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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Verizon debuts unlimited data plan for prepaid customers

Verizon debuts unlimited data plan for prepaid customers

Verizon on Monday introduced a new unlimited data tier for prepaid customers, with the plan adding to the mobile carrier's four capped options.

Apple AI guru Tom Gruber speaks of artificial intelligence's 'inevitability' at TED

Apple AI guru Tom Gruber speaks of artificial intelligence's 'inevitability' at TED

Speaking at the TED conference, Siri co-founder and Apple AI expert Tom Gruber declared that artificial intelligence should be used less to replace humans, and more to enhance aspects of humanity that are unreliable or fail with time, like memory.

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Samsung, LG concerned by Apple's plans to replace OLED with micro-LED in 2017 Apple Watch 3, later iPhones

Samsung, LG concerned by Apple's plans to replace OLED with micro-LED in 2017 Apple Watch 3, later iPhones

Later this year, Apple is expected to begin production of its advanced new power-efficient display technology known as micro-LED, which is expected to initially be used to replace OLED in Apple Watch Series 3. The shift is part of a series of moves that is concerning Samsung, LG and other South Korean suppliers.

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Keynote, Numbers, Pages iWork apps updated for both macOS and iOS

Keynote, Numbers, Pages iWork apps updated for both macOS and iOS

On Tuesday, Apple updated its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote applications for iOS and macOS, with the biggest addition being a numeric keypad for Numbers users on the iPad.

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Hubbell buys out Apple HomeKit accessory maker iDevices

Hubbell buys out Apple HomeKit accessory maker iDevices

iDevices — currently best known as a smarthome accessory maker, with devices supporting Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa — has been bought out by Hubbell, a major player in B2B electrical and electronics products.

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Waymo launches widescale test of self-driving rides in Phoenix

Waymo launches widescale test of self-driving rides in Phoenix

Alphabet's autonomous car division, Waymo, is expanding a ridehailing trial in Phoenix, Ariz., to members of the general public, marking perhaps the biggest real-world use of self-driving technology to date.

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Apple shows off Dubai store with massive 186-foot curved glass facade

Apple shows off Dubai store with massive 186-foot curved glass facade

Set to open to the public this Thursday, Apple is touting its new eco-friendly retail store in Dubai, including a 186-foot curved storefront and a balcony overlooking both Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $390 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

Apple to launch 'Today at Apple' retail sessions in late May [u]

Apple to launch 'Today at Apple' retail sessions in late May [u]

Towards the end of May Apple plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed "Today at Apple," retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday. [Updated with official session details]

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ExclusiveLowest price anywhere! 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray for $1,599 ($200 off) with no tax in 48 states

Lowest price anywhere! 13

B&H Photo is taking $200 off Apple's Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray exclusively for AI readers. Now $1,599.00, each MacBook Pro also comes with free expedited shipping. Plus, B&H will not collect sales tax outside NY and NJ, making this the lowest price available from an authorized reseller.

Hands-OnFirst look: Rigiet iPhone camera gimbal is an affordable way to stabilize video recordings

First look: Rigiet iPhone camera gimbal is an affordable way to stabilize video recordings

Before its crowdfunding campaign kicked off on Tuesday, AppleInsider had the opportunity to go hands-on with Rigiet, a new iPhone-compatible camera gimbal offering super-smooth video recording at a budget price.

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Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems

Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems

Another supply chain source suggests that the "iPhone 8" supply in 2017 will be profoundly hamstrung has emerged, but for a different reason — tight supplies of the the Samsung OLED screen.

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Uber sued for $5M over 'Hell' app used to track Lyft drivers

Uber sued for $5M over 'Hell' app used to track Lyft drivers

Fresh off revelations of the ridesharing service's run-in with Apple, Uber is being sued for the use of an app called "Hell," which allegedly tracked drivers from the company's main U.S. rival Lyft.

