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Friday, May 25, 2018

EditorialEditorial: More companies need to temper their Artificial Intelligence with authentic ethics

Editorial: More companies need to temper their Artificial Intelligence with authentic ethics

When Apple outlined that its new HomePod didn't initiate phone calls on its own, nobody jumped to the conclusion that this was because having a device in your home that anyone's voice could use to place a telephone call from your personal mobile number might be a bad idea. Instead, the company was generally lambasted for "again" failing to match one of the many features of Amazon's Alexa Echo always-listening appliances.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Apple TV offered as set-top cable box alternative in France

Apple TV offered as set-top cable box alternative in France

Vivendi's Canal+ Group on Monday announced plans to offer Apple TV 4K as an alternative to traditional set-top cable television boxes for subscribers in France, marking one of the first deployments of Apple's device from an established pay-TV provider.

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DirecTV Now extends free Apple TV 4K promotion with 3 months of prepaid service, get both for as little as $105

DirecTV Now extends free Apple TV 4K promotion with 3 months of prepaid service, get both for as little as $105

DirecTV has once again extended its popular free Apple TV 4K promotion with three months of prepaid DirecTV Now service. Plans start at $35 per month, making the 32GB Apple TV 4K with service as low as $105.

Apple grows self-driving test fleet to 55 vehicles as project remains in shadows

Apple grows self-driving test fleet to 55 vehicles as project remains in shadows

Apple now has 55 autonomous test vehicles and 83 authorized drivers, California's Department of Motor Vehicles has confirmed, indicating that work on the company's mysterious car platform is accelerating.

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Latest iPhone X ad 'studio in your pocket' touts Portrait Lighting

Latest iPhone X ad 'studio in your pocket' touts Portrait Lighting

The latest in a long series of ads touting Portrait Lighting, the new 30-second spot creates the illusion of an iPhone X making a professional photography studio available.

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VideoVideo: What's new in iOS 11.4 beta 5: Is this the 'gold master?'

Video: What's new in iOS 11.4 beta 5: Is this the 'gold master?'

Coming one week after beta four, the fifth iteration of iOS 11.4 has been released to developers. With a release expected soon, is this going to be the final beta?

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How to save up to $1,300 on Apple MacBooks and iMacs this Memorial Day weekend

How to save up to $1,300 on Apple MacBooks and iMacs this Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend deals are going on now with instant and coupon savings on popular Macs. The 256GB 13" MacBook Pro for $1,269 is back, MacBook Airs are $779 with coupon, and closeout models are up to $1,300 off. Apple refurbished systems start at just $759 for 24 hours only as well. Check out the deals while supplies last.

Lisa Jackson wins ELI's 2018 Environmental Achievement Award for work with Apple & EPA

Lisa Jackson wins ELI's 2018 Environmental Achievement Award for work with Apple & EPA

A think tank, the Environmental Law Institute, is awarding Apple VP Lisa Jackson its Environmental Achievement Award both for her work at Apple and her long tenure with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she was made administrator under President Barack Obama.

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App Store discovery improved after Apple's iOS 11 redesign, study claims

App Store discovery improved after Apple's iOS 11 redesign, study claims

The redesigned iOS App Store, launched last September, seems to have finally fulfilled developers' wishes for easier discovery, according to a recent study.

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FeatureApple versus Samsung $548M smartphone patent battle returns to court

Apple versus Samsung $548M smartphone patent battle returns to court

As Apple and Samsung prepare to go head to head in court again, AppleInsider takes a look at the history of this particular long-running patent battle between the tech giants.

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Apple releases fifth developer betas of iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5, tvOS 11.4 & watchOS 4.3.1

Apple releases fifth developer betas of iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5, tvOS 11.4 & watchOS 4.3.1

Apple has released its fifth developer betas of iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1, with this third batch of betas seeded since the start of May indicating the operating systems are getting closer to a full release.

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App Store could get flooded with gambling apps, after SCOTUS kills sports wager ban

App Store could get flooded with gambling apps, after SCOTUS kills sports wager ban

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 law that barred most states from allowing sports wagers. AppleInsider takes a look at what that means for gambling apps in the App Store.

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'iPhone 8s' could bring back iPhone 5c color options in the fall, says analyst

'iPhone 8s' could bring back iPhone 5c color options in the fall, says analyst

Apple could release brightly-colored versions of the iPhone as part of this year's fall refresh, suggests investment firm Rosenblatt Securities, reviving the color scheme used in the iPhone 5c in an attempt to make an LCD-equipped model more distinct from the versions using an OLED display.

