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Leaked safety document may hint at future Apple technology such as AR glasses

An report from an Apple Environment Health and Safety contractor — said to have accidentally leaked to hundreds of Apple staff — may point to rumored augmented reality glasses, or some other new eye-related technology.

Apple debuts Live Photos API, allows for playback on most popular browsers

Apple has developed a JavaScript API for its Live Photos, allowing pictures taken with the iOS feature to be shared on the web.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Didi Chuxing ‘May Help Traffic Jams Go the Way of the Flip Phone’

Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu has been named one of TIME’s 2017 most influential people, and Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote an excerpt about her for the magazine.

In it, Cook calls Liu a “disrupter” for building a transportation platform that offers “convenience and flexibility” to millions of commuters. He lauds Didi Chuxing’s work on algorithms that improve traffic, saying the technology could eliminate traffic jams in the future.

She and her team are succeeding with innovative, big-data algorithms that aim both to improve the efficiency of Didi’s service and to ease the congestion on roadways. By analyzing commuter patterns the way oceanographers track the tides, Didi may help traffic jams go the way of the flip phone.

In over 400 cities across China, Jean has also built a company that is dedicated to serving the community around it. Guiding Didi to this higher purpose, and giving back to the places where it does business, she shares my belief that companies can and should measure themselves by more than just the bottom line.

Apple CEO Tim Cook met Jean Liu in 2016 after Apple invested $1 billion in the ride-sharing company. Following its investment, Apple was given a Didi Chuxing board seat, held by Adrian Perica, Apple’s head of mergers and acquisitions.

Apple’s Didi Chuxing investment provides Apple with access to data and expertise on both electric and autonomous car technology, a useful resource as Apple works to develop a self-driving car software platform.

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Mastercard to add fingerprint sensors to cards, won’t follow strict Apple Pay security policy

Mastercard is reportedly testing cards that integrate a fingerprint sensor, intended to offer a more convenient alternative to entering a PIN. Unlike Apple Pay, however, the cards would lack a series of important security features….

Apple meets with Chinese government over App Store oversight because of porn streamers

More information has emerged about the Chinese government demand that Apple crack down on streaming apps, with a new report circulating claiming that porn streamers are the government’s major concern.

Apple Watch NikeLab to bring new band option in limited Apr. 27 launch

Apple and Nike on Thursday revealed a new edition of the Apple Watch Series 2, the Apple Watch NikeLab, essentially a color variation on the Apple Watch Nike+.

U.S. FCC’s latest move could lead to more broadcast TV mergers

In a divided vote today, the Federal Communications Commission took steps that could lead…

Apple Announces LivePhotosKit API for Embedding Live Photos in Websites

Apple today announced the launch of a new LivePhotosKit JavaScript-based API that’s designed to make it easy to embed Live Photos taken with Apple’s latest iPhones into websites.

This new JavaScript-based API makes it easy to embed Live Photos on yo…

OWC Debuts New Thunderbolt 3 Products: SSDs, PCIe Expansion Chassis, Six-Bay RAID, and External GPU

OWC has announced that it will be debuting a range of new Thunderbolt 3 products at the 2017 NAB Show this weekend in Las Vegas.

Envoy Pro EX with Thunderbolt 3

First up is the Envoy Pro EX with Thunderbolt 3, a pocket-sized, bus-powered SSD with desktop-class performance and speeds up to 40 Gb/s. Storage capacities will start at 240GB. As it remains a prototype, no release date was specified. OWC’s existing Envoy Pro EX with USB 3.0 starts at $199.99.

Mercury Helios 3

OWC’s new Mercury Helios 3 is a PCIe expansion chassis with a dedicated cooling fan and two Thunderbolt 3 ports with speeds up to 40 Gb/s. It can accommodate a half-length, full-height, double-width PCIe card. OWC said it will be available in the second quarter of 2017. Pricing was not disclosed.

Other products include the Helios FX external GPU powered by Thunderbolt 3, ThunderBay 6 six-bay RAID with Thunderbolt 3, and Mercury Viper portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD suitable for daisy chaining. OWC said the ThunderBay 6 is coming in late 2017, but no word on pricing or availability for the other products.


