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Friday, April 12, 2019

ExclusiveBook Review & Giveaway: 'Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level' is solid account, but lacks input from Cook himself

Book Review & Giveaway: 'Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level' is solid account, but lacks input from Cook himself

The first biography of Apple's Tim Cook is a comprehensive and highly detailed account of his career and how he shaped Apple after Steve Jobs's death, but treads well-traveled ground for a CEO who probably isn't even halfway through his tenure.

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TipsHow to live with a Mac mini or MacBook Air with a small internal drive

How to live with a Mac mini or MacBook Air with a small internal drive

Today's SSD drives are so fast that they speed up your entire Mac — but unless you spend a lot of money, they're also very small. You can manage on 128GB of space instead, but it takes discipline and apps to pull it off.

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US lawmakers attack Apple for song takedowns in Chinese government censorship effort

US lawmakers attack Apple for song takedowns in Chinese government censorship effort

Apple's decision to pull songs from its Apple Music service in China by pro-democracy musicians has come under fire from US lawmakers, suggesting Apple should not be taking part in what amounts to censorship by the Chinese government.

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China iPhone sales stabilizing ahead of quarterly results, gaining on Huawei

China iPhone sales stabilizing ahead of quarterly results, gaining on Huawei

Apple's fortunes in China are slowly turning around, suggests Morgan Stanley, with a continuation of share growth for the iPhone user base in March taken as an indicator of better than expected results heading into Apple's upcoming quarterly financial results.

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VideoReview: Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX receiver proves wireless CarPlay is the way to go

Review: Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX receiver proves wireless CarPlay is the way to go

The Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX is a phenomenal aftermarket car stereo head unit that bakes in wireless CarPlay and much more. AppleInsider takes you for a ride to check it out.

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Over $700 million in imports by Apple, Samsung & others held up by India e-waste authority

Over $700 million in imports by Apple, Samsung & others held up by India e-waste authority

Apple and devices from other manufacturers are being prevented from being imported into India, with iPhone shipments piling up at customs after import permits were suspended over an alleged failure to follow e-waste regulations.

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FeatureFear and nagging: How the Apple Watch annoys you into getting active and losing weight

Fear and nagging: How the Apple Watch annoys you into getting active and losing weight

The Apple Watch is well known for its ability to keep track of a person's activity throughout the day, but its greatest weapons in getting users to move around more are not the monitoring, nor its rings, but the constant nagging and it fostering a compulsion to work out.

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FeatureKeyboards, MacBook Pro rumors, Amazon has people listening to you, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

Keyboards, MacBook Pro rumors, Amazon has people listening to you, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William and Victor are back, talking about William's favorite keyboard, the rumored 17-inch MacBook Pro and whether or not it might get a new keyboard when the screen gets larger, Wi-Fi security risks, and the risk of speaking around an Amazon Echo device.

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Foxconn's assembly of iPhone X in India to start in July

Foxconn's assembly of iPhone X in India to start in July

Foxconn will be commencing commercial production of the iPhone X in India from July, according to a report, with manufacturing of the high-specification model following the iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 7 in being assembled for the local market to save on import fees.

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Apple supplier Japan Display agrees to $2.1B bailout

Apple supplier Japan Display agrees to $2.1B bailout

Japan Display has agreed to a $2.1 billion bailout from a Chinese-Taiwanese group, a deal that effectively saves the Apple display panel supplier, but at the same time puts to an end the Japanese government's attempts to keep the company from being owned by non-domestic entities.

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Disney CEO says Disney+ likely coming to Apple TV, intends to stay on Apple board

Disney CEO says Disney+ likely coming to Apple TV, intends to stay on Apple board

Following Disney's announcement regarding pricing and availability of its Disney+ streaming service, CEO Bob Iger elaborated on the upcoming release, saying the company plans to offer the product on Apple TV.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Apple adds 'Confirm Subscription' step to iOS app subscription purchases

Apple adds 'Confirm Subscription' step to iOS app subscription purchases

In what appears to be a bid to thwart "scammy" apps, Apple recently activated an extra confirmation step in iOS that requires users to physically interact with a pop-up notification before committing to the purchase of recurring app subscription.

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ExclusiveKiller deals: Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Killer deals: Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Extended for a limited time only, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is knocking hundreds off quad-core Mid 2018 13-inch MacBook Pros, as well as six-core 15-inch MacBook Pros with our exclusive coupon. These discounts are on top of Apple's recent price drops on 2TB and 4TB models, potentially savings shoppers up to $700 compared to Q1 pricing.

