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2015

Metaio acquisition brings Apple's PrimeSense pickup into focus

Sunday May 31, 2015

Apple's heretofore puzzling buyout of Israeli sensor firm PrimeSense -- which created hardware designed to "see" in three dimensions -- now makes more sense in light of last week's acquisition of Metaio, a German software company specializing in augmented reality technology.

Google I/O 2015 sets a low bar for Apple's WWDC to leap

Saturday May 30, 2015

From all the breathless coverage detailing Google's I/O 2015 conference announcements, you might not have noticed that virtually all of what Google had to show this year were things Apple had already introduced over the past year (or long ago). Once hailed as being "more innovative" and faster at introducing new features, Android has become a slow follower.

Watch Effect: Scaling up Apple's Taptic Engine for iPhone and iPad

Saturday May 30, 2015

One of the more exciting features introduced with Apple Watch is Apple's Taptic Engine, a technology that has effectively creates a compelling user experience by accurately reproducing taps, bumps and other tactile effects.

This week on AppleInsider: Ive's promotion, Apple Watch apps, augmented reality & more

Saturday May 30, 2015

Several events this week pointed to Apple's future plans, including a promotion for designer Jony Ive, comments from operations head Jeff Williams, and a takeover of augmented reality firm Metaio.

Apple CEO Tim Cook donates $6.56M to charity

Friday May 29, 2015

An SEC filing posted Friday reveals Apple CEO Tim Cook donated 50,000 shares of Apple stock worth more than $6.56 million to an unspecified charity, the latest gift in a flurry of philanthropic activity rarely seen with company executives.

Uber to allow background location tracking in privacy policy update

Friday May 29, 2015

Starting July 15, ridesharing service Uber will update its privacy policies to allow tracking of a user's location in the background, the company revealed in a blog post.

Exclusive Video: Apple Campus 2 Spaceship ring rising with Lego-like interlocking slabs

Friday May 29, 2015

The Spaceship Ring of Apple's futuristic Campus 2 project in Cupertino, Calif. is incrementally on the rise as manufactured concrete slabs are stacked together and locked into place, as shown in a new aerial video depicting progress over the past several months.

Path sells off core social apps, kills off Talk Places messaging feature

Friday May 29, 2015

Social network Path on Friday announced the sale of its two flagship mobile apps, Path and Path Talk, to South Korean messaging company Daum Kakao -- in the process shutting down a major Talk feature called Places.

Apple's Upper East Side store in Manhattan to open after WWDC on June 13

Friday May 29, 2015

As the news from Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference will be winding down, the company will be gearing up for its next major retail opening in New York City, officially scheduled for June 13, and AppleInsider has exclusive photos of the store.

Watch Effect: Apple's first OLED display product could hint at more to come

Friday May 29, 2015

OLED displays, which can offer power savings advantages over their LCD counterparts, have been rumored to arrive in Apple products for years. But with the launch of the Apple Watch, the company has finally opted to embrace OLED technology, which could pave the way for future devices, like the iPhone, to make the switch.

Apple tops Consumer Reports satisfaction survey for computer technical support

Friday May 29, 2015

Apple once again ranked highest this year on an annual Consumer Reports satisfaction survey for computer support services, the magazine has revealed in its July issue.

Elite Chinese university allegedly ripped off Apple's Touch ID logo for anniversary celebration

Friday May 29, 2015

A logo created for the 110th anniversary of China's Fudan University --one of the country's most prestigious institutions --bears a striking resemblance to Apple's Touch ID emblem, spurring accusations of copyright infringement against the Shanghai-based school.

AppleInsider podcast discusses Jony Ive's promotion, Apple Watch bugs & Pixelmator for iPhone

Friday May 29, 2015

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Mikey Campbell and Shane Cole as we discuss Jony Ive's promotion, Mikey's Pixelmator review, our Watch Effect series, and Apple Watch news. Also, Shane has a word to say on Apple Watch quality assurance.

Apple details workaround for iOS Messages bug, permanent fix coming soon

Thursday May 28, 2015

Apple on Thursday posted a support document detailing workarounds for a recently discovered bug that crashes the iOS Messages app when a specific text string is received.

iPhone sales surge in Q1 on strong China, emerging market performance

Thursday May 28, 2015

Echoing findings from IDC earlier this month, market research firm Gartner this week estimated global iPhone sales hit 60.2 million units for the first quarter of 2015, in large part thanks to a surge in China.

Google opens Inbox access, brings Cardboard to iOS, updates Places API and Maps

Thursday May 28, 2015

On the first day of its I/O developer conference Google made a series of iOS-related announcements, including making Inbox available to everyone, bringing its Cardboard virtual reality technology to the platform, and announcing updates to the iOS versions of Maps and the Places API.

Apple buys established augmented reality firm Metaio

Thursday May 28, 2015

Apple earlier this month completed an acquisition of Metaio, a German augmented reality firm that first started life as a side project at Volkswagen, for an as-yet-unknown project.

IBM gives workers choice between Macs or PCs, plans to deploy 50,000 Apple MacBooks

Thursday May 28, 2015

Starting on Thursday, IBM workers will be able to choose between a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or a PC when getting a new or updated workstation, according to a company-wide memo.

Google reveals Google Photos with free, unlimited photo and video storage [u]

Thursday May 28, 2015

During the keynote presentation at its annual developers conference on Thursday, Google officially announced Google Photos, a new photo storage and backup service that offers unlimited storage for photos and videos.

Google's Nest team helps create Brillo & Weave, to simplify the connected Internet of Things

Thursday May 28, 2015

Seeking to connect everything around us, from household appliances to public parking meters, Google on Thursday announced Brillo, a low-level operating system that can run on a range of devices, as well as Weave, a communications layer that will allow devices to talk to one another.