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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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ExclusiveLowest Prices Anywhere: $900 off loaded 15" MacBook Pros; premium 10.5" iPad Pros from $699; $500-$1,000 off iMac Pros

Lowest Prices Anywhere: $900 off loaded 15

More exclusives have just arrived! B&H is now knocking $900 off two Late 2016 15" MacBook Pros with an abundance of upgrades. Prices for the premium models start at just $1,899 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Apple's 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi) is also $699, while the 512GB LTE model is $949. Meanwhile, new iMac Pros are $500 to $1,000 off now through Feb. 26.

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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TipsReminder: Apple includes a tiny AirPlay toggle in iOS 11's Control Center for iPhone and iPad

Reminder: Apple includes a tiny AirPlay toggle in iOS 11's Control Center for iPhone and iPad

Apple, in its "infinite wisdom," compacted the Control Center in iOS 11, and gave AirPlay even less of a starring role on it. With HomePod now available and able to have audio streamed via AirPlay, AppleInsider shows you where the AirPlay button is, and two slightly different ways to turn it on.

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Verizon to join other carriers in temporarily locking new iPhones

Verizon to join other carriers in temporarily locking new iPhones

Verizon will soon begin briefly locking all smartphones bought for its network as way of combatting theft and fraud, the wireless carrier announced on Monday.

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Apple suppliers Qualcomm & Broadcom to meet directly to talk $121B acquisition deal

Apple suppliers Qualcomm & Broadcom to meet directly to talk $121B acquisition deal

Qualcomm and Broadcom will reportedly meet on Wednesday in order to discuss the latter's $121 billion takeover offer, despite Qualcomm's repeated rejections in the past.

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Exhaustive acoustical analysis demonstrates HomePod is '100 percent an audiophile-grade speaker'

Exhaustive acoustical analysis demonstrates HomePod is '100 percent an audiophile-grade speaker'

The audiophile community now has their hands on the HomePod, and one Reddit user has thoroughly examined the device from an acoustical standpoint, calling it 'witchcraft" plus "100 percent an Audiophile grade Speaker."

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Google's next big Android update to support iPhone X-style 'notches'

Google's next big Android update to support iPhone X-style 'notches'

The next major iteration of Android, due later this year, will reportedly support devices with "notches" like the one on Apple's iPhone X — as well as other unusual display designs.

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Apple Park drone footage shows not-quite complete campus, continued landscaping

Apple Park drone footage shows not-quite complete campus, continued landscaping

The drone flights around Apple Park have not stopped following opening of the campus, with the latest footage showing still-progressing landscaping, and most of the facilities very near 100 percent completion.

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Apple, LG & Valve pump $10M into OLED 'microdisplay' maker eMagin [u]

Apple, LG & Valve pump $10M into OLED 'microdisplay' maker eMagin [u]

Further signaling Apple's augmented reality plans, the company has joined LG and Valve in a $10 million investment into eMagin, a maker of "microdisplays" for both AR and VR technology. [Updated with denial by eMagin]

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HomePod teardown needs sawing, cutting to get into interior, but is built 'like a tank'

HomePod teardown needs sawing, cutting to get into interior, but is built 'like a tank'

As it does with every Apple device, iFixit has torn apart the HomePod, finding a device that is a "labyrinth to open." That means, like many other devices, it's probably not a great candidate for user repairs.

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In software development 'cultural shift', Apple won't hold features for major annual point-zero releases

In software development 'cultural shift', Apple won't hold features for major annual point-zero releases

Rather than packing everything it can into an anticipated "iOS 12" later this year, Apple will reportedly spread out new features into future software updates, meaning "iOS 12.1" and beyond could bring big improvements to the iPhone and iPad.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

ReviewHomePod review: Your mileage may vary, but crank it up for the ride

HomePod review: Your mileage may vary, but crank it up for the ride

I love Apple's HomePod, and I want one in every room of my house. But I also kind of hate HomePod for its reliance on Siri. Like any messy relationship, it's complicated. If you can get over the personal assistant's numerous shortcomings, you'll find that HomePod is a fantastic sounding compact speaker, but also potentially the start of something much better.

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Hands-OnHands On: Ulysses 12.3 for Mac and iOS aims to be where you do all your writing

Hands On: Ulysses 12.3 for Mac and iOS aims to be where you do all your writing

The more technically-minded you are, and the less dependent on paper, the more you'll love Ulysses, the comprehensive writing tool for both Mac and iOS.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Test finds HomePod's Siri 'at the bottom of the totem pole' in smartspeaker AI

Test finds HomePod's Siri 'at the bottom of the totem pole' in smartspeaker AI

While the Apple HomePod is the "best sounding" smartspeaker and has a "measurably better" user experience in many areas, its underlying AI assistant — Siri — failed dramatically in a query test versus Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana, according to Loup Ventures.

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Apple updates YouTube Support channel with three HomePod how-to videos

Apple updates YouTube Support channel with three HomePod how-to videos

Apple has posted a trio of "how to" videos for the HomePod, instructing users how to use Siri to play music, how the touch controls work, and how to adjust settings on the device.

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Hands-OnHands On: Rogue Amoeba's Loopback is the Mac utility every audio user needs

Hands On: Rogue Amoeba's Loopback is the Mac utility every audio user needs

You'll buy Loopback for one job, and then keep finding more uses for this sound routing app for your Mac.

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TipsTune HomePod's sound using equalizers in iOS and macOS

Tune HomePod's sound using equalizers in iOS and macOS

From multi-array microphones for far-field listening to beamforming tweeters and dynamic audio processing powered by a beefy A8 processor, HomePod is a compact marvel of technology. Despite its smarts, users are unable to access audio output settings as they would a traditional speaker or even Bluetooth devices marketed by companies like Sonos.

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This week on AI: Apple's HomePod arrives, 2018 iPhone modems, 'iBoot' code leaks

This week on AI: Apple's HomePod arrives, 2018 iPhone modems, 'iBoot' code leaks

Originally intended to ship in December, the HomePod made its long-awaited debut on Friday. While the smartspeaker dominated headlines, Apple meanwhile dealt with a source code leak, and Intel was rumored to score a coup with 2018 iPhones.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

TipsHow to trigger Siri on your iPhone instead of HomePod

How to trigger Siri on your iPhone instead of HomePod

With HomePod, accessing Apple's Siri technology is more convenient than ever. But users might want trigger the virtual assistant on an iPhone rather than a speaker that blasts answers to anyone within earshot. Here's how to do it.

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'iBoot' leak may stem from low-level Apple engineer with ties to jailbreaking community

'iBoot' leak may stem from low-level Apple engineer with ties to jailbreaking community

This week's publishing of the "iBoot" source code for iOS 9 can be traced back to a "low-level" Apple employee who shared it with a small group of jailbreaking friends — and may not have wanted it to go beyond that circle, a report claimed on Friday.

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