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2015

Apple launches unprecedented campaign across storefronts to hype iTunes debut of 'Star Wars'

Tuesday April 07, 2015

All six "Star Wars" films are being promoted and can be preordered from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store, as Apple is heavily hyping this Friday's digital debut of the legendary film series.

HBO Now streaming subscription channel launches on Apple TV, iOS App Store

Tuesday April 07, 2015

HBO's cable-free subscription service, HBO Now, launched with a free trial on the Tuesday with a new dedicated Apple TV channel and an app on the iOS App Store , ahead of this Sunday's hotly anticipated premiere of "Game of Thrones."

Intel to mask billion-dollar mobile losses with new financial reporting structure

Tuesday April 07, 2015

With its troubled mobile chip unit hemorrhaging cash -- thanks in part to Apple's domination of the smartphone and tablet markets -- Intel this week announced that it would no longer report mobile earnings as a separate line item, instead choosing to lump them in with its money-minting PC business.

Apple Pay picks up 39 new banks, credit unions in run-up to Apple Watch

Tuesday April 07, 2015

Apple on Tuesday added 39 more banks and credit unions to the roster of institutions offering support for Apple Pay, bringing the total to more than 180 since the service's launch in October 2014.

LaCie adds $950 1TB Thunderbolt SSD model to rugged external storage range

Tuesday April 07, 2015

Consumers looking for Thunderbolt-compatible external storage that can keep up with a rough-and-tumble lifestyle now have a new high capacity option, as Seagate's LaCie subsidiary unveiled an updated version of its Rugged Thunderbolt range that ships with 1 terabyte of solid-state storage.

Samsung expects Q1 profits to drop 30%, but declines are slowing

Tuesday April 07, 2015

Samsung on Tuesday provided investors with a new forecast for its March quarter sales, indicating that earnings declined yet again, likely falling 30 percent from the same period a year ago.

Angela Ahrendts tells retail employees to push customers online for Apple Watch, 12" MacBook launches

Tuesday April 07, 2015

In a leaked internal memo sent to Apple Store employees on Tuesday, retail chief Angela Ahrendts asks her employees to help change customer opinion that Apple product launches come standard with long lines, constrained channel supply and low in-store inventory.

Apple tech applies machine learning to 3D mapping for accurate in-air gesture recognition

Tuesday April 07, 2015

Apple continues to pursue in-air 3D gesture control technology, and on Monday was granted a patent for a machine vision system capable of recognizing human hand gestures with uncanny accuracy.

All six Star Wars films go digital, headed to iTunes on April 10

Tuesday April 07, 2015

Walt Disney on Monday announced a completely digital re-release of the venerable Star Wars series, which will launch as a collection of all six episodes on April 10 through Apple's iTunes and other outlets.

Apple Watch pops up on wrist of Pharrell Williams during NBC's 'The Voice' [u]

Monday April 06, 2015

As Apple Watch edges closer to release, it appears Apple is releasing sample units to high profile personalities, with Pharrell Williams being among the first.

Apple Pay to face mobile payments competitor CurrentC in mid-2015

Monday April 06, 2015

Apple's iPhone-based Apple Pay service will soon see its first major competition in the mobile payments space as MCX consortium-backed solution CurrentC prepares to go public.

Apple reportedly purchased startup Ottocat to bolster App Store search functionality

Monday April 06, 2015

A report on Monday claims Apple quietly acquired startup Ottocat to bolster App Store search functionality, specifically pertaining to the store's "Explore" feature that surfaces titles for users browsing app categories.

Apple employees get 50% off select Apple Watch models, over 1,000 apps submitted

Monday April 06, 2015

In a note sent out to Apple employees on Monday, CEO Tim Cook revealed a bit more about the upcoming Apple Watch launch slated for April 24, offering workers deep discounts on Apple Watch and Apple Watch sport models.

Messages in iOS 8.3 beta comes with automatic spam reporting functions

Monday April 06, 2015

A new feature discovered in the latest iOS 8.3 developer beta lets users quickly report spam content in Messages without having to go through Apple's current elaborate support procedure, AppleInsider has learned.

Apple's new 12" MacBook shown off, compared to 11" MacBook Air in 15-minute video

Monday April 06, 2015

Ahead of the 12-inch MacBook's expected release later this month, a Ukrainian electronics reseller got its hands on the device to produce a fairly detailed video looking at hardware, performance and design.

First look: Beastgrip Pro lens adapter platform for Apple's iPhone

Monday April 06, 2015

Beastgrip, makers of the camera mount used to shoot a Bentley car commercial, are back with a Kickstarter for a much-improved version of their camera mount, Beastgrip Pro. AppleInsider was given an opportunity to test out the prototype hardware ahead of the crowdfunding launch.

Roku updates set-tops & mobile apps with features like voice search, Roku Feed

Monday April 06, 2015

Apple TV competitor Roku today updated its streaming media set-tops and companion mobile apps with new voice search functions, access to a content discovery system dubbed "Roku Feed," and faster hardware in the case of the Roku 2.

Display makers increase IGZO capacity as Apple ponders next-gen panels for 'iPad Pro' - report

Monday April 06, 2015

Apple is likely to choose IGZO-based display panels for its so-called 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro,' a Monday report from South Korea suggests, prompting Korean manufacturers Samsung and LG Display to make investments designed to increase their production capacity in a bid to win Apple's business.

Apple environment VP Lisa Jackson to speak at Rainbow PUSH Coalition summit

Monday April 06, 2015

The head of Apple's Environmental Initiatives division, Lisa Jackson, will be delivering one of the keynote speeches at May's PUSHTech2020 Summit, hosted by the non-profit Rainbow PUSH Coalition founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

About 20 Watch app developers visiting Apple labs each day under tight scrutiny

Monday April 06, 2015

Roughly 20 developers are coming to Apple's labs in Sunnyvale, Calif., each day in order to test their apps on the Apple Watch, doing so under intense supervision ahead of the device's launch, according to a new report.