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Monday, September 05, 2016

Bragi intros cheaper wireless Headphone earbuds days before 'iPhone 7' launch

Bragi intros cheaper wireless Headphone earbuds days before 'iPhone 7' launch

Audio gear maker Bragi on Monday announced the Headphone, a new set of fully wireless earbuds being marketed as less expensive than the Dash, and ideal for people buying smartphones without a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, like Apple's impending "iPhone 7."

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Genius Bar doesn't hire retired Apple engineer, fires up age discrimination debate

Genius Bar doesn't hire retired Apple engineer, fires up age discrimination debate

The Apple engineer responsible for the OS X migration to Intel was never called back after an Apple retail Genius interview, and an op-ed is again sparking discussion about alleged age bias in Silicon Valley.

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Snapchat joins Apple on Bluetooth consortium, plots wearable augmented reality hardware

Snapchat joins Apple on Bluetooth consortium, plots wearable augmented reality hardware

The latest member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is growing social media platform Snapchat, amidst rumors that the company is working on a wearable augmented reality device that will expand its presence into hardware.

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Apple offers discounted annual Apple Music subscription through $99 gift card

Apple offers discounted annual Apple Music subscription through $99 gift card

Apple is now selling 12-month Apple Music gift cards for $99 in the U.S., allowing people willing to commit for that span to save a significant amount on their subscription.

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Elgato soon to expand its HomeKit Eve peripheral line with motion sensor

Elgato soon to expand its HomeKit Eve peripheral line with motion sensor

Elgato appears to be growing its stable of home automation devices, with the the first HomeKit compatible motion sensor spotted, called the "Eve Motion."

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Apple reportedly boosts 'iPhone 7' parts orders ahead of launch

Apple reportedly boosts 'iPhone 7' parts orders ahead of launch

Apple recently increased parts orders for the "iPhone 7" — expected to be announced on Wednesday — in what may be a sign that it doesn't think iPhone sales will decline as harshly year-over-year as originally forecast, a report claimed on Monday.

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Intel Kaby Lake CPUs suitable for MacBook Pro refresh said to be in manufacturers' hands

Intel Kaby Lake CPUs suitable for MacBook Pro refresh said to be in manufacturers' hands

Supply chain reports sourced from laptop manufacturers claim that they are in receipt of laptop-class Kaby Lake processors earlier than expected — with the new chip possibly suitable for a MacBook Pro refresh.

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Last call: Get 10% more cash when you sell your old iPhones before the iPhone 7 debuts

Last call: Get 10% more cash when you sell your old iPhones before the iPhone 7 debuts

Time is running out to lock in a 10% cash bonus on iPhone trade-ins ahead of Apple's expected iPhone 7 announcement. Sell your iPhone (for up to $310) or iPad (for up to $540) to BuyBackWorld and lock in a price worth 10% more with a bonus coupon now through Sept 6.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Samsung urged to officially recall Galaxy Note 7 to prevent resale of a dangerous product

Samsung urged to officially recall Galaxy Note 7 to prevent resale of a dangerous product

A leading consumer advocacy group has urged Samsung to perform an official recall of its Galaxy Note 7 following reports that its battery may explode while charging.

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'Piano black' and dark black Apple 'iPhone 7' test unit stickers spotted

'Piano black' and dark black Apple 'iPhone 7' test unit stickers spotted

A pair of stickers allegedly used to identify test iPhones have popped up on Twitter, with the pair labeling units in the rumored "piano black" and dark black colors.

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Inside the 2016 MacBook Pro — CPU choices

Inside the 2016 MacBook Pro — CPU choices

While no update is expected at the Sept. 7 Apple event, a long-awaited refresh of the MacBook Pro has two obvious main processor choices — but what it has selected to use will dictate if the computer releases sooner, or later.

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Apple's 'iPhone 7' to boast True Tone display, upgraded camera flash, capacities of 32-256GB

Apple's 'iPhone 7' to boast True Tone display, upgraded camera flash, capacities of 32-256GB

At this week's media event, Apple is expected to introduce a new iPhone featuring waterproof capabilities equivalent to the Apple Watch, along with a new wide color True Tone display and other enhancements throughout.

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This week on AI: 'See you on Sept. 7,' Apple's $14.5B bill, detonating Note 7 & more

This week on AI: 'See you on Sept. 7,' Apple's $14.5B bill, detonating Note 7 & more

The "iPhone 7" unveiling date was finally made official by Apple this week, but talk persisted about 'exploding' Samsung phones, and an epic EU $14.5 billion tax edict that may have to be paid to a mostly unwilling Ireland.

