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Saturday, March 14, 2015

FeatureThe art of deception: How Apple attempts to keep its secret projects under wraps

With connections drawn between a rumored Apple car project and a research company named SixtyEight, AppleInsider takes a look at some other ways Apple has attempted to keep its top-secret projects out of the public eye.

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Gazelle wants to buy your old MacBooks and is throwing in some extra cash for the next week

Gazelle wants to buy your old MacBooks and is throwing in some extra cash for the next week

Gazelle this week is looking to help readers make the jump to one of Apple's newly announced MacBooks by offering to pay hundreds of dollars — and in some cases over $1000 — for previous generation MacBooks, with an added $20 bonus and extended 45 day price lock.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Apple puts up in-store graphics for Apple Watch, new 12" MacBook ahead of April debut

Apple puts up in-store graphics for Apple Watch, new 12

Apple Stores around the world installed new backlit displays Thursday night, showing off the company's latest and greatest products, including the Apple Watch and an all new ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

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FeatureApple Inc drives CarPlay adoption deep into the auto industry, including China [u]

Apple Inc drives CarPlay adoption deep into the auto industry, including China [u]

Apple now lists every major carmaker as a "committed partner" for CarPlay, including every company that produces more than a million cars per year—with the notable exception of China's state owned, "big four" vehicle producers (and those manufacturers largely sell models in joint ventures with Apple's CarPlay partners).

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Jay Z enters streaming music fray with purchase of Beats Music competitor Aspiro

Jay Z enters streaming music fray with purchase of Beats Music competitor Aspiro

Rap icon Jay Z has officially taken control of Swedish Internet firm Aspiro, which markets subscription streaming services WiMP and Tidal, direct competitors of Apple's Beats Music.

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Amazon creating Apple Watch app, Stitcher updates to fit larger iPhone displays

Amazon creating Apple Watch app, Stitcher updates to fit larger iPhone displays

Amazon is developing an app for the Apple Watch, AppleInsider has learned, while Stitcher has updated its eponymous podcasting app with better support for the displays on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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China backs off legal push that would force foreign tech companies to hand over encryption keys

China backs off legal push that would force foreign tech companies to hand over encryption keys

China's central government has reportedly halted the advance of proposed antiterror legislation that would have forced technology companies doing business in the country to install government-accessible backdoors in their products, provide keys for any encrypted communications services, and require data for Chinese users to remain in China.

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Finalized Apple Watch iOS app settings, dark theme shown in new screens

Finalized Apple Watch iOS app settings, dark theme shown in new screens

Users cannot yet dig into the settings of the Apple Watch companion app that debuted in iOS 8.2, but one developer has cracked open the software to reveal what it will offer once an Apple Watch is connected to an iPhone.

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Years-old Safari private browsing bug saves URL of every page visited, remains unfixed

Years-old Safari private browsing bug saves URL of every page visited, remains unfixed

A long-known flaw in Safari's implementation of private browsing that saves the address of each and every website users visit to a file on their local drive, even after closing private browsing windows and quitting Safari, is still present in the latest pre-release versions of OS X Yosemite.

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Screenshots expose 'Activity' Apple Watch app hidden in iOS 8.2

Screenshots expose 'Activity' Apple Watch app hidden in iOS 8.2

Hidden within the newly released iOS 8.2 update for iPhone, the official "Activity" iPhone app for the Apple Watch has been discovered, with new screenshots showcasing how the software will look when a Watch is paired.

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ExclusiveProject Titan, SixtyEight & SG5: Inside Apple's top-secret electric car project

Project Titan, SixtyEight & SG5: Inside Apple's top-secret electric car project

Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, Apple's mysterious "Titan" electric car project is believed to be in development at a top-secret facility hidden in plain sight, discovered by AppleInsider just minutes away from the company's California headquarters.

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Microsoft to bring Cortana voice assistant to Apple's iOS as third-party app

Microsoft to bring Cortana voice assistant to Apple's iOS as third-party app

Microsoft is planning to bring Cortana, the voice assistant on Windows phones, to iOS and Android devices sometime after the technology arrives on desktop PCs this fall in Windows 10, according to a new report.

