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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

EditorialHow Donald Trump's election as U.S. President could affect Apple

How Donald Trump's election as U.S. President could affect Apple

Anticipating the full impact of the election of Donald Trump is difficult because his campaign offered little in terms of real policy proposals, instead favoring high energy crowd rallies and the drawing of media attention through the use of incredible and often shocking comments. There are some clues as to what he might make priorities in his administration however.

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Product(RED) Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones, Pill+ speaker revealed, coming soon

Product(RED) Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones, Pill+ speaker revealed, coming soon

Late Wednesday, Apple revealed versions of the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones, and the Pill+ wireless speaker with Product(RED) branding, with a portion of the sales going to the charity and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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Behind-the-scenes update allows for Apple TV app installs from iOS or iTunes

Behind-the-scenes update allows for Apple TV app installs from iOS or iTunes

Apple on Wednesday announced changes to the way it handles tvOS apps, most notably allowing one to be automatically downloaded to an Apple TV if a person picks up its iOS counterpart.

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Closeout deals: Up to $1,700 off Apple iMacs, MacBooks and Mac Pros with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ

Closeout deals: Up to $1,700 off Apple iMacs, MacBooks and Mac Pros with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ

Apple authorized reseller Adorama is slashing prices on Apple hardware with discounts of up to $1,700 off Mac Pros, iMacs and MacBooks. On top of the instant discounts, each system ships for free and Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Apple's new MacBook Pro has generated 7x more revenue than 12" MacBook at launch

Apple's new MacBook Pro has generated 7x more revenue than 12

The new, thinner redesign of Apple's MacBook Pro lineup has been a blockbuster success out of the gate, new data suggests, blowing away dollars spent on the first 12-inch MacBook from 2015.

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Apple issues second public beta of macOS 10.12.2

Apple issues second public beta of macOS 10.12.2

Apple on Wednesday released a second public beta of macOS 10.12.2, refining the update's fixes and features for people wanting the earliest possible access.

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TipsPushbullet makes cross-platform link and file sharing easier

Pushbullet makes cross-platform link and file sharing easier

One of the regular problems of a multi-platform universe is that sometimes, you'll stumble across a link or file that's better simply viewed on another device. Pushbullet's self-titled app can be a good solution, especially if you live at least partly outside of the Apple ecosystem.

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FeatureLeftovers: Here are the best Apple deals still going strong following Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Leftovers: Here are the best Apple deals still going strong following Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday has come and gone, and with it, some great flash deals and many stock-outs. But dozens of killer offers still remain, such as exclusive savings on 2016 MacBook Pros, 12" MacBooks, and iMac 5Ks.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Apple Pay ranks as fifth most common payment platform on most popular websites

Apple Pay ranks as fifth most common payment platform on most popular websites

By some metrics Apple Pay now ranks fifth in marketshare of the Web payments industry, according to new analytics data, although it still has a long road to tread before becoming commonplace.

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Facebook enables push advertising through Messenger chats

Facebook enables push advertising through Messenger chats

People using Facebook may soon start to receive advertising via Messenger, though only under limited circumstances, the company's VP of messaging products announced this week.

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GoPro issues recall of Karma drone, in-flight power loss leads to crashes

GoPro issues recall of Karma drone, in-flight power loss leads to crashes

Sports camera and drone manufacturer GoPro has issued a recall of the recently released Karma drone, after only 16 days on the market.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

VideoWatch: iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode vs. DSLR

Watch: iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode vs. DSLR

Apple with the recent release of iOS 10.1 enabled Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus, allowing users to add a touch of artistic blur to their images by simulating an enhanced depth-of-field effect. AppleInsider compares the still-in-beta feature to a true prosumer DSLR, the Canon 5D Mark IV with full-frame sensor.

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Apple Pay gains support for 31 Australian credit unions, small banks with Cuscal deal

Apple Pay gains support for 31 Australian credit unions, small banks with Cuscal deal

As Australia's largest banks look to stymie Apple Pay's expansion efforts for their own gains, Apple and payments solutions firm Cuscal on Wednesday local time announced a deal that will bring the fledgling payment service to 31 credit unions and regional banks.

