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Saturday, March 21, 2015

ReviewReview: Apple's early 2015 13" MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad

Review: Apple's early 2015 13

While we love Apple's new Force Touch trackpad, you still need to buy an entire computer to get one. For the moment, that means picking up the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, a tradeoff that's certainly worth it —unless you need maximum power or extreme portability.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

48 Hours Only: Save $100 instantly on 3 of Apple's early-2015 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs

48 Hours Only: Save $100 instantly on 3 of Apple's early-2015 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs

Apple Authorized Reseller B&H Photo, for an undisclosed amount of time, has knocked $100 off 3 of Apple's brand new, early-2015 MacBook Airs. Including the base 11-inch configuration and two 13-inch configurations, including the 1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB model, which now starts at $899 and the same model with twice as much SSD hard drive storage for $1,099. These deals are not expected to last long.

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Steve Jobs told Disney's Bob Iger about cancer recurrence 30 minutes before Pixar deal

Steve Jobs told Disney's Bob Iger about cancer recurrence 30 minutes before Pixar deal

An upcoming book reveals Steve Jobs informed Disney boss Bob Iger in 2006 that his cancer had returned, a secret Iger kept for three years until the information went public.

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Second Apple Watch diary entry from model Christy Turlington Burns touts activity tracking, watch complications

Second Apple Watch diary entry from model Christy Turlington Burns touts activity tracking, watch complications

Apple posted and update on model Christy Turlington Burns as she uses Apple Watch to train for the London Marathon, this time throwing a spotlight on the device's prowess as a daily planner and run timer.

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Jony Ive feared Jobs would fire him on returning to Apple, book excerpt says

Jony Ive feared Jobs would fire him on returning to Apple, book excerpt says

In a book excerpt published on Friday, lead Apple designer Jony Ive says he was worried he would be fired when Steve Jobs returned to serve as the company's CEO in 1997.

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Apple's Boot Camp drops support for Windows 7 with latest MacBook models

Apple's Boot Camp drops support for Windows 7 with latest MacBook models

Apple has dropped Boot Camp support for installations of Windows 7 on the recently refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup, meaning users will have to switch to third-party virtualization software, upgrade to Windows 8 or wait for Microsoft to release Windows 10.

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Photo allegedly reveals Apple Store demo kit for trying on in-ear headphones

Photo allegedly reveals Apple Store demo kit for trying on in-ear headphones

A new photo, published on Friday, shows what is claimed to be a demonstration kit Apple Stores will soon use for customers to try on in-ear headphones, something that might otherwise be uncomfortable or unsanitary.

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Apple's Safari among browsers taken down at Pwn2Own day 2

Apple's Safari among browsers taken down at Pwn2Own day 2

Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer were all successfully exploited during the second day of the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver.

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Apple devices account for over 25% of visits to U.S. government websites

Apple devices account for over 25% of visits to U.S. government websites

More than one quarter of the visitors to U.S. government websites in the last three months have come by way of a Mac or iOS device, according to federal analytics data, underscoring just how much Apple has inserted itself into the lives of average Americans.

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Apple offers rare look inside secret Apple Watch health and fitness testing labs [u]

Apple offers rare look inside secret Apple Watch health and fitness testing labs [u]

In a new television segment aired on Friday, Apple offered an inside look at the previously secret health and fitness testing labs for the Apple Watch, hidden inside of a rather plain looking warehouse.

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Apple to reveal new Apple TV with App Store, Siri & A8 CPU at WWDC in June - report

Apple to reveal new Apple TV with App Store, Siri & A8 CPU at WWDC in June - report

Apple is planning to take the wraps off of a brand new Apple TV set-top box, featuring Siri integration and support for a native App Store, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference this June, according to a new report.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast recaps exclusive Project Titan details, first look at Force Touch trackpad, more

AppleInsider podcast recaps exclusive Project Titan details, first look at Force Touch trackpad, more

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. Editors Neil Hughes and Mikey Campbell review their 'Project Titan' Apple Car report, we give a first look and thoughts on the new MacBook Force Touch trackpad, Nintendo commits to make mobile games, online Apple TV service coming this fall, and more.

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Google brings beta Places API to iOS, promises better location sharing

Google brings beta Places API to iOS, promises better location sharing

Google on Thursday launched a beta Places API for iOS, which should allow future apps with location sharing to use actual place names, instead of latitude and longitude.

