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AppleInsider podcast talks March event expectations, '3D Touch ID,' VirnetX, more

02/05/2016, 08:02 am

On this week's episode of the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Mikey riff on Apple's rumored March event, what a new patent filing could mean for Touch ID, a substantial legal win for patent troll VirnetX and much more. Bonus GoPro rant courtesy of Neil.

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Apple again rumored to bid on NFL streaming partnership

02/04/2016, 06:02 pm

Apple, Google, Amazon and Verizon might soon be locked in a bidding war for rights to stream NFL's "Thursday Night Football," as a report on Thursday says each company is seeking favor as the league's Internet content partner.

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Sharp leaning towards Foxconn takeover, but with no exclusive negotiations, CEO says

02/04/2016, 10:02 am

Sharp is indeed leaning towards a takeover by Apple's main manufactuing partner, Foxconn, but no exclusive negotiating rights have been offered, the company's CEO announced at a Thursday press conference.

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GoPro works to stem losses with 'connected and convenient' Hero5

02/04/2016, 10:02 am

Facing increasingly fierce competition in the industry it helped create, GoPro this week announced plans to simplify its product line and innovate on usability, with what CEO Nick Woodman called "the most connected and convenient GoPro we have ever made."

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Apple discourages Supreme Court from hearing Samsung patent petition, calls case 'legally unexceptional'

02/04/2016, 09:02 am

Apple this week attempted to dissuade the U.S. Supreme Court from hearing Samsung's request for review in their ongoing patent infringement dispute, with Apple telling the highest court in America that the $548 million settlement does not deserve review.

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Apple invention hints at force-sensitive Touch ID button

02/04/2016, 04:02 am

An Apple patent filing published on Thursday suggests future iPhones and iPads might sport force-sensing Touch ID home buttons that rely on technology similar to iPhone 6s' 3D Touch system.

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Sharp, Foxconn to enter talks over $5.5B takeover bid, report says

02/03/2016, 11:02 pm

Sharp reportedly plans to enter talks with Foxconn over a takeover bid that could be worth some $5.5 billion, suggesting an end is near for Foxconn's bidding war with Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

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Apple ordered to pay $625M in revived VirnetX patent trial

02/03/2016, 05:02 pm

A federal jury on Wednesday found Apple guilty of willfully infringing on four VirnetX patents, awarding the non-practicing entity $625.6 million in damages and ongoing royalties from a previous court finding.

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Yahoo prepares for split, will lay off 15% of workforce in restructuring

02/03/2016, 11:02 am

Internet search, content pioneer and Apple partner Yahoo is readying for either a reverse spinoff or outright sale that would see the well-known web businesses separated from the parent company and more than 1,000 employees laid off.

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New York Landmarks Conservancy to recognize Apple for preserving historic NYC buildings

02/03/2016, 08:02 am

The New York City Landmarks Conservancy announced on Wednesday that the recipient of its 2016 Chairman's Award will be Apple, in recognition of the company's preservation and restoration of notable historic structures in New York City.

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Apple hires firmware security experts who worked on Thunderstrike 2 exploit

02/02/2016, 10:02 pm

Apple recently added a pair of firmware security experts to its ranks when it hired the team behind "deep system security" startup LegbaCore in November, an apparent effort to bolster platforms like iOS and OS X.

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Apple Stores reportedly stall growth at top US shopping malls

02/02/2016, 09:02 pm

Apple Stores, which consistently rank among the most profitable retail outlets per square foot, are reportedly bogging down growth at a chain of upscale shopping malls across the U.S.

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Microsoft reportedly buys SwiftKey for $250M as part of AI buildout

02/02/2016, 08:02 pm

Microsoft is looking to expand on its artificial intelligence program with the reported purchase of UK-based developer SwiftKey, makers of the popular cross-platform predictive keyboard of the same name.

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Zagg buys battery case maker Mophie for $100M

02/02/2016, 06:02 pm

Zagg, best known for its InvisibleShield line of protective display coverings, on Tuesday announced plans to purchase iPhone battery case maker Mophie in a deal worth at least $100 million.

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Apple has become a regular at Stanford University's VR lab

02/02/2016, 05:02 pm

Amid rumors claiming Apple is investing heavily in virtual and augmented reality solutions, it was revealed on Tuesday that the company has taken a recent interest in Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, sending representatives to visit the facility three times in as many months.

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Environmental concerns slow progress on Apple's new Irish data center

02/02/2016, 03:02 pm

Progress on Apple's new 850 million data center in Ireland is reportedly at a standstill as the Irish government continues to sort out complaints about the project's potential to harm local wildlife.

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Dutch National Police working to train anti-drone eagles

02/02/2016, 12:02 pm

As remotely-controlled drones become smaller and more sophisticated, authorities are working to counter the potential security and privacy implications in sometimes novel ways -- including training eagles to take the aircraft down.

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U.S., EU reach breakthrough on new 'Safe Harbor' data transfer agreement - report [u]

02/02/2016, 11:02 am

Having already missed the original Sunday deadline, U.S. and European officials are reportedly on the verge of cinching a new "Safe Harbor" deal on transferring data across the Atlantic. [Updated]

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Apple patents hover-sensing multitouch display

02/02/2016, 03:02 am

After the release of 3D Touch force-sensing input on iPhone 6s, Apple continues its push for the perfect input technology, most recently winning a patent that uses inline proximity sensors to detect non-contact hover gestures.

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Apple predicted to abandon Amazon Web Services for own data centers, analyst says

02/01/2016, 07:02 pm

Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak believes Apple is considering drawing down its reliance, or altogether dumping, Amazon Web Services in favor of an in-house solution, though the shift might take two years.

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