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Saturday, April 08, 2017

This week on AI: New Mac Pros and iMacs, Apple building its own GPUs & more

This week on AI: New Mac Pros and iMacs, Apple building its own GPUs & more

Apple paid rare attention to its pro customers this week, teasing a redesigned Mac Pro along with catered iMacs. Behind-the-scenes dealings also made headlines, particularly news that Apple will developing its own GPUs.

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Friday, April 07, 2017

Jay Z pulls albums from Apple Music and Spotify

Jay Z pulls albums from Apple Music and Spotify

As the streaming music war intensifies, hip hop star and Tidal co-owner Jay Z is quietly removing his music from major streaming music outlets Apple Music and Spotify, while leaving the same tracks in place on his own service.

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J.D. Power: 2017 tablet buyers report "outstanding" satisfaction, ready to spend money on premium brands

J.D. Power: 2017 tablet buyers report

In a followup conversation to clarify the firm's recently reported findings on U.S. tablet buyers, J.D. Power highlighted a series of data points that overturn many established narratives on the "beleaguerment" of the tablet market, particularly with regard to premium-priced, higher-end models.

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Rumor: iPad Pro Smart Connector included on 'iPhone 8,' to be used for AR, charging

Rumor: iPad Pro Smart Connector included on 'iPhone 8,' to be used for AR, charging

A new rumor, possibly recycled from 2016, claims that the Apple Smart Connector, or a variant thereof, will appear on the iPhone 8 and will be utilized for charging the device, plus potential AR and VR applications.

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Apple, Saturday Night Live working together on TV commercial - report

Apple, Saturday Night Live working together on TV commercial - report

Apple has signed a deal with NBC that will see the crew of "Saturday Night Live" create at least one commercial for the iPhone maker, blurring the line between the show and advertising.

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Apple rival Samsung forecasts high profits despite Note 7 fires & political scandals

Apple rival Samsung forecasts high profits despite Note 7 fires & political scandals

Samsung Electronics on Friday announced a forecast of its best profits in over three years for the March quarter, despite dealing with the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7, and a political scandal that resulted in the arrest of vice chairman Jay Y. Lee.

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Facebook steps up 'false news' crackdown with tips for spotting and reporting bogus stories

Facebook steps up 'false news' crackdown with tips for spotting and reporting bogus stories

This week, users on Facebook began receiving a public service announcement from the social networking site regarding what it has branded as "false news," offering tips on how to spot a fake story.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 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 $390 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.

Long-time Apple and consumer technology journalist Walt Mossberg retiring

Long-time Apple and consumer technology journalist Walt Mossberg retiring

Heralded tech journalist Walt Mossberg is retiring in June after a 47-year career, 26 of it exclusively focusing on consumer technology including extensive coverage of Apple, and a great deal of time with Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

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Facebook's new M assistant merges Apple's data detectors & rumored Siri Messages enhancements

Facebook's new M assistant merges Apple's data detectors & rumored Siri Messages enhancements

Taking it out of a year-long test phase, Facebook on Friday launched "M," a new AI assistant integrated into Messenger that bears some similarity to Apple's data detectors, as well as rumored Siri integration into Messages for "iOS 11."

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Toshiba narrows bidders for memory business, may have dropped Apple

Toshiba narrows bidders for memory business, may have dropped Apple

Toshiba has reportedly shrunk the group of bidders for its memory business from about 10 to a number that may no longer include Apple, though no binding offers have been made, and more bidders could potentially join.

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Likely bogus schematic of Apple's 'iPhone 8' surfaces on link aggregation site

Likely bogus schematic of Apple's 'iPhone 8' surfaces on link aggregation site

A new schematic has emerged purporting to be of the forthcoming "iPhone 8," but inconstancies with existing supply chain reports suggest strongly that it is a fake.

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AppleInsider podcast talks Mac Pro, the future of PowerVR, Clips & more

AppleInsider podcast talks Mac Pro, the future of PowerVR, Clips & more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Dan chat about Apple's uncharacteristic Mac Pro pre-announcement, MacBook Pro hardware rumors, Apple's decision to ditch Imagination Technologies graphics IP, the new Clips app and more.

