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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

VideoWatch: Apple Music gets more social in iOS 11

Watch: Apple Music gets more social in iOS 11

Starting this fall with iOS 11, Apple Music users will be able to share their listening habits and playlists with friends. AppleInsider shows you how it will work.

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Apple issues fifth developer betas of iOS 10.3.3 & macOS 10.12.6

Apple issues fifth developer betas of iOS 10.3.3 & macOS 10.12.6

Apple on Wednesday released fifth developer betas of iOS 10.3.3 and macOS 10.12.6, available as over-the-air updates or through the company's official developer portal.

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New Token Ring uses fingerprint reader, Bluetooth to securely authenticate wearer

New Token Ring uses fingerprint reader, Bluetooth to securely authenticate wearer

A new ring called Token embeds Bluetooth and a fingerprint reader, and promises to enhance biometric authentication with compatibility across a large array of existing technologies.

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Honda adds Apple CarPlay to some 2018 Fit configurations

Honda adds Apple CarPlay to some 2018 Fit configurations

Honda on Wednesday filled in an important gap in its support for Apple CarPlay, finally announcing compatibility for the Fit hatchback line via 2018 models, which launch in July.

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ReviewReview: Hover Camera Passport drone is light and takes good pictures, suffers from poor support

Review: Hover Camera Passport drone is light and takes good pictures, suffers from poor support

Despite online documentation support and instructions charitably described as a nightmare, the Hover Camera Passport is a good solution for most — but only time, and usage tells the tale.

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Toshiba sues Western Digital for $1.07B to keep sale of memory chip unit on track

Toshiba sues Western Digital for $1.07B to keep sale of memory chip unit on track

Toshiba on Wednesday filed a $1.07 billion lawsuit against Western Digital in Tokyo District Court, trying to halt any intervention in the sale of Toshiba's memory chip business to a consortium including Bain Capital and Japanese government investors.

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Qualcomm demos under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor destined for mobile in 2018

Qualcomm demos under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor destined for mobile in 2018

Qualcomm and smartphone vendor Oppo have demonstrated a prototype of a fingerprint sensor that works under common materials used for smartphones, like displays, glass, and aluminum that will see use in consumer devices in the summer of 2018.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Apple enables Maps Transit directions in Madrid

Apple enables Maps Transit directions in Madrid

Apple this week activated Transit directions in Madrid, Spain, offering users in the area access to local bus, train and metro travel data.

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Apple ceases signing of iOS 10.3.1 after release of iOS 10.3.2

Apple ceases signing of iOS 10.3.1 after release of iOS 10.3.2

Apple on Tuesday stopped signing code for iOS 10.3.1, halting downloads and installations of the legacy operating system in favor of iOS 10.3.2.

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Actual testing on AMD Vega GPU destined for iMac Pro shows significant speed gains over Nvidia Titan Xp

Actual testing on AMD Vega GPU destined for iMac Pro shows significant speed gains over Nvidia Titan Xp

Hands on testing performed by a PC enthusiast site shows Vega 64 GPUs like those found in a build-to-order configuration of forthcoming iMac Pro beat the Nvidia Titan Xp card in actual workflows similar to those expected to be handled by the pro-level Mac — and the Vega 56 should also slightly edge the Nvidia card.

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Apple Music begins rollout of 'My Chill Mix' to select users

Apple Music begins rollout of 'My Chill Mix' to select users

Apple on Tuesday began the staggered release of a new curated Apple Music playlist dubbed "My Chill Mix," offering users a custom generated sampling of relaxing tunes from their favorite artists and genres.

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US Federal Trade Commission gets go-ahead for antitrust suit against Qualcomm

US Federal Trade Commission gets go-ahead for antitrust suit against Qualcomm

A U.S. Federal Trade Commission lawsuit leveled against Qualcomm before the start of a separate case by Apple can continue in spite of overtures for a dismissal from the chipmaker, a California court ruled this week.

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Exclusive2017 MacBook Pro Deals: 13" for $1,229 ($70 off); 13" Touch Bar for $1,704 ($95 off); 15" for $2,379 ($120 off) w/ no tax in 48 states

2017 MacBook Pro Deals: 13

Adorama this week is offering AI readers an additional $50 to $100 off popular Mid 2017 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro configurations in Space Gray with our exclusive promo code. On top of the instant and coupon savings, the Apple authorized reseller will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ — and shipping is free.

