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Apple's Tim Cook talks tech with accessibility advocates for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

05/17/2017, 10:05 pm

In recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple CEO Tim Cook this week invited three accessibility advocates and bloggers to the company's Cupertino, Calif., campus, for discussions on how Apple technology impacts their daily lives.

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Source code of several Panic apps stolen via HandBrake malware

05/17/2017, 10:05 pm

In a blog post on Wednesday, Panic developer Steven Frank said he inadvertently downloaded a malware-infected version of popular transcoding software HandBrake, which was targeted in a hack last week, leading to the theft of "quite a bit" of source code related to several of his company's apps.

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Google reveals 'Android Go' operating system optimized for low-specification smartphones

05/17/2017, 05:05 pm

Google is doubling down on increasing Android's market share in emerging markets with the creation of 'Android Go,' a version of Android O optimized for lower-specification entry-level Android devices and the bandwidth constraints of local infrastructure where those devices are sold.

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Google shows notification dots, smart text selection, optimizations in 'Android O'

05/17/2017, 03:05 pm

Major features of Google's next iteration of Android have been revealed at the I/O developer conference, with "Android O" gaining a Picture-in-Picture mode, notification dots on app icons, and the ability to autofill data within apps, shown alongside improvements to the security and speed of the mobile operating system.

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Google Home updates will provide visual responses on an iPhone display, hands-free calling

05/17/2017, 02:05 pm

Google has revealed a number of updates it will be rolling out to the Google Home connected speaker, with major additions including the device's ability to put responses to queries on a nearby display, such as the user's iPhone, as well as being able to place phone calls from the device itself.

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Angela Ahrendts promotes Apple Retail vision, details renovations in new video interview

05/17/2017, 12:05 pm

In an interview posted on Wednesday, Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts addressed why Apple Retail succeeds where others fail, and how the overnight renovation of some of the smaller retail stores in the U.S. was proposed, and by whom.

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Amazon refreshes Fire tablet lineup, cuts price of Fire HD 8

05/17/2017, 11:05 am

Amazon is continuing its recent string of hardware announcements by refreshing its tablet line, with design and power efficiency improvements made to the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 accompanied by Kids Edition models of both tablets, and the expansion of the Alexa voice assistant on the tablets from the United States to units shipped to the United Kingdom.

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Steve Jobs wanted Jeff Goldblum to be 'voice of Apple'

05/17/2017, 12:05 am

In a recent interview, prolific actor Jeff Goldblum, best known for his work in movies like Jurassic Park and The Fly, revealed Apple cofounder Steve Jobs personally reached out many years ago to be "the voice of Apple."

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Watch: All the hardware rumored to debut at WWDC 2017

05/16/2017, 07:05 pm

Alongside a widely rumored Siri home speaker, a report on Tuesday claims Apple is preparing a few minor MacBook updates for its upcoming WWDC 2017 conference in June.

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Cook charity auction raises over $680K for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

05/16/2017, 04:05 pm

An auction offering lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially ended, raising $688,999 for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights -- the highest amount ever in a series of such auctions with Cook.

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Apple launches dedicated site for first 'Today at Apple' sessions

05/16/2017, 03:05 pm

Apple on Tuesday introduced a dedicated website for "Today at Apple," its education and entertainment sessions at retail, which are getting underway this week.

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Apple promotes third-party gatherings on dedicated 'Beyond WWDC' page

05/16/2017, 03:05 pm

Apple is highlighting alternative events taking place alongside its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, with the developer resources page revealing when and where third-party gatherings are taking place in relation to the McEnery Convention Center, the venue of WWDC itself in San Jose.

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Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 gets Bluetooth SIG certification ahead of relaunch

05/16/2017, 02:05 pm

Samsung's plan to start selling a refurbished version of the ill-fated Note 7 smartphone is getting closer to completion, with the renamed 'Galaxy Note 7R' receiving approval from the Bluetooth SIG ahead of its expected rerelease in a limited number of markets, possibly within the next month.

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Singapore Knightsbridge shopping center Apple Retail location opening on May 27

05/16/2017, 01:05 pm

After installation a few weeks ago, an "Apple loves Singapore" mural covering work on the flagship outlet has been adorned with an opening date -- May 27.

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Samsung Pay launches in the UK almost two years after Apple Pay

05/16/2017, 11:05 am

Samsung is slowly catching up to its competition in the contactless mobile payments market in the United Kingdom, with the South Korean electronics giant launching Samsung Pay in the country on Tuesday, one year after Android Pay arrived in the UK, and almost two years after Apple Pay launched in the market.

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Apple Park toured, execs reminisce about Steve Jobs's devotion to and vision of the project

05/16/2017, 09:05 am

During a tour given to a journalist in May, Apple's Design head Jony Ive and the architects responsible for the project spoke about the philosophy of Apple Park's design, Steve Jobs' influence on the project down to minute details, and the massive engineering effort needed to complete the project.

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Apple patents method of building feature-rich cylindrical devices, hints at Siri home speaker

05/16/2017, 05:05 am

Lending credence to rumors of a cylindrical "Siri speaker," Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering the operating design of a component-rich tubular device, and methods for manufacturing the same.

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Apple seeks programming chief for TV, movie content effort

05/15/2017, 10:05 pm

Apple is looking to hire a chief programmer to lead the company's original video efforts, suggesting Cupertino intends to expand its content catalog beyond "Planet of the Apps" and "Carpool Karaoke," according to a report on Monday.

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Watch: What you need to know about USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

05/15/2017, 09:05 pm

Apple's decision to pare down connectivity options on its latest MacBook laptops to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 has left some users confused about each protocol's unique capabilities and limitations. AppleInsider presents a short history of the two standards and how they coexist in Apple's latest devices.

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Waymo, Lyft partner on self-driving tests as Google plans CarPlay-ready Android car interfaces

05/15/2017, 03:05 pm

Alphabet's Waymo is joining with Lyft to test self-driving cars on public roads, according to an announcement, while another Alphabet company -- Google -- is previewing a complete Android interface for cars which will nevertheless support Apple's CarPlay technology.

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