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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Save up to $250 on Apple's latest Macs plus get a 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan for free with each order

As part of its ongoing effort to deliver the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Macs and iOS devices, AppleInsider's is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of each Mac during the month of July. When combined with instant discounts of up to $250 on the Macs themselves, plus added tax-savings benefits in 48 of 50 states, the average savings from this promotion range from $300 and $800 off MSRP.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Feature"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" uses advanced imaging tech to imagine an apocalyptic future—with an iPad cameo

In what is certain to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" portrays two parallel societies grappling with fears, violence, betrayal and cross-cultural empathy, with a particularly poignant scene portraying a battered iPad (albeit running iOS 6).

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FeatureFor Apple fans dreaming of sapphire iPhones, Liquidmetal could be a cautionary tale

Apple certainly likes to keep its competition — and fans —guessing about its next moves, and one of the company's best head-fakes in recent years was an exclusive arrangement for a unique metal alloy dubbed Liquidmetal. News of that deal sparked fantasies of mythical Liquidmetal products built by Apple — wishful thinking that may now be repeating once again with the company's latest investment in sapphire.

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OpinionApple CEO Tim Cook 'outed' as gay by CNBC co-anchor

In a live TV segment of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Friday, co-anchor Simon Hobbs caused a kerfuffle when he inadvertently "outed" Apple CEO Tim Cook as being openly gay.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Widespread Verizon Wireless outage affecting payments and new phone sales

Verizon Wireless is experiencing a widespread billing service disruption that has been ongoing for nearly two days, leaving would-be customers — and existing subscribers who want to upgrade — in the lurch.

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Adobe 'committed to helping' Aperture customers migrate to Lightroom after Apple announcement

Following Friday's announcement that Apple would discontinue both iPhoto and Aperture in favor of OS X Yosemite's new Photos app, software giant Adobe chimed in to tout its "rich roadmap" for Lightroom — Aperture's main competitor — and to reiterate the company's commitment to Apple-based photographers.

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Timed with Aperture announcement, Apple updates remaining pro apps: Final Cut, Motion, Compressor & MainStage

On the heels of Apple's announcement that it will no longer update its professional photography software Aperture, the company issued a round of updates for many of its remaining pro apps, which the company has said will continue to live on.

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BreakingApple will no longer develop Aperture or iPhoto, OS X Yosemite Photos app to serve as replacement

Apple on Friday revealed that development on Aperture, its professional-grade photo editing application, has ceased, leaving Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro as its only remaining flagship pro-oriented Mac apps.

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Audi announces support for Apple's CarPlay in 2015 models

German automaker Audi — a founding member of Google's Android-based Open Automotive Alliance — on Thursday announced that it has undertaken "intensive dialog" with Apple to integrate the iPhone maker's CarPlay system into new vehicles beginning in 2015.

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Teardown of new $199 16GB iPod touch finds same design & parts as 32GB & 64GB models

Apple's refresh of the 16-gigabyte iPod touch this week brings the newly price $199 media player in line with its larger-capacity brethren, including the same internal design and an identical rear facing iSight camera, a teardown of the device has revealed.

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Amazon said to be 'increasingly ruthless' in negotiations with UK publishers

Hachette is not the only imprint to find itself under Amazon's thumb as the online retailing giant has begun turning the heat up on smaller publishers in the U.K., demanding terms that one publishing executive likened to a "form of assisted suicide for the industry."

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Save up to $250 on Apple's latest Macs plus get a 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan for free with each order

As part of its ongoing effort to deliver the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Macs and iOS devices, AppleInsider's is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of each Mac during the month of July. When combined with instant discounts of up to $250 on the Macs themselves, plus added tax-savings benefits in 48 of 50 states, the average savings from this promotion range from $300 and $800 off MSRP.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Apple continues to improve App Store discoverability with 'Best New Updates' section for games

Apple on Thursday unveiled a slight tweak to its iOS App Store by breaking out notable game updates into a new "Best New Updates" section, exposing users to recent refreshes of top-selling titles.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Walmart to permanently cut price of Apple's iPhone 5s to $99, iPhone 5c to $29

In an announcement on Thursday, big-box retailer Walmart said it will be slashing prices on Apple's latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models on Friday ahead of an impending refresh cycle expected this fall.

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Apple's hire of former Atlas Wearables software engineer hints at deep 'iWatch' activity tracking capabilities

With 'iWatch' rumors in full swing thanks to Google's recent push into the market, a report on Thursday points to the recent Apple hire of Alex Hsieh, former lead engineer at sports training-oriented fitness device startup Atlas Wearables.

