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Saturday, August 18, 2018

App Roundup: HQ Trivia on Apple TV, RapidWeaver 8, Yousician, Aspyr discounts, more!

App Roundup: HQ Trivia on Apple TV, RapidWeaver 8, Yousician, Aspyr discounts, more!

The App Stores and other digital marketplaces are inundated with new apps and updates to existing releases every day. AppleInsider highlights some of the new additions, software updates, and other changes that took place across the last week.

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This week on AI: Apple Car in 2023 or later, more MacBook updates, Apple Pencils & iPhones

This week on AI: Apple Car in 2023 or later, more MacBook updates, Apple Pencils & iPhones

Highlights of the week included new rumors about the "Apple Car," Apple Pencil support on the iPhone, more incoming MacBook refreshes, and changes in the latest iOS 12 betas.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

US DOJ wants Facebook to help wiretap Messenger, report says

US DOJ wants Facebook to help wiretap Messenger, report says

The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly pushing Facebook to disable or otherwise break end-to-end encryption in its Messenger text and voice messaging service as part of a criminal investigation into the MS-13 gang.

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FeatureHere are all of the future TV shows that Apple has signed deals for

Here are all of the future TV shows that Apple has signed deals for

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 March 2019. Here are the programs we know about so far, updated with cast details regarding the series based on Hilde Lysiak.

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TipsHow to get more speed and features out of Safari on Mac and iOS

How to get more speed and features out of Safari on Mac and iOS

Maybe it's just because it comes free on your Mac and iOS devices, but somehow it never seems fashionable to like Safari. Yet this is a remarkably capable app and it has hidden depths. AppleInsider delves into using Safari.

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RIP Time Travel - A seldom-used Apple Watch feature set to disappear with watchOS 5

RIP Time Travel - A seldom-used Apple Watch feature set to disappear with watchOS 5

One of Apple Watch's under-used features — Time Travel — will be going away when watchOS 5 lands this fall. This is AppleInsider's in memoriam of another Apple Watch experimental feature.

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Last call: Save up to $1,400 on Macs, including $100-$150 off 2018 MacBook Pros and 13" MBP (16GB, 256GB) for $1,399

Last call: Save up to $1,400 on Macs, including $100-$150 off 2018 MacBook Pros and 13

Just in, B&H has issued massive markdowns on Apple hardware with discounts of up to $1,400 off. Pick up a 13" MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for $1,399, a discount of $300 off MSRP. Or save $100 to $150 on all 2018 models, plus $399 Mac minis and much more. All with no tax collected in most states.

FeatureGroup FaceTime is only the latest of many Apple technologies to be delayed

Group FaceTime is only the latest of many Apple technologies to be delayed

Just as Group FaceTime 12 will now ship late, Apple has a long history of both hardware and software missing its announced dates.

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VideoHands on: Can the Wyrex Qi charger beat out Apple's AirPower?

Hands on: Can the Wyrex Qi charger beat out Apple's AirPower?

Since AirPower still hasn't seen the light of day, other companies are flooding to market hoping to overtake Apple's charger in design and ability. Is the newly launched Wyrex charger up to the task?

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Sony deal brings 23 more Prince albums to Apple Music

Sony deal brings 23 more Prince albums to Apple Music

An avalanche of Prince albums is hitting Apple Music this week, thanks to a June agreement between Sony's Legacy Recordings and the estate of the late pop and funk musician.

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Beats 1 Zane Lowe talks about the changing role of the music influencer

Beats 1 Zane Lowe talks about the changing role of the music influencer

A new interview looks at Beats 1 tastemaker Zane Lowe, and his unique role in today's rapidly changing music ecosystem.

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ExclusiveHere's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's new 2018 MacBook Pro

Here's where to get the lowest prices on Apple's new 2018 MacBook Pro

Apple authorized reseller Adorama has issued even greater markdowns on Apple's brand-new 2018 MacBook Pro with combined instant and coupon savings totaling up to $250 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. These deals, which offer shoppers the lowest prices anywhere, are available only at AppleInsider.

