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Monday, April 25, 2016

Apple 'seems willing' to help repair, access iPhone of teen lost at sea

Apple 'seems willing' to help repair, access iPhone of teen lost at sea

Eight months after two Florida teenagers disappeared on a fishing trip in 2015, an iPhone recovered from the pair's recently discovered boat might yield answers as to their fate. And Apple is reportedly willing to help.

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Apple reportedly winding down recruiting efforts, lays off all contract recruiters

Apple reportedly winding down recruiting efforts, lays off all contract recruiters

Ahead of Apple's earnings call, a report on Monday claims the company is reevaluating its recruiting program, a move that could potentially affect more than 100 current employees.

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Apple expands iPhone Upgrade Program to include online purchases

Apple expands iPhone Upgrade Program to include online purchases

As of Monday, customers looking to purchase a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus through Apple's website can take advantage of the company's iPhone Upgrade Program, an interest-free, two-year payment plan that lets buyers trade up to a new handset each year.

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Charity auction for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook hits $110K

Charity auction for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook hits $110K

For the fourth year in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is auctioning off a private lunch at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., with proceeds going to Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

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Study: Apple Watch price drop goosed sales 250%, iPhone SE popular among switchers

Study: Apple Watch price drop goosed sales 250%, iPhone SE popular among switchers

Apple's decision to slash Apple Watch pricing paid off in a big way, as average daily sales over the last month jumped 250 percent sequentially, according to new metrics from Slice Intelligence. The firm also looked at iPhone SE and iPad Pro ahead of Apple's earnings call on Tuesday.

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Box executive Karen Appleton joins Apple to bolster enterprise team

Box executive Karen Appleton joins Apple to bolster enterprise team

Apple's latest attempt at boosting its enterprise credentials is reportedly a new hire, Karen Appleton, formerly a long-time executive with cloud storage and collaboration service Box.

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Facebook allegedly developing camera-based app to spur userbase into more content uploads

Facebook allegedly developing camera-based app to spur userbase into more content uploads

Facebook is quietly developing an independent camera app, hoping to kick people out of the passive approach to using the social network many people have fallen into, a report said on Monday.

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Apple spotlights iPhone 6s 4K camera, Touch ID in pair of quirky new TV ads

Apple spotlights iPhone 6s 4K camera, Touch ID in pair of quirky new TV ads

Apple on Monday launched two new television ads to promote the iPhone 6s, and courted the star power of actor Neil Patrick Harris to showcase the moviemaking capabilities of the iPhone 6s and its 4K-resolution video camera.

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Apple Music to sponsor Drake's 'Summer Sixteen' tour

Apple Music to sponsor Drake's 'Summer Sixteen' tour

Rapper Drake on Monday announced his upcoming "Summer Sixteen" tour, notably highlighting Apple Music as a sponsor — the first time Apple Music is believed to have backed any concert tour.

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Microsoft lets new Word Flow keyboard loose on the App Store with one-handed mode

Microsoft lets new Word Flow keyboard loose on the App Store with one-handed mode

Those who have a fondness for customizing their iPhone keyboard can now do so in a Microsoft-approved fashion with the Redmond software giant's new Word Flow keyboard for iOS.

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Apple supplier Pegatron still using low pay, excessive overtime, watchdog group says

Apple supplier Pegatron still using low pay, excessive overtime, watchdog group says

One of Apple's iPhone manufacturers, Pegatron, is still seeing its labor force put in excessive overtime — something unfortunately necessary for workers to meet basic financial needs, according to China Labor Watch.

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FeatureWith iPad Pro and True Tone, Apple finds reason to nerd out over iOS color management

With iPad Pro and True Tone, Apple finds reason to nerd out over iOS color management

Every once in a while, Apple rolls out new behind-the-scenes features that are exceptional technical achievements but receive little fanfare. With the launch of the miniature iPad Pro, that focus shifted toward the important-but-impenetrable world of color management.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare, including the new iMac HD, iMac 4K and Late 2015 iMac with 5K Retina display. Save up to $250 instantly, with no tax in most states. Plus a free Canon AIO Photo printer with each 4K and 5K.