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'EasyMesh' standard could simplify Wi-Fi mesh networks, allow interoperability

'EasyMesh' standard could simplify Wi-Fi mesh networks, allow interoperability

A newly-introduced Wi-Fi standard, EasyMesh, could potentially simplify the growing mesh router market and let people mix and match satellite units from different makers.

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iPhone will continue to drive Apple's business, analyst sees 220M sold in both 2018 and 2019

iPhone will continue to drive Apple's business, analyst sees 220M sold in both 2018 and 2019

While services will continue to grow into a massive entity on its own, longtime analyst Gene Munster says that the iPhone will remain a "stable business for the next few years."

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Apple Watch use in Paralympian's training highlighted ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Apple Watch use in Paralympian's training highlighted ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

The Apple Watch has helped to improve the way U.S. Paralympian Austin Pruitt trains, a report reveals, highlighting Apple's work to make its products and services accessible to all users, ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day occurring on Thursday.

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil converts traditional New Yorker illustrator to all-digital workflow

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil converts traditional New Yorker illustrator to all-digital workflow

In a new interview, Mark Ulriksen — an artist best known for his work on New Yorker magazine — said he recently made the switch from traditional art to using an iPad Pro, and has been bragging about the conveniences of it.

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Apple sued over iPhone's alleged role in EgyptAir flight 804 crash

Apple sued over iPhone's alleged role in EgyptAir flight 804 crash

The claimants operating theory suggests that an overheating iPhone 6s or tablet caused the crash that killed 66 people in 2016.

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Apple Mail affected by critical PGP, S/MIME encryption vulnerabilities

Apple Mail affected by critical PGP, S/MIME encryption vulnerabilities

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in PGP and S/MIME that could allow an attacker to read emails encrypted using the standards, with one attack potentially allowing for a message to be decrypted by abusing a flaw in the way Mail for iOS and macOS renders HTML-based messages.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

ReviewReview: Linksys Velop dual-band routers are an affordable mesh networking solution

Review: Linksys Velop dual-band routers are an affordable mesh networking solution

Mesh routers are the new hot trend in wireless networking, though they tend to be expensive. We took the new budget-friendly Linksys Velop dual-band whole home Wi-Fi system for a test to see how it performed, and compared it to the popular tri-band version.

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Tim Cook Duke commencement calls out to Steve Jobs, urges grads to think different

Tim Cook Duke commencement calls out to Steve Jobs, urges grads to think different

Apple CEO Tim Cook returned to his Alma Mater Duke for the commencement speech for the 2018 graduates, and left to a standing ovation.

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Hands-OnFirst Look: Philips Hue Wellner lamp with Apple HomeKit [u]

First Look: Philips Hue Wellner lamp with Apple HomeKit [u]

Most of the time smartbulbs are sold solo, asking you to use an existing lamp base or buy your own. Philips being a major lighting vendor, they also have some "all-in-one" options, with one of the latest being the HomeKit-compatible Hue Wellner. [Updated with Philips clarification on dimmer switch]

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Chicago Bears team iPad stolen, MacBook pilfered from airport security and more news in Apple crime

Chicago Bears team iPad stolen, MacBook pilfered from airport security and more news in Apple crime

An NFL linebacker has his iPad with the team playbook stolen, a man accused of breaking into a school to steal iPads gets permission to attend his friend's "stag do," and more from the Apple-centric crime ledger.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Rumor: 'iPhone SE 2' to debut in September with TrueDepth camera

Rumor: 'iPhone SE 2' to debut in September with TrueDepth camera

According to the latest industry scuttlebutt out of China, production of a refreshed iPhone SE smartphone has not yet started, suggesting Apple plans to debut the device alongside flagship models in September.

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Hands-OnHands On: WeatherKit for iPhone and iPad is a beautiful forecasting app for everyone

Hands On: WeatherKit for iPhone and iPad is a beautiful forecasting app for everyone

There is no shortage of weather apps on the App Store — we don't want to count how many we've tried. There are great ones, and WeatherKit is among them.

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App Roundup: Fender Play for iOS, Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac, Pinball Arcade, Gmail for iOS, more!

App Roundup: Fender Play for iOS, Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac, Pinball Arcade, Gmail for iOS, more!

New apps and updates to existing software are published in the App Store and other software marketplaces all the time, and keeping track of them all is an impossible task for most people. AppleInsider has gathered together some of the highlight macOS and iOS software updates and new apps that surfaced in the last week.

