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2015

Twitter experiments with autoplay video ads on iPhone and iPad apps

Monday March 23, 2015

Twitter on Monday initiated an ad engagement test through its iOS apps that will cause sponsored video ads to automatically play on select iPhone and iPad devices in the U.S.

Apple's new Apple Pay acceptance decal kits raise customer awareness at participating merchants

Monday March 23, 2015

Apple recently activated a program allowing merchants to order Apple Pay decal kits to dress up shop windows and registers, which raises customer awareness of where Apple's payment service is accepted.

Fitbit adds support for multiple trackers, bike tracking as Apple Watch launch approaches

Monday March 23, 2015

With the launch of the Apple Watch just around the corner, Fitbit has updated its software to support daily use of multiple devices from its ecosystem, while the new Surge has gained bike tracking capabilities.

Amazon Music for iOS gets ad-free Prime Stations, Instagram launches Layout for iPhone

Monday March 23, 2015

Amazon has launched a major overhaul of its Music app for iOS, including support for radio stations, while Facebook-owned Instagram has published Layout, a new iPhone app that lets users build collages out of their photos.

Square opens up Square Cash payments to businesses in bid to compete with PayPal, Apple Pay

Monday March 23, 2015

Mobile payments service Square announced on Monday that businesses can begin accepting payments sent via Square Cash, an iPhone and Android app previously aimed exclusively at person-to-person transfers.

Source: Apple Watch will see constraints at launch, but reports of late production issues overblown

Monday March 23, 2015

Rumors of production issues before a new Apple product launch are par for the course, and the Apple Watch has proven no different. But a source has indicated to AppleInsider that while there may be some supply issues for the debut of the Apple Watch, they are not unexpected and the company is prepared for them.

Apple posts fifth OS X 10.10.3 beta, adds OS X Recovery updates

Monday March 23, 2015

Apple on Monday seeded an updated beta build of OS X 10.10.3 to developers and public beta testers, the fifth pre-release version of the company's desktop operating system that brings updates to the new Photos app as well as OS X Yosemite's recovery tools.

Apple's mystery vans are so popular, people are making fake ones

Monday March 23, 2015

While Apple's radar- and camera-equipped minivans are being spotted with increasing frequency around the U.S., a new sighting this week in Germany served up an interesting twist: a Dodge Caravan that looks like one of Apple's vehicles, except it's a fake.

Apple outs wireless keyboard refresh on Czech store, could include backlight

Monday March 23, 2015

Apple looks set to update its venerable wireless keyboard, with the aluminum slab appearing on the company's Czech online store with a tweaked layout and altered function keys that could indicate plans to add backlighting in the next version.

iPhone 6 orders boost Pegatron's 2014 net profits to $466.8 million

Monday March 23, 2015

Pegatron saw annual net profits rise 53.4 percent to $466.8 million U.S. in 2014, according to a quarterly results announcement made on Monday, boosted by a growing share of the Apple's supply chain including the hugely popular iPhone 6.

New Apple TV with App Store would enter Apple into $35 billion home gaming market

Monday March 23, 2015

With software sales for traditional game consoles and PCs projected to reach $35 billion this year, one analyst believes a new Apple TV with a dedicated App Store could have a noticeable impact on the company's bottom line.

Rumor: Apple Watch faces staggering manufacturing issues, initial production run halved

Monday March 23, 2015

An extraordinarily dubious rumor from China suggests that Apple has been unable to solve critical issues in the manufacturing of the Apple Watch's flexible OLED display that have driven yields perilously low, while assembly partner Quanta is said to be experiencing significant issues on its production lines due to the device's small size.

Apple opens up for new Steve Jobs biography to shape co-founder's public image

Monday March 23, 2015

Apple executives like CEO Tim Cook were willing to participate in interviews for the new biography Becoming Steve Jobs because of the main author's connections to Jobs, and because the company wants to influence its co-founder's public image, according to an official spokesman.

Seeing Android switchers fueling iPhone growth, Cowen & Co. raises Apple price target to $135

Monday March 23, 2015

After conducting a new survey showing that iPhone growth is being driven by new owners of the platform, investment firm Cowen and Company raised its price target for Apple on Monday to $135.

Apple Watch stars in Elle Australia magazine's styling section

Monday March 23, 2015

Apple's upcoming wearable made its Down Under debut this week in a spread for Elle Australia, with the magazine's senior fashion editor helping fashionistas with tips for styling the Apple Watch for the weekend, at work, or at an after-hours cocktail party.

Google News buries news of Google's FTC investigation under Daniel Lyons fluff [updated with response]

Sunday March 22, 2015

After the embarrassing leak of a U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation that described how Google shifted around its search results to harm competition, Google News has shifted its search results to harm journalism, promoting instead a fluff piece glorifying Google, written by Daniel Lyons [updated with response from Lyons].

This week on AppleInsider: Apple's ambitious TV plans, Campus 2 by drone, AAPL joins DJIA, more

Sunday March 22, 2015

Last week began with AppleInsider taking a fresh aerial tour of Apple's Campus 2, and later saw important news emerging on the company's TV plans, including harbingers of a streaming service and a redesigned Apple TV set-top. We also reviewied the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch, and took a look at the cars owned by Apple's executives.

Intel Core M lets new MacBook go light and fanless, but with sacrifices

Sunday March 22, 2015

At the heart of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook is the Intel Core M, a processor series launched late last year and meant to power extremely light notebooks and tablets. But the new chips come with their own set of benefits and sacrifices, particularly for people considering other MacBook models.

Apple Inc Campus 2 Spaceship Ring tops out cafeteria segment (video)

Saturday March 21, 2015

The grand, expansive dining area portal of the center "Spaceship" Ring in Apple's Campus 2 mega-project has reached its ceiling, with a steel structure now only barely visible over the construction barrier from the street, but clearly discernible from the air.

Review: Apple's early 2015 13" MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad

Saturday March 21, 2015

While we love Apple's new Force Touch trackpad, you still need to buy an entire computer to get one. For the moment, that means picking up the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, a tradeoff that's certainly worth it --ï¿œunless you need maximum power or extreme portability.