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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Apple Pay to support cards from ING, Macquarie in Australia next month

Apple Pay to support cards from ING, Macquarie in Australia next month

As Apple fights off regulatory attacks from Australia's "big three" banks in a bid to widen regional Apple Pay adoption, major international brands ING and Macquarie on Friday local time promised to support the digital payments system in the near future.

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TipsQuickly adjust AirPods volume by percentage and check listening levels with Siri

Quickly adjust AirPods volume by percentage and check listening levels with Siri

Due to its distinct lack of physical controls, setting sound levels on Apple's new AirPods requires the use of either Siri or the volume buttons on a paired iPhone, both of which operate on preset magnitudes. For greater control, use Siri to raise or lower the beats by percentage.

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LG UltraFine 5K Display shipments slip to 5 to 6 weeks as company updates hardware shielding

LG UltraFine 5K Display shipments slip to 5 to 6 weeks as company updates hardware shielding

Shipping estimates for LG's UltraFine 5K Display, sold exclusively through Apple's retail network, have slipped to over a month as the Korean company issues updated hardware with better RF shielding.

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Nintendo president gaining confidence in iPhone gaming following big 'Mario,' 'Fire Emblem' launches

Nintendo president gaining confidence in iPhone gaming following big 'Mario,' 'Fire Emblem' launches

Nintendo has latest mobile game, 'Fire Emblem: Heroes', has so far earned the game company $5 million dollars since its launch on February 2, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima advised in an interview, with the Japanese firm increasing its confidence in producing apps for iOS and other platforms.

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B&O Beoplay H4 $299 wireless headphones launch with iOS app, Apple Watch controls

B&O Beoplay H4 $299 wireless headphones launch with iOS app, Apple Watch controls

B&O Play has launched the Beoplay H4 wireless headphones, the Bang & Olufen brand's cheapest wireless option in its over-ear headphone range, with users able to alter the settings of the headset from an Apple Watch.

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Apple's Pro Apps Bundle for Education arrives in over 30 more countries

Apple's Pro Apps Bundle for Education arrives in over 30 more countries

People wanting to take advantage of Apple's heavily-discounted Pro Apps Bundle for Education can now do so in over 30 more countries around the world, thanks to expanded distribution this week.

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5 Apple execs crack Billboard Power 100 list, including Cue, Iovine & Saint John

5 Apple execs crack Billboard Power 100 list, including Cue, Iovine & Saint John

Apple executives have received high placings in Billboard's 2017 Power 100, a list of the major players in the music industry, with Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, and Robert Kondrk sharing fourth place behind the chief executives of Live Nation, Universal Music, and Spotify.

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BeatsX earbuds launching Friday come with 3 months of free Apple Music [u]

BeatsX earbuds launching Friday come with 3 months of free Apple Music [u]

Customers who have been waiting months for Apple's delayed BeatsX earbuds will be given a consolation: three free months of Apple Music streaming.

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TipsTrack today's blizzard with the best third-party weather apps for your iPhone or iPad

Track today's blizzard with the best third-party weather apps for your iPhone or iPad

Apple's native iOS Weather app is pretty spartan. Given that we're in the midst of a very strange winter in the U.S. — with record temperatures, thunderstorms, tornadoes, ice storms, and epic snow all in the same week — use one of these six weather apps to get a bit more data than Apple supplies.

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Researchers find iCloud storing Safari history & Google search data for years, Apple now deletes data older than 2 weeks

Researchers find iCloud storing Safari history & Google search data for years, Apple now deletes data older than 2 weeks

iCloud-stored Safari browser history was discovered to be stored on iCloud and accessible by an update to a newly-updated forensics data gathering suite for over a year even after deletion — but Apple has already taken steps to rectify the problem.

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Screen protector bubbles on your iPhone could be a thing of the past with Kawasaki's new robot

Screen protector bubbles on your iPhone could be a thing of the past with Kawasaki's new robot

Kawasaki this week showed off an industrial robot called "duAro" that can perfectly apply a screen protector to Apple's iPhone with no trapped air bubbles, accomplished in conjunction with Aldebaran and SoftBank's humanoid Pepper robot.

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Wireless charging and new glass casing will require heat compensation in Apple's 'iPhone X'

Wireless charging and new glass casing will require heat compensation in Apple's 'iPhone X'

In reimagining the iPhone from the ground up with new features like wireless charging, Apple will reportedly also have to rethink how the handset is built, adding a thin graphite sheet to the handset's internals to prevent overheating.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $415 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 $150 and $415 on every possible configuration of Apple's new 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.

