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Icons hidden in Instagram app hint at incoming video calling feature

03/02/2018, 08:03 am

Instagram could add voice and video calling functions to its service, analysis of the app's code suggests, with the presence of files and icons bearing calling-related names and imagery hinting at a possible launch of the unreleased and unannounced feature at some point in the future.

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Proposed U.S. aluminum tariff could drive up Apple device prices

03/01/2018, 10:03 pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he plans to impose stringent tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, a move that could prompt companies like Apple, which rely heavily on those materials in product manufacturing, to raise pricing.

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Logic Pro X 10.4.1 maintenance update fixes zoom key behavior, processor usage bug, other issues

03/01/2018, 02:03 pm

Apple has released an update to Logic Pro X, bringing the professional music creation application up to version 10.4.1, with the maintenance release fixing bugs and making a number of smaller improvements rather than adding new features.

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Apple holds recruitment event in Paris store to mark International Women's Day

03/01/2018, 12:03 pm

In honor of International Women's Day, Apple will be hosting a number of events in select retail outlets around the world to celebrate the achievements of women, including one evening in the Paris Marche Saint-Germain store that will be used as a recruitment event for the company.

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Samsung's Galaxy S9+ trumps Apple's iPhone X in latest DxOMark benchmark

03/01/2018, 11:03 am

DxO on Thursday announced that the new Samsung Galaxy S9+ has achieved its best-ever DxOMark score, 99, toppling the Google Pixel 2's 98 and the Apple iPhone X's 97.

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Early Samsung Galaxy S9 hardware beats iPhone X in DisplayMate's extensive screen testing

03/01/2018, 09:03 am

A report evaluating the OLED screen used in the Samsung Galaxy S9 has declared it the "best smartphone display," with the creation by Apple's rival said to be better than screens used in the iPhone X and premium mobile devices by other manufacturers under a series of benchmarks.

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Best Buy to shutter mobile phone stores as customers flock to wireless carriers, Apple stores

03/01/2018, 12:03 am

U.S. big box retailer Best Buy on Wednesday announced the imminent closure of 250 satellite stores dedicated to mobile phone sales, pinning the nationwide shutdown on sluggish sales amidst increased competition from cellphone carriers, etailers and first-party shops like the Apple store.

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Apple warns customers about phishing emails, details legitimate communication

02/28/2018, 07:02 pm

Apple last week posted a new support document to its website detailing a few tips designed to help customers distinguish official emails from phishing attempts, the latter of which have become increasingly sophisticated in recent months.

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Google takes on Slack by adding Hangouts Chat productivity tool to G Suite

02/28/2018, 03:02 pm

Google is increasing its efforts to make its productivity tools indispensable by taking on Slack, announcing its Hangouts Chat app for collaborations between team members will be rolling out to business customers of its G Suite service starting from next week.

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Analysts claim only 850K BlackBerry phones sold in 2017 as paid apps leave BlackBerry World app store

02/28/2018, 11:02 am

A mere 850,000 BlackBerry-branded phones were shipped in all of 2017, according to estimates. Further marking the decline of the company's brand, BlackBerry World -- which hosts apps for the BB10 operating system -- will soon lose any remaining paid titles.

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Apple makes Chinese transfer of iCloud data official, raising privacy concerns

02/28/2018, 09:02 am

As planned, Apple on Wednesday transferred control of its Chinese iCloud data to a local firm, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data. The move is necessary to comply with local laws, but has drawn criticism for exposing customers to the authoritarian Chinese government.

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Scammer pilfers $75,000 in bitcoin from Steve Wozniak

02/28/2018, 08:02 am

A sale of the bitcoin cryptocurrency ending in a credit card chargeback resulted in Wozniak losing seven bitcoins with nothing to show for it.

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Activists call for boycott of Apple and Amazon over National Rifle Association streaming app

02/28/2018, 01:02 am

Following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., gun control activists are calling for a 24-hour boycott of Apple and Amazon as the two companies host the National Rifle Association's NRAtv channel on their respective platforms.

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Video: Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo 2nd generation

02/27/2018, 08:02 pm

Apple's HomePod is more than twice as expensive as Amazon's second-generation Echo, incorporates a less capable virtual assistant in Siri and is limited to Apple's ecosystem of service. So why would anyone choose it? It's all about sound quality.

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Amazon acquires smart doorbell manufacturer Ring, HomeKit still on the way [u]

02/27/2018, 04:02 pm

App-enabled doorbell manufacturer Ring has been bought by Amazon, adding to its lineup of security-related home automation products -- but work and certification of HomeKit for the Ring Pro and Floodlight are still ongoing.

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Apple granted patent using hinged OLED screen as a dynamic iPad or Mac keyboard

02/27/2018, 12:02 pm

Apple's new "dual display" patent could potentially allow for a future MacBook or iPad to use a second screen in place of a keyboard, eschewing physical keys.

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Apple said to have lured away Twitter, Palm, Kleiner Perkins veteran Michael Abbott with AI and machine learning

02/27/2018, 11:02 am

Apple has reportedly recruited Michael Abbott, who has a long history in the tech industry -- most notably serving as Twitter's VP of engineering, and heading up Palm's webOS team.

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EU says it may withdraw court case if Ireland recovers full $16B from Apple

02/27/2018, 10:02 am

The European Commission is willing to withdraw its court case against the Irish government for failing to collect some $16 billion in back taxes from Apple -- but only if the country collects the full amount, the E.U.'s Competition Commissioner said in an interview.

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Early benchmarks shows Samsung Galaxy S9 well behind iPhone X in processor performance

02/27/2018, 09:02 am

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a slower processor than the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, according to early benchmarks of Samsung's new device, after tests of the Android smartphone's Exynos 9810 chip reveal it to lag far behind the Apple-created A10 and A11 processors.

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Apple to launch 'AC Wellness' clinics for employees in spring, centers will serve as testing ground for health products

02/27/2018, 01:02 am

Apple this spring will launch a network of health clinics under the "AC Wellness" banner, with the independent health centers initially dedicated to servicing company employees and their families.

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