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Watch: Hands-on with the new iPad app dock in iOS 11
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With the newly revamped iPad app dock in iOS 11, Apple introduces a completely new interaction experience more in line with macOS. Check out the new UI, which supports in-the-dock app interactions and drag-and-drop gestures, in this AppleInsider video.

Apple set open applications for new "Lead" and "Schedule Planner" retail positions, report says
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Apple is reportedly adding two new jobs to its retail roster in the "Lead," an assistant manager type role, and "Schedule Planner" positions.

Verizon Wireless confirms it throttled Netflix streams as part of traffic optimization trial
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Verizon Wireless has been throttling video feeds from Netflix over the course of this week, with the carrier claiming it is part of a temporary trial of system to optimize traffic from video streaming services without impacting quality, though customer reports seem to suggest it is a bandwidth cap on Netflix content.

Attorney Rachel Krevans instrumental in Apple vs. Samsung iPhone patent battle dies at 60
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Rachel Krevans, former head of intellectual property for Morrison & Foerster and part of Apple's legal team during its infamous IP courtroom fight against Samsung, died on Wednesday at the age of 60 after losing a battle with cancer.

Deirdre O'Brien named as Apple's new 'Vice President of People' overseeing HR
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Apple today announced that Deirdre O'Brien, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been named the head of human resources -- a title the company is calling the "Vice President of People."

Apple lobbyist budget hits $2.2 million, beats record for second quarter in a row
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Apple's lobbyist budget in Washington D.C. has exploded during the Trump admininstration, with the company paying a record $2.2 million in the last quarter.

Lowest Prices Anywhere: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros as low as $1,499 ($300-$450 off); AirPods in stock for $159; Magic Keyboard for $69 ($30 off)
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While supplies last, shoppers can use our exclusive coupon combined with instant savings to save $300 to $450 on Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, plus no tax collected on orders outside NY and NJ. Apple AirPods are also back in stock with free 2-day shipping -- and the Magic Keyboard is now $69 with a $20 mail-in rebate.

Intel opens fire in solo FTC filing in support of Apple and calls Qualcomm 'abusive,' anti-competitive
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Supplementing Intel's presence in a trade group in a previous filing, the company has filed its own declaration with the FTC in support of Apple in its fight against Qualcomm's wireless technology licensing practices for the iPhone 7, and future devices.

'Shadow Warrior: Special Edition' for macOS, 'Yankai's Triangle' for iOS temporarily free
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Two games are being briefly made available to download for free on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, with the 2013 remake of 'Shadow Warrior' for macOS offered by Humble Bundle at no charge until July 22, while 'Yankai's Triangle' is the free 'App of the Week' in the App Store.

FTC examines claims of Amazon using inflated list prices before signing off on Whole Foods takeover
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In reviewing Amazon's proposed $13.7 billion takeover of Whole Foods, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly exploring a complaint that the company posts false list prices on its website, making its discounts seem better than they really are.

Mozilla upgrades Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, adds QR code reader and night-reading mode
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Mozilla has upgraded Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, with the latest edition of the mobile web browser altering the way it handles tabs, as well as introducing new features including a built-in QR code scanner and a Night Mode that makes Firefox more useful for late night browsing.

Microsoft revenues up on cloud & Office 365, slowed by phones & Surface
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Apple rival Microsoft's revenues were up 13 percent year-over-year to $23.3 billion in the June quarter, with profits of $6.5 billion -- driven largely by its cloud and Office businesses however, as some hardware efforts struggled.

Apple could provide Series 1 Apple Watch as replacement for original models requiring repairs
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Owners of the first-generation Apple Watch could find they will be offered a newer model as a replacement if they take their timepiece in for repairs, with Apple said to have advised its retail stores and Authorized Service Providers that they can use Series 1 Apple Watch parts with the original model.

AppleInsider Podcast talks 'iPhone 8' ship date, Qualcomm, and the future of the iPhone SE
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This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike W talk about "iPhone 8" rumors, including anticipated launch date, price, and you guessed it, TouchID. Also up, Qualcomm's latest salvo, and what will become of the iPhone SE.

LG to be exclusive supplier of L-shaped 'iPhone 9' batteries, report says
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Apple is months away from announcing an expected "iPhone 8" device, but rumors are already swirling about its successor, with one report claiming LG is to be the sole provider of batteries for the device.

