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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ReviewLibratone TRACK+ wireless headphones pair svelte design and adaptive noise canceling with premium audio

Libratone TRACK+ wireless headphones pair svelte design and adaptive noise canceling with premium audio

Libratone TRACK+ wireless headphones make a bold statement with a smooth, modern design and an audio profile to match, with an adaptive noise cancellation feature so good, that makes it hard to live without.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Qualcomm proposes new licensing terms to lure in customers

Qualcomm proposes new licensing terms to lure in customers

Qualcomm in an earnings conference call on Wednesday showed rare willingness to modify its patent licensing policies, a core segment of its business that sparked a court battle with Apple and government investigations into potentially anticompetitive practices.

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Samsung reports weak demand for OLED displays used in iPhone X

Samsung reports weak demand for OLED displays used in iPhone X

Samsung Electronics reported positive quarterly profits on Wednesday, its fourth consecutive period of massive record gains, but warned of slow growth due to weaker than expected demand for smartphone OLED panels like those supplied to Apple for iPhone X.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Qualcomm to remain iPhone modem supplier in 2018, but will see orders reduced to 30%

Qualcomm to remain iPhone modem supplier in 2018, but will see orders reduced to 30%

Recent rumors suggest Apple is planning to remove longtime partner Qualcomm from its iPhone supply chain in favor of industry rival Intel, but according to a new report the switch will not be completed in full this year.

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Sonos reveals which of its speakers will get AirPlay 2 support

Sonos reveals which of its speakers will get AirPlay 2 support

Ahead of Apple's official AirPlay 2 launch, Sonos this week provided additional details as to which speaker models will gain initial support the forthcoming wireless protocol.

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Trump and Cook talked trade in Oval Office meeting

Trump and Cook talked trade in Oval Office meeting

In what is being described as "a good meeting" by White House staff, President Donald Trump on Wednesday invited Apple CEO Tim Cook to talk trade in a closed-door confab.

Apple TV viewing hours surged 709 percent in March quarter

Apple TV viewing hours surged 709 percent in March quarter

Video streaming on the Apple TV rocketed higher during the March quarter, with viewing hours up 709 percent year-over-year, according to newly published research data.

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Record low prices: Save up to $1,150 on loaded 15" MacBook Pros; iMacs on sale from $699 w/ no tax in 48 states

Record low prices: Save up to $1,150 on loaded 15

New price drops are in effect now at Apple authorized reseller Adorama. Save up to $1,150 on loaded configs with prices starting at just $699, a record low. All with free shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Bandsintown for iPhone adds Apple Music streaming through MusicKit

Bandsintown for iPhone adds Apple Music streaming through MusicKit

Concert-finding app Bandsintown has officially launched native Apple Music streaming, made possible through the use of Apple's MusicKit framework.

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EditorialDefending Tim Cook: Why Apple remains in good hands

Defending Tim Cook: Why Apple remains in good hands

Despite recent stock woes and the rough HomePod launch, Tim Cook has represented Apple well in his time at the helm, and blaming him for not being Steve Jobs is pointless, and ignores the new realities surrounding Apple that have developed in the last five years.

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iOS 11 now installed on 76% of compatible devices, up 11% since January

iOS 11 now installed on 76% of compatible devices, up 11% since January

New adoption statistics for iOS published on Apple's developer website reveal iOS 11 is installed on 76 percent of all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch models, a share that has increased by 11 percent since the start of this year.

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Apple supplier comments not likely to affect long-term financial prognosis, Gene Munster suggests

Apple supplier comments not likely to affect long-term financial prognosis, Gene Munster suggests

Negative comments from two Apple suppliers about the next iPhone generation could hamper investor expectations for the next quarter, suggests Gene Munster of Loup Ventures, but predictable iPhone sales make this only a near-term risk instead of a long-term problem.

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Amazon unveils $79 Echo Dot Kids Edition, shipments start in May

Amazon unveils $79 Echo Dot Kids Edition, shipments start in May

Amazon seeks to widen its smart speaker lead with a new product intended for children's use, that comes pre-packed with parental controls, and access to some of Amazon's subscription services included in the purchase price.

