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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Apple expands Maps Flyover coverage to 20 cities in Europe, Japan and more

Apple expands Maps Flyover coverage to 20 cities in Europe, Japan and more

Apple on Tuesday updated its Maps Flyover availability webpage to reflect the addition of 21 cities including multiple destinations in France and a handful of sites in Mexico, among others.

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Leaked Intel Skylake-U roadmap reveals CPUs likely bound for MacBook Air

Leaked Intel Skylake-U roadmap reveals CPUs likely bound for MacBook Air

A set of supposedly leaked specifications for Intel's upcoming Skylake processor lineup made its way to the Web on Tuesday, offering what could be the first peek at what users can expect from Apple's next-generation MacBook Air products.

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Two new iPhone identifiers discovered by ad tracking service, rumored 'iPhone 6C' model in doubt

Two new iPhone identifiers discovered by ad tracking service, rumored 'iPhone 6C' model in doubt

Mobile app marketing firm Fiksu on Tuesday discovered two new iPhone device identifiers in its dataset for July, suggesting Apple's tests of next-generation hardware do not include a rumored low-end model dubbed "iPhone 6C."

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Beats 1 Replay archive now available as dedicated Apple Music section

Beats 1 Replay archive now available as dedicated Apple Music section

A week after introducing Beats 1 Replays on Connect, Apple is now aggregating archived Beats 1 shows, including those hosted by celebrity DJs like Elton John, in a special Apple Music section.

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Web traffic points to slow but steady Apple Watch interest, UBS says

Web traffic points to slow but steady Apple Watch interest, UBS says

As gauged by Web search traffic, interest in the Apple Watch has diminished considerably since the launch of the product in April but in a relatively smooth fashion, analysts with international financial firm UBS hinted on Tuesday.

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AT&T Wi-Fi calling starts rolling out for some iOS 9 beta testers

AT&T Wi-Fi calling starts rolling out for some iOS 9 beta testers

AT&T on Tuesday started to rollout iPhone Wi-Fi calling support for devices running the latest beta version of iOS 9, with a number of users across the U.S. reporting successful activation of the new feature.

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Apple price demands for next-gen iPhone's 'A9' chip could slow TSMC output

Apple price demands for next-gen iPhone's 'A9' chip could slow TSMC output

Apple is asking Samsung and TSMC to accept price cuts on orders of A9 chips for its new iPhones, but TSMC's inclination to decline could result in the supplier having to scale back production capacity, a new rumor claimed on Tuesday.

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iOS 9 poised to be 'game changer' as ad blocking already costs publishers $22B yearly

iOS 9 poised to be 'game changer' as ad blocking already costs publishers $22B yearly

With this fall's release of iOS 9, Apple will allow users to natively block content in mobile Safari for the first time —a change which at least one study believes will be a "game changer" in an industry that already costs publishers more than $20 billion per year.

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Rite Aid to begin taking Apple Pay, other wireless payments on Aug. 15

Rite Aid to begin taking Apple Pay, other wireless payments on Aug. 15

Pharmacy chain Rite Aid on Tuesday annnounced that starting August 15, all of its U.S. stores will begin offering Apple Pay and other wireless payment options, marking a turnaround for a company that last year intentionally blocked Apple's mobile payment system.

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Rumor: Apple to launch three new iPhones concurrently: '6s,' '6s Plus' and '6c'

Rumor: Apple to launch three new iPhones concurrently: '6s,' '6s Plus' and '6c'

While a new "iPhone 6s" series is widely expected to be unveiled next month, rumors of a so-called "iPhone 6c" have been less certain. But one rumor published on Tuesday claims that a new, colorful iPhone lineup will indeed launch alongside the latest flagship models.

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China's yuan devaluation could hurt Apple sales, boost supplier profits, analysts say

China's yuan devaluation could hurt Apple sales, boost supplier profits, analysts say

The Chinese government's decision to deliberately devalue the yuan on Tuesday could have a serious impact on sales of the iPhone and other Apple products, but under the right conditions prove a boon to suppliers like Hon Hai/Foxconn and Pegatron, analysts said.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook among first investors in water saving shower head startup Nebia

Apple CEO Tim Cook among first investors in water saving shower head startup Nebia

The makers of a new water conserving shower head can count Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook among their first investors, who took a personal stake in the company after trying the eco-friendly product.