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AppleInsider podcast reviews Apple's 'Spring Forward' event, including new Macbook, Apple Watch and Apple TV

AppleInsider podcast reviews Apple's 'Spring Forward' event, including new Macbook, Apple Watch and Apple TV

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, including a full discussion of Apple's entire 'Spring Forward' event, HBO Now and Apple TV, ResearchKit for iOS, newly redesigned MacBook and Apple Watch.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sid Meier's Starships launches on Mac and iPad, Wunderlist gets major Mac and iOS updates

Sid Meier's Starships launches on Mac and iPad, Wunderlist gets major Mac and iOS updates

Firaxis has released Mac and iPad versions of Sid Meier's Starships, an anticipated turn-based strategy game, while 6 Wunderkinder has updated the Mac and iOS editions of its popular to-do list app, Wunderlist, with folders and a revised design.

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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook calls CNBC's Jim Cramer on 10th anniversary special of "Mad Money" TV show

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook calls CNBC's Jim Cramer on 10th anniversary special of

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook telephoned CNBC financial entertainment star Jim Cramer to congratulate him on ten years of performing his "Mad Money" high energy cable TV show, which injects wild hysterics and physical comedy rage into the generally buttoned down world of financial news.

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Upcoming book reveals Steve Jobs refused liver transplant offer from Tim Cook, didn't want Apple to build TV, mulled Yahoo buy

Upcoming book reveals Steve Jobs refused liver transplant offer from Tim Cook, didn't want Apple to build TV, mulled Yahoo buy

The forthcoming book "Becoming Steve Jobs" is shaping up to be a revelation on the late Apple cofounder's life, and a recent "leak" reveals Jobs refused a living donor liver transplant from current CEO Tim Cook, was looking into an acquisition of Yahoo! and didn't want Apple to produce another TV product.

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Apple updates developer guidelines to cover ResearchKit, Apple Pay, media rippers

Apple updates developer guidelines to cover ResearchKit, Apple Pay, media rippers

Apple has made small but important changes to its official App Store Review Guidelines for iOS developers, addressing consent issues with the company's new ResearchKit platform, along with recurring payments under Apple Pay, and downloads of third-party music and video.

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Apple launches iOS 8.3 public beta

Apple launches iOS 8.3 public beta

Apple on Thursday officially expanded its public software beta program to include iOS, seeding members with iOS 8.3 beta 3, the same version provided to registered developers earlier in the day.

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Swatch signs deals for NFC payments in face of looming smartwatch threat

Swatch signs deals for NFC payments in face of looming smartwatch threat

Swiss watchmaker Swatch has forged deals with banking firms to add NFC-based payments to its upcoming products, something that may be necessary to mitigate the threat of devices like the Apple Watch.

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Apple releases third beta of OS X 10.10.3 with Force Touch developer tools, plus iOS 8.3 beta 3

Apple releases third beta of OS X 10.10.3 with Force Touch developer tools, plus iOS 8.3 beta 3

Apple on Thursday issued a number of new beta releases for developers, including an OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with Force Touch trackpad support for third-party apps, as well as new betas of iOS 8.3, Xcode and OS X Server.

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Apple's all-new MacBook draws taunts from Asus, Dell, Lenovo

Apple's all-new MacBook draws taunts from Asus, Dell, Lenovo

While many in the media are enamored with Apple's latest thin-and-light notebook, competing PC makers haven't been so kind, taking to Twitter to ridicule Apple's offering for not being the slimmest, cheapest, or highest-resolution on the market.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Pros now from $1,060; Win a free MacBook Air; 15-inch MacBook Pro & iMac 5K coupons & exclusives; $50-$83 off iPad Air 2

Deals: 13

New MacBooks from Apple this week have triggered aggressive price drops on the mid-2014 models they replace. Meanwhile, readers have an opportunity to win a free MacBook Air and take advantage of a pair of exclusive offers on both 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, many of which include free portable optical drives and Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones.

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IDC: Apple's iPad shipments could shrink to 60M in 2015 amid slow-growing tablet market

IDC: Apple's iPad shipments could shrink to 60M in 2015 amid slow-growing tablet market

The iPad's share of the international tablet market will likely shrink again in 2015, falling from 27.6 percent to 25.6 percent year-over-year, according to a five-year forecast issued on Thursday by research firm IDC.

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Teardown of Apple's new 13" MacBook Pro reveals 'Force Touch' trackpad, shared tech with new MacBook Air

Teardown of Apple's new 13

The new "Force Touch" trackpad Apple introduced for its notebooks earlier this week has begun to arrive in consumers' hands in the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a teardown of that device shows off the trackpad's construction while shedding light on storage technology shared between the company's computers.

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Apple online outage impacts retail outlets in US, Europe

Apple online outage impacts retail outlets in US, Europe

The extended outage of Apple's online services on Wednesday appears to have impacted not just its online stores, but also its retail outlets, which suffered problems conducting basic business operations.

