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Thursday May 18

09:17
Chris Cornell dies at 52

Chris Cornell, the powerful, dynamic singer whose band Soundgarden was one of the architects of grunge music, has died at 52.

So incredibly sad.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
App Maker's Code Stolen in Malware Attack

Mac and iOS software developer Panic has had the source code for several of its apps stolen. An anonymous reader writes: Panic founder Steven Frank said in a blog post that it happened after he downloaded an infected copy of the video encoding tool Handbrake. He said there was no sign that any customer data was accessed and that Panic's web server was not affected. Users have been warned to download Panic's apps only from its website or the Apple App Store. Panic is the creator of web editing and file transfer apps Coda and Transmit, and the video game Firewatch. On May 2, Handbrake was hacked, with the Mac version of the app on one of the site's download servers replaced by a malicious copy. In what Mr Frank called "a case of extraordinarily bad luck", he downloaded the malicious version of Handbrake and launched it "without stopping to wonder why Handbrake would need admin privileges... when it hadn't before. And that was that, my Mac was completely, entirely compromised in three...

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08:57
Google Assistant arrives on the iPhone, but isn...




After a year stuck just on Android devices, Siri competitor Google Assistant has come over to the iPhone -- AppleInsider fires it up, to see how it fares on its own, and compared to Apple's offering.

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08:52
External Link: Belkin Adding HomeKit Support to Wemo

Last year, Belkin, which makes the popular Wemo line of home automation accessories, rejected adding HomeKit support because it would require new hardware. Now Belkin has reversed course, telling 9to5Mac, “Wemo is committed to bringing HomeKit support to our line of smart home solutions and will be providing more details soon.” Belkin didn’t say what caused the change of heart, but it’s possible that Apple will announce loosened HomeKit restrictions at WWDC.

 

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08:46
Happy Hour Podcast 120 | WWDC MacBooks and iPads,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the iPad updates and MacBook models rumored for WWDC, iOS 10.3.3 beta and what the new wallpapers may suggest, what the original Watch OS got right and how watchOS 4 could improve Apple Watch, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

more…

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08:17
Pioneer reveals 2017 NEX aftermarket head units with...




Pioneer has introduced a new range of aftermarket head units to its collection, with the five 2017-edition NEX in-dash multimedia receivers giving more CarPlay-compatible options to drivers to install into their vehicles, at a more consumer-friendly price point.

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08:00
∞ Twitter changes privacy policy, adds new tools. Go...

Twitter updated their privacy policy. Some highlights from the official Twitter blog post:

Today, we’re announcing a suite of industry-leading tools to give you more access to your information and greater, more granular control over how it’s used. We’ve also updated our Privacy Policy to reflect the improvements that we’ve made to Twitter.

And:

We’re expanding Your Twitter Data to give you the most transparent access to your Twitter information to date, including demographic and interest data, and advertisers that have included you in their tailored audiences on Twitter. Each category of data will be clearly marked, and you will be able to view or modify this data directly.

There’s lots more to read in the blog post, but the changes to Your Twitter Data...

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07:59
US & EU decide against banning phones &...




Officials from the U.S. and the European Union have reportedly decided against a ban on travelers carrying devices like Apple iPads and MacBooks in the cabin while on flights from Europe.

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07:49
Things 3 task manager launches with beautiful new...

Cultured Code is launching all new versions of its Things task management software for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. Things 3 includes a beautiful new design with charming interactions across each version and powerful new features for organizing tasks and scheduling assignments.

more…

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07:43
∞ Incredible 3-way wooden joint

[VIDEO] I find the design of this 3-way joint terrifically clever. The narrator does an excellent job explaining and then building out the design. The video is in the main Loop post.

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07:40
Apple is shoring up Siri for its next generation of...

John Mannes, TechCrunch:

Siri is a critical component of Apple’s vision for the future, so integral that it was willing to spend $200 million to acquire Lattice Data over the weekend. The startup was working to transform the way businesses deal with paragraphs of text and other information that lives outside neatly structured databases.

And:

Apple paid roughly $10 million for each of Lattice’s 20 engineers. This is generally considered to be fair market value. Google paid about $500 million for DeepMind back in 2014. At that time, the startup had roughly 75 employees, of which a portion were machine learning developers.

That math is fascinating. Machine learning seems a fantastic path for developers to explore.

Apple relies on a number of partnerships, including a major one with Yahoo, to provide Siri with the facts it needs to answer questions. It competes with Google, a company that possesses what is largely considered to be the crème de la...

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07:40
Twitter rolls out new privacy tools as it ditches Do...

Twitter is dumping its support for Do Not Track (DNT), changing how it shares user data with third parties, and holding any web browsing data it collects for a longer duration—all to better aid in ad targeting, of course.

But at the same time, Twitter is giving users more control over what kind of user data can be used for targeted advertising, as well as more transparency about the information it collects about you.

The privacy features are active now, but the new privacy policies that dump DNT, change data sharing policies, and hold your data longer don't come into effect until June 18. Here's a look at what's going on.

Checking your advertising data

If you go to the "Your Twitter data" section of your account settings, you'll see there's a lot of information there about your activity and how you're being advertised to.

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07:29
Tim Cook interviewed for Global Accessibility...

