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2015

Jury orders Apple to pay $533M for infringing gaming patents

Wednesday February 25, 2015

A U.S. federal jury in Texas ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million in damages on Tuesday after it found the company's iTunes digital media purchasing and distribution system in infringement of three patents held by licensing firm Smartflash.

'Modern Family' co-creator details episode shot entirely with Apple products

Tuesday February 24, 2015

In a behind-the-scenes look at an upcoming "Modern Family" episode shot completely on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said using the iOS devices didn't dramatically change the production process, and revealed that tomorrow's show is not the first time producers turned to Apple's handset for in-show footage.

Chase announces over 1M wallets provisioned on Apple Pay

Tuesday February 24, 2015

As part of JP Morgan Chase's 2015 Investor Day on Tuesday, the bank went over statistics relating to its credit card business, announcing it has provisioned over one million wallets on Apple's fledgling Apple Pay mobile payments service.

Apple expands Maps Flyover support to 9 new locations including Venice, Italy

Tuesday February 24, 2015

As part of Apple's continued effort to build out its in-house mapping service, the company recently added nine new cities, including Venice, Italy, to the list of locations sporting 3D Flyover support.

iOS, Android dominate smartphone market with 96% combined stake

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Apple and Google have all but destroyed the competition in the smartphone space, with the two companies' flagship mobile operating systems -- iOS and Android -- combining to power 96.3 percent of the smartphones shipped in 2014, new data indicates.

Microsoft Band adds MapMyFitness & HealthVault support, but still no Apple HealthKit

Tuesday February 24, 2015

The wearable fitness tracking Microsoft Band received an update this week adding support for biking, and integration with MapMyFitness and Microsoft's own HealthVault service, but it still lacks compatibility with Apple's HealthKit tools and Health app for iOS 8.

Tim Cook commemorates Steve Jobs's birthday on trip to Germany

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Apple's chief executive was spotted on Tuesday in Germany, where he took the time to tweet a short remembrance of late colleague Steve Jobs before visiting the offices of infamous German tabloid Bild.

Pebble again turns to crowdfunding to take on Apple Watch with new color display model

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Best known for being a blockbuster success on Kickstarter, Pebble announced on Tuesday that it is returning to its roots, and will crowdfund its next-generation smartwatch with a color display and voice input, in a bid to take on the upcoming Apple Watch.

Visa readies network tokenization launch in Europe, sets the stage for Apple Pay debut

Tuesday February 24, 2015

International payment network Visa on Tuesday announced that it would extend its network tokenization service -- one of the foundational technologies behind Apple Pay -- to Europe beginning in mid April, signaling that the first overseas launch of Apple's mobile payment solution may not be far away.

Rumor: Samsung tapped to supply DRAM for 'A9' chip in Apple's next iPhone

Tuesday February 24, 2015

In a deal said to be worth billions of dollars, Samsung will allegedly provide at least half of the dynamic random access memory used in the processor for Apple's 2015 iPhone update, according to a new rumor.

Apple patent outlines mobile app data sharing and collaboration over FaceTime

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a method by which two or more mobile device users can share and interact with app data in real time, including the ability to see each other's screens during a FaceTime call.

Apple reportedly buys digital instrument effects firm Camel Audio [u]

Monday February 23, 2015

Apple has seemingly purchased UK-based digital audio effects maker Camel Audio, best known for the popular Alchemy synth plug-in, suggesting the firm's software may be included in a future version of Logic Pro X.

Tweetbot for iOS gets Twitter video and GIF support in latest update

Monday February 23, 2015

Developer Tapbots on Monday pushed out an update to its popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot for iOS, bringing playback support for videos and GIFs hosted by the ubiquitous microblogging network.

Apple closes in on $775B market cap, now twice as large as No. 2 Exxon Mobil

Monday February 23, 2015

Apple stock hit a new high of $133 at the closing bell on Monday, rocketing up 2.7 percent on the day to grow its market capitalization to just under $775 billion, a number two times larger than second-largest publicly traded U.S. company Exxon Mobil.

Apple's World Travel Adapter Kit returns with Brazil socket support, lower price

Monday February 23, 2015

In a change to its online storefront on Monday, Apple introduced a revised World Travel Adapter Kit with a total of seven AC plug types and a reduced price of $29, as the package no longer includes a USB power adapter or cable.

Apple introduces new crash reporting service for developers in latest Xcode 6.3 beta

Monday February 23, 2015

After releasing a fresh beta of Xcode 6.3 on Monday, Apple outlined a new crash reporting service that will help developers target, fix and track problems directly from the development tool.

Apple introduces emoji diversity options with latest iOS 8.3, OS X 10.10.3 betas

Monday February 23, 2015

Starting with the latest betas of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, new alternate skin color options are available when selecting emojis of people and faces. In addition, Siri has added a host of new languages on iPhone and iPad.

Apple, AOL ending iTunes login partnership, users must migrate to Apple ID by March 31

Monday February 23, 2015

The long-standing partnership that allowed AOL members to login to iTunes with their AOL credentials will come to an end at the end of next month, meaning those consumers still taking advantage of that ability will need to migrate to an Apple ID or lose access to iTunes, the App Store, and the iBookstore.

Apple provides developers with new iOS 8.3 beta, adds fixes for CarPlay functionality

Monday February 23, 2015

The second beta of iOS 8.3 was released to developers on Monday, fixing a bug found in previous versions that could cause issues when connecting to a CarPlay-enabled vehicle infotainment unit.

Apple releases second beta of OS X 10.10.3 with focus on new Photos app

Monday February 23, 2015

Apple on Monday seeded developers with another beta version of its forthcoming OS X 10.10.3 update, asking testers to focus primarily on the new Photos app with additional attention paid to Wi-Fi captive network support and screen sharing.