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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Greenpeace lauds Apple renewable energy efforts, decries 'right to repair' stance

Greenpeace lauds Apple renewable energy efforts, decries 'right to repair' stance

Greenpeace on Monday released its latest "Guide to Greener Electronics" report for 2017, analyzing what steps, if any, 17 of the world's top consumer electronics companies are taking to reduce their impact on the environment. This year, Greenpeace awarded Apple a passable B- grade, touting renewable energy and climate change initiatives, while at the same time lambasting the company over its opposition to "right to repair" legislation.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-up, signals larger push into healthcare

Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-up, signals larger push into healthcare

As part of an intensifying focus on holistic health care and supporting products, Apple was recently in talks to buy health clinic start-up Crossover Health, and approached primary care group One Medical, though the discussions ultimately fell through.

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Sen. Franken lauds Apple response detailing Face ID security

Sen. Franken lauds Apple response detailing Face ID security

Shortly after Apple introduced iPhone X with Face ID biometric security in September, U.S. Senator Al Franken challenged CEO Tim Cook to address the technology's potential impact on consumer privacy. Apple has since responded in a letter detailing the system's built-in security features.

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Hands-OnFirst look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple HomeKit

First look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple HomeKit

Logitech recently added HomeKit to the Wired version of the Circle 2, making it just one of a handful of security cameras to support Apple's smarthome platform.

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Sylvania intros Apple HomeKit-compatible Soft White bulb & Full Color Indoor Flex Strip

Sylvania intros Apple HomeKit-compatible Soft White bulb & Full Color Indoor Flex Strip

LEDVANCE's Sylvania brand on Monday announced two new Smart+ lights supporting HomeKit: the Soft White A19 bulb, and the Full Color Indoor Flex Strip.

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Apple confirms KRACK Wi-Fi WPA-2 attack vector patched in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS betas

Apple confirms KRACK Wi-Fi WPA-2 attack vector patched in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS betas

AppleInsider has learned that Apple has rectified the "KRACK Attack" Wi-Fi WPA-2 exploit in "recent" macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas — but was unable to confirm that a patch is coming for the AirPort series of routers.

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Apple issues third developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4,1 and tvOS 11.1 [u]

Apple issues third developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4,1 and tvOS 11.1 [u]

Seemingly skipping macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 for now, Apple has issued new betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4,1 and tvOS 11.1 a week after the last revision.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $50 to $250 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $50 to $250 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 $250 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.

TipsTip: Convert physical Blu-ray and DVD discs to iTunes with Vudu and Movies Anywhere

Tip: Convert physical Blu-ray and DVD discs to iTunes with Vudu and Movies Anywhere

The expansion of Movies Anywhere to new studios and services has, in a roundabout way, enabled a new capability: You can now scan physical DVDs and Blu-rays that you own, and for a small fee convert them into authentic, legitimate iTunes Store purchases. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

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Apple on the hook for $439.7 million to VirnetX over FaceTime should appeals, patent invalidation fail

Apple on the hook for $439.7 million to VirnetX over FaceTime should appeals, patent invalidation fail

A series of motions by Apple in court challenging the validity of a ruling in favor of patent aggregator VirnetX have been denied, with Apple facing a $439.7 million dollar penalty — but there are still appeals of judgements to be made, as well as the conclusion of a patent invalidation process which may wipe the slate clean.

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iPhone X, pent up demand predicted to drive Apple sales for years to come — if all factors line up

iPhone X, pent up demand predicted to drive Apple sales for years to come — if all factors line up

An analyst has mixed feelings about the iPhone X pricing and release schedule, and believes that it may drive Apple's valuation to new heights — but if it is not well accepted, then it will eat into the company's earnings for years to come.

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Apple's Eddy Cue says Apple Pay coming to India, no firm date set

Apple's Eddy Cue says Apple Pay coming to India, no firm date set

Apple Pay is in development for India, senior Apple executive Eddy Cue revealed in an interview published on Monday — though there's no indication of when it will go live.

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Deals: 128GB 9.7" iPad for $399 ($30 off); 2017 13" Touch Bar for $1,699 ($100 off); high-end 2016 15" MacBook Pro $2,099 ($700 off)

Deals: 128GB 9.7

Mid-October deals on iPads and MacBook Pros have just launched starting with 128GB 9.7" iPads for as low as $399. Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is also on sale for $1,699 this week, while the high-end Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 455 graphics is $700 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Ireland

Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Ireland

Apple has introduced public transit directions for Maps users in Ireland, confirming recent signs that it was about to do so.

