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2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 delivers poor graphics performance vs. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Wednesday April 01, 2015

While boasting an "Octa Core" Application Processor and an extremely high resolution display, Samsung's new Galaxy S6 falls flat in running GPU intensive apps and games -- particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Apple announces Chinese iPhone and iPad trade-in program

Wednesday April 01, 2015

Apple iPhone and iPad owners living in Greater China are now able visit one of the country's 18 Apple Store locations to trade in their old hardware for store credit, which can subsequently be applied to a new device purchase.

Apple and IBM unveil 8 new MobileFirst iOS apps, new healthcare and industrial products categories

Wednesday April 01, 2015

As part of mobile applications and services initiative MobileFirst, Apple and IBM on Tuesday released eight new iOS apps serving various enterprises, adding new services for the healthcare and industrial products segments.

UK's Carphone Warehouse denied Apple Watch at launch, hints at Apple retail plans

Tuesday March 31, 2015

The CEO of Carphone Warehouse, Britain's biggest cellphone retailer, on Tuesday said that his company's 800 stores were left out of the Apple Watch launch scheduled to kick off on April 24, suggesting other big box chains around the world are in the same situation.

Analyst predicts 1M Apple Watches sold over launch weekend, 2.3M by June

Tuesday March 31, 2015

With Apple Watch on the horizon, industry analysts are placing their bets on how many units Apple can move on its first weekend of availability, with one prediction pegging the number at one million.

Pandora CFO says service coming to CarPlay, calls Apple 'frenemy'

Tuesday March 31, 2015

When CarPlay debuted in 2014, Internet radio service Pandora, seemingly a perfect fit for an iOS-based automotive system, was conspicuously absent from Apple's list of launch partners. That may soon change, according to one Pandora executive.

Amazon Dash Buttons bring consumerism to Internet of Things

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Amazon on Tuesday announced a new single-purpose Internet-connected device that lets customers quickly reorder commonly depleted goods like coffee pods and razor blades at the push of a button.

Todoist for iOS gets major upgrades, New York Times creates 'one-sentence stories' for Apple Watch

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Doist on Tuesday released a major update of Todoist for iOS, adding features like "intelligent" task input, while the New York Times announced it would be creating single-sentence stories for display on Apple Watch.

Rockstar patent sale could net Apple $392 million in March quarter

Tuesday March 31, 2015

The sale of patents owned by the Rockstar Consortium of companies could bring a windfall of $392 million in additional cash to Apple's March quarter, estimates from one analyst predict.

Google unveils new $149 Chromebooks, Asus-made Chromebit stick computer

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Devices running Google's budding Chrome OS cloud-based operating system continue to fall in price, as the company announced two new laptop models from Chinese manufacturers Haier and Hisense, alongside a convertible Chromebook and thumb drive-sized "Chromebit" from Asus.

Apple's Lisa Jackson talks environmental regulations, global carbon footprint at WSJ conference

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Apple's head of environmental efforts, Lisa Jackson, addressed a variety of issues, including the company's relationship with federal regulators and its global carbon footprint, in a new interview.

Apple asks developers to submit WatchKit apps for fast approaching Apple Watch launch

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Apple on Tuesday issued a notice to its development community, asking for applications based on the new WatchKit tools for Apple Watch to be submitted to the App Store.

Smartphone users becoming more discerning about the apps they use, Gartner says

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Six years into the current incarnation of the mobile app marketplace, a recent survey suggests that while smartphone owners have not lost their appetite for new apps, developers hoping to make it into users' everyday rotation have a higher bar to reach.

Microsoft ditches ARM for Intel with new $499 Surface 3, its latest iPad competitor

Tuesday March 31, 2015

After two generations of ARM-based tablets that ran a limited version of Windows, Microsoft has finally abandoned the low-power processors for Intel's latest Atom chips, allowing the third-generation Surface to run full-fledged Windows 8.1.

Reviewers say Samsung's Galaxy S6 tops Android heap, but S6 Edge is solution in search of problem

Tuesday March 31, 2015

The early word is out on Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, with many reviewers praising the company's design efforts --†even as they acknowledge its Apple-esque form --†while questioning the S6 Edge's raison d'Ítre.

Two-thirds of Apple Pay users running into problems at checkout, survey claims

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that Apple Pay had "gotten off to the most amazing start," about two-thirds of its users are encountering problems at retail, according to a survey published this week by Phoenix Marketing International.

Predicting better-than-expected margins, RBC ups Apple price target to $142

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Gross margins for Apple's March quarter could surprise to the upside, according to investment firm RBC Capital Markets, which raised its price target on the iPhone maker to $142 on Tuesday.

Continuity tips: How to enable or disable iPhone cellular calls on Mac & iPad

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Made available with iOS 8, Continuity and Handoff on iOS and the Mac enable users to receive SMS messages, phone calls, and more across devices. First in our series of tips, here's how to turn on (or off) phone call forwarding to your Mac and iPad.

China reportedly defers banking technology regulations, relieves pressure on foreign firms

Tuesday March 31, 2015

China has reportedly agreed to delay a rollout of regulations that would restrict state-operated banks from purchasing or employing foreign equipment and technology.

Apple Maps Connect services branch out to Italy, Mexico, Switzerland

Monday March 30, 2015

Apple on Monday expanded the reach of its Maps Connect service for small businesses to three more countries, namely Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland.