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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

FBI director says legal war on encryption far from over

FBI director says legal war on encryption far from over

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday said the U.S. government will continue to wage legal war with tech companies to gain access to encrypted devices, intimating that such measures are weakening terror organizations like ISIL.

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Apple debunks rumors that it will stop selling iTunes downloads

Apple debunks rumors that it will stop selling iTunes downloads

Apple issued a rare statement on Wednesday debunking rumors that claimed the company has plans to discontinue iTunes music downloads sometime in the next four years, ostensibly in favor of an all-streaming service powered by Apple Music.

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Apple again rumored to turn LA landmark into retail store

Apple again rumored to turn LA landmark into retail store

A report on Wednesday claims Apple looking to build a new Apple Store at the Tower Theater site in Los Angeles, a designated historic-cultural monument in the city's famed Broadway Theater District.

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Exodus of original Siri team continues at Apple

Exodus of original Siri team continues at Apple

Almost all of the talent Apple acquired from the original Siri team has reportedly left the company, with a pair of key departures having taken place in recent weeks.

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Occupy the App Store? Top 1% of monetized apps dominate 94% of US App Store revenue

Occupy the App Store? Top 1% of monetized apps dominate 94% of US App Store revenue

The top 1 percent of earners don't just control the lion's share of money in the U.S. economy — a similar disparity between the haves and the have-nots has emerged in Apple's own App Store economy, a new study reveals.

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Rumor: Apple's 2017 iPhone will be radical redesign with Touch ID, FaceTime camera & speaker embedded in display

Rumor: Apple's 2017 iPhone will be radical redesign with Touch ID, FaceTime camera & speaker embedded in display

With this year's "iPhone 7" expected to have a similar design and form factor to the current iPhone 6s, rumors continue to point toward a major overhaul in 2017, with one well-connected insider suggesting Apple is working on an edge-to-edge display that will conceal components and sensors under the screen.

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Instagram updates iOS apps with 'flat' designs, Google Translate gets offline support in 52 languages

Instagram updates iOS apps with 'flat' designs, Google Translate gets offline support in 52 languages

Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday launched a cosmetic overhaul of its iOS apps, while Google updated its Translate app with support for offline translation in 52 languages.

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With Apple sales slumping, Taiwanese suppliers sink into a sea of red ink

With Apple sales slumping, Taiwanese suppliers sink into a sea of red ink

The rapid development of Taiwan's technology sector has been fed in no small part by Apple's nearly insatiable demand for components and complex manufacturing processes, but the ride has turned rough for many of the island's tech firms.

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Lower MacBook sales push Apple down to sixth place in laptop marketshare

Lower MacBook sales push Apple down to sixth place in laptop marketshare

A drop in MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air shipments year-over-year likewise resulted in Apple losing share in the world's declining laptop market, according to March-quarter research data.

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Apple's 'iPhone 7 Plus' rumored to use 3GB of RAM for dual-camera image processing

Apple's 'iPhone 7 Plus' rumored to use 3GB of RAM for dual-camera image processing

Apple's larger 5.5-inch "iPhone 7 Plus" will rely on 3 gigabytes of RAM in order to handle the hefty image processing requirements for its advanced dual-camera design, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

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Deals: Where to grab the lowest prices on Apple's MacBooks this Memorial Day weekend

Deals: Where to grab the lowest prices on Apple's MacBooks this Memorial Day weekend

This Memorial Day weekend, save up to $300 on popular 13" and 15" MacBook Pros when you pair instant discounts with exclusive coupons. Or snap up a 2015 12" MacBook for only $964 with 3 free accessories, free shipping and no sales tax in most states.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Apple is the Teflon tech company as Wall Street troubles can't topple world's most valuable brand

Apple is the Teflon tech company as Wall Street troubles can't topple world's most valuable brand

No matter what the suits in New York think, Apple is still the king of the hill when it comes to consumers — the company's brand is now worth some $154 billion, according to one calculation, nearly double its closest competitor.

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'iPhone 7' schematics suggest dual camera, Smart Connector will be exclusive to 5.5" Plus model

'iPhone 7' schematics suggest dual camera, Smart Connector will be exclusive to 5.5

A new series of images rumored to show the design of both the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" suggest that Apple's larger 5.5-inch model will be the only one to receive a dual-lens camera, as well as the magnetic Smart Connector.

