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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Review: Zivix Jamstik MIDI guitar controller for iOS and OS X

Review: Zivix Jamstik MIDI guitar controller for iOS and OS X

Aspiring musicians looking to learn to play guitar with the aid of lessons on their iPad, iPhone or Mac should check out the Zivix Jamstik, a small, convenient and unique MIDI controller that uses technology to offset the learning curve associated with learning an instrument.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Porsche to offer Apple CarPlay in future models

Porsche to offer Apple CarPlay in future models

In a quiet update to Apple's dedicated CarPlay webpage, legendary German automaker Porsche was added to a rolling list of companies promising support for the iOS-based infotainment system.

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TipsHow to enable Apple's Handoff feature between your iOS devices and Mac

How to enable Apple's Handoff feature between your iOS devices and Mac

One of the key features of Continuity across Apple devices is Handoff. Handoff allows Apple's first-party apps and any third party developers to send an app's data seamlessly between devices so you can "pick up where you left off."

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Jony Ive and Marc Newson reveal special Apple Watch Sport Band colors at Milan gala

Jony Ive and Marc Newson reveal special Apple Watch Sport Band colors at Milan gala

Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson were on hand in Italy to attend a high-fashion coming out party for Apple Watch at upscale Milanese restaurant Carlo e Camilla. During the festivities, important guests were provided early copies of Apple Watch, as well as what appears to be Sport Bands in custom colors.

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Roommates stab each other with beer bottles in iPhone vs. Android dispute

Roommates stab each other with beer bottles in iPhone vs. Android dispute

Two men in Tulsa, Okla. were hospitalized on Friday after stabbing each other in a fight over the superiority of iPhones versus Android devices, according to a local ABC TV affiliate.

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Apple sends out ticket confirmations to WWDC 2015 lottery winners

Apple sends out ticket confirmations to WWDC 2015 lottery winners

Apple on Friday began sending out Worldwide Developers Conference 2015 ticket confirmations to lucky developers who were selected at random after registering to attend the annual event scheduled for June.

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ExclusiveCoupons: Save $199 off all BTO early 2015 MacBook Airs & Force Touch 13" MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Coupons: Save $199 off all BTO early 2015 MacBook Airs & Force Touch 13

AppleInsider readers in the market for one of Apple's new early 2015 MacBook Airs or MacBook Pros with AppleCare can combine instant discounts, rebates and exclusive $60 coupons to save $199 to $303 off every single new built-to-order configuration, with no sales tax outside NY & NJ. In every case, the end result is the lowest prices anywhere.

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Apple suppliers extend Lightning cable production to Brazil and Vietnam

Apple suppliers extend Lightning cable production to Brazil and Vietnam

Hardware manufacturers responsible for supplying Apple's official Lightning to USB cable accessory have moved production beyond China and into Brazil and Vietnam, according to an updated Support Pages document.

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Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall takes to Twitter for first time, announces Broadway musical

Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall takes to Twitter for first time, announces Broadway musical

In a marked departure from his former career at Apple, Scott Forstall posted on Twitter for the first time on Friday to announce his role as a co-producer in an upcoming Broadway musical, Fun Home.

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Apple's 'fundamentally different' iPhone 6 expected to buck seasonal sales trends

Apple's 'fundamentally different' iPhone 6 expected to buck seasonal sales trends

Apple's iPhone 6 and larger iPhone 6 Plus will likely perform better in the June and September quarters than previous iPhone models, analyst Gene Munster believes, which will help to propel shares of the company's stock to new highs.

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FBR Capital Markets gives Apple trillion-dollar valuation with $185 price target

FBR Capital Markets gives Apple trillion-dollar valuation with $185 price target

Investment bank FBR this week rated Apple stock with a massive $185 price target, forecasting that the iPhone maker will eventually become the world's first corporation valued at $1 trillion.

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Apple's Phil Schiller, Marc Newson appear in Milan for Apple Watch demo

Apple's Phil Schiller, Marc Newson appear in Milan for Apple Watch demo

Apple marketing head Phil Schiller and designer Marc Newson made an appearance at today's viewing event for the Apple Watch at the Salone del Mobile, a furniture design fair currently underway in Milan, Italy.

