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Saturday, July 02, 2016

This week on AI: No 3.5mm jack on 'iPhone 7,' Tidal takeover talks, Apple vs. Spotify & more

This week on AI: No 3.5mm jack on 'iPhone 7,' Tidal takeover talks, Apple vs. Spotify & more

"iPhone 7" rumors resurfaced with a vengeance this week — but there were also interesting developments in the music streaming world, particularly with claims that Apple is interested in buying one its rivals, Tidal.

Apple releases animated emoji sticker packs for iOS 10 Messages

Apple releases animated emoji sticker packs for iOS 10 Messages

As promised, Apple on Friday released the first official animated sticker packs for use with iOS 10 Messages, making the GIF-like graphics available to developers through iTunes.

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Apple Maps to gain Japan transit data in iOS 10

Apple Maps to gain Japan transit data in iOS 10

Apple in a recent update to its Japanese website confirmed local transit data will arrive in Maps when iOS 10 launches this fall, further expanding the feature's reach into Asia.

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Major weakness in Google's key storage breaks open Android's Full Disk Encryption

Major weakness in Google's key storage breaks open Android's Full Disk Encryption

Higher end Android phones using premium Qualcomm chips have been seeking to court the attention of enterprise users, but new research shows that Android encryption is easy to defeat because the devices store their disk encryption keys in software, unlike Apple's iOS.

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Apple Pay promotion offers discounts, rewards on select in-app purchases

Apple Pay promotion offers discounts, rewards on select in-app purchases

As part of a recently launched iOS App Store promotion, select third-party retailers like Hotel Tonight, Uber, Grubhub and Ticketmaster are discounting in-app purchases processed through Apple Pay.

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Apple counsel attacks Spotify complaints as 'rumors and half-truths'

Apple counsel attacks Spotify complaints as 'rumors and half-truths'

Spotify is "resorting to rumors and half-truths" in order to ask for an exemption from App Store rules, according to a letter to the company by Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell.

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Deals: $100-$300 off 13" MacBook Airs; 16GB Unlocked iPhone 6 for $350; $150 off 13" MacBook Pro

Deals: $100-$300 off 13

Apple authorized reseller B&H is kicking off the 4th of July weekend by slashing prices on 13-inch MacBook Airs by $100-$300 with free expedited shipping. Or save $150 on a 13-inch MacBook Pro with no tax outside of NY. Plus, snap up an unlocked 16GB iPhone 6 (refurbished) on eBay before they sell out.

Sources split on alleged acquisition talks between Apple and Tidal

Sources split on alleged acquisition talks between Apple and Tidal

Two newer claims differ on whether Apple is in talks about possibly acquiring Tidal, one of its rivals in the streaming music space.

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VideoVideo: See how widgets in iOS 10 offer quick access to app data

Video: See how widgets in iOS 10 offer quick access to app data

A new Widgets feature will be included in iOS 10 when the operating system launches this fall, making it easier for users to quickly access snippets of app data from both lock and home screens. AppleInsider takes a closer look at the upcoming feature poised to fundamentally change the way users interact with iPhone.

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Brazilian court freezes $6M in Facebook funds in fight over WhatsApp encryption

Brazilian court freezes $6M in Facebook funds in fight over WhatsApp encryption

Over $6 million in Facebook's Brazilian bank accounts has been reportedly frozen, following a fresh court order in disputes over encrypted WhatsApp conversations.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, Thunderbolt displays, HomeKit, more

AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, Thunderbolt displays, HomeKit, more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss rumors, the lack of iOS 10 beta 2, iPhone at 9 years, the Thunderbolt Display with built-in GPU rumor and the best alternatives, the 'iPhone 7' case with no headphone port in it, and more.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Winners of the Dog & Bone iPhone case and keyless lock giveaway announced [Ryan T. and Matthew R.]

Winners of the Dog & Bone iPhone case and keyless lock giveaway announced [Ryan T. and Matthew R.]

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of last week's giveaway, Ryan T. and Matthew R., both of whom will receive an iPhone case and LockSmart keyless lock bundle courtesy of Dog & Bone.

Facebook removes 'Paper' newsreader app from iOS App Store, to discontinue service

Facebook removes 'Paper' newsreader app from iOS App Store, to discontinue service

Two and a half years of its launch, Facebook is pulling the plug on Paper, a stripped down newsreader-style app initially introduced as an alternative to the social media giant's flagship iOS offering.

