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Saturday, March 28, 2015

ReviewReview: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' looks to dispel accepted Jobs myth

Review: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' looks to dispel accepted Jobs myth

With "Becoming Steve Jobs," coauthors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli seek to dismantle perceptions of Jobs the egomaniacal, callous autocrat, replacing accepted opinion with a retelling of the life of a man who they describe — for better or worse — as being "half genius, half asshole."

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FeatureApple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness

Apple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness

To pursue its continuing obsession with thinness, Apple has gone to extraordinary lengths with the keyboard on the new 12-inch MacBook, redesigning it in a way that is thoroughly distinct from its Macbook Air and MacBook Pro stablemates.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Google, Johnson & Johnson to partner on surgical robot technology

Google, Johnson & Johnson to partner on surgical robot technology

Google has formed a partnership with medical and consumer goods firm Johnson & Johnson that will see the development of robots to help surgeons in the operating room, according to an announcement made on Friday.

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Meerkat works around Twitter social graph, Vine gets 720P update, and Instapaper adds 'speed reading'

Meerkat works around Twitter social graph, Vine gets 720P update, and Instapaper adds 'speed reading'

A trio of popular media apps received updates Friday, with live broadcasting app Meerkat gaining upgrades to compete with Twitter's Periscope, while Vine moves to 720p video and Instapaper adds Instant Sync and Twitter "textshots."

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Apple has not approached Comcast about Web television deal

Apple has not approached Comcast about Web television deal

Amid rumors of an Apple branded streaming television service, Comcast asserts it has not engaged in any discussions with the company about licensing NBCUniversal content to air alongside programs from potential partners ABC, CBS, Fox and more.

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Apple's Tim Cook plans to give away all of his money

Apple's Tim Cook plans to give away all of his money

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has revealed plans to donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity before he dies, saying that he wants to develop a "systematic approach" to philanthropy.

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Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new Indiana anti-gay law

Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new Indiana anti-gay law

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk.

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BlackBerry sells just 1.6M smartphones in Q4 as software, services grow

BlackBerry sells just 1.6M smartphones in Q4 as software, services grow

Canadian device maker BlackBerry on Friday revealed yet another quarterly decline in hardware sales, moving just 1.6 million smartphones in its fiscal fourth quarter as its once-dominant device business continues to retreat.

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Apple's $848M solar power deal better on back end, says environmental VP Lisa Jackson

Apple's $848M solar power deal better on back end, says environmental VP Lisa Jackson

The $848 million solar power deal Apple signed with First Solar last month is a better value than some have suggested, according to vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who on Thursday pointed to a surge in the amount of power Apple will receive towards the end of the contract.

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AppleInsider podcast discusses Twitter's live streaming app, Periscope, iCloud storage issues, and more

AppleInsider podcast discusses Twitter's live streaming app, Periscope, iCloud storage issues, and more

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. Twitter launches Periscope for iPhone, a live streaming app to compete with Meerkat. The issues with iCloud storage, Fantastical 2 for OS X hands-on, Square Cash, Apple Pay, and who still wants a 4" iPhone.

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Google loses UK appeal in Safari cookie tracking case, could face trial

Google loses UK appeal in Safari cookie tracking case, could face trial

The U.K.'s Court of Appeal has denied Google's request to block lawsuits from British consumers over the search giant's disregard for Safari privacy restrictions designed to prevent advertisers from tracking users.

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Intel & Micron's new 3D flash memory could mean cheaper, larger storage for Apple's Macs, iOS devices

Intel & Micron's new 3D flash memory could mean cheaper, larger storage for Apple's Macs, iOS devices

Intel and Micron have announced the launch of a new 3D NAND flash technology, one which could substantially improve the amount of data storage possible in Macs, iPhones, iPads, and numerous other devices.

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Apple Watch shops set to open on April 10 in London, Paris and Tokyo

Apple Watch shops set to open on April 10 in London, Paris and Tokyo

Apple on Thursday announced it will officially open three international Apple Watch store-within-a-store locations on April 10, offering customers shopping at high-end department stores the chance to try on and preorder the device before it goes on sale.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

SoHo Apple Store hosts 'Becoming Steve Jobs' book reading, Q&A session with authors

SoHo Apple Store hosts 'Becoming Steve Jobs' book reading, Q&A session with authors

Authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli visited the Apple Store SoHo in New York on Thursday to read selections from their hotly anticipated biography "Becoming Steve Jobs" and field questions from what quickly became a packed house.

