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Friday, October 20, 2017

Apple Worldwide Video's LA office poaches Amazon Studios exec Morgan Wandell

Apple Worldwide Video's LA office poaches Amazon Studios exec Morgan Wandell

Apple's increasingly aggressive moves to establish internal production of creative content now include hiring Morgan Wandell from Amazon Studios.

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TipsHow to use 'unsupported' Thunderbolt 3 docks and enclosures on Sierra and High Sierra

How to use 'unsupported' Thunderbolt 3 docks and enclosures on Sierra and High Sierra

Even using the "universal" USB-C connector for Thunderbolt 3, there are still some drive enclosures, eGPU cases, and docks that won't connect to a Mac running Sierra or High Sierra. Here's how to get them to talk to your MacBook Pro or iMac.

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Retail head Angela Ahrendts promises Apple won't upsell shoppers on $999 iPhone X

Retail head Angela Ahrendts promises Apple won't upsell shoppers on $999 iPhone X

In a Friday interview, Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts said she's instructed clerks not to try and upsell people on the iPhone X, which starting at $999 may be out of reach for many people.

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Apple Music and other paid streaming services getting more weight on Billboard charts

Apple Music and other paid streaming services getting more weight on Billboard charts

Music magazine Billboard is changing the way it handles streams from Apple Music and other streaming services in its charts, with the publication advising it will be giving greater emphasis to paid subscription streams in its Billboard Hot 100 and other charts in 2018.

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Key Apple & Foxconn executives to meet amid iPhone X production woes

Key Apple & Foxconn executives to meet amid iPhone X production woes

Apple COO Jeff Williams will reportedly be meeting with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou when he visits Taiwan later this month, where he's expected to bring up the topic of production bottlenecks possibly hurting the iPhone X.

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Apple makes available fourth developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1

Apple makes available fourth developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1

For the second time in a week, Apple has issued updates to the developer beta programs of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1.

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Elmedia Player and Folx installers infected by OSX/Proton credential-stealing malware on Oct. 19

Elmedia Player and Folx installers infected by OSX/Proton credential-stealing malware on Oct. 19

Popular media consumption application Elmedia Player and downloading tool Folx were both briefly infected with the Proton malware strain, with most installers of the software on Oct. 19 now infected.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $50 to $320 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $50 to $320 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $320 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In addition to promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Delta allegedly switching flight crew hardware from Surface to iPad in early 2018

Delta allegedly switching flight crew hardware from Surface to iPad in early 2018

Airline Delta is allegedly in the process of switching its staff from Windows-based devices to iOS, with flight attendants set to replace Nokia handsets with the iPhone 7 Plus in early 2018, while pilots will apparently see their Microsoft Surface tablets exchanged for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

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Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter offers two extra 4K 60 Hz display connections

Sonnet Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter offers two extra 4K 60 Hz display connections

Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure producer Sonnet has unveiled a new display-oriented accessory, with the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter able to add two 4K-capable video outputs to a MacBook Pro or iMac while using up only one Thunderbolt 3 port.

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Apple urges iPhone Upgrade Program members to get 'head start' on iPhone X order process

Apple urges iPhone Upgrade Program members to get 'head start' on iPhone X order process

Apple is encouraging participants of its iPhone Upgrade Program to be prepared for the release of the iPhone X, inviting customers to go through a pre-approval process for the upgrade a few days before it ships on October 27.

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Apple exec Craig Federighi says no October event this year

Apple exec Craig Federighi says no October event this year

With just 11 days left in the month, Apple will not be holding an October press event this year, the company's head of software engineering reportedly said in an email.

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Google follows Apple App Store's lead in reducing revenue take for subscriptions

Google follows Apple App Store's lead in reducing revenue take for subscriptions

Google is improving the revenue split for Android developers selling subscriptions through Google Play, mirroring Apple's own policies for iPhone and iPad developers at the App Store.

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Samsung plans London showroom matching size of Apple Regent Street

Samsung plans London showroom matching size of Apple Regent Street

Samsung is preparing to launch a new showroom space in London a year from now in a bid to raise its prestige as a brand, a report said on Friday.