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Gazelle paying up to $480 cash for old iPhone trade-ins; vows to beat Apple, carrier offers until Sept 9th

Gazelle paying up to $480 cash for old iPhone trade-ins; vows to beat Apple, carrier offers until Sept 9th

If you plan to purchase an iPhone 6s later this month, now's the time to help fund that upgrade by making plans to trade in your existing iPhone before its value plummets. And for the next 7 days, Gazelle is offering up to $480 cash for old iPhones alongside a guarantee to beat any competitive offer from Apple or its big four US wireless partners.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

KGI: Force Touch won't be enough to drive 'iPhone 6s' upgrades, could mean negative iPhone growth

KGI: Force Touch won't be enough to drive 'iPhone 6s' upgrades, could mean negative iPhone growth

Apple may not be able to convince many users to upgrade to its next-generation iPhone if Force Touch is the only major addition, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes, which could lead to the first ever year-over-year contraction in iPhone sales.

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Study: Apple's lead in enterprise mobility threatened as iPad's tablet share plummets

Study: Apple's lead in enterprise mobility threatened as iPad's tablet share plummets

Apple's dominance in the enterprise mobility marketplace waned during the second quarter on a precipitous drop in tablet marketshare, the balance of which went to devices running Android and Windows, according to mobility solutions firm Good Technology.

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Apple continuing work on Liquidmetal casting techniques, patents show

Apple continuing work on Liquidmetal casting techniques, patents show

While Apple has yet to release a major product made from Liquidmetal stock — aside from a SIM ejector tool — the company is still actively researching methods of producing large format amorphous alloy parts, suggesting the material could one day see use in a shipping device.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

FeatureAchieving Nerdvana: Learning Swift for iOS at Big Nerd Ranch

Achieving Nerdvana: Learning Swift for iOS at Big Nerd Ranch

With its origins at NeXT, Big Nerd Ranch is one of the more respected iOS app development companies in the world. At a recent coding retreat put on by BNR, I survived seven days of the most intensive programming instruction of my life, and lived to write about it.

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Google spawns new parent company, Alphabet, splits off side businesses into unique entities

Google spawns new parent company, Alphabet, splits off side businesses into unique entities

Google on Monday announced a major corporate restructuring, including the creation of a new parent company, Alphabet, under which Google will be just one of several subsidiaries.

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MacKeeper to pay out $2M in proposed class action settlement

MacKeeper to pay out $2M in proposed class action settlement

The original developers of much maligned Mac security software MacKeeper have agreed to a $2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over deceptive claims and false advertisement, with part of the sum set aside for customer refunds.

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Spotify moving towards Premium-only music content amid label pressure, sources say

Spotify moving towards Premium-only music content amid label pressure, sources say

Although it should continue to provide a free, ad-supported tier, Spotify is reportedly planning to limit some of its music content to Premium subscribers in reaction to pressure from record labels.

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New video shows alleged 'iPhone 6s' shell with reinforced sides, lighter weight

New video shows alleged 'iPhone 6s' shell with reinforced sides, lighter weight

A new video published on Monday shows a gold iPhone shell claimed to be for Apple's rumored "iPhone 6s," and suggested that Apple has strategically reinforced portions of the device to avoid last year's media-hyped "bendgate" controversy.

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American Express expands Apple Pay support to US corporate cards

American Express expands Apple Pay support to US corporate cards

American Express on Monday announced Apple Pay support for its U.S. corporate credit cards, which should allow more businesses to begin making use of the mobile payment technology.

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HTC shares continue freefall, market value falls below cash on hand

HTC shares continue freefall, market value falls below cash on hand

Taiwanese gadget maker HTC, once one of the biggest names in the smartphone market, is now considered essentially worthless by investors as its market value fell below its cash on hand during Monday trading.

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Leaked 'iPad mini 4' renderings again reveal thinner 6.1mm design, iPad Air 2 influence

Leaked 'iPad mini 4' renderings again reveal thinner 6.1mm design, iPad Air 2 influence

Leaked design renderings, purportedly for Apple's anticipated fourth-generation iPad mini, appear to support claims that the tablet will be even thinner than its predecessor, putting it on par with the iPad Air 2.

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Fund managers still leery of Apple stock, believe shares could slide further before rebounding

Fund managers still leery of Apple stock, believe shares could slide further before rebounding

Investment managers on Wall Street believe that Apple stock is currently undervalued, but they're also reportedly concerned that shares of the company could drop even further before their eventual rebound.

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New video gives clearer look at display assembly purportedly for Apple's 'iPhone 6s'

New video gives clearer look at display assembly purportedly for Apple's 'iPhone 6s'

With Apple expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone in less than a month, parts leaks continue to plague the company's massive supply chain, as a display assembly supposedly headed for the updated handset has been examined in detail in a new video.

