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Friday, August 19, 2016

Lyft attempted sale to Apple, Didi Chuxing, Uber, GM, others

Lyft attempted sale to Apple, Didi Chuxing, Uber, GM, others

Lyft, the second-largest ride-hailing firm in the U.S., in recent months made overtures to sell itself to tech companies, automotive manufacturers and competitors, but failed to hook a buyer.

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Apple-1 'celebration' auction bids hit $270K

Apple-1 'celebration' auction bids hit $270K

A motherboard that appears to be one of the first ever produced for the Apple-1 is up for auction on CharityBuzz, and has been valued at nearly $1 million.

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Apple opens Red Cross donations towards Louisiana flood relief

Apple opens Red Cross donations towards Louisiana flood relief

Apple on Friday launched donations to the American Red Cross via iTunes and the App Store, spurred by the flooding in Louisiana which has forced thousands of victims out of their homes and caused widespread property damage.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 glass screen more easily damaged than any iPhone

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 glass screen more easily damaged than any iPhone

Reviewers and YouTube examiners are discovering that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Gorilla Glass 5 screen is susceptible to screen scratches. However, the Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning disagrees with the test results, and has fired back.

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International Photography Hall of Fame adds Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

International Photography Hall of Fame adds Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum — based in St. Louis, Missouri — on Friday announced the posthumous induction of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, citing the iPhone's contributions to the photo world.

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Pandora planning to take on Apple Music with on-demand streaming as soon as Sept. - report

Pandora planning to take on Apple Music with on-demand streaming as soon as Sept. - report

Long a radio-only service, Pandora is preparing to delve into the world of on-demand streaming as soon as September, a report said on Friday.

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Apple issues 7th developer & 6th public betas of iOS 10 as final launch approaches

Apple issues 7th developer & 6th public betas of iOS 10 as final launch approaches

With iOS 10 expected to launch in just a matter of weeks, registered developers were provided with a seventh pre-release beta of the upcoming platform update on Friday, and public testers received their sixth release.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 256GB) for $849; $750 off 27" iMac 5K; $150 off 128GB iPhone 6s Plus; 15" MacBook Pro for $1,600

Deals: 13

Shoppers this week can save $350 on a 2015 13" MacBook Air with 256GB of storage. Or pick up an Early 2014 27" iMac for $1,649.99 ($750 off). Smartphone users can also snap up a 128GB iPhone 6s Plus for $799.99 or save $399 on a 15" MacBook Pro on eBay.

Apple prepares imminent reopenings of stores in Kansas City & Glasgow

Apple prepares imminent reopenings of stores in Kansas City & Glasgow

On top of an outlet in Annapolis, Md., two more Apple stores are scheduled to reopen by the end of the month — namely ones in Kansas City, Mo. and Glasgow, Scotland.

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Apple teaming with AT&T, FCC, Google in 'strike force' to battle robocalls

Apple teaming with AT&T, FCC, Google in 'strike force' to battle robocalls

After a call by U.S. Federal Communications Commission's commissioner, Apple and 32 other companies are banding together to make an industry-wide organized resistance against the expanding "robocall" scourge.

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New York Times to shut down app-based NYT Now news service

New York Times to shut down app-based NYT Now news service

The New York Times has announced it will officially pull NYT Now — a cheaper, slimmed-down, app-based alternative to its core news services — from app stores on the week of Aug. 29, blaming its downfall on weak demand.

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Apple reportedly squeezing 'iPhone 7' parts suppliers for better pricing

Apple reportedly squeezing 'iPhone 7' parts suppliers for better pricing

New supply chain reports suggest that Apple is putting pressure on Taiwan-based part suppliers to lower prices for "iPhone 7" components, despite reportedly ordering lower quantities.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks iPad upgrade cycle, watchOS 3 simplicity, 'iPhone 7' rumors

AppleInsider podcast talks iPad upgrade cycle, watchOS 3 simplicity, 'iPhone 7' rumors

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk iPad upgrade cycles, compare simplicity of iPods and Apple Watch, and catch you up on all the latest 'iPhone 7' news.

