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2016

Google's Android revenue $31 billion over OS's entire lifetime, Oracle lawyer says

Friday January 22, 2016

The Android operating system has reportedly generated $31 billion in revenues for Google since it first launched in 2008, creating $22 billion in profits largely from mobile advertising.

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Friday

Friday January 22, 2016

A peek at the schedule of Pope Francis has revealed that the head of the Catholic Church met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday, though what the two discussed remains a mystery.

AppleInsider podcast talks Apple manufacturing, 'iPhone 6c' expectations, streaming TV

Friday January 22, 2016

This week the AppleInsider podcast explores Donald Trump's dictate that Apple build it's "computers and things" in America, "iPhone 6c" rumors, ESPN in an Apple streaming service, GarageBand and Music Memos, and more.

Apple expands Maps capabilities with new Flyover, Nearby and Traffic location data

Friday January 22, 2016

Apple's efforts to build out its in-house Maps service moved forward on Thursday with the addition of four new Flyover locales, public transit data for Los Angeles, a European expansion of Nearby POI suggestions and Traffic data for Hong Kong and Mexico.

Google paid Apple $1B to be default iOS search bar provider in 2014

Thursday January 21, 2016

Court documents from Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google show the Internet search giant paid some $1 billion to Apple in 2014 in return for making its search bar the default option on iOS.

New Apple hire suggests increased interest in immersive virtual reality

Thursday January 21, 2016

A report on Thursday revealed Apple recently hired Doug Bowman, a top researcher in the fields of virtual reality and augmented reality, suggesting the company is seriously investigating immersive computing and similar VR/AR solutions.

Latest Apple TV commercial puts focus on apps

Thursday January 21, 2016

Apple posted a fun new Apple TV commercial to the Web on Thursday showing off the tvOS App Store's deep selection of apps, games, over-the-top content streamers, interactive shopping services and more.

Munster: Apple Pay distribution low, but peer-to-peer and in-browser payments to goose adoption in 2016

Thursday January 21, 2016

Fresh data from investment firm Piper Jaffray shows Apple Pay adoption hovering between 10 and 20 percent, but analyst Gene Munster expects numbers to rise in 2016 as Apple integrates attractive new features like peer-to-peer payments and in-browser integration.

Apple takes 50% off popular productivity apps in new iOS App Store campaign

Thursday January 21, 2016

In its latest iOS App Store promotion, Apple is for a limited time knocking 50 percent off a selection of 14 productivity titles like PCalc, task manager Things, second screen solution Duet Display and more.

AT&T CEO says US encryption policy is up to Congress, not Apple

Thursday January 21, 2016

US government policies on device encryption should be decided by the public and Congress, not companies like Apple, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum being held this week in Davos, Switzerland.

Apple's Tim Cook meets with EU antitrust chief ahead of decision on Irish taxes

Thursday January 21, 2016

Earlier on Thursday Apple CEO Tim Cook attended a private meeting in Brussels with Margrethe Vestager, the head of the European Commission's antitrust efforts, presumably in an attempt to diminish the chances of owing billions in back taxes because of the company's Irish tax deals.

Mini takes lead in US iPad sales as iPad Pro jumps in at 12 percent, survey data says

Thursday January 21, 2016

The split of U.S. iPad sales is now weighted in favor of the iPad mini, although the iPad Pro captured a "meaningful" 12 percent share during the December quarter, according to a survey compiled by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

Deals: iPad Airs from $328; new 13" MacBook coupons; $700 off 15" MacBook Pro & 27" iMac 5K

Thursday January 21, 2016

An assortment of new and returning offers this week include: $70 off 16GB iPad Airs, $80 off iPad Air 2s, $100-$200 off current 13" MacBook Pros, $187-$290 off current 15" MacBook Pros, and limited inventory closeout duo of a 15" MacBook Pro and 27" iMac -- both at $700 off.

What Apple would have to do to comply with Donald Trump's American-built mandate

Thursday January 21, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made headlines this week with a protectionist proposal that included a vow to force Apple "to build their damn computers and things in this country" if he's elected. It's a suggestion that has been outright dismissed by most observers -- but should it be?

Microsoft adds 3D Touch, illustrated annotations to Office for iOS

Thursday January 21, 2016

Microsoft on Thursday updated the core Office for iOS apps -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as several other features, such as illustrated annotations.

Apple filing hints at work on OLED-based wraparound display technology

Thursday January 21, 2016

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday suggests that Apple is at least experimenting with the concept of wraparound displays for some of its portable devices.

Rumor: Video from China claims to show new 4" iPhone with 6-series design

Thursday January 21, 2016

A video posted to YouTube this week contains footage of what is purportedly a new 4-inch iPhone, boasting the same industrial design as the current iPhone 6 series.

Ireland's Sinn Fein party says it will pursue Apple if company owes back taxes

Thursday January 21, 2016

Ireland's left-leaning Sinn Fein party could hold Apple accountable for taxes owed following a still-ongoing European Commission investigation, according to a party finance spokesman.

China UnionPay cards purportedly shown working with Apple Pay as launch looms

Thursday January 21, 2016

As Apple gears up to launch its mobile payments offering in China early this year, some Chinese consumers seem to have found the service coming online more quickly than expected.

Apple assembler Foxconn bids $5.3 billion to take over iPhone display maker Sharp

Thursday January 21, 2016

In a potential merging of two key Apple suppliers, Foxconn has officially bid $5.3 billion to take over Sharp -- a move that would resolve the display maker's considerable growing debts.