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Dutch judge rules Apple can't swap refurbished iPads for broken ones

Dutch judge rules Apple can't swap refurbished iPads for broken ones

Another court ruling in the Netherlands mandates that when Apple needs to replace a broken iPhone or iPad, it must do so with a new unit, and not a refurbished one.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Apple Maps expands into Middle East with Traffic for Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Apple Maps expands into Middle East with Traffic for Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Apple in a recent update to Maps activated Traffic data for two Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, though it appears only major metropolitan areas are supported at this time.

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Apple pushes 'Carpool Karaoke' launch back to 'later this year'

Apple pushes 'Carpool Karaoke' launch back to 'later this year'

It appears Apple's first foray into original video content, "Carpool Karaoke," will not make its scheduled April debut, as the company on Monday again postponed a launch party initially slated for March.

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Google Photos now streams photos, video to Apple TV via AirPlay

Google Photos now streams photos, video to Apple TV via AirPlay

Google on Monday updated its Google Photos app for iOS with integrated AirPlay support, meaning users can stream photos and video to the big screen with Apple TV.

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Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products

Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products

Apple has reportedly hired Dr. Jeff Norris, an augmented and virtual reality specialist who founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to be part of a special projects team working to bring augmented reality to the masses.

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Sling TV brings cloud DVR recording to Apple TV

Sling TV brings cloud DVR recording to Apple TV

Dish's internet-only TV service, Sling TV, has announced the availability of Cloud DVR support for the Apple TV, letting users record some (but not all) shows for later viewing.

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Apple Deals: 2017 iPad for $307 ($22 off); $240 off high-end 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare

Apple Deals: 2017 iPad for $307 ($22 off); $240 off high-end 15

For two days only, shoppers can save $22 instantly on Apple's brand-new 32GB 9.7" iPad in Space Gray (Wi-Fi Only) with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a high-end 15" MacBook Pro (2.9GHz, 16GB, 1TB, 460) for $3,608 ($240 off).

Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5%

Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5%

Apple on Monday alerted members of its link affiliate program to a sharp reduction in their take from apps and in-app purchases, down from 7 percent to just 2.5.

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FeatureOn its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into role as fitness & notification wearable with Siri, Apple Pay

On its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into role as fitness & notification wearable with Siri, Apple Pay

Originally pitched as a multitude of things, including an intimate communication tool and new frontier for mobile apps, the Apple Watch has been refined and simplified in the years since its debut, focusing on what Apple has determined to be the fledgling device's core strengths.

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Samsung's fix for red-tinted Galaxy S8 screens forces users to self-calibrate

Samsung's fix for red-tinted Galaxy S8 screens forces users to self-calibrate

With a growing number of complaints about a red-tinged screen in some owners with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the company is issuing a software patch allowing users expanded options for correcting the problem in software by placing the responsibility for color accuracy even more in user's hands.

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Apple seeds fourth developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 & tvOS 10.2.1

Apple seeds fourth developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 & tvOS 10.2.1

Apple on Monday seeded fourth betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1 to developers, paving the way for Apple's next round of maintenance updates.

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Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple's list of autonomous car software testers

Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple's list of autonomous car software testers

Amidst three Apple employees involved in testing of Apple's self-driving car software stands an ex-NASA researcher who was once tasked to develop an autonomous vehicle to explore one of Jupiter's moons, and three others who worked for JPL.

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Flying car backed by Google co-founder Larry Page takes to skies in early demo

Flying car backed by Google co-founder Larry Page takes to skies in early demo

Kitty Hawk, a startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has demonstrated a prototype flying car that could be one of the first to ship, assuming it meets a late 2017 target.

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Purported internal schematic of 'iPhone 8' shows 'A11' chip, removable SIM

Purported internal schematic of 'iPhone 8' shows 'A11' chip, removable SIM

Adding to the cacophony of recent "iPhone 8" rumors, a purported illustration of the layout of the interior of the high-end future iPhone has appeared on Chinese social media showing a conventional Touch ID location, and some other realignments needed for a vertical camera module position.

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Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Paris

Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Paris

Filling in an important gap in its native Maps apps for iOS and macOS, Apple this weekend introduced public transit directions for Paris, including detailed station information.

