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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Apple regains smartphone market lead from Samsung in Q4, Blackberry sinks to '0 percent' share

Apple regains smartphone market lead from Samsung in Q4, Blackberry sinks to '0 percent' share

It took eight quarters, but Apple has recovered its spot at the top of the worldwide smartphone market from Android device maker Samsung, according to the latest numbers from research firm Gartner.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Winner of the AirPods giveaway announced [Joe M.]

Winner of the AirPods giveaway announced [Joe M.]

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of our latest giveaway, Joe M., who will receive a pair of Apple's brand-new AirPods.

TipsHow to save Netflix videos for offline viewing on an iPhone or iPad

How to save Netflix videos for offline viewing on an iPhone or iPad

A feature you're bound to see more of in streaming video apps is support for offline caching — that is, the ability to temporarily download a show or movie so you can watch it later without internet access. Here's how to do it for Netflix, one of the most popular video services on iPhone and iPad.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' to replace Touch ID home button with 'function area,' start at $1,000

Apple's 'iPhone 8' to replace Touch ID home button with 'function area,' start at $1,000

Apple will ditch the home button when it debuts a new 'iPhone 8' model later this year, and will dedicate the extra screen real estate to an area for virtual buttons, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Comcast to launch Xfinity Stream app for iOS in prep for wider Stream TV rollout, no tvOS support so far

Comcast to launch Xfinity Stream app for iOS in prep for wider Stream TV rollout, no tvOS support so far

U.S. TV and internet provider Comcast has announced an upcoming iOS and Android app called Xfinity Stream, which will not only replace the existing Xfinity TV app for cable subscribers, but lay the foundations for a wider rollout of Stream TV — its internet-only TV service — under different branding later this year.

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TipsExploit hidden macOS and app features with the Option key

Exploit hidden macOS and app features with the Option key

This one often overlooked keyboard button unlocks options and speeds up your work all over macOS — AppleInsider shares a few of our favorites.

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3D laser scanner possibly destined for Apple's 'iPhone 8' expected to add facial recognition, future AR use

3D laser scanner possibly destined for Apple's 'iPhone 8' expected to add facial recognition, future AR use

The 3D laser scanning module that may make an appearance on the "iPhone 8" raises a number of questions, and a new report attempts to shed some light on the subject, including what model of iPhone it might appear on this year.

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Police arrest gang who stole iPhones from Madrid Apple store by chewing security cables

Police arrest gang who stole iPhones from Madrid Apple store by chewing security cables

Spanish police have arrested ten people for repeatedly stealing iPhones from an Apple Store in Madrid over a two-month period, with gang members caught on camera chewing through the security tethers used to protect the store from theft.

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Secure messaging app Confide for iOS finds popularity with White House staff, reporters

Secure messaging app Confide for iOS finds popularity with White House staff, reporters

A messaging app available for both iPhone and Mac called Confide is finding unusual success at the Trump administration White House — both among government staff and journalists.

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Jaguar Shell app lets UK drivers refuel using Apple Pay from inside their car

Jaguar Shell app lets UK drivers refuel using Apple Pay from inside their car

Jaguar Land Rover and Shell have collaborated on a new payment system that can be used to purchase fuel at Shell service stations without leaving the vehicle, with an app for the car's infotainment system launching in the UK with support for Apple Pay.

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Progress on bringing Apple Pay to South Korea 'still in an early stage'

Progress on bringing Apple Pay to South Korea 'still in an early stage'

Though Apple is working on launching Apple Pay in South Korea, the mobile payments system is still some ways out — and the company has yet to hold a critical meeting with the government, according to a local report.

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CFO Luca Maestri discusses Apple R&D, potential of 'Spaceship' HQ as tourism draw

CFO Luca Maestri discusses Apple R&D, potential of 'Spaceship' HQ as tourism draw

In an interview this week, Apple's Chief Financial Luca Maestri addressed questions regarding Apple's research spending, a possible import tax as part of a larger reform package, and the new Apple Headquarters as tourist attraction.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $415 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 $415 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 patches malicious exploit found in GarageBand for Mac project files

Apple patches malicious exploit found in GarageBand for Mac project files

The latest patch for GarageBand for the Mac fixes a vulnerability in the music creation software that a security researcher claims could be exploited by an attacker, by using malformed project files to execute malicious code.

