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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mystery Apple 'wireless device' turns out to be door access system

Mystery Apple 'wireless device' turns out to be door access system

One of Apple's "wireless devices" recently submitted for approval by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission turns out to have been a door access system, likely for the Apple Park campus opening in April, according to a manual and photos published by the government body on Sunday.

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Four of the best casual photography and filter apps for iPhone

Four of the best casual photography and filter apps for iPhone

If you're a seasoned iPhone pro, or a new user, the vast amount of simple photography apps can be staggering — AppleInsider picks out four cheap or free ones for you to try.

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EditorialEditorial: An ad-free, premium social network... from Apple

Editorial: An ad-free, premium social network... from Apple

Apple has several elements of a social network already, with evidence pointing to plans for expansion. Here's why the company needs a strong social strategy, and how a social network from Apple could uniquely address the issues of online harassment, fake news, surveillance advertising, clickbait and viral plagiarism.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hands On: Google Calendar on iOS continues the trend of 'fiddly but powerful'

Hands On: Google Calendar on iOS continues the trend of 'fiddly but powerful'

Google Calendar could be better designed but it's hard to beat on features. AppleInsider investigates how well Google's calendar integrates with Apple's own.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says globalization is 'great for the world' in China speech

Apple CEO Tim Cook says globalization is 'great for the world' in China speech

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered remarks on globalization, cybersecurity, encryption, international relations and more during a rare public appearance in China, part of the executive's attempts to woo Chinese consumers.

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This week on AI: Apple's not-so-curved 'iPhone 8,' new iPads coming soon, 4K Apple TV in testing & more

This week on AI: Apple's not-so-curved 'iPhone 8,' new iPads coming soon, 4K Apple TV in testing & more

This week we learned that Apple's "iPhone 8" may have a curved OLED screen, but not as curved as some were anticipating. Future iPads also made the news, along with possible signs that Apple is already testing a 4K Apple TV running "tvOS 11."

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Corporate brands, UK government pull ads from Google's YouTube over extremist hate group videos

Corporate brands, UK government pull ads from Google's YouTube over extremist hate group videos

A series of major brands have pulled ads from Google's YouTube following reports that their ads are being shown next to terrorist, hate group and other offensive or controversial videos.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 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 $390 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 extends AppleCare+ purchase deadline to one year for iPhone, report says

Apple extends AppleCare+ purchase deadline to one year for iPhone, report says

According to a recent report, Apple appears to be bringing its AppleCare+ plan for iPhone more in line with offerings for the Mac and Apple TV, and looks to be allowing users to purchase the plan up to a year after initial device purchase.

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TipsHow to use Google's Motion Stills app to be more creative with Apple's Live Photos

How to use Google's Motion Stills app to be more creative with Apple's Live Photos

Google this week updated its Motion Stills app — which stabilizes Apple's Live Photos, and enables quick creation of GIFs and short movies — with support for exporting back to the Live Photos format. Here's how to do that and use the app in general.

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Chance the Rapper declares Apple paid $500K for exclusive 'Coloring Book' debut on Apple Music

Chance the Rapper declares Apple paid $500K for exclusive 'Coloring Book' debut on Apple Music

After some criticism about the artist's integrity and independence, Chance the Rapper made a series of tweets and revealed some of the only solid information about what Apple pays for exclusive releases on Apple Music.

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Feature'iPhone 8' could herald start of Apple's augmented reality ambitions

'iPhone 8' could herald start of Apple's augmented reality ambitions

Computer simulations, and the means to visualize them, could be in the palm of your hand in new and potentially revolutionary ways later this year, if rumors about Apple's forthcoming "iPhone 8" bear fruit.

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Indonesian iPhone sales to resume on March 31 after Apple R&D investments

Indonesian iPhone sales to resume on March 31 after Apple R&D investments

Apple is on track to resume iPhone sales in Indonesia toward the end of the month, a report said on Friday, following a roughly two-year period during which sourcing requirements kept the device off the local market.

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Apple plans retail expansion in India with over 100 new Authorized Resellers

Apple plans retail expansion in India with over 100 new Authorized Resellers

Apple is planning to grow its presence in India over the next year by expanding the number of Apple Authorized Reseller locations, with the addition of over 100 small stores believed to be a six-fold increase in the number of outlets already in operation in the country.

