Apple’s negotiating techniques holding up Apple TV streaming service

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Date: Friday, July 29th, 2016, 08:44
Category: Apple TV, News, TvOS

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Apple knows exactly what it wants in terms of negotiations.

And it might just be getting in the way in terms of setting up an Apple TV streaming service.

The company’s “assertive” negotiation tactics have apparently made it difficult to establish and lock deals with various cable providers and networks.

Apple started talking with the Walt Disney Company in early 2015 about getting Disney-owned content onto its then-planned streaming television service, but Apple executives, iTunes chief Eddy Cue in particular, made demands networks were not prepared to meet.

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Rumor: Apple hires Dan Dodge to head up car project, may be shifting focus towards autonomous driving systems

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Date: Thursday, July 28th, 2016, 16:57
Category: Apple Car, Rumor

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Apple could still be working on a car project, but could be taken it in a new direction.

Bob Mansfield, the Apple executive who led up efforts on the iMac, iPad, MacBook Air and Apple Watch, has apparently been put in charge of Apple’s car project. Mansfield’s first action has been to hire former BlackBerry developer Dan Dodge, who arrives at Apple with an extensive operating system development background.

Mansfield apparently tapped Dodge to work on autonomous driving software for Apple’s car division, code-named Project Titan, signaling that the company is pivoting from building its own car to making the tech that will power the next generation of cars. Or, more likely, Apple is covering all of its bases and seeing whether hardware, software, or a combination of both will succeed.

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Rumor: Apple to open iPhone 7 preorders on Friday, September 9th

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Date: Thursday, July 28th, 2016, 07:05
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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Friday, September 9th might be the first day the next-gen iPhone is available for preorder.

Noted blogger Evan Blass on Wednesday stated that Apple is looking to start preorders for the device on Friday, Sept. 9.

Blass reported the supposed “iPhone 7” preorder date through Twitter without attribution. Last week, the blogger claimed Apple’s next iPhone would ship out to stores the week of Sept. 12, or more specifically by Friday, Sept. 19.

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Microsoft releases Pix, goes toe to toe with built-in iOS camera app

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Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 16:26
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software

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Microsoft is attempting to hone in on the iPhone camera’s turf.

The tech giant’s research arm has launched Pix, which enhances the photos that users take in a variety of ways, on Wednesday morning. The app is designed to make photos look better and even improves on Apple’s Live Photos ability to capture scenes that have moving elements in them.

The free app is now available on the iOS App Store and is particularly well-suited to take pictures of people, and is built to make adjustments to a photo on the fly as the scene changes. That way, the exposure of an image should always be tuned to the right conditions. It recognizes faces and uses Microsoft’s Hyperlapse technology to stabilize video shot with the app as well.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature Space Black color option, capacitative Home button

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Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 08:16
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone could feature a capacitive Home button as well as a Space Black color option.

A new report from Macotakara which cites supply chain sources states that the iPhone 7 will feature a capacitive Home button with support for 3D Touch. This means that the home button would not actually be a moving part, though users would still feel as if they were pushing a button thanks to haptic feedback similar to that of the Force Touch trackpad on recent MacBooks.

The updated Home button would also be flush with the front of the iPhone. This, paired with the removal of the headphone jack, would go a long way towards seeing that the next-gen iPhone was even more sealed and waterproof.

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Apple announces $42.4 billion in revenue, $7.8 billion profit for Q3 2016

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 14:42
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, macOS, News, Sierra, Siri

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You know, in most businesses, a quarterly profit of $7.8 billion would be considered a good thing.

In Apple’s frame of mind, this isn’t that stellar.

In today’s Q3 2016 conference call, representatives from Apple cited revenues of $42.4 billion, a profit of $7.8 billion with a margin of 38 percent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook cited the successful launch of the iPhone SE, wherein demand outstripped capacity at first. Additional capacity was brought online to handle this.

Cook cited an 8 percent decline in iPhone sales from Q3 2015.

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Prisma app becomes unavailable, rumors swirl as to potential buyout

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 11:09
Category: iOS, News, Rumor, Software

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The rumors have begun circulating.

Prisma, the insanely popular photo filter which adds powerful and pretty easily used art and rendering tools via neural networks and an artificial intelligence configuration to photographs, appears to have crashed under the weight of its aforementioned popularity.

A series of error messages have stated that the app is over the capacity as to what it can handle for its user base, which has given rise to speculation as to the future of the app.

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CarPlay, Android Auto functionality included in all 2017 vehicles with SYNC 3

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 07:37
Category: Android, CarPlay, Google, iOS, iPhone, News

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You’ll be able to use CarPlay as well as Android auto in Ford’s entire line of 2017 cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles.

On Monday, the company announced that it will bring CarPlay to already-released 2017 models such as the Fusion, Mustang, and Explorer, while other models like the 2017 F-150, Focus, Edge, and Super Duty will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year.

Ford confirmed in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all of its 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry’s QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the 2017 Escape in May.

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Rumor: Apple to release next-gen iPhone on Friday, September 16th, “iPhone 6SE” name in the running

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Date: Monday, July 25th, 2016, 08:19
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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The latest iPhone 7 rumors are in, complete with reporter and leak enthusiast Evan Blass claiming the next-gen handset will be released the week of September 12th. Blass specifically cited that the new iPhone will hit the shelves on Friday, September 16th.

This would put it a bit earlier than usual, as the previous generation of iPhone was released on September 25th last year, the iPhone 6 debuted on September 19th in 2014 and the 2013 iPhone 5s was September 20th.

With a sooner-than-usual release date for retail availability, this also pushes the expected date for Apple’s media press announcement.

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Edward Snowden announces forthcoming prototype of device to prevent iPhone radio transmission

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 12:36
Category: Hack, Hardware, iPhone, News, security

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Edward Snowden may be in exile from the U.S., but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.

Snowden, who once met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA’s secrets and famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devices’ microphones or cameras, has released plans to announce a prototype for a device that could stop this kind of surveillance.

On Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, Snowden and well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang plan to present designs for a case-like device that wires into your iPhone’s guts to monitor the electrical signals sent to its internal antennas and they say it could offer a constant check on whether your phone’s radios are transmitting. They say it’s an infinitely more trustworthy method of knowing your phone’s radios are off than “airplane mode,” which people have shown can be hacked and spoofed.

In short, this could stop the transmission and thus better protect the user’s privacy.

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