Apple begins recruiting for unannounced store in downtown Vienna [u]

Apple begins recruiting for unannounced store in downtown Vienna [u]

Apple's rumored store in the Austrian capital of Vienna was confirmed on Thursday, as the company posted job listings for an unspecified location in the city [updated with confirmation].

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Mac malware discovered in Microsoft Word document with auto-running macro

Mac malware discovered in Microsoft Word document with auto-running macro

A second example of malware targeting macOS users has surfaced this week, with the discovery of a Word document that attempts to use an automatically-running macro, one that tries to download a hazardous payload to infect the target Mac.

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Apple's Tim Cook talks Brexit & more with UK Prime Minister Theresa May [u]

Apple's Tim Cook talks Brexit & more with UK Prime Minister Theresa May [u]

In a Downing Street meeting on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May discussed a variety of topics, including local Apple investments and May's plans to withdraw her country from the European Union following a 2016 referendum [updated with more info on Cook's UK visit].

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Fate of screen supplier Japan Display unclear if Apple shifts to OLED for 'iPhone X'

Fate of screen supplier Japan Display unclear if Apple shifts to OLED for 'iPhone X'

Analysts predict that recent reorganizational efforts and a financial assist by the Japanese government for Apple supplier Japan Display, the prime supplier of iPhone screens, may not matter much if Apple does in fact shift to OLED screens in the "iPhone 8" and future models.

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Future Apple Watch owners might exchange data with a handshake or fist bump

Future Apple Watch owners might exchange data with a handshake or fist bump

An Apple patent application uncovered on Thursday details a method of triggering the automatic exchange of information between two wearables with a simple greeting gesture, like a wave or fist-bump.

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Apple invents stretchable display backed by mesh-like elastomer

Apple invents stretchable display backed by mesh-like elastomer

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application hinting at the company's plans to build an advanced iPhone, or other personal device, with an exceedingly flexible display.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Apple issues second macOS 10.12.4 Sierra beta for public testers

Apple issues second macOS 10.12.4 Sierra beta for public testers

Nearly two weeks after releasing an initial public beta version of its upcoming macOS 10.12.4 update, Apple on Wednesday pushed out a second test version of the operating system to Public Beta Program members.

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Google's Android Wear 2.0 plays catch-up with Apple's watchOS 3, offers some unique touches

Google's Android Wear 2.0 plays catch-up with Apple's watchOS 3, offers some unique touches

In time for two new LG smartwatches, the Watch Sport and Watch Style, Google on Wedndesday launched Android Wear 2.0, an updated OS meant to put Android watches on par — or at least closer to par — with the Apple Watch. Here's how the new software compares with Apple's watchOS 3.

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Square launches iPad app with point-of-sale, store management system for retailers

Square launches iPad app with point-of-sale, store management system for retailers

Commerce company Square has launched a new set of tools to help medium-sized businesses manage their affairs, with Square for Retail combining a point-of-sale app with other important business functions, including managing employees and inventory.

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Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs as inspiration, immigration executive order at University of Glasgow

Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs as inspiration, immigration executive order at University of Glasgow

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at his honorary degree ceremony at the University of Glasgow, discussing what motivations graduates should use for employment, President Trump's immigration executive order, and Steve Jobs as his main professional inspiration.

Apple's 10th anniversary 'iPhone X' could cost more than $1,000 - report

Apple's 10th anniversary 'iPhone X' could cost more than $1,000 - report

A new high-end, top-of-the-line iPhone featuring an OLED display and an all-new design is expected to debut later this year with a similarly premium price tag, which one report claims could start at more than a thousand dollars.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Glasgow, Scotland store prior to honorary degree award

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Glasgow, Scotland store prior to honorary degree award

On his way to receive an honorary degree at University of Glasgow, Apple CEO Tim Cook stopped by the Glasgow Buchanan Street Apple store for about 15 minutes.

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Apple Inc. gears up to distribute $3.1 billion in dividends to shareholders

Apple Inc. gears up to distribute $3.1 billion in dividends to shareholders

On February 16, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.57 per share, but investors must own the company's stock before February 9 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $3.1 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

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Apple Pay continues to grow, 27 more US banks added to mobile payment service

Apple Pay continues to grow, 27 more US banks added to mobile payment service

As part of its regular expansion, Apple has added 27 more banks and credit unions to its list of institutions that support Apple Pay.

