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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Apple seeks to invalidate Qualcomm patents amid global legal battle

Apple seeks to invalidate Qualcomm patents amid global legal battle

Apple waded into familiar ground as its legal struggle with Qualcomm advances, and on Thursday filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel four patents owned by the iPhone modem supplier.

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Hands-OnHands On: LIFX's Beam wall lighting with Apple HomeKit

Hands On: LIFX's Beam wall lighting with Apple HomeKit

The Beam is one of the more unusual smarthome accessories on the market, as much a centerpiece decoration as it is practical lighting.

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Apple dropped a new GarageBand 10.3 update that makes Artist Lessons free for all users

Apple dropped a new GarageBand 10.3 update that makes Artist Lessons free for all users

Apple just released GarageBand 10.3, a major new Mac update that's not only free to download but also makes Artist Lessons— formerly $4.99 each—free downloads for all users in over 120 countries.

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Apple came to Ireland to build a community, not skirt taxes, Tim Cook says

Apple came to Ireland to build a community, not skirt taxes, Tim Cook says

On his European tour this week, Apple's CEO visited Ireland, and talked about taxes, the abandoned Athenry data center and the company's commitment to the country.

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Hands-OnHands on with the Elgato Eve Aqua HomeKit-equipped smart watering system

Hands on with the Elgato Eve Aqua HomeKit-equipped smart watering system

The newly released Eve Aqua is a HomeKit equipped smart water controller that tries to make lawn and garden maintenance easy with scheduling, remote control, and even Siri support. AppleInsider has spent a few days testing it out during the latest heat wave.

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Flash Coupon: $15 off $75 at eBay (get AirPods for $134, Apple HomePods for $275 today only)

Flash Coupon: $15 off $75 at eBay (get AirPods for $134, Apple HomePods for $275 today only)

Today only, save $15 on top of already reduced prices at eBay on orders over $75 with coupon. This offer is valid on AirPods, HomePods, the popular Apple TV 4K, accessories and more. Offer ends tonight at 7 p.m. Pacific.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns amidst relationship scandal

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns amidst relationship scandal

Chief executive has resigned after five years over "past consensual relationship with an Intel employee," the company said Thursday. Robert Swan has been named interim CEO.

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ExclusiveHere are some of the lowest prices ever on Apple's 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, with new deals just added

Here are some of the lowest prices ever on Apple's 15

As we reported earlier this month, supplies of Apple's Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro are dwindling, thanks to aggressive bargains on a variety of models. However, B&H just launched new discounts on remaining inventory with savings of up to $1,600 off loaded models — the lowest prices ever — and the deals are available exclusively at AppleInsider.

AT&T uses Time Warner merger to launch WatchTV, paired with new unlimited data plans

AT&T uses Time Warner merger to launch WatchTV, paired with new unlimited data plans

Taking advantage of the recent approval of its merger with Time Warner, AT&T on Thursday announced WatchTV, a new live TV service premiering next week — and initially tied to two new unlimited wireless data plans.

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Free to download Fortnite generates $100M in 90 days via in-app purchases

Free to download Fortnite generates $100M in 90 days via in-app purchases

'Fortnite' has become the second most successful free-to-play game launched on iOS, according to analysts, hitting the $100 million milestone for in-app purchases just 90 days after it shipped on iPhone and iPad, and outpacing its rivals in the 'battle royale' genre.

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Apple AirPower Qi charging mat headed for September landing

Apple AirPower Qi charging mat headed for September landing

After six months of internal testing and refinement, Apple appears to be ready to launch the AirPower charging pad alongside the 2018 lineup of iPhones.

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FeatureCarPlay, Monster offerings, and a Bluetooth water bottle: A day at CE Week

CarPlay, Monster offerings, and a Bluetooth water bottle: A day at CE Week

At the annual CE Week tech event in New York, Monster announced two public funding offerings, Pioneer showed its wireless CarPlay units, and a Sonos exec spoke about AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ExclusiveCoupon Deals: Save up to $400 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

Coupon Deals: Save up to $400 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing [u]

AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $400 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing OAC.

