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2016

Apple buys out cloud music provider Omnifone [u]

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Apple has bought out "global music platform provider" Omnifone in a deal thought to be worth $10 million, a report said on Wednesday.

Skype cloud shift will require OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 for full support on Apple devices

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Effective October, Skype will require at least OS X Yosemite or iOS 8 on Apple platforms for full functionality, due to a switch to cloud-based infrastructure, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

Second public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra now available

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Members of Apple's Beta Software Program can now download and try the second public beta releases of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, which were seeded on Wednesday.

Chinese protesters smashing Apple iPhones over UN tribunal South China Sea decision

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Chinese nationalists are reportedly taking to boycotts and destruction of emblematic U.S. consumer goods, like the iPhone, to protest an unfavorable UN body decision over disputed territory in the South and East China Sea.

Indian PM's cabinet intervening to allow local Apple Stores - report

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Finally clearing out legal obstacles, the cabinet of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to approve an exemption enabling Apple's first retail stores in the country, a report said on Wednesday.

Deals: $140-$270 off 13" MacBook Pros with AppleCare; $100 iTunes card for $85; $200 off 13" MacBook Air

Wednesday July 20, 2016

With back-to-school shopping well underway, shoppers can snap up a 13-inch MacBook Pro with AppleCare at up to $270 off with free shipping and no tax in 48 states. Or opt for an Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) for $799 with free Parallels. Pokémon Go fans in need of PokéCoins can also save 15% on $100 iTunes gift codes.

BlackBerry CEO says Apple's security stance puts company over 'greater good'

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Despite having similar on-device encryption and claiming to protect users' data vigorously, BlackBerry CEO John Chen slammed Apple chief Tim Cook in a Tuesday sppech, sugesting that Cook was putting his company's reputation "above the greater good."

Survey: One in five may be poised to make jump to 'iPhone 7'

Wednesday July 20, 2016

If it comes to pass, a potential 20.7 percent shift to Apple's "iPhone 7" would roughly match the migration to the iPhone 6 after six months of release, according to a new online poll.

Pokemon Go could add $3B to Apple revenues, analyst says

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Apple could potentially reap $3 billion in incremental revenue from Pokémon Go over the next couple of years, an analyst argued in a Wednesday investor memo, helping to buoy the company's stock price.

Brazilian Supreme Court overturns WhatsApp ban within hours

Wednesday July 20, 2016

Just hours after it was issued, a ban on WhatsApp in Brazil was reportedly overturned by the country's Supreme Court, which argued that the measure may not have been reasonable or proportionate.

Apple Pay adds support for 13 new US banks and credit unions

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Piling on to what has already been a big day for Apple Pay, Apple on Tuesday announced a U.S. expansion of payment services that includes support from 13 new banks and credit unions, bringing the total up to nearly 1,375 financial institutions.

Despite 9% growth, Microsoft Surface sales remain stuck at around 1M units

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Microsoft announced quarterly operating profits of just $3.1 billion on revenues of $20.6 billion, hit hard by slow sales of Office, a 17 percent drop in cloud profits, an $870 million decline from Windows Phone and tepid Surface sales that grew by 9 percent year over year but remained below $1 billion.

Apple airs two 'Shot on iPhone' videos featuring slo-mo and time lapse footage

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Apple on Tuesday added a pair of videos to its ongoing "Shot on iPhone" series, this time throwing a spotlight on smartphone's imaging software by showcasing stunning slow motion and time lapse footage.

Apple Pay debuts in Hong Kong with American Express, Mastercard and Visa support

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Just hours after Apple Pay launched in France, Apple on Tuesday activated the in-house mobile payments service for customers in Hong Kong with initial support for Mastercard, Visa and American Express credit cards.

Deezer opens up streaming music service to all US listeners

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Deezer on Tuesday opened up its plans to the entire U.S., putting the on-demand music service in true competition with Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music for the first time.

Apple's iOS App Store now generating 4x revenues per app vs Android Google Play

Tuesday July 19, 2016

A new report examining mobile app revenues shows strong growth for Apple in China and from music and video streaming titles, and another big jump in the revenue lead that its iOS App Store maintains over Android's Google Play.

Apple enticing retail shoppers to sign up for Apple Pay with $5 promo

Tuesday July 19, 2016

A promotion starting this week in the U.K. and U.S. to boost adoption numbers for Apple Pay gives users $5 in iTunes credit to users willing to sign up for and pay with the service inside Apple's own retail stores.

Unexpected success of iPhone SE predicted to drop Apple's average selling price to $637

Tuesday July 19, 2016

A new survey has suggested 16 percent of U.S. iPhone sales in the June quarter were of the low-end iPhone SE -- a number that investment firm UBS believes will push down the average selling price of the iPhone more than expected.

Apple tests Google's WebP for accelerated image loads in Safari

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Apple is testing support for Google's WebP image format in the beta Safari code for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, something that could potentially speed up page loads.

Recent supposed 'iPhone 7' leaks come from common, questionable origin

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Revelations from China suggest all of the recent alleged "iPhone 7" hardware photos and videos do not show authentic parts, but instead mockups based off of a single design sourced from an alleged Apple manufacturing partner.