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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Porsche to bring Apple's CarPlay to 718 Cayman series

Porsche to bring Apple's CarPlay to 718 Cayman series

Sportscar maker Porsche has announced support for Apple's CarPlay in the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S, which are now on sale, but only shipping to dealers in late November.

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Citing concerns in China, activist investor Carl Icahn no longer owns shares of Apple

Citing concerns in China, activist investor Carl Icahn no longer owns shares of Apple

Billionaire Carl Icahn, who has used his financial clout to influence boardroom decisions at publicly traded companies, announced on Thursday that he no longer owns shares in Apple, just days after the company announced its first revenue decline in over a decade.

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Alphabet, Fiat Chrysler working toward self-driving car tie-up - report

Alphabet, Fiat Chrysler working toward self-driving car tie-up - report

Google parent Alphabet may soon have a major ally in its push toward autonomous vehicles, as the company is said to be "in the late stage of talks" with London-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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Apple Watch shipped 2.2M units in March quarter, but lost marketshare, estimates claim

Apple Watch shipped 2.2M units in March quarter, but lost marketshare, estimates claim

Apple shipped about 2.2 million Apple Watches in the March quarter, although it still saw its share of the smartwatch market slip to 52.4 percent, according to research estimates published on Thursday.

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Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes unanimous House vote, with compromises

Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes unanimous House vote, with compromises

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

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No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know when autocorrect makes a mistake

No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know when autocorrect makes a mistake

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work.

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Volkswagen says it's not in talks with Apple or Google about new 'digital mobility' businesses

Volkswagen says it's not in talks with Apple or Google about new 'digital mobility' businesses

Volkswagen is talking with external partners about launching so-called digital mobility businesses, but is not in any negotiations with either Apple or Google, the carmaker's CEO said on Thursday, pointing to a different direction for its self-driving car efforts.

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Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit support now shipping

Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit support now shipping

The newly launched August Smart Lock includes support for Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to lock, unlock and check the status of their door lock with voice commands using Siri.

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Apple CareKit platform goes live with four health apps

Apple CareKit platform goes live with four health apps

Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on its new CareKit framework, a health-minded platform that lets developers build advanced software solutions for tracking, managing and reporting medical conditions.

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Philips releases Hue 'Gen 2' app with Routines, Rooms & other improvements

Philips releases Hue 'Gen 2' app with Routines, Rooms & other improvements

Philips on Thursday released a "Gen 2" Hue app for iOS, updating the tool for its HomeKit-enabled smartbulbs with new features like Routines, and extra options for controlling rooms and scenes.

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Indian government approves Apple bid to open stores free of 30% sourcing policy

Indian government approves Apple bid to open stores free of 30% sourcing policy

An Indian government committee this week recommended Apple be exempted from local sourcing regulations that previously kept the company from opening its own brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the country.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Samsung reports Q1 mobile profits just 24% of Apple's

Samsung reports Q1 mobile profits just 24% of Apple's

Samsung Electronics reported Q1 operating profits of 6.68 trillion won ($5.81 billion), while its Mobile division reported 3.89 trillion won ($3.38 billion) in profits, both a fraction of the "disappointing" $13.987 billion in operating profits Apple reported for the same quarter.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare, including the new iMac HD, iMac 4K and Late 2015 iMac with 5K Retina display. Save up to $250 instantly, with no tax in most states. Plus a free Canon AIO Photo printer with each 4K and 5K.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

AMC launches tvOS app with free streaming for select shows

AMC launches tvOS app with free streaming for select shows

As promised, AMC this week launched a tvOS app with a content selection mirroring that of its iOS app and web portal, including free-to-stream episodes of hit shows like "The Walking Dead" and "The Night Manager."

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U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google's abuse of Android

U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google's abuse of Android

The FTC is expanding its investigation into Android related to complaints that Google is exploiting its ostensibly open platform to shut out rivals.

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Was Mike Daisey right about Apple being doomed?

