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Thursday, March 21, 2019

New York Times CEO compares Apple news service to Netflix, cautions against partnership

New York Times CEO compares Apple news service to Netflix, cautions against partnership

New York Times CEO Mark Thompson in an interview on Thursday offered a pessimistic take on Apple's news subscription service, saying publishers should not rely too heavily on third-party services for digital distribution.

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Apple looking at ways to simplify device connectivity, including generating a mesh network in an emergency

Apple looking at ways to simplify device connectivity, including generating a mesh network in an emergency

Wearable devices like the Apple Watch and Internet of Things hardware could have an easier time connecting to iPhones and other devices in the future, with Apple coming up with multiple ways to deal with inter-device connectivity, including the ability to make a wide-area network where Internet access isn't available.

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Apple's video service will treat original content as loss-leader for subscriptions

Apple's video service will treat original content as loss-leader for subscriptions

Apple's anticipated video streaming service will focus on trying to sell subscriptions to other video services, a report claims, as the original shows the company has spent heavily in producing will effectively be freebies to draw users to pay for third-party content.

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Apple's brand-new 2019 iMac 4K drops to $1,099 ($200 off) while supplies last

Apple's brand-new 2019 iMac 4K drops to $1,099 ($200 off) while supplies last

Mere days after Apple announced new iMacs, Apple authorized resellers are already issuing steep discounts on the 2019 21.5-inch iMac 4K, delivering the lowest price available at $1,099 for the standard model.

Final Cut Pro & iMovie for Mac update preps for macOS dropping 32-bit support

Final Cut Pro & iMovie for Mac update preps for macOS dropping 32-bit support

Apple on Thursday updated its two Mac video editing suites, Final Cut Pro and iMovie, with tools geared to ensure videos remain compatible as macOS drops all 32-bit app support.

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WWDC 2019 ticket emails going out to lottery winners

WWDC 2019 ticket emails going out to lottery winners

After Apple closed its lottery for tickets to attend this year's Worldwide Developers Conference on Wednesday, the company has started to inform lucky developers they will be able to attend the event, set to start on June 3 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

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Apple pays $5.6M to acquire Italian app backend startup Stamplay

Apple pays $5.6M to acquire Italian app backend startup Stamplay

Apple is rumored to have acquired Stamplay, an Italian startup that aims to simplify cloud-based development of apps for businesses, with Apple believed to have paid around 5 million euros ($5.6 million) for the company.

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ExclusiveKiller deals: $100 to $120 off 2019 iMacs with no tax in 48 states

Killer deals: $100 to $120 off 2019 iMacs with no tax in 48 states

For a limited time only, shoppers can take advantage of an exclusive coupon discount on select 2019 21.5-inch iMac 4K and 27-inch iMac 5K pre-orders, with prices starting at just $1,699 for 5K models. These deals deliver the lowest prices anywhere with no sales tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Reserve your spot in line today!

Facebook stored 'hundreds of millions' of unencrypted passwords on internal servers

Facebook stored 'hundreds of millions' of unencrypted passwords on internal servers

Adding to multiple security controversies, Facebook is reportedly investigating problems which led to "hundreds of millions" of unencrypted, plain-text passwords being stored on internal servers.

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Two critical zero-day Safari vulnerabilities exposed at Vancouver security conference

Two critical zero-day Safari vulnerabilities exposed at Vancouver security conference

Two major Safari security flaws were uncovered at this week's Pwn2Own conference in Vancouver, one of which could seize full control of a targeted Mac.

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Apple missing from list of companies supporting OpenXR AR and VR spec

Apple missing from list of companies supporting OpenXR AR and VR spec

The Khronos Group has ratified and publicly released a provisional specification for OpenXR, an open standard for AR and VR platforms, but while many major firms are supporting the effort, Apple does not appear to be publicly offering its own support.

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AirPower reference and image discovered in Apple's Australian website

AirPower reference and image discovered in Apple's Australian website

A Twitter user has found a reference to Apple's so-far unreleased AirPower charging pad in the source code of the company's AirPods page. It's only in the Australian version of the site, but AppleInsider has also discovered an image in the same code.

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Bill payment app doxo adds Apple Pay option to pay 45,000 services

Bill payment app doxo adds Apple Pay option to pay 45,000 services

Popular bill-payment service doxo has added Apple Pay as an option for users to make payments to companies, enabling Apple's mobile payment platform to pay household bills and other fees for more than 45,000 billers.

