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FBI reportedly paid 'gray-hat' hackers, not Cellebrite, for zero day exploit in San Bernardino iPhone case

04/12/2016, 10:04 pm

In the latest development of what appears to be a never-ending guessing game, a report on Tuesday claims FBI officials purchased a zero day exploit from a group of professional security researchers as part of its successful effort in breaking into an iPhone 5c linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack.

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Logitech expands audio portfolio with $50M Jaybird acquisition

04/12/2016, 09:04 pm

Accessories manufacturer Logitech on Tuesday announced an agreement to purchase Utah-based earbud maker Jaybird, known for its "active" style wireless headphone designs, in a deal worth some $50 million in cash.

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FBI Director Comey calls 'emotion' surrounding Apple case unproductive, says encryption needs legislative resolution

04/12/2016, 08:04 pm

Two weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation withdrew its legal action against Apple, agency director James Comey on Tuesday said the difficulty of squaring national security policies with consumer privacy rights was the most onerous of his government career.

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Apple Watch takes 71 percent share of teen market, iPhone remains strong, study says

04/12/2016, 05:04 pm

Apple's mobile product lines continue to perform well with the all important U.S. teen demographic, as a new spring 2016 survey put Apple Watch far ahead in the nascent smartwatch game, while iPhone exhibited expectedly consistent growth.

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Facebook debuts Messenger bots, Live API & more at F8 Developer Conference

04/12/2016, 04:04 pm

Facebook opened the F8 Developer Conference on Tuesday by announcing a number of developments, including Messenger bots and a Live API that will bring video streaming to a wider range of devices.

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Apple's AirPlay comes to Android in new flagship HTC 10

04/12/2016, 12:04 pm

HTC on Tuesday unveiled the HTC 10, its latest flagship smartphone, with an unusual feature in the form of native support for Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming protocol.

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To make crashes 'friendlier,' Microsoft adds QR codes to Windows 10 BSOD

04/12/2016, 10:04 am

Windows users will no longer be forced to manually Google error messages to figure out why their computer crashed, as development builds of Windows 10 now include a QR code on the Blue Screen of Death.

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BlackBerry kills BB10, will work on mid-range Android phones instead

04/11/2016, 10:04 am

The latest turnaround strategy for formerly-dominant smartphone maker BlackBerry is reportedly centered on mid-range Android devices, as the company will no longer manufacture new phones based on its own BlackBerry 10 operating system.

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China's Inspur rumored to be joining Apple server supply chain

04/11/2016, 09:04 am

A Chinese server vendor, Inspur, has allegedly joined Apple's datacenter supply chain, as the iPhone maker continues to work toward bringing more of its cloud services in-house.

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Apple Maps public transit data comes to Portland, Oregon

04/11/2016, 09:04 am

New cities with Apple Maps transit data continue to be added on a regular basis, with the town of Portland, Ore., the latest to enter the fold, on the heels of Montreal and Austin.

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Apple's Yokohama, Japan R&D facility opening delayed until early 2017

04/11/2016, 09:04 am

Apple's upcoming research and development facility was originally due to be completed this year, but new details posted at the construction site reveal the facility will now be completed by March of 2017.

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This week on AI: FBI demands NYC iPhone unlock, 9.7" iPad Pro review, iPhone 6s security fix & more

04/09/2016, 05:04 am

The FBI and DoJ's interest in unlocking and decrypting iPhones continued to be a central theme, but Apple meanwhile fixed a security vulnerability in the iPhone 6s, and saw healthy sales of its latest iPhone model: the 4-inch iPhone SE.

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Boston judge orders Apple help FBI access iPhone 6, falls short of forcing decryption

04/08/2016, 07:04 pm

Recently unsealed court documents show Apple in February was ordered to assist the FBI in accessing an iPhone tied to a Boston court case, but the government has seemingly abandoned its pursuit as the ruling fell short of forcing Apple to bypass its own security.

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Leaked Senate encryption bill called 'ludicrous, dangerous' by security experts

04/08/2016, 05:04 pm

A proposed U.S. Senate draft bill that would give courts the authority to compel tech company compliance in law enforcement requests to encrypted data leaked online Thursday night, and by Friday security experts and civil rights advocates were dismantling the policy, calling it ill-informed and potentially dangerous.

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AppleInsider podcast reviews iPhone SE, 9.7" iPad Pro, new betas, FBI & more

04/08/2016, 08:04 am

This week on the Appleinsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and Neil's feelings about the iPhone SE. Also, we talk beta software, some of Neil's favorite apps, and the ongoing FBI saga.

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Apple says Mississippi 'religious freedom' bill 'empowers discrimination'

04/07/2016, 11:04 pm

An avid promoter of civil rights, Apple on Thursday voiced concern over Mississippi's "religious freedom" house bill that was signed into law this week by Governor Phil Bryant, a piece of legislation opponents say is a tool for discrimination against LGBT individuals.

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Apple's first court-ordered iPhone unlock likely dates back to 2008 case, report says

04/07/2016, 08:04 pm

A report chronicling Apple's history of handling government data requests says the company received, and willingly complied with, its first court order to help unlock an iPhone in 2008. Apple continued on that path until around 2014, when the wider tech industry began clamping down on product security in light of revelations regarding government snooping operations.

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Apple's developer Web portal gets minimalist redesign, easy access to tools

04/07/2016, 06:04 pm

A redesigned Apple developer portal went live on Thursday, bringing with it a refreshed user interface reminiscent of recent company webpage updates like last year's iTunes Connect revamp.

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Apple issues first iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 betas to public testers

04/07/2016, 04:04 pm

One day after Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 9.3.2 and OS X 10.11.5 to developers, the company on Thursday issued the same builds to members of the public beta program for testing.

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Google mulling deep Android support for Apple's Swift language - report

04/07/2016, 01:04 pm

Apple's nascent Swift programming language could have a bright future ahead with one of the company's chief competitors, as Google is reportedly considering bring Swift to Android as a "first-class" language.

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