November 21, 2016

AAPL: 111.73

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November 18, 2016

AAPL: 110.06

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November 16, 2016

AAPL: 109.99

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November 15, 2016

AAPL: 107.11

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November 14, 2016

AAPL: 105.71

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I’m a pretty big fan of Apple’s recently-launched Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. The on-ear headphones, which we reviewed back in September, have a high upside for convenience, sound and style. Now that the headphones are widely available in stores, Apple has issued a new advertisement to highlight the advantages of the Beats-branded cans…and Amazon might have another pricing mistake on their hands dropping the price by a whopping $80, something Apple never does with just released products.

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Apple Music may be working hard to dethrone streaming music market leader Spotify, but it also can’t afford to ignore the other horses in the race. Google Play Music has today launched a major revamp of its iOS and Android apps, using machine-learning to put together context-specific playlists and ensuring that you always have music to listen to even if you forget to download offline music.

The move happens on the same day that Amazon Music Unlimited began its international expansion …

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November 8, 2016

AAPL: 111.06

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November 7, 2016

AAPL: 110.41

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November 4, 2016

AAPL: 108.84

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November 1, 2016

AAPL: 111.49

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October 19, 2016

AAPL: 117.12

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Update 2: Amazon is reportedly working on a new Brand Central program to help protect brands from knock-offs. CNET says that few details are yet available, but one of those involved in a pilot scheme said that Amazon’s approach to dealing with counterfeit products has undergone ‘a sea change.’

Update 1: Amazon commented:

There’s no shortage of third-party chargers and cables sold for Apple equipment, some of them claiming to be the genuine article, but Apple has found that even Amazon has been selling counterfeit products labelled as the real thing. The products concerned were sold by Amazon directly, and not by a third-party Marketplace seller.

The items have now been removed from sale, and Apple is suing the company that made them …

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October 18, 2016

AAPL: 117.47

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October 12, 2016

AAPL: 117.34

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Amazon has launched its own music streaming service today called Amazon Music Unlimited for $9.99/month, adding another worthy competitor to Apple Music and Spotify. The service offers access to tens of millions of songs from major labels like Sony, Universal and Warner. Music Unlimited features a 30 day free trial so you can give it a go without committing any money for the first month. On iOS, users access their streaming libraries through the Amazon Music app.

Amazon is incentivizing signups with some discounts for loyal Amazon users. If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, then Music Unlimited is cheaper: just $7.99 per month. If you use Amazon Echo smart speakers in your home, you can also sign up to a dramatically cheaper $3.99 monthly plan, but this option limits music streaming to only Echo devices.

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September 26, 2016

AAPL: 112.88

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September 23, 2016

AAPL: 112.71

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Amazon Echo speaker with intelligent voice assistant
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We first heard suggestions that Apple was working on its own equivalent to Amazon’s Echo – an intelligent voice-controlled assistant in a speaker – in the run-up to WWDC back in May. A subsequent report suggested that the device would feature a camera capable of facial-recognition to identify household members and set preferences.

Little more has been heard since then, but a new Bloomberg report says that the product now exists in prototype form and has begun testing outside the lab …

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September 6, 2016

AAPL: 107.70

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August 30, 2016

AAPL: 106.00

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Earlier this month we mentioned that Sonos is hosting a media event in NYC today, and now we’re hearing what the speaker company is announcing. It turns out it does have something to do with voice as I suspected: starting in 2017, Sonos speakers will work with Amazon Echo. Alexa voice control is gaining Sonos support to “play, pause, skip, or control the volume on any Sonos home sound system using the power of their voice.”

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August 23, 2016

AAPL: 108.85

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August 18, 2016

AAPL: 109.08

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Back in 2014, some of the biggest investors in the U.S. suggested that Apple could be the first company to achieve a trillion dollar valuation by market cap, having gotten two-thirds of the way there that year before later slipping. Investment site Motley Fool yesterday acknowledged that the company could indeed be just ‘one home-run product’ away from this, but made the seemingly-unlikely argument that Amazon may get there first …

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