Google may be prepping self-designed smart display for Christmas

Google may be prepping self-designed smart display for Christmas

Potentially creating an even bigger gap with Apple in the smartspeaker market, Google is looking to ship its own smart display in time for the holiday shopping season, a report claimed on Friday.

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FeatureBrainstorm ideas with these three mind mapping apps on iOS and macOS

Brainstorm ideas with these three mind mapping apps on iOS and macOS

Write down every idea, and every unfinished notion you have into these Mac and iOS mind mapping tools — and use them to make plans. AppleInsider jots down a few thoughts.

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FeaturePodcast discusses Project Titan, ARM MacBook, 90GB of data stolen from Apple, and more

Podcast discusses Project Titan, ARM MacBook, 90GB of data stolen from Apple, and more

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk through the latest news about Project Titan rumors, ARM Macbook rumors, and the strange case of the teenager who took 90GB of data from Apple.

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ExclusiveFinal day: Lowest price ever: Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with function keys (16GB, 256GB) for $1,399 ($300 off)

Final day: Lowest price ever: Apple's 13

Ringing in as the lowest price ever, Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys and premium upgrades, including 16GB of memory and 256GB of storage, is on sale for $1,399. This $300 discount is available exclusively at AppleInsider and includes free expedited shipping with no tax collected in most states.

New $1,200 MacBook, refreshed iPad Pro models could be announced during Apple's September event

New $1,200 MacBook, refreshed iPad Pro models could be announced during Apple's September event

Apple will launch a refreshed entry-level MacBook next month, according to a report, with an updated model claimed will be revealed during the company's September event alongside new iPhones and other product announcements.

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Apple says no customer information involved in hack by Australian teen

Apple says no customer information involved in hack by Australian teen

Apple on Friday commented on recent revelations that an Australian teen gained unauthorized access to its corporate computer network, saying the hack did not compromise customer data despite reports claiming the boy accessed customer accounts.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Google confirms it tracks users even when 'Location History' setting is disabled

Google confirms it tracks users even when 'Location History' setting is disabled

Google updated help center documentation Thursday to clarify its location data collection policies, changes made in light of recent revelations that the firm's apps and website continue to harvest user information even when a global "Location History" setting is disabled.

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ReviewReview: Audio-Technica's ANC700BT headphones sound great, but are marred by odd controls

Review: Audio-Technica's ANC700BT headphones sound great, but are marred by odd controls

Audio-Technica's QuietPoint ATH-ANC700BT tries to bridge the gap between performance and cost, and mostly succeeds except for awkward and unnecessary touch controls.

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Two days after Turkey's Apple boycott, smashed iPhones and enforcement questions

Two days after Turkey's Apple boycott, smashed iPhones and enforcement questions

A video shows people in Turkey smashing iPhones — one of which rang anyway — as the world reacts to Erdogan's boycott of American electronics products.

OWC reveals Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter for MacBook Pro, iMac

OWC reveals Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter for MacBook Pro, iMac

Aftermarket Mac upgrade vendor OWC has launched its Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter, allowing users to connect their Mac or MacBook to a 10-gigabit network at the same maximum network speed offered by the iMac Pro.

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TipsHow to get started with Apple Music, and squeeze much more out of your subscription

How to get started with Apple Music, and squeeze much more out of your subscription

Don't keep listening to the same songs, take a deep dive into the service's immense range of music. Then cope with its confusing system and download tracks to listen on the go. AppleInsider turns up the volume.

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

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

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 so far, the latest being confirmation for the 2019 Toyota Sienna.

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Apple considers ways to improve 360-degree, multi-camera video for use with VR headsets

Apple considers ways to improve 360-degree, multi-camera video for use with VR headsets

Apple is contemplating ways 360-degree video content for VR headsets could be improved, by coming up with a method for stitching together multi-directional image data from videos to make the appear with less distortion than current stitching apps and encoders can produce.

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Apple Store seen growing to 600 locations worldwide by 2023

Apple Store seen growing to 600 locations worldwide by 2023

Gene Munster sees growth in China and India leading to a big future expansion, with Apple employing 80,000 customer service employees just at Apple Stores within five years.

