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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Spotify, others complain to EU about Apple's 'unfair' App Store practices

Spotify, others complain to EU about Apple's 'unfair' App Store practices

Europe's streaming services are again on the hunt for better business arrangements, as Spotify, Deezer and others this week asked the European Commission to rein in U.S. tech firms that are "regularly abusing their advantaged position."

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Killer Deals: Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro for $1,999 ($800 off); top of the line model for $2,499 ($1,000 off); plus no tax outside NY & NJ

Killer Deals: Apple's high-end 15

While supplies last, save up to $1,000 on 15" MacBook Pros (Late 2016). Pick up a high-end 2.7GHz config with 512GB of storage and Radeon 555 graphics for $1,999. Or opt for the loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model for $2,499, a deal we haven't seen since Cyber Monday. Plus, expedited shipping is free with no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

New HomePod beta firmware released, unlikely to divulge much about future products

New HomePod beta firmware released, unlikely to divulge much about future products

Apple employees with a HomePod have a new firmware version available for testing — with older versions of the device's code having revealed much about the then forthcoming iPhone X.

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Apple releases first iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5 betas

Apple releases first iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5 betas

On the heels of Wednesday's release of iOS 11.2.1, Apple issued new beta versions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, all of which are thought to include minor performance updates and bug fixes.

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Lowest Prices: 27" iMac 5K for $1,299, high-end MacBook Pros from $1,999; $270 off Air; $30-$80 off iPads; plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

Lowest Prices: 27

While supplies last, Adorama is offering shoppers the lowest prices anywhere on a variety of Macs and iPads. Pick up a 27" iMac 5K for $1,299, the lowest price we've seen to date. Current 15" MacBook Pros are also up to $300 off, while a premium 13" Touch Bar is $200 off and iPads are $30 to $80 off. All with free shipping, no tax outside NY and NJ, and 0% financing incentives.

Apple & Samsung could be only smartphone makers with 7nm chips in 2018

Apple & Samsung could be only smartphone makers with 7nm chips in 2018

Apple and Samsung could potentially become the only smartphone vendors and chip designers to adopt 7-nanometer processors for 2018 phones, owing to the costs involved, a report noted on Wednesday.

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Platformer 'Fez,' puzzler 'Life is Strange' arrive on App Store for iPhone, iPad

Platformer 'Fez,' puzzler 'Life is Strange' arrive on App Store for iPhone, iPad

Two games that made a name for themselves on consoles and PC have made their way to the iPhone and iPad, with 'Fez Pocket Edition' now available to download from the App Store, while 'Life is Strange' will arrive on iPhone and iPad from Dec. 14.

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ReviewReview: Sphero R2-D2 and BB-9E from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' are great toys, better Swift learning aids

Review: Sphero R2-D2 and BB-9E from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' are great toys, better Swift learning aids

Toys, and particularly tech toys, can have very short half lives. AppleInsider has been playing with three of Sphero's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" app-controlled droids by a dad who was there in 1977, and by a pair of children who long to be a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

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Apple releases promised iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 update, restoring shared HomeKit access

Apple releases promised iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 update, restoring shared HomeKit access

Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1, with bug fixes and minor changes including restoration of remote access to shared users of the Home app.

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T-Mobile's plan to roll out TV service in 2018 with Layer3 TV assets sets up streaming video battlefront

T-Mobile's plan to roll out TV service in 2018 with Layer3 TV assets sets up streaming video battlefront

T-Mobile has acquired television provider Layer3 TV, and will launch its own streaming TV service with the technology in 2018, possibly gearing up for a battle not only with the other wireless providers, but possibly with Apple and Amazon as well.

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Apple Music rival Tidal may only have enough cash to run six months

Apple Music rival Tidal may only have enough cash to run six months

Tidal, the on-demand music service owned by rapper and businessman Jay-Z, could have as little as six months' worth of cash on hand, according to reports.

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Holiday Deals: Save up to $1,000 on Apple's MacBook Pro, iMac, and iPad, plus up to $140 off GoPro 4K action cameras with no tax in 48 states [u]

Holiday Deals: Save up to $1,000 on Apple's MacBook Pro, iMac, and iPad, plus up to $140 off GoPro 4K action cameras with no tax in 48 states [u]

As time winds down to get last-minute gifts this holiday season, B&H Photo is upping the discounts on popular Apple products, including MacBook Pros, iMacs, iPads and accessories. We're rounding up the best deals complete with free shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Updated: Cyber Monday deal is back. Pick up a loaded 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro for $2,499 ($1,000 off).

