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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Apple still working on P2P payment transfer service to compete with Venmo

Apple still working on P2P payment transfer service to compete with Venmo

Apple is said to be working on its own peer-to-peer money transfer service, potentially under the secure Apple Pay umbrella, allowing users to quickly and securely send money to one another, much like Venmo and Square Cash.

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Apple 'finalizing' design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri

Apple 'finalizing' design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri

Apple is said to be "currently finalizing" designs for its long-rumored Amazon Echo competitor, featuring support for Siri and AirPlay and boasting Beats technology, a well-known leak source claimed on Thursday.

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Apple's 'iOS 11' Music app to put more focus on Apple Music video content

Apple's 'iOS 11' Music app to put more focus on Apple Music video content

When Apple releases "iOS 11" later this year, one of its features will allegedly be a new Music app that "better showcases video" — specifically, video hosted on Apple Music.

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Laurene Powell Jobs to detail philanthropic efforts at Code conference

Laurene Powell Jobs to detail philanthropic efforts at Code conference

Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, will be making an appearance at May's Code conference to discuss her trust's philanthropic efforts.

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Apple investigating wireless charging via Wi-Fi routers, other communications equipment

Apple investigating wireless charging via Wi-Fi routers, other communications equipment

Apple is experimenting with medium- to long-distance wireless charging technologies that could one day allow users to charge up their iPhones with nothing more than a Wi-Fi router, according to a U.S. Patent and Trademark filing made public on Thursday.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ExclusiveLowest prices anywhere! 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,599 ($200 off); 15" MacBook Pro (2.9GHz, 512GB, 460) for $2,899 ($200 off); 5% off DJI drones

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B&H Photo is taking $200 off Apple's Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray exclusively for AI readers. High-end 15-inch MacBook Pros are also $200 off, and popular DJI drones are 5% off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Spotify buys blockchain startup Mediachain Labs to track, manage music royalties

Spotify buys blockchain startup Mediachain Labs to track, manage music royalties

Spotify on Wednesday announced the purchase of Brooklyn-based startup Mediachain Labs, a company which developed technology that can help the streaming music giant better track online content and reward owners with royalty payments.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $390 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

A very false narrative: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple's iPhone

A very false narrative: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple's iPhone

It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But all of those media narratives are wrong, here's why.

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Alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows wireless charging pad, no rear Touch ID

Alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows wireless charging pad, no rear Touch ID

New purported schematics for Apple's "iPhone 8" show the rear of the device, possibly backing up claims that the product will switch to vertically-aligned lenses — albeit without a Touch ID sensor.

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FeatureHow Apple's 'iPhone 8' could improve battery life with 2-cell design, OLED screen

How Apple's 'iPhone 8' could improve battery life with 2-cell design, OLED screen

The hurdles to better battery life in modern devices are both technical, in terms of power consumption, and physical, as limited by space available. Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" is rumored to address both of those issues, potentially allowing for longer battery life than ever.

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Final Cut Pro X now has over 2 million users, Apple says

Final Cut Pro X now has over 2 million users, Apple says

Final Cut Pro X — once a controversial redesign of Apple's professional video editing suite — has topped 2 million users, the company announced at this week's National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas.

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Amazon Echo Look and iOS app judges your wardrobe choices with machine learning

Amazon Echo Look and iOS app judges your wardrobe choices with machine learning

On Wednesday, Amazon expanded its Alexa family of devices with the Echo Look — a voice recognition device with a camera tailored to snapping a shot of your outfit, rating it, and giving you alternate choices in conjunction with an iOS app.

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Google Maps adds parking reminders on Apple's iPhone

Google Maps adds parking reminders on Apple's iPhone

Taking a cue from Apple Maps, Google has updated its own Maps app for the iPhone with support for parking reminders, including both manual and automatic options.

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Apple's HomeKit accessory list updated with new Ecobee 4 thermostat, more devices shipping

Apple's HomeKit accessory list updated with new Ecobee 4 thermostat, more devices shipping

Apple has updated its curated page of HomeKit-compatible devices, notably adding the as-yet unreleased Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, and removing a Bluetooth extender and a Lightwave to HomeKit bridge.

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$24K worth of products stolen in 2nd recent robbery at Apple's Corte Madera, Calif., store

$24K worth of products stolen in 2nd recent robbery at Apple's Corte Madera, Calif., store

Robbers reportedly struck an Apple outlet in Corte Madera, Calif. this week, stealing some $24,000 worth of goods just months after a previous raid on the store.

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VideoNAB Show 2017: FeiyuTech iPhone gimbals

NAB Show 2017: FeiyuTech iPhone gimbals

AppleInsider is on the scene at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show with a look at some of the hottest gear designed to work with Apple products. In this video, we take a closer look at some of FeiyuTech's handheld iPhone gimbals.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Verizon debuts unlimited data plan for prepaid customers

Verizon debuts unlimited data plan for prepaid customers

Verizon on Monday introduced a new unlimited data tier for prepaid customers, with the plan adding to the mobile carrier's four capped options.

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Apple AI guru Tom Gruber speaks of artificial intelligence's 'inevitability' at TED

Apple AI guru Tom Gruber speaks of artificial intelligence's 'inevitability' at TED

Speaking at the TED conference, Siri co-founder and Apple AI expert Tom Gruber declared that artificial intelligence should be used less to replace humans, and more to enhance aspects of humanity that are unreliable or fail with time, like memory.

