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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Apple debuts Arabic, British English and Italian Smart Keyboard layouts

Apple debuts Arabic, British English and Italian Smart Keyboard layouts

Nearly one year after Apple introduced the U.S. version of its Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro, the company on Tuesday expanded the accessory lineup to include international layouts supporting Arabic, British English and Italian.

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Alphabet's X to test delivery drones, Instagram adds Snapchat-like 'Stories'

Alphabet's X to test delivery drones, Instagram adds Snapchat-like 'Stories'

As a part of its delivery drone effort, Project Wing, Alphabet's X division will be testing technology at one of six U.S. test sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, the White House announced on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Facebook's Instagram launched "Stories," a feature mimicking Snapchat's ethereal slideshows.

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Apple now licensing OpenTV streaming technologies, ends worldwide litigation

Apple now licensing OpenTV streaming technologies, ends worldwide litigation

An agreement has been forged between Apple and the Kudelski group, with Apple paying to license a suite of media streaming patents, to conclude an international patent battle.

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Time Warner CEO says possible Apple buyout was never 'serious'

Time Warner CEO says possible Apple buyout was never 'serious'

Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, likely had no "serious" intentions when suggesting the possibility of a Time Warner takeover, according to the latter company's CEO.

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Bloomberg Radio stream added to Apple Music in over 100 countries

Bloomberg Radio stream added to Apple Music in over 100 countries

Apple will provide the Bloomberg Radio news channel stream for free, 24 hours a day, to all countries that have the full Apple Music experience.

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Apple releases third public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra

Apple releases third public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra

Members of Apple's public beta program were supplied with their third pre-release build of Apple's two biggest upcoming platforms set for release this fall: iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

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Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 largely incremental, except for iris scanner

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 largely incremental, except for iris scanner

Samsung on Tuesday took the wraps off of its Galaxy Note 7 phablet, featuring identical internals to the company's Galaxy S7 smartphone, with the exception of a new iris scanner — a feature rumored to make an appearance in next year's iPhone [updated].

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Canada's Tangerine & PC Financial gain Apple Pay, Greece picks up live traffic in Apple Maps

Canada's Tangerine & PC Financial gain Apple Pay, Greece picks up live traffic in Apple Maps

Canadian banks Tangerine and President's Choice Financial on Tuesday added support for Apple Pay, while residents of Greece finally received access to live traffic data in Apple Maps.

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Biker burned by broken iPhone, seeks to raise battery danger awareness

Biker burned by broken iPhone, seeks to raise battery danger awareness

Australian bicyclist Gareth Clear isn't blaming Apple for his injuries that he sustained after a fall-damaged iPhone battery burnt his leg. Instead, he seeks to increase awareness of the dangers of portable batteries, particularly when they are ruptured.

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Pokemon Go tops 100M downloads without impacting rest of mobile game industry

Pokemon Go tops 100M downloads without impacting rest of mobile game industry

Niantic's Pokémon Go has hit over 100 million downloads across the App Store and Google Play, but doesn't appear to be generating much of a hazard — or windfall — for other game developers, according to an analytics firm.

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Former Apple PR executive Natalie Kerris leaves Twitter after six months

Former Apple PR executive Natalie Kerris leaves Twitter after six months

Ex-Apple public relations maven Natalie Kerris is departing her position as the vice president of communications of microblogging service Twitter after only six months in the role, for unknown reasons.

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Logitech debuts Create Backlit Keyboard Case for 9.7" iPad Pro

Logitech debuts Create Backlit Keyboard Case for 9.7

Accessories manufacturer Logitech on Tuesday introduced a 9.7-inch version of its Create Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Pro, which like its bigger 12.9-inch sibling features folio-style tablet protection, a full-size keyboard and support for Apple's Smart Connector.

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Monday, August 01, 2016

Apple touts Japanese job creation, boost to nation's economy

Apple touts Japanese job creation, boost to nation's economy

Apple Japan published a special informational page to its regional website on Monday detailing how the company's various hardware, software and services businesses have positively impacted the Asian nation in 2015.

