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Thursday, December 14, 2017

TipsTake a movie theater bathroom break at the perfect time with RunPee app for iPhone

Take a movie theater bathroom break at the perfect time with RunPee app for iPhone

This weekend's highly anticipated release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" clocks in with an epic-length runtime of 2 hours and 32 minutes. That's a lot of Star Wars action for your eyeballs, but can your bladder handle it? If not, the iPhone app RunPee is here to help.

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Apple SVP Eddy Cue to participate in Q&A session at Pollstar Live! conference in February

Apple SVP Eddy Cue to participate in Q&A session at Pollstar Live! conference in February

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue will be making the rounds early next year when he takes part in a live Q&A session at Pollstar Live! 2018, an annual conference serving concert industry professionals.

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Apple details iMac Pro's T2 chip, which handles secure boot, system management, ISP, more

Apple details iMac Pro's T2 chip, which handles secure boot, system management, ISP, more

Though it flew largely under the radar, Apple introduced a new custom T2 chip in iMac Pro that combines a number of system controllers into a single secure package. The company detailed what, exactly, the silicon does in an update to its iMac Pro product webpage on Thursday.

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Pandora opens up on-demand music to free & Plus subscribers

Pandora opens up on-demand music to free & Plus subscribers

Pandora is gradually rolling out on-demand music to listeners without a Premium subscription, putting it more direct competition with Spotify, and offering at least one advantage over Apple Music.

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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 launches podcast analytics service as iTunes Connect beta

Apple launches podcast analytics service as iTunes Connect beta

Apple made good on promises to launch an iTunes podcast analytics service on Thursday with a new iTunes Connect beta feature dedicated to tracking granular listener data, though the service is limited to iOS 11 devices.

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VideoWhich iMac Pro configuration is right for you?

Which iMac Pro configuration is right for you?

If you've got questions about which iMac Pro to get, AppleInsider has answers in a video breaking down the specs of the machine — and how much it's going to cost you.

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Apple ships first self-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable in wake of iMac Pro launch

Apple ships first self-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable in wake of iMac Pro launch

Apple began selling its first-ever self-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable on Thursday, timed alongside the introduction of the iMac Pro, which has four Thunderbolt/USB-C ports for monitors, external storage, and other add-ons.

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Apple seeds first public betas of iOS 11.2.5 & tvOS 11.2.5

Apple seeds first public betas of iOS 11.2.5 & tvOS 11.2.5

Apple on Thursday issued the first public betas for two of its next planned point releases, iOS 11.2.5 and tvOS 11.2.5.

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Tim Cook writes opinion piece with Charles Koch urging Congress to protect 'Dreamers'

Tim Cook writes opinion piece with Charles Koch urging Congress to protect 'Dreamers'

Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing to campaign on behalf of 'Dreamers,' participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, by writing an opinion piece with Koch Industries chairman and chief executive Charles Koch demanding action from Congress over the issue.

Amazon spokeswoman confirms Apple TV 4K being processed for return to sale

Amazon spokeswoman confirms Apple TV 4K being processed for return to sale

The Apple TV 4K and Chromecast appear to be on their way back to Amazon sales listings after a two-year absence, according to a spokeswoman for the commerce giant.

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FCC votes to undo net neutrality protections despite public protests

FCC votes to undo net neutrality protections despite public protests

As predicted, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 along party lines to rescind net neutrality protections instituted under the Obama administration, potentially radically reshaping the nature of the U.S. internet.

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AppleCare+ price for iMac Pro remains unchanged at $169 despite new machine's cost

AppleCare+ price for iMac Pro remains unchanged at $169 despite new machine's cost

Apple is making the decision for customers acquiring the iMac Pro to pick up AppleCare+ with their purchase easier, by keeping the price of the extended warranty service the same as for the iMac despite the increase in hardware cost.

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Apple posts brief iPhone X Apple Pay tutorial video on YouTube

Apple posts brief iPhone X Apple Pay tutorial video on YouTube

Apple has added to its suite of instructional videos, with a new one discussing how to use Apple Pay for transactions at the point of sale.

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Disney paves way for streaming Netflix competitor, entertainment behemoth with $52.4B purchase of 21st Century Fox

Disney paves way for streaming Netflix competitor, entertainment behemoth with $52.4B purchase of 21st Century Fox

The Walt Disney Co., the major media conglomerate that has previously worked closely with Apple, has confirmed plans to acquire 21st Century Fox, with the $52.4 billion purchase of the entertainment rival likely to have major repercussions for the rest of the media industry.

