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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Apple files government application to open Apple Stores in India

Apple files government application to open Apple Stores in India

Apple fans living in India might soon be treated to the Apple Store experience, as the company this week filed an application to open its own branded outlets in the South Asian country.

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Hermes Apple Watch edition hits online store on Friday

Hermes Apple Watch edition hits online store on Friday

Four months after announcing a special Apple Watch edition created in collaboration with French fashion house Hermes, Apple is taking the device out of limited availability and will begin online sales starting Friday.

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Apple grants widow access to husband's Apple ID after demanding court order

Apple grants widow access to husband's Apple ID after demanding court order

Apple's strict data protection policies sparked debate over so-called "digital legacy" issues this week, as the company refused to supply a recently widowed Canadian woman with her late husband's Apple ID password.

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Latest iMovie for Mac update fixes YouTube sharing, image adjustment issues

Latest iMovie for Mac update fixes YouTube sharing, image adjustment issues

Following the release of OS X 10.11.3 on Tuesday, Apple released the latest version of its iMovie consumer level video editing app with fixes for issues related to YouTube sharing, image adjustments and more.

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Key Apple TV designer Ben Keighran leaves Apple with startup plans in mind

Key Apple TV designer Ben Keighran leaves Apple with startup plans in mind

One of the people principally responsible for the look and feel of the new Apple TV's interface, Ben Keighran, is reportedly leaving Apple shortly with the eventual goal of founding a new business.

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ESPN in 'ongoing conversations' with Apple about streaming service

ESPN in 'ongoing conversations' with Apple about streaming service

ESPN is in discussions with Apple about the prospects of some sort of over-the-top streaming service, according to the sports network's president, John Skipper.

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Verizon joins AT&T in launching sponsored data access, raises net neutrality concerns

Verizon joins AT&T in launching sponsored data access, raises net neutrality concerns

Verizon on Tuesday officially announced FreeBee Data, a service that will let businesses sponsor data access so subscribers can load some apps, websites, or downloads without it impacting their monthly limits.

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Apple release iOS 9.2.1 with fix for app installs, plus other bug fixes & security updates

Apple release iOS 9.2.1 with fix for app installs, plus other bug fixes & security updates

Apple on Tuesday publicly released iOS 9.2.1, a maintenance and security update for iPhone and iPad that addresses some minor issues, most notably a problem that could halt app installations for enterprise customers.

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Mac OS X gets bumped to version 10.11.3, brings bug fixes and security updates

Mac OS X gets bumped to version 10.11.3, brings bug fixes and security updates

Apple on Tuesday released OS X El Capitan 10.11.3, a new point release that the company says brings bug fixes and security updates to the venerable desktop operating system.

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Amazon Prime Air building drones to cope with different environments, may launch overseas

Amazon Prime Air building drones to cope with different environments, may launch overseas

Amazon's drone-based Prime Air delivery service will have an array of craft to deal with different climates and environments, though the company is still devising solutions to other problems and could end up launching outside the U.S. first, according to a new interview.

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Apple chip partner TSMC plans to launch 7nm process in 2018, 5nm in 2020

Apple chip partner TSMC plans to launch 7nm process in 2018, 5nm in 2020

Taiwanese semiconductor foundry TSMC is reportedly preparing to roll out its 7-nanometer process node as soon as 2018, with a jump to 5 nanometers currently penciled in for 2020.

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LG aims at ramping up curved OLED production amid rumors of iPhone plans

LG aims at ramping up curved OLED production amid rumors of iPhone plans

LG Display is reportedly planning to increase its manufacturing capacity for curved OLED displays, in a move that may back rumors the company will help Apple produce its first OLED-equipped iPhone.

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Apple quietly supporting Silicon Valley's Super Bowl Host Committee with products & equipment

Apple quietly supporting Silicon Valley's Super Bowl Host Committee with products & equipment

Apple is among the Silicon Valley tech giants who have raised millions of dollars to support the upcoming Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in California, though the iPhone maker has apparently requested that its logo and name not be associated with any of the NFL's marketing materials.

