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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Apple eyeing 800,000-square-foot property for autonomous car project, report says

Apple eyeing 800,000-square-foot property for autonomous car project, report says

Apple, Google parent company Alphabet and a number of established car makers are reportedly on the hunt for prime real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area to serve their respective autonomous vehicle projects, with Apple in particular said to be looking at an 800,000-square-foot plot.

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Apple hires former Google inventor with background in electric vehicle charging

Apple hires former Google inventor with background in electric vehicle charging

Another recent Apple hire has been linked to the company's rumored "Project Titan" automotive initiative, as a report on Thursday uncovered a Google patent application for electric vehicle charging systems co-invented by current Apple employee Kurt Adelberger.

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New Immersion lawsuit adds Apple's iPhone 6s, MacBook to patent infringement row

New Immersion lawsuit adds Apple's iPhone 6s, MacBook to patent infringement row

Immersion Corporation, a leader in haptic feedback technology, expanded its legal battle against Apple on Thursday with a new patent infringement suit targeting technology built into iPhone 6s and various MacBook models.

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Tim Cook charity auction raises $515K for human rights

Tim Cook charity auction raises $515K for human rights

Apple CEO Tim Cook's latest charity auction closed on Thursday, with the winning bid raising$515,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

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Netflix updates iOS app with cellular data controls & more 3D Touch commands

Netflix updates iOS app with cellular data controls & more 3D Touch commands

Netflix on Thursday released an important update to its iOS app, enabling more control over streaming on cellular networks, as well as extending the use of 3D Touch gestures.

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Early Apple Watch adopters were mostly men, but latecomers are starting to skew toward women

Early Apple Watch adopters were mostly men, but latecomers are starting to skew toward women

At launch, the overwhelming majority of Apple Watch buyers were men. But in the year since it debuted, women have begun to close the gap and embrace Apple's new wearable platform, new research shows.

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Apple & SAP announce partnership on iOS SDK, apps & training

Apple & SAP announce partnership on iOS SDK, apps & training

Apple and enterprise software firm SAP on Thursday announced a partnership that will see the creation of a new SDK, allowing the latter company's clients and developers to produce iOS apps exploiting the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

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Cupertino mayor accuses Apple, responsible for nearly 20% of the city's tax revenue, of not paying enough [u]

Cupertino mayor accuses Apple, responsible for nearly 20% of the city's tax revenue, of not paying enough [u]

The city of Cupertino, Calif. — which is economically dependent on Apple — is reportedly embroiled in a conflict over how it should fund the transport infrastructure needed to deal with congestion created by the company, as well as other businesses in the area.

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Microsoft stays true to its word, will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29

Microsoft stays true to its word, will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29

In what could be described as a somewhat surprising move given the company's proclivity for indecision, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it would stick to the plan it announced last year and begin charging for Windows upgrades this summer.

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Apple to take Chinese iPhone trademark fight to Supreme People's Court

Apple to take Chinese iPhone trademark fight to Supreme People's Court

Apple will continue challenging a recent ruling on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, taking the case to the country's Supreme People's Court, the company said in a Thursday press statement.

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Apple's online store gains new category for accessibility-focused accessories

Apple's online store gains new category for accessibility-focused accessories

Apple on Thursday launched an "Accessibility" section on its online store, making it somewhat easier for the disabled or their caretakers to find equipment for use with Mac and iOS devices.

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LAPD cracks iPhone 5S in murder case, but it probably wasn't encrypted

LAPD cracks iPhone 5S in murder case, but it probably wasn't encrypted

An iPhone 5S being held as evidence in the investigation of a 2014 murder has reportedly been unlocked by the Los Angeles Police Department, though the timing of the crime suggests that the phone in question may not have been protected by encryption.

