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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Siri, Kobe Bryant & Michael B. Jordan feature in latest Apple TV ad

Siri, Kobe Bryant & Michael B. Jordan feature in latest Apple TV ad

Apple on Sunday posted a new ad for the Apple TV, featuring soon-to-be-retired basketballer Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan, best known for roles in movies like Creed and Fruitvale Station.

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FeatureRoundup: Best iOS apps for creating, managing and sharing GIFs

Roundup: Best iOS apps for creating, managing and sharing GIFs

Introduced in 1987, Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images have evolved from small icons to hugely popular animated clips that are adding humor to everyday digital conversations. AppleInsider has compiled a list of the best keyboards, creators and storage tools to get you GIF-ing.

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Saturday, April 09, 2016

ReviewReview: Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is easy to use, but highlights HomeKit's flaws

Review: Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is easy to use, but highlights HomeKit's flaws

Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is a perfectly serviceable home automation product, but in some ways it proves that Apple's HomeKit platform still has a ways to go before it becomes mainstream.

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This week on AI: FBI demands NYC iPhone unlock, 9.7" iPad Pro review, iPhone 6s security fix & more

This week on AI: FBI demands NYC iPhone unlock, 9.7

The FBI and DoJ's interest in unlocking and decrypting iPhones continued to be a central theme, but Apple meanwhile fixed a security vulnerability in the iPhone 6s, and saw healthy sales of its latest iPhone model: the 4-inch iPhone SE.

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Friday, April 08, 2016

Boston judge orders Apple help FBI access iPhone 6, falls short of forcing decryption

Boston judge orders Apple help FBI access iPhone 6, falls short of forcing decryption

Recently unsealed court documents show Apple in February was ordered to assist the FBI in accessing an iPhone tied to a Boston court case, but the government has seemingly abandoned its pursuit as the ruling fell short of forcing Apple to bypass its own security.

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Leaked Senate encryption bill called 'ludicrous, dangerous' by security experts

Leaked Senate encryption bill called 'ludicrous, dangerous' by security experts

A proposed U.S. Senate draft bill that would give courts the authority to compel tech company compliance in law enforcement requests to encrypted data leaked online Thursday night, and by Friday security experts and civil rights advocates were dismantling the policy, calling it ill-informed and potentially dangerous.

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Strong iPhone SE launch suggests 15M incremental 2016 sales for Apple, RBC says

Strong iPhone SE launch suggests 15M incremental 2016 sales for Apple, RBC says

Since it launched just over a week ago, the iPhone SE has seen demand outstrip supply, indicating to one investment firm that the new budget-priced 4-inch handset could offer some upside to shareholders.

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Three-fifths of Apple Watch owners plan to upgrade to next model sight unseen

Three-fifths of Apple Watch owners plan to upgrade to next model sight unseen

A little over three-fifths of current Apple Watch owners are planning to upgrade to the next model, even though any features it might have are still nebulous, according to survey data published on Friday.

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Apple says it won't sue FBI to find out how San Bernardino iPhone 5c was hacked

Apple says it won't sue FBI to find out how San Bernardino iPhone 5c was hacked

Saying that whatever method was used by the FBI will have a "short shelf life," Apple on Friday revealed it has no intention to sue the bureau in an effort to find out how it hacked the iPhone 5c used by a terrorist in California.

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Microsoft debuts Hub Keyboard for iOS with Office 365 support

Microsoft debuts Hub Keyboard for iOS with Office 365 support

Microsoft's Garage team on Friday released its expected Hub Keyboard for iOS, offering some special advantages for Office 365 users, but not two previously anticipated features.

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FeatureApple's 9.7" iPad Pro vs. 12.9" iPad Pro: Which choice is right for you?

Apple's professional-grade tablets now come in two distinct sizes: A 9.7-inch iPad Pro and a jumbo-sized 12.9-inch model. And while they both share a number of key features, including Apple Pencil support and the Smart Connector, both iPads are clearly geared toward different types of users. AppleInsider offers a handy guide to help you decide which model is right for you.

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DOJ will continue to push Apple to unlock iPhone 5s at center of Brooklyn drug case

DOJ will continue to push Apple to unlock iPhone 5s at center of Brooklyn drug case

The U.S. Justice Department plans to continue seeking legal action against Apple, in an effort to force the company to create a way to unlock an iPhone that is said to be a crucial part of a drug investigation.

