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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Apple-backed Israel Machine Vision Conference to feature talk on iPhone X's TrueDepth camera

Apple-backed Israel Machine Vision Conference to feature talk on iPhone X's TrueDepth camera

Apple is helping to sponsor March's Israel Machine Vision Conference in Tel Aviv, where the company will also have an expert on hand to talk about the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X.

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Phone from 'The Matrix' resurrected in the modernized Nokia 8110 Reloaded

Phone from 'The Matrix' resurrected in the modernized Nokia 8110 Reloaded

Continuing a pattern of reviving older designs in an attempt to stay relevant in the mobile phone industry, Nokia has resurrected one of its more famous designs, bringing back the Nokia 8110 as a feature phone with a bigger screen and a sleeker appearance, while still retaining its well-known physical slide-out design.

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Apple Australia airs four wedding-themed 'First Dance' ads for iPhone X

Apple Australia airs four wedding-themed 'First Dance' ads for iPhone X

Apple this weekend premiered four new "Shot on iPhone" ads for the iPhone X in Australia, all themed around first dances at weddings.

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Samsung launches Galaxy S9, S9 Plus with greater focus on smartphone photography

Samsung launches Galaxy S9, S9 Plus with greater focus on smartphone photography

Samsung has revealed its new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, at its launch event at Mobile World Congress today, with the South Korean giant this time focusing on photography and improved imaging efforts in its latest attempt to beat Apple's iPhone X and iPhone 8.

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Apple to launch branded over-ear headphones as soon as this year

Apple to launch branded over-ear headphones as soon as this year

Capitalizing on early success with AirPods, Apple is readying a branded over-the-ear headphone product that could launch as soon as this year, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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ReviewReview: May the force be with you when flying Propel's Star Wars battle drones

Review: May the force be with you when flying Propel's Star Wars battle drones

The battle is on as Propel's XT-65 X-Wing and Tie Advanced X1 take to the skies in our hands-on review of the iPhone-connected drones.

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Photos of purported 'iPhone X Plus' display assembly reveal LG manufacturing

Photos of purported 'iPhone X Plus' display assembly reveal LG manufacturing

A pair of images posted to a Chinese blog on Saturday purportedly offer a first look at Apple's next-generation "iPhone X Plus" handset, a 6.5-inch device rumored to see release later this year.

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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! B&H is now knocking $900 off two Late 2016 15" MacBook Pros with an abundance of upgrades. Prices for the premium models start at just $1,899 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Apple's 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi) is also $699, while the 512GB LTE model is $949. Meanwhile, new iMac Pros are $500 to $1,000 off now through Feb. 26.

iTunes Store to stop working for first-gen Apple TV & older Windows PCs on May 25

iTunes Store to stop working for first-gen Apple TV & older Windows PCs on May 25

As of late May, people with an original Apple TV — or a PC running Windows XP or Vista — will be unable to access or re-download content from the iTunes Store, a new Apple support document indicates.

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Tim Cook publicly commemorates the 63rd birthday of Steve Jobs with a Tweet

Tim Cook publicly commemorates the 63rd birthday of Steve Jobs with a Tweet

Apple CEO Tim Cook used Twitter to celebrate Steve Jobs' birthday, using one of the founder's own quotes.

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EditorialThe Smartphone Endgame: Who wins once shipment volumes peak?

The Smartphone Endgame: Who wins once shipment volumes peak?

For decades, market research firms have been confidently asserting that the "winners" in PCs, tablets, smartphones and other consumer electronics are not firms that are profitable or even sustainable, but merely those shipping the largest volumes at any given time. This has enabled them to crown a successive line of failed players, then rapidly move on to a new "winner," often within the same year. The bigger problem for this sort of flawgic is that the game itself is changing.

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Audio vendor makes questionable claim that Apple will release iOS 11.3 before end of February

Audio vendor makes questionable claim that Apple will release iOS 11.3 before end of February

In response to a user's question, audio gear manufacturer Shure claims that a bug introduced with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X will be rectified with iOS 11.3 — and also has said that it is "due out next week."

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Apple to move Chinese iCloud keys to China servers, opens door to government data requests

Apple to move Chinese iCloud keys to China servers, opens door to government data requests

In order to conform with Chinese cybersecurity laws, Apple will for the first time move cryptographic iCloud account keys out of the U.S. and into China when it migrates customer data to a local server farm in late February.