Monday, April 25, 2016

'Apple Watch 2' expected to feature cellular connectivity, faster 'S2' chip

'Apple Watch 2' expected to feature cellular connectivity, faster 'S2' chip

The second-generation Apple Watch, expected to arrive by this fall, may boast integrated cellular data, as well as a faster next-gen custom chip, a new report claims.

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Rumor: 'iPhone 7' may feature touch-sensitive home button, full water- and dust-proofing

Rumor: 'iPhone 7' may feature touch-sensitive home button, full water- and dust-proofing

Apple's next flagship iPhone will not only be waterproof and dustproof, but possibly feature a touch-sensitive home button, new rumor claims.

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MacBook teardown highlights improved battery tech, new SSD controller

MacBook teardown highlights improved battery tech, new SSD controller

A teardown of Apple's 2016 12-inch MacBook suggests that the computer's better battery life stems from a mix of optimizations and a slightly larger battery, while its improved SSD speeds are linked to an updated proprietary controller.

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FeatureA look inside Apple ahead of its Q2 2016 earnings report

A look inside Apple ahead of its Q2 2016 earnings report

Apple — the world's most profitable public company — is a day away from releasing its March quarter earnings. That means that while the company itself is in an official quiet period, everyone else is free to publish false and misleading information about it. Let's take a look at some of the worst fallacies.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

KGI says 'iPhone 7' won't have 'many attractive selling points,' predicts competitors to outperform Apple

KGI says 'iPhone 7' won't have 'many attractive selling points,' predicts competitors to outperform Apple

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities continues to have a bearish outlook on iPhone sales through the end of 2016, telling investors on Sunday that he believes Apple will be the only top-five smartphone vendor to see shipments decline this year.

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ReviewReview: Polar Balance is a great smartscale for Polar fans

Review: Polar Balance is a great smartscale for Polar fans

Polar's first smartscale is a polished and perfectly serviceable product, but a few peculiar design decisions keep it from maximizing its potential, making it mostly of interest to people already in the Polar ecosystem.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

This week on AI: New MacBooks, losing Bill Campbell, BMW & Daimler 'Apple Car' talks

This week on AI: New MacBooks, losing Bill Campbell, BMW & Daimler 'Apple Car' talks

There was no shortage of headlines this week, with Apple launching new MacBooks, announcing WWDC 2016, and letting slip more details about its electric car project. A long-time but recently retired Apple board member, Bill Campbell, died on Monday.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

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DOJ withdraws motion to force Apple to unlock NYC iPhone [u]

DOJ withdraws motion to force Apple to unlock NYC iPhone [u]

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday withdrew an appeal seeking Apple's help in accessing data from a locked iPhone 5s tied to an ongoing New York drug case, saying an unnamed individual furnished the device passcode on Thursday.

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Apple closes WWDC 2016 ticket lottery, sends confirmation to winners

Apple closes WWDC 2016 ticket lottery, sends confirmation to winners

As scheduled, Apple on Friday closed ticket lottery registrations for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference and began sending out email confirmations to the lucky few selected at random to attend the event in June.

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Apple requires all new watchOS apps be native by June 1

Apple requires all new watchOS apps be native by June 1

In an announcement to developers on Friday, Apple said come June 1, all new watchOS titles submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the company's latest watchOS 2 software development kit.

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India to waive regulatory hurdle blocking Apple retail launch, report says

India to waive regulatory hurdle blocking Apple retail launch, report says

Apple fans in India might soon be able to purchase their new iPhone directly from an official Apple Store, as local government officials are reportedly prepared to waive a longstanding regulatory hurdle that prohibited the company from operating its own brick-and-mortar retail shops.

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New hires at Apple suggest work on prototyping 'Apple Car' parts

New hires at Apple suggest work on prototyping 'Apple Car' parts

Apple has picked up two more workers from the auto industry, both of whom are now believed to be at the company's "Product Realization Lab," where prototype hardware is developed.

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Google & Microsoft agree to global ceasefire in regulatory battles

Google & Microsoft agree to global ceasefire in regulatory battles

Two of Apple's chief rivals, Google and Microsoft, on Friday announced a mutual agreement to drop regulatory complaints against each other around the world, further promising to try and settle any disputes themselves before using governments as a weapon.