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Landscaping, complete visitor's center highlight latest drone footage of Apple Park

Landscaping, complete visitor's center highlight latest drone footage of Apple Park

The latest round of drone footage shot in October of Apple Park demonstrates a fully complete visitor's center, plus the massive effort it has taken to bring the landscaping up to where it stands currently.

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First shipment of Apple's iPhone X limited to just 46,500 units

First shipment of Apple's iPhone X limited to just 46,500 units

Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, recently sent out its first shipment of the iPhone X — but that batch included just 46,500 units, according to one report.

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Alleged 'KRACK Attack' vulnerability threatens to lay bare Wi-Fi WPA-2 security

Alleged 'KRACK Attack' vulnerability threatens to lay bare Wi-Fi WPA-2 security

A set of six collegiate researchers are set to unveil details on a Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK Attack) for WPA-2 Wi-Fi security, which if legitimate can allow attackers to undermine encryption on any wi-fi connection utilizing the security method — including Apple hardware connecting to Airport Extreme and Airport Express routers. AppleInsider explains what it is, and how to cut down on the potential for attack until patches are rolled out.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

FeatureWhy you want a macOS home server, and how to get one going

Why you want a macOS home server, and how to get one going

Sure, you can get a network attached storage device, or rely on somebody's cloud — but, I've run a Mac-based home server for a very long time. Why have I kept one running, and why should you start one? Read on.

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This week on AI: Face ID on 2018 iPad Pro, foldable iPhones, Qualcomm looks to shut down iPhone & more

This week on AI: Face ID on 2018 iPad Pro, foldable iPhones, Qualcomm looks to shut down iPhone & more

Not content to rest for long, the rumor train steamed forward this week with hints of Face ID on the iPad Pro, a stylus-equipped iPhone, and even a foldable iPhone coming several years down the road. Qualcomm, meanwhile, fired another major salvo in its legal battle with Apple, and an Irish datacenter finally got the green light.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Apple diversity chief apologizes to staff for statements made at summit

Apple diversity chief apologizes to staff for statements made at summit

Apple VP of Inclusion and Diversity Denise Young Smith on Friday issued an internal memo to clarify and apologize for comments made during a business summit last week, reiterating that Apple is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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TipsiOS 11 lets you turn off iPhone or iPad without the power button

iOS 11 lets you turn off iPhone or iPad without the power button

Among the lesser known features included in Apple's latest iOS 11 is a new software function that lets users turn off their device without touching a physical button, handy in the case of random hardware failures and other glitches.

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Apple expands Apple Pay Cash testing to retail employees ahead of public release, report says

Apple expands Apple Pay Cash testing to retail employees ahead of public release, report says

Apple has reportedly extended an internal test of its forthcoming Apple Pay Cash feature to include retail employees, a report said Friday, suggesting the peer-to-peer payments solution is ripe for public release.

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Nvidia GeForce Now beta goes live, delivers high-end gaming to Mac

Nvidia GeForce Now beta goes live, delivers high-end gaming to Mac

Announced at CES in January, Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud-based gaming service went live in beta form on Friday, promising users the ability to play graphically intensive games on their Mac, including PC-only titles.

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FeatureHow Apple's iPhone X TrueDepth AR waltzed ahead of Google's Tango

How Apple's iPhone X TrueDepth AR waltzed ahead of Google's Tango

Apple's iOS 11 brings Augmented Reality to a huge installed base of over 350 million iOS devices with powerful A9, A10 Fusion or A11 Bionic chips. However, another form of AR is about to be introduced, exclusive to the company's new iPhone X. Here's a deeper look at Apple's big AR surprise.

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VideoVideo: Should you buy the standard Apple Watch Series 3, or the Nike + model?

Video: Should you buy the standard Apple Watch Series 3, or the Nike + model?

Apple offers the new Series 3 update of the Apple Watch in a number of different styles, including a Nike+ version for fitness-focused users. Which version is right for you? AppleInsider helps you decide.

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Qualcomm seeks to halt Apple's sales & manufacturing of iPhones in China

Qualcomm seeks to halt Apple's sales & manufacturing of iPhones in China

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm has filed multiple lawsuits in China, looking to block both sales and manufacturing of iPhones in the country — something that would cripple Apple worldwide, if successful.

