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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Estimates peg HomePod build cost at $216, Apple's margin smaller than competitors

Estimates peg HomePod build cost at $216, Apple's margin smaller than competitors

According to the latest research from TechInsights, Apple is shelling out $216 to build HomePod, meaning margins from the tech giant's first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.

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EditorialAnother test finds HomePod frequency response flat, but results potentially meaningless

Another test finds HomePod frequency response flat, but results potentially meaningless

An acoustical analysis of Apple's HomePod published Wednesday found the speaker boasts a relatively flat frequency response, characteristics often associated with accurate sound reproduction, but those results might be misleading.

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple stake by 23.3 percent, now its largest holding

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple stake by 23.3 percent, now its largest holding

Legendary investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway continued to bet big on Apple over the fourth quarter 2017, raising its stake in the tech giant by 23.3 percent to hit 165.3 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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VideoWatch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

Watch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

Apple's HomePod is out and users are impressed by the smart speaker's premium sound quality, but some have yet to take full advantage of its voice control functionality. To help users get started, AppleInsider collected a few useful phrases and commands that highlight Siri's capabilities.

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TipsHow to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music

How to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music

There are two different ways to lock your HomePod from outside access — restricting access to AirPlay only, disabling messages, reminders and notes. AppleInsider shows you how to access and control both of these.

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New Apple webpage touts apps & technology for augmented reality on iOS

New Apple webpage touts apps & technology for augmented reality on iOS

Apple has created a new mini-site promoting ARKit, the company's augmented reality platform for iPhones and iPads, as well as recent hardware advances made to enhance the technology.

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TipsHow to reset your HomePod and connect it to a new Apple ID

How to reset your HomePod and connect it to a new Apple ID

HomePod services like sending text messages or creating reminders can only be accomplished with the Apple ID used to initially set up the device. If you want to change the Apple ID affiliated with your HomePod, you'll need to redo the setup process.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $350 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $350 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

New, lower prices! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $70 and $350 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% OAC.

HomePod's silicone bottom is causing rings on some finished wood surfaces [u]

HomePod's silicone bottom is causing rings on some finished wood surfaces [u]

Apple's HomePod appears to be leaving white circles on some finished wood surfaces, but what specifically is causing it and any commonalities between the incidents both aren't clear yet. [Updated with Apple support info]

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Rear-facing 3D sensing technology possibly slated for fall 2019 iPhone, allowing Apple to press AR advantage

Rear-facing 3D sensing technology possibly slated for fall 2019 iPhone, allowing Apple to press AR advantage

With the iPhone X just three months out of the gate, and discussions about the 2018 iPhone refresh starting, eyes are starting to look at 2019, with new supply chain discussion by an investment analyst firm suggesting that Apple is now working on a world-facing 3D sensor to assert dominance in augmented reality.

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Bill Gates cautions Apple and other tech companies about arrogance inviting government interference

Bill Gates cautions Apple and other tech companies about arrogance inviting government interference

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has warned Apple and other tech companies that they need to exercise care when dealing with governments over important issues, such as the San Bernardino fight between Apple and the FBI over a locked iPhone, suggesting the firms may be inviting government intervention for overtly arrogant actions.

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Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

The heads of several U.S. law and spy agencies claim that smartphone buyers should avoid buying products from China's Huawei, since the company poses a risk of data theft and surveillance of users, but also are a danger to national security as well.

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Apple News generates little income for smaller publishers, curators take pitches from publishers on dedicated Slack channel

Apple News generates little income for smaller publishers, curators take pitches from publishers on dedicated Slack channel

Apple's editorial team reportedly takes pitches from large reporting venues on a private Slack channel, and a team of about a dozen staffers decide if the story lives or dies on Apple News, and as a result, what makes money from being spotlighted on the service.

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Akitio Thunder3 10G network adapter adds 10 gigabit ethernet connection to MacBook Pro, iMac using Thunderbolt 3

Akitio Thunder3 10G network adapter adds 10 gigabit ethernet connection to MacBook Pro, iMac using Thunderbolt 3

Enclosure manufacturer Akitio has started to ship the Thunder3 10G Network Adapter, an accessory for an iMac or MacBook Pro offering connectivity to an ethernet network at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, all passing through a Mac's Thunderbolt 3 port.

