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Google buys HTC smartphone team for 1.1B [u]

After HTC announced a coming halt to trading on the Taiwan Stock Exchange pending material information that could impact the stock‘s value, a move that sparked speculation of a takeover, Google on Wednesday confirmed plans to buy the firm‘s mobile division team for 1.1 billion.

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Qualcomm loses two key rulings in its patent royalty fight with Apple

Qualcomm got two bits of bad news today in its squabble with Apple. First, it has failed to force Apple‘s manufacturing partners to make royalty payments prior to a determination of what the total disputed royalties should be, and second it lost an effort to stop Apple from pursing antitrust cases against it in other countries.

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Google buys HTC smartphone team, IP for 1B

After HTC announced a coming halt to trading on the Taiwan Stock Exchange pending material information that could impact the stock‘s value, a move that sparked speculation of a takeover, Google on Wednesday confirmed plans to buy the firm‘s mobile division team for some 1 billion.

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Apple highlights revamped iOS 11 App Store in new ads

Apple launched a redesigned App Store with the launch of iOS 11 on Tuesday, bringing with it a revamped card-based user interface with bold graphics, a new set of spotlight categories, an emphasis on content curation and more.

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Watch: watchOS 4 restricts browsing of connected iPhone music library

With the release of watchOS 4, Apple no longer allows users to browse their iPhone‘s music library, restricting song list viewing to tunes stored on device.

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Apple throws iTunes spotlight on 4K HDR movies ahead of Apple TV 4K release

Ahead of Friday‘s public release of Apple TV 4K, Apple on Wednesday posted a dedicated iTunes Store section to available 4K HDR movies, content that highlights the new set-top streamer‘s high-definition capabilities.

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Nest unveils Hello doorbell, Cam IQ Outdoor & Secure home security system

Alphabet‘s Nest on Wednesday revealed an assortment of smarthome accessories, including the Hello doorbell, an outdoor version of the Cam IQ, and a complete security system called the Secure.

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Inside iOS 11: Quick screen recording comes to Control Center

A potentially handy feature discovered in Apple‘s iOS 11 is native screen recording support, invoked through a command in the overhauled Control Center interface.

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Bluetooth & Wi-Fi can‘t be fully disabled via iOS 11 Control Center, Apple says

Contrary to intuition, toggling off Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi in the iOS 11 Control Center won‘t completely disable those radios, according to a new Apple support document.

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Giveaway: Enter to win a case for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X

Casetify is partnering with AppleInsider this week to offer readers the chance to win a smartphone case valued at up to 45. Fifteen winners will be drawn -- and each winner can select from a variety of Casetify cases, including covers for the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.

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Delays in Intel Cannon Lake processor rumored again, may impact 32GB MacBook Pro plans

Supply chain sources suggest that the Intel Cannon Lake processor needed to drive 32GB of RAM in a MacBook Pro without the need of a dedicated memory controller has slipped to the end of 2018, likely pushing any MacBook Pro with the configuration that far away as well.

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Inside iOS 11: AirPlay 2 on existing speakers requires firmware update, support for Apple‘s AirPort Express unknown

The upcoming launch of AirPlay 2 comes with a caveat: Old hardware will need a firmware update, at the very least, to work with the new protocol. With Apple said to have ceased development on its router products, it‘s possible that AirPort Express owners using AirPlay could be left in the dust.

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Messages in iCloud not implemented at present, coming in a future update to iOS 11

A feature touted for iOS 11 at the 2017 WWDC was Messages in iCloud -- but it was removed during the beta process, and will return at some undisclosed point in the future.

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Toshiba picks Bain consortium as winner for its memory unit, likely backed by Apple

Toshiba on Wednesday announced an 18 billion agreement to sell its memory chip business to a group of companies led by U.S. equity firm Bain Capital, one prominent backer likely being Apple.

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Tim Cook issues strongest language yet regarding DACA, supporting DREAMers

Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated his stance against DACA‘s elimination in what is possibly his most candid and firmest stance on the matter since he first spoke on the matter.

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Deals: 64GB Apple TV for 169 (30 off); 27" iMac 5K for 1,599 (200 off); 13" Touch Bar with 16GB RAM for 1,899 (100 off); 100 off Airs

Midweek deals are in effect now with cash discounts on 2017 Macs and 4th generation Apple TVs. Pick up a 27 iMac 5K for 1,599 (200 off) or an upgraded 13 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for 1,899 (100 off). Apple‘s latest 13 MacBook Air is also 100 off and 64GB Apple TVs are 169.95 -- all with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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Apple admits to LTE connection issues with Apple Watch Series 3 review units, says fix coming

Apple has acknowledged early problems with cellular connectivity on the Apple Watch Series 3, indicating it will try to patch them in a future software release.

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Apple‘s AirPlay 2 not currently functional in iOS 11 devices connected to tvOS 11

Apple‘s AirPlay 2 discussion at the 2017 WWDC promised streaming support to multiple targets from an iPhone or iPad -- but initial testing seems to suggest that the feature is not currently enabled in iOS 11, tvOS 11 or both.

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Early Apple Watch Series 3 reviews skew friendly, but with concerns about cost & glitches

Some of the first reviews of the LTE-equipped Apple Watch Series 3 emerged on Wednesday, giving the wearable praise in many respects, but also raising issues around limitations and early bugs.

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Apollo Cloud 2 Duo first NAS hard drive array to support Apple‘s iOS 11 Files apps on iPad, iPhone

Promise Technology has announced that its Apollo Cloud 2 Duo network attached storage device has received a software update to allow it to appear in the iOS 11 Files application for seamless transfer of files to and from the device from both the Mac and an iPhone or iPad.

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Inside iOS 11: Files app brings some user control of documents stored on an iPad or iPhone

Apple‘s iOS 11 brings along with it a new Files app, allowing iPhone, iPad, and Mac users the ability to seamlessly share working documents across iCloud, as well as integrate other online storage services with compatible applications.

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Editorial: Who will buy iPhone 8?

A variety of early reviews for Apple‘s new iPhone 8 8 Plus sought to dismiss the latest models as already obsolete in the face of the upcoming iPhone X. Many of their concerns focus on the idea that buyers really want an all-new design. They‘re wrong, here‘s why.

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Photos show nearly completed Apple retail outlet in Austin

Apple appears to be nearing completion of a soon-to-be-relocated mall outlet in Austin, Tex., that looks to feature exterior -- and likely interior -- design elements consistent with the company‘s Apple store 2.0 aesthetic.

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Apple‘s Lisa Jackson criticizes Trump EPA for lack of transparency

Apple VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson in an interview on Tuesday said the Environmental Protection Agency, which she led from 2009 to 2013, is under threat from President Donald Trump‘s administration for its seeming lack of transparency.

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