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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Uniloc continues legal assault against Apple with two new patent suits

Uniloc continues legal assault against Apple with two new patent suits

So-called "patent troll" Uniloc added to its quickly growing list of patent infringement lawsuits against Apple on Wednesday, filing two separate actions targeting AirPlay and Continuity features.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' to feature rear-facing 3D laser for AR and faster autofocus, report says

Apple's 'iPhone 8' to feature rear-facing 3D laser for AR and faster autofocus, report says

Apple is reportedly working to implement a specialized rear-facing laser system in its upcoming "iPhone 8" that will facilitate augmented reality applications, like those produced with ARKit, as well as faster and more accurate autofocus capabilities.

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Apple rival Huawei debuts KFC-branded Android phone in China

Apple rival Huawei debuts KFC-branded Android phone in China

Apple's main competition in China — Huawei — has taken the unusual step of releasing a Kentucky Fried Chicken edition of the Enjoy 7 Plus to mark the 30th anniversary of the restaurant chain arriving in the country.

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Apple Mac sales slip in Q2 despite new hardware launches

Apple Mac sales slip in Q2 despite new hardware launches

Despite the debut of a slew of new Mac products in June, Apple's PC sales dipped in the second quarter of 2017, though greater losses from competitors helped buoy the tech giant's overall market share, according to estimates from market research firm Gartner.

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New Microsoft artificial intelligence app for iPhone describes world for visually impaired

New Microsoft artificial intelligence app for iPhone describes world for visually impaired

Microsoft on Wednesday released Seeing AI, an iPhone app that attempts to analyze its surroundings and describe them audibly for people with impaired vision.

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Bank of America predicts 3-4 week 'iPhone 8' delay, but still a record breaking 2018 for Apple

Bank of America predicts 3-4 week 'iPhone 8' delay, but still a record breaking 2018 for Apple

After a supply chain visit, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the latest firm to predict a launch up to a month later than usual for the as-yet unannounced "iPhone 8" and an accompanying drop in sales through the end of the calendar year — but still a blockbuster 2018 ahead for Apple.

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iPhone-connected accessories rank among top Amazon Prime Day sellers

iPhone-connected accessories rank among top Amazon Prime Day sellers

A few iPhone- and iPad-compatible accessories were among the bestsellers on Prime Day, Amazon's one-day sales event held on July 11 — though one of Amazon's own products topped global charts.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $200 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $200 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $70 and $200 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.

macOS High Sierra public beta testers get second build from Apple

macOS High Sierra public beta testers get second build from Apple

Shortly after the release of iOS 11 public beta 2, Mac users also received a second pre-release build of macOS High Sierra, available for public testing ahead of its arrival this fall.

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Apple issues second public beta of iOS 11 for iPhone, iPad

Apple issues second public beta of iOS 11 for iPhone, iPad

Registered members of Apple's public beta testing program now have a second pre-release build of iOS 11 available to download, arriving two days after the third developer beta was released.

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TipsHow to reset and get into a locked iPhone or iPad

How to reset and get into a locked iPhone or iPad

Picture this — you've got a family member who changes the password on a device that you've given them, and promptly forgets it. Or, maybe, a child has locked a device with a passcode that didn't have one before, and either denies it or just doesn't remember the code. What do you do?

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Apple's 2017 Back to School promo offers wireless Beats with Macs & iPad Pros

Apple's 2017 Back to School promo offers wireless Beats with Macs & iPad Pros

Apple on Wednesday launched its annual Back to School promotions for the U.S and Canada, offering qualified shoppers wireless Beats headphones if they buy a Mac or an iPad Pro. Alternatively, Apple-authorized resellers are offering their own great deals on new Mac purchases for students and non-students alike.

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HomeKit marketing enhanced with interactive demo installation at 46 Apple retail stores

HomeKit marketing enhanced with interactive demo installation at 46 Apple retail stores

In a number of its retail locations, Apple has unveiled an interactive display with video walls demonstrating to the user what happens in a simulated living space when assorted HomeKit peripherals are activated.