Was Mike Daisey right about Apple being doomed?

Back in November, theatrical performer Mike Daisey was given the opportunity to write about Apple in the Technology section of the The Guardian. He's now claiming "reverse claim chowder," insisting that some of what he wrote about actually turned out to be true, given Apple's recent earnings report showing the first decrease in year-over-year, quarterly iPhone revenues.

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New videos offer first-person view of Apple's Campus 2 'spaceship'

New videos offer first-person view of Apple's Campus 2 'spaceship'

A pair of videos posted to YouTube are some of the first to show an up-close look at the main "spaceship" building on Apple's Campus 2 headquarters, including views of the structure's inner courtyard and underground access tunnels.

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Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2, accounted for 5% of total revenue

Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2, accounted for 5% of total revenue

Apple's research and development spending spiked at an all time high of more than $2.5 billion during the second quarter of 2016, with the unusually large $600 million year-over-year jump owing primarily to new hires and related expenses, Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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ANZ is first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

ANZ is first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

Apple Pay expanded services in Australia on Thursday local time with the addition of ANZ Bank, the first major financial institution in the region to support Apple's payments product after a limited rollout in November.

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Google updates Maps for iOS with Travel Times widget, Philips teases new Hue control app

Google updates Maps for iOS with Travel Times widget, Philips teases new Hue control app

Google has updated the iOS version of Google Maps with several new features, including a new Notification Center widget for commuters, while Philips is hinting at an imminent update of its official control app for Hue smartbulbs.

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FBI says San Bernardino iPhone hack won't be submitted to review group for possible disclosure

FBI says San Bernardino iPhone hack won't be submitted to review group for possible disclosure

The FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties, a report said on Wednesday.

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3rd beta of iOS 9.3.2 seeded to public, developers get OS X 10.11.5 beta 3 & tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2

3rd beta of iOS 9.3.2 seeded to public, developers get OS X 10.11.5 beta 3 & tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2

Apple pushed out a number of software updates on Wednesday, including the latest iOS beta for public testers, and new OS X and tvOS releases intended for developers.

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iPhone's global marketshare falls to 15.3% in March quarter amid tough Chinese competition

iPhone's global marketshare falls to 15.3% in March quarter amid tough Chinese competition

During the March quarter Apple's iPhone remained firmly in second place in global smartphone marketshare, but saw a significant drop year-over-year to 15.3 percent, ceding some ground to up-and-coming Chinese vendors.

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Dead body found at Apple's Infinite Loop headquarters [ux3]

Dead body found at Apple's Infinite Loop headquarters [ux3]

An investigation is underway after a body was reportedly discovered at Apple's Infinite Loop corporate headquarters in Cupertino.

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Rumored 'iPhone 7 Plus' schematic shows dual-lens camera & Smart Connector, lacks headphone jack

Rumored 'iPhone 7 Plus' schematic shows dual-lens camera & Smart Connector, lacks headphone jack

The rumored design of Apple's next-generation iPhone appears to be taking shape thanks to continued leaks out of the Far East, which are now consistently showing a new design with a larger, still protruding camera lens, a Smart Connector port, and the absence of a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.

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ReviewReview: Apple's early 2016 12" MacBook is a welcome improvement, but won't change any minds

Review: Apple's early 2016 12

Apple's second-generation ultraportable 12-inch MacBook features some noteworthy internal improvements, including an extra hour of battery life and Intel's latest Skylake processors, that make it a worthwhile update. But all of the major concessions of the 2015 model remain, making it unlikely this refresh will change anyone's opinion on the divisive-yet-impressive notebook.

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FeatureWall Street remains optimistic about 'iPhone 7' & Apple's 2017 after Q2 declines

Wall Street remains optimistic about 'iPhone 7' & Apple's 2017 after Q2 declines

Analysts on Wall Street were pushing optimism after Apple's disappointing fiscal 2016 second quarter earnings, saying they expect that the company will continue to innovate and will return to growth over the next year.

