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2015

Chinese Apple Pay launch in limbo as iOS 8.3 fails to deliver expected UnionPay support

Monday April 13, 2015

Negotiations between Apple and China's state-owned credit and debit card processor UnionPay to launch Apple Pay services have hit a wall, according to a report on Monday, suggesting iPhone 6 owners in the region may not be able to use Apple's mobile payments service anytime soon.

First look: Apple's streamlined Music app in iOS 8.4 beta

Monday April 13, 2015

Earlier on Monday, Apple released iOS 8.4 beta with what it calls a "sneak peek" at a redesigned Music app featuring all new content browsing tools, user interface navigation and persistent MiniPlayer.

Apple releases iOS 8.4 beta to developers with new Music app

Monday April 13, 2015

Following the release of iOS 8.3 last week, Apple on Monday issued the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers featuring a "sneak peek" at its revamped Music app.

Apple partners with IBM Watson Health Cloud to bring secure cloud, data analytics to HealthKit and ResearchKit

Monday April 13, 2015

IBM on Monday announced a new cognitive computing platform called Watson Health Cloud that will, in cooperation with partners Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, offer custom tailored data analytics services to healthcare professionals.

Artist sues Apple over alleged copycat work in 'Start Something New' marketing

Monday April 13, 2015

Artist Romero Britto earlier this month filed a lawsuit against Apple and an artistic duo, Craig & Karl, claiming they violated trade dress through artwork featured in Apple's "Start Something New" marketing campaign.

Garmin takes another swipe at GoPro with revamped, iOS-connected Virb action cameras

Monday April 13, 2015

Electronics maker Garmin, best known for its handheld GPS units, continued to expand its product line this week with the launch of the Virb X and Virb XE, miniature action cameras designed to challenge market leader GoPro.

Google at work on major battery improvements with help from former Apple expert

Monday April 13, 2015

A small Google team is at work on developing batteries to overcome some of the obstacles of modern devices, under the leadership of a former Apple expert, according to a recent report.

Apple halves revenue share to 15% for Apple TV apps - report

Monday April 13, 2015

In what could be a bid to entice content owners, Apple has reportedly agreed to take just 15 percent of revenues earned through subscriptions on the Apple TV, rather than the 30 percent cut it takes from its other digital storefronts.

Strong preorder demand for Apple Watch could signal 5M sales in June quarter, RBC says

Monday April 13, 2015

With some new Apple Watch orders scheduled to ship as late as July, Apple already has another smash-hit product in its lineup, RBC Capital Markets believes.

WebMD, CareEvolution, other firms announce healthcare apps for Apple Watch

Monday April 13, 2015

WebMD, CareEvolution, and a variety of other healthcare companies today announced new apps for the Apple Watch, capable of handling tasks like medication reminders and sharing electronic records.

Apple's Swift takes crown of most-loved language among developers

Monday April 13, 2015

Less than a year after its unveiling, Apple's Swift programming language has not only received widespread acceptance but has also become one of software developers' favorite tools, data from a recent survey shows.

Apple targets video pros with major updates to Final Cut Pro X, Motion & Compressor

Monday April 13, 2015

Apple on Monday issued a series of significant updates for its trio of apps geared toward video professionals, adding features like new 3D titles, support for more camera formats, and more to Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion.

InstaMed brings first application of Apple Pay to healthcare industry

Monday April 13, 2015

A payment service provider, InstaMed, on Monday announced it is integrating Apple Pay support, marking the first application of Apple's mobile payment platform in the healthcare industry.

Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow manufacturing ramp-up

Monday April 13, 2015

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, one of Apple's closest partners, is under fire in Brazil as officials in the South American nation are displeased with the company's slow rate of progress on what was initially sold as a major investment to modernize the Brazilian manufacturing industry.

Nearly all Apple Watch retail try-ons are resulting in preorders, Cowen says

Monday April 13, 2015

Customers who schedule an appointment to try on the Apple Watch are extremely likely to walk away with a preorder for the device, according to a new informal poll of retail employees conducted by an analyst.

Launch day Apple Watch orders estimated at 1M in US, skews toward Sport model

Monday April 13, 2015

Initial Apple Watch numbers are trickling in and among the first to report was research firm Slice Intelligence, which estimates nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on Friday.

Apple enables NVM Express protocol for faster SSD performance with OS X 10.10.3

Saturday April 11, 2015

Looking to take full advantage of PCI Express solid state drives found in the latest Mac models, including the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple built support for the NVM Express SSD Interface into its most recent OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite update.

HBO Now on Apple TV highlights hypocrisy in Apple's 'no porn' rules

Saturday April 11, 2015

With the much-hyped debut of HBO Now, Apple has once again chosen to look the other way as one if its major partners leverages iOS and the Apple TV to distribute adult content -- a courtesy the company still refuses to extend to other developers.

USPTO invalidates podcasting patent, kneecaps 'patent troll'

Friday April 10, 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday handed down a final decision invalidating key claims of a so-called "podcasting patent" assigned to Personal Audio, LLC, which was in the midst of leveraging the IP against multiple podcasters.

How to access the Vulcan salute emoji in iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3

Friday April 10, 2015

Thanks to a feature hidden in iOS 8.3, Star Trek fans can apply a Vulcan salute emoji to texts, tweets and messages viewable by other iOS device and Mac owners running Apple's latest software updates.