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Monday, July 18, 2016

Winner of the Grovemade accessory giveaway announced [Tom C.]

Winner of the Grovemade accessory giveaway announced [Tom C.]

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of last week's giveaway, Tom C., who will receive five handcrafted Apple accessories courtesy of Grovemade.

Apple squashes FaceTime bug that facilitated eavesdropping on calls

Apple squashes FaceTime bug that facilitated eavesdropping on calls

Apple in a pair of security updates for iOS and OS X on Monday addressed a FaceTime vulnerability that allows attackers to surreptitiously maintain audio connectivity in a seemingly terminated FaceTime call.

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Apple debuts pair of new 'Shot on iPhone' ads with backyard wildlife focus

Apple debuts pair of new 'Shot on iPhone' ads with backyard wildlife focus

Apple on Monday made available two new advertisements from its award-winning "Shot on iPhone" campaign, highlighting nature and the iPhone camera's zoom feature.

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Apple issues third macOS Sierra beta to developers

Apple issues third macOS Sierra beta to developers

Completing Monday's batch of beta software seeds, Apple this afternoon issued a third beta version of its upcoming macOS Sierra desktop operating system to developers ahead of an expected public release this fall.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.4.2 with fix for Apple Music short song playback issues

Apple releases iTunes 12.4.2 with fix for Apple Music short song playback issues

Apple on Monday released a minor update to the iTunes application to address bugs, including Apple Music "up next" problems with songs less than a minute long.

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Apple Music shifting to iTunes Match 'acoustic fingerprinting' method of song ID

Apple Music shifting to iTunes Match 'acoustic fingerprinting' method of song ID

Changes are being made behind the scenes to iTunes Music's library matching and streaming algorithms, allowing for more accurate determination of what songs the user owns, and preventing inadvertent destruction of music libraries.

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MacKeeper threatens 14-year-old YouTube video maker with harassment suit

MacKeeper threatens 14-year-old YouTube video maker with harassment suit

Infamous software developer MacKeeper has demanded that four videos critical of its maligned tune-up utility suite be removed from the internet, threatening the teenager behind the videos with $60,000 in court costs and legal fees.

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Apple releases finished iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, tvOS 9.2.2 & watchOS 2.2.2 updates

Apple releases finished iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, tvOS 9.2.2 & watchOS 2.2.2 updates

Apple on Monday issued the completed versions of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, tvOS 9.2.2, and watchOS 2.2.2 to the public, making various maintenance updates to each platform.

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Apple Maps expands transit directions to Honolulu & Kansas City, Mo.

Apple Maps expands transit directions to Honolulu & Kansas City, Mo.

Apple on Monday quietly updated its native Maps app with public transit coverage for two major American cities: Honolulu, Hawaii and Kansas City, Mo.

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Apple issues third betas of iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3 [updated]

Apple issues third betas of iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3 [updated]

Apple on Monday provided developers with the third pre-release betas of three of its four upcoming platform updates, squashing bugs and addressing issues with iOS 10 and tvOS 10, as well as watchOS 3. A new macOS Sierra build, however, did not arrive.

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New photos claim to show three different 'iPhone 7' models, including 'Pro'

New photos claim to show three different 'iPhone 7' models, including 'Pro'

A batch of photos published on Monday show what are purported to be three different models of the "iPhone 7," including a "Pro," but with unlikely "S" markings on the back.

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Pokemon Go hits Canada & 26 European countries, server struggles stall Japan launch

Pokemon Go hits Canada & 26 European countries, server struggles stall Japan launch

Despite a possible weekend assault by hackers, Pokémon Go is now available in 35 countries, with a Japanese launch on hold pending an expansion of much-needed server capacity.

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Deals: $50-$130 off 12.9" iPad Pros; $50-$120 off 2016 MacBooks with AppleCare; $570 off 15" MacBook Pro

Deals: $50-$130 off 12.9

Apple authorized reseller B&H is starting the week off with instant discounts on 12.9" iPad Pros (models start at $749) with free shipping and no tax outside of NY. Or snap up a 12" MacBook with AppleCare at up to $120 off. The well-equipped 15" MacBook Pro with M370X graphics is also available for $1,930 on eBay, while $100 iTunes gift codes are 15% off.

US Army's Special Operations switching tactical kit from Android to iPhone - report

US Army's Special Operations switching tactical kit from Android to iPhone - report

The U.S. Army's Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, will be switching from Android to the iPhone for a situational awareness kit issued to soldiers, according to a report.

