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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NAB calls for activation of iPhone FM radio feature Apple says does not exist

NAB calls for activation of iPhone FM radio feature Apple says does not exist

Less than a month after U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai called on Apple to activate FM radio functionality in its iPhone devices, the National Association of Broadcasters on Wednesday issued a similar call to action, saying the company could easily integrate such features if it so desired.

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TipsHow to personalize Siri's voice response settings in iOS 11

How to personalize Siri's voice response settings in iOS 11

There's a good chance that if you own an iPhone or an iPad, you've probably still using Siri's default voice settings — but as AppleInsider can show, there are a few ways to personalize Siri's sound and functions in iOS 11 [now with video].

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Apple Pay may be coming to Poland and the Netherlands later this year

Apple Pay may be coming to Poland and the Netherlands later this year

Apple may be preparing a large European expansion for Apple Pay later this year, as new rumors point to Poland and the Netherlands joining a list of rollouts.

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Hands-OnHands-on: LandingZone's Docking Station grants plethora of USB ports to MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Hands-on: LandingZone's Docking Station grants plethora of USB ports to MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

LandingZone's new USB 3.1 type-C Docking Station for the 13- or 15-inch 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro doesn't cut corners and gives multiple USB ports and a SD card reader back to the user.

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TipsHow to sync music and playlists to Apple Watch with watchOS 4 & iOS 11

How to sync music and playlists to Apple Watch with watchOS 4 & iOS 11

If you exercise with an Apple Watch, you'll want to load some music onto it. Thankfully with watchOS 4, Apple now lets you load multiple playlists and albums onto the wrist-worn device. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

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Apple reveals secret sauce behind 'Hey Siri' detection in latest research paper

Apple reveals secret sauce behind 'Hey Siri' detection in latest research paper

Apple's latest contribution to its machine learning blog is a dive into how the software behind the "Hey Siri" command works, and how the company uses a neural network to convert the acoustic pattern of a voice to filter it out from the background.

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Adobe splits Lightroom photo workflow software into cloud-based & 'Classic' versions

Adobe splits Lightroom photo workflow software into cloud-based & 'Classic' versions

Adobe on Wednesday revealed major changes to Lightroom CC, its professional workflow tool for photographers, spinning it off into separate cloud-based and "Classic" versions.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $50 to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $50 to $250 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 $250 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.

New video rumored to show close-up of Apple car's updated 'Project Titan' testbed

New video rumored to show close-up of Apple car's updated 'Project Titan' testbed

A short video clip is said to show updated test hardware for Apple's self-driving car platform, suggesting that the company is making some progress.

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Deals: 2017 13" MacBook Pro (256GB) for $1,349 ($150 off); 13" Air (256GB) for $1,099 ($100 off); Apple TV 4K (32GB) in stock

Deals: 2017 13

Shoppers this week can save $150 on Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage, plus no tax outside NY and NJ. Or enjoy $100 off the 13" Air with 256GB of space. The 32GB Apple TV 4K is also shipping with free expedited delivery, while an iOS 11 development course is just $10 with our exclusive coupon.

As rumors of custom Apple MacBook CPUs persist, Microsoft teases ARM Windows laptops with multi-day battery life

As rumors of custom Apple MacBook CPUs persist, Microsoft teases ARM Windows laptops with multi-day battery life

Microsoft's ARM-powered laptop initiative could offer users exceptional battery life that could last for multiple days on a single charge, possibly paving the way for Apple to do the same with its more powerful A11 Bionic processor — should it so choose.

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Apple adds several US airports to Apple Maps including Chicago's O'Hare

Apple adds several US airports to Apple Maps including Chicago's O'Hare

Apple has added the interiors of several major U.S. airports to Apple Maps, among them O'Hare International and Midway International in Chicago.

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Apple Pay comes to Spain's CaixaBank, adding some 13M customers

Apple Pay comes to Spain's CaixaBank, adding some 13M customers

Spain's CaixaBank has officially added support for Apple Pay, expanding the platform's reach in the country by over 13 million people.

