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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Medisafe integration with Apple's Health Records brings easy medication management to iOS

Medisafe integration with Apple's Health Records brings easy medication management to iOS

Medication management app Medisafe this week finalized integration with Apple's Health Records API, granting nearly five million users in 200 countries quick and easy iOS access to drug-to-drug interaction notifications, pill reminders and more.

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Apple to donate to Gulf Coast relief as Hurricane Michael batters Florida, Alabama and Georgia

Apple to donate to Gulf Coast relief as Hurricane Michael batters Florida, Alabama and Georgia

Apple intends to donate an undisclosed sum to relief efforts associated with fallout from Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday.

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Tim Cook meets government officials, visits schools on China tour

Tim Cook meets government officials, visits schools on China tour

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his latest China tour on Wednesday with a visit to a Beijing high school that integrates iPad and Apple Pencil into its learning curriculum, moves that one report suggests are part of a plan to remain in Chinese consumers' good graces.

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Mac sales decline in Q3 as customers await new models [u]

Mac sales decline in Q3 as customers await new models [u]

Apple's share of the worldwide PC market slipped in the third calendar quarter of 2018 as other top manufacturers reaped the benefits of a slow return to growth, according to new estimates from market research firm Gartner.

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Apple's streaming video hits iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV for free in early 2019

Apple's streaming video hits iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV for free in early 2019

Apple is reportedly narrowing in on a way of serving up its slate of high-budget TV shows, the plan being to pair its original content with subscriptions from outside companies.

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WarnerMedia prepares to take on Netflix, Apple & others with new streaming TV service

WarnerMedia prepares to take on Netflix, Apple & others with new streaming TV service

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia is preparing to jump into the fray with its own streaming TV service, one which could pose a threat not just to the likes of Amazon and Netflix but Apple's burgeoning video efforts.

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Apple Watch health and location data could help find missing Saudi journalist

Apple Watch health and location data could help find missing Saudi journalist

An Apple Watch may provide clues surrounding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a consulate in Turkey, with the wearable said to be at the center of an investigation to find out what happened to the Saudi dissident.

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Hands-OnHands on: Luna Display extends your Mac's display to the iPad wirelessly

Hands on: Luna Display extends your Mac's display to the iPad wirelessly

Assorted app combinations have been utilizing Wi-Fi to extend the Mac's desktop to the iPad for some time — but the new Luna Display plug from the makers of the Astropad app eliminates hacks from the equation, and is able to send fully accelerated video from the Mac to an iPad companion app.

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ReviewReview: Jaybird's Tarah sport headphones may be the best budget option on the market

Review: Jaybird's Tarah sport headphones may be the best budget option on the market

Jaybird's new low-cost sport headphones are so good that unless you absolutely need the best tips or battery life, they should probably be the near the top of your list.

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

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

Apple authorized reseller Adorama has issued steep markdowns on Apple's brand-new 2018 MacBook Pro with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $300 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices anywhere, are available only at AppleInsider.

VideoShould you buy the Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 instead of the standard model?

Should you buy the Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 instead of the standard model?

Last year's Nike+ Apple Watch Series 3 wasn't much different from the standard version making it a bit tough to choose between the two models. This year, with the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 4, AppleInsider shows you everything that's different between the two models.

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NSA cybersecurity head can't find corroboration for iCloud spy chip report

NSA cybersecurity head can't find corroboration for iCloud spy chip report

The senior advisor for Cybersecurity Strategy to the director of the National Security Agency has advised there is a lack of evidence relating to both of Bloomberg's recent espionage-related stories, and has openly requested for people with knowledge of the situation to provide assistance.

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FeatureGoogle Plus joins Ping, Groove Music, and Clippy in the graveyard of failed services

Google Plus joins Ping, Groove Music, and Clippy in the graveyard of failed services

The social network that Google built is the latest of a startling number of much-vaunted services that Google, Apple, and Microsoft launch only to later shut down early. AppleInsider talks about what we've lost and what, if anything, has replaced it.

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Apple buys machine learning AR firm specializing in mixed realities

Apple buys machine learning AR firm specializing in mixed realities

Apple has reportedly bought a Danish startup called Spektral, which specialized in real-time separation of objects in photos and videos for a "green screen" effect.

