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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Winners of the Blast Motion sensor giveaway announced

Winners of the Blast Motion sensor giveaway announced

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Michael D., John S., Melissa C., Derek B., Christopher T., Jason R., Audrey S., Kevin C., Richard E. and Chris A., each of whom scored a baseball, basketball or golf sensor of their choosing.

Imposters again target NYC Apple Store, pilfer $16,000 in iPhones

Imposters again target NYC Apple Store, pilfer $16,000 in iPhones

New York's Apple Stores have been hit by a rash of burglaries perpetrated by thieves employee lookalikes, the latest heist seeing more than $16,000 worth of iPhones swiped from the company's swanky SoHo outlet.

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Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 7' to ditch Space Gray for 'Deep Blue' color option

Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 7' to ditch Space Gray for 'Deep Blue' color option

A highly questionable rumor from East Asia on Thursday claims Apple will replace the venerable Space Gray colorway with a new "Deep Blue" shade when it launches the next-generation iPhone this fall.

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MacBook Pro with OLED touchbar visualized in new concept renderings

MacBook Pro with OLED touchbar visualized in new concept renderings

Building on a foundation of recent rumor and speculation, designer Martin Hajek mocked up computer graphics renders exploring the utility of incorporating an OLED touchbar into Apple's rumored next-generation MacBook Pro, a device anticipated for release later this year.

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Rumor: Apple to debut iMessage for Android at WWDC 2016

Rumor: Apple to debut iMessage for Android at WWDC 2016

An unconfirmed, and somewhat tenuous, rumor on Thursday claims iMessage will be Apple's next Android release, with the company potentially planning a debut next week at its Worldwide Developers Conference.

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LG Innotek to be sole 'iPhone 7 Plus' dual-lens camera module supplier - report

LG Innotek to be sole 'iPhone 7 Plus' dual-lens camera module supplier - report

LG Innotek will be the exclusive supplier of dual-lens camera modules for Apple's "iPhone 7 Plus," expected to ship this September, a Korean report claimed on Thursday.

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Motorola's swappable 'Moto Mods' turn smartphones into projectors, loudspeakers, high-end cameras

Motorola's swappable 'Moto Mods' turn smartphones into projectors, loudspeakers, high-end cameras

In a push to reclaim some of the smartphone space dominated by Apple and Samsung, Lenovo-owned Motorola on Thursday unveiled a new hardware project called "Moto Mods," a series of swappable accessories that can bring new capabilities to the Moto Z line of handsets.

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Spotify says Apple's App Store changes omit 'price flexibility,' customer data

Spotify says Apple's App Store changes omit 'price flexibility,' customer data

Apple's planned changes to the App Store still don't address some fundamental problems, a Spotify executive said on Thursday, hinting that the music service's in-app subscription fees are likely to remain unchanged.

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Apple continues push for professional users in China with Logic Pro X update

Apple continues push for professional users in China with Logic Pro X update

Apple's professional-grade audio editing app, Logic Pro X, was given a significant update on Thursday, adding a number of fixes and enhancements, including more than 300 new Chinese instrument Apple Loops.

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Apple debuts 'Shot on iPhone' ad timed with European Football Championship

Apple debuts 'Shot on iPhone' ad timed with European Football Championship

Apple's U.K. branch on Thursday premiered a new "Shot on iPhone" ad, "The Beautiful Game," exploiting the UEFA European Football Championship beginning on Friday.

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Apple establishes 'Apple Energy' to resell green energy back to providers

Apple establishes 'Apple Energy' to resell green energy back to providers

Apple has established a new subsidiary firm, "Apple Energy LLC," geared towards reselling surplus energy from the company's solar farms back to local grid systems.

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New Apple wearable display patent may point to future Apple Watch generations

New Apple wearable display patent may point to future Apple Watch generations

An Apple patent application published on Thursday suggests the company is interested in flexible, wearable displays, possibly with a future incarnation of the Apple Watch in mind.

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FeatureWWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice vs. Amazon's Alexa Echo, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana

WWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice vs. Amazon's Alexa Echo, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana

While a variety of tech commentators have played up a dramatic "voice-first" rivalry ostensibly led by the Amazon Echo, a yet-unreleased Google Home and Microsoft's Cortana (and apparently miserably trailed by Apple's Siri), real data shows that's not actually the case.