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2018 Ford Expedition features Apple CarPlay, wi-fi hotspot, wireless mobile charging

2018 Ford Expedition features Apple CarPlay, wi-fi hotspot, wireless mobile charging

Despite working on its own SmartDeviceLink, Ford continues to offer Apple's CarPlay in its new vehicles, with the 2018 Expedition including the technology alongside a wi-fi hotspot.

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Fire breaks out at Samsung factory responsible for Note 7 battery production

Fire breaks out at Samsung factory responsible for Note 7 battery production

The Galaxy Note 7 battery saga continues to cause problems for Samsung, as a fire broke out Wednesday at a facility used in the production of the faulty batteries found in the discontinued smartphone.

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Stock-outs could signal the death of Apple's iPad Air 2 ahead of expected lineup refresh

Stock-outs could signal the death of Apple's iPad Air 2 ahead of expected lineup refresh

Inventory of Apple's entry-level 9.7-inch iPad continues to dry up as a trio of new models are rumored to soon launch, potentially suggesting the popular iPad Air 2 will be axed for a new model with faster processor.

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Mac owners between 2003 & 2008 can claim $10 in optical drive class-action lawsuit settlement

Mac owners between 2003 & 2008 can claim $10 in optical drive class-action lawsuit settlement

A class-action suit filed against four optical drive manufacturers alleging illegal price fixing has been settled, with previous owners of computers equipped with CD or DVD drives between 2003 and 2008 eligible for $10 per computer owned during that period.

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New Mac malware from Iran targets US defense industry, human rights advocates with fake Flash updates

New Mac malware from Iran targets US defense industry, human rights advocates with fake Flash updates

Security researchers have discovered new malware for macOS called 'MacDownloader,' which is believed to have been created by Iranian hackers to try and attack individuals and companies involved in the US defense industry.

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Sharp said to take lead role in $7 billion US manufacturing plant construction

Sharp said to take lead role in $7 billion US manufacturing plant construction

A long-discussed manufacturing plant, said to be built by Apple manufacturer Foxconn or its subsidiary Sharp, may break ground as soon as the summer of 2017 with Sharp at the helm, according to a new report

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Four months after preview, Microsoft adds Touch Bar support to latest Office betas

Four months after preview, Microsoft adds Touch Bar support to latest Office betas

After teasing Touch Bar support for the omnipresent Office in October, Microsoft has added preliminary support for the MacBook Pro feature in its most recent build for the "slow ring" of its beta testers.

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VideoA month with Apple's AirPods: a long-term video review

A month with Apple's AirPods: a long-term video review

After using Apple's AirPods for more than a month, AppleInsider revisits the company's first wireless headphone device to report on battery life, design benefits and flaws, durability, performance and more. We also offer our two cents on areas that need improvement.

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TipsMust-know Siri commands for Apple's wireless AirPods

Must-know Siri commands for Apple's wireless AirPods

To keep AirPods as hassle-free — and aesthetically pleasing — as possible, Apple opted to completely replace physical controls with Siri voice commands, a first for the company. AppleInsider compiled a few key phrases new AirPods owners should know in order to get the most out of their purchase.

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Final day! Giveaway time: Enter to win a pair of Apple AirPods and avoid Apple's 6-week wait

Final day! Giveaway time: Enter to win a pair of Apple AirPods and avoid Apple's 6-week wait

Ends tonight! Apple AirPods are in hot demand, but we're giving away a free pair to one lucky reader. Follow us for your chance to win a pair of Apple's wireless earphones and avoid the extended six-week wait.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

FeatureSee how Apple's growth in Greater China could once again top European revenue

See how Apple's growth in Greater China could once again top European revenue

Apple's success in Greater China has wavered slightly over the last year, with the region now bringing in less revenue for the company than Europe, but data suggests the market has every chance of bouncing back and re-overtaking Europe's sales figures.

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Apple seeks to position Metal as part of new 3D graphics standard for web

Apple seeks to position Metal as part of new 3D graphics standard for web

Apple's WebKit team on Tuesday proposed a new Community Group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that will focus on developing a new standard API, perhaps based on Metal, for accelerating GPU-based 3D graphics and general computation for the web.

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