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2015

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.

First look: Fitbit Charge HR fitness band with real-time heart rate sensor

Saturday January 31, 2015

Fitbit's new Charge HR fitness band puts an emphasis on wearability with a slim and light form factor, but maintains a wealth of health tracking features including a real-time heart rate sensor and onboard display.

Google announces 40 new third-party integrations for Siri competitor Google Now

Friday January 30, 2015

Search giant Google on Friday revealed that it will allow select Android apps to integrate with Google Now --the company's answer to Apple's Siri digital assistant -- allowing users of services like AirBnB, Pandora, and Lyft to pull that data into Now.

Apple's new Chongqing store shown off in photos ahead of Saturday opening

Friday January 30, 2015

Local media have been given access to Apple's new retail outlet in Chongqing, Southwest China, a day before its official opening and photos of the new store depict an expansive underground space not unlike the company's flagship location on Fifth Avenue.

AppleInsider's official podcast kicks off with analysis of the week's top Apple stories

Friday January 30, 2015

AppleInsider's inaugural podcast is now available to download, offering readers a new way to receive detailed analysis and opinion on the week's biggest Apple-related news.

Apple, Google & Amazon settle with Italian government over 'misleading' free apps with in-app purchases

Friday January 30, 2015

Apple, along with Google and Amazon, will avoid fines from the Italian government after agreeing to revise policies regarding so-called "freemium" mobile games and applications.

Shares of Apple reach new all-time high of $120 after record holiday quarter

Friday January 30, 2015

Apple's best-ever quarter has turned into serious gains for the company's stock price, which reached new all-time highs during intraday trading on Friday, briefly reaching the $120 threshold.

Apple Pay's success has rivals scrambling to catch up, could make PayPal an acquisition target

Friday January 30, 2015

The strong initial success of Apple Pay, combined with the news that eBay will spin off PayPal, has led to expectations that PayPal could be a major acquisition target for mobile companies vying for users' wallets.

As Apple nears $200B in cash, U.S. Senators once again propose a repatriation tax break

Thursday January 29, 2015

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul on Thursday announced the "Invest in Transportation Act of 2015," a proposal that would allow companies such as Apple to bring foreign cash reserves back to the U.S. at a significantly lower tax rate while using the proceeds to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

Apple Inc's thermonuclear assault on Samsung vaporizes Android's remaining profit pillar

Thursday January 29, 2015

After years of failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.