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2015

Apple agrees to subject products to Chinese government security audits - report

Thursday January 22, 2015

China's State Internet Information Office will reportedly be allowed to conduct network security inspections of Apple products offered for sale in China as the company seeks to assuage fears that its devices can be used for intelligence gathering purposes by foreign governments.

Apple exploring smarter Smart Cover, new gesture controls for iPad

Thursday January 22, 2015

Future iPads could come with even fewer physical buttons, as Apple is evaluating new ways to show contextually relevant information and allow quick access to device controls based on the position of the iPad's Smart Cover, according to a patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

BlackBerry CEO prods regulators for 'app neutrality,' wants cross-platform iMessage

Thursday January 22, 2015

Comparing the net neutrality debate to the expansion of railroads in the 20th century, BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Tuesday called for authorities to force companies such as Apple and Netflix to make their services available to all consumers, regardless of platform.

Google to reportedly enter cellular service industry as MVNO running on Sprint, T-Mobile networks

Thursday January 22, 2015

A pair of reports on Wednesday claim Google is about to wade into the cellular network industry through deals with U.S. carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, a bold move that could push competitors to cut prices and boost data speeds.

Developer NimbleBit announces Apple Watch support for upcoming letter puzzle game

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Third-party app developer NimbleBit, known for 8-bit style real-time simulation games, announced on Wednesday that its upcoming project will be one of the first game titles to hit Apple Watch's diminutive screen.

Twitter debuts While you were away' posts on iOS, Web version coming soon

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Twitter on Wednesday announced "While you were away" recaps, a new feature designed to keep users up to date with the goings on of people they follow by surfacing missed posts in their home timeline.

Patent troll targets Apple's Safari, Cover Flow and Time Machine UIs in new lawsuit

Wednesday January 21, 2015

In a new patent lawsuit with the Northern California District Court on Tuesday, so-called "patent troll" TriDim Innovations claims Apple infringed two 3D user interface patents with Safari for iOS 7 and iOS 8, Cover Flow and Time Machine.

Apple's Logic Pro X gets massive update with new effects, tools, AirDrop support and more

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Apple on Wednesday released a huge update to its Logic Pro X professional digital audio workstation, complete with fresh drum and synth effects, redesigned plug-ins, an expanded sound library and support for new OS X features like AirDrop and Mail Drop.

Microsoft unveils 'HoloLens' holographic computing headset

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Software giant Microsoft announced its latest move into hardware on Wednesday, unveiling an all-new augmented reality headset dubbed the "HoloLens" that will enable users to see and manipulate holographic images in realtime, without a tethered computer.

Taking a page from Apple's book, Microsoft to make Windows 10 a free upgrade

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Windows 10, its next-generation desktop and mobile operating system, would be offered as a free upgrade for users running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1.

Apple's fifth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 continues focus on WiFi, Mail & Bluetooth

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Apple on Wednesday provided yet another pre-release version of its forthcoming update for OS X Yosemite to developers, asking testers to continue focusing on problem areas including Wi-Fi, Mail, VoiceOver, and Bluetooth.

Apple spent record $4.1M to lobby U.S. government in 2014

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Federal lobbying disclosures filed this week revealed the extent to which Apple has beefed up lobbying operations in recent years, as the $1.2 million the company spent in the fourth quarter of last year pushed its full-year total over $4 million for the first time ever.

Increased adoption of iPhone 6 Plus in U.S., China set to boost Apple Inc profit margins

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Usage data from Apple's two largest markets is showing a significant increase in buyers' preference for the large display of iPhone 6 Plus as supply increases, indicating a richer profit mix destined to polish the company's earnings.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden refuses to use Apple's iPhone over spying concerns - report

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Infamous former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, responsible for leaking thousands of pages of classified intelligence documents from the secretive spy organization, reportedly believes that the iPhone contains "special software" that can be remotely activated by authorities for intelligence gathering purposes.

Apple buys UK music tracking startup Semetric to boost Beats Music analytics

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Apple has purchased British media analytics startup Semetric in what appears to be the next step in a planned push for Beats Music, the streaming music platform Apple acquired last year as part of its Beats deal.

Bugs in Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon 810 may force Samsung to use its own Exynos chips in Galaxy S6

Wednesday January 21, 2015

A new report claims that Samsung has decided against using Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon 810 Application Processor in its next flagship smartphone due to overheating issues, and will instead be forced use its own internally developed (and significantly slower) Exynos chip instead.

Google joins Apple, Microsoft, others in student data privacy pledge

Wednesday January 21, 2015

A number of tech industry heavyweights, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, have pledged support for a data privacy initiative aimed at keeping student information safe.

Sales of Apple's iPhone surge in Asia as rival Samsung ebbs

Tuesday January 20, 2015

Fresh research published on Wednesday shows Apple's latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets led to significant gains in important Asian markets over November, including South Korea, where local tech giant Samsung saw product sales contract.

TAG Heuer CEO calls Apple Watch biggest threat to traditional timepieces, says likely to wear one

Tuesday January 20, 2015

Just months after Jean-Claude Biver voiced harsh criticism over Apple Watch, the TAG Heuer interim CEO and head of timepieces at luxury monolith LVMH is furiously backpedalling, saying on Tuesday that the wearable is 'an incredible achievement' and that he plans to wear one.

Apple increases lobbying pressure in Washington ahead of Apple Watch release

Tuesday January 20, 2015

As Apple enters uncharted territory with Apple Pay and the upcoming Apple Watch, the company has increased lobbying activities to assuage government scrutiny, though overall spending for the 2014 calendar year is expected to be far less than other tech firms.