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Monday, March 06, 2017

Apple Pay rumored to launch in Ireland on Tuesday, gains Taiwan regulatory approval

Apple Pay rumored to launch in Ireland on Tuesday, gains Taiwan regulatory approval

A rumor on Monday claims Apple is primed to debut Apple Pay in Ireland later this week, while a separate report notes seven Taiwanese banks recently gained regulatory approval to launch the payments service in Taiwan.

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How Google's lack of human curation spreads and monetizes fake news

How Google's lack of human curation spreads and monetizes fake news

Google search is developing a credibility problem that could be blamed on artificial intelligence. In a statement, the company said its algorithms for generating "featured snippet" answers can cause "instances when we feature a site with inappropriate or misleading content," resulting in false answers. However, Google is also the source—and funding—behind much of the fake news on the Internet, thanks to a similar lack of curation for YouTube.

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TipsHow to add and play podcasts using Overcast for the iPhone

How to add and play podcasts using Overcast for the iPhone

Apple does offer a Podcast app of its own for iOS devices, but for most people, a third-party app is probably where it's at. Here's how to use one of the more popular options, Overcast, on your iPhone.

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Apple fails to remove UK import duty for Apple Watch sport bands

Apple fails to remove UK import duty for Apple Watch sport bands

Sport bands for the Apple Watch continue to be a taxable accessory in the United Kingdom, after a tax tribunal ruled the strap should not be exempt from import duty, despite Apple's insistence it is an essential part that allows many of the wearable device's functions to work.

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TipsHow to play Mac games with Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro controllers

How to play Mac games with Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro controllers

If you're among the first to buy the new Nintendo Switch game console, there's an added benefit you can easily take advantage of: The system's wireless controllers are fully supported by Apple's macOS.

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Adobe updates Lightroom pro photo apps for iOS with 'Authentic HDR' & more

Adobe updates Lightroom pro photo apps for iOS with 'Authentic HDR' & more

Adobe on Monday released updates to the iPhone and iPad versions of Lightroom, making various enhancements including the addition of "Authentic HDR," a new shooting mode.

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Apple will accept applications for WWDC 2017 scholarships on March 27

Apple will accept applications for WWDC 2017 scholarships on March 27

Apple has revealed the process to garner a scholarship to the 2017 World Wide Developer's Conference, and is requiring applicants to create a short scene in Swift Playgrouns to attract the interest of the judges.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $390 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

Steve Jobs initially blasted Genius Bars at Apple stores, says former retail head

Steve Jobs initially blasted Genius Bars at Apple stores, says former retail head

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was originally resistant to the idea of the Genius Bar, now a signature feature of every Apple store, former retail head Ron Johnson said in a recent podcast.

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Fitbit intros iPhone-connected Alta HR, plans sleep tracking updates for current wearables

Fitbit intros iPhone-connected Alta HR, plans sleep tracking updates for current wearables

Fitbit on Monday revealed the Alta HR, an upgrade of its more fashion-oriented fitness tracker, plus plans to update the software on two of its other devices with better sleep tracking.

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Logitech sees growth opportunity, seeks to build more HomeKit, Google Now devices

Logitech sees growth opportunity, seeks to build more HomeKit, Google Now devices

Long-time accessory maker is looking to widen its involvement into the home automation and "internet of things" marketplaces, rather than throwing in as a development partner solely with Apple, Amazon, or Google.

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Amazon begins selling iPhone 6 with 32GB storage in India

Amazon begins selling iPhone 6 with 32GB storage in India

A version of the iPhone 6 that includes 32 gigabytes of storage has resurfaced in another country, with Amazon exclusively selling the smartphone in India from Monday, following similar sales in China and Taiwan offering the device with the new storage capacity.

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Deals: 2016 13" MacBook Pro for $1,349; $70 off 128GB 9.7" iPad Pros; $150 off 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro

Deals: 2016 13

While supplies last, B&H is knocking $150 off Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys in Space Gray. Or pick up a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,649 after coupon. Apple's 128GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro (Wi-Fi Only) is also $629.

Samsung & Interflex boost circuit board output for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Samsung & Interflex boost circuit board output for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Two firms, Interflex and Samsung Electro-Mechanics, are reportedly boosting their spending on production of flexible printed circuit boards (FPCBs) specifically for Apple's upcoming iPhones, including the "iPhone 8," which should be the first iPhone with an OLED screen.

