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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Intel failed to disclose Meltdown and Spectre to government until flaws made public, Apple and others confirm

Intel failed to disclose Meltdown and Spectre to government until flaws made public, Apple and others confirm

Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Intel in letters to lawmakers on Thursday revealed a bit of background information concerning the recent airing of Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities, saying Intel notified U.S. cyber security officials of the flaws only after their existence was made public.

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Apple repair facility in California made about 1,600 false alarm 911 calls since October

Apple repair facility in California made about 1,600 false alarm 911 calls since October

Emergency dispatch centers in Elk Grove and Sacramento, Calif., have over the past four months seen an increasing number of false alarm calls originate from an Apple facility in the area, with workers there fielding about 20 such calls per day.

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Latest Apple Pay & Instacart tie-up offers free delivery through Feb. 28

Latest Apple Pay & Instacart tie-up offers free delivery through Feb. 28

Apple has once again partnered with Instacart to promote Apple Pay, enabling free delivery for people who order groceries through Instacart's iPhone and iPad app.

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Apple's Irish tax bill close to finalization, "in the ballpark" of $16 billion

Apple's Irish tax bill close to finalization,

The head of Ireland's Revenue Commission has advised the calculations of Apple's unpaid tax bill are almost complete, with the final total the iPhone producer will be expected to pay the government thought to be around 13 billion euro ($16 billion), close to initial estimates for the European Commission-mandated payment.

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Informal testing finds Apple Maps arrival times are 'intentionally conservative' to provide a good user experience

Informal testing finds Apple Maps arrival times are 'intentionally conservative' to provide a good user experience

A months-long, quasi-scientific test of the three leading car navigation apps — Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze — found that Apple's software regularly overestimates trip times, which may help drivers arrive on time or even early.

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Apple raises screenshot limit for App Store listings to 10 images

Apple raises screenshot limit for App Store listings to 10 images

Apple has made it easier for developers to show off their app in App Store listings for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, by increasing the maximum number of screenshots that can be included in a product page to 10 images per device.

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Apple hires video production veteran Carol Trussell away from Gaumont Television

Apple hires video production veteran Carol Trussell away from Gaumont Television

Apple has hired Gaumont Television executive Carol Trussell as the head of production for Apple's nascent video effort.

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ExclusiveLowest Prices Anywhere: $900 off loaded 15" MacBook Pros; premium 10.5" iPad Pros from $699; $500-$1,000 off iMac Pros

Lowest Prices Anywhere: $900 off loaded 15

More exclusives have just arrived! In addition to deals on iMacs and iPads, B&H is now knocking $900 off two Late 2016 15" MacBook Pros with an abundance of upgrades, including faster processors, extra storage and better graphics. Prices for the premium models start at just $1,899 with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Apple's iPhone outpaces overall smartphone market, Gartner finds

Apple's iPhone outpaces overall smartphone market, Gartner finds

New data from market analyst firm Gartner saw Apple's holiday percent of sales slightly drop to 17.9 percent, with Samsung holding a slight edge at 18.2 percent in a contracting market fighting a consumer base reluctant to upgrade.

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VideoVideo: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max

Video: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max

Apple's HomePod and Google's Home Max are both vying for the high end of the audio market. But which one is worth your hard earned cash? AppleInsider put these premium speakers to the test to tell you which one wins out.

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Apple Pay used by estimated 127M users globally, but analyst claims only 16 percent of iPhones used for payments

Apple Pay used by estimated 127M users globally, but analyst claims only 16 percent of iPhones used for payments

Apple Pay is continuing to grow year-on-year, according to research by Loup Ventures, but while the adoption rate for Apple Pay by its users has reportedly jumped, it is claimed the mobile payments service is still being used by a relatively small proportion of iPhone users.

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FCC net neutrality protections to expire on Apr. 23 without intervention

FCC net neutrality protections to expire on Apr. 23 without intervention

The Title II protections that currently enforce net neutrality among U.S. internet service providers will disappear on Apr. 23, unless another party is able to intervene.

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Apple releases photos of first retail outlet in Austria ahead of Feb. 24 opening

Apple releases photos of first retail outlet in Austria ahead of Feb. 24 opening

In preparation for the opening of its first Apple store in Austria on Saturday, Feb. 24, Apple has released new photographs of both the outside and the inside of its latest retail location, showing customers in Vienna what to expect when they visit the new outlet.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Pros from $1,199 ($100-$300 off); $120-$150 off 27" iMac 5Ks; CPO iPhones & iPads as low as $99

Deals: 13

New discounts have gone into effect today on a variety of Apple devices, from $100 to $300 off current 13" MacBook Pros to upgraded 27" iMac 5Ks from $1,859 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Gazelle also just issued price drops on CPO iPhones, iPads and Macs with prices starting at $99.

