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Friday, April 17, 2015

Apple to offer 'Apple Watch Basics' Workshops at retail stores starting April 24

Apple to offer 'Apple Watch Basics' Workshops at retail stores starting April 24

Apple's retail website was recently updated to reflect upcoming availability of a new Workshop called Apple Watch Basics, suggesting the company plans to roll out device training sessions for early Watch buyers from day one.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yelp comes to Apple Watch in latest app update, brings nearby business discovery, search, ratings, more

Yelp comes to Apple Watch in latest app update, brings nearby business discovery, search, ratings, more

In the buildup to Apple Watch's debut next week, Yelp on Thursday updated its app with support for the wearable, bringing direct wrist access to tentpole features like nearby businesses, reviews, address lookups and more.

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Apple officially appoints Steve Dowling to VP of Communications

Apple officially appoints Steve Dowling to VP of Communications

It appears Apple has filled the shoes of former PR chief Katie Cotton, as the company's Leadership webpage now lists former interim communications chief Steve Dowling as VP of Communications.

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Snapchat paid ousted Apple exec Scott Forstall 0.11% to be advisor, according to leaked email

Snapchat paid ousted Apple exec Scott Forstall 0.11% to be advisor, according to leaked email

A leaked email from last year's Sony Pictures data breach that surfaced Thursday reveals Snapchat granted former iOS chief Scott Forstall 0.11 percent of its stock in fully-diluted shares in return for being a special company advisor.

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Apple expands CarPlay availability to five new regions including Russia

Apple expands CarPlay availability to five new regions including Russia

In an update to its iOS 8 Feature Availability webpage on Thursday, Apple announced the rollout of CarPlay services to five new countries, including Russia and Sweden.

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Chrome for iOS adds Today widget, Halo comes to iPhone and iPad for first time

Chrome for iOS adds Today widget, Halo comes to iPhone and iPad for first time

Google today updated its Chrome for iOS Web browser with features such as an iOS 8 Notification Center widget and support for app extensions, while Microsoft launched its first Halo game for iOS, called Spartan Strike.

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DODOcase announces dual charging dock for Apple Watch and iPhone

DODOcase announces dual charging dock for Apple Watch and iPhone

DODOcase on Thursday debuted its second Apple Watch accessory in the form of a book-like organizer with wooden charging stand and cable tamer capable of powering both Apple's new wearable and an iPhone.

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Yahoo outs plans for Apple Watch support, ReSound debuts Watch app for hearing aids

Yahoo outs plans for Apple Watch support, ReSound debuts Watch app for hearing aids

Yahoo on Thursday announced plans to bring Apple Watch extensions to four of its iOS apps by April 24, while ReSound launched a Watch app for its iPhone-compatible hearing aids.

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Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers for testing

Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers for testing

One week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with Photos for Mac, Apple on Thursday issued the first beta build of OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite to developers for testing.

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Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-megawatt solar plants in China

Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-megawatt solar plants in China

Apple is set to expand its global investment in alternative energy sources with the construction of two new solar energy sites in mainland China, which when combined will provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours of power each year.

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Director J.J. Abrams shows off Apple Watch onstage at 'Star Wars' event in California

Director J.J. Abrams shows off Apple Watch onstage at 'Star Wars' event in California

During a promotional stop for Disney's upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams flashed what appears to be a stainless steel Apple Watch during a panel discussion at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.

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Pearson, not Apple, to blame for failed L.A. schools technology program

Pearson, not Apple, to blame for failed L.A. schools technology program

Though the Los Angeles Unified School District's demand for a multi-million dollar refund from Apple has grabbed headlines, the failure of the $1.3 billion program to create a new digital curriculum for Los Angles students appears to lie primarily with educational publishing company Pearson.

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Apple's feud with antitrust monitor continues; company accused of not cooperating in iBooks oversight

Apple's feud with antitrust monitor continues; company accused of not cooperating in iBooks oversight

Tension between Apple and its court-appointed antitrust monitor continues to mount, as Michael Bromwich has accused the iPad maker of reducing its cooperating with his reviews of the company.