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Apple Maps transit directions come to Atlanta, Miami & UK's National Rail

Apple Maps transit directions come to Atlanta, Miami & UK's National Rail

Apple on Thursday expanded the availability of Maps transit directions to the US cities of Atlanta and Miami, and to National Rail lines in the United Kingdom.

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Google's Larry Page bankrolling two flying car moonshot projects - report

Google's Larry Page bankrolling two flying car moonshot projects - report

Google co-founder Larry Page isn't waiting for his company's self-driving car technology to hit the market before reportedly looking toward the next big thing: personal flying cars.

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Heart rate monitoring app Cardiogram goes native with watchOS 2 update

Heart rate monitoring app Cardiogram goes native with watchOS 2 update

Cardiogram, the HealthKit-enabled Apple Watch app powering an ongoing University of California, San Francisco heart study, received a major update on Thursday with support for native watchOS 2 operation, a new complication, 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s and a refreshed look.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

DOJ urges Supreme Court to return Apple vs. Samsung patent case to lower court

DOJ urges Supreme Court to return Apple vs. Samsung patent case to lower court

The Justice Department on Wednesday filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Apple's appellate court win over Samsung in a nearly five-year-old patent dispute, a decision that would inevitably lead to a new round of litigation.

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More evidence of 'macOS' rebranding surfaces on Apple website

More evidence of 'macOS' rebranding surfaces on Apple website

In another subtle hint that Apple plans to rebrand its desktop operating system "macOS," the company on Wednesday published a support document containing reference to the new naming convention alongside software pillars iOS, tvOS and watchOS.

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Google to ape Apple's 'Subscriptions 2.0' payout policy without customer retention stipulation

Google to ape Apple's 'Subscriptions 2.0' payout policy without customer retention stipulation

After Apple announced an upcoming change to its App Store revenue sharing policies that will net developers a larger cut for customers who maintain a subscription for more than one year, a report now says Google plans to offer identical terms — minus the probationary period.

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Deals: $140-$430 off 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with AppleCare; 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pros (WiFi, Cellular) for $699

Deals: $140-$430 off 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with AppleCare; 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pros (WiFi, Cellular) for $699

This week, shoppers can save $200-$430 on 15-inch MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare — plus score a free Canon printer. Or snap up a smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro, also with three years of AppleCare, for $140-$270 off MSRP. On top of that, those in the market for an iPad can grab the new 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) for $699. Systems without AppleCare are also up to $250 off.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Withings' Body Cardio scale delivers at-home heart health monitoring

Withings' Body Cardio scale delivers at-home heart health monitoring

Withings on Wednesday launched a fourth-generation Wi-Fi connected scale called Body Cardio, offering users access to cutting edge cardiovascular health measurements formerly restricted to clinical settings, and other key health metrics, right on their iPhone.

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New US guidelines on self-driving cars coming in July, NHTSA official says

New US guidelines on self-driving cars coming in July, NHTSA official says

The U.S. Department of Transportation will reportedly be laying out new guidelines on self-driving cars in July, hoping to improve the speed with which companies like Apple and Google can deploy their technology.

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Apple employees raise Tim Cook to 8th place in Glassdoor CEO rankings

Apple employees raise Tim Cook to 8th place in Glassdoor CEO rankings

An anonymous poll of employees at Apple has given Chief Executive Tim Cook a 96 percent approval rating, ranking him No. 8 among U.S. companies surveyed for Glassdoor's annual Employees' Choice Awards.

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Apple announces it will offer App Store subscriptions to all apps, take smaller 15% cut

Apple announces it will offer App Store subscriptions to all apps, take smaller 15% cut

In the near future, Apple will be shifting to a new revenue sharing model for apps — one that more heavily favors subscription services than one-time or in-app purchases, marketing head Phil Schiller revealed on Wednesday. The company also plans to begin allowing search ads in the App Store this fall.

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Deals: 12-inch MacBook for $1,199; $70-$220 off Apple Watches; $150-$200 off 13-inch MacBook Pros

Deals: 12-inch MacBook for $1,199; $70-$220 off Apple Watches; $150-$200 off 13-inch MacBook Pros

Apple authorized reseller B&H is slashing the price of the standard 2016 12-inch MacBook to $1,199. Plus, save $150-$200 on 13-inch MacBook Pros or $70-$220 on Apple Watches. All come with free expedited shipping as well.

Report insists Apple 'keeping options open' on phasing out iTunes downloads

Report insists Apple 'keeping options open' on phasing out iTunes downloads

Despite vocal denials by the company, Apple is still considering phasing out iTunes music downloads in favor of streaming services, a new report claims.

