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Sunday, May 14, 2017

ReviewReview - OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock is the only game in town for FireWire 800

Review - OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock is the only game in town for FireWire 800

Vendor OWC has been supplying Mac users with upgrades for more than two decades, and the company continues that commitment with its own Thunderbolt 3 dock — AppleInsider examines the offering.

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EditorialEditorial: When Apple is 2 years behind you, put your things in order

Editorial: When Apple is 2 years behind you, put your things in order

Oh no! It seems Apple is "years behind" competitors in Virtual Reality, TV content subscriptions, self driving cars and home voice assistants. That's a clear sign the company may be studying the market like a cat about to pounce on its target, just as it did with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and AirPods. There is a solid decade of evidence that, for Apple, being behind is a competitive advantage.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Apple acquires "dark data" specialist Lattice Data for $200M

Apple acquires

In its latest buy, Apple has paid around $200 million to acquire Lattice Data Inc., a specialist in using machine learning to process "dark data" to efficiently build structured data sets that can be analyzed.

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Apple's Siri home speaker said to complement voice controls with physical touch panel

Apple's Siri home speaker said to complement voice controls with physical touch panel

Whether it has a dynamic screen or simple buttons, Apple's anticipated Siri home speaker will likely offer physical controls with some kind of dedicated touch panel, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities revealed on Saturday.

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Apple expected to reveal new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC

Apple expected to reveal new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC

In addition to a rumored Siri-powered home speaker, Apple is also expected to announce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro with a redesigned chassis at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month.

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ReviewSonos Playbase offers quality, Apple-connected audio in an unusual package

Sonos Playbase offers quality, Apple-connected audio in an unusual package

The Playbase is a nice option for people wanting a unified, Apple-connected home theater experience, even if it doesn't offer anything radically different from Sonos' older home theater accessory, the Playbar.

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This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' delays, Apple & Amazon make up, Apple Watch 3 may get sleep tracking & more

This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' delays, Apple & Amazon make up, Apple Watch 3 may get sleep tracking & more

It's increasingly looking like Apple's "iPhone 8" won't hit shelves until October or later. In some better news, however, future Apple Watches may have sleep tracking, and Apple and Amazon may finally be playing nice regarding Prime Video and the Apple TV.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

FTC says antitrust suit against Qualcomm should continue, Samsung concurs

FTC says antitrust suit against Qualcomm should continue, Samsung concurs

Responding to Qualcomm's recent bid to dismiss a U.S. Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit concerning chip licensing practices, the governmental trade body in a court filing on Friday called the company a monopoly and said the case should proceed.

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Apple Inc. to distribute $3 billion in dividends as its market valuation grows $163B larger than Google

Apple Inc. to distribute $3 billion in dividends as its market valuation grows $163B larger than Google

On May 18th, Apple will pay its shareholders of record (as of May 15th) a quarterly dividend of $0.63 per share. Apple will pay out $3 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter, on stock that has appreciated 34.4 percent so far in 2017.

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Nike adds trio of Rosche, Air Force 1 sneaker-inspired iPhone 7 cases to store

Nike adds trio of Rosche, Air Force 1 sneaker-inspired iPhone 7 cases to store

Nike has added to its iPhone case lineup, with three new rugged cases based on the company's Rosche and Air Force 1 sole designs.

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Tough talks may keep Apple Pay out of Germany until 'fall or winter'

Tough talks may keep Apple Pay out of Germany until 'fall or winter'

Apple Pay may finally arrive in Germany sometime this fall or winter, but is still facing resistance from the country's banks, according to a new report.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $310 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $310 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 $85 and $310 on every possible configuration of Apple's 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.

VideoWatch: When will the 'iPhone 8' launch? Catch up on the latest rumors

Watch: When will the 'iPhone 8' launch? Catch up on the latest rumors

With fans eagerly awaiting the release Apple's highly-anticipated "iPhone 8," rumors of apparent delays for the upcoming flagship handset continue to crop up. AppleInsider offers quick recap of all the latest rumors.

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US judge asks for criminal investigation into Uber's alleged self-driving IP theft from Waymo

US judge asks for criminal investigation into Uber's alleged self-driving IP theft from Waymo

A lawsuit against Uber by Alphabet's self-driving unit, Waymo, has been referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for an investigation of possible theft of trade secrets, escalating the battle between the two companies.