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Battery tech suitable for future iPhone promises 3x the power density, full charge in minutes

Battery tech suitable for future iPhone promises 3x the power density, full charge in minutes

A new battery technology has been developed by a team led by the original creator of lithium-ion battery, promising safer batteries that can hold three times as much power — and charge in minutes, rather than hours.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

EditorialEditorial: The future of Apple's Macintosh

Editorial: The future of Apple's Macintosh

Thinking about the future of Apple's Macintosh becomes more realistic when grounded in facts. It's no accident that several Mac models have not been updated in many months, but it's also true that Apple faces real constraints in dramatically expanding its Mac sales. Here's a look at what's involved, and what's possible for the future of Apple's graphical mouse-based computing platform.

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New Apple Park drone footage shows advancing landscaping, near-final solar array completion

New Apple Park drone footage shows advancing landscaping, near-final solar array completion

The latest drone footage of Apple Park shot in early March shows significant landscaping progress in only a few days, and emphasizes the enormity of the campus in comparison to the surrounding neighborhood.

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Japanese report backs view Apple's 'iPhone 8' will use 5.8-inch OLED display

Japanese report backs view Apple's 'iPhone 8' will use 5.8-inch OLED display

This year's top-of-the-line iPhone — typically nicknamed the "iPhone 8" — will sport a 5.8-inch OLED screen, Japan's Nikkei said on Sunday as it switched course and backed up similar rumors.

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Hands-OnFantastical 2.8.3 adds more Apple Watch options, retains ease-of-use

Fantastical 2.8.3 adds more Apple Watch options, retains ease-of-use

Small improvements to the latest version of the long-running Fantastical aim to keep the app best in class — AppleInsider checks to see if the modifications add up to anything.

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Second Apple Retail store in Cologne, Germany opening in Schildergasse on March 25

Second Apple Retail store in Cologne, Germany opening in Schildergasse on March 25

An update to the Apple Germany webpage revealed that the previously rumored second Cologne Apple store will open in Schildergasse on March 25.

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ReviewAudeze's Lightning-connected iSine 10 planar magnetic headphones are the best in-ear set we've ever heard

Audeze's Lightning-connected iSine 10 planar magnetic headphones are the best in-ear set we've ever heard

Almost everything about Audeze's iSine 10 headphones is audacious: the technology, the ambition, the appearance, and the sound itself. On paper they shouldn't work, but in practice they are some of the best sounding compact in-ear headphones money can buy.

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This week on AI: To USB-C or not to USB-C, Apple's Hollywood recruiting, massive Amazon outage & more

This week on AI: To USB-C or not to USB-C, Apple's Hollywood recruiting, massive Amazon outage & more

Rumors this week suggested that Apple's new iPhones will use some form of USB-C technology, and that the company is looking to recruit Hollywood film and TV producers for ends unknown. Legal battles, a huge Amazon outage and more contributed to an eventful few days.

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Friday, March 03, 2017

FeatureFirst look: Nintendo's iPad-like Switch hybrid game console launches, with iOS support on the way

First look: Nintendo's iPad-like Switch hybrid game console launches, with iOS support on the way

Taking a cue from the touchscreen tablet market kickstarted by Apple's iPad, Nintendo on Friday launched a hybrid home and portable game console. It's set to feature integration with an official Nintendo app for iOS, though it is not yet available at launch.

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Apple's latest iPad Pro ads focus on notetaking, decluttering desks

Apple's latest iPad Pro ads focus on notetaking, decluttering desks

Apple on Friday released yet another two videos in its ongoing ad campaign for the iPad Pro, using Twitter posts as a springboard to sell different features of the tablet.

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Hands-OnGoogle Keep for iPhone and Mac disappoints, imposes profound limitations on users

Google Keep for iPhone and Mac disappoints, imposes profound limitations on users

Even with Google's powerful search, the company's Keep service is too lightweight for serious use, but AppleInsider squeezes the most out of it that we can.

