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Saturday, September 24, 2016

ReviewReview: Apple Watch Series 2 is a great improvement, but watchOS 3 steals the show

Review: Apple Watch Series 2 is a great improvement, but watchOS 3 steals the show

Equipped with a noticeably faster dual-core S2 processor, its own standalone GPS radio, and now with a waterproof design, the Apple Watch Series 2 is a worthwhile and fantastic upgrade from the first-generation model. It's also a great jumping on point for new buyers. But the biggest changes come with a software overhaul in watchOS 3, meaning early adopters will probably be happy with their existing Apple Watch for another year.

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Snapchat announces Spectacles video-recording sunglasses, available this fall for $130

Snapchat announces Spectacles video-recording sunglasses, available this fall for $130

Snap, Inc., the company formerly known as Snapchat, on Friday announced its first hardware product in Spectacles, a $130 pair of sunglasses with an embedded camera that captures 10-second point-of-view video clips at the tap of a button.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Apple exec Eddy Cue nets $59M in vested company stock

Apple exec Eddy Cue nets $59M in vested company stock

Fulfilling a contract award granted in 2011, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue saw 525,000 restricted stock units currently worth $59.2 million vest this week.

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Apple to debut 'Spoken Editions' iTunes category, turn written news into audio podcasts

Apple to debut 'Spoken Editions' iTunes category, turn written news into audio podcasts

According to a report on Friday, Apple is preparing to launch a new iTunes category which features audio podcast content transformed from articles, stories and other written word content from major publications.

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The Verge founding member Chris Ziegler worked at Apple for two months before leaving website

The Verge founding member Chris Ziegler worked at Apple for two months before leaving website

In a strange case of tech journalism intrigue, former deputy editor and founding member of The Verge Chris Ziegler recently left the publication after it was discovered that he was — and might still be — moonlighting at Apple, a potential conflict of interest for both companies.

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FeatureVideo: Unboxing Apple's ceramic Apple Watch Edition

Video: Unboxing Apple's ceramic Apple Watch Edition

For the 2016 version of its luxe Apple Watch Edition model, Apple swapped out a proprietary gold blend in favor of all white ceramic, a material that boasts a pearlescent sheen and is four times harder than stainless steel. AppleInsider gives the device a proper unboxing.

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Hermes Edition Apple Watch launches; iPhone 7, Apple Watch arrive in more countries

Hermes Edition Apple Watch launches; iPhone 7, Apple Watch arrive in more countries

On Friday, Apple started sales of the Hermes Apple Watch, brought the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to 30 additional countries, and has commenced sales of the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 to 20 more countries.

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Troubleshooting macOS Sierra: FileMaker, Logitech and Razer devices, 4k display issues

Troubleshooting macOS Sierra: FileMaker, Logitech and Razer devices, 4k display issues

Sierra is still proving to be one of the less problematic Mac software upgrade in a long time, but as expected, there are some minor issues here and there, including FileMaker incompatibility problems, tracking issues with some Logitech mice, and problems with missing options on some third party 4k displays.

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Twitter takeover being considered by Google, Salesforce, other tech firms - report

Twitter takeover being considered by Google, Salesforce, other tech firms - report

Several major tech corporations — Google and Salesforce among them — have allegedly expressed in buying Twitter, as much for the data the social network generates as its actual media revenue.

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Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update fixing Lightning EarPods bug, Photos crashes, app extension issues

Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update fixing Lightning EarPods bug, Photos crashes, app extension issues

Apple on Friday pushed out a minor update for its newly released iOS 10 platform, squashing a handful of bugs for iPhone and iPad users, most notably one related to controls on Lightning-connected headphones.

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Feature Inside iOS 10: Apple Maps adds power, simplicity to iPhone navigation

 Inside iOS 10: Apple Maps adds power, simplicity to iPhone navigation

Apple introduced a new look in Maps with iOS 10, but more importantly implemented key search and discovery features, as well as backend tools for app extensibility that make navigating everyday life a little more convenient.

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Apple partners with Flipkart for online iPhone 7 sales in India

Apple partners with Flipkart for online iPhone 7 sales in India

Apple has entered a direct partnership with Indian's biggest e-commerce storefront, Flipkart, in advance of the local iPhone 7 launch on Oct. 7, a report said on Friday.

