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Friday, February 03, 2017

Jawbone confirmed to make switch from consumer wearables to clinical health products, report says

Jawbone confirmed to make switch from consumer wearables to clinical health products, report says

A report on Friday claims Jawbone is officially exiting the consumer wearables space, seemingly confirming rumors that the audio accessory maker turned fitness tracking firm will instead focus on high-margin health products sold to clinicians.

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Nintendo's 'Fire Emblem: Heroes' grosses $2.9M in first-day sales

Nintendo's 'Fire Emblem: Heroes' grosses $2.9M in first-day sales

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo's second mobile effort, Fire Emblem Heroes, raked in $2.9 million in worldwide gross revenue after just 24 hours on sale, according to statistics released on Friday.

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide: How to score the best deal on the perfect Apple gift

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: How to score the best deal on the perfect Apple gift

With Valentine's Day less than two weeks away, we're rounding up the best deals on the hottest gifts for that special someone on your shopping list. From coupon discounts on MacBook Pro laptops to instant savings on iPhone 7 accessories, there are gift ideas for every budget.

South Korean policy forces smartphone makers to report battery fires after Samsung Note 7

South Korean policy forces smartphone makers to report battery fires after Samsung Note 7

Smartphone producers will have to advise the South Korean government of incidents where devices explode or catch fire as immediately as possible, according to new safety regulations expected to be announced in the country next week.

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Google sells off Terra Bella satellite unit to Planet Labs

Google sells off Terra Bella satellite unit to Planet Labs

Alphabet's Google on Friday confirmed a deal to sell off its satellite mapping business, Terra Bella, to Planet Labs — which despite earlier speculation is unlikely to affect Google Maps or by extension its main competition, Apple Maps.

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ExclusiveiMac Deals: Save $170 to $370 on 27-inch iMac 5K & 21.5-inch iMac 4K desktops with AppleCare plus no tax outside NY & NJ

iMac Deals: Save $170 to $370 on 27-inch iMac 5K & 21.5-inch iMac 4K desktops with AppleCare plus no tax outside NY & NJ

In the market for a new iMac? Readers this week can save $170 to $370 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans. Or take $170 to $270 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks bundled with AppleCare. Apple's 21" iMac HD line is also up to $170 off with our exclusive coupon — all with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Apple display supplier Sharp turns first profits in years under Foxconn control

Apple display supplier Sharp turns first profits in years under Foxconn control

Japan's beleaguered Sharp, a regular Apple LCD supplier, generated its first quarterly net profits in two years during the December quarter — its first under the management of Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn.

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Apple offers $199.99 Pro Apps Bundle for Education, including Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X

Apple offers $199.99 Pro Apps Bundle for Education, including Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X

On Friday, Apple rolled out a Pro Apps bundle for educators and students, giving purchasers of the $199 bundle download codes from the Mac App Store for Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3.

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Apple refuses Irish finance committee meeting for second time

Apple refuses Irish finance committee meeting for second time

Apple has declined a second invitation to a meeting with a finance committee in Ireland over the European Commission's $14 billion tax ruling, while Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan has accused the regulator of making a politically motivated decision.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to receive honorary degree, give 'fireside chat' at University of Glasgow

Apple CEO Tim Cook to receive honorary degree, give 'fireside chat' at University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow will award Apple CEO Tim Cook next Wednesday with an honorary doctorate of science, as well as host a "fireside chat" open to students, staff, and alumni, the Scottish institution announced on Friday.

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Facebook looks to build friend lists with 'Discover People' feature on Apple's iPhone & iPad

Facebook looks to build friend lists with 'Discover People' feature on Apple's iPhone & iPad

In a bid to encourage new connections between users and keep them engaged with the social network, Facebook is now gradually rolling out a "Discover People" feature across its apps for iOS and Android.

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In filing for $3 billion IPO, Snapchat identifies Apple as a major competitor

In filing for $3 billion IPO, Snapchat identifies Apple as a major competitor

Snap Inc, the company behind the Snapchat iOS app, is preparing an initial public offering which it hopes can raise $3 billion, with the Securities and Exchange Commission filing identifying Apple and its iMessage platform as one of its main competitors.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $415 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 $415 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.

Apple exceeds targets in latest bond sale, raises $10 billion

Apple exceeds targets in latest bond sale, raises $10 billion

Looking to generate more money for its shareholder return program without repatriating foreign cash, Apple has completed a sale of $10 billion in bonds, with underwriters including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and others.