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Amazon, Google, Microsoft & Spotify among companies pushing Day of Action for net neutrality

Amazon, Google, Microsoft & Spotify among companies pushing Day of Action for net neutrality

A group of 40 technology companies on Wednesday launched a "Day of Action," designed to encourage feedback to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in support of net neutrality regulations — which are opposed by Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai, as well as internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.

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PayPal added as iPhone payment source internationally for App Store, Apple Music

PayPal added as iPhone payment source internationally for App Store, Apple Music

Apple is adding PayPal as an option to fund Apple services accounts in Canada, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the UK, including purchases from the iTunes Music Store, subscriptions to Apple Music, and buys from the App Stores.

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Apple opens first China data center to comply with country's cybersecurity rules

Apple opens first China data center to comply with country's cybersecurity rules

Apple on Wednesday announced the activation of its first data center in China, which is being operated in cooperation with a local internet firm to ensure compliance with the country's strict cybersecurity laws.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Apple's 'iPhone 8' might ship with wireless charging, front-facing 3D camera disabled due to software issues

Apple's 'iPhone 8' might ship with wireless charging, front-facing 3D camera disabled due to software issues

Apple engineers and designers working on the company's forthcoming "iPhone 8" are facing a software issues that, if not rectified, could see a number of major features disabled when the handset launches.

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VideoWatch: All the new features and fixes introduced with iOS 11 beta 3

Watch: All the new features and fixes introduced with iOS 11 beta 3

Apple on Monday issued a third beta version of its upcoming iOS 11 operating system to developers for testing. In this video, AppleInsider takes a closer look at a few new features and bug fixes that rolled out with the release, including a simplified Notification Center, more intuitive App Switcher on iPad, Safari enhancements and more.

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1Password irks security experts in push toward cloud-based vaults

1Password irks security experts in push toward cloud-based vaults

Over the weekend, a number of security researchers recently took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at AgileBits' decision to push its popular password management service 1Password away from local credential storage to a cloud-based option.

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Microsoft ends support for its ill-fated iPhone competitor, Windows Phone

Microsoft ends support for its ill-fated iPhone competitor, Windows Phone

Microsoft on Tuesday terminated support for Windows Phone 8.1, marking the end of an era in which the company tried to directly compete against Android devices and Apple's iPhone.

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Intel announces 'Purley' Xeon processors, possibly destined for Apple's iMac Pro

Intel announces 'Purley' Xeon processors, possibly destined for Apple's iMac Pro

Intel has taken the wraps off of its Purley series of Xeon processors, and it appears that there are a few candidates for possible processors that could be included in Apple's iMac Pro, slated to launch this December.

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MagSafe replacement comes to Apple's 15" MacBook Pro with Vinpok Bolt-S USB-C adapter

MagSafe replacement comes to Apple's 15

A new USB-C adapter and cable from Vinpok will soon return MagSafe-like functionality to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, complete with 87 watts of charging power.

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Volvo brings Apple's CarPlay to new VNL semi trucks

Volvo brings Apple's CarPlay to new VNL semi trucks

Volvo on Tuesday launched its new VNL line of semi trucks, which in upgraded configurations support Apple's CarPlay standard, bridging iPhones with dash displays.

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Apple extends free repairs for first-gen Apple Watch back covers to three years

Apple extends free repairs for first-gen Apple Watch back covers to three years

Apple has quietly extended free repairs for separated back covers on the first-generation Apple Watch to three years, regardless of warranty coverage.

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Siri has commanding lead in users over Google Assistant, Samsung S Voice in the US

Siri has commanding lead in users over Google Assistant, Samsung S Voice in the US

A new study of voice recognition assistants on smartphones shows Apple's Siri to be in the lead of all other comers — but usage industry-wide appears to be dropping.

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Toshiba in talks with Western Digital, Apple-backed Foxconn consortium about chip unit sale

Toshiba in talks with Western Digital, Apple-backed Foxconn consortium about chip unit sale

Despite having picked another group as the preferred bidder for its memory business, Toshiba is reportedly talking to two other interested parties as well — Western Digital, and a Foxconn consortium including Apple, Dell, and Kingston.