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CNC blank of 'iPhone 8' appears on Twitter, likely based on previous questionable diagrams

CNC blank of 'iPhone 8' appears on Twitter, likely based on previous questionable diagrams

A purported Foxconn CNC model of the "iPhone 8" has surfaced online — but as with the diagrams leaked over the last two weeks, there is no way to tell how accurate the model is, or if it is even close to what Apple will ship.

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'Severe supply shortages' of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be a major concern through end of 2017

'Severe supply shortages' of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be a major concern through end of 2017

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is once again cautioning investors that Apple's anticipated flagship "iPhone 8" could be in extremely limited supply to end 2017, thanks to the expected adoption of a number of new technologies, namely an edge-to-edge OLED display.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Apple hires 3D, 360VR Toolbox developer Tim Dashwood to Final Cut Pro X team

Apple hires 3D, 360VR Toolbox developer Tim Dashwood to Final Cut Pro X team

Apple has hired Tim Dashwood, the author of a series of 3D and 360 VR plugins for video editing software. Dashwood has since made his existing plugins for apps such as Final Cut Pro X free to download.

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After tricking govt regulators, Uber got caught breaking Apple's iOS App Store rules

After tricking govt regulators, Uber got caught breaking Apple's iOS App Store rules

In 2014, Uber was discovered to be blocking authorities from seeing its cars in order to evade regulations or bans in a series of locations including Paris, Las Vegas, China and South Korea. The next year, Apple found out Uber was also flouting its iOS developer rules to identify users' devices by hardware ID—and nearly got kicked out of the App Store over it.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Apple's 2017 Earth Day Challenge for Apple Watch awards iMessage Stickers

Apple's 2017 Earth Day Challenge for Apple Watch awards iMessage Stickers

In recognition of today's Earth Day, Apple created an "Earth Day Challenge" to reward reaching 30 minutes of exercise on the day with a special achievement badge in the Activity app, as well as stickers for use within iMessage.

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Apple apologizes to users for mistakenly saying their paid iCloud subscription was canceled

Apple apologizes to users for mistakenly saying their paid iCloud subscription was canceled

Days after an error led to false iCloud cancellation emails sent to subscribers, Apple has followed up with another note apologizing for the bug, and reassuring them that their plan remains in good standing.

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How the technology behind Apple's Touch ID will likely change with 'iPhone 8'

How the technology behind Apple's Touch ID will likely change with 'iPhone 8'

There's a lot of talk about Apple's shift to a new screen technology with the "iPhone 8," but fewer conversations about how it will all work — AppleInsider explains what changes Apple will likely need to make to implement the technology, while retaining Touch ID on the front of the rumored edge-to-edge screen on the device.

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This week on AI: Apple goes 100 percent recycled, Apple Watch NikeLab, 'iPhone 8' rumors & more

This week on AI: Apple goes 100 percent recycled, Apple Watch NikeLab, 'iPhone 8' rumors & more

Ahead of Earth Day, Apple went on an environmental publicity blitz, most notably promising to eventually make products entirely out of recycled materials. Rumors about specific projects like the "iPhone 8" continued, meanwhile, and a new version of the Apple Watch appeared: the Apple Watch NikeLab.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Massive power outage closes busy Union Square Apple Store in San Francisco

Massive power outage closes busy Union Square Apple Store in San Francisco

The year-old flagship Apple Store at Union Square in San Francisco was closed down today due to a massive power outage that affected around 90,000 other customers, shut down some subway stations and turned off traffic lights that snarled many busy intersections.

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ExclusiveFull copy of Apple's self-driving car permit revealed [u]

Full copy of Apple's self-driving car permit revealed [u]

On Friday, a report revealed snippets of Apple's California Department of Motor Vehicles self-driving car application, offering insight into the company's autonomous vehicle project. A full copy of the document has been shared with AppleInsider.

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Internal documents reveal first look at Apple's self-driving car platform

Internal documents reveal first look at Apple's self-driving car platform

Documents filed as part of Apple's application to test self-driving cars in California were revealed on Friday and offer a first look at the company's autonomous platform, dubbed the "Automated System."

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