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Killer Deal: Free AppleCare & Canon AirPrint Printer with all 27" iMac with Retina 5K display configs

Killer Deal: Free AppleCare & Canon AirPrint Printer with all 27

Shoppers in the market for a 27" iMac with Retina 5K display this month can grab a free AppleCare extended protection plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint printer, and free shipping, with the purchase of all possible Late 2015 iMac 5K configurations. Plus no sales tax for customers in 48 states.

Apple wins US ban of Samsung software features, only affects obsolete products

Apple wins US ban of Samsung software features, only affects obsolete products

After months of back-and-forth litigation, Apple won a US sales ban against certain Samsung software features found in infringement of three patents, though the ruling has no real bearing on either company's business.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Apple's 2015 EEO-1 report shows slow progress toward workplace diversity

Apple's 2015 EEO-1 report shows slow progress toward workplace diversity

Over the weekend, Apple quietly released its latest EEO-1 Federal Employer Information Report tallying employment diversity information through Aug. 1, 2015, revealing raw numbers that, while a slight improvement year over year, are incongruent with statements the company made last year.

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Apple battery suppliers use cobalt mined by child laborers, report says

Apple battery suppliers use cobalt mined by child laborers, report says

An Amnesty International investigation claims child labor is being used to acquire cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a mineral used in the production of lithium-ion batteries purchased by tech companies like Apple.

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Apple to spend $80M on Campus 2 visitor center

Apple to spend $80M on Campus 2 visitor center

Apple is estimating a $79.9 million financial outlay to build a planned visitor center with store and cafe at the currently under construction Campus 2 site, according to a recent permit filing.

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Tim Cook, Apple employees volunteer at San Jose elementary school for MLK Day

Tim Cook, Apple employees volunteer at San Jose elementary school for MLK Day

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined hundreds of Apple employees in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday by volunteering time in a renovation effort at Santee Elementary School in San Jose, Calif.

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Donald Trump promises to make Apple manufacture in US instead of China

Donald Trump promises to make Apple manufacture in US instead of China

In a campaign speech at Virginia's fundamentalist Liberty University on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tangentially promised that he would force Apple to manufacture its hardware in the US instead of looking to overseas labor.

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Apple's CarPlay wins Autoblog 2016 Technology of the Year award

Apple's CarPlay wins Autoblog 2016 Technology of the Year award

Apple's CarPlay was awarded the "best individual technology feature in a vehicle" by Autoblog at Detroit's North American International Auto Show.

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Apple hikes App Store prices in Canada, Russia, New Zealand & several other countries

Apple hikes App Store prices in Canada, Russia, New Zealand & several other countries

Reacting to fluctating currencies, Apple on Monday told developers that it will be hiking App Store prices in several countries within the next three days.

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Apple promises to compensate for iAd layoffs with new job openings

Apple promises to compensate for iAd layoffs with new job openings

The decision to scale back iAd will see some people lose sales jobs, although new positions should be created to compensate, an Apple spokesman acknowledged on Monday.

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Apple making sparse use of Swift in its own apps, engineer claims

Apple making sparse use of Swift in its own apps, engineer claims

In spite of Apple expressing a desire to switch its apps to Swift, just a handful of them are actually using the programming language so far, according to a software engineer.

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iOS code shows Apple experimenting with ultra fast, light-based Li-Fi wireless data for future iPhones

iOS code shows Apple experimenting with ultra fast, light-based Li-Fi wireless data for future iPhones

Recent versions of iOS have been found to contain references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi.

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Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger drops annual fees to keep growing userbase

Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger drops annual fees to keep growing userbase

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook, is dropping its 99-cent annual charge in order to continue growing, CEO Jan Koum said on Monday.