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Apple fixes sporadic startup woes with OS X 10.10.3 supplemental update

Apple fixes sporadic startup woes with OS X 10.10.3 supplemental update

A video driver glitch that caused some Mac users to experience startup trouble under OS X 10.10.3 was addressed by Apple on Wednesday with a supplemental update to the company's venerable desktop operating system.

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Chinese government officially suspends controversial banking technology rules

Chinese government officially suspends controversial banking technology rules

The Chinese government on Thursday officially suspended rules on bank technology that have sparked the ire of the U.S. government and international businesses, and could have produced a barrier to the arrival of Apple Pay in the country.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Save $50-$220 off all iMac 5Ks plus free AppleCare & a free Canon PIXMA printer

Killer Deal: Save $50-$220 off all iMac 5Ks plus free AppleCare & a free Canon PIXMA printer

AppleInsider has re-teamed with one of Apple's authorized resellers to offer $50-$220 discounts on 48 different configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which is in stock and also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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OS X 10.10.3 triggering kernel panics when previewing JPEG files

OS X 10.10.3 triggering kernel panics when previewing JPEG files

Last week's OS X 10.10.3 update is in some cases triggering kernel panics when previewing large JPEG image files, leading to crashes and reboots, according to complaints on Apple's support forums.

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'Unwavering' Apple CEO Tim Cook makes Time's 100 Most Influential People list

'Unwavering' Apple CEO Tim Cook makes Time's 100 Most Influential People list

On Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again secured a position on Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People, and was praised in a profile written by Democratic Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis.

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Apple buys 36,000 acres of forest to create sustainable eco-friendly product packaging

Apple buys 36,000 acres of forest to create sustainable eco-friendly product packaging

Apple and The Conservation Fund are partnering to purchase more than 36,000 acres of vulnerable forestland in Maine and North Carolina, and will use the land to sustainably harvest materials that can be used for paper and packaging.

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AppleInsider's iOS app gets support for native iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen resolutions, Apple Watch companion app in update

AppleInsider's iOS app gets support for native iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen resolutions, Apple Watch companion app in update

With the updated AppleInsider iOS app, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners can get the day's freshest Apple news delivered in screen resolutions native to their handset, while Apple Watch owners will be granted quick access to headlines when the device launches next week.

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Apple details Watch accessibility features in website update

Apple details Watch accessibility features in website update

Consumers with visual or aural impairments will have several options for making the Apple Watch more accessible to them, Apple revealed this week, including the company's oft-lauded VoiceOver functionality and user interface customizations.

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Apple Watch won't be available in Apple's retail stores until June at the earliest

Apple Watch won't be available in Apple's retail stores until June at the earliest

Walk-in purchases of the Apple Watch won't be available at Apple's retail stores until June at the earliest, as supply of the wrist-worn device will remain severely constrained, a new memo to employees from retail chief Angela Ahrendts has revealed.

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Apple exploring light field image editing software, patent application shows

Apple exploring light field image editing software, patent application shows

A patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is continuing to explore light field camera applications, in this case imagining how users would manipulate image data to change focus or depth of field in a photo editing app.

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Jawbone announces Up4 fitness band with NFC payments, releases Up2 mid-tier offering

Jawbone announces Up4 fitness band with NFC payments, releases Up2 mid-tier offering

In what appears to be Jawbone's attempt to keep up in an escalating wearables arms race, the company on Thursday unveiled the Up4 fitness tracker with built-in NFC payments provided in partnership with American Express.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

LAUSD seeks multimillion-dollar refund from Apple for scrapped iPad in education program

LAUSD seeks multimillion-dollar refund from Apple for scrapped iPad in education program

After officially scrapping a $1.3 billion educational technology initiative based on Apple's iPad, the Los Angeles Unified School District is reportedly demanding the company either return millions of dollars or face a lawsuit.

