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iOS 9.3 will show how much data Wi-Fi Assist consumed

iOS 9.3 will show how much data Wi-Fi Assist consumed

Not all changes that new software versions bring are always welcome with open arms. It isn't uncommon for one or two or even more new features, or the removal of such, while strike a nerve. In the case of Apple's iOS 9, that is probably the contentious Wi-Fi Assist. Supposedly designed to make surfing the Web a more fluid and painless experience, it has actually caused more pain for users unaware of the feature and the data charges that it brings. Apple isn't disable the feature in iOS 9.3 beta 1, but it will let you keep an eye on it at least.

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Apple’s automated iAd change might be coming really soon now

Apple’s automated iAd change might be coming really soon now

Whispers have already been heard as early as 2014. Some insiders are even wondering why it took Apple this long. But the it seems that Cupertino has finally called it quits and will be ceasing its advertisement selling business. While the iAd brand will remain, it will be transformed into a more automated advertisement platform rather than one where Apple has full and tight control over. This change will be the strongest evidence of how it failed to make a change, or even a dent, in the ad business.

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iPhone 6s’ AnTuTu debut blows competition out of the water

iPhone 6s’ AnTuTu debut blows competition out of the water

For a long time, smartphone benchmarks were the domain of Android devices, as many of the tools, like the ever so popular AnTuTu, just weren't available for Apple's iOS platform. With AnTuTu's latest version, however, it has finally bridged the platform gap. So now we can see a fuller version of AnTuTu's view of the smartphone world from the perspective of benchmark performance. For the first time, Apple's iPhones have appeared in the chart and immediately, Apple's latest and greatest is already trumping all the rest with its near 133,000 score.

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Apple to blame for leaky incognito mode on Macs, says NVIDIA

Apple to blame for leaky incognito mode on Macs, says NVIDIA

Mac users, beware! Your super private incognito mode, or actually anything you might be doing that you don't want other eyes to see, might not be that safe after all. At least if those eyes belong to other people you allow to use your Mac. A report over the weekend revealed how Apple's computers sometimes suddenly pops up a "ghost" of a previously closed window, potentially revealing its contents. At first, it was NVIDIA's GPUs were theorized to be the culprit, as it is the one handling the graphics work. NVIDIA, however, says it's Apple's OS X that's at fault.

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Apple might lose its encryption battle in New York

Apple might lose its encryption battle in New York

While Apple is still fighting any nationwide attempt to have backdoors installed in otherwise secure devices and Internet services, it might already be losing ground just in New York state alone. The state assembly has proposed a bill that, if approved and enacted, would force smartphone manufacturers and operating system provider, like Apple in both cases, to unlock and decrypted devices or risk being fined a hefty $2,500 per related device. This would, in turn, force Apple to weaken its encryption system and maybe even turn it off all together.

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Will better speakers redeem iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack?

Will better speakers redeem iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack?

Depending on who you speak to, the idea of an iPhone 7 without a headphone jack is either a travesty or the logical next step for Apple. Cupertino lips are still sealed as to whether the upcoming iOS flagship will indeed do away with the familiar 3.5mm socket - and throw a huge accessory market into disarray in the process - but a newly-spotted patent could detail some of the payoff.

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VLC finally arrives on Apple TV

VLC finally arrives on Apple TV

In September, VideoLAN announced the media player VLC would be arriving for Apple TV in the future. Though it has taken a few months of waiting, VLC for Apple TV is now officially available through the App Store. With it, users are able to access and watch their media files in whatever format they exist, sidestepping the cumbersome conversion process. VideoLAN promises users have access to “every feature and format support” VLC offers on other platforms.

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Elon Musk: it’s “obvious” Apple is making a car

Elon Musk: it’s “obvious” Apple is making a car

Tesla’s Elon Musk has said it is “obvious” Apple is making a car of its own, something that has been rumored for many months and seemingly confirmed through numerous related hires. Musk made the comment during an interview with the BBC in Los Angeles recently, saying, “It’s pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it.” Musk isn't worried about the competition, however.

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Apple Music has 10m paid users claim insiders

Apple Music has 10m paid users claim insiders

Apple Music has reportedly hit ten million paying subscribers, with the on-demand streaming service closing the distance between it and Spotify. Although the numbers have not been officially blessed by the Cupertino firm, sources speaking to the FT say that Apple passed the 10m mark just six months after the launch of Apple Music.

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Apple acquires Emotient for AI emotion detection

Apple acquires Emotient for AI emotion detection

This morning it became apparent that Apple had acquired Emotient, an artificial intelligence startup. This startup works with emotion KPIs, meaning they're in the business of watching your face and body to decide how you feel. With that information, Emotient aims to detect attention, engagement, and sentiment. Implications from their public presentation of business suggests that they've been aiming their business at advertisers - as well as other odd product creators on mobile platforms.

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