $200, with the purchase of a new Mac.

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Apple Pay's US roster adds 35 new banks, approaches total of 400

Apple Pay's US roster adds 35 new banks, approaches total of 400

Apple on Thursday added another 35 companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, this time offering a more even split of credit unions and conventional banks.

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Apple envisions Apple TV remote with fingerprint sensor for custom profiles, child proofing

Apple envisions Apple TV remote with fingerprint sensor for custom profiles, child proofing

A trio of Apple patent filings relating to biometric input devices could reveal plans for a remote control, potentially destined for Apple TV, capable of distinguishing multiple users for association with custom profiles on a second device.

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Apple investigating automated ad system for podcasts

Apple investigating automated ad system for podcasts

Your next podcast listening session could be interrupted by dynamically placed, constantly refreshed and targeted content — read advertisements — served up by iAd, if Apple deploys technology described in patent application published Thursday.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Apple revises down capital expenditure projection 8% for fiscal 2015

Apple revises down capital expenditure projection 8% for fiscal 2015

Apple revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday that it plans to spend $12 billion on capital expenditures for the 2015 fiscal year, $1 billion less than was initially projected last year.

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Apple looks to hire government affairs specialist in Indian market push

Apple looks to hire government affairs specialist in Indian market push

Apple is looking to hire its first government affairs officer in India as part of an overarching plan to more aggressively target the growing market, according to a local report.

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Consumer advocacy group, Sen. Al Franken add to Apple Music antitrust clamor

Consumer advocacy group, Sen. Al Franken add to Apple Music antitrust clamor

Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog leveled antitrust accusations against Apple Music in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice on Wednesday, saying Apple is leveraging access to consumer credit cards and user music preferences to tamp down competition. Senator Al Franken shared similar concerns in a separate letter to the same governmental bodies.

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TipsHow to enable Home Sharing in iOS 9 beta

How to enable Home Sharing in iOS 9 beta

With the latest iOS 9 beta restoring full support for Home Sharing, here's how to toggle on the feature that allows streaming music and video from computers connected to the same local Wi-Fi network.

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Apple fixes 2015 MacBook Pro flash storage issue in firmware update

Apple fixes 2015 MacBook Pro flash storage issue in firmware update

Apple on Wednesday pushed out a MacBook Pro firmware update to address issues users of 2015 models were seeing with corrupted data.

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HomeKit market held back by Apple's high encryption demands - report

HomeKit market held back by Apple's high encryption demands - report

The slow trickle of HomeKit-compatible accessories is reportedly linked to a high level of encryption mandated by Apple, said to be generating unusuable levels of lag in prototype Bluetooth products.

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As Apple's offshore cash pile reaches $190B, US Congress moves closer to multinational tax reform

As Apple's offshore cash pile reaches $190B, US Congress moves closer to multinational tax reform

Apple, Google, and other major U.S.-based multinationals may soon be able to bring more of their foreign-earned income back to American shores without facing a huge tax burden, as lawmakers are moving forward on a tax reform framework that could eliminate taxes on international earnings and authorize a one-time repatriation holiday.

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iPhone 6, Apple Pay help keep Apple ranked 15th in global Fortune 500 rankings

iPhone 6, Apple Pay help keep Apple ranked 15th in global Fortune 500 rankings

On Wednesday Apple once again took 15th place in Fortune's annual Global 500 rankings, something the magazine credited to record sales of the iPhone 6 and the introduction of new product categories, such as Apple Pay.

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Apple releases second public betas of iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Apple releases second public betas of iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Apple on Wednesday provided members of its public beta program with new versions of both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, marking the second versions of the publicly available pre-release software.

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EditorialWall Street seems to prefer Kremlinology over factual analysis when it comes to the Apple Watch

Wall Street seems to prefer Kremlinology over factual analysis when it comes to the Apple Watch

Another record-breaking fiscal quarter is in the books for Apple, but the company's overall success is being glossed over by Wall Street analysts and pundits who seem intent on ignoring the actual facts when it comes to Apple Watch sales.

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New Microsoft Send app brings chat-like threads to iPhone email conversations

New Microsoft Send app brings chat-like threads to iPhone email conversations

Microsoft on Tuesday launched Send, a new iPhone app intended to simplify email conversations down to instant-messaging style threads.

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Canalys estimates 4.2 million Apple Watches sold in wearable's first quarter

Canalys estimates 4.2 million Apple Watches sold in wearable's first quarter

Although Apple didn't provide official figures during Tuesday's results call, an estimate published by research firm Canalys suggests the company shipped 4.2 million Apple Watches during the June quarter.

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FeatureMarket watchers see buying opportunity as Apple shares slide after June quarter miss

Lofty expectations were beyond the reach of Apple last quarter, sending shares tumbling more than 7 percent. But a number of bullish analysts see the stock pullback as a buying opportunity for investors, who can get in at a cheaper price before the launch of new iPhones.

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