TipsHow to calibrate an Apple Watch for accurate pace & calorie measurements

How to calibrate an Apple Watch for accurate pace & calorie measurements

The Apple Watch is pretty adept as a fitness device, but every person has different dimensions, which can lead to varying pace, distance, and calorie results for the same activity if a Watch isn't calibrated properly. Here's how to make sure you're getting the best data.

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Apple grants Finisar $390M for research & production on laser tech used in iPhone X

Apple grants Finisar $390M for research & production on laser tech used in iPhone X

Apple on Wednesday announced plans to pay U.S. firm Finisar — which manufactures the VCSELs (vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers) used in the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera — $390 million out of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

TipsHow to force close apps on iPhone X

How to force close apps on iPhone X

With Apple's removal of the home button on iPhone X, the company had to translate a few user interface controls into onscreen gestures, including a new swipe and tap system for force closing troublesome apps.

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VideoHow to set up and use Apple Pay Cash on Apple Watch

How to set up and use Apple Pay Cash on Apple Watch

Apple Pay Cash launched with last week's release of iOS 11.2 for iPhone and iPad, and watchOS 4.2 for compatible Apple Watch devices. Check out this video to learn how to set up the feature on Apple Watch.

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weMessage promises to bring iMessage to Android, uses Mac as server

weMessage promises to bring iMessage to Android, uses Mac as server

A new Android app called weMessage brings unofficial support for Apple's iMessages to devices running Google's operating system, but users need a Mac to complete the ad hoc setup.

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Toshiba settles dispute with Western Digital, clears way for Bain deal

Toshiba settles dispute with Western Digital, clears way for Bain deal

In a joint announcement issued on Tuesday, Toshiba and Western Digital said they will settle a dispute over the Japanese firm's plans to sell its memory chip unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital, signaling an end to the long-running saga is near.

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Synaptics makes available in-display fingerprint sensor to a 'top five' manufacturer

Synaptics makes available in-display fingerprint sensor to a 'top five' manufacturer

Long-time Apple supplier Synaptics has revealed its new fingerprint scanning technology, with the company claiming that it functions through "infinity displays" like that found in the Galaxy S8 and iPhone X.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $300 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $300 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

First come, first served! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $300 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing offer

Apple picks up two business affairs executives to bolster original video

Apple picks up two business affairs executives to bolster original video

As the company prepares its first big-budget scripted TV shows, the newest recruits for Apple Worldwide Video are reportedly Philip Matthys, formerly of Hulu, and Jennifer Wang Grazier of Legendary Entertainment.

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Apple updates AirPort firmware with KRACK vulnerability fix

Apple updates AirPort firmware with KRACK vulnerability fix

Amid rumors that Apple has ceased development of new Wi-Fi routers, the company on Tuesday pushed out an update for existing AirPort devices that patches a critical "KRACK Attack" vulnerability made public earlier this year.

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Last chance! Apple's 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 16GB, 256GB) for $1,249 ($450 off) with free year of Office 365 & no tax in 48 states

Last chance! Apple's 13

For a limited time, shoppers can save $450 on Apple's Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB of memory and 256GB of storage, plus snag a free year of Office 365 Personal. This is the lowest price point available for a MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM with even factoring in the free gift. Plus, enjoy free expedited delivery with no sales tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

iMac Pro debuts custom Apple T2 chip to handle secure boot, password encryption, more

iMac Pro debuts custom Apple T2 chip to handle secure boot, password encryption, more

Apple's iMac Pro desktop will also sport an a new custom chip dubbed the T2, serving as a secure enclave for encrypted keys, giving users the ability to lock down their Mac's boot process and also handling system functions like the camera, audio control, and managing the solid-state hard drive.

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Apple's Phil Schiller talks HomePod delay, AirPods engineering, Face ID in iPhone X, iMac Pro

Apple's Phil Schiller talks HomePod delay, AirPods engineering, Face ID in iPhone X, iMac Pro

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller continues his media rounds talking about all things Apple, with the latest interview delving into the internal thought process when the company decided to move away from Touch ID in the iPhone X, thoughts on Apple's collaborative environment, and the iMac Pro's imminent release.