Disney+ streaming service debuts on Nov. 12 for $6.99 a month

Disney+ streaming service debuts on Nov. 12 for $6.99 a month

Disney at an investor event held at the company's California headquarters on Thursday revealed detailed plans for Disney+, a new video streaming service scheduled to go live in November with media giant's diverse catalog of movies, television shows and original content.

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New lawsuit alleges patent infringement by all Wi-Fi-enabled Apple products

New lawsuit alleges patent infringement by all Wi-Fi-enabled Apple products

A company called Red Rock Analytics in a new lawsuit charges that Apple is infringing a patent covering transceiver technology in Wi-Fi chips.

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New Apple vids show how to enable heart alerts & fall detection for Apple Watch Series 4

New Apple vids show how to enable heart alerts & fall detection for Apple Watch Series 4

Apple on Thursday uploaded a pair of YouTube videos explaining two of the health features of the Apple Watch Series 4, irregular heart rhythm notifications and fall detection.

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Ikea's Tradfri smart plugs are now HomeKit compatible

Ikea's Tradfri smart plugs are now HomeKit compatible

Ikea has issued an update for its Tradfri smart plugs in the United States, with new firmware released on Thursday enabling the power accessories to be controlled by other devices using Apple's HomeKit smart home platform, as well as via the Home app.

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EditorialEditorial: HomePod is as powerful as the iPhone 6, so let's have an App Store for it

Editorial: HomePod is as powerful as the iPhone 6, so let's have an App Store for it

Amazon and Google have the reputation for selling smart speakers with far more features than Apple's HomePod. Yet Apple's brilliant music player is really a powerful device that just needs an App Store to make it the smartest speaker of them all.

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FeatureAll the TV shows Apple has in the works for Apple TV+

All the TV shows Apple has in the works for Apple TV+

Apple announced Apple TV+ at a special event in March, introducing the world to a slate of upcoming original shows that will made available later this year. AppleInsider has been keeping track of everything the company is said to be producing, last updated on April 11 with more news on an adaptation of Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits."

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Foxconn's Wisconsin presence 'a bunch of empty buildings,' far behind targets

Foxconn's Wisconsin presence 'a bunch of empty buildings,' far behind targets

Foxconn's vaunted Wisconsin facilities, backed by U.S. President Donald Trump, have so far amounted to "a bunch of empty buildings and a lot of questions," an investigation indicates.

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VideoOur favorite accessories for the new iPad Air

Our favorite accessories for the new iPad Air

You just got your new iPad Air recently and you're looking for the best accessories, but don't know where to start. This guide will give you an idea of what to pick up next for your brand new iPad Air.

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Lower iPhone sales volumes & China troubles the new normal for Apple, says Credit Suisse

Lower iPhone sales volumes & China troubles the new normal for Apple, says Credit Suisse

Initiating coverage on Apple, Credit Suisse says that the slowdown in sales of the iPhone is expected to continue throughout 2019, with the smartphone business said to be in a "difficult spot" due to longer device lifecycles and a loss of effectiveness of price rises on revenue.

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Multinational tech giants like Apple often 'pay taxes nowhere,' says German minister

Multinational tech giants like Apple often 'pay taxes nowhere,' says German minister

The world's biggest multinational tech companies, Apple among them, are escaping much of their fair tax burden, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said in an interview this week.

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Netherlands competition regulator investigating App Store dominance abuse claims

Netherlands competition regulator investigating App Store dominance abuse claims

Apple is being investigated by a competition regulator in the Netherlands over the dominance of the App Store to determine if Apple has abused its position in the app marketplace, and has put out a call to developers asking for examples of potential abuses.

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WPA3 Wi-Fi still saddled with security flaws, researchers claim [u]

WPA3 Wi-Fi still saddled with security flaws, researchers claim [u]

WPA3 — a Wi-Fi security protocol launched by the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2018 — is, in practice, better than WPA2, but still fraught with security flaws, according to a recent research paper.

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Apple Services launches lack depth, while iPhone sales remain shaky claims JP Morgan

Apple Services launches lack depth, while iPhone sales remain shaky claims JP Morgan

Apple has failed to provide enough "depth" in its new services to appease investors, JP Morgan claims, at the same time as suggesting firms in the iPhone supply chain saw good results in March, despite apparent signs of a continued iPhone revenue decline.