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Recall of dangerous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 yields a half-million exchanges in US

Recall of dangerous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 yields a half-million exchanges in US

Samsung has revealed that about half of the recalled Galaxy Note 7 phones sold in the U.S. have been exchanged for replacement units, as part of the company's voluntary recall on the phablets after reports of battery explosions and fires.

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Deals: $350 off 2016 12" MacBook; $125 off 13" MacBook Pro; DJI Phantom 4 Drone Ultimate Combo for $1,399

Deals: $350 off 2016 12

Heading into the weekend shoppers can pick up a 2016 12" MacBook in Rose Gold (1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,240. Or scoop up the larger 13" MacBook Pro for $1,174.99. The DJI Phantom 4 Drone Ultimate Combo with three batteries and a free car charger is also $400 off on eBay while supplies last.

Wide iPhone 7 availability expected at Apple retail by Oct. 8, international freight logjam to blame

Wide iPhone 7 availability expected at Apple retail by Oct. 8, international freight logjam to blame

Apple retail store managers have been informed that all models, colors, and configurations of the iPhone 7 will be available for walk-in customers on Oct. 8 after an international freight logjam holding up arrival of the devices by container ship was partially cleared up.

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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.

Friday, September 23, 2016

FeatureApple's iPhone 7 camera delivers nice slice of enhancements, but iPhone 7 Plus takes the cake

Apple's iPhone 7 camera delivers nice slice of enhancements, but iPhone 7 Plus takes the cake

Apple's latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus make significant strides in improving the quality and versatility of photos you can take, as well as in reproducing them in Wide Color. You can capture more detailed and nuanced pics in low light, you can confidently pull out your phone in wet environments, hand jitter is cinematically smoothed away and the new dual camera system on iPhone 7 Plus opens up entirely new ways to shoot.

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Japan considers antitrust action against Apple over iPhone carrier deals

Japan considers antitrust action against Apple over iPhone carrier deals

The Japanese government is considering pursuing an antitrust case against Apple because of its local carrier deals, a report said on Friday, echoing similar complaints in other countries.

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Apple allegedly working on Siri stand-alone speaker with HomeKit integration

Apple allegedly working on Siri stand-alone speaker with HomeKit integration

Apple appears to be stepping up efforts to combat Amazon's suite of Alexa voice recognition devices, with a Siri-based home voice assistant reportedly in the works.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, machine learning acquisitions, car rumors and more

AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, machine learning acquisitions, car rumors and more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Victor talk about Apple acquistions, both announced and rumored, and the some of the best and worst features of iOS 10.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Yahoo confirms at least 500M accounts impacted by 2014 security breach

Yahoo confirms at least 500M accounts impacted by 2014 security breach

Yahoo on Thursday announced that information associated with at least 500 million accounts was stolen in a security breach of its network in 2014, claiming a "state-sponsored actor" was behind the attack.

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Supposedly leaked ad showcases Apple Watch Series 2 Hermes edition

Supposedly leaked ad showcases Apple Watch Series 2 Hermes edition

A video posted to YouTube on Thursday claims to show an Apple-produced television commercial promoting the new Apple Watch Series 2 Hermes model, which, if legitimate, is the company's first ad dedicated to the luxury brand's special edition.

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Beats to skip Studio Wireless headphone update in 2016, report says

Beats to skip Studio Wireless headphone update in 2016, report says

Apple-owned Beats won't be updating its over-ear Studio Wireless headphones in 2016 due to a lack of battery life improvements, according to a report published Thursday.

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Apple adds ABC News to Apple TV's 'Live Tune-In' support

Apple adds ABC News to Apple TV's 'Live Tune-In' support

Apple on Thursday added ABC News to the roster of apps supported by Live Tune-In, a feature of the fourth-generation Apple TV.

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FeatureInside iOS 10: Apple's Data Detectors offer quick details on music, movies, actors

Inside iOS 10: Apple's Data Detectors offer quick details on music, movies, actors

Finding local movie showtimes or viewing an artist's complete discography is as simple as striking up a conversation in Messages, thanks to expanded content-driven Data Detectors included in Apple's iOS 10.

