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Monday, July 25, 2016

Chicago Apple Stores targeted in traveling fraud scheme

Chicago Apple Stores targeted in traveling fraud scheme

Six people from New York were arrested and charged last week for their part in an "organized criminal enterprise" that allegedly sought to defraud a Chicago area Apple Store using stolen identities and credit cards.

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New WebKit policies in iOS 10 to allow autoplay of silent videos in Safari, pause those with audio

New WebKit policies in iOS 10 to allow autoplay of silent videos in Safari, pause those with audio

In a bid to improve user experience, Apple's mobile Safari web browser in iOS 10 will autoplay silent videos and pause those with sound, a change that enables automatic playback of GIFs — at least those converted to video — while halting potentially disruptive content like ads.

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Apple Maps mass transit information for Vancouver, San Diego goes live [u]

Apple Maps mass transit information for Vancouver, San Diego goes live [u]

Apple on Monday added public transit directions for Vancouver, British Columbia and San Diego, California for users of the Maps apps on iOS and OS X.

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Redbox makes second go at online streaming, Google Maps gets 'Wi-Fi only' mode

Redbox makes second go at online streaming, Google Maps gets 'Wi-Fi only' mode

Better known for its DVD and Blu-ray rental kiosks, Redbox is reportedly braving a second foray into online streaming. Google, meanwhile, is rolling out a new "Wi-Fi only" option for data-conscious users of its Maps mobile app.

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Twitter adds weekly MLB & NHL games to live sports coverage

Twitter adds weekly MLB & NHL games to live sports coverage

Twitter has reportedly secured the rights to stream weekly games from both Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, significantly boosting its nascent entry into live sports.

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Rumor: New iPhones with secure iris scanners coming in 2018

Rumor: New iPhones with secure iris scanners coming in 2018

The successor to Touch ID could be "Iris ID," as a new report claims that Apple is looking to bring secure eye scanning technology to the iPhone in the next two years.

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Pokemon Go launches in France and Hong Kong as Nintendo stock plummets

Pokemon Go launches in France and Hong Kong as Nintendo stock plummets

With a backdrop of Nintendo losing half of its Pokémon Go-induced stock gains, and a France and Hong Kong launch, the game's developer has also revealed expansion plans for the game.

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Apple shakes up electric vehicle team, places Bob Mansfield in charge of 'Project Titan' - report

Apple shakes up electric vehicle team, places Bob Mansfield in charge of 'Project Titan' - report

After taking a reduced role at Apple for the last few years, hardware engineer and former executive Bob Mansfield has returned to prominence at the company, and is now in charge of the company's ambitious electric vehicle project, according to a new report.

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Deals: 12" MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) $999; $50-$100 off iPad Pros; up to 80% off back-to-school gadgets

Deals: 12

Back for a limited time only, Apple's 2015 12" MacBook with a 1.3GHz processor is $550 off with free Parallels at B&H. Or snap up an iPad Pro at up to $100 off with no tax outside of NY. Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro is also $400 off on eBay.

Apple leases 40,000 square feet for development accelerator in Bengaluru, India

Apple leases 40,000 square feet for development accelerator in Bengaluru, India

Apple has signed a lease for over 40,000 square feet of office space for its planned Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India, a report said on Monday.

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Verizon to buy struggling Yahoo for $4.83 billion

Verizon to buy struggling Yahoo for $4.83 billion

Verizon on Monday announced a deal to buy the search engine pioneer Yahoo for $4.8 billion, granting Verizon over one billion total monthly search users in conjunction with another large internet advertising network that it will be adding to the AOL network.

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Ford brings Apple CarPlay to rest of 2017 lineup through updates & new models

Ford brings Apple CarPlay to rest of 2017 lineup through updates & new models

Ford on Monday announced the expansion of support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to all 2017 models equipped with SYNC 3, including vehicles already on the roads, and some only due later this year.

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Rumor: Apple's 2016 iPhone will be dubbed the 'iPhone 6SE'

Rumor: Apple's 2016 iPhone will be dubbed the 'iPhone 6SE'

Without a redesigned chassis, this year's iPhone upgrade won't earn the "iPhone 7" moniker, a new rumor claims, suggesting that the latest model will instead be known as the "iPhone 6SE."