Watch: Everything you need to know about the new App Store in iOS 11
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Apple completely revamped the App Store in iOS 11, adding a number of new features and under-the-hood enhancements, while at the same time streamlining the platform's user interface. AppleInsider goes over all the changes in this in-depth video.

Samsung expected to announce Galaxy Note 8 on Aug. 23
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Samsung on Thursday sent out invitations to a media event set to take place on Aug. 23, where the company is expected to unveil its anticipated Galaxy Note 8 phablet.

B&H's Back to School Sale: $299 9.7" iPads, plus MacBook Pros starting at $1,199 with free expedited shipping & no tax in 48 states
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Back to school shopping is in full swing and Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo is dropping prices on MacBook Pros with and without a Touch Bar, as well as discounting 2017 iPads to $299. Shoppers can save hundreds on closeout laptops or take advantage of discounts on Mid 2017 configurations -- all with no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Tech group backs Apple in Qualcomm's ITC complaint
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A lobbying group representing big tech industry players like Google and Intel sided with Apple in a filing delivered to the U.S. International Trade Commission, saying Qualcomm's bid to ban iPhone imports would hurt consumers.

State Farm sues Apple over house fire allegedly caused by 'defective' iPhone
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U.S. insurance giant State Farm on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging a "defective and unreasonably dangerous" iPhone 4S caused a house fire in Wisconsin in 2016.

Google's on-demand Play Music comes to Apple's CarPlay
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Subscribers to Google Play Music can now access the on-demand service via Apple's CarPlay, which bridges iPhone apps with in-dash interfaces in compatible vehicles.

'Full Throttle Remastered,' 'Layton's Mystery Journey' arrive on iPhone, iPad
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Two notable puzzle-oriented games have become available to download from the iOS App Store today, with 'Full Throttle Remastered' bringing a classic adventure game up to date, while 'Layton's Mystery Journey' lands on iPhone and iPad months before the Nintendo 3DS edition goes on sale.

Florida man to pay over $278K for insider trading connected to Apple's AuthenTec takeover
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A former AuthenTec worker has reached a $278,773 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, resolving insider trading charges following Apple's buyout of his employer.

Apple Clips for iPhone updated with more graphic options, Disney and Pixar characters
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Apple has updated its Clips app, adding an array of Disney characters to the video app, and new customizable text banners, overlays, and posters added for video clip presentations.

Apple Music host to exclusive live performance from Arcade Fire on July 27
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Apple has announced that it will be streaming a performance by Arcade Fire in support of "Everything Now" on July 27 -- and it will only be found on Apple Music.

YouTube TV grows, now services 15 markets and serves 48 channels to iPhone
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YouTube has expanded its live television service to 10 more markets, and boosted the number of available nationwide channels to 48 including BBC America, Syfy, plus assorted sports and news channels.

TSMC's 7nm process enhancement may keep Apple from using Samsung for 'A12' chip production
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Samsung may not return to making Apple's A-series processors in 2018 as once thought, with a new report claiming chip producer TSMC's 7-nanometer FinFET fabrication process could help the firm retain its status as sole processor supplier for the upcoming 'A12' chip.

Apple working with Chinese firm on car battery research - report
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Apple is secretly working with a Chinese firm on research and development of auto batteries, suggesting it may be interested in more than just software for self-driving cars, according to one report.

Blackberry joins Apple in gaining NSA approval for secure communications
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BlackBerry has received approval from the National Security Agency (NSA) to sell tools for securing phone calls and text messages to the United States government, with the former smartphone producer joining Apple on the list of companies endorsed for federal government use.

Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update protects against 'Broadpwn' Wi-Fi exploit
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The iOS 10.3.3 update Apple released on Wednesday reportedly closes a critical Wi-fi vulnerability, known as Broadpwn, that was patched for Android devices earlier this month.

Carrier billing for Apple services spreads to Denmark, Hong Kong, Sweden
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Apple has added three more countries to the list of markets where carrier billing is enabled, with users in Denmark, Hong Kong, and Sweden now able to pay for Apple Music, iTunes, and other Apple services through their phone bill for a number of carriers instead of using a credit or debit card.

Apple ranked as most profitable US company by far on newest Fortune 500 ranking
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Apple once again has claimed the top spot in global profits, according to Fortune's annual ranking of U.S. companies shaping the world.

Alleged chassis for Apple's 'iPhone 8' revives claims of rear-mounted Touch ID
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A leaked metal chassis, purportedly for this fall's "iPhone 8," may suggest that Apple is indeed planning to put a Touch ID sensor on the rear of the device -- though the part conflicts with other recent rumors.