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Analyst sees 'iPhone 8' super cycle falling just short of 2016 iPhone 6 sales heights

Analyst sees 'iPhone 8' super cycle falling just short of 2016 iPhone 6 sales heights

One analyst firm has broken from the pack, and is cautioning investors that it fears that the "iPhone 8" so-called "supercycle" may be overblown, and that the sales for fiscal year 2018 will fall just short of those lofty heights.

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GoPro trials Fusion 360-degree VR camera with Fox & others ahead of late 2017 launch

GoPro announced on Tuesday that its spherical, 5.2K virtual reality Fusion camera is shipping to participants in an early pilot program, some prominent examples being Digital Domain, Fox Sports, Getty Images, the Golden State Warriors, and USA Today.

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Supposed 'iPhone 8' back panel without Touch ID resurfaces in new leak

Supposed 'iPhone 8' back panel without Touch ID resurfaces in new leak

A photograph posted to Chinese microblogging service Weibo claims to show a production glass panel back bound for Apple's rumored "iPhone 8," with the alleged part lacking a cutout for a Touch ID fingerprint reader.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Las Vegas, Reno, other Nevada regions

Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Las Vegas, Reno, other Nevada regions

Apple has expanded public transit directions for Maps to several major urban areas in Nevada, most notably Las Vegas and its surroundings.

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FeatureWill the 'iPhone 8' cost $1200+? Apple has already been pushing flagship prices higher for years

Will the 'iPhone 8' cost $1200+? Apple has already been pushing flagship prices higher for years

This fall's redesigned flagship iPhone is expected to be the most expensive handset Apple has ever produced. But that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been watching the company push even further into premium pricing for some time.

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Apple releases third developer betas of iOS 11, High Sierra, tvOS 11

Apple releases third developer betas of iOS 11, High Sierra, tvOS 11

Apple has updated three of its developer betas including iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and tvOS 11, but left WatchOS 4 behind on beta 2, for now.

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iPhone owners more excited about HomePod or Beats than Amazon Echo, survey finds

iPhone owners more excited about HomePod or Beats than Amazon Echo, survey finds

Interest among iPhone users in the upcoming HomePod speaker is greater than that of the Apple Watch prior to its launch, and more users are planning on buying Apple-produced speakers than Amazon Echo devices.

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As Apple preps VR support in High Sierra, Facebook slashes Oculus Rift price to $400 in summer sale

As Apple preps VR support in High Sierra, Facebook slashes Oculus Rift price to $400 in summer sale

Facebook has launched a six-week summer sale on the Oculus Rift headset — and while there is no official support for it from the company, it can be used in conjunction with High Sierra and the SteamVR beta.

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Eddy Cue offers new Apple Park lunch auction after June one raises over $200K

Eddy Cue offers new Apple Park lunch auction after June one raises over $200K

Apple's head of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is participating in a new charity auction for a lunch meeting at Apple Park — less than a month after another fetched over $200,000.

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Apple sets up office near HQ of outgoing graphics tech supplier Imagination Technologies

Apple sets up office near HQ of outgoing graphics tech supplier Imagination Technologies

Apple has reportedly opened an office in St. Albans in the U.K., just a few miles away from the Kings Langley headquarters of its outgoing mobile graphics partner, Imagination Technologies.

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Apple announces location of new $921 million iCloud data center in Denmark

Apple announces location of new $921 million iCloud data center in Denmark

Apple has announced plans to build a new $921 million data center in Denmark near the German border, its second in the country.

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Prime Day 2017 Roundup: The best deals on tech hardware & accessories, including Apple devices

Prime Day 2017 Roundup: The best deals on tech hardware & accessories, including Apple devices

Last year's Amazon Prime Day marked the largest day of sales for the e-commerce giant. This year additional retailers, such as Adorama and B&H, are offering their own aggressive discounts, often beating Amazon's prices on Apple hardware with no sales tax outside NY and NJ. We're rounding up a list of the hottest Prime Day bargains with updates throughout the day.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

iTunes' share of video sales and rentals market reportedly in free fall amidst competition from Amazon, Comcast

iTunes' share of video sales and rentals market reportedly in free fall amidst competition from Amazon, Comcast

Facing increased competition from the likes of Amazon and Comcast, Apple's once commanding market share lead in the online video sales and rental industry has been more than halved, according to a new report.

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