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Last Build Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:03:59 -0500

 



Hands On: OmniPlan 3.9 is project management for complex jobs on the Mac and iPad

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:23:55 -0500

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You tend to know when you need a project management app. You'd be a little crazy to plan a small, intimate dinner party with a project management app but you'd be insane to build an office block without something like OmniPlan.



This week on AI: Apple's HomePod reviewed, 'iOS 12' plans, iPhone AR & more

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:03:15 -0500

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At long last AppleInsider finally had a chance to review the HomePod, Apple's first entry into the smartspeaker universe. Other points of interest during the week included plans for "iOS 12," and more hints that future iPhones will have rear-facing 3D sensors.



Apple Park now Apple's official corporate address

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:32:33 -0500

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Apple this week changed its official corporate address to One Apple Park Way, continuing the lengthy process of moving an entire workforce from One Infinite Loop to the new Apple Park campus built down the road.



Apple shares tutorial video explaining 'how to get the most' from HomePod

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:20:41 -0500

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Continuing a recent surge in HomePod-related tutorial videos, Apple on Friday posted a fresh explainer to its official YouTube support channel covering general device features, from music playback to Siri commands.



Twitter shuts down official Twitter for Mac app

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:44:32 -0500

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Ubiquitous microblogging service Twitter on Friday announced an imminent end to its native Mac client, saying the change comes as part of efforts to maintain a consistent user experience across all platforms.



Subaru readies 2019 Ascent SUV with Apple CarPlay standard

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:58:48 -0500

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Subaru this week announced pricing for its latest SUV, the 2019 Ascent, which will come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on every trim when it rolls out this summer.



New 'Close Your Rings' minisite encourages using Apple Watch Activity app

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:13:01 -0500

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Apple has created a new website, "Close Your Rings," explaining how the Apple Watch's Activity app works and some of the ways people can reach its "Move," "Exercise," and "Stand" goals.



How to AirPlay to two HomePods on iPhone & Mac (without AirPlay 2)

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:57:00 -0500

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Though AirPlay 2 with support for multiple HomePods won't ship until later this year, there are ways to use multiple HomePods with your iPhone and Mac right now. AppleInsider shows you how to do it.



Presidents' Day Deals: $200-$300 off 13" Touch Bars; 15" MacBook Pros as low as $1,799; iPads from $299; plus no tax in 48 states

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:32:31 -0500

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Holiday weekend deals are in effect now with instant savings and coupon discounts on current and closeout Macs. Save up to $1,000 on Touch Bar MacBook Pros or up to $150 on iPads with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Apple's TV 4K is also free when you prepay for three months of DirecTV Now.



Mattel teases Hot Wheels racing with AR, iPhone-controlled 'Rocket League' car set

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:44:06 -0500

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Mattel brand Hot Wheels is continuing to embrace the use of mobile apps with it's toy cars, revealing the Augmoto track-based racing set with iPhone and iPad control and augmented reality, as well as announcing a remote controlled car soccer set based on the popular game 'Rocket League.'



Apple puts Belkin screen protector for iPhone X back on sale after earlier recall

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:53:50 -0500

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Belkin's InvisiGlass Ultra protector for the iPhone X is once again available through Apple, following a December recall due to quality problems.



Clearhaus support brings Apple Pay to over 5,000 more European online stores

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:19:18 -0500

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Danish payments firm Clearhaus on Friday announced the rollout of Apple Pay to over 5,000 Nordic online stores, done in partnership with payments provider QuickPay.



Blippar developing 'WordPress of AR' to feed Apple's ARKit, Google's ARCore

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:50:21 -0500

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Early entry into augmented reality solutions company Blippar has two new products, with one being a universal kit to develop ARKit and ARCore applications and provide them data.



iDevices debuts HomeKit-compatible Instant Switch wireless wall switch

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:07:06 -0500

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Smarthome accessory maker iDevices expanded to its range of HomeKit-connected hardware on Friday with Instant Switch, an easy to mount wall switch that connects to and controls most iDevices products.



AppleInsider podcast interviews comedian Will Abeles, reviews Apple's HomePod

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:56:26 -0500

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This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor interviews Will Abeles, whose comedy album debuted at No. 1 on iTunes. In addition, Victor and Neil talk about Neil's HomePod review, as well as Apple's growing share of the smartphone market's revenue.



Interior Apple Park glass is so clear, distracted employees are walking into it

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:35:28 -0500

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The Apple Park's open, collaborative design is broken up into pods, separated by glass panes from floor to ceiling -- and distracted employees are walking straight into them.



Apple urges users to send money to friends with Apple Pay Cash, upgrade to iOS 11.2

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:43:42 -0500

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Apple on Thursday sent an email blast to iCloud users and customers on record advertising the ability to send money to friends using Apple Pay Cash, the company's peer-to-peer money transfer service that was introduced in December.



