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Monday, October 23, 2017

BNZ flips switch on Apple Pay in New Zealand

BNZ flips switch on Apple Pay in New Zealand

The Bank of New Zealand on Tuesday local time activated Apple Pay integration for customers living in New Zealand, making it the second major financial institution to provide support for Apple's service in the region.

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Third man charged in celebrity iCloud, Gmail hacking investigation

Third man charged in celebrity iCloud, Gmail hacking investigation

An Illinois man was on Monday charged with a felony computer hacking offense for his role in a phishing scheme that targeted more than 550 Apple iCloud and Google Gmail accounts, some of which belonged to prominent Hollywood celebrities.

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FBI director says smartphone encryption hindering investigations 'across the board'

FBI director says smartphone encryption hindering investigations 'across the board'

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Sunday revealed strong smartphone encryption has prohibited his agency from gleaning data from more than half of the devices it attempted to access in the past 11 months, hindering progress in a wide range of ongoing investigations.

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Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, announce iPhone X discounts ahead of launch

Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, announce iPhone X discounts ahead of launch

With just days to go before iPhone X preorders go live, three major U.S. carriers on Monday announced their respective discounts, deals and trade-in incentives for the device, some of which can save buyers up to $350.

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Apple opens up pre-approval for iPhone X buyers in iPhone Upgrade Program

Apple opens up pre-approval for iPhone X buyers in iPhone Upgrade Program

People in Apple's annual iPhone Upgrade Program can now get their loans pre-approved ahead of this Friday's iPhone X preorders, a critical step if they want a chance at getting one of the few launch-day units likely to be available.

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Survey finds iPhone X & 8 purchase intent at highest level since Apple launched the iPhone 6

Survey finds iPhone X & 8 purchase intent at highest level since Apple launched the iPhone 6

Amid concerns over the debut of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, a new survey finds that the trio of those phones plus the iPhone X is generating considerable buying buzz, with 69 percent of North American consumers planning to buy a new iPhone within the next 3 months.

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Documents show Clinton administration chummy with Steve Jobs, but dismissed cabinet member suggestions

Documents show Clinton administration chummy with Steve Jobs, but dismissed cabinet member suggestions

While Steve Jobs had friendly ties with President Bill Clinton and the then-First Lady Hillary Clinton — and hosted Jobs on several occasions — the White House did reject two of Jobs's suggestions for cabinet members.

ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $50 to $320 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $50 to $320 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 $320 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 York City subway will replace MetroCard with Apple Pay tap-to-pay starting in 2018

New York City subway will replace MetroCard with Apple Pay tap-to-pay starting in 2018

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday approved a new $573 million contract that will see subway turnstiles support contactless payment services, including Apple Pay on iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Fifth iOS 11.1, fourth tvOS 11.1 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 developer betas arrive [u]

Fifth iOS 11.1, fourth tvOS 11.1 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 developer betas arrive [u]

Apple has again short-cycled the developer testing release cycle with a new fifth beta of iOS 11.1 accompanying fourth betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 and tvOS 11.1.

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YouTube smash 'Despacito' shot in one day, edited on Final Cut Pro X

YouTube smash 'Despacito' shot in one day, edited on Final Cut Pro X

"Despacito," the most viewed video on YouTube, has garnered over 4 billion views — and was edited and produced using Final Cut Pro X.

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Apple suppliers now prepping AMD Vega video cards for upcoming iMac Pro

Apple suppliers now prepping AMD Vega video cards for upcoming iMac Pro

Signalling that the iMac Pro will likely meet its December ship date, Apple suppliers are reportedly preparing the AMD Radeon Pro Vega cards that will power the computer's graphics.

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Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pros as low as $2,199 ($200-$320 off); 10.5" iPad Pros for $599 ($50 off); 27" iMac 5K (Apple refurb) for $1,149

Deals: 2017 15

Exclusive discounts are in effect now on Apple's Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro. Save $200 to $320 on popular configs with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or snap up a 10.5" iPad Pro and save $50 to $130. The Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) in Space Black is now shipping for $749, while Apple refurbished 2014 27" iMac 5Ks are $1,149.

Insurer John Hancock offers Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 - with regular exercise

Insurer John Hancock offers Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 - with regular exercise

Life insurance firm John Hancock will soon offer everyone in its Vitality program an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 plus tax, with the caveat that they must engage in regular exercise over the next two years.

