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Above Avalon: An Apple R&D Bonanza
Apple's pace of R&D expenditures is nothing like the company has ever seen. The $14 billion of R&D expense that Apple will spend in FY2018 will be more than the amount Apple spent on R&D from 1998 to 2011. The CAGR for Apple's R&D expenditures has been a remarkable 32% since 1998. As seen in Exhibit 1, the ramp in Apple R&D expense spanning more than two decades has been breathtaking. 
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yesterday by leolaporte
Google Lens w/ visual search and assistance now rolling out to Google Photos for iOS  | 9to5Mac
Last month, Google announced that Lens — its set of visual search and analysis tools — is coming to iOS. First introduced at last year’s Google I/O developer conference, it will be rolling out over the coming weeks to all users using Google Photos.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Apple to Host March 27 Event in Chicago: 'Creative New Ideas for Teachers and Students' - Mac Rumors
There is quite a bit of rumored hardware and software in Apple's pipeline that could fit within an educational theme, including lower-priced versions of the iPad and MacBook Air that could be targeted at classrooms. Here's a recap of everything that could be announced at the March 27 event based on recent rumors:
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Inside the Black Market for Spotify Playlists
The black market for Spotify playlists is booming. It’s cheaper than you might expect to hack the system—and if it’s done right, it more than pays for itself.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
There’s a currency miner in the Mac App Store, and Apple seems OK with it | Ars Technica
Resource-draining currency miners are a regular part of the Google Play market, as scammers pump out apps that covertly harness millions of devices, in some cases with malware so aggressive it can physically damage phones. A popular title in the Mac App Store recently embraced coin mining openly, and so far Apple gatekeepers haven't blocked it.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Intel Fights For Its Future – Monday Note
The Smartphone 2.0 era has destroyed many companies: Nokia, Blackberry, Palm… Will Intel be another victim, either as a result of the proposed Broadcom-Qualcomm combination, or as a consequence of a suicidal defense move?
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Google Search comes to iMessage | TechCrunch
Google Search is now available within iMessage. In an effort to more deeply integrate Google’s search engine on iOS devices, the company announced today that its Search app for iOS has added an iMessage extension, allowing iPhone and iPad users to search the web, then quickly add those search results to their iMessage conversations.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
KGI: Apple to release more affordable 13-inch MacBook Air in Q2, HomePod demand ‘mediocre’ so far | 9to5Mac
Kuo says that he expects Apple to release a new MacBook Air “with a lower price tag” during the second quarter of 2018, meaning we should see it sooner rather than later. The analyst expects that the more affordable MacBook Air will help push MacBook shipments up by 10-15 percent this year.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Apple launching medical clinics for employees
Apple is launching a group of health clinics called AC Wellness for its employees and their families this spring, according to several sources familiar with the company's plans.
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20 days ago by leolaporte
Apple confirms it uses Google cloud for iCloud
Apple periodically publishes new versions of a PDF called the iOS Security Guide. For years the document contained language indicating that iCloud services were relying on remote data storage systems from Amazon Web Services, as well as Microsoft's Azure.

But in the latest version, the Microsoft Azure reference is gone, and in its place is Google Cloud Platform. Before the January update, Apple most recently updated the iOS Security Guide in March.
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21 days ago by leolaporte
Apple Plans Giant High-End iPhone, Lower-Priced Model - Bloomberg
Apple Inc. is preparing to release a trio of new smartphones later this year: the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X and a less expensive model with some of the flagship phone’s key features.
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21 days ago by leolaporte
HomePod Teardown - iFixit
iFixIt takes a hacksaw to the HomePod.
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4 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple and the Video Market - the rajam report
The case for original content: "The reality is that TVs aren’t computers, and there are only two use-cases that have broad appeal: Video Consumption and Console Gaming".
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple calls leaked iPhone source code outdated - CNET
the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte

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