John Voorhees, MacStories:

Early last year, James Rath, a young filmmaker who was born legally blind, created a video about the impact Apple products have had on his life. That video caught the attention of Apple.

In the ensuing months, Rath’s YouTube career has taken off and he’s become a strong advocate for the blind.

To mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Tim Cook spoke with Rath and two other YouTubers, Rikki Poynter and Tatiana Lee about accessibility. Cook and Poynter, who is deaf, discussed closed captioning and how accessibility is a core value at Apple. Lee talked to Cook about the Apple Watch and its ability to track wheelchair use. Rath and Cook explored the history of Apple’s commitment to accessibility and the democratization of technology.

Follow the link to watch the series of videos.

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07:18
RIP Blobs: Google redesigns emojis

Emojipedia:

Having appeared in various shapes and sizes since Android 4.4; the amorphous blob that defined Google’s emoji appearance since 2013 is being retired.

In its place: a redesign of every emoji in Android, coming as part of Android “O” which was announced today at Google I/O.

Follow the link, take a look at the new artwork. It’s certainly an improvement. Given the fragmentation of Android updates, not sure how big an impact this will have.

Also mentioned by Google is functionality which would allow users to download newer emoji fonts to support the latest emojis even on older Android versions.

So that’s something. But it requires specific action on the part of the user. If they’ve not moved to update to a newer phone or newer version of Android, not sure how effective this will be.

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07:17
Apple orders Chinese social networks to stop '...




Apple is reportedly cracking down on social networks in China providing payment services between users, ordering the creators of popular messaging apps to disable 'tip' functions in order to comply with App Store rules, in what may be a move by Apple to try and increase revenue from in-app purchases.

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06:55
Pioneer launching 5 new aftermarket CarPlay...

Pioneer is expanding its lineup of aftermarket receivers with new options that feature Apple CarPlay. The new lineup even includes a single-DIN aftermarket receiver with a motorized 7-inch display which is often found on older cars.

more…

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06:51
Apple controversially taking 30% cut of donations...

Apple is courting controversy in China by announcing that it will take a cut of donations sent to content creators via social media apps in the future …

more…

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06:43
EU levels $122M fine against Facebook for misleading...




The European Union has fined Facebook 110 million euros -- about $122 million -- for providing "misleading information" during a 2014 review of its WhatsApp acquisition, which raised concerns about data sharing between the two services.

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06:42
News: Apple bans ‘tips’ in popular Chinese social...

Apple has told several Chinese social-networking apps, including WeChat, that the popular “tip” functions in their apps are in violation of App Store policies, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal. Executives at WeChat and other companies have told the WSJ that Apple has deemed the “tip” feature in their apps, which allows users to send money to content creators, to be equivalent to in-app purchases, thereby…

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06:06
IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps to launch on Singapore...

IBM has announced that the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group selected MobileFirst for iOS apps to provide a “seamless experience” across flight operations processes. With apps, Fly Now and Roster for iPad, pilots will be equipped with relevant information and flight-related updates.

The use of the apps are expected to enhance pilot productivity by digitizing manual processes related to airline operations and regulations, according to Captain Quay Chew Eng, SIA's senior vice president of Flight Operations. These mandatory processes are critical aspects of flight readiness from pre-flight right through post-flight operations, he adds.

From mid-June this year, SIA pilots will have access to these two new iOS apps, as part of a suite of apps installed on company-issued iPads. A cross-geography team from IBM iX, one of the world's largest digital agencies, has been working closely with Singapore...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: XXL Shower Speaker

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the XXL Shower Speaker for only $19.99 — that’s 80% off the regular price. At twice the size and twice the power of typical shower speakers, the XXL Shower Speaker pumps out 3 watts of sound while making and receiving phone calls as well. Plus, the larger battery also means that you’ll only need to charge it about once a month.

Get the XXL Shower Speaker now for only $19.99...

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05:55
Twitter stops respecting Do Not Track next month,...

Twitter has introduced a new privacy policy, with some significant changes taking effect next month.

First, it is no longer respecting Do Not Track, which allowed web users to opt out of cross-site tracking on websites that honor the setting. Do Not Track is supported by most major browsers, including Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer …

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05:34
How to Ensure High-speed Internet Access When Buying...

Want to move to a new house, but can’t risk losing your high-speed broadband connection? Josh Centers is living through this worry now and has some experiences and advice to share.

 

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05:31
Apple granted patent for flexible electronic devices

There have been rumors that future iPhones may be bendable. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170139532) for flexible electronic devices that hints that this could indeed take place.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that rigid electronic devices may be vulnerable to damage in the event of an impact such as a drop of the device on a hard surface. The company says it “would therefore be desirable to be able to provide improved electronic devices.” One way to do that is with flexible devices.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “A flexible electronic device may include a flexible display, a flexible housing and one or more flexible internal components configured to allow the flexible electronic device to be deformed. Flexible displays may include flexible display layers, flexible touch-sensitive layers, and flexible display cover layers. 

“The flexible housing may be a multi-stable flexible housing having one or more stable positions. The flexible...

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05:25
Google Maps joins Apple Maps in 3D coverage of Apple...

Apple Maps got updated with 3D satellite images of Apple Park back in March, and the same is now true of Google Maps.

more…

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05:15
Apple Pay goes live in Italy

Apple Pay has come to Italy.

