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Friday, January 11, 2019

Qualcomm pushed for iPhone exclusivity in response to $1B incentive payment demand, CEO says

Qualcomm pushed for iPhone exclusivity in response to $1B incentive payment demand, CEO says

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf took the stand to defend his company at a trial with the Federal Communication Commission on Friday, saying the chipmaker pushed for exclusivity on iPhone because Apple demanded a $1 billion "incentive payment" to secure the deal.

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Apple spends $150M a year on United flights, Shanghai is No. 1 destination

Apple spends $150M a year on United flights, Shanghai is No. 1 destination

A pair of promotional banners created by United Airlines to tout its various business relationships with big-name companies reveals a sneak peek into Apple's global operations, with the tech giant reportedly spending some $150 million each year on flights for employees.

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Nevada man thanks Siri for surviving serious Jeep crash

Nevada man thanks Siri for surviving serious Jeep crash

A man who crashed his Jeep near Pahrump, Nev., credits Siri on his iPhone for saving him from paralyzing and potentially fatal injuries.

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5G iPhone might have Samsung or MediaTek modems, says Apple's Tony Blevins

5G iPhone might have Samsung or MediaTek modems, says Apple's Tony Blevins

Apple has considered the possibility of using modems from Samsung and MediaTek in its future 5G devices, testimony at a US Federal Trade Commission trial with Qualcomm reveals, with an Apple executive confirming there is a possibility of the two companies providing modems for the forthcoming 2019 iPhone refresh.

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TCL, LG under pressure from customers about AirPlay 2 compatibility

TCL, LG under pressure from customers about AirPlay 2 compatibility

With the news that Apple's AirPlay 2 is coming to several major TV brands, some people have begun pressuring more companies to support the technology, or for those that are onboard to update older sets.

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CESFirst look at the Klipsch T5 Zippo-inspired truly wireless earbuds

First look at the Klipsch T5 Zippo-inspired truly wireless earbuds

True wireless earbuds popular at the moment, widely because of a push from Apple's introduction of the AirPods. During the Consumer Electronics Show, the show floor was loaded with companies of all sizes pitching their wares. One of the few that really caught our eye was the T5 by Klipsch.

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EditorialNo, Apple's licensing of iTunes & AirPlay 2 isn't a 'strategy reversal' in any way

No, Apple's licensing of iTunes & AirPlay 2 isn't a 'strategy reversal' in any way

Apple stole the limelight at CES without even appearing as an exhibitor, thanks to a series of announcements from Samsung and a series of other television makers incorporating Apple's AirPlay 2 wireless streaming in their products, including LG, Sony and Vizio. This news was cynically portrayed as a "strategy reversal" and a new effort at "copying Microsoft" by the Wall Street Journal — and out here in the real world, it is nothing of the sort.

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ExclusiveHere's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's upgraded 2018 MacBook Pro

Here's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's upgraded 2018 MacBook Pro

Apple authorized reseller Adorama has just issued steeper markdowns on Apple's CTO 2018 MacBook Pros, with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $250 off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices available, are available only at AppleInsider.

CESAdditional details emerge for first HomeKit doorbell from Robin Telecom

Additional details emerge for first HomeKit doorbell from Robin Telecom

AppleInsider has received new details regarding Robin Telecom's ProLine HomeKit-equipped doorbell, including the price point and a more detailed shipping schedule.

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January deals: $279 Apple iPads; $699 iPad Pros; $150 off current 13" MacBook Pros

January deals: $279 Apple iPads; $699 iPad Pros; $150 off current 13

Discounts on Apple products are heating up as CES winds down. Grab a 2018 iPad for $279 to use with newly announced iOS-connected devices, or pick up an upgraded 13-inch MacBook Pro from just $1,349. Apple's 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pros are also on sale from $699 after clearance markdowns.

TipsHow to keep your iPhone from repeatedly dropping Wi-Fi network connections

How to keep your iPhone from repeatedly dropping Wi-Fi network connections

You either never get this problem or you get it so often that it's extremely irritating. If your iPhone keeps switching back to 4G cell when you know you're on a Wi-Fi network, this is what you need to do.

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VideoHands on with Brilliant's smart home controller and how HomeKit will integrate

Hands on with Brilliant's smart home controller and how HomeKit will integrate

Brilliant is one of the latest to integrate HomeKit into its smart home gear with the the company's touchscreen wall controller gaining support for Apple's smart home platform this spring. AppleInsider went hands-on ahead of the release to try it out and see what HomeKit will be able to do.

