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2015

Apple Watch gets 2-page spread in Fitness First Australia magazine

Thursday March 26, 2015

Days after its Down Under debut, the Apple Watch has been featured in Australian exercise magazine Fitness First with a two-page spread that extolls the new wearable's virtues for fitness aficionados.

Rumor: Apple to launch three iPhone models in 2015 including new 4" handset

Thursday March 26, 2015

The latest scuttlebutt out of East Asia claims Apple has plans to release a total of three new iPhone models during its annual refresh cycle in the second half of the year, one of which will incorporate a 4-inch display.

Apple to activate Chinese iPhone trade-in program in March with backing from Foxconn

Thursday March 26, 2015

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is primed to roll out an iPhone trade-in program in China that will let customers sell back old equipment to Foxconn in return for store credit.

Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Apple appears to have acquired London-based big data analytics firm Acunu, which previously marketed an eponymous real-time analytics platform that boasted high-velocity ingests and compatibility with Cassandra databases.

Apple reportedly puts Trent Reznor in charge of redesigned Beats Music app, presses forward with iTunes Radio revamp

Wednesday March 25, 2015

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is moving forward with a long rumored overhaul of its streaming music services lineup that will incorporate a reworked Beats Music app developed with the help of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, as well as a revamped iTunes Radio service.

Apple, U.S. tech giants call for government spying reform in open letter to Congress

Wednesday March 25, 2015

A number of powerful tech companies sent an open letter to Congress, President Barack Obama and other government agencies on Wednesday, arguing for drastic change in the nation's surveillance laws that currently allow for bulk consumer data collection.

Apple TV adds CNNgo for live and on-demand news video

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Apple on Wednesday silently updated the Apple TV with another app channel, CNNgo, to provide users with live and on-demand video from the news network.

Apple Stores will cater to Apple Watch Edition buyers with 30 minutes of hands-on time

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Starting April 10, standard appointments for sampling Apple Watch will run 15 minutes, but shoppers interested in the $10,000-and-up Apple Watch Edition will get a half-hour to see how it looks and fits.

Facebook announces Messenger API, spherical videos & more at F8 conference

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Facebook on Wednesday made a series of announcements at its F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, revealing plans to make Messenger a platform, and improve other aspects of its social network with functions like Share Sheets, spherical videos, and an embeddable video player.

Yelp adds outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs & more to direct booking options

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Yelp this week introduced five new business categories users can transact with via its website and mobile apps, including outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs, spas and salons, and even legal advisors.

Why Apple is banking on USB-C for its all-new 12-inch MacBook and beyond

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Apple recently made a splash by announcing a new 12-inch MacBook that features a single port for both power and data transfers: USB-C, a new connector spec that may sweep away not just USB 2.0, but also Thunderbolt -- and possibly even Apple's Lightning.

Yet another outage hits Apple's App Store & iTunes, preventing searches, discovery & downloads

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Apple's cloud-based woes continue to reappear, with a major outage hitting the App Store, iTunes Store and other digital storefronts on Wednesday, seemingly affecting users around the world and preventing them from searching for and downloading apps or other content [updated].

Apple's early 2015 MacBook Air confirmed to support 60Hz 4K external displays

Wednesday March 25, 2015

While Apple says that its latest MacBook Air will officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.

Apple's Japanese R&D facility confirmed for Yokohama with 2016 completion date

Wednesday March 25, 2015

An Apple research and development facility promised by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been formally announced by the mayor of Yokohama, and is due to be completed sometime in 2016.

First look: Fantastical 2 for Mac brings advanced calendaring to OS X Yosemite

Wednesday March 25, 2015

After launching a successful follow-up to popular calendar app Fantastical for iPhone and iPad, developer Flexibits returns its attention to Mac with Fantastical 2 for OS X, bringing a slew of new features like Today widgets and extensibility support.

Apple Campus 2 recycled water project set for final approval [u]

Tuesday March 24, 2015

Apple, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the city of Sunnyvale and the California Water Service Company may soon break ground on a joint $17.5 million project that will pipe recycled water into Cupertino and Apple's sprawling Campus 2 headquarters.

UK Parliament approves $1.5M plan to supply members with new iPad Air 2s, laptops

Tuesday March 24, 2015

The UK's House of Commons has decided to give each member of parliament a copy of Apple's latest iPad Air 2, as well as a laptop, as part of a project that will cost taxpayers almost $1.49 million.

Apple buys flexible, fast database software firm FoundationDB with eye on the cloud

Tuesday March 24, 2015

A report on Tuesday claims Apple recently purchased FoundationDB, a database software company that touts fast speeds via a durable and scalable NoSQL, ACID-compliant architecture.

HP to replace audio vendor Beats with Bang & Olufsen

Tuesday March 24, 2015

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday announced high-end audio equipment maker Bang & Olufsen will be lending its expertise to upcoming products, a partnership forged after Apple last year declined to extend a longstanding Beats tie-up.

Facebook begins rolling out nostalgic 'On This Day' feature to Web, mobile app

Tuesday March 24, 2015

Facebook on Tuesday announced the debut of a new feature for users of its website and mobile apps, "On This Day," meant to spark nostalgia by highlighting content posted to the site in years past.