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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Year-old Android 5 Lollipop on 33% of Google Play users, but only 20% of devices in China

Year-old Android 5 Lollipop on 33% of Google Play users, but only 20% of devices in China

Google's ability to distribute new Android updates has always lagged far behind Apple's iOS, but the situation is even worse in China, where the "Lollipop" version 5.x, introduced in 2014 alongside iOS 8, has only reached about a fifth of all devices, two thirds the distribution it has achieved elsewhere.

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F.lux says it is 'original innovator' of nighttime display color tech, asks Apple to open Night Shift API

F.lux says it is 'original innovator' of nighttime display color tech, asks Apple to open Night Shift API

Developers behind popular screen brightness and color control software f.lux issued a formal statement in response to Apple's debut of "Night Shift" in the latest iOS 9.3 beta, calling on the tech giant to allow a proper version of f.lux into the iOS App Store and open API access to Night Shift's display management tools.

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CLSA reports strong, resilient demand for iPhones in China at the expense of Huawei, Samsung

CLSA reports strong, resilient demand for iPhones in China at the expense of Huawei, Samsung

Hong Kong broker CLSA reports a continued "loyal following" for Apple in China, noting that half of smartphone buyers intend to buy from Apple, compared to slipping interest figures for Huawei, Samsung and Xiaomi.

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Broadway musical to tell story of epic rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Broadway musical to tell story of epic rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

The famous rivalry between tech titans Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, whose companies Apple and Microsoft together shaped the modern computing world, is the focus of an upcoming Broadway musical comedy called "Nerds," set to open in April.

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US transport regulators may waive some safety rules to spur self-driving cars

US transport regulators may waive some safety rules to spur self-driving cars

The U.S. Transportation Department may waive some safety rules to make it easier for automakers to test self-driving vehicles, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced at a Thursday event in Detroit.

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Shareholder motion asks Apple to aim for net-zero greenhouse gases by 2030

Shareholder motion asks Apple to aim for net-zero greenhouse gases by 2030

A measure coming up for voting by Apple shareholders asks Apple to explore options for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions — for both its own operations and major suppliers — by 2030.

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Apple seeds 1st public betas of iOS 9.3 & OS X 10.11.4, 2nd developer beta of iOS 9.3

Apple seeds 1st public betas of iOS 9.3 & OS X 10.11.4, 2nd developer beta of iOS 9.3

Apple on Thursday issued the first public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4, following up on developer betas released earlier in the week. [Updated]

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Sen. Franken asks Google to address concerns about Chromebooks, Google Apps collecting student data

Sen. Franken asks Google to address concerns about Chromebooks, Google Apps collecting student data

U.S. Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, asking his company to describe what it's doing with the private data of students who use Chromebooks and/or Google Apps for Education.

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Apple Music down for some listeners, asking others to resubscribe [u]

Apple Music down for some listeners, asking others to resubscribe [u]

Some Apple Music listeners are currently experiencing serious problems with the service, including not being able to stream anything at all, according to numerous grievances on Twitter. [Updated]

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Samsung to invest up to $7.47B in developing flexible OLEDs for future iPhones, report claims

Samsung to invest up to $7.47B in developing flexible OLEDs for future iPhones, report claims

Samsung Display is reportedly planning to spend up to $7.47 billion on expanding manufacturing capacity with the long-term goal of producing flexible OLED panels for future iPhones.

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Fassbender, Winslet earn Oscar nods for roles in Steve Jobs film

Fassbender, Winslet earn Oscar nods for roles in Steve Jobs film

Awards season continues to be kind to the stars of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed one nomination apiece on Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet for their roles in the film.

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Software bug shuts down Nest thermostats, turns off heating for unlucky customers

Software bug shuts down Nest thermostats, turns off heating for unlucky customers

A buggy software update has caused many users of Nest's smart thermostat to wake up in the cold in recent days, as the devices have been found to quickly drain their batteries and shut down, leaving heating and cooling systems offline.