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Just in: Up to $350 off 2017 MacBook Pros; $1,100 off high-end 15" MacBook Pro; $105 Apple TV 4K; Apple Pencil $72

Just in: Up to $350 off 2017 MacBook Pros; $1,100 off high-end 15

Snap up the lowest prices available on Mid 2017 MacBook Pros for two days only with discounts of up to $350 off, plus no tax on many models in most states. Bargain hunters can also save up to $1,100 on Late 2016 systems with premium upgrades. Or opt for a free Apple TV 4K with three months of DirecTV Now service. The Apple Pencil is also on sale for $71.99.

EditorialGoing all-in on USB-C with Apple's ecosystem? That's impossible — for now

Going all-in on USB-C with Apple's ecosystem? That's impossible — for now

I'm finally ready to fully embrace the smaller, reversible, more powerful USB-C port featured on Apple's recent MacBooks. But in preparing for a full switch to the versatile port, I have hit a number of roadblocks. No matter how badly I want to completely ditch USB-A, it turns out I just can't.

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Google begins rolling out overhauled Gmail iOS & Web interfaces

Google begins rolling out overhauled Gmail iOS & Web interfaces

Google on Wednesday detailed a series of changes now rolling out to Gmail users, primarily focused on the Web, but also including some upgrades for iPhone and iPad owners.

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Apple looking to simplify iPhone branding for 2018 releases, analyst predicts

Apple looking to simplify iPhone branding for 2018 releases, analyst predicts

Apple could make a major change to the way it names successive iPhone generations this year, Guggenheim analyst Robert Cihra suggests, tipping Apple to take the opportunity to simplify what the iPhones are called when the new models launch this fall.

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Apple's iPhone X delivered a KO punch to cheap Androids: Q1 smartphone demand slumped globally but ASP grew by 21%

Apple's iPhone X delivered a KO punch to cheap Androids: Q1 smartphone demand slumped globally but ASP grew by 21%

New data from GfK shows that global demand for smartphones declined by 2 percent year over year in the March quarter while Average Selling Prices grew by 21 percent, totally contradicting the media narrative that customers were looking to save money and would shy away from Apple's premium-priced iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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2019 Lexus ES will be carmaker's first model to integrate CarPlay support

2019 Lexus ES will be carmaker's first model to integrate CarPlay support

After Toyota unveiled its first CarPlay-compatible model, the Corolla Hatchback, last month, the Japanese carmaker on Tuesday announced plans to introduce Apple's infotainment system to its luxury division with the 2019 Lexus ES.

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Trump to host Apple CEO Tim Cook in private Oval Office meeting

Trump to host Apple CEO Tim Cook in private Oval Office meeting

After attending a state dinner on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to spend at least one more day in Washington, D.C., where he will talk with President Donald Trump in a closed-door meeting at the White House.

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Supreme Court upholds review procedure tech companies use to thwart 'patent trolls'

Supreme Court upholds review procedure tech companies use to thwart 'patent trolls'

In what is sure to be a boon for high-tech companies like Apple and Google, the Supreme Court in a 7-to-2 vote on Tuesday upheld an administrative review process that allows those engaged in patent lawsuits to more easily invalidate questionable IP.

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iPhone unlocking firm Grayshift faces extortion demands after data breach

iPhone unlocking firm Grayshift faces extortion demands after data breach

Grayshift, the firm responsible for the GrayKey iPhone hacking tool, is in the crosshairs of an extortionist after its product's source code was inadvertently exposed to the internet last week.

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Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson attend President Trump's first state dinner

Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson attend President Trump's first state dinner

Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson were among a slate of distinguished guests at President Donald Trump's first state dinner Tuesday evening, which was held on the State floor of the White House in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to the U.S.

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Apple seemingly halts product financing for UK customers

Apple seemingly halts product financing for UK customers

Apple has apparently discontinued product financing in the UK, as the company on Tuesday removed an informational webpage detailing those options and scrubbed its regional online store of references to installment plans.

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Apple Watch Series 3 likely buoyed Verizon subscriber numbers in Q1

Apple Watch Series 3 likely buoyed Verizon subscriber numbers in Q1

Verizon on Tuesday revealed that it added 260,000 net subscribers in the March quarter, mostly thanks to smartwatches and other wearables — hinting that the Apple Watch Series 3 was an important contributor.

