Apple leases former Pepsi plant in Sunnyvale, likely for Project Titan electric car initiative

According to a report from Silicon Valley Business Journal, Apple has recently leased a 96,000-square-foot industrial property in Sunnyvale, California. The property was originally home to a Pepsi bottling plant, but Apple now occupies the entire space. It has widely been reported in the past that Apple is testing its Project Titan electric car initiative in Sunnyvale, with the company reportedly operating a shell company called Sixty Eight Research out of the city.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple Car Tagged: Apple, Apple Car, car, ELECTRIC, Project Titan, Sunnyvale

Within 1 hour of Malaysia Flight 370 going missing, Apple was working w/ officials to find it

Apple has been in Washington D.C. today testifying before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the San Bernardino case. General Counsel Bruce Sewell is representing Apple during the hearing and has fielded a wide range of questions so far. One notable question, however, came from Louisiana representative Cedric Richmond, who pressed Sewell to explain just how quickly Apple would be able to comply with a governmental request for assistance.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, Bruce Sewell, FBI, Flight 370, Malaysia

Hound launches on iOS as a formidable personal assistant competitor to Siri

Hound, a voice search application from the creators behind SoundHound, has been released today for iOS. Hound’s application focuses on bringing users quick, accurate voice driven search results in a way I only wish Siri could. Implementing Google Now-style cards, Hound’s interface is direct and to the point. Users are presented with a list of similar topics they can search for, and even given examples of the complex queries Hound can handle.

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Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: Apps, Google Now, Google Search, Hound, iOS, Personal assistant, Siri, SoundHound

GIF Brewery 3 brings a polished animated GIF-creating experience to the Mac

GIF Brewery has long been my go to app for creating high-quality GIF animations on the Mac. It’s always been relatively easy to use, yet features powerful enough options for serious GIF-creators.

With GIF Brewery 3, several notable new features have been added to the mix, including the ability to record video directly in app via your Mac’s screen, FaceTime camera, or even iOS devices. This update turns GIF Brewery into an end-to-end solution for creating GIF animations directly from your iPhone’s screen or other media, which can be extremely handy for things like tutorials and memes. more…

Filed under: Apps Tagged: GIF, GIF Brewery 3, GIF creator

Apple releases iOS 9.3 beta 5 for developers + public beta testers w/ restored Apple Pencil features, tweaked Night Shift mode toggle

Just nine days after the last developer beta, Apple has released iOS 9.3 beta 5 to registered developers and public beta users for testing. This beta version is expected to restore full Apple Pencil support for scrolling and navigation on iPad Pros after earlier betas removed that function. We’ll check out the latest release and update below with changes.

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Filed under: Developers, iOS Tagged: iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3 beta 5

Apple releases OS X 10.11.4 developer + public beta 5

One week after the last public beta and 9 days after the last developer beta, Apple has released OS X 10.11.4 beta 5 for both developers and public beta testers. The update is said to improve Mac stability, compatibility, and security. Focus areas mentioned include iBooks, Messages, Notes, and Photos.

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Filed under: Developers, Mac

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Pro 128GB $800, iPhone 6/s 3100mAh Battery Case $18, LG 55″ HDTV $450, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

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Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB (newest version): $950 (Reg. $1,199)

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Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 128GB Wi-Fi in all colors: $800 shipped (Reg. $949)

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 32GB Wi-Fi in all colors: $695 shipped (Reg. $799)

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Trianium 3100mAh iPhone 6/s MFi Battery Case: $18 Prime shipped (Reg. $36)

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Daily Deals: LG 55-inch 1080p LED HDTV $450, CYBERPOWER 1000VA / 600W Pure Sine Wave UPS System $100more

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Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (newest version) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB $1,200 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook now $300 off: 256GB $1,000, 512GB $1,300 + extra $50 savings w/ .edu email

Apple Mac Pro 12-core Xeon/64GB/1TB: $8,799 shipped (Reg. $9,599), more

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Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Studio Over-the-Ear Wired Headphones $150 shipped (Orig. $300)

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This emergency flashlight can charge your phone, start your car, or help you break out of it: $80 shipped

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App Store Free App of the Week: HoPiKo speed-run platformer goes free for the first time ($2 value)

The Walking Dead: Michonne is now available for iOS, Android and consoles

All Access is the new one stop app for DC Comics/Film/TV news and more

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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MFi Apple-Certified Lightning + microUSB Braided Cables: 6-foot $13.50, 3-ft. $12.50, more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

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Free PS Plus Games for March: Broforce, Galak-Z, Super Stardust HD, more

Free Xbox Live Gold Games for March: Borderlands, Lords of the Fallen, more

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Grab the best-selling GoPro HERO4 Silver Action Camera for $299 (Reg. $330+), more

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Show off and charge your Apple Watch + iPhone w/ this aluminum dock for just $23 Prime shipped (Reg. $39), more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

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Brita’s new Wi-Fi Infinity water pitcher automatically orders new filters from Amazon

Raspberry Pi 3 hits with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth after four long years

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Review: Audioengine turns it up to 11 with its newest Bluetooth HD6 powered speakers

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Watch live stream of Apple & FBI testify at Congressional hearing on encryption [Video]

In the ongoing controversy over Apple’s refusal to unlock the San Bernardino suspect’s iPhone on behalf of FBI, today Apple’s General Counsel Bruce Sewell will appear before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing titled “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy,” as will FBI Director James Comey.

A live stream of the hearing (embedded below) will begin today at 9:30AM PT/12:30PM ET. more…

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, balancing americans’ security and privacy, Bruce Sewell, Congress, Encryption, hearing, James Comey, live stream, San Bernardino

Got a company-issued iPhone? You may find homescreen apps locked into place …

If you have an iPhone issued by your employer, you might find both your dock and homescreen being populated by the apps your organization wants to make front and center. Developer Steve Stroughton-Smith noticed that iOS 9.3 gives organizations greater control over the way apps are presented on the iPhones they control.

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Filed under: Apps, iOS Tagged: dock, homescreen, iOS, iOS 9.3, iPhone, iPhone apps