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Apple & Ireland 'close to deal' to protect government from losses while holding $17.7B in escrow

08/11/2017, 11:08 am

Apple and the Irish government are reportedly nearing a deal that would shield the latter from losses incurred while holding up to $17.7 billion in Apple cash, including interest -- money that may be due in back taxes following a 2016 European Commission ruling.

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Inside iOS 11: AirPods controls expand with separate left/right earpiece taps, skip track ability

08/11/2017, 10:08 am

Apple's AirPods are currently limited to a trio of controls on both earpieces, but their functionality will be greatly enhanced this fall with the release of iOS 11, giving users the ability to give each wireless pod a separate, customizable function with a double tap.

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AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' ship date, Apple Watch, and HomeKit

08/11/2017, 09:08 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk conflicting rumors around the "iPhone 8" ship date, the company's rising stock price, and some of the interesting things happening in HomeKit.

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Intel, Toyota & others create 'big data' consortium for self-driving cars

08/10/2017, 05:08 pm

Several major tech and automotive companies -- including Intel, Toyota, and Ericsson -- on Thursday announced a consortium that will build a "big data" ecosystem for use with self-driving cars, as well as related technologies like driver assist and mapping using real-time data.

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eGPU vendor demonstrates AMD Vega card working in High Sierra on Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro

08/10/2017, 11:08 am

External GPU enclosure developer Mantiz posted a Tweet on Thursday of the new AMD Vega PCI-E video card working in its enclosure, connected to a MacBook Pro -- and that likely means that the card will work on Apple's last PCI-E Mac Pro as well in High Sierra.

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25% of Microsoft Surface owners report problems within 2 years, Consumer Reports finds

08/10/2017, 11:08 am

A new, large survey of Microsoft Surface owners found that a quarter of those using the hybrid devices experience problems by the second year of ownership, raising questions about the reliability of the company's iPad and MacBook competitors.

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Apple HomeKit added to Ikea Tradfri smart bulb line with firmware update

08/10/2017, 08:08 am

Ikea has quietly added HomeKit support to its inexpensive Tradfri line of smart bulbs, necessitating a firmware update to the system's bridge to enable.

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Facebook unveils 'Watch' platform with live video and exclusive shows

08/09/2017, 09:08 pm

Social networking giant Facebook on Wednesday announced its first step into digital video with the forthcoming launch of Watch, a new cross-platform service that provides users access to live and recorded episodic content.

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Intel sets plans to test 100+ self-driving vehicles, adding to Apple's competition

08/09/2017, 02:08 pm

Following up on its $15.3 billion Mobileye buyout, Intel on Wednesday announced a plans to deploy a fleet of over 100 self-driving test vehicles, with an ambitious goal of having a kit in automakers' hands by 2019.

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Marvel & Star Wars could be separate from new Disney streaming service

08/09/2017, 12:08 pm

Despite nominally being under the same corporate banner, Marvel and "Star Wars" could be spun off into their own streaming services separate from one Disney announced this week, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger.

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Disney to end Netflix partnership, launch own streaming services

08/08/2017, 05:08 pm

Disney on Tuesday said it will end its distribution agreement with Netflix effective sometime in 2019, and launch in its place a standalone streaming services for both ESPN and Disney branded content.

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Amazon expected to counter Apple's AirPlay 2 with Echo-based whole-home audio

08/08/2017, 03:08 pm

In a potential shot at Apple's AirPlay 2 as well as speaker maker Sonos, Amazon is rumored to be preparing its own multi-speaker, multi-room music technology, which could come to existing Echo devices via a software update.

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US court puts Personal Audio's 'podcasting patent' to bed

08/07/2017, 08:08 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Patent and Trademark Office finding to invalidate a notorious "podcasting patent" that "patent troll" Personal Audio used in lawsuits against big-name podcasters.

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France and Germany seek to plug tax loopholes exploited by Apple, other tech firms

08/07/2017, 06:08 pm

France is working with Germany on European Union reforms aimed at plugging loopholes U.S. technology companies like Apple use to minimize taxes, tactics that give foreign entities a leg up on local competition.

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Review: Mantiz MZ-02 enclosure is a stylish Thunderbolt 3 dock and eGPU enclosure in one

08/07/2017, 02:08 pm

A few of the external GPU solutions are aimed at the gamer crowd -- and look like it too. The Mantiz MZ-02 is one of a new generation of enclosures, aimed at boosting graphics performance with the addition of a PCI-E GPU to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped machine and eschewing any stereotypical gamer branding.

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Apple starts hiring for ninth Japanese store, based in Kyoto

08/07/2017, 12:08 pm

Apple is preparing to launch a new store in Kyoto, Japan, newly-published job listings reveal -- just its ninth in the entire country, despite a years-long presence there.

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Pre-orders for Sylvania Smart+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb start, more HomeKit devices coming

08/07/2017, 10:08 am

Sylvania has launched pre-orders for its Smart+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb, and is adding more HomeKit bulbs, and accessories in the near future.

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More pictures of Apple's custom badge reader for Apple Park pop up in FCC filing

08/05/2017, 07:08 pm

The general appearance for a door access system intended for use in Apple-controlled facilities has been revealed in a filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, with the custom badge reader shown to have striking and sleek design befitting the Apple Park corporate campus.

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Review: Kwikset Premis HomeKit lock chews through batteries, disappoints

08/05/2017, 01:08 am

The Kwikset Premis is a lot of things. It's a HomeKit compatible connected deadbolt with a nice touch number pad with well-lit numerals. It's also a disappointment. We reviewed it for an extended period and found all the wrinkles.

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This week on AI: See the final 'iPhone 8' design, Apple's stellar Q3, LTE Apple Watch & more

08/05/2017, 01:08 am

Early HomePod firmware, ironically, exposed a bevy of secrets about Apple's "iPhone 8," including the general design of the device and features like facial recognition. Not to be outshone, Apple shared its June-quarter financial results, which were up across the board -- including a rare gain in iPad numbers.

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