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Monday, June 26, 2017

Apple buys German eye tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments

Apple buys German eye tracking firm SensoMotoric Instruments

Apple has entered into an agreement to purchase German company SensoMotoric Instruments — a company noted for hardware and software for eye tracking sensors, useful for augmented reality.

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Apple goes live with first tvOS 11 public beta, macOS High Sierra 'coming soon'

Apple goes live with first tvOS 11 public beta, macOS High Sierra 'coming soon'

In tandem with Monday's iOS 11 release, Apple today also launched the first public beta of tvOS 11 for the Apple TV, while teasing the forthcoming beta of macOS High Sierra.

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Apple releases first iOS 11 public beta to testers

Apple releases first iOS 11 public beta to testers

Apple on Monday released the first public beta of iOS 11, offering iPhone and iPad with extra test devices the opportunity to sample the upcoming operating system prior to its debut this fall.

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Apple's Cook promises security insurance discount at Cisco event

Apple's Cook promises security insurance discount at Cisco event

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance at a Cisco event in Las Vegas on Monday, revealing plans to help businesses with discounts on cyber-security insurance if they use products from both companies. Following the event, Cisco announced another outcome of its Apple partnership, the Cisco Security Connector app for iPhone and iPad.

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Vimeo kills plans for subscription video service meant to rival Netflix, Hulu & others

Vimeo kills plans for subscription video service meant to rival Netflix, Hulu & others

Vimeo — typically seen as a YouTube competitor — has officially cancelled plans to enter into the world of Netflix-style subscription video.

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FeatureInside iOS 11: One-handed keyboard assists large phones, absent on iPad

Inside iOS 11: One-handed keyboard assists large phones, absent on iPad

Starting this fall with the release of iOS 11, iPhone users will have the option of invoking a special one-handed keyboard, making it especially easy to type with larger screens.

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Apple to partner with rental car company Hertz on small fleet of self-driving vehicles - report

Apple to partner with rental car company Hertz on small fleet of self-driving vehicles - report

Apple's in-house self-driving vehicle technology will reportedly hit the road in a limited partnership with rental car provider Hertz, giving Apple the ability to put its technology to the test and expand its presence on the streets in a highly public way.

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Facebook to take on Apple Music & others with TV shows later this summer

Facebook to take on Apple Music & others with TV shows later this summer

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch high-budget scripted TV shows by late summer, directly competing against services like Amazon Video, Netflix, and Apple Music.

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Apple rolls out fourth revision of watchOS 3.2.3 beta, minor iOS 11 and tvOS 11 beta update

Apple rolls out fourth revision of watchOS 3.2.3 beta, minor iOS 11 and tvOS 11 beta update

A week after macOS Sierra's move to beta 4 launching the set, Apple has made the latest watchOS 3.2.3 beta available for developer testing alongside a pair of very minor developer's updates for iOS 11 and tvOS 11.

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LG Innotek aiming at making flexible circuit boards for Apple's 'iPhone 9' - report

LG Innotek aiming at making flexible circuit boards for Apple's 'iPhone 9' - report

LG Innotek is in the process of setting up flexible printed circuit board (PCB) production, with the goal of becoming a primary supplier for the Apple iPhone, according to a report out of LG's home country, South Korea.

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Apple-connected Pearl Automation shuts down after low sales of rear-view camera

Apple-connected Pearl Automation shuts down after low sales of rear-view camera

Pearl Automation — a startup founded by former Apple workers, which sold an iPhone-connected rear-view camera for cars — has reportedly shut down, largely because of low initial sales.

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'Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story' arrives on Apple Music to poor reviews

'Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story' arrives on Apple Music to poor reviews

Apple Music-Exclusive documentary on Bad Boy Records —"Can't Stop, Won't Stop" has been released, but early reception to the film appears to be not good.

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Exclusive2017 MacBook Pro Deals: 13" for $1,229 ($70 off); 13" Touch Bar for $1,704 ($95 off); 15" for $2,379 ($120 off) w/ no tax in 48 states

2017 MacBook Pro Deals: 13

Adorama this week is offering AI readers an additional $50 to $100 off popular Mid 2017 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro configurations in Space Gray with our exclusive promo code. On top of the instant and coupon savings, the Apple authorized reseller will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ — and shipping is free.

