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First look: Dish's Sling TV Web-based television service

02/08/2015, 12:02 am

Even as Apple is reportedly struggling to put together its own long-rumored web television initiative, satellite provider Dish Network has begun to roll out its competing Sling TV over-the-top offering to a select group of early adopters. AppleInsider was given access to the invite-only beta and brings some first impressions of the impressive service.

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Corning takes shot at sapphire with 'Project Phire' ultra scratch-resistant glass

02/06/2015, 05:02 pm

Glassmaker Corning on Friday unveiled "Project Phire," a glass composite that the company says is just as strong and drop-resistant as its latest Gorilla Glass but nearly as scratch-resistant as sapphire.

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AppleInsider podcast discusses OS X Photos, Apple Watch news & net neutrality

02/06/2015, 09:02 am

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including the beta release of Photos for OS X, an inside look at the Apple Watch companion app, and discussion of Apple's mysterious camera-equipped vehicles.

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Apple's mysterious vans are almost certainly for 3D mapping, not autonomous driving

02/06/2015, 08:02 am

Apple inadvertently made waves earlier this week with the revelation that the company was behind a fleet of camera-equipped minivans found roaming streets throughout the country. Initial rumors suggested that they may be a step towards a self-driving "iCar," but digging done by AppleInsider suggests that the vehicles are not actually early indications of an autonomous Apple automobile.

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Apple trying 'very hard' with $250K bonuses to nab Tesla engineers as van sightings proliferate

02/05/2015, 06:02 pm

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple has made a major push to recruit talent from the electric carmaker, offering massive bonuses and significant salary bumps for those willing to come to work in Cupertino.

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Swatch prepping Apple Watch, Apple Pay competitors, CEO says

02/05/2015, 05:02 pm

Swiss timekeeping giant Swatch is planning a new smartwatch and mobile payment system to compete with the forthcoming Apple Watch and the already-established Apple Pay, the company's CEO has said.

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Apple's 'indoor traffic' concept would estimate wait times at the airport, grocery store, DMV, more

02/05/2015, 09:02 am

Apple's interest in indoor positioning technology could go well beyond just identifying a user's location, by offering estimated wait times at a variety of businesses, allowing iPhone users to adjust their schedules and save time by avoiding high-traffic periods of the day.

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Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs film, starring Michael Fassbender, will hit theaters Oct. 9

02/04/2015, 03:02 pm

The long-awaited film based on the authorized biography of Steve Jobs, penned by Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, will hit theaters this fall, on Oct. 9.

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Oscar winner Alex Gibney bringing new Steve Jobs documentary to SXSW Film

02/03/2015, 10:02 pm

Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney will premier his latest project, a feature entitled "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" that chronicles the late Apple CEO's influence on the modern world's relationship with computers, at the annual South by Southwest film festival next month.

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HTC disses Apple, Samsung in new rap video

02/03/2015, 08:02 pm

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC recently released a bizarre music video starring rapper Don G alongside backup dancers dressed as smartphones, dubbed "Hold the Crown," in which the former waxes lyrical about the relative superiority of HTC's handsets and executive team.

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Major physical changes could be coming to Apple stores as Angela Ahrendts era is in full swing

02/03/2015, 01:02 pm

Under the leadership of retail chief Angela Ahrendts, Apple is said to be considering major changes to the layout of its retail locations, which may be implemented at some locations in time for the debut of the Apple Watch.

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Amazon looking to buy some RadioShack stores to establish retail presence - report

02/03/2015, 08:02 am

Following the news that tech retailer RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy, a new report claims that online megastore Amazon has expressed interest in buying some of the company's brick-and-mortar locations.

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Google poised for an Apple-like feud with Uber over ridesharing and self-driving cars

02/02/2015, 08:02 pm

The once-tight relationship between Google and ridesharing service Uber has reportedly frayed as the two companies make moves into each others' territory, a split reminiscent of the tension between Google and Apple over Android.

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Apple could face huge tax bill as Obama calls for new taxes on offshore profits in FY2016 budget

02/02/2015, 06:02 pm

President Obama on Monday put forward a new budget that includes a one-time 14 percent levy on earnings held by U.S. companies overseas --funds which would be allocated to a $478 billion public works plan --followed by an ongoing 19 percent tax on foreign profits, whether the money is repatriated or not.

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FCC to propose regulating the Internet as a utility - report

02/02/2015, 05:02 pm

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to issue a proposal this week that would see the agency classify Internet access as a telecommunications utility, a move that may also include reclassification for data services from wireless carriers.

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Apple to build $2 billion green data center at failed GTAT sapphire plant

02/02/2015, 03:02 pm

The Arizona facilities associated with Apple's failed partnership with GT Advanced Technologies will be transformed into a new "global command" data center for the company employing 150 people full-time, thanks to a major $2 billion investment from the iPhone maker.

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Photos show Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak in upcoming film

02/02/2015, 01:02 pm

Filming of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is underway, and newly published photos from the film's set show critically acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender in the lead role, alongside Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak.

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Apple releases TV ad for China's Lunar New Year, to open new store in Tianjin this week

02/02/2015, 08:02 am

In preparation for the upcoming Chinese New Year, Apple has released a new China-specific version of its ad "The Song," and the company has also revealed that its new store in Tianjin will open this Saturday.

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Review: Bose's SoundLink Mini is an exceptional Bluetooth speaker

02/01/2015, 11:02 am

Bluetooth speakers are one of the most popular accessories for mobile devices, helping pump up the volume from audio-limited smartphones and tablets. AppleInsider took a look at Bose's SoundLink Mini to see how it fares in this crowded space.

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First look: Fitbit Charge HR fitness band with real-time heart rate sensor

01/31/2015, 12:01 am

Fitbit's new Charge HR fitness band puts an emphasis on wearability with a slim and light form factor, but maintains a wealth of health tracking features including a real-time heart rate sensor and onboard display.

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