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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Apple investors shrug off Samsung Galaxy S8 event, send stock upward

Apple investors shrug off Samsung Galaxy S8 event, send stock upward

The launch of Samsung's 2017 flagship Galaxy S8 isn't causing any apparent concern among Apple's investors, who collectively pushed the company's stock even further upward today despite the announcements—and the continuous run up in Apple stock that has occurred since the iPhone maker last released earnings in January.

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Google Calendar gains native Apple iPad interface with latest iOS update

Google Calendar gains native Apple iPad interface with latest iOS update

Google on Wednesday released a long-awaited update to its Calendar app for iOS, finally introducing a native iPad interface that makes use of the extra screen space on Apple's tablet.

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Apple releases first public beta for iOS 10.3.2, still no 32-bit version available

Apple releases first public beta for iOS 10.3.2, still no 32-bit version available

As is normal with Apple beta releases, Apple has followed up a developer-only release of iOS 10.3.2 with one for public beta program participants — but as with the initial release it still lacks a 32-bit binary.

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TipsHow to use Facebook Messenger's new Live Location feature on iPhone

How to use Facebook Messenger's new Live Location feature on iPhone

Facebook this week introduced Live Location to its Messenger app for iOS, letting people temporarily track each other when trying to rendezvous. Here's how to make use of the feature on your iPhone.

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Apple Mail engineering manager heads to Readdle to work on Spark email client

Apple Mail engineering manager heads to Readdle to work on Spark email client

A former engineering manager on Apple's Mail app, Terry Blanchard, has left the company to play a key role in developing Readdle's Spark email client, according to an announcement.

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Killer Deals: 13" MacBook Pros from $1,299 ($150-$300 off); Touch Bar models from $1,599 ($200 off); 15" MacBook Pros from $2,199 ($300 off)

Killer Deals: 13

For the next 48 hours only, grab Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Pro in Silver or Space Gray for $1,299 ($200 off) with free shipping and no sales tax in 48 states. Upgraded models are being slashed by $200-$300, including a 13-inch Touch Bar configuration for $1,599 ($200 off). Meanwhile, save $300 on 15" MacBook Pros that start at just $2,199.

Samsung upgrades Gear 360 camera with 4K video and iPhone support

Samsung upgrades Gear 360 camera with 4K video and iPhone support

Alongside the launch of the Galaxy S8, Samsung has unveiled an update to its Gear 360 camera, with the new version of the 360-degree camera now offering support for iPhones for the first time, as well as the ability to live stream and capture true 4K-resolution video.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $390 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros 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.

Samsung Galaxy S8 fires first salvo against Apple's 'iPhone 8' with 'Infinity' display, AR & more

Samsung Galaxy S8 fires first salvo against Apple's 'iPhone 8' with 'Infinity' display, AR & more

Samsung on Wednesday confirmed a multitude of rumors by announcing its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8 — a device with an OLED "Infinity" display and no physical home button, much like Apple's rumored "iPhone 8."

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Over-the-air iOS 10.3 update for iPhone 5, 5c pulled by Apple for reasons unknown

Over-the-air iOS 10.3 update for iPhone 5, 5c pulled by Apple for reasons unknown

After a few hours of availability, Apple pulled the over-the-air iOS 10.3 update for the iPhone 5 and 5c, though the legacy devices can still be updated through iTunes on a Mac or PC.

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Samsung retail outlet in Singapore catches fire ahead of Galaxy S8 launch

Samsung retail outlet in Singapore catches fire ahead of Galaxy S8 launch

Samsung's long period of bad luck doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon, after one of the manufacturer's stores in Singapore caught fire early on Tuesday morning, with the incident occurring the day before the South Korean electronics giant reveals the Galaxy S8 smartphone.

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GigSky adds 40+ regions for iPad data plans on Apple SIM, raises caps in North America

GigSky adds 40+ regions for iPad data plans on Apple SIM, raises caps in North America

GigSky — a company specializing in data plans for iPad users with Apple SIMs — on Wednesday announced it's adding over 40 more regions, while improving the value of existing plans in North America.

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tvOS 10.2 update requires AirPlay hardware verification, breaks third-party streaming apps

tvOS 10.2 update requires AirPlay hardware verification, breaks third-party streaming apps

Apple's tvOS 10.2 is preventing third-party AirPlay streamers from sending audio to the fourth-generation Apple TV, and it is unclear at this time if the functionality can be restored.

