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Apple urges users to send money to friends with Apple Pay Cash, upgrade to iOS 11.2

02/15/2018, 07:43:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Apple on Thursday sent an email blast to iCloud users and customers on record advertising the ability to send money to friends using Apple Pay Cash, the company's peer-to-peer money transfer service that was introduced in December.

How to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music

02/14/2018, 04:07:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

There are two different ways to lock your HomePod from outside access -- restricting access to AirPlay only, disabling messages, reminders and notes. AppleInsider shows you how to access and control both of these.

In software development 'cultural shift', Apple won't hold features for major annual point-zero releases

02/12/2018, 08:25:00 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Rather than packing everything it can into an anticipated "iOS 12" later this year, Apple will reportedly spread out new features into future software updates, meaning "iOS 12.1" and beyond could bring big improvements to the iPhone and iPad.

HomePod review: Your mileage may vary, but crank it up for the ride

02/11/2018, 08:00:00 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

I love Apple's HomePod, and I want one in every room of my house. But I also kind of hate HomePod for its reliance on Siri. Like any messy relationship, it's complicated. If you can get over the personal assistant's numerous shortcomings, you'll find that HomePod is a fantastic sounding compact speaker, but also potentially the start of something much better.

Hands On: Ulysses 12.3 for Mac and iOS aims to be where you do all your writing

02/11/2018, 12:26:00 AM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele and William Gallagher

The more technically-minded you are, and the less dependent on paper, the more you'll love Ulysses, the comprehensive writing tool for both Mac and iOS.

This week on AI: Apple's HomePod arrives, 2018 iPhone modems, 'iBoot' code leaks

02/10/2018, 12:03:09 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Originally intended to ship in December, the HomePod made its long-awaited debut on Friday. While the smartspeaker dominated headlines, Apple meanwhile dealt with a source code leak, and Intel was rumored to score a coup with 2018 iPhones.

How to trigger Siri on your iPhone instead of HomePod

02/09/2018, 08:10:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

With HomePod, accessing Apple's Siri technology is more convenient than ever. But users might want trigger the virtual assistant on an iPhone rather than a speaker that blasts answers to anyone within earshot. Here's how to do it.

First look: Apple's HomePod is loud, heavy and powerful

02/09/2018, 12:30:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Friday marks the launch of Apple's foray into home audio, the HomePod, a compact yet booming smart speaker that will delight your ears and possibly annoy your neighbors. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the newly released hardware.

Stacking up Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and Google Home

02/08/2018, 09:14:00 PM, Posted By Lester Victor Marks

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple all have voice assistants vying for attention, and all are moving the concept of computer-human voice interaction forward. AppleInsider offers an abbreviated history of how we got here and the capabilities of these assistants and their devices in anticipation of HomePod. What do these things do? What do people use them for? And what is Apple doing differently?

Apple issues updated macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta 2 version to developers and public testers

02/08/2018, 06:56:09 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Following releasing a second macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta version to developers and public beta testers on Tuesday, Apple on Thursday issued an updated iteration of the evaluation operating system with what appears to be minor fixes.

Reporters Without Borders urges journalists to move or close Chinese iCloud accounts

02/08/2018, 09:34:00 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Watchdog organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is recommending that journalists operating out of China either close or migrate their iCloud accounts by the end of the month, as Apple is on the verge of transferring local control to a company tied to the Chinese government.

Apple makes available second macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta, with renamed Books app

02/06/2018, 04:22:25 PM, Posted By Mike Wuerthele

Three hours after the release of the second iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas, Apple has deployed the second macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta.

Apple preps second Chinese data center, switch-on not expected until 2020

02/06/2018, 03:42:44 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Putting aside privacy concerns about the first one, Apple is reportedly laying the groundwork for a second Chinese data center that will go online two years from now.

Apple's iCloud key in takedown of notorious Russian botnet operator

02/05/2018, 11:15:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Data from Apple's iCloud service was used to identify, and potentially locate and arrest, the operator of the Kelihos botnet, a system notorious for its association spam networks and criminal conspirators, according to U.S. court documents unsealed on Monday.

Apple should mix hardware & services into 'Apple Prime' subscriptions, analyst says

02/05/2018, 10:03:50 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

To keep growing services revenues, Apple may want or need to bundle hardware and services into a single subscription, according to one analyst.

How to transfer your iPhone or Mac Photo library to an external drive

01/31/2018, 07:40:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Storing an entire collection of photographs in Apple's Photos app on macOS can be a great way of keeping precious memories in order, but there are occasions when it needs to be stored on an external hard drive. AppleInsider explains how to shift the Photos Library to a new location while keeping all images safe and intact.

Microsoft adds support for Files, Drag and Drop to OneDrive for iOS, teases Edge browser for iPad

01/30/2018, 02:59:11 PM, Posted By Malcolm Owen

Microsoft is continuing to make its apps more useful to iPhone and iPad users, with updates to the OneDrive app adding support for the Files app and iOS 11 features, while reports indicate the company is preparing to expand its Edge browser from iPhone to iPad in the near future.

'iOS 12' features put on hold said to include multiplayer AR games, automatic sorting of photos

01/30/2018, 12:53:11 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

A second report sheds more light on the features not expected to make the cut for this year's "iOS 12" update, as a redesigned home screen app grid, multiplayer support for augmented reality, and new algorithmic sorting of photos are now reportedly likely to wait until "iOS 13."

Apple delays refresh of home screen in 'iOS 12' to focus on performance & reliability - report

01/30/2018, 08:20:49 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Apple apparently had big plans on tap for this year's major iOS update, but is said to have delayed some of the tentpole features, including a new home screen and in-car features, until 2019, allowing it to instead focus on squashing bugs and improving performance.

Apple's HomePod will support iTunes Match streaming via Siri

01/29/2018, 12:59:41 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Owners of the HomePod -- shipping on Feb. 9 -- should be able to ask Siri to stream any files uploaded to iTunes Match, not just material hosted on Apple Music.