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Apple's June quarter predicted to be 'neutral event' for stock price, 'good enough' for investors

Apple's June quarter predicted to be 'neutral event' for stock price, 'good enough' for investors

Tuesday's earnings report from Apple is expected by Wall Street analysts to be essentially a non-event — nothing serious enough to make the stock price jump, but also nothing negative enough to see shares slide significantly.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to score the lowest prices anywhere on 27-inch iMac 5Ks, 15-inch MacBook Pros and remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks bundled with AppleCare. Save up to $430 instantly with free shipping and no tax in most states.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

ExclusiveFirst photos of alleged 'iPad Pro 2' surface in China

First photos of alleged 'iPad Pro 2' surface in China

A pair of photos supposedly snapped by a worker in Apple's Asian supply chain show what appears to be a next-generation iPad bearing an unknown device identification number, suggesting the company is preparing production of a successor model.

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Apple hyping this week's opening of first-ever Brooklyn retail store

Apple hyping this week's opening of first-ever Brooklyn retail store

With less than a week to go before Apple opens the doors on its first retail location in Brooklyn, passersby have been notified of the grand opening with new signage advertising the long-awaited opening in New York City's most populous borough.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

This week on AI: 'Apple Car' delayed, new iOS 10 & macOS betas, 'iPhone 7' leaks & more

This week on AI: 'Apple Car' delayed, new iOS 10 & macOS betas, 'iPhone 7' leaks & more

While much of the week was dominated by nearly identical "iPhone 7" leaks, we did learn a little bit more about the "Apple Car," and Apple itself released a bevy of software updates, while bringing Apple Pay to more markets.

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Hacker who targeted celebrity Apple and Google accounts sentenced six months in prison

Hacker who targeted celebrity Apple and Google accounts sentenced six months in prison

An Oregon man who earlier this year pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple and Google email accounts, including a number owned by unnamed celebrities, was sentenced to six months in prison this week.

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Apple rumored to launch 'iPhone 7' on week of Sept. 12 [u]

Apple rumored to launch 'iPhone 7' on week of Sept. 12 [u]

According to noted industry blogger Evan Blass, Apple is planning to announce its next-generation iPhone lineup at a special event scheduled for the week of Sept. 12, in line with its usual fall launch cycle. [Updated with corrections from Blass]

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Friday, July 22, 2016

US appeals court vacates Apple win in Unwired Planet patent suit

US appeals court vacates Apple win in Unwired Planet patent suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday handed down an opinion vacating in part a 2015 summary judgment that found Apple not in infringement of certain cellular and voice recognition patents, claims of which originate from a string of "kitchen sink" patent lawsuits leveled by non-practicing entity Unwired Planet.

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Pokemon Go sets Apple App Store record for launch downloads, but US growth slowing

Pokemon Go sets Apple App Store record for launch downloads, but US growth slowing

The extraordinarily popular Pokémon Go has broken the previous record for downloads in the first week after launch, as "peak Pokémon" hit one week after U.S launch.

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Apple retakes top spot in FutureBrand 'perception strength' rankings

Apple retakes top spot in FutureBrand 'perception strength' rankings

Apple has reclaimed the top spot in the 2016 edition of the FutureBrand Index, which each year ranks the world's 100 biggest corporations according to their "perception strength," based on a survey of 3,000 consumers and professionals across 17 countries.

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FeatureWhy Alphabet's Nest doesn't (and probably won't ever) support Apple's HomeKit

The Nest smart home thermometer, designed by one of the 'fathers of the iPod' Tony Fadell, was on sale shortly after its debut at Apple retail stores. So why doesn't HomeKit support it? AppleInsider explains.

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'Solid' forecast from Apple chipmaker Skyworks may bode well for 'iPhone 7' production

'Solid' forecast from Apple chipmaker Skyworks may bode well for 'iPhone 7' production

September-quarter guidance by Apple supplier Skyworks may back the idea of healthy "iPhone 7" production, despite some previous hints to the contrary, according to a new investor memo seen by AppleInsider.

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New video from China compares rose gold finish in alleged 'iPhone 7' to iPhone 6s

New video from China compares rose gold finish in alleged 'iPhone 7' to iPhone 6s

Another comparison video apparently showing Apple's anticipated "iPhone 7" rear shell has appeared on Chinese social media, apparently comparing the rose gold casing of the new model to the finish of the iPhone 6s.