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Friday, September 02, 2016

Apple Music's curated music discovery feature goes live for iOS 10 beta users

Apple Music's curated music discovery feature goes live for iOS 10 beta users

Apple on Friday activated "My New Music Mix" for iOS 10 beta testers, an upcoming Apple Music feature that suggests curated tunes based on previously played music.

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Apple, others offer support in Microsoft fight to air government data requests

Apple, others offer support in Microsoft fight to air government data requests

Microsoft on Friday received the backing of Apple and other major technology, media and pharmaceutical companies in its legal fight to dislodge laws preventing it from informing customers of government requests for user data.

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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

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to score the lowest prices anywhere on 27-inch iMac 5Ks, 15-inch MacBook Pros and remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks bundled with AppleCare. Save up to $430 instantly with free shipping and no tax in most states.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Deals: Up to $150 off 13" MacBook Pros; 21" iMac 4K for $1,379; $500 off 27" iMac 5K

Deals: Up to $150 off 13

Heading into the Labor Day weekend, shoppers can save $100-$150 on 13" MacBook Pros with no tax outside NY. Or save $120 on Apple's current 21" iMac 4K. Those looking for a larger screen can also pick up a Late 2014 27" iMac 5K (3.5GHz, 8GB, 1TB FUS, M290X) for $1,699.

Apple posts promoted-only tweet teasing Sept. 7 event

Apple posts promoted-only tweet teasing Sept. 7 event

In what is thought to be the first public interaction to originate from Apple's official corporate Twitter account, the company on Friday posted a promoted-only tweet inviting users to tune in for next week's special event.

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Sell your iPhone trade-in to BuyBackWorld ahead of Apple's iPhone 7 and grab a 10% cash bonus [u]

Sell your iPhone trade-in to BuyBackWorld ahead of Apple's iPhone 7 and grab a 10% cash bonus [u]

In anticipation of Apple's iPhone 7 announcement on Sept. 7, BuyBackWorld this week is offering an extended price lock and the industry's most aggressive cash payouts on iPad (up to $594) and iPhone trade-ins (up to $352) when you use an exclusive 10% bonus coupon. [Updated pricing 9/1/16]

Assortment of Steve Jobs's personal property for sale by celebrity auction house

Assortment of Steve Jobs's personal property for sale by celebrity auction house

An online auction has started containing a large amount of Apple founder Steve Jobs' personal effects, including a leather jacket worn in a famous picture taken underneath the IBM logo.

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More possible 'iPhone 7' packaging leaks emerge, also list bundled Apple 'AirPods'

More possible 'iPhone 7' packaging leaks emerge, also list bundled Apple 'AirPods'

More questionable photos alleging to show the back of Apple's "iPhone 7" packaging have popped up, with the most recent boxes out of Russia suggesting that Apple's as yet unannounced Bluetooth "AirPods" will be included with some models.

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Latest Apple Campus 2 construction video highlights glass install, fuel cells

Latest Apple Campus 2 construction video highlights glass install, fuel cells

New aerial footage of Apple's Campus 2 shows the glass panel installation surrounding the main building near complete, and installation of more power stations across the facility.

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Apple 'iPhone 7' manufacturing demands causing tight RAM supply, increased pricing

Apple 'iPhone 7' manufacturing demands causing tight RAM supply, increased pricing

Global DRAM prices are continuing to climb on the strength of orders for the "iPhone 7" and demands from competitive China-based manufacturers, causing a ripple effect across the entire computing industry.

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Irish cabinet votes to appeal EU's $14.5B tax penalty on Apple

Irish cabinet votes to appeal EU's $14.5B tax penalty on Apple

Apple's appeal of the European Commission's $14.5 billion charge in back taxes will be aided by Ireland's cabinet, who voted on Friday to endorse the legal challenge.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 7' rumors, iCloud upgrades, wireless 'AirPods,' taxes

AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 7' rumors, iCloud upgrades, wireless 'AirPods,' taxes

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the latest in iPhone rumors leading up to Apple's Sept. 7 event. Will there be a 256-gigabyte iPhone? Will there be wireless 'AirPods'?

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Samsung issues global recall of Galaxy Note 7, replacement program announced

Samsung issues global recall of Galaxy Note 7, replacement program announced

After a week of analysis of 35 dramatic battery failures, Samsung has issued a global recall for the Galaxy Note 7 "phablet" — but the process will take some time, and how it will be executed is not known.