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Hands-OnFirst look: Apple's new rose gold 12" MacBook with Intel Skylake CPU

First look: Apple's new rose gold 12

Apple's new 12-inch MacBook features the same chassis as last year's debut model, but the company has brought a new color into the mix — rose gold — that brings it in line with the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch product lineups.

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Siri & Liam star in Apple's new Earth Day TV ad

Siri & Liam star in Apple's new Earth Day TV ad

Marking Earth Day, Apple on Friday debuted a new TV commercial, using Siri to promote its custom-designed recycling robot — Liam — and its branding as an environmentally-responsible company.

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Apple makes across-the-board cuts to Japanese iPhone prices

Apple makes across-the-board cuts to Japanese iPhone prices

Apple on Friday instituted price drops across its entire Japanese iPhone lineup, typically slashing costs by about 10 percent, in what is reported to be a response to a fluctuating yen/dollar exchange rate.

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Apple could take over Dublin location for first Irish Apple Store

Apple could take over Dublin location for first Irish Apple Store

Apple could potentially sign a lease for real estate on Dublin's O'Connell Street, establishing its first-ever outlet in the country of Ireland, a report indicated on Friday.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks new Macs, 'iPhone 7' rumors, and the latest 'Apple Car' hires

AppleInsider podcast talks new Macs, 'iPhone 7' rumors, and the latest 'Apple Car' hires

This week on the Appleinsider podcast, Shane and Victor discuss new MacBooks, the computers that didn't get updated, Tesla's former VP of vehicle engineering working for Apple, Apple's car skunkworks, iPhone 7 rumors, and a few of our thoughts remembering Bill Campbell.

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Apple touts eco-friendly data centers in new Earth Day ad

Apple touts eco-friendly data centers in new Earth Day ad

In commemoration of Earth Day, Apple on Thursday released an advertisement showcasing the company's efforts to reduce carbon emissions, concentrating specifically on its green data centers.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Apple's iTunes Movies and iBooks Store shuttered by Chinese state agency, report confirms

Apple's iTunes Movies and iBooks Store shuttered by Chinese state agency, report confirms

Following the mysterious shutdown of two major Apple internet services in China last week, a report on Thursday claims the closure was mandated by a state agency in an apparent attempt to control content distribution.

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Apple Store app's 3D Touch support expanded with Peek and Pop previews

Apple Store app's 3D Touch support expanded with Peek and Pop previews

In an update to its official Apple Store app on Thursday, Apple rolled out support for Peek and Pop 3D Touch gestures, a feature that lets users seamlessly preview products, images and other in-app assets.

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Apple's iTunes reopens American Red Cross donations for Japan, Ecuador earthquake relief

Apple's iTunes reopens American Red Cross donations for Japan, Ecuador earthquake relief

After a pair of massive earthquakes rocked Japan and Ecuador last week, and the threat of aftershocks still present, Apple on Thursday reactivated its iTunes donation system to support American Red Cross relief efforts in the regions.

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Apple honors Prince on Twitter, Tidal takes opportunity to push exclusive streaming catalog

Apple honors Prince on Twitter, Tidal takes opportunity to push exclusive streaming catalog

Apple and Beats executives tweeted messages in tribute of legendary musician Prince, who passed away on Thursday, while Tidal took the opportunity to advertise its exclusive streaming rights to the musician's catalog.

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FBI paid over $1.34M for hack into San Bernardino iPhone, agency's director says

FBI paid over $1.34M for hack into San Bernardino iPhone, agency's director says

The FBI paid more than $1.34 million to hack into the iPhone 5c of dead San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, agency director James Comey admitted on Thursday.

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Time offers glowing profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook in latest '100 Most Influential People' list

Time offers glowing profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook in latest '100 Most Influential People' list

Time Magazine on Thursday published the 2016 edition of its annual 100 Most Influential People list, once again including Apple CEO Tim Cook among its chosen politicians, artists, celebrities, and corporate executives.

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iPhone SE reportedly 'squeezing' marketshare from Chinese smartphone makers

iPhone SE reportedly 'squeezing' marketshare from Chinese smartphone makers

Chinese and Taiwanese smartphone suppliers are reportedly scaling back component production in the wake of Apple's iPhone SE, which appears to be impacting the sales of local smartphone brands.

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