OWC’s previously announced Thunderbolt 3 Dock and DEC for the 2016 MacBook Pro will also be on display at the show.

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It’s official: Everyone hates this purportedly leaked ‘iPhone 8’ design

Perhaps for the first time ever, loyal Apple fans are praying…

Comcast intros app-based Apple Pay bill payments with Xfinity iPhone update

Expanding on a recent promise, Comcast on Thursday updated its Xfinity My Account app for the iPhone with support for Apple Pay, letting people handle TV and internet bills using their fingerprint.

Apple and Nike Launch New Neutral-Toned ‘Apple Watch NikeLab’

Nike today announced that it has teamed up with Apple to create a new version of the Apple Watch Nike+, which pairs a Space Gray Apple Watch Series 2 aluminum case with a black and cream Nike band.

Called the Apple Watch NikeLab, the new device is limited edition and designed to be “the ultimate style companion” for those who love to run.

The limited edition, neutral-toned Apple Watch NikeLab maintains the beloved features of its predecessor: deep integration with the Nike+ Run Club app, exclusive Siri commands, GPS, a two-times-brighter display and water resistance to 50 meters*, all made possible by a powerful dual-core processor and watchOS 3. ​

Apple Watch NikeLab will be available starting on April 27 from Nike.com, at NikeLab locations, and at the Apple Tokyo pop-up store at the Isetan department store. It will not be sold in Apple Stores or from the Apple website, a first for an Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch NikeLab will likely be priced at $369 for the 38mm model and $399 for the 42mm model, the same price as the rest of the Apple Watch Nike+ lineup.


Apple and Nike first teamed up in September of 2016 for the Nike+ Apple Watch that launched alongside Apple’s own set of Series 2 Apple Watch devices. Apple offers two Apple Watch Nike+ models in Silver and Space Gray aluminum along with standalone Apple Watch Nike+ bands.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch Series 2, watchOS 3
Buyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)

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Apple Park: Cool facts about Apple’s spaceship campus

What “Apple Park” lacks in branding pizazz, it makes up for in…

Why an all-glass ‘iPhone 8’ makes sense, and could be more durable than you expect

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Not since the discontinuation of the iPhone 4s has Apple sold a handset with an all-glass back, but that’s rumored to change this year with the flagship “iPhone 8.” In the years between those two models, advances in glass production technology have made it so an all-glass “iPhone 8” could be more robust than you might assume.

Apple publishes new Earth Day videos explaining company’s environmental efforts

Apple has published a set of new videos commemorating Earth Day that explain clean energy technologies, Apple’s own environmental protection efforts, and feature Apple employees and executives narrating and explaining the concepts …

Is Apple getting their innovation groove back?

Apple reportedly has begun testing a premium iPhone with a revamped display and body…

Apple original content plans a ‘moving target,’ may play into new Los Angeles offices

Apple’s approach to original video programming is reportedly scattershot, to the point that the company hasn’t settled on a focus, or even who will be in charge.

Asymco predicts Apple’s second quarter

The last quarter of 2016 was Apple’s biggest ever…

Google may build native ad-blocking into mobile & desktop versions of Chrome

Despite the company’s own dependence on ads, Google is reportedly planning to build a native ad-blocker into the mobile and desktop versions of its Chrome browser — presumably including Apple’s iOS and macOS.

It’s not that hard for Apple to design a new Mac Pro

Apple recently did a mea-culpa about its failed Mac Pro, and announced that the company…

Apple iPhone 7 trounces top Android rivals in real world speed test

Apple’s flagship bested the competition in a sequence of actions…

Prince’s ‘Deliverance’ pulled from Apple Music, iTunes Store

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“Deliverance,” the first track from an album generated by a sound engineer who worked with Prince in 2006 has been pulled from Apple Music, the iTunes Music store, and other streaming services after a challenge from the musician’s estate.

Apple fights against ‘right to repair’

Apple sees climate change as a problem that can be ‘solved’ through new technologies…

Apple promises to one day stop mining minerals to make iPhones

Apple has one of the most aggressive sustainability and recycling programs in tech, but…

Apple to remove signature Fifth Avenue glass cube at cost of up to $2M

In the process of renovating its flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City, Apple will have to dismantle the famous glass cube that sits over top, according to recently published building permits.

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