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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Exclusive Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc in Hong Kong

 Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc in Hong Kong

Apple has singled out Greater China—including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan—as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan followed by a week in Hong Kong.

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ReviewReview: Outdoor Tech Chips helmet headphones, a Siri-compatible Bluetooth ski accessory

Review: Outdoor Tech Chips helmet headphones, a Siri-compatible Bluetooth ski accessory

Skiers and snowboarders looking to listen to music and stay connected while on the mountain should check out the Chips Bluetooth headphones from Outdoor Tech, a well-designed and simple solution for adding wireless connectivity to your helmet.

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Apple's Eddy Cue explains Apple Pay on Apple Watch at NBA game [u]

Apple's Eddy Cue explains Apple Pay on Apple Watch at NBA game [u]

Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, became the second NBA venue to adopt Apple Pay on Friday, and Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue was on hand to explain how the service will work with Apple Watch.

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Banks reportedly clamp down on Apple Pay card provisioning in wake of fraud

Banks reportedly clamp down on Apple Pay card provisioning in wake of fraud

Banks are instituting more stringent credit and debit card authorization policies for Apple Pay users after criminals took advantage of previously lax security protocols to provision new accounts using stolen card data.

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Friday, March 06, 2015

Apple Watch battery life reportedly 'much better' than anticipated thanks to power saving features

Apple Watch battery life reportedly 'much better' than anticipated thanks to power saving features

The Apple Watch's battery life should be significantly better in the shipping product than some early accounts suggested, one report says, while the device itself could fundamentally change the way users interact with their iPhones.

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UBS predicts Apple will sell massive 58M iPhones in March quarter

UBS predicts Apple will sell massive 58M iPhones in March quarter

Demand for the iPhone 6 continues to outstrip Apple's ability to keep up with supply, as a new survey from UBS has led the investment firm to increase its projected sales for the March quarter to a whopping 58 million units.

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Apple's 'iPad in Education' program getting overhauls to fix deployment obstacles - report

Apple's 'iPad in Education' program getting overhauls to fix deployment obstacles - report

Apple is working on "significant" evolutions to the iPad in Education program that should solve some of the barriers schools encounter when trying to deploy iPads in the classroom, according to a new report.

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Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper film 'Serena' hits Apple's iTunes Store 3 weeks before theaters [u]

Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper film 'Serena' hits Apple's iTunes Store 3 weeks before theaters [u]

Serena, a Susanne Bier movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, is now available for rent on the iTunes Store and Google Play — three weeks before the film is due to arrive in US theaters.

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Amazon Game Studios announces plans to bring four games to Apple's iOS

Amazon Game Studios announces plans to bring four games to Apple's iOS

Amazon Game Studios has revealed plans to publish four more games for iOS, including two new titles — Lost Within and Til Morning's Light — along with two older ones, To-Fu Fury and Tales From Deep Space.

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FeatureWhat to expect at Apple's 'Spring Forward' event on Monday

What to expect at Apple's 'Spring Forward' event on Monday

Apple's executive team is set to take the stage next week for the first time this year, with the spotlight shining squarely on the hotly-anticipated Apple Watch. AppleInsider takes a look at what we're likely to hear from Tim Cook & Co. on Monday.

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Rumor: Apple may soon update iPad mini with A8 CPU, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Rumor: Apple may soon update iPad mini with A8 CPU, 802.11ac Wi-Fi

With last year's iPad mini 3 upgrade largely viewed as a disappointment, sporting the same processor and form factor as its predecessor, a new report says Apple may be looking to soon rectify that with a fourth-generation model featuring upgraded internal specifications.

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Apple's rebranded Beats Music service won't have free subscription tier - report

Apple's rebranded Beats Music service won't have free subscription tier - report

When Apple launches a rebranded Beats Music later this year, the streaming service may not have an ad-supported free tier, according to a new report, citing sources who allegedly spoke with Apple's Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine.

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New $1.4B Japan Display plant slated to open in 2016, likely dedicated to Apple

New $1.4B Japan Display plant slated to open in 2016, likely dedicated to Apple

Component manufacturer Japan Display on Friday officially unveiled plans for a new $1.4 billion display plant in central Japan, with Apple reportedly investing in the facility to secure supplies of advanced LCD panels for its products.

