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Topic: General

Home security camera company Blink bought out by Amazon

12/22/2017, 01:12 pm

After fulfilling a $1 million crowd-funding campaign for a debut security camera, shipping a second, and announcing a third Blink has been bought by Amazon for undisclosed terms, likely dashing any hopes for HomeKit integration.

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Eric Schmidt stepping down from role as Alphabet's executive chairman

12/21/2017, 05:12 pm

Long-time Google and Alphabet executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has announced his intention to transition to a "technical advisor" role -- but will keep a seat on the board of directors.

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Some versions of Windows 10's facial recognition can be fooled by photos

12/21/2017, 03:12 pm

Although the issue has been patched through Microsoft's Fall Creators Update, outdated versions of Windows 10's Hello facial recognition can be spoofed with a photo, a German security firm said this week.

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After $1.9 billion and seven years, secretive Magic Leap teases Lightwear AR headset

12/20/2017, 10:12 am

Virtual and augmented reality company Magic Leap has taken the lid off the project that is has been working on for the last seven years, and has debuted the Magic Leap One Lightwear goggles and required wearable computer, with the set to ship at some point in 2018.

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Apple plans first Australian global flagship store in Federation Square, set to open in 2020

12/19/2017, 07:12 pm

Apple on Tuesday previewed plans for a huge global flagship store set for construction in Melbourne, Australia's Federation Square, a cultural hub that acts as a home to multiple museums, art galleries and eateries.

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Apple reportedly replaces outgoing India chief with South Asia director

12/19/2017, 06:12 pm

Following revelations that Apple's India chief Sanjay Kaul has stepped down, a report on Tuesday claims the company is replacing the executive with another country head formerly in charge of South Asia operations.

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YouTube paves way for 'Remix' music service with new label agreements

12/19/2017, 04:12 pm

A rumored YouTube music service could be closer to fruition, thanks to new long-term agreements the Google-owned company has reportedly signed with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, joining a Warner Music Group deal signed in May.

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New Apple Park drone footage reveals improved landscaping, security checkpoint

12/19/2017, 09:12 am

The latest drone footage of Apple Park in Cupertino shows advanced progress on landscaping, but that even now, some parts of the campus are still unfinished.

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New Apple AirPods with smaller components could launch in late 2018

12/19/2017, 08:12 am

Even though Apple struggles to keep up with demand for the current AirPods design, the company may be working on hardware improvements to debut in the second half of 2018, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Apple's India chief reportedly departs amid sluggish sales

12/18/2017, 10:12 pm

On the heels of Apple's decision to increase iPhone prices in India, a move expected to further slow stagnant device sales, the company's head of operations in the region is reportedly stepping down.

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How the FCC's repeal of net neutrality could affect Apple

12/16/2017, 12:12 am

This week, the Federal Communications Commission rolled back net neutrality rules, sparking a firestorm of debate and speculation over the future of the internet in the U.S. But Apple, who supports net neutrality, finds itself in a unique position in the discussion: It is one of the few companies that has actually been affected by the kind of restrictive internet provider practices that net neutrality aimed to prevent.

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This week on AI: iMac Pro launch, Apple buys Shazam, FCC repeals net neutrality & more

12/16/2017, 12:12 am

Somehow news accelerated this week, even with the impending Christmas holiday -- the biggest stories being the launch of the iMac Pro, and Apple's takeover of song recognition service Shazam.

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Why Apple opposes the FCC's repeal of net neutrality

12/15/2017, 04:12 pm

Apple was one of a number of parties that fought the repeal of net neutrality protections, originally instituted in 2015 during the Obama administration. The company has a lot of pragmatic reasons for taking a pro-neutrality stance.

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Court rejects US bid to intervene in Apple's appeal of EU tax ruling

12/15/2017, 01:12 pm

The European Union's General Court has refused a U.S. government request to intervene in Apple's appeal of a 2016 European Commission ruling, which ordered Ireland to collect approximately $15.3 billion in back taxes from the company.

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Apple's first Korean store expected to open on Dec. 30

12/15/2017, 12:12 pm

Apple's first-ever outlet in South Korea is reportedly scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 30, deepening a footprint in the home of key rivals -- and suppliers -- like Samsung and LG.

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Long-running AOL Instant Messenger shuts down for good

12/15/2017, 11:12 am

As promised, Verizon's Oath on Friday shut down AOL Instant Messenger, once as omnipresent on the internet as services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are today.

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AppleInsider podcast talks GymKit, iMac Pro, and Jony Ive's return to product design

12/15/2017, 08:12 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the powerful iMac Pro and its custom T2 chip, GymKit and the opening up of NFC connectivity, and Jony Ive's return to focusing on product design.

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Samsung's Bixby-powered HomePod competitor to debut in first half of 2018, report says

12/14/2017, 07:12 pm

According to a report on Thursday, Samsung's smart home speaker is expected to debut in the first half of 2018 with support for the firm's Bixby virtual assistant, setting the device up for direct competition with Apple's delayed HomePod.

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Apple SVP Eddy Cue to participate in Q&A session at Pollstar Live! conference in February

12/14/2017, 06:12 pm

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue will be making the rounds early next year when he takes part in a live Q&A session at Pollstar Live! 2018, an annual conference serving concert industry professionals.

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Apple launches podcast analytics service as iTunes Connect beta

12/14/2017, 04:12 pm

Apple made good on promises to launch an iTunes podcast analytics service on Thursday with a new iTunes Connect beta feature dedicated to tracking granular listener data, though the service is limited to iOS 11 devices.

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