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This week on AI: Apple's $329 'budget' iPad, red iPhones, hacking threats & more

03/25/2017, 01:03 am

It was a very busy week for Apple, headlined by several surprise announcements on Tuesday, including a new "budget" iPad and a (Product)Red iPhone 7. A hacking group tried to hold Apple iCloud accounts hostage, and WikiLeaks released details of Mac and iOS exploits used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency -- just for a start.

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New Apple Park drone footage reveals occupied research and development building, landscaping progress

03/24/2017, 04:03 pm

Following a break in nasty weather, the latest drone footage of Apple Park shows yet more landscaping progress, an occupied research and development building, and the removal of most of the heavy-lifting machinery from the campus.

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US Senate votes to allow ISPs to sell personal data to advertisers without opt-out safeguards

03/24/2017, 12:03 pm

The U.S. Senate has voted in favor of overturning privacy rules instituted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2016, which -- if the measure survives a second vote in the House of Representatives -- will allow internet service providers to sell customer data to advertisers without people having a say.

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Industry so far 'lukewarm' towards Samsung's post-Note 7 battery testing standards

03/24/2017, 10:03 am

Carriers and phone makers have so far largely ignored Samsung's efforts to promote its new battery testing procedure -- created in the aftermath of the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 -- as a possible industry standard, a report said on Friday.

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Report verifies some iCloud credentials held by hacker group as valid

03/24/2017, 02:03 am

A hacker group attempting to hold Apple ransom with claims it has hundreds of millions of iCloud credentials in its possession recently sent a batch of 54 UK-based accounts for testing, all of which were deemed legitimate.

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Apple responds to latest WikiLeaks CIA document dump, says iPhone and Mac exploits fixed

03/23/2017, 10:03 pm

Apple issued a statement in response to Thursday's WikiLeaks release of CIA-gathered iPhone and Mac exploits, saying a preliminary assessment reveals the vulnerabilities to be years old and long since patched.

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Rare photos of 'Apple II Forever' media event surface, reveal Apple keynote progenitor

03/23/2017, 08:03 pm

A set of photographs taken during Apple's 1984 announcement of the Apple IIc surfaced online on Thursday, showing company cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak taking part in a media bonanza that would serve as a model of contemporary Apple keynotes.

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Google's Top News results for 'Great Barrier Reef' directs to fringe political commentary

03/23/2017, 04:03 pm

Google's algorithmic efforts to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" are again facing a critical failure, calling into question confidence in the search giant's unfinished, buggy artificial intelligence that's currently stomping all over its mission statement.

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The tech inside: San Francisco's Electroluxx art & dance party

03/23/2017, 10:03 am

Electroluxx is a reoccurring, technology-fueled creative art and dance party held at San Francisco's Public Works venue. Here's a look at the tech that goes into coordinating the event, building interactive projection art, visualizations, lighting, a wireless silent disco and Virtual Reality experiences.

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Apple investigating accessory that turns iPhone, iPad into full-fledged touchscreen laptop

03/23/2017, 05:03 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday details a so-called "thin" portable hardware accessory that boasts the components necessary to act as a laptop surrogate for iPhones and iPads.

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Apple responds to hacker claims, says systems not breached

03/23/2017, 12:03 am

Apple in a statement late Wednesday responded to claims that a hacking group is threatening to wipe hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads using stolen credentials, saying its own systems have not been compromised.

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Tim Cook says Apple in China for long haul, touts job creation in new interview

03/22/2017, 11:03 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out of his China tour this week to speak with a local news publication about the company's regional intentions, saying Apple is planting deep roots in the country, from job creation to economic and environmental investments.

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Apple acquires automation app Workflow, title to remain on App Store for free

03/22/2017, 08:03 pm

Apple on Wednesday finalized a deal to acquire popular automation app Workflow and its three-member development team for an undisclosed sum, and is for now leaving the title on the App Store where it will be free to download.

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AT&T, Verizon join firms pulling millions in ads from Google, YouTube over hate, terrorist content

03/22/2017, 05:03 pm

The U.K. advertising backlash against Google is spreading to the United States. Mobile carriers AT&T and Verizon, Enterprise car rental and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline are among the major ad buyers acting to distance their brands from the offensive and extremist content that saturates YouTube.

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Apple's Tim Cook visits local Chinese businesses, says translated Swift Playgrounds coming soon

03/21/2017, 08:03 am

As part of his latest trip to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday visited bike-sharing startup ofo and fitness company Keep, also announcing that a translation of Swift Playgrounds into simplified Chinese will be released tomorrow.

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Apple patents shape changing device display for tactile interactions

03/21/2017, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a portable device with a display capable of dynamically changing its shape, potentially opening the door to truly tactile user interaction.

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Apple online store goes down for scheduled maintenance, new hardware rumored

03/21/2017, 04:03 am

As planned, Apple's online storefront was taken offline early Tuesday morning for what maintenance, sparking hopes the company is preparing to launch its first hardware product of 2017.

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Adobe launches Experience Cloud marketing and analytics solution, integrates with Creative Cloud

03/21/2017, 02:03 am

In a bid to extend its reach into the enterprise market, Adobe on Tuesday debuted Adobe Experience Cloud, a set of cloud services designed to seamlessly integrate brand marketing, analytics and advertising into a single comprehensive product.

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Samsung reveals new 'Bixby' AI assistant to take on Apple's Siri

03/20/2017, 02:03 pm

Confirming rumors, Samsung on Monday revealed the existence of "Bixby," a new AI assistant that should debut with the Galaxy S8 later this month and challenge Apple's Siri with some new technologies.

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SoftBank CEO ditches investment plans for Android architect Andy Rubin's smartphone startup

03/20/2017, 02:03 pm

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has reportedly axed plans to invest $100 million in Android founder Andy Rubin's smartphone startup, reportedly because of SoftBank's close business ties to Apple.

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