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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Apple technology could create AR, VR content based on LiDAR mesh maps

Apple technology could create AR, VR content based on LiDAR mesh maps

Apple is continuing to refine its virtual and augmented reality technology, including work on a system that can map an AR or VR experience to a physical setting.

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Belkin set to release new WeMo HomeKit Stage Scene Controller

Belkin set to release new WeMo HomeKit Stage Scene Controller

Belkin's new Stage Scene Controller is built for HomeKit and is coming soon according to regulatory agency filings.

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Apple sold nearly half of all mobile phones in Japan in 2020

Apple sold nearly half of all mobile phones in Japan in 2020

Research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) released its end-of-year report on Japan phone sales, and Apple dominated the field led by the iPhone 12.

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Apple donating $1M to group providing resources to LGBTQ+ youth

Apple donating $1M to group providing resources to LGBTQ+ youth

Apple is donating $1 million and technology products to help a nonprofit called Encircle to help expand its LGBTQ+ youth community resource centers to new states.

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ExclusiveDeals: save up to $200 on 2020 13" MacBook Pros, plus $60 off AppleCare

Deals: save up to $200 on 2020 13

AppleInsider readers this week can save $75 to $200 on every 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama with exclusive coupon discounts. Plus, save $60 on AppleCare and get an additional 5% back with the new Edge Credit Card. Total savings can reach upward of $440 off the latest notebooks bundled with AC and the Edge financing promotion.

Target to offer expanded Apple experiences in store and online

Target to offer expanded Apple experiences in store and online

Target has launched an effort to double Apple's retail floor space in select Target locations, paired with an increase in its online Apple-related services.

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Apple researching how to make 'Apple Glass' self cleaning

Apple researching how to make 'Apple Glass' self cleaning

Future head-mounted displays, such as "Apple Glass" may automatically remove dust obstructing the wearer's view.

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UK iPhone users could be due $677 million from Qualcomm

UK iPhone users could be due $677 million from Qualcomm

The UK's Which? consumer watchdog is suing Qualcomm for what it claims is illegally inflated prices for 4G modems, which were then passed on to buyers of iPhone and Samsung phones.

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Paramount+ ad-free set for $9.99 monthly, ad-supported for $4.99

Paramount+ ad-free set for $9.99 monthly, ad-supported for $4.99

The forthcoming Paramount+ streaming service will launch with two prices, one of which is an advertising-supported version whose monthly cost has been reduced to match that of Apple TV+.

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Apple has 'salted the earth' with data request subpoenas in Epic App Store battle

Apple has 'salted the earth' with data request subpoenas in Epic App Store battle

Apple has been granted its request for data on 436 games sold through Valve's Steam game service — but a judge appears to be looking warily at Apple having "salted the earth" with data requests related to the Apple versus Epic battle, across the industry.

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'Apple Glass' microphones may locate sounds and direct users to the source

'Apple Glass' microphones may locate sounds and direct users to the source

An array of sensitive microphones in "Apple Glass" may detect audio that's difficult to hear, or to precisely locate, and direct the wearer where to look.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Apple executive named to New Jersey Council on the Green Economy

Apple executive named to New Jersey Council on the Green Economy

Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, has been named to the New Jersey Council on the Green Economy, where she will work with other members to support the state's clean energy and climate goals.

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Belkin plans AirPlay 2-enabled audio adapter

Belkin plans AirPlay 2-enabled audio adapter

Accessories maker Belkin is working on a wireless audio adapter that supports Apple's AirPlay 2 protocol, potentially offering a worthy successor to the defunct AirPort Express, according to a new leak.

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Apple's indoor mapping format adopted as community standard

Apple's indoor mapping format adopted as community standard

Apple's Indoor Mapping Data Format (IMDF) was this week adopted by the Open Geospatial Consortium as a community standard for indoor positioning services.

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Apple outlines corporate accountability in new Ethics and Compliance webpage

Apple outlines corporate accountability in new Ethics and Compliance webpage

Apple this week launched an Ethics and Compliance webpage to detail internal efforts that allow it to conduct business ethically and in compliance with local laws.

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Final Cut Pro trademark hints at possible subscription offering

Final Cut Pro trademark hints at possible subscription offering

Apple has made a change to its Final Cut Pro trademark that suggests the company is eyeing a possible subscription-based model or add-on in the future.

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TipsHow to supplement Spotlight with third party apps

How to supplement Spotlight with third party apps

If the regular macOS Spotlight is great and powerful, third-party alternatives are even greater, even more powerful and just even more useful for speeding up your Mac.

Apple Pay may soon launch in Israel, banking service leak suggests

Apple Pay may soon launch in Israel, banking service leak suggests

The launch of Apple Pay support in Israel appears to be imminent, with one local bank briefly inviting users to add their cards to the payment platform.

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Amazon's $199 Magic Keyboard deal for 11" iPad Pro, iPad Air 4 is still in stock

Amazon's $199 Magic Keyboard deal for 11

Amazon's $100 discount on the Magic Keyboard for Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air 4 is still going strong, with units in stock. Plus, save on the tablets themselves, with iPad Air 4 inventory marked down to $549 and iPad Pros starting at $739.