VideoWatch: Messages gets new features and improvements in iOS 11

Watch: Messages gets new features and improvements in iOS 11

When iOS 11 launches this fall, users will be able to take advantage of a few new Messages features like iCloud syncing and a one-handed keyboard. AppleInsider takes a closer look at Messages in iOS 11 beta 2 in this video.

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US House committee split over rules affecting Apple's self-driving technology

US House committee split over rules affecting Apple's self-driving technology

Democrats and Republicans squared off on Tuesday during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee meeting on self-driving cars, contesting policies which could ultimately affect both the testing and launch of products being developed by Apple.

Facebook hits two billion active monthly users amidst call for community building

Facebook hits two billion active monthly users amidst call for community building

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post that the social network has hit 2 billion monthly users, and has renewed his call to bring the world closer.

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Wide Open West joins as 14th US TV provider for Apple's single-sign on feature

Wide Open West joins as 14th US TV provider for Apple's single-sign on feature

Apple on Tuesday added Wide Open West — better known as WOW! — to the ranks of U.S. TV providers supporting its single sign-on feature for iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV.

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Deals: $300 off high-end 2015 15" MacBook Pro; 2017 21" iMac for $1,049 ($50 off); $200 off 2016 13" Touch Bars

Deals: $300 off high-end 2015 15

Closeout deals are in full swing this week with Apple authorized resellers taking $300 off the Mid 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with M370X graphics. Apple's newest 21-inch iMac is also $50 off, and 13-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar are $200 off instantly — all with no tax collected on orders outside NY and NJ.

ReviewReview: Logitech Slim Combo Smart Connector keyboard for Apple's 10.5" iPad Pro

Review: Logitech Slim Combo Smart Connector keyboard for Apple's 10.5

Logitech's Slim Combo keyboard for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a welcome addition to Apple's limited Smart Connector accessory lineup, and a good option for someone who wants to use their tablet as a traditional laptop replacement. The design is largely a mixed bag, however, that will appeal to some and turn away others.

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Pandora's CEO & other execs leave ahead of $480M Sirius XM investment [u]

Pandora's CEO & other execs leave ahead of $480M Sirius XM investment [u]

Three major executives — including founding CEO Tim Westergren — are officially leaving Pandora, one of Apple's biggest rivals in the streaming music space. [Updated with Australia and New Zealand pull-out]

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Judge shortage in Ireland delays ruling on Athenry Apple data center location controversy

Judge shortage in Ireland delays ruling on Athenry Apple data center location controversy

Once thought to reach a conclusion on June 23, the appeal hearing opposing Apple's Athenry, Ireland efforts has been delayed because of a lack of judges able to hear the case.

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Apple's Tim Cook says Indian operations to use all-green energy within 6 months

Apple's Tim Cook says Indian operations to use all-green energy within 6 months

More details have emerged from Sunday's encounter between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which Cook reportedly revealed he expects Apple's Indian operations to run entirely off renewable energy by the end of 2017.

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Hands-On'Sega Forever' free-to-play classic games for iPhone are off to a good start, but aren't perfect

'Sega Forever' free-to-play classic games for iPhone are off to a good start, but aren't perfect

Sega has released four classic games into their ad-supported free-to-play Sega Forever initiative, including Kid Chameleon, Altered Beast, Phantasy Star II, and Comix Zone. AppleInsider gave the retro titles a spin, and found room for improvement.

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NBC adds single sign-on support for Apple's iPhone & iPad

NBC adds single sign-on support for Apple's iPhone & iPad

NBC has updated its iPhone and iPad app with support for Apple's single sign-on standard, allowing quicker access to the network's shows wherever provider credentials are valid.

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Latest questionable 'iPhone 8' delay claim lays blame on limited OLED screen availability

Latest questionable 'iPhone 8' delay claim lays blame on limited OLED screen availability

The latest supply chain reports out of China suggest that it is not the Touch ID, or layered motherboard design that may cause later than expected shipments of the forthcoming "iPhone 8," but instead, Samsung is having production issues with the OLED screen for the device that it pioneered.

