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Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

Apple Music rumored to get hi-res audio to match Lightning connectors

There might be another reason why Apple might drop standard 3.5 mm headphone jacks from the next iPhones after all. According to a Japanese website, Apple is gearing up to deliver high resolution, or hi-res, audio over its Apple Music streaming service. But in order to successfully do so, it will need to convert that digital data to high quality signals, something that regular headphone connectors aren't capable of. Instead, the new feature will leverage Apple's new Lightning connection audio specification, which it has released to its accessory partners last year.

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Apple speaks out against UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill

Apple speaks out against UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill

Apple, and many privacy advocates, might be facing a losing battle against governments pushing for a backdoor to encrypted devices and Internet services. The UK might be on the verge of passing a proposed Investigatory Powers Bill into law, which would require even non-UK companies like Apple to hand over keys to its otherwise well-protected products, even if such keys do not technically exist. If matters do take that turn, Apple will be forced to completely disable encryption on iPhones and iPads, iMessage, and FaceTime, which could have severe and adverse implications in more ways than one.

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Now you can Facebook share iPhone 6s’ Live Photos

Now you can Facebook share iPhone 6s’ Live Photos

Live Photos shot on the iPhone 6s are getting a lot more social, with Facebook switching on support for the Harry Potter-esque moving images. Launched as a camera feature on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Live Photos combine a 12-megapixel still with roughly 1.5 seconds of video either side of it, but initially the sharing options were limited.

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Ericsson’s Apple suit ends in license deal

Ericsson’s Apple suit ends in license deal

Shares have risen significantly this morning after Ericsson announced that they'd signed a patent licensing deal with Apple. This comes after nearly a year of patent litigation that had Ericsson accusing patent infringement on Apple, originally threatening to file a collection of patent lawsuits and seek to block sales of Apple products in the United States. It does not appear that Ericsson's request for blocking sales in the US via the US International Trade Commission did not take hold - Apple's deal with the company ends mutual suits that'd been in play since January of this year.

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The top 10 mobile apps of 2015

The top 10 mobile apps of 2015

With the year drawing to a close, it's a good time to take a look back at what the most popular mobile apps were for the year. They're honestly not too surprising, and in a way, it's almost depressing. Why depressing? Because of the top 10 apps, there are only three different companies to be seen. Take a look below.

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Tim Cook talks about the future of Apple in 60 Minutes interview

Tim Cook talks about the future of Apple in 60 Minutes interview

This weekend's episode 60 Minutes on CBS featured a detailed look at Apple, with in-depth interviews with Angela Ahrendts, Apple's head of retail, design head Jony Ive, and even CEO Tim Cook. Host Charlie Rose covered an incredible range of topics, from Apple's design and retail practices, the issues of encryption and terrorism, to even the construction of the company's new "spaceship-shaped" campus.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens wallpapers for your iPhone 6s and Galaxy S6

Star Wars: The Force Awakens wallpapers for your iPhone 6s and Galaxy S6

In preparation for - or perhaps in celebration of - your first visit to the theater for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, today we've got a batch of wallpapers for your phone. These wallpapers work for basically any phone you might have, but we've called out a couple of the most popular in the world right this minute to make certain we're up to speed with sizes. Chances are you've got an iPhone 6s (or smaller) or a Samsung Galaxy S6 (or smaller) - have a peek!

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Apple Pay will launch in China early next year

Apple Pay will launch in China early next year

Apple Pay will arrive in China early next year, Apple has announced. The service will work with fifteen of the nation’s top banks and UnionPay. This follows a report form late last month claiming the service would launch in China soon. Once it launches, Apple users in China will be able to make payments by holding their iPhone or other Apple device near one of UnionPay’s QuickPass POS terminals.

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Facebook Events on iOS adds browsing by category

Facebook Events on iOS adds browsing by category

Facebook has turned its attention to Events, the part of the service you’re likely familiar with but never too happy about. Events works well enough, but has its downsides — a bunch of unwanted notifications being among them — that have gone mostly untouched. Things are changing for iOS users, though; Facebook has announced an update that makes it easier to find events in certain cities using search.

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Apple names new COO as Schiller takes App Store crown

Apple names new COO as Schiller takes App Store crown

The role previously held by Tim Cook has remained vacant since he became CEO in 2011. That role of COO, Chief Operating Officer, has been filled this week by Jeff Williams. This fellow has been part of Apple since the year 1998 and has been responsible for quite a few different projects, like supervising development of ResearchKit and the Apple Watch as well as overseeing the Apple service and support network and Apple's supply chain. Williams is now one of four "C" level executives at Apple.

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First iPhone hacker built a self-driving car with Linux

First iPhone hacker built a self-driving car with Linux

Wait, what? You might be asking yourself what inspired a hacker by the name of George Hotz to build his own self-driving car. That's what we wanted to know, too. It would seem that Hotz decided to kick out a self-driving car using a 2016 Acura ILX in "about a month." He's using Ubuntu Linux as his operating system and has an absurdly massive 21.5-inch display sitting in the middle. A flight navigator joystick rests between the front two seats which, when triggered, engages a fully operational self-driving vehicle system.

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Apple Pay lands 66 more bank and store cards

Apple Pay lands 66 more bank and store cards

The number of banks and retailers that are working with Apple Pay continues to grow with Apple announcing that Apple Pay has landed 66 more banks. Apple has also finally launched support for BJ's Wholesale Club store cards. BJ's was one of the card partners announced at WWDC in June. The card partners announced at WWDC have been very slow to send Apple Pay support live.

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