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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hands-OnHands on: Due 2.5 for iPhone bolsters Apple Watch reminders and fixes more sync issues

Hands on: Due 2.5 for iPhone bolsters Apple Watch reminders and fixes more sync issues

The persistent, nagging To Do app Due adds watchOS 3 features in its latest version 2.5 update to keep you working, and focused on your critical task at hand.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

VideoVideo: 13" vs. 15" 2017 MacBook Pro - which Apple notebook is right for you?

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Apple's MacBook Pro lineup was recently updated with faster processors and more affordable configurations, but choosing the best model for your needs can be a tough decision. AppleInsider brings some clarity to the situation, helping you narrow down your choices.

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Hands-OnHands on: Find anything fast on your Mac with the Atlas Recall app and service

Hands on: Find anything fast on your Mac with the Atlas Recall app and service

If you wrote it, read it or saw it on your Mac, Atlas Recall can find it again swiftly and easily. One of AppleInsider's overloaded staffers gives it a whirl.

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This week on AI: Apple's 'iPhone 8' September-bound, record share prices & more

This week on AI: Apple's 'iPhone 8' September-bound, record share prices & more

Leaks about the "iPhone 8" became a flood, perhaps the most important one suggesting that the phone will indeed ship in September, alongside a "7s" and "7s Plus." It was also a record week for Apple on the stock market, as its shares briefly topped $160 apiece.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

ReviewReview: Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD solid choice, but little sets it apart from alternatives

Review: Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD solid choice, but little sets it apart from alternatives

Belkin has refreshed its line of Thunderbolt docks for the MacBook Pro's Thunderbolt 3, but besides full charging power for the 15-inch MacBook Pro, the new version doesn't do enough to distinguish it from competitors.

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Barclays survey suggests Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program well suited for 'iPhone 8' pricing

Barclays survey suggests Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program well suited for 'iPhone 8' pricing

A new research note suggests demand is soft amongst existing iPhone owners, suggesting that only 18 percent of current iPhone owners are interested in an "iPhone 8" costing $1000 and up with cash out of pocket, but $50 a month isn't unreasonable — a figure essentially matched by Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program.

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Apple Watch app tracks viewer heart rate spikes during 'Game of Thrones'

Apple Watch app tracks viewer heart rate spikes during 'Game of Thrones'

Fans of the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones are more excited by dialogue than by action scenes, according to a study by heart monitoring app Cardiogram of Apple Watch users.

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Song meant to spoof car audio systems climbs into top 50 on Apple's iTunes charts

Song meant to spoof car audio systems climbs into top 50 on Apple's iTunes charts

A track consisting of nothing but 9 minutes and 58 seconds of silence is currently sitting at 49th place in Apple's iTunes charts, apparently out of frustration with the way many car audio systems work.

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Hands-OnFirst look: Acton Blink S, a lightweight iPhone-connected electric skateboard

First look: Acton Blink S, a lightweight iPhone-connected electric skateboard

Landing on the more portable and affordable side of iPhone-connected electric skateboards is Acton's new Blink S, an 11-pound ride that lets you adjust settings and track stats through a Bluetooth-connected iPhone app.

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Apple & Ireland 'close to deal' to protect government from losses while holding $17.7B in escrow

Apple & Ireland 'close to deal' to protect government from losses while holding $17.7B in escrow

Apple and the Irish government are reportedly nearing a deal that would shield the latter from losses incurred while holding up to $17.7 billion in Apple cash, including interest — money that may be due in back taxes following a 2016 European Commission ruling.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states; AirPods in stock with free 2-day shipping

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states; AirPods in stock with free 2-day shipping

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $70 and $250 on every new Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In addition to the promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

FeatureInside iOS 11: AirPods controls expand with separate left/right earpiece taps, skip track ability

Inside iOS 11: AirPods controls expand with separate left/right earpiece taps, skip track ability

Apple's AirPods are currently limited to a trio of controls on both earpieces, but their functionality will be greatly enhanced this fall with the release of iOS 11, giving users the ability to give each wireless pod a separate, customizable function with a double tap.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' ship date, Apple Watch, and HomeKit

AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' ship date, Apple Watch, and HomeKit

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk conflicting rumors around the "iPhone 8" ship date, the company's rising stock price, and some of the interesting things happening in HomeKit.