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Apple, Predix team up for industrial gear control and monitoring, GE will standardize on iPhone and iPad

Apple, Predix team up for industrial gear control and monitoring, GE will standardize on iPhone and iPad

Apple and GE have announced a partnership to deliver industrial apps designed to bring data and analytics from GE's Predix's automation platform to the iPhone and iPad — and GE will now use iOS devices across its employee workforce.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Qualcomm CEO reiterates Apple feud comes down to IP pricing

Qualcomm CEO reiterates Apple feud comes down to IP pricing

In an interview on Tuesday, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf commented on the chipmaker's fierce legal feud with Apple, saying that what appears to be an ever escalating international scrum is, at its core, about IP pricing.

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ANZ first to offer contactless eftpos payments in Australia thanks to Apple Pay

ANZ first to offer contactless eftpos payments in Australia thanks to Apple Pay

Electronic payment and money transfer network eftpos on Tuesday announced contactless payments, or tap to pay, compatibility with Apple Pay through cards issued by Australia and New Zealand banking group (ANZ), allowing customers the option of paying for items with their checking and savings accounts.

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Apple executives receive stock incentives worth up to $31M

Apple executives receive stock incentives worth up to $31M

Apple recently handed out restricted stock unit awards to its leadership team, with executives including SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts, SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller and others receiving 128,584 RSUs scheduled to vest through fiscal 2022.

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Apple issues third macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra beta to developers

Apple issues third macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra beta to developers

Hot on the heels of Monday's slate of beta software releases, Apple on Tuesday issued a third beta version of macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra to developers for testing.

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Google testing multi-account access for Gmail in iOS

Google testing multi-account access for Gmail in iOS

Google is testing out a new Gmail feature that allows users to access third-party email accounts from its iOS app, putting the title in direct competition with other multi-account email titles including Apple's own Mail.

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FeatureTop iPad apps adding Drag and Drop support within the first month of iOS 11

Top iPad apps adding Drag and Drop support within the first month of iOS 11

This summer, Apple unveiled a series of new iOS 11 features specific to iPad, including new Dock navigation and support for Drag and Drop, enabling sophisticated new ways to work with documents between apps. Within its first month of availability, scores of third party developers have already added support to their iPad apps.

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Long, rough road ahead for Qualcomm and Apple in Chinese courts

Long, rough road ahead for Qualcomm and Apple in Chinese courts

A series of experts on the Chinese courts, patent attorneys, and other specialists have weighed in on the Apple versus Qualcomm battle, and believe that resolution through the system is well more than a year away, assuming that an agreement is not reached before then.

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VideoVideo: See how iPhone 8 4K 60fps video sacrifices some picture quality for higher framerate

Video: See how iPhone 8 4K 60fps video sacrifices some picture quality for higher framerate

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the first smartphones on the market to shoot ultra-high-resolution 4K video at 60 frames per second. But shooting 4K at that framerate does come with some visual compromises. AppleInsider demonstrates in our new video.

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TipsHow to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

Starting with macOS Sierra and above, Apple implemented the ability to unlock your Mac when you are in proximity, and wearing your Apple Watch. Sounds simple enough — but there are a few pre-requisites to fulfill before it works reliably. AppleInsider spells it all out.

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Pesky iMessage delay bug persists for some in Apple's macOS High Sierra

Pesky iMessage delay bug persists for some in Apple's macOS High Sierra

A bug affecting a number of macOS High Sierra users can result in significant delays for receipt of iMessages and text messages, as well as a lack of notifications from an iPhone or Apple Watch for the same messages. At the moment, the only fixes appear to be disabling messages, or rolling back to macOS Sierra.

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Apple TV gets new universal search options in US, Canada, many other countries

Apple TV gets new universal search options in US, Canada, many other countries

Apple has significantly expanded the universal search options present on the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, improving coverage in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.

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Apple Pay may be coming to Sweden before the end of October, but has a battle ahead

Apple Pay may be coming to Sweden before the end of October, but has a battle ahead

A report suggests that Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri's declaration that Apple Pay would come to Sweden before the end of the year is happening sooner rather than later, with a launch possible in the last full week of October.

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Microsoft reveals Surface Book 2 hybrid tablets, claims they're twice as powerful as Apple's MacBook Pro

Microsoft reveals Surface Book 2 hybrid tablets, claims they're twice as powerful as Apple's MacBook Pro

Microsoft is continuing its attempts to compete against Apple's MacBook Pro and iPad Pro lines with an updated version of its tablet-notebook hybrid, with the Surface Book 2 boasting a new larger model and a USB-C port, alongside expected performance improvements.