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Apple buys out machine learning firm Tuplejump [u]

Apple buys out machine learning firm Tuplejump [u]

Apple has bought out India's Tuplejump, its fourth machine learning acquisition in the space of a year, a report said on Thursday. [Updated with additional information]

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Apple FCC filing shows Apple TV-sized device with Bluetooth, NFC under review

Apple FCC filing shows Apple TV-sized device with Bluetooth, NFC under review

This week's update of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's database has revealed an as-yet-unannounced Apple product, with screw placement and case dimensions similar to that of the fourth-generation Apple TV.

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Apple iOS 10.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 public betas now available

Apple iOS 10.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.1 public betas now available

One day after the release of post-September announcement developer betas, Apple has also made available public versions of iOS 10.1 (featuring Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus) and macOS 10.12.1 to eligible participants.

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Some users complain about poor phone call sound on Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Some users complain about poor phone call sound on Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Some people are experiencing unusually bad sound quality from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus when taking phone calls, according to complaints received by AppleInsider and shared on Apple's support forums.

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Inside iOS 10: Examining the new smart Photos features

Inside iOS 10: Examining the new smart Photos features

With the new iOS 10 and macOS Sierra updates Apple introduced a set of automated Photos tools, like new machine learning algorithms that automatically identify faces and places, that combine to make image search and organization easier than ever.

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Apple considers locations in Seoul for first Korean retail store

Apple considers locations in Seoul for first Korean retail store

Apple is reportedly examining several possible retail sites in Seoul, South Korea, hoping to establish its first official outlet in the country.

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Shoppers looking at Apple's iPhone leaning towards Plus models, mid-tier memory, survey finds

Shoppers looking at Apple's iPhone leaning towards Plus models, mid-tier memory, survey finds

A larger proportion of people are now choosing Plus-sized iPhone models, while about half of buyers are picking mid-tier storage, according to an RBC Capital Markets survey shared with AppleInsider.

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ReviewBack in black: iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus mega review

Back in black: iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus mega review

Apple's latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are faster, sport significantly better cameras, expand system-wide haptics in iOS 10 with a new solid state Home button and Taptic Engine, introduce Wide Color and other major Retina HD technology improvements without changing their display resolutions, add new water resistance and include updates to system components ranging from RAM to storage to wireless capabilities.

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Apple investigating 'active fluids' for wearable displays, connectors, sensors and more

Apple investigating 'active fluids' for wearable displays, connectors, sensors and more

Apple in a patent application published on Thursday describes a versatile technology that applies optically transparent shells filled with conductive fluid — transparent, opaque or state-changing — as flexible interconnects, interactive displays and windows for environmental or biometric sensors, among other implementations.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Apple proposes retail outlet, events space in historic Washington, D.C. landmark

Apple proposes retail outlet, events space in historic Washington, D.C. landmark

Apple is reportedly in talks to open a retail store and events center at Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square, a 113-year-old historic building located in downtown Washington, D.C.

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First Apple stock certificate awarded to Steve Jobs on sale for $195,000

First Apple stock certificate awarded to Steve Jobs on sale for $195,000

An Apple stock certificate thought to be the first awarded to company cofounder Steve Jobs, and later recovered from a trash heap, is being sold by an autograph and rare documents dealer for $195,000.

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Apple to open first Mexican retail outlet on Sept. 24

Apple to open first Mexican retail outlet on Sept. 24

In an email alert on Wednesday, Apple invited customers to attend the grand opening of its first retail outlet in Mexico, scheduled to take place this Saturday at the Centro Santa Fe mall.

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Apple allegedly in talks to buy self-balancing motorcycle outfit Lit Motors

Apple allegedly in talks to buy self-balancing motorcycle outfit Lit Motors

Amid quashed rumors about a McLaren deal, Apple is also reportedly considering a takeover of Lit Motors, a startup with a self-balancing, all-electric motorcycle.

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Apple to reopen stores in Arizona, California & Virginia on Sept. 24, replace Birmingham UK outlet

Apple to reopen stores in Arizona, California & Virginia on Sept. 24, replace Birmingham UK outlet

Apple is set to reopen four U.S. stores on Sept. 24, scattered across the states of Arizona, California, and Virginia. On the same date, the company will open a new outlet in Birmingham, England, replacing an earlier location.

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