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Monday, April 22, 2019

Apple has a full-time professional philosopher on staff

Apple has a full-time professional philosopher on staff

Philosopher and Apple Distinguished Senior Fellow Joshua Cohen joined the faculty of Apple University in 2011. Despite occasional outside lectures, though, his work is kept confidential, and Apple reportedly refuses permission for him to be interviewed.

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Apple loses bid to deny Swatch Australian 'one more thing' trademark

Apple loses bid to deny Swatch Australian 'one more thing' trademark

Apple has been handed a defeat in court by watch producer Swatch in court for a second time in a month, as the iPhone producer failed to convince the Australian Trade Marks Office that Swatch should be denied a trademark for "One More Thing," a phrase synonymous with Apple events and Steve Jobs.

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Apple Pay abruptly dropped by JCPenney, is no longer accepted in store

Apple Pay abruptly dropped by JCPenney, is no longer accepted in store

Struggling retail chain JCPenney has intentionally dropped support for Apple Pay in its retail department stores and through its iOS app, for reasons unknown.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Amazon issues even steeper markdowns on Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro, delivering record low prices

Amazon issues even steeper markdowns on Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro, delivering record low prices

The Apple authorized reseller has dropped 2018 iPad Pro prices by an additional $25 to $50, with popular 11-inch iPad Pro models starting at an all-time low of $649.99 (and total discounts of up to $200 off).

EditorialEditorial: Could Apple's lock on premium luxury be eclipsed by an era of good-enough gear?

Editorial: Could Apple's lock on premium luxury be eclipsed by an era of good-enough gear?

Across decades, Apple has developed its reputation for selling luxurious electronics with both a premium price and elevated expectations. But Apple's attention to detail means it's not often a trailblazer. Could the profits that are currently driving Apple at some point shift to instead support vendors like Samsung and Huawei who offer cheaper access to new tech faster, in a sloppier but "good enough" beta technology form?

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FeatureNorthern California Apple Store thefts restart, $100K in iPhones lifted from Best Buy & more

Northern California Apple Store thefts restart, $100K in iPhones lifted from Best Buy & more

San Francisco Bay Area Apple Store thefts restart, plus iPhone thefts around the world including one in which the thieves came back to ask for the passcode, and another by a man who had gotten out of jail moments earlier — all on the Apple Crime Blotter.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

'iPhone XI' and 'iPhone XI Max' case manufacturing dummies pop up on Chinese social media

'iPhone XI' and 'iPhone XI Max' case manufacturing dummies pop up on Chinese social media

A pair of images of an "iPhone XI" dummy for manufacturing purposes purports to show accurate dimensions of the 2019 iPhone lineup, including a square camera extrusion.

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TipsWhen to use an external microphone or recorder to make your podcasts

When to use an external microphone or recorder to make your podcasts

You can record your podcast on your iPhone, but what you might not be able to do so easily is make sure that the audio sounds good. Buying a broadcast-quality microphone or a separate audio recorder can bring your podcasting up a level, and there is some hardware that we like.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Apple hatched years-long plan to reduce royalty payments to Qualcomm, documents reveal

Apple hatched years-long plan to reduce royalty payments to Qualcomm, documents reveal

Though in its court battles Apple argued that Qualcomm patents weren't any more valuable than those of companies like Ericsson and Huawei, in private the company praised them — and was aiming to sue Qualcomm as far back as 2014, according to newly-exposed documents.

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TipsHow to make the Apple Watch Raise to Speak feature work every time

How to make the Apple Watch Raise to Speak feature work every time

The ability to just raise your wrist and speak to your Apple Watch without the words "Hey, Siri," is brilliant. What was initially a convenience is now increasingly useful, too, and yet it's extraordinarily unreliable. Here's how to make it better — and why you need it to.

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Got a new iPad or Mac? Here's where to get the most money for your used Apple device with bonus cash offers

Got a new iPad or Mac? Here's where to get the most money for your used Apple device with bonus cash offers

With Apple's new iPad Air, iPad mini and 2019 iMac now in the hands of consumers, it's time to free up some spending money for new accessories and trade in your pre-owned hardware for cash. We've rounded up the best deals — many with exclusive bonuses — when you trade in an iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro or even AirPods.

ReviewReview: The G-Tech Mobile Pro SSD is nearly as fast as the storage in your 15-inch MacBook Pro

Review: The G-Tech Mobile Pro SSD is nearly as fast as the storage in your 15-inch MacBook Pro

There are endless options when it comes to external storage, but getting the right one for you can be a tough task. If you're looking for a quick, on-the-go SSD, the G-Technology Mobile Pro SSD may be perfectly suited.