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Apple moves to dismiss lawsuit over 'misleading' iOS device capacity claims

Apple moves to dismiss lawsuit over 'misleading' iOS device capacity claims

Apple on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that claims the company misrepresented to consumers the amount of storage space iOS 8 uses in newly shipped iPhone and iPad devices, noting plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of fraud.

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Apple Watch's Workout app learns users' strides over time, Turlington Burns diary reveals

Apple Watch's Workout app learns users' strides over time, Turlington Burns diary reveals

In the third week of her promotional Apple Watch diary, posted Thursday, model Christy Turlington Burns made mention of a previously unknown feature of the wearable's Workout app that adjusts to a user's gait for more accurate results.

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Apple Watch support comes to flurry of iPhone apps ahead of April launch

Apple Watch support comes to flurry of iPhone apps ahead of April launch

A collection of iPhone apps — such as Evernote, Dark Sky, and the New York Times — were updated today to support the Apple Watch, even though the wearable isn't shipping until April 24.

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JP Morgan predicts Apple will stick with LCD, not OLED, for 'iPhone 7'

JP Morgan predicts Apple will stick with LCD, not OLED, for 'iPhone 7'

Despite finally jumping into the OLED market with the Apple Watch, Apple is not expected to migrate its handset line away from LCD technology in the near future, instead choosing to stick with LTPS-based LCD panels when it debuts its so-called "iPhone 7."

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Apple Pay decals begin arriving with supporting merchants

Apple Pay decals begin arriving with supporting merchants

Vendors who accept Apple Pay can advertise their support with new decal stickers supplied by Apple itself, which began arriving in the mail for merchants on Thursday.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with 56 apps preinstalled, including Instagram & Microsoft OneDrive

Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with 56 apps preinstalled, including Instagram & Microsoft OneDrive

Critics of so-called "bloatware" will have new fodder thanks to Samsung's forthcoming flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone, which will come preinstalled with a total of 56 applications, including third-party services like Microsoft OneDrive and Whatsapp.

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ExclusiveKiller iMac 5K Deal: Free AppleCare, Free Canon PIXMA AIO printer and $50-$150 off

For a limited time, AppleInsider has re-teamed with one of Apple's authorized resellers to offer an instant $50-$150 discounts on all configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which now also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Apple's new spaceship campus might be named after Steve Jobs, Tim Cook says

Apple's new spaceship campus might be named after Steve Jobs, Tim Cook says

While late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs's office remains in situ at the company's Infinite Loop headquarters, a more impressive memorial may be in the works as current chief executive Tim Cook has indicated his desire to name all or part of the new spaceship campus after Jobs.

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Amazon debuts new unlimited Cloud Drive plans, Beatport comes to iOS

Amazon debuts new unlimited Cloud Drive plans, Beatport comes to iOS

Amazon today launched two unlimited tiers for its Cloud Drive storage service, while prominent dance music service Beatport has revealed it will be debuting on Apple's iOS.

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Angela Ahrendts was swayed to Apple retail by instant personal connection with Tim Cook

Angela Ahrendts was swayed to Apple retail by instant personal connection with Tim Cook

Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts chose to leave the British fashion house for Apple largely because of the opportunity to work with Tim Cook, she hinted in a recent interview, choosing to serve alongside the Apple chief executive as he reshapes the company.

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Twitter launches rebranded Periscope app for live video broadcasting

Twitter launches rebranded Periscope app for live video broadcasting

Just a few months after acquiring the app's original developer, Twitter has released a rebranded Periscope app for the iPhone, which lets users stream live broadcasts to Twitter followers, like chief rival Meerkat.

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Apple concept would require users to input health data to keep using their iPhone

Apple concept would require users to input health data to keep using their iPhone

Apple has explored presenting iPhone users with non-dismissable notifications, such as requiring personal health data to be entered before resuming normal use of their device, in a concept that could help break bad habits.