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Indian court orders Apple to stop using 'Split View' name in trademark case

Indian court orders Apple to stop using 'Split View' name in trademark case

Delhi's High Court has ordered Apple to no longer use the term "Split View" in any of its products, following a trademark complaint by a software firm local to the city.

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AT&T hikes smartphone activation & upgrade fee to $20, matching Verizon

AT&T hikes smartphone activation & upgrade fee to $20, matching Verizon

AT&T has quietly raised its smartphone activation and upgrade fee from $15 to $20, matching a similar fee imposed by Verizon earlier this week.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast reviews iPhone SE, 9.7" iPad Pro, new betas, FBI & more

AppleInsider podcast reviews iPhone SE, 9.7

This week on the Appleinsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and Neil's feelings about the iPhone SE. Also, we talk beta software, some of Neil's favorite apps, and the ongoing FBI saga.

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Apple says Mississippi 'religious freedom' bill 'empowers discrimination'

Apple says Mississippi 'religious freedom' bill 'empowers discrimination'

An avid promoter of civil rights, Apple on Thursday voiced concern over Mississippi's "religious freedom" house bill that was signed into law this week by Governor Phil Bryant, a piece of legislation opponents say is a tool for discrimination against LGBT individuals.

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Apple's first court-ordered iPhone unlock likely dates back to 2008 case, report says

Apple's first court-ordered iPhone unlock likely dates back to 2008 case, report says

A report chronicling Apple's history of handling government data requests says the company received, and willingly complied with, its first court order to help unlock an iPhone in 2008. Apple continued on that path until around 2014, when the wider tech industry began clamping down on product security in light of revelations regarding government snooping operations.

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Apple's developer Web portal gets minimalist redesign, easy access to tools

Apple's developer Web portal gets minimalist redesign, easy access to tools

A redesigned Apple developer portal went live on Thursday, bringing with it a refreshed user interface reminiscent of recent company webpage updates like last year's iTunes Connect revamp.

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Apple posts 'Behind the Scenes' video for popular Cookie Monster Siri ad

Apple posts 'Behind the Scenes' video for popular Cookie Monster Siri ad

Apple on Thursday released a behind-the-scenes video for "Timer," its extremely popular TV ad featuring Sesame Street's Cookie Monster and the iPhone 6s' always-ready "Hey Siri" command.

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Apple issues first iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 betas to public testers

Apple issues first iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 betas to public testers

One day after Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 9.3.2 and OS X 10.11.5 to developers, the company on Thursday issued the same builds to members of the public beta program for testing.

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GarageBand for Mac updates with Music Memos & Logic Remote support, bigger sound library

GarageBand for Mac updates with Music Memos & Logic Remote support, bigger sound library

Apple on Thursday released a new version of GarageBand for the Mac, improving support for recent companion apps on iOS, and greatly increasing the number of samples available to musicians.

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Reddit introduces new official iPhone app, Spark email updates with watchOS 2 support

Reddit introduces new official iPhone app, Spark email updates with watchOS 2 support

Reddit on Thursday introduced a new official iPhone app with bonuses for early adopters, while Readdle updated its Spark email app, adding features like watchOS 2 support.

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Deals: Coupons for $150-$300 off 2015 MacBook Pros; 2015 MacBook Airs from $749

Deals: Coupons for $150-$300 off 2015 MacBook Pros; 2015 MacBook Airs from $749

A trio of Apple-authorized resellers are this week offering AppleInsider readers coupons and exclusive pricing on a wide assortment of 2015 MacBooks, with 11" MacBook Airs from $749, 13" MacBook Airs from $869, 13" MacBook Pros from $1,149, and 15" MacBook Pros from $1,812 (with free shipping and no tax in most states).

Google mulling deep Android support for Apple's Swift language - report

Google mulling deep Android support for Apple's Swift language - report

Apple's nascent Swift programming language could have a bright future ahead with one of the company's chief competitors, as Google is reportedly considering bring Swift to Android as a "first-class" language.

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GoPro officially reveals six-camera 'Omni' VR rig

GoPro officially reveals six-camera 'Omni' VR rig

Extreme sports aficionados will soon have an official GoPro answer for capturing 360-degree spherical video and still images of their adventures, as the action cam company has finally taken the covers off of its new "Omni" rig.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare, including the new iMac HD, iMac 4K and Late 2015 iMac with 5K Retina display. Save up to $250 instantly, with no tax in most states. Plus a free Canon AIO Photo printer with each 4K and 5K.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Samsung sees 10% profit growth on better-than-expected sales of flagship Galaxy S7

Samsung sees 10% profit growth on better-than-expected sales of flagship Galaxy S7

On the heels of the launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung Electronics issued preliminary guidance on Thursday saying it expects profits to grow more than 10 percent for the first quarter of 2016, exceeding market expectations.