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Apple's Tim Cook is the most pay-efficient CEO in America, Bloomberg says

Apple's Tim Cook is the most pay-efficient CEO in America, Bloomberg says

The unprecedented financial success Apple has seen since Tim Cook took over as chief executive makes him the best corporate leader in America when it comes to pay versus performance, according to a new Bloomberg executive ranking.

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Photos show unreleased red sport band for Apple Watch, folding UK charger

Photos show unreleased red sport band for Apple Watch, folding UK charger

Two photos posted on Twitter today by British cyclist and ex-rugby player Will Carling show what appear to be unreleased Apple products, including a red version of the Apple Watch sport band and a folding UK wall adapter.

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Apple Pay could launch in Canada this fall - report

Apple Pay could launch in Canada this fall - report

Apple is preparing to launch its NFC-based mobile payments service in Canada this fall, a Friday report says, marking the first time Apple Pay would be officially offered outside of the United States.

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SEC probes bond disclosure in L.A. school district's failed iPad program - report

SEC probes bond disclosure in L.A. school district's failed iPad program - report

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened a probe into whether investors and other parties were properly informed about bonds being put towards the Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad program, a report said on Friday.

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Apple's Retina MacBook bears first fruits of Anobit acquisition with new in-house SSD controller

Apple's Retina MacBook bears first fruits of Anobit acquisition with new in-house SSD controller

Already a showpiece of technical innovation, Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook appears to have one more trick up it sleeve in the form of a new, in-house SSD controller likely born of the company's 2011 acquisition of Israeli firm Anobit.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch try-ons, WWDC 2015, iOS 9 hopes & more

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch try-ons, WWDC 2015, iOS 9 hopes & 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. Neil, Shane and Steve discuss their Apple Watch try-on experience and impressions, WWDC 2015 speculation, hopes and fixes for the anticipated iOS 9, and more.

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Apple to offer 'Apple Watch Basics' Workshops at retail stores starting April 24

Apple to offer 'Apple Watch Basics' Workshops at retail stores starting April 24

Apple's retail website was recently updated to reflect upcoming availability of a new Workshop called Apple Watch Basics, suggesting the company plans to roll out device training sessions for early Watch buyers from day one.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yelp comes to Apple Watch in latest app update, brings nearby business discovery, search, ratings, more

Yelp comes to Apple Watch in latest app update, brings nearby business discovery, search, ratings, more

In the buildup to Apple Watch's debut next week, Yelp on Thursday updated its app with support for the wearable, bringing direct wrist access to tentpole features like nearby businesses, reviews, address lookups and more.

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Apple officially appoints Steve Dowling to VP of Communications

Apple officially appoints Steve Dowling to VP of Communications

It appears Apple has filled the shoes of former PR chief Katie Cotton, as the company's Leadership webpage now lists former interim communications chief Steve Dowling as VP of Communications.

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Snapchat paid ousted Apple exec Scott Forstall 0.11% to be advisor, according to leaked email

Snapchat paid ousted Apple exec Scott Forstall 0.11% to be advisor, according to leaked email

A leaked email from last year's Sony Pictures data breach that surfaced Thursday reveals Snapchat granted former iOS chief Scott Forstall 0.11 percent of its stock in fully-diluted shares in return for being a special company advisor.

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Apple expands CarPlay availability to five new regions including Russia

Apple expands CarPlay availability to five new regions including Russia

In an update to its iOS 8 Feature Availability webpage on Thursday, Apple announced the rollout of CarPlay services to five new countries, including Russia and Sweden.

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Chrome for iOS adds Today widget, Halo comes to iPhone and iPad for first time

Chrome for iOS adds Today widget, Halo comes to iPhone and iPad for first time

Google today updated its Chrome for iOS Web browser with features such as an iOS 8 Notification Center widget and support for app extensions, while Microsoft launched its first Halo game for iOS, called Spartan Strike.

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DODOcase announces dual charging dock for Apple Watch and iPhone

DODOcase announces dual charging dock for Apple Watch and iPhone

DODOcase on Thursday debuted its second Apple Watch accessory in the form of a book-like organizer with wooden charging stand and cable tamer capable of powering both Apple's new wearable and an iPhone.

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Yahoo outs plans for Apple Watch support, ReSound debuts Watch app for hearing aids

Yahoo outs plans for Apple Watch support, ReSound debuts Watch app for hearing aids

Yahoo on Thursday announced plans to bring Apple Watch extensions to four of its iOS apps by April 24, while ReSound launched a Watch app for its iPhone-compatible hearing aids.

