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Last Build Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:35:06 -0400

 



How to shoot the Aug. 21 solar eclipse on an iPhone

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:48:50 -0400

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On August 21, for the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will trace a coast-to-coast path across the U.S. Here's some tips on how to capture it with your iPhone.



This week on AI: Apple Watch 'Series 3,' Apple's $1B Hollywood war chest, Charlottesville fallout & more

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:14:57 -0400

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Some of the most interesting news of the week revolved around this fall's Apple Watch "Series 3," which may get LTE, but not a new look. Apple also appears to have big Hollywood plans -- if not quite as big as HBO or Netflix.



Functional Apple I computer to hit online auction block in September

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:44:11 -0400

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A fully operational Apple I computer built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976 is going up for auction through Charitybuzz next month, with all proceeds earmarked for charity.



Apple's Siri latest target in string of natural language patent lawsuits

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:49:31 -0400

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One-man company Word to Info on Friday expanded a string of patent lawsuits over natural language processing technology -- active cases involve Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Nuance -- to include Apple, taking specific aim at the tech titan's Siri virtual assistant.



Case manufacturer says Apple likely to ditch Touch ID in 'iPhone 8'

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:37:12 -0400

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Accessory maker Nodus believes Apple will abandon Touch ID fingerprint technology when it releases "iPhone 8," information the case maker gathered from supply chain sources as it worked on designs for the forthcoming handset.



Android O, Google's response to Apple's iOS 11, will be revealed next Monday amid solar eclipse

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:26:55 -0400

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Google will showcase and possibly launch the next version of Android, "Android O," on August 21 -- setting the stage for competition with Apple's iOS 11, which should come to iPhones and iPads as soon as next month.



Hands on: ScreenFlow 7 update turns the screen recording app into a video suite

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:01:47 -0400

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Extensive editing, titling and annotation features recently added to ScreenFlow 7 make it a serious production tool.



2017 MacBook Deals: High-end 15" for $2,549 ($250 off); 512GB 13" Touch Bar for $1,824 ($175 off); 12" MacBook for $1,199 w/ no tax in 48 states

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:13:00 -0400

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Shoppers looking for deals on Apple's latest Mid 2017 models can take advantage of bonus coupon savings in addition to already reduced pricing this week. Pick up the high-end 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 560 graphics for $2,549 or the 512GB 13" Touch Bar for $1,824 ($175 off). The 12" MacBook is also $100 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.



Apple silently kills off some colors for iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch accessories

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:12:56 -0400

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A variety of colors for official Apple accessories are reportedly vanishing from the company's online and retail stores, suggesting that it's phasing out some options, and/or allowing stocks to deplete before new devices arrive this fall.



Small $500 device shown to brute force hack iPhone 7 lock screen passcodes, but could take days to work [u]

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:45:36 -0400

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A unique new exploit is said to take advantage of just Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus running recent firmware, utilizing a small device to brute force hack and bypass the iOS lock screen passcode of up to three handsets at a time.



Movie studios may sidestep theater chains in deals for early Apple iTunes rentals

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:55:32 -0400

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Movie studios looking to set up early-access rentals with companies like Apple and Comcast may reportedly push ahead with those negotiations and skip revenue sharing with theater chains, if the latter don't reduce their demands.



Killer Deals: 15" MacBook Pro for $1,899; 13" Pro for $1,249 ($250 off); iPads for $299; 10.5" iPad Pro for $599; Mac mini for $399 w/ no tax in 48 states

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:10:00 -0400

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B&H's massive Back to School Sale is going on now with cash discounts on popular MacBooks, iMacs, iPads and more. Top picks include Apple's 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $1,899 ($500 off) or the high-end model for $2,099 ($700 off), $400 off the 27" iMac 5K, $299 iPads, $599 10.5" iPad Pros and a $399 Mac mini. All systems qualify for free shipping with no tax outside NY and NJ.



On strength of LTE version, Apple Watch predicted to hit 15M sales in 2017, 20M in 2018

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:09:28 -0400

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Reports from the supply chain suggest that the Apple Watch will see 15 million sales, but a suspected launch of an LTE model in the fall will push that number to 20 million in 2018.



AppleInsider podcast talks LTE Apple Watch, 'iPhone 8,' and CarPlay

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:35:25 -0400

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This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the almost-certainty that is an LTE-enabled Apple Watch, pricing and affordability on the "iPhone 8," Tim Cook's leadership following the events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., and CarPlay.



Apple leases additional Santa Clara office space near Apple Park

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:01:15 -0400

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Apple continues to expand its San Francisco Bay Area footprint to accommodate a growing workforce and new projects, with the latest leases involving multiple industrial buildings near the soon to open Apple Park.



Apple promotes iOS 11 for iPad in new ad series

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:55:19 -0400

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Apple on Thursday published a series of six iPad commercials to its official YouTube channel, focusing on the new capabilities iOS 11 is set to deliver to tablet users this fall.