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This week on AI: Apple readies new iPads & AirPods, AirPlay 2 goes MIA, HomePod vs. Sonos & more

This week on AI: Apple readies new iPads & AirPods, AirPlay 2 goes MIA, HomePod vs. Sonos & more

Top stories included an imminent iPad refresh, Apple plans to buy a battery ingredient directly from miners, and word that updated AirPods could be ready later this year.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Apple Pay Cash shows up in Messages app for users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain

Apple Pay Cash shows up in Messages app for users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain

Apple Pay Cash is showing up in the Messages app for certain iOS users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain, suggesting an international rollout of Apple's peer-to-peer money transfer service is in the offing.

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Apple's Southlake store update to include expansion & outdoor improvements

Apple's Southlake store update to include expansion & outdoor improvements

Apple's Southlake Town Square outlet, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will be both growing and gaining a number of external upgrades after it closes for renovations on March 4.

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Self-driving test cars with remote control backup could hit California roads in April

Self-driving test cars with remote control backup could hit California roads in April

If approved, new Californian regulations could allow companies like Apple to test their self-driving platforms with remote backup, instead of putting a human behind the wheel.

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French court denies Apple injunction against tax protests

French court denies Apple injunction against tax protests

A Parisian court has blocked Apple's attempt to prevent Attac — the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen's Action — from staging protests at the company's French retail stores.

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ReviewReview: MacBook users should consider the IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station, MacBook Pro owners need not apply

Review: MacBook users should consider the IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station, MacBook Pro owners need not apply

The IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station with Power Delivery Pass-Thru is a port-replacement peripheral for USB 3.1 type C gear, but isn't ideal for Apple's entire portable line.

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EditorialChinese discount phone makers were supposed to rival Apple's iPhone globally. Instead, they're dying off within China

Chinese discount phone makers were supposed to rival Apple's iPhone globally. Instead, they're dying off within China

Ever since iPhones officially went on sale in China back in 2009, pundits have claimed that local production of cheaper smartphones would not only block Apple's growth prospects in China but also invade smartphone markets globally. They were wrong, here's why.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $350 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $350 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

New, lower prices! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $70 and $350 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% OAC.

Personality model casts Apple CEO Tim Cook as 'Advisor,' emphasizing values

Personality model casts Apple CEO Tim Cook as 'Advisor,' emphasizing values

A psychological test once used by NASA categorizes Apple's Tim Cook as an "Advisor," based on linguistics analysis of 10 minutes of his public speaking, according to a "behavioral analytics" firm.

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TipsHow to AirPlay music to your HomePod from Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, and Apple Music

How to AirPlay music to your HomePod from Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, and Apple Music

The HomePod is not strictly limited to Apple Music playback through Siri — it is also an AirPlay target, and can recieve an audio signal from nearly every app on your iPhone. Here are some of the most common apps, and where to tap to get that to play on your new speaker.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks HomePod, AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and new AirPods

AppleInsider podcast talks HomePod, AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and new AirPods

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about Neil's Siri experience on HomePod, iOS betas that formerly had AirPlay 2, and HomeKit baby cameras.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Director Steven Soderbergh's shot-on-iPhone 'Unsane' feature premieres at Berlin film festival

Director Steven Soderbergh's shot-on-iPhone 'Unsane' feature premieres at Berlin film festival

Acclaimed Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh spoke to the press at the premiere of his latest feature film, "Unsane," at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday, expounding on the benefits of using an iPhone to shoot the psychological thriller.

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Apple's AirPower mat inches closer to release, again said to arrive in March

Apple's AirPower mat inches closer to release, again said to arrive in March

Following up on rumors earlier this month, Japanese publication Mac Otakara has confirmed with its own sources that Apple plans to initiate sales of its hotly anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat in March.

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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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Deals: 13" MacBook Pros from $1,199 ($100-$300 off); $120-$150 off 27" iMac 5Ks; iPhone 6 & 6s from $159 + free GC

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. Deals on iPhones are also going on now with CPO prices starting at $99, while refurbished 6 models are as low as $159 with a free $10 gift card.

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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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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