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2017

Nokia looks to block US imports of Apple products in latest salvo over patents

Tuesday January 24, 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Apple is importing devices that infringe on Nokia patents, such as iPhones and iPads, a report said on Tuesday.

Breathometer refunding iPhone blood alcohol tester owners in full

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Breathometer, producer of a breathalyzer accessory for the iPhone, has agreed to provide refunds to customers in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, after claims about the device's lack of accuracy were investigated by the regulatory group.

New microchip could bring portable spectroscopy to iPhone, Apple Watch

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Si-Ware on Tuesday revealed an iPhone-compatible spectroscopy chip, the NeoSpectra Micro, which could potentially expand the uses of both mobile devices and wearables in areas like health, science, and nutrition.

Theater Mode, SiriKit coming to Apple Watch in forthcoming watchOS 3.2 beta

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Even though Apple has not yet released a beta for new watchOS system software, it has shared some notes about it, with additions including SiriKit on the Apple Watch, and Theater Mode being implemented in it and not the iPhone as previously rumored.

Apple allowing developers to respond to user reviews in App Stores with iOS 10.3, more improvements coming

Tuesday January 24, 2017

As part of feedback collected by Apple, when iOS 10.3 ships to customers the company is adding the ability for an app's developer to respond to complaints or praise, with the response available for all to see in the App Store -- and more improvements for developers are coming.

Ford hires Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq for VP, chief brand officer role

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Ford has become the latest car manufacturer to draw high-level employees away from Apple, with marketing executive Musa Tariq appointed as a vice president and chief brand officer of the major automobile producer.

Apple releases first iOS 10.3 with 'Find my AirPods,' tvOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.4 betas for developers

Tuesday January 24, 2017

One day after the last updates of iOS and macOS, Apple has released three new betas, bringing "Find my AirPods" and APFS to iOS, a new Night Shift mode to macOS, and fast scrolling to tvOS 10.2.

Strong iPhone 7 Plus adoption seen boosting ASP, Apple's Dec. quarter results

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Though iPhone shipments could fall under Wall Street consensus for the December quarter, Apple's revenue from the product should be boosted by high consumer favor for Plus models, an analyst noted on Tuesday.

Gamevice MFi game controllers for iPhone 7 removes battery, gains external Lightning port

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Gamevice has updated its range of MFi-certified game controllers for iOS devices, with the second-generation iPhone and iPad controllers introducing support for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the addition of a Lightning port.

India government said likely to reject tax, trade concessions for Apple manufacturing deal

Tuesday January 24, 2017

The Indian government will probably reject Apple's requests for waiving taxes and duties on imports in exchange for setting up local manufacturing, reports claimed on Tuesday ahead of a Wednesday meeting between the company and government officials.

'Right to Repair' bills in five states could force Apple to provide iPhone parts, support to independent repair shops

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Five states have introduced bills that would give citizens the "Right to Repair" electronics, compelling Apple and other manufacturers to provide service manuals and easier access to spare parts to consumers and third-party repair shops.

Better incarnation of Siri may appear alongside Apple's 2017 iPhones - report

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Apple's 2017 iPhone models will likely ship with an enhanced version of Siri, reflecting growing competition in the AI assistant space, a report said on Tuesday.

EU ruling over $14 billion Apple tax bill could be overturned, suggests Irish tax advisor

Tuesday January 24, 2017

The European Commission's order for Apple to pay Ireland 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes is an overreach of power, with PricewaterhouseCoopers' head of Irish tax matters Feargal O'Rourke claiming the move is tantamount to a "land grab."

Samsung's chip & Galaxy S7 sales help push Q4 revenues over the top despite Note 7 disaster

Tuesday January 24, 2017

In spite of the major financial hit it took after the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Electronics on Tuesday said it managed a 50 percent boost in operating profits during the December quarter, thanks to a combination of high chip sales and other phones filling in the gap.

Apple patent details modular Apple Watch accessories disguised as bracelet links

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a modular accessories system for Apple Watch that disguises electrical components like batteries, biometric sensors, solar cells and more as links in the wearable's metal band.

Qualcomm to continue supplying Apple with chips despite $1B lawsuit, considering legal rebuttal

Monday January 23, 2017

Qualcomm is expected to continue supplying modems and other components to Apple despite facing a $1 billion lawsuit over patent royalties and a related U.S. Federal Trade Commission action involving the Cupertino tech giant, according to a report on Monday,

Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor performance improvements

Monday January 23, 2017

Continuing Apple's big day of software releases, the company on Monday issued a minor iTunes update that delivers bug fixes and performance improvements to Mac and Windows users.

Short-term Apple executive Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest as CTO

Monday January 23, 2017

Yoky Matsuoka, a leading expert in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, is returning to Alphabet's Nest Labs after serving less than nine months on the job at Apple, where she was in charge of various health-related projects including aspects of Apple Watch.

DirecTV Now breaks 200,000 subscribers in problematic first month of service

Monday January 23, 2017

AT&T's DirecTV has successfully managed to acquire more than 200,000 paying subscribers within one month of its launch on November 30, but despite the growth, customers of the Internet TV provider are continuing to endure issues with the service.

Ex-Apple director Lattner striving to make cars an 'appliance' at Tesla

Monday January 23, 2017

Now heading up Autopilot development at Tesla, former Apple director Chris Lattner says that he's hoping to "accelerate the path to cars being appliances that solve people's problems," rather than machines that require constant maintenance.