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Apple confirms plans to open first Apple Store in Taiwan

Apple confirms plans to open first Apple Store in Taiwan

Apple on Friday revealed that it's planning to launch its first store in Taiwan, finally coming to the island where a number of its suppliers are headquartered.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks Apple Watch battery life, beta updates, iOS 10 liquid detection, more

AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Watch battery life, beta updates, iOS 10 liquid detection, more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss the latest updates in public betas, the reason the GPS watches seem to last longer that a day, liquid damage avoidance in iOS 10, apparent delays for the "Apple Car," and much more.

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Pokemon Go comes home, launches in Japan with McDonald's sponsorship

Pokemon Go comes home, launches in Japan with McDonald's sponsorship

Pokémon Go has gone live in the nation that originated the monster catching craze in the nineties, with sponsored McDonald's locations in the country hosting key gameplay locations.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Apple's limited edition Olympic Apple Watch straps feature national flag motifs, only available in Rio

Apple's limited edition Olympic Apple Watch straps feature national flag motifs, only available in Rio

Apple has created a series of woven nylon Apple Watch straps for this year's Olympics, though the limited edition bands featuring motifs representing the flags of 14 countries competing in this year's games are only available at a single store in host city Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Apple's latest software updates fix flaw resembling Android Stagefright

Apple's latest software updates fix flaw resembling Android Stagefright

Apple's recent iOS, OS X, tvOS and watchOS updates patch a previously unknown security flaw that allows the surreptitious gathering of sensitive data with a simple text message, an OS-level bug which bears a striking resemblance to last year's much derided Stagefright exploit on Google's Android platform.

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Ultra rare Apple-1 computer could fetch up to $1M in auction

Ultra rare Apple-1 computer could fetch up to $1M in auction

Auction website CharityBuzz on Thursday announced the upcoming sale of an extremely rare Apple-1 computer dubbed "Celebration," so named because it is the only known unit still in existence to feature a pre-production circuit board.

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Square Enix to release exclusive Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings this summer

Square Enix to release exclusive Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings this summer

Currently in development at Square Enix, makers of the "Final Fantasy" series, "Cosmos Rings" is a possible extension of the four-game iOS "Chaos Rings" adventure game franchise that will make its debut this year only on the Apple Watch.

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Intel's 7th-gen 'Kaby Lake' processors delivered to manufacturers

Intel's 7th-gen 'Kaby Lake' processors delivered to manufacturers

Intel's seventh-generation Core processor was recently delivered to unspecified companies in sufficient quantities for manufacturing, however the first run of chips are not likely destined for Apple's MacBook Pro.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden collaborates on ultra-secure iPhone case

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden collaborates on ultra-secure iPhone case

Despite being exiled in Russia, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is reportedly working with a famous hardware hacker on an iPhone case designed to eliminate the risk of snooping by outside parties.

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Deals: $140-$270 off 13" MacBook Pros with AppleCare; $100 iTunes card for $85; $200 off 13" MacBook Air

Deals: $140-$270 off 13

With back-to-school shopping well underway, shoppers can snap up a 13-inch MacBook Pro with AppleCare at up to $270 off with free shipping and no tax in 48 states. Or opt for an Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) for $799 with free Parallels. Pokémon Go fans in need of PokéCoins can also save 15% on $100 iTunes gift codes.

Verizon planning to push biggest unlimited data users into capped plans

Verizon planning to push biggest unlimited data users into capped plans

Ratcheting up the pressure on people grandfathered into unlimited data plans, Verizon is planning to force its greatest data consumers into picking a fixed plan or leaving entirely.

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Apple to open first Brooklyn retail store on July 30

Apple to open first Brooklyn retail store on July 30

Apple's ninth New York City retail store, and its first in the borough of Brooklyn, will open next weekend in the Williamsburg neighborhood, the company has officially announced.

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Mozilla Firefox browser to block 'not essential' Adobe Flash content

Mozilla Firefox browser to block 'not essential' Adobe Flash content

Blocking unnecessary Flash content loading in the Firefox browser will lead to improved battery life, faster web page loads, and greater user security, according to developer Mozilla. And the block starting in August is only the beginning.

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