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Monday, February 01, 2016

Apple predicted to abandon Amazon Web Services for own data centers, analyst says

Apple predicted to abandon Amazon Web Services for own data centers, analyst says

Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak believes Apple is considering drawing down its reliance, or altogether dumping, Amazon Web Services in favor of an in-house solution, though the shift might take two years.

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Google surpasses Apple as world's most valuable company

Google surpasses Apple as world's most valuable company

After beating Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter of 2015, Google umbrella company Alphabet usurped Apple as the most valuable company in the world on Monday in after hours trading.

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Apple's Swift language project gains continuous integration

Apple's Swift language project gains continuous integration

Apple on Monday officially launched continuous integration for Swift, enabling checks on the project's health, and integrated testing within pull requests before any commits are made.

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Google taking Nexus smartphone program in more iPhone-like direction - report

Google taking Nexus smartphone program in more iPhone-like direction - report

Google is hoping to exert more control over its Nexus smartphone line, more closely following a business model set out by Apple and the iPhone, a report said on Monday.

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FCC greenlights further testing of LTE-U by Verizon & Qualcomm

FCC greenlights further testing of LTE-U by Verizon & Qualcomm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved additional testing of a cellular technology called LTE-U, controversial because it can operate over the same bands as Wi-Fi routers.

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Apple's iPad Pro outsold Microsoft's entire Surface lineup over the holidays

Apple's iPad Pro outsold Microsoft's entire Surface lineup over the holidays

Consumers have apparently taken a liking to the iPad Pro following its November release, as new data suggests that Apple moved nearly half a million more of the jumbo tablets alone than Microsoft did of its entire Surface lineup.

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Alleged 'iPad Air 3' schematic reaffirms Smart Connector, rear camera flash

Alleged 'iPad Air 3' schematic reaffirms Smart Connector, rear camera flash

Yet another schematic claiming to show off the design of Apple's anticipated "iPad Air 3" again includes a Smart Connector, rear camera LED flash, and four-speaker array.

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US & Europe miss deadline for new 'Safe Harbor' agreement on overseas data transfers

US & Europe miss deadline for new 'Safe Harbor' agreement on overseas data transfers

In spite of late-hour talks, U.S and European officials missed a deadline on Sunday to renegotiate a "Safe Harbor" agreement allowing companies like Apple and Google to shuttle data back and forth across the Atlantic.

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Samsung announces Galaxy S7 to debut on Feb. 21 alongside new Gear 360 VR camera

Samsung announces Galaxy S7 to debut on Feb. 21 alongside new Gear 360 VR camera

Troubled South Korean smartphone maker Samsung will reveal the next iteration of its Galaxy smartphone lineup later this month, and will reportedly accompany the new handsets with a 360-degree virtual reality camera.

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Apple Music search stops working for many users

Apple Music search stops working for many users

Apple Music's search feature was down for many subscribers on Monday, leaving much of the service impractical to use.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Apple's 'Shot on iPhone' billboards return with iPhone 6s photos

Apple's 'Shot on iPhone' billboards return with iPhone 6s photos

Apple returned to the advertising well of its popular crowd-sourced "Shot on iPhone" campaign this weekend, with billboards going up on Sunday featuring still photos captured using stock iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hardware.

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Deals: 21" iMac HD for $999; Free AppleCare with all 21" iMac 4Ks; $899 21" iMac closeout

Deals: 21

The $999 price point for Apple's new 21" iMac with HD display is back, or you could grab one of last year's models for just $899 while supplies last. And if you're looking for a 21" iMac with 4K display, we have coupons for free AppleCare and free Canon AIO AirPrint printers, or $70 off all BTO models.

Alleged 'iPad Air 3' case suggests Smart Connector coming to Apple's 9.7-inch tablet

Alleged 'iPad Air 3' case suggests Smart Connector coming to Apple's 9.7-inch tablet

Many of the features introduced in last year's iPad Pro, including the new Smart Connector magnetic port and four-speaker array, may be coming toon to the third-generation iPad Air, if third-party cases being manufactured in China are accurate.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

This week on AI: As Wall Street worries, Apple has 4" iPhone, iPad Air 3 & new MacBooks coming soon

This week on AI: As Wall Street worries, Apple has 4

Apple's planning to launch major new hardware earlier than usual this year, the latest rumors this week revealed. Plus, Apple's record setting quarter is overshadowed by a soft outlook, iTunes Radio goes pay-only, and exclusive details on the struggles of "Project Titan," Apple's electric car project.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Apple correcting Siri "abortion" search issue uncovered in 2011

Apple correcting Siri

More than four years after the discovery of a purported Siri flaw that led users searching for abortion clinics to adoption agencies and fertility clinics, it seems Apple and its data providers are slowly working to correct the issue.