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Microsoft to bring Windows Phone keyboard, Word Flow, to iOS

Microsoft to bring Windows Phone keyboard, Word Flow, to iOS

Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing the Windows Phone keyboard — known as Word Flow — to iOS devices, marking the arrival of yet another feature previously exclusive to Microsoft platforms.

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Apple honors Martin Luther King Day with website splash image

Apple honors Martin Luther King Day with website splash image

Apple on Monday acknowledged the Martin Luther King holiday in the U.S. with an image on its website, featuring a photo of the civil rights activist alongside a famous quote.

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False bomb threat at Apple's Ireland facilities leads to evacuation of 4,800 staff

False bomb threat at Apple's Ireland facilities leads to evacuation of 4,800 staff

A fake bomb threat was issued for Apple's operations in Ireland on Monday, causing officials to evacuate 4,800 employees before giving the all-clear.

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EditorialAfter abandoning iAd revenue, Apple Inc can reintroduce an ad-free internet

After abandoning iAd revenue, Apple Inc can reintroduce an ad-free internet

Apple's five year effort to radically enhance iOS app advertising with its own ad sales has now been scuttled. That opens the door for an even more radical rethinking of how to monetize apps and Internet services, one that is clearly differentiated from the incessant adware associated with Android, Windows and the open web.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Roundup: The best Mac email clients for push Gmail

Roundup: The best Mac email clients for push Gmail

Mac owners who use Gmail know Apple's Mail app for OS X is less than perfect when it comes to pushing emails from Google's service. AppleInsider weeded through a forest of third party apps to find the fastest, cleanest and most reliable push Gmail clients for your desktop.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Apple promises fix for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus not displaying accurate battery data

Apple promises fix for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus not displaying accurate battery data

In a new support document, Apple has acknowledged a problem in which an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus may not show the right battery percentage as power drains.

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First look: OS X 10.11.4 beta brings Live Photos to Messages

First look: OS X 10.11.4 beta brings Live Photos to Messages

Introduced alongside iPhone 6s and iOS 9 last year, Apple's Live Photos feature plays well with devices running iOS, but viewing the special format images on Mac has been a less than ideal experience. But that will soon change.

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This week on AppleInsider: New betas, iAd flies the white flag, Apple Music hits 10M users & more

This week on AppleInsider: New betas, iAd flies the white flag, Apple Music hits 10M users & more

Apple news was perhaps mercifully quiet this week — but the company did hit important milestones with Mac sales and Apple Music, while finally giving up the ghost for its long-suffering iAd division.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

'Apple Watch 2' might not make anticipated March debut, report says

'Apple Watch 2' might not make anticipated March debut, report says

Those anticipating Apple to unveil a second-generation Apple Watch in March might have to wait a bit longer, as a report on Friday cobbles together indirect evidence to cast plausible doubt on recent rumors.

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Apple to fold iTunes Radio into Apple Music, make Beats 1 lone free-to-stream product

Apple to fold iTunes Radio into Apple Music, make Beats 1 lone free-to-stream product

In an email blast to Apple Music customers on Friday, Apple announced a change in its fee structure that will make the currently free iTunes Radio service a subscription-only feature for the first time since its launch in 2013.

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Apple to shut down iAd App Network on June 30

Apple to shut down iAd App Network on June 30

Apple on Friday announced plans to cease iAd App Network operations at the end of June, ending one facet of the company's six-year play at the mobile advertising market.

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Samsung working to copy iPhone 6s Live Photos feature for next Galaxy S7

Samsung working to copy iPhone 6s Live Photos feature for next Galaxy S7

Samsung hopes to maintain its "lead by following" style of innovation for this year's Galaxy S7 launch by copying the Live Photos feature Apple developed for iPhone 6s, but the planned feature may not be done in time for the flagship's launch.

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Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay support to 2017 Elantra, rolling out in January

Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay support to 2017 Elantra, rolling out in January

Hyundai on Friday announced that its latest sedan, the 2017 Elantra, will launch later this month with support for both Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto.

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