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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Infamous patent troll Soverain Software targets Apple products and services in new lawsuit

Infamous patent troll Soverain Software targets Apple products and services in new lawsuit

Soverain Software, a non-practicing entity that gained media attention for suing Newegg and other online retailers over "shopping cart" patents, on Thursday filed a complaint against Apple for alleged infringement of IP relating to internet-based services.

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VideoQuick take video review: D-Link Omna HomeKit camera

Quick take video review: D-Link Omna HomeKit camera

AppleInsider goes hands-on with D-Link's new Omna, the first internet connected security camera to feature integration with Apple's HomeKit platform and iOS 10 Home app.

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How to order movie tickets within iOS 10 chat using Fandango's iMessage App

How to order movie tickets within iOS 10 chat using Fandango's iMessage App

With the release of iOS 10, Apple introduced a new way for developers to add integrated new features for iMessage users. Here's how to use Fandango's app to explore movie listings, share showtime options with chat participants, select seats and purchase tickets with Apple Pay—all within iMessage.

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Netflix considers mobile specific versions of original content

Netflix considers mobile specific versions of original content

Netflix may make it even easier for its subscribers using iPhones to follow its original content in the future, an executive for the streaming service has revealed, advising that the firm is currently exploring the possibility of making mobile device-specific versions of its shows.

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Swatch to take on Apple Watch & Android Wear with custom OS

Swatch to take on Apple Watch & Android Wear with custom OS

The Swatch Group will be paving its own road into the smartwatch space with a custom operating system, the company's CEO said on Thursday, with the OS going up against mature software from incumbents Apple Watch and Google's Android Wear platform.

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Apple News iOS 10 update major driver of traffic to The Telegraph, users more engaged with content

Apple News iOS 10 update major driver of traffic to The Telegraph, users more engaged with content

Apple News is proving to be a success story for venues fully invested in it, with The Telegraph seeing readers coming from the service spending more time on articles, and greater numbers of articles read per user.

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ColorWare will make the iPhone 7 Plus look like a vintage Macintosh for $1899

ColorWare will make the iPhone 7 Plus look like a vintage Macintosh for $1899

Nostalgic Apple fans with deep pockets can now purchase a custom-painted iPhone 7 Plus "Retro Edition" from ColorWare, designed to look like a vintage Macintosh computer from the 1980s, for a princely sum of $1,899.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $390 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

Apple Music ambassador program offers Twitter promoters 3 free months for pushing streaming service

Apple Music ambassador program offers Twitter promoters 3 free months for pushing streaming service

Starting Thursday, Apple Music launched a new user-driven promotional program on Twitter with the hashtag "#MusicForEveryMinute", promoted by student ambassadors who will be rewarded with an extra three months of free subscription.

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Spotify may go with Apple Music-like album exclusives in new label deals

Spotify may go with Apple Music-like album exclusives in new label deals

Spotify is nearing new deals with major record labels that could result in some albums becoming exclusives to its paid tier, a report said on Thursday.

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Apple concept for biometric facial recognition could hint at 'iPhone 8'

Apple concept for biometric facial recognition could hint at 'iPhone 8'

Apple is adding to its existing patents for automatically unlocking an iPhone using facial recognition, according to a patent application published on Thursday, revealing the Cupertino firm is still refining alternative methods of biometric security it could use in future mobile devices.

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Hulu says live TV service will launch with cloud DVR, real-time alerts

Hulu says live TV service will launch with cloud DVR, real-time alerts

Hulu this week updated the teaser page for its upcoming live TV service, revealing some of its planned features — most notably cloud DVR support, which should be ready from the beginning.

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Developer alleges spotting new Apple TV model, unannounced 'tvOS 11' in use logs

Developer alleges spotting new Apple TV model, unannounced 'tvOS 11' in use logs

Developer Firi Games claims to have seen a single instance of an unreleased Apple TV, running a new version of tvOS — which may be the postulated 4K version of the product thought to be in testing.

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Seventh betas of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3 released for public & developer testing [u]

Seventh betas of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3 released for public & developer testing [u]

Only 72 hours after the the sixth beta release of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3, Apple has made available the seventh iteration of the test software to developers, with little increment in release numbers suggesting an imminent release for users. [Updated with public beta info]

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Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon's official app

Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon's official app

Amazon on Thursday began updating its official app for iOS to bring support for Alexa, its voice-driven personal assistant, officially to the iPhone, allowing users to ask questions, shop, play music and more.

