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Monday, December 11, 2017

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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Google releases two experimental photo apps for iOS

Google releases two experimental photo apps for iOS

Google on Monday released a pair of "appsperiments" that provide new ways of capturing photographic images with smartphones like iPhone, while at the same time helping the search giant refine experimental software tools related to computer vision and artificial intelligence.

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GymKit for Apple Watch makes North American premiere

GymKit for Apple Watch makes North American premiere

GymKit — Apple's platform for two-way sync between an Apple Watch and cardio equipment — is now available at a lone gym in New York City, having previously grabbed toeholds in Australia and England.

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Green Monday 2017 Deals: Find the best discounts and lowest prices on MacBooks, iMacs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watch and more

Green Monday 2017 Deals: Find the best discounts and lowest prices on MacBooks, iMacs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watch and more

Green Monday is here with fresh deals on MacBooks, iMacs, iPads, Apple Watches, Apple TV 4Ks, headphones and even iPhones. From exclusive coupon discounts to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states on many items, plus no interest financing incentives on popular products.

Apple's latest iPhone X ads concentrate on Face ID & Portrait Lighting

Apple's latest iPhone X ads concentrate on Face ID & Portrait Lighting

Apple on Monday debuted three new 15-second video spots for the $999 iPhone X, once again looking to lure in shoppers during the critical holiday season.

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Not just music: Apple's purchase of Shazam will aid augmented reality pursuits

Not just music: Apple's purchase of Shazam will aid augmented reality pursuits

While most of the focus on Apple's purchase of Shazam notes the music and audio recognition engine, the company also has a machine learning vision system and an augmented reality product currently in use in the advertising industry to deliver product visualizations, and 360-degree videos.

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B&H's Green Monday Deals: Loaded 15" MacBook Pro for $2,599 ($900 off); 12.9" iPad Pros for $699; $150-$400 off 2017 MacBook Pros

B&H's Green Monday Deals: Loaded 15

Green Monday deals are here and B&H is slashing 2017 15" MacBook Pros by up to $400. Or pick up a top-of-the-line 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 460 graphics for $2,599 ($900 off). Apple's 13" MacBook Pro is also up to $450 off, while 12.9" iPad Pros are $100 to $150 off. For the action enthusiast, GoPro 4K cameras are as low as $199 today as well. All with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

Apple pulls fake cryptocurrency app that hit #3 on App Store finance charts

Apple pulls fake cryptocurrency app that hit #3 on App Store finance charts

An impostor app pretending to belong to MyEtherWallet.com has been removed from the App Store, but not before it managed to secure an ad and climb to third place in the store's Finance category over the weekend.

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Apple starts testing cycle anew with first macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 developer's beta

Apple starts testing cycle anew with first macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 developer's beta

Apple has launched a single beta for the next point updates of its operating systems, with the first developer's release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3.

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Apple donates $1M to southern California fire relief

Apple donates $1M to southern California fire relief

Apple is donating $1 million to assist in "rebuilding and recovery" efforts for southern California, following the latest rash of wildfires in the region.

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Apple acquires song identifying app Shazam for undisclosed sum

Apple acquires song identifying app Shazam for undisclosed sum

Apple on Monday confirmed that it has purchased popular service Shazam, an app that listens for and identifies songs. It was rumored that the deal was for about $400 million, but no official sale price was given.

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Apple may fix aging battery issues, prevent random shutdowns by slowing down iPhones

Apple may fix aging battery issues, prevent random shutdowns by slowing down iPhones

It appears that some iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s family devices may see slower processing speeds as a result of a battery that has reached the end of its operational life, with some users getting a speed-up upon replacement — but the slow-down and consequent speed-up isn't universal, and there may be other factors at work.

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Apple Watch Series 3 shipments predicted to rise to 23-25M in 2018

Apple Watch Series 3 shipments predicted to rise to 23-25M in 2018

Shipments of the Apple Watch Series 3 could rise as much as 20 percent next year to between 23 and 25 million units, according to new industry predictions.