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Apple exceeds its clean energy goal for suppliers by 25 percent

Apple exceeds its clean energy goal for suppliers by 25 percent

Some 21 further suppliers, including iPhone assemblers Wistron and Pegatron, have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy in their Apple production lines, bringing the total to 44. Apple had aimed to use 4 gigawatts of renewable energy in its operations by 2020 and now says it will reach 5 gigawatts.

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Apple slapped with massive 16-patent lawsuit from wireless tech firm Seven Networks

Apple slapped with massive 16-patent lawsuit from wireless tech firm Seven Networks

Seven Networks, an active mobile technology company based out of Texas and Finland, on Wednesday leveled a lawsuit against Apple claiming infringement of 16 owned patents asserted against a range of critical software and hardware features.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Apple's Mac spotted in viral image with black hole researcher

Apple's Mac spotted in viral image with black hole researcher

On Wednesday, the world got its first glimpse at a black hole, or more accurately its shadow, in what is being hailed as a monumental scientific achievement that was once thought impossible. And Mac was there.

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Thousands of Amazon workers are listening in on Echo audio, report says [u]

Thousands of Amazon workers are listening in on Echo audio, report says [u]

In a bid to enhance its in-house Alexa voice recognition technology, Amazon reportedly employs thousands of people around the world to listen, transcribe and annotate audio clips recorded by Echo devices.

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Apple Podcasts Preview redesigned with support for web playback, episode details, more

Apple Podcasts Preview redesigned with support for web playback, episode details, more

Apple this week pushed out a major revamp to the Apple Podcasts Preview webpage, providing users a refreshed design, the ability to play episodes directly in a web browser, granular episode details and more.

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Apple calls for plaintiffs' lawyers to be kicked in iPhone throttling case

Apple calls for plaintiffs' lawyers to be kicked in iPhone throttling case

Apple this week called for terminating two plaintiff lawyers in an ongoing lawsuit over iPhone throttling, saying they leaked secret documents in violation of a protective order.

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Apple gaining PC marketshare despite lower Mac shipments, fresh estimates suggest

Apple gaining PC marketshare despite lower Mac shipments, fresh estimates suggest

Two newly-published sets of preliminary research agree that Apple gained PC marketshare in the March quarter, even as Mac shipments declined year-over-year.

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Scosche Strikeline USB-C to Lightning cable now available to order

Scosche Strikeline USB-C to Lightning cable now available to order

Scosche's new Strikeline USB-C to Lightning cable is now available, letting you power up your iPhone significantly faster than the typical USB-A.

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FeatureThe TextBlade keyboard is superb, but you'll have to be patient

The TextBlade keyboard is superb, but you'll have to be patient

It's innovative, its test users are all vocal fans, and the TextBlade portable keyboard has officially been on sale since 2015 — yet you still can't order it today, and get it quickly. AppleInsider visited the company to see what's happened, and whether it's worth waiting for.

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YouTube TV hikes monthly fee to $55 to cover Apple App Store fees, Discovery programming

YouTube TV hikes monthly fee to $55 to cover Apple App Store fees, Discovery programming

Effective immediately, the cost of YouTube TV is going up to $49.99 per month for new customers, or $54.99 for those subscribing through the App Store, reportedly because of the addition of several Discovery-owned channels.

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Apple releases tvOS 12.2.1, with bug fixes & speed improvements

Apple releases tvOS 12.2.1, with bug fixes & speed improvements

Apple has released an update bringing the Apple TV up to tvOS 12.2.1, one which is a maintenance release that fixes issues but does not add any new features to the operating system.

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Apple's latest 'Shot on iPhone' ad goes behind the scenes with Toronto Maple Leafs

Apple's latest 'Shot on iPhone' ad goes behind the scenes with Toronto Maple Leafs

Apple on Wednesday premiered its latest "Shot on iPhone" ad, this time with a short film shot by Toronto Maple Leafs players Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.

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Apple allegedly paid $485M to acquire Texture, the core of Apple News+

Apple allegedly paid $485M to acquire Texture, the core of Apple News+

Apple paid at least $485 million to acquire Texture, the digital magazine subscription service it acquired in early 2018 and absorbed into Apple News, it has been alleged, with the size of the purchase indicating how much the iPhone maker valued the service's technology and potential.

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