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Apple promises fix for GarageBand failing to open after iOS 11 update

Apple promises fix for GarageBand failing to open after iOS 11 update

Apple is working to fix a glitch preventing some people from launching GarageBand — the company's simplified music creation tool — after updating to iOS 11, according to an online support document.

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TipsHow to take advantage of iOS 11 privacy options for notification previews

How to take advantage of iOS 11 privacy options for notification previews

One of the nice touches of iOS 11 is the ability to exercise more control over notification previews, which also applies to all first- and third-party apps. Here's how to switch up your settings for more (or less) privacy.

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Mobile Card Reader Roundup: How to transition your small business to a portable POS and save on fees

Mobile Card Reader Roundup: How to transition your small business to a portable POS and save on fees

As a small business owner, accepting credit cards can make or break your business. But instead of paying a fortune for a payment gateway, we're rounding up a list of the top point of sale solutions to process credit card (and in many cases Apple Pay) transactions with ease.

TipsUse R-Play to play 'Destiny 2' and other PlayStation 4 games with MFi controllers on iPad, iPhone

Use R-Play to play 'Destiny 2' and other PlayStation 4 games with MFi controllers on iPad, iPhone

Bungie's "Destiny 2" isn't coming to the Mac or the iPad, but an iOS title called R-Play will allow you to take advantage of Sony's Remote Play feature to play the game on your mobile device at home or away from your console. AppleInsider tries it out, after the weekly reset.

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Apple could diversify Face ID TrueDepth camera supply chain with Largan Precision

Apple could diversify Face ID TrueDepth camera supply chain with Largan Precision

Apple's iPhone camera module supplier Largan Precision is looking to enter the 3D sensor market that underpins the Face ID technology according to the CEO of the manufacturer.

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Rumor: Apple considering iPhone with stylus for launch in 2019

Rumor: Apple considering iPhone with stylus for launch in 2019

Apple engineers have reportedly been working on an iPhone that would come with a stylus, which could launch in 2019 or later if it comes to fruition.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses Jony Ive, the latest from Oculus, and the idea of a foldable iPhone

AppleInsider podcast discusses Jony Ive, the latest from Oculus, and the idea of a foldable iPhone

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about Jony Ive's interview at The New Yorker TechFest, the future of Apple, augmented reality headsets, foldable phones, Disney's push for movies on any service, and much more.

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Samsung Electronics CEO announces resignation as company forecasts record profits

Samsung Electronics CEO announces resignation as company forecasts record profits

Longtime Apple "frenemy" Samsung Electronics on Friday local time said CEO and Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun will resign from management effective March 2018. The surprise announcement comes as the South Korean tech giant forecasts record-breaking quarterly profits on the back of strong memory chip gains.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Apple Maps Transit directions go live in Taiwan

Apple Maps Transit directions go live in Taiwan

Apple this week activated Apple Maps Transit in Taiwan, offering users in the region access to travel timetables and directions integrating data from local train, bus, ferry and other public transport services.

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Apple predicted to ditch Touch ID for Face ID with 2018 iPhone lineup

Apple predicted to ditch Touch ID for Face ID with 2018 iPhone lineup

Apple is going all in on Face ID, according to well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes the company will completely abandon its Touch ID capacitive fingerprint recognition system in favor of the depth-sensing technology when it introduces next year's iPhone lineup.

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OpinionGarmin update could point the way for better strength training with the Apple Watch

Garmin update could point the way for better strength training with the Apple Watch

A few weeks ago, Garmin upgraded the "Strength" activity on its Fenix 5 and Forerunner 935 watches with support for counting reps and weights — something Apple would do well to mimic, if just partly, in a future update to the Apple Watch.

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FeatureInside Apple's ARKit and Visual Inertial Odometry, new in iOS 11

Inside Apple's ARKit and Visual Inertial Odometry, new in iOS 11

When iPhone launched ten years ago it took basic photos and no videos. Today's iOS 11 now achieves a new level of image capture with Depth, AI Vision and Machine Learning. In parallel, it hosts a new platform for Augmented Reality, which integrates what the camera sees and graphics created by the device. Here's a look at how it works.

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VideoFirst look: Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 with cellular, GPS

First look: Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 with cellular, GPS

On the heels of the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple has begun shipping the Nike Plus version of its wearable, LTE-connected device. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new sport-focused watch.

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