The service is now available within the country, allowing for Visa and MasterCards issued by Boon, Carrefour, and UniCredit to be used with Apple Pay in Italy. Per the Apple Pay web site, support for additional banks will be added later this year.

Rumors of Apple Pay’s expansion to Italy have been circulating for several weeks as Apple worked to add support for its payments service in the country, and the service has been listed as “Coming Soon” on the Apple Pay Italy site since March.

Apple Pay’s Italian partners now include Auchan, Autogrill, Eataly, LaGardenia, H&M, Leroy Merlin, Limoni, OVS, Simply Market, Unieuro, and more.

Along with Italy, Apple Pay is also available in the United States, UK, China, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, and Ireland.

Following up on current rumors, Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, and South Korea are thought to be...

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05:00
Google Assistant app released for iOS

The Google Assistant app has come to iOS.

Google announced the release of its Assistant app for iOS at its I/O developer conference today. The virtual assistant will arrive soon as a standalone app for iPhone, initially for users in the US. Previously the Siri competitor was only available through its Allo messaging app and for Android and Google Home devices.

The app can handle the following tasks:

Make quick phone calls (e.g. “Call Mom.”)

Send text messages (e.g. “Text my bestie.”)

Send emails (e.g. “Email your boss the latest TPS report.”)

Set reminders (e.g. “Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah.”)

Set calendar events (e.g. “Set a calendar event for dinner with Charlie tomorrow from 7-9.”)

Play music (e.g. “Play Jazz music on Youtube.”)

Navigate to places (e.g. “Get me directions home.”)

Ask it anything (e.g. “Will I need an umbrella today?”)

The company announced additional improvements to the...

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05:00
Wearable Tech Can Detect Life-Threatening Heart...


Cardiogram last week announced that it has developed a preliminary algorithm to use with the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices to detect atrial fibrillation with higher accuracy than previously validated detection methods. Atrial fibrillation, or AF, affects about 2.7 million Americans, and increases the risk of stroke by five times. Overall, it causes about 15 percent of strokes. Cardiogram trained a deep neural network using heart rate readings taken from Apple Watches. The company sent 200 AliveCor mobile electrocardiogram devices to people diagnosed with AF.

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04:50
Tablet & laptop ban on flights between US &...

Potential plans to ban tablets and laptops from cabin baggage on flights between Europe and the USA have reportedly been shelved …

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04:30
ToDo4team is a helpful, cross-platform task...

By Aaron Lee

ToDo4team is a helpful task management solution available via a web browser and on macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android devices. It's designed for small and medium sized companies and organizations.

Its main feature is assigning and listing of tasks for individual employees. To use ToDo4team on any platform, just enter a task subject via app or send an email to a specific dedicated email address.

Businesses' and organizations' management consist mainly of planning, organizing, leading and controlling of workflow. The most important tools of every manager are assigning, controlling and checking up on tasks delegated to employees.

Every task has its own life cycle, which starts by assigning the task. A task can be delegated by a manager or directly by an employee. Using ToDo4team on any platform makes task delegating simple; just enter a task subject via app or send an email to a specific dedicated email address. The user is...

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04:26
AAPL stock fell 3.3% in one day as NASDAQ drops 2.5%

AAPL stock fell 3.3% yesterday, down from $155.47 at market close on Tuesday to $150.25 at Wednesday’s close.

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04:00
How to export one calendar and import it into...

In macOS Sierra’s Calendar app, you can move all events from one calendar to another by exporting one calendar and importing it into another.

If you use iCloud calendars or a calendar server account, you don’t need to export and import calendars to back them up. Your devices’ calendars are synced; when you set up new devices to use the account, your calendars are restored from the cloud or from the calendar server and you don’t need to restore from a backup.

To merge an entire calendar with another, export the calendar, import it into a calendar, and delete the old calendar.

To export a calendar’s events:

  • Click the calendar’s name in the calendar list. If you don’t see the calendar list on the left, choose View > Show Calendar List.
  • Choose File > Export > Export.
  • Choose a location, then click Export. The events are exported to an calendar (.ics) file.

To export all calendars:

  • Choose File > Export >...
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03:55
Facebook fined €110 ($122M) for misleading EU over...

Antitrust regulators in Europe have fined Facebook €110 ($122M) for misleading them over its acquisition of the secure messaging service WhatsApp.

The European Commission said that the fine would have been more than twice as high but for Facebook’s acknowledgement of wrong-doing and cooperation with the investigation …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for May 18, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

LanguageLine Solutions, which specializes in language access, has added an iPhone application to its mobile lineup, putting the power of more than 8,000 interpreters in users' pockets. The free app lets you instantly connect to an interpreter in audio or video at the tap of a button. 

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has released AKVIS OilPaint 6.0, and update of the photo-to painting...

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03:17
32 Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2017

If you make your living in the Apple world as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and open your mind to new ways of thinking. Here’s our list for 2017. Be sure to let us know if you run across any others.

 

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Wednesday May 17

21:16
Apple's iPhone scores 92% loyalty rate ahead of...




A new study published by investment bank Morgan Stanley shows 92 percent of iPhone users who are "somewhat or extremely likely" to upgrade within 12 months intend to buy Apple, a good indicator that this year's iPhone revamp has the makings of a so-called "super cycle."