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VideoMacBook Air: Could a 2018 refresh of the budget MacBook be on the way?

MacBook Air: Could a 2018 refresh of the budget MacBook be on the way?

A refresh of the MacBook Air to celebrate a decade of sales could rejuvenate a MacBook model that has seemingly been left behind. Could Apple be planning to update the MacBook Air, and if so, what changes are on the cards?

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Tim Cook honors the late Aretha Franklin

Tim Cook honors the late Aretha Franklin

After the passing Thursday morning of the legendary Queen of Soul, Apple's CEO says "her voice will keep lifting us, through the music she gave the world."

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New report backs claims 2018 iPhones will support Apple Pencil

New report backs claims 2018 iPhones will support Apple Pencil

This year's 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones will support the Apple Pencil, an accessory originally designed exclusively for iPads, a report claimed on Thursday.

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Improved keyless entry system could replace car key fob with iPhone

Improved keyless entry system could replace car key fob with iPhone

Apple wants iPhone owners to be able to use their mobile devices as alternatives to a keyless entry system for their car, with a proposal that would let users unlock and start a vehicle simply by bringing their mobile device with them to the driving seat.

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T-Mobile launches 30-day free trials in Atlanta, Austin & Boston

T-Mobile launches 30-day free trials in Atlanta, Austin & Boston

T-Mobile on Thursday began offering trial subscriptions in three U.S. cities, letting new customers test the carrier's network without having to commit to switching.

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Australian teen hacked Apple's corporate network, accessed data and user accounts

Australian teen hacked Apple's corporate network, accessed data and user accounts

Teen pleads guilty to downloading 90GB of secure files from Apple's internal systems and accessing customer accounts in repeated hacks from his suburban home.

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Google rebrands cloud storage services as Google One with cheaper plans, extra benefits

Google rebrands cloud storage services as Google One with cheaper plans, extra benefits

Google's rebranding of its cloud storage service from Google Drive to Google One has taken a major leap forward, with the tech giant now allowing anyone in the United States to sign up for the plan, not just users already paying for online storage capacity.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Watch Apple Park's massive motorized cafeteria doors open in this video

Watch Apple Park's massive motorized cafeteria doors open in this video

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a rare glimpse at Apple Park's inner workings on Wednesday with a video showing off the facility's cafeteria doors, two massive, motorized floor-to-ceiling glass panels that slide open for natural building ventilation.

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Your favorite Twitter clients are about to get less useful

Your favorite Twitter clients are about to get less useful

Twitter is scheduled to modify its API on Thursday, deprecating features in a move that significantly degrades the performance and utility of third-party clients like popular iOS and macOS app Tweetbot.

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Hands-OnHands on: Ring's iPhone-ready, self-running Spotlight Cam Solar

Hands on: Ring's iPhone-ready, self-running Spotlight Cam Solar

Amazon's Ring is omnipresent in smarthome security, and the Spotlight Cam Solar is an attempt to further cement that position among picky iOS and Android users.

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New photos show depths of Apple's expanding Mesa, Ariz. data center

New photos show depths of Apple's expanding Mesa, Ariz. data center

Photos shot this week show the seldom-seen interior of Apple's two-year-old data center in Mesa, Ariz., instrumental to services like iCloud, Siri, and iMessage.

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Apple probed in Japan for anti-competitive moves against Yahoo game platform

Apple probed in Japan for anti-competitive moves against Yahoo game platform

The Japanese government has opened an investigation into whether Apple engaged in anti-competitive behavior when it applied pressure to prevent publishers from working with Yahoo Japan's Games Plus platform.

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VideoWhat's new in iOS 12 betas 7 & 8

What's new in iOS 12 betas 7 & 8

The eighth developer beta of iOS 12 quickly corrects some of the issues we saw in the retracted seventh beta. Now that our devices are usable again, AppleInsider takes a look at new features and improvements in the seventh and eighth betas of iOS 12.

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