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Apple reportedly interested in streaming shows produced by Barack Obama

03/08/2018, 11:03 pm

Netflix is reportedly in advanced talks to secure a slate of shows produced by former President Barack Obama, but if negotiations fall through, Apple and a handful of other streaming service providers are supposedly waiting in the wings.

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Kuo: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 unlikely to feature under-display fingerprint recognition

03/08/2018, 10:03 pm

Though previous rumor and speculation pegged Samsung to incorporate cutting edge under-display fingerprint recognition technology in its upcoming Galaxy Note 9, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now believes the feature will not be ready in time for an expected release later this year.

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Watch: Cheaper HomePod rumored to debut this year

03/08/2018, 06:03 pm

The HomePod is Apple's first step into a world of smart speakers that can do everything from stream music to control all of your smart home devices. The main downside is that it's priced at a hefty $349, more than many people are willing to pay for a smart speaker.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple Music, App Stores commemorate International Women's Day celebrations

03/08/2018, 11:03 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook quoted Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai on Twitter, as one of a number of ways Apple is commemorating International Women's Day on March 8, celebrating the achievements of women and commemorating the movement for women's rights.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 review roundup: Predictable smartphone plagued by 'creepy' AR Emoji, issue-prone security

03/08/2018, 10:03 am

Reviewers of the Samsung Galaxy S9 have praised the South Korean giant's flagship ahead of its release, but while it is considered to be one of the best Android devices on the market, the similarity with the Galaxy S8's design and underwhelming new features suggest it is a bit of a misstep for Apple's main rival.

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Guns N' Roses' singer Axl Rose compares Apple CEO Tim Cook to Donald Trump

03/08/2018, 09:03 am

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has attacked Apple CEO Tim Cook on Twitter, calling him the "Donald Trump of the music industry," but while the cryptic tweet is believed to be an insult, it is unknown exactly what Rose is trying to say in the unexpected message.

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Apple Supplier Responsibility Report reveals uptick in violations, announces new women's health program

03/07/2018, 09:03 pm

Apple released its annual Supplier Responsibility Report on Wednesday, revealing a small uptick in number of labor, human rights and environmental violations, while at the same time touting progress in those same areas and announcing a new women's health initiative.

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California to introduce 'right to repair' bill, joins 17 other states in consumer initiative

03/07/2018, 08:03 pm

California on Wednesday became the latest state to ready so-called "right to repair" legislation that would require companies like Apple to provide consumers and third-party repair outlets access to repair information, diagnostic equipment and parts.

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Apple holds first in-school coding session for visually impaired students

03/07/2018, 07:03 pm

In an expansion to its Everyone Can Code educational initiative, Apple on Wednesday held its first in-school session for visually impaired students, helping participants write code that was then used to fly drones.

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Apple axed 10 smelters and refiners from supply chain in 2017, maintains 100 percent participation in conflict mineral audit

03/07/2018, 06:03 pm

Apple issued its annual Conflict Minerals Report for the 2017 calendar year to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, noting the removal of 10 smelters and refiners that failed to participate with third-party audits in a timely manner, while another 6 were axed by partner suppliers.

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Rumor: Apple working on cheaper HomePod for launch this year

03/07/2018, 05:03 pm

A somewhat questionable report out of Taiwan on Wednesday says Apple is working on more affordable editions of stalwart product lines including iPhone, iPad and Mac, as well as a lower priced HomePod.

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FBI chief continues his demand for law enforcement access to encrypted iPhones and other devices

03/07/2018, 03:03 pm

FBI Director Christopher Wray has continued his fight to make it easier to defeat the encryption-based security of devices like Apple's iPhone, declaring in a speech at Boston College that these security systems could be designed in a way to help law enforcement agencies, as well as updating laws to keep up with changes in technology.

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Google's Android P supports same HEIC format as Apple, has software display notch like iPhone X

03/07/2018, 02:03 pm

Google on Wednesday revealed a slew of details about the next version of Android, codenamed Android P, including a pair of features following in Apple's footsteps.

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Amazon Echo users report strange 'laugh' sound randomly played by Alexa [u]

03/07/2018, 01:03 pm

Reports of a strange error from owners of Amazon's Echo device range have surfaced, claiming the Alexa digital assistant is making an odd 'laugh' sound at random times, with the noises sometimes made without any verbal prompts, commands, or external forces interacting with the voice-activated speakers.

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Microsoft VP confirms move to replace short-lived Windows 10 S with 'S Mode' in 2019

03/07/2018, 11:03 am

Microsoft will be moving away from offering Windows 10 S as a separate operating system release in favor of a built-in 'S Mode,' an executive has advised, confirming an earlier rumor it was looking to replace the stripped-down Windows version in favor of an option in full Windows 10 installations.

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Stolen Apple account credentials can be acquired from 'dark web' markets for just $15

03/07/2018, 10:03 am

Account credentials for Apple's online services are being sold by online scammers for an average of $15.39, a report into stolen account sales on the 'dark web' reveals, but despite the seemingly low cost, Apple-based accounts appear to be priced more than individual user accounts for a considerable number of other online destinations.

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Apple's new US campus most likely to spring up in northeast, report argues

03/07/2018, 10:03 am

With the company having ruled out California and Texas, Apple's next big U.S. campus is most likely to pop up in a northeastern state, a report argued on Wednesday.

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Ireland picks Bank of New York Mellon to hold Apple's $18.6B tax payment in escrow

03/07/2018, 08:03 am

The Irish government has reportedly selected Bank of New York Mellon to control an escrow fund holding up to $18.6 billion in back taxes collected from Apple, pending attempts to reverse a ruling by the European Commission.

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Potential US trade war with China speculated to impact Apple, other tech companies

03/07/2018, 12:03 am

The White House is reportedly mulling tighter restrictions over Chinese investments and imports into the U.S., conditions that could have a negative impact on the multitude of domestic tech companies manufacturing goods in China.

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The IRS does not accept iTunes gift cards, don't get scammed

03/06/2018, 07:03 pm

A recent op-ed reminds U.S. citizens that Internal Revenue Service impersonators are out in force this tax season and, like last year and year before, some are looking to fleece unwitting victims by asking them to pay back taxes with iTunes gift cards.

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