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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Apple hires doctor with HealthKit experience away from Stanford Children's Hospital

Apple hires doctor with HealthKit experience away from Stanford Children's Hospital

According to a report published Thursday, Apple recently poached Dr. Rajiv Kumar, a pediatric specialist whose diabetes ResearchKit study made headlines in 2014, away from Stanford Children's Health.

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Latest iTunes 12.4.1 update fixes VoiceOver problems, other minor issues

Latest iTunes 12.4.1 update fixes VoiceOver problems, other minor issues

Apple on Thursday released a minor update to its iTunes media management platform to address a variety of small problems and bugs, including compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature.

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Face palm, pregnant woman among 72 new emoji coming with Unicode 9.0

Face palm, pregnant woman among 72 new emoji coming with Unicode 9.0

The Unicode Consortium on Thursday announced and published samples of 72 new emoji characters set for release as part of Unicode 9.0 in June, including what is sure to be a crowd favorite: the cucumber.

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1Password Teams launches with introductory pricing after 7-month beta period

1Password Teams launches with introductory pricing after 7-month beta period

After seven months of beta testing, developer Agile Bits on Thursday released 1Password Teams, a subscription-based version of its popular multi-platform password and secure data management app designed to serve work groups.

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Samsung unveils Gear IconX wireless earbuds with health tracking functions

Samsung unveils Gear IconX wireless earbuds with health tracking functions

As part of continued efforts to break into the health and fitness market, Samsung on Thursday added two new products to its wearable device lineup, including a pair of wireless earbuds capable of monitoring a user's heart rate.

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Apple hires luxury car satellite navigation engineer Sinisa Durekovic

Apple hires luxury car satellite navigation engineer Sinisa Durekovic

The software engineer who led development of satellite navigation systems for a variety of luxury carmakers including Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, has been working for Apple since October.

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Apple internet services suffer wide outage, iCloud, App Stores, Apple TV, iTunes, others down [ux2]

Apple internet services suffer wide outage, iCloud, App Stores, Apple TV, iTunes, others down [ux2]

Apple's internet services experienced trouble for the second time in as many days on Thursday as customers reported outages affecting the iOS and Mac App Stores, iCloud, iTunes and Apple TV.

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Patent office gives Apple upper-hand in Smartflash lawsuit by invalidating two patents

Patent office gives Apple upper-hand in Smartflash lawsuit by invalidating two patents

The invalidation of two more Smartflash patents may put Apple in a good position to avoid paying a $532.9 million patent verdict rendered in February 2015, a report claimed on Thursday.

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Apple won't release a GPU-equipped Thunderbolt Retina 5K display anytime soon - report

Apple won't release a GPU-equipped Thunderbolt Retina 5K display anytime soon - report

Though speculation and rumors have been mounting that Apple could introduce a new high-resolution Thunderbolt Display with its own discrete graphics card, a new report pours cold water on those hopes, saying such a device will not be seen at this month's Worldwide Developers Conference — if ever.

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FeatureAnticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for Apple TV and tvOS

Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for Apple TV and tvOS

Apple TV was first introduced ten years ago at the end of 2006, but unlike the blockbuster iPhone it merely remained a "hobby" over the last decade until finally getting some real attention last year with the 4th generation overhaul. Here's a look at what we're likely to see about the future of tvOS from Apple at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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BMW refocuses 'i' division on self-driving cars as Honda shows off autonomous prototypes

BMW refocuses 'i' division on self-driving cars as Honda shows off autonomous prototypes

More potential competition for the rumored "Apple Car" emerged on Thursday, as BMW said that it is relaunching its "i" division to concentrate on self-driving vehicles, just a day after Honda revealed its own prototypes in that field.

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Apple issues new iOS 9.3.2 update to address update errors on 9.7" iPad Pro

Apple issues new iOS 9.3.2 update to address update errors on 9.7

Apple on Thursday pushed out a new version of iOS 9.3.2 specifically for its 9.7-inch iPad Pro, aiming to address bugs that "bricked" some units while attempting to update.

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Goldman Sachs cuts AAPL target, earnings forecasts on bleaker iPhone predictions

Goldman Sachs cuts AAPL target, earnings forecasts on bleaker iPhone predictions

Apple's stock value fell on Thursday morning in the wake of Goldman Sachs reducing price and earnings targets, along with its predictions for future iPhone shipments.

