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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Elon Musk welcomes rumored 'Apple Car,' reveals Tesla-to-Apple poaching at about 5:1

Elon Musk welcomes rumored 'Apple Car,' reveals Tesla-to-Apple poaching at about 5:1

During electric car maker Tesla's quarterly earnings call on Wednesday, company founder and entrepreneur Elon Musk said it would be great to see Apple enter the automotive industry, while allaying concerns that the Cupertino tech giant's poaching operations posed a threat to his company.

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Spotify, other music services allege Apple App Store policies anti-competitive

Spotify, other music services allege Apple App Store policies anti-competitive

Spotify and other streaming music services are upset with Apple's App Store policies, which they say effectively prevent them from competing with iTunes or Beats Music, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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Apple releases Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6 to fix WebKit vulnerabilities

Apple releases Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6 to fix WebKit vulnerabilities

Apple on Wednesday released Safari 8.0.6, a minor update of the Mac browser, concentrating primarily on fixing security holes discovered in the software.

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Apple demonstrates how iPad can change your life in 'Change Everything' mini-site

Apple demonstrates how iPad can change your life in 'Change Everything' mini-site

In a bid to reinvigorate waning iPad sales, Apple on Wednesday launched "Everything changes with iPad," a new ad campaign that offers a comprehensive look at how the tablet fits into and enriches the life of its user.

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Lunch & keynote with Apple CEO Tim Cook raises $200K for charity

Lunch & keynote with Apple CEO Tim Cook raises $200K for charity

The chance to have lunch and attend an Apple keynote with CEO Tim Cook was enough to raise more than $200,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

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Apple Watch, HealthKit star in Louisiana hypertension treatment program

Apple Watch, HealthKit star in Louisiana hypertension treatment program

Patients at one Louisiana healthcare provider are combining two of Apple's newest technologies, HealthKit and the pulse-sensing Apple Watch, to enhance monitoring and treatment of hypertension.

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Apple VoiceOver accessibility receives award from American Foundation for the Blind

Apple VoiceOver accessibility receives award from American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind announced Apple among its four honorees to receive a Helen Keller Achievement Award later this June, recognizing the company's contribution to accessibility with VoiceOver.

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In-store Apple Watch pickup 'available soon,' Apple Store iOS app says

In-store Apple Watch pickup 'available soon,' Apple Store iOS app says

Apple is on the verge of offering in-store pickup for people buying the Apple Watch, although no exact timeframe is being quoted, checks of the Apple Store iOS app revealed on Wednesday.

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ExclusiveApple challenges Google with growing Web search program, fueled by Topsy acquisition

Apple challenges Google with growing Web search program, fueled by Topsy acquisition

Apple's rapidly-expanding internal search group —aimed at making Spotlight a legitimate Web search engine —is being led by the team acquired in 2013 with social search firm Topsy, AppleInsider has learned.

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iPhone marketshare surges for Apple in Europe, China during March quarter

iPhone marketshare surges for Apple in Europe, China during March quarter

Adoption of the iPhone was up globally during the March quarter, and in Europe was particularly influenced by people switching from Android devices, according to new smartphone market data published on Wednesday by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

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Former Apple retail head Ron Johnson launches Enjoy, a sales and setup service

Former Apple retail head Ron Johnson launches Enjoy, a sales and setup service

Former JC Penney CEO and one-time Apple retail head Ron Johnson on Wednesday launched a new company, Enjoy Technology, that will not only sell products like smartphones, drones, notebooks, and tablets, but also offer free personal delivery and setup for orders.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save between $200-$350 on 2015 13" & 15" MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs with AppleCare

Killer Deals: Save between $200-$350 on 2015 13

AppleInsider this week is proud to offer the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's entire MacBook lineup with AppleCare protection. Separately, today also marks the last call for readers looking to take advantage of a week-long Apple Accessories super sale delivering the lowest prices on everything from SuperDrives and Keyboards to MacBook Power Adapters and AirPort base stations.

