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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Health insurer Aetna to offer customer & employee discounts on Apple Watch

Health insurer Aetna to offer customer & employee discounts on Apple Watch

Aetna will be giving both its workers and some customers discounts on the Apple Watch, the U.S. health insurance giant said on Tuesday in a joint announcement with Apple.

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New macOS Sierra 10.12.1 betas available to developers & public

New macOS Sierra 10.12.1 betas available to developers & public

Apple is continuing apace with beta release, and has made new macOS 10.12.1 betas available to developers and anyone in the public Beta Software Program. [Updated with public beta launch info]

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Honeywell intros Lyric T5 thermostat ready for Apple's HomeKit

Honeywell intros Lyric T5 thermostat ready for Apple's HomeKit

Honeywell has announced the Lyric T5, a new Wi-Fi-connected smart thermostat with support for Apple's HomeKit platform.

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DJI launches ultraportable iOS-connected Mavic Pro camera drone for $999

DJI launches ultraportable iOS-connected Mavic Pro camera drone for $999

Drone maker DJI on Tuesday unveiled its latest flying camera —a foldable, portable, sub-$1,000 device dubbed the Mavic Pro. AppleInsider went hands-on with the all-new aerial camera, and offers a closer look.

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MLB At Bat adds video highlights in Notification Center, other iOS 10 enhancements

MLB At Bat adds video highlights in Notification Center, other iOS 10 enhancements

Major League Baseball has updated its At Bat app for iOS, adding several iOS 10-related features, particularly the ability to watch video highlights from notifications without opening the app itself.

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FeatureInside the iPhone 7: Apple's Taptic Engine, explained

Inside the iPhone 7: Apple's Taptic Engine, explained

Apple has moved the Taptic Engine to its third device — the iPhone 7. The new technology replaces the older linear actuator, and will ultimately bring a world of force feedback sensations to the user, as developers implement the technology in their own apps.

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New Galaxy Note 7 fire raises worries Samsung didn't fix battery problems

New Galaxy Note 7 fire raises worries Samsung didn't fix battery problems

A Chinese man's Galaxy Note 7 reportedly exploded on Monday morning, potentially signalling that batteries in newer versions of the phone still pose a risk.

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Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid mechanical-capacitive keyboard, invisible I/O connectors

Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid mechanical-capacitive keyboard, invisible I/O connectors

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple three patents covering laser-based positional and 3D mapping hardware, a keyboard with mechanical switches and capacitive touch sensitive keys, and optical interconnect technology .

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Apple, Silicon Valley raised millions to fund Hillary Clinton platform backing tech's positions on encryption, privacy, innovation, patents, education

Apple, Silicon Valley raised millions to fund Hillary Clinton platform backing tech's positions on encryption, privacy, innovation, patents, education

Ahead of the first U.S. Presidential campaign debates between Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, fundraising among California's Silicon Valley tech elite has decisively backed Clinton—in response to her policies that outline clear support for tech industry concerns involving encryption, privacy, innovation, patents and education.

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Apple reveals algorithm behind Apple Music mixes, execs discuss past and future of service

Apple reveals algorithm behind Apple Music mixes, execs discuss past and future of service

Mixed in with the usual PR speak and promises to make Apple Music the most accessible, consumer-friendly streaming service available, Apple executives in a wide-roving interview published Monday hinted at the development of exceedingly advanced personalized playlist algorithms.

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Apple to reveal fiscal Q4 2016 earnings on Oct. 27

Apple to reveal fiscal Q4 2016 earnings on Oct. 27

Apple on Monday announced it will report quarterly earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 on Oct. 27, to be followed by a live-streamed conference call on Apple's investor website.

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Drake's 'Views' exceeds 1B streams on Apple Music

Drake's 'Views' exceeds 1B streams on Apple Music

Popular rapper Drake recently saw his album "Views" become the first to surpass one billion streams on Apple Music, an achievement Apple commemorated with a plaque presented to the artist on Monday.

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Nvidia working with Apple on graphics for 'revolutionary' new Mac products

Nvidia working with Apple on graphics for 'revolutionary' new Mac products

Though Apple's current Mac lineup relies on AMD graphics, a switch to Nvidia could be in the works for the MacBook Pro and beyond, if new job listings from the GPU maker is any indication.

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Disney said to be weighing Twitter purchase to bolster online video efforts

Disney said to be weighing Twitter purchase to bolster online video efforts

The Walt Disney Company is reportedly examining the prospects, and the risks, of purchasing social media venue Twitter, potentially battling Google and Salesforce for the service.