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Apple, Google, hundreds of other US companies file court brief in support of same-sex marriage

Apple, Google, hundreds of other US companies file court brief in support of same-sex marriage

A mass of 379 companies including Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court expressing their support for same-sex marriage, in advance of a landmark April hearing on the issue.

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Jony Ive's publicity tour continues as he discusses Apple Watch design in new interview

Jony Ive's publicity tour continues as he discusses Apple Watch design in new interview

Continuing his evolution from behind-the-scenes design czar to company-fronting rock star, Apple's Jony Ive granted an interview to one of his hometown newspapers this week and revealed his reasons for joining Apple, touched on his friendship with Steve Jobs, and discussed the design of the Apple Watch.

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Apple stock to replace AT&T in Dow Jones Industrial Average

Apple stock to replace AT&T in Dow Jones Industrial Average

Apple will be added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average later this month, a new major distinction on Wall Street for the world's most valuable company.

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BMO forecasts 19M Apple Watch sales in 2015, with more than half selling in holiday season

BMO forecasts 19M Apple Watch sales in 2015, with more than half selling in holiday season

Momentum for the Apple Watch will likely take a short time to build driven mostly by apps, one analyst believes, with sales quickly escalating to 10 million units in the holiday 2015 shopping season.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's presence in China, Samsung Galaxy S6, mobile payment news, more

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's presence in China, Samsung Galaxy S6, mobile payment news, more

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including Editor Daniel Dilger's experience in Taiwan, we dissect the Samsung Galaxy S6 reveal, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and mobile payment news, plus final predictions for Apple's 'Spring Forward' event.

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Apple extends iPhone 5 battery replacement program into 2016

Apple extends iPhone 5 battery replacement program into 2016

Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Oracle bundles Ask.com adware with latest Java for Mac installer

Oracle bundles Ask.com adware with latest Java for Mac installer

It appears Oracle is bringing its adware wiles to OS X with the latest version of Java for Mac, as the installer comes bundled with the Ask.com toolbar, which is deceptively set to install itself by default.

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Secret Apple lab allows early Apple Watch access to developers from Facebook, BMW, others

Secret Apple lab allows early Apple Watch access to developers from Facebook, BMW, others

Apple reportedly granted developers from big-name companies monitored access to Apple Watch at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in hopes of building out a solid initial app offering when the device launches in April.

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Apple Pay fraud stems from retailer data breaches, Apple Store purchases account for 80% of unauthorized buys

Apple Pay fraud stems from retailer data breaches, Apple Store purchases account for 80% of unauthorized buys

According to a report on Thursday, fraudsters are using credit card information gleaned from recent high-profile retail chain data to create Apple Pay accounts, while Apple Stores themselves account for 80 percent of unauthorized transactions.

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Apple Watch reportedly features unannounced diagnostics port under strap connector

Apple Watch reportedly features unannounced diagnostics port under strap connector

A report on Thursday claims the upcoming Apple Watch boasts a mysterious data connection port, previously undisclosed by Apple, that is currently being used for diagnostics and testing.

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Mobile execs predict Apple Watch to dominate smartwatch market for foreseeable future

Mobile execs predict Apple Watch to dominate smartwatch market for foreseeable future

A number of mobile executives who attended this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are already projecting that the Apple Watch will dominate the smartwatch market when it launches in April, much as the iPad currently controls the tablet industry.

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Apple to reportedly bolster iAd user targeting with phone numbers and emails

Apple to reportedly bolster iAd user targeting with phone numbers and emails

According to a report on Thursday, Apple's iAd division is looking to reinvigorate sales, and will soon allow third-party agencies to provide demographic targeting information to advertisers, including matching of phone numbers, emails and other data.

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iPhone orders remain strong, Apple likely to top 54M units in March quarter, Barclays says

iPhone orders remain strong, Apple likely to top 54M units in March quarter, Barclays says

Sources in Apple's supply chain are particularly bullish about iPhone sales to start 2015, leading investment firm Barclays Capital to say that its forecast of 54 million units for the current quarter is a "conservative" estimate.

