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Friday, May 18, 2018

VideoVideo: the iPhone X reviewed, six months later

Video: the iPhone X reviewed, six months later

From its release right up until this month's earnings announcement, analysts have said Apple will discontinue the iPhone X this year due to low sales. While the iPhone X itself might be replaced by new models and not continue for a second year, like the iPhone 7, there is no denying what Apple's premium smartphone has brought to the table.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Surveillance app stored teens' Apple IDs on unprotected servers

Surveillance app stored teens' Apple IDs on unprotected servers

An app meant to let parents monitor the phone activity of teenagers was until recently saving the latter's Apple ID passwords in unprotected plaintext form, a report revealed on Sunday.

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VideoReview: Logi Circle 2 is the best HomeKit camera, but Apple's support is lacking

Review: Logi Circle 2 is the best HomeKit camera, but Apple's support is lacking

We've spent a few months with Logitech's flagship smart home security camera that gained support for HomeKit just last fall. After extensive usage, we have the verdict on one of the most popular HomeKit cams yet.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

VideoVideo: iPhone X vs Galaxy S9+ AR Gaming — ARKit vs ARCore

Video: iPhone X vs Galaxy S9+ AR Gaming — ARKit vs ARCore

Apple's ARKit made a public debut at WWDC 2017 and was later released with iOS 11, enabling any iOS device with an A9 or newer processor to run augmented reality games and apps. Like clockwork, Google introduced a competing product in ARCore for devices running Android. We take a closer at the respective AR platforms in this video.

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App Roundup: Fortnite for iOS, Tweetbot 3 for macOS, WhatsApp, eBay, more!

App Roundup: Fortnite for iOS, Tweetbot 3 for macOS, WhatsApp, eBay, more!

New apps and updates to existing software appear in the App Store and other digital marketplaces all the time, and sometimes there's simply too many to track. AppleInsider has collected together some of the main macOS and iOS software updates and new additions that have arrived in the last week.

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Apple and Samsung rest cases patent damages trial, jury to decide on Monday

Apple and Samsung rest cases patent damages trial, jury to decide on Monday

Lawyers in the — maybe — final Apple v. Samsung trial presented their respective closing arguments on Friday, with Apple fighting to persuade jurors that Samsung's infringement of two utility and three design patents is worth more than $1 billion. Samsung argues it should pay $28 million, at most.

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Lowest prices anywhere: 13" MacBook Pros on sale from $1,099; 15" models as low as $1,699; $450 off Apple's 2017 27" iMac 5K

Lowest prices anywhere: 13

Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices this weekend on popular 2017 MacBook Pros and iMacs. Save up to $450 on current models and up to $1,200 on closeout configs with instant and coupon discounts, along with 0% financing OAC and no sales tax collected in most states.

This week on AI: Apple v. Samsung returns, six-month iPhone X review, Irish tax bill payouts & more

This week on AI: Apple v. Samsung returns, six-month iPhone X review, Irish tax bill payouts & more

Apple's legal battles with Samsung and the European Union roared back to life this week. The company also hit a new milestone with Apple Music, and we took a second look at the iPhone X — a gamble on the future of smartphones.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Apple restarts Barclays, PayPal Credit financing options in the UK

Apple restarts Barclays, PayPal Credit financing options in the UK

Apple this week reinstated product financing alternatives, as well as an informational webpage detailing such purchases, for UK customers shopping on the company's online storefront after the options were made temporarily unavailable.

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ReviewReview: Philips Hue Wellner lamp with Apple HomeKit

Review: Philips Hue Wellner lamp with Apple HomeKit

If you're into its style, the Philips Hue Wellner lamp can be a decent way to way to expand an existing Hue setup, but it's not much good to people who haven't invested — or plan to invest — in the ecosystem.

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Commemorate the Royal Wedding with this $4,000 gold iPhone X

Commemorate the Royal Wedding with this $4,000 gold iPhone X

Goldgenie is marking this weekend's wedding of the UK's Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle by selling a limited-edition iPhone X, one that is encased in 24-karat gold with a commemorative engraving of the couple, priced at just under $4,000.

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Developers Union urges Apple to allow free app trials, make it easier to earn a living

Developers Union urges Apple to allow free app trials, make it easier to earn a living

On Friday a fledgling group calling itself the Developers Union published an open letter to Apple, calling on the company to both expand free app trials and provide developers a livable revenue cut from the App Store.

