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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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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FeatureHere are all the big changes to Apple Maps in 2017 and 2018

Here are all the big changes to Apple Maps in 2017 and 2018

In a bid to beat Google, Apple is continually updating Apple Maps, bringing in new features and expanding coverage. Here's what the company's been adding over the last year, current through Aug. 15, 2018.

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

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.

TipsHow to back up your iPhone or iPad to an external drive to save space on your Mac

How to back up your iPhone or iPad to an external drive to save space on your Mac

As good as iCloud backups are, you also should back up iPhones and iPads to your Mac — but that can take a big chunk out of your computer's storage. AppleInsider shows you how to stop clogging up your Mac's drive.

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New MacBook Air coming by end of quarter, research firm claims

New MacBook Air coming by end of quarter, research firm claims

Apple is planning to release an updated MacBook Air towards the end of the current quarter, which ends in September, according to one research firm.

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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 the 2019 Nissan Sentra.

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Apple launches eighth developer beta of iOS 12 two days after pulling seventh beta [u]

Apple launches eighth developer beta of iOS 12 two days after pulling seventh beta [u]

Apple has shipped its second developer beta for iOS 12 this week, following the withdrawal of Monday's beta release, with developers now able to download its replacement, the eighth beta.

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VideoCompared: 2018 i9 MacBook Pro versus iMac 5K performance

Compared: 2018 i9 MacBook Pro versus iMac 5K performance

Apple's latest 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Intel Core i9 processors pack some serious power, more than enough to serve as a consumer desktop replacement. Can they also stand in for Apple's top-of-the-line iMac or iMac Pro? Find out in our head-to-head comparison.

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Nvidia's Turing GPU architecture includes ray-tracing cores, 8K video playback support

Nvidia's Turing GPU architecture includes ray-tracing cores, 8K video playback support

Nvidia has revealed its new Turing architecture for use in GPUs, one which boasts dedicated cores for use in ray tracing, and while consumer cards are yet to be announced, Quadro RTX Turing GPUs are already being touted for their ability to support real-time 8K video playback.

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If you want a gold-plated 2018 iPhone, you can preorder one now for $113,000

If you want a gold-plated 2018 iPhone, you can preorder one now for $113,000

The British company that offers gold-plated versions of iPhones and other high-end products is listing an 18-karat gold version of what it calls the iPhone XS — for over 100 times the price of a regular iPhone X.

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ExclusiveLowest prices ever: Save up to $785 on Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro, plus 0% financing

Lowest prices ever: Save up to $785 on Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro, plus 0% financing

New, steeper discounts have arrived on Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro, and these deals are available only at AppleInsider. Save $100 to $175 on every 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and $150 to $250 on every 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar with no tax outside NY and NJ and 0% financing for 12 months OAC. Many shoppers can save up to $785 compared to buying direct.

Hands-OnHands on: Scrivener 3.03 is the best tool for writing books

Hands on: Scrivener 3.03 is the best tool for writing books

Scrivener isn't necessarily the best for making books or e-books, but now it doesn't have to be since it's added Vellum support. AppleInsider checks it out.

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FeatureApple's revolutionary iMac is 20 years old, and still going strong

Apple's revolutionary iMac is 20 years old, and still going strong

The iMac is the machine that famously saved Apple back in 1998 — but it didn't stop there. Rarely standing still, it has kept at the forefront of Apple design, yet today's iMac has the same design goals it always has. AppleInsider looks back at the beginning of the line, all the way to today.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kuo: 'Apple Car' likely to launch in 2023 to 2025, fuel $2 trillion company valuation

Kuo: 'Apple Car' likely to launch in 2023 to 2025, fuel $2 trillion company valuation

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the Cupertino tech giant's autonomous vehicle aspirations — "Project Titan" — will be realized in a shipping consumer product as early as 2023, helping push the company toward its next trillion dollar valuation.

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

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.

Verizon includes Apple TV 4K in residential 5G rollout plans

Verizon includes Apple TV 4K in residential 5G rollout plans

Verizon on Tuesday announced it will be including an Apple TV 4K or a YouTube TV subscription with upcoming residential 5G services in an effort to bolster adoption the burgeoning product.

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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 Ronald Moore's sci-fi series.

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple position by 5 percent

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple position by 5 percent

Financial mogul Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway loaded up on shares of Apple in the second quarter of 2018, increasing the fund's position to nearly 252 million shares at the end of the three-month period.

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EditorialOf course Apple's AirPods wireless charging case will work with any Qi charger

Of course Apple's AirPods wireless charging case will work with any Qi charger

We've seen different reports recently claiming to offer new "insightful" information that the upcoming AirPods wireless charging case will work with any Qi charger. Why is this seen as a big surprise?