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Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers for testing

Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers for testing

One week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with Photos for Mac, Apple on Thursday issued the first beta build of OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite to developers for testing.

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Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-megawatt solar plants in China

Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-megawatt solar plants in China

Apple is set to expand its global investment in alternative energy sources with the construction of two new solar energy sites in mainland China, which when combined will provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours of power each year.

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Director J.J. Abrams shows off Apple Watch onstage at 'Star Wars' event in California

Director J.J. Abrams shows off Apple Watch onstage at 'Star Wars' event in California

During a promotional stop for Disney's upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams flashed what appears to be a stainless steel Apple Watch during a panel discussion at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.

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Deals: 12" MacBooks with free early-adopter survival kit; 128GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G LTE for $499; $1,249 13" MacBook Pro bundle & coupons

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Joining our exclusive $144 discounts on 12" MacBooks with AppleCare is a new offer that throws in a free Apple USB-C to USB Adapter, LG Super Drive & 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub. Separately, Apple's 128GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) in Silver/White is available until Friday for $499 (tax-free in 49 states) while coupons on all the company's MacBook Pros offer discounts of up to $300 on current models.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pearson, not Apple, to blame for failed L.A. schools technology program

Pearson, not Apple, to blame for failed L.A. schools technology program

Though the Los Angeles Unified School District's demand for a multi-million dollar refund from Apple has grabbed headlines, the failure of the $1.3 billion program to create a new digital curriculum for Los Angles students appears to lie primarily with educational publishing company Pearson.

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Apple's feud with antitrust monitor continues; company accused of not cooperating in iBooks oversight

Apple's feud with antitrust monitor continues; company accused of not cooperating in iBooks oversight

Tension between Apple and its court-appointed antitrust monitor continues to mount, as Michael Bromwich has accused the iPad maker of reducing its cooperating with his reviews of the company.

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Apple fixes sporadic startup woes with OS X 10.10.3 supplemental update

Apple fixes sporadic startup woes with OS X 10.10.3 supplemental update

A video driver glitch that caused some Mac users to experience startup trouble under OS X 10.10.3 was addressed by Apple on Wednesday with a supplemental update to the company's venerable desktop operating system.

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Chinese government officially suspends controversial banking technology rules

Chinese government officially suspends controversial banking technology rules

The Chinese government on Thursday officially suspended rules on bank technology that have sparked the ire of the U.S. government and international businesses, and could have produced a barrier to the arrival of Apple Pay in the country.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Save $50-$220 off all iMac 5Ks plus free AppleCare & a free Canon PIXMA printer

Killer Deal: Save $50-$220 off all iMac 5Ks plus free AppleCare & a free Canon PIXMA printer

AppleInsider has re-teamed with one of Apple's authorized resellers to offer $50-$220 discounts on 48 different configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which is in stock and also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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OS X 10.10.3 triggering kernel panics when previewing JPEG files

OS X 10.10.3 triggering kernel panics when previewing JPEG files

Last week's OS X 10.10.3 update is in some cases triggering kernel panics when previewing large JPEG image files, leading to crashes and reboots, according to complaints on Apple's support forums.

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'Unwavering' Apple CEO Tim Cook makes Time's 100 Most Influential People list

'Unwavering' Apple CEO Tim Cook makes Time's 100 Most Influential People list

On Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again secured a position on Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People, and was praised in a profile written by Democratic Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis.

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Apple buys 36,000 acres of forest to create sustainable eco-friendly product packaging

Apple buys 36,000 acres of forest to create sustainable eco-friendly product packaging

Apple and The Conservation Fund are partnering to purchase more than 36,000 acres of vulnerable forestland in Maine and North Carolina, and will use the land to sustainably harvest materials that can be used for paper and packaging.

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AppleInsider's iOS app gets support for native iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen resolutions, Apple Watch companion app in update

AppleInsider's iOS app gets support for native iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen resolutions, Apple Watch companion app in update

With the updated AppleInsider iOS app, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners can get the day's freshest Apple news delivered in screen resolutions native to their handset, while Apple Watch owners will be granted quick access to headlines when the device launches next week.

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