Apple said to be upgrading AirPods with 'Hey Siri' & better water resistance

Apple said to be upgrading AirPods with 'Hey Siri' & better water resistance

Apple is reportedly planning to treat AirPods like its flagship devices, releasing relatively frequent iterations — beginning with an update this year.

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Apple's latest iPhone X ad touts development of Portrait Lighting

Apple's latest iPhone X ad touts development of Portrait Lighting

Apple in a new iPhone X commercial posted to its YouTube channel on Wednesday provides a closer look at the handset's Portrait Lighting feature, showing how powerful image processing software is used to create studio quality photos without a studio.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Apple accounts for new ARKit 1.5 features in updated developer resources

Apple accounts for new ARKit 1.5 features in updated developer resources

Apple this week updated its Human Interface Guidelines for iOS with new entries covering augmented reality experiences, making adjustments and additions to best practices used by developers creating apps with ARKit 1.5.

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Smart speaker satisfaction at 89 percent, HomePod adoption hits 3 percent, survey finds

Smart speaker satisfaction at 89 percent, HomePod adoption hits 3 percent, survey finds

A new survey from Gene Munster's Loup Ventures found 89 percent of smart speaker owners are satisfied with their device, but despite coming packed with virtual assistant technology, most use the to play music or check the weather.

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Apple Music official digital music partner for 2018 BRIT Awards

Apple Music official digital music partner for 2018 BRIT Awards

Apple in a tweet on Wednesday announced its role as the official digital music partner of the 2018 BRIT Awards, and took advantage of the position with special ads, Apple Music playlists, interviews and more.

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T-Mobile plans $200-plus discount on Apple's iPhone X starting Feb. 23

T-Mobile plans $200-plus discount on Apple's iPhone X starting Feb. 23

Looking to snag a key demographic, T-Mobile is offering U.S. customers a discount of over $200 on an iPhone X, starting this Friday.

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Snapchat response to user revolt over iPhone app redesign advises of new features, no rollback to earlier version

Snapchat response to user revolt over iPhone app redesign advises of new features, no rollback to earlier version

Snapchat has responded to calls from users demanding a rollback of an update to the image sharing app, though while the firm acknowledges the high number of complaints, it advises it will not be reversing its design changes, but instead will make it easier for people to use.

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Netgear adds HomeKit compatibility to Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera

Netgear adds HomeKit compatibility to Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera

Netgear has issued an update to its Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera that adds support for HomeKit, a change that now allows homeowners to watch a live video stream from the camera through the Home app on their iPhone or iPad, as well as by asking Siri to view the feed.

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Dish's Sling TV tops internet TV providers with 2.21M subscribers

Dish's Sling TV tops internet TV providers with 2.21M subscribers

Sling TV reached 2.21 million subscribers during the fourth quarter, Dish announced on Wednesday, marking the first time the company has broken Sling figures out from broader numbers.

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Third watchOS 4.3 developer beta available alongside iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 public test versions

Third watchOS 4.3 developer beta available alongside iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 public test versions

Apple has issued the third developer's beta test version of watchOS 4.3, and has released public beta test versions of iOS 11.3, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

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Sonnet ships 1 terabyte version of the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive

Sonnet ships 1 terabyte version of the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive

Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure vendor Sonnet has started shipping another Mac-related accessory, by offering a version of its Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive that includes 1 terabyte of storage to users requiring a portable high-speed solid state external drive.

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TipsIf you're having problems with iOS 11.2.6 and your AirPods, disconnect them, then re-link to your iPhone

If you're having problems with iOS 11.2.6 and your AirPods, disconnect them, then re-link to your iPhone

Reports are circulating that some users are experiencing odd behavior from connected AirPods following the iOS 11.2.6 update — but there's an easy fix and it will only take a few minutes.

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ExclusiveUnbeatable iPad Deals: 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro for $699 ($100 off); 512GB LTE for $949 ($180 off); plus $20 off AppleCare

Unbeatable iPad Deals: 256GB 10.5

Exclusive deals keep rolling in! Readers this week can snap up a 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro for just $699 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a loaded 512GB model with cellular capability for $949, a $180 discount. AppleCare protection plans for the tablets are also $20 off for a limited time.

