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Thursday Apple Rumors: 16-Year-Old Hacks Apple, Steals Files

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:47
Leading the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumor mill today is news of a young hacker stealing files from AAPL. Hacker: A 16-year-old hacker was able to get past Apple’s security and steal secure files from it, reports BGR.

Verizon Subscribers With Unlimited Plan Can Now Sign Up for Six Free Months of Apple Music

MacRumors - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:31
Verizon and Apple last week announced a partnership that provides six free months of Apple Music service to new and existing customers with a Verizon Unlimited plan, and as of today, Verizon customers can sign up for their free Apple Music subscriptions.

Verizon subscribers who have an unlimited plan can visit the Apple Music section on the Verizon website to begin the sign up process. Logging in with a Verizon subscriber account is required, and from there, customers will receive a text message with a link that needs to be opened on a mobile device.

For iPhone and Android users that already have the app installed, it will open it up with subscription options. If the app isn't already installed, the App Store or Google Play store will open with instructions to download the app.

Apple Music is available to all Verizon Unlimited subscribers, including Verizon Plan Unlimited, Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Above Unlimited. Customers who have one of Verizon's original Unlimited plans (from earlier this year) can also sign up, and there have been some reports from Reddit users that other Verizon subscribers have been presented with the offer.

Verizon customers who already subscribe to Apple Music can activate the free trial offer, but will be prompted to cancel their existing Apple Music subscriptions through Apple to avoid double billing.

Apple Music subscribers who recently renewed will want to wait for a few weeks to activate their Verizon trials to make sure to get the full six months of free service. Annual subscribers may be able to cancel via Apple and get a prorated refund.

Each individual Verizon line is able to sign up for a free Apple Music trial, but it does not work with the family plan. Customers with an existing Apple Music family plan will need to cancel it, with each person in the family signing up for the free Verizon trial separately. The same goes for current student plans -- cancel with Apple and resubscribe through Verizon to get the free six months.

It appears the Apple Music subscriptions will be billed through Verizon following the conclusion of the six month trial rather than through iTunes like a standard Apple Music subscription.

Customers who sign up for the six month free trial and who do not want to pay for a subscription afterwards can cancel at any time, including right after signing up. Access to Apple Music remains available for the full six month period after cancelling through Verizon.

Subscriptions redeemed today will expire in February 2019.

Tags: Verizon, Apple Music
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Tim Cook mourns the passing of Aretha Franklin

Mac Daily News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:25
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died today at the age of 76...

St. Louis University installing Amazon Alexa campus-wide

Mac Daily News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:07
The first college or university in the nation is installing Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo Dots in every single dorm room...

MoviePass Now Limiting Subscribers to a Choice of Six Movies Each Day

MacRumors - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:55
MoviePass today announced new restrictions for its ever-changing movie service, with the company now limiting its subscribers to a choice of what appears to be six to seven movies per day.

On the MoviePass site, MoviePass lists "This Week's Movies," a section described as a "full lineup of movie titles available on MoviePass in the coming days."

For this Friday, that includes Mile 22, Christopher Robin, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, We The Animals, Skate Kitchen, Juliet Naked, and Summer of 84. Noticeably missing is Crazy Rich Asians, which won't be available until Sunday, and some of the movies seem to be limited distribution films not available in all areas.

We want to share more details about our service moving forward as part of our commitment to keep you fully informed. Here’s a full lineup of movie titles available on MoviePass in the coming days: https://t.co/BE9St1gDfF pic.twitter.com/OFCR56fcGd

— MoviePass (@MoviePass) August 16, 2018
Several popular movies that have already been released are not included for Friday, such as Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Mamma Mia, and Ant-Man.

MoviePass in early August restructured its subscription model to allow customers to see three movies per month for the $9.95 monthly fee. Prior to that, MoviePass had announced that it would raise its base subscription price to $14.95 per month, and before that, it introduced peak pricing and restricted major film releases, all in an attempt to stop hemorrhaging money.

For now, MoviePass seems to have settled on the $9.95 per month plan for three movies a month, while also restricting the movies available to customers each day.

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A $2,000 iPhone? It’s coming

Mac Daily News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:25
Apple is a company that's well known for pushing the price envelope...

3 Dividend Stocks That Are Perfect for Retirement

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:04
Investors looking to fund a nest egg should consider Apple, Disney, and Target.

Here's Why Apple's Margins Will Be Flat This Quarter

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:00
There's some bad news and some good news.

Apple allegedly pressured Yahoo to quash App Store rival in Japan

Mac Daily News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:49
Japan is investigating allegations that pressure from Apple forced Yahoo Japan to pull back...

Microsoft Office Experiencing Activation Issues on Mac and PC

MacRumors - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:21
Microsoft Office appears to be experiencing activation issues on both Mac and PC today, according to several user reports on Twitter. MacRumors also received emails from multiple readers affected.

At least some Office 365 subscribers who have attempted to use Word, Outlook, and other apps in the Microsoft Office suite have been prompted to reactivate their license, but the process fails to complete.

Affected users have encountered various errors while Office apps hang on "activating" or "looking for licenses," which eventually leads to a window that says "no license found," with seemingly no workaround.

