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Apple R&D spends almost $3 billion on self-driving and AR

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Apple increased its R&D investment to $2.94 billion in the third quarter of 2017, around 6.5 percent of the company’s total sales in the quarter. It is a large advancement on the past years, and shows Apple has a few things big planned in the coming years. The most talked about, at least by Apple executives, is augmented reality. At ...

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Apple ‘working on non-iPhone Apple Watch’

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Apple is working on an Apple Watch that does not need to be paired to an iPhone, according to a report. Bloomberg reports that the new Watch will connect directly to LTE mobile networks. The company has begun talks with providers in the US and Europe about offering the device later this year, the report says. Apple launched the Watch in ...

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Facebook calls for a more people-centric security industry

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The security industry needs to worry less about technology and more about people, said Facebook’s security boss. Alex Stamos scolded the security industry in the opening keynote of the 2017 Black Hat conference. He said there was too much focus on technically complex “stunt” hacks and not enough on finding ways to help the mass of people stay safe. The ...

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How iOS 14 will be Apple’s smartest software ever

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We’ve repeated this many times here before, but there are a few truisms that can be said for any future iPhone: it will have the fastest processor, the best camera and at least one unique feature you can’t get on any other iPhone. That’s as true now as it will be in 2020. But it’s time to add one more ...

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Apple’s iOS 11 update ends support for iPhone 5 and 5C

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Apple’s iOS 11 mobile operating system will not be available for the iPhone 5 and 5C or the iPad 4 when it is released in the autumn. It means those with the older devices will no longer receive software or security updates. The iPhone 5S and newer devices will receive the upgrade but some older apps will no longer work ...

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Ghanaian marketing exec heads to Uber from Apple

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Uber just made a big hire amid months-long turmoil at the company. Bozoma Saint John will leave her role as the head of global consumer marketing at Apple Music and join the ride-hailing company as chief brand officer. “Boz has a long track record of successfully creating emotional connections between people and the products they love,” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick ...

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Apple reveals HomePod smart speaker

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Apple has announced a voice-activated loudspeaker powered by its virtual assistant Siri. Like devices by Amazon and Google, Apple’s HomePod speaker can respond to questions and control smart home gadgets such as lights. Analysts say Apple has been slow to improve its Siri virtual assistant and launch a smart speaker, after Amazon launched its Echo in 2014. The company has ...

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Apple ‘caught by Australian error 53 undercover sting’

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Investigators posing as Apple customers have told a court they were given misleading information about devices previously serviced by third parties. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) began legal action against Apple in April. It alleges that Apple “routinely refused” to repair devices disabled by an error if they had previously been fixed by an unauthorised provider. The court ...

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Future iPads, iPhones might have a special chip just for processing AI

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Apple’s reportedly working on a new kind of chip — potentially for future iOS devices — that’ll be used just for processing AI, Bloomberg reports. Bloomberg says the chip’s called the Apple Neural Engine internally, and could be used for “offloading facial recognition in the photos application, some parts of speech recognition, and the iPhone’s predictive keyboard to the chip.” ...

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Apple and Nokia to ‘co-operate’ after settling patent row

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Apple and Nokia have settled a dispute over the use of patented technology in smartphones and agreed to “co-operate”. In December, Nokia sued Apple claiming the company had breached 32 technology patents covering displays, user interfaces and video encoding. The two companies have now signed a deal allowing Apple to use the technology, and Nokia will receive an up-front cash ...

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