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Pixelmator coming to iPhone as universal app, iPad version on sale for 50% off

Pixelmator coming to iPhone as universal app, iPad version on sale for 50% off

Popular photo editing app Pixelmator, already available on Mac and iPad, will also be coming to Apple's iPhone in the near future, the company announced on Wednesday.

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Apple gearing up for sale of seven-part bond to fund share buybacks and dividends

Apple gearing up for sale of seven-part bond to fund share buybacks and dividends

Apple on Wednesday notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it is planning yet another bond sale, accruing debt to fund its ongoing quarterly dividend payments and share repurchase program.

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Deals: Free AppleCare with all Mac minis; $305 off new 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare; Free Apple TV with all iMacs

Deals: Free AppleCare with all Mac minis; $305 off new 15

This week, AI is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to knock $305 off both of Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pros with AppleCare in addition to giving away free AppleCare with all Mac minis. Additionally, readers can save between $119 and $469 on dozens of 21- and 27-inch iMac configurations, each of which also includes AppleCare and a free Apple TV.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Apple details new 'AppleBot' web crawler used by Siri and Spotlight

Apple details new 'AppleBot' web crawler used by Siri and Spotlight

Apple has confirmed the existence of a long-rumored web crawling service — first noticed last November —and provided some details of its operations in a recently-updated support document.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Apple's upcoming streaming music service reportedly under FTC investigation

Apple's upcoming streaming music service reportedly under FTC investigation

It looks like Apple's efforts to revamp Beats Music is drawing the wrong kind of attention from government antitrust officials, as the company's dealings with record labels and artists — already said to be the subject of a Department of Justice investigation — are now under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission, a report said on Tuesday.

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Apple Pay lands 24 new bank and credit union partnerships

Apple Pay lands 24 new bank and credit union partnerships

In an update to its Apple Pay support webpage on Tuesday, Apple announced a new batch of 24 participating card issuers, with credit unions accounting for a large majority of additions.

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Apple working on ResearchKit-based DNA testing, sources claim

Apple working on ResearchKit-based DNA testing, sources claim

Apple is collaborating with researchers on new ResearchKit-based iPhone apps that will allow people to undergo DNA testing, in some cases for the first time, for scientific analysis and research, according to a Tuesday report.

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OpenTV sues Apple over iTunes content streaming technology

OpenTV sues Apple over iTunes content streaming technology

Interactive digital television firm OpenTV on Tuesday filed suit against Apple for alleged infringement of five patents relating to storing and delivering digital content to personal electronic devices.

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Home Depot announces future Apple Pay support, will become largest partner retailer

Home Depot announces future Apple Pay support, will become largest partner retailer

Home Depot on Tuesday officially announced upcoming support for Apple Pay, and with more than 2,000 stores will be the largest retail chain to sign on to Apple's branded NFC-based mobile payments initiative.

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EU to probe market control of Facebook, Google, other tech firms

EU to probe market control of Facebook, Google, other tech firms

The European Commission is beginning a probe into how major technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google exploit their market power, a move that could potentially lead to new regulations, a report said on Tuesday.

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Apple's Beats Music relaunch might hurt Spotify more than others, data suggests

Apple's Beats Music relaunch might hurt Spotify more than others, data suggests

Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apple's anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotify's active users.

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Mophie launches waterproof Juice Pack H2Pro battery case for Apple's iPhone 6

Mophie launches waterproof Juice Pack H2Pro battery case for Apple's iPhone 6

Mophie on Tuesday revealed a new battery case, the Juice Pack H2Pro, which it said will not only extend the battery life of an iPhone 6 but make it waterproof to a depth of 1.2 meters (about 4 feet) for 30 minutes.

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Beats Music rebranding may not be imminent, as Apple still doesn't have necessary licenses

Beats Music rebranding may not be imminent, as Apple still doesn't have necessary licenses

Despite rumors that Apple could rebrand and relaunch Beats Music as soon as next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, a new report suggests that's unlikely, as the company apparently does not have the licensing deals finalized for such a change.