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App face-off: Apple iMessage vs. WhatsApp Messenger

App face-off: Apple iMessage vs. WhatsApp Messenger

When WhatsApp Messenger went free earlier this year it gave iOS device owners a viable solution to connect with friends and family who don't use Apple products, but the app comes with a few caveats.

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Google launches dedicated AdWords app for iOS

Google launches dedicated AdWords app for iOS

Even as Apple's iAd prepares to sunset, Google has launched a long-awaited iOS app for AdWords — not just AdWords Express — giving people running campaigns through the service a more convenient way of monitoring and managing them.

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London mayor tried to convince Apple to sponsor 'Garden Bridge' project

London mayor tried to convince Apple to sponsor 'Garden Bridge' project

London mayor Boris Johnson reportedly flew to San Francisco in February 2013 in hopes Apple would sponsor the city's "Garden Bridge," a proposed pedestrian walkway spanning the River Thames.

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Apple supplier Sony takes hit in December quarter on lower image sensor sales

Apple supplier Sony takes hit in December quarter on lower image sensor sales

Although PlayStation sales and cost-cutting measures helped Sony's operating profits rise 11 percent overall in the December quarter, it suffered setbacks in image sensor production, which could reflect lower orders from Apple for the iPhone.

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Rumor: Apple has 'hundreds of staff' working on virtual & augmented reality projects

Rumor: Apple has 'hundreds of staff' working on virtual & augmented reality projects

Through a series of acquisitions, Apple has a considerably large staff dedicated to experimental virtual reality and augmented reality projects, some of whom are reportedly working on prototype headset configurations that could one day compete with the likes of Facebook's Oculus Rift.

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Deals: $200-$300 off 2015 MacBook Pros, $40-$50 off iPad mini 4

Deals: $200-$300 off 2015 MacBook Pros, $40-$50 off iPad mini 4

This week, Apple authorized resellers have marked down a selection of 16GB-128GB iPad mini 4s by $40 to $50. Meanwhile, big discounts are popping up here and there on individual 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro configurations, like an instant $300 discount on the Early 2015 13" MacBook Pro (3.1GHz 8GB 1TB).

Apple considering original TV shows to boost 'cable-like' streaming coming in Sept. - report

Apple considering original TV shows to boost 'cable-like' streaming coming in Sept. - report

In continuing efforts to launch a streaming TV service, Apple is now trying to pitch studios and producers on investing in exclusive TV shows, according to a Friday report.

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Innovation still undecided on Sharp rescue plans as Foxconn raises bid, tries to allay job fears

Innovation still undecided on Sharp rescue plans as Foxconn raises bid, tries to allay job fears

In the bidding war for Sharp, Innovation Network Corp. has yet to decide on a possible rescue plan, even as rival Foxconn is raising its bid and promising not to cut Japanese jobs, a report said on Friday.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks earnings, beta releases, Apple Music, car & more

AppleInsider podcast talks earnings, beta releases, Apple Music, car & more

This week the AppleInsider podcast explores this week's earnings call, the decline of iPhone sales, Apple and Tim Cook's interest in virtual reality, it's relation with an 'iPhone 7' dual camera, and trouble in Apple's car skunkworks. We also talk about iOS 9.3 beta, Apple Pencil woes and the trouble with keyboards for iPad in iOS.

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Apple merges iTunes Radio channels into Apple Music, Beats 1 now lone free-to-stream service

Apple merges iTunes Radio channels into Apple Music, Beats 1 now lone free-to-stream service

As announced earlier this month, Apple on Friday discontinued free access to ad-supported iTunes Radio channels, folding the content into Apple Music as part of a broader push to grow adoption of its subscription service.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Apple culture hinders recruitment and talent retention efforts, report says

Apple culture hinders recruitment and talent retention efforts, report says

A one-sided report on Thursday claims Apple's secretive, rigid culture, compounded by a failure to introduce ground-breaking products, is shifting sentiment in Silicon Valley, supposedly prompting developers and engineers to look elsewhere when applying for jobs.