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COO Jeff Williams praises TSMC for 'intense' relationship with Apple, 100% supply of A11 Bionic processor

COO Jeff Williams praises TSMC for 'intense' relationship with Apple, 100% supply of A11 Bionic processor

Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams spoke at TSMC's 30th anniversary celebration, and not only praised the company for an "intense" relationship with Apple developing the A11 Bionic processor, but also noted that the iPhone will be a driving force to advance artificial intelligence in the future with implications for the world.

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Google investigating reports of screen burn-in on Pixel 2 XL

Google investigating reports of screen burn-in on Pixel 2 XL

Google is "actively investigating" accounts of OLED screen burn-in on its new top-end iPhone rival, the Pixel 2 XL, according to a spokerperson.

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Quicken 2018 for Mac debuts, switches to subscription-only model

Quicken 2018 for Mac debuts, switches to subscription-only model

Quicken on Monday released the 2018 Mac edition of its personal finance software, making upgrades in areas like bill payments and investments, but primarily transitioning to a subscription-only model with Starter, Deluxe, and Premier packages.

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With iPhone X imminent, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus selling close to what an 'iPhone 7s' would

With iPhone X imminent, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus selling close to what an 'iPhone 7s' would

New data collated from the retail chain suggests that the iPhone 8 Plus outsold the iPhone 8 in September, with the pair grabbing 10 and 8 percent of total U.S. iPhone sales across the entirety of the third calendar quarter, with the pair only available for eight days of the measurement period.

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Apple Pay heading to four new countries in days, Wallet passes coming to all Ticketmaster locales

Apple Pay heading to four new countries in days, Wallet passes coming to all Ticketmaster locales

Apple Pay should be launching in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates within a matter of days, and the service is also arriving at more U.S. merchants, platform executive Jennifer Bailey revealed at Sunday's Money 20/20 conference.

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Apple and Samsung headed back to court for iPhone patent damages retrial

Apple and Samsung headed back to court for iPhone patent damages retrial

The first Apple versus Samsung smartphone trial is headed back to the courtroom again, with the presiding judge ordering a new trial to determine damages for Samsung's willful violation of Apple's design patents in an early round of smartphones because of a century-old law overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

VideoHow to: teach Siri to correctly pronounce names on your iPhone

How to: teach Siri to correctly pronounce names on your iPhone

Asking Siri to text or call contacts is one of the virtual assistant's basic functions, but some names can be hard for the system to understand and pronounce. AppleInsider shows you how to ensure correct pronunciation, and contact retrieval, in this video.

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ReviewLogitech's Circle 2 Wired is the best camera with Apple's HomeKit - for now

Logitech's Circle 2 Wired is the best camera with Apple's HomeKit - for now

Logitech's Circle 2 has been available for a little while, but only recently did the company add HomeKit support to the Wired model — making it just one of two security cameras in the entire smarthome market with that integration. The results are reasonably good, but some missing features prevent a whole-hearted recommendation.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

New video catches Apple's iPhone X ahead of Nov. 3 release date

New video catches Apple's iPhone X ahead of Nov. 3 release date

A video uploaded on Saturday appears to show yet another iPhone X "in the wild," despite even preorders having to wait until next Friday.

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Hands-OnHands On: LookUp 4.0 for the iPhone and iPad can make browsing a dictionary a pleasure

Hands On: LookUp 4.0 for the iPhone and iPad can make browsing a dictionary a pleasure

An updated design makes LookUp fast to use on your iPhone or your iPad, and it even has an Apple Watch implementation — but it is not the dictionary app for everyone.

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This week on AI: Fears for iPhone 8 & X numbers, cheaper 2018 iPhones, KRACK fix & more

This week on AI: Fears for iPhone 8 & X numbers, cheaper 2018 iPhones, KRACK fix & more

Much of this week's news revolved around the iPhone 8 and X — in particular, fears that the 8 isn't selling as well as hoped, and that production won't meet demand for the X. Some potentially good news, though, was a rumor that next year's iPhones will be somewhat cheaper.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Apple Watch GPS functionality target of latest Uniloc patent lawsuit

Apple Watch GPS functionality target of latest Uniloc patent lawsuit

After a brief hiatus, patent troll Uniloc is back and looking to milk Apple for claimed damages and fees related to allegedly infringed patents, this time involving Apple Watch GPS functionality.