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19:59
Apple's Tim Cook talks tech with accessibility...




In recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple CEO Tim Cook this week invited three accessibility advocates and bloggers to the company's Cupertino, Calif., campus, for discussions on how Apple technology impacts their daily lives.

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19:49
Tim Cook calls accessibility a ‘core value of Apple...

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Tim Cook invited a trio of YouTubers to Apple’s campus. For instance, YouTuber Rikki Poynter sat down with Cook to discuss Accessibility and Apple’s role in that area. For those unfamiliar, Poynter is a 25-year-old deaf YouTuber who started out with a focus on beauty products but has since switched to advocacy for closed captioning, signing, and the deaf culture.

In her sit-down with Tim Cook, Poynter discusses the Apple products she uses, why Apple cares about accessibility, and more. Additionally, Tim Cook sat down with blind YouTuber James Rath, and Accessible Hollywood…

more…

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19:13
Source code of several Panic apps stolen via...




In a blog post on Wednesday, Panic developer Steven Frank said he inadvertently downloaded a malware-infected version of popular transcoding software HandBrake, which was targeted in a hack last week, leading to the theft of "quite a bit" of source code related to several of his company's apps.

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17:44
Google IO17: Android deployment rate continues to...




Google has unveiled new versions of Android at its annual I/O developer convention with features often inspired by the previous year's iOS. The main difference: Apple can launch a new version of iOS and broadly distribute it before Google can deploy its copy of last year's iOS across even a third of its installed base. This problem is getting worse each year for Google and its Android partners.

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17:37
Jimmy Iovine slams free music services, talks...

Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine this week sat down with Music Business Worldwide for a new wide-ranging interview, touching on topics such as Spotify’s free tier, exclusivity deals, and more. While Iovine has given more than his fair share of interviews in the past, this one contains a few interesting comments…

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16:24
Don't Panic: Breach at software developer...

Long-time software developer Panic alerted its customers on Wednesday via a blog post about the theft of a large portion of the source code to its Mac and iOS apps. The company maintains customer information and operates a sync service for passwords and accounts for some of its software, but its co-founder, Steven Frank, wrote in the post that private information wasn’t compromised. (We’ve asked Panic for comment, and will update this story if they have more to add.)

Frank fell afoul of a recent Trojan horse inserted into the popular Handbrake software that installed remote-control software on an infected Mac. The malware was used to exfiltrate Frank’s details to access the company’s code on its version-control...

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16:14
Apple simplifies Windows 10 installs with support...

Apple this week updated macOS Sierra to version 10.12.5 with more than three dozen security patches, and a change that lets users install Microsoft's latest version of Windows 10 on their Macs.

Sierra 10.12.5 "adds support for media-free installation of Windows 10 Creators Update using Boot Camp," the update's brief release notes read. Creators Update was the name Microsoft assigned to Windows 10 1703, the upgrade issued last month.

Boot Camp, which is baked into macOS, lets Mac owners run Windows on their machines. A Windows license is required. Boot Camp, while not virtualization software like VMware's Fusion or Parallels International's Parallels Desktop, serves the same purpose: Running Windows applications, including custom or mission-critical corporate software, on a Mac personal computer.

To...

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16:01
Hands-on: Accell’s USB-C to HDMI 2.0 adapter...

A few weeks ago we reviewed Aukey’s USB-C to HDMI Cable for the MacBook Pro. It worked, but since it featured HDMI 1.4, it only allowed for connecting to 4K displays at 30Hz max.

While such an adapter works well for watching movies with lesser refresh rates, 30Hz is not the ideal refresh rate for working on a computer monitor. Such a refresh rate can often lead to headaches and eyestrain, not to mention the choppiness and laggy cursor movement.

Accell’s new USB-C adapter promises to address this issue by including HDMI 2.0. How is this possible when USB-C only supports HDMI 1.4b? Watch our hands-on video inside for the details. more…

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15:40
Apple Starts Assembling iPhones In India

Apple has successfully completed its first trial run assembly of the iPhone SE in India, reports The Wall Street Journal. "We are beginning initial production of a small number of iPhone SE in Bengaluru," Apple said in a statement to TechCrunch. "iPhone SE is the most popular and powerful phone with a four-inch display in the world and we'll begin shipping to domestic customers this month." From the report: The four-inch SE is Apple's least expensive model, running $399 in the States. Some retailers in the country have managed to undercut the cost, lower the entry level price of the handset by around $80 -- but even at that price, it's still substantially more expensive than most. In spite of its relatively low pricing, the SE doesn't appear to have made quite the splash Apple was initially anticipating in the country. Apple has long been working to move production to the country, hoping, in part, to retake some of the market it has lost in China in recent years, as domestic...

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15:23
What are you most excited to see at WWDC 2017? [Poll]

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference is quickly approaching and for many Apple fans it marks one of the best weeks of the year. This year, if rumors are to be believed, Apple has an incredible amount of announcements planned for the event, including some hardware news.

So, we’re curious: What are you most excited to see at WWDC 2017 next month?

more…

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14:51
Google reveals 'Android Go' operating...




Google is doubling down on increasing Android's market share in emerging markets with the creation of 'Android Go,' a version of Android O optimized for lower-specification entry-level Android devices and the bandwidth constraints of local infrastructure where those devices are sold.