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Apple activates official Twitter account ahead of Sept. 7 event

Apple activates official Twitter account ahead of Sept. 7 event

It seems Apple has finally decided to curate an official corporate presence on Twitter, as evidenced by the activation of a long-dormant verified account bearing the company's name on Friday.

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

'Pegasus' iOS malware package also found to impact OS X, Apple issues patch

'Pegasus' iOS malware package also found to impact OS X, Apple issues patch

Apple in a patch last week blocked a particularly nasty malware package called "Pegasus" from infiltrating iOS devices, and the company is now doing the same for its OS X desktop operating system.

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Updated App Store review guidelines cover app subscriptions, SiriKit and iMessage

Updated App Store review guidelines cover app subscriptions, SiriKit and iMessage

In the buildup to iOS 10's launch, Apple on Thursday published a set of updated App Store review guidelines covering new features set to debut as part of the forthcoming OS, including an expansion of app subscriptions.

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Fiat Chrysler adds Apple's CarPlay to 2017 Charger, Challenger & 300 models

Fiat Chrysler adds Apple's CarPlay to 2017 Charger, Challenger & 300 models

Through a new Uconnect 4.0 dash interface, Fiat Chrysler is adding three 2017-model vehicles to its lineup supporting Apple's CarPlay platform: the Chrysler 300, the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger.

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Trade-in time: Gazelle offering 45-day grace period, up to $360 for used iPhones ahead of iPhone 7

Trade-in time: Gazelle offering 45-day grace period, up to $360 for used iPhones ahead of iPhone 7

In anticipation of Apple's iPhone 7 launch on Sept. 7th, Gazelle this week is offering up to $360 in cash for used iPhone trade-ins with an extended 45-day price lock that lets you hang on to those devices until Oct. 14th.

New Beats products to be announced at Apple's Sept. 7 'iPhone 7' event

New Beats products to be announced at Apple's Sept. 7 'iPhone 7' event

In addition to the next-generation iPhone and a new Apple Watch, Apple is also expected to unveil new products under the Beats brand at next week's media presentation, an inadvertently sent email has revealed.

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Samsung says Apple's Supreme Court position could encourage abuse of patent system

Samsung says Apple's Supreme Court position could encourage abuse of patent system

Preparing for its upcoming battle with Apple at the U.S. Supreme Court, Samsung this week submitted a written argument suggesting that Apple's position could open the door to deep abuses of the American patent system.

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Apple to begin removing abandoned and problematic apps from App Store next week

Apple to begin removing abandoned and problematic apps from App Store next week

Apple on Thursday announced that it will make a pair of key changes to the iOS App Store starting next Wednesday, most notably a new effort to remove abandoned and problematic apps so they can no longer be downloaded.

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Apple opens blog on third-party Siri integration, highlighting Pinterest, Vogue & more

Apple opens blog on third-party Siri integration, highlighting Pinterest, Vogue & more

In an unusual move, Apple has launched a blog promoting iOS 10's third-party app integration for Siri, initially focusing on the voice assistant's image-related search capabilities.

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Misfit debuts Apple-exclusive Ray fitness tracker colors, new Shine 2 options

Misfit debuts Apple-exclusive Ray fitness tracker colors, new Shine 2 options

Wearable device maker Misfit on Thursday unveiled new color options for its Shine 2 and Ray fitness trackers, the latter of which is slated to arrive at Apple's retail stores this fall in Apple-inspired colors.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 bursting battery shipment stop may escalate to a recall

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 bursting battery shipment stop may escalate to a recall

The hold on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shipments because of quality issues that began on Wednesday may escalate to a wider consumer recall for the device, according to reports out of South Korea.

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Repair shop claims to have 'Apple Watch 2' parts, exposes display, battery

Repair shop claims to have 'Apple Watch 2' parts, exposes display, battery

A questionable source has materialized claiming to have pieces of the new "Apple Watch 2," including a Force Touch gasket, a revamped screen assembly, and a larger battery.

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New USB-C-to-HDMI spec will enable adapter-free display hookups for MacBooks

New USB-C-to-HDMI spec will enable adapter-free display hookups for MacBooks

The company responsible for licensing the HDMI specification on Thursday introduced the "HDMI Alternate Mode" for USB-C, which should allow devices like Apple's 12-inch MacBook to connect displays without the help of an adapter.

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