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2016

Review: Apple's 2016 12" MacBook is a welcome improvement, but won't change any minds

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Apple's second-generation ultraportable 12-inch MacBook features some noteworthy internal improvements, including an extra hour of battery life and Intel's latest Skylake processors, that make it a worthwhile update. But all of the major concessions of the 2015 model remain, making it unlikely this refresh will change anyone's opinion on the divisive-yet-impressive notebook.

Wall Street remains optimistic about 'iPhone 7' & Apple's 2017 after Q2 declines

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Analysts on Wall Street were pushing optimism after Apple's disappointing fiscal 2016 second quarter earnings, saying they expect that the company will continue to innovate and will return to growth over the next year.

TSMC sales to Apple rose nearly $2 billion in 2015 as chip battle with Samsung continues

Wednesday April 27, 2016

TSMC picked up an extra $1.99 billion in Apple sales during 2015, buoying the chipmaker's entire growth for that year, and further cutting rival chipmaker Samsung out of the iPhone maker's supply chain.

Intel pushes USB-C as headphone jack's successor

Wednesday April 27, 2016

The technology world has a seething hatred of the traditional 3.5-millimeter headphone jack -- or so it seems, given that chip giant Intel is the latest company to propose replacing the aging plug with a digital alternative.

Nintendo's 'Fire Emblem' & 'Animal Crossing' franchises coming to phones, tablets

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Two of Nintendo's most popular game series, Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing, will join the ranks of its first apps for smartphones and tablets, the console maker said on Wednesday.

Microsoft appears to be copying Apple's 2014 Continuity Handoff feature for Windows PCs

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Two years ago, Apple introduced Handoff--part of Continuity--as an innovative solution to a problem nobody had anticipated: how to wirelessly, automatically transition work in progress between a phone and tablet or desktop computer. Now Microsoft appears to be copying the feature for Windows 10.

FBI's first vulnerability tip to Apple came on April 14 for already-patched flaw

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Apple on Tuesday said the FBI divulged its first vulnerability tip under a White House process for sharing digital security flaws with private corporations on April 14, but the information was useless as Apple had already patched the issue nine months earlier.

Apple CEO Tim Cook optimistic on China despite 26% dip in revenue

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday reiterated a positive outlook on Greater China despite suffering a year-over-year revenue contraction during the second quarter of 2016, saying the region is "a lot more stable" than some perceive.

Apple faces constrained iPhone SE supply on surprise demand

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook during Tuesday's quarterly conference call said supply of its latest iPhone SE model is constrained due to surprisingly high demand from users who want the latest technology in a small package.

Apple services stand out as bright spot in otherwise rough Q2

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Services revenue was perhaps one of the few comforts for Apple in its second-quarter financial results shared on Tuesday, growing 20 percent year-over-year to $5.99 billion, setting an all-time record for the company.

Apple Music surpasses 13M paid subscribers on strong services growth

Tuesday April 26, 2016

During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook revealed Apple Music now serves more than 13 million paying subscribers, adding two million customers in as many months.

Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2016 conference call

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Calling it a "busy and challenging quarter," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook gave commentary and fielded questions on his company's fiscal 2016 second quarter. Notes of interest from the call with investors and the media follow.

Apple adds $50B to capital return program, increases quarterly dividend by 10%

Tuesday April 26, 2016

In announcing its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, Apple on Tuesday said it will infuse another $50 billion into an ongoing capital return program, a move that comes with a $35 billion boost to the company's share repurchase initiative.

iPhone sales fall to 51.2M, Apple earns $50.6B in revenue in disappointing March quarter

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016 officially marks the first time ever that iPhone sales saw a year-over-year decline, as the company shipped 51.2 million handsets on its way to $50.6 billion in total sales.

FBI still deciding whether to allow review of San Bernardino iPhone exploit

Tuesday April 26, 2016

The FBI has yet to decide whether an exploit used to crack the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook will even be reviewed for possible disclosure, agency director James Comey said on Tuesday.

Google mimics Apple Watch with conveniently swappable 'Mode' Android Wear bands

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Taking a page from the simple customization of the Apple Watch, Google on Tuesday announced it is launching a new lineup of Android Wear bands that can be easily replaced to give a wearable device a fresh look.

Dropbox's 'Project Infinite' will let users browse cloud files without syncing locally

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Cloud storage service Dropbox on Tuesday announced "Project Infinite," a new feature that will let people browse cloud files on their desktop without having to have the content synced locally.

Apple drops third iOS 9.3.2 beta for developers

Tuesday April 26, 2016

It's that time of the week again, as registered developers who hit Software Update on their testing devices or log in to the Apple developer portal will find a shiny new preview of iOS 9.3.2 waiting.

Google joins Uber, Ford, others to advocate self-driving car adoption

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Several high-profile companies -- Google, Ford, Uber, Lyft, and Volvo -- have joined together in a new coalition, looking to persuade both the public and the U.S. government about the benefits of self-driving cars, with the particular goal of knocking down any legal barriers that might interfere.

Nokia buys health & fitness gear maker Withings in deal worth $192 million

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Nokia Technologies on Tuesday announced a planned takeover of health and fitness accessory maker Withings, in a deal valued at 170 million, or about $192 million.