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Ireland to submit appeal of EU's $14.5B Apple tax ruling on Wednesday

Ireland to submit appeal of EU's $14.5B Apple tax ruling on Wednesday

The Irish government is about to formally submit its appeal of the European Commission's tax ruling on Apple, Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced on Tuesday.

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Apple relaunches online sales of refurbished iPhones [u]

Apple relaunches online sales of refurbished iPhones [u]

For the first time in years, Apple has begun selling refurbished iPhones from its U.S. online store, giving people a cheaper way of getting into the iPhone ecosystem while still having official warranty support. [Updated with corrections]

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Apple hardware, software support iOS app now available in the Netherlands

Apple hardware, software support iOS app now available in the Netherlands

Apple has performed what may be a soft launch of a new Apple Service app in the Netherlands, allowing users in that country to schedule Genius Bar appointments, as well as get live chat-based support for Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

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Apple's engineering in new MacBook Pro paves way for speedy Optane storage in future models

Apple's engineering in new MacBook Pro paves way for speedy Optane storage in future models

Apple has set the table for inclusion of the future XPoint-based Optane SSD technology in an iteration of the MacBook Pro, potentially leading to dramatically faster access times and transfer speeds than conventional SSDs.

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Second public beta of Apple's iOS 10.2 now available

Second public beta of Apple's iOS 10.2 now available

Members of Apple's public beta program can now access a second pre-release build of iOS 10.2, packing in newly redesigned emoji and bug fixes.

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Tesla buys Grohmann Engineering to speed up electric car manufacturing

Tesla buys Grohmann Engineering to speed up electric car manufacturing

While Apple is still deciding whether or not to design its own electric car, Tesla has announced its acquisition of Grohmann Engineering, which could help dramatically increase output of the Model S, X, and 3.

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Apple Pay holiday promotions offer online shoppers free rush shipping, discounts, rewards

Apple Pay holiday promotions offer online shoppers free rush shipping, discounts, rewards

A new initiative intended to drive Apple Pay use on the web, coinciding with the debut of Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro, offers shoppers exclusive offers and discounts this holiday season.

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Filing suggests Apple investing big in OLED supply, increasing capital expenditure

Filing suggests Apple investing big in OLED supply, increasing capital expenditure

An investment firm has delved deeply into Apple's most recent Securities and Exchange Commission 10-K filing, and sees purchase orders extending over one year in duration which suggests to them that Apple is in the middle of a big OLED buy from Samsung — the main supplier of the technology.

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Wistron building MacBook Pro Touch Bars after original supplier falls short - report

Wistron building MacBook Pro Touch Bars after original supplier falls short - report

Because of problems experienced by an initial supplier, Taiwan's Wistron is now handling at least some orders for the Touch Bar keyboard on the MacBook Pro, reports claimed on Tuesday.

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Netflix soon to be added to video options for Comcast X1 customers

Netflix soon to be added to video options for Comcast X1 customers

Movie streaming service Netflix will be available to Comcast subscribers with an X1 set-top box as soon as November 10, but won't be exempt from the 1TB data cap recently levied against a good portion of Comcast's internet customers.

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Investigators raid Samsung's Korean HQ amidst country's presidential scandal

Investigators raid Samsung's Korean HQ amidst country's presidential scandal

South Korean prosecutors raided the headquarters of Apple rival Samsung on Tuesday, looking for evidence that the company might have illegally offered gifts to Choi Soon-sil, a woman accused of exploiting her connections to President Park Geun-hye.

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Samsung takes out full-page ad to apologize to Galaxy Note 7 users for quality issues

Samsung takes out full-page ad to apologize to Galaxy Note 7 users for quality issues

Attempting to put the Galaxy Note 7 debacle behind it, Samsung has paid for a full-page apology to consumers that appeared on Tuesday in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

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Apple said to be 'aggressive' in ordering MacBook Pro units, strong sales expected through 2017

Apple said to be 'aggressive' in ordering MacBook Pro units, strong sales expected through 2017

Apple is said to be bullish on sales prospects for its long-awaited MacBook Pro update, placing significant orders with suppliers through the end of the year and into 2017, according to a new supply chain report.