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Accessory purports to capture & stream live video from any iPhone, iPad app without a Mac or PC

Accessory purports to capture & stream live video from any iPhone, iPad app without a Mac or PC

The "EzRecLN" capture device allows for capture of video from a connected iOS device, with a stream able to be sent across a USB cable, or stored on a micro SD card installed into the device.

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iLuv launches Wi-Fi-enabled Rainbow8 bulb with support for Apple's HomeKit

iLuv launches Wi-Fi-enabled Rainbow8 bulb with support for Apple's HomeKit

Accessory maker iLuv on Thursday opened up sales of the Rainbow8, a new HomeKit-ready lightbulb that connects via Wi-Fi without requiring a dedicated hub.

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Apple supplier Jabil earnings report suggests steady demand for iPhone 7 Plus, great demand for 'iPhone 8'

Apple supplier Jabil earnings report suggests steady demand for iPhone 7 Plus, great demand for 'iPhone 8'

A pair of analysts have chimed in on Apple supplier Jabil's positive quarterly earnings report through February, and sees signs that Apple's seasonal decrease in iPhone sales may not be as pronounced as expected.

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Apple's revival of iPhone 6 with 32GB storage continues with sales in Belarus

Apple's revival of iPhone 6 with 32GB storage continues with sales in Belarus

The re-release of the iPhone 6 with 32 gigabytes of storage is expanding into another territory, after launches in India, China, and Taiwan in recent months, with a premium reseller offering the unusual-capacity handset to customers in Belarus beginning next week.

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WePay joins online payment platforms supporting Apple Pay

WePay joins online payment platforms supporting Apple Pay

On Thursday WePay — an online payments platform with clients like Meetup, GoFundMe, and FreshBooks — announced that its clients can now accept Apple Pay on the Web, along with Android Pay.

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Apple-backed think tank calls for radical changes to Chinese economic policy

Apple-backed think tank calls for radical changes to Chinese economic policy

A Washington think tank — with board members from Apple, Amazon, Google and other tech firms — on Thursday called for an international coalition to pressure China into changing course on some of its economic policies.

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With 'iPhone 8,' Apple & Samsung to dominate 2017 OLED supply, squeezing out others

With 'iPhone 8,' Apple & Samsung to dominate 2017 OLED supply, squeezing out others

Huawei may have just 8 percent of its smartphones shipped with OLED panels in 2017 because of constrained supply forced by Apple's shift to the technology, and Samsung selling the majority of its available supply for the "iPhone 8."

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Apple inventions again point to work on health-tracking AirPods

Apple inventions again point to work on health-tracking AirPods

A trio of Apple patent applications published on Thursday detail the inner workings of a wireless earbud system packed with sensors for taking biometric readings, suggesting the company is developing an advanced set of AirPods.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Apple Park Flyover imagery, informational data shows up in latest Apple Maps update

Apple Park Flyover imagery, informational data shows up in latest Apple Maps update

Apple in a recent update to its Apple Maps service added satellite and drone imagery, as well as related geolocation tags, covering Apple Park, the company's headquarters that is currently under construction in Cupertino, Calif.

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Apple's U.S. forestry programs generated more than 13,000 metric tons of wood in 2016, created jobs

Apple's U.S. forestry programs generated more than 13,000 metric tons of wood in 2016, created jobs

Two years after Apple partnered with The Conservation Fund to protect more than 36,000 acres of vulnerable forestland in Maine and North Carolina, the ambitious project is showing returns, with more than 13,000 metric tons of wood harvested between the two states last year.

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ExclusiveLast call! The Big AppleCare Sale: Save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans with no tax in 48 states

Last call! The Big AppleCare Sale: Save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans with no tax in 48 states

Now through March 17, AI readers can exclusively save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans for MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, Mac Pros and iMacs with free shipping. Plus, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

TipsTips and tricks for using Apple's Powerbeats3 headphones

Tips and tricks for using Apple's Powerbeats3 headphones

Though headphones are headphones for the most part, Apple's Powerbeats3 — equipped with a proprietary W1 wireless chip, and geared towards fitness enthusiasts — does have some unique features. Here's some tips for making the most of them.

