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2016

Apple hires Google X lab cofounder, former Nest head of technology for health projects

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Apple recently expanded its health technology team in a big way with the hire of Yoky Matsuoka, a robotics expert who co-founded Google's experimental X labs and most recently served as head of technology at Nest.

Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in continuing fight over encrypted data

Tuesday May 03, 2016

On Tuesday a Brazilian judge lifted a temporary block on Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger, imposed yesterday by another judge in a fight over chat data demanded in a drug trafficking case.

Apple loses exclusive rights to 'iPhone' trademark for non-smartphone products in China

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Adding to the company's problems in the region, Apple has lost exclusivity on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, and must now share it with Beijing-based leather products maker Xintong Tiandi Technology, reports said on Tuesday.

Apple revenue from China forecast to fall 15% this year due to marketwide smartphone slowdown

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Apple's revenue from China plummeted 26 percent year over year last quarter, and is projected by Sterne Agee CRT to fall 15 percent in fiscal year 2016, as the entire smartphone market faces struggles in that market.

Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 to developers, public testers [u]

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Apple on Tuesday issued the fourth pre-release beta builds of iOS 9.3.2, OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and tvOS 9.2.1, giving developers the ability to test the software before its official launch. Public beta testers also got their hands on the latest builds of iOS and OS X [updated].

Apple Pay picks up over 20 more US banks including Texas' Moody National

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Apple on Tuesday updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with 26 new entries, such as Moody National Bank, one of the biggest headquartered in Texas with branches in Houston, Galveston, and Austin.

Fiat Chrysler, Google partnering on self-driving prototypes based on Pacifica minivan

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Google and Fiat Chrysler are on the verge of signing their rumored partnership on self-driving technology, which should begin with several dozen Pacifica minivans being equipped as prototypes, a report said on Tuesday.

Dish Network ventures from satellite TV to iPhone repair with new fixit service

Tuesday May 03, 2016

In a surprise move, Dish -- known for its satellite television business -- on Tuesday announced an iPhone repair service, allowing people in the U.S. to have a technician come out to their location and fix their phone's screen or battery.

Apple Pay gets support for prepaid cards with Boon - only in the UK

Tuesday May 03, 2016

If you're an iPhone owner in the UK and your bank has yet to climb aboard the Apple Pay train -- or you don't have a compatible credit or debit card -- you now have a new prepaid option thanks to the UK launch of Wirecard's Boon mobile payment app with Apple Pay.

Indian government turns down Apple request to import used iPhones for sale, report says

Tuesday May 03, 2016

The Indian government has reportedly denied Apple's application to import and sell refurbished iPhones, in a step that may hinder the company's ability to gain traction in the cost-sensitive local smartphone market.

Apple reportedly increases iPhone SE chip orders amid greater-than-expected demand

Tuesday May 03, 2016

A new supply chain rumor claims that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.

Alleged 'iPhone 7' cable suggests Apple could include 3.5mm headphone jack after all

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Despite a plethora of rumors and alleged design leaks suggesting Apple's next iPhone won't include a legacy headphone jack, a new part from China claimed to be for the "iPhone 7" depicts space for a 3.5-millimeter input.

Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport swappable nibs, Touch ID, 'eraser' & more

Tuesday May 03, 2016

A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company's future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors.

Fitbit CEO says Apple Watch 'wrong way' to approach wearables

Tuesday May 03, 2016

James Park, chief executive at Fitbit, in an interview published Monday described how his company was able to withstand what many viewed as direct competition from Apple in 2015, saying the Cupertino tech giant took a wrong turn with Apple Watch.

Apple stock posts longest losing streak in 18 years

Monday May 02, 2016

In the aftermath of Apple's disappointing earnings report that brought news of a slowdown in worldwide iPhone sales, the company's stock price dropped for the eighth consecutive day on Monday, a losing streak not seen since 1998.

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls doom and gloom 'huge overreaction,' turns sights to India

Monday May 02, 2016

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said concerns that the company's best days are behind it are overblown, citing optimism in China and areas of huge growth potential like India.

Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear on CNBC's 'Mad Money' Monday night

Monday May 02, 2016

In a rare TV appearance, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take part in an interview on Monday night's episode of Mad Money with Jim Cramer on CNBC, scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern.

Brazilian judge orders WhatsApp blocked for 72 hours over encryption row

Monday May 02, 2016

As of Monday afternoon, WhatsApp Messenger will be blocked in Brazil for 72 hours over a dispute about access to encrypted data, according to reports.

Apple's Mac reaches 9.2% share on the web as Windows PC use sinks to new low

Monday May 02, 2016

New data from Net Applications shows that Apple's installed base of Mac users now account for 9.2 percent of the conventional PCs used online, as Microsoft's Windows platform falls to a new low among online users.

Coach to make 9 bands for Apple Watch for $150 each, may not ship until this fall

Monday May 02, 2016

More details continue to emerge on luxury fashion brand Coach's plans to release a lineup of leather bands for the Apple Watch, set to come in nine different styles when they launch later this year.