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2016

Automakers better positioned to build self-driving cars than Silicon Valley, study claims

Tuesday January 05, 2016

The existing giants of the auto industry are better equipped to produce self-driving cars, at least when considerng the amount of patents they control, a study said on Tuesday.

Deals: $200 off DJI Phantom 3 Standard and Advanced drones

Tuesday January 05, 2016

One day after DJI launched a new 4K-capable Phantom 3 model, the drone company's lower tier offerings are being marked down by select resellers, with significant savings to be had on Phantom 3 Standard and Phantom 3 Advanced models.

Apple files permit to build second data center cluster in Reno

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Apple is looking to build out its data center operations in Reno, Nev., with a new project calling for an expansion of existing infrastructure that will bring the company's Reno Technology Park plot to near capacity.

Analyst: Nikkei iPhone 6s supplier story says nothing of iPhone demand; site wrong before in 2013

Tuesday January 05, 2016

While reporting that Apple could cut supplier orders for new iPhone 6s models by "30 percent," Japanese business newspaper Nikkei has characterized the move as "inventory adjustment" while adding that other iPhone models "have continued to sell."

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch to be iOS compatible later this year

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Samsung during a CES keynote on Tuesday announced plans to make its Gear S2 smartwatch compatible with Apple devices running iOS, a surprising feature addition considering the two companies are fierce competitors in the mobile space.

Munster: Fears of March iPhone sales contraction overdone, December report will clear the air

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Deviating from a bandwagon of media reports interpreting recent supply chain rumors as a harbinger of iPhone's first year-over-year sales contraction, PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster believes production estimates have little to do with final reported sales. For a more accurate representation, investors should instead look to key data points from Apple itself.

Grid Connect, iHome & iDevices debut new Apple HomeKit accessories

Tuesday January 05, 2016

A trio of companies -- Grid Connect, iHome, and iDevices -- announced new HomeKit accessories on Tuesday, including power outlets, switches, and climate and water sensors.

iOS dominated U.S. holiday shopping with 77% share of online orders as Android accounted for just 23%

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Holiday quarter online shopping revenues grew 12 percent over last year in the U.S., despite less promotional discounting. Additionally, 77 percent of orders from mobile devices were made from Apple-branded devices, compared to just 23 percent using Android.

Apple Pencil's 'incredible' design packs 15 semiconductors into small space

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Though the Apple Pencil is simple on the outside, the inner workings of the iPad Pro stylus are a major technological achievement, a new analysis from the silicon experts at Chipworks has found.

Apple suppliers expect iPhone 6s orders to be cut by 30% this quarter - report

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Apple suppliers are preparing for slower-than-expected sales of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in the current March quarter, with orders said to be some 30 percent lower than originally expected, according to Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.

Fitbit reveals Blaze fitness tracker with color touchscreen, Misfit launches compact Ray

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Fitbit on Tuesday announced the Blaze, its first-ever fitness tracker with a color touchscreen, while Misfit continued its alternative approach by introducing the ultra-compact Ray, further expanding the landscape of iPhone-connected wearable devices.

Parrot unveils new Disco winged drone with 50mph top speed, iOS connectivity

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Do-everything electronics maker Parrot on Tuesday unveiled its new Disco drone, eschewing the quadcopter design for a new winged style that adds advanced autopilot systems and a significantly higher top speed.

Apple Pay picks up 58 new US card issuers, approaches 1,000

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Apple on Tuesday updated the list of U.S. Apple Pay card issuers with 58 more financial institutions, putting the company over the 900 mark and within sight of hitting 1,000 later this year.

Apple Watch Sport, Beats Solo2 get special treatment for Chinese New Year

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Apple on Monday announced that consumers in mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Singapore will be able to get their hands on special limited editions of the Apple Watch Sport and updated Beats Solo2 headphones designed to celebrate Chinese New Year.

T-Mobile's Binge On throttling all video to 1.5Mbps, regardless of source, EFF says

Tuesday January 05, 2016

For Binge On users, T-Mobile is indeed throttling all video -- despite the carrier's statements to the contrary, according to a report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Kanye West slams Apple partner Nike, pimps Kim Kardashian's Kimoji app in 'Facts' diss track

Tuesday January 05, 2016

The 2016 edition of producer-turned-rapper-turned-designer Kanye West's annual New Year's Eve drop took the form of a diss track aimed squarely at longtime Apple partner Nike, while Yeezus also seized the opportunity to promote his wife's Kimoji app that he claims "shut down the App Store."

Apple again rumored to drop 3.5mm headphone jack from 'iPhone 7' for Lightning, Bluetooth

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Rumblings out of East Asia again suggest Apple will ditch the industry standard 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of a Bluetooth wireless/Lightning audio solution, potentially forcing customers invested in the stalwart format to purchase new gear.

Apple on verge of major retail push into Latin America, first stores to open in Mexico City

Tuesday January 05, 2016

Apple is preparing an aggressive brick-and-mortar retail expansion into Latin America that will see new Apple Stores open across Mexico and eventually South America, to be led by two massive outlets -- one a flagship -- in Mexico City, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Alarm.com's Apple TV app lets users stream HD security video, pan and tilt cameras with Siri Remote

Monday January 04, 2016

At CES Unveiled on Monday, smart home solutions provider Alarm.com launched a new Apple TV app that allows users to monitor and interact with live HD video feeds from Alarm.com-compatible cameras directly on their television.

Hunter debuts first HomeKit-connected ceiling fans

Monday January 04, 2016

Adding to the blitz of CES announcements building on the success of Apple's product ecosystem, Hunter Fan Company on Monday revealed two Wi-Fi enabled ceiling fans with smartphone connectivity support, including Apple's internet of things HomeKit protocol.