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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Google follows Apple's lead, boots Fortnite from Play Store [u: sued]

Google follows Apple's lead, boots Fortnite from Play Store [u: sued]

Google on Thursday followed Apple's lead to pull Fortnite from the Play Store, a decision made after developer Epic Games updated the title to skirt app store fees with the implementation of direct in-app payments.

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Apps built with Apple-Google Exposure Notification API adopted by three US states

Apps built with Apple-Google Exposure Notification API adopted by three US states

Three U.S. states — North Dakota, Wyoming and Alabama — this week rolled out or announced the imminent rollout of coronavirus contact tracing apps built using Apple and Google's Exposure Notification API.

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Spotify supports Epic Games' private antitrust action against Apple

Spotify supports Epic Games' private antitrust action against Apple

Music streaming service Spotify on Thursday threw support behind Epic Games after the Fortnite developer leveled a lawsuit against Apple over allegedly monopolistic App Store regulations.

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Publishers call new Apple News+ redirect feature a 'shady' move

Publishers call new Apple News+ redirect feature a 'shady' move

Publishers on Apple News are not happy about a small but significant change to the way Safari treats publication links.

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ExclusiveDeals: up to $200 off every 2020 13" MacBook Pro, plus $60 off AppleCare, 5% back

Deals: up to $200 off every 2020 13

AppleInsider readers this week can save $75 to $200 on every 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama with exclusive coupon discounts. Plus, save $60 on AppleCare and get an additional 5% back with the new Edge Credit Card. Total savings can reach upward of $440 off the latest systems bundled with AC and the Edge financing promotion.

Apple to issue $5.5B bond sale amid tech industry borrowing boom

Apple to issue $5.5B bond sale amid tech industry borrowing boom

Apple plans to sell $5.5 billion in bonds amid a broader debt-issuing boom among technology giants, marking the second time in 2020 that it has done so.

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Deals: Apple Watch $169, lifetime Rosetta Stone bundle drops to $199

Deals: Apple Watch $169, lifetime Rosetta Stone bundle drops to $199

With just one day remaining to snap up the special price, the Social Distancing Lifetime Subscription Bundle featuring Rosetta Stone offers users a variety of tools and best of all it's 76% off. Meanwhile, Amazon's popular $169 Apple Watch deal has returned as we round out the work week.

Epic sues Apple after Fortnite removed from App Store

Epic sues Apple after Fortnite removed from App Store

Fortnite creator Epic Games has leveled a lawsuit against Apple accusing the company of unfair business practices after the popular battle royale game Fortnite was removed from the App Store.

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Apple to launch Apple TV+ bundle with CBS All Access, Showtime for $9.99

Apple to launch Apple TV+ bundle with CBS All Access, Showtime for $9.99

Apple plans to launch an Apple TV+ bundle that includes both CBS All Access and Showtime content for $9.99 a month.

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Apple pulls Fortnite from App Store for sidestepping commission fee [ux2]

Apple pulls Fortnite from App Store for sidestepping commission fee [ux2]

Popular battle royale game Fortnite has been removed from the App Store after the company violated Apple's decade-old guidelines.

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Apple developing system to keep VR users from bumping into real-world objects

Apple developing system to keep VR users from bumping into real-world objects

Apple is developing a system to alert users to physical objects when immersed in a virtual reality environment.

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'Apple Car' may control how doors move, offer motion sickness-free VR

'Apple Car' may control how doors move, offer motion sickness-free VR

The long-rumored Apple Car may have doors that prevent passengers from being hit by another vehicle as they exit the car, while an in-car VR system could have added features to minimize the chance of motion sickness.

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Apple developing system to help users track, manage chronic conditions

Apple developing system to help users track, manage chronic conditions

Apple is working on an integrated health sensor system that could monitor, analyze and help manage the state of a user's chronic diseases.

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Apple Music's Larry Jackson weighs in on Verzuz collaboration

Apple Music's Larry Jackson weighs in on Verzuz collaboration

Verzuz has partnered with Apple Music and Twitter to bring hip-hop and R&B battles to fans— and Apple Music's Head of Content couldn't be more pleased.

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Former Apple lawyer fails to dismiss insider trading indictment

Former Apple lawyer fails to dismiss insider trading indictment

Gene Levoff, the former senior director of corporate law for Apple, has been denied a motion to dismiss an indictment over charges of insider trading, after failing to convince a court that the prosecution was unconstitutional.

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Epic skirts Apple's 30% commission fee by implementing 'direct' payments

Epic skirts Apple's 30% commission fee by implementing 'direct' payments

Epic just announced a permanent price drop for V-bucks and other digital purchases, but there's a caveat for mobile players — Fortnite players on both iOS and Android will need to pay Epic directly.

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Apple services could be offered in 'Apple One' bundle this October

Apple services could be offered in 'Apple One' bundle this October

Apple could be preparing to launch a new subscription offering that bundles together all of its services into one plan, with the alleged "Apple One" plan allegedly being readied for launch alongside the "iPhone 12" range.

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Apple joins tech companies in trying to halt WeChat ban

Apple joins tech companies in trying to halt WeChat ban

A number of major companies in the United States, including Apple, have called for the Trump administration to end an executive order that would see the banning of WeChat and TikTok in the country, under claims it would cause harm to US businesses trying to trade in China.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Apple shipped 15M iPhones in US during Q2 to hit new domestic record, Canalys says

Apple shipped 15M iPhones in US during Q2 to hit new domestic record, Canalys says

New data from market research firm Canalys suggests Apple shipped a record number of iPhones in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2020, bucking wider market headwinds caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Apple rumored to announce 'iPhone 12' in October, Apple Watch and iPad in September

Apple rumored to announce 'iPhone 12' in October, Apple Watch and iPad in September

Serial leaker Jon Prosser on Wednesday narrowed down this fall's expected Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad product launches to near exact dates, saying the company will break with tradition and announce changes to at least two major product lines in a September press release.