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Early 2019 iPad mini reviews call it evolutionary, but best small tablet available

Early 2019 iPad mini reviews call it evolutionary, but best small tablet available

Some of the first 2019 iPad mini reviews are going online, with the apparent consensus that while it's the best small-sized tablet on the market, it's merely an evolution meant to keep the Mini relevant.

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Microsoft brings formerly Windows-centric Defender antivirus to macOS

Microsoft brings formerly Windows-centric Defender antivirus to macOS

Reflecting its increasingly platform-agnostic stance, Microsoft on Thursday revealed plans to bring its Defender antivirus software to the Mac, if initially in limited form.

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AAPL now 'strong buy,' will climb back to $225 in 2019, says Needham

AAPL now 'strong buy,' will climb back to $225 in 2019, says Needham

Apple's ecosystem is an attractive proposition for investors, Needham analysts claim as the firm upgraded the iPhone maker's stock from a "buy" to a "strong buy" rating, advising it anticipates good results for Apple's Services, Apple Watch, AirPods, and other areas in the future.

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Your Mac could wirelessly power keyboards and mice at a distance in the future

Your Mac could wirelessly power keyboards and mice at a distance in the future

Mac peripherals including keyboards could work without needing to be recharged with a cable or have new batteries installed, as Apple has been working on a wireless power supply system capable of transmitting power to peripherals like keyboards and trackpads over short distances.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Qualcomm sees South Korean antitrust fine lowered to $200M

Qualcomm sees South Korean antitrust fine lowered to $200M

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission on Thursday reduced damages in a decade-old antitrust case involving Qualcomm, with the U.S. chipmaker now facing penalties that amount to roughly $200 million.

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FeatureAll of the future TV shows that Apple has in development

All of the future TV shows that Apple has in development

Moving past Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke, Apple is believed to be spending $1 billion or more on its first high-budget TV shows, which could hit screens as soon as April 2019. Here are the programs we know about so far, updated with new information about the cast of "Defending Jacob."

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The Wall Street Journal reportedly joins Apple News service, NYT and Washington Post decline

The Wall Street Journal reportedly joins Apple News service, NYT and Washington Post decline

According to a report on Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal plans to join Apple's widely rumored for-pay news service, one of only a handful of top-tier publications thought to be participating in the initiative.

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AppleCare+ for Mac reaches China, Spain, Taiwan & other new regions

AppleCare+ for Mac reaches China, Spain, Taiwan & other new regions

Mac buyers can now get AppleCare+ coverage in several more markets, two of the biggest additions being Spain and China.

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Hands-OnHands on with the nicest wireless charger we've found yet — Nomad walnut Base Station

Hands on with the nicest wireless charger we've found yet — Nomad walnut Base Station

Nomad has been in the wireless charging game since the start, and they've recently released a new walnut Base Station that looks even better than the original.

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AirPower production approved earlier in 2019, rumor says, pointing to imminent release

AirPower production approved earlier in 2019, rumor says, pointing to imminent release

Production of Apple's long-delayed AirPower charging mat was approved earlier in 2019, a report claimed on Wednesday, adding to rumors it could ship soon — possibly even this week.

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VideoVideo: Everything you need to know about the new AirPods before you buy

Video: Everything you need to know about the new AirPods before you buy

Apple has finally refreshed the AirPods, and they come with a multitude of changes over the beloved first generation. AppleInsider breaks down everything you need to know before picking up a pair.

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ExclusiveHere's how to save $10 on Apple's new 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini 5 with no tax in 48 states

Here's how to save $10 on Apple's new 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini 5 with no tax in 48 states

Just in, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is knocking $10 off every 2019 iPad mini and iPad Air when you preorder the new devices. Plus, take advantage of no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. This exclusive coupon discount delivers the lowest prices anywhere on the brand-new tablets.

Apple sets March 27 deadline for developers to support iPhone XS Max, 2018 iPad Pro

Apple sets March 27 deadline for developers to support iPhone XS Max, 2018 iPad Pro

Starting March 27, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch developers will be required to use the latest iOS and watchOS SDKs, as well as support Apple's biggest mobile displays in all new apps and updates submitted to the App Store.