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Ikea's HomeKit-compatible Smart Shades come to the US on Apr. 1

Ikea's HomeKit-compatible Smart Shades come to the US on Apr. 1

Revealed earlier this week during CES 2019, Ikea's low-cost Smart Shades now have a precise U.S. launch date, Apr. 1.

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Exclusive Rami Malek "Bohemian Rhapsody" feature available in iTunes store

Exclusive Rami Malek

Apple is providing fans of the rock group Queen a look behind the scenes of the popular biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," with an exclusive premiere video in iTunes showing how actor Rami Malek transformed into the band's iconic frontman Freddie Mercury.

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IMDB and Amazon shifts into free video streaming with ad-supported Freedive

IMDB and Amazon shifts into free video streaming with ad-supported Freedive

Amazon is expanding its video streaming horizons by launching a new service IMDB Freedive, an advertising-supported on-demand service that provides access to movies and TV shows that is separate from its existing subscription and paid Prime Video offering.

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Truck carrying secured Apple payload crashes in San Jose, killing one

Truck carrying secured Apple payload crashes in San Jose, killing one

A box truck carrying "a very special load" for Apple reportedly crashed on Highway 101 in San Jose on the morning of Jan. 9, injuring one man and killing another, 64-year-old Richard Bartolo.

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Final day: Enter to win a Disk Drill Pro license for easy data recovery

Final day: Enter to win a Disk Drill Pro license for easy data recovery

AppleInsider is partnering with CleverFiles this week to offer readers the chance to win a Disk Drill Pro license, allowing for data recovery with support for over 200 file types. Ten winners will each receive a Pro license for Mac or Windows valued at $89.

FeatureThe most futuristic products from the 2019 CES, and the old TV shows that may have inspired them

The most futuristic products from the 2019 CES, and the old TV shows that may have inspired them

It was eerie. So many of the new devices shown at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show were really previewed years ago on American television shows. From flying motorcycles to Cylons, AppleInsider picks out products from the future that we've been waiting for.

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Three iPhones likely coming in Sept. 2019, with one a refresh of the LCD iPhone XR

Three iPhones likely coming in Sept. 2019, with one a refresh of the LCD iPhone XR

Apple will produce another iPhone with a LCD display in its 2019 refresh alongside OLED-based models, but LCD might get dropped in 2020 in favor of OLED across the board.

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CESFirst look: Creating 3D headphone audio with the Super X-Fi

First look: Creating 3D headphone audio with the Super X-Fi

AppleInsider goes on with Creative Labs' Super X-Fi, the aluminum dongle designed to turn any headphone set into a 3D soundstage to improve the audio your music and movies.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

CESAura Band adds additional health tracking smarts to Apple Watch

Aura Band adds additional health tracking smarts to Apple Watch

The Aura Band is a new Apple Watch strap that debuted during CES and aims to give additional health information to the user. AppleInsider tries it on.

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Lady Gaga removes track featuring R. Kelly from Apple Music and iTunes amid sexual assault allegations

Lady Gaga removes track featuring R. Kelly from Apple Music and iTunes amid sexual assault allegations

In what appears to be a response to a host of sexual assault allegations against hip-hop star R. Kelly, Lady Gaga this week pulled a collaborative track with the artist from Apple's content distribution services.

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TiVo to release Apple TV app later this year for streaming live and DVR content

TiVo to release Apple TV app later this year for streaming live and DVR content

In a surprise move that answers a longstanding request from many end users, TiVo at CES 2019 announced plans to release a tvOS app that will allow Apple TV users to watch live and recorded content without investing in multiple TiVo set-top boxes.

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VLC plans AirPlay support for Android as app nears 3B downloads

VLC plans AirPlay support for Android as app nears 3B downloads

Videolan, developer of the ubiquitous VLC media player, is looking to bake support for Apple's AirPlay protocol into its main app, a move that would allow Android users to stream content to compatible devices like Apple TV.

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Apple slashes iPhone XR prices for Chinese resellers in bid to kickstart demand

Apple slashes iPhone XR prices for Chinese resellers in bid to kickstart demand

Apple has reportedly knocked down the pricing of iPhone XR units sold by Chinese channel resellers by about $100, hoping to revive the market's sagging iPhone sales.