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Deals: Unlocked 64GB iPhone SE for $494; iMac 4K for $1,299; Gold MacBook for $999; 2.8GHz Mac mini for $899

Deals: Unlocked 64GB iPhone SE for $494; iMac 4K for $1,299; Gold MacBook for $999; 2.8GHz Mac mini for $899

Beat the 2-3 week wait at Apple and grab an unlocked iPhone SE at a slight discount before they're gone. Or grab the lowest price of the year on Apple's new iMac 4K at $1,299, a Gold 12-inch MacBook for $999, or a 2.8GHz Mac mini for $899 — all with free shipping and no sales tax in 49 states. An iPad Air for $270 is also up for grabs.

Siri enhancements and third-party SDK predicted to take center stage at WWDC 2016

Siri enhancements and third-party SDK predicted to take center stage at WWDC 2016

The most likely main focus for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference will be major improvements to Siri, one analyst believes, led by expansion to the Mac and the introduction of new developer tools that will allow third-party apps to access the virtual assistant.

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Apple to make Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan an Indian brand ambassador - report

Apple to make Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan an Indian brand ambassador - report

Apple will be making Bollywood film star Shah Rukh Khan a brand ambassador for India, intensifying the company's profile in the country, according to a Thursday report.

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Apple beefs up 2016 Back to School sale, offers free Beats with Mac, iPhone or iPad purchase

Apple beefs up 2016 Back to School sale, offers free Beats with Mac, iPhone or iPad purchase

Apple's 2016 Back to School sale is an improvement from last year, offering a better model of Beats headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac, and also expanding the promotion to include free headphones with the purchase of an iPad Pro or newer iPhone.

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Apple's latest bonds could raise total of $4B in debt from Asia-Pacific region

Apple's latest bonds could raise total of $4B in debt from Asia-Pacific region

On the heels of news that Apple plans to issue bonds in Taiwan and Australia, a new report alleges that the company could raise as much as $4 billion total from the Asia-Pacific region.

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Elon Musk expects 'Apple Car' to be late to market, estimates volume production by 2020

Elon Musk expects 'Apple Car' to be late to market, estimates volume production by 2020

Speaking at Re/code's Code Conference, Tesla founder Elon Musk restated assumptions that Apple — not Google — will one day be an automotive industry contender, but said the mythical project is already a "missed opportunity."

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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 01, 2016

Apple Pay transactions totaled $10.9B in 2015, suffers growing pains, report says

Apple Pay transactions totaled $10.9B in 2015, suffers growing pains, report says

Apple customers who provisioned credit and debit cards with Apple Pay made $10.9 billion in purchases in 2015, a report said Wednesday, suggesting the nascent payments service is — slowly — gaining momentum as the company expands beyond core markets.

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Apple deploys first preview branch of Swift 3.0 ahead of WWDC 2016

Apple deploys first preview branch of Swift 3.0 ahead of WWDC 2016

Developers now have access to the first preview release branch for Swift 3.0, the next evolution of Apple's custom programming language.

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iCloud Music Library outage triggers error messages, disappearing libraries for Apple Music users

iCloud Music Library outage triggers error messages, disappearing libraries for Apple Music users

A component of Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, was hit with extended downtime on Wednesday, causing numerous problems for people trying to play songs and albums.

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KFC officially launches Apple Pay at US restaurants

KFC officially launches Apple Pay at US restaurants

Fried chicken chain KFC on Wednesday announced that it has finally begun supporting Apple Pay, something originally teased by Apple in October 2015.

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Rumor: Apple preparing Thunderbolt Retina 5K display with integrated graphics card

Rumor: Apple preparing Thunderbolt Retina 5K display with integrated graphics card

Rumors of a revamped Thunderbolt Display with high-resolution Retina display have persisted for years, but a new report claims that Apple may finally update its standalone display, complete with an external graphics card that would ensure all Macs could push the pixels necessary for a 5K resolution.

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FeatureWWDC 2016 rumor roundup: What to expect at Apple's June 13 keynote

WWDC 2016 rumor roundup: What to expect at Apple's June 13 keynote

Members of the press were invited on Wednesday to an Apple keynote that will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, scheduled to take place on June 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern in San Francisco. Here's what you can expect.