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Apple Watch gets 2-page spread in Fitness First Australia magazine

Apple Watch gets 2-page spread in Fitness First Australia magazine

Days after its Down Under debut, the Apple Watch has been featured in Australian exercise magazine Fitness First with a two-page spread that extolls the new wearable's virtues for fitness aficionados.

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Rumor: Apple to launch three iPhone models in 2015 including new 4" handset

Rumor: Apple to launch three iPhone models in 2015 including new 4

The latest scuttlebutt out of East Asia claims Apple has plans to release a total of three new iPhone models during its annual refresh cycle in the second half of the year, one of which will incorporate a 4-inch display.

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Apple to activate Chinese iPhone trade-in program in March with backing from Foxconn

Apple to activate Chinese iPhone trade-in program in March with backing from Foxconn

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is primed to roll out an iPhone trade-in program in China that will let customers sell back old equipment to Foxconn in return for store credit.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu

Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu

Apple appears to have acquired London-based big data analytics firm Acunu, which previously marketed an eponymous real-time analytics platform that boasted high-velocity ingests and compatibility with Cassandra databases.

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Apple reportedly puts Trent Reznor in charge of redesigned Beats Music app, presses forward with iTunes Radio revamp

Apple reportedly puts Trent Reznor in charge of redesigned Beats Music app, presses forward with iTunes Radio revamp

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is moving forward with a long rumored overhaul of its streaming music services lineup that will incorporate a reworked Beats Music app developed with the help of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, as well as a revamped iTunes Radio service.

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Apple, U.S. tech giants call for government spying reform in open letter to Congress

Apple, U.S. tech giants call for government spying reform in open letter to Congress

A number of powerful tech companies sent an open letter to Congress, President Barack Obama and other government agencies on Wednesday, arguing for drastic change in the nation's surveillance laws that currently allow for bulk consumer data collection.

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Apple TV adds CNNgo for live and on-demand news video

Apple TV adds CNNgo for live and on-demand news video

Apple on Wednesday silently updated the Apple TV with another app channel, CNNgo, to provide users with live and on-demand video from the news network.

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Apple Stores will cater to Apple Watch Edition buyers with 30 minutes of hands-on time

Apple Stores will cater to Apple Watch Edition buyers with 30 minutes of hands-on time

Starting April 10, standard appointments for sampling Apple Watch will run 15 minutes, but shoppers interested in the $10,000-and-up Apple Watch Edition will get a half-hour to see how it looks and fits.

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Facebook announces Messenger API, spherical videos & more at F8 conference

Facebook announces Messenger API, spherical videos & more at F8 conference

Facebook on Wednesday made a series of announcements at its F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, revealing plans to make Messenger a platform, and improve other aspects of its social network with functions like Share Sheets, spherical videos, and an embeddable video player.

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Yelp adds outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs & more to direct booking options

Yelp adds outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs & more to direct booking options

Yelp this week introduced five new business categories users can transact with via its website and mobile apps, including outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs, spas and salons, and even legal advisors.

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FeatureWhy Apple is banking on USB-C for its all-new 12-inch MacBook and beyond

Why Apple is banking on USB-C for its all-new 12-inch MacBook and beyond

Apple recently made a splash by announcing a new 12-inch MacBook that features a single port for both power and data transfers: USB-C, a new connector spec that may sweep away not just USB 2.0, but also Thunderbolt — and possibly even Apple's Lightning.

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Yet another outage hits Apple's App Store & iTunes, preventing searches, discovery & downloads

Yet another outage hits Apple's App Store & iTunes, preventing searches, discovery & downloads

Apple's cloud-based woes continue to reappear, with a major outage hitting the App Store, iTunes Store and other digital storefronts on Wednesday, seemingly affecting users around the world and preventing them from searching for and downloading apps or other content [updated].

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Apple's early 2015 MacBook Air confirmed to support 60Hz 4K external displays

Apple's early 2015 MacBook Air confirmed to support 60Hz 4K external displays

While Apple says that its latest MacBook Air will officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.

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