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Apple sees Mac sales dip, marketshare increase in Q4 PC industry estimates

Apple sees Mac sales dip, marketshare increase in Q4 PC industry estimates

Compounding problems stemming from soft iPhone sales, Apple may have seen Mac shipments decline in the December quarter, early research estimates indicated on Thursday.

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VideoHands on with the Connected by August Yale Assure HomeKit smart lock

Hands on with the Connected by August Yale Assure HomeKit smart lock

AppleInsider goes hands on with a series of new locks by Yale, Emtek, and August including the world's first and only HomeKit lever lock.

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Apple will disrupt healthcare like the iPhone did to the mobile industry, says John Sculley

Apple will disrupt healthcare like the iPhone did to the mobile industry, says John Sculley

Former Apple CEO John Sculley says that current CEO Tim Cook is on to something, and will shake up the healthcare industry like it did to the mobile world with the iPhone.

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Ring camera support teams may have access to all video recorded by users [u]

Ring camera support teams may have access to all video recorded by users [u]

People with Ring indoor or outdoor cameras may have had any some of their private videos seen by teams working for the company, an expose claimed on Thursday. [Updated with additional Ring response]

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TipsHow to stop the Mac App Store from saying you have no previous purchases

How to stop the Mac App Store from saying you have no previous purchases

You know you've bought an app before but your Mac says you haven't. It's not a problem that affects everyone, but if you also happen to use Family Sharing then you are more prone to it. AppleInsider details the different workarounds and solutions that may help you.

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US carriers again vow to better control data access after pay-to-track scandal

US carriers again vow to better control data access after pay-to-track scandal

Major U.S. carriers have for a second time promised to better control data access after a site successfully tracked down a T-Mobile phone by paying a bounty hunter $300.

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CESScosche introduces trio of wireless charging mounts for the car and home

Scosche introduces trio of wireless charging mounts for the car and home

Scosche has used CES to launch a variety of charging accessories for mobile devices and other hardware, including two Qi charging mounts for vehicles and a table-top charging system that also keeps the work surface tidy.

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Apple rolls out fourth developer & public beta of iOS 12.1.3, fourth developer beta of macOS 10.14.3

Apple rolls out fourth developer & public beta of iOS 12.1.3, fourth developer beta of macOS 10.14.3

Apple has deployed the latest iOS beta for both its developer and public testing builds, with participants in either program now able to update to the fourth build.

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VideoHands on with Withings Move ECG smart watch & Core Blood Pressure Monitor

Hands on with Withings Move ECG smart watch & Core Blood Pressure Monitor

Withings is back under its own control after stepping out from under the control of Nokia. At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, AppleInsider got to try out its new Core BPM, Move, and Move ECG wearables to see how the company plans to excel in 2019.

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CompuCom begins offering Macs, iPhones & iPads plus support as a service

CompuCom begins offering Macs, iPhones & iPads plus support as a service

Office Depot's CompuCom has launched "Device as a Service for Apple," intended to provide businesses not just with support for Apple hardware but the devices themselves, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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HSBC again slashing AAPL target, based on continued iPhone and China woes

HSBC again slashing AAPL target, based on continued iPhone and China woes

HSBC has joined the ranks of analysts and investors who have lowered their expectations for Apple after the company's revenue warning, with the firm seeing issues both with the iPhone's average selling price and how the company is handling multiple issues in China.

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Zerodium hikes bounties for Apple vulnerabilities to as high as $2M

Zerodium hikes bounties for Apple vulnerabilities to as high as $2M

Zerodium — a security firm that pays for exploits discovered by outside researchers — this week increased its bounties for Apple-related vulnerabilities across the board, offering as much as $2 million for the most sensitive ones.

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VideoHands on with Siri in the shower thanks to U by Moen

Hands on with Siri in the shower thanks to U by Moen

In 2018, Moen announced the U by Moen shower unit, promising HomeKit support down the line. That time has finally come and AppleInsider was on hand to see what it really was like to use Siri to control our shower.

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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked on February 20 could reveal foldable smartphone alongside new Galaxy model

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked on February 20 could reveal foldable smartphone alongside new Galaxy model

Samsung has confirmed it will be showing off its newest flagship smartphone model in a Galaxy Unpacked event on February 20, one that could potentially feature a commercialized version of a foldable smartphone concept it revealed in November.

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