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2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with 56 apps preinstalled, including Instagram & Microsoft OneDrive

Thursday March 26, 2015

Critics of so-called "bloatware" will have new fodder thanks to Samsung's forthcoming flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone, which will come preinstalled with a total of 56 applications, including third-party services like Microsoft OneDrive and Whatsapp.

Apple's new spaceship campus might be named after Steve Jobs, Tim Cook says

Thursday March 26, 2015

While late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs's office remains in situ at the company's Infinite Loop headquarters, a more impressive memorial may be in the works as current chief executive Tim Cook has indicated his desire to name all or part of the new spaceship campus after Jobs.

Amazon debuts new unlimited Cloud Drive plans, Beatport comes to iOS

Thursday March 26, 2015

Amazon today launched two unlimited tiers for its Cloud Drive storage service, while prominent dance music service Beatport has revealed it will be debuting on Apple's iOS.

Angela Ahrendts was swayed to Apple retail by instant personal connection with Tim Cook

Thursday March 26, 2015

Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts chose to leave the British fashion house for Apple largely because of the opportunity to work with Tim Cook, she hinted in a recent interview, choosing to serve alongside the Apple chief executive as he reshapes the company.

Twitter launches rebranded Periscope app for live video broadcasting

Thursday March 26, 2015

Just a few months after acquiring the app's original developer, Twitter has released a rebranded Periscope app for the iPhone, which lets users stream live broadcasts to Twitter followers, like chief rival Meerkat.

Apple concept would require users to input health data to keep using their iPhone

Thursday March 26, 2015

Apple has explored presenting iPhone users with non-dismissable notifications, such as requiring personal health data to be entered before resuming normal use of their device, in a concept that could help break bad habits.

Apple Watch gets 2-page spread in Fitness First Australia magazine

Thursday March 26, 2015

Days after its Down Under debut, the Apple Watch has been featured in Australian exercise magazine Fitness First with a two-page spread that extolls the new wearable's virtues for fitness aficionados.

Rumor: Apple to launch three iPhone models in 2015 including new 4" handset

Thursday March 26, 2015

The latest scuttlebutt out of East Asia claims Apple has plans to release a total of three new iPhone models during its annual refresh cycle in the second half of the year, one of which will incorporate a 4-inch display.

Apple to activate Chinese iPhone trade-in program in March with backing from Foxconn

Thursday March 26, 2015

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is primed to roll out an iPhone trade-in program in China that will let customers sell back old equipment to Foxconn in return for store credit.

Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Apple appears to have acquired London-based big data analytics firm Acunu, which previously marketed an eponymous real-time analytics platform that boasted high-velocity ingests and compatibility with Cassandra databases.

Apple reportedly puts Trent Reznor in charge of redesigned Beats Music app, presses forward with iTunes Radio revamp

Wednesday March 25, 2015

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is moving forward with a long rumored overhaul of its streaming music services lineup that will incorporate a reworked Beats Music app developed with the help of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, as well as a revamped iTunes Radio service.

Apple, U.S. tech giants call for government spying reform in open letter to Congress

Wednesday March 25, 2015

A number of powerful tech companies sent an open letter to Congress, President Barack Obama and other government agencies on Wednesday, arguing for drastic change in the nation's surveillance laws that currently allow for bulk consumer data collection.

Apple TV adds CNNgo for live and on-demand news video

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Apple on Wednesday silently updated the Apple TV with another app channel, CNNgo, to provide users with live and on-demand video from the news network.

Apple Stores will cater to Apple Watch Edition buyers with 30 minutes of hands-on time

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Starting April 10, standard appointments for sampling Apple Watch will run 15 minutes, but shoppers interested in the $10,000-and-up Apple Watch Edition will get a half-hour to see how it looks and fits.

Facebook announces Messenger API, spherical videos & more at F8 conference

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Facebook on Wednesday made a series of announcements at its F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, revealing plans to make Messenger a platform, and improve other aspects of its social network with functions like Share Sheets, spherical videos, and an embeddable video player.

Yelp adds outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs & more to direct booking options

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Yelp this week introduced five new business categories users can transact with via its website and mobile apps, including outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs, spas and salons, and even legal advisors.

Why Apple is banking on USB-C for its all-new 12-inch MacBook and beyond

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Apple recently made a splash by announcing a new 12-inch MacBook that features a single port for both power and data transfers: USB-C, a new connector spec that may sweep away not just USB 2.0, but also Thunderbolt -- and possibly even Apple's Lightning.

Yet another outage hits Apple's App Store & iTunes, preventing searches, discovery & downloads

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Apple's cloud-based woes continue to reappear, with a major outage hitting the App Store, iTunes Store and other digital storefronts on Wednesday, seemingly affecting users around the world and preventing them from searching for and downloading apps or other content [updated].

Apple's early 2015 MacBook Air confirmed to support 60Hz 4K external displays

Wednesday March 25, 2015

While Apple says that its latest MacBook Air will officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.

Apple's Japanese R&D facility confirmed for Yokohama with 2016 completion date

Wednesday March 25, 2015

An Apple research and development facility promised by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been formally announced by the mayor of Yokohama, and is due to be completed sometime in 2016.