$18 billion deal for Toshiba's memory division further challenged by Western Digital

$18 billion deal for Toshiba's memory division further challenged by Western Digital

Extending the saga even further, Western Digital has notified Toshiba's board of directors that it formally opposes Toshiba's sale of its memory division to any group that has ties to its primary competitor SK Hynix — and the favored consortium is relying on funding from it.

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FeaturePSA: There are not (yet) any Retina-caliber external displays compatible with Apple's eGPU support in macOS High Sierra

PSA: There are not (yet) any Retina-caliber external displays compatible with Apple's eGPU support in macOS High Sierra

In yet another likely reason that external graphics card support for Mac will not exit beta until 2018, there are not any external monitors currently on the market, compatible with macOS High Sierra's eGPU feature, that match the pixel density of Apple's own Retina displays.

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Apple's first 'Assembled in India' iPhone SE models go on sale in limited run

Apple's first 'Assembled in India' iPhone SE models go on sale in limited run

The first iPhone SE models built in India — by Apple partner Wistron — are now on sale in various cities around the country such as Bengaluru, according to local reports.

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New video features Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell, Greg Christie discussing early iPhone development

New video features Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell, Greg Christie discussing early iPhone development

Celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the iPhone continue, with former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell and Greg Christie discussing the early iPhone development process in a new interview.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Apple's Tim Cook, other CEOs meet with India's Prime Minister in Washington

Apple's Tim Cook, other CEOs meet with India's Prime Minister in Washington

Apple CEO Tim Cook was reportedly one of 21 U.S. corporate leaders who attended a roundtable with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.

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ReviewReview: Linksys Velop mesh networking kit delivers strong Wi-Fi despite setup quirks

Review: Linksys Velop mesh networking kit delivers strong Wi-Fi despite setup quirks

Continuing AppleInsider's quest to find the perfect mesh networking hardware, this week we take a closer look at Linksys' entry, a three-tower setup named Velop.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $250 to $640 instantly on Apple's 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pros w/ Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $250 to $640 instantly on Apple's 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pros w/ Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

New, lower prices! First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $250 and $640 on every closeout Late 2016 MacBook Pro bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

New Apple Park drone footage shows more landscaping, lights on in Steve Jobs Theater

New Apple Park drone footage shows more landscaping, lights on in Steve Jobs Theater

A newly-published video shows that while construction and landscaping work is at an advanced stage at Apple Park, it remains underway, particularly at some satellite buildings including the Steve Jobs Theater.

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ReviewReview: 2017 MacBook Pro fulfills the promise of the line's redesign

Review: 2017 MacBook Pro fulfills the promise of the line's redesign

At the WWDC, Apple took the opportunity to toss the new Kaby Lake i7 processor into the the redesigned 2016 MacBook Pro chassis. If you liked the 2016 but didn't jump, you'll be even happier with the 2017.

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This week on AI: 12.9" iPad Pro & 5K iMac reviewed, Cook meets with Trump, 'iPhone 8' rumors & more

This week on AI: 12.9

As Apple CEO Tim Cook attended a tech summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, the rest of the company was preparing upgraded betas of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11. More rumors meanwhile emerged about the iMac Pro and the "iPhone 8," and AppleInsider got a chance to put Apple's new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 27-inch 5K iMac through their paces.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Apple hires head of Stanford's digital health initiative

Apple hires head of Stanford's digital health initiative

Apple is moving forward with efforts to build out its health products team with the recent hire of a top Stanford doctor who headed up the university's own digital health initiative.

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Google pledges to stop scanning emails in Gmail for personalized ads

Google pledges to stop scanning emails in Gmail for personalized ads

Advertising giant Google announced on Friday that later this year it will no longer scan user emails for personalized ads in its free Gmail service, stamping out a policy that has long rankled privacy advocates.

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Proposed Italian consumer protection law unlikely to have any effect on Apple's iPhone sales

Proposed Italian consumer protection law unlikely to have any effect on Apple's iPhone sales

Hyperbolic Italian press reports notwithstanding, a controversial law proposed in Italy granting the users to use open-source software intended to grant rights to users will have little to no effect on Apple, according to AppleInsider sources.

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YouTube TV comes to 10 more US markets like Atlanta, Houston & Miami

YouTube TV comes to 10 more US markets like Atlanta, Houston & Miami

YouTube TV — Google's recently-launched live streaming service — will soon expand to 10 more U.S. urban markets, the company announced this week.