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Apple could face slower upgrade cycles as study shows iPhone owners clinging to devices longer

Apple could face slower upgrade cycles as study shows iPhone owners clinging to devices longer

A slower rate of technical improvements in the iPhone, coupled with new carrier financing plans phasing out two-year subsidies, have helped to change how frequently mobile customers upgrade their Apple handset, a new study has revealed.

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Rumor: New MacBook Pros will be announced by Apple this month, begin shipping in August

Rumor: New MacBook Pros will be announced by Apple this month, begin shipping in August

Apple is set to revamp its notebook lineup in the coming months, and could pre-announce a drastic change to its MacBook Pro hardware as soon as this month, a new rumor claims.

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Gamevice iOS gaming controllers gain prime real estate at Apple retail stores

Gamevice iOS gaming controllers gain prime real estate at Apple retail stores

Apple has once again chosen to spotlight a third-party product with prime shelf space at its retail stores, partnering with Gamevice to push sales of its lineup of iOS-compatible gaming controllers.

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Apple's Taiwanese bonds come in higher than expected at $1.38B

Apple's Taiwanese bonds come in higher than expected at $1.38B

Apple actually did nearly 40 better than anticipated in its first Taiwanese bond sale, raising $1.38 billion, a report indicated on Wednesday.

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UberPOOL for iPhone adds estimated arrival time, promises $2 credit if you're late

UberPOOL for iPhone adds estimated arrival time, promises $2 credit if you're late

iPhone users looking to save money on an Uber ride in L.A. can now view estimated arrival times for the company's UberPOOL option, and they'll even receive a $2 credit toward their next trip if the ETA is missed.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Apple's 'Hey Siri' helps mom call ambulance, saves life of baby

Apple's 'Hey Siri' helps mom call ambulance, saves life of baby

Siri is expected to gain volumes of new skills if and when Apple releases a rumored software development kit, but it was the virtual assistant's existing abilities that recently proved critical in preserving the life of a baby girl.

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CurrentC inches closer to death as Apple Pay adds over 30 banks

CurrentC inches closer to death as Apple Pay adds over 30 banks

Payments industry hopeful CurrentC continued its slow death march on Tuesday, announcing plans to officially end beta testing later in June without plans for wider rollout. In related news, Apple Pay this week gained support from more than 30 U.S. banks and credit unions.

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Success of next-generation iPhone could rest with Siri, survey says

Success of next-generation iPhone could rest with Siri, survey says

A fresh survey published ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference suggests updates to Siri and the unlocking of the digital assistant's software development kit could be a key factor in future iPhone adoption, a topic of keen interest coming off Apple's first ever handset sales contraction.

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After Apple's objections, UK removes encryption backdoors from Investigatory Powers Bill before passing

After Apple's objections, UK removes encryption backdoors from Investigatory Powers Bill before passing

The U.K. House of Commons has passed a limited version of its Investigatory Powers Bill after removing controversial elements that would have demanded that manufacturers like Apple to weaken or build backdoors into their encryption products.

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Apple's WWDC live stream webpage goes live ahead of June 13 keynote

Apple's WWDC live stream webpage goes live ahead of June 13 keynote

In preparation of next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple on Tuesday activated a landing page for its upcoming keynote live stream, inviting those unable to attend in person to take part in the online broadcast.

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Rumor: Supplier already shipping hinges for Apple's redesigned 13" MacBook Pro

Rumor: Supplier already shipping hinges for Apple's redesigned 13

Though new MacBooks aren't expected to launch until later this year, a new supply chain report claims that one key component supplier is sending parts to Apple as the company gears up for a completely revamped notebook design.

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iTunes U expands cloud support, new Google app turns Live Photos into GIFs

iTunes U expands cloud support, new Google app turns Live Photos into GIFs

Apple on Tuesday released an important update to its iTunes U iOS app, adding features like a cloud-capable document picker. Google meanwhile debuted Motion Stills, an iPhone app that creates unusual GIFs based on Live Photos.

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Microsoft throwing developer party at Apple's WWDC, says its iOS apps set 'gold standard'

Microsoft throwing developer party at Apple's WWDC, says its iOS apps set 'gold standard'

Microsoft wants to inject its own software and services into the agenda for Apple's Worldwide Developers conference next week, hoping to lure attendees to an offsite afterparty with the promise of drinks and prizes.

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