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Tidal looking into possible data breach as it denies inflating Beyonce & Kanye West streams

Tidal looking into possible data breach as it denies inflating Beyonce & Kanye West streams

Troubled music service Tidal is hiring a third-party security firm to investigate a possible data breach, amid accusations it inflated streaming figures for albums by Beyonce and Kanye West.

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ExclusiveCoupon Deals: Save up to $450 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Coupon Deals: Save up to $450 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $450 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% financing OAC.

Apple makes first payment of $15.3B disputed Irish tax bill to escrow account

Apple makes first payment of $15.3B disputed Irish tax bill to escrow account

Apple has started to pay off its $15.3 billion tax bill to Ireland, the country's Finance Minister has confirmed, transferring the first $1.76 billion payment to an escrow account.

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This high-tech Dubai apartment building draws inspiration from Apple's iPod & iPad

This high-tech Dubai apartment building draws inspiration from Apple's iPod & iPad

A technologically advanced apartment complex in Dubai, opening later this year, was inspired by the design of Apple's iPod, according to its architect.

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TipsHow to delete the 'mshelper' malware from macOS

How to delete the 'mshelper' malware from macOS

If your Mac is running hot and is consuming its battery at a higher rate than expected in recent days, you may be affected by 'mshelper.' AppleInsider explains how to check for the resource-consuming malware, and how to stop it from slowing down macOS.

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FeatureAppleInsider Podcast talks with artist Author&Punisher, plus Eventide and Teenage Engineering at Moogfest 2018

AppleInsider Podcast talks with artist Author&Punisher, plus Eventide and Teenage Engineering at Moogfest 2018

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor goes to Moogfest 2018 and meets one of the artists performing there, Author&Punisher. Also, we talk with effects processor maker Eventide and synthesizer maker Teenage Engineering about their products and how they're taking advantage of iOS.

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StarTech Thunderbolt 3 Mini Docks offer dual video outputs in a compact package

StarTech Thunderbolt 3 Mini Docks offer dual video outputs in a compact package

Peripherals vendor StarTech has shipped a pair of Thunderbolt 3 Mini Docking stations that add a wider selection of ports to an iMac or a MacBook, with each including support for a pair of 4K monitors and Gigabit Ethernet connections.

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Apple HomePod competitor Sonos lays off 96 employees ahead of expected IPO

Apple HomePod competitor Sonos lays off 96 employees ahead of expected IPO

Wireless speaker manufacturer Sonos on Thursday revealed plans to cut 96 employees from its workforce in a bid to boost profitability, a move that comes just ahead of an expected initial public offering said to be valued in the billions.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Apple must fight $15.3B EU tax bill without US government help, court says

Apple must fight $15.3B EU tax bill without US government help, court says

On Thursday, the European Union Court of Justice blocked U.S. efforts to side with Apple in the appeal of a $15.3 billion tax bill, which the European Commission first ordered Ireland to collect in August 2016.

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Apple sold about 600,000 HomePods in the first quarter

Apple sold about 600,000 HomePods in the first quarter

Apple may have shipped just 600,000 HomePods during the March quarter, according to an estimate published on Thursday, giving it 6 percent of the fledgling smart speaker market.

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TipsHow to merge together multiple PDF documents using Preview in macOS

How to merge together multiple PDF documents using Preview in macOS

If you need to combine multiple PDF files into a single document, the Preview application in macOS can do the task. AppleInsider explains how to transfer sections between PDF documents to create a single compilation from a variety of sources.

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ExclusiveLowest Prices: Apple's loaded 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,999; 256GB 13" MacBook Pro on sale for $1,269

Lowest Prices: Apple's loaded 2017 15

Apple authorized resellers are offering AI readers the absolute lowest prices anywhere on Mid 2017 MacBook Pros. Save $400 on a loaded 15" model with a 3.1GHz processor, 1TB SSD and top-of-the-line Radeon Pro 560 graphics (plus no tax outside NY and NJ). B&H is also knocking $230 off Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage, now $1,269, a record low.

Apple supplier Toshiba gets China's approval to execute $14B memory chip unit sale

Apple supplier Toshiba gets China's approval to execute $14B memory chip unit sale

Toshiba has received approval from the Chinese government to sell a majority stake of its chip unit, in a move that could affect dealings for the NAND flash memory used in iPhones and other Apple devices.