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Deals: $200-$345 off 2016 12" MacBooks; 2017 27" iMac 5K for $1,699 ($100 off); $70 off 2017 13" MacBook Air

Deals: $200-$345 off 2016 12

Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on new and closeout hardware heading into the last weekend in June. Save $200 to $345 on 2016 12" MacBooks with no tax outside NY and NJ. Or snap up a 2017 27" iMac at $100 off. Apple's 2017 13" Air with 256GB of storage is also $1,129 ($70 off).

Tesla in talks for own music service, skipping likes of Apple Music & Spotify - report

Tesla in talks for own music service, skipping likes of Apple Music & Spotify - report

Tesla is allegedly in talks with major record labels, hoping to offer its own streaming music service for owners of vehicles like the Model 3 and Model S — apparently skipping default integration of options like Apple Music, Pandora, or Spotify.

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Apple UK offers iTunes charity cover of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' for Grenfell victims

Apple UK offers iTunes charity cover of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' for Grenfell victims

Apple's U.K. website is promoting a new charity single on iTunes, proceeds from which will go to help support people impacted by the Grenfell Tower fire in London, which is believed to have killed some 79 people and left many homeless or destitute.

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Foxconn CEO insists that his investment group still has '50% chance' of landing Toshiba deal

Foxconn CEO insists that his investment group still has '50% chance' of landing Toshiba deal

Refuting speculation that the deal to buy Toshiba's memory division is effectively done. Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou declared on Friday that he expects that his company still has a '"50 percent chance" of winning.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's new iMacs & iPad Pros, Apple Watch & health, Amazon

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's new iMacs & iPad Pros, Apple Watch & health, Amazon

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor review the latest Apple hardware, discuss Apple Watch and what it could mean to be at the center of health, and also where Amazon could go based on buying Whole Foods.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

VideoWatch: Every change, bug fix and new feature in Apple's second iOS 11 beta

Watch: Every change, bug fix and new feature in Apple's second iOS 11 beta

Apple this week released the second beta version of its upcoming iOS 11 operating system to developers for testing with a litany of bug fixes, UI changes and new features. AppleInsider takes a closer look at the modifications in this hands-on video.

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High Sierra firmware suggests Secure Enclave, Intel 'Purley' chips coming to iMac Pro

High Sierra firmware suggests Secure Enclave, Intel 'Purley' chips coming to iMac Pro

A report on Thursday suggests Apple's forthcoming iMac Pro all-in-one will run Intel's server-class "Purley" Xeon platform, as well as a Secure Enclave Processor similar in function to the ARM-based chip embedded in the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

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ExclusiveTrade-in Deals: Grab a $20 cash bonus when you sell your used MacBook or iPad to BBW now that WWDC hardware has arrived

Trade-in Deals: Grab a $20 cash bonus when you sell your used MacBook or iPad to BBW now that WWDC hardware has arrived

Final week! With brand-new MacBooks, iMacs and iPad Pros hitting the shelves, now is the time to lock in a $20 cash bonus for your used iPad or MacBook before prices drop. Plus, take advantage of a 30-day price lock, giving you plenty of time to transfer files and import settings before shipping your old device to BuyBackWorld.

Satellite footage condenses two years of Apple Park construction into 18-second clip

Satellite footage condenses two years of Apple Park construction into 18-second clip

Satellite imaging provider Planet Labs this week uploaded a time-lapse showing off construction progress of Apple Park's main "spaceship" structure, chronicling nearly two years of work in 18 seconds.

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Sling TV updates iPhone & iPad app with Cloud DVR support

Sling TV updates iPhone & iPad app with Cloud DVR support

By way of an app update, Sling TV viewers can now take advantage of the service's Cloud DVR feature on Apple's iPhone and iPad, saving shows for later regardless of whether they're on-demand programs.

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Roof of Chicago's North Michigan Ave. Apple Store resembles MacBook Air lid

Roof of Chicago's North Michigan Ave. Apple Store resembles MacBook Air lid

With construction on the new Chicago outlet winding down, construction workers briefly put an Apple logo on the top center of the building, making it resemble an enormous MacBook Air, at least temporarily.

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New job openings hint at Apple Park Visitor Center getting ready for the public

New job openings hint at Apple Park Visitor Center getting ready for the public

A pair of job listings posted on Apple's website this week suggest that Apple Park may finally be nearing a long-awaited public opening.

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