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Romeo Saber USB-C battery pack capable of providing 87W charging power to 15-inch MacBook Pro

Romeo Saber USB-C battery pack capable of providing 87W charging power to 15-inch MacBook Pro

Romeo Power has launched what could be an extremely useful portable battery for mobile professionals, with the high-capacity Saber power bank offering the ability to charge a MacBook Pro as well as smartphones and other smaller electronic devices.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses iPhone 8 production, FM radios, and Apple acquiring a health company

AppleInsider podcast discusses iPhone 8 production, FM radios, and Apple acquiring a health company

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about iPhone 8 production numbers being cut, anticipation for iPhone X, the FCC's useless call for FM radios on iPhones, and Apple buying a healthcare company, and much more.

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Apple to stockpile 2-3M iPhone X units prior to launch, component shortage eases in November

Apple to stockpile 2-3M iPhone X units prior to launch, component shortage eases in November

Apple's iPhone X production woes are nearing an end, according to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says shortages of key components like specialized handset circuit boards should resolved in November.

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Senators demand Tim Cook explain VPN app removal in China, suggest Apple enables censorship

Senators demand Tim Cook explain VPN app removal in China, suggest Apple enables censorship

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) penned a joint letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook this week asking for clarification on the company's decision to remove certain virtual private network (VPN) apps from China's App Store, saying the move potentially enables the country's censorship and internet surveillance policies.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Apple sued over 'Animoji' trademark, allegedly tried to buy IP rights prior to iPhone X debut

Apple sued over 'Animoji' trademark, allegedly tried to buy IP rights prior to iPhone X debut

A Japanese company on Wednesday filed suit against Apple for allegedly infringing on a U.S. trademark covering "Animoji," which the Cupertino tech giant is using to market a new facial recognition feature introduced with iPhone X.

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Deals: High-end 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,879 ($320 off); $100-$150 off 12" MacBooks; 21" iMac 4K for $1,199 ($100 off)

Deals: High-end 2017 15

Shoppers this week can exclusively save $320 on Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage and Radeon 560 graphics. Or snap up a 12" MacBook at $100 to $150 off with prices starting at $1,169. Apple's 2017 21.5" iMac 4K is also $1,199 after a $100 cash discount with no tax outside NY and NJ, and a MacX Media Conversion Lifetime License Bundle is $14.99.

Sprint and T-Mobile merger announcement likely postponed to November, report says

Sprint and T-Mobile merger announcement likely postponed to November, report says

Though a long-rumored merger between Sprint and T-Mobile was expected for October, a new report claims the U.S. cellular carriers may push back the announcement until after they reveal respective quarterly earnings.

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Microsoft revamps Cortana app for iOS with new look, streamlined UI

Microsoft revamps Cortana app for iOS with new look, streamlined UI

Microsoft on Thursday updated its Cortana virtual assistant app for iOS, delivering a redesigned user interface that streamlines access to key features like reminders and daily calendars.

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VideoHow to sync and load music onto Apple Watch with watchOS 4

How to sync and load music onto Apple Watch with watchOS 4

Apple introduced a few music management changes to Apple Watch with the release of watchOS 4, which now allows users to load multiple playlists, albums and individual songs onto the wearable device. Check out how to sync and load tunes from iPhone to your Apple Watch in this video.

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Apple Music snags Major Lazer concert documentary "Give Me Future"

Apple Music snags Major Lazer concert documentary

In March 2016, Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in 88 years, marking an easing of political tension between the world power and the small island republic. That same month, electronic music group Major Lazer self funded the first major Cuban-American concert in Havana, an event that drew nearly half a million attendees.

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CEO of Canada's Rogers sees 'anemic' demand for Apple's iPhone 8

CEO of Canada's Rogers sees 'anemic' demand for Apple's iPhone 8

The CEO of Canadian communications giant Rogers said that the company is so far seeing "anemic" demand for Apple's iPhone 8, potentially adding to the evidence that global sales are soft.

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Facebook not launching media and news subscription tool on iPhone because of Apple's 30% take

Facebook not launching media and news subscription tool on iPhone because of Apple's 30% take

Facebook is on the verge of launching a way to allow companies to sell subscriptions through the social media venue — but a dispute over Apple's mandated 30 percent of revenue derived through apps distributed on its store appears to have scuttled the launch on the iPhone.

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Tim Cook email claims Mac mini 'important part' of Apple's product matrix

Tim Cook email claims Mac mini 'important part' of Apple's product matrix

In response to an email concerned about the future of the Mac mini, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded that the Mac mini will continue — but didn't share any specifics about the product's future.