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TipsHow to make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across all your Apple devices

How to make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across all your Apple devices

One of the advantages of Apple's iMessage system is the ability to see and respond to iPhone texts across multiple Apple devices. AppleInsider shows you how to set up the feature and get messaging on your iPad, Mac and more.

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Deals: 128GB 9.7" iPad for $399 ($30 off); 2017 13" Touch Bar for $1,699 ($100 off); high-end 2016 15" MacBook Pro $2,099 ($700 off)

Deals: 128GB 9.7

Mid-October deals on iPads and MacBook Pros have just launched starting with 128GB 9.7" iPads for as low as $399. Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is also on sale for $1,699 this week, while the high-end Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 455 graphics is $700 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Apple Maps transit information added for Birmingham, Ala.

Apple Maps transit information added for Birmingham, Ala.

Apple on Tuesday added public transit directions for Birmingham, Alabama for users of the Maps apps on iOS and macOS.

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Supply chain claims Apple's iPhone X part bottleneck woes will be resolved before Christmas

Supply chain claims Apple's iPhone X part bottleneck woes will be resolved before Christmas

A new supply chain report suggests that the chokepoints on iPhone X manufacturing are loosening, and shipments from assemblers may meet demand before the holiday season concludes.

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Greenpeace lauds Apple renewable energy efforts, decries 'right to repair' stance

Greenpeace lauds Apple renewable energy efforts, decries 'right to repair' stance

Greenpeace on Monday released its latest "Guide to Greener Electronics" report for 2017, analyzing what steps, if any, 17 of the world's top consumer electronics companies are taking to reduce their impact on the environment. This year, Greenpeace awarded Apple a passable B- grade, touting renewable energy and climate change initiatives, while at the same time lambasting the company over its opposition to "right to repair" legislation.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-up, signals larger push into healthcare

Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-up, signals larger push into healthcare

As part of an intensifying focus on holistic health care and supporting products, Apple was recently in talks to buy health clinic start-up Crossover Health, and approached primary care group One Medical, though the discussions ultimately fell through.

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Sen. Franken lauds Apple response detailing Face ID security

Sen. Franken lauds Apple response detailing Face ID security

Shortly after Apple introduced iPhone X with Face ID biometric security in September, U.S. Senator Al Franken challenged CEO Tim Cook to address the technology's potential impact on consumer privacy. Apple has since responded in a letter detailing the system's built-in security features.

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Hands-OnFirst look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple HomeKit

First look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple HomeKit

Logitech recently added HomeKit to the Wired version of the Circle 2, making it just one of a handful of security cameras to support Apple's smarthome platform.

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Sylvania intros Apple HomeKit-compatible Soft White bulb & Full Color Indoor Flex Strip

Sylvania intros Apple HomeKit-compatible Soft White bulb & Full Color Indoor Flex Strip

LEDVANCE's Sylvania brand on Monday announced two new Smart+ lights supporting HomeKit: the Soft White A19 bulb, and the Full Color Indoor Flex Strip.

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Apple confirms KRACK Wi-Fi WPA-2 attack vector patched in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS betas

Apple confirms KRACK Wi-Fi WPA-2 attack vector patched in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS betas

AppleInsider has learned that Apple has rectified the "KRACK Attack" Wi-Fi WPA-2 exploit in "recent" macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas — but was unable to confirm that a patch is coming for the AirPort series of routers.

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Apple issues third developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4,1 and tvOS 11.1 [u]

Apple issues third developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4,1 and tvOS 11.1 [u]

Seemingly skipping macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 for now, Apple has issued new betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4,1 and tvOS 11.1 a week after the last revision.

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TipsTip: Convert physical Blu-ray and DVD discs to iTunes with Vudu and Movies Anywhere

Tip: Convert physical Blu-ray and DVD discs to iTunes with Vudu and Movies Anywhere

The expansion of Movies Anywhere to new studios and services has, in a roundabout way, enabled a new capability: You can now scan physical DVDs and Blu-rays that you own, and for a small fee convert them into authentic, legitimate iTunes Store purchases. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

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