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Apple A9 chip fab TSMC reports record earnings, casting further doubt on 'Peak iPhone'

Apple A9 chip fab TSMC reports record earnings, casting further doubt on 'Peak iPhone'

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest chip fab and a manufacturer of Apple's A9 chips used in iPhone 6s models, has posted earnings that beat analysts estimates for the quarter and established the company's highest annual earnings in 29 years.

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Apple invents plug insertion guidance system for desktops with hard to see ports

Apple invents plug insertion guidance system for desktops with hard to see ports

Addressing what some would call a drawback of modern computer design, Apple has developed a system that provides users plug alignment assistance for hard to reach ports normally located in the rear of desktop enclosures.

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Apple investigating Apple Watch band that transforms into a protective case, stand

Apple investigating Apple Watch band that transforms into a protective case, stand

Apple Watch launched with a total of six swappable band styles, but a patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is investigating a successor model with magnetic closure that doubles as a protective encasement and stand when not on the wrist.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

GoPro to cut 7% of workforce on poor sales as entertainment chief departs

GoPro to cut 7% of workforce on poor sales as entertainment chief departs

It was a bleak day for action cam maker GoPro, as the company said it planned to axe about 7 percent of its workforce on lower than expected fourth quarter sales, an announcement that sent shares tumbling.

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First look: Night Shift mode eases nighttime eye strain

First look: Night Shift mode eases nighttime eye strain

With its latest iOS 9.3 beta, Apple is for the first time allowing users to access and control display temperature on their iPhones and iPads, albeit in limited fashion, through a feature called Night Shift.

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U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi checks her Apple Watch on camera during State of the Union

U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi checks her Apple Watch on camera during State of the Union

During last night's widely televised State of the Union address, California Representative Nancy Pelosi appeared on camera just in time to receive a notification on her Apple Watch and respond to it with a touch.

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New York state considers bill mandating backdoors in smartphone encryption

New York state considers bill mandating backdoors in smartphone encryption

A bill up for consideration by the New York state assembly would force Apple and other smartphone makers to ensure their products can be decrypted for the sake of law enforcement.

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TipsHow to create and rename app folders with tvOS 9.2 on Apple TV

How to create and rename app folders with tvOS 9.2 on Apple TV

Just a few months after the platform launched, folders are already coming to tvOS, in the form of an upcoming 2.2 update that will make it easier for Apple TV owners to organize their apps.

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Apple to reportedly exit ad business, hand over iAd management to publishers

Apple to reportedly exit ad business, hand over iAd management to publishers

Nearly six years after its debut, Apple is reportedly planning to take a much less active role in its in-house iAd advertising platform, as it intends to hand over ad management duties — and revenue — to publishers in the near future.

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First look: tvOS 9.2 redesigns Apple TV app switcher to mimic iOS 9

First look: tvOS 9.2 redesigns Apple TV app switcher to mimic iOS 9

Apple's newly released tvOS 9.2 beta for the fourth-generation Apple TV has revamped the platform's app switcher, bringing visual consistency with iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

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Antutu: iPhone 6s performance thrashes high-spec Androids Huawei Mate 8, Samsung Note 5 & Nexus 6p

Antutu: iPhone 6s performance thrashes high-spec Androids Huawei Mate 8, Samsung Note 5 & Nexus 6p

Performance benchmark vendor Antutu presented iPhone 6s as the best performing smartphone of the year, despite being compared against high end Androids with more RAM and faster CPU clocks driving four times as many cores.

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Office 2016 for Mac updates with fullscreen Outlook, other new features

Office 2016 for Mac updates with fullscreen Outlook, other new features

Microsoft on Wednesday updated Office 2016 for Mac, adding not just bugfixes but new features for all of the apps in the suite, such as Outlook and PowerPoint.

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Obama administration planning to speed up development of self-driving cars

Obama administration planning to speed up development of self-driving cars

The White House will reportedly announce efforts to speed up the development of self-driving cars on Thursday, something that may be of extreme interest to Apple as it readies its own such vehicle.

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Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch going into trial production this month

Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch going into trial production this month

The next-generation Apple Watch could go into trial production with Quanta later this month, paving the way for a launch in the not-too-distant future, according to rumors.