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Giveaway: Win a bundle of smartphone accessories from Cygnett and Whoosh

Giveaway: Win a bundle of smartphone accessories from Cygnett and Whoosh

Cygnett and Whoosh are partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers a chance to win one of five back-to-school accessory bundles featuring a portable charger, wide angle lens, selfie stick, Apple Watch stand, iPhone case, screen cleaner and more.

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.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless' on Apple Music

Frank Ocean releases visual album 'Endless' on Apple Music

Some four years after his last full studio release, R&B singer Frank Ocean on Thursday debuted a new visual album called "Endless" exclusively on Apple Music.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Australian banks denied interim approval to negotiate over Apple Pay

Australian banks denied interim approval to negotiate over Apple Pay

An Australian antitrust regulator on Friday temporarily denied a request from the country's three largest banks to collectively negotiate with Apple over the installation of third-party digital wallet software on iPhones.

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Relocated Annapolis Apple store to open on Saturday, Montgomery Mall shop closed until fall

Relocated Annapolis Apple store to open on Saturday, Montgomery Mall shop closed until fall

Although two of Apple's Maryland retail locations are currently out of commission, one of them will reopen this Saturday, Aug. 20, according to the company's website.

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Research data suggests Apple iPhone marketshare dropping beyond seasonal averages

Research data suggests Apple iPhone marketshare dropping beyond seasonal averages

Research data released on Thursday further reinforces the belief that Apple's smartphone marketshare is eroding not just in international markets, but in the U.S. as well.

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Apple Watch with built-in cellular data unlikely to arrive this year - report

Apple Watch with built-in cellular data unlikely to arrive this year - report

Though Apple apparently wants to place a cellular radio in a future Apple Watch model, technical limitations may prevent the capability from appearing in this year's expected update, a new report claims.

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'Store' no more in rebranding of Apple retail outlets

'Store' no more in rebranding of Apple retail outlets

Although the public might continue to use the old phrasing, officially Apple has dropped the term "Store" from its worldwide retail locations, visitors to the company's website have noticed.

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Uber to begin real-world use of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this month

Uber to begin real-world use of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this month

Marking a small but significant step towards bringing self-driving technology to the public, Uber will later this month begin offering some Pittsburgh customers rides in specially-modified Volvo XC90s, a report revealed on Thursday.

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Sprint joins chorus of carrier updates, reveals its own unlimited data plan

Sprint joins chorus of carrier updates, reveals its own unlimited data plan

On the heels of other carrier updates, Sprint has also revised its wireless plans, giving two phones unlimited data for $100 per month.

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Alleged camera module for Apple's 'iPhone 7' may hint at optical image stabilization

Alleged camera module for Apple's 'iPhone 7' may hint at optical image stabilization

A new image published on Thursday shows what's said to be a redesigned rear camera module for the "iPhone 7," widely expected to ship in mid- to late September.

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T-Mobile One resurrects unlimited wireless data for iPhone, starting in Sept.

T-Mobile One resurrects unlimited wireless data for iPhone, starting in Sept.

T-Mobile has unveiled a new data plan called T-Mobile One, featuring no data caps, but subscribers will experience streaming video restricted to DVD-quality and 2G tethered data without additional fees.

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UK Apple Pay gains support for Clydesdale Bank & Yorkshire Bank, plus shared 'B' service

UK Apple Pay gains support for Clydesdale Bank & Yorkshire Bank, plus shared 'B' service

Apple Pay users in the U.K. now have access to two more banks, Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, as well as a service operated by the pair, simply known as "B."

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Early Macs, 'Think Different' posters headline auction by shuttered Apple vendor Tekserve

Early Macs, 'Think Different' posters headline auction by shuttered Apple vendor Tekserve

After Monday's closure of the New York City Tekserve retail and service location, nearly the entire array of Apple collectibles accumulated over two decades by the company will be sold in a live auction, with online bidding underway.

