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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Apple's latest iPhone X ad touts development of Portrait Lighting

Apple's latest iPhone X ad touts development of Portrait Lighting

Apple in a new iPhone X commercial posted to its YouTube channel on Wednesday provides a closer look at the handset's Portrait Lighting feature, showing how powerful image processing software is used to create studio quality photos without a studio.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Apple accounts for new ARKit 1.5 features in updated developer resources

Apple accounts for new ARKit 1.5 features in updated developer resources

Apple this week updated its Human Interface Guidelines for iOS with new entries covering augmented reality experiences, making adjustments and additions to best practices used by developers creating apps with ARKit 1.5.

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Smart speaker satisfaction at 89 percent, HomePod adoption hits 3 percent, survey finds

Smart speaker satisfaction at 89 percent, HomePod adoption hits 3 percent, survey finds

A new survey from Gene Munster's Loup Ventures found 89 percent of smart speaker owners are satisfied with their device, but despite coming packed with virtual assistant technology, most use the to play music or check the weather.

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Apple Music official digital music partner for 2018 BRIT Awards

Apple Music official digital music partner for 2018 BRIT Awards

Apple in a tweet on Wednesday announced its role as the official digital music partner of the 2018 BRIT Awards, and took advantage of the position with special ads, Apple Music playlists, interviews and more.

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T-Mobile plans $200-plus discount on Apple's iPhone X starting Feb. 23

T-Mobile plans $200-plus discount on Apple's iPhone X starting Feb. 23

Looking to snag a key demographic, T-Mobile is offering U.S. customers a discount of over $200 on an iPhone X, starting this Friday.

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Snapchat response to user revolt over iPhone app redesign advises of new features, no rollback to earlier version

Snapchat response to user revolt over iPhone app redesign advises of new features, no rollback to earlier version

Snapchat has responded to calls from users demanding a rollback of an update to the image sharing app, though while the firm acknowledges the high number of complaints, it advises it will not be reversing its design changes, but instead will make it easier for people to use.

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Netgear adds HomeKit compatibility to Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera

Netgear adds HomeKit compatibility to Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera

Netgear has issued an update to its Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera that adds support for HomeKit, a change that now allows homeowners to watch a live video stream from the camera through the Home app on their iPhone or iPad, as well as by asking Siri to view the feed.

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ExclusiveLowest Prices Anywhere: $900 off loaded 15" MacBook Pros; premium 10.5" iPad Pros from $699; $500-$1,000 off iMac Pros

Lowest Prices Anywhere: $900 off loaded 15

More exclusives have just arrived! In addition to deals on iMacs and iPads, B&H is now knocking $900 off two Late 2016 15" MacBook Pros with an abundance of upgrades, including faster processors, extra storage and better graphics. Prices for the premium models start at just $1,899 with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Deals: 12" MacBooks $799; 13" MacBook Pros from $1,199; $120-$150 off 27" iMac 5Ks; CPO iPhones & iPads as low as $99

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New discounts have gone into effect today on a variety of Apple devices, from $799 certified refurbished 12" MacBooks on Amazon to up to $300 off 13" MacBook Pros at Adorama and B&H. Gazelle also just issued price drops on CPO iPhones, iPads and Macs with prices starting at $99.

Dish's Sling TV tops internet TV providers with 2.21M subscribers

Dish's Sling TV tops internet TV providers with 2.21M subscribers

Sling TV reached 2.21 million subscribers during the fourth quarter, Dish announced on Wednesday, marking the first time the company has broken Sling figures out from broader numbers.

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Third watchOS 4.3 developer beta available alongside iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 public test versions

Third watchOS 4.3 developer beta available alongside iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 public test versions

Apple has issued the third developer's beta test version of watchOS 4.3, and has released public beta test versions of iOS 11.3, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

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Sonnet ships 1 terabyte version of the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive

Sonnet ships 1 terabyte version of the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive

Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure vendor Sonnet has started shipping another Mac-related accessory, by offering a version of its Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive that includes 1 terabyte of storage to users requiring a portable high-speed solid state external drive.

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TipsIf you're having problems with iOS 11.2.6 and your AirPods, disconnect them, then re-link to your iPhone

If you're having problems with iOS 11.2.6 and your AirPods, disconnect them, then re-link to your iPhone

Reports are circulating that some users are experiencing odd behavior from connected AirPods following the iOS 11.2.6 update — but there's an easy fix and it will only take a few minutes.