'Fire Emblem Heroes' most profitable Nintendo/DeNA mobile game, 'Angry Birds Champions' tournaments have cash prizes

'Fire Emblem Heroes' most profitable Nintendo/DeNA mobile game, 'Angry Birds Champions' tournaments have cash prizes

The most successful Nintendo/DeNA smartphone game so far has been "Fire Emblem Heroes," pulling in about $295 million worldwide in its first year, according to recent data. But, competitor Rovio might challenge that with the new "Angry Birds Champions" which allows users to win cash prizes in online tournaments.

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FaceTime helps save New York woman's life after stroke symptoms spotted during call

FaceTime helps save New York woman's life after stroke symptoms spotted during call

A New York City woman claims Apple's FaceTime helped save her life, after symptoms of a stroke were spotted by her sister during a transatlantic conversation, leading her to seek medical assistance for the affliction.

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Apple has long-term plan, is working on products 'way out in the 2020s'

Apple has long-term plan, is working on products 'way out in the 2020s'

Following up on a "Most Innovative Company" award, business magazine Fast Company on Wednesday published a wide-ranging interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, covering topics like the stock market, long-term plans, and the importance of Apple Music to the bottom line.

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'Alto's Odyssey' slides onto iPhone, iPad, Apple TV ahead of schedule

'Alto's Odyssey' slides onto iPhone, iPad, Apple TV ahead of schedule

'Alto's Odyssey,' a snowboarding-based endless runner for iPhone and iPad, has shipped a day earlier than its Feb. 22 release date, with players now able to buy the successor to the popular 'Alto's Adventure' from the iOS App Store for $4.99.

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ExclusiveRecord Low Prices: $500-$1,000 off Apple's iMac Pro with no tax outside NY & NJ

Record Low Prices: $500-$1,000 off Apple's iMac Pro with no tax outside NY & NJ

AppleInsider readers this week can snap up exclusive savings on a variety of iMac Pro configurations, from $500 off the standard model (now $4,494) up to $1,000 off a loaded 10-core system with 128GB of RAM, a 4TB SSD and Vega 64 graphics. Each iMac Pro also ships for free with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, making these the lowest shipped prices available.

Apple international regulatory filings hint that two new iPad models are imminent

Apple international regulatory filings hint that two new iPad models are imminent

Apple has obtained permission to sell two new iPads in several Eurasian countries, suggesting that the company is planning to announce them in the near future.

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EditorialFailure of Pixel 2 exposed a larger problem: Google's ads don't work

Failure of Pixel 2 exposed a larger problem: Google's ads don't work

Across 2017, Google heavily promoted its Pixel phone brand. Despite being lauded as being "the world's most valuable brand" and its status as the world's largest purveyor of advertising, all of Google's global efforts, including DoubleClick and YouTube, resulted in inconsequential Pixel sales. Worse than its failure to sell hardware is the fact that Google has proven that its advertising simply isn't very effective.

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Apple reportedly in talks to buy cobalt, key Li-ion battery ingredient, directly from miners

Apple reportedly in talks to buy cobalt, key Li-ion battery ingredient, directly from miners

Apple is reportedly in talks to secure long-term cobalt supplies directly from miners, a strategy designed to buffer reserves of the key lithium ion battery ingredient as the company competes with car makers looking to use the metal in electric car production.

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AT&T to launch mobile 5G in Atlanta, Dallas and Waco in 2018

AT&T to launch mobile 5G in Atlanta, Dallas and Waco in 2018

After teasing an initial rollout phase for its next-generation 5G network in January, AT&T on Wednesday got a little more specific by naming the first three cities that will gain access to the speedy mobile technology by the end of 2018.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Australian carrier Telstra working on fix for Apple iMessage and Facetime outage [u]

Australian carrier Telstra working on fix for Apple iMessage and Facetime outage [u]

Telstra, one of the largest cellular carriers in Australia, is working on a fix for an apparent services outage impacting customers major metropolitan areas attempting to access Apple's iMessage and Facetime features.

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Apple adds 22 more banks to list of institutions supporting Apple Pay

Apple adds 22 more banks to list of institutions supporting Apple Pay

Apple continues its expansion of financial insitutions that will process Apple Pay transactions, with the latest additions bringing 22 more to the table.

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Three autographs by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs going up for auction March 8

Three autographs by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs going up for auction March 8

A Boston company is planning to auction three items autographed by late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, rare items from a public figure typically believed to have been averse to giving out his signature.

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