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AppleInsider podcast talks HomePod, AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and new AirPods

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about Neil‘s Siri experience on HomePod, iOS betas that formerly had AirPlay 2, and HomeKit baby cameras.

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Director Steven Soderbergh‘s shot-on-iPhone ‘Unsane‘ feature premieres at Berlin film festival

Acclaimed Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh spoke to the press at the premiere of his latest feature film, Unsane, at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday, expounding on the benefits of using an iPhone to shoot the psychological thriller.

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Apple‘s AirPower mat inches closer to release, again said to arrive in March

Following up on rumors earlier this month, Japanese publication Mac Otakara has confirmed with its own sources that Apple plans to initiate sales of its hotly anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat in March.

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Intel failed to disclose Meltdown and Spectre to government until flaws made public, Apple and others confirm

Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Intel in letters to lawmakers on Thursday revealed a bit of background information concerning the recent airing of Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities, saying Intel notified U.S. cyber security officials of the flaws only after their existence was made public.

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Apple repair facility in California made about 1,600 false alarm 911 calls since October

Emergency dispatch centers in Elk Grove and Sacramento, Calif., have over the past four months seen an increasing number of false alarm calls originate from an Apple facility in the area, with workers there fielding about 20 such calls per day.

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Latest Apple Pay & Instacart tie-up offers free delivery through Feb. 28

Apple has once again partnered with Instacart to promote Apple Pay, enabling free delivery for people who order groceries through Instacart‘s iPhone and iPad app.

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Apple‘s Irish tax bill close to finalization, "in the ballpark" of 16 billion

The head of Ireland‘s Revenue Commission has advised the calculations of Apple‘s unpaid tax bill are almost complete, with the final total the iPhone producer will be expected to pay the government thought to be around 13 billion euro (16 billion), close to initial estimates for the European Commission-mandated payment.

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Informal testing finds Apple Maps arrival times are ‘intentionally conservative‘ to provide a good user experience

A months-long, quasi-scientific test of the three leading car navigation apps -- Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze -- found that Apple‘s software regularly overestimates trip times, which may help drivers arrive on time or even early.

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Apple raises screenshot limit for App Store listings to 10 images

Apple has made it easier for developers to show off their app in App Store listings for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, by increasing the maximum number of screenshots that can be included in a product page to 10 images per device.

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Apple hires video production veteran Carol Trussell away from Gaumont Television

Apple has hired Gaumont Television executive Carol Trussell as the head of production for Apple‘s nascent video effort.

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Apple‘s iPhone outpaces overall smartphone market, Gartner finds

New data from market analyst firm Gartner saw Apple‘s holiday percent of sales slightly drop to 17.9 percent, with Samsung holding a slight edge at 18.2 percent in a contracting market fighting a consumer base reluctant to upgrade.

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Video: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max

Apple‘s HomePod and Google‘s Home Max are both vying for the high end of the audio market. But which one is worth your hard earned cash? AppleInsider put these premium speakers to the test to tell you which one wins out.

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Apple Pay used by estimated 127M users globally, but analyst claims only 16 percent of iPhones used for payments

Apple Pay is continuing to grow year-on-year, according to research by Loup Ventures, but while the adoption rate for Apple Pay by its users has reportedly jumped, it is claimed the mobile payments service is still being used by a relatively small proportion of iPhone users.

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FCC net neutrality protections to expire on Apr. 23 without intervention

The Title II protections that currently enforce net neutrality among U.S. internet service providers will disappear on Apr. 23, unless another party is able to intervene.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Pros from 1,199 (100-300 off); 120-150 off 27" iMac 5Ks; CPO iPhones & iPads as low as 99

New discounts have gone into effect today on a variety of Apple devices, from 100 to 300 off current 13 MacBook Pros to upgraded 27 iMac 5Ks from 1,859 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Gazelle also just issued price drops on CPO iPhones, iPads and Macs with prices starting at 99.

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Apple releases photos of first retail outlet in Austria ahead of Feb. 24 opening

In preparation for the opening of its first Apple store in Austria on Saturday, Feb. 24, Apple has released new photographs of both the outside and the inside of its latest retail location, showing customers in Vienna what to expect when they visit the new outlet.

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Apple said to be upgrading AirPods with ‘Hey Siri‘ & better water resistance

Apple is reportedly planning to treat AirPods like its flagship devices, releasing relatively frequent iterations -- beginning with an update this year.

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Apple‘s latest iPhone X ad touts development of Portrait Lighting

Apple in a new iPhone X commercial posted to its YouTube channel on Wednesday provides a closer look at the handset‘s Portrait Lighting feature, showing how powerful image processing software is used to create studio quality photos without a studio.

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Lowest Prices Anywhere: 900 off loaded 15" MacBook Pros; premium 10.5" iPad Pros from 699; 500-1,000 off iMac Pros

More exclusives have just arrived! In addition to deals on iMacs and iPads, BH is now knocking 900 off two Late 2016 15 MacBook Pros with an abundance of upgrades, including faster processors, extra storage and better graphics. Prices for the premium models start at just 1,899 with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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Apple accounts for new ARKit 1.5 features in updated developer resources

Apple this week updated its Human Interface Guidelines for iOS with new entries covering augmented reality experiences, making adjustments and additions to best practices used by developers creating apps with ARKit 1.5.

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Smart speaker satisfaction at 89 percent, HomePod adoption hits 3 percent, survey finds

A new survey from Gene Munster‘s Loup Ventures found 89 percent of smart speaker owners are satisfied with their device, but despite coming packed with virtual assistant technology, most use the to play music or check the weather.

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Apple Music official digital music partner for 2018 BRIT Awards

Apple in a tweet on Wednesday announced its role as the official digital music partner of the 2018 BRIT Awards, and took advantage of the position with special ads, Apple Music playlists, interviews and more.

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T-Mobile plans 200-plus discount on Apple‘s iPhone X starting Feb. 23

Looking to snag a key demographic, T-Mobile is offering U.S. customers a discount of over 200 on an iPhone X, starting this Friday.

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Snapchat response to user revolt over iPhone app redesign advises of new features, no rollback to earlier version

Snapchat has responded to calls from users demanding a rollback of an update to the image sharing app, though while the firm acknowledges the high number of complaints, it advises it will not be reversing its design changes, but instead will make it easier for people to use.

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