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera is only part of the package

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera is only part of the package

A new review looking at camera images captured by Apple's iPhone 8 and Google's HTC-built Pixel 2 declared iPhone the overall winner in a series of shots where both phones actually performed well. But despite Google's framing of 'camera score' as the only criteria for modern smartphones, there's a lot more of interest to buyers than just a phone's still camera.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook touts new Chicago flagship store as a place where people can connect

Apple CEO Tim Cook touts new Chicago flagship store as a place where people can connect

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Chicago on Friday to mingle with customers at the grand opening of the company's new Michigan Avenue flagship store, an event hyped earlier this week.

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VideoHow to transfer DVD and Blu-ray movies to iTunes using Vudu and Movies Anywhere

How to transfer DVD and Blu-ray movies to iTunes using Vudu and Movies Anywhere

Wish you could easily convert your DVD or Blu-ray collection to iTunes-compatible digital copies without ripping or DRM hassles? Now you can with Vudu's Disc to Digital program and the new Movies Anywhere service. AppleInsider shows you how it's done.

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Project Loon balloons bring LTE service to Puerto Rico with help from Apple

Project Loon balloons bring LTE service to Puerto Rico with help from Apple

Google parent company Alphabet on Friday said it is collaborating with AT&T, Apple and various government agencies to deliver limited wireless internet access to Puerto Rico via the company's Project Loon balloons.

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Apple Worldwide Video's LA office poaches Amazon Studios exec Morgan Wandell

Apple Worldwide Video's LA office poaches Amazon Studios exec Morgan Wandell

Apple's increasingly aggressive moves to establish internal production of creative content now include hiring Morgan Wandell from Amazon Studios.

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TipsHow to use 'unsupported' Thunderbolt 3 docks and enclosures on Sierra and High Sierra

How to use 'unsupported' Thunderbolt 3 docks and enclosures on Sierra and High Sierra

Even using the "universal" USB-C connector for Thunderbolt 3, there are still some drive enclosures, eGPU cases, and docks that won't connect to a Mac running Sierra or High Sierra. Here's how to get them to talk to your MacBook Pro or iMac.

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Retail head Angela Ahrendts promises Apple won't upsell shoppers on $999 iPhone X

Retail head Angela Ahrendts promises Apple won't upsell shoppers on $999 iPhone X

In a Friday interview, Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts said she's instructed clerks not to try and upsell people on the iPhone X, which starting at $999 may be out of reach for many people.

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Apple Music and other paid streaming services getting more weight on Billboard charts

Apple Music and other paid streaming services getting more weight on Billboard charts

Music magazine Billboard is changing the way it handles streams from Apple Music and other streaming services in its charts, with the publication advising it will be giving greater emphasis to paid subscription streams in its Billboard Hot 100 and other charts in 2018.

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Deals: High-end 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,879 ($320 off); $100-$150 off 12" MacBooks; 21" iMac 4K for $1,199 ($100 off)

Deals: High-end 2017 15

Shoppers this week can exclusively save $320 on Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage and Radeon 560 graphics. Or snap up a 12" MacBook at $100 to $150 off with prices starting at $1,169. Apple's 2017 21.5" iMac 4K is also $1,199 after a $100 cash discount with no tax outside NY and NJ, and a MacX Media Conversion Lifetime License Bundle is $14.99.

Key Apple & Foxconn executives to meet amid iPhone X production woes

Key Apple & Foxconn executives to meet amid iPhone X production woes

Apple COO Jeff Williams will reportedly be meeting with Foxconn chairman Terry Gou when he visits Taiwan later this month, where he's expected to bring up the topic of production bottlenecks possibly hurting the iPhone X.

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Apple makes available fourth developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1

Apple makes available fourth developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1

For the second time in a week, Apple has issued updates to the developer beta programs of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1.

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Elmedia Player and Folx installers infected by OSX/Proton credential-stealing malware on Oct. 19

Elmedia Player and Folx installers infected by OSX/Proton credential-stealing malware on Oct. 19

Popular media consumption application Elmedia Player and downloading tool Folx were both briefly infected with the Proton malware strain, with most installers of the software on Oct. 19 now infected.

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Delta allegedly switching flight crew hardware from Surface to iPad in early 2018

Delta allegedly switching flight crew hardware from Surface to iPad in early 2018

Airline Delta is allegedly in the process of switching its staff from Windows-based devices to iOS, with flight attendants set to replace Nokia handsets with the iPhone 7 Plus in early 2018, while pilots will apparently see their Microsoft Surface tablets exchanged for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

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