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YouTube TV hikes prices for new subscribers, adds missing Turner channels like CNN & Cartoon Network

YouTube TV hikes prices for new subscribers, adds missing Turner channels like CNN & Cartoon Network

Google's YouTube TV on Wednesday announced the long-awaited addition of Turner networks to its lineup, though new subscribers will soon have to pay a higher monthly fee.

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Future iPhones destined for Chinese market may draw upon local supplier for flash storage

Future iPhones destined for Chinese market may draw upon local supplier for flash storage

If a new supply chain report is accurate, Apple is discussing a flash memory buy from Yangtze Memory Technologies for iPhones specifically destined for the Chinese market.

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Qualcomm unveils 2-gigabit LTE modem amid rumors Apple's iPhone going Intel-only

Qualcomm unveils 2-gigabit LTE modem amid rumors Apple's iPhone going Intel-only

Qualcomm on Wednesday revealed the Snapdragon X24, its latest LTE modem for mobile devices, with peak download speeds hitting 2 gigabits per second — though Apple may choose to forego the technology in its next iPhones.

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Hands-OnHands On: OmniOutliner 3 for iPad organizes everything from text to ideas

Hands On: OmniOutliner 3 for iPad organizes everything from text to ideas

OmniOutliner 3 is a brainstorming app as well as a writer's tool, and with Wednesday's update brings a pared down Essentials options to the iPad. AppleInsider delves into what's good and bad about the new release.

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Apple expected to ship 100M 6.1" LCD iPhone units priced at $700-$800 in late 2018

Apple expected to ship 100M 6.1

Adding to expectations that the new 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD display will be a blockbuster success, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said on Wednesday that he expects the company will ship a whopping 100 million units in the second half of 2018.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Apple's wearables business nearly size of Fortune 300 company, CEO Tim Cook says

Apple's wearables business nearly size of Fortune 300 company, CEO Tim Cook says

Apple CEO Tim Cook provided a bit of color on the company's wearables business during Tuesday's shareholders meeting, saying combined Apple Watch, AirPods and Beats headphones revenue is nearing that of a Fortune 300 company.

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Flipboard CEO knocks Apple News for closed ecosystem, says product is 'living in the past'

Flipboard CEO knocks Apple News for closed ecosystem, says product is 'living in the past'

Flipboard CEO Mike McCue had a few choice words for segment competitor Apple News, describing Apple's news service as "living in the past" because it does not curate media, offers no social sharing integrations and lacks other features that would set it apart in the crowded space.

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Acoustic testing finds HomePod's adaptive audio tech delivers highly consistent sound

Acoustic testing finds HomePod's adaptive audio tech delivers highly consistent sound

In its advertising push for HomePod, Apple has touted its smart speaker as capable of delivering consistent sound to listeners positioned anywhere in a given room. New testing backs up those claims, and offers insight into how the company accomplished such a feat.

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Voters shoot down human rights committee proposal at Apple shareholders meeting

Voters shoot down human rights committee proposal at Apple shareholders meeting

A proposal to create an Apple human rights committee was defeated in voting during Tuesday's shareholders meeting, AppleInsider can confirm.

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Kevin Durant's life and times to be chronicled in Apple-funded 'Swagger' video production

Kevin Durant's life and times to be chronicled in Apple-funded 'Swagger' video production

In its continuing bid to produce content to expand services revenue, Apple has commissioned a drama based on basketball star Kevin Durant's life.

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TipsHow to play anything on your HomePod, including vinyl records, with Airfoil and a Mac

How to play anything on your HomePod, including vinyl records, with Airfoil and a Mac

Apple's HomePod may be limited in connectivity, but thanks to its support for the legacy AirPlay standard, it's possible to connect basically anything you want to it over Wi-Fi. One of the best ways to do this is with the Airfoil app, available from longtime Mac developer Rogue Amoeba.

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EditorialConsumer Reports' dismissal of HomePod a familiar tale to Apple fans [u]

Consumer Reports' dismissal of HomePod a familiar tale to Apple fans [u]

Testing stalwart Consumer Reports declared this week that Apple's HomePod falls behind Google's Home Max — and even the Sonos One — in terms of audio quality. To anyone who knows the publication's controversial history with Apple products, that conclusion is utterly unsurprising.

