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Sunday, May 28, 2017

EditorialEditorial: A disappearing computer so big it's invisible

Editorial: A disappearing computer so big it's invisible

A week away from WWDC17, there's much anticipation about what Apple might show: new Macs, iPads, a Siri Speaker, future insights on the company's vision for iPhones, Apple TV, Health, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Yet even before anything is revealed at WWDC, there's already a tremendously vast presence in computing that appears to have gone unnoticed.

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Death knell sounds for last 17-inch MacBook Pro model, will be added to obsolete list June 30

Death knell sounds for last 17-inch MacBook Pro model, will be added to obsolete list June 30

Effective June 30, Apple will add the last of the 17-inch MacBook Pros to its running list of vintage and obsolete products, ending a lineage of large-screen portables that began in 2003 with the 17-inch G4 Powerbook.

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Apple Park 3D models, walkways, more show up in Apple Maps

Apple Park 3D models, walkways, more show up in Apple Maps

Apple in a recent update to Apple Maps enhanced coverage of the Apple Park campus area in Cupertino, Calif., with the app now displaying 3D building models, walkways and other points of interest across the sprawling grounds.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

ReviewReview - Koogeek Smart Socket not ideal way to enter HomeKit ecosystem

Review - Koogeek Smart Socket not ideal way to enter HomeKit ecosystem

More and more HomeKit peripherals ship each day with lighting ones being the most common — where does the Koogeek Smart Socket land on the spectrum?

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This week on AI: Apple's 'Neural Engine,' 'iPhone 8' & iPad Pro rumors, new Apple execs & more

This week on AI: Apple's 'Neural Engine,' 'iPhone 8' & iPad Pro rumors, new Apple execs & more

Rumors about the "iPhone 8," new AI technology, and new iPad Pros continued to grow, but there was also news of important corporate maneuvers — including two new executive positions at Apple, and a long-awaited settlement in the company's legal battle with Nokia.

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Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts on hand for Singapore store opening

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts on hand for Singapore store opening

As scheduled, Apple officially opened the doors to its first retail outlet in Singapore on Saturday local time, and SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts was there to take in the festivities.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Patent troll Uniloc sues Apple over AirPlay, autodialing, battery technology

Patent troll Uniloc sues Apple over AirPlay, autodialing, battery technology

In a trio of lawsuits filed in a Texas court on Friday, non-practicing entity Uniloc claims Apple infringes on three patents with technology relating to AirPlay, autodialing phone numbers from Contacts and operating portable device batteries.

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Apple developing dedicated AI chip called Apple Neural Engine

Apple developing dedicated AI chip called Apple Neural Engine

Apple is reportedly developing a dedicated chip for integration with devices like iPhone that can handle artificial intelligence tasks, such as facial and speech recognition, according to a report on Friday.

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TipsSecurely record and view 'home videos' with your partner with Rumuki app for iPhone

Securely record and view 'home videos' with your partner with Rumuki app for iPhone

If you're looking for an ephemeral video sharing app, limiting the recipients to two people who must both consent to viewing the recorded video, iOS-exclusive app Rumuki fits the bill.

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Deals: Where to find the lowest prices on Apple's MacBooks and iPads this Memorial Day weekend

Deals: Where to find the lowest prices on Apple's MacBooks and iPads this Memorial Day weekend

This Memorial Day weekend, save up to $225 on popular 13" and 15" MacBook Pros when you pair instant discounts with exclusive coupons. Or snap up a 9.7" iPad Pro with LTE capability for $579 ($150 off). Apple's high-end 12" MacBook is also $250 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Apple may aid investigation into deadly 2016 EgyptAir crash

Apple may aid investigation into deadly 2016 EgyptAir crash

Apple on Friday said that it's open to cooperation with French authorities, who are exploring the possibility that two of the company's devices were linked to the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 in 2016.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $310 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $310 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 $85 and $310 on every possible configuration of Apple's 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.

iPad Pro, Apple Pencil help capture a slice of Brooklyn for latest 'New Yorker' cover

iPad Pro, Apple Pencil help capture a slice of Brooklyn for latest 'New Yorker' cover

Artist Jorge Colombo turned to Apple's iPad to sketch the latest cover of "The New Yorker" magazine, allowing the creation of the digital drawing to be relived through a short video clip.

