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2015

Stanford researchers develop method for tracking mobile devices using battery charge data

Monday February 23, 2015

Privacy advocates have long tried to educate consumers on the perils of giving apps access to GPS data, but a group of Stanford researchers has developed a method to infer a device's location from a seemingly much more innocuous source -- battery charge information.

Latest Apple mystery van sightings occur in California, Florida, Hawaii, Arizona [u]

Monday February 23, 2015

Apple's mapping efforts appear to be growing, as AppleInsider readers continue to spot mysterious sensor-laden vans, just like the ones previously confirmed to be registered to Apple, roaming around the United States.

Google launches new YouTube Kids app on Apple's iOS

Monday February 23, 2015

Parents with young children now have a new option for tablet-based entertainment, as Google on Monday officially unveiled YouTube Kids, a new app for the video sharing site focused on enabling children to discover content for themselves.

Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung experts in chips, batteries, more

Monday February 23, 2015

With its latest recruiting efforts, Apple is allegedly targeting "experts in next-generation technology" from rival Samsung, offering raises and competitive benefits to lure talent to California.

Apple pouring 1.7 billion euros into new data centers in Ireland and Denmark

Monday February 23, 2015

Apple on Monday announced a multi-billion euro data center project that will add new state-of-the-art facilities in County Galway, Ireland and Denmark's Jutland peninsula to the company's roster in 2017, with both locations powered exclusively by renewable energy.

Apple CarPlay partner Toyota not planning to add support any time soon - report

Sunday February 22, 2015

Despite being among the first automakers to sign on with Apple's CarPlay initiative, Japanese marque Toyota is reportedly planning to stick with its own in-house infotainment system for the foreseeable future.

Apple's Oscars ad shot entirely on iPad Air 2, features voiceover by Martin Scorsese

Sunday February 22, 2015

Just in time for the Academy Awards, Apple on Sunday released a new TV commercial focusing on the filmmaking process featuring footage captured on the latest iPad Air 2 and a voiceover by acclaimed Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.

Deals: $50-$70 off iPad Air 2s, $400 off 15" MacBook Pro, $369 off iMac 5K bundles, $799 MacBook Air, $319 iPhone 5s

Sunday February 22, 2015

This weekend delivers iPhone finger gloves, an assortment of discounts on Apple's lone remaining MacBook with an optical disc drive, $50-70 off iPad Air 2s with added tax-saving benefits, how to save $400 to $600 on 4 dozen iMac 5Ks bundles with AppleCare and all-in-one-Canon printers, $400 off 15" MacBook Pros and Gazelle certified iPhone 5s models from $319.

Review: Fitbit Surge, an iPhone-connected health & fitness tracker

Saturday February 21, 2015

For iPhone users seeking a wrist-worn fitness tracker with GPS, heart rate monitoring, and multiple-day battery life, the Fitbit Surge is a good "tweener" device -- not quite a smartwatch, but much more functional than a basic wearable.

Apple says Mac app makers must transition to ARC memory management by May

Friday February 20, 2015

In an announcement posted to Apple's developer portal on Friday, the notified app makers that all Mac App Store submissions will soon be restricted from using garbage collection in favor of the Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) compiler feature.

Apple remains institutional investors' most-loved stock with $383B in holdings

Friday February 20, 2015

Hedge funds, mutual funds, and other large investors continue to make Apple a core component of their portfolios, with over 2,000 individual funds holding shares worth more than $380 billion at the close of 2014, by far the most for any U.S. company.

Rumor: Apple may open iOS pre-releases to average consumers in expanded public beta program [u]

Friday February 20, 2015

After an apparently successful public beta program for OS X Yosemite, Apple is rumored to be considering an expansion of that initiative that would see forthcoming versions of its mobile operating system -- beginning with iOS 9 -- subjected to the same assessment.

YouTube to launch kid-friendly app exclusively on Android, ahead of Apple's iOS

Friday February 20, 2015

The prospective launch of Google's new YouTube Kids app could be a boon for families with young children, but those invested in Apple's iOS ecosystem find themselves on the outside looking in as the video site reportedly will not support the iPhone or iPad at launch.

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Car rumors, Apple Watch pricing, Apple Pay & Sony

Friday February 20, 2015

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including: Apple Car rumors, Apple Watch pricing, new FAA proposed drone regulations, Modern Family films an entire episode on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, Apple Pay, Sony and more.

Apple reportedly in talks to build $1.7B plant in partnership with Japan Display

Thursday February 19, 2015

Apple may soon secure a more stable source for small to medium sized device displays, as the company is said to be in talks with Japan Display on the buildout of a $1.7 billion manufacturing plant.

Apple eyeing electric car production by 2020, report says

Thursday February 19, 2015

Adding to a firestorm of rumors surrounding Apple's supposed electric car project, a report on Thursday claims the Cupertino tech giant is gunning for a manufacturing start date of 2020.

Apple announces repair program for MacBook Pro laptops exhibiting video issues

Thursday February 19, 2015

Apple on Thursday announced a new repair program for certain previous-generation MacBook Pro laptops suffering from distorted video, unexpected restarts and other issues, saying these faulty units will be repaired for free.

Apple Maps Connect service for small businesses extended beyond US borders

Thursday February 19, 2015

Following a brief outage on Thursday, the Apple Maps Connect Web portal returned to service with new German and French language options, suggesting the service is slowly rolling out internationally.

Rumor: Unique display to showcase Apple Watch at high-end Paris department store

Thursday February 19, 2015

In yet another sign of how Apple may market its upcoming wearable device to the high-end fashion market, the Apple Watch is rumored to be featured in a display inside Paris's Galeries Lafayette.

Lenovo bundled adware on some laptops, leaves users with staggering security vulnerabilities

Thursday February 19, 2015

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has found itself in the middle of a public relations disaster, following revelations that it sold a number of notebook computers with pre-installed software that hijacks users' browser sessions to inject customized advertisements and seriously degrades the security of encrypted connections.