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2015

Apple reverses iTunes Store changes to become more indie-label friendly

Wednesday March 04, 2015

Apple has reversed course on some recent changes at the iTunes Store in order to make the shop more palatable to independent record labels, which voiced concerns that new algorithms would promote mainstream musicians at the expense of lesser-known acts.

Questionable screenshots claim to show updated 13" MacBook Air with 1.6GHz Intel Broadwell CPU

Wednesday March 04, 2015

Screenshots that surfaced Wednesday on a Chinese web forum purport to show details of a forthcoming MacBook Air refresh that would bring Intel's latest Broadwell chips to Apple's ultraportable, though there is some question as to the shots' validity.

Nvidia to take on Apple TV with Shield set-top box featuring Android TV

Wednesday March 04, 2015

The latest major company to step into the crowded set-top box market, where the Apple TV competes, is Nvidia, whose upcoming Shield media player will be powered by Google's Android TV platform.

'iPhone 6s' said to ship with 2GB of RAM, Apple leaning toward including Apple SIM

Wednesday March 04, 2015

Apple's 2015 iPhone update will purportedly add some features introduced in the iPad Air 2 last year, including an upgrade to 2 gigabytes of RAM and the possibility of pre-installing the Apple SIM, giving users the ability to select a carrier on their own out of the box.

Apple reclaims top spot in movie product placement rankings

Wednesday March 04, 2015

Apple has once again, after a three-year gap, taken the Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards, highlighting the companies inserted most often into Hollywood movies.

Uber's first-ever public acquisition, maps firm deCarta, will lessen reliance on Apple, Google

Wednesday March 04, 2015

Ridesharing startup Uber has finally shown its hand in the mergers and acquisitions market, picking up small navigation and geospatial services firm deCarta in a move that some say is designed to help Uber lessen its dependence on mapping services from Apple and Google.

Apple Watch publicity tour comes to Chinese fashion magazine YOHO

Wednesday March 04, 2015

The Apple Watch is continuing to make the rounds of fashion magazines, this time in the form of a Sport model on the April cover of China's YOHO, which bears the slogan "Being Young is an Attitude."

Google reportedly looking to bring Android Wear support to iOS

Wednesday March 04, 2015

Google is allegedly developing an Android Wear app for iOS, a move that would expand support for the wearables platform beyond Android handsets and enable iPhone and iPad owners to use products like the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch.

Website builds interactive Apple Watch app previews with help from developers

Tuesday March 03, 2015

A new website has created interactive Web versions of bite-sized Apple Watch apps slated for release next month, offering prospective buyers a chance to test drive the device before it hits store shelves in April.

Apple discussing settlement with battery maker over alleged employee poaching

Tuesday March 03, 2015

In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple informed a Massachusetts federal judge that it is in discussions with A123 Systems to settle out of court a lawsuit claiming Apple poached the battery maker's key engineers for a secret internal project.

Apple Watch wins prestigious iF Design Gold Award ahead of public debut

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Before an expected launch in April, Apple's upcoming Apple Watch was given top honors at the 2015 iF Design Awards, an annual industrial design competition dating back to 1954.

Credit unions lead new round of 18 Apple Pay additions

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Apple continues to forge forward in expanding card support for its fledgling Apple Pay service and on Tuesday added 18 new credit unions and banks to the list of participating issuers.

AT&T to ship LTE-enabled Modio iPad mini case on March 20

Tuesday March 03, 2015

AT&T has announced that its Modio case for the iPad mini, which adds LTE support to otherwise Wi-Fi-only models, will ship on March 20 and cost $50 with a two-year data plan.

New SSL/TLS flaw leaves Safari vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack, Apple promises fix

Tuesday March 03, 2015

A newly-discovered flaw in some implementations of cryptographic protocols SSL and TLS -- including those used by Apple's Safari and Google's Android AOSP browsers -- could allow an attacker to force clients to use older, weaker encryption that would make it significantly easier to intercept secure communications.

BitTorrent Sync gains new look, Mint for iOS picks up bill reminders, Sonos adds simpler Room access

Tuesday March 03, 2015

A trio of important app updates were released onto the iOS App Store Wednesday, adding a new Pro service for BitTorrent's Sync file sharing, interface refinements for Sonos Controller on iOS, and bill reminders for Intuit's iOS budget tracker, Mint.

Aerial footage shows off temporary building at site of Apple's March 9 event, likely Apple Watch demo area

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Apple is building an annex to San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center, where the company is expected to further detail Apple Watch at a special event next week, fueling speculation that the construction will yield a large demonstration area for attendees.

Apple to move away from security contractors, hire guards as full-time employees

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Following months of pressure from service workers advocacy groups, Apple is set to end its reliance on external security vendors and will begin hiring security personnel as full-time employees, entitling them to many of the same benefits granted to other Apple workers.

SXSW festival to use more than 1,000 Apple iBeacons for location-based alerts, meetups

Tuesday March 03, 2015

This year's SXSW festival in Austin, Tex., will feature more than a thousand iBeacon transmitters onsite, allowing attendees to receive timely, location-specific messages and the ability to connect with others.

Costly supercar maker Koenigsegg joins list of Apple CarPlay backers

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Koenigsegg, a Swedish supercar maker which sells some of the most expensive vehicles on Earth, has joined the list of auto manufacturers offering support for Apple's CarPlay standard via the Regera, a new car unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

Automakers in Geneva cautious, 'concerned' about 'disruptive interloper' Apple

Tuesday March 03, 2015

As the automotive glitterati descends on Switzerland for the first industry powwow since rumors of an Apple Car began swirling, executives from some of the world's largest automakers have opened up about the possibility of counting the iPhone maker as a competitor.