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Apple enterprise sales channels gearing up, preparing businesses for iMac Pro orders

Apple enterprise sales channels gearing up, preparing businesses for iMac Pro orders

AppleInsider has learned that enterprise sales staff within Apple have begun asking long-time clients about what "custom configurations" of the iMac Pro that they may seek, and are making preparations to take orders for the device as soon as this week.

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Apple pushes back against shareholder measures on human rights & greenhouse gases

Apple pushes back against shareholder measures on human rights & greenhouse gases

Apple is reportedly looking to block at least four shareholder proposals ahead of its annual meeting in early 2018, including ones involving human rights and greenhouse gas pollution.

After Apple's HomePod delay, Google's $399 Home Max speaker goes on sale

After Apple's HomePod delay, Google's $399 Home Max speaker goes on sale

While Apple's HomePod couldn't reach store shelves before the end of 2017, Google's competing Home Max speaker has arrived right on time, with orders now being accepted at Best Buy and shipping in time for Christmas.

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India not likely to cave to Apple's taxation, import law change demands for manufacturing expansion

India not likely to cave to Apple's taxation, import law change demands for manufacturing expansion

Apple and India are once again at loggerheads about expanding iPhone manufacture in the company, and the country's taxation authority is not likely to concede to demands for more slack in local part sourcing requirements, a lighter tax burden on imported components, or the call for governmental assistance with capital investment.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

IPhone X delivery times improve worldwide, down to 1-3 days in some markets

IPhone X delivery times improve worldwide, down to 1-3 days in some markets

Apple this weekend updated its regional online stores to reflect improvements in iPhone X availability, which is now shipping in as few as one to three days in some locations.

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Hands-OnHands On: Keyboard Maestro 8.0.4 speeds up working on your Mac

Hands On: Keyboard Maestro 8.0.4 speeds up working on your Mac

The keyboard and keystroke automation tool update brings along more than 100 new and refined features.

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

FeatureApple opens larger, relocated store in Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall

Apple opens larger, relocated store in Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall

Apple on Saturday held a grand opening for a newly relocated retail store in Raleigh, N.C.'s Crabtree Valley Mall, replacing an outlet that first opened more than ten years ago.

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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 AI director talks advances in machine learning & mapping for self-driving car platform

Apple AI director talks advances in machine learning & mapping for self-driving car platform

Apple's director of AI research, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, gave peers a small glimpse into the company's self-driving platform this week, discussing some internal projects at the NIPS machine learning conference.

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ReviewReview: LandingZone Docking Station provides a security and port solution for the MacBook Pro

Review: LandingZone Docking Station provides a security and port solution for the MacBook Pro

LandingZone's new USB 3.1 type-C Docking Station for the 13- or 15-inch 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro doesn't cut corners and gives multiple USB ports and a SD card reader back to the user — and AppleInsider has been using it daily for the last two months.

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This week on AI: Apple may buy Shazam, 2018 iPhone rumors, Apple Pay Cash & more

This week on AI: Apple may buy Shazam, 2018 iPhone rumors, Apple Pay Cash & more

Word that Apple might buy Shazam capped off a week which saw the release of several important OS updates, more 2018 iPhone rumors, and the long-promised arrival of Amazon Prime Video on the Apple TV.

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Apple celebrates holidays with Beer Bash featuring Gwen Stefani

Apple celebrates holidays with Beer Bash featuring Gwen Stefani

To ring in the holidays, Apple on Friday invited employees to attend a semi-annual Beer Bash at its Cupertino, Calif., campus, where singer Gwen Stefani showed up to perform a few cuts off her new holiday album.

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Apple commits 'Turi Create' machine learning development tool to GitHub

Apple commits 'Turi Create' machine learning development tool to GitHub

Building on its acquisition of machine learning and AI specialist Turi, Apple this week committed "Turi Create" to GitHub, a new machine learning framework designed to help developers build machine learning models that can be parlayed into apps running on its major operating systems.

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Jony Ive returns to hands-on control of Apple design team

Jony Ive returns to hands-on control of Apple design team

Apple's chief design officer, Jony Ive, has reportedly resumed management of the company's design team, in a move that should influence the direction of future products.