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Gmail gets share sheet functions, Foursquare saves favorite places, Imgur overhauls design

Gmail gets share sheet functions, Foursquare saves favorite places, Imgur overhauls design

Several important updates have been released at the iOS App Store, bringing share sheet functions to Gmail, a Saved Places tab to Foursquare, and a complete redesign of Imgur's official iPhone app.

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Apple sends end-of-life reminder to Aperture users, encourages migration to new Photos app

Apple sends end-of-life reminder to Aperture users, encourages migration to new Photos app

Apple on Thursday notified customers who have previously purchased its Aperture photography software that the application will soon be removed from the Mac App Store, and invited those users to try the new Photos app as part of the OS X 10.10.3 public beta.

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Disney's 'Show Your Disney Side' app for iPhone transforms you into your favorite character

Disney's 'Show Your Disney Side' app for iPhone transforms you into your favorite character

Disney's new theme park-connected "Show Your Disney Side" app for iPhone lets users shoot a selfie and merge it with a famous character from one of the company's movies or attractions, such as Frozen, Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean, or the Haunted Mansion.

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Apple rumored to further enhance personalization of Apple Watch with custom engravings

Apple rumored to further enhance personalization of Apple Watch with custom engravings

People wanting to buy an Apple Watch may be able to ask for a custom engraving, much as the company has allowed with products like the iPad and iPod before it, although the option may not be available in time for the product's launch.

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FeatureFirst look: Microsoft's all-new Office 2016 for Mac public preview

First look: Microsoft's all-new Office 2016 for Mac public preview

Half a decade after Microsoft's last major update to Office for Mac, the venerable productivity suite returns anew with a Retina redesign, a modern codebase, and a host of new features — and it's available today as a public preview. AppleInsider was given early access to the new apps and brings you a close-up view of Redmond's latest.

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Rumor: Apple could launch iOS 8.2 next week, will expand capabilities of Health app

Rumor: Apple could launch iOS 8.2 next week, will expand capabilities of Health app

The release of iOS 8.2 remains imminent, and could debut as soon as Apple's "Spring Forward" event next Monday, bringing a number of improvements to the iPhone's health app, along with the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.

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Rumor: 12.9" iPad is latest Apple device claimed to feature next-gen IGZO display

Rumor: 12.9

Apple's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad — commonly referred to as the "iPad Pro" — will make use of an oxide LCD, most popularly known as Sharp's IGZO display technology, a new report from the company's supply chain claims.

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Auto tech maker Continental wants to partner on rumored Apple Car

Auto tech maker Continental wants to partner on rumored Apple Car

If Apple is in fact building an electric vehicle, German automotive company Continental hopes it will have a chance to partner on the final product, the company's CEO publicly said.

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BMW says talks with Apple are not connected to producing a new car

BMW says talks with Apple are not connected to producing a new car

Recent negotiations between Apple and BMW weren't connected to developing a car, a BMW spokesman has said, citing discussions between the two parties as part of "regular talks."

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Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor deposition, silicone seals

Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor deposition, silicone seals

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple is actively researching ways to make its products resistant to moisture, a feature sometimes attributed to "active" smartphone models marketed by competing smartphone manufacturers.

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Rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch in Q2, report says

Rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch in Q2, report says

While rumors surrounding Apple's purported 12-inch MacBook Air have died down amid Apple Watch hype, a new report on Wednesday claims partner manufacturers have already started mass production of the device in preparation of a second quarter launch.

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Apple's 'iPad Pro' might include USB expansion ports, new fast charging tech

Apple's 'iPad Pro' might include USB expansion ports, new fast charging tech

Following reports that claimed Apple was forced to push back its production timeline for a larger 12.9-inch iPad, new rumors suggest the company is looking to incorporate USB 3.0 connectivity and possibly ports for keyboards and a mouse.

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ExclusiveInside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc in Taiwan

Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc in Taiwan

Apple has singled out Greater China—including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan—as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015