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EU hammers Google with record $2.7 billion antitrust fine for illegal search manipulation

EU hammers Google with record $2.7 billion antitrust fine for illegal search manipulation

The European Commission has wrapped up its antitrust investigation against Google, and has decreed that it must pay $2.72 billion to settle charges related to it favoring its own products over rivals in search results.

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Apple patent tracks sleep, adjusts alarms based on device input

Apple patent tracks sleep, adjusts alarms based on device input

A patent granted to Apple on Tuesday details the use of devices like iPhone and Apple Watch — and potentially Beddit — in adjusting morning alarms based on monitored sleep patterns, shedding light on the company's research into sleep science.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

VideoFirst look: Nvidia GeForce Now brings premium gaming to Mac

First look: Nvidia GeForce Now brings premium gaming to Mac

AppleInsider goes hands on with the latest beta version of Nvidia GeForce Now, a cloud gaming service that promises to deliver high-end gaming experiences to Mac.

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Apple buys German eye tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments

Apple buys German eye tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments

Apple has entered into an agreement to purchase German company SensoMotoric Instruments — a company noted for hardware and software for eye tracking sensors, useful for augmented reality.

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Apple goes live with first tvOS 11 public beta, macOS High Sierra 'coming soon'

Apple goes live with first tvOS 11 public beta, macOS High Sierra 'coming soon'

In tandem with Monday's iOS 11 release, Apple today also launched the first public beta of tvOS 11 for the Apple TV, while teasing the forthcoming beta of macOS High Sierra.

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Apple releases first iOS 11 public beta to testers

Apple releases first iOS 11 public beta to testers

Apple on Monday released the first public beta of iOS 11, offering iPhone and iPad with extra test devices the opportunity to sample the upcoming operating system prior to its debut this fall.

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Apple's Cook promises security insurance discount at Cisco event

Apple's Cook promises security insurance discount at Cisco event

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance at a Cisco event in Las Vegas on Monday, revealing plans to help businesses with discounts on cyber-security insurance if they use products from both companies. Following the event, Cisco announced another outcome of its Apple partnership, the Cisco Security Connector app for iPhone and iPad.

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Vimeo kills plans for subscription video service meant to rival Netflix, Hulu & others

Vimeo kills plans for subscription video service meant to rival Netflix, Hulu & others

Vimeo — typically seen as a YouTube competitor — has officially cancelled plans to enter into the world of Netflix-style subscription video.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: One-handed keyboard assists large phones, absent on iPad

Inside iOS 11: One-handed keyboard assists large phones, absent on iPad

Starting this fall with the release of iOS 11, iPhone users will have the option of invoking a special one-handed keyboard, making it especially easy to type with larger screens.

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Apple to partner with rental car company Hertz on small fleet of self-driving vehicles - report

Apple to partner with rental car company Hertz on small fleet of self-driving vehicles - report

Apple's in-house self-driving vehicle technology will reportedly hit the road in a limited partnership with rental car provider Hertz, giving Apple the ability to put its technology to the test and expand its presence on the streets in a highly public way.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $250 to $640 instantly on Apple's 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pros w/ Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $250 to $640 instantly on Apple's 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pros w/ Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

New, lower prices! First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $250 and $640 on every closeout Late 2016 MacBook Pro 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.

Facebook to take on Apple Music & others with TV shows later this summer

Facebook to take on Apple Music & others with TV shows later this summer

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch high-budget scripted TV shows by late summer, directly competing against services like Amazon Video, Netflix, and Apple Music.

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Apple rolls out fourth revision of watchOS 3.2.3 beta, minor iOS 11 and tvOS 11 beta update

Apple rolls out fourth revision of watchOS 3.2.3 beta, minor iOS 11 and tvOS 11 beta update

A week after macOS Sierra's move to beta 4 launching the set, Apple has made the latest watchOS 3.2.3 beta available for developer testing alongside a pair of very minor developer's updates for iOS 11 and tvOS 11.

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LG Innotek aiming at making flexible circuit boards for Apple's 'iPhone 9' - report

LG Innotek aiming at making flexible circuit boards for Apple's 'iPhone 9' - report

LG Innotek is in the process of setting up flexible printed circuit board (PCB) production, with the goal of becoming a primary supplier for the Apple iPhone, according to a report out of LG's home country, South Korea.

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