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Apple Music ads aired during BRIT Awards shared on YouTube

Apple Music ads aired during BRIT Awards shared on YouTube

Apple has shared a pair of commercial spots that aired during the United Kingdom's BRIT Awards last month, with the two ads promoting Apple Music to viewers as a venue to listen to the nominated and winning musical acts featured during the show.

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Apple execs looking to recruit TV & movie producers for 'transformative' change - report

Apple execs looking to recruit TV & movie producers for 'transformative' change - report

Senior Apple executives have been talking to big-name Hollywood TV and film producers in the past two weeks in a bid to recruit them, a new report claims, as part of what could be a more ambitious video strategy.

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Google's second-gen Pixel due in 2017, will tackle Apple iPhone in 'premium' segment

Google's second-gen Pixel due in 2017, will tackle Apple iPhone in 'premium' segment

Riding off the success of its first self-designed phone, the Pixel, Google is at work on a second-generation model that will continue to challenge Apple's iPhone in the "premium" smartphone market, the company's hardware chief revealed on Friday.

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Taiwan Mobile opens preorders for limited release of gold iPhone 6 with 32GB storage

Taiwan Mobile opens preorders for limited release of gold iPhone 6 with 32GB storage

Taiwan Mobile has started to accept pre-orders for a limited-edition release of the iPhone 6, with the Taiwanese carrier offering the gold version to customers on March 10 with 32 gigabytes of storage, a capacity that Apple hasn't offered in western markets.

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Second firm offers to paint your Apple AirPods black, with $249 price tag

Second firm offers to paint your Apple AirPods black, with $249 price tag

Competing with first entrant Colorware, new vendor Blackpods is also offering a coloring service for the white Apple AirPods, to allow users to color-coordinate the popular wireless earbuds with the iPhone.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' using custom fingerprint tech, not starting production until September — report

Apple's 'iPhone 8' using custom fingerprint tech, not starting production until September — report

Apple is developing a custom fingerprint sensor for its OLED-based "iPhone 8," and as a result might not begin production of the device until September — well after a July start date for two LCD-based iPhone models, a report claimed on Friday.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks iPhone and USB-C, iPads instead of Mac, and the meaning of 'pro'

AppleInsider podcast talks iPhone and USB-C, iPads instead of Mac, and the meaning of 'pro'

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about USB-C and iOS devices, iPads as computer replacements, and what the definition of "pro" is.

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook attends Silicon Valley screening of Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power'

Apple CEO Tim Cook attends Silicon Valley screening of Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power'

Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out of his schedule to attend former vice president and current Apple board member Al Gore's new film, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," which was screened for a select audience in Silicon Valley on Thursday.

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Bare Bones Software to retire TextWrangler in favor of BBEdit

Bare Bones Software to retire TextWrangler in favor of BBEdit

Bare Bones Software recently announced it has halted development of popular — and free — OS X text and code editor TextWrangler in favor of BBEdit, the company's professional-level HTML and text editor.

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Apple board members receive restricted stock grants worth more than $253K

Apple board members receive restricted stock grants worth more than $253K

Each member of Apple's board of directors recently received an automatic grant of restricted stock units currently worth more than $253,000, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings show.

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Apple Music rival Spotify hits 50 million paid subscribers

Apple Music rival Spotify hits 50 million paid subscribers

Spotify on Thursday announced a milestone of 50 million paid Premium subscribers, keeping up a strong lead over its main rival in on-demand music streaming, Apple.

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Apple's Macs and iPads fall to third place in US classroom use

Apple's Macs and iPads fall to third place in US classroom use

Apple's Macs and iPads have lost significant ground in the U.S. educational market during the last three years, in 2016 slipping to third place behind Chromebooks and Windows devices, according to new research.

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Human error caused Amazon Web Services outage, Apple iCloud service issues

Human error caused Amazon Web Services outage, Apple iCloud service issues

Tuesday's major Amazon Web Services outage was caused through human error, the retailer has confirmed, with the downtime that impacted a number of online services, including Apple's, traced back to a single wrongly-entered command performed during debugging.

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Apple adds to Qualcomm legal battles with new UK lawsuit

Apple adds to Qualcomm legal battles with new UK lawsuit

Apple on Thursday filed a fresh lawsuit against Qualcomm in the U.K., further escalating the legal row between the two tech firms over patent royalties and chip deals.

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