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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Apple to update Magic Mouse & wireless keyboard with Bluetooth LE, integrated batteries, FCC reveals

Apple to update Magic Mouse & wireless keyboard with Bluetooth LE, integrated batteries, FCC reveals

Two newly published filings with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission reveal that Apple is planning to release a new Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard with support for the power sipping Bluetooth Low Energy specification.

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This week on AppleInsider: Self-driving Apple Cars, Apple TV plans, corporate diversity & more

This week on AppleInsider: Self-driving Apple Cars, Apple TV plans, corporate diversity & more

Groundwork continued to be laid this week for Apple's rumored Sept. 9 press event, but the news that stole the show was the revelation that Apple is not only working on an electric car, but a self-driving one, as some had speculated.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

ReviewReview: iHome iSP5 SmartPlug gives dumb appliances a brain

Review: iHome iSP5 SmartPlug gives dumb appliances a brain

Longtime "Made for iPhone" accessory maker iHome is diverting course from its bread-and-butter bedside alarm clock/radios toward the burgeoning connected home sector. Its first product, an app-connected, HomeKit-compatible smart plug called...SmartPlug, was released Thursday and AppleInsider has the review.

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Contractors stage workers' rights protests at California Apple Stores

Contractors stage workers' rights protests at California Apple Stores

For the past couple of weeks, construction workers have been staging peaceful protests outside a number of Apple Store locations across California, arguing for better wages and working conditions from Apple and contractor Ledcor Group.

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Apple Watch gets larger Sport bands & Link Bracelet Kit, activates orders for Modern Buckle

Apple Watch gets larger Sport bands & Link Bracelet Kit, activates orders for Modern Buckle

Apple on Friday quietly introduced several new band options for Apple Watch focusing on options for people with larger wrists, while at the same time activating orders for the standalone Modern Buckle.

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Apple eyes former naval base in California to test 'Project Titan' self-driving car - report

Apple eyes former naval base in California to test 'Project Titan' self-driving car - report

Apple's automotive project is said to be moving along quickly, with the company allegedly planning to rent a sprawling 2,100-acre property near San Francisco to work on its apparently self-driving "Project Titan."

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UK's Lloyds Bank says Apple Pay support coming 'very soon'

UK's Lloyds Bank says Apple Pay support coming 'very soon'

U.K. institution Lloyds Bank on Friday sent an email to its customers, informing them that Apple Pay support is coming "very soon" for credit and debit card holders.

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Samsung teases round smartwatch with heavy Apple Watch influence

Samsung teases round smartwatch with heavy Apple Watch influence

Samsung's Unpacked event on Thursday brought more than a blown-up S6 Edge and a new Note — the company also gave a sneak peak at the next version of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a significant update that takes more than a few cues from Apple's own wearable.

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iCloud.com gains options to restore files, contacts & calendar data

iCloud.com gains options to restore files, contacts & calendar data

Without fanfare, Apple recently updated iCloud.com to allow users to restore files, contacts, and/or calendars and reminders hosted on the service, opening up a recovery window for mistakes.

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New rumor repeats claim that Apple won't include 'iPad Air 3' in fall lineup

New rumor repeats claim that Apple won't include 'iPad Air 3' in fall lineup

Questionable assertions continue to claim that there will be no new "iPad Air 3" this fall, only a faster "iPad mini 4," due to Apple's alleged newfound conservativeness about tablets.

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Google's initial Android Stagefright patch inadequate, forced to issue second fix

Google's initial Android Stagefright patch inadequate, forced to issue second fix

The first software patch designed to mitigate the high-profile Stagefright vulnerability in Google's Android mobile operating system was insufficient, one security researcher discovered, leading to the issuance of yet another update.