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Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,719; $15 bonus with $150 Best Buy gift code; Samsung 55" 4K TV $1,099 with no tax in 48 states

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Shoppers this week can save $80 on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray. Or receive a $15 bonus with $150 Best Buy gift code purchases. Samsung's 55" 4K Curved LED TV is also $2,900 off today only, and PDF Expert 2.2 is $24.99 with coupon.

TipsFix your frayed Apple MagSafe or Lightning cables with Sugru Moldable Glue

Fix your frayed Apple MagSafe or Lightning cables with Sugru Moldable Glue

Apple's MagSafe and Lightning cables are notorious for fraying under heavy use. If you want to repair your cable, rather than purchase a replacement, Sugru Moldable Glue could be the solution you've been seeking.

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Apple adds permanent 'Indie Games' page to App Store

Apple adds permanent 'Indie Games' page to App Store

Apple will continue to highlight independently-produced games in the iOS App Store, with a new permanent 'Indie Games' collection accessible within the store, following after a 12-day promotion used to 'celebrate' the work of smaller game development studios.

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Philips expands iOS-connected Hue smart bulbs with chandelier E14 light socket sizes

Philips expands iOS-connected Hue smart bulbs with chandelier E14 light socket sizes

More than 80 percent of light fittings found in common households are now supported by Philips Hue connected lighting, thanks to the launch of new E14 candle/chandelier-sized sockets, in both multi-color and white ambiance versions.

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Apple to build two new Chinese R&D centers, spend $507M on research

Apple to build two new Chinese R&D centers, spend $507M on research

Apple on Friday announced plans to set up two new research centers in China, spending a minimum of 3.5 billion yuan — $507 million — on research institutions overall.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks new iPads, wearables, and Apple's coming 64-bit switch

AppleInsider podcast talks new iPads, wearables, and Apple's coming 64-bit switch

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey talk about the evidence of new iPads and the rumored event, the concept of removing large numbers of apps from the App Store, and the idea of Swatch making a smart watch.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Infamous patent troll Soverain Software targets Apple products and services in new lawsuit

Infamous patent troll Soverain Software targets Apple products and services in new lawsuit

Soverain Software, a non-practicing entity that gained media attention for suing Newegg and other online retailers over "shopping cart" patents, on Thursday filed a complaint against Apple for alleged infringement of IP relating to internet-based services.

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VideoQuick take video review: D-Link Omna HomeKit camera

Quick take video review: D-Link Omna HomeKit camera

AppleInsider goes hands-on with D-Link's new Omna, the first internet connected security camera to feature integration with Apple's HomeKit platform and iOS 10 Home app.

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How to order movie tickets within iOS 10 chat using Fandango's iMessage App

How to order movie tickets within iOS 10 chat using Fandango's iMessage App

With the release of iOS 10, Apple introduced a new way for developers to add integrated new features for iMessage users. Here's how to use Fandango's app to explore movie listings, share showtime options with chat participants, select seats and purchase tickets with Apple Pay—all within iMessage.

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Netflix considers mobile specific versions of original content

Netflix considers mobile specific versions of original content

Netflix may make it even easier for its subscribers using iPhones to follow its original content in the future, an executive for the streaming service has revealed, advising that the firm is currently exploring the possibility of making mobile device-specific versions of its shows.

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Swatch to take on Apple Watch & Android Wear with custom OS

Swatch to take on Apple Watch & Android Wear with custom OS

The Swatch Group will be paving its own road into the smartwatch space with a custom operating system, the company's CEO said on Thursday, with the OS going up against mature software from incumbents Apple Watch and Google's Android Wear platform.

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Apple News iOS 10 update major driver of traffic to The Telegraph, users more engaged with content

Apple News iOS 10 update major driver of traffic to The Telegraph, users more engaged with content

Apple News is proving to be a success story for venues fully invested in it, with The Telegraph seeing readers coming from the service spending more time on articles, and greater numbers of articles read per user.