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Notoriously bearish Apple analyst predicts doom because of 'iPhone 8' production delays

Notoriously bearish Apple analyst predicts doom because of 'iPhone 8' production delays

An analyst with historically off-target guesses about Apple's hardware intentions and supply chain machinations is claiming that the "iPhone 8" will not only ship later than expected because of Touch ID supply problems, but also claims that full manufacturing won't fully ramp up until the first calendar quarter of 2018.

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Apple designer Marc Newson sells $12K hourglass as Swiss watchmaker does analog Apple Watch clone

Apple designer Marc Newson sells $12K hourglass as Swiss watchmaker does analog Apple Watch clone

One of the designers behind the Apple Watch, Marc Newson, has crafted a special-edition hourglass priced at a whopping $12,000. Swiss luxury watchmaker H. Moser & Cie., meanwhile, has launched a new mechanical piece designed to resemble the Apple Watch itself.

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Apple staff blackout dates hint at 'iPhone 8' launch post-Sept. 17

Apple staff blackout dates hint at 'iPhone 8' launch post-Sept. 17

Apple's anticipated launch of new iPhones — including the "iPhone 8" — should take place sometime after Sept. 17, a memo sent to AppleCare workers suggests [updated].

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Back in stock! Apple AirPods ready to ship for delivery in 2-5 business days, grab them while you can

Back in stock! Apple AirPods ready to ship for delivery in 2-5 business days, grab them while you can

Back in stock! Shoppers can order Apple AirPods from AT&T Wireless for delivery in two to five business days depending on the shipping method selected, beating Apple's reported 6-week wait.

FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' rumors, iPad Pro 2, Thunderbolt 3, and HomeKit newcomers

AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' rumors, iPad Pro 2, Thunderbolt 3, and HomeKit newcomers

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk 'iPhone 8' rumors, Intel making Thunderbolt 3 royalty free, some HomeKit devices supposedly on the horizon, and more.

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TSMC source alleges 'iPhone 8' Touch ID embedded in display, wider screen ratio

TSMC source alleges 'iPhone 8' Touch ID embedded in display, wider screen ratio

Potentially confirming rumored details about the "iPhone 8," a report claims that a TSMC representative spoke out about specific details about the new device at the NA Technology Symposium on Thursday.

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Apple's iPhone credited with saving life in Manchester bombing

Apple's iPhone credited with saving life in Manchester bombing

An iPhone 6s is being credited with saving the life of a woman who was injured in Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester, England, after the device deflected and slowed down shrapnel from the bomb blast.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Apple issues minor updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie

Apple issues minor updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie

Apple on Thursday released a pair of updates for Final Cut Pro and iMovie, addressing a handful of problems and improving the overall stability and performance of both video editing apps.

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Alleged 'iPhone 8' case compared to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Alleged 'iPhone 8' case compared to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Offering a better perspective of the physical dimensions consumers can expect from Apple's forthcoming "iPhone 8," a report on Thursday compares an aftermarket case supposedly built for the device against current-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.

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VideoApple Watch tops Stanford study amid 'Series 3' rumors

Apple Watch tops Stanford study amid 'Series 3' rumors

A new study from Stanford University found Apple Watch to carry the most accurate heart rate monitor out of seven popular fitness trackers. The results come amidst rumors of a "Series 3" device that could launch later this year.

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Giveaway: We're giving away another pair of Apple AirPods to one lucky reader, enter today for a chance to win

Giveaway: We're giving away another pair of Apple AirPods to one lucky reader, enter today for a chance to win

Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, we're gearing up for another AirPods giveaway. That's right, we're giving away a free pair to one lucky reader. Enter now through May 31 for your chance to win.

Apple posts new Earth Day 2017 video in connection with environmental conference

Apple posts new Earth Day 2017 video in connection with environmental conference

Apple on Thursday took the unusual step of releasing a new video in its animated series for Earth Day 2017 — over a month after the actual holiday, but alongside an executive's appearance at an environmental connection in Detroit.

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UK's Gatwick Airport installs 2,000 Bluetooth beacons for AR-based indoor navigation

UK's Gatwick Airport installs 2,000 Bluetooth beacons for AR-based indoor navigation

Gatwick Airport, the second-busiest airport in the United Kingdom, is making it easier for passengers to navigate its two terminals with the installation of around 2,000 beacons, initially providing iPhone users their location on indoor maps, with the system also allowing for the use of augmented reality wayfinding in the future.