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ReviewReview: Nanoleaf's Rhythm Edition Light Panels top HomeKit-enabled wall lights

Review: Nanoleaf's Rhythm Edition Light Panels top HomeKit-enabled wall lights

With or without the Rhythm module, Nanoleaf's Light Panels are probably the best HomeKit-enabled wall lights on the market, assuming you like their style and can spend enough to do them justice.

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Defense bill signed into law, bans government use of ZTE, Huawei technology

Defense bill signed into law, bans government use of ZTE, Huawei technology

President Trump has signed the $716 billion "John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act" into law, and while the legislation stopped short of a full-on ban on mobile phones from the Chinese manufacturers, it did block government agencies from purchasing devices from ZTE, Huawei, and other Chinese entities.

Apple has big ambitions in expanding vital sign monitoring, continuing hiring spree

Apple has big ambitions in expanding vital sign monitoring, continuing hiring spree

Media lit up on Tuesday afternoon following a speculative report that Apple was starting work on a new chip to facilitate user health data collection. But the project is neither new, nor particularly surprising.

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'Foreshadow' Intel processor attack bypasses protections for secure data held on chip

'Foreshadow' Intel processor attack bypasses protections for secure data held on chip

A new vulnerability called "Foreshadow" affecting Intel processors has been revealed by researchers to bypass the company's built-in security on the chip, an attack which has the potential to acquire sensitive data stored on supposedly secure cordoned-off areas on the processor.

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TipsFive tips to get much more out of Apple Notes on iOS and macOS

Five tips to get much more out of Apple Notes on iOS and macOS

Apple's note-taking app went from a toy to an indispensable tool when it was revamped in 2015. Yet three years on, there is still more to discover in it. AppleInsider looks at ways to make a superb app even better.

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Hands-OnHands on: JBL's iPhone-connected Link 20 Bluetooth speaker with Google Assistant

Hands on: JBL's iPhone-connected Link 20 Bluetooth speaker with Google Assistant

The JBL Link 20 is one of an early handful of smartspeakers bringing Google Assistant beyond Google Home devices.

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FeatureHere are all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018

Here are all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018

With few setbacks, Apple is almost continuously expanding and updating its global retail chain, now over 500 locations. Here's the company's evolution in 2018 so far, updated on Aug. 14 with news on this weekend's reopenings in California and Illinois.

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Apple's HomePod claims six percent of the smart speaker market, as Google closes gap with Amazon

Apple's HomePod claims six percent of the smart speaker market, as Google closes gap with Amazon

New data says that Apple is now the fourth smart speaker manufacturer as measured in sales worldwide with about 700,000 HomePods sold in the quarter, about six months after its launch.

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VideoWhat's new in macOS Mojave beta 7

What's new in macOS Mojave beta 7

Apple continues to polish its upcoming major release for the Mac with Monday's release of macOS Mojave developer beta 7. A few more changes have been found, including one devastating blow to fans looking forward to Group FaceTime.

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Nativ adds Apple AirPlay & Google Cast to $1,599 Vita music hub

Nativ adds Apple AirPlay & Google Cast to $1,599 Vita music hub

Nativ this week announced support for Apple AirPlay and Google Cast on the Vita, its touchscreen-based music server and player aimed at audiophiles with money to spare.

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Apple proposes devices using depth mapping for gesture controls, contextual responses

Apple proposes devices using depth mapping for gesture controls, contextual responses

Home entertainment devices like the HomePod could be improved by analyzing the local environment and a user's actions, an Apple concept suggests, with monitoring of a room potentially able to improve gesture-based control of audio, as well as contextual responses like turning down the volume if the room is empty.

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Google Voice for iPhone & iPad gets new UI & Contacts tab

Google Voice for iPhone & iPad gets new UI & Contacts tab

Google this week updated the iOS edition of Google Voice with a significant redesign, modernized in both interface and aesthetics.

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Turkey's president calls for boycott of Apple products

Turkey's president calls for boycott of Apple products

Amid rising trade tensions with the United States and local economic catastrophe, Turkey's president has named Apple specifically as a boycott target.

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Siri multi-user support could offer personalized responses to different voices

Siri multi-user support could offer personalized responses to different voices

Apple is considering ways to allow Siri to provide personalized results for specific users speaking to it, by making the digital assistant recognize the user's identity, with the added possibility of limiting queries to just one user's voice.

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Apple Pencil support, 512GB flash storage might be coming to 2018 iPhone refresh

Apple Pencil support, 512GB flash storage might be coming to 2018 iPhone refresh

An analyst firm has chimed in on 2018 iPhone rumors, adding the possibility that Apple Pencil support may be coming to the high-end releases in the fall.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Apple held secret meeting with developers in 2017 to push app subscriptions

Apple held secret meeting with developers in 2017 to push app subscriptions

In a meeting in a New York loft last year, Apple told around 30 developers that they ought to embrace subscription models.

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