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Back in stock! Apple AirPods ready to ship for delivery in 2-5 business days, grab them while you can

Back in stock! Apple AirPods ready to ship for delivery in 2-5 business days, grab them while you can

Back in stock! Shoppers can order Apple AirPods from AT&T Wireless for delivery in two to five business days depending on the shipping method selected, beating Apple's reported 6-week wait.

Sprint & SoftBank in 'preliminary conversations' about T-Mobile merger

Sprint & SoftBank in 'preliminary conversations' about T-Mobile merger

Sprint and its controlling investor — Japan's SoftBank — are reportedly in "preliminary conversations" about a merger with T-Mobile U.S., a move that could narrow carrier choices for Apple's U.S. iPhone buyers.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks road to 'iPhone 8' production, Lightning vs USB-C, and Microsoft

AppleInsider podcast talks road to 'iPhone 8' production, Lightning vs USB-C, and Microsoft

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the things that happen on the road to 'iPhone 8' production, Neil's thoughts on USB-C on iOS devices, Microsoft and more.

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Apple awards glassmaker Corning $200M to grow made in USA jobs with Advanced Manufacturing Fund

Apple awards glassmaker Corning $200M to grow made in USA jobs with Advanced Manufacturing Fund

Apple has invested into Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning with the first award for $200 million from the Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment pool, to support "revolutionary glass production methods."

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Apple adds a Mother's Day Challenge for HealthKit Activity, Apple Watch

Apple adds a Mother's Day Challenge for HealthKit Activity, Apple Watch

In recognition of Mother's Day on May 14, Apple is creating a special "Mother's Day Challenge" to reward a walk, run or wheelchair workout "of a mile or more" with a special achievement badge in the Activity app, as well as stickers for use within iMessage.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Apple publishes 'How to Shoot on iPhone 7' video series to website

Apple publishes 'How to Shoot on iPhone 7' video series to website

Apple on Thursday added a new page to its website dedicated to taking better photos with iPhone 7. The mini-site is filled with short tutorial videos that explain — and advertise — the handset's various capture modes to new users, while offering lessons on basic photography techniques.

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Sleep specialist Roy Raymann leaves Apple in tandem with Beddit takeover

Sleep specialist Roy Raymann leaves Apple in tandem with Beddit takeover

An important sleep research expert, Dr. Roy J.E.M. Raymann, appears to have quietly left Apple last month, just ahead of the company's Beddit acquisition.

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Amazon Prime Video for tvOS will be announced at WWDC, Apple TV returning to Amazon.com

Amazon Prime Video for tvOS will be announced at WWDC, Apple TV returning to Amazon.com

In exchange for Apple bringing the Amazon Prime Video app to tvOS, Amazon will reportedly return the favor and begin sales of the Apple TV hardware via its online storefront, and the changes could come as soon as next month's WWDC.

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Fall update will bring Continuity- & Universal Clipboard-like features to Microsoft's Windows 10

Fall update will bring Continuity- & Universal Clipboard-like features to Microsoft's Windows 10

At its ongoing Build conference on Thursday, Microsoft revealed early details of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which will notably incorporate new features linking up with Apple's iPhones and iPads.

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FeatureiPod-Father Tony Fadell speaks at Computer History Museum's iPhone 360

iPod-Father Tony Fadell speaks at Computer History Museum's iPhone 360

Last night, as part of its "iPhone 360" series of events celebrating the ten year anniversary of Apple's iconic phone, California's Computer History Museum located in Mountain View hosted a conversation between Tony Fadell and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Markoff.

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Study uses Apple Watch heart rate sensor to detect serious heart condition with 97% accuracy

Study uses Apple Watch heart rate sensor to detect serious heart condition with 97% accuracy

New research conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, in collaboration with Apple Watch app Cardiogram, shows Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can aid in the detection of atrial fibrillation, a common heart arrhythmia that can lead to stroke.

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'iPhone 8' may pair FaceTime camera with 24mm or 28mm adjunct lens for facial ID

'iPhone 8' may pair FaceTime camera with 24mm or 28mm adjunct lens for facial ID

With LG Innotek's new Apple-specific facility pegged as the supplier for the front-facing cameras on the "iPhone 8," speculation has turned to what exactly is mounted to facilitate the rumored facial recognition feature said to be in the device.

