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This week on AI: Apple's March 27 event, WWDC 2018, Cue at SXSW & more

03/17/2018, 12:03 am

The week began with Apple exec Eddy Cue making a special appearance at SXSW in Austin, but the biggest news was the announcement of a press event for March 27, and plans for WWDC 2018's kick-off on June 4.

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Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs removed from board as he pursues bid for company

03/16/2018, 08:03 pm

Just days after avoiding a hostile takeover by Singapore-based Broadcom, the situation at Qualcomm continued to devolve on Friday when former executive chairman and ex-CEO Paul Jacobs was stripped of his board position as he pursues a bid for the company.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin visits Apple Park as Saudi Crown Prince plans meeting with CEO Tim Cook

03/16/2018, 06:03 pm

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the company's newly opened Apple Park campus in Cupertino, Calif., on Friday, where he touted the firm's $350 billion "commitment" to America. A separate report notes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is planning to meet with Cook and other tech executives later this month.

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Apple invites developers to app workshop in Paris' Station F startup incubator

03/16/2018, 03:03 pm

Apple is believed to be organizing a developer workshop in Paris next week, according to French Apple-specialist media, with the event apparently being held at a tech startup center called 'Station F,' a facility thought to have a small Apple team in residence to help developers working in the incubator.

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Steve Jobs job application sells for over $174,000 at auction

03/16/2018, 02:03 pm

Three items signed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs have been sold at auction, the most lucrative being a teenage job application which went for roughly $174,757, including the buyer's premium.

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs to publish coming-of-age memoir 'Small Fry' about life with father Steve Jobs

03/16/2018, 12:03 pm

Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the daughter of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, is working on a coming-of-age memoir called "Small Fry" due for release in September, one that will tell the story of her childhood while living with the forward-thinking and complex company founder.

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Shuttering Toys 'R' Us stores in United States put Apple products on clearance

03/16/2018, 11:03 am

The closure of all Toys 'R' Us stores in the United States could be beneficial for people looking to save money on Apple merchandise, as some of the chain's shuttering retail outlets are discounting the Apple TV, iPod touch, iPads, and other items in the clearance sale.

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Apple to host educational event in Chicago on March 27

03/16/2018, 09:03 am

Apple on Friday sent an email to AppleInsider and other press outlets, inviting them to an educational event in Chicago scheduled for 10 a.m. local time on March 27.

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More Safari exploits demonstrated at Pwn2Own 2018

03/15/2018, 07:03 pm

The second day of Pwn2Own 2018 saw Apple's Safari exploited twice, with one team completing its attempt within the competition's 30-minute, three-try guidelines, while another group demonstrated a bug in four attempts.

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Apple Music rival iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy protection

03/15/2018, 02:03 pm

iHeartMedia -- the operator of nearly 850 U.S. radio stations, as well as streaming and concert businesses -- has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as it looks to cope with more than $20 billion in debt.

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Apple denies French government's 'abusive commercial practices' accusation

03/15/2018, 01:03 pm

Apple has responded to accusations by the French government that it is taking advantage of the country's developers, dismissing claims of 'abusive commercial practices' by highlighting the funds paid to the nation's iOS app developers and the support it provides to both application producers and their users.

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Samsung may compete more directly with Apple's Face ID via 'Galaxy S10'

03/15/2018, 01:03 pm

In a bid to stay competitive with the Face ID system on Apple's iPhone X, Samsung is reportedly adding 3D sensing cameras to next year's "Galaxy S10."

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Apple seeks patent for 'keyless keyboard' concept with haptic feedback

03/15/2018, 11:03 am

An Apple patent application for a "Keyless keyboard" suggests the company may be considering a major change to its peripherals and MacBook hardware, by effectively using a touchscreen to create a keyboard with more versatility than a physical version can ever provide.

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Amazon docs suggest original TV shows drew in over 5M more Prime members

03/15/2018, 10:03 am

Perhaps explaining Apple's rush to air original TV shows, internal Amazon documents claim that the retailer's own ventures into TV managed to pull in some 5 million Prime subscribers between late 2014 and early 2017.

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Safari exploit successfully demonstrated at Pwn2Own 2018

03/14/2018, 10:03 pm

Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative kicked off its annual Pwn2Own hacking competition on Wednesday with two attempts to exploit Apple's Safari web browser, one of which was successful.

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Apple highlights parental management tools in new 'Families' webpage

03/14/2018, 09:03 pm

Apple posted a new page to its website on Wednesday highlighting the parental guidance, security, and content management features built into its products and services, from iPhone to Apple TV.

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Spotify testing in-app voice assistant feature, suggests work on smart speaker

03/14/2018, 08:03 pm

Streaming music leader Spotify on Wednesday began testing out a new in-app voice assistant feature that allows users to quickly find songs, albums, playlists, artists and more with a single tap. More interesting are playback controls that suggest potential integration with smart speaker devices.

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Disney forges new streaming video division in prep for services like ESPN+

03/14/2018, 03:03 pm

As part of a larger reorganization, Disney on Wednesday announced the creation of a new division for its streaming video and international operations, which will oversee two upcoming video services: ESPN+, and the company's as-yet-unnamed family-friendly offering.

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OWC ships Mercury Elite Pro Quad four-bay external drive with USB-C connectivity

03/14/2018, 01:03 pm

Aftermarket Mac upgrade vendor OWC has launched the Mercury Elite Pro Quad, an external hard drive enclosure which connects via USB-C that is capable of offering up to 48 terabytes of RAID storage when all four of its bays are occupied with drives.

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'Life is Strange: Before the Storm' headed to Mac, 'Fruit Ninja' creator lays off half its workforce

03/14/2018, 12:03 pm

Deck Nine's popular PC and console adventure game "Life is Strange: Before the Storm" is being ported to the Mac this spring, publisher Feral Interactive said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Australian "Fruit Ninja" developer Halfbrick has suffered a major setback, losing half of its workforce.

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