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14:48
Twitter gives you more control over how it uses your...

Ever seen Twitter ads that were a little too relevant to your personal tastes? You now have better tools for dealing with them. Twitter has expanded both the control you have over your data inside its mobile apps as well as the amount of insight in...

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14:17
AWT News Update: May 17, 2017

The Google I/O Conference is underway, and surprisingly Apple device owners are showing interest in this year's event thanks to some unique apps that run on iOS. That and other news from today is all here on the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Google Assistant makes it to iOS
  • Jimmy Iovine pretty much puts the nail in the coffin of "free Apple Music" in a recent interview
  • Apple Pay expands to Italy and grows in the US and China
  • Apple is now producing the iPhone SE in India, with sales likely to start this month
  • The US Senate staff has approved a third-party encrypted messaging/calling app for use

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:07
92% of iPhone users likely to upgrade in the next 12...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — investment banking firm Morgan Stanley 92% of iPhone owners say they're "somewhat likely" or "extremely likely" to upgrade their smartphone in the next 12 months. The loyalty rate, up from 86% a year ago, is based on an April 2017 survey of 1,000 smartphone owners aged 18 and above in the United States.

“It's our belief that a maturing installed base that is accustomed to iOS and increased press around potential new technologies in the upcoming iPhone drove the strong year-over-year increase,” analyst Katy Huberty wrote in the note. “Importantly, the rise in Apple's loyalty rates comes after Samsung, Apple's biggest competitor in the United States, introduced the Galaxy S8, which was available for pre-order starting March 30th. Apple's loyalty rate of 92% dwarfs that of all other vendors, with Samsung garnering a 77% retention rate, followed by LG (59%), Motorola (56%), and...

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13:42
News: Google launches The Google Assistant,...

At Google’s annual Google I/O conference, the company announced several Google product enhancements coming to its iOS offerings, including the release of The Google Assistant, improvements coming to Google Photos, and a new Smart Reply feature for Gmail on iOS. As rumoured earlier this week, Google took the wraps off The Google Assistant today, announcing its availability on any iPhone running iOS 9.1 or later. Google also announced several…

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13:30
Podcast 559: Siri gets company

Apple invests $200 million into Corning for advanced glass manufacture in the U.S., WannaCrypt hit Windows users (but also could affect Macs with Boot Camp or virtual machines), and Siri gets crowded by Alexa and Google Assistant. Susie and Glenn talk that plus research showing an Apple Watch can detect irregular heartbeats 97 percent as well as dedicated medical equipment.

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13:17
Crate.io Packs New Features, Services Into DB Upgrade


Crate.io has announced an upgrade to its open source CrateDB, and introduced a commercial version. The database now is available as a managed service as well. CrateDB 2.0 features clustering enhancements and SQL improvements. The enterprise edition adds authentication and authorization features for enhanced security, which are not provided in the open source version. It also includes performance-monitoring tools and support for user-defined query functions to enable more advanced in-database analytics, said Andy Ellicott, CMO at Crate.io.

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13:13
New mockup photos purport to show final design of...




Photos of a mockup published on Wedesday are claimed to show the finished design of Apple's "iPhone 8," including a vertical twin-lens camera on the rear, and the absence of any physical home button or obvious Touch ID sensor.

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13:05
Here’s what watchOS 4 could learn from the original...

Apple will likely unveil watchOS 4 at WWDC next month which should bring new features and improvements to the Apple Watch. I recently got my hands on an Apple Watch with the original Watch OS software which includes a few things I hope return with watchOS 4…

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12:52
Panic source code stolen

In a case of extraordinarily bad luck, even for a guy that has a lot of bad computer luck, I happened to download HandBrake in that three day window, and my work Mac got pwned.

Long story short, somebody, somewhere, now has quite a bit of source code to several of our apps.

Okay, that’s bad, but there is some good news:

  • There’s no indication any customer information was obtained by the attacker.
  • Furthermore, there’s no indication Panic Sync data was accessed.
  • Finally, our web server was not compromised.

[Via John Gruber]

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12:28
Google shows notification dots, smart text selection...




Major features of Google's next iteration of Android have been revealed at the I/O developer conference, with "Android O" gaining a Picture-in-Picture mode, notification dots on app icons, and the ability to autofill data within apps, shown alongside improvements to the security and speed of the mobile operating system.

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12:09
iPhone users can now install the voice-enabled...

The rumors came true: iPhone users will soon be able to tap into the increasingly powerful Google Assistant.

Google announced during its I/O developer conference that its voice-enabled Assistant is coming iOS. The Google Assistant app is able to surface information from Gmail, find videos on YouTube, and perform Google searches. In addition, it's compatible with a bevy of third-party services so you can even get lunch delivered from Panera. Google Assistant for iOS can be installed from the App Store now.

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12:03
Jamf offers ‘Safe Passage’ for organizations...

Jamf has announced a “safe passage” program for schools and organizations considering migrating to the company’s Apple management solutions. Trusted by over 10,000 organizations, including 4,000 K-12 schools, 1,000 universities and over 5,000 businesses, Jamf provides path for customers considering a new mobile device management (MDM) solution.