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Hands-OnHands on: Steam Link lets you play Mac and PC games on iOS and tvOS with a few hiccups

Hands on: Steam Link lets you play Mac and PC games on iOS and tvOS with a few hiccups

Steam Link, the iOS and tvOS application that lets you play your Mac titles on your other devices, launched on beta on Thursday. We spent the last few days testing it out on a variety of different games, and can tell you what to expect.

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Apple issues sixth developer beta of iOS 11.4

Apple issues sixth developer beta of iOS 11.4

Apple has seeded the sixth developer beta for iOS 11.4, a mere three days after the fifth betas of Apple's operating systems were distributed for testing ahead of an upcoming public release.

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'Apple Glasses' AR headset could launch in 2021, says Gene Munster

'Apple Glasses' AR headset could launch in 2021, says Gene Munster

Apple could release a highly rumored augmented reality wearable in 2021, according to a note from Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster discussing product categories the iPhone producer could pursue, with the rumored 'Apple Glasses' predicted to sell over 10 million units in its first year.

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Waze for iPhone gets dash display, voice control in Ford vehicles

Waze for iPhone gets dash display, voice control in Ford vehicles

People using Google's Waze navigation app on the iPhone can now pair it with any Ford vehicle running SYNC 3, giving them not just a mirrored touchscreen interface but access to voice controls.

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New Samsung ad takes shot at Apple over iPhone X notch, battery throttling controversy

New Samsung ad takes shot at Apple over iPhone X notch, battery throttling controversy

Going on the offensive, Samsung has released a new commercial targeting Apple's recent admission that it throttles iPhones with chemically depleted batteries.

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Intel's first 10nm 'Cannon Lake' processor with 32GB LPDDR4 RAM support ships

Intel's first 10nm 'Cannon Lake' processor with 32GB LPDDR4 RAM support ships

Details about the capabilities of Intel's "Cannon Lake" processors have finally surfaced, and the chip family will ultimately allow Apple to add a 32-gigabyte RAM option to its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines.

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Apple's accessibility focus in iPhone, iPad, Mac highlighted for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Apple's accessibility focus in iPhone, iPad, Mac highlighted for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Apple temporarily switched the focus of its website on Thursday, highlighting Global Accessibility Awareness Day and celebrating enabling features in its products.

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Apple's Everyone Can Code Swift lessons available for blind and deaf students in fall

Apple's Everyone Can Code Swift lessons available for blind and deaf students in fall

Starting in the fall, schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs can use the Everyone Can Code curricula for Swift.

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Apple Pay roundup: Ukraine, Toronto's TTC, Citi cards & dozens of new banks

Apple Pay roundup: Ukraine, Toronto's TTC, Citi cards & dozens of new banks

Beyond just adding the Ukraine to Apple Pay, Apple continues its regular roster expansion of banks and credit unions with Apple Pay, and hammering home its marketing with promotions and new merchant announcements. Here are some of the latest additions to the payment platform.

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Apple's North Carolina 'Triangle' campus a 'done deal' if legislation passes

Apple's North Carolina 'Triangle' campus a 'done deal' if legislation passes

Apple's plan to set up a new campus in North Carolina's "Research Triangle" could be announced as early as June, with Republican legislators reportedly close to passing a financial incentives package granting benefits to the iPhone producer.

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YouTube Music subscription service arrives next week as Google puts its content ducks in a row

YouTube Music subscription service arrives next week as Google puts its content ducks in a row

Google plans to roll out a major transformation of its subscriber content model next week with the relaunch of YouTube Music, a service designed to take on streaming providers Apple Music and Spotify, and the replacement of YouTube Red with YouTube Premium.

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Huawei beats Apple in China-focused corporate reputation survey

Huawei beats Apple in China-focused corporate reputation survey

An annual study released by the Reputation Institute on Thursday claims Apple's stature in China in slumping, with the iPhone maker falling behind a number of U.S.-based multinational tech companies and local telecommunications giant Huawei.

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Original Mac designer Susan Kare takes stand in Apple v. Samsung trial

Original Mac designer Susan Kare takes stand in Apple v. Samsung trial

Two Apple expert witnesses took the stand in the recently restarted Apple v. Samsung patent trial on Wednesday, with lawyers on each side disputing how Samsung should pay for infringing on three Apple design patents.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hands-OnSpigen throwback cases pay homage to classic Apple designs

Spigen throwback cases pay homage to classic Apple designs

Spigen recently launched a new lineup of cases designed to transform iPhone X into iconic Apple hardware of yore. We got our hands on the limited edition accessories to see if they stay true to their retro inspirations or are just kitsch.

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