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Apple assembly partner Foxconn reports disappointing quarter ahead of 'iPhone 8'

Apple assembly partner Foxconn reports disappointing quarter ahead of 'iPhone 8'

Hon Hai — better known as Foxconn — reported net income of just $589 million in the June quarter, missing analyst forecasts ahead of Apple's launch of the "iPhone 8" and "iPhone 7s" this fall.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

New video offers closer look at 'copper gold' mockup of Apple's 'iPhone 8'

New video offers closer look at 'copper gold' mockup of Apple's 'iPhone 8'

A video uploaded on Thursday offers a close-up with an alleged "iPhone 8" design dummy in "copper gold," potentially one of just three color options for Apple's upcoming flagship.

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Watch: How to use Apple's native Screen Recording feature in iOS 11

Watch: How to use Apple's native Screen Recording feature in iOS 11

One potentially useful feature coming to this fall's iOS 11 is a native Screen Recording option on the iPhone and iPad. Here's how to make use of it, including embedding results into a video.

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Overcast developer nixes standalone podcasts on Apple Watch, citing watchOS 4 changes

Overcast developer nixes standalone podcasts on Apple Watch, citing watchOS 4 changes

Via a Thursday iPhone app update, support for playing podcasts directly on an Apple Watch — through a feature called "Send to Watch" — was removed from Overcast, something its developer blamed on changes coming with this fall's watchOS 4.

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Intel, Toyota & others create 'big data' consortium for self-driving cars

Intel, Toyota & others create 'big data' consortium for self-driving cars

Several major tech and automotive companies — including Intel, Toyota, and Ericsson — on Thursday announced a consortium that will build a "big data" ecosystem for use with self-driving cars, as well as related technologies like driver assist and mapping using real-time data.

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Writing tool Ulysses for macOS, iOS shifts to monthly $4.99 subscription model

Writing tool Ulysses for macOS, iOS shifts to monthly $4.99 subscription model

Effective immediately, writing tool Ulysses is switching to a subscription model after having been a paid app for iOS and macOS since launch.

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Back to School Roundup: The best tech gear (and deals) for the upcoming school year

Back to School Roundup: The best tech gear (and deals) for the upcoming school year

With back to school shopping in full swing, those waiting for killer deals on Apple devices, as well as accessories, can take advantage of instant cash rebates and exclusive coupon savings on the season's hottest products.

Hands-OnHands on: Screen sharing tool Screens 4 for macOS and iOS gains Touch Bar support, improved file transfer

Hands on: Screen sharing tool Screens 4 for macOS and iOS gains Touch Bar support, improved file transfer

Screens 4 by Edovia lets you see and control the screen of one Mac from another. Wherever you are in the world, you can get your own files, see your own documents and even run apps you don't have with you.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: Apple's Portrait Mode in iPhone 7 Plus exits beta, allows effect to be turned off after the fact

Inside iOS 11: Apple's Portrait Mode in iPhone 7 Plus exits beta, allows effect to be turned off after the fact

In the latest iOS 11 beta, Apple has taken the Portrait Mode camera setting out of beta, and has altered how the camera roll handles the pictures to allow for the effect to be removed from a picture with it at any time.

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'iPhone 8' reveal delayed to November, according to South Korean supply chain sources

'iPhone 8' reveal delayed to November, according to South Korean supply chain sources

An alleged Apple component supplier from South Korea is claiming that the company is pushing back the launch of the "iPhone 8" to November, but will still launch the "iPhone 7s" family in September.

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'Titanfall: Assault' real-time strategy title lands on iPhone, Sega Forever drive expands with 'Ristar'

'Titanfall: Assault' real-time strategy title lands on iPhone, Sega Forever drive expands with 'Ristar'

Two major titles have arrived on iPhone and iPad as free-to-play titles this week, with Nexon's 'Titanfall: Assault' introducing real time strategy to the battlefield-based franchise, while 'Ristar' has been ported to iOS 22 years after its first release on the Sega Genesis.

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eGPU vendor demonstrates AMD Vega card working in High Sierra on Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro

eGPU vendor demonstrates AMD Vega card working in High Sierra on Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro

External GPU enclosure developer Mantiz posted a Tweet on Thursday of the new AMD Vega PCI-E video card working in its enclosure, connected to a MacBook Pro — and that likely means that the card will work on Apple's last PCI-E Mac Pro as well in High Sierra.

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25% of Microsoft Surface owners report problems within 2 years, Consumer Reports finds

25% of Microsoft Surface owners report problems within 2 years, Consumer Reports finds

A new, large survey of Microsoft Surface owners found that a quarter of those using the hybrid devices experience problems by the second year of ownership, raising questions about the reliability of the company's iPad and MacBook competitors.