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Apple subscription TV plan could help push services to 20% of company's earnings, Morgan Stanley says

Apple subscription TV plan could help push services to 20% of company's earnings, Morgan Stanley says

Apple's growing services business, including the App Store and Apple Pay, could account for 20 percent of its earnings in the next two years, or perhaps even sooner if the company launches its rumored subscription TV service this fall, one analyst believes.

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Insiders detail beginnings of Apple's ResearchKit health data framework

Insiders detail beginnings of Apple's ResearchKit health data framework

After a surprise debut earlier in March, Apple's open source ResearchKit framework is being hailed by some as the future of distributed medical research. Dr. Stephen Friend, who worked on the project and now serves as a medical technology advisor at Apple, paints a picture of the tool's early days.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Apple debuts programatic iAd buys on iTunes Radio, 'Customer Match' demographic targeting

Apple debuts programatic iAd buys on iTunes Radio, 'Customer Match' demographic targeting

Apple on Thursday officially started accepting programatic, or automated, iAd buys for iTunes Radio and rolled out a new user targeting feature called Customer Match.

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Amazon given green light for U.S. drone tests, inches toward 'Prime Air' delivery

Amazon given green light for U.S. drone tests, inches toward 'Prime Air' delivery

The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday granted Amazon permission to conduct experimental unmanned aircraft operations in U.S. airspace, marking a significant step forward in the company's plans to roll out a drone delivery service.

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Apple issues iPhoto update in preparation of Photos, security fixes for OS X Yosemite

Apple issues iPhoto update in preparation of Photos, security fixes for OS X Yosemite

Apple on Thursday released a trio of software updates for Mac owners, including a bug and compatibility fix for iPhoto, and twin security updates for OS X 10.10.2, matched to different hardware.

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Free LG optical drive, Free Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones, and up to $354 off all mid-2014 BTO MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Free LG optical drive, Free Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones, and up to $354 off all mid-2014 BTO MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Adorama and AppleInsider are give away $200 in accessories — a free LG portable CD/DVD drive and free pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones — with the purchase of BTO mid-2014 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro (with fresh price drops on 13" models). Readers can also pair the offer with an AppleCare rebate, which delivers the lowest price anywhere for these models with Apple's extended protection.

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iMovie gains haptic feedback on Apple's new Force Touch trackpads

iMovie gains haptic feedback on Apple's new Force Touch trackpads

iMovie has become the first of Apple's apps to receive support for haptic feedback via the new Force Touch trackpad, providing a glimpse of Apple's plans for the technology.

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Google, Intel team with TAG Heuer on luxury Android Wear smartwatch to counter Apple Watch

Google, Intel team with TAG Heuer on luxury Android Wear smartwatch to counter Apple Watch

At today's inauguration of the Baselworld 2015 watch and jewelry expo in Switzerland, watchmaker TAG Heuer announced a partnership with Google and Intel on a new luxury smartwatch, due to launch sometime before the end of 2015.

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US streaming music revenues eclipse CD sales for first time, as rebrand of Apple's Beats looms

US streaming music revenues eclipse CD sales for first time, as rebrand of Apple's Beats looms

Revenue from music streaming is now overshadowing CD sales in the US, according to new data published by the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday, signalling a sea-change in favor of services like Spotify, Pandora, and Beats Music.

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FeatureFast, luxurious & sensible: What the personal vehicles of Apple execs could mean for an Apple Car

With rumors of an Apple Car comes speculation about its potential design, and AppleInsider took a look at the personal vehicles drive by some of Apple's top executives to see how that might influence the company's thinking.

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Sony Vue streaming TV service launches on PlayStation in select markets, coming soon to iPad

Sony Vue streaming TV service launches on PlayStation in select markets, coming soon to iPad

Sony's new Internet-based streaming TV service Vue is now available on PlayStation consoles in select markets, and will be coming soon to Apple's iPad, as cable cutting options available to consumers continue to grow.

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Fully-functional Launcher returns to App Store, Pixelmator for iPad gets watercolors

Fully-functional Launcher returns to App Store, Pixelmator for iPad gets watercolors

Popular shortcut app Launcher has been allowed back into the iOS App Store with all of its original features, while Pixelmator for iPad has been updated with a large assortment of improvements, including watercolor tools.