Apple Watch data privacy, cost main concerns in Apple and Aetna partnership

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:59:50 -0400

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In a meeting earlier this month, Apple, Aetna and a number of industry influencers discussed the viability of offering Apple Watch to millions of health insurance subscribers at a discount, but according to one attendee, sticking points remain.



YouTube TV comes to 14 more US cities like Boston, Seattle & Pittsburgh

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:59:46 -0400

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Google's nascent YouTube TV on Thursday expanded into 14 more U.S. cities, a few notable places being Baltimore, Boston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Tampa.



Comcast brings Xfinity Mobile nationwide, iPhone users must buy or rent

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:14:57 -0400

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Four months after a limited initial launch, Comcast on Thursday expanded its Xfinity Mobile service to all Xfinity internet customers across the U.S., with some other limitations in tow -- most notably that people buy or rent a new phone.



Encryption key for iPhone 5s Touch ID exposed, opens door to further research

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:14:24 -0400

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Just prior to a hacker's conference, a participant has revealed that the iPhone 5s Secure Enclave has been hacked, and the decryption key for it has been revealed. However, at present, there is nothing for iPhone users to immediately worry about.



Inside iOS 11: New security feature allows users to temporarily disable Touch ID, quickly call 911

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:51:20 -0400

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The latest beta release of iOS 11 includes a new security feature, with a few button presses making it impossible to unlock your phone with Touch ID, as well as giving a quick option to dial 911. Here's how to use it.



Quanta pegged as supplier for Apple Watch 'Series 3,' shipments allegedly start in holiday quarter

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:05:53 -0400

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With the rumor mill starting to churn in advance of Apple's expected September release event, a new report cites manufacturer Quanta as the manufacturer of the device -- with shipments starting sometime before Christmas.



Giveaway: Enter to win a cord-cutting package complete with a lifetime Plex Pass

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:03:00 -0400

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Plex is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win a cord-cutting package complete with a lifetime Plex Pass, HDHomerun Connect Tuner and Mohu Leaf 50 Antenna. In addition to the grand prize, four lifetime Plex Passes are up for grabs.



Lawsuit over Apple retail workers' unpaid bag checks may go to California Supreme Court

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:53:59 -0400

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A class action suit over Apple store workers' unpaid time spent in bag checks may soon be headed to the California Supreme Court, after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appealed to the institution for guidance.



McDonald's uses 'iPhone 8' render to promote Australian iPhone app

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:48:54 -0400

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McDonald's Australia is using a render of Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" in an email promoting the company's "mymacca's" iPhone app, various social media posts noted on Thursday.



Irish finance minister decries EU's demand for $15B+ in Apple back taxes, says it's not Ireland's job

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:36:02 -0400

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In a German interview this week, Ireland's finance minister attacked the European Commission's ruling calling for the collection of $15 billion in back taxes (plus interest) from Apple, saying it was both unjustified and outside Ireland's responsibility.



Steve Jobs Theater given closeup in latest Apple Park drone footage

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:01:49 -0400

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One of the last sets of drone footage while Apple Park is still under construction highlights the ever-growing landscaping taking place, and a close-up of the uncovered Steve Jobs Theater.



Alleged Apple 'iPhone 8' internal part mistakenly identified, could instead be external charging pad

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:27:05 -0400

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A pair of pictures purporting to be from the "iPhone 8" wireless charging feature are clearly too large to be internal parts, but could possibly be part of the device's external charging pad.



Apple CEO Tim Cook addresses Charlottesville, company to donate $2M to fight hate

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:32:17 -0400

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Responding to last weekend's demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday sent a letter to company staff deriding hate groups, bigotry and violence, while denouncing President Donald Trump's "equivalence" of white nationalists and human rights advocates.



AT&T revives free Apple TV offer for new DirecTV Now subscribers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:37:27 -0400

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AT&T on Wednesday renewed a promotional plan that offers new DirecTV Now customers a free 32GB Apple TV when they sign up for a three-month paid subscription.



Video: iOS 11 introduces new Smart Invert viewing mode

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:39:26 -0400

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Apple is introducing a new Smart Invert viewing mode in iOS 11 that intelligently inverts all screen colors except for those is displayed media, such as photos, videos, and icons. The feature might be used to extend battery life on the upcoming OLED-equipped "iPhone 8."



Netflix to spend $7B on content in 2018

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:08:37 -0400

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Apple is reported to spend some $1 billion on original content in 2018, but the number pales in comparison to streaming leader Netflix, which anticipates to spend seven times that on its own offerings next year.



Apple disables Apple Pay for websites selling white supremacist goods

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:24:06 -0400

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Following recent events in Charlottesville, Va., Apple has disabled Apple Pay support for a number of websites selling apparel and other paraphernalia emblazoned with Nazi symbols and white nationalist imagery.