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Apple TV Events app updated in preparation for June 5 WWDC keynote live stream

Apple TV Events app updated in preparation for June 5 WWDC keynote live stream

Apple on Thursday issued an update to the official Apple Events app for tvOS, including a new icon based on the WWDC 2017 logo, and a teaser letting users know they will be able to stream the June 5 keynote — expected to feature the unveiling of iOS 11 — live from their Apple TV.

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Pokemon: Magikarp Jump comes to Apple's iPhone & iPad

Pokemon: Magikarp Jump comes to Apple's iPhone & iPad

The Pokemon Company has launched a new game for Apple's iPhone and iPad, Magikarp Jump, looking to build in a small way off of the success of Pokemon Go.

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Media photos offer deeper peek inside Apple's first Singapore store

Media photos offer deeper peek inside Apple's first Singapore store

Images from Thursday media preview offered a detailed look inside Apple's first store in Singapore, set to open this Saturday.

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Apple makes New York Magazine editor Lauren Kern 'editor in chief' at Apple News

Apple makes New York Magazine editor Lauren Kern 'editor in chief' at Apple News

Apple has reportedly recruited New York media icon Lauren Kern to serve as the first-ever "editor in chief" for Apple News, possibly hinting at greater ambitions for the app.

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President Trump's iPhone reportedly has one app installed: Twitter

President Trump's iPhone reportedly has one app installed: Twitter

The iPhone used by U.S. President Donald Trump is said to have just one third-party app loaded onto it — Twitter, which he uses to communicate his agenda directly to the world.

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Readdle launches proprietary file drag-and-drop for its apps in iPad split-screen

Readdle launches proprietary file drag-and-drop for its apps in iPad split-screen

Addressing a feature lacking native support from iOS, developer Readdle has announced a new drag-and-drop feature for its own apps, including PDF Expert, Spark and Scanner Pro, that works in the iPad's split-screen multitasking view.

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Wemo Bridge will add HomeKit compatibility to Belkin's home automation platform in the fall

Wemo Bridge will add HomeKit compatibility to Belkin's home automation platform in the fall

After a commitment from Belkin to share plans about future Wemo HomeKit compatibility earlier in May, the company has made good on its promise, and has announced the Wemo Bridge allowing currently installed peripherals to function with Apple's home automation solution.

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Apple design head Jony Ive made chancellor of London's Royal College of Art

Apple design head Jony Ive made chancellor of London's Royal College of Art

Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, has been made chancellor of London's renowned Royal College of Art, a position which will divert some of his attention away from the company.

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Qualcomm seeks court order forcing Apple suppliers to pay royalties amid legal dispute

Qualcomm seeks court order forcing Apple suppliers to pay royalties amid legal dispute

As part of an ongoing patent licensing dispute with Apple, Qualcomm on Wednesday requested a court order stipulating that Apple contract manufacturers maintain royalty payments during the legal process.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Apple transitions App Store pricing to local currencies in 9 new countries

Apple transitions App Store pricing to local currencies in 9 new countries

Apple this week is transitioning App Store pricing from the U.S. dollar and euro to the local currencies of nine countries, a change that in some locales equates to a small savings thanks to favorable exchange rates.

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Stanford study finds Apple Watch top-notch heart rate monitor, mediocre calorie counter

Stanford study finds Apple Watch top-notch heart rate monitor, mediocre calorie counter

A new medical study from Stanford University focusing on consumer fitness tracker reliability found Apple Watch to be the most accurate heart rate monitor out of seven popular devices, though all products tested failed in terms of calorie counting.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fire lawsuits spreading to Galaxy Note 5, S6, S7 models

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fire lawsuits spreading to Galaxy Note 5, S6, S7 models

Hot on the heels of the devastating recall that stopped sales of Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is now facing additional lawsuits that allege the company was aware of battery overheating and fire hazards for years—including its Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S6 Active, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active and Note 5—but failed to address the issue or warn customers. Legal action has now spread to multiple class action cases in three different states.

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VideoWatch: See DJI's Jedi-like palm-based gesture controls in action with the new Spark drone

Watch: See DJI's Jedi-like palm-based gesture controls in action with the new Spark drone

While DJI's new Spark drone relies heavily on an iPhone for editing and sharing video, its default mode of control when powered on is via palm-based gestures. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how they work, including footage of controlling two Spark units at once.

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