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Forecast says Apple iPhone shipments will drop to 227M in 2016, resume growth in 2017

Forecast says Apple iPhone shipments will drop to 227M in 2016, resume growth in 2017

iPhone shipments may actually slip from about 232 million in 2015 to 227 million this year, marking the first such decline in Apple history, according to a research forecast published on Wednesday.

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Apple & opponents square off over proposed Irish datacenter's distance from nuclear sites

Apple & opponents square off over proposed Irish datacenter's distance from nuclear sites

Apple is once again finding itself on the defensive about its proposed Irish datacenter, with some critics charging that the company picked an arbitrary safety distance from nuclear facilities.

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Apple working on first Taiwanese bond sale, new Australian bond offering

Apple working on first Taiwanese bond sale, new Australian bond offering

Apple is exploring a new bond sale in Australia in light of a successful offering last year, and is also looking at launching its first-ever Taiwanese bonds, a report said on Wednesday.

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Both 'iPhone 7' and 'iPhone 7 Plus' will come in 256GB capacities - report

Both 'iPhone 7' and 'iPhone 7 Plus' will come in 256GB capacities - report

This year's iPhone upgrades will be more spacious than ever, according to a new report, which claims Apple is "certain" to increase the maximum storage size to a whopping 256 gigabytes.

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Apple Pay adds support for BMO, TD and Scotiabank in Canada

Apple Pay adds support for BMO, TD and Scotiabank in Canada

Canadian Apple Pay users have three more banking options from which to choose, as Apple on Wednesday rolled out support for the country's remaining "Big Five" banks BMO, TD and Scotiabank.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Apple TV won't get Amazon Prime Video until Apple agrees to 'acceptable business terms'

Apple TV won't get Amazon Prime Video until Apple agrees to 'acceptable business terms'

Apple TV owners will have to wait until Apple presents Amazon with "acceptable business terms" before the e-commerce giant releases a long awaited, and highly anticipated, tvOS app for serving up Amazon Prime Video content.

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"Sleep of Death" bug hits buyers of Microsoft's pricey Surface Book

Microsoft's pricey Surface Book laptop is frustrating buyers with crashes, "unplanned shutdowns," overheating issues and a "Sleep of Death" issue that regularly causes machines to become completely unresponsive during sleep. Users complain that Microsoft isn't addressing the problem.

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Samsung unveils 512GB postage stamp-size NVMe SSD, could see use in MacBook

Samsung unveils 512GB postage stamp-size NVMe SSD, could see use in MacBook

Samsung on Tuesday announced production has started for its new PM971-NVMe, a solid state drive that crams non-volatile memory express technology, onboard NAND flash memory, DRAM and an SSD controller into a package slightly larger than a postage stamp.

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Photos of purported MacBook Pro chassis surface with OLED touch bar slot, four USB ports, no MagSafe

Photos of purported MacBook Pro chassis surface with OLED touch bar slot, four USB ports, no MagSafe

Photos of a supposed next-generation MacBook Pro chassis that surfaced Tuesday appear to support recent predictions that Apple is planning to drastically revamp the laptop's design by adding an OLED touch bar and winnowing down external connections to four USB format ports.

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No warrant needed to obtain location data held by cellphone carriers, US court rules

No warrant needed to obtain location data held by cellphone carriers, US court rules

Law enforcement officers don't need a warrant to gain access to a cellphone's location data, as long as they obtain it from wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

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Facebook working on optional end-to-end encryption for Messenger

Facebook working on optional end-to-end encryption for Messenger

Following greater industry trends toward security, Facebook is looking to bring end-to-end encryption to its popular Messenger platform, a report said on Tuesday.

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Square pushes Apple Pay contactless reader with new $1/week installment plan

Square pushes Apple Pay contactless reader with new $1/week installment plan

For businesses interested in buying Square's new Apple Pay-compatible contactless terminal but put off by its $49 cost, a new $1-per-week installment plan option is now available.

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Apple TV's App Store now hiding installed apps on top charts

Apple TV's App Store now hiding installed apps on top charts

Apple has quietly tweaked the tvOS App Store to hide apps a user already has installed when browsing the store's top charts, a German developer noted on Tuesday.

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