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2015

Apple expressed interest in 4K video streaming in 2013, leaked Sony documents show

Thursday June 18, 2015

Documents originating from last year's Sony Pictures data breach reveal Apple requested 4K content for potential digital distribution and on-demand services testing nearly two years ago, suggesting the company has been exploring ultra high-definition streaming for some time.

Project Lightning to bring curated event tracking to Twitter

Thursday June 18, 2015

Twitter is developing a new, human-curated event tracking feature for its Web and mobile apps under the codename Project Lightning, a report revealed on Thursday.

Apple investigating thinner touch panels that can sense 3D 'hover' gestures

Thursday June 18, 2015

Apple is looking beyond its new Force Touch pressure-sensitive input method, and may in the future allow users to perform gestures by pointing or moving their hands in front of a device, without even touching it, new patents reveal.

FCC votes in favor of allowing Lifeline low-income subsidies for Internet plans

Thursday June 18, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 in favor of extending the U.S. government's Lifeline program to offer subsidies for broadband Internet, and not just basic phone service.

Fitbit makes stock market debut, share price jumps by more than 50%

Thursday June 18, 2015

Wearable fitness tracker firm Fitbit, which competes with the Apple Watch with its own hardware, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, and investors promptly drove the company's share price up by more than 50 percent in the opening hours.

Apple Music marketing features artists whose labels publicly oppose Apple's terms & haven't signed on

Thursday June 18, 2015

Apple Music's pre-launch marketing campaign has prominently featured big-name independent artists like FKA Twigs and Alabama Shakes, even as their record labels have publicly opposed the new service's financial terms and indicated that they are not yet on board.

Galway residents raise noise, energy concerns about Apple's Irish datacenter

Thursday June 18, 2015

Some residents in the area of Apple's planned Irish datacenter have filed objections with the Galway County Council, arguing that the company's Environmental Impact Statement is "inadequate" and doesn't address a range of concerns, a report said on Thursday.

More Jawbone fitness trackers return to online Apple Store with UP2

Thursday June 18, 2015

On Thursday one of Jawbone's more advanced fitness trackers, the UP2, appeared at the online Apple Store, following a brief and still unexplained removal of most of the company's product line.

Apple Music Radio debuts in iOS 8.4 & iOS 9 betas with 28 stations, including Beats 1

Thursday June 18, 2015

The native Music app in Apple's iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 betas was updated on Thursday with access to a new "Radio" tab, including a preview of the company's new live, flagship radio station Beats 1.

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79M, 17% of buyers spring for extra bands

Thursday June 18, 2015

Although Apple has yet to release official Apple Watch sales numbers beyond being "thrilled" about its launch, research firm Slice Intelligence says the company is raking in big profits from Apple-made band accessories, as can be expected.

Apple nets perfect score in privacy group's consumer data protection assessment

Thursday June 18, 2015

Digital rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Wednesday gave Apple a perfect rating in its annual "Who has your back?" report, which rates tech companies on their efforts to secure consumer data against government snooping.

Samsung seeks rehearing of appeal over $400M patent infringement ruling

Wednesday June 17, 2015

Writing the next chapter of an ongoing feud with Apple, Samsung on Wednesday petitioned for a rehearing of a recent U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld nearly $400 million in damages for infringing Apple design patents.

Nest unveils security camera, second-gen Protect smoke detector and updated app

Wednesday June 17, 2015

Google-owned home accessory maker Nest on Wednesday launched the Cam, its first self-branded security camera, along with a second-generation version of its Protect smoke detector, and an updated mobile app for iOS and Android.

Unicorn, cheese wedge, taco emoji and more coming to Unicode 8.0

Wednesday June 17, 2015

The Unicode Consortium on Wednesday released the character database and code charts for Unicode version 8.0, which tacks on a total of 7,716 new and scripts and symbols to the standard, including 41 emoji.

Edward Snowden argues Apple CEO Tim Cook likely to keep privacy promises

Wednesday June 17, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook is likely to keep his promises on user privacy, said whistleblower and ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, commenting by video during a Wednesday conference in Barcelona, Spain. He cautioned however that people should be willing to abandon Apple if it backtracks.

Microsoft ousts ex-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, combines OS and devices teams

Wednesday June 17, 2015

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the departure of former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop as part of a broad restructuring at the company, one that will see its Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group merge into one unit.

Amazon debuts next-gen Kindle Paperwhite with 300ppi display for $119

Wednesday June 17, 2015

Amazon on Wednesday launched preorders for a new edition of the Kindle Paperwhite, upgraded with a sharper e-ink display rated at 300 pixels per inch, matching the display resolution of its high-end Kindle Voyage.

Taiwan fines Apple $647K for forcing carriers to seek iPhone pricing approval

Wednesday June 17, 2015

Apple has lost a Taiwanese lawsuit accusing it of anti-competitive phone pricing tactics, and barring an appeal will be fined T$20 million, or a little over $647,000 U.S., a report said on Wednesday.

FCC slaps AT&T with $100 million fine for throttling unlimited data plans

Wednesday June 17, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced its intent to levy a $100 million fine against AT&T after finding that the wireless carrier mislead customers about its throttling of data plans that were advertised as being unlimited.

'Premium feel' will be focus of Apple's retail revamp beginning in July

Wednesday June 17, 2015

With Apple design chief Jony Ive and retail leader Angela Ahrendts apparently collaborating on a new direction for the company's retail stores, a new report claims that a focus on a "premium feel" to the stores and product packaging will begin next month.