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Apple patents augmented reality mapping system for iPhone

Apple patents augmented reality mapping system for iPhone

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing an augmented reality mapping system that harnesses iPhone hardware to overlay visual enhancements onto live video, lending credence to recent rumors suggesting the company plans to implement an iOS-based AR strategy in the near future.

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Twitter entertains offers to keep Vine video service alive

Twitter entertains offers to keep Vine video service alive

Twitter's recently announced execution of video sharing service Vine might be stayed, as the microblogging giant is reportedly fielding bids from potential buyers interested in keeping the niche app alive.

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Apple hires talent, buys technology from bankrupt streaming music startup Omnifone

Apple hires talent, buys technology from bankrupt streaming music startup Omnifone

Apple recently hired a handful of former employees and purchased key technology from defunct streaming music startup Omnifone, a report said Monday, clearing up rumors suggesting Apple acquired the now bankrupt company earlier this year.

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Verizon debuts 5GB and 10GB prepaid data plans

Verizon debuts 5GB and 10GB prepaid data plans

On Monday, U.S. wireless carrier Verizon introduced two more plans for its prepaid smartphone customers, supplementing three existing options.

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Samsung to debut Viv-based AI assistant alongside Galaxy S8

Samsung to debut Viv-based AI assistant alongside Galaxy S8

Samsung on Monday confirmed plans to include a new AI assistant with its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, which should make use of the technology it acquired from Viv — a firm founded by some of the people behind Apple's Siri.

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Apple starts charging credit cards for first wave of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar orders

Apple starts charging credit cards for first wave of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar orders

Some of the customers who ordered the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar very rapidly after its announcement are reporting their credit cards are being charged, with orders being prepared for arrival in customers' hands as soon as Nov. 11.

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Apple issues second betas of iOS 10.2, tvOS 10.1 & watchOS 3.1.1 to developers [u]

Apple issues second betas of iOS 10.2, tvOS 10.1 & watchOS 3.1.1 to developers [u]

Apple on Monday released a second developer beta of iOS 10.2, which once it's finished will add some minor features to the platform along with standard bugfixes. [Updated with debut of TV app]

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After iAd's death, Apple will move Apple News ad sales to NBCUniversal — report

After iAd's death, Apple will move Apple News ad sales to NBCUniversal — report

Apple is shunting responsibility for the ads seen on Apple News to NBCUniversal's ad sales department, and is keeping all other details of the now defunct iAd service intact for content producers, according to a recent report.

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New Chinese cybersecurity law will force Apple to keep data on local servers, aid gov't. searches

New Chinese cybersecurity law will force Apple to keep data on local servers, aid gov't. searches

The Chinese parliament has officially approved new electronic security legislation, due to go into effect in June 2017, which could force companies like Apple to make changes to how they handle their data infrastructure — particularly if they're concerned about privacy.

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Fake apps on Apple App Stores seeing a pre-holiday surge, purges ongoing

Fake apps on Apple App Stores seeing a pre-holiday surge, purges ongoing

Fake apps have always been a problem to some extent on Apple's App Stores, with the latest round from China focusing on brands without dedicated apps, as well as online shopping from existing ones in an attempt to steal customer data and financial information.

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AT&T will entice users to sign up for DirecTV Now OTT service with free Apple TV or Fire TV

AT&T will entice users to sign up for DirecTV Now OTT service with free Apple TV or Fire TV

Briefly available AT&T customer support documents not only shed some light on channels that will be available on the internet-streaming DirecTV Now video service, but also show that the telecom giant will give either an Apple TV or a Fire TV stick as a digital receiver to customers signing up for the service.

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Questionable rumor says Apple could add 'Jet White' option for iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Questionable rumor says Apple could add 'Jet White' option for iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Apple is planning to add a "Jet White" color option for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, a rumor claimed on Monday.

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Google deploys giant update for iOS Gmail app with new design, improved speed

Google deploys giant update for iOS Gmail app with new design, improved speed

Google has unveiled a completely redesigned Gmail for iOS app, adding support for Gmail's "undo send" feature, and vast improvements to search.

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