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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

iPhone unlocking firm Grayshift faces extortion demands after data breach

iPhone unlocking firm Grayshift faces extortion demands after data breach

Grayshift, the firm responsible for the GrayKey iPhone hacking tool, is in the crosshairs of an extortionist after its product's source code was inadvertently exposed to the internet last week.

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Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson attend President Trump's first state dinner

Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson attend President Trump's first state dinner

Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson were among a slate of distinguished guests at President Donald Trump's first state dinner Tuesday evening, which was held on the State floor of the White House in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to the U.S.

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Apple seemingly halts product financing for UK customers

Apple seemingly halts product financing for UK customers

Apple has apparently discontinued product financing in the UK, as the company on Tuesday removed an informational webpage detailing those options and scrubbed its regional online store of references to installment plans.

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Apple Watch Series 3 likely buoyed Verizon subscriber numbers in Q1

Apple Watch Series 3 likely buoyed Verizon subscriber numbers in Q1

Verizon on Tuesday revealed that it added 260,000 net subscribers in the March quarter, mostly thanks to smartwatches and other wearables — hinting that the Apple Watch Series 3 was an important contributor.

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Just in: 2017 MacBook Pros on sale from $1,049, $1,100 off 1TB Radeon 460 15" MacBook Pro, plus $105 Apple TV 4K deal

Just in: 2017 MacBook Pros on sale from $1,049, $1,100 off 1TB Radeon 460 15

The deals keep on rolling in this April. Mid 2017 MacBook Pros are now up to $250 off instantly (with no tax in most states on many models) while supplies last. Bargain hunters can also save up to $1,100 on Late 2016 systems with premium upgrades. Plus, snap up a free Apple TV 4K with three months of DirecTV Now service (just $105).

Master & Dynamic ship Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cables for iPhone, iPad

Master & Dynamic ship Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cables for iPhone, iPad

Audio accessory producer Master & Dynamic has unveiled new cables for connecting its headphones directly to an iPhone without a headphone jack, with the 3.5mm-to-Lightning and USB-C cables offered at half the regular price for a limited time to celebrate the launch.

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FeatureWish list: HomePod needs an officially adjustable EQ, and much better Siri at WWDC

Wish list: HomePod needs an officially adjustable EQ, and much better Siri at WWDC

After spending a few months with Apple's home speaker, the hardware execution remains fantastic, but the software weaknesses in the HomePod are becoming increasingly apparent. The disparity between the two got us thinking about how we would like to see HomePod improve in the future.

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Apple releases iOS 11.3.1 update with fix for iPhone 8 display issue, macOS security update

Apple releases iOS 11.3.1 update with fix for iPhone 8 display issue, macOS security update

Apple has released updates for the iPhone, iPad, and the Mac, with iOS 11.3.1 fixing a third-party display issue among other changes, while Security Update 2018-001 for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 plugs a hole that could allow an app to take over a Mac's desktop.

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VideoWatch: 2018 iPad vs. 2017 iPad vs 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro battery tests

Watch: 2018 iPad vs. 2017 iPad vs 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro battery tests

Knowing how long a mobile device can be used before the battery runs out is an important thing to find out before buying new hardware. AppleInsider pits the new 2018 iPad against the 2017 model and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to see which battery lasts the longest.

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Giveaway: Enter to win a free pair of Apple AirPods

Giveaway: Enter to win a free pair of Apple AirPods

It's giveaway time! This week, we're giving away a free pair of Apple AirPods to one lucky reader. Enter today for your chance to win.

Mac Blowout extended: Save up to $1,150 on loaded 15" MacBook Pros; iMacs on sale from $779 w/ no tax in 48 states

Mac Blowout extended: Save up to $1,150 on loaded 15

If you missed out on Adorama's popular Mac sale, the rock bottom prices have been extended while supplies last. Save up to $1,150 on loaded configs with prices starting at just $779. All with free shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Spotify upgrades iPhone & iPad app with data-saving mode, new options for free listeners

Spotify upgrades iPhone & iPad app with data-saving mode, new options for free listeners

Spotify on Tuesday announced the gradual rollout of a redesigned mobile interface, accompanied by other improvements — with a particular focus on the ad-supported free listeners who make up the majority of the service's audience.