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Snap's fledgling Spectacles sold just over 63,000 units in March quarter

Snap's fledgling Spectacles sold just over 63,000 units in March quarter

In a sign of how tough the market for Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses could be, Snap is estimated to have sold a little over 63,800 pairs of Spectacles in the March quarter.

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Apple to release iTunes on Windows Store, ensuring compatibility with Windows 10 S

Apple to release iTunes on Windows Store, ensuring compatibility with Windows 10 S

With Microsoft's forthcoming education-focused Windows 10 S operating system only allowing applications from the Windows Store, Apple will release its popular iTunes application on the official digital storefront, ensuring students will still have access to the media and management tool.

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Last call! Deals: $350 off high-end 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare; $225 off 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros w/ AC; $70 off ceramic Apple Watch

Last call! Deals: $350 off high-end 15

Shoppers looking for the lowest price on a 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro can save $185 this week on the base model or $350 on the high-end Radeon 460 config with 1TB of storage and AppleCare. Readers can also save $225 on the 512GB 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare. Apple's ceramic Watch Edition is $1,179 this week with no tax in 48 states as well.

New Sonnet Echo Express SE III supports three PCI-E cards on Thunderbolt 3 Macs

New Sonnet Echo Express SE III supports three PCI-E cards on Thunderbolt 3 Macs

Sonnet has added to its line of PCI-E breakout boxes, and has launched the Echo Express SE III, enabling the use of three expansion cards with the 2016 Retina MacBook Pro.

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LG Innotek reportedly supplying facial recognition cameras for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

LG Innotek reportedly supplying facial recognition cameras for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

LG Innotek is supplying facial recognition camera modules for Apple's "iPhone 8," according to reports out of South Korea, using a new facility dedicated to Apple products.

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Ukranian dev MacPaw is new host of 40-piece Apple hardware museum formerly at Tekserve in NYC

Ukranian dev MacPaw is new host of 40-piece Apple hardware museum formerly at Tekserve in NYC

App developer MacPaw has been revealed as the purchaser of all of the Tekserve Apple musuem collection, and has put it all on display at the company's office Ukraine.

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Apple investigating light-up Lightning & USB-C cables with optical data transmission

Apple investigating light-up Lightning & USB-C cables with optical data transmission

Apple has shown interest in an illuminated Lightning, Thunderbolt, or USB-C connector receptacle and cable combination, providing users both a new avenue of data transmission, as well as providing feedback on a proper connection being made.

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TipsSearch for seemingly anything in Photos for iOS and Mac thanks to Apple's object recognition

Search for seemingly anything in Photos for iOS and Mac thanks to Apple's object recognition

Apple's Photos apps for both iOS and macOS feature advanced object recognition technology, identifying items with great specificity and surprising accuracy, from common scenic queries like "beaches" to something as specific as "avocados."

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TSMC starts production of 10nm 'A11' chips for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

TSMC starts production of 10nm 'A11' chips for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Apple's mobile processor manufacturer, TSMC, has reportedly entered into production of 10-nanometer chips for this year's upcoming iPhones.

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Apple invention details deep Siri integration with Messages

Apple invention details deep Siri integration with Messages

Apple in a patent application published Thursday details a method of integrating an intelligent virtual assistant — Siri — into a messaging environment, allowing users to participate in text-based exchanges with the AI, while opening up automation and helper tools to traditional Messages conversations with friends.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Apple creates Giphy channel to advertise Apple Music content with GIFs

Apple creates Giphy channel to advertise Apple Music content with GIFs

In its latest attempt at social media marketing, Apple recently invited followers of its Apple Music Twitter account to view and share custom made GIFs of exclusive content like the upcoming Harry Styles documentary.

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Apple plans major expansions at Arizona and Nevada data centers

Apple plans major expansions at Arizona and Nevada data centers

Apple is looking to bolster its services backend with major expansions at existing data centers in Arizona and Nevada, including a $1 billion investment that doubles its commitment to a Reno Technology Park facility.

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VideoWhy Apple won't ditch Lightning for USB-C on 'iPhone 8'

Why Apple won't ditch Lightning for USB-C on 'iPhone 8'

Despite some advantages for USB-C over Lightning, Apple is likely to stick with its own protocol for the foreseeable future. AppleInsider takes a closer look at some of the factors behind retention of Lightning, as well as areas where it has a leg up on USB-C.

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