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Mattel teases Hot Wheels racing with AR, iPhone-controlled 'Rocket League' car set

02/16/2018, 12:02 pm

Mattel brand Hot Wheels is continuing to embrace the use of mobile apps with it's toy cars, revealing the Augmoto track-based racing set with iPhone and iPad control and augmented reality, as well as announcing a remote controlled car soccer set based on the popular game 'Rocket League.'


iDevices debuts HomeKit-compatible Instant Switch wireless wall switch

02/16/2018, 09:02 am

Smarthome accessory maker iDevices expanded to its range of HomeKit-connected hardware on Friday with Instant Switch, an easy to mount wall switch that connects to and controls most iDevices products.


Interior Apple Park glass is so clear, distracted employees are walking into it

02/16/2018, 07:02 am

The Apple Park's open, collaborative design is broken up into pods, separated by glass panes from floor to ceiling -- and distracted employees are walking straight into them.


HP expanding enterprise 'DaaS' support program to Mac, iPhone, and iPad

02/15/2018, 01:02 pm

As part of an expansion of HP's "Device as a Service" program, the company is opening its support program to Apple devices in enterprise environments.


Facebook rumored to take on Apple HomePod with first two smartspeakers

02/15/2018, 11:02 am

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch not one but two smartspeakers by the end of July at the latest, joining the fray against Apple, Amazon, Google, and others.


Estimates peg HomePod build cost at $216, Apple's margin smaller than competitors

02/14/2018, 10:02 pm

According to the latest research from TechInsights, Apple is shelling out $216 to build HomePod, meaning margins from the tech giant's first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.


Another test finds HomePod frequency response flat, but results potentially meaningless

02/14/2018, 10:02 pm

An acoustical analysis of Apple's HomePod published Wednesday found the speaker boasts a relatively flat frequency response, characteristics often associated with accurate sound reproduction, but those results might be misleading.


Watch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

02/14/2018, 04:02 pm

Apple's HomePod is out and users are impressed by the smart speaker's premium sound quality, but some have yet to take full advantage of its voice control functionality. To help users get started, AppleInsider collected a few useful phrases and commands that highlight Siri's capabilities.


Bill Gates cautions Apple and other tech companies about arrogance inviting government interference

02/14/2018, 12:02 pm

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has warned Apple and other tech companies that they need to exercise care when dealing with governments over important issues, such as the San Bernardino fight between Apple and the FBI over a locked iPhone, suggesting the firms may be inviting government intervention for overtly arrogant actions.


Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

02/14/2018, 11:02 am

The heads of several U.S. law and spy agencies claim that smartphone buyers should avoid buying products from China's Huawei, since the company poses a risk of data theft and surveillance of users, but also are a danger to national security as well.


Akitio Thunder3 10G network adapter adds 10 gigabit ethernet connection to MacBook Pro, iMac using Thunderbolt 3

02/14/2018, 10:02 am

Enclosure manufacturer Akitio has started to ship the Thunder3 10G Network Adapter, an accessory for an iMac or MacBook Pro offering connectivity to an ethernet network at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, all passing through a Mac's Thunderbolt 3 port.


Apple's wearables business nearly size of Fortune 300 company, CEO Tim Cook says

02/13/2018, 10:02 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook provided a bit of color on the company's wearables business during Tuesday's shareholders meeting, saying combined Apple Watch, AirPods and Beats headphones revenue is nearing that of a Fortune 300 company.


Acoustic testing finds HomePod's adaptive audio tech delivers highly consistent sound

02/13/2018, 06:02 pm

In its advertising push for HomePod, Apple has touted its smart speaker as capable of delivering consistent sound to listeners positioned anywhere in a given room. New testing backs up those claims, and offers insight into how the company accomplished such a feat.


How to play anything on your HomePod, including vinyl records, with Airfoil and a Mac

02/13/2018, 01:02 pm

Apple's HomePod may be limited in connectivity, but thanks to its support for the legacy AirPlay standard, it's possible to connect basically anything you want to it over Wi-Fi. One of the best ways to do this is with the Airfoil app, available from longtime Mac developer Rogue Amoeba.


First look: IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station returns legacy ports to MacBook, MacBook Pro in a portable package

02/13/2018, 08:02 am

The IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station with Power Delivery Pass-Thru is a port-replacement peripheral for USB 3.1 type C gear -- but isn't perfect for 4K.


See Apple's HomePod take on the competition in our ultimate smart speaker sound comparison

02/12/2018, 05:02 pm

AppleInsider puts HomePod's sound quality to the test against four smart speaker competitors, Sonos' One, Amazon's second-gen Echo, Google Home and Google's Home Max, in this comprehensive comparison. Find out which comes out on top.


Google's next big Android update to support iPhone X-style 'notches'

02/12/2018, 10:02 am

The next major iteration of Android, due later this year, will reportedly support devices with "notches" like the one on Apple's iPhone X -- as well as other unusual display designs.


Apple Park drone footage shows not-quite complete campus, continued landscaping

02/12/2018, 09:02 am

The drone flights around Apple Park have not stopped following opening of the campus, with the latest footage showing still-progressing landscaping, and most of the facilities very near 100 percent completion.


HomePod review: Your mileage may vary, but crank it up for the ride

02/11/2018, 08:02 am

I love Apple's HomePod, and I want one in every room of my house. But I also kind of hate HomePod for its reliance on Siri. Like any messy relationship, it's complicated. If you can get over the personal assistant's numerous shortcomings, you'll find that HomePod is a fantastic sounding compact speaker, but also potentially the start of something much better.


Test finds HomePod's Siri 'at the bottom of the totem pole' in smartspeaker AI

02/10/2018, 07:02 pm

While the Apple HomePod is the "best sounding" smartspeaker and has a "measurably better" user experience in many areas, its underlying AI assistant -- Siri -- failed dramatically in a query test versus Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana, according to Loup Ventures.