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EditorialBefore China iCloud spy chip allegations, Bloomberg published these five incorrect stories about Apple

Before China iCloud spy chip allegations, Bloomberg published these five incorrect stories about Apple

Media personalities have been bending over backward to find a way to square the claims made by Bloomberg in its "China Hack" story with a series of strongly worded denials from Amazon and Apple insisting that the report was "wrong and misinformed." However, there is solid evidence that Bloomberg has previously published a series of false claims before, either from a lack of research coupled with bad perspective, or possibly to simply craft a dramatic narrative.

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US Senators demand answers from Supermicro over spy chip allegations

US Senators demand answers from Supermicro over spy chip allegations

A pair of senators have written to Supermicro requesting more information about events detailed in the recent Bloomberg investigation alleging the company's servers were compromised, in an attempt to find out if it is a risk to the national security of the United States.

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About a fifth of Android phone owners plan to switch to an iPhone

About a fifth of Android phone owners plan to switch to an iPhone

Most smartphone buyers tend to stick with the platform they're familiar with. However, new data from Merrill Lynch indicates that a large percentage of top Android brand users now intend to switch to an iPhone in their next purchase.

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Microsoft axes Minecraft for Apple TV, no one notices

Microsoft axes Minecraft for Apple TV, no one notices

Microsoft is throwing in the towel on the Apple TV permutation of Minecraft due to low user numbers, according to a splash screen that — ironically — has been displayed in-game for weeks without mention from mainstream media.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Apple seemingly aware of alleged 'Top Podcasts' chart manipulation

Apple seemingly aware of alleged 'Top Podcasts' chart manipulation

Last weekend, the upper echelons of Apple's "Top Podcasts" charts in the Podcasts app and iTunes were overrun with obscure titles that seemingly didn't belong, prompting some industry watchers to assume the vital distribution platform was being manipulated.

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Apple's dual-camera iPhones subject of new patent lawsuit

Apple's dual-camera iPhones subject of new patent lawsuit

A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Apple's dual-camera iPhone technology, deployed in smartphone models dating back to iPhone 7 Plus, infringes on a patent for enhancing digital photographic images using multiple lenses and sensors.

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Popular farming RPG Stardew Valley breaks soil on iPhones & iPads Oct. 24

Popular farming RPG Stardew Valley breaks soil on iPhones & iPads Oct. 24

Farming-themed role-playing game Stardew Valley, already a hit on consoles and PCs, is launching on iPhone and iPad Oct. 24, developer ConcernedApe (Eric Barone) revealed on Tuesday.

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Jony Ive disappears from list of advisors for Saudi 'megacity' project [u]

Jony Ive disappears from list of advisors for Saudi 'megacity' project [u]

Apple's chief design officer, Jony Ive, has vanished from a list of advisors for a "megacity" planned to launch in Saudi Arabia in 2025. [Updated with correction on NEOM's size]

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Supermicro iCloud spy chip report bolstered by US telecom network hardware hack

Supermicro iCloud spy chip report bolstered by US telecom network hardware hack

Bloomberg is doubling down on its investigative report claiming servers belonging to Apple, Amazon, and other major organizations were tampered by China, by citing documents and analysis from a security expert working for a major telecommunications firm.

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Rampant Chinese iPhone repair fraud forced Apple to develop countermeasures

Rampant Chinese iPhone repair fraud forced Apple to develop countermeasures

Apple has spent the last five years combatting fraud relating to iPhone repairs in China, where parts were stolen from working iPhones and were submitted for repair under warranty, a problem that reportedly cost billions of dollars and forced Apple to investigate.

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Third betas of iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 available for developer testing [u]

Third betas of iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 available for developer testing [u]

Apple has provided participants of its developer beta testing program new builds, with the third betas of iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 arriving one day after the latest macOS Mojave beta.

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FeatureAll of the future TV shows that Apple has in development

All of the future TV shows that Apple has in development

Moving past "Planet of the Apps" and "Carpool Karaoke," Apple is believed to be spending $1 billion or more on its first high-budget TV shows, which could hit screens as soon as March 2019. Here are the programs we know about so far, updated with a launch date for the second season of "Carpool Karaoke."

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Google unveils Pixel 3 phone, Pixel Slate tablet & Google Home Hub

Google unveils Pixel 3 phone, Pixel Slate tablet & Google Home Hub

Firing its latest salvos at Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, Google on Tuesday announced several new devices, led by its Pixel 3 and 3 XL Android smartphones.

