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Amazon's Super Bowl ad reveals the same old Alexa ahead of Apple's HomePod

01/31/2018, 11:01 am

After a teaser suggested new voice options could be coming to Alexa, the release of Amazon's full Super Bowl spot reveals it was all just a joke, setting up a primetime ad where celebrities substitute in for Alexa -- and poorly.

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Apple Park's new employees asked to push for more housing in Cupertino

01/31/2018, 06:01 am

As thousands of Apple employees begin moving into new offices at the company's new "Campus Two" at Apple Park, development battles over a new project next door are enlisting their support to build more housing in the quiet Silicon Valley town that's been the corporate home of Apple since its founding.

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President Trump mentions Apple's pending US investment in State of the Union address

01/30/2018, 10:01 pm

President Donald Trump gave a tip of the cap to Apple during the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, pointing to the California tech giant's plans to infuse some $350 billion into the U.S. economy over the next five years.

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Hands on: $249 CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus is a great port expander for new MacBook Pro owners

01/30/2018, 01:01 pm

CalDigit's third Thunderbolt 3 dock is on AppleInsider's test rig, and has some connectivity improvements including a discrete 10Gbit/sec USB-C port boosting it above the company's previous offerings.

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Apple's Eddy Cue to speak at Austin's SXSW 2018 in March

01/30/2018, 01:01 pm

Apple's senior VP of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, has joined the roster of featured speakers for this year's South-by-Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

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Google closes $1.1B HTC deal, setting up collision course with Apple's iPhone

01/30/2018, 11:01 am

Google has officially cemented its $1.1 billion deal for HTC's engineering and design teams, putting the company in a position to more directly challenge Apple in the smartphone market.

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Amazon, big finance spearhead healthcare effort without 'profit-making incentives'

01/30/2018, 09:01 am

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase have announced plans to develop a program to pare down health care costs initially for their own employees, but with a suggestion that it could expand the effort to the rest of Americans in the future.

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Apple Pay accepted at 1 out of 2 U.S. stores, says Apple VP Jennifer Bailey

01/30/2018, 01:01 am

Speaking at NRF 2018 Retail's Big Show in New York earlier this month, Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey presented a speech detailing how iPhone changed the retail landscape, and outlined the tech company's ongoing efforts in the mobile payment marketplace.

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Ahead of Apple's HomePod launch, Amazon teases new voices for Alexa

01/29/2018, 02:01 pm

With days to go before the launch of Apple's Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker, Amazon will unveil changes to its own personal assistant, Alexa, likely to come in the form of new voice options.

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Apple closing Green Hills, Nashville & Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood stores for renovations

01/29/2018, 11:01 am

At least two additional U.S. Apple stores are closing for renovations next month in a bid to catch up with the company's latest design aesthetic.

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Apple remains second-largest semiconductor customer in 2017 behind Samsung despite increased spending

01/29/2018, 10:01 am

Apple and long-time rival Samsung continue to be the top two buyers of semiconductor chips, according to a Gartner report, with both firms growing their share of the global market year-on-year by increasing the amount they spend, potentially caused in part by flash memory price increases.

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This week on AI: HomePod preorders kick off, iOS 11.3 details, sapphire maker sues Apple and more

01/27/2018, 12:01 am

This week's news revolved around new products from Apple, namely availability of the HomePod smart speaker and forthcoming updates to the company's major operating systems. Other developments include a lawsuit alleging Apple breached its contract with a sapphire material manufacturer.

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Angela Ahrendts visit Seoul for first South Korean Apple store opening

01/26/2018, 11:01 pm

Apple opened the doors to its first retail store in South Korea on Saturday local time, and the company's head of retail Angela Ahrendts was on hand to take part in the grand opening festivities.

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Apple gains permits to move employees into five sections of Apple Park's 'Spaceship'

01/26/2018, 10:01 am

Parts of Apple's 'spaceship' building at the Apple Park campus are now usable by employees, after the iPhone producer received temporary occupancy permits from the City of Cupertino, and it is expected permits to use the rest of the massive structure will be granted later this quarter.

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HomePod preorders begin via Apple, smart speaker arrives Feb. 9

01/26/2018, 08:01 am

Apple on Friday morning began accepting preorders for HomePod, the company's entrance into the smart speaker space with audiophile-focused premium sound. The $349 accessory will ship to users in two weeks, on Feb. 9.

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How to buy HomePod using Apple's financing options

01/25/2018, 07:01 pm

Apple's HomePod is shaping up to be a hot commodity for early adopters, but the premium speaker is priced well above competing products from Amazon and Google. If you want to score one on launch day, but lack the cheddar, you might want to consider Apple's financing options.

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How and when to preorder HomePod: The official Apple Store app is your best bet on Friday

01/25/2018, 04:01 pm

It's a mystery how high demand for Apple's HomePod will be, and it's also unknown how many units the company will produce for launch. Because of those unknowns, you'd better be ready come Friday -- and early.

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Logic Pro X 10.4 update brings over 2000 new features and bug fixes to Apple's audio composition app

01/25/2018, 12:01 pm

Apple has issued another update for Logic Pro X, adding a Smart Tempo feature to combine content regardless of original tempo, as well as a host of new Plug-Ins, more content including drummers and loops, and assorted bug fixes.

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Sonos fires back at Apple's HomePod by offering a pair of One speakers for $349

01/25/2018, 11:01 am

Responding to the imminent sale of the HomePod, Sonos has cut the price of the Sonos One, selling a two-pack of the speaker for $349 -- the same price as one HomePod.

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Samsung confirms 'Galaxy S9' launch for February 25 by teasing changes to the iPhone rival's camera

01/25/2018, 11:01 am

Samsung will be revealing the 'Galaxy S9' on February 25, the South Korean electronics giant has confirmed, with the video posted to Twitter teasing a major change to the rear camera, one that leaks suggest could be the use of a variable aperture imaging sensor.

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