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Apple & Ireland's appeal of $16B EU tax ruling expected this fall, payments expected to start in May

Apple & Ireland's appeal of $16B EU tax ruling expected this fall, payments expected to start in May

Apple and the Irish government's appeal of a $16 billion European Commission ruling on back taxes should finally see action later this year, according to Ireland's finance minister.

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Apple order delays for 2018 iPhone impact TrueDepth component supplier

Apple order delays for 2018 iPhone impact TrueDepth component supplier

Shares in AMS, a producer of components used in the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera, dropped in value by 14 percent after the manufacturer warned of lower than expected revenue in the second quarter, possibly due to Apple being slow to finalize its production plans for this year's iPhone refresh.

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Apple partners with British government on 'Year of Engineering' educational effort

Apple partners with British government on 'Year of Engineering' educational effort

The "Year of Engineering" Partnership that is currently underway will include AI coding workshops in all U.K. Apple Stores at the behest of the country's government.

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ExclusiveCoupon Deals: Save up to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Coupon Deals: Save up to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

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. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing OAC.

Apple rumored in talks with Samsung to lower OLED costs for 2018 iPhones

Apple rumored in talks with Samsung to lower OLED costs for 2018 iPhones

Apple is reportedly negotiating with Samsung Display to reduce what it pays for OLED panels, and as a result push down the prices for 2018 iPhones.

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Fall LCD iPhone could be $200 cheaper than OLED counterparts, says analyst

Fall LCD iPhone could be $200 cheaper than OLED counterparts, says analyst

The next generation of iPhones will start production in August, according to a supply chain report from investment firm Rosenblatt Securities, with Apple expected to offer an LCD version of the smartphone at around $200 below the cost of the OLED models shipping at the same time.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Apple highlights Apple Pencil support in new 9.7-inch iPad ads

Apple highlights Apple Pencil support in new 9.7-inch iPad ads

Adding to a slate of new commercials pushing this year's 9.7-inch iPad revamp, Apple on Monday published a series of four short ads touting the tablet's compatibility with Apple Pencil.

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Apple acquires Ed Sheeran documentary Songwriter ahead of Tribeca debut

Apple acquires Ed Sheeran documentary Songwriter ahead of Tribeca debut

Apple has acquired global rights to a new documentary called Songwriter, which follows singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran through much of 2016 as he evolves his unique style.

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Apple hires Samsung executive to lead operations in South Korea

Apple hires Samsung executive to lead operations in South Korea

Apple has seemingly poached an executive away from rival Samsung to lead business efforts in the South Korean tech conglomerate's own backyard, a market that has proven difficult for the iPhone maker to crack.

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Senior executives will not take stand at Apple v. Samsung trial in May

Senior executives will not take stand at Apple v. Samsung trial in May

Next month, Apple will continue its pursuit of hundreds of million of dollars in damages from Samsung as part of a protracted patent infringement case dating back to 2011. Unlike the original trial, however, the companies are keeping their respective top brass off the stand.

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Editor of Spike Jonze's HomePod ad details production process

Editor of Spike Jonze's HomePod ad details production process

Apple already gave us a behind the scenes look at the making of their incredible HomePod commercial starring FKA Twigs and directed by Spike Jonze. Now, Frame.io offers a closer look at the technical side of the production in an interview with editor Jeff Buchanon.

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Apple targets Android switchers with two new iPhone ads

Apple targets Android switchers with two new iPhone ads

The two ads continue Apple's recent "Switch to iPhone" campaign, which specifically urges non-iOS users to defect to Apple from the competition

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ReviewReview: ONE Smart Keyboard Pro uses a Lightning cable and iPad integration to unlock its full potential

Review: ONE Smart Keyboard Pro uses a Lightning cable and iPad integration to unlock its full potential

The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro unlocks incredible possibilities by integrating with the iPad you already own, and AppleInsider has been using one for a while.

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Tim Cook shares Apple Pencil-drawn portrait to celebrate Children's Day in Turkey

Tim Cook shares Apple Pencil-drawn portrait to celebrate Children's Day in Turkey

To commemorate the Turkish Children's Day holiday, Tim Cook highlighted the creation of art by a student in Istanbul, created on the iPad with an Apple Pencil.