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Apple Pay promotion launched, granting $5 iTunes gift card for some online shoppers

Apple Pay promotion launched, granting $5 iTunes gift card for some online shoppers

To celebrate the holiday season, and boost Apple Pay adoption, Apple has launched a promotion with select vendors that will award online purchasers that use the payment service a $5 App Store and iTunes gift card.

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Killer Deals: Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro for $1,999 w/ free Office 365; $1,000 off loaded 15"; $500 off USB-C monitor + 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 with a free year of Office 365 Personal. 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 outside NY and NJ.

Logic Pro X updated to take advantage of high core counts in the iMac Pro, future Mac Pro

Logic Pro X updated to take advantage of high core counts in the iMac Pro, future Mac Pro

Apple on Thursday issued an update to Logic Pro X, the firm's digital audio production tool, optimizing the performance of the software when used with the iMac Pro, as well as addressing an issue in High Sierra that prevented some users from working on their projects.

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Protests mount online and offline over impending FCC Net Neutrality vote

Protests mount online and offline over impending FCC Net Neutrality vote

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a possible repeal of net neutrality rules later today, but as the decision-making time draws closer, Internet users continue to fight the proposals of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, taking to Twitter and protesting outside government buildings to pass the message and attempt to influence the result.

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'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

Internet traffic coming into and out of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other companies was briefly redirected through a Russian provider on Wednesday, in what appears to have been a deliberate move.

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Pro Video Formats macOS extension updated for new Final Cut Pro X support

Pro Video Formats macOS extension updated for new Final Cut Pro X support

Alongside the update to Final Cut Pro X, Apple has also made available a new version of the Pro Video Formats extension, with extension of MXF to not just QuickTime Player but other supported macOS applications, plus wider AVC-Intra support.

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18-core iMac Pro starts at $7,399, ships in 6-8 weeks, can be maxed out for $13,199

18-core iMac Pro starts at $7,399, ships in 6-8 weeks, can be maxed out for $13,199

The start of iMac Pro sales means customers now know exactly how much their custom configurations will cost, and when they are expected to ship. Buyers interested in the top-of-the-line desktop can expect to fork over more than $7,000 for an 18-core beast, though it won't ship until February.

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Apple begins selling $4999 27-inch iMac Pro with 8-core CPU, deliveries arrive Dec. 27

Apple begins selling $4999 27-inch iMac Pro with 8-core CPU, deliveries arrive Dec. 27

Apple on Thursday kicked off sales of the iMac Pro, its first all-in-one professional-grade desktop, packing 8 Intel Xeon processing cores and 32 gigabytes of RAM into the entry-level $4,999 model. The first orders via Apple's website arrive just after Christmas.

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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X to version 10.4, with 8K video editing, extended VR video support

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X to version 10.4, with 8K video editing, extended VR video support

Acting as an early herald of iMac Pro sales, Apple has updated Final Cut Pro, with new features including editing full-resolution 8K video, and extension of 360-degree VR video support to Motion and Compressor.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Apple details indoor maps coverage of 34 airports, multiple malls

Apple details indoor maps coverage of 34 airports, multiple malls

Apple started implementing indoor mapping data with iOS 11, offering users a new navigation aid for major airports and large malls. While rollout has been slow, the company on Wednesday compiled a list of the 43 indoor locations where users can take advantage of the feature.

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Redbox On Demand is rental service's second attempt at internet streaming

Redbox On Demand is rental service's second attempt at internet streaming

Redbox, known for its DVD and Blu-Ray rental kiosks, is making a second attempt at internet streaming with Redbox On Deman, a service that looks to take on industry incumbents Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

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Lisa Jackson details iPhone 8, iPhone X environmentally friendly design, more in interview

Lisa Jackson details iPhone 8, iPhone X environmentally friendly design, more in interview

Apple routinely touts environmentally-friendly aspects of new product releases, and that was no different with iPhone 8 and iPhone X. In a newly unearthed interview, Apple's VP for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson details how the company designed its latest flagships to be the greenest ever offered.

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Apple ready to expand Advanced Manufacturing Fund beyond $1B, COO says

Apple ready to expand Advanced Manufacturing Fund beyond $1B, COO says

After Apple announced plans to infuse $390 million into U.S. firm Finisar as part of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, COO Jeff Williams commented on the company's investment strategy, saying the figure is "absolutely not" a final cap.

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Sen. Marco Rubio says Apple bending to Chinese authoritarianism to gain market access

Sen. Marco Rubio says Apple bending to Chinese authoritarianism to gain market access

Speaking at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio took Apple CEO Tim Cook to task for his policies on China, accusing him of hypocrisy when it comes to the company's stated values.

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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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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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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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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

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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