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Rumor: Apple supply chain looking to cut iPhone X costs in 2018, reducing consumer prices

Rumor: Apple supply chain looking to cut iPhone X costs in 2018, reducing consumer prices

A new report from the Chinese supply chain suggests that Apple has been developing the 2018 model-year iPhones to include many if not all of the iPhone X technologies, in new models said to be codenamed "Lisbon" and "Hangzhou."

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Apple teases opening of Chicago's Michigan Avenue store, prepares 'Chicago Series' events

Apple teases opening of Chicago's Michigan Avenue store, prepares 'Chicago Series' events

Apple on Thursday went on a publicity blitz for its Michigan Avenue store in Chicago, which opens tomorrow at 5 p.m. Central time, showcasing new interior and exterior photos as well as plans for a "Chicago Series" of Today at Apple events.

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Opposition to Apple's Irish data center stages last-ditch appeal, hearing scheduled next week

Opposition to Apple's Irish data center stages last-ditch appeal, hearing scheduled next week

Two of the Athenry residents who have long opposed Apple's Irish data center are hoping to appeal a Commercial Court decision which otherwise greenlit the $1 billion project, potentially signalling yet more delays.

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Echoing Apple's $1B investment in Didi Chuxing, Alphabet sinks $1B into Lyft

Echoing Apple's $1B investment in Didi Chuxing, Alphabet sinks $1B into Lyft

In a deal that values Lyft at $11 billion, Google's parent company Alphabet has invested $1 billion into the ride sharing service, more than a year after Apple placed its own $1 billion bet on Chinese taxi provider Didi Chuxing.

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Assa Abloy buys out HomeKit-compatible smartlock maker August

Assa Abloy buys out HomeKit-compatible smartlock maker August

On Thursday, Sweden's Assa Abloy — one of the world's biggest lock manufacturers, owning several brands including Yale — announced plans to buy out August Home, best known for its Apple HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock.

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TipsHow to teach Siri to pronounce names correctly on your iPhone

Some names can be hard for Siri to pronounce, and if you don't correct the matter won't be accurately retrieved by Apple's voice-powered assistant. Here's how to fix them.

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Rumor claims Apple cutting iPhone 8 production orders in half

Rumor claims Apple cutting iPhone 8 production orders in half

Apple is allegedly slashing its production orders for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus by roughly 50 percent for November and December, which if true could be the earliest such cut in the iPhone's history.

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LTE Series 3 Apple Watch cut off from networks in China, government concerns likely to blame

LTE Series 3 Apple Watch cut off from networks in China, government concerns likely to blame

Purchasers of the Series 3 Apple Watch with LTE in China at present have no wireless network connectivity options, with the lone carrier possibly forced by the government to cease service.

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Trade-in Deals: Sell your used iPhone for cash and lock in a $20 bonus ahead of the iPhone X

Trade-in Deals: Sell your used iPhone for cash and lock in a $20 bonus ahead of the iPhone X

With the release of the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 (and upcoming iPhone X), now is the time to trade in your old device before values drop. Here's a guide to help you sell your old iPhone for the highest value to Apple, Gazelle, BuyBackWorld, MyPhones Unlimited, Amazon, or one of the many other buyback services.

Apple investigating advanced 3D Touch technology with integrated feedback

Apple investigating advanced 3D Touch technology with integrated feedback

Apple is continuing work on advanced haptic feedback technologies, with the latest development outlined in a patent application describing methods of dynamically attracting or repelling a cover glass depending on user input.

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2018 Nissan Rogue comes with Apple CarPlay standard, first U.S. car with ProPilot Assist

2018 Nissan Rogue comes with Apple CarPlay standard, first U.S. car with ProPilot Assist

Nissan this week announced pricing for its upcoming Rogue crossover, saying all trim levels will come standard with the NissanConnect infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Apple's Ahrendts in Chicago ahead of Michigan Avenue flagship opening

Apple's Ahrendts in Chicago ahead of Michigan Avenue flagship opening

Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts was in Chicago this week as her team makes final preparations for the grand opening of the company's latest flagship store, a huge riverside "town square" that will anchor one end of the city's North Michigan Avenue shopping district.

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