Institutions still underweight on AAPL despite strong 2020 growth, analyst says

Institutions still underweight on AAPL despite strong 2020 growth, analyst says

Institutional ownership of Apple stock remained close to an all-time high of 5.5% as 2020 came to an end, though large organizations still underweigh the stock, investment bank Morgan Stanley says.

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YouTube announces supervised browsing of YouTube for tweens and teens

YouTube announces supervised browsing of YouTube for tweens and teens

A new supervised mode for YouTube will feature account limitations and three content settings that help parents control what content their children will see.

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Apple supplier TSMC hires water trucks as Taiwan drought continues

Apple supplier TSMC hires water trucks as Taiwan drought continues

Apple Silicon processor manufacturer TSMC is ordering deliveries of water in an attempt to minimize disruption caused by Taiwan's ongoing drought.

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Amazon Web Services Mac instances now support macOS Big Sur

Amazon Web Services Mac instances now support macOS Big Sur

Amazon has announced that the Mac instances on Amazon Web Services now support the latest version of Apple's Mac operating system, macOS Big Sur.

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Apple partner Foxconn working with Fisker to produce electric vehicles by 2023

Apple partner Foxconn working with Fisker to produce electric vehicles by 2023

Electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker will join forces with Apple's main iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to produce more than 250,000 electric vehicles a year, starting in 2023.

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Smaller Mac Pro, 2021 iMac redesign with color options shown off by prolific leaker

Smaller Mac Pro, 2021 iMac redesign with color options shown off by prolific leaker

Apple is expected to release a smaller Mac Pro and a redesigned 24-inch iMac with Apple Silicon processors in 2021, and Jon Prosser has shared what they may look like.

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'Apple Car' could generate $50B in revenue by 2030, analyst says

'Apple Car' could generate $50B in revenue by 2030, analyst says

The "Apple Car" may not disrupt the market when it first debuts, but Piper Sandler says it could become a solid hardware revenue source for Apple, possibly generating $50 billion by 2030.

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FeatureRemembering Steve Jobs on his 66th birthday

Remembering Steve Jobs on his 66th birthday

How the circumstances of Steve Jobs's birth, and his decisions over education, would shape both his entire life — and then the entire world through the creation of Apple and the Macintosh.

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Long-time Apple retailer Fry's Electronics suddenly shuts down

Long-time Apple retailer Fry's Electronics suddenly shuts down

After 36 years in business, Fry's Electronics, a big-box electronics store founded during the early days of Apple, announced that it is shutting down effective immediately.

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Apple isn't considering free, ad-supported Apple Music tiers

Apple isn't considering free, ad-supported Apple Music tiers

Apple executive Elena Segal said that a free Apple Music tier would get more users, but advertising revenues from it couldn't support artists and musicians — and stands in violation of Apple's privacy policies.

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Anker PowerCore is a MagSafe-compatible portable battery pack for the iPhone 12

Anker PowerCore is a MagSafe-compatible portable battery pack for the iPhone 12

Anker has released a snap-on MagSafe battery amidst rumors that Apple is working on one, allowing users to power up their iPhone 12 on the go, cable-free.

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India introduces $1 billion incentive to boost local tech manufacturing

India introduces $1 billion incentive to boost local tech manufacturing

India is promoting local technology manufacturing with a series of cash-back incentives, although not as much as Apple reportedly sought.

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Eve collaborates with Coulisse for new Thread-enabled HomeKit blinds

Eve collaborates with Coulisse for new Thread-enabled HomeKit blinds

HomeKit technology firm Eve is teaming up with international window coverings firm Coulisse, to produce new smart blind motors using Thread.

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Executive order addressing processor shortages expected on Wednesday [u]

Executive order addressing processor shortages expected on Wednesday [u]

A Presidential executive order, expected Wednesday, is expected to take steps for US manufacture of silicon chips, and strengthen the international supply chain, following key shortages for firms such as Apple.

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Australia set to enact bill making Facebook, Google pay for news

Australia set to enact bill making Facebook, Google pay for news

The proposal to require Facebook and other big tech firms to pay for news, has passed its last major parliamentary hurdle in Australia, and is now expected to become law.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Patent troll sues Apple over Touch ID, Face ID and Apple Card

Patent troll sues Apple over Touch ID, Face ID and Apple Card

An Australian patent holdings company on Tuesday filed suit against Apple, targeting Touch ID and Face ID with intellectual property acquired from defunct biometrics specialist Securicom.

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Apple details additional guidance on app privacy labels

Apple details additional guidance on app privacy labels

Apple on Tuesday updated guidance on app privacy labels to give developers a better understanding of what is required when filling out the data collection disclosures.

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Sensibo Air now supports Apple HomeKit, Siri voice commands

Sensibo Air now supports Apple HomeKit, Siri voice commands

Sensibo has added HomeKit and Siri voice command support to its family of Sensibo Air smart air conditioner controllers.

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'Sign in With Apple' target of Justice Department antitrust probe

'Sign in With Apple' target of Justice Department antitrust probe

The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly probing Apple's "Sign in With Apple" feature as part of a broader antitrust investigation, following complaints from developers.

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ReviewReview: SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB-C Flash Drive is a stylish way to offload iPad Pro files

Review: SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB-C Flash Drive is a stylish way to offload iPad Pro files

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive aims to not just be an external file support solution for the iPad Pro, but also for your older USB-A gear, with a splash of style.

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