Hi @Microsoft,

Is @Office365 having trouble with it's activation service right now? Just updated @Office for #macOS and it asked to be activated (again). Tried 3x over the past half-hour or so. pic.twitter.com/9VeLR0bVOC

— Henry Ferlauto (@HTFIII) August 16, 2018
The issue appears to be affecting not only individual users, but businesses and universities and with enterprise licenses.

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update this article as soon as we hear anything back.

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Tim Cook posts gif of Apple Park’s massive motorized cafeteria doors sliding open

Mac Daily News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:56
Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a rare glimpse at Apple Park's inner workings on Wednesday...

Sony Unveils New Version of Its Top-Rated Aftermarket CarPlay System

MacRumors - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:52
Sony today introduced its new XAV-AX210 receiver, which doubles as an aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto system.

The XAV-AX210 is an update to Sony's year-old XAV-AX200 receiver, with the headline new feature being support for iDatalink Maestro, a car audio system that seamlessly interfaces with steering wheel controls, amplifier functions, on-screen vehicle settings, and more when used outside of CarPlay mode.

The receiver has a 6.4-inch touchscreen, but Sony hasn't specified if it's resistive or capacitive. Other key features include hands-free phone calls and music playback via Bluetooth, SiriusXM compatibility, rear view camera readiness, a built-in four-channel amplifier, and a built-in CD/DVD player.

This product is ideal for vehicles that don't come with factory installed CarPlay, mirroring several apps onto the dashboard, including Phone, Messages, Apple Maps, Apple Music, Spotify, and starting with iOS 12, Google Maps and Waze. As a wired system, an iPhone must be connected via Lightning cable.

Sony said XAV-AX210 pricing and availability in North America will be announced in the fall of 2018. It will likely have a similar price as the XAV-AX200, available on Amazon for between $399 and $499 depending on configuration.

Of note, the XAV-AX100 and XAV-AX200 have received favorable reviews from publications such as The Wirecutter.

Other brands with aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto receivers include Alpine, Pioneer, JVC, Kenwood, and Clarion.

Related Roundup: CarPlayTag: Sony
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How to prevent Mac apps from using your FaceTime camera and microphone without permission

Mac Daily News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:32
macOS Mojave strengthens user security and privacy by barring apps from using...

Analyst: Apple’s road to $2 trillion will be paved with AR, Apple Car, and Services

Mac Daily News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:22
Soon after passing $1 trillion in market capitalization, some Apple investors are already looking ahead to $2 trillion...

4 Reasons You Should Sell Microsoft Stock Despite Its Comeback

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:18
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has experienced an amazing comeback. Just a few short years ago, the company found itself falling behind as its core PC business had fallen out of favor. Under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella, the company reinvented itself.

Melbourne teen who hacked into Apple’s secure computer network and 90GB of files faces criminal charges

Mac Daily News - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:13
A Melbourne private schoolboy who repeatedly broke into Apple’s secure computer systems...

Toyota Confirms CarPlay in 2019 Sienna

MacRumors - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:08
Toyota has confirmed on its website that CarPlay is a standard feature in all 2019 Sienna models sold in the United States.

LE, SE, and XLE trims of the 2019 Sienna all feature a seven-inch touchscreen display on the dashboard with Toyota's custom Entune 3.0 infotainment system, through which CarPlay can be accessed. Amazon Alexa and Siri Eyes Free are also supported, but like other Toyota vehicles, there is no Android Auto.

Toyota's other CarPlay-equipped vehicles include the 2019 Avalon, 2019 Corolla Hatchback, 2019 RAV4, and the 2019 CH-R. It's also likely that the 2019 Camry, which also has the Entune 3.0 system, will support CarPlay, but Toyota's website still lists the 2018 model, and a spokesperson would not confirm.

Toyota and its premium brand Lexus were among the last major automakers to begin offering CarPlay earlier this year. On the Lexus front, CarPlay-equipped models include 2019 model years of the ES, LC, LS, RC, and UX.

Toyota and Lexus have deployed a wired implementation of CarPlay, meaning that an iPhone must be connected to the system with a Lightning cable to access a wide variety of apps from the dashboard display, including Phone, Messages, Apple Maps, Apple Music, Spotify, and starting with iOS 12, Google Maps and Waze.

The 2019 Sienna goes on sale this fall at dealerships in the United States, with a suggested starting price of $31,115.

Related Roundup: CarPlayTag: Toyota
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How JD.com Fared in the Second Quarter

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:06
JD.com (JD) reported its results for the second quarter of 2018 on August 16. Net revenue grew 31% YoY (year-over-year) to 110.5 billion renminbi versus consensus revenue estimates of 122.7 billion renminbi. Both product and service revenues drove the growth. Annual active customer accounts rose 21.5% to 313.8 million in the 12 months ended June 30.

The Pros and Cons of Owning Apple Stock

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:02
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) took five and a half years to go from a $500 billion to a $1 trillion company. Now, investors will expect AAPL stock to double in less time, ratcheting up the expectations in the months and years ahead. Here are what I consider the pros and cons of owning AAPL stock under this intense scrutiny.

Trade war should 'really concern' Apple investors, hedge fund manager Dan Niles warns

Yahoo Finance, AAPL - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:00
AlphaOne Capital’s Daniel Niles believes there’s a high probability China tariffs will hurt iPhone growth.

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