Apple board members receive $262K in restricted stock

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:08:12 -0500

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Members of Apple's board of directors this week received automatic grants of restricted stock units worth $262,000 as of Thursday, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.



Apple to prep second season of 'Carpool Karaoke'

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:23:46 -0500

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Apple has opted to renew "Carpool Karaoke" for a second season, according to CBS, which hosts "The Late Late Show with James Corden," from which "Carpool Karaoke" was spun off.



Shazam iPhone app updated, may herald future services integrated into Apple Music

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:37:28 -0500

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The Apple-owned Shazam service has updated its app for the first time since the aquisition, and has added lyric syncing in real-time to a played song, better search results display, and an all-new track menu providing access to all the information the service has.



Apple says all new iPhone apps must support iOS 11 SDK, iPhone X display as of April

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:33:42 -0500

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Starting in April, developers submitting new titles to the iOS App Store will have no choice but to use the iOS 11 SDK -- and if they're supporting the iPhone, offer iPhone X display compatibility.



Accessory vendors start producing coasters, stands, and bags for Apple's HomePod

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:18:44 -0500

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In a similar fashion to Apple's other products, accessory producers have been quick to create products to enhance the user experience of the HomePod just days after launch, with the first to surface including a leather carrying case and a coaster designed to prevent marks left behind by the speaker's silicone base.



Apple won't wait for iOS 11.3 to fix Indian character bug, plans to roll out interim iPhone patch soon

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:37:50 -0500

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While the fix for the Indian language character bug is in the iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 betas, Apple is not waiting for them to issue an update, which will rectify the issue at least on iPhones and iPads.



Sonos One feet leaving same white marks on wood furniture that the HomePod can

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:46:44 -0500

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A day after a debacle began about the HomePod silicone ring on the base of the unit was causing a stain to appear on some wood surfaces, it looks that the Sonos One has a similar issue with its own vibration-insulating feet.



HP expanding enterprise 'DaaS' support program to Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:10:03 -0500

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As part of an expansion of HP's "Device as a Service" program, the company is opening its support program to Apple devices in enterprise environments.



'An incredible money-making machine:' Apple's iPhone captures record 51% of global smartphone revenues

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:24:31 -0500

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For the first time ever, Apple's iPhone captured more than half of all global smartphone revenues in a single quarter, outperforming the rest of the industry on the strength of the premium-priced iPhone X.



Deals: Apple's 13" MacBook Air for $899; upgraded 27" iMac 5K for $1,869; iPads from $299 (up to $150 off)

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:37:00 -0500

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Presidents' Day deals are in effect now with prices starting at just $299. Apple's current 13" MacBook Air is also $100 off with no tax outside NY and NJ, while a premium 27" iMac 5K with Radeon 575 graphics is $130 off. Current iPads are up to $150 off with $20 off AppleCare as well.



Apple Watch, AirPods & HomePod, Apple's 'other products,' predicted to rake in $22B in revenue by 2019

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:24:47 -0500

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Fueled by a trio of new product categories, Apple's all-encompassing "other products" are poised to become the company's fastest growing segment, further fueled by the recent launch of HomePod.



Facebook rumored to take on Apple HomePod with first two smartspeakers

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:04:05 -0500

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Facebook is reportedly planning to launch not one but two smartspeakers by the end of July at the latest, joining the fray against Apple, Amazon, Google, and others.



Microsoft 'Photos Companion' iPhone app allows for easy transfer of pictures to Windows 10 PC

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:24:36 -0500

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Seeing a need in education, Microsoft has developed an app to pull all the pictures off multiple iPhones and mobile devices and store them locally on a central Windows 10 machine.



Latest iOS 11 bug crashes devices sent Indian-language character [u]

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:09:29 -0500

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A bug in iOS 11 is causing devices sent a particular character in Messages to crash, and/or disabling some third-party messaging and email apps, but Apple has already fixed the problem in the latest round of iOS, macOS, and watchOS betas.



Estimates peg HomePod build cost at $216, Apple's margin smaller than competitors

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:58:22 -0500

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According to the latest research from TechInsights, Apple is shelling out $216 to build HomePod, meaning margins from the tech giant's first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.



Another test finds HomePod frequency response flat, but results potentially meaningless

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:31:25 -0500

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An acoustical analysis of Apple's HomePod published Wednesday found the speaker boasts a relatively flat frequency response, characteristics often associated with accurate sound reproduction, but those results might be misleading.



Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple stake by 23.3 percent, now its largest holding

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:15:03 -0500

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Legendary investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway continued to bet big on Apple over the fourth quarter 2017, raising its stake in the tech giant by 23.3 percent to hit 165.3 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.