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Breaking
Apple makes 'last-minute decision' to use TSMC for 30% of 'A9' chip orders for next iPhone

Apple makes 'last-minute decision' to use TSMC for 30% of 'A9' chip orders for next iPhone

Facing poor yield rates from chipmaker GlobalFoundries, Apple has apparently made an eleventh-hour call as it solidifies its supply chain for the next-generation iPhone, opting to award nearly a third of "A9" chip orders to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

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Breaking
Apple Watch preorders estimated at 2.3M units, low supply blamed on haptic vibrator and OLED display

Apple Watch preorders estimated at 2.3M units, low supply blamed on haptic vibrator and OLED display

Well-informed KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has in the past proved accurate in predicting Apple's moves, estimates Apple Watch preorders will exceed 2.3 million units, though production bottlenecks relating to the device's haptic vibrator and advanced OLED screen are restricting rollout.

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IFTTT's streamlined 'Do' apps get Apple Watch treatment, iPad support

IFTTT's streamlined 'Do' apps get Apple Watch treatment, iPad support

Popular Web-based productivity tool If This Then That on Wednesday announced upcoming Apple Watch support for its one-touch workflow activation apps Do Button and Do Note, as well as iPad compatibility for all three titles in the "Do" apps collection.

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Apple's iOS App Store widens revenue lead over Google Play in Q1 2015

Apple's iOS App Store widens revenue lead over Google Play in Q1 2015

Apple strengthened its position over Google in mobile app market revenue during the first quarter of 2015, helped along by massive growth in China, a country that now downloads more apps than the U.S., according to a report by analytics firm App Annie issued on Tuesday.

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Deals: $144 off 12

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Apple posts Apple Watch 'Guided Tours' for Phone Calls, Siri, Maps and Music [updated with video]

Apple posts Apple Watch 'Guided Tours' for Phone Calls, Siri, Maps and Music [updated with video]

Apple on Wednesday added four more videos to its Apple Watch Guided Tours webpage covering Phone Calls, Siri interaction, Maps navigation and Music playback.

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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld given custom all-gold Apple Watch band

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld given custom all-gold Apple Watch band

Apple has gifted Karl Lagerfeld with a specially-crafted Apple Watch featuring not just a yellow gold body but also a matching gold link bracelet, according to the fashion designer's personal assistant and bodyguard.

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15M Americans say they'll buy an Apple Watch, Reuters poll finds

15M Americans say they'll buy an Apple Watch, Reuters poll finds

Apple could sell as many as 15 million Apple Watches this year, new survey data suggests, as some 6 percent of U.S. adults —mostly men —say they plan to purchase one of the new wrist-worn devices.

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Tumblr, Wikipedia overhaul apps for iOS with new looks and features

Tumblr, Wikipedia overhaul apps for iOS with new looks and features

Tumblr and Wikipedia released major updates to their iOS apps on Wednesday, revising their look as well as adding a number of features that expand their use and streamline navigation.

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FeatureFrom beaches to bridges, Apple has plenty of possible California-themed names for next OS X

From beaches to bridges, Apple has plenty of possible California-themed names for next OS X

With Apple's next-generation Mac operating system expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June, AppleInsider looks at possible names the company might choose for its follow-up to the OS X versions dubbed Yosemite and Mavericks.

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Tim Cook offers keynote invite, Cupertino lunch in latest Charitybuzz auction

Tim Cook offers keynote invite, Cupertino lunch in latest Charitybuzz auction

Charitybuzz today announced that for the third year in a row, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is auctioning off some of his time in order to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, which backs human rights causes around the globe.

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European Commission charges Google with multiple antitrust violations

European Commission charges Google with multiple antitrust violations

Search giant Google has run once again into the welcoming embrace of European regulators, finding itself in the European Commission's crosshairs over allegations that it favors its own services unfairly with Android and web search products.

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Microsoft updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview, intros new iPhone apps for Office 365

Microsoft updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview, intros new iPhone apps for Office 365

Microsoft on Wednesday released an updated version of the Office 2016 for Mac Preview, cleaning up bug and performance problems while adding new features, as the company also simultaneously launched two new Office 365 apps for the iPhone, Office Delve and Office 365 Video.

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WWDC 2015 scholarships increased to 350 as Apple works to boost gender, racial diversity

WWDC 2015 scholarships increased to 350 as Apple works to boost gender, racial diversity

Apple this year is offering 350 scholarships to WWDC 2015, a substantial increase over last year that will pull in students 13 and older, as well as members and alumni from a number of groups including women, blacks, and Latinos.

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