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Quick take video review: Apple's 2017 9.7-inch iPad

Quick take video review: Apple's 2017 9.7-inch iPad

Apple recently unified its iPad product line with the release of the 2017 9.7-inch iPad, a replacement for the outgoing iPad Air 2. Starting at $329, the new iPad skips some high-end features like quad speakers and a laminated, wide color gamut display, but brings entry level users up to speed with an A9 SoC and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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Social media firms offer $5.3M settlement in iOS app privacy suit over contact uploads

Social media firms offer $5.3M settlement in iOS app privacy suit over contact uploads

A group of eight social media companies, including Twitter and Instagram, have agreed to pay a total of $5.3 million to settle a 2012 class action lawsuit which alleges user privacy was breached when the apps leveraged an iOS feature that uploaded details from users' contact lists.

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Adobe updates Illustrator CC and InDesign CC with new features

Adobe updates Illustrator CC and InDesign CC with new features

Adobe on Thursday issued updates for Illustrator CC, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and InDesign CC, introducing new features and user interface improvements to the professional design software.

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Showtime for iOS adds support for offline downloads

Showtime for iOS adds support for offline downloads

Premium network Showtime on Thursday updated its official apps for iOS with support for downloading episodes, giving both cord cutters and cable subscribers the option to watch programs like "Homeland" and "Billions" without an internet connection.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talks diversity, inclusion at alma mater Auburn University

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks diversity, inclusion at alma mater Auburn University

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited his alma mater Auburn University on Thursday to speak about diversity, inclusion and other issues related to human rights, topics for which the high-profile tech executive consistently advocates.

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FeatureFirst look: Apple's Clips app for iPhone & iPad

First look: Apple's Clips app for iPhone & iPad

Not to be left behind by recent social media trends, Apple on Thursday released Clips, an iPhone and iPad app designed to create splashy videos for sharing on networks like Facebook and YouTube. Here's what it's like in action.

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Retina MacBook Pro minus Touch Bar, iPad Pro Cintiq capability rumored in development

Retina MacBook Pro minus Touch Bar, iPad Pro Cintiq capability rumored in development

New claims about future Mac hardware have emerged after Tuesday's revelations from Apple's Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi, with the latest rumors suggesting that future high-end Retina MacBook Pros may not include a Touch Bar, and the iPad Pro could be used directly as a tablet input device for a connected Mac.

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Curious J.D. Power report scores 2017 tablet makers by screen size, bundled apps, mouse support

Curious J.D. Power report scores 2017 tablet makers by screen size, bundled apps, mouse support

A curious report from J.D. Power gave Microsoft's Surface brand a higher overall score in comparison to other tablet makers, "largely due to its top rankings in the features and styling & design factors," in particular the size of the screen.

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Apple Clips app 64-bit only, another move suggesting end of 32-bit device support

Apple Clips app 64-bit only, another move suggesting end of 32-bit device support

Apple's compact video editing app Clips has debuted and requires iOS 10.3 which in itself runs on 32-bit devices — but the app doesn't run at all on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad 4.

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Apple launches new social-focused Clips video editing app for iPhone & iPad

Apple launches new social-focused Clips video editing app for iPhone & iPad

Apple on Thursday released Clips, a new iPhone and iPad app geared toward shooting and editing video for sharing on social media. It's available as a free download from the iOS App Store.

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Western Digital debuts first SSD-based My Passport drive with USB-C for Macs

Western Digital debuts first SSD-based My Passport drive with USB-C for Macs

Western Digital on Thursday announced the My Passport SSD, not only its first portable SSD but a unit designed with Apple's latest MacBooks in mind, thanks to a built-in USB-C port.

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Nvidia reveals Mac Pro-compatible Titan Xp PCI-e GPU, macOS drivers for Pascal-based video cards

Nvidia reveals Mac Pro-compatible Titan Xp PCI-e GPU, macOS drivers for Pascal-based video cards

On the heels of the 2013 Mac Pro price improvements, Nvidia has announced a brand new Titan Xp video card using the Pascal architecture, with a driver release coming soon allowing any Nvidia Pascal-based video cards to be installed in compatible older PCI-e Mac Pros.

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Ikea launches iPhone-connected smart home bulbs & sensors, but no Apple HomeKit support

Ikea launches iPhone-connected smart home bulbs & sensors, but no Apple HomeKit support

After an international roll-out, flat-pack furniture company Ikea has brought its Tradfri smart home system to the U.S., with a starter gateway kit with two bulbs, a network gateway, and a dimmer for $80.

