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2014

Twitter to pull #music app from App Store, shut down services in April [u]

Friday March 21, 2014

After a year-long run, Twitter #music will be pulled from the iOS App Store on Friday, while the corresponding service will shut down in mid April.

Apple reportedly exploring on-demand music streaming service, iTunes for Android

Friday March 21, 2014

In a supposed bid to bolster declining iTunes music sales, Apple is in talks with major record labels to launch a Spotify-like on-demand streaming service, as well as an official iTunes app for the Android mobile operating system.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 displaced other Androids in U.S. but iPhone 5 adoption still faster

Friday March 21, 2014

A new report on North American adoption of smartphones found iPhone 5 gained users the fastest, building upon Apple's lead in U.S. and Canadian market share, but that Samsung phones displaced other Android devices, giving the Korean giant a plurality of Android's user base.

Inside the iPad rig Jimmy Fallon used to duet with Billy Joel on 'The Tonight Show'

Friday March 21, 2014

Apple's iPad was the centerpiece of a live performance this week featuring the legendary Billy Joel and "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, and AppleInsider has learned exactly what hardware and software producers utilized to make the memorable duet happen.

Apple's iBeacon used to push seat upgrades in nosebleeds at sporting events

Friday March 21, 2014

Some U.S. sports arenas have begun pushing ticket upgrades to fans in the cheap seats through Apple's iBeacon technology for iPhone, offering users the ability to upgrade their seats quickly and easily.

Apple highlights indie games with new iOS App Store section

Friday March 21, 2014

In a change to the iOS App Store late Thursday, Apple debuted the new "Indie Game Showcase," a special section that will regularly highlight one independent developer and their favorite titles.

Medium launches on iOS as read-only app focused on content curation

Thursday March 20, 2014

Blogging platform Medium on Thursday launched its first iOS app, a read-only content aggregator that allows users of the online service to quickly browse followed collections, view recommendations and find new stories of interest.

Apple restores iTunes contacts & calendars syncing in new OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, iTunes 11.1.6 betas

Thursday March 20, 2014

Apple on Thursday seeded the latest betas of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.1.6 to developers for testing, with the new software marking a return of contacts and calendar data syncing in iTunes.

Starbucks updates app with iOS 7 theme, virtual tip jar and 'shake-to-pay'

Thursday March 20, 2014

Starbucks, one of the first companies to include support for rechargeable payment cards in Passbook, updated its app on Thursday, adding a new "flat" iOS 7 aesthetic, "shake-to-pay" and digital tipping.

Director wants Christian Bale to play role of Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

Thursday March 20, 2014

Acclaimed director David Fincher is considering taking the reins of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, but will reportedly do so only if the studio allows Christian Bale to fill the lead role.

Apple's Tim Cook leads Silicon Valley delegation in new leadership rankings

Thursday March 20, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook checked in at number 33 on a new list of the world's 50 greatest leaders, one of only two Silicon Valley executives included in the rankings alongside luminaries like Pope Francis, Bill Clinton, and Derek Jeter.

Apple updates GarageBand for Mac with MP3 export option, improved accessibility

Thursday March 20, 2014

Apple's music creation tool for Mac, GarageBand, was given a minor update on Thursday which reintroduces the ability to export songs in the MP3 file format, while also offering new drum sounds and enhanced accessibility.

40% of Pandora users listen on Apple devices, service still growing despite iTunes Radio launch

Thursday March 20, 2014

Internet radio service Pandora is heavily dependent on Apple hardware, with about 40 percent of listeners accessing the service through an Apple device. And yet the launch of Apple's competing iTunes Radio last September has not stopped Pandora from continuing to grow.

Apple's iPhone drives China Mobile 4G adoption, but carrier mum on actual sales numbers

Thursday March 20, 2014

Most of the 1.34 million subscribers on China Mobile's nascent 4G TD-LTE network are using iPhones, the company said on Thursday, but investors hoping for a more detailed breakdown will be left disappointed as the carrier declined to elaborate further.

Apple's smart iPhone power management system would track trends to boost battery life

Thursday March 20, 2014

iPhone owners may be able to go even longer between charges in the future, thanks to a new power management system Apple is exploring that would learn users' habits and dynamically adjust the handset's performance.

Apple expected to sit out on megapixel horserace with 2014 iPhones

Thursday March 20, 2014

Smartphone manufacturers are expected to continue their battle for pixel-pushing dominance in 2014 with new cameras of 13 megapixels and beyond, but according to one insider, Apple is currently expected to sit out on the megapixel race this year to concentrate on other ways to better images from its next iPhone.

Apple investigating stylus with extendable 'multitouch' nib, onboard light and motion sensors

Thursday March 20, 2014

Apple has shown interest in building a new intelligent, sensor-laden stylus that could draw lines of varying widths and shapes by extending a long, extendable "nib" that interacts with a multitouch display.

World's first Apple computer retailer to shutter operations on Mar. 30

Thursday March 20, 2014

Employees at Minneapolis-based FirstTech, the world's first Apple reseller, learned on Wednesday that the store will be closing its doors at the end of March after 73 years in business.

Burger King to take e-wallet purchasing nationwide with new mobile app

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Fast food giant Burger King will roll out a mobile app in April that will let users pay for food at more than 7,000 locations in the U.S., expanding on the company's BK Crown Card program already available on Apple's iOS.

In China, new iOS product launches drive older device sales, expand Apple's customer base

Wednesday March 19, 2014

In most countries, when Apple releases a new iPhone model the handset quickly becomes a hot-seller as older models fall by the wayside. The opposite is true in China, according to fresh data from research firm Mixpanel.