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TSMC sales to Apple rose nearly $2 billion in 2015 as chip battle with Samsung continues

TSMC sales to Apple rose nearly $2 billion in 2015 as chip battle with Samsung continues

TSMC picked up an extra $1.99 billion in Apple sales during 2015, buoying the chipmaker's entire growth for that year, and further cutting rival chipmaker Samsung out of the iPhone maker's supply chain.

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Intel pushes USB-C as headphone jack's successor

Intel pushes USB-C as headphone jack's successor

The technology world has a seething hatred of the traditional 3.5-millimeter headphone jack — or so it seems, given that chip giant Intel is the latest company to propose replacing the aging plug with a digital alternative.

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Nintendo's 'Fire Emblem' & 'Animal Crossing' franchises coming to phones, tablets

Nintendo's 'Fire Emblem' & 'Animal Crossing' franchises coming to phones, tablets

Two of Nintendo's most popular game series, Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing, will join the ranks of its first apps for smartphones and tablets, the console maker said on Wednesday.

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Microsoft appears to be copying Apple's 2014 Continuity Handoff feature for Windows PCs

Microsoft appears to be copying Apple's 2014 Continuity Handoff feature for Windows PCs

Two years ago, Apple introduced Handoff—part of Continuity—as an innovative solution to a problem nobody had anticipated: how to wirelessly, automatically transition work in progress between a phone and tablet or desktop computer. Now Microsoft appears to be copying the feature for Windows 10.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FBI's first vulnerability tip to Apple came on April 14 for already-patched flaw

FBI's first vulnerability tip to Apple came on April 14 for already-patched flaw

Apple on Tuesday said the FBI divulged its first vulnerability tip under a White House process for sharing digital security flaws with private corporations on April 14, but the information was useless as Apple had already patched the issue nine months earlier.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook optimistic on China despite 26% dip in revenue

Apple CEO Tim Cook optimistic on China despite 26% dip in revenue

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday reiterated a positive outlook on Greater China despite suffering a year-over-year revenue contraction during the second quarter of 2016, saying the region is "a lot more stable" than some perceive.

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Apple faces constrained iPhone SE supply on surprise demand

Apple faces constrained iPhone SE supply on surprise demand

Apple CEO Tim Cook during Tuesday's quarterly conference call said supply of its latest iPhone SE model is constrained due to surprisingly high demand from users who want the latest technology in a small package.

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Apple services stand out as bright spot in otherwise rough Q2

Apple services stand out as bright spot in otherwise rough Q2

Services revenue was perhaps one of the few comforts for Apple in its second-quarter financial results shared on Tuesday, growing 20 percent year-over-year to $5.99 billion, setting an all-time record for the company.

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Apple Music surpasses 13M paid subscribers on strong services growth

Apple Music surpasses 13M paid subscribers on strong services growth

During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook revealed Apple Music now serves more than 13 million paying subscribers, adding two million customers in as many months.

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FeatureNotes of interest from Apple's Q2 2016 conference call

Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2016 conference call

Calling it a "busy and challenging quarter," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook gave commentary and fielded questions on his company's fiscal 2016 second quarter. Notes of interest from the call with investors and the media follow.

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Apple adds $50B to capital return program, increases quarterly dividend by 10%

Apple adds $50B to capital return program, increases quarterly dividend by 10%

In announcing its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, Apple on Tuesday said it will infuse another $50 billion into an ongoing capital return program, a move that comes with a $35 billion boost to the company's share repurchase initiative.

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Breaking
iPhone sales fall to 51.2M, Apple earns $50.6B in revenue in disappointing March quarter

iPhone sales fall to 51.2M, Apple earns $50.6B in revenue in disappointing March quarter

Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016 officially marks the first time ever that iPhone sales saw a year-over-year decline, as the company shipped 51.2 million handsets on its way to $50.6 billion in total sales.

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