Amazon 'Spark' feature in iPhone app tempts users to buy items through Instagram-style feed
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Amazon has launched a new social feature for Prime members using its iPhone app called Spark, encouraging customers to share photographs of their orders with other users and to tag items they are interested in acquiring, with the feature potentially helping the retailer sell more of the shared products.

Future AirPods might feature automated audio passthrough feature
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An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced in-ear headphone device that uses sensors and valves to seal out ambient noise in certain situations, while letting in and augmenting external sound in others.

Apple sends top executives to lobby Australian government over proposed encryption laws
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Apple has sent top privacy executives to Australia twice over the past month to discuss proposed cybersecurity laws that could compel technology companies to provide law enforcement agencies access to encrypted customer messages.

Intel reportedly disbands wearables division as it focuses on AR
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Intel has reportedly laid off the few employees working in its health wearables division, which includes fitness trackers and the Basis smartwatch, as the company refocuses on augmented reality.

Steve Jobs opera set to premier this week after two years of preparation
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Almost two years after the Santa Fe Opera commissioned "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," the narrative, music and rehearsals are complete and the production is set to open this Saturday as part of a limited six-show run.

Hulu lands nearly 3,000 new TV episodes in deal with 20th Century Fox
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Hulu has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox that will add nearly 3,000 episodes of the studio's popular shows to the streaming service, the company said on Wednesday.

Watch: Apple's new Files app for iOS 11
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Wondering how Apple's new Files app for iOS 11 works on iPad? AppleInsider takes an in-depth look at the upcoming file management system in this video.

Qualcomm sues Apple in Germany as quarterly profits suffer steep decline
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Qualcomm on Wednesday escalated its patent infringement fight against Apple with the filing of two separate German cases in Mannheim and Munich, where it seeks to block the import and sale of all iPhones.

Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg pitched Apple on new TV service
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DreamWorks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is shopping around an innovative mobile-first TV service, dubbed "New TV," to a number of technology and telecommunications firms including Apple, Google, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Snapchat and Spotify.

Apple & Balmain partner on special-edition Powerbeats3 & Beats Studio Wireless headphones
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Apple has joined with French fashion house Balmain on special editions of its Beats Studio Wireless and Powerbeats3 headphones, echoing marketing tactics adopted with some other Apple wearables, like the Apple Watch.

US House panel votes to adopt loose rules on testing of self-driving cars
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A panel of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has tentatively voted to move forward with a proposal that, if turned into law, would establish a relatively loose federal framework for testing self-driving cars, including Apple's "Project Titan."

Back in stock! Apple AirPods ready to ship with free 2-day shipping, grab them while you can
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After selling out numerous times, Verizon Wireless now has inventory of Apple AirPods with free 2-day shipping, beating Apple's 6-week wait.

'iPhone 8' will still ship in Sept., JP Morgan says, but Apple's supply will be tightly constrained
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Straying from the pack a bit, one analyst believes that the "iPhone 8" will ship before the end of September, but in profoundly limited quantities, but the largest measure of Apple's profits from the device will accrue throughout the calendar year.

Blowout Prices: 15" Radeon 460 MacBook Pro for $2,199 ($400 off) with no tax in 48 states, plus up to $1,200 off upgraded systems
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Readers this week can save hundreds on Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros equipped with Radeon 460 graphics thanks to instant rebates and our exclusive coupon code. Pick up the standard model for $2,199 with no tax outside NY and NJ -- or opt for the top of the line 2TB configuration and save $1,200.

Apple squashes bugs with releases of iOS 10.3.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, tvOS 10.2.2, watchOS 3.2.3 [u]
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Apple on Wednesday issued minor updates for all four of its major platforms, addressing bugs and patching potential security holes in iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. [Updated with iTunes 12.6.2 release]

Samsung brings Siri-competing Bixby assistant to US three months after Galaxy S8 launch
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Samsung on Wednesday announced that Bixby, its equivalent of Apple's Siri, is now available on U.S. versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ -- roughly three months after the phones first launched.

Roundup: The best cases and covers for Apple's 10.5" iPad Pro
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If you are one of the early adopters of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and want to keep Apple's flagship tablet as good as new for as long as possible, AppleInsider has rounded up a collection of cases and covers you can get right now for your new portable workplace.


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