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Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said to attend Apple's March 25th event

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon said to attend Apple's March 25th event

David Solomon, the chief executive of Goldman Sachs, is thought to be attending Apple's event on Monday, with his appearance suggesting there could be some potential discussions about the rumored co-branded credit card currently under development by the two companies.

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EditorialEditorial: The iPad Air and the iPad mini have always been Apple's best tablets

Editorial: The iPad Air and the iPad mini have always been Apple's best tablets

Apple has again launched a new iPad Air and a new iPad mini at the same time. Throughout all the previous versions of both, they have represented the best balance of price, specifications, and portability.

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Apple refreshes Apple Watch band & iPhone case offerings with new colors for Spring

Apple refreshes Apple Watch band & iPhone case offerings with new colors for Spring

With Spring on the horizon, Apple has released a refreshed line of cases and bands with several new color options.

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Updated AirPods specs signal major iOS, macOS & watchOS updates next week

Updated AirPods specs signal major iOS, macOS & watchOS updates next week

Hidden in the specifications for Apple's new AirPods is the fact they require macOS 10.14.4, iOS 12.2, or watchOS 5.2 — updates that are still in beta, therefore signaling their imminent public launch.

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Apple's WWDC 2019 scholarships have a March 24 deadline

Apple's WWDC 2019 scholarships have a March 24 deadline

Students and select groups of others can now apply for scholarships to attend WWDC 2019 in San Jose, but they'll have to act fast to have a chance.

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Closeout deals: Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pros are discounted by up to $250 to make way for 2019 iPad Airs

Closeout deals: Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pros are discounted by up to $250 to make way for 2019 iPad Airs

With Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Air about to hit store shelves, Apple authorized resellers are knocking hundreds off 10.5-inch iPad Pro models to make way for new inventory. But with the new Air limited to 256GB of storage, shoppers needing more space can pick up a 512GB Pro at a discount.

Apple unveils new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, 50% more talk time & 'Hey Siri' [u]

Apple unveils new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, 50% more talk time & 'Hey Siri' [u]

Adding to a full week of Apple releases, the company has refreshed the AirPods with a new wireless sync chip that allows for "Hey Siri," and longer battery life — and the arrival of the Wireless Charging Case.

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Google up to $9.4 billion in total fines to EU, with latest $1.7 billion AdSense penalty

Google up to $9.4 billion in total fines to EU, with latest $1.7 billion AdSense penalty

The European Commission has fined Google $1.7 billion for illegally favoring its own AdSense in search advertising, bringing the company's total fines for anticompetitive behavior so far in the region to $9.42 billion.

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Disney completes $70B acquisition of Fox assets, reaps 40% of movie industry

Disney completes $70B acquisition of Fox assets, reaps 40% of movie industry

Disney has closed its $70 billion acquisition of assets from 21st Century Fox, giving the entertainment company control of a considerable amount of content and studios, control which could become a problem for Apple and streaming video providers in general.

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Apple now lets Mac app developers release updates in phases instead of to all users at once

Apple now lets Mac app developers release updates in phases instead of to all users at once

Apple has given Mac developers the option to issue updates that roll out over a week, so if problems are discovered, the release can be paused before it reaches everyone.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Apple's App Store policies again under fire as Kaspersky Lab files Russian antitrust complaint

Apple's App Store policies again under fire as Kaspersky Lab files Russian antitrust complaint

Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab on Tuesday filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with its home country's Federal Antimonopoly Service, alleging the tech giant's tight control of the iOS App Store amounts to monopoly power.

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Inductive Apple Pencil charging tech reportedly too expensive for 2019 iPad Air & mini

Inductive Apple Pencil charging tech reportedly too expensive for 2019 iPad Air & mini

Addressing questions as to why the 2019 iPad Air and mini don't support the second-generation Apple Pencil, a report on Tuesday claimed the required inductive technology was too costly to include in the builds.

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FeatureHere are the vehicles and receivers with Apple CarPlay announced in 2018-2019

Here are the vehicles and receivers with Apple CarPlay announced in 2018-2019

Once an expensive niche option — and still that way, in some cases — CarPlay is becoming increasingly common on new cars, trucks, and SUVs, as well as aftermarket receivers. Here's a roundup of the introductions in 2018 and 2019, the latest being Boss Audio's 6.75-inch receiver.

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