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Samsung delays its Bixby-powered HomePod competitor into second half of 2018

02/26/2018, 02:02 pm

Samsung's attempt to take on Apple's HomePod, Amazon's Alexa range and other smart speakers will apparently arrive far later than originally expected, after Samsung's mobile chief advised the Bixby-powered audio device will be making its debut in the second half of this year.


Microsoft's international data privacy fight moves to U.S. Supreme Court

02/26/2018, 11:02 am

The Surpreme Court will on Tuesday hear arguments in a long-running case between the U.S. government and Microsoft, following the latter's 2013 refusal to turn over data stored on an Irish server, demanded as part of a drug trafficking investigation.


Apple confirms use of Google cloud services to store iCloud user data

02/26/2018, 10:02 am

Apple has confirmed it is using Google's cloud storage services to hold iCloud user data, with a notification in a security document effectively acknowledging rumors from 2016 suggesting Apple is paying Google alongside other major third-party companies for access to their cloud infrastructure.


Proposed EU law could require companies like Apple to share data from foreign servers

02/26/2018, 10:02 am

The European Union is reportedly working on legislation that would require companies to provide customers' personal data for law enforcement even if it's being kept on servers outside of the region.


Google brings ARCore out of beta, raising challenge to Apple's ARKit

02/26/2018, 09:02 am

Google has launched version 1.0 of its ARCore SDK, signaling the first real salvo in a fight with Apple for developer support in augmented reality.


Apple CEO Tim Cook will co-chair China Development Forum in March

02/26/2018, 08:02 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making another trip to China in March to co-chair the China Development Forum, an event where business leaders meet with officials from the country's government, with Cook likely to use the opportunity to improve Apple's relations with the country's leadership and to attract more customers from the region.


Phone from 'The Matrix' resurrected in the modernized Nokia 8110 Reloaded

02/25/2018, 01:02 pm

Continuing a pattern of reviving older designs in an attempt to stay relevant in the mobile phone industry, Nokia has resurrected one of its more famous designs, bringing back the Nokia 8110 as a feature phone with a bigger screen and a sleeker appearance, while still retaining its well-known physical slide-out design.


Samsung launches Galaxy S9, S9 Plus with greater focus on smartphone photography

02/25/2018, 12:02 pm

Samsung has revealed its new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, at its launch event at Mobile World Congress today, with the South Korean giant this time focusing on photography and improved imaging efforts in its latest attempt to beat Apple's iPhone X and iPhone 8.


Apple to launch branded over-ear headphones as soon as this year

02/25/2018, 01:02 am

Capitalizing on early success with AirPods, Apple is readying a branded over-the-ear headphone product that could launch as soon as this year, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


Tim Cook publicly commemorates the 63rd birthday of Steve Jobs with a Tweet

02/24/2018, 01:02 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook used Twitter to celebrate Steve Jobs' birthday, using one of the founder's own quotes.


Apple to move Chinese iCloud keys to China servers, opens door to government data requests

02/24/2018, 02:02 am

In order to conform with Chinese cybersecurity laws, Apple will for the first time move cryptographic iCloud account keys out of the U.S. and into China when it migrates customer data to a local server farm in late February.


This week on AI: Apple readies new iPads & AirPods, AirPlay 2 goes MIA, HomePod vs. Sonos & more

02/24/2018, 12:02 am

Top stories included an imminent iPad refresh, Apple plans to buy a battery ingredient directly from miners, and word that updated AirPods could be ready later this year.


Apple's Southlake store update to include expansion & outdoor improvements

02/23/2018, 05:02 pm

Apple's Southlake Town Square outlet, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will be both growing and gaining a number of external upgrades after it closes for renovations on March 4.


French court denies Apple injunction against tax protests

02/23/2018, 01:02 pm

A Parisian court has blocked Apple's attempt to prevent Attac -- the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen's Action -- from staging protests at the company's French retail stores.


Review: MacBook users should consider the IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station, MacBook Pro owners need not apply

02/23/2018, 12:02 pm

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 ideal for Apple's entire portable line.


Personality model casts Apple CEO Tim Cook as 'Advisor,' emphasizing values

02/23/2018, 11:02 am

A psychological test once used by NASA categorizes Apple's Tim Cook as an "Advisor," based on linguistics analysis of 10 minutes of his public speaking, according to a "behavioral analytics" firm.


AppleInsider podcast talks HomePod, AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and new AirPods

02/23/2018, 08:02 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about Neil's Siri experience on HomePod, iOS betas that formerly had AirPlay 2, and HomeKit baby cameras.


Apple's AirPower mat inches closer to release, again said to arrive in March

02/22/2018, 09:02 pm

Following up on rumors earlier this month, Japanese publication Mac Otakara has confirmed with its own sources that Apple plans to initiate sales of its hotly anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat in March.


Intel failed to disclose Meltdown and Spectre to government until flaws made public, Apple and others confirm

02/22/2018, 06:02 pm

Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Intel in letters to lawmakers on Thursday revealed a bit of background information concerning the recent airing of Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities, saying Intel notified U.S. cyber security officials of the flaws only after their existence was made public.


Apple repair facility in California made about 1,600 false alarm 911 calls since October

02/22/2018, 05:02 pm

Emergency dispatch centers in Elk Grove and Sacramento, Calif., have over the past four months seen an increasing number of false alarm calls originate from an Apple facility in the area, with workers there fielding about 20 such calls per day.