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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Winners of the Plex giveaway announced [Mark C., Philip H., Matthew B., David B., Charles T.]

Winners of the Plex giveaway announced [Mark C., Philip H., Matthew B., David B., Charles T.]

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, each of whom will receive a lifetime Plex Pass. One grand prize winner, Mark C., will also receive an HDHomerun Connect Tuner and Mohu Leaf 50 Antenna to enjoy Live TV and DVR services with Plex.

Apple shares 'Carpool Karaoke' ads featuring Queen Latifah, Cyrus family

Apple shares 'Carpool Karaoke' ads featuring Queen Latifah, Cyrus family

Apple on Tuesday continued to plug upcoming episodes of "Carpool Karaoke," the company's second attempt at original streaming programming, with ads featuring guests Queen Latifah and the Cyrus family.

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Self-driving campus shuttle to rise from ashes of Apple's 'Project Titan,' report says

Self-driving campus shuttle to rise from ashes of Apple's 'Project Titan,' report says

After massive investments into self-driving car technology, Apple is transitioning away from a branded vehicle in favor of a shuttle service that will transport employees between corporate buildings, according to an in-depth report published Tuesday.

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AccuWeather sends user location data to monetization firm despite iOS privacy settings [u]

AccuWeather sends user location data to monetization firm despite iOS privacy settings [u]

Popular iOS weather app AccuWeather, often listed as a top-ten app in the Weather section of the iOS App Store, has been collecting and forwarding user location information to data monetization company Reveal Mobile even when location sharing is disabled.

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Anker bets on designs for Apple's 'iPhone 8,' 'iPhone 7s' & '7s Plus' with new cases

Anker bets on designs for Apple's 'iPhone 8,' 'iPhone 7s' & '7s Plus' with new cases

A well-known accessory maker, Anker, has announced a series of cases for Apple's "iPhone 8," "7s," and "7s Plus," even though the anticipated devices are still weeks away from being revealed.

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Epic Games head Tim Sweeney bemoans iOS App Store's leeching of developer profits

Epic Games head Tim Sweeney bemoans iOS App Store's leeching of developer profits

App developers are losing too much money from the cut of app revenues taken by app stores operated by Apple and other companies, according to Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, declaring the iOS App Store's high charge "a parasitic loss."

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VideoVideo: Calibration machine video allegedly shows Touch ID embedded into 'iPhone 8' Apple logo

Video: Calibration machine video allegedly shows Touch ID embedded into 'iPhone 8' Apple logo

AppleInsider discusses a new iPhone 8 video, allegedly depicting a Touch ID calibration machine — and the sensor for the technology on the back of the phone.

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Apple HomePod setup may require iPhone or iPad, allow multi-speaker sync

Apple HomePod setup may require iPhone or iPad, allow multi-speaker sync

Even if it supports other Apple devices, people buying a HomePod will allegedly need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to complete initial setup.

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Verizon Wireless introducing new unlimited plans at the same time as video throttling measures

Verizon Wireless introducing new unlimited plans at the same time as video throttling measures

Verizon Wireless is changing its unlimited plan by splitting it into multiple tiers from Wednesday onwards, while at the same time the carrier is also preparing to throttle the quality of streaming video for all customers, including those staying on the existing unlimited plan.

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Apple & Qualcomm squabble, lay out early arguments in San Diego court hearing

Apple & Qualcomm squabble, lay out early arguments in San Diego court hearing

Lawyers squared off in a San Diego federal court last Friday in an initial hearing of Apple's lawsuit against Qualcomm, with the latter standing accused of antitrust violations and breach of contract.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $70 and $250 on every new Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In addition to the promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

'BioShock Remastered' arrives on macOS with graphical updates for its 10th anniversary

'BioShock Remastered' arrives on macOS with graphical updates for its 10th anniversary

Feral Interactive has released its macOS port of "BioShock Remastered," landing on Tuesday on Steam followed by the Mac App Store to follow, with the 10-year anniversary remake of the first-person shooter gaining graphical improvements for modern systems.

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Code42 ends consumer CrashPlan backup plans to prioritize business services

Code42 ends consumer CrashPlan backup plans to prioritize business services

Code42, the company behind the CrashPlan online backup service, stopped accepting new subscribers for its CrashPlan for Home plan on Tuesday, with the backup firm shifting its focus away from consumers to enterprise and small business customers.