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Over a week after launch, Apple Watch still draws long line of buyers at Colette in Paris

Over a week after launch, Apple Watch still draws long line of buyers at Colette in Paris

It's been over a week since retail sales of Apple Watch began at a select few boutique stores around the world. In Paris, the exclusive location for obtaining one is still managing a line of over 70 people waiting to buy.

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Volkswagen intros Watch remote app, Dropbox to get in-app creation of Office docs

Volkswagen intros Watch remote app, Dropbox to get in-app creation of Office docs

Volkswagen on Tuesday announced an Apple Watch app that will offer remote control of many car functions, while Dropbox released a significant update to its iOS client and promised that users will soon be able to create Office documents from within the app.

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iOS-exclusive Periscope torpedoed Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV sales, promoter says

iOS-exclusive Periscope torpedoed Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV sales, promoter says

Even after shattering pay-per-view records, at least one person involved in the "fight of the century" believes it could have been even bigger without the availability of illegal video streams through Twitter's iOS-exclusive Periscope app.

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Apple Watch workout battery life falling short in some cases, owners complain

Apple Watch workout battery life falling short in some cases, owners complain

The Apple Watch can offer inconsistent power consumption while tracking workouts, particularly during outdoor activities like cycling, according to a handful of complaints received by AppleInsider and seen on Twitter.

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'CBS Sports' & 'USA Now' channels come to Apple TV [u]

'CBS Sports' & 'USA Now' channels come to Apple TV [u]

Apple continues to gradually expand the channel options available on its Apple TV set-top box, with both "CBS Sports" and "USA Now" automatically arriving on second- and third-generation devices on Tuesday.

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EU delays judgement on Apple's Irish tax deal as discovery proves 'time consuming'

EU delays judgement on Apple's Irish tax deal as discovery proves 'time consuming'

Initially slated for mid-June, the European Commission's investigation into Apple's tax arrangement with Irish authorities will not be completed until later in the year, Europe's competition chief said Tuesday.

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Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was America's top-paid female executive in 2014

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was America's top-paid female executive in 2014

Though she was only an Apple employee for about half of the year, Angela Ahrendts earned nearly $83 million last year, making her the highest paid female executive in America.

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TipsHow to sync a music playlist to Apple Watch

How to sync a music playlist to Apple Watch

Complementing great fitness tracking and workout features, Apple Watch users can save and play back music locally on their device, meaning they can leave their iPhone at home.

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Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing method likely revealed in new patent

Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing method likely revealed in new patent

Lost amidst a sea of flashy hardware technologies introduced with Apple Watch was a new image-based pairing technique distinguished by a "particle cloud" effect. On Tuesday, Apple received a patent detailing what appears to be the bedrock of this unique pairing procedure, hinting at its use in future products.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Apple publishes Apple Watch band design guidelines for accessory makers

Apple publishes Apple Watch band design guidelines for accessory makers

Apple on Monday posted to its website a previously unreleased document detailing Apple Watch band design guidelines for third-party manufacturers interested in making aftermarket straps for the device.

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Apple Maps Connect updated with support for five new European countries

Apple Maps Connect updated with support for five new European countries

Continuing its internal mapping initiative, Apple on Monday added Maps Connect support to five new regions, allowing users in those countries to add and edit points of interest.

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Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with new design, more resources

Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with new design, more resources

Apple on Monday updated the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with a refreshed look and new software design resources for app developers.

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Apple TV remote control to get touch pad when new version launches in June, report says

Apple TV remote control to get touch pad when new version launches in June, report says

According to a report on Monday, the Apple TV isn't the only piece of hardware in line for a redesign this year, as the device's long-in-the-tooth remote control is now expected to come with a built-in touch pad.

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TipsHow to start and monitor a workout on Apple Watch

How to start and monitor a workout on Apple Watch

One of the highlight features of the new Apple Watch is its fitness tracking abilities, which lets users track movement throughout the day, keep tabs on wellness goals and monitor specific workout routines.

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