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Samsung‘s Bixby-powered HomePod competitor to debut in first half of 2018, report says

According to a report on Thursday, Samsung‘s smart home speaker is expected to debut in the first half of 2018 with support for the firm‘s Bixby virtual assistant, setting the device up for direct competition with Apple‘s delayed HomePod.

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Take a movie theater bathroom break at the perfect time with RunPee app for iPhone

This weekend‘s highly anticipated release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi clocks in with an epic-length runtime of 2 hours and 32 minutes. That‘s a lot of Star Wars action for your eyeballs, but can your bladder handle it? If not, the iPhone app RunPee is here to help.

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Apple SVP Eddy Cue to participate in Q&A session at Pollstar Live! conference in February

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue will be making the rounds early next year when he takes part in a live QA session at Pollstar Live! 2018, an annual conference serving concert industry professionals.

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Which iMac Pro configuration is right for you?

If you‘ve got questions about which iMac Pro to get, AppleInsider has answers in a video breaking down the specs of the machine -- and how much it‘s going to cost you.

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Apple details iMac Pro‘s T2 chip, which handles secure boot, system management, ISP, more

Though it flew largely under the radar, Apple introduced a new custom T2 chip in iMac Pro that combines a number of system controllers into a single secure package. The company detailed what, exactly, the silicon does in an update to its iMac Pro product webpage on Thursday.

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Pandora opens up on-demand music to free & Plus subscribers

Pandora is gradually rolling out on-demand music to listeners without a Premium subscription, putting it more direct competition with Spotify, and offering at least one advantage over Apple Music.

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Apple launches podcast analytics service as iTunes Connect beta

Apple made good on promises to launch an iTunes podcast analytics service on Thursday with a new iTunes Connect beta feature dedicated to tracking granular listener data, though the service is limited to iOS 11 devices.

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Video: Which iMac Pro model is right for you?

If you‘ve got questions about which iMac Pro to get, AppleInsider has answers in a video breaking down the specs of the machine -- and how much it‘s going to cost you.

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Apple ships first self-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable in wake of iMac Pro launch

Apple began selling its first-ever self-branded Thunderbolt 3 cable on Thursday, timed alongside the introduction of the iMac Pro, which has four Thunderbolt/USB-C ports for monitors, external storage, and other add-ons.

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Killer Deals: Apple‘s high-end 15" MacBook Pro for 1,999 w/ free Office 365; 1,000 off loaded 15"; 500 off USB-C monitor + no tax outside NY & NJ

While supplies last, save up to 1,000 on 15 MacBook Pros (Late 2016). Pick up a high-end 2.7GHz config with 512GB of storage and Radeon 555 graphics for 1,999 with a free year of Office 365 Personal. Or opt for the loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model for 2,499, a deal we haven‘t seen since Cyber Monday. Plus, expedited shipping is free with no sales tax on orders outside NY and NJ.

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Killer Deals: Apple‘s high-end 15" MacBook Pro for 1,999 w/ free Office 365; 1,000 off loaded model; 500 off 34" USB-C monitor; plus no tax outside NY & NJ

While supplies last, save up to 1,000 on 15 MacBook Pros (Late 2016). Pick up a high-end 2.7GHz config with 512GB of storage and Radeon 555 graphics for 1,999 with a free year of Office 365 Personal. Or opt for the loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model for 2,499, a deal we haven‘t seen since Cyber Monday. Plus, expedited shipping is free with no sales tax on orders outside NY and NJ.

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Killer Deals: Apple‘s high-end 15" MacBook Pro for 1,999 with free Office 365; 1,000 off loaded model; Samsung 34" USB-C Monitor 599 + no tax outside NY & NJ

While supplies last, save up to 1,000 on 15 MacBook Pros (Late 2016). Pick up a high-end 2.7GHz config with 512GB of storage and Radeon 555 graphics for 1,999 with a free year of Office 365 Personal. Or opt for the loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model for 2,499, a deal we haven‘t seen since Cyber Monday. Plus, expedited shipping is free with no sales tax on orders outside NY and NJ.

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Apple seeds first public betas of iOS 11.2.5 & tvOS 11.2.5

Apple on Thursday issued the first public betas for two of its next planned point releases, iOS 11.2.5 and tvOS 11.2.5.

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Tim Cook writes opinion piece with Charles Koch urging Congress to protect ‘Dreamers‘

Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing to campaign on behalf of ‘Dreamers,‘ participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, by writing an opinion piece with Koch Industries chairman and chief executive Charles Koch demanding action from Congress over the issue.

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Amazon spokeswoman confirms Apple TV 4K being processed for return to sale

The Apple TV 4K and Chromecast appear to be on their way back to Amazon sales listings after a two-year absence, according to a spokeswoman for the commerce giant.

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FCC votes to undo net neutrality protections despite public protests

As predicted, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 along party lines to rescind net neutrality protections instituted under the Obama administration, potentially radically reshaping the nature of the U.S. internet.

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AppleCare+ price for iMac Pro remains unchanged at 169 despite new machine‘s cost

Apple is making the decision for customers acquiring the iMac Pro to pick up AppleCare+ with their purchase easier, by keeping the price of the extended warranty service the same as for the iMac despite the increase in hardware cost.

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Apple posts brief iPhone X Apple Pay tutorial video on YouTube

Apple has added to its suite of instructional videos, with a new one discussing how to use Apple Pay for transactions at the point of sale.

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Disney paves way for streaming Netflix competitor, entertainment behemoth with 52.4B purchase of 21st Century Fox

The Walt Disney Co., the major media conglomerate that has previously worked closely with Apple, has confirmed plans to acquire 21st Century Fox, with the 52.4 billion purchase of the entertainment rival likely to have major repercussions for the rest of the media industry.

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Logic Pro X updated to take advantage of high core counts in the iMac Pro, future Mac Pro

Apple on Thursday issued an update to Logic Pro X, the firm‘s digital audio production tool, optimizing the performance of the software when used with the iMac Pro, as well as addressing an issue in High Sierra that prevented some users from working on their projects.

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Apple Pay promotion launched, granting 5 iTunes gift card for some online shoppers

To celebrate the holiday season, and boost Apple Pay adoption, Apple has launched a promotion with select vendors that will award online purchasers that use the payment service a 5 App Store and iTunes gift card.

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Protests mount online and offline over impending FCC Net Neutrality vote

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a possible repeal of net neutrality rules later today, but as the decision-making time draws closer, Internet users continue to fight the proposals of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, taking to Twitter and protesting outside government buildings to pass the message and attempt to influence the result.

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‘Intentional‘ event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

Internet traffic coming into and out of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other companies was briefly redirected through a Russian provider on Wednesday, in what appears to have been a deliberate move.

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Pro Video Formats macOS extension updated for new Final Cut Pro X support

Alongside the update to Final Cut Pro X, Apple has also made available a new version of the Pro Video Formats extension, with extension of MXF to not just QuickTime Player but other supported macOS applications, plus wider AVC-Intra support.

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