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New batch of LG UltraFine 5K displays will have enhanced RF shielding, may not completely fix the problem [u]

New batch of LG UltraFine 5K displays will have enhanced RF shielding, may not completely fix the problem [u]

After delving into the cause of wi-fi router interference, LG has redesigned the shielding on future production batches of the Thunderbolt 3 UltraFine 5K display — but not only may this not directly address other user's connectivity complaints, how existing monitor owners will get the problem fixed is not yet clear.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks earnings, iPhone ASP, and Tim Cook's HomeKit experience

AppleInsider podcast talks earnings, iPhone ASP, and Tim Cook's HomeKit experience

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk through Apple's earnings call, Wall Street raising price targets, and what it's (probably) like to use HomeKit at Tim Cook's house.

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Lawsuit claims Apple forced users to iOS 7 by breaking FaceTime

Lawsuit claims Apple forced users to iOS 7 by breaking FaceTime

A class-action lawsuit filed in California on Thursday alleges Apple schemed to force iPhone users to upgrade to iOS 7 in a bid to save money on a data services deal with Akamai, a move that rendered older hardware like iPhone 4 and 4S unusable.

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Indian IT minister welcomes Apple proposal to build iPhone in Bengaluru, suggests production starts soon

Indian IT minister welcomes Apple proposal to build iPhone in Bengaluru, suggests production starts soon

Continuing the political shell game that is Apple manufacturing in India, a local IT minister issued a statement on Thursday welcoming the company's proposal to manufacture iPhone hardware in Bengaluru.

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Reports of LG UltraFine 5K Display problems persist, may relate to Thunderbolt cables

Reports of LG UltraFine 5K Display problems persist, may relate to Thunderbolt cables

Apple's issues with the LG Ultrafine 5K Display may reach further than problems associated with nearby Wi-Fi routers, as users are now reporting worrying hardware troubles unrelated to networking hardware.

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Launch of Apple's delayed BeatsX earbuds 'imminent,' stock check site claims

Launch of Apple's delayed BeatsX earbuds 'imminent,' stock check site claims

Apple's long-delayed BeatsX earbuds, one of the first to feature the company's new W1 wireless chip, may finally be on the verge of shipping, according to a website monitoring activity at online stores worldwide.

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Irish government recalculation of Apple's EU tax bill close to $14 billion estimate

Irish government recalculation of Apple's EU tax bill close to $14 billion estimate

The 13 billion euros ($14 billion) Apple is requested to pay Ireland as part a European Commission ruling over tax is likely to be an accurate figure, with the Irish finance minister advising the amount calculated by government officials is in a similar ballpark to the Commission's number.

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Spotify's former head of label relations recruited for identical role at Apple Music

Spotify's former head of label relations recruited for identical role at Apple Music

Apple on Thursday confirmed the hiring of Steve Savoca, once in charge of Spotify's label relations, as it looks to equip Apple Music and/or iTunes with a more competitive catalog.

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Hacker uncovers files suggesting Cellebrite used codes from jailbreak tools to defeat iPhone security

Hacker uncovers files suggesting Cellebrite used codes from jailbreak tools to defeat iPhone security

Cellebrite, the digital forensics company believed to have helped the FBI break the security of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, may have repurposed other existing cracking tools used for jailbreaking iPhones, according to a new cache of files allegedly sourced from the security firm.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook wins Newseum's Free Expression Award for tech & social contributions

Apple CEO Tim Cook wins Newseum's Free Expression Award for tech & social contributions

On Thursday the Newseum — a museum and advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. — named Apple CEO Tim Cook the winner of its 2017 Free Expression Award in the Free Speech category, praising the executive for his company's communications technology as well as his stances on social and political issues.

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FeatureSee how Apple's iPhone reached a new record high ASP of $695

See how Apple's iPhone reached a new record high ASP of $695

The iPhone's record-setting average selling price (ASP) achieved last quarter continues an upward trend in iPhone pricing, led by growing popularity for Apple's premium-priced, more-fully-featured "Plus" models.

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Subaru adds Apple CarPlay support to upcoming 2018 Legacy

Subaru adds Apple CarPlay support to upcoming 2018 Legacy

Ahead of next week's Chicago Auto Show, Subaru on Thursday announced the 2018 Legacy, just its second vehicle to support Apple's CarPlay platform, which brings Siri and iOS apps to dash interfaces.