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ExclusiveUnbeatable iPad Deals: 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro for $699 ($100 off); 512GB LTE for $949 ($180 off); plus $20 off AppleCare

Unbeatable iPad Deals: 256GB 10.5

Exclusive deals keep rolling in! Readers this week can snap up a 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro for just $699 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a loaded 512GB model with cellular capability for $949, a $180 discount. AppleCare protection plans for the tablets are also $20 off for a limited time.

'Fire Emblem Heroes' most profitable Nintendo/DeNA mobile game, 'Angry Birds Champions' tournaments have cash prizes

'Fire Emblem Heroes' most profitable Nintendo/DeNA mobile game, 'Angry Birds Champions' tournaments have cash prizes

The most successful Nintendo/DeNA smartphone game so far has been "Fire Emblem Heroes," pulling in about $295 million worldwide in its first year, according to recent data. But, competitor Rovio might challenge that with the new "Angry Birds Champions" which allows users to win cash prizes in online tournaments.

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FaceTime helps save New York woman's life after stroke symptoms spotted during call

FaceTime helps save New York woman's life after stroke symptoms spotted during call

A New York City woman claims Apple's FaceTime helped save her life, after symptoms of a stroke were spotted by her sister during a transatlantic conversation, leading her to seek medical assistance for the affliction.

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Apple has long-term plan, is working on products 'way out in the 2020s'

Apple has long-term plan, is working on products 'way out in the 2020s'

Following up on a "Most Innovative Company" award, business magazine Fast Company on Wednesday published a wide-ranging interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, covering topics like the stock market, long-term plans, and the importance of Apple Music to the bottom line.

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'Alto's Odyssey' slides onto iPhone, iPad, Apple TV ahead of schedule

'Alto's Odyssey' slides onto iPhone, iPad, Apple TV ahead of schedule

'Alto's Odyssey,' a snowboarding-based endless runner for iPhone and iPad, has shipped a day earlier than its Feb. 22 release date, with players now able to buy the successor to the popular 'Alto's Adventure' from the iOS App Store for $4.99.

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Apple international regulatory filings hint that two new iPad models are imminent

Apple international regulatory filings hint that two new iPad models are imminent

Apple has obtained permission to sell two new iPads in several Eurasian countries, suggesting that the company is planning to announce them in the near future.

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EditorialFailure of Pixel 2 exposed a larger problem: Google's ads don't work

Failure of Pixel 2 exposed a larger problem: Google's ads don't work

Across 2017, Google heavily promoted its Pixel phone brand. Despite being lauded as being "the world's most valuable brand" and its status as the world's largest purveyor of advertising, all of Google's global efforts, including DoubleClick and YouTube, resulted in inconsequential Pixel sales. Worse than its failure to sell hardware is the fact that Google has proven that its advertising simply isn't very effective.

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Apple reportedly in talks to buy cobalt, key Li-ion battery ingredient, directly from miners

Apple reportedly in talks to buy cobalt, key Li-ion battery ingredient, directly from miners

Apple is reportedly in talks to secure long-term cobalt supplies directly from miners, a strategy designed to buffer reserves of the key lithium ion battery ingredient as the company competes with car makers looking to use the metal in electric car production.

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AT&T to launch mobile 5G in Atlanta, Dallas and Waco in 2018

AT&T to launch mobile 5G in Atlanta, Dallas and Waco in 2018

After teasing an initial rollout phase for its next-generation 5G network in January, AT&T on Wednesday got a little more specific by naming the first three cities that will gain access to the speedy mobile technology by the end of 2018.

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Australian carrier Telstra working on fix for Apple iMessage and Facetime outage [u]

Australian carrier Telstra working on fix for Apple iMessage and Facetime outage [u]

Telstra, one of the largest cellular carriers in Australia, is working on a fix for an apparent services outage impacting customers major metropolitan areas attempting to access Apple's iMessage and Facetime features.

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Apple adds 22 more banks to list of institutions supporting Apple Pay

Apple adds 22 more banks to list of institutions supporting Apple Pay

Apple continues its expansion of financial insitutions that will process Apple Pay transactions, with the latest additions bringing 22 more to the table.

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Three autographs by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs going up for auction March 8

Three autographs by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs going up for auction March 8

A Boston company is planning to auction three items autographed by late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, rare items from a public figure typically believed to have been averse to giving out his signature.