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Killer Deals: 15" MacBook Pro for $1,899; 13" Pro for $1,249 ($250 off); $100 off 2017 Airs; 10.5" iPad Pro for $599 w/ no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: 15

B&H's massive Back to School Sale is going on now with cash discounts on popular MacBooks, iMacs, iPads and more. Top picks include Apple's 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $1,899 ($500 off) or the high-end model for $2,099 ($700 off), $400 off the 27" iMac 5K, $100 off 2017 MacBook Airs, and $599 10.5" iPad Pros. All systems qualify for free shipping with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Report highlights 3D facial recognition, camera tech as Apple's original efforts in 'iPhone 8'

Report highlights 3D facial recognition, camera tech as Apple's original efforts in 'iPhone 8'

While there are many anticipated features for this fall's "iPhone 8," only a handful of them will actually be novel within the smartphone world, a report pointed out on Tuesday.

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VMware Fusion 10 will include High Sierra support, use Metal for graphical boost when it ships in October

VMware Fusion 10 will include High Sierra support, use Metal for graphical boost when it ships in October

VMware has revealed new editions of its VMware Fusion and Fusion Pro virtualization software, with version 10 bringing compatibility with newer operating systems, a boost to virtual machine graphical performance with Metal support, and the ability to use the Touch Bar in virtual machines.

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Apple alumni reveal HomeKit-compatible Latch C smart lock for business, apartments

Apple alumni reveal HomeKit-compatible Latch C smart lock for business, apartments

Smart lock startup company Latch has unveiled the enterprise and apartment-oriented Latch C — its first smart lock certified to work with HomeKit.

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Parallels Desktop 13 ships with support for macOS High Sierra, Touch Bar

Parallels Desktop 13 ships with support for macOS High Sierra, Touch Bar

Virtualization software firm Parallels launched Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac on Tuesday, with the upgraded software introducing compatibility with macOS High Sierra, the Windows Fall Creators Update, and support for the Touch Bar on the Retina MacBook Pro.

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Vudu unveils native Apple TV app for streaming Ultraviolet, Disney Movies Anywhere content

Vudu unveils native Apple TV app for streaming Ultraviolet, Disney Movies Anywhere content

As expected, a native Apple TV app has launched for Walmart's Vudu streaming service, allowing for streaming of over 100,000 titles, with 4,000 of them free and ad-supported.

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Video purports to show testing of Apple 'iPhone 8' with rear-mounted Touch ID

Video purports to show testing of Apple 'iPhone 8' with rear-mounted Touch ID

A video published on Tuesday allegedly shows Apple's "iPhone 8" in quality control testing — with a rear-mounted Touch ID sensor, despite most recent rumors discounting that possibility.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Videos in iOS 11 beta show alternate Control Center, app switcher gestures on iPhone without Touch ID

Videos in iOS 11 beta show alternate Control Center, app switcher gestures on iPhone without Touch ID

A pair of tutorial videos found in Apple's latest iOS 11 beta release depict what appears to be an alternate Control Center interface and app switcher swipe gestures never before previewed.

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AirPods ship times drop to 2-3 weeks from Apple amid immediate availability from resellers

AirPods ship times drop to 2-3 weeks from Apple amid immediate availability from resellers

AirPods ship times from Apple's online store have dropped below one month for the first time since the popular headphones debuted more than eight months ago, though third-party resellers have stock available for immediate purchase.

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VideoVideo: Apple eGPU developer kit tested with a 15-inch Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro

Video: Apple eGPU developer kit tested with a 15-inch Thunderbolt 3 MacBook Pro

AppleInsider takes a look at Apple's eGPU developer kit, including the Radeon RX 580 video card, and the Sonnet eGFX enclosure.

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Apple holds commanding lead over Qualcomm in 3D sensing tech development by nearly two years

Apple holds commanding lead over Qualcomm in 3D sensing tech development by nearly two years

A new analyst report claims that Apple holds up to a two year lead on rival Qualcomm, when it comes to software and hardware development of accurate 3D sensing systems — and no Android product developer seems that willing to host the technology in the foreseeable future.

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Latest tvOS 11 beta points to HDR-equipped 'J105a' model for Apple TV

Latest tvOS 11 beta points to HDR-equipped 'J105a' model for Apple TV

Further backing the impending arrival of a new Apple TV, the seventh tvOS 11 beta — released on Monday — makes references to a "J105a" model with support for HDR (high dynamic range).