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Apple's confidence, acquisitions strategy stand in the way of large takeovers

Apple's confidence, acquisitions strategy stand in the way of large takeovers

Apple has been unable to pull off large acquisitions because it often feels it doesn't need to, but also because of its hesitant approach to the process, a report suggested on Wednesday.

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Rumored new Foxconn iPhone plant in India lurches forward, timetable for opening unknown

Rumored new Foxconn iPhone plant in India lurches forward, timetable for opening unknown

Foxconn's delayed plans to build a manufacturing plant in Maharashtra, India may finally bear fruit, with Foxconn executives reportedly meating with the region's Chief Minister to hammer out some details.

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D-Link Omna 180 HomeKit camera launches at Apple's online store, coming to retail this month

D-Link Omna 180 HomeKit camera launches at Apple's online store, coming to retail this month

A day after the D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD showed up on Apple's website in Europe, the HomeKit-connected accessory is now available to purchase in the U.S. and elsewhere, with the first deliveries arriving as soon as next week.

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Apple in talks with Chinese display maker BOE to supply OLED panels for future iPhone

Apple in talks with Chinese display maker BOE to supply OLED panels for future iPhone

As it looks to bolster its supply of OLED panels, a hot commodity that remains in short supply worldwide, Apple is reportedly considering Chinese firm BOE as a supplier of next-gen iPhone screens.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Apple to oppose 'Right to Repair' legislation in Nebraska, report says

Apple to oppose 'Right to Repair' legislation in Nebraska, report says

A report on Tuesday claims Apple is planning to send a representative to testify against a proposed "Right to Repair" bill in Nebraska that would require the company provide consumers and third-party repair shops access to service manuals and parts.

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Pioneer debuts Rayz 'smart' Lightning earphones with talk and charge, six mics for noise cancelling

Pioneer debuts Rayz 'smart' Lightning earphones with talk and charge, six mics for noise cancelling

Audio solutions specialist Pioneer on Tuesday announced Rayz, a wired earphone that leverages Lightning to power six onboard microphones, sensor-less ear detection and mapping, a dedicated multifunction button and, on one model, a unique in-line charging node.

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Apple's Siri gets 'LEGO Batman Movie' tie-in with custom Bat-phrases

Apple's Siri gets 'LEGO Batman Movie' tie-in with custom Bat-phrases

In a rare promotional tie-in, Apple has quietly updated its Siri virtual assistant with a series of comedic phrases that relate to the recently released "LEGO Batman Movie" from Warner Brothers.

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'Xagent' malware arrives on Mac, steals passwords, screenshots, iPhone backups

'Xagent' malware arrives on Mac, steals passwords, screenshots, iPhone backups

A Russian hacking group accused of interfering with last year's presidential election has evolved its Xagent malware package, known for its ability to infiltrate Windows, iOS, Android and Linux devices, to target Macs, according to a report on Tuesday.

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TipsHow to add, use and remove passes in Apple's Wallet app for iOS

How to add, use and remove passes in Apple's Wallet app for iOS

For some people, the Wallet app in iOS might be synonymous with Apple Pay — something you only see briefly after double-tapping the home button. For the experienced though, it's also a way of keeping passes handy without stuffing paper copies in your pocket.

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway nearly quadruples stake in Apple

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway nearly quadruples stake in Apple

Investor Warren Buffet bet big on Apple during the fourth quarter of 2016, as a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday reveals Berkshire Hathaway now owns more than 57 million shares of the tech giant.

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Apple stock sets new record at $135.09, market cap exceeds $700B once again

Apple stock sets new record at $135.09, market cap exceeds $700B once again

Apple's shares are continuing to increase in value, with market movements pushing the iPhone producer's stock price beyond yesterday's record-setting value, by hitting a new intra-day record of $135.09, as well as ending the day with an all-time closing high of $135.01.

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As Apple hypes original content, Disney & Google sever ties with popular YouTube star PewDiePie

As Apple hypes original content, Disney & Google sever ties with popular YouTube star PewDiePie

Disney and Google have drawn back their support of "PewDiePie," a leading YouTube star and the centerpiece of the YouTube Red subscription service, after a recent video featured an anti-Semitic joke. The shakeup comes just as Apple has begun teasing two upcoming exclusive programs for Apple Music.