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Android remains king of crashes, once again seeing more device failures than Apple's iPhone

Android remains king of crashes, once again seeing more device failures than Apple's iPhone

Android phones continued to see the most devices failures in the first quarter of 2016, although the gap with iPhones shrunk hugely quarter-to-quarter, according to a research study published on Wednesday.

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Google and Oracle face off - again - over Android, with billions on the line

Google and Oracle face off - again - over Android, with billions on the line

Two of Silicon Valley's most accomplished heavyweights stepped back into the legal squared circle this week, as the search giant defends its use of Oracle's Java APIs in Android for the second time.

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Courts predicted to side with law enforcement on fingerprint warrants for Apple's Touch ID

Courts predicted to side with law enforcement on fingerprint warrants for Apple's Touch ID

In a select number of cases, authorities have been able to compel courts to force criminal suspects to unlock their Touch ID-equipped iPhone using their fingerprint. That security bypass is likely to continue, legal experts say, because capturing someone's fingerprint is a well-established practice in investigations.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Apple fan tells Tim Cook that iPad helped grandfather cope with cancer, gets reply

Apple fan tells Tim Cook that iPad helped grandfather cope with cancer, gets reply

Apple CEO Tim Cook this week responded to an email sent by a customer who explained how iPad and iPhone helped their grandfather recover from cancer surgery — like an Apple commercial come to life.

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Messaging service WhatsApp launches desktop app for Mac

Messaging service WhatsApp launches desktop app for Mac

Popular messaging service WhatsApp on Tuesday debuted its first native desktop client for Mac, introducing users to yet another comprehensive multi-platform solution that will compete with Apple's own Messages product.

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Disney shutters "Disney Infinity" video game business

Disney shutters

Just over one month after Disney discontinued support for "Disney Infinity 3.0" on Apple TV, the company on Tuesday announced plans to abandon Disney Infinity altogether, citing poor financials.

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Pebble Time updated with automatic activity tracking, 'Send Text' feature

Pebble Time updated with automatic activity tracking, 'Send Text' feature

Smartwatch maker Pebble on Tuesday released a pair of matching firmware and iOS app updates, enhancing its Time series devices with a variety of health-related features, plus iPhone access to a "Send Text" option.

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Apple Inc. shares reach ex-dividend as it gears up to distribute $2.9 billion to shareholders

Apple Inc. shares reach ex-dividend as it gears up to distribute $2.9 billion to shareholders

On May 12, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.57 per share, but investors must have had settled ownership of the company's stock by Monday May 9 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $2.9 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

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Apple News format updates with custom channel art & support for older stories

Apple News format updates with custom channel art & support for older stories

Apple on Tuesday updated the official Apple News Format with several improvements geared toward making News more publisher-friendly, particularly for outlets just signing on.

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Apple's iWork suites for iOS, Mac get minor updates for stability, bug fixes

Apple's iWork suites for iOS, Mac get minor updates for stability, bug fixes

Apple's trio of iWork apps for both iOS and Mac were given simultaneous updates on Tuesday, squashing bugs and improving stability for the productivity suites.

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VoIP-Pal serves Apple in $2.8B patent infringement suit over iMessage & Wi-Fi Calling

VoIP-Pal serves Apple in $2.8B patent infringement suit over iMessage & Wi-Fi Calling

Patent holder VoIP-Pal on Tuesday announced that it has formally served Apple in an infringement lawsuit, claiming over $2.8 billion in damages from concepts used in services like Wi-Fi Calling and iMessage.

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Filemaker 15 launches with support for Apple's Touch ID, 3D Touch

Filemaker 15 launches with support for Apple's Touch ID, 3D Touch

Apple-owned subsidiary Filemaker launched version 15 on Tuesday, making it easier to build customized apps using the latest iOS features without the need for complicated programming knowledge.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi, Silver) for $499.00 at B&H Photo ($200 off)

Killer Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi, Silver) for $499.00 at B&H Photo ($200 off)

AppleInsider readers this week can grab Apple's current 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi Only, Silver) for the lowest price ever offered at $499, with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY.