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Search glitches hit iOS and Mac App Stores, concealing major apps [ux2]

Search glitches hit iOS and Mac App Stores, concealing major apps [ux2]

The iOS and Mac App Stores are failing to show important apps in search results, or are even showing iPhone apps in iPad-only search results, according to complaints seen on Twitter and received by AppleInsider. [Updated x2]

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Ex-Siri team to unveil 'Viv' virtual assistant next week in quest for ubiquitous AI

Ex-Siri team to unveil 'Viv' virtual assistant next week in quest for ubiquitous AI

After years of development, Siri co-creators and former Apple employees Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer are ready to demonstrate "Viv," an advanced virtual assistant that could reinvent the way consumers interact with their devices.

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Apple, others urge presidential candidates to support Trans-Pacific Partnership, address government snooping

Apple, others urge presidential candidates to support Trans-Pacific Partnership, address government snooping

Apple and a cadre of Silicon Valley heavyweights have plans to issue a nonpartisan letter urging the next U.S. president to back the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a policy that would make hiring foreign workers a low friction process.

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Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only networking by June

Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only networking by June

Apple in an announcement Wednesday reminded developers of an upcoming change to App Store policy that requires all iOS apps include support for IPv6-only networking.

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Sight unseen, consumers are more excited about Apple's 'iPhone 7' than they were for iPhone 6s

Sight unseen, consumers are more excited about Apple's 'iPhone 7' than they were for iPhone 6s

A new survey of prospective smartphone owners signals customers are more excited to see what Apple has in store for this year's "iPhone 7" than they were last year's iPhone 6s unveiling, though early interest for the 2016 upgrade is still behind hype for the iPhone 6 two years ago.

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YouTube said to be planning 'Unplugged' live TV as soon as 2017

YouTube said to be planning 'Unplugged' live TV as soon as 2017

Though best known for user-uploaded videos, Google's YouTube is nevertheless planning to launch a live TV subscription service dubbed "Unplugged," a report said on Wednesday.

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Twitter for Mac catches up with iOS & Web via Moments, polls & more

Twitter for Mac catches up with iOS & Web via Moments, polls & more

Twitter released an important update to its official Mac client on Wednesday, finally bringing the software's features closer to par with iOS and the Web.

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Apple Music UI to go grayscale, add better support for lyrics - report

Apple Music UI to go grayscale, add better support for lyrics - report

Apple is said to be working on a vast overhaul of its up-and-coming music streaming service, one that will reportedly include a new monochromatic user interface and a streamlined experience for users who prefer to read lyrics.

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Hulu confirms plans to launch live TV streaming in 2017

Hulu confirms plans to launch live TV streaming in 2017

Just two days after the first rumors surfaced, Hulu on Wednesday confirmed that it will be launching a live TV streaming service sometime in 2017, creating a tougher competitive landscape for anything Apple might have planned.

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Kohl's becomes first Apple Pay retailer to link rewards, store cards in one transaction

Kohl's becomes first Apple Pay retailer to link rewards, store cards in one transaction

Department store chain Kohl's on Wednesday announced that Apple Pay users can now pay with a Kohl's Charge card and earn Yes2You Rewards points at the same, making it the first Apple Pay retailer to combine store card payments and rewards in a single-tap transaction.

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Fitness bands outselling all other wearables, including Apple Watch, research finds

Fitness bands outselling all other wearables, including Apple Watch, research finds

Despite devices like the Apple Watch nominally being able to do more, dedicated fitness bands are vastly outselling other wearables in the U.S., according to a research report published on Wednesday.

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Hedge fund manager David Einhorn staying in Apple, sees 'tremendous value'

Hedge fund manager David Einhorn staying in Apple, sees 'tremendous value'

Infamous hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who has previously butted heads with Apple, remains bullish on the iPhone maker despite its recent market plunge, giving the company a vote of confidence during a recent conference call.