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HomeKit-enabled D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD spotted in German Apple Store ahead of US availability

HomeKit-enabled D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD spotted in German Apple Store ahead of US availability

D-Link has started to ship its HomeKit-compatible Omna 180 Cam HD in Europe, with the network-connected camera now appearing in regional online Apple Stores in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

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Alphabet's Nest Cam adds animated camera notifications to iOS alerts, auto door recognition

Alphabet's Nest Cam adds animated camera notifications to iOS alerts, auto door recognition

Alphabet's Nest is rolling out updates to its Nest Aware cloud platform and its iOS app, updating notifications with a preview of Nest Cam feeds before entering the app, as well as the ability to automatically detect doors within a camera's view.

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Facebook live video streaming app for Apple TV coming 'soon' to tvOS App Store

Facebook live video streaming app for Apple TV coming 'soon' to tvOS App Store

Facebook's rumored video app for the Apple TV has been confirmed, with the company declaring that it will be available to fourth -eneration Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV owners soon.

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ReviewReview: BeatsX are Apple's most affordable W1 wireless headphones

Review: BeatsX are Apple's most affordable W1 wireless headphones

With BeatsX, Apple takes the best of Beats by Dre's line of minimalist earphones in-ear monitors wireless, incorporating the new W1 chip, top-notch materials and unique Flex Form neck strap into a consumer-friendly design.

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Latest Apple ad uses Brazil's Carnival to highlight iPhone 7 Plus camera

Latest Apple ad uses Brazil's Carnival to highlight iPhone 7 Plus camera

Apple on Tuesday released a video ad promoting the iPhone 7 Plus in Brazil, linking it to the start of the country's annual Carnival season.

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Amazon launches Chime video conferencing with apps for Apple's Mac & iOS

Amazon launches Chime video conferencing with apps for Apple's Mac & iOS

Amazon on Tuesday introduced Chime, a new video meeting service backed by apps for Mac and iOS, as well as Windows and Android.

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Apple looks to raise $1 billion in second Taiwanese bond sale

Apple looks to raise $1 billion in second Taiwanese bond sale

Apple is holding its second Taiwanese bond sale, with the latest debt offering aiming to bring in an additional $1 billion in cash, a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reveals.

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Future iPhone 'Pokemon Go' updates to include 'abbreviated' trading, PvP battling

Future iPhone 'Pokemon Go' updates to include 'abbreviated' trading, PvP battling

In an interview, "Pokémon Go" developer Niantic's claims that trading and player-versus-player battles are in development, and will be available to players incrementally over a few updates soon to come to the title.

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South Korean prosecutors look to arrest head of Samsung in influence scandal

South Korean prosecutors look to arrest head of Samsung in influence scandal

Following 15 hours of questioning the executive on Monday, a South Korean special prosecutor's office is once again seeking an arrest warrant for the head of the Samsung Group — Jay Y. Lee — in an influence-peddling scandal threatening to topple the country's President, Park Geun-hye.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' again rumored to feature reinforced glass back, stainless steel frame

Apple's 'iPhone 8' again rumored to feature reinforced glass back, stainless steel frame

A new report from Chinese manufacturers reinforces the reports that the next wave of iPhones will have three releases in 4.7-, 5.5-, and 5.8-inch screen sizes, and names China-based Foxconn and Catcher Technology, plus U.S. based Jabil Circuit as suppliers.

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Apple patents screen tech capable of reading fingerprints without dedicated sensor

Apple patents screen tech capable of reading fingerprints without dedicated sensor

An Apple patent grant on Tuesday suggests the company is looking to leverage its LuxVue acquisition to integrate display technology capable of reading a user's fingerprint without a dedicated sensor, a design feature rumored to see release with "iPhone 8."

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,649; 27" iMac 5K (upgraded Apple refurb) for $1,499; fully loaded 12" MacBook $1,499

Killer Deals: 13

B&H Photo is offering readers $150 off Apple's Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray plus free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. The first 10 shoppers can also save $250 on a loaded 2015 12" MacBook — and eBay has an upgraded 3.3GHz 27" iMac 5K with M395 graphics for $1,499.99 ($800 off new) through 8 a.m. Pacific.

Apple working to combat fake news in News app, Eddy Cue says

Apple working to combat fake news in News app, Eddy Cue says

Apple's internet service chief Eddy Cue in an interview Monday night said the tech sector has a responsibility to protect consumers from the recent scourge of fake news, revealing Apple is working on backend solutions to the problem.

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