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Apple stock officially begins trading as member of Dow Jones Industrial Average

Apple stock officially begins trading as member of Dow Jones Industrial Average

The world's most valuable company is now a part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as Apple officially became a part of the index at the start of trading on Thursday.

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Third-party Apple Watch housing promises underwater capabilities, duo dock charges Watch and iPhone

Third-party Apple Watch housing promises underwater capabilities, duo dock charges Watch and iPhone

Third-party accessory maker designed by many on Thursday revealed plans for an Apple Watch housing line that offers protection from water, shock and dust, as well as a separate combination dock for simultaneous charging with iPhone.

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FeatureInside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple in Shenzhen

Apple has singled out Greater China—including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan—as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan followed by a week in Hong Kong and a week in Guangdong Province in the People's Republic of China.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Study: 6% of iPhone 6 owners have used touchless Apple Pay in stores, 85% have not

According to market research firm InfoScout, some six percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have used Apple Pay to make a touchless transaction, while 85 percent have yet to try the service.

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Apple iOS 8 distribution hits 77% as Google's Android remains bifurcated

Apple iOS 8 distribution hits 77% as Google's Android remains bifurcated

Earlier this week, Apple released fresh statistics regarding iOS 8 distribution, showing 77 percent of devices run the latest version of its most recent operating system.

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Apple releases Safari 7.1.5, and 6.2.5 betas to developers with new features and bug fixes

Apple releases Safari 7.1.5, and 6.2.5 betas to developers with new features and bug fixes

Apple on Wednesday seeded a round of Safari betas to developers for testing, following up on a version for OS X 10.10 Yosemite that contained references to the upcoming Photos app.

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Vine gains offline viewing mode, Camera+ gets widget support in latest updates

Vine gains offline viewing mode, Camera+ gets widget support in latest updates

Twitter's Vine app got an update on Wednesday that brings background video caching support for offline viewing, while popular photo app Camera+ now sports full iPhone 6 and 6 Plus optimization and a quick access Notification Center widget.

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BMW research head avoids Apple Car question, says obstacles present to deeper partnership

BMW research head avoids Apple Car question, says obstacles present to deeper partnership

BMW's research and development head said on Wednesday that there are obstacles to collaborating with Apple beyond integrating iPhone support into vehicles, but did not completely rule out the possibility of the two companies building a car together.

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B&H Photo's Manhattan superstore opens prestigious Apple-authorized mini-store

B&H Photo's Manhattan superstore opens prestigious Apple-authorized mini-store

This week, B&H Photo Video's Midtown Manhattan superstore became the first of its kind to have an Apple-sanctioned store-within-a-store, showcasing the electronics maker's full lineup of Macs, iPads, Beats and accessories in Apple's familiar retail style.

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Apple's subscription TV service predicted to cost below $40 to compete with cable providers

Apple's subscription TV service predicted to cost below $40 to compete with cable providers

With Apple's anticipated subscription television service said to be targeting a price between $30 and $40 per month, one analyst has predicted that the company will come in on the low end of that range, or else risk pricing itself out of the market.

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China Unicom, China Telecom to start selling 4G models of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on March 27

China Unicom, China Telecom to start selling 4G models of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on March 27

China Unicom and China Telecom will begin selling 4G LTE-capable versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on March 27, the two wireless carriers announced on Wednesday.

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FeatureDOJ could force Comcast to offer NBCUniversal content for Apple's Web television service

DOJ could force Comcast to offer NBCUniversal content for Apple's Web television service

Despite reportedly refusing to engage in discussions to join Apple's rumored web television initiative, cable provider Comcast may have no choice but to eventually capitulate thanks to regulatory concessions the company agreed to in 2011 as part of its takeover of NBCUniversal.

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The Whole Pantry vanishes from App Store, Apple Watch app showcase

The Whole Pantry vanishes from App Store, Apple Watch app showcase

Apple has removed an app called The Whole Pantry from the App Store and the Apple Watch app showcase, following recent controversy surrounding its backer, Australian healthy-living celebrity Belle Gibson.

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PGA Tour & MasterCard expand Apple Pay use to merch, concessions at Arnold Palmer Invitational

PGA Tour & MasterCard expand Apple Pay use to merch, concessions at Arnold Palmer Invitational

The PGA Tour's support of Apple Pay will expand with the upcoming Arnold Palmer Invitational event, where fans will be able to purchase both merchandise and concessions with their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

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