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BMW begins Apple CarPlay support with paid upgrades to 2 Series

BMW begins Apple CarPlay support with paid upgrades to 2 Series

Long a holdout, BMW this week finally launched support for Apple's CarPlay by offering the technology as an upgrade option for 2 Series cars.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

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Monday, August 01, 2016

Apple's latest iPad Pro ad asks, 'What's a computer'

Apple's latest iPad Pro ad asks, 'What's a computer'

In a continued push to position iPad Pro as a full-fledged laptop replacement, Apple on Monday released a short TV ad touting the tablet's benefits over traditional portable machines.

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Frank Ocean's new album to see release Friday as Apple Music exclusive

Frank Ocean's new album to see release Friday as Apple Music exclusive

Popular R&B singer Frank Ocean's hotly anticipated album "Boys Don't Cry" is reportedly set to release this Friday exclusively on Apple Music, the latest high-profile win for Apple's streaming service.

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Apple adds 100 emoji to latest iOS 10 beta, promotes diversity and gender equality

Apple adds 100 emoji to latest iOS 10 beta, promotes diversity and gender equality

Apple's latest iOS 10 developer beta includes more than 100 new emoji for inclusion in chats and messages, with a number of characters having both male and female options available for the first time.

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FBI director calls for restart of smartphone encryption debate

FBI director calls for restart of smartphone encryption debate

FBI Director James Comey appears ready to relaunch the debate about encryption legislation with tech companies before "something terrible happens," and alters the course of the discussion.

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Apple TV Remote launches on iOS, remains separate from iTunes Remote app

Apple TV Remote launches on iOS, remains separate from iTunes Remote app

Apple on Monday publicly launched its new Apple TV Remote app, mimicking the functionality of the Siri Remote used with the company's fourth-generation set-top box. But users who want to control iTunes media on their Mac will still need to use the legacy iTunes Remote app.

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iTunes 12.4.3 update tackles problems with playlists from iOS devices

iTunes 12.4.3 update tackles problems with playlists from iOS devices

Hot on the heels of new developer betas, Apple on Monday released iTunes 12.4.3, solving a glitch with the way the jukebox software handles playlists.

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Apple shuttlebus drivers vote in favor of first contract after unionization

Apple shuttlebus drivers vote in favor of first contract after unionization

More than 30 drivers who ferry Apple employees to work from off-site parking will not only get previously negotiated wage increases, but will be granted health benefits, pension contributions, vacation time, and overtime.

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iOS 10 beta 4 adds introduction explaining Apple's Control Center changes

iOS 10 beta 4 adds introduction explaining Apple's Control Center changes

Control Center in iOS 10 has an entirely new look and design, adding expanded music controls and quick access to HomeKit accessories. However, the changes may not be readily apparent to new users, which is why Apple has added a quick introductory screen explaining them in the latest beta.

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Apple iPad grows share of global tablet market despite declining sales

Apple iPad grows share of global tablet market despite declining sales

Apple and its chief rival — Samsung — both saw worldwide tablet shipments decline in the June quarter, although Apple managed to increase iPad marketshare in spite of moving fewer units.

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Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, macOS Sierra

Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, macOS Sierra

Apple on Monday provided registered developers with its fourth pre-release betas of iOS 10 for iPhone and iPad. In addition, macOS Sierra beta 4 for Mac, watchOS 3 beta 4 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 10 beta 4 for Apple TV were also released [updated].

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VirnetX's $625M FaceTime lawsuit victory against Apple tossed, two retrials ordered

VirnetX's $625M FaceTime lawsuit victory against Apple tossed, two retrials ordered

A federal judge has tossed out a February ruling requiring Apple to pay patent holding company VirnetX $625.5 million over secure communications patents used in FaceTime and iMessage, and has ordered two complete retrials.

