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2016

Google and Oracle face off - again - over Android, with billions on the line

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Two of Silicon Valley's most accomplished heavyweights stepped back into the legal squared circle this week, as the search giant defends its use of Oracle's Java APIs in Android for the second time.

Courts predicted to side with law enforcement on fingerprint warrants for Apple's Touch ID

Wednesday May 11, 2016

In a select number of cases, authorities have been able to compel courts to force criminal suspects to unlock their Touch ID-equipped iPhone using their fingerprint. That security bypass is likely to continue, legal experts say, because capturing someone's fingerprint is a well-established practice in investigations.

Apple fan tells Tim Cook that iPad helped grandfather cope with cancer, gets reply

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook this week responded to an email sent by a customer who explained how iPad and iPhone helped their grandfather recover from cancer surgery -- like an Apple commercial come to life.

Messaging service WhatsApp launches desktop app for Mac

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Popular messaging service WhatsApp on Tuesday debuted its first native desktop client for Mac, introducing users to yet another comprehensive multi-platform solution that will compete with Apple's own Messages product.

Disney shutters "Disney Infinity" video game business

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Just over one month after Disney discontinued support for "Disney Infinity 3.0" on Apple TV, the company on Tuesday announced plans to abandon Disney Infinity altogether, citing poor financials.

Pebble Time updated with automatic activity tracking, 'Send Text' feature

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Smartwatch maker Pebble on Tuesday released a pair of matching firmware and iOS app updates, enhancing its Time series devices with a variety of health-related features, plus iPhone access to a "Send Text" option.

Apple Inc. shares reach ex-dividend as it gears up to distribute $2.9 billion to shareholders

Tuesday May 10, 2016

On May 12, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.57 per share, but investors must have had settled ownership of the company's stock by Monday May 9 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $2.9 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

Apple News format updates with custom channel art & support for older stories

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Apple on Tuesday updated the official Apple News Format with several improvements geared toward making News more publisher-friendly, particularly for outlets just signing on.

Apple's iWork suites for iOS, Mac get minor updates for stability, bug fixes

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Apple's trio of iWork apps for both iOS and Mac were given simultaneous updates on Tuesday, squashing bugs and improving stability for the productivity suites.

VoIP-Pal serves Apple in $2.8B patent infringement suit over iMessage & Wi-Fi Calling

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Patent holder VoIP-Pal on Tuesday announced that it has formally served Apple in an infringement lawsuit, claiming over $2.8 billion in damages from concepts used in services like Wi-Fi Calling and iMessage.

Filemaker 15 launches with support for Apple's Touch ID, 3D Touch

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Apple-owned subsidiary Filemaker launched version 15 on Tuesday, making it easier to build customized apps using the latest iOS features without the need for complicated programming knowledge.

Killer Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi, Silver) for $499.00 at B&H Photo ($200 off)

Tuesday May 10, 2016

AppleInsider readers this week can grab Apple's current 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi Only, Silver) for the lowest price ever offered at $499, with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY.

Apple imagines future Siri enhancements to find, control live television content

Tuesday May 10, 2016

If Apple ever gets its long-rumored web television service for Apple TV off the ground, a newly-issued patent shows that users may depend on voice navigation to find, watch, and record shows and events.

Amazon makes jump into self-published videos with Amazon Video Direct

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Amazon on Tuesday revealed Amazon Video Direct, a self-publishing platform for uploading to Prime Video and generating income from plays, competing with the likes of Google's YouTube, but focusing more on professional content.

Japan Display reports $294M net loss, hopes Apple will switch iPhone to OLED soon

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Amid slowing sales from a stalling smartphone market, Apple supplier Japan Display is apparently hopeful that future iPhone models could use OLED display technology, helping to once again reignite sales growth.

RBC, CIBC & other Canadian banks launch support for Apple Pay

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Several Canadian banks launched support for Apple Pay on Tuesday, finally opening up the payment platform in the country beyond the limited number of American Express card holders.

Apple announces WWDC 2016 scholarship winners

Monday May 09, 2016

Apple on Monday began sending out notifications to lucky students and STEM organization members selected to receive a scholarship to this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, offering winners the chance to attend without paying the $1,599 ticket price.

Foxconn nears deal to build iPhone manufacturing plant in India, report says

Monday May 09, 2016

Apple supplier Foxconn is reportedly close to inking a deal with the Indian government to green-light plans to set up a manufacturing plant exclusively for Apple products.

Steve Jobs tasked Apple to fix healthcare and Apple Watch is part of the answer

Monday May 09, 2016

An interesting profile of Apple's overarching health initiative published Monday says Apple Watch, a device marketed to fashion-forward consumers, has roots in late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs' personal quest for better healthcare, a goal he wanted for all Apple customers.

Apple's Tim Cook, Jony Ive among most influential people in automotive tech

Monday May 09, 2016

Apple currently markets a single automotive product -- CarPlay infotainment software -- but rumors of a branded electric car put company executives Tim Cook and Jony Ive on a top 10 list ranking the most influential figures in automotive technology.