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Sonos brings PLAY:1 & PLAY:5 speakers to Apple's online & retail stores

Sonos brings PLAY:1 & PLAY:5 speakers to Apple's online & retail stores

Wi-Fi speaker maker Sonos on Monday announced a partnership that will see the company's PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 speakers sold in Apple's online and physical retail stores.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to score the lowest prices anywhere on 27-inch iMac 5Ks, 15-inch MacBook Pros and remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks bundled with AppleCare. Save up to $430 instantly with free shipping and no tax in most states.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Drake debuts new short film as Apple Music exclusive

Drake debuts new short film as Apple Music exclusive

Mainstream rapper Drake on Monday released a 23-minute film — Please Forgive Me — as an Apple Music exclusive, further cementing his close business ties with Apple.

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Plex Cloud beta launches, uses Amazon Drive subscription to store user media

Plex Cloud beta launches, uses Amazon Drive subscription to store user media

The Plex developers have commenced testing of Amazon Drive as a storage venue for media, with future versions of the Plex app on iOS and tvOS able to stream stored video without the need for a network attached storage device, or a home server.

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Deals: $200 off 15" MacBook Pro; up to $200 off 2016 12" MacBooks; 93% off iOS 10 dev course

Deals: $200 off 15

As the end of September draws near, shoppers can pick up a 15" MacBook Pro (2.8GHz, 16GB, 256GB) for $2,099 with a free copy of Parallels 12. Or opt for a lighter 12" MacBook at $100-$200 off. The iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle is also marked down to $45, while you can pay what you want for a bundle of Mac apps.

Photos show Apple's newly relocated & revamped Brea Mall store [u]

Photos show Apple's newly relocated & revamped Brea Mall store [u]

As planned, Apple reopened its Brea Mall outlet in California on Saturday, and photos shared with AppleInsider show that the location is steeped in Apple's latest fashion-oriented design aesthetic. [Updated with more info about weekend store openings]

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Apple's health hires geared towards sharing, interpreting data, including new Watch apps

Apple's health hires geared towards sharing, interpreting data, including new Watch apps

Apple's continued hiring of health experts — and its takeover of Gliimpse — are all geared toward building better electronic health records, and turning that data into advice for both doctors and device owners, a report indicated on Monday.

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Piper Jaffray downplays reports of bad iPhone 7 sales, sees similarities to iPhone 6 launch

Piper Jaffray downplays reports of bad iPhone 7 sales, sees similarities to iPhone 6 launch

Another analyst firm has chimed in on negative reports of Apple iPhone 7 first week sales, and instead views trends as similar to the record-breaking iPhone 6 launch of 2014.

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Pegatron CEO slams analysts, 'cautiously optimistic' about Apple iPhone 7 sales

Pegatron CEO slams analysts, 'cautiously optimistic' about Apple iPhone 7 sales

The CEO of Apple's manufacturing partner Pegatron notes that the iPhone 7 is exceeding estimates on the strength of the phone alone, and does not believe that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall is inflating sales numbers artificially.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

KGI: iPhone 7 won't sell as well as the iPhone 6s

KGI: iPhone 7 won't sell as well as the iPhone 6s

Contrary to remarks by carriers, one analyst firm is increasing how many iPhone 7 family devices that it thinks Apple will sell before the end of the year, but still expects fewer sales than the iPhone 6s garnered in 2015.

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This week on AI: iPhone 7 & Apple Watch Series 2 review, McLaren buyout rumors, macOS Sierra launch & more

This week on AI: iPhone 7 & Apple Watch Series 2 review, McLaren buyout rumors, macOS Sierra launch & more

Fresh in people's hands, the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 were of course subjects of discussion — but word about possible automotive takeovers stole some of the spotlight, as did new details on a rumored Amazon Echo competitor.

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Apple celebrates grand opening of first retail store in Mexico

Apple celebrates grand opening of first retail store in Mexico

Apple on Saturday opened the doors to thousands of waiting customers at its first brick-and-mortar retail store in Mexico, the first step in a planned expansion into the burgeoning Latin American smartphone market.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Forensics firm says backups easier to crack in iOS 10, Apple promises fix

Forensics firm says backups easier to crack in iOS 10, Apple promises fix

Apple appears to have unintentionally weakened the security of local backups in iOS 10, as a result of offering an "alternative password verification mechanism," according to a Russian forensics company.

