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2015

Apple's iOS 8 now on 72% of customer devices, nearly double any Android version

Tuesday February 03, 2015

Adoption of Apple's latest mobile operating system continues to grow, according to the company's App Store statistics, with 72 percent of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches now running on iOS 8 while no single version of Google's Android has surpassed 40 percent.

Rumor: iOS 8.2 will release to the public in March, ahead of April's Apple Watch launch

Tuesday February 03, 2015

Apple may lay the groundwork for the April launch of the Apple Watch by debuting iOS 8.2, a software update required to connect the iPhone to the accessory, a month earlier, in March.

Major physical changes could be coming to Apple stores as Angela Ahrendts era is in full swing

Tuesday February 03, 2015

Under the leadership of retail chief Angela Ahrendts, Apple is said to be considering major changes to the layout of its retail locations, which may be implemented at some locations in time for the debut of the Apple Watch.

How to move your Mac's iTunes Library onto an external drive

Tuesday February 03, 2015

When trying to free up drive space on your Mac, one of the first things you can do is move the iTunes Library to a portable hard drive. Here's a detailed guide on how to back up your music, movies and more to reclaim your hard drive.

Supply chain expects Apple to ship more than 50M iPhones in current March quarter

Tuesday February 03, 2015

In the follow-up to Apple's blockbuster December quarter, the company could exceed sales of 50 million iPhones in the current March frame, companies in the Apple supply chain reportedly believe.

Amazon looking to buy some RadioShack stores to establish retail presence - report

Tuesday February 03, 2015

Following the news that tech retailer RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy, a new report claims that online megastore Amazon has expressed interest in buying some of the company's brick-and-mortar locations.

Wells Fargo: Apple may need to raise more debt to pay for increased share repurchase

Monday February 02, 2015

While the $6.5 billion bond issue revealed on Monday may be enough to cover its existing capital return program, Wells Fargo believes that Apple could be forced to either raise an additional round of debt or repatriate cash from overseas if the program is to continue its traditional annual increase.

Google poised for an Apple-like feud with Uber over ridesharing and self-driving cars

Monday February 02, 2015

The once-tight relationship between Google and ridesharing service Uber has reportedly frayed as the two companies make moves into each others' territory, a split reminiscent of the tension between Google and Apple over Android.

Apple could face huge tax bill as Obama calls for new taxes on offshore profits in FY2016 budget

Monday February 02, 2015

President Obama on Monday put forward a new budget that includes a one-time 14 percent levy on earnings held by U.S. companies overseas --funds which would be allocated to a $478 billion public works plan --followed by an ongoing 19 percent tax on foreign profits, whether the money is repatriated or not.

FCC to propose regulating the Internet as a utility - report

Monday February 02, 2015

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to issue a proposal this week that would see the agency classify Internet access as a telecommunications utility, a move that may also include reclassification for data services from wireless carriers.

Neil Young's $400 Pono hi-def music player loses to Apple's iPhone in blind audio test

Monday February 02, 2015

Though it has the backing of legendary rocker Neil Young, the new Pono music player for audiophiles doesn't actually sound much better, or better at all, than high-quality MP3s played from an Apple iPhone.

Apple to build $2 billion green data center at failed GTAT sapphire plant

Monday February 02, 2015

The Arizona facilities associated with Apple's failed partnership with GT Advanced Technologies will be transformed into a new "global command" data center for the company employing 150 people full-time, thanks to a major $2 billion investment from the iPhone maker.

Photos show Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak in upcoming film

Monday February 02, 2015

Filming of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is underway, and newly published photos from the film's set show critically acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender in the lead role, alongside Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak.

Apple releases fifth betas of iOS 8.2, Xcode 6.2 with latest WatchKit tools for developers

Monday February 02, 2015

Apple on Monday supplied developers with a fifth beta of iOS 8.2, as well as a new pre-release build of Xcode 6.2, giving the latest WatchKit tools for developing Apple Watch software.

Though Apple's iPad sales shrank, Amazon's Kindle Fire took 70% nosedive last quarter

Monday February 02, 2015

The worldwide tablet market saw its first-ever year-over-year decline in the holiday quarter, but the biggest losses were seen by Amazon, which saw shipments of its budget-priced Kindle Fire series plummet 70 percent.

Apple plans $5 billion bond offering to fund share buybacks, dividends [u]

Monday February 02, 2015

Apple on Monday disclosed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it is gearing up to sell another $5 billion in debt through a new bond offering.

While Apple's average iPhone price surges to $687, Android devices flounder at $254

Monday February 02, 2015

Highlighting the huge disparity between the iPhone and the rest of the mobile market, the average selling price of Apple's smartphone lineup is now 2.7 times that of devices running Android.

Apple releases TV ad for China's Lunar New Year, to open new store in Tianjin this week

Monday February 02, 2015

In preparation for the upcoming Chinese New Year, Apple has released a new China-specific version of its ad "The Song," and the company has also revealed that its new store in Tianjin will open this Saturday.

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Sunday February 01, 2015

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Review: Bose's SoundLink Mini is an exceptional Bluetooth speaker

Sunday February 01, 2015

Bluetooth speakers are one of the most popular accessories for mobile devices, helping pump up the volume from audio-limited smartphones and tablets. AppleInsider took a look at Bose's SoundLink Mini to see how it fares in this crowded space.