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European emergency agency requests Apple enable AML location tracking in iPhone for first responders

European emergency agency requests Apple enable AML location tracking in iPhone for first responders

The European Emergency Number Association is asking that Apple go beyond it's Apple Watch emergency location sending feature, and requests that Advanced Mobile Location be integrated into iOS and the iPhone to assist in locating people in an emergency.

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Chinese developers file antitrust complaint against Apple over App Store removal policies, excessive fees

Chinese developers file antitrust complaint against Apple over App Store removal policies, excessive fees

Citing monopolistic behavior in how it reviews, posts, and removes apps from the App Stores, a cadre of 28 Chinese developers have filed a complaint against Apple, alleging antitrust violations.

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Apple HomeKit added to Ikea Tradfri smart bulb line with firmware update

Apple HomeKit added to Ikea Tradfri smart bulb line with firmware update

Ikea has quietly added HomeKit support to its inexpensive Tradfri line of smart bulbs, necessitating a firmware update to the system's bridge to enable.

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Code suggests 'iPhone 8' virtual home button area resizable, can be hidden

Code suggests 'iPhone 8' virtual home button area resizable, can be hidden

A deep dive into recently released HomePod firmware reveals a few bits of information regarding the operation of Apple's "iPhone 8" virtual home button, specifically in relation to app and user interactions.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Videos of 'iPhone 8' and 'iPhone 7s Plus' mockups hit web, suggest leaks originate from single source

Videos of 'iPhone 8' and 'iPhone 7s Plus' mockups hit web, suggest leaks originate from single source

The latest batch of dummy "iPhone 8" and "iPhone 7s" series phones have apparently made their way out of China, as a pair of videos on Wednesday offer hands-on looks at what appears to be identical device mockups.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro for $2,099 ($700 off) w/ free headphones; 13" MacBook Pro for $1,249 ($250 off) w/ free year of Office 365

Killer Deals: Apple's high-end 15

While supplies last, B&H Photo is offering AI readers $700 off Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with a 2.7GHz processor, 512GB of storage and Radeon 455 graphics, plus a free pair of JBL Bluetooth headphones valued at $79.95. Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro is also $1,249 with a free year of Office 365, and both deals feature no sales tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Facebook unveils 'Watch' platform with live video and exclusive shows

Facebook unveils 'Watch' platform with live video and exclusive shows

Social networking giant Facebook on Wednesday announced its first step into digital video with the forthcoming launch of Watch, a new cross-platform service that provides users access to live and recorded episodic content.

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Watch: AirPlay 2 delivers speaker integration with HomeKit, Siri support, more

Watch: AirPlay 2 delivers speaker integration with HomeKit, Siri support, more

When iOS 11 launches this fall, Apple will roll out a revamped version of its AirPlay protocol featuring speaker support for HomeKit, multi-room audio, shared up-next playlists, Siri integration and more.

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Apple ceases code signing for iOS 10.3.2 after iOS 10.3.3 release

Apple ceases code signing for iOS 10.3.2 after iOS 10.3.3 release

Following the release of iOS 10.3.3 last month, Apple on Wednesday stopped signing code for iOS 10.3.2, effectively blocking users from downloading and installing older, potentially unsecure operating system.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' facial recognition tech might support Apple Pay, third-party apps, 'multi' biometrics

Apple's 'iPhone 8' facial recognition tech might support Apple Pay, third-party apps, 'multi' biometrics

Code uncovered in recently leaked HomePod firmware suggests the facial recognition system rumored to debut in Apple's "iPhone 8" will support payments, combined biometric security and include hooks for third-party apps.

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New dummy unit of Apple's 'iPhone 8' shows off alleged gold/copper color

New dummy unit of Apple's 'iPhone 8' shows off alleged gold/copper color

Photos of a supposed "iPhone 8" design dummy published on Wednesday depict the device in a rumored gold/copper color, though the dummy's provenance is unknown.

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FeatureThough Apple's R&D spending is massive, it's still more efficient than all other competitors

Though Apple's R&D spending is massive, it's still more efficient than all other competitors

Apple's required financial data tells the tale of a company that has been deeply invested in efficient research and development for 20 years to advance the company's long-term goals — but it in itself does not herald something big on the horizon.

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Intel sets plans to test 100+ self-driving vehicles, adding to Apple's competition

Intel sets plans to test 100+ self-driving vehicles, adding to Apple's competition

Following up on its $15.3 billion Mobileye buyout, Intel on Wednesday announced a plans to deploy a fleet of over 100 self-driving test vehicles, with an ambitious goal of having a kit in automakers' hands by 2019.

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