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Leaked video highlights alleged differences between 'iPhone 7' and iPhone 6s

Leaked video highlights alleged differences between 'iPhone 7' and iPhone 6s

A new video from China allegedly shows a semi-functional functional "iPhone 7" with the same features and design as previous photo and video leaks, offering another glimpse of what Apple's next iPhone is expected to look like.

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Softbank to acquire Apple chip designing partner ARM for $32 billion

Softbank to acquire Apple chip designing partner ARM for $32 billion

In a massive deal valued at $32 billion, Japanese company Softbank announced on Monday that it will acquire ARM Holdings, the company that designs specifications for low-power mobile processors, including the A-series chips found in Apple's iPhone and iPad.

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Rumor: TSMC to be exclusive manufacturer of both Apple's 'A10' & 'A11' chips

Rumor: TSMC to be exclusive manufacturer of both Apple's 'A10' & 'A11' chips

Apple competitor Samsung could be on the outs for the next two generations of iPhone processors, according to a new rumor, which claims that rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be the sole provider of both the "A10" and "A11" CPUs.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

ReviewReview: Atlas Wristband 2 makes some improvements, but not enough

Review: Atlas Wristband 2 makes some improvements, but not enough

Atlas' first Wristband was an ambitious but ultimately failed attempt to build a fitness tracker geared toward strength training, instead of just cardio-oriented activities like running and cycling. The second-generation model makes some modest improvements, but doesn't solve some of the fundamental complaints we had.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

EditorialEditorial: Sorry Android bloggers, but Samsung's Galaxy S7 didn't outsell Apple's iPhone 6s

Editorial: Sorry Android bloggers, but Samsung's Galaxy S7 didn't outsell Apple's iPhone 6s

Android fan blogs, led by The Verge, shouted to their audiences this week that Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7 managed to surpass sales of Apple's iPhone 6s, based on a Kantar survey of U.S. buyers. The story illuminates some interesting contradictions and exposes other misleading narratives about the smartphone market.

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This week on AI: Pulling the curtain back on 'iPhone 7,' an Apple TV show, Pokemon GO & more

This week on AI: Pulling the curtain back on 'iPhone 7,' an Apple TV show, Pokemon GO & more

"iPhone 7" leaks returned with a vengeance this week, giving us what may be a near-final glimpse of the product. News didn't stop there however, with word about a TV series co-produced by Apple, a French research center, and of course the hype juggernaut that is Pokemon GO.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Apple proposes flat streaming music royalties for songwriters, at the expense of Spotify, YouTube

Apple proposes flat streaming music royalties for songwriters, at the expense of Spotify, YouTube

Apple has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that would simplify streaming royalty rates paid to songwriters, and significantly increase the rates paid by Spotify and other services that offer free, ad-supported music streaming.

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GlaxoSmithKline targets arthritis in first ResearchKit study by a drug company

GlaxoSmithKline targets arthritis in first ResearchKit study by a drug company

Apple's ResearchKit was quickly adopted by clinical studies at a series of universities and hospitals, but a new iOS app focused on rheumatoid arthritis from pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline marks the first time a drug company has made use of the framework.

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FIS Cardless Cash to enable Touch ID banking at 70,000 ATM machines

FIS Cardless Cash to enable Touch ID banking at 70,000 ATM machines

While select banks have already begun rolling out card-free ATMs for iPhone users with Apple Pay, a new partnership between FIS Cardless Cash and ATM network Payment Alliance International promises to bring similar security and card-free convenience to iPhone users via an app that authenticates via Touch ID.

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During military coup, Turkey's President Erdogan uses Apple's FaceTime for televised iPhone interview

During military coup, Turkey's President Erdogan uses Apple's FaceTime for televised iPhone interview

Turkey has been thrown into chaos after a military coup seized control of the government, declared martial law and began censoring media networks, but its president appeared on CNN TÜRK, using Apple's FaceTime to issue a statement.

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Apple's likely 'AirPods' headphone trademark obscured by shell company

Apple's likely 'AirPods' headphone trademark obscured by shell company

New evidence suggests that Apple is once again hiding behind a shell corporation as it seeks ownership of a new trademark — in this case, for an anticipated product named "AirPods," which could be the name for a new set of Bluetooth wireless earbuds.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 will miss goal of 1 billion device installs by 2018

Microsoft says Windows 10 will miss goal of 1 billion device installs by 2018

Microsoft won't meet its high ambitions of having Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices by 2018, owing to the decision to scale back its Windows phone business, the company acknowledged on Friday.