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Apple supplier Foxconn seen cutting costs to cope with Chinese economy, slowing smartphone market

Apple supplier Foxconn seen cutting costs to cope with Chinese economy, slowing smartphone market

Apple's primary assembly partner, Hon Hai — better known as Foxconn — beat gross profit estimates for the June quarter, but in what may be a sign that the manufacturer cut costs to cope with weaker demand, a report said on Friday.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's Sept. 9 event, conventional watch sales sliding, Samsung, more

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's Sept. 9 event, conventional watch sales sliding, Samsung, more

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Shane Cole and Neil Hughes as we talk about Apple's anticipated Sept. 9 media event. Shane talks about Alphabet and Samsung, while Neil reviews a DJI drone. Shane, Neil and Victor also discuss Sony robot dogs, and the damage caused by counterfeit products.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Samsung denied rehearing of appeal over $400M patent infringement ruling

Samsung denied rehearing of appeal over $400M patent infringement ruling

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied Samsung's request for an en banc review of a previous decision that kept Apple's patent infringement trial win largely intact, leaving the Supreme Court as the Korean company's last recourse.

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TestFlight update lets developers seed iOS 9 app builds to anyone

TestFlight update lets developers seed iOS 9 app builds to anyone

A week after updating its TestFlight app evaluation tool with support for iOS 9, Apple on Thursday added a backend feature that allows developers to seed beta builds of their apps to users outside of their dev teams.

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Report: Apple TV service pushed back to 2016, new hardware expected in September

Report: Apple TV service pushed back to 2016, new hardware expected in September

A report on Thursday claims Apple has been forced to delay the announcement of a hotly anticipated over-the-top streaming television service to sometime in 2016 as content licensing talks sputter.

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Updated Apple diversity numbers show growth in hires of black, female, and Hispanic workers

Updated Apple diversity numbers show growth in hires of black, female, and Hispanic workers

As promised, Apple on Thursday issued an updated diversity report, claiming that it hired the most diverse range of candidates in the past year than at any other point in its history.

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Apple Music outdoor ad campaign goes interactive with Shazam

Apple Music outdoor ad campaign goes interactive with Shazam

Apple has begun to roll out new, interactive Apple Music posters that work with the Shazam iOS app to link iPhone owners directly to the featured artist's page in Apple Music.

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Windows 10 found talking to remote servers despite privacy settings

Windows 10 found talking to remote servers despite privacy settings

Although most of the traffic appears to be innocuous, Windows 10 is still communicating with Microsoft servers even when many data privacy settings are on, a report observed on Thursday.

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iTunes 12.2.2 makes enhancements to Apple Music, Connect, Beats 1

iTunes 12.2.2 makes enhancements to Apple Music, Connect, Beats 1

In tandem with iOS 8.4.1 and OS X 10.10.5, Apple on Thursday also released iTunes 12.2.2, making some minor improvements to Apple Music, Connect, and Beats 1, while simultaneously solving problems with browsing local libraries.

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Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 with fixes for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library

Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 with fixes for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library

Apple on Thursday released to the public iOS 8.4.1, a maintenance and security update that the company said fixes issues with its recently launched Apple Music streaming subscription service related to playlists, iCloud Music Library, offline music and more.

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OS X 10.10.5 closes DYLD vulnerability, fixes bug and performance issues

OS X 10.10.5 closes DYLD vulnerability, fixes bug and performance issues

Apple on Thursday released the finished version of OS X 10.10.5, a maintenance update for Yosemite that mostly concentrates on bugfixes and security issues, including the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE privilege escalation exploit.

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Apple Pay competitor Samsung Pay launching in the US on Sept. 28

Apple Pay competitor Samsung Pay launching in the US on Sept. 28

At its Unpacked press event on Thursday, Samsung announced that Samsung Pay — its answer to mobile payment systems like Apple Pay — will launch in the U.S. on Sept. 28.

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Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with 5.7" Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+

Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with 5.7

South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Thursday officially unveiled its new jumbo-sized Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, a pair of 5.7-inch handsets designed to compete against Apple's smash hit iPhone 6 Plus.

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HTC, Lenovo announce job cuts as losses mount in smartphone market battle

HTC, Lenovo announce job cuts as losses mount in smartphone market battle

Asian tech heavyweights HTC and Lenovo have revealed plans to slash their respective workforces and restructure their mobile phone units, moves designed to stem financial losses as the companies struggle to compete in the global mobile marketplace.