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IBM & Box collaborate on new MobileFirst app for iPhone and iPad

IBM & Box collaborate on new MobileFirst app for iPhone and iPad

IBM on Thursday revealed its latest MobileFirst iOS app for enterprise, Expert Seller, which was developed in partnership with cloud storage service Box.

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White House won't publicly back legislation allowing judges to order decryption - report

White House won't publicly back legislation allowing judges to order decryption - report

Despite recent comments by President Obama, the White House won't publicly support upcoming draft legislation that would let judges order companies like Apple to help decrypt their products, a report said on Thursday.

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FBI can't unlock anything newer than Apple's iPhone 5c, Comey reveals

FBI can't unlock anything newer than Apple's iPhone 5c, Comey reveals

The unlocking procedure used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to break into an iPhone 5c at the center of the San Bernardino case cannot be used on new devices, the bureau's director said on Wednesday.

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Apple Watch Hermes bands to be sold separately, come in 4 new colors on April 19

Apple Watch Hermes bands to be sold separately, come in 4 new colors on April 19

Apple and French fashion house Hermès on Thursday revealed an upcoming expansion to their collaborative Apple Watch effort, unveiling four new band colors and announcing that each luxury leather accessory will be available for individual purchase later this month.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices anywhere on all Apple's latest MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices anywhere on all Apple's latest MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

In celebration of Apple's first product launches of 2016, AI readers this week can use exclusive coupons and offers to grab the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's latest 11", 12", 13" and 15" MacBooks, MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros. Many also come with free accessories like Apple Super Drives, AirPrint Photo Printers, and USB-C early adopter kits. Plus free shipping and no sales tax for most customers.

Coachella 2016 to support Apple Pay transactions with new Square Reader, hand out prizes via iBeacon [u]

Coachella 2016 to support Apple Pay transactions with new Square Reader, hand out prizes via iBeacon [u]

Revelers at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be able to pay for food, drinks, merchandise and more with their iPhone and Apple Watch thanks to a partnership with Square, which is supplying on-site vendors with Apple Pay-compatible mobile card readers.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

TipsHow to: Set up PS4's new Remote Play feature on Mac

How to: Set up PS4's new Remote Play feature on Mac

Sony on Wednesday released a firmware update for its PlayStation 4 console, introducing a long-awaited Remote Play feature that lets gamers use their PC or Mac as a second screen device. AppleInsider shows you how to set it up.

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FBI reportedly briefs senators on San Bernardino iPhone hack

FBI reportedly briefs senators on San Bernardino iPhone hack

The Justice Department has shared, or plans to share, details of its San Bernardino iPhone data extraction technique with high ranking U.S. senators, including Senate Intelligence Committee leaders working on a contentious cybersecurity bill, a report said Wednesday.

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'iPhone 6 SE' mod kit crams iPhone SE parts into a custom, curved iPhone 6s-like chassis

'iPhone 6 SE' mod kit crams iPhone SE parts into a custom, curved iPhone 6s-like chassis

Though some early rumors suggested the iPhone SE would have an iPhone 6-like design, it actually shipped in a chassis virtually identical to the iPhone 5s. However, some Chinese manufacturers have made iPhone SE-sized casings styled like the iPhone 6s, which prompted one publication to build their own fully functional so-called "iPhone 6 SE."

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FAA, corporations & aviation groups draft new safety rules for flying drones near humans

FAA, corporations & aviation groups draft new safety rules for flying drones near humans

A public/private committee organized by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has suggested preliminary rule changes for how close drones might fly to people, which could open up potential uses of the technology, such as air delivery.

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Apple Maps transit directions expand to include Montreal

Apple Maps transit directions expand to include Montreal

This week, the slow and steady roll-out of Apple Maps transit data continued, adding the second-largest city of Canada, Montreal, to its lineup.

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Google Chrome browser to gain support for native OS X push notifications

Google Chrome browser to gain support for native OS X push notifications

Google is working on supporting OS X's native push notifications in Chrome, instead of the browser having to use its own notification system, according to a developer on the project.

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