With a focus on helping organizations succeed with Apple, the company offers a combination of solutions built for specific customer needs, including Jamf Pro, the management standard for the Apple ecosystem, and Jamf Now, on-demand Apple management with no IT required.

Complementing its product portfolio, Jamf also offers migration services, a dedicated support expert for 90 days to ensure a smooth transition, an e-book to help educate customers on the steps involved in migrating MDM solutions and affordable subscription-based pricing. In addition, Jamf provides access to...

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11:59
Google adds 'Smart Replies' to Gmail for...




Coming alongside the start of its annual I/O conference, Google is on Wednesday launching an updated Gmail app for iOS and Android, introducing a "Smart Reply" feature based on the company's machine learning technology.

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11:22
Google Home updates will provide visual responses on...




Google has revealed a number of updates it will be rolling out to the Google Home connected speaker, with major additions including the device's ability to put responses to queries on a nearby display, such as the user's iPhone, as well as being able to place phone calls from the device itself.

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11:13
Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine defends paid-only...




In an interview published this week, Beats co-founder and Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine raised vocal opposition to the concept of "free" music, simultaneously arguing that if Apple had a free tier like Spotify, it would "have 400 million people on it."

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11:00
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This week’s roundup of accessories includes new cases for iPhone and iPad, new crowdfunding projects, and one of our favorite Bluetooth keyboards ever.

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10:56
Google I/O ’17 roundup: Assistant for iPhone, Google...

Google is kicking off its annual Google I/O developer conference today with the event’s opening keynote presentation and during had several announcements for not just Android but also iOS and Mac users.

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10:41
Apple posts first public beta of iOS 10.3.3

Apple has posted the first public beta of iOS 10.3.3. It contains, as best I can tell, mostly bug fixes and minor tweaks.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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10:38
Google Assistant coming to iOS

At its I/O 2017 developer conference today, Google announced Google Assistant is coming to iOS as a standalone app, rolling out to the U.S. first. Until now, the only way iPhone users could access Google Assistant was through Allo, the Google messaging app nobody uses.

It’s great that Google Assistant is coming, but the lack of integration with iOS will certainly hurt its chances of being used as much as Siri.

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10:37
Google Assistant standalone iPhone Siri competitor...




As predicted, Wednesday's tenth I/O conference saw the launch of the Google Assistant voice recognition tool to the iPhone.

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10:32
Google announces Assistant for iPhone at Google I/O

As previously rumored, Google today announced during its I/O developer conference that its Assistant platform is coming to iOS. The virtual assistant will arrive soon as a standalone app for iPhone, initially for users in the US. Previously the Siri competitor was only available through its Allo messaging app and for Android and Google Home devices.

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10:21
Apple makes iOS 10.3.3 beta available to public beta...




A day after the developer release, Apple has made the first public beta available for iOS 10.3.3 for the iPhone and iPad.

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10:13
Gmail for iOS adds Inbox-style ‘Smart Reply’ feature...

Google is today releasing an update for its Gmail mobile apps, iOS included, that introduces a new Smart Reply feature that offers suggested quick reply buttons within emails.

The feature is something Google is bringing over from its Inbox by Gmail and Allo apps where similar functionality was already available. Google says that the feature accounts for around 12% of replies sent in Inbox, for instance.

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10:13
First macOS 10.12.6 public beta rolling out on Mac...

Apple has released the first public beta version of macOS 10.12.6 for users to test without a paid developer account. The update likely focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements ahead of macOS 10.13 later this year.

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10:10
JSON Feed

We — Manton Reece and Brent Simmons — have noticed that JSON has become the developers’ choice for APIs, and that developers will often go out of their way to avoid XML. JSON is simpler to read and write, and it’s less prone to bugs.

Two very smart guys that I respect a lot. I’m going to take a look at this.

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10:02
Apple releases first iOS 10.3.3 public beta for...

Apple has released the first iOS 10.3.3 public beta for users to test without paid developer accounts. The update likely includes bug fixes and performance improvements as well as new wallpapers discovered only on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro…

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09:56
Apple captures 12% of the Russian smartphone market...

According to the latest research from Counterpoint Research's Market Monitor service, Russia smartphone shipments grew 6% annually during the first quarter (Q1) 2017 but declined 42% sequentially. Apple was the second largest smartphone brand in Russia with a market share of 12% by volume (8% by market share) with the iPhones 5S still capturing a fourth of the company’s shipments.

Samsung and Apple captured a record two-thirds of the smartphone market by value. Samsung led both overall and smartphone segment with market share of 21% and 31%, respectively.

The premium segment (smartphones costing over $600) grew a healthy 143% year-over-year. Apple and Samsung captured over 95% market share in this segment with Apple tallying 81% of those sales.

Almost 52% of the smartphones shipped during Q1 2017 were phablets (display bigger than five inches). This segment grew by almost 50% year-over-year.

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09:48
Mac: Aspyr Media Mafia III

More than half a year after its release, Aspyr Media has brought its action-adventure game Mafia III ($40) to the Mac. The third-person shooter follows Vietnam veteran Lincoln Clay as he uses the skills he learned in war to avenge the deaths of his mob brethren at the hands of the Italian mob. The game features epic gun fights, intense hand-to-hand combat situations, plenty of fast-paced driving and more subtle spoken interactions showing off the main character’s street smarts as Clay attempts to rebuild what he lost and rise to the top of his city’s criminal underworld. The game is large and graphically intensive, requiring some pretty daunting minimum system requirements — a minimum four-core Intel i5 3.2 GHz CPU and an AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card with at least 2GB of VRAM — so only users with a recent iMac or a mid-2015 or later MacBook Pro can really play it.
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09:43
Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare...