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Apple making 'premium' accessory packaging mandatory at Apple Stores - report

Apple making 'premium' accessory packaging mandatory at Apple Stores - report

Apple is reportedly beginning to enforce a mandatory policy of standardized, Apple-like product packaging for at least some third-party accessories sold in Apple Stores, according to an internal company memo.

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New Apple TV expected, but streaming video service questionable for Sept. 9 event, Piper Jaffray says

New Apple TV expected, but streaming video service questionable for Sept. 9 event, Piper Jaffray says

Apple is expected to unveil a brand new Apple TV in less than a month, but consumers waiting for a new companion streaming video service from the Cupertino-based company may have to wait longer, according to investment firm Piper Jaffray.

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Apple invention lets iPhone owners AirDrop encrypted data to a friend's device for safekeeping

Apple invention lets iPhone owners AirDrop encrypted data to a friend's device for safekeeping

According to an Apple invention published Thursday, the company is looking into forms of data sharing that would allow an iPhone owner having connectivity issues to offload files normally stored in the cloud to a "friendly device" for later retrieval.

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Apple invention automatically shares photos based on facial recognition data

Apple invention automatically shares photos based on facial recognition data

In an invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple outlines a process of identifying individuals in a digital image using facial recognition techniques and sending a copy of the photo out to those people by associating contact information pulled from an app like Contacts.

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Apple brings Windows 10 support to Mac in Boot Camp update

Apple brings Windows 10 support to Mac in Boot Camp update

Apple announced through a Support Pages document published Wednesday that the latest version of Boot Camp, which is currently rolling out to OS X Yosemite users as a system update, now comes with support for 64-bit versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Apple making unlikely enterprise bedfellows to bolster sagging iPad sales

Apple making unlikely enterprise bedfellows to bolster sagging iPad sales

A report on Wednesday fleshed out Apple's plan to take a bigger piece of the business workplace technology pie by leveraging its mobile iPad platform, a strategy that entails opening up operations to smaller firms.

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Apple recalls small batch of 3rd-gen Apple TVs over defective part

Apple recalls small batch of 3rd-gen Apple TVs over defective part

In what appears to be a targeted recall program, Apple this week notified an unknown number of customers that their recently purchased third-generation Apple TV unit would be replaced due to a faulty part.

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Catalyst's Apple Watch case touts waterproof design, full access to screen and heart rate sensor

Catalyst's Apple Watch case touts waterproof design, full access to screen and heart rate sensor

Accessories firm Catalyst on Wednesday announced preorder availability of a new waterproof case for Apple Watch, which boasts full access to touchscreen and physical controls, heart rate monitor and inductive charging dock.

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Apple issues rare software update for 7th-gen iPod nano devices

Apple issues rare software update for 7th-gen iPod nano devices

Apple on Wednesday released an unusual standalone update for the seventh-generation iPod nano, making unspecified changes to the media player's proprietary operating system.

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Apple brings native flight tracking support to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

Apple brings native flight tracking support to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

An unannounced feature rolling out in Apple's upcoming iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan operating systems will let users view up-to-date airline flight status, as well as a preview of projected flight paths, using specially crafted data detectors.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Free AppleCare on these mid-2015 15" MacBook Pros, plus cash discounts & a free accessory (up to $450 off)

Killer Deal: Free AppleCare on these mid-2015 15

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Apple partners with Code2040 to hire black and Latino CS students as interns

Apple partners with Code2040 to hire black and Latino CS students as interns

Apple on Wednesday announced a partnership with Code2040 that will see the company hire a handful of black and Latino computer science students as interns, part of a broader attempt at improving the racial diversity of its workforce.

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Intel modems may be in up to half of next-gen iPhone shipments, analyst estimates

Intel modems may be in up to half of next-gen iPhone shipments, analyst estimates

Chipmaker Intel may have won as much as half of the orders for modems in Apple's next-generation iPhones shipping this fall, an analyst with Northland Capital Markets claimed on Wednesday.

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Apple planning new flagship store in Chicago, could be 'transformational' for riverfront retail

Apple planning new flagship store in Chicago, could be 'transformational' for riverfront retail

Apple is reportedly set to move its store on Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue down the street into a new riverfront location, with a "mostly below ground" design that will mimic that of its iconic Fifth Avenue location in New York.

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