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Brazilian Supreme Court to decide whether Apple can use 'iPhone' brand name

Brazilian Supreme Court to decide whether Apple can use 'iPhone' brand name

The Brazilian Supreme Court is set to decide whether or not Apple can use the "iPhone" trademark in the country.

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Apple sued over alleged infringement of Enhanced Voice Services patents

Apple sued over alleged infringement of Enhanced Voice Services patents

Non-practicing entity VoiceAge EVS, LLC has leveled a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the company's iPhones infringe on audio-related codecs.

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Nomad Anniversary Sale: Save 30% on accessories for your Apple Watch, Mac, AirPods, iPad and iPhone

Nomad Anniversary Sale: Save 30% on accessories for your Apple Watch, Mac, AirPods, iPad and iPhone

Accessory maker Nomad is knocking 30% off chargers, cases and cables for your Apple Watch, MacBook Pro, AirPods, iPhone and more in celebration of its 8th anniversary.

Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.6.1, macOS 10.15.6 with bug fixes

Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.6.1, macOS 10.15.6 with bug fixes

Apple on Wednesday released new updates to iOS, iPadOS and macOS that fix known issues such as a bug with Mac virtualization and a problem with the Exposure Notification system.

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Wall Street Journal plans to stick with Apple News, says it attracts a 'different' audience

Wall Street Journal plans to stick with Apple News, says it attracts a 'different' audience

The Wall Street Journal will stick with Apple News for the foreseeable future since it attracts a "genuinely different audience" for the publication.

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'Harriet the Spy' animated series greenlit for Apple TV+

'Harriet the Spy' animated series greenlit for Apple TV+

Apple announces a series order adapting the iconic children's novel "Harriet the Spy," joining Apple TV+'s slate of premium children's programming.

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England's Apple-Google Exposure Notification app set to begin public trials

England's Apple-Google Exposure Notification app set to begin public trials

England is set to launch public trials of its upcoming coronavirus contact tracing app based on the Apple-Google Exposure Notification framework.

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ExclusiveRecord low prices: New 2020 27-inch iMac dips to $1,675, up to $150 off

Record low prices: New 2020 27-inch iMac dips to $1,675, up to $150 off

Apple's brand-new 27-inch iMac (Mid 2020) is discounted exclusively for AppleInsider readers, hitting a new record low price of $1,675, with savings of up to $150 off upgraded models.

Facebook sued for allegedly harvesting biometric data via Instagram

Facebook sued for allegedly harvesting biometric data via Instagram

Facebook is being sued for allegedly collecting the biometric data of Instagram users or people who appear in photos on the platform without their consent.

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Microsoft aims to replace your iPad and iPhone with new Surface Duo

Microsoft aims to replace your iPad and iPhone with new Surface Duo

Microsoft won't call the Surface Duo a phone, but that doesn't stop it wanting customers to ditch both their iPhone and iPad for this one foldable tablet that makes calls.

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Foxconn says trade war means China can no longer be 'the world's factory'

Foxconn says trade war means China can no longer be 'the world's factory'

As it announces better than expected financial results, Apple supplier Foxconn is also reportedly planning to increase moving production away from China.

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Foxconn recovering from coronavirus with better than expected profits

Foxconn recovering from coronavirus with better than expected profits

Apple supplier Foxconn has reported second quarter revenues of $778.54 million, considerably above predictions. The company credits coronavirus telecommuting demand for the increase.

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White House set to entirely ban TikTok from App Store

White House set to entirely ban TikTok from App Store

A new document clarifying the Administration's plans says that companies such as Apple and Google may be required to remove TikTok even from their App Stores in China.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Apps using Apple-Google Exposure Notification API see robust adoption in Ireland and Germany

Apps using Apple-Google Exposure Notification API see robust adoption in Ireland and Germany

Apple and Google's joint coronavirus contact tracing effort, dubbed the Exposure Notification API, has seen reasonably rapid uptake internationally despite continued foot-dragging from U.S. states.

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Online Apple Store adds dedicated Apple Card payment option

Online Apple Store adds dedicated Apple Card payment option

Shopping on the online Apple Store just got slightly easier for Apple Card holders, as the virtual marketplace now provides a direct option to pay with the branded company card at checkout.

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Relaunched Apple Music 'beta' web player features new 'Listen Now' tab

Relaunched Apple Music 'beta' web player features new 'Listen Now' tab

Apple this week relaunched a beta version of the Apple Music web player with a few tweaks that bring the service in line with corresponding app versions set to debut as part of iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.

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Apple ordered to pay PanOptis $506.2M for infringing LTE patents

Apple ordered to pay PanOptis $506.2M for infringing LTE patents

A Texas federal jury on Tuesday ruled that Apple must pay $506.2 million for willfully infringing on a handful of 4G LTE patents owned by PanOptis and related companies.

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Apple Watch ECG feature gets regulatory approval in South Korea

Apple Watch ECG feature gets regulatory approval in South Korea

Apple Watch's ECG feature may soon launch in South Korea, a new regulatory approval suggests.

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New Jersey Court rules suspects can be compelled to hand over phone passcodes

New Jersey Court rules suspects can be compelled to hand over phone passcodes

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled a defendant can be forced to give up their iPhone's passcode, a decision that goes against arguments that such actions violate the Fifth Amendment.

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