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2015

Apple embarks on wave of new battery-related job hires, targets iOS improvements

Monday March 30, 2015

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

Rumor: Apple's jumbo 'iPad Pro' allegedly shown in spy shots with potential second port

Monday March 30, 2015

As has become a rite of passage for rumored Apple products, the company's long buzzed-about 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" was allegedly shown off in a series of photos posted to Chinese microblogging site Weibo on Monday, suggesting that it could house a USB type-C port or a second Lightning connector.

Tidal music service expected to relaunch with exclusives that could hurt Apple's Beats Music

Monday March 30, 2015

Tidal, a music streaming service recently bought by rapper Jay-Z, is due to relaunch later today and will allegedly be backed by artist exclusives that could threaten Apple's planned rebranding of Beats Music.

Alleged 'iPhone 6c' rear shell suggests Apple will repackage iPhone 5s parts

Monday March 30, 2015

On the heels of a new report saying Apple will continue to offer a 4-inch iPhone with a new "C" model, a set of new images show what appears to be a revised design for an unreleased iPhone that could feature parts from the current iPhone 5s.

Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the US, Europe

Monday March 30, 2015

Consumers looking to make the switch from an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone device to an iPhone can now bring their old handset directly to Apple, where they could trade it in to receive credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone.

FDA confirms 'very light touch' regulation for Apple Watch, other wearables

Monday March 30, 2015

Wearable devices that collect and collate personal health data, such as the forthcoming Apple Watch, are unlikely to fall under the thumb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as long as manufacturers stay away from medical diagnosis, an agency representative said this week.

Apple Watch for retail sale by reservation only, no band-swapping during try-ons - report

Monday March 30, 2015

Shoppers wanting to buy an Apple Watch from an Apple Store will not be able to pick one up without a prior reservation, at least at launch, according to a new report.

Steve Jobs biopic shoots scenes from unveiling of first iMac in 1998

Monday March 30, 2015

The upcoming film about the life of Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, will feature scenes reliving his return to the company and the unveiling of the very first iMac.

Cook says discriminatory 'religious freedom' laws are dangerous, calls for action

Sunday March 29, 2015

In an editorial published by The Washington Post on Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook comes down hard on a spate of U.S. legislation he believes enables discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.

Inside iCloud: Apple Inc has quietly doubled its Reno, Nevada data center site

Sunday March 29, 2015

Apple has greatly expanded its data center near Reno, Nev., about four hours east of Silicon Valley. However, it appears that the company's aggressive growth in iCloud server capacity is only just getting started, with massive room for expansion surrounding the facilities.

How Apple's new MacBook gets nearly as much battery life as the MacBook Pro with a battery half the size

Sunday March 29, 2015

Apple has packed its all-new MacBook with some impressive technology, but its outstanding battery life -- nine hours from a single charge -- may be the most staggering. AppleInsider took a look under the hood to see how they could have done it.

Review: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' looks to dispel accepted Jobs myth

Saturday March 28, 2015

With "Becoming Steve Jobs," coauthors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli seek to dismantle perceptions of Jobs the egomaniacal, callous autocrat, replacing accepted opinion with a retelling of the life of a man who they describe -- for better or worse -- as being "half genius, half asshole."

Apple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness

Saturday March 28, 2015

To pursue its continuing obsession with thinness, Apple has gone to extraordinary lengths with the keyboard on the new 12-inch MacBook, redesigning it in a way that is thoroughly distinct from its Macbook Air and MacBook Pro stablemates.

Google, Johnson & Johnson to partner on surgical robot technology

Friday March 27, 2015

Google has formed a partnership with medical and consumer goods firm Johnson & Johnson that will see the development of robots to help surgeons in the operating room, according to an announcement made on Friday.

Meerkat works around Twitter social graph, Vine gets 720P update, and Instapaper adds 'speed reading'

Friday March 27, 2015

A trio of popular media apps received updates Friday, with live broadcasting app Meerkat gaining upgrades to compete with Twitter's Periscope, while Vine moves to 720p video and Instapaper adds Instant Sync and Twitter "textshots."

Apple has not approached Comcast about Web television deal

Friday March 27, 2015

Amid rumors of an Apple branded streaming television service, Comcast asserts it has not engaged in any discussions with the company about licensing NBCUniversal content to air alongside programs from potential partners ABC, CBS, Fox and more.

Apple's Tim Cook plans to give away all of his money

Friday March 27, 2015

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has revealed plans to donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity before he dies, saying that he wants to develop a "systematic approach" to philanthropy.

Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new Indiana anti-gay law

Friday March 27, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk.

BlackBerry sells just 1.6M smartphones in Q4 as software, services grow

Friday March 27, 2015

Canadian device maker BlackBerry on Friday revealed yet another quarterly decline in hardware sales, moving just 1.6 million smartphones in its fiscal fourth quarter as its once-dominant device business continues to retreat.

Apple's $848M solar power deal better on back end, says environmental VP Lisa Jackson

Friday March 27, 2015

The $848 million solar power deal Apple signed with First Solar last month is a better value than some have suggested, according to vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who on Thursday pointed to a surge in the amount of power Apple will receive towards the end of the contract.