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Samsung, LG concerned by Apple's plans to replace OLED with micro-LED in 2017 Apple Watch 3, later iPhones

Samsung, LG concerned by Apple's plans to replace OLED with micro-LED in 2017 Apple Watch 3, later iPhones

Later this year, Apple is expected to begin production of its advanced new power-efficient display technology known as micro-LED, which is expected to initially be used to replace OLED in Apple Watch Series 3. The shift is part of a series of moves that is concerning Samsung, LG and other South Korean suppliers.

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Keynote, Numbers, Pages iWork apps updated for both macOS and iOS

Keynote, Numbers, Pages iWork apps updated for both macOS and iOS

On Tuesday, Apple updated its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote applications for iOS and macOS, with the biggest addition being a numeric keypad for Numbers users on the iPad.

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Hubbell buys out Apple HomeKit accessory maker iDevices

Hubbell buys out Apple HomeKit accessory maker iDevices

iDevices — currently best known as a smarthome accessory maker, with devices supporting Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa — has been bought out by Hubbell, a major player in B2B electrical and electronics products.

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Waymo launches widescale test of self-driving rides in Phoenix

Waymo launches widescale test of self-driving rides in Phoenix

Alphabet's autonomous car division, Waymo, is expanding a ridehailing trial in Phoenix, Ariz., to members of the general public, marking perhaps the biggest real-world use of self-driving technology to date.

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Apple shows off Dubai store with massive 186-foot curved glass facade

Apple shows off Dubai store with massive 186-foot curved glass facade

Set to open to the public this Thursday, Apple is touting its new eco-friendly retail store in Dubai, including a 186-foot curved storefront and a balcony overlooking both Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.

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Apple to launch 'Today at Apple' retail sessions in late May [u]

Apple to launch 'Today at Apple' retail sessions in late May [u]

Towards the end of May Apple plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed "Today at Apple," retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday. [Updated with official session details]

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Hands-OnFirst look: Rigiet iPhone camera gimbal is an affordable way to stabilize video recordings

First look: Rigiet iPhone camera gimbal is an affordable way to stabilize video recordings

Before its crowdfunding campaign kicked off on Tuesday, AppleInsider had the opportunity to go hands-on with Rigiet, a new iPhone-compatible camera gimbal offering super-smooth video recording at a budget price.

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Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems

Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems

Another supply chain source suggests that the "iPhone 8" supply in 2017 will be profoundly hamstrung has emerged, but for a different reason — tight supplies of the the Samsung OLED screen.

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Uber sued for $5M over 'Hell' app used to track Lyft drivers

Uber sued for $5M over 'Hell' app used to track Lyft drivers

Fresh off revelations of the ridesharing service's run-in with Apple, Uber is being sued for the use of an app called "Hell," which allegedly tracked drivers from the company's main U.S. rival Lyft.

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Dutch judge rules Apple can't swap refurbished iPads for broken ones

Dutch judge rules Apple can't swap refurbished iPads for broken ones

Another court ruling in the Netherlands mandates that when Apple needs to replace a broken iPhone or iPad, it must do so with a new unit, and not a refurbished one.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Apple Maps expands into Middle East with Traffic for Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Apple Maps expands into Middle East with Traffic for Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Apple in a recent update to Maps activated Traffic data for two Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, though it appears only major metropolitan areas are supported at this time.

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Apple pushes 'Carpool Karaoke' launch back to 'later this year'

Apple pushes 'Carpool Karaoke' launch back to 'later this year'

It appears Apple's first foray into original video content, "Carpool Karaoke," will not make its scheduled April debut, as the company on Monday again postponed a launch party initially slated for March.

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Google Photos now streams photos, video to Apple TV via AirPlay

Google Photos now streams photos, video to Apple TV via AirPlay

Google on Monday updated its Google Photos app for iOS with integrated AirPlay support, meaning users can stream photos and video to the big screen with Apple TV.

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Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products

Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products

Apple has reportedly hired Dr. Jeff Norris, an augmented and virtual reality specialist who founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to be part of a special projects team working to bring augmented reality to the masses.

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Sling TV brings cloud DVR recording to Apple TV

Sling TV brings cloud DVR recording to Apple TV

Dish's internet-only TV service, Sling TV, has announced the availability of Cloud DVR support for the Apple TV, letting users record some (but not all) shows for later viewing.

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Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5%

Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5%

Apple on Monday alerted members of its link affiliate program to a sharp reduction in their take from apps and in-app purchases, down from 7 percent to just 2.5.

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FeatureOn its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into role as fitness & notification wearable with Siri, Apple Pay

On its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into role as fitness & notification wearable with Siri, Apple Pay

Originally pitched as a multitude of things, including an intimate communication tool and new frontier for mobile apps, the Apple Watch has been refined and simplified in the years since its debut, focusing on what Apple has determined to be the fledgling device's core strengths.

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Samsung's fix for red-tinted Galaxy S8 screens forces users to self-calibrate

Samsung's fix for red-tinted Galaxy S8 screens forces users to self-calibrate

With a growing number of complaints about a red-tinged screen in some owners with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the company is issuing a software patch allowing users expanded options for correcting the problem in software by placing the responsibility for color accuracy even more in user's hands.

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Apple seeds fourth developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 & tvOS 10.2.1

Apple seeds fourth developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 & tvOS 10.2.1

Apple on Monday seeded fourth betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1 to developers, paving the way for Apple's next round of maintenance updates.

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Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple's list of autonomous car software testers

Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple's list of autonomous car software testers

Amidst three Apple employees involved in testing of Apple's self-driving car software stands an ex-NASA researcher who was once tasked to develop an autonomous vehicle to explore one of Jupiter's moons, and three others who worked for JPL.

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