VideoHands-on: Walkie-Talkie app in watchOS 5 beta

Hands-on: Walkie-Talkie app in watchOS 5 beta

Demonstrated for the first time at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Walkie-Talkie is one of the biggest additions coming to watchOS 5 this year. AppleInsider goes hands on with the upcoming app in this video.

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Apple Pay 'fast lanes,' exclusive deals pop up at prominent summer festivals

Apple Pay 'fast lanes,' exclusive deals pop up at prominent summer festivals

In what appears to be a new marketing thrust, Apple Pay is being accepted at concession stand "fast lanes" operating at major concerts and festivals this summer, offering customers a quick and easy option to pay for food and drink.

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Apple wants to replace your car keys with an iPhone

Apple wants to replace your car keys with an iPhone

The Car Connectivity Consortium, which counts Apple among its charter members, on Wednesday announced the publication of new "digital key" standard that allows drivers to actuate vehicle systems like door locks and the engine via an NFC-enabled smartphone.

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Cupertino delays vote on employee tax for Apple, other local businesses until 2019

Cupertino delays vote on employee tax for Apple, other local businesses until 2019

The Cupertino city council has voted to delay a ballot measure seeking approval for an employee tax on some businesses in the city, particularly Apple.

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VideoWhat's new in macOS Mojave beta 2?

What's new in macOS Mojave beta 2?

In macOS Mojave's second beta, a few things have changed for the better including enhancements to the new system-wide Dark Mode and better optimization for smaller screens.

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Apple takes home Cannes Lions award for 'Today at Apple' retail events

Apple takes home Cannes Lions award for 'Today at Apple' retail events

Apple on Wednesday won the "Brand Experience and Activation" Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, a largely ad- and marketing-themed festival, for the "Today at Apple" program at its retail stores.

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Here's how Apple protects your privacy in Safari with Intelligent Tracking Protection 2.0

Here's how Apple protects your privacy in Safari with Intelligent Tracking Protection 2.0

Apple released a new Safari Tech Preview on Wednesday, and it includes the Intelligent Tracking Protection 2.0 that was promised at WWDC. AppleInsider looks at what Apple is doing to ensure your protection and privacy as you go about your business on the web.

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AirPlay 2 might still be a possibility for Apple's AirPort Express in iOS 12

AirPlay 2 might still be a possibility for Apple's AirPort Express in iOS 12

The second iOS 12 beta has gone beyond just spotting the AirPort Express in the Home app, adding more weight to speculation that the discontinued device will be an AirPlay 2 target in the future.

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VideoEverything new in tvOS 12 beta 2: Dolby Atmos arrives on Apple TV 4K

Everything new in tvOS 12 beta 2: Dolby Atmos arrives on Apple TV 4K

Apple TV 4K gets long-awaited support for Dolby Atmos surround sound in the second tvOS 12 beta release, but developers testing the feature will have an extremely limited selection of content to choose from.

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Today's best deals: Apple's 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $1,899 (lowest price ever); $799 Air; 13" MBP for $1,099

Today's best deals: Apple's 2017 15

New Apple deals are in — and shoppers can snap up the lowest price ever on Apple's current Mid 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with no tax collected outside NY. Other Mac models are also on sale this week, including the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple's Tim Cook drops to 96th place on list of CEOs most popular with workers

Apple's Tim Cook drops to 96th place on list of CEOs most popular with workers

Apple CEO Tim Cook has tumbled from 53rd to just 96th on Glassdoor's annual list of the 100 most popular CEOs as rated by their employees.

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Disney ups the stakes to $70B in bid for 21st Century Fox

Disney ups the stakes to $70B in bid for 21st Century Fox

The Walt Disney Company has agreed to raise its offer to buy assets from 21st Century Fox, in order to fend off an all-cash offer from Comcast in the high-stakes media bidding war.