Shoppers this week can save $250 on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare, plus no tax outside NY and NJ. Select electronics are also 20% off on eBay with coupon, including unlocked iPhones. B&H has the lowest price available on LG's UltraWide 34" Thunderbolt monitor at $699 as well.

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09:42
Apple Pay comes to 26 more US banks & credit...




On top of reaching Italy, Apple Pay is now available through 26 more U.S. financial institutions, as well as a single extra card issuer in China.

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09:31
Angela Ahrendts promotes Apple Retail vision,...




In an interview posted on Wednesday, Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts addressed why Apple Retail succeeds where others fail, and how the overnight renovation of some of the smaller retail stores in the U.S. was proposed, and by whom.

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09:30
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09:11
News: Qualcomm sues Apple suppliers over withholding...

Qualcomm is suing four Apple suppliers over withholding royalties, Reuters reports. The move is the latest in an ongoing battle between Qualcomm and Apple over licensing payments Qualcomm charges for the use of patents the company holds on several integral components used in iPhones. Apple suspended all licensing payments to Qualcomm last month, and Qualcomm’s latest filing goes after Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal Electronics for their…

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08:57
Archeer A320 Bluetooth Speaker looks great, provides...

At Apple World Today, we get to test a lot of Bluetooth speakers, so it's pretty easy to tell the minute music starts streaming through one whether it has decent sound or if it's destined for the recycle bin. Today's review is of a good looking and LOUD unit from Chinese manufacturer Archeer, the A320 Bluetooth Speaker (US$69.99, Amazon affiliate link). Check out the review, then enter to win this Bluetooth speaker from Archeer.

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With rare exceptions, there's not much you can do to disguise the fact that a Bluetooth speaker is...well, a Bluetooth speaker. But at least some of the manufacturers realize that good-looking cases can make a speaker worth putting on a bookshelf or kitchen counter, and that's the case with the A320.

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08:53
Apple's iPhone captures 81 percent of premium $...




Russia's smartphone shipments grew 6 percent in the first quarter of 2017, but premium smartphones (over $600) in the country grew by 143 percent over the previous year, and Apple captured 81 percent of those sales.

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08:48
HPE Unveils Huge Single-Memory Computer Prototype


HPE on Tuesday introduced the world's largest single-memory computer as part of The Machine, its research project into memory-driven computing. The computer has 160 T-bytes of memory, and HPE expects the architecture to allow memory to scale up to 4.096 yottabytes. The memory is spread across 40 physical nodes that are interconnected using a high-performance fabric protocol. The computer runs on an optimized Linux-based operating system running ThunderX2, Cavium's flagship second-generation dual socket-capable ARMv8-A workload optimized SoC.

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08:25
Apple preparing new euro bond sale to fund capital...




Apple is preparing a new bond sale in euros, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing by the company, though many of the details are still guarded.

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08:18
Amazon refreshes Fire tablet lineup, cuts price of...




Amazon is continuing its recent string of hardware announcements by refreshing its tablet line, with design and power efficiency improvements made to the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 accompanied by Kids Edition models of both tablets, and the expansion of the Alexa voice assistant on the tablets from the United States to units shipped to the United Kingdom.

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08:08
News: Apple begins production of iPhone SE in India

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Apple confirmed it has started production of the iPhone SE in Bangalore and plans to start shipping the devices to customers in India this month. Sources close to the production said the first handsets could hit store shelves as early as this week, although it’s unclear how much the phones will cost. Indian government officials say they’re hopeful the final price will land somewhere near $200,…

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08:07
Retail chief Angela Ahrendts talks ‘Today at Apple’...

Apple Retail chief Angela Ahrendts has appeared in a video interview promoting the new Today at Apple initiative launching at Apple Stores this week. In the discussion with LinkedIn’s Daniel Roth, Ahrendts talks about her approach to leading Apple Retail to success when some retailers are struggling. Included in the video are some interesting numbers like Apple’s employee retention rate and even how many beacons were just installed overnight as part of the Today at Apple effort.

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08:00
A premium lifetime subscription to Disconnect VPN/...

Everybody wants a piece of you; that personal information that's so important to online retailers, search engine providers, advertisers and even hackers. Web tracking is usually quite innocuous, but sometimes it can be an undesired intrusion into your life. Disconnect provides you with a way to block those trackers, speeding your mobile internet connections and reducing data usage. Throw in VPN technology to encrypt your internet traffic, and Disconnect has you covered. We've got a lifetime subscription to this service for $49.

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07:22
iPhone messaging app Signal wins approval for use by...




The U.S. Senate has quietly approved Signal, an encrypted messaging app for iPhone and Android, for use by the government body's staff.

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07:22
L.A. law firm sues Apple for the second time in less...

Another day, another lawsuit. Gustafson Nicolai, a Los Angeles-based law firm, has filed its second lawsuit against Apple in less than a month over an “exploding” iPhone. 