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Apple asked to pay hundreds of millions in back taxes in Australia in wide-reaching probe

Apple asked to pay hundreds of millions in back taxes in Australia in wide-reaching probe

Apple is reportedly one of seven multinationals the Australian Taxation Office has asked to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes, accusing the corporations of using tactics like "debt dumping" and moving profits offshore to avoid obligations.

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Rumor: Demand for 'iPhone 8' OLED screens will force Samsung to convert LCD factory

Rumor: Demand for 'iPhone 8' OLED screens will force Samsung to convert LCD factory

New supply chain data shows the impact of a $9 billion OLED screen contract on Samsung, which could see as many as 55 million "iPhone 8" flagship phones shipping to consumers by the end of this year.

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Canonical kills its Ubuntu smartphone, tablet, convergence plans

Canonical kills its Ubuntu smartphone, tablet, convergence plans

Canonical, the software support company that maintains Ubuntu Linux, has announced it is throwing in the towel on Ubuntu phones and tablets and ending work on Unity8—a concept it had hoped would create a "convergence" experience to enable its smartphones to act as a PC or smart TV.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Apple sued by Australian regulator over 'Error 53' glitch, hardware repair practices

Apple sued by Australian regulator over 'Error 53' glitch, hardware repair practices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Thursday local time filed a federal lawsuit against Apple for allegedly disabling iPhone and iPad hardware repaired by unauthorized third parties.

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Pebble watches will work indefinitely with new software update

Pebble watches will work indefinitely with new software update

Pebble this week issued a firmware update that removes device dependency on cloud services, meaning existing hardware will remain operable once parent company Fitbit shuts down legacy Pebble servers later this year.

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Researcher calls Samsung's Tizen OS "the worst code I've ever seen"

Researcher calls Samsung's Tizen OS

Samsung's Tizen operating system is a mess of zero-day exploitable security flaws, broken encryption privacy issues and amateur-level coding mistakes, according to the findings of a security researcher participating in Kaspersky Lab's Security Analyst Summit.

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Microsoft's new iOS 10 iMessage App "Who's In" lets groups collaborate on plans

Microsoft's new iOS 10 iMessage App

Microsoft is expanding its presence on Apple's iOS 10 messaging platform with a new iMessage App designed to allow groups to search for movies, food, events and other entertainment options and vote on what to do.

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YouTube TV rolls out in five cities with free Chromecast offer

YouTube TV rolls out in five cities with free Chromecast offer

YouTube TV, Google's live TV streaming service, is now live in five major markets in the United States, with Google tempting users to try out its $35 subscription service by offering a free Chromecast, allowing shows to be viewed on a television instead of through the iOS and Android apps.

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AT&T bundles free HBO subscription with Unlimited Plus cellular plan

AT&T bundles free HBO subscription with Unlimited Plus cellular plan

Beginning on Thursday, AT&T will include a free HBO subscription as a perk of its high-cost Unlimited Plus plan, intensifying recent competition among U.S. cellular carriers.

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GoPro expands stabilized sports cam mounting options with $100 Karma Grip extension cable

GoPro expands stabilized sports cam mounting options with $100 Karma Grip extension cable

The ability to mount an iOS-connected GoPro with the image stabilizing Karma Grip can be greatly enhanced with a newly launched extension cable accessory, though it carries a $100 price tag.

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ReviewReview: Apple's 2017 9.7" iPad with A9 CPU isn't a game-changer, but it isn't supposed to be

Review: Apple's 2017 9.7

The 2017 9.7-inch iPad isn't intended to revolutionize Apple's tablet offerings, but it does go a long way to unifying the product line, and paving the way for the future of the platform — all starting at just $329.

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Mitsubishi reveals 2018 Outlander Sport with Apple CarPlay in tow

Mitsubishi reveals 2018 Outlander Sport with Apple CarPlay in tow

An upcoming crossover SUV, the 2018 Outlander Sport, will be Mitsubishi's next vehicle to support Apple's CarPlay, the Japanese automaker announced on Wednesday.

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Koogeek Smart Plug converts regular light socket into Apple HomeKit light

Koogeek Smart Plug converts regular light socket into Apple HomeKit light

Smarthome vendor Koogeek has updated its line of HomeKit products, and has released the Smart Socket — a device that plugs into any Edison-style lightbulb receptacle turning it into a Siri-controllable light.

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