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Giveaway: Win a TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock from CalDigit

Giveaway: Win a TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock from CalDigit

CalDigit is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of three TS3 Lite docks featuring dual Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort and more.

Exclusive2017 Supplier Responsibility Report line entry may confirm Apple's car ambitions

2017 Supplier Responsibility Report line entry may confirm Apple's car ambitions

The most recent Apple supplier report is mostly a rehash of previous years — but includes one entry from a facility that appears to exclusively produce car parts and support equipment for automobiles.

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Apple recruiting computer vision & robotics researchers for Swiss lab - report

Apple recruiting computer vision & robotics researchers for Swiss lab - report

Apple appears to be quietly operating a research facility in Switzerland, possibly with the company's self-driving car project in mind, according to a local news site.

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Trump using new iPhone to tweet despite prior calls for Apple boycott

Trump using new iPhone to tweet despite prior calls for Apple boycott

President Donald Trump is the proud owner of a new iPhone. America's commander-in-chief is now confirmed to be tweeting from a device he called on supporters to boycott during last year's campaign, citing the tech giant's refusal to cooperate with authorities investigating the San Bernardino shootings.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Customizable app icons debut with iOS 10.3, MLB and NHL first to market

Customizable app icons debut with iOS 10.3, MLB and NHL first to market

Sporting apps MLB.com at Bat and NHL on Tuesday became the first iOS titles to take advantage of a new iOS 10.3 feature that allows users to change an app's home screen icon after installation.

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Apple seemingly ends support for 32-bit devices with iOS 10.3.2

Apple seemingly ends support for 32-bit devices with iOS 10.3.2

With the release of iOS 10.3.2 beta, Apple is not offering iTunes restore images for 32-bit devices like the iPhone 5 and fourth-generation iPad, suggesting the forthcoming point update will mark a watershed for iOS.

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Apple rejecting app submissions with names that include references to price

Apple rejecting app submissions with names that include references to price

Apple is no longer allowing developers to include pricing information in the name of their respective app store submissions, a practice commonly used to promote free or inexpensive software.

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Apple Pay launches in Taiwan with support for 7 banks

Apple Pay launches in Taiwan with support for 7 banks

Apple introduced Apple Pay to Taiwan on Wednesday local time with support for seven banks in the region, bringing the touchless payments system to to its 15th market.

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FeatureApple's iOS 10.3 update can reclaim as much as 7.8GB of available storage

Apple's iOS 10.3 update can reclaim as much as 7.8GB of available storage

While the feature enhancements of new OS updates generally take up more of your available storage, Apple's latest iOS 10.3 update has freed up gigabytes of available storage for many users making the upgrade. It reclaimed as much as 7.81 GB in our testing.

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Apple updates iTunes U for iOS with photo annotations, video messages

Apple updates iTunes U for iOS with photo annotations, video messages

Apple on Tuesday updated iTunes U with a handful of new features, including improved annotation options and ways of sharing and accessing media.

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AAPL price crushes old record, cruises past $1,000 pre-split per-share price

AAPL price crushes old record, cruises past $1,000 pre-split per-share price

Apple's stock price on Tuesday hit a new record of $143.80, eclipsing the $1,000 per share pre-split benchmark, and if it keeps pace for the rest of the week will beat the company's old market capitalization record.

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TipsHow to identify all the 32-bit apps installed on your iPhone running iOS 10.3

How to identify all the 32-bit apps installed on your iPhone running iOS 10.3

The day is rapidly approaching where Apple will just disallow 32-bit apps from running on iOS, maybe as soon as iOS 11. AppleInsider shows you how to identify which apps installed on your iPhone are 32-bit — and points out some problems that Apple needs to rectify before that day comes.

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Apple extends VoLTE & Wi-Fi iPhone calling to more carriers in UK, Russia & other countries

Apple extends VoLTE & Wi-Fi iPhone calling to more carriers in UK, Russia & other countries

With the release of iOS 10.3 on Monday, Apple has also extended Wi-Fi and VoLTE (voice-over-LTE) calling to more carriers worldwide, most notably enabling both options for the U.K. branch of O2.

