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2015

Updated Apple TV hardware not coming to WWDC 2015, report says

Wednesday June 03, 2015

Despite widespread rumors pointing to the contrary, a new Apple TV set-top will not premiere at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, a report said on Wednesday.

Tidal gets Mac beta software, Google Drive for iOS switches to Material Design

Wednesday June 03, 2015

Music service Tidal on Wednesday announced beta Mac and Windows clients, as well as discounted student tiers, while Google updated the iOS version of Drive with Material Design and other improvements.

Google announces Street View iOS app, plans to merge Views into Maps

Wednesday June 03, 2015

Google on Wednesday announced plans to launch a new app, Street View, which will let anyone submit a photo sphere to Maps, including ones captured via compatible 360-degree cameras.

What to expect from Apple's WWDC 2015 keynote: iOS 9, OS X 10.11, new Apple TV, more [u]

Wednesday June 03, 2015

Apple is gearing up for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, set to kick off with a keynote presentation next Monday where the company is expected to announce a number of new products, including the next generations of its iOS and OS X platforms, as well as an all-new Apple TV set-top box.

Skype fixes instant-crash messaging bug, Fantastical comes to Apple Watch

Wednesday June 03, 2015

Skype on Wednesday fixed a bug causing its apps to crash with a single message, while Flexibits released a new version of Fantastical 2 for the iPhone, adding an Apple Watch app.

Apple Watch tips: Use Force Touch to start new messages, change music source, clear all notifications, more

Wednesday June 03, 2015

To cope with Apple Watch's relatively small screen size, Apple introduced a hardware feature called Force Touch that invokes app and UI commands with a firm press of the screen. Being hidden by design, these contextual menu options provide deep app control without cluttering the watch face, but can easily be overlooked.

CBS bringing standalone, cable-free Showtime subscription to Apple TV [u]

Wednesday June 03, 2015

Just three months after HBO Now bowed on Apple TV, CBS is said to be in the final stage of preparations to launch a similar offering for Showtime, the broadcast network's HBO competitor, on Apple's set-top streamer.

Shipping times for 38MM Apple Watches improve to 5-7 business days ahead of retail debut

Wednesday June 03, 2015

With Apple expected to open retail sales of the Watch in the near future --possibly as soon as next week --shipping times for 38-millimeter models have improved considerably, dropping to as little as 5 business days.

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL speaker due to fire hazard, offers refunds

Wednesday June 03, 2015

Apple on Wednesday announced a voluntary recall of its Beats Pill XL speaker, warning that in some cases the battery in the speaker can overheat and cause a risk of fire.

Apple HomeKit guide details setup and use, remote access via Apple TV

Wednesday June 03, 2015

A new support page published to Apple's website details how to setup and use HomeKit, and explains how the Apple TV is used as a hub for remotely controlling HomeKit accessories while on the go.

Job listing reveals Apple Maps will become available cross-platform via the Web

Wednesday June 03, 2015

While Apple Maps is currently restricted to dedicated apps on iOS and OS X, that will change, as a new job listing from Apple reveals the company plans to make its mapping service available cross-platform on the Web.

AT&T exec sees end of phone subsidies on horizon

Tuesday June 02, 2015

President and CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions Ralph de la Vega said Tuesday that phone subsidies will soon vanish as customers move away from two-year commitments in favor of new financing plans.

Apple's Cook speaks out against public, private data harvesting policies

Tuesday June 02, 2015

At the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Champions of Freedom event on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered an impassioned speech about public and private sector data collection, emphasizing consumers need data privacy, strong security and the right to encryption.

Senate passes USA Freedom Act, restores some NSA surveillance powers

Tuesday June 02, 2015

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the U.S.A. Freedom Act, a bill which restores certain surveillance powers to the National Security Agency while curtailing some of its greater excesses.

Sprint adds Monthly Rolling Data to prepaid plans, exclusive to Best Buy

Tuesday June 02, 2015

Sprint on Tuesday joined the roster of U.S. carriers offering rollover data for prepaid cellular plans, but with some key restrictions, according to an official announcement.

Rumor: Samsung to take on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with 5.5-inch 'Galaxy S6 Plus'

Tuesday June 02, 2015

Samsung is rumored to be just weeks away from introducing a larger version of its flagship Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, featuring a 5.5-inch display that would match Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, and may even use the same "Plus" moniker.

New 'Batteriser' could help your Magic Mouse & Trackpad batteries run 8x longer

Tuesday June 02, 2015

A small, steel-and-silicon sleeve designed to slip over standard alkaline batteries promises to let those disposable cells run up to eight times longer, saving consumers money and frustration.

6Wunderkinder promises new features, multi-platform support after Microsoft takeover

Tuesday June 02, 2015

In the wake of its buyout by Microsoft, Wunderlist developer 6Wunderkinder on Tuesday promised to continue adding new features, maintain multi-platform support, and keep its workforce in Germany.

Intel announces quad-core mobile Broadwell chips, but Apple likely to stay away

Tuesday June 02, 2015

Chip giant Intel on Tuesday finally unveiled new quad-core mobile processors based on its Broadwell architecture --six months after the first Broadwell chips rolled out-- but it may be too late to snag Apple's recently updated MacBook Pro.

How to create an unobtrusive, low-light 'movie theatre face' for the Apple Watch

Tuesday June 02, 2015

Apple hasn't given Watch owners an easy way to avoid accidentally blinding their movie theatre rowmates with a high-resolution jellyfish, but a quick modification to one of the default Watch faces can help avoid any ill will.