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Apple close to buying music identification service Shazam, report says

Apple close to buying music identification service Shazam, report says

Apple is reportedly in late stage talks to acquire Shazam, a popular content recognition and identification app that is currently rounding up investments as it moves toward an initial public offering.

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Apple debuts new Hermes Watch band, case options for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil & iPhone 7 Plus/8 Plus

Apple debuts new Hermes Watch band, case options for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil & iPhone 7 Plus/8 Plus

Apple has ushered in another batch of new accessories for its mobile devices, presumably hoping to snag holiday shoppers — or people who will customize Apple gifts after the fact.

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Lowest price anywhere: 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

Lowest price anywhere: Apple's 13

This Green Monday, 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.

Apple offers day at Beats 1's LA studio in charity auction for MusiCares

Apple offers day at Beats 1's LA studio in charity auction for MusiCares

Apple's latest charity auction is offering a "one-day internship" at the Los Angeles studio for Beats 1 radio, with proceeds going to benefit MusiCares, a Recording Academy organization that provides crisis support for musicians.

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TipsVerify your identity to ensure smooth Apple Pay Cash transactions

Verify your identity to ensure smooth Apple Pay Cash transactions

Apple and financial institutions want to make Apple Pay Cash as frictionless as possible for simple person-to-person money transfers. But if you want to send a larger amount of money, or spend your Apple Pay Cash at a retail store, you may need to verify your identity for security purposes. If you want to get that verification out of the way up front, AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

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Apple opens online sales to 563M people in Asia through partnership with Alibaba's Lazada

Apple opens online sales to 563M people in Asia through partnership with Alibaba's Lazada

Apple has partnered with Lazada, owned by Alibaba, to bring official online sales of its products to several southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

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Apple's 'TV' app goes live in France, Germany & UK [u]

Apple's 'TV' app goes live in France, Germany & UK [u]

Apple on Friday quietly brought its "TV" app for iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV to Europe, offering a centralized way of watching shows and movies from iTunes and various compatible streaming apps. [Updated with info about Sweden & Norway]

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Apple pushes Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV with 'What's New' screen, paid Twitter ads

Apple pushes Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV with 'What's New' screen, paid Twitter ads

Apple has gone all-in on promoting the new Amazon Prime Video app, and is not only telling users that it is available after a tvOS 11.2 update, but has taken out Twitter "promoted" tweets noting it as well.

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Apple Watch's GymKit expands to UK, Apple says retrofits possible on some machines

Apple Watch's GymKit expands to UK, Apple says retrofits possible on some machines

GymKit — the technology that allows two-way sync between an Apple Watch and compatible cardio machines — made its London debut this week at a Virgin Active gym near Mansion House, where Apple's director of fitness for health technologies, Jay Blahnik, was on hand for a press demonstration.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks AirPods, 2018 iPhones, iOS 11.2, and STEM education with MakeCrate

AppleInsider podcast talks AirPods, 2018 iPhones, iOS 11.2, and STEM education with MakeCrate

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about 2018 iPhones, what's rumoured for next year from Apple, and iOS 11.2's surprise release. Victor also talks with Katie Stephens, founder of MakeCrate, about how to encourage interest in engineering.

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Apple supplier Finisar to scale VCSEL production, suggests Face ID coming to all iPhones in 2018

Apple supplier Finisar to scale VCSEL production, suggests Face ID coming to all iPhones in 2018

Apple's second largest supplier of vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays, Finisar, announced the acquisition of a 700,000-square foot plant on Thursday, a move that suggests TrueDepth and Face ID are coming to all iPhones in 2018.

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2018 OLED iPhones might feature single cell L-shaped battery design, all models to bump capacity

2018 OLED iPhones might feature single cell L-shaped battery design, all models to bump capacity

Apple is developing L-shaped batteries to power two new OLED iPhone models set to debut next fall, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who notes all three handsets expected to launch next year will boast increased energy capacities.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017