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Apple investigating iPhone dock with integrated display, touchpad, sensors, inductive charging, more

Apple investigating iPhone dock with integrated display, touchpad, sensors, inductive charging, more

A patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple's interest in a docking solution for iPhone and iPad that supports multiple accessories and incorporates a display, advanced gesture controls, wireless communications and even inductive charging.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FeatureApple Inc. has acquired 26 firms in 15 months while pursuing increased diversity, a confident Tim Cook tells shareholders

Apple Inc. has acquired 26 firms in 15 months while pursuing increased diversity, a confident Tim Cook tells shareholders

Riding high the day after detailing a series of new products at its Spring Forward event, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook recapped the company's progress at its annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, with a particular focus on acquisitions, partnerships and achieving the kind of diversity that reflects the company's growing, global audience of employees and customers.

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Banks ING and OCBC launch new apps with support for Touch ID logins

Banks ING and OCBC launch new apps with support for Touch ID logins

Dutch bank ING and Singapore's OCBC Bank recently integrated Touch ID compatibility to their respective iOS apps, marking the first time Apple's fingerprint recognition system has been used to protect mobile banking apps in those countries.

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Apple removes Nike FuelBand, Jawbone UP from stores ahead of Apple Watch debut

Apple removes Nike FuelBand, Jawbone UP from stores ahead of Apple Watch debut

Apple has phased out fitness bands like Nike's FuelBand and Jawbone's UP from its retail store offerings as the company prepares to enter the wearables market with Apple Watch.

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Intel to reportedly supply LTE chips for 2016 iPhone

Intel to reportedly supply LTE chips for 2016 iPhone

Apple will reportedly turn to Intel's new XMM 7360 LTE modem when it launches a special next-generation iPhone model in 2016, suggesting the company is looking to diversify baseband chip suppliers.

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Nokia's HERE maps returns to iOS App Store after 15-month hiatus

Nokia's HERE maps returns to iOS App Store after 15-month hiatus

After being pulled from Apple's iOS App Store in 2013, Nokia's HERE mapping and navigation app is back up for download, complete with offline caching, traffic information, public transit data and more.

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Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson to appear at Conde Nast luxury conference

Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson to appear at Conde Nast luxury conference

Key Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson will be opening up the first ever Conde Nast International Luxury Conference, scheduled for April 22 and 23 in Florence, Italy, according to an announcement made on Wednesday.

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Teardown shows new 2015 MacBook Airs sticking with non-adhered batteries

Teardown shows new 2015 MacBook Airs sticking with non-adhered batteries

A teardown of the latest 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs shows few differences over their 2014 counterparts, and in fact demonstrates a rare decision by Apple to continue using non-adhered batteries.

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DODOcase, Twelve South join rush to announce Apple Watch stands

DODOcase, Twelve South join rush to announce Apple Watch stands

Two more Apple accessory makers have each announced third-party stands for the Apple Watch: DODOcase this week unveiled the Charging Stand, while Twelve South is developing the HiRise.

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Apple on track to sell record 54M iPhones in March quarter, Morgan Stanley says

Apple on track to sell record 54M iPhones in March quarter, Morgan Stanley says

The latest data from Morgan Stanley suggests Apple is on target to set a new record and sell at least 54 million iPhones in the current quarter, which concludes later this month.

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Apple issues apology as iTunes & App Store outage persists for 7+ hours

Apple issues apology as iTunes & App Store outage persists for 7+ hours

Apple on Wednesday issued a rare public apology to customers, as the company's high-profile digital storefronts continue to suffer hours-long global outages sparked by what Apple is calling an "internal DNS error."

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Google takes bigger step into retail with branded London store

Google takes bigger step into retail with branded London store

Google is taking a deeper step into the retail world with a newly-launched "store within a store," located in London, that will give the company a venue to promote products such as Android phones, Chromebooks, and the Chromecast.

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Over 10K participants sign up for Stanford medical trial after ResearchKit debut

Over 10K participants sign up for Stanford medical trial after ResearchKit debut

The number of participants in a Stanford University cardiovascular study conducted using Apple's new ResearchKit medical research platform ballooned to more than 10,000 overnight, researchers say, after the trial was featured on stage during Apple's "Spring Forward" event earlier this week.

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Apple seen shipping just 450K 12" MacBooks in 1H of 2015, as radical design may temper demand

Apple seen shipping just 450K 12

Apple's latest notebook may need some time to meet the lofty sales bar set by its siblings, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as the relatively high price and unconventional port arrangement could temper demand at the outset.

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