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Questionable parts leak revives claims of space black 'iPhone 7'

Questionable parts leak revives claims of space black 'iPhone 7'

A pair of photos released over the weekend show an alleged mute button for Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7," possibly reinforcing claims that Apple will offer the device in Space Black, or at least a darker shade of Space Gray.

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Deals: 21" iMac for $899, 27" iMac for $1,249, 12.9" iPad Pro for $699, DJI Phantom 4 for $1,199, $300 off MacBook Pro

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New 'Hey Siri' website indexes successful voice queries for Apple's Siri

New 'Hey Siri' website indexes successful voice queries for Apple's Siri

A new website chronicles what users can say to Apple's Siri, and what to expect in return, for iOS 9 as well as the forthcoming iOS 10 and macOS Sierra implementations of the virtual assistant.

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Philips jumps into iPhone-connected health gear with watch, scale & blood pressure monitors

Philips jumps into iPhone-connected health gear with watch, scale & blood pressure monitors

Philips on Monday launched the Personal Health Program, actually a series of tracking accessories that pair with the company's HealthSuite app for iPhone and Android. [Updated]

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Apple brings Maps transit coverage to Prague in Czech Republic

Apple brings Maps transit coverage to Prague in Czech Republic

Apple is now offering Maps transit directions for the Czech capital of Prague, returning focus to the app's European users after a stretch of concentrating on the U.S.

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Apple partner Didi Chuxing to buy Uber China for $1 billion

Apple partner Didi Chuxing to buy Uber China for $1 billion

Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride sharing service that Apple invested $1 billion into, appears to be buying out rival service Uber China for $1 billion plus a promise to invest $1 billion into parent company Uber Global.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Apple launches official iBooks Instagram account, promotes latest Harry Potter story

Apple launches official iBooks Instagram account, promotes latest Harry Potter story

Over the weekend, Apple quietly debuted an official Instagram account for the iBooks Store, promoting various new releases including the highly-anticipated stage script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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Kanye West wants Apple to buy Tidal, calls for executive meeting

Kanye West wants Apple to buy Tidal, calls for executive meeting

Rapper Kanye West in a minor tweet storm on Saturday called on Apple to purchase Apple Music competitor Tidal, saying he wants to put an end to the "beef" between the two streaming music providers.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

ExclusiveFirst look: Brooklyn celebrates the grand opening of its first Apple Store

First look: Brooklyn celebrates the grand opening of its first Apple Store

Brooklynites braved the summer heat on Saturday for the grand opening of their borough's first-ever Apple Store, in the neighborhood of Williamsburg. AppleInsider was there and provides a first look at the new retail space.

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This week on AI: Q3 beats forecasts, 'Apple Car' leadership changes, augmented reality plans & more

This week on AI: Q3 beats forecasts, 'Apple Car' leadership changes, augmented reality plans & more

The big news this week was Apple's quarterly results, which beat expectations even if they were still largely downhill. Meanwhile though, big shakeups were revealed within the "Apple Car" team and CEO Tim Cook teased the company's interest in augmented reality.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Apple urges Supreme Court to end long-running Samsung patent case

Apple urges Supreme Court to end long-running Samsung patent case

Apple on Friday delivered a legal brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a favorable ruling in its ongoing patent lawsuit against Samsung, saying the Korean company had not furnished sufficient evidence to send the case back to a lower court.

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First video of functional Lightning EarPods hits the web

First video of functional Lightning EarPods hits the web

Fanning the flames of rumors claiming Apple plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from its next-generation iPhone, a video posted to YouTube on Friday shows off what appears to be a pair of functional Lightning-only EarPods leaked from Chinese parts suppliers.

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Popular iOS keyboard SwiftKey disables sync feature after data leak is discovered

Popular iOS keyboard SwiftKey disables sync feature after data leak is discovered

Microsoft-owned SwiftKey, a popular predictive keyboard available on Apple's iOS, has suspended part of its service after it was discovered the app was leaking user data to complete strangers.

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