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FeatureApple Inc., ARM & Qualcomm aggressively poaching IBM's chip designers

As IBM secretly mulls plans to sell off its increasing outdated processor chip fabs in New York and Vermont, a new wave of mobile chip developers—led by Apple, ARM and Qualcomm—are hiring away many of the top chip designers of the once leading firm.

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Apple's Podcasts app sees widespread crashing issues, rendered unusable for many [update: fixed]

A number of iOS device owners on Thursday are experiencing major issues with Apple's first-party Podcasts app, saying the title is unusable due to constant hangs and crashes.

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Apple Stores selling prepaid T-Mobile iPhones, carrier starts iOS device sales at Costco

Consumers looking to make the jump to T-Mobile with a new iPhone or iPad now have two new places to turn, as the scrappy carrier announced Thursday that Apple retail stores have begun selling iPhones with prepaid T-Mobile service, plus Costco has picked up a limited range of T-Mobile iPhones and iPads.

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Deals: $300 off MacBook Pros, $90-$120 off iPad Airs, Apple TV for $80, GoPro Hero3 for $280

With the September time frame expected to delivery a plethora of new and refreshed products from Apple, an increasing number of the company's current offerings are seeing sporadic but significant price cuts like todays: $300 discounts on both a 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, $90 off 32GB WiFi + AT&T iPad Airs, two iMacs for under $1000, and Apple TV for just $79.99.

Rear casing for 'iPhone 6' purportedly shown off in new video from Asia

A video showing what appears to be an engineering sample of a rear casing for Apple's next-generation, 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" surfaced earlier this week from Japan, showing a rounded unibody design and a two-part Apple logo.

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Wall Street doesn't see Google's I/O announcements posing a threat to Apple's ecosystem

Google this week announced a number of new products and services for phones, tablets, cars, TVs and more, all of which will compete with Apple. But after seeing Google's latest, Apple-watchers on Wall Street aren't concerned.

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Fly brings multi-cam video editing to iPhone, Weather Channel revamps iPad app, Monty Python comes to iOS

Two interesting new apps hit the app store Thursday, with Fly showcasing a unique multi-device video capture function and Monty Python bringing The Ministry of Silly Walks to the iPhone, while The Weather Channel redesigned its iPad app with a new iOS 7-style aesthetic.

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Rumor: Third beta of Apple's iOS 8 will be provided to developers July 8

Developers may have to wait a few more weeks before the third beta of iOS 8 is supplied, as a new rumor claims that the software is currently scheduled for release on Tuesday, July 8.

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BreakingApple launches $199 16GB iPod touch with rear camera in 6 colors, slashes prices on 32GB & 64GB models

Apple's entry-level 16-gigabyte iPod touch received an update on Thursday, dropping the price to $199 while adding a rear iSight camera and expanding its color options to six. Apple also slashed prices on the 32- and 64-gigabyte variants, now priced respectively at $249 and $299.

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First look: Opera Mini 8 for iOS brings redesign, new data saving features

Opera on Thursday released the revamped Opera Mini 8 mobile Web browser with a "flattened" design, updated data savings features and user interface tweaks.

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Review: ioSafe 214 disaster-proof NAS packs in high-end features, unparalleled protection

Many companies are in the business of keeping data safe from digital threats like hackers and viruses, but few focus on the physical dangers of storing it on-site. ioSafe built its brand on so-called "disaster-proof" servers and the latest two-bay 214 model strikes the perfect balance of protection and price.

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Rumor: Apple to limit 128GB 'iPhone 6' option to 5.5-inch model

According to a rumor out of China, Apple may release a 128GB version of its next-generation iPhone, but restrict the option to a higher-end 5.5-inch model in a bid to differentiate the "phablet" device from the company's stable of smartphones.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Apple products return to Costco with deep discounts for iPhone and iPad

A year and a half after Costco stopped selling Apple products through its brick-and-mortar and online stores, the discount wholesaler is now carrying current iPhone and iPad models at discounts up to $120 off retail pricing.

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(RED) explains away Bono's 'criticism' of Apple as 'faux outrage,' thanks company for support

After singer Bono supposedly criticized Apple of overt modesty on Monday, the U2 frontman's (RED) AIDS relief foundation issued an explanation of the comments and thanked the Cupertino company for being its biggest supporter.

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