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Apple releases first developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1

Apple releases first developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1

Just a day after an omnibus release spanning all of Apple's operating systems, the company has released beta versions of macOS Sierra 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2, tvOS 10.2.1, and watchOS 3.2.2 to developers.

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Apple permits iPhone app chronicling US drone strikes to return to App Store [u]

Apple permits iPhone app chronicling US drone strikes to return to App Store [u]

Apple on Tuesday once again approved Metadata — an app drawing attention to U.S. drone strikes — for download on the App Store, following a nearly two-year wait after its removal. [Updated with second removal]

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Square brings payment service to UK with Apple Pay-supporting Square Reader

Square brings payment service to UK with Apple Pay-supporting Square Reader

Card payment firm Square is expanding its reach into Europe, with the launch of the Square Reader in the U.K., offered as a way for small businesses to easily accept card payments using chip and PIN, contactless transactions, and mobile payments including Apple Pay.

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Facebook rolls out Snapchat-like Stories & in-app camera for Apple's iPhone

Facebook rolls out Snapchat-like Stories & in-app camera for Apple's iPhone

Following a limited test, Facebook began rolling out Stories to all its iOS and Android users on Tuesday, coming alongside a new in-app camera with masks, filters, and other effects.

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Urbanears launches Connected Speakers with built-in support for Apple AirPlay

Urbanears launches Connected Speakers with built-in support for Apple AirPlay

Though new AirPlay accessories are seemingly few and far between these days, Urbanears on Tuesday announced a lineup of standalone speakers that support Apple's Wi-Fi-based music streaming protocol.

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TipsHow to manage your Apple ID, iCloud, iPhone backups & more in iOS 10.3

How to manage your Apple ID, iCloud, iPhone backups & more in iOS 10.3

One of the smaller but still significant changes in Monday's iOS 10.3 update is easier, centralized access to all the info related to an Apple ID account, directly from the top of the Settings menu. Here's how to take advantage of it.

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Apple's CarPlay gains quick-access task switcher with iOS 10.3

Apple's CarPlay gains quick-access task switcher with iOS 10.3

Upon updating their iPhone to iOS 10.3, CarPlay users will find that their in-vehicle system now offers a convenient multitasking menu, showcasing the three most recently used apps — with some caveats intended to keep eyes on the road.

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OpinionNo, an LTE-equipped Apple Watch will not come with a physical SIM card

No, an LTE-equipped Apple Watch will not come with a physical SIM card

Amidst a lull in Apple hardware releases, an industry analyst on Monday issued a research note claiming Apple's next-generation Apple Watch will use a physical SIM card for standalone LTE connectivity. We explain why that is an unlikely scenario.

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Apple mulls joining reported SoftBank-backed investment in Didi to avoid dilution of existing stake

Apple mulls joining reported SoftBank-backed investment in Didi to avoid dilution of existing stake

Japanese tech giant SoftBank is reportedly in talks to back a $6 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, a move that could dilute stakes of existing backers like Apple.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Apple's iOS 10.3 patches mobile Safari bug used in ransomware campaign

Apple's iOS 10.3 patches mobile Safari bug used in ransomware campaign

Nefarious actors using a mobile Safari exploit to extort iTunes gift cards from unwitting iOS device users will need to look elsewhere, as Apple patched the web browser flaw as part of Monday's iOS 10.3 update.

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Apple's iOS 10.3 lets customers leave in-app ratings, developers can respond to reviews

Apple's iOS 10.3 lets customers leave in-app ratings, developers can respond to reviews

With Monday's iOS 10.3 release, Apple introduced new App Store tools that streamline app ratings and offer new levels of customer outreach by allowing developers to publicly respond to reviews.

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VideoVideo recap: Apple releases iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2

Video recap: Apple releases iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2

Apple this week issued firmware updates for its major platforms, introducing all new features like Find My AirPods for iOS and Theater Mode for Apple Watch, as well as bringing Night Shift to Mac.

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Facebook updates Messenger for Apple's iPhone & iPad with Live Location sharing

Facebook updates Messenger for Apple's iPhone & iPad with Live Location sharing

Facebook on Monday began rolling out a new feature — Live Location — to its Messenger apps for iOS and Android, just days after Google announced a similar feature for Google Maps.

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