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'Intentional' culture clash between Apple, Beats causes friction, aims to 'create something groundbreaking'

'Intentional' culture clash between Apple, Beats causes friction, aims to 'create something groundbreaking'

The $3 billion acquisition of Beats sparked a culture clash between the headphone maker and Apple, but the conflict was apparently an intentional attempt to shake things up in Apple's music business, according to a new report.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Apple Music to get more intuitive UI, expanded Beats 1 radio, 'marketing blitz' at WWDC

Apple Music to get more intuitive UI, expanded Beats 1 radio, 'marketing blitz' at WWDC

A year after its debut, Apple's $10-per-month music streaming service is reportedly set for a major overhaul at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, including a shakeup to its user interface aimed at making it easier to use.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Apple's iPhone is most influential gadget ever, says TIME

Apple's iPhone is most influential gadget ever, says TIME

TIME Magazine named Apple's iPhone the most influential gadget of all time in a list published Tuesday, which included a variety of tech products from the likes of Sony, IBM, HP and other big-name players.

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Tim Cook talks Apple ethos, government issues, role models and more

Tim Cook talks Apple ethos, government issues, role models and more

In the second and final segment of a rare one-on-one interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer, Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed his company's core tenets, the recent debate over encryption, his personal legacy and more.

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Jony Ive explains Apple's interest in wearables, design philosophy at Met Gala 2016

Jony Ive explains Apple's interest in wearables, design philosophy at Met Gala 2016

In an interview published on Tuesday, Apple CDO Jony Ive offered his take on the recent Apple-sponsored Met Gala, the intersection of fashion and design, Apple Watch, wearables and more.

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Apple hires Google X lab cofounder, former Nest head of technology to work on health projects

Apple hires Google X lab cofounder, former Nest head of technology to work on health projects

Apple recently expanded its health technology team in a big way with the hire of Yoky Matsuoka, a robotics expert who co-founded Google's experimental X labs and most recently served as head of technology at Nest.

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Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in continuing fight over encrypted data

Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in continuing fight over encrypted data

On Tuesday a Brazilian judge lifted a temporary block on Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger, imposed yesterday by another judge in a fight over chat data demanded in a drug trafficking case.

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Apple loses exclusive rights to 'iPhone' trademark for non-smartphone products in China

Apple loses exclusive rights to 'iPhone' trademark for non-smartphone products in China

Adding to the company's problems in the region, Apple has lost exclusivity on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, and must now share it with Beijing-based leather products maker Xintong Tiandi Technology, reports said on Tuesday.

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Apple revenue from China forecast to fall 15% this year due to marketwide smartphone slowdown

Apple revenue from China forecast to fall 15% this year due to marketwide smartphone slowdown

Apple's revenue from China plummeted 26 percent year over year last quarter, and is projected by Sterne Agee CRT to fall 15 percent in fiscal year 2016, as the entire smartphone market faces struggles in that market.

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Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 to developers, public testers [u]

Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 to developers, public testers [u]

Apple on Tuesday issued the fourth pre-release beta builds of iOS 9.3.2, OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and tvOS 9.2.1, giving developers the ability to test the software before its official launch. Public beta testers also got their hands on the latest builds of iOS and OS X [updated].

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Apple Pay picks up over 20 more US banks including Texas' Moody National

Apple Pay picks up over 20 more US banks including Texas' Moody National

Apple on Tuesday updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with 26 new entries, such as Moody National Bank, one of the biggest headquartered in Texas with branches in Houston, Galveston, and Austin.

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Fiat Chrysler, Google partnering on self-driving prototypes based on Pacifica minivan

Fiat Chrysler, Google partnering on self-driving prototypes based on Pacifica minivan

Google and Fiat Chrysler are on the verge of signing their rumored partnership on self-driving technology, which should begin with several dozen Pacifica minivans being equipped as prototypes, a report said on Tuesday.

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Killer Deals: Apple's 12" MacBooks for $999, 13" MacBook Airs for $839

Killer Deals: Apple's 12

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Dish Network ventures from satellite TV to iPhone repair with new fixit service

Dish Network ventures from satellite TV to iPhone repair with new fixit service

In a surprise move, Dish — known for its satellite television business — on Tuesday announced an iPhone repair service, allowing people in the U.S. to have a technician come out to their location and fix their phone's screen or battery.

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