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Apple posts three new tutorial videos covering iPhone photography

Apple posts three new tutorial videos covering iPhone photography

Apple on Tuesday published a fresh batch of tutorial videos to its official YouTube channel covering different facets of iPhone photography including overhead photos, black and white snapshots, and slo-mo timing.

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AirPlay 2 disappears from newest iOS 11.3 & tvOS 11.3 betas

AirPlay 2 disappears from newest iOS 11.3 & tvOS 11.3 betas

Despite prior support in Apple's development track, AirPlay 2 appears to have been removed from the third iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas, issued earlier on Tuesday.

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TipsHow to ensure you're getting full credit towards your Move & Exercise goals on Apple Watch

How to ensure you're getting full credit towards your Move & Exercise goals on Apple Watch

Although the Apple Watch does a lot of its fitness tracking without any help, it isn't perfect, and there are a few things you can do to guarantee the most accurate possible results.

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Leaked memo suggests Nokia's health business is unhealthy

Leaked memo suggests Nokia's health business is unhealthy

Less than two years after Nokia bought health and fitness gear maker Withings for $192 million, the major investment appears to be problematic for the Finnish company, as a new memo suggests its health business may not last much longer.

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Apple issues third beta releases for iOS 11.3, macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, tvOS 11.3

Apple issues third beta releases for iOS 11.3, macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, tvOS 11.3

Apple has updated three OS beta releases, with third revisions of the High Sierra 10.13.4, iOS 11.3, and tvOS 11.3 now available for developer testing.

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Fast Company ranks Apple as world's 'Most Innovative' for 2018

Fast Company ranks Apple as world's 'Most Innovative' for 2018

Business magazine Fast Company on Tuesday selected Apple as its "Most Innovative" company of 2018, spanning 350 enterprises and 36 categories.

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First look: Mantiz MZ-02 Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure in space gray

First look: Mantiz MZ-02 Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure in space gray

After AppleInsider examined the Mantiz MZ-02 eGPU, the company expanded its line slightly, but more importantly, refined the internals a bit.

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ExclusiveRecord Low Prices: $500-$1,000 off Apple's iMac Pro with no tax outside NY & NJ

Record Low Prices: $500-$1,000 off Apple's iMac Pro with no tax outside NY & NJ

AppleInsider readers this week can snap up exclusive savings on a variety of iMac Pro configurations, from $500 off the standard model (now $4,494) up to $1,000 off a loaded 10-core system with 128GB of RAM, a 4TB SSD and Vega 64 graphics. Each iMac Pro also ships for free with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, making these the lowest shipped prices available.

Spotify may be preparing HomePod competitor with entrance into hardware market

Spotify may be preparing HomePod competitor with entrance into hardware market

Spotify could be gearing up to take on Apple's HomePod with its own competing smart speaker or other hardware, after new job advertisements for the music streaming service reveal it is looking for employees to set up the manufacturing process for its first physical products.

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Hands-OnHands on: Parallels Toolbox 2.5 brings an array of quick tools to the Mac

Hands on: Parallels Toolbox 2.5 brings an array of quick tools to the Mac

The idea of offering a series of tools in one place is fine, and Parallels Toolbox definitely comes with some genuinely useful utilities. Yet, some are pointless, and all feel like they were made for Windows.

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Swype add-on keyboard discontinued, pulled from iOS App Store

Swype add-on keyboard discontinued, pulled from iOS App Store

One of the first third-party keyboards for iOS, Swype, has reached its end of life, and will see no more updates or development effort by its parent company.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Samsung to more than halve OLED production due to slow iPhone X demand, Nikkei says

Samsung to more than halve OLED production due to slow iPhone X demand, Nikkei says

Piling on to its own rumors of slower than expected iPhone X demand, Nikkei on Tuesday said Samsung is drastically slashing OLED output in response to Apple's supposed decision to cut production of the flagship handset.

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Ohio State University expands on Apple educational partnership with app for first-year students

Ohio State University expands on Apple educational partnership with app for first-year students

Taking advantage of an educational partnership with Apple, Ohio State University this year will launch an app developed by students for students designed to ease the sometimes jarring transition into college life.

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Apple seeks new trademark for multicolor logo, unlikely to show up at a store near you

Apple seeks new trademark for multicolor logo, unlikely to show up at a store near you

Apple is seeking a new U.S. trademark for its iconic multicolor logo, commonly referred to as the "rainbow" logo, for use on clothing items, but don't expect to see the mark adorning products at an Apple store anytime soon.

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