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Google ends Hands Free mobile payments pilot, iOS app will stop working Feb. 8

Google ends Hands Free mobile payments pilot, iOS app will stop working Feb. 8

Hands Free, a pilot app from Google that let customers perform mobile payments in stores without needing to present their iPhone or Android smartphone at the checkout, will shut down next month after almost a year of testing.

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Conflicting statistics still put Apple's iPad at top of tablet market in Dec. quarter

Conflicting statistics still put Apple's iPad at top of tablet market in Dec. quarter

While differing on some key figures, global tablet industry statistics published on Thursday suggest that the Apple's iPad still has a firm lead as the most popular option, even if the company and the industry as a whole are losing sales.

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FeatureInside Tim Cook's Apple HomeKit-equipped smart home

Inside Tim Cook's Apple HomeKit-equipped smart home

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook gave a rare glimpse into his personal life this week, when he spelled out how he uses HomeKit-connected smart accessories in his own home. AppleInsider offers a guide to how you, too, can live like a millionaire tech CEO.

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YouTube app for iPhone and iPad updated with controls in lockscreen, Control Center

YouTube app for iPhone and iPad updated with controls in lockscreen, Control Center

Google has updated the YouTube app for Apple's iPhone and iPad with easier access to playback controls, particularly when casting videos to TVs, Chromecasts, set-tops, and other devices.

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Google adds QR code scanner to 3D Touch menu in iOS Chrome 56 update

Google adds QR code scanner to 3D Touch menu in iOS Chrome 56 update

The latest update to the Chrome browser on iOS is providing iPhone users with the ability to scan and search QR codes using 3D Touch, while those browsing on the iPad will benefit from a redesigned tab switcher.

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Nintendo's free-to-play 'Fire Emblem: Heroes' arrives on Apple's iPhone and iPad

Nintendo's free-to-play 'Fire Emblem: Heroes' arrives on Apple's iPhone and iPad

As promised, Nintendo on Thursday released "Fire Emblem: Heroes," the first game in the "Fire Emblem" series to make the leap from dedicated consoles and handhelds to the iPhone and iPad.

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Energous, Dialog Semiconductor launch small RF charging circuit, possibly destined for 'iPhone 8'

Energous, Dialog Semiconductor launch small RF charging circuit, possibly destined for 'iPhone 8'

Dialog Semiconductor and Energous have launched a new wireless charging component that is cheaper and takes up less space than previous iterations, a part that could help Apple incorporate over-the-air power in a future iPhone or iPad.

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Apple, IBM, United Airlines banding together for better staff iPhone, Apple Watch integration at airports

Apple, IBM, United Airlines banding together for better staff iPhone, Apple Watch integration at airports

The initiative between the three companies will assist United Airlines to develop apps for better communication, regulate peak customer demands better, and assist in more effective maintenance for over 50,000 devices already deployed, and more to come.

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Apple Pay 'coming soon' to Taiwan with seven banks in tow

Apple Pay 'coming soon' to Taiwan with seven banks in tow

Apple's planned deployment of Apple Pay in Taiwan is "coming soon," according to an update on the company's website, with seven banks planned as initial launch partners.

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Apple investigating portable Apple Watch charger with band integration

Apple investigating portable Apple Watch charger with band integration

While third-party companies have promised — but not delivered — an Apple Watch band capable of charging the device while it's being worn, Apple in a patent application on Thursday details a wearable battery module that juices Watch up via inductive power transmission.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Apple, Google, others drafting letter opposing Trump's travel ban [u]

Apple, Google, others drafting letter opposing Trump's travel ban [u]

Apple is among a cadre of companies drafting a formal letter in opposition of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, which was signed last week as part of a series of sweeping policy decisions introduced by the new administration.

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Tim Cook sells 40k Apple shares worth nearly $5M

Tim Cook sells 40k Apple shares worth nearly $5M

For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday sold off a batch of company stock worth just under $5 million, continuing a series of transactions in accordance with a trading plan adopted in 2015.

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Apple to more than double floor space at iconic Fifth Avenue store

Apple to more than double floor space at iconic Fifth Avenue store

Apple will more than double the space of its popular Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan as part of ongoing renovations at the site, with the company promising "new services and experiences" once the outlet reopens.

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