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Apple retail head Ahrendts talks demise of retail, 'human business' at Cannes Lions

Apple retail head Ahrendts talks demise of retail, 'human business' at Cannes Lions

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts spoke at the ongoing Cannes Lions festival in France on Wednesday, interviewed by the company's own VP of marketing communications, Tor Myhren.

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Apple Pay debuts in Norway for Santander and Nordea customers

Apple Pay debuts in Norway for Santander and Nordea customers

A day after Apple Pay went live in Poland, Apple on Wednesday activated its mobile payments service in Norway with initial support from Santander Consumer Finance and Nordea.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

VideoEverything new in watchOS 5 beta 2: Walkie Talkie feature now active

Everything new in watchOS 5 beta 2: Walkie Talkie feature now active

The second watchOS 5 beta includes a few notable additions to the Apple Watch operating system, the most important being a functioning Walkie Talkie app.

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VideoEverything new in iOS 12 beta 2 for iPhone and iPad

Everything new in iOS 12 beta 2 for iPhone and iPad

Apple with the second beta release of iOS 12 further tuned its upcoming operating system with a number of system-wide tweaks and refinements. AppleInsider details everything new in our hands-on video.

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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 ones we know about so far, and a rolling series of updates. [Last updated June 20, 2018]

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Sprint, T-Mobile merger will generate 5G powerhouse, cut costs for users

Sprint, T-Mobile merger will generate 5G powerhouse, cut costs for users

T-Mobile and Sprint claim that the "New T-Mobile" will bring 5G faster to the American people, and a host of other benefits to consumers.

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Apple rolls out second developer betas for iOS 12, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 Mojave, watchOS 5

Apple rolls out second developer betas for iOS 12, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 Mojave, watchOS 5

Apple has released its second developer betas of three milestone operating system versions, with new builds of iOS 12, macOS 10.14 Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 now available for testing ahead of their expected release this fall.

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VideoEverything new in tvOS 12: Over 20 new features for Apple TV

Everything new in tvOS 12: Over 20 new features for Apple TV

During WWDC 2018, Apple devoted a bit of screentime to tvOS 12, but not nearly as much as the others. AppleInsider dives in and find over 20 new features and changes coming to the Apple TV.

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Starbucks bought 23,000 iPads for racial bias training day

Starbucks bought 23,000 iPads for racial bias training day

The coffee giant, which closed all of its stores for an afternoon last month, bought multiple iPads for each of its more than 8,000 U.S. stores, and will use the devices for future training.

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Cook celebrates campus expansion in Ireland, where Apple's team has doubled in size

Cook celebrates campus expansion in Ireland, where Apple's team has doubled in size

Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the company's European headquarters in Cork, Ireland on Tuesday, officially opening an campus expansion even as the country has been a source of legal and financial headaches.

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Adobe takes on iMovie with Project Rush, a powerful cross-device video editing app for creators

Adobe takes on iMovie with Project Rush, a powerful cross-device video editing app for creators

Adobe is making a play for social media influencers, online content creators (read YouTubers) and tech savvy consumers with a new cross-platform video production tool that bundles the firm's powerful video editing technology with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface.

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Premium 2018 'iPhone X Plus' expected to be just as popular as iPhone X

Premium 2018 'iPhone X Plus' expected to be just as popular as iPhone X

Yet another supply chain source has chimed in on the 2018 iPhone release lineup, with it claiming that based on component orders, the 6.5-inch OLED 'iPhone X Plus' expected in the fall will hold the lion's share of sales.

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Apple Pay debuts in Poland with support for 8 banks

Apple Pay debuts in Poland with support for 8 banks

As promised in May, Apple on Tuesday flipped the switch on Apple Pay in Poland with eight regional banks, introducing the digital payments standard to a market well accustomed to mobile payments.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Flaw in macOS 'Quick Look' could reveal encrypted data

Flaw in macOS 'Quick Look' could reveal encrypted data

Quick Look is a marquee feature Mac users rely on to easily preview files without opening a dedicated app, but the years-old tool could potentially reveal sensitive information on encrypted drives.

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