Apple apologizes for iCloud calendar invite spam, actively ‘identifying and blocking’ senders

Some Apple users have been plagued with iCloud calendar invite spam in recent weeks, with calendar periods being blocked up with unsolicited events from anonymous senders (usually with Chinese names). It is thought that the spammers are mass targeting any iCloud email account it can find on the web, rather than targeting specific users.

Apple has now acknowledged the issue in a statement to iMore, starting with an apology to anyone who has received iCloud calendar spam. The company says it is actively “identifying and blocking suspicious senders” to try and stem the arrival of the junk messages.


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Apple shares new trailer for Apple Music exclusive documentary ‘808’, releasing Dec. 9th 

Ahead of the Apple Music exclusive stream of the documentary ‘808’ set for Dec. 9, Apple has tweeted a new trailer for the film that focuses on Roland’s iconic TR-808 drum machine. ‘808’ was originally shown at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and is just shy of 7/10 stars on IMDb as of this writing. Atlantic Records is offering the soundtrack album now and looks to be selling apparel in the near future. The tracklist includes a wide variety of genres and artists ranging from Hip Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) by Man Parrish, Paul Revere by the Beastie Boys, to Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz.

This documentary effort by Apple is of course in line with their work to blend the liberal arts and technology, and also seems to be on message with respecting and celebrating the past, such as their new hardbound book covering 20 years of Apple’s design history.
For those interested in music history there is a video from the YouTube channel RetroSound dedicated to the famous drum beats made possible with the Roland TR-808. They even include captions detailing what songs the beats come from.

As we previously covered, you can watch the documentary with an Apple Music subscription next Friday and it will also be available to rent or buy from iTunes on December 19. The soundtrack is available now on Apple Music and iTunes.

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Apple now accepting Apple Watch on trade-in site, but currently free recycling only

Earlier today Apple updated its website where customers can send in an old device for recycling to include the Apple Watch. That means that customers can now send their old Apple Watch to be responsibly recycled through the company’s Apple Renew program free of charge, but it’s not offering customers a gift card or any credit in exchange like it does with iPhones, iPads, and Macs.


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tvOS 10.1 developer beta 4 is now available for Apple TV

Apple has released the fourth tvOS 10.1 developer beta for the fourth generation Apple TV. The upcoming software update so far has included early hooks for Apple’s new single sign-on feature which lets you authenticate with your cable provider to unlock all compatible paid video apps. tvOS 10.1 will also include Apple’s new TV app when it launches in December.


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9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 7 128GB $710, Sony NC Bluetooth Headphones $200, MacBook Messenger Bags $15, more

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8Bitdo’s new wireless NES Classic Mini Receiver lets you play with PS4 controllers and more


1st big discount! iPhone 7 128GB in Gold and Silver Qualcomm LTE: $710 shipped ($40 off) no sales tax


Sony h.ear Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones go $150 off for today only at Amazon: $200 shipped (Reg. $350)


These CaseCrown bags are tailor-made for your MacBook, now start at $15 shipped on Amazon


Get Hermès style on your Apple Watch without breaking the bank: leather band w/ deployment buckle $18 Prime shipped 


DirecTV Now launches with an aggressive free Apple TV offer when you pre-pay for three months of service: from $105 ($255 value)


eBay rolls out Cyber Monday Apple Deals: 27-inch 5K Retina iMac 2TB $1,900

Amazon and B&H are discounting Apple’s latest 12-inch MacBook by up to $200: 256GB $1,149 or 512GB $1,449

eBay’s Black Friday Sale brings solid Apple deals: 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB $930

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar 2.9GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,700

Grab a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Certified refurb) Space Gray/Silver/Gold at Amazon for $549 shipped


The science fiction action-RPG Transistor for iOS is now matching its lowest price at $3 (Reg. $10)



Philips’ Hue Go Light has a built-in three hour battery: $60 (Reg. $80)

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Amazon and other retailers extend up to $50 discounts on Sonos speakers, including PLAY:3, 5, PLAYBAR and SUB


Give your aging MacBook Air/Pro a new lease on life w/ Transcend’s 480GB JetDrive SSD Upgrade Kit: $230 shipped (Reg. $280+)


Ringke iPhone 7/Plus cases in a variety of styles and colors for $4 Prime shipped


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