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ReviewReview: Ultimate Ears MegaBoom 3 pumps out the tunes with ample bass

Review: Ultimate Ears MegaBoom 3 pumps out the tunes with ample bass

Ultimate Ears MegaBoom 3 is the latest incarnation of arguably one of the best and most popular portable Bluetooth speakers. The newly updated models finally have a design refresh, albeit a small one, as well as better sounding audio quality.

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Apple's Tim Cook visits Shanghai amid alleged Chinese iCloud spy chip debacle

Apple's Tim Cook visits Shanghai amid alleged Chinese iCloud spy chip debacle

Apple's CEO is making a surprise tour of Shanghai, possibly in response to the controversy over a report claiming Chinese spy chips were inserted into Apple servers.

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Apple's work on electromagnets could help protect future iPads and iPhones when dropped

Apple's work on electromagnets could help protect future iPads and iPhones when dropped

Apple is considering ways it could use electromagnets to make changes to the way accessories or devices can magnetically connect to each other, including correcting alignment issues for covers and potentially helping a case provide even more protection for a dropped iPhone or iPad.

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Apogee Jam+ USB interface for Mac and iOS adds USB-C, better sound input

Apogee Jam+ USB interface for Mac and iOS adds USB-C, better sound input

On Tuesday, audio gear maker Apogee revealed the Jam+, an upgraded version of its USB input for musicians looking to connect guitars, keyboards, and other instruments to a Mac or iOS device for recording.

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Hands-OnHands on: AmpliFi Instant Home Wi-Fi Mesh System

Hands on: AmpliFi Instant Home Wi-Fi Mesh System

The AmpliFi Instant Home Wi-Fi Mesh System is designed to deliver hassle-free Wi-Fi that can be set up functioning in two minutes. But is it a worthy replacement for Apple's AirPort systems?

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Columbus Day deals extended: 13" Touch Bars from $1,499; up to $900 off 15" MacBook Pros; 12" MacBooks from $1,189

Columbus Day deals extended: 13

Columbus Week 2018 is here and with it comes an assortment of deals on Apple hardware. Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is on sale for as low as $1,499. Meanwhile, 15" MacBook Pros start at just $1,899, 12" MacBooks are up to $150 off and AirPods are $137.50 with coupon.

Devialet reveals $999 Phantom Reactor, hints at possible AirPlay 2 support

Devialet reveals $999 Phantom Reactor, hints at possible AirPlay 2 support

Devialet on Tuesday revealed the Phantom Reactor, a smaller version of its signature Phantom speaker intended to be affordable beyond the wealthy.

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Monday, October 08, 2018

Security researcher cited in Bloomberg's China spy chip investigation casts doubt on story's veracity [u]

Security researcher cited in Bloomberg's China spy chip investigation casts doubt on story's veracity [u]

Security researcher Joe Fitzpatrick, one of the few sources named in Bloomberg Businessweek's bombshell China hack investigation, in a podcast this week said he felt uneasy after reading the article in part because its claims almost perfectly echoed theories on hardware implants he shared with journalist Jordan Robertson.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPad Pro to feature 'Magnetic Connector,' USB-C, support new Apple Pencil

Rumor: Next-gen iPad Pro to feature 'Magnetic Connector,' USB-C, support new Apple Pencil

Later this month, Apple is expected to update its iPad Pro lineup with new models featuring Face ID biometric authentication and near bezel-less displays. According to the latest rumors, the redesigned tablets might also be equipped with a new "Magnetic Connector" and support for an updated Apple Pencil.

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Apple ceases iOS 11.4.1 signing following release of iOS 12

Apple ceases iOS 11.4.1 signing following release of iOS 12

Apple on Monday stopped signing code for iOS 11.4.1, the last version of iOS to be issued prior to the release of iOS 12 in September.

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Apple's iPhone network provisioning tech target of patent lawsuit

Apple's iPhone network provisioning tech target of patent lawsuit

Apple is again in the crosshairs of Uniloc, with the patent aggregator alleging the process by which iPhone and cellular-connected iPad and Apple Watch models infringes on owned intellectual property.

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ReviewReview: Nomad wireless Base Station is all about convenience

Review: Nomad wireless Base Station is all about convenience

The Nomad wireless Bast Station is a slim, dual wireless charger with fast USB outputs to power all your gear at once — but Apple Watch owners seeking wireless charging need not apply.

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