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Twelve South ships HiRise Pro stand for raising height of iMac & iMac Pro

Twelve South ships HiRise Pro stand for raising height of iMac & iMac Pro

Accessory producer Twelve South has unveiled a new stand designed for the iMac, iMac Pro, and compatible monitors, with the HiRise Pro capable of raising the viewing angle of the screen to help lower the risk of neck strain while working, as well as reducing the amount of desk clutter.

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Apple's iMac Pro comes with special black Lightning-to-USB cable

Apple's iMac Pro comes with special black Lightning-to-USB cable

One small perk of the upcoming iMac Pro is a black Lightning-to-USB cable, until now unavailable from Apple.

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Apple previews Final Cut Pro 10.4 update with 8K timeline alongside new iMac Pro

Apple previews Final Cut Pro 10.4 update with 8K timeline alongside new iMac Pro

In addition to giving testers a first look at the new iMac Pro desktop, Apple also supplied them with an upcoming release of Final Cut Pro X, which will add support for an 8K-resolution timeline and 8K ProRes files.

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iMac Pro testing shows 10-core model dramatically faster than any other Mac on intensive tasks

iMac Pro testing shows 10-core model dramatically faster than any other Mac on intensive tasks

Two more iMac Pro impressions have been posted, with benchmarks from both showing massive gains in processing power in the iMac Pro over older models — plus the inclusion of AVX-512 vector processing optimization in the W-series Xeon processor giving an added push to properly optimized apps.

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Apple's 14- & 18-core iMac Pro configurations won't ship until 2018

Apple's 14- & 18-core iMac Pro configurations won't ship until 2018

Power users wanting the fastest possible iMac Pros will have to wait until sometime in 2018, when 14- and 18-core models will ship, according to a well-known YouTube celebrity who received an early unit.

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10-core Vega 64 iMac Pro first impressions video posted by prominent YouTuber MKBHD

10-core Vega 64 iMac Pro first impressions video posted by prominent YouTuber MKBHD

Apple has granted YouTube video creator Marques Brownlee an iMac Pro, and he has published a video about his first week with the high-end device.

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Apple's $4,999 all-in-one iMac Pro launches Thursday, Dec. 14

Apple's $4,999 all-in-one iMac Pro launches Thursday, Dec. 14

After being announced in June, the premium iMac Pro is finally ready to begin shipping to consumers this week, as Apple has announced that the new desktop will be available this Thursday, Dec. 14.

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Apple expands Everyone Can Code program to almost 500,000 Chicago students

Apple expands Everyone Can Code program to almost 500,000 Chicago students

Apple on Tuesday announced plans to get its Swift programming language taught to students across Chicago through an expansion of its Everyone Can Code program, done in partnership with local institutions.

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Bank documentation hints at Brazilian Apple Pay launch

Bank documentation hints at Brazilian Apple Pay launch

Documentation seen by Itaú Unibanco customers on Monday suggest Apple is on the verge of launching Apple Pay in Brazil, which was first rumored to gain access to the mobile payments service nearly two years ago.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Apple used data from iOS app to resolve 196 environmental supplier violations in China

Apple used data from iOS app to resolve 196 environmental supplier violations in China

Apple relied on an iOS app created by a Chinese activist to identify and resolve at least 196 cases in which suppliers violated the nation's environmental rules, actions that in some cases led to their removal from the company's supply chain.

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VideoComparison: iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8 biometrics

Comparison: iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8 biometrics

Both Apple's iPhone X and Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 offer camera-based biometrics for unlocking your handset, but which one is better? We put both to the test in this video.

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Introductory app subscription pricing coming to App Store

Introductory app subscription pricing coming to App Store

Apple on Monday announced a new App Store feature that allows developers to offer discounted introductory pricing or limited-time free trials on auto-renewable app subscriptions, a move designed to help subscription-based apps draw in new customers.

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Google releases tool that helps security researchers hack iOS devices

Google releases tool that helps security researchers hack iOS devices

Google this week released a proof of concept tool that allows security researchers, and other developers, to hack into iOS 11.1.2, software that could lead to a jailbreak for devices running that OS version.

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Apple now allows all developers to offer app pre-orders on App Store

Apple now allows all developers to offer app pre-orders on App Store

After experimenting with app pre-orders like Super Mario Run last year, Apple is opening the App Store functionality to all comers, a major shift in how the online storefront operates.

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