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ColorWare will make the iPhone 7 Plus look like a vintage Macintosh for $1899

ColorWare will make the iPhone 7 Plus look like a vintage Macintosh for $1899

Nostalgic Apple fans with deep pockets can now purchase a custom-painted iPhone 7 Plus "Retro Edition" from ColorWare, designed to look like a vintage Macintosh computer from the 1980s, for a princely sum of $1,899.

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Apple Music ambassador program offers Twitter promoters 3 free months for pushing streaming service

Apple Music ambassador program offers Twitter promoters 3 free months for pushing streaming service

Starting Thursday, Apple Music launched a new user-driven promotional program on Twitter with the hashtag "#MusicForEveryMinute", promoted by student ambassadors who will be rewarded with an extra three months of free subscription.

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Spotify may go with Apple Music-like album exclusives in new label deals

Spotify may go with Apple Music-like album exclusives in new label deals

Spotify is nearing new deals with major record labels that could result in some albums becoming exclusives to its paid tier, a report said on Thursday.

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Apple concept for biometric facial recognition could hint at 'iPhone 8'

Apple concept for biometric facial recognition could hint at 'iPhone 8'

Apple is adding to its existing patents for automatically unlocking an iPhone using facial recognition, according to a patent application published on Thursday, revealing the Cupertino firm is still refining alternative methods of biometric security it could use in future mobile devices.

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Hulu says live TV service will launch with cloud DVR, real-time alerts

Hulu says live TV service will launch with cloud DVR, real-time alerts

Hulu this week updated the teaser page for its upcoming live TV service, revealing some of its planned features — most notably cloud DVR support, which should be ready from the beginning.

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Developer alleges spotting new Apple TV model, unannounced 'tvOS 11' in use logs

Developer alleges spotting new Apple TV model, unannounced 'tvOS 11' in use logs

Developer Firi Games claims to have seen a single instance of an unreleased Apple TV, running a new version of tvOS — which may be the postulated 4K version of the product thought to be in testing.

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Seventh betas of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3 released for public & developer testing [u]

Seventh betas of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3 released for public & developer testing [u]

Only 72 hours after the the sixth beta release of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3, Apple has made available the seventh iteration of the test software to developers, with little increment in release numbers suggesting an imminent release for users. [Updated with public beta info]

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Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon's official app

Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon's official app

Amazon on Thursday began updating its official app for iOS to bring support for Alexa, its voice-driven personal assistant, officially to the iPhone, allowing users to ask questions, shop, play music and more.

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Accessory purports to capture & stream live video from any iPhone, iPad app without a Mac or PC

Accessory purports to capture & stream live video from any iPhone, iPad app without a Mac or PC

The "EzRecLN" capture device allows for capture of video from a connected iOS device, with a stream able to be sent across a USB cable, or stored on a micro SD card installed into the device.

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iLuv launches Wi-Fi-enabled Rainbow8 bulb with support for Apple's HomeKit

iLuv launches Wi-Fi-enabled Rainbow8 bulb with support for Apple's HomeKit

Accessory maker iLuv on Thursday opened up sales of the Rainbow8, a new HomeKit-ready lightbulb that connects via Wi-Fi without requiring a dedicated hub.

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Apple supplier Jabil earnings report suggests steady demand for iPhone 7 Plus, great demand for 'iPhone 8'

Apple supplier Jabil earnings report suggests steady demand for iPhone 7 Plus, great demand for 'iPhone 8'

A pair of analysts have chimed in on Apple supplier Jabil's positive quarterly earnings report through February, and sees signs that Apple's seasonal decrease in iPhone sales may not be as pronounced as expected.

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Apple's revival of iPhone 6 with 32GB storage continues with sales in Belarus

Apple's revival of iPhone 6 with 32GB storage continues with sales in Belarus

The re-release of the iPhone 6 with 32 gigabytes of storage is expanding into another territory, after launches in India, China, and Taiwan in recent months, with a premium reseller offering the unusual-capacity handset to customers in Belarus beginning next week.

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WePay joins online payment platforms supporting Apple Pay

WePay joins online payment platforms supporting Apple Pay

On Thursday WePay — an online payments platform with clients like Meetup, GoFundMe, and FreshBooks — announced that its clients can now accept Apple Pay on the Web, along with Android Pay.

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