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MetroPCS expands sales of Apple's iPhone line to all of US

MetroPCS expands sales of Apple's iPhone line to all of US

T-Mobile's prepaid MetroPCS brand on Friday began nationwide sales of Apple's current iPhone range, plus the iPhone 5s, following a soft launch in Florida.

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Barclays lowers AAPL target to $115 on overall problems in smartphone demand

Barclays lowers AAPL target to $115 on overall problems in smartphone demand

While maintaining an "overweight" rating, a Barclays analyst reduced the firm's price target for Apple stock from $121 to $115 on Friday, citing soft demand for smartphones along with expectations that Apple won't rise above the fray.

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VideoVideo: See all the best new features in Apple's macOS Sierra

Video: See all the best new features in Apple's macOS Sierra

Apple's forthcoming macOS Sierra update will focus on continuity and iCloud, further blurring the lines between the company's Mac lineup and its portable devices, like iPhone and iPad. AppleInsider offers a closer look at what's new in macOS Sierra.

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CBS launches new Apple TV-exclusive news app with Siri voice search

CBS launches new Apple TV-exclusive news app with Siri voice search

The new CBS News app has been redesigned specifically for the fourth generation Apple TV, and will show off its new features during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

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Katy Perry debuts new single exclusive to Apple Music & iTunes

Katy Perry debuts new single exclusive to Apple Music & iTunes

Breaking a relatively long musical hiatus, pop singer Katy Perry on Friday released a new single, "Rise," currently available exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes.

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Spark developer says some users locked out of Apple IDs, blames own servers

Spark developer says some users locked out of Apple IDs, blames own servers

A number of users of the popular email app Spark reported being locked out of their Apple IDs overnight, something developer Readdle later linked to server upgrades it was making.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks watchOS emergency calls, Campus 2 glass, 'iPhone 7' rumors

AppleInsider podcast talks watchOS emergency calls, Campus 2 glass, 'iPhone 7' rumors

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss iOS 10, watchOS 3 and emergency calling, as well as special glass made just for Campus 2, all the latest in iPhone 7 rumors, and Pokémon Go taking over the world.

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Pokemon Go European launch widens as T-Mobile, Sprint offer promotions for US players

Pokemon Go European launch widens as T-Mobile, Sprint offer promotions for US players

Pokémon Go continues its European deployment in Italy, Portugal, and Spain, with T-Mobile and Sprint offering various enticements for players of the vastly popular title in the U.S.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

BitTorrent Now streaming app launches for Apple TV, iOS

BitTorrent Now streaming app launches for Apple TV, iOS

BitTorrent Now, a new streaming app billed as "an artist-first, people-powered platform, focused on creativity and community rather than abundance," has launched for iOS devices and on Apple TV.

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Apple Inc shares up near quarterly high as Q3 earnings release approaches

Apple Inc shares up near quarterly high as Q3 earnings release approaches

Shares of Apple increased nearly 2 percent today to close at $98.79, close to the peak the stock has traded since diving below $100 after the company reported its fiscal Q2 earnings. Within two weeks, Apple will announce its earnings for Q3, which ended in June.

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Microsoft wins Apple-aligned case against U.S. over warrant for foreign emails

Microsoft wins Apple-aligned case against U.S. over warrant for foreign emails

A U.S. Federal Court has ruled in Microsoft's favor in a closely-watch case involving a warrant the government obtained for a customer's emails stored on an Irish server. The ruling frees U.S. companies from being forced to hand over customer data if it's not being stored within the U.S.

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New video shows alleged 'iPhone 7' casings in silver & space gray

New video shows alleged 'iPhone 7' casings in silver & space gray

Adding to an ever-growing set of parts leaks, a video uploaded on Thursday purports to show the rear casings of two "iPhone 7" units, apparently in line with designs seen elsewhere.

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DxO One Lightning camera for iPhone & iPad arrives at Best Buy's online & retail stores

DxO One Lightning camera for iPhone & iPad arrives at Best Buy's online & retail stores

DxO's dedicated iPhone and iPad Lightning-connected camera, the DxO One, expanded its sales reach this week with a launch at Best Buy's U.S. online store, and a select number of retail locations.

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