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2015

Apple reclaims top spot in movie product placement rankings

Wednesday March 04, 2015

Apple has once again, after a three-year gap, taken the Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards, highlighting the companies inserted most often into Hollywood movies.

Uber's first-ever public acquisition, maps firm deCarta, will lessen reliance on Apple, Google

Wednesday March 04, 2015

Ridesharing startup Uber has finally shown its hand in the mergers and acquisitions market, picking up small navigation and geospatial services firm deCarta in a move that some say is designed to help Uber lessen its dependence on mapping services from Apple and Google.

Apple Watch publicity tour comes to Chinese fashion magazine YOHO

Wednesday March 04, 2015

The Apple Watch is continuing to make the rounds of fashion magazines, this time in the form of a Sport model on the April cover of China's YOHO, which bears the slogan "Being Young is an Attitude."

Google reportedly looking to bring Android Wear support to iOS

Wednesday March 04, 2015

Google is allegedly developing an Android Wear app for iOS, a move that would expand support for the wearables platform beyond Android handsets and enable iPhone and iPad owners to use products like the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch.

Website builds interactive Apple Watch app previews with help from developers

Tuesday March 03, 2015

A new website has created interactive Web versions of bite-sized Apple Watch apps slated for release next month, offering prospective buyers a chance to test drive the device before it hits store shelves in April.

Apple discussing settlement with battery maker over alleged employee poaching

Tuesday March 03, 2015

In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple informed a Massachusetts federal judge that it is in discussions with A123 Systems to settle out of court a lawsuit claiming Apple poached the battery maker's key engineers for a secret internal project.

Apple Watch wins prestigious iF Design Gold Award ahead of public debut

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Before an expected launch in April, Apple's upcoming Apple Watch was given top honors at the 2015 iF Design Awards, an annual industrial design competition dating back to 1954.

Credit unions lead new round of 18 Apple Pay additions

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Apple continues to forge forward in expanding card support for its fledgling Apple Pay service and on Tuesday added 18 new credit unions and banks to the list of participating issuers.

AT&T to ship LTE-enabled Modio iPad mini case on March 20

Tuesday March 03, 2015

AT&T has announced that its Modio case for the iPad mini, which adds LTE support to otherwise Wi-Fi-only models, will ship on March 20 and cost $50 with a two-year data plan.

New SSL/TLS flaw leaves Safari vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack, Apple promises fix

Tuesday March 03, 2015

A newly-discovered flaw in some implementations of cryptographic protocols SSL and TLS -- including those used by Apple's Safari and Google's Android AOSP browsers -- could allow an attacker to force clients to use older, weaker encryption that would make it significantly easier to intercept secure communications.

BitTorrent Sync gains new look, Mint for iOS picks up bill reminders, Sonos adds simpler Room access

Tuesday March 03, 2015

A trio of important app updates were released onto the iOS App Store Wednesday, adding a new Pro service for BitTorrent's Sync file sharing, interface refinements for Sonos Controller on iOS, and bill reminders for Intuit's iOS budget tracker, Mint.

Aerial footage shows off temporary building at site of Apple's March 9 event, likely Apple Watch demo area

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Apple is building an annex to San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center, where the company is expected to further detail Apple Watch at a special event next week, fueling speculation that the construction will yield a large demonstration area for attendees.

Apple to move away from security contractors, hire guards as full-time employees

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Following months of pressure from service workers advocacy groups, Apple is set to end its reliance on external security vendors and will begin hiring security personnel as full-time employees, entitling them to many of the same benefits granted to other Apple workers.

SXSW festival to use more than 1,000 Apple iBeacons for location-based alerts, meetups

Tuesday March 03, 2015

This year's SXSW festival in Austin, Tex., will feature more than a thousand iBeacon transmitters onsite, allowing attendees to receive timely, location-specific messages and the ability to connect with others.

Costly supercar maker Koenigsegg joins list of Apple CarPlay backers

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Koenigsegg, a Swedish supercar maker which sells some of the most expensive vehicles on Earth, has joined the list of auto manufacturers offering support for Apple's CarPlay standard via the Regera, a new car unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

Automakers in Geneva cautious, 'concerned' about 'disruptive interloper' Apple

Tuesday March 03, 2015

As the automotive glitterati descends on Switzerland for the first industry powwow since rumors of an Apple Car began swirling, executives from some of the world's largest automakers have opened up about the possibility of counting the iPhone maker as a competitor.

Billions in Google revenue could ride on Apple renewing iOS search deal

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Google is poised to lose billions in annual revenue if Apple does not renew a deal making Google the default search engine in iOS, according to a new memo by analysts at UBS, which attempts to predict the real-world impact of such a decision.

Smartphone shipments topped 1.2 billion in 2014, Samsung's share plummeted in face of Apple gains

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Squeezed at the high-end of the market by Apple, and also at the low-end by cheaper Chinese alternatives, Samsung saw its share of the total smartphone market shrink in 2014, even as overall smartphone shipments grew to new heights.

Pebble unveils steel version of color Time watch, announces 'smartstrap' accessory support

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Pebble on Tuesday announced a steel version of its upcoming Pebble Time smartwatch, as well as a new expandable accessory port called "smartstrap" that could add functions such as GPS or heart rate monitoring.

Apple's 'Shot on iPhone 6' campaign goes global with billboards, ad spaces

Monday March 02, 2015

After launching its "Shot on iPhone 6" ad campaign on Sunday, works from Apple's "World Gallery" are now showing up on billboards, static ad spaces and in magazines in far flung locales around the globe.