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Apple App Store now offers pre-orders, launch notifications

Apple App Store now offers pre-orders, launch notifications

Apple exercises a firm and strict hold on anything and everything that gets into its App Store, and for good reason. Not only does it ensure the quality of the app selection, it also ensures the integrity of Apple’s name. In the past, it only allowed for apps that are already available and not those yet to come. That changed with Super Mario Run last year which, for the first time, was offered as a pre-order. Now Apple is opening the doors to all app developers and users at large, allowing users to sign up, get notified, and get charged when an app finally launches.

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Apple Shazam acquisition just confirmed: A match made in Music

Apple Shazam acquisition just confirmed: A match made in Music

This morning Apple and Shazam announced that the former would acquire the latter in a deal that'll combine the two companies. This acquisition will connect users to a library of content identified by audio clips. Much like the Google Pixel ability to identify a number of songs, Shazam is an app that allows users to do the same with audio, movies, TV shows, and commercials as well - and AR too!

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Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road

Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road

Just a few months ago, Apple was believed to have given up hopes, albeit temporarily, of making its own autonomous vehicle. Of course, the company has neither confirmed nor denied it was even working on one, but it seems it never really took that off the table in the first place. At a machine learning conference called NIPS, Apple director of AI research Ruslan Salakhutdinov revealed some of the projects Apple has going internally. Curiously, almost all of them can be connected to systems needed for a self-driving car.

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Apple Park complete, Jony Ive retakes direct design control

Apple Park complete, Jony Ive retakes direct design control

Jony Ive, Apple's legendary designer, is reclaiming direct management of the Cupertino firm's product design teams. The decision comes after Ive stepped back from direct control over Apple's various designers in order to focus on a somewhat larger project, the "spaceship" Apple Park campus.

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Apple may acquire Shazam and announce it on Monday

Apple may acquire Shazam and announce it on Monday

Apple is acquiring the music identification app Shazam and will be officially announcing it on Monday, according to sources. The deal isn't quite finalized, per a new report detailing the alleged business matter, but reportedly will be any time now followed by an official statement next week. The deal is rumored to have a nine-figure purchase amount attached, but that is speculation at this point.

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Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple has begun warning templated apps that they face removal from the App Store, taking an unexpectedly hard line on what has traditionally been one of the easiest ways to release iPhone software. Although Apple has released various tools intended to make creating software for iOS devices more straightforward, for many the process is still too complex or time-consuming.

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2018’s new iPhone X battery may finally fix complaints

2018’s new iPhone X battery may finally fix complaints

2018's iPhone line-up will squeeze more battery into the same form-factor, it's reported, leading to longer-lasting phones. The improvements will be based on a combination of broader adoption of Apple's newest battery structure layout as seen in the iPhone X, and on new battery technology that will pack more mAh into each pack.

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iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 has been out in the wild now for a month so you’d expect most of the critical bugs and issues to have surfaced by now. Well, most of them have but that does still leave room for some undiscovered problem. Unfortunately, that was indeed the somewhat frightening case that HomeKit users with smart locks may have been blissfully unaware of. It turns out that iOS 11.2 brought with it a vulnerability that allowed unauthorized persons to unlock doors and garages remotely via Apple’ smart home platform.

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SiriusXM Radio app launches for Apple TV

SiriusXM Radio app launches for Apple TV

The satellite audio service SiriusXM Radio is now available on the 4th-generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K. Access is facilitated through the SiriusXM app, though you need to have a Sirius subscription, of course. The service offers more than 200 hours of audio channels, including news, talk, comedy, music, sports, and more. The service, as with other for-pay audio subscriptions, is commercial-free.

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iPhone X vs Honor V10: Graphic Copycat Syndrome in 6 parts

iPhone X vs Honor V10: Graphic Copycat Syndrome in 6 parts

Today we're having a brief look at a series of images which capture the essence of the iPhone X and the Honor V10. More specifically, these images show the extreme similarities between the public presentations of both devices. The iPhone X was revealed by Apple back in September of 2017, and the Honor V10 was revealed by Huawei at the tail end of November 2019 for China, then again at a separate event in London on December 5th. NOTE: This is not a comparison of specs or performance. This is a comparison of how Apple and Huawei have chosen to represent their phones.

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Apple’s smart glasses may have found their missing key

Apple’s smart glasses may have found their missing key

Mass-production of digital lenses for augmented reality glasses has reignited rumors of Apple's smart glasses plans, with the company believed to be aiming for a 2019 or 2020 launch. Transparent display specialist Lumus has been showing its lenses for some years now, including integrating them into glasses-style wearables that can overlay digital information onto a view of the real world.

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iTunes top apps, movies, and music for 2017

iTunes top apps, movies, and music for 2017

We're closing in on the end of the year, and that can only mean one thing: year-in-review retrospectives of every variety. Today Apple is the company looking back on 2017, revealing the most popular apps, movies, music, and books throughout the year. Though there may not be many surprises when it comes to the most popular downloads of 2017, it's always interesting to see if any newcomers managed to make their presence known.

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