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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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Injunction against Uber says company should have known about stolen Waymo self-driving car files

05/15/2017, 01:05 pm

A newly-unsealed injunction against Uber argues that the company knew -- or should have known -- that hire Anthony Levandowski had taken 14,000 files from Alphabet's self-driving division, Waymo.

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Leaker claims Intel launching powerful 'Core i9 Skylake X,' 'Kaby Lake X' processors in June

05/15/2017, 12:05 pm

Intel may be preparing to add a new tier of processor to its lineup, with an image suggesting a new high-end Core i9 with six processors using the "Kaby Lake-X" and "Skylake-X" architectures are set to be unveiled by the chip producer starting in June -- but if they will see the light of day in an Apple desktop isn't clear.

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Analysts pontificate on cars, transportation as part of Apple's long-term future

05/15/2017, 12:05 pm

Noted Apple analysts Neil Cybart and Horace Dediu sat down with UBS' Steven Milunovich to discuss Apple's future -- and a big topic of conversation was where Apple's intent is in the automotive and transportation spaces.

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Patent licensing on MP3 format expires, Apple-preferred AAC now a 'de facto standard'

05/15/2017, 11:05 am

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits has officially halted its licensing program for "certain MP3 related patents and software," effectively making the long-standing music format free to use for developers.

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New video montage shows gradual evolution of Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino

05/15/2017, 09:05 am

New drone footage shows the progress that has been made on the Apple Park headquarters facility in the last year -- but there still appears to be a lot of outstanding tasks to hammer out .

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'Truly international' Piazza del Liberty Apple Store in Milan, Italy opening soon

05/15/2017, 09:05 am

On Monday, Apple declared that the Piazza del Liberty Apple Retail store in Milan, Italy that was made public with planning documents in January will be opening soon.

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Review - OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock is the only game in town for FireWire 800

05/14/2017, 01:05 am

Vendor OWC has been supplying Mac users with upgrades for more than two decades, and the company continues that commitment with its own Thunderbolt 3 dock -- AppleInsider examines the offering.

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Sonos Playbase offers quality, Apple-connected audio in an unusual package

05/13/2017, 03:05 am

The Playbase is a nice option for people wanting a unified, Apple-connected home theater experience, even if it doesn't offer anything radically different from Sonos' older home theater accessory, the Playbar.

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This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' delays, Apple & Amazon make up, Apple Watch 3 may get sleep tracking & more

05/13/2017, 03:05 am

It's increasingly looking like Apple's "iPhone 8" won't hit shelves until October or later. In some better news, however, future Apple Watches may have sleep tracking, and Apple and Amazon may finally be playing nice regarding Prime Video and the Apple TV.

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FTC says antitrust suit against Qualcomm should continue, Samsung concurs

05/12/2017, 06:05 pm

Responding to Qualcomm's recent bid to dismiss a U.S. Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit concerning chip licensing practices, the governmental trade body in a court filing on Friday called the company a monopoly and said the case should proceed.

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US judge asks for criminal investigation into Uber's alleged self-driving IP theft from Waymo

05/12/2017, 12:05 pm

A lawsuit against Uber by Alphabet's self-driving unit, Waymo, has been referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for an investigation of possible theft of trade secrets, escalating the battle between the two companies.

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Fall update will bring Continuity- & Universal Clipboard-like features to Microsoft's Windows 10

05/11/2017, 03:05 pm

At its ongoing Build conference on Thursday, Microsoft revealed early details of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which will notably incorporate new features linking up with Apple's iPhones and iPads.

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Snap's fledgling Spectacles sold just over 63,000 units in March quarter

05/11/2017, 01:05 pm

In a sign of how tough the market for Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses could be, Snap is estimated to have sold a little over 63,800 pairs of Spectacles in the March quarter.

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New Sonnet Echo Express SE III supports three PCI-E cards on Thunderbolt 3 Macs

05/11/2017, 11:05 am

Sonnet has added to its line of PCI-E breakout boxes, and has launched the Echo Express SE III, enabling the use of three expansion cards with the 2016 Retina MacBook Pro.

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Ukranian dev MacPaw is new host of 40-piece Apple hardware museum formerly at Tekserve in NYC

05/11/2017, 10:05 am

App developer MacPaw has been revealed as the purchaser of all of the Tekserve Apple musuem collection, and has put it all on display at the company's office Ukraine.

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Apple invention details deep Siri integration with Messages

05/11/2017, 05:05 am

Apple in a patent application published Thursday details a method of integrating an intelligent virtual assistant -- Siri -- into a messaging environment, allowing users to participate in text-based exchanges with the AI, while opening up automation and helper tools to traditional Messages conversations with friends.

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Apple creates Giphy channel to advertise Apple Music content with GIFs

05/10/2017, 09:05 pm

In its latest attempt at social media marketing, Apple recently invited followers of its Apple Music Twitter account to view and share custom made GIFs of exclusive content like the upcoming Harry Styles documentary.

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Apple plans major expansions at Arizona and Nevada data centers

05/10/2017, 07:05 pm

Apple is looking to bolster its services backend with major expansions at existing data centers in Arizona and Nevada, including a $1 billion investment that doubles its commitment to a Reno Technology Park facility.

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Chinese premier visits Foxconn, suggests Apple assembler refocus on China rather than US

05/10/2017, 09:05 am

China Premier Li Keqiang visited a Foxconn production center, and reportedly told the Apple partner's CEO to set up its "whole industrial chain" in China, rather than expanding further into other countries like the U.S.

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