Apple imagines future Siri enhancements to find, control live television content

Apple imagines future Siri enhancements to find, control live television content

If Apple ever gets its long-rumored web television service for Apple TV off the ground, a newly-issued patent shows that users may depend on voice navigation to find, watch, and record shows and events.

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Amazon makes jump into self-published videos with Amazon Video Direct

Amazon makes jump into self-published videos with Amazon Video Direct

Amazon on Tuesday revealed Amazon Video Direct, a self-publishing platform for uploading to Prime Video and generating income from plays, competing with the likes of Google's YouTube, but focusing more on professional content.

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Japan Display reports $294M net loss, hopes Apple will switch iPhone to OLED soon

Japan Display reports $294M net loss, hopes Apple will switch iPhone to OLED soon

Amid slowing sales from a stalling smartphone market, Apple supplier Japan Display is apparently hopeful that future iPhone models could use OLED display technology, helping to once again reignite sales growth.

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RBC, CIBC & other Canadian banks launch support for Apple Pay

RBC, CIBC & other Canadian banks launch support for Apple Pay

Several Canadian banks launched support for Apple Pay on Tuesday, finally opening up the payment platform in the country beyond the limited number of American Express card holders.

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Monday, May 09, 2016

Apple announces WWDC 2016 scholarship winners

Apple announces WWDC 2016 scholarship winners

Apple on Monday began sending out notifications to lucky students and STEM organization members selected to receive a scholarship to this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, offering winners the chance to attend without paying the $1,599 ticket price.

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Foxconn nears deal to build iPhone manufacturing plant in India, report says

Foxconn nears deal to build iPhone manufacturing plant in India, report says

Apple supplier Foxconn is reportedly close to inking a deal with the Indian government to green-light plans to set up a manufacturing plant exclusively for Apple products.

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Steve Jobs tasked Apple to fix healthcare and Apple Watch is part of the answer

Steve Jobs tasked Apple to fix healthcare and Apple Watch is part of the answer

An interesting profile of Apple's overarching health initiative published Monday says Apple Watch, a device marketed to fashion-forward consumers, has roots in late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs' personal quest for better healthcare, a goal he wanted for all Apple customers.

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Apple's Tim Cook, Jony Ive among most influential people in automotive tech

Apple's Tim Cook, Jony Ive among most influential people in automotive tech

Apple currently markets a single automotive product — CarPlay infotainment software — but rumors of a branded electric car put company executives Tim Cook and Jony Ive on a top 10 list ranking the most influential figures in automotive technology.

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Spotify growing even faster thanks to launch of Apple Music, VP says

Spotify growing even faster thanks to launch of Apple Music, VP says

Spotify has actually seen its business accelerate since Apple Music was launched in June 2015, a vice president with the company said on Monday, crediting the extra attention drawn to streaming services.

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US regulators probe Apple, Google, Verizon & others on security patches

US regulators probe Apple, Google, Verizon & others on security patches

A variety of wireless carriers and smartphone and tablet makers, including Apple, are reportedly being asked by U.S. regulators to explain how they review and push out security updates to their customers.

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Neil Patrick Harris shows off 'Hey Siri' in Apple's latest iPhone 6s ad

Neil Patrick Harris shows off 'Hey Siri' in Apple's latest iPhone 6s ad

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has once again joined Apple to promote the iPhone 6s, this time in a new TV ad where the Oscar and Tony host dictates notes to his iPhone using its "Hey Siri" handsfree capabilities.

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After failed takeover talks with Apple, Imagination Technologies sells 3% stake to state-owned Chinese company

After failed takeover talks with Apple, Imagination Technologies sells 3% stake to state-owned Chinese company

Tsinghua Unigroup International has purchased a 3 percent stake in Imagination Technologies, the company that builds graphics processors for Apple's custom A-series chips found in the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

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Microsoft embraces Apple's 3D Touch in OneDrive update

Microsoft embraces Apple's 3D Touch in OneDrive update

Users of Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service will now be able to browse more easily through their files — as long as they have an iPhone 6s — as the Redmond giant has taken a shine to Apple's 3D Touch.

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