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2015

Apple's R&D spending shoots up 42% year-over-year, hit new $1.9B record in Q1

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Apple does not appear to be resting on its laurels despite record sales of its iPhone and Mac, as the company spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40 percent over the year-ago figure.

China to demand source code access, backdoors in some tech products

Wednesday January 28, 2015

China's central government has introduced new procurement regulations that would force technology companies wishing to do business with the country's banks to submit source code for review and build government-accessible backdoors into their products, according to a Wednesday report.

Sony to shutter iTunes & Beats Music competitor Music Unlimited, partner with Spotify

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sony has conceded defeat in the digital music market, announcing on Wednesday that it will close its cross-platform Music Unlimited service at the end of March and refer customers to another iTunes & Beats Music competitor, Spotify.

Carl Icahn says Apple is still undervalued, plans to increase his $203 price target

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Activist investor Carl Icahn believes shares of Apple should be valued much higher than their current trading price, and on Wednesday said he even plans to revise his own price target for the stock, which he called a "no-brainer" investment.

Wall Street shocked by Apple's staggering quarter, prompting analysts to raise estimates

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Apple's stunning first quarter of fiscal 2015 blew virtually every prediction out of the water, and left Wall Street analysts rushing to increase their price targets on Wednesday as the stock jumped higher.

Google Play downloads are growing, but Apple's App Store commands 70% of revenue

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Downloads still aren't translating to dollars for Google and developers who create applications for its Play store for Android devices, as Apple's iOS App Store remains far and away the most profitable digital storefront, according to the latest data.

By the numbers: Apple's ludicrous fourth quarter

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Apple reported the biggest quarter in its history this week --and one of the largest by any company ever -- by nearly every metric imaginable. AppleInsider puts those mind-boggling numbers into perspective.

Apple Store employees to get updated attire, go 'back to blue' starting Feb. 2

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Starting Feb. 2, customers walking into an Apple Store may notice something a little different as employees are expected to wear newly designed crew neck or polo shirts in a familiar shade of blue, but with repositioned and resized white Apple logos.

Universal Pictures announces cast of upcoming Steve Jobs movie, start to principal filming

Tuesday January 27, 2015

In a prepared statement issued on Tuesday, Universal Studios announced the full cast list for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, currently titled "Steve Jobs," including actresses set to play Jobs' daughter Lisa at three different ages.

eBay developing Apple Watch software with ties to iOS app

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Apple Watch owners may never need to worry about being outbid in an eBay auction again, as a new job listing posted by the Internet auctioneer suggests advanced development of a bespoke Apple Watch app.

Apple iPad sales slumped 18% in Q1, but Cook still sees 'bright future' for platform

Tuesday January 27, 2015

As many industry analysts predicted, iPad sales saw a steep year-over-year decline for the first fiscal quarter of 2015, but CEO Tim Cook is optimistic and sees great potential in Apple's upcoming hardware pipeline.

Tim Cook calls 2015 the 'year of Apple Pay' as service takes over contactless payments market

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Apple Pay now accounts for two out of every three dollars processed through contactless payment systems, a huge achievement for Apple's NFC-based solution that debuted less than three months ago.

Apple shipped one billionth iOS device in Q1, expects continued iPhone momentum

Tuesday January 27, 2015

During its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company had sold its one billionth iOS device in the December quarter, a device that will be kept at Cupertino for posterity.

China responsible for massive Apple revenue growth, reaches $16.1B in Q1

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Apple on Tuesday announced a record smashing $74.5 billion in revenue with the usual suspects U.S. and Europe sales ticking the highest numbers, but China is quickly moving in on second place after bringing in a huge $16.1 billion.

Apple Watch on track to ship in April, CEO Tim Cook says

Tuesday January 27, 2015

During Apple's quarterly conference call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook said Apple Watch development is on track and expects to launch the device in April, coming in just under the company's "early 2015" promise.

Notes of interest from Apple's Q1 2015 conference call

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Apple reported the biggest quarter in its company's history on Monday, selling nearly 100 million iPhones and iPads to earn $74.6 billion in quarterly revenue. Following the announcement, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.

Apple obliterates expectations, selling 74.5M iPhones & earning $18B in profit

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Apple completely crushed not only its own all-time records, but also even the loftiest expectations on Wall Street on Tuesday, selling a whopping 74.5 million iPhones on its way to $18 billion in net profit in a single, massively successful quarter.

Apple Pay launches at 200K self-service stations, including parking, laundry & vending machines

Tuesday January 27, 2015

More than 200,000 self-service stations across America -- including vending machines, coffee brewers, parking pay stations, kiosks and laundry equipment --will gain compatibility with Apple Pay, thanks to support from USA Technologies Inc.

YouTube pushes Flash to the back burner, will now default to HTML5 player

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Nearly five years after Steve Jobs published his infamous "Thoughts on Flash," streaming video service YouTube has announced plans to migrate away from the technology as users accessing the site via Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and beta versions of Firefox will now be served the HTML5 video player by default.

Briefly: Apple TV gains 120 Sports channel, Twitter adds group messaging

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Apple on Thursday added yet another sports channel to the ever-expanding Apple TV content lineup, while Twitter updated its iOS app with a new feature that allows for direct messages to be sent to groups.