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ReviewReview: Apple Watch Series 2 is a great improvement, but watchOS 3 steals the show

Review: Apple Watch Series 2 is a great improvement, but watchOS 3 steals the show

Equipped with a noticeably faster dual-core S2 processor, its own standalone GPS radio, and now with a waterproof design, the Apple Watch Series 2 is a worthwhile and fantastic upgrade from the first-generation model. It's also a great jumping on point for new buyers. But the biggest changes come with a software overhaul in watchOS 3, meaning early adopters will probably be happy with their existing Apple Watch for another year.

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Snapchat announces Spectacles video-recording sunglasses, available this fall for $130

Snapchat announces Spectacles video-recording sunglasses, available this fall for $130

Snap, Inc., the company formerly known as Snapchat, on Friday announced its first hardware product in Spectacles, a $130 pair of sunglasses with an embedded camera that captures 10-second point-of-view video clips at the tap of a button.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Apple exec Eddy Cue nets $59M in vested company stock

Apple exec Eddy Cue nets $59M in vested company stock

Fulfilling a contract award granted in 2011, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue saw 525,000 restricted stock units currently worth $59.2 million vest this week.

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Apple to debut 'Spoken Editions' iTunes category, turn written news into audio podcasts

Apple to debut 'Spoken Editions' iTunes category, turn written news into audio podcasts

According to a report on Friday, Apple is preparing to launch a new iTunes category which features audio podcast content transformed from articles, stories and other written word content from major publications.

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The Verge founding member Chris Ziegler worked at Apple for two months before leaving website

The Verge founding member Chris Ziegler worked at Apple for two months before leaving website

In a strange case of tech journalism intrigue, former deputy editor and founding member of The Verge Chris Ziegler recently left the publication after it was discovered that he was — and might still be — moonlighting at Apple, a potential conflict of interest for both companies.

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FeatureVideo: Unboxing Apple's ceramic Apple Watch Edition

Video: Unboxing Apple's ceramic Apple Watch Edition

For the 2016 version of its luxe Apple Watch Edition model, Apple swapped out a proprietary gold blend in favor of all white ceramic, a material that boasts a pearlescent sheen and is four times harder than stainless steel. AppleInsider gives the device a proper unboxing.

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Hermes Edition Apple Watch launches; iPhone 7, Apple Watch arrive in more countries

Hermes Edition Apple Watch launches; iPhone 7, Apple Watch arrive in more countries

On Friday, Apple started sales of the Hermes Apple Watch, brought the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to 30 additional countries, and has commenced sales of the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 to 20 more countries.

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Trade-in roundup: iPhone 7 has landed, here's where to get the most cash for your old iPhones

Trade-in roundup: iPhone 7 has landed, here's where to get the most cash for your old iPhones

The best time to sell your old iPhone or iPad is when Apple introduces new models, like it did with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Here's a guide to help you net the highest trade-in value for your iPhone from Apple, Gazelle, BuyBack World, NextWorth, Amazon, or one of the many other buyback services.

Troubleshooting macOS Sierra: FileMaker, Logitech and Razer devices, 4k display issues [u]

Troubleshooting macOS Sierra: FileMaker, Logitech and Razer devices, 4k display issues [u]

Sierra is still proving to be one of the less problematic Mac software upgrade in a long time, but as expected, there are some minor issues here and there, including FileMaker incompatibility problems, tracking issues with some Logitech mice, and problems with missing options on some third party 4k displays.

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Twitter takeover being considered by Google, Salesforce, other tech firms - report

Twitter takeover being considered by Google, Salesforce, other tech firms - report

Several major tech corporations — Google and Salesforce among them — have allegedly expressed in buying Twitter, as much for the data the social network generates as its actual media revenue.

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Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update fixing Lightning EarPods bug, Photos crashes, app extension issues

Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 update fixing Lightning EarPods bug, Photos crashes, app extension issues

Apple on Friday pushed out a minor update for its newly released iOS 10 platform, squashing a handful of bugs for iPhone and iPad users, most notably one related to controls on Lightning-connected headphones.

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Feature Inside iOS 10: Apple Maps adds power, simplicity to iPhone navigation

 Inside iOS 10: Apple Maps adds power, simplicity to iPhone navigation

Apple introduced a new look in Maps with iOS 10, but more importantly implemented key search and discovery features, as well as backend tools for app extensibility that make navigating everyday life a little more convenient.

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