Cypress IoT software development kit takes advantage of Apple's new, open HomeKit policy

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:51:27 -0400

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The chip manufacturer responsible for a wide array of "internet of things" devices, Cypress Semiconductor, has announced an updated version of its development kit, adding HomeKit support and iCloud certification to the package.



Tony Fadell-backed Keyssa partners with Foxconn, Samsung on fast new wireless data tech

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:15:47 -0400

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A startup backed by iPod creator and Nest founder Tony Fadell is reportedly partnering with Samsung Electronics, Apple manufacturer Hon Hai/Foxconn, and other firms on a new short-range wireless data standard that could in some cases bypass the need for Wi-Fi or USB.



Apple Watch with LTE may not support cellular voice calls at launch, instead focus on data

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:28:49 -0400

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In a push to improve the user experience of the Apple Watch, a new LTE-connected model expected to arrive later this year will reportedly focus on delivering data to users faster, meaning FaceTime and apps may serve as a stand-in for cell phone calls.



Luxury carmaker Genesis adds remote start feature through iPhone Google Assistant app

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:13:24 -0400

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Luxury automotive car manufacturer Genesis has rolled out an update for its vehicles, allowing users to issue voice commands to start the car, lock the doors, and more -- all through the Google Assistant app.



Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus top Q2 smartphone market, beating Samsung's Galaxy S8

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:14:34 -0400

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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus held on as the world's most popular smartphones in the June quarter, according to research data published on Wednesday, handily relegating Samsung's newer Galaxy S8 flagship to third place.



TSMC, other Apple suppliers say Taiwan power outage had little impact as 'iPhone 8' rollout nears

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:20:58 -0400

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Several Taiwanese companies in Apple's supply chain -- including processor maker TSMC, and assembly firm Pegatron -- are insisting that a major blackout which hit the island on Tuesday did little to disrupt production, a serious concern given the imminent arrival of new iPhones.



iDevices launches new Apple HomeKit Dimmer Switch for $100

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:53:51 -0400

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The list of Apple HomeKit-compatible accessories continues to expand, as iDevices on Wednesday launched its new wall-installed Dimmer Switch, offering users the ability to control and set the brightness of their lights with Siri.



ESPN app for Apple TV update adds the ability to watch four live feeds simultaneously

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:38:47 -0400

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ESPN has rolled out a new update for its live streaming Apple TV app, allowing cable subscribers to catch four live feeds from the network at the same time, aimed at college football season.



Questionable, blurry pics attempt to revive rumors of a 60-inch OLED Apple television

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:25:55 -0400

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New pictures on Chinese social media have emerged of what is said to be a 60-inch OLED Apple television set -- but there are significant doubts surrounding the identification.



Apple to spend $1B on original content for up to 10 new TV shows over next year

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:09:38 -0400

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Apple is reportedly budgeting about $1 billion to secure and produce original video over the course of the next year, a figure which may soon make it a competitive force in that arena.



Apple shares 'Carpool Karaoke' ads featuring Ariana Grande, Seth MacFarlane, 'Game of Thrones' stars

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:43:52 -0400

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After last week's "Carpool Karaoke" debut, Apple on Tuesday posted two new teasers for upcoming episodes featuring Ariana Grande and Seth MacFarlane, and "Game of Thrones" stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner.



Apple hires former WGN America chief Matt Cherniss to bolster video effort

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:20:13 -0400

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In efforts to build out its video content production team, Apple has hired former president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios Matt Cherniss, according to a report on Tuesday.



Apple seeks to raise $2B in Canadian debt offering

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:17:22 -0400

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Apple is looking to raise $2.5 billion Canadian dollars, worth $1.96 billion at current exchange rates, in its first Canadian debt offering, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday.



Trade-in Deals: Sell your used iPhone for cash and lock in a $10 to $20 bonus ahead of the 'iPhone 8'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:17:00 -0400

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The best time to sell your old iPhone or iPad is in the weeks before Apple introduces new models, like the "iPhone 8," which is expected to debut this fall. Here's a guide to help you sell your old device for the highest value to Apple, Gazelle, BuyBackWorld, Next Worth, Amazon, or one of the many other buyback services.



Apple Pay expands to 22 US banks, institutions in Russia, China and more

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:42:59 -0400

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Apple this week updated its Apple Pay availability website for the second time in August, noting additional support has rolled out in the service's domestic U.S. market, as well as in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Russia and the UK.



Video: Rumors mount for LTE-connected Apple Watch

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:49:00 -0400

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Rumors surrounding an LTE-enabled Apple Watch are beginning to pour in, with most claiming a fall launch date for the next-generation wearable. Check out the latest in this AppleInsider video.



Walmart's Vudu to get native Apple TV app on Aug. 22

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:25:11 -0400

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Long in the works, Walmart will finally launch a native Apple TV app for Vudu, its video streaming service, on Aug. 22.