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This week on AI: Apple's TV app 'channels,' 2018 iPhone rumors, iMac turns 20 & more

This week on AI: Apple's TV app 'channels,' 2018 iPhone rumors, iMac turns 20 & more

Rumors about 2018 iPhones continued to mount this week, but there was plenty of ammunition for other headlines — such as Apple's plans for selling third-party video subscriptions.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Apple hit with class action suit over MacBook, MacBook Pro butterfly switch keyboard failures

Apple hit with class action suit over MacBook, MacBook Pro butterfly switch keyboard failures

A class action lawsuit filed in federal court on Friday takes Apple to task over an allegedly flawed keyboard design deployed in MacBook models from 2015, claiming the company knew about the defect at or before the product's launch.

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Hands-OnFlitter is a beautiful Twitter client for iPhone that needs a few more features

Flitter is a beautiful Twitter client for iPhone that needs a few more features

Flitter is a new minimalist Twitter client for iPhone that offers an alternative to Twitter's standalone app, but does it bring enough to the table to unseat leading third-party titles Twitterrific and Tweetbot

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Class action certification denied in iPhone 6, 6 Plus "touch disease" case, aftermarket parts seized

Class action certification denied in iPhone 6, 6 Plus

The "right to repair" movement was dealt a blow on Tuesday when a federal court judge declined to certify a class in a lawsuit against Apple regarding its handling of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus "touch disease" problems. That same day, a prominent activist and repair professional who helped identify the issue, and subsequently testified in the class action, saw a batch of aftermarket iPhone screens seized.

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Apple Music pulled R. Kelly from curated playlists weeks ago amid abuse allegations, report says

Apple Music pulled R. Kelly from curated playlists weeks ago amid abuse allegations, report says

After revelations that music streaming leader Spotify ceased active promotion of R. Kelly songs and playlists as the singer faces assault and sexual misconduct allegations, a report on Friday claims Apple applied similar policies to its Apple Music service weeks ago.

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VideoVideo: Changes to the MacBook Pro we want Apple to make

Video: Changes to the MacBook Pro we want Apple to make

With WWDC 2018 just around the corner, rumors of a MacBook Pro refresh have started to swirl. It's only been about 18 months since Apple redesigned its professional laptop lineup, so a major overhaul is not expected, but we're definitely looking for several spec upgrades, hoping for a few hardware changes, and even dreaming of some new features.

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Apple to stream Carpool Karaoke reruns for free in TV app

Apple to stream Carpool Karaoke reruns for free in TV app

Apple on Friday announced plans to make the first season of "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" available for free through the TV app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, allowing all comers access to the Apple Music exclusive for the first time.

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FeatureApple's Mac mini now inexcusably getting trounced by cheap Intel hardware

Apple's Mac mini now inexcusably getting trounced by cheap Intel hardware

Apple's Mac mini is a great small form factor macOS computer, but it is being completely blown away by Intel's NUC, which is bad for Apple, and bad for us, the consumer. AppleInsider delves into the hardware.

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B&H has Macs on sale for as low as $399 with no tax in most states

B&H has Macs on sale for as low as $399 with no tax in most states

Those looking for the cheapest prices on 13-inch MacBooks can save $150 to $230 on 2017 Air and Pro models this week. The popular $399 Mac mini deal is also back while supplies last — all with no tax in most states.

Exclusive'General Magic' tells story of Apple vets who created a smartphone, 15 years too early

'General Magic' tells story of Apple vets who created a smartphone, 15 years too early

Andy Hertzfeld, Joanna Hoffman, Bill Atkinson and Tony Fadell are among the once-and-future Apple luminaries who were part of General Magic, the subject of a compelling new documentary.

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If iPhone sales sag, 'Apple as a Service' might be future of company, says Gene Munster

If iPhone sales sag, 'Apple as a Service' might be future of company, says Gene Munster

The way investors should treat Apple stock has changed, analyst Gene Munster insists, suggesting the company is now entering a "new paradigm" where Apple needs to be looked at more as a service provider than as the producer of iPhones and other hardware.

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Apple 'iPhone SE 2' glass pops up on social media, but questions abound

Apple 'iPhone SE 2' glass pops up on social media, but questions abound

A pair of photos posted to social media claim to show glass panels for Apple's expected "iPhone SE 2," and if real, would hint at a significant redesign.

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Apple Watch saves another life, this time in Hong Kong

Apple Watch saves another life, this time in Hong Kong

In the latest in a series of recent stories involving the Apple Watch literally saving the lives of users, a 76-year-old man in Hong Kong says the Watch led to the diagnosis of a serious heart condition.

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