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ExclusiveKiller deals: Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Killer deals: Save up to $300 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro on top of recent price drops

Extended for a limited time only, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is knocking hundreds off quad-core Mid 2018 13-inch MacBook Pros, as well as six-core 15-inch MacBook Pros with our exclusive coupon. These discounts are on top of Apple's recent price drops on 2TB and 4TB models, potentially savings shoppers up to $700 compared to Q1 pricing.

Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time tipped to transfer to macOS 10.15

Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time tipped to transfer to macOS 10.15

Siri Shortcuts, iOS' automation service, could make an appearance in macOS in the update to version 10.15, with the claim it and Screen Time will be among the functions transferred over from iOS at the 2019 World Wide Developer's Conference.

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Apple hires ex-Lionsgate executive Danielle DePalma to oversee Apple TV+ marketing

Apple hires ex-Lionsgate executive Danielle DePalma to oversee Apple TV+ marketing

Apple is continuing to flesh out the management for its original video efforts, by installing former Lionsgate EVP Danielle DePalma as a Senior Film and TV Series Marketing executive to promote Apple TV+ and other content available from from the company.

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FeatureQualcomm and Apple settle, Samsung folds, Facebook failing at security, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

Qualcomm and Apple settle, Samsung folds, Facebook failing at security, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, William and Victor close the books on the Qualcomm suit, Samsung has problems with a folding phone, and Facebook steals contacts from 1.5M people.

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Apple supplier Foxconn says it remains committed to Wisconsin project despite delays

Apple supplier Foxconn says it remains committed to Wisconsin project despite delays

Foxconn has responded to recent criticisms of its missed deadlines in Wisconsin, and says that it is in the state for the long haul and will eventually hit its targets.

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Google Home speaker users offered ad-supported access to YouTube Music

Google Home speaker users offered ad-supported access to YouTube Music

Google is giving owners of its Google Home smart speaker range free access to YouTube Music, with the ad-supported music streaming service arriving at the same time as Amazon's free variant launched for the Echo device range, in a bid to keep users from subscribing to Apple Music or Spotify.

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FeatureHere are all the receivers and speakers that are getting AirPlay 2

Here are all the receivers and speakers that are getting AirPlay 2

AirPlay 2 is a small but important addition to Apple's audio world, allowing sound on multiple devices simultaneously. Here's a list of the compatible speakers and receivers promised so far, and where available, the dates AirPlay 2 support is expected. Updated on April 19 with announcements by Bose.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Apple hosts Will, Jaden & Jada Smith at Apple Park for environmental talk

Apple hosts Will, Jaden & Jada Smith at Apple Park for environmental talk

As part of its environmental press barrage on Thursday, Apple hosted a talk at Apple Park featuring actors/musicians Will, Jada, and Jaden Smith.

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New Apple retail head Deirdre O'Brien joins Instagram, shares pics from trip to Hong Kong & Macau

New Apple retail head Deirdre O'Brien joins Instagram, shares pics from trip to Hong Kong & Macau

In a rare move for an Apple executive, new retail head Deirdre O'Brien has joined Instagram, inaugurating her account with a handful of photos from a worldwide business tour.

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Amazon & Google mend fences, bring YouTube back to Fire TV streamers

Amazon & Google mend fences, bring YouTube back to Fire TV streamers

Amazon and Google on Thursday announced plans to bury a long-standing feud, the main consequence being the return of YouTube to Amazon's Fire TV platform.

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ReviewReview: Clayton and Crume handmade leather watch bands are one of a kind

Review: Clayton and Crume handmade leather watch bands are one of a kind

Clayton and Crume craft some amazing leather goods, and now they have turned their talents to their new line of Apple Watch bands.

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Amazon offers ad-supported music service to Echo owners at no charge

Amazon offers ad-supported music service to Echo owners at no charge

Amazon is attempting to attract customers in the United States yet to sign up for Amazon Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited to use its music streaming service instead of using Apple Music or Spotify, by providing access to a selection of tracks on its Echo range or other Alexa-enabled devices.

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Facebook admits millions of Instagram accounts affected by unencrypted password storage blunder

Facebook admits millions of Instagram accounts affected by unencrypted password storage blunder

Facebook has admitted its major security breach from March where the social network stored "hundreds of millions" of plain-text passwords on internal servers was worse than first thought for users of Instagram, advising it may have affected millions of accounts on the image-sharing service and not the "tens of thousands" it initially reported.

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Sizzling deals: $199 Apple Watch Series 3, $200 off 2018 MacBook Airs, $400 off 15" MacBook Pros

Sizzling deals: $199 Apple Watch Series 3, $200 off 2018 MacBook Airs, $400 off 15

After initially selling out, Walmart has the 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 back in stock for $199. That's an $80 discount on the GPS model, and the lowest price we've seen to date. High-end Apple Watch styles are also up to $450 off, while 2018 MacBook Airs just received a $200 price drop (and 15-inch MacBook Pros are $400 off) at Amazon.

