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2015

Apple wins patent for unreleased Beats gaming headset

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Apple on Tuesday won a U.S. design patent, discovered by AppleInsider, that could hint at the possibility of a Beats-branded gaming headset, potentially revealing a new microphone-equipped Beats product targeted at gamers.

Amazon Echo now available for all US customers to purchase, ships July 14

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Amazon on Tuesday officially opened up orders to the general public for its Echo accessory, a Siri-like, always-on virtual assistant that exists in a standalone tubular speaker.

Apple seeks over $15M in fees from patent holdings firm for 'frivolous' lawsuit

Tuesday June 23, 2015

A federal court motion filed last Friday reveals Apple is looking to garnish more than $15 million in attorneys' fees and costs from non-practicing patent holdings firm Unwired Planet, which engaged in a series "kitchen-sink" lawsuits targeting iOS device connectivity features.

Apple mapping patent provides seamless outdoor/indoor location determination

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for harnessing onboard iOS device sensors to automatically switch from one location subsystem, such as GPS and indoor wireless gateway proximation, to another seamlessly and without user interaction.

Video shows Apple Watch running Mac OS 7.5.5 via emulator

Monday June 22, 2015

A developer was able to start up the nearly 20-year-old Mac OS 7.5.5 (née System 7) onto his Apple Watch running the latest WatchOS 2 update, exemplifying the extent to which computing has evolved over the past two decades.

Documents show NSA, GCHQ launched attacks against anti-virus software makers

Monday June 22, 2015

The U.S. National Security Agency and its British equivalent, the Government Communications Headquarters, have both been launching attacks against security software in order to track individuals and break into networks, a report said on Monday.

iBeacon tech at Cannes Lions 2015 connects attendees, promotes content discovery

Monday June 22, 2015

This year's official Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity app, released on Monday in conjunction with the event, sports integration with Apple's iBeacon technology to offer attendees a personalized experience featuring relevant content surfacing and meet-ups with like-minded event-goers.

Corvette Z06 becomes first Chevrolet vehicle with Apple's CarPlay

Monday June 22, 2015

GM's Chevrolet division is now manufacturing its first vehicles compatible with Apple CarPlay, beginning with the Corvette Z06, the company said on Monday.

E3 2015: iOS games and virtual reality hint at the future of fun

Monday June 22, 2015

The annual Electronics Entertainment Expo was held last week, and AppleInsider was there to see the latest iOS games and controllers. We also also went hands-on with some of the next-generation virtual reality technology that has become a major focus for the industry, including a product that relies on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

Privacy group asks FTC to limit location, contact sharing in Uber's mobile apps

Monday June 22, 2015

A non-profit public interest group on Monday filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, asking it to investigate Uber over policies that could soon add extra contact and location tracking permissions to its ridesharing apps.

Source: First iPhone without home button on Apple's roadmap, but not before 2017

Monday June 22, 2015

Apple is indeed working on a radical iPhone redesign that will ditch the home button, AppleInsider has learned, but consumers shouldn't expect to see such a drastic change to the company's handset within the next few years.

Monster's lawsuit against Beats recalls long relationship with Steve Jobs, Apple

Monday June 22, 2015

The ongoing legal tussle between Monster and Beats -- over the way in which Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre assumed control of the company in the run-up to its acquisition by Apple -- has focused the spotlight on the many ways the two music moguls worked with Apple and late cofounder Steve Jobs over the years.

Best Buy begins taking Pebble Time preorders in retail push against Apple Watch

Monday June 22, 2015

U.S. retailer Best Buy on Monday launched preorders of the Pebble Time, signalling the first opportunity to buy the smartwatch for those who didn't back the project on Kickstarter, just days after the Apple Watch became available at Apple's own retail stores.

Rumor: Apple developing iPhone display with integrated Touch ID fingerprint scanner, eliminating home button

Monday June 22, 2015

Rumors have persisted for years claiming that Apple may eventually eliminate the home button on its iPhone, and a new report suggests the company is looking into developing a new solution for moving its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the display itself.

Tim Cook says Apple now factors Chinese tastes when designing products

Monday June 22, 2015

Apple now heavily factors in the tastes of Chinese consumers when designing its products, including tailoring colors, CEO Tim Cook revealed in a new interview.

Apple will now pay rights holders during Apple Music trial period, Eddy Cue says

Monday June 22, 2015

Following widespread outcry over its policy of not compensating rights holders for streams during Apple Music's three-month free trial, Apple software and services chief Eddy Cue said late Sunday that the company has reversed course and will indeed pay royalties while users evaluate the service.

Taylor Swift praises Apple, but calls 90 day free trial of Music service 'shocking, disappointing' for artists

Sunday June 21, 2015

Apple Music's planned three-month free trial, during which users can try the new music streaming service without paying -- and under which artists wouldn't earn any royalties for those streams -- has found a new critic: pop star Taylor Swift.

Review: LifeProof Fre Power turns iPhone into a long-lived, ruggedized giant

Sunday June 21, 2015

LifeProof's Fre Power case promises to make an iPhone 6 virtually indestructible, both literally and in terms of battery life -- and in that it mostly succeeds, even if there are sometimes tradeoffs to cope with.

Next Apple Watch extremely unlikely to get FaceTime video calling

Sunday June 21, 2015

A recent rumor claims Apple's next revision of Watch hardware will include FaceTime video calling, and despite offering no actual evidence to back this up, the story has spread wildly. The idea doesn't make much sense though, here's why.

This week on AppleInsider: iPad Pro features, Apple Music deals, Apple Watch hits retail & more

Saturday June 20, 2015

With the end of WWDC the news cycle subsided a little, but was still active with news about Apple's 12.9-inch iPad, behind-the-scenes deals for Apple Music, and the Apple Watch making a long-awaited debut at brick-and-mortar stores.