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FeatureNew third party iOS 10 App Extensions designed to extend Siri, Maps in tandem

New third party iOS 10 App Extensions designed to extend Siri, Maps in tandem

Developers building support for their ride sharing apps to plug into iOS 10's Siri can be supported within Maps as well, thanks to integrated efforts between the two teams to share a mechanism for deciphering and responding to user intent, whether driven by voice or the multitouch interface.

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Renderings of Space Black 'iPhone 7' has hints of rumored dark Space Gray option

Renderings of Space Black 'iPhone 7' has hints of rumored dark Space Gray option

Ahead of an expected next-generation iPhone release this fall, graphic designer Martin Hajek ran with the latest rumor and speculation to create a detailed rendering sans headphone jack, with "Force Touch ID" and clad in a Space Black finish.

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Apple reportedly mulling Tidal acquisition for access to exclusive content

Apple reportedly mulling Tidal acquisition for access to exclusive content

A shaky rumor on Thursday claims Apple is in early talks to acquire Tidal, the music streaming service and Apple Music competitor purchased by rapper Jay-Z in 2015.

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Dell abandons its remaining Android tablets, 6 months after HP

Dell abandons its remaining Android tablets, 6 months after HP

The weak sustainability of low-end market share has claimed a new victim. Dell has dropped its remaining Venue-branded Android tablet line and will instead focus on selling conventional PCs and hybrid "2-in-1" devices running Windows, citing over-saturation and declining demand for slate-style tablets.

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Apple and NASA collaborate on Jupiter-themed short film 'Visions of Harmony'

Apple and NASA collaborate on Jupiter-themed short film 'Visions of Harmony'

To commemorate the impending arrival of NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, Apple and the space agency released a new short film on iTunes and Apple Music on Thursday featuring original music by artists like Weezer and Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple executive Trent Reznor.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook named lead independent director at Nike

Apple CEO Tim Cook named lead independent director at Nike

Nike on Thursday appointed Apple CEO and longtime board member Tim Cook as its "lead independent director," while announcing company founder Phil Knight's retirement from the board.

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JVC ships promised KW-V820BT receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay

JVC ships promised KW-V820BT receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay

JVC on Thursday launched the KW-V820BT, its first aftermarket receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay.

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Sling TV splits into 'Orange' and 'Blue' tiers, adds NBC, BBC America & other channels

Sling TV splits into 'Orange' and 'Blue' tiers, adds NBC, BBC America & other channels

Sling TV on Thursday announced a slew of changes to its streaming service, including several new channels and the creation of "Orange" and "Blue" tiers, the latter bringing multi-stream support out of beta.

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NYC Apple reseller and community staple Tekserve to close Manhattan store

NYC Apple reseller and community staple Tekserve to close Manhattan store

Tekserve — both an Apple reseller and a gathering place for Apple users and devotees — has announced it will close its Manhattan store in August, ending 29 years of service.

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Spotify says Apple rejected update over App Store policies, 'causing grave harm' to service

Spotify says Apple rejected update over App Store policies, 'causing grave harm' to service

Apple Music competitor Spotify has accused Apple of rejecting an update to its official iOS app, claiming that the iPhone maker has exhibited "a troubling pattern of behavior" that's anti-competitive.

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MetroPCS to sell Apple's iPhone for first time on Friday, but only in Florida

MetroPCS to sell Apple's iPhone for first time on Friday, but only in Florida

T-Mobile's prepaid brand — MetroPCS — will officially begin iPhone sales for the first time on Friday, though initially only in the state of Florida.

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FeatureInside watchOS 3: Apple Watch app in iOS 10 lets you browse & customize watch faces

Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch app in iOS 10 lets you browse & customize watch faces

One key new feature in watchOS 3 comes in tandem with iOS 10, allowing users to view, add and edit watch faces to their liking with more screen real estate, via the Apple Watch app on an iPhone.

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TSMC expected to net big revenue boost on Apple 'A10' chips for 'iPhone 7'

TSMC expected to net big revenue boost on Apple 'A10' chips for 'iPhone 7'

Apple processor maker TSMC is reportedly forecast to grow revenues almost 20 percent sequentially in its third quarter, owing primarily to shipments of "A10" processors for Apple's "iPhone 7."