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Apple could bring long-distance wireless charging to iPhone, iPad as soon as 2017

Apple could bring long-distance wireless charging to iPhone, iPad as soon as 2017

Apple is reportedly working on an advanced wireless iPhone and iPad charging technology capable of bridging longer distances than currently available hardware, with a potential launch targeted as early as next year.

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Apple's third Turkish retail store to open in 2016, report says

Apple's third Turkish retail store to open in 2016, report says

Plans are in motion to open a third Apple Store outlet in Turkey, which according to a Thursday report will be located in the upscale Emaar Square shopping mall currently under construction in Istanbul's Asian Side.

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Apple Pay support reported to arrive at Bank of America, Wells Fargo ATMs

Apple Pay support reported to arrive at Bank of America, Wells Fargo ATMs

Bank of America and Wells Fargo are reportedly working to bring Apple Pay compatibility to their respective ATM machines, meaning iPhone and Apple Watch owners might soon be able to complete transactions using provisioned debit cards.

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Sharp leaning towards Japan's Innovation over Foxconn in takeover bids - report

Sharp leaning towards Japan's Innovation over Foxconn in takeover bids - report

Weighing takeover bids from both Taiwan's Foxconn and Innovation Network Corp. — a fund backed by the Japanese government — Sharp management is currently leaning in the second direction, a report said on Thursday.

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Apple acquires analytics startup LearnSprout to boost educational tech

Apple acquires analytics startup LearnSprout to boost educational tech

Apple on Thursday confirmed the takeover of LearnSprout, a startup company specializing in educational analytics, particularly for tracking student performance.

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T-Mobile adds Amazon Video, other services to controversial Binge On program

T-Mobile adds Amazon Video, other services to controversial Binge On program

T-Mobile on Thursday announced the addition of four new partners to its Binge On program for subscribers, including Amazon Video, Fox News, Univision Now, and the WWE Network.

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Oracle to phase out much-maligned Java browser plugin

Oracle to phase out much-maligned Java browser plugin

Oracle will soon wind down support for the Java browser plugin, reflecting an evolution in Internet standards and ever-mounting concerns about Web security.

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Production already underway for Apple's new 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' - report

Production already underway for Apple's new 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' - report

Apple has reportedly begun mass production of its new 4-inch handset, with the device slated for release this spring in a bid to kickstart sales in important emerging markets.

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Latest iOS 9.3 beta enables accessory firmware updates via iPad Pro Smart Connector

Latest iOS 9.3 beta enables accessory firmware updates via iPad Pro Smart Connector

The second beta of iOS 9.3 allows iPad Pro owners to update the firmware on some accessories by way of the Smart Connector, AppleInsider can confirm.

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Bug or conscious change? Apple Pencil for iPad Pro gets gimped by iOS 9.3 betas

Bug or conscious change? Apple Pencil for iPad Pro gets gimped by iOS 9.3 betas

The first two beta releases of iOS 9.3 have severely limited the navigation capabilities of the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro. Whether this was an intentional readjustment of the accessory's functionality to make it less stylus-like, or simply a bug in pre-release software, remains to be seen.

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Apple recalls some AC adapters, world travel kits in parts of South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania

Apple recalls some AC adapters, world travel kits in parts of South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania

Apple on Thursday issued a recall for two-pronged AC wall plug adapters designed for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea over a potential risk for electric shock.

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Questionable rumor claims 'iPad Air 3' will have 4K display, 4GB RAM

Questionable rumor claims 'iPad Air 3' will have 4K display, 4GB RAM

Apple's next 9.7-inch iPad — commonly referred to as the "iPad Air 3" — could sport features like a 4K display and 4 gigabytes of RAM while simultaneously offering better battery life, supply chain sources claimed on Thursday.

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A smartphone was shipped for 1 of every 5 people alive in 2015

A smartphone was shipped for 1 of every 5 people alive in 2015

Manufacturers shipped nearly 1.5 billion smartphones to the world's 7.4 billion inhabitants in 2015 as consumers opted to replace older devices with newer LTE-equipped models or those with larger displays.

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