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CLSA reports strong, resilient demand for iPhones in China at the expense of Huawei, Samsung

Thursday January 14, 2016

Hong Kong broker CLSA reports a continued "loyal following" for Apple in China, noting that half of smartphone buyers intend to buy from Apple, compared to slipping interest figures for Huawei, Samsung and Xiaomi.

Broadway musical to tell story of epic rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

Thursday January 14, 2016

The famous rivalry between tech titans Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, whose companies Apple and Microsoft together shaped the modern computing world, is the focus of an upcoming Broadway musical comedy called "Nerds," set to open in April.

US transport regulators may waive some safety rules to spur self-driving cars

Thursday January 14, 2016

The U.S. Transportation Department may waive some safety rules to make it easier for automakers to test self-driving vehicles, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced at a Thursday event in Detroit.

Shareholder motion asks Apple to aim for net-zero greenhouse gases by 2030

Thursday January 14, 2016

A measure coming up for voting by Apple shareholders asks Apple to explore options for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions -- for both its own operations and major suppliers -- by 2030.

Apple seeds 1st public betas of iOS 9.3 & OS X 10.11.4, 2nd developer beta of iOS 9.3

Thursday January 14, 2016

Apple on Thursday issued the first public betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4, following up on developer betas released earlier in the week. [Updated]

Sen. Franken asks Google to address concerns about Chromebooks, Google Apps collecting student data

Thursday January 14, 2016

U.S. Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, asking his company to describe what it's doing with the private data of students who use Chromebooks and/or Google Apps for Education.

Apple Music down for some listeners, asking others to resubscribe [u]

Thursday January 14, 2016

Some Apple Music listeners are currently experiencing serious problems with the service, including not being able to stream anything at all, according to numerous grievances on Twitter. [Updated]

Samsung to invest up to $7.47B in developing flexible OLEDs for future iPhones, report claims

Thursday January 14, 2016

Samsung Display is reportedly planning to spend up to $7.47 billion on expanding manufacturing capacity with the long-term goal of producing flexible OLED panels for future iPhones.

Fassbender, Winslet earn Oscar nods for roles in Steve Jobs film

Thursday January 14, 2016

Awards season continues to be kind to the stars of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed one nomination apiece on Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet for their roles in the film.

Software bug shuts down Nest thermostats, turns off heating for unlucky customers

Thursday January 14, 2016

A buggy software update has caused many users of Nest's smart thermostat to wake up in the cold in recent days, as the devices have been found to quickly drain their batteries and shut down, leaving heating and cooling systems offline.

Apple A9 chip fab TSMC reports record earnings, casting further doubt on 'Peak iPhone'

Thursday January 14, 2016

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest chip fab and a manufacturer of Apple's A9 chips used in iPhone 6s models, has posted earnings that beat analysts estimates for the quarter and established the company's highest annual earnings in 29 years.

Apple invents plug insertion guidance system for desktops with hard to see ports

Thursday January 14, 2016

Addressing what some would call a drawback of modern computer design, Apple has developed a system that provides users plug alignment assistance for hard to reach ports normally located in the rear of desktop enclosures.

Apple investigating Apple Watch band that transforms into a protective case, stand

Thursday January 14, 2016

Apple Watch launched with a total of six swappable band styles, but a patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is investigating a successor model with magnetic closure that doubles as a protective encasement and stand when not on the wrist.

GoPro to cut 7% of workforce on poor sales as entertainment chief departs

Wednesday January 13, 2016

It was a bleak day for action cam maker GoPro, as the company said it planned to axe about 7 percent of its workforce on lower than expected fourth quarter sales, an announcement that sent shares tumbling.

First look: Night Shift mode eases nighttime eye strain

Wednesday January 13, 2016

With its latest iOS 9.3 beta, Apple is for the first time allowing users to access and control display temperature on their iPhones and iPads, albeit in limited fashion, through a feature called Night Shift.

U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi checks her Apple Watch on camera during State of the Union

Wednesday January 13, 2016

During last night's widely televised State of the Union address, California Representative Nancy Pelosi appeared on camera just in time to receive a notification on her Apple Watch and respond to it with a touch.

New York state considers bill mandating backdoors in smartphone encryption

Wednesday January 13, 2016

A bill up for consideration by the New York state assembly would force Apple and other smartphone makers to ensure their products can be decrypted for the sake of law enforcement.

How to create and rename app folders with tvOS 9.2 on Apple TV

Wednesday January 13, 2016

Just a few months after the platform launched, folders are already coming to tvOS, in the form of an upcoming 2.2 update that will make it easier for Apple TV owners to organize their apps.

Apple to reportedly exit ad business, hand over iAd management to publishers

Wednesday January 13, 2016

Nearly six years after its debut, Apple is reportedly planning to take a much less active role in its in-house iAd advertising platform, as it intends to hand over ad management duties -- and revenue -- to publishers in the near future.

First look: tvOS 9.2 redesigns Apple TV app switcher to mimic iOS 9

Wednesday January 13, 2016

Apple's newly released tvOS 9.2 beta for the fourth-generation Apple TV has revamped the platform's app switcher, bringing visual consistency with iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.