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Master & Dynamic ship Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cables for iPhone, iPad

Master & Dynamic ship Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cables for iPhone, iPad

Audio accessory producer Master & Dynamic has unveiled new cables for connecting its headphones directly to an iPhone without a headphone jack, with the 3.5mm-to-Lightning and USB-C cables offered at half the regular price for a limited time to celebrate the launch.

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FeatureWish list: HomePod needs an officially adjustable EQ, and much better Siri at WWDC

Wish list: HomePod needs an officially adjustable EQ, and much better Siri at WWDC

After spending a few months with Apple's home speaker, the hardware execution remains fantastic, but the software weaknesses in the HomePod are becoming increasingly apparent. The disparity between the two got us thinking about how we would like to see HomePod improve in the future.

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Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update fixes issue with third-party iPhone 8 displays, macOS security update released

Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update fixes issue with third-party iPhone 8 displays, macOS security update released

Apple has released updates for the iPhone, iPad, and the Mac, with iOS 11.3.1 fixing a third-party display issue among other changes, while Security Update 2018-001 for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 plugs a hole that could allow an app to take over a Mac's desktop.

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VideoWatch: 2018 iPad vs. 2017 iPad vs 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro battery tests

Watch: 2018 iPad vs. 2017 iPad vs 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro battery tests

Knowing how long a mobile device can be used before the battery runs out is an important thing to find out before buying new hardware. AppleInsider pits the new 2018 iPad against the 2017 model and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to see which battery lasts the longest.

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ExclusiveCoupon Deals: Save up to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Coupon Deals: Save up to $250 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 $250 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.

Spotify upgrades iPhone & iPad app with data-saving mode, new options for free listeners

Spotify upgrades iPhone & iPad app with data-saving mode, new options for free listeners

Spotify on Tuesday announced the gradual rollout of a redesigned mobile interface, accompanied by other improvements — with a particular focus on the ad-supported free listeners who make up the majority of the service's audience.

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Apple & Ireland's appeal of $16B EU tax ruling expected this fall, payments expected to start in May

Apple & Ireland's appeal of $16B EU tax ruling expected this fall, payments expected to start in May

Apple and the Irish government's appeal of a $16 billion European Commission ruling on back taxes should finally see action later this year, according to Ireland's finance minister.

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Apple order delays for 2018 iPhone impact TrueDepth component supplier

Apple order delays for 2018 iPhone impact TrueDepth component supplier

Shares in AMS, a producer of components used in the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera, dropped in value by 14 percent after the manufacturer warned of lower than expected revenue in the second quarter, possibly due to Apple being slow to finalize its production plans for this year's iPhone refresh.

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Apple partners with British government on 'Year of Engineering' educational effort

Apple partners with British government on 'Year of Engineering' educational effort

The "Year of Engineering" Partnership that is currently underway will include AI coding workshops in all U.K. Apple Stores at the behest of the country's government.

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Apple rumored in talks with Samsung to lower OLED costs for 2018 iPhones

Apple rumored in talks with Samsung to lower OLED costs for 2018 iPhones

Apple is reportedly negotiating with Samsung Display to reduce what it pays for OLED panels, and as a result push down the prices for 2018 iPhones.

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Fall LCD iPhone could be $200 cheaper than OLED counterparts, says analyst

Fall LCD iPhone could be $200 cheaper than OLED counterparts, says analyst

The next generation of iPhones will start production in August, according to a supply chain report from investment firm Rosenblatt Securities, with Apple expected to offer an LCD version of the smartphone at around $200 below the cost of the OLED models shipping at the same time.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Apple highlights Apple Pencil support in new 9.7-inch iPad ads

Apple highlights Apple Pencil support in new 9.7-inch iPad ads

Adding to a slate of new commercials pushing this year's 9.7-inch iPad revamp, Apple on Monday published a series of four short ads touting the tablet's compatibility with Apple Pencil.

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Apple acquires Ed Sheeran documentary Songwriter ahead of Tribeca debut

Apple acquires Ed Sheeran documentary Songwriter ahead of Tribeca debut

Apple has acquired global rights to a new documentary called Songwriter, which follows singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran through much of 2016 as he evolves his unique style.

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Apple hires Samsung executive to lead operations in South Korea

Apple hires Samsung executive to lead operations in South Korea

Apple has seemingly poached an executive away from rival Samsung to lead business efforts in the South Korean tech conglomerate's own backyard, a market that has proven difficult for the iPhone maker to crack.

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