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Apple gives away iPhone drawing app 'Procreate Pocket' through Apple Store app

Apple gives away iPhone drawing app 'Procreate Pocket' through Apple Store app

Apple selected popular iPhone drawing app Procreate Pocket as its latest paid app giveaway on Wednesday, making the former App Store Editors Choice and App Store Best of 2015 title available for free from the Apple Store app for iOS.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nancy Pelosi expresses disappointment over Tim Cook's GOP fundraiser

Nancy Pelosi expresses disappointment over Tim Cook's GOP fundraiser

Engaging in a bit of political posturing this week, U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a — surprisingly condescending — takedown of Apple CEO Tim Cook's fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican candidates.

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Apple uses platform dominance to 'lock out' competition, says Elizabeth Warren

Apple uses platform dominance to 'lock out' competition, says Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren turned a critical eye to Silicon Valley in a keynote speech delivered at New America's Open Markets Program on Wednesday, saying industry leaders Apple, Amazon and Google use their respective platforms to the detriment of smaller, less powerful competitors.

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FeatureHillary Clinton's tech platform backs Apple positions on encryption, privacy, innovation, patents, education

Hillary Clinton's tech platform backs Apple positions on encryption, privacy, innovation, patents, education

A new position paper outlining U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's "Initiative on Technology & Innovation" broadly addresses a wide range of subjects, but in particular aligns with Apple's position on encryption and privacy championed by its chief executive, Tim Cook.

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Sioeye iPhone-connected sports camera streams live via LTE, includes 5GB free with T-Mobile

Sioeye iPhone-connected sports camera streams live via LTE, includes 5GB free with T-Mobile

Startup camera maker Sioeye on Wednesday announced its Iris4G LTE iOS-connected action camera now offers data plans with U.S. carrier T-Mobile, including a starter package with 5 gigabytes of free bandwidth to begin live streaming on the go.

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New photos show possible Lightning-equipped EarPods for Apple's 'iPhone 7'

New photos show possible Lightning-equipped EarPods for Apple's 'iPhone 7'

A pair of photos published on Wednesday show what are claimed to be Lightning-ready versions of the EarPods bundled with iPhones, presumably intended for Apple's "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus."

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Porsche expands Apple CarPlay support with 2017 Panamera

Porsche expands Apple CarPlay support with 2017 Panamera

Porsche has announced that its upcoming four-door sedan, the 2017 Panamera, will support Apple's CarPlay technology when the vehicle launches in the U.S. in January.

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Cirrus Logic unveils Apple-authorized Lightning headphone development kit

Cirrus Logic unveils Apple-authorized Lightning headphone development kit

With rumors strongly suggesting Apple's next-generation iPhone will lack a traditional headphone jack, supplier Cirrus Logic this week announced the release of a new development kit that will enable companies to make Made for iPhone-certified Lightning headphones.

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Apple issues fourth beta of iOS 9.3.3 as developers await iOS 10 beta 2

Apple issues fourth beta of iOS 9.3.3 as developers await iOS 10 beta 2

Both registered developers and public testers can now access the fourth beta of iOS 9.3.3, a minor forthcoming security and maintenance update for iPhone and iPad. New betas are also available for tvOS 9.2.2 and OS X 10.11.6.

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VideoVideo: See the Apple Watch's new side button app dock in watchOS 3

Video: See the Apple Watch's new side button app dock in watchOS 3

Launching and switching between Apple Watch apps will become easier than ever with watchOS 3, thanks to the new app dock accessed via the side button. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how the new Apple Watch app dock will work.

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Users upset by Evernote price hikes & two-device limit for free Basic customers

Users upset by Evernote price hikes & two-device limit for free Basic customers

Changes to Evernote's note-taking service raised a storm of controversy on Twitter on Wednesday, as the company is trying to shift users away from the free Basic tier while generating more revenue from paid subscribers.

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Giveaway: Win a Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller (16-zone, Gen 2)

Giveaway: Win a Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller (16-zone, Gen 2)

Rachio is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers a chance to win one of two 16-zone Smart Sprinkler Controllers valued at $249 each.

Samsung projected to ship 40M OLED panels to Apple ahead of rumored 2017 all-glass iPhone

Samsung projected to ship 40M OLED panels to Apple ahead of rumored 2017 all-glass iPhone

As the world's largest supplier of OLED displays, Samsung is expected to play a key role in Apple's rumored 2017 iPhone redesign, shipping an estimated 40 million panels to the company next year, according to new research.

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