Watch: The best Siri commands for HomePod

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:42:27 -0500

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Apple's HomePod is out and users are impressed by the smart speaker's premium sound quality, but some have yet to take full advantage of its voice control functionality. To help users get started, AppleInsider collected a few useful phrases and commands that highlight Siri's capabilities.



How to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:07:54 -0500

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There are two different ways to lock your HomePod from outside access -- restricting access to AirPlay only, disabling messages, reminders and notes. AppleInsider shows you how to access and control both of these.



New Apple webpage touts apps & technology for augmented reality on iOS

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:40:26 -0500

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Apple has created a new mini-site promoting ARKit, the company's augmented reality platform for iPhones and iPads, as well as recent hardware advances made to enhance the technology.



How to reset your HomePod and connect it to a new Apple ID

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:38:33 -0500

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HomePod services like sending text messages or creating reminders can only be accomplished with the Apple ID used to initially set up the device. If you want to change the Apple ID affiliated with your HomePod, you'll need to redo the setup process.



HomePod's silicone bottom is causing rings on some finished wood surfaces [u]

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:16:44 -0500

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Apple's HomePod appears to be leaving white circles on some finished wood surfaces, but what specifically is causing it and any commonalities between the incidents both aren't clear yet. [Updated with Apple support info]



Rear-facing 3D sensing technology possibly slated for fall 2019 iPhone, allowing Apple to press AR advantage

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:37:56 -0500

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With the iPhone X just three months out of the gate, and discussions about the 2018 iPhone refresh starting, eyes are starting to look at 2019, with new supply chain discussion by an investment analyst firm suggesting that Apple is now working on a world-facing 3D sensor to assert dominance in augmented reality.



Bill Gates cautions Apple and other tech companies about arrogance inviting government interference

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:28:56 -0500

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has warned Apple and other tech companies that they need to exercise care when dealing with governments over important issues, such as the San Bernardino fight between Apple and the FBI over a locked iPhone, suggesting the firms may be inviting government intervention for overtly arrogant actions.



Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:45:01 -0500

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The heads of several U.S. law and spy agencies claim that smartphone buyers should avoid buying products from China's Huawei, since the company poses a risk of data theft and surveillance of users, but also are a danger to national security as well.



Apple News generates little income for smaller publishers, curators take pitches from publishers on dedicated Slack channel

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:25:09 -0500

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Apple's editorial team reportedly takes pitches from large reporting venues on a private Slack channel, and a team of about a dozen staffers decide if the story lives or dies on Apple News, and as a result, what makes money from being spotlighted on the service.



Deals: 256GB 13" MacBook Pro for $1,349; DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo for $949; Apple TV 4K w/ DirecTV Now $105

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:12:56 -0500

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Today only, save $350 on DJI's Mavic Pro Fly More Combo at B&H, now just $949. Apple's latest 13" MacBook Pros are also $150 to $200 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. Meanwhile, new DirecTV Now subscribers can snap up a free Apple TV 4K with three months of prepaid service (as low as $105).



Akitio Thunder3 10G network adapter adds 10 gigabit ethernet connection to MacBook Pro, iMac using Thunderbolt 3

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:35:40 -0500

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Enclosure manufacturer Akitio has started to ship the Thunder3 10G Network Adapter, an accessory for an iMac or MacBook Pro offering connectivity to an ethernet network at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, all passing through a Mac's Thunderbolt 3 port.



YouTube TV hikes prices for new subscribers, adds missing Turner channels like CNN & Cartoon Network

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:06:06 -0500

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Google's YouTube TV on Wednesday announced the long-awaited addition of Turner networks to its lineup, though new subscribers will soon have to pay a higher monthly fee.



Future iPhones destined for Chinese market may draw upon local supplier for flash storage

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:39:52 -0500

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If a new supply chain report is accurate, Apple is discussing a flash memory buy from Yangtze Memory Technologies for iPhones specifically destined for the Chinese market.



Qualcomm unveils 2-gigabit LTE modem amid rumors Apple's iPhone going Intel-only

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:23:23 -0500

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Qualcomm on Wednesday revealed the Snapdragon X24, its latest LTE modem for mobile devices, with peak download speeds hitting 2 gigabits per second -- though Apple may choose to forego the technology in its next iPhones.



Hands On: OmniOutliner 3 for iPad organizes everything from text to ideas

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:57:10 -0500

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OmniOutliner 3 is a brainstorming app as well as a writer's tool, and with Wednesday's update brings a pared down Essentials options to the iPad. AppleInsider delves into what's good and bad about the new release.



Apple expected to ship 100M 6.1" LCD iPhone units priced at $700-$800 in late 2018

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:17:39 -0500

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Adding to expectations that the new 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD display will be a blockbuster success, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said on Wednesday that he expects the company will ship a whopping 100 million units in the second half of 2018.