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

TipsHow to use the new back button in iOS 9

How to use the new back button in iOS 9

One of the most notable — albeit least trumpeted — user-facing enhancements in iOS 9 is the new back button, which lets you quickly return to where you were when following links between apps. Here's how it works.

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

ReviewReview: DJI Phantom 3 Professional iOS-connected drone with 4K ultra-HD camera

Review: DJI Phantom 3 Professional iOS-connected drone with 4K ultra-HD camera

The best has gotten even better with DJI's new Phantom 3 Professional, a drone that captures stunning, super-smooth 4K video from the skies. But it's the new controller with Lightning cable support, as well as a revamped iOS app, that truly bring this accessory to new heights.

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This week on AppleInsider: Stock market jeopardy, 'iPhone 6s' press event, Apple Music numbers & more

This week on AppleInsider: Stock market jeopardy, 'iPhone 6s' press event, Apple Music numbers & more

This week was tougher for Apple than some others, with serious trouble on the stock market, but the company did make headlines with rumors about a September press event, and the first-ever official Apple Music numbers.

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Apple's Jay Blahnik outlines Apple Watch health and fitness strategy, future device features in interview

Apple's Jay Blahnik outlines Apple Watch health and fitness strategy, future device features in interview

In an interview published this week, Jay Blahnik, Apple's director of Fitness and Health Technologies, spoke at length about Apple Watch hardware and software, explaining how the device came into being, it's merits as a fitness monitor and where he thinks it's going with watchOS 2.

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EU clears Apple and labels of colluding against free streaming music services, turns eye to App Store fees

EU clears Apple and labels of colluding against free streaming music services, turns eye to App Store fees

A European Commission inquiry found no evidence that Apple colluded with major record labels to impede free-to-stream services as part of the company's Apple Music business strategy, a report said Friday.

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ExclusiveHow to get the lowest prices on all of Apple's MacBooks for the 2015 back-to-school season

How to get the lowest prices on all of Apple's MacBooks for the 2015 back-to-school season

Apple's new 12" and 13" MacBooks are among the industry's hottest offerings, and this back-to-school season, AI has teamed up with Apple's top authorized resellers to offer the lowest prices anywhere on the wide assortment of available configurations, including options with and without AppleCare protection.

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Apple touts iPhone picture taking capabilities in latest ad

Apple touts iPhone picture taking capabilities in latest ad

Adding to its "If it's not an iPhone" ad campaign, Apple on Friday released a new 30-second spot touting the handset's idiot-proof picture taking capabilities.

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Apple continues to gain ground in US smartphone market as Android shrinks

Apple continues to gain ground in US smartphone market as Android shrinks

Apple not only remained dominant in the U.S. smartphone market during the June quarter, but was also the only top-five OEM to exhibit gains over the three-month period, according to new data from research firm comScore.

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Apple expected to unveil 'iPhone 6s,' new Apple TV on Sept. 9

Apple expected to unveil 'iPhone 6s,' new Apple TV on Sept. 9

Apple is reportedly eyeing a media event for Sept. 9, where the company is expected to show off its next-generation iPhone and Apple TV hardware, and may even unveil new iPads, according to a new report.

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Verizon to drop subsidized phone pricing in new plans coming August 13

Verizon to drop subsidized phone pricing in new plans coming August 13

Verizon Wireless on Friday announced a new set of core subscription plans, eliminating contract-based phone subsidies in favor of combinations based on device choices and the amount of data.

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Apple's Jimmy Iovine hints at curation playing part in future TV product

Apple's Jimmy Iovine hints at curation playing part in future TV product

While discussing Apple Music in a new interview published on Thursday, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine mentioned the prospect of applying curation to TV, potentially pointing to a direction for Apple's rumored streaming TV service.

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Apple Watch goes on sale at Best Buy's online & retail stores

Apple Watch goes on sale at Best Buy's online & retail stores

As promised, the U.S. branch of Best Buy began selling the Apple Watch on Friday, offering a range of models through its website and some retail locations.

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Apple's impressive App Store growth continues to be overlooked by Wall Street, Macquarie says

Apple's impressive App Store growth continues to be overlooked by Wall Street, Macquarie says

Apple revealed this week that its iOS App Store had a record July with $1.7 billion in transactions. But investment firm Macquarie Securities believes Wall Street isn't paying enough attention to Apple's growing and highly profitable services business.

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