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iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus both beat iPhone X sales in March quarter, questionable data finds

iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus both beat iPhone X sales in March quarter, questionable data finds

Together the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus amounted to 44 percent of U.S. iPhone sales in the March quarter, and even individually beat out the iPhone X — but Apple's historical performance versus what the survey company has said in the past about sales casts a pallor on the data.

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Apple Music makes inroads into country music with new Nashville team

Apple Music makes inroads into country music with new Nashville team

In a bid to capture one of the more neglected genres in music streaming — country — Apple has announced plans to set up a new team at the epicenter of the style, Nashville.

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European Commission opens 'in-depth' investigation into Apple's acquisition of Shazam

European Commission opens 'in-depth' investigation into Apple's acquisition of Shazam

The European Commission is investigating the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple, with competition concerns lengthening the time it will take for the regulator to approve or deny the purchase of the song recognition service by the iPhone manufacturer.

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First Apple HomeKit window air conditioner hits US market in time for summer

First Apple HomeKit window air conditioner hits US market in time for summer

After a very long "coming soon" period on Apple's HomeKit accessory list, GE has finally shipped the Energy Star 115 volt Electronic room Air Conditioner model AHP08LX with HomeKit support.

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J. Cole's 'KOD' tops podium for most first-day Apple Music streams at 64.5M

J. Cole's 'KOD' tops podium for most first-day Apple Music streams at 64.5M

Rap star J. Cole has reportedly smashed the Apple Music record for streams in a single day, thanks to his new album, "KOD."

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B&H is knocking $1,100 off Radeon 460 MacBook Pros, $20-$50 off Apple Watch Series 3 with no tax in most states

B&H is knocking $1,100 off Radeon 460 MacBook Pros, $20-$50 off Apple Watch Series 3 with no tax in most states

B&H is clearing out remaining Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros with cash discounts of up to $1,100 off. Prices start at just $2,099 for premium models with free expedited shipping and no tax in most states. Meanwhile, Apple Watch Series 3 devices with GPS + Cellular functionality are up to $50 off.

Verne Troyer, star of Apple's Powerbook commercials, dies aged 49

Verne Troyer, star of Apple's Powerbook commercials, dies aged 49

Best known for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, as well as starring in a memorable Apple commercial in 2003, Verne Troyer passed away on Saturday at the age of 49.

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Streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify helping to turn around global record industry

Streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify helping to turn around global record industry

The record industry grew 8.5 percent in 2017, hitting $17.4 billion in revenues — much if not all of that being attributable to on-demand streaming services such as Apple Music.

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Florida police attempt to use dead man's finger to unlock his smartphone

Florida police attempt to use dead man's finger to unlock his smartphone

Florida police have reportedly attempted to unlock a dead man's smartphone using his fingerprint, an act that reflects an ethical dilemma for the modern age concerning biometric security for mobile devices.

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Xiaomi's Aqara smarthome gear to support Apple HomeKit end of 2018

Xiaomi's Aqara smarthome gear to support Apple HomeKit end of 2018

China's Xiaomi is reportedly planning to support more third-party smarthome platforms via its Aqara brand, beginning with Apple HomeKit.

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Apple's 'A12' chip reportedly in production using 7nm process from TSMC

Apple's 'A12' chip reportedly in production using 7nm process from TSMC

Chip producer TSMC may enjoy its highest profits this year for production of the next-generation "A12" processor, with a report claiming the manufacturer is ramping up volume production on its 7nm process lines in order to cope with the orders for the Apple-designed chip destined for 2018 iPhone models.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

How to change the DNS server used by your iPhone and iPad

How to change the DNS server used by your iPhone and iPad

At times when websites take longer than needed to load up on an iPhone or iPad, the problem could be caused by your Internet provider's slow DNS server. AppleInsider advises how to update your iOS device's network settings to use a different DNS service than the one provided as part of the Wi-Fi connection settings.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Apple's Earth Day Beer Bash features solar-powered Ziggy Marley performance

Apple's Earth Day Beer Bash features solar-powered Ziggy Marley performance

Apple invited employees to celebrate Earth Day with a Beer Bash at its One Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Friday, an event featuring a performance by Grammy-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley.

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