Apple outsells Samsung as iPhone tops US mobile activations chart for Q1 2019

Apple outsells Samsung as iPhone tops US mobile activations chart for Q1 2019

The iPhone was the most popular smartphone bought in the United States, according to figures produced by CIRP, with Apple narrowly beating Samsung for market share in the first quarter of 2019, suggesting Apple may see an improvement on its sales in its upcoming financial results.

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VideoWhat's the difference: iPad mini 5 versus iPad mini 4

What's the difference: iPad mini 5 versus iPad mini 4

From the outside, you'd be hard-pressed to spot the difference between an iPad mini 4 from an iPad mini 5. But, internally, there are quite a few differences that really separate Apple's previous mini from the newest. AppleInsider goes deep, highlighting all the changes from the previous iPad mini fourth-generation to the powerful 2019 model.

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Apple's 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report touts increased focus on recycling and material recovery

Apple's 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report touts increased focus on recycling and material recovery

Apple is committed to building its products while simultaneously trying to "leave our world better than we found it," the company declares in its 2019 Environmental Responsibility Report, underscoring the progress the iPhone producer has made in its long-term renewable energy and recycling efforts.

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Apple Watch authentication for more actions tipped for macOS 10.15

Apple Watch authentication for more actions tipped for macOS 10.15

The Apple Watch could be used to perform more authentication for the Mac in macOS 10.15, as it is thought the operating system update will expand the usage of the wearable device to authenticate users for more tasks than just unlocking the Mac without entering a password.

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Apple payment to Qualcomm estimated at $6 billion, with $9 per iPhone sold in royalties

Apple payment to Qualcomm estimated at $6 billion, with $9 per iPhone sold in royalties

The settlement between Apple and Qualcomm to end lawsuits over patent licensing and infringement is costing Apple nearly $9 per iPhone on top of a single $6 billion payment, according to UBS.

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'Don't Mess with Mother' behind-the-scenes video as dramatic as the release

'Don't Mess with Mother' behind-the-scenes video as dramatic as the release

A behind-the-scenes video of Apple's "Don't Mess with Mother" video expands on the production of the dramatic nature-centric video — and demonstrates that sharks and monkeys both are interested in the iPhone.

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Apple opens Texas recycling lab, increases program efforts ahead of Earth Day

Apple opens Texas recycling lab, increases program efforts ahead of Earth Day

Apple is expanding its recycling programs in a number of ways, including quadrupling the number of places in the United States an iPhone will be accepted for recycling, and the opening of a Material Recovery Lab in Texas to find ways to improve the environmental effort in the future.

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2019 iPhone predicted to have triple-lens camera with super-wide lens, improved selfie camera

2019 iPhone predicted to have triple-lens camera with super-wide lens, improved selfie camera

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that the triple-lens camera system on at least two models of the 2019 iPhone lineup will have a wide-angle lens, and the selfie front-facing camera will be improved as well.

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Apple chip supplier TSMC sees biggest profit drop since 2011

Apple chip supplier TSMC sees biggest profit drop since 2011

Apple chip partner TSMC has fallen short of earnings expectations because of the global smartphone market slowdown — but the worst appears to be over.

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Apple's loaded MacBook is on sale for $999 ($600 off) while supplies last

Apple's loaded MacBook is on sale for $999 ($600 off) while supplies last

Just in, another $50 price drop, matching the lowest prices ever. Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo has just issued steep discounts on 12-inch MacBooks with savings of up to $600 off and free expedited shipping, plus 0% financing incentives.

Force-sensing gloves could control an iPhone by detecting gestures and how objects are gripped

Force-sensing gloves could control an iPhone by detecting gestures and how objects are gripped

Apple wants people to be able to interact with devices using gloves and other items of clothing, by taking advantage of conductive strands in the fabric to give the wearable garments a force-sensing capability that could be used by an iPhone or another connected device.

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EditorialEditorial: Why is Samsung's Galaxy Fold graded on a curve?

Editorial: Why is Samsung's Galaxy Fold graded on a curve?

Samsung Electronics is a multibillion corporation that leads the world in producing advanced displays, solid state storage and other components; builds an astounding array of home appliances— including the majority of the world's high end televisions— and has built smartphones for many years before iPhone even appeared. So why is the company handled like a small child when it makes sloppy, incompetent mistakes?

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Facebook 'unintentionally' harvested email contacts from 1.5M users

Facebook 'unintentionally' harvested email contacts from 1.5M users

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of some 1.5 million users without their express consent since May 2016, a mistake for which the company is taking steps to correct.

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