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Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac released with macOS Sierra support, Toolbox app

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac released with macOS Sierra support, Toolbox app

Virtualization software Parallels on Thursday issued its latest release, Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, with a host of new features including support for Apple's upcoming macOS Sierra, a standalone Toolbox app and performance improvements.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

AT&T debuts data plans without overages ahead of 'iPhone 7' launch

AT&T debuts data plans without overages ahead of 'iPhone 7' launch

AT&T on Wednesday revealed new data plans skewed in favor of its higher-end tiers, though also finally eliminating overage fees for heavy users.

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Apple Pay support coming to Chick-fil-A restaurants this Friday

Apple Pay support coming to Chick-fil-A restaurants this Friday

After months of waiting, chicken-loving iPhone owners will be able to check out using at Chick-fil-A locations using Apple Pay on Aug. 19, the restaurant chain announced on Wednesday.

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FeatureInside Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro: USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

Inside Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro: USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

With Apple's new MacBook Pro expected in the coming months, AppleInsider takes a look at technologies expected to be updated, or removed, from the new portable. In many ways, one of the key changes could be the anticipated embrace of new, smaller USB-C ports with high-speed USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 data connectivity.

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Apple rumored to open first Austrian store in Vienna

Apple rumored to open first Austrian store in Vienna

Apple may be preparing to launch its first Austrian store on Vienna's Kärntnerstrasse, home to a high-traffic shopping district, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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Intel pushes USB-C as 3.5mm jack replacement, touts better sound, thinness & power management

Intel pushes USB-C as 3.5mm jack replacement, touts better sound, thinness & power management

The seemingly inevitable demise of the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack has placed the technology world in need of a successor, and Intel this week laid out its case as to why it thinks the reversible USB-C port is the best option for accessory makers.

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Retailer Target pins missed financial goals on lackluster Apple device sales

Retailer Target pins missed financial goals on lackluster Apple device sales

Target's executives revealed in an earnings conference call that Apple sales at their stores dropped 20 percent, calling it one of the major reasons for missing earnings guidance, and forcing a revision for the next quarter as well.

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Rumors: Apple orders 10nm TSMC 'A11' chips for 2017 iPhones, 2016 'iPhone 7' to boast 256GB storage

Rumors: Apple orders 10nm TSMC 'A11' chips for 2017 iPhones, 2016 'iPhone 7' to boast 256GB storage

As expected, TSMC has secured orders to produce 10-nanometer "A11" processors for next year's iPhones, according to sources. Separate sources meanwhile hinted on Wednesday that this year's "iPhone 7" will indeed have up to 256 gigabytes of storage.

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Apple Pay's August expansion surge continues with 37 more US banks

Apple Pay's August expansion surge continues with 37 more US banks

Apple continues pushing forward with its deployment of the Apple Pay service, adding 37 new banks and credit unions to the already expansive list of supporting financial institutions.

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Apple opens iTunes carrier billing to Japan, expected to bring option to more countries soon

Apple opens iTunes carrier billing to Japan, expected to bring option to more countries soon

Apple has launched carrier billing options in Japan, giving residents there an alternative to using credit or gift cards when making purchases from iTunes, Apple Music, or the App Store.

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'iPhone 7' expected to continue Apple's normal naming conventions, no 'Pro' model

'iPhone 7' expected to continue Apple's normal naming conventions, no 'Pro' model

This September's expected debut of the iPhone won't see a change in Apple's existing naming patterns, with a recent report denying the existence of the "iPhone 7 Pro," and declaring that the new models will simply be called the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus."

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Deals: $550 off 12" MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB), $200 off 13" Air; $100 off 128GB 12.9" iPad Pro; $550 off 27" iMac; $100 iTunes code $85

Deals: $550 off 12

Shoppers can snap up a 2015 1.3GHz 12" MacBook for $999 or a 2015 13" Air for $799 this week. The Space Gray 12.9" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi) is also marked down to $849, while a 27" iMac is $1,249. Apple's 16GB iPhone 6 Plus (GSM Unlocked) is now $549.99 and $100 iTunes codes are 15% off on eBay.