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Kantar: iPhone 7 top selling smartphone in U.S., Europe & urban China

Kantar: iPhone 7 top selling smartphone in U.S., Europe & urban China

A new report by Kantar Worldpanel examining global smartphone sales data shows Apple's flagship iPhone 7 continues to win new market share for Apple in most of the regions tracked, outside of Spain, China and Japan.

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Services growth on track to deliver big long-term payout for Apple, analyst says

Services growth on track to deliver big long-term payout for Apple, analyst says

An analyst claims that Apple is on track for its services business revenue estimates so far, and any large acquisitions it may make will just accelerate the growth driven by the iPhone 7, and successor "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 8" devices expected in 2017.

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Chrome 57 for Mac throttles background tabs for better CPU use & battery life

Chrome 57 for Mac throttles background tabs for better CPU use & battery life

The desktop versions of Chrome — including the Mac edition — now throttle the performance of background tabs, according to Google, reducing CPU demand and hence the browser's power consumption on MacBooks.

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Polar H10 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor offers enhanced accuracy, iPhone connectivity

Polar H10 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor offers enhanced accuracy, iPhone connectivity

Wearable technology company Polar has introduced the H10 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor, with the new version of the chest-worn device offering greater accuracy over previous models, plus the ability to be connected to an iPhone and Apple Watch using the company's app.

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McDonald's tests mobile ordering from iOS app ahead of global rollout

McDonald's tests mobile ordering from iOS app ahead of global rollout

McDonald's has started to test mobile ordering of food from some of its restaurants, with customers in areas of Washington and California among the first to try out the iOS app's new feature, which the fast food chain hopes to spread globally later this year.

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Apple's Brickell City Centre store in downtown Miami to open on March 25

Apple's Brickell City Centre store in downtown Miami to open on March 25

Apple's first store in downtown Miami — Brickell City Centre — will see a grand opening on Saturday, March 25, the company has announced.

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Australian banks call alternatives to NFC 'unrealistic' in fight to avoid using Apple Pay

Australian banks call alternatives to NFC 'unrealistic' in fight to avoid using Apple Pay

Major banks in Australia find alternatives to NFC-based payments, such as Apple Pay, to be an "unrealistic" prospect to the Australian mobile payment marketplace, according to a submission provided to a government regulator, arguing for Apple to open up access of the iPhone's NFC technology to third parties.

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Supply chain suggests Apple's 'iPhone 8' will sport mildly curved Samsung OLED screen

Supply chain suggests Apple's 'iPhone 8' will sport mildly curved Samsung OLED screen

Yet another report has emerged from the Chinese supply chain, suggesting that while the high-end "iPhone 8" will have a curved screen, but it won't be so pronounced as to make it unrecognizable as an iPhone at first glance.

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Samsung could rejoin Apple's iPhone processor supply with 2018 'A12' chips

Samsung could rejoin Apple's iPhone processor supply with 2018 'A12' chips

Samsung is reportedly intensifying its investments into chip production, with an eye on once again manufacturing A-series processors for Apple starting in 2018.

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Speculation suggests Apple could debut new 9.7-inch iPad next week

Speculation suggests Apple could debut new 9.7-inch iPad next week

With Apple rumored to unveil new products next week, but no media event seemingly planned, onlookers have been left to guess what —if anything —the company could launch with so little fanfare. One wild guess: A new 9.7-inch iPad, potentially replacing the iPad Air 2.

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Over 187,000 apps could become obsolete with Apple's 64-bit only 'iOS 11'

Over 187,000 apps could become obsolete with Apple's 64-bit only 'iOS 11'

Some 187,000 apps could be rendered useless with the launch of "iOS 11," according to an app analytics firm, assuming the anticipated update is when Apple plans to kill 32-bit support.

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Pegatron confirms it can build the iPhone in the US, assuming Apple picks up all the costs

Pegatron confirms it can build the iPhone in the US, assuming Apple picks up all the costs

After a few months of revenue boosted by Apple production demands, manufacturing partner Pegatron's CEO says that the company could build the "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 8" in the U.S. if it is asked to — but Apple would have to shoulder all of the company's costs for doing so.

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