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Samsung's Galaxy S9 expected to copy iPhone X's animoji with '3D emoji' feature

Samsung's Galaxy S9 expected to copy iPhone X's animoji with '3D emoji' feature

Looking to keep up with Apple's iPhone X, Samsung is planning to add an animoji-like "3D emoji" feature to the Galaxy S9 premiering later this month, according to a Korean report.

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Apple Watch holiday sales volume beat entire Swiss watch industry for first time

Apple Watch holiday sales volume beat entire Swiss watch industry for first time

More Apple Watches shipped in the fourth quarter of 2017 than the entire Swiss watch industry, a report claims, showing the Apple-produced wearable device is still growing in popularity, though analysis also indicates the Apple Watch still has some way to go before it can outpace Swiss watches on an annual basis.

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Apple's shift in iOS development pace about evolving scale, not coping with bugs, says former Windows chief

Apple's shift in iOS development pace about evolving scale, not coping with bugs, says former Windows chief

Apple's "cultural shift" towards spacing out new features in iOS is more a natural function of development scale, and not really the revolution some people might perceive it to be, according to a noted former Microsoft Windows president.

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Android-powered Essential Phone estimated to have shipped just 88K units in 2017

Android-powered Essential Phone estimated to have shipped just 88K units in 2017

Despite being one of the first handsets on the market with an edge-to-edge display, the Essential Phone, pioneered by former Android chief Andy Rubin, failed to compete with the likes of Apple's iPhone X in any meaningful way, with one new estimate suggesting just 88,000 units were shipped last year.

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Apple's 2018 shareholder meeting today, held for the first time at Apple Park

Apple's 2018 shareholder meeting today, held for the first time at Apple Park

Later this morning, Apple is holding its 42nd annual shareholder meeting at its new Apple Park facilities for the first time, offering some members of the public a glimpse inside its new headquarters. However, this year attending the meeting requires a pre-arranged registration; shareholders of record who simply show up have been put on notice that the event is already at capacity.

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Hands-OnFirst look: IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station returns legacy ports to MacBook, MacBook Pro in a portable package

First look: IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station returns legacy ports to MacBook, MacBook Pro in a portable package

The IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station with Power Delivery Pass-Thru is a port-replacement peripheral for USB 3.1 type C gear — but isn't perfect for 4K.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Facebook to launch subscription tool in iOS app after resolving dispute with Apple

Facebook to launch subscription tool in iOS app after resolving dispute with Apple

Facebook has resolved a revenue sharing issue with Apple, it was announced on Monday, allowing the social media giant to launch a subscription tool for publishers looking to enable paywall access on Facebook's iOS app.

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Apple to expand Apple Music student discount to 82 new regions this month

Apple to expand Apple Music student discount to 82 new regions this month

In an expansion scheduled to roll out over the course of February, Apple will begin offering half-price Apple Music discounts to students in 82 additional countries, according to a report on Monday.

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Apple highlights Portrait selfies, bouncing Live Photos in latest iPhone tutorials

Apple highlights Portrait selfies, bouncing Live Photos in latest iPhone tutorials

Apple on Monday posted a trio of short tutorial videos to its YouTube channel explaining how to take perfect Portrait selfies with iPhone X and bouncing Live Photos with all current iPhone models.

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VideoSee Apple's HomePod take on the competition in our ultimate smart speaker sound comparison

See Apple's HomePod take on the competition in our ultimate smart speaker sound comparison

AppleInsider puts HomePod's sound quality to the test against four smart speaker competitors, Sonos' One, Amazon's second-gen Echo, Google Home and Google's Home Max, in this comprehensive comparison. Find out which comes out on top.

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Apple Maps transit directions come to Tucson, Arizona

Apple Maps transit directions come to Tucson, Arizona

Thanks to behind-the-scenes updates, visitors and residents of Tucson, Ariz. can now use Apple Maps to figure out public transit directions across the city.

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Apple's MacBook lineup now world's fourth-largest notebook brand

Apple's MacBook lineup now world's fourth-largest notebook brand

Apple's share of the global laptop market climbed from 8.3 to 9.6 percent during 2017, allowing the company to rise from fifth to fourth place.

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Alto's Odyssey coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV on Feb. 22

Alto's Odyssey coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple TV on Feb. 22

The follow-up to "Alto's Adventure," snowboarding endless-runner "Alto's Odyssey" now has a release date, with the new title expected on Feb. 22.

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