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2014

Review: Amazon's Fire TV makes iterative improvements in set-top streaming

Monday April 07, 2014

The set-top streaming business got a little more crowded when Amazon announced the Fire TV last week. With voice-activated search, predictive content loading and a gaming "bonus feature," the Internet retail giant is positioning its new device as a cure-all usability for problems plaguing existing products.

Microsoft shows off new 'Windows in the car' concept to take on Apple's CarPlay

Monday April 07, 2014

Software giant Microsoft is planning to revamp its in-car offerings after suffering setbacks with the existing Sync platform, unveiling a new "Windows in the car" initiative at the company's annual Build conference in San Francisco.

Samsung's 'Beat Apple' memo: 'Threat from Apple extremely real and urgent'

Monday April 07, 2014

While the tech media has devoted lots of attention to Apple's concerned reaction to Samsung's 2012 marketing blitz, evidence likely to be presented during the Apple vs Samsung trial shows that it was Samsung that targeted its attention on "beating Apple" as its "#1 priority" for 2012.

Review: Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0 makes iPhone aerial reconnaissance easy

Sunday April 06, 2014

As one of the most popular iOS-friendly aerial camera platforms available, Parrot's AR.Drone has become a great example of what's possible within Apple's mobile ecosystem. AppleInsider was recently able to spend time with the second-generation version to see if it's worth the $300 price of entry.

Google prepping 'Android TV' set-top box with stripped-down interface, voice input and notifications

Saturday April 05, 2014

According to supposedly leaked documents, Google is readying a new contender for the living room in Android TV, a set-top box with an easy-to-use card interface, voice controls, push notifications and more.

Apple unlocks new Copy Cat docs as evidence Samsung pilfered iPhone unlock

Saturday April 05, 2014

In the original Apple vs Samsung patent trial, Apple made the Galaxy a star witness by presenting a "copy cat" document that detailed every difference with Apple's iPhone paired with advice on how to more closely copy it. For the second trial, Apple has dug up several more Copy Cat docs detailing the evolution of Samsung's "slavish copying," particularly evident with Slide to Unlock.

Apple issues Xcode 5.1.1 GM seed to developers with bug fixes for Compiler, debugging, more

Friday April 04, 2014

Apple on Friday issued a Golden Master version of its Xcode 5.1.1 software containing numerous bug fixes to vital development tools, suggesting a public release of the product is imminent.

Email from Steve Jobs reveals Apple TV 'magic wand,' other future product ideas

Friday April 04, 2014

An email Apple cofounder Steve Jobs sent to his top executives outlines the vision he had for the company in 2010, including future iPhone iterations, "Apple TV 2" and changes to MobileMe that hoped would leapfrog Google's cloud services.

Apple initially wanted original iPhone to be 'always on' device but opted for 'slide-to-unlock'

Friday April 04, 2014

During the Apple v. Samsung patent trial on Friday, Apple software engineer and head of the company's human interface team Greg Christie took the stand to offer background on the original iPhone, specifically the "slide-to-unlock" feature.

After outing business dealings with Apple, Pixelworks appoints ex-Apple exec to board

Friday April 04, 2014

High-resolution display processing company Pixelworks on Friday announced the appointment of ex-iPod and iPhone hardware executive David J. Tupman to its board of directors, with the news coming one month after the firm revealed Apple orders accounted for ten percent of its business in 2013.

Apple sales team concerned about shrinking high-end iPhone market, but Schiller disagrees

Friday April 04, 2014

An internal Apple document presented as part of the ongoing Samsung v. Apple trial shows that the company's sales team was worried that a maturing market may leave no room for iPhone growth, though marketing chief Phil Schiller downplayed the document's significance.

Apple's Tim Cook banked $74M in 2013, topping all but one S&P 500 tech CEO

Friday April 04, 2014

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook took home $4.3 million in salary and incentives in 2013 and added another $69.6 million in vested stock options, continuing his reign as one of the highest-paid executives in Silicon Valley.

Apple's (RED) contributions in fight against AIDS reach $70 million

Friday April 04, 2014

Apple's contributions to (RED), which aims to eliminate HIV and AIDS, have now reached $70 million to date, the charity officially announced on Friday.

Pixar president recalls a 'transformation' undergone by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

Friday April 04, 2014

While Steve Jobs is famous for helping to turn Pixar into a legendary award winning animation studio, the experience of running Pixar also helped to change Jobs himself for the better, the studio's president reveals in a new book excerpt.

Carriers suggest a big-screen 'iPhone 6' could be a 'very special' success in China

Friday April 04, 2014

Chinese branded smartphones are performing well in their home country, affecting sales of worldwide leaders Apple and Samsung, but buzz is said to be growing in China among customers who are holding out hope for an iPhone with a larger display.

Judge shuts down Apple motion regarding Samsung's 'misleading' opening statements

Friday April 04, 2014

Just hours after Apple filed a motion asking to show evidence of alleged misleading and false statements delivered by Samsung counsel in the companies' second California patent trial, a district court judge late Thursday largely denied the request in a way that could narrow Apple's case moving forward.

Video pits iPhone 5s Touch ID against Samsung's Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner

Thursday April 03, 2014

As Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S5 nears official release, videos and "first looks" are popping up across the Web, the latest of which pits the handset's swipe-style fingerprint reader against Apple's Touch ID.

Briefly: Apple updates iPhoto for iOS with print order enhancements, bug fixes

Thursday April 03, 2014

Apple on Thursday rolled out a minor update to its iPhoto app for iOS, building on an in-app print ordering capability by adding the option to include white borders around selected pictures.

Apple issues fifth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to developers with minimal changes

Thursday April 03, 2014

Apple on Thursday issued the fifth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to developers, asking testers to focus on graphics, audio, Safari and the recently restored iTunes contacts and calendar syncing over USB.

Nest suspends sales of Protect smoke & carbon monoxide alarm over safety concerns

Thursday April 03, 2014

Google-owned smart home firm Nest announced on Thursday that it has suspended sales of the Protect Smoke + CO Alarm after discovering one of the product's built-in convenience features poses a potential safety risk.