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Apple allegedly keeping 'close eye' on possible sale of Time Warner, with streaming TV in mind

Apple allegedly keeping 'close eye' on possible sale of Time Warner, with streaming TV in mind

Apple is paying close attention to the possibility of Time Warner — or parts of it — going up for sale, potentially with the intent of buying assets to help launch a streaming TV service, according to rumors.

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Apple takes 11th place in awarded US patents in 2015

Apple takes 11th place in awarded US patents in 2015

Apple was awarded 1,938 U.S. patents in 2015, placing it No. 11 overall in newly earned inventions, according to the latest intellectual property rankings published on Wednesday.

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Pharrell in legal trouble over Beats 1 show OTHERtone

Pharrell in legal trouble over Beats 1 show OTHERtone

A long-running legal battle between music producer Pharrell and a group of former business associates has recently expanded to include OTHERtone, a show the artist hosts on Apple's Beats 1 streaming network.

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FeatureAI readers choose Airmail, Outlook and Nylas N1 as top email apps

AI readers choose Airmail, Outlook and Nylas N1 as top email apps

We polled our AppleInsider audience to vote for their favorite email application for the Mac. The winner is Airmail, with Outlook coming in as a close second.

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Deals: Apple's 15" MacBook Pros with free AppleCare, free Canon AirPrint Printer, and up to $90 in cash discounts

Deals: Apple's 15

Readers shopping for a current 15" MacBook Pro this month can not only grab free AppleCare protection plans and a free Canon PIXMA AirPrint-ready printer, but additional cash discounts of up to $90 with free shipping and no tax in 48 states. What's more, this deal is now instant and no longer requires a mail-in-rebate.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tim Cook pushes for strong encryption at White House summit

Tim Cook pushes for strong encryption at White House summit

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook urged White House and government officials to come to terms with strong encryption practices that protect consumer data, at one point saying such intentions should be stated publicly.

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FileMaker launches SDK for building native iOS apps

FileMaker launches SDK for building native iOS apps

Apple subsidiary FileMaker on Tuesday announced the FileMaker iOS App SDK, a set of coding tools that offer developers the means to build native iPhone and iPad apps.

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China reports record sales and 33% growth in non-Android smartphones, casts doubt on 'peak iPhone'

China reports record sales and 33% growth in non-Android smartphones, casts doubt on 'peak iPhone'

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has released data showing a significant drop in Android's share of smartphone sales in the December quarter, leaving a 33 percent gain for non-Android smartphones, a segment dominated by Apple's iPhone.

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Apple's iOS 9 now on 3 out of 4 compatible devices as adoption rates rise

Apple's iOS 9 now on 3 out of 4 compatible devices as adoption rates rise

In statistics shared with developers on Monday, Apple revealed distribution of the latest iOS 9 mobile operating system now stands at 75 percent, a number up 5 percent since the last check in November.

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Skype to bring free group calling to iPhones, iPads, other mobile devices

Skype to bring free group calling to iPhones, iPads, other mobile devices

Skype users will soon be able to make free group video calls from mobile devices like iPhones, iPods, and iPads, just as they can on Macs, PCs, and Xboxes, the Microsoft-owned company announced on Tuesday.

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Apple bucks downward PC market spiral, was lone manufacturer to see growth in 2015

Apple bucks downward PC market spiral, was lone manufacturer to see growth in 2015

The latest statistics from market research firm Gartner show Apple as the lone top-five PC vendor that grew worldwide shipments from 2014, bucking an negative market trend that saw shipments decline for the fourth consecutive year.

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Merrill Lynch upgrades AAPL to 'Buy,' says worries factored into current price

Merrill Lynch upgrades AAPL to 'Buy,' says worries factored into current price

Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Apple stock from "Neutral" to "Buy" on Tuesday, with an analyst at the firm suggesting that any worries about channel or supply chain checks are already factored into share prices.

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New estimate says Apple Watch accounted for over half of 2015 smartwatch shipments

New estimate says Apple Watch accounted for over half of 2015 smartwatch shipments

The Apple Watch was far and away the most popular smartwatch during 2015, accounting for about 51.5 percent of shipments, or 8.8 million units, according to a Jupiter Research estimate.

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