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Android Oreo exits developer beta program, coming to Google's Pixel, Nexus soon

Android Oreo exits developer beta program, coming to Google's Pixel, Nexus soon

Google's latest version of Android has been named. Android Oreo is complete, has exited developer-only beta testing, and is coming soon to the Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

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Apple AI expert Tom Gruber's TED Talk video about Siri's 'humanistic AI' viewable on YouTube

Apple AI expert Tom Gruber's TED Talk video about Siri's 'humanistic AI' viewable on YouTube

A talk from a TED conference in April by Apple AI expert and Siri co-founder Tom Gruber is now available to watch on YouTube and the TED website, with Gruber sharing how Apple's digital assistant Siri and 'humanistic AI' can be used to help humans become smarter.

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Longtime label holdout Drag City puts catalog on Apple Music

Longtime label holdout Drag City puts catalog on Apple Music

Independent label Drag City has added most of its back catalog to Apple Music, reversing a previous stance calling for better artist compensation.

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Apple makes seventh developer betas of High Sierra, iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4 available [u]

Apple makes seventh developer betas of High Sierra, iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4 available [u]

Keeping up with the one per week cycle, apple has updated all of its developer betas, with seventh releases of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4. [Updated with public beta info]

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iTunes U Collections migrating to Apple Podcasts app in September

iTunes U Collections migrating to Apple Podcasts app in September

Apple is preparing to migrate iTunes U Collections from the iTunes U app to Apple Podcasts, with a warning to educational institutions advising the change will take place in September as part of the release of iTunes 12.7.

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Apple Pay likely to get boost from Visa & Mastercard mandating contactless payment terminals

Apple Pay likely to get boost from Visa & Mastercard mandating contactless payment terminals

Apple Pay should get a major lift within the next five years from a pair of factors, according to new research, most notably contactless support demanded by credit card giants Visa and Mastercard.

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Interview from 1988 about the Macintosh Portable leak shows how far Apple leaks have evolved

Interview from 1988 about the Macintosh Portable leak shows how far Apple leaks have evolved

A clip from a local news program discussing the then-unreleased Macintosh Portable has been unearthed and uploaded to YouTube, with the news item from 29 years ago serving as a reminder that Apple leaks are certainly not a new phenomenon, and are largely easier to spread now than ever before.

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Deals: 12" MacBooks for $999 ($300 off); 27" iMac 5K for $1,199; $300 off 13" Touch Bars; AirPods for $159 w/ no tax in 48 states

Deals: 12

Kicking off this solar eclipse Monday, Amazon is knocking $300 off Apple's 2016 12" MacBook, bringing the price down to $999. An upgraded Apple refurbished 27" iMac 5K is also $1,199 with no tax outside NY. Meanwhile, Late 2016 13" Touch Bars are $300 off instantly and AirPods are now shipping with no tax in 48 states.

Minus Touch ID, Apple's 'iPhone 8' may enter mass production in 'third week of September'

Minus Touch ID, Apple's 'iPhone 8' may enter mass production in 'third week of September'

The "iPhone 8" may finally enter full-scale production in the "third week of September," an analyst claimed on Monday, reinforcing predictions that the device will be available in limited numbers that month — but will likely not have Touch ID embedded in the display.

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Intel details 8th-generation Core i7, i5 processors suitable for MacBook, dual-core MacBook Pro refresh

Intel details 8th-generation Core i7, i5 processors suitable for MacBook, dual-core MacBook Pro refresh

Intel launched its 8th-generation processors on Monday, starting with the with the new 'U-series' chips for notebooks boasting a 40 percent performance boost compared to the previous generation, though while this series is suitable for use in MacBooks and the dual-core MacBook Pro, it won't help provide users with a 32GB memory option.

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Photos show alleged display assembly, flex cables for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Photos show alleged display assembly, flex cables for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Images published over the weekend are claimed to show an assortment of parts for Apple's "iPhone 8," including a display assembly, a Lightning connector, and associated flex cables.

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Barclays iPhone app update allows for payments to be sent to contacts with Siri

Barclays iPhone app update allows for payments to be sent to contacts with Siri

Barclays has taken advantage of Siri integration to add the ability to pay people and business that have already paid in the past just using Siri.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Apple opens promised iTunes donations to Southern Poverty Law Center

Apple opens promised iTunes donations to Southern Poverty Law Center

As planned Apple has opened up iTunes donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center, part of a broader reaction to the violence at this month's far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va.

ReviewReview: Alpine's iLX-107 is the first, and best, aftermarket wireless CarPlay receiver

Review: Alpine's iLX-107 is the first, and best, aftermarket wireless CarPlay receiver

Alpine's newly released iLX-107 is the first infotainment system to boast wireless CarPlay compatibility, allowing users to listen to tunes, navigate, interact with Siri and more without a Lightning cable. AppleInsider went hands-on with the receiver and came away greatly impressed.

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