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Google tries to fight wide ARKit compatibility with its own augmented reality initiative ARCore

08/29/2017, 12:08 pm

Google has announced it's own augmented reality initiative called ARCore -- but serious limitations on what versions of Android can be used and a very narrow list of compatible hardware will be tough hurdles to overcome.

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Sonos to host Oct. 4 event for smartspeaker with multiple voice assistants

08/29/2017, 12:08 pm

Sonos on Tuesday sent out a media invitation to an Oct. 4 press event in New York City, where the company is expected to reveal its all-but-announced smartspeaker with support for voice commands.

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Apple gets further toehold in big business with iOS-focused Accenture enterprise partnership

08/29/2017, 09:08 am

Apple and business services company Accenture are teaming up, in an effort to enhance business software offerings, and to ease migrations away from legacy technologies to modern iOS implementations.

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Apple patents sub-display fingerprint recognition technology based on acoustic imaging

08/29/2017, 04:08 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for acoustic fingerprint imaging technology accurate enough to replace existing Touch ID optical readers, bolstering rumors that the iPhone home button is not long for this world.

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Apple's Cook collects nearly $90M in vested RSUs on strong stock performance

08/28/2017, 09:08 pm

Following a surge in Apple stock performance, Apple CEO Tim Cook last week collected the maximum number of restricted stock units -- totaling 560,000 shares -- afforded by his incentive plan, raking in $89.2 million for the effort.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says tech, business has 'moral responsibility' to contribute to society

08/28/2017, 08:08 pm

During his trip to Austin, Tex., to announce a planned expansion to Apple's Swift curriculum, company CEO Tim Cook sat down with The New York Times to discuss how he, and other American business leaders, have been prompted to take positions on contentious social issues in light of a "less functional" government.

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Cloud startup founded by former Apple executives acquired by Western Digital

08/28/2017, 07:08 pm

Western Digital on Monday announced the acquisition of Upthere, an app-based cloud services startup founded by a three-man team including former Apple SVP of Mac Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet.

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Apple now handling Beddit customer support

08/28/2017, 06:08 pm

Apple this week took over customer support for sleep tracking hardware and software company Beddit, which the tech giant purchased in May as part of ongoing efforts to build out its health services team.

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Lightning-connected Insta360 One camera promises 24MP stills, 360-degree 4K video

08/28/2017, 02:08 pm

Camera and accessory maker Insta360 has debuted the One, a 4K 360-degree camera with "selfie-stick" eradication built into software for the device.

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Sonos crafting smartspeaker with support for 'multiple' voice assistants

08/28/2017, 02:08 pm

Sonos is developing a new Wi-Fi-enabled speaker with built-in voice control, which should moreover support "multiple voice platforms," according to a newly-published filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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Transcend JetDrive 820 PCI-E SSD line announced for 2013 and newer MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Pro

08/28/2017, 12:08 pm

Flash and memory company Transcend has announced the JetDrive 820 PCI Express PCIe Generation 3.0 solid-state drive for certain Mac models -- but in some cases it will be slower than the stock drive in the machine.

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Apple to host ILM artists, hold Star Wars-themed Today at Apple workshops this week

08/28/2017, 01:08 am

In celebration of Force Friday II, Apple this week will host a number of Star Wars-themed Today at Apple events at retail stores across the world, including special computer graphics tutorials featuring Industrial Light and Magic artists.

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Apple opens iTunes donations for Hurricane Harvey relief

08/27/2017, 06:08 am

After Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas on Friday, and continues to roll over the Gulf Coast as a tropical storm, Apple this weekend reactivated iTunes donations to support American Red Cross relief efforts in the area.

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Hands on: PDFpen 9.1 for macOS adds more tools for editing and exporting

08/26/2017, 03:08 am

Users get improved controls, and can decide what other people see in the latest version of the PDF manipulation and markup tool.

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This week on AI: The 4K Apple TV is nigh, $999 pricetag for 'iPhone 8,' Iowa data center & more

08/26/2017, 12:08 am

A fifth-generation Apple TV was all but confirmed for Apple's September press event, bringing the product up to par with rivals like Roku. The event's main attraction, meanwhile, could prove to be one of the most expensive smartphones ever released.

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Apple's first AI research paper wins prestigious machine learning award

08/25/2017, 09:08 pm

Apple's first publicly issued academic paper, research focusing on computer vision systems published in December, recently won a Best Paper Award at the 2017 Conference on Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition, one of the most sought after prizes in the field.

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Apple reportedly upgrades self-driving testbed with new LiDAR equipment, more

08/25/2017, 07:08 pm

A report on Friday claims an updated version of Apple's self-driving testbed has been seen driving on Silicon Valley roads, topped with a massive LiDAR array with integrated cameras, GPS and other equipment.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about Swift curriculum during Austin tech incubator visit

08/25/2017, 01:08 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the Capital Factory tech incubator in Austin, Tex., on Friday, using the occasion to make the announcement that over 30 U.S. community college systems will start to offer Apple's 'App Development with Swift' curriculum in the 2017-2018 school year.

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Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee given five year sentence for role in South Korean corruption scandal

08/25/2017, 09:08 am

Jay Y. Lee, the head of the Samsung Group, has been sentenced to 5 years in jail by a South Korean court after a six-month trial, convicted for bribery and other charges relating to a national scandal that saw the downfall of former Korean President Park Geun-hye.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to make announcement in Austin on Friday [u]

08/24/2017, 10:08 pm

An unverified tip claims Apple CEO Tim Cook is planning to make an important announcement in the augmented reality/virtual reality space in Austin, Tex., on Friday, and might also reveal the date of an expected September iPhone event, AppleInsider has learned.

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