The new lawsuit was filed May 12, 2017, in the San Jose Courthouse near Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters.  Gustafson Nicolai previously filed suit on April 20, 2017, against Apple and AT&T in Los Angeles Superior Court. 

Both lawsuits set forth claims for “general negligence and products liability in connection with iPhone 6 devices overheating, exploding, and causing significant burns to Plaintiffs' bodies, as well as other injuries and suffering.” The lawsuits seek damages for, among other things, wage loss, loss of use of property, hospital and medical expenses, mental and emotional suffering and anguish, general damage, property damage, and loss of earning capacity. In both cases, the plaintiffs seek punitive and exemplary damages. 

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07:20
News: Apple launches new site for Today at Apple...

Apple has launched its Today at Apple website to support the company’s new educational programs, allowing users to select their local Apple Store and see which programs are available. The site provides the ability to sort by date and type of training, and adds in results from nearby Apple Stores to expand the range of programs that users can select. Clicking on the Details button attached to any event provides a brief description of the training…

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07:00
Qualcomm Sues Apple Contract Manufacturers

Qualcomm on Wednesday sued the manufacturers that make iPhones for Apple for failing to pay royalties on the chip maker's technology, widening its legal battle with the world's most valuable company. Qualcomm's lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a federal district court in San Diego, accuses Compal, Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron of breaching longstanding patent-licensing agreements with Qualcomm by halting royalty payments on Qualcomm technology used in iPhones and iPads. From a report: Apple sued Qualcomm in January, accusing it of overcharging for chips and refusing to pay some $1 billion in promised rebates. Qualcomm said in the complaint that Apple is trying to force the company to agree to a "unreasonable demand for a below-market direct license." Qualcomm said last month that Apple had decided to withhold royalty payments to its contract manufacturers that are owed to the chipmaker, for sales made in the first quarter of 2017, until the dispute is resolved in court. "While not...

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06:51
News: Apple Pay goes live in Italy

Italy has become the 15th country to adopt Apple Pay, supporting Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards issued by Carrefour and UniCredit backs as well as Boon prepaid cards. Apple also recently added a German translation of its Apple Pay guide to it website, but negotiations in that country are apparently not going well according to iPhone Ticker, with banks pushing back against the fees Apple demands from them when customers use the service....

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06:37
Trailer shows upcoming Futurama mobile game ‘...

When Futurama creator Matt Groening talked about the upcoming iOS and Android game back in February, he teased that it will effectively contain some entirely new episodes.

We’re gonna sneak some more Futurama episodes in there on whatever device people are gonna be using.

The company has now released a trailer showing that the game will indeed live up to this promise …

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06:28
Apple Pay expands to over two dozen more banks...

In addition to launching in Italy through three banks, Apple Pay is continuing to complete its roll out in the United States. More than two dozen new institutions around the United States join Apple Pay plus one new addition in Mainland China. You can find the latest banks to join Apple Pay’s growing list below.

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06:28
News: Apple releases betas for iOS 10.3.3, tvOS 10.2...

Yesterday Apple released developer betas for iOS 10.3.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and watchOS 3.2.3. The betas include minor updates and bug fixes, but Apple seems to be saving its big updates for iOS 11, expected to be debuted next month and WWDC before landing on devices whenever Apple’s new iPhones are released later this year....

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06:25
Apple ordered to turn over docs on unreleased...

Apple must turn over documents requested by Nokia that disclose details of unreleased iPhones and iPads, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge has ruled in a patent infringement probe, saying Apple is "not unique" in its desire to keep future products under wraps, reports Law360.

Nokia is suing Apple in Germany and the U.S. for (what else?) patent infringement.

"Since agreeing (to) a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers made by Nokia to license other of its patented inventions which are used by many of...

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06:20
Apple commences iPhone SE production in India with...




Apple has finally started to assemble iPhones in India, the Cupertino company has confirmed, with local manufacturing partners said to have commenced production of the iPhone SE earlier this month, and initial shipments for domestic customers expected to take place within the next few weeks.

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06:19
Qualcomm sues four of Apple's iPhone suppliers

Another day, another lawsuit. Qualcomm has filed a complaint against Foxconn Technology, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal — all Apple contract manufacturers for making iPhones— for not paying royalties, reports Reuters.

"While not disputing their contractual obligations to pay for the use of Qualcomm's inventions, the manufacturers say they must follow Apple's instructions not to pay," Qualcomm said in a statement.

Per Reuters, Apple has agreed to indemnify the manufacturers for any damages resulting from breaching their agreements with Qualcomm, the chipmaker said in the complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Apple has...

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06:11
Apple starts domestic production of the iPhone SE in...

The Wall Street Journal says Apple has confirmed that its manufacturing partners in India have started domestic production of the iPhone SE. Previously, Apple produced most of its smartphones iPhones in China with a few older models assembled in Brazil.

The Cupertino, California-based company has tapped Taiwan's Wistron Corp. to put together the smartphones in the tech capital of Bangalore in Karnataka, said Priyank Kharge, the state's IT minister.

“Apple’s iPhones will be made in Bangalore and all devices will be targeted at the domestic market,” said Kharge, IT minister for Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the capital. Kharge said the state will help Apple if it decides to turn to other contract manufacturers in the region. “We did not discuss any other incentives,” he said.

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The...

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