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2016

Alphabet's X to test delivery drones, Instagram adds Snapchat-like 'Stories'

Tuesday August 02, 2016

As a part of its delivery drone effort, Project Wing, Alphabet's X division will be testing technology at one of six U.S. test sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, the White House announced on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Facebook's Instagram launched "Stories," a feature mimicking Snapchat's ethereal slideshows.

Apple now licensing OpenTV streaming technologies, ends worldwide litigation

Tuesday August 02, 2016

An agreement has been forged between Apple and the Kudelski group, with Apple paying to license a suite of media streaming patents, to conclude an international patent battle.

Time Warner CEO says possible Apple buyout was never 'serious'

Tuesday August 02, 2016

Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, likely had no "serious" intentions when suggesting the possibility of a Time Warner takeover, according to the latter company's CEO.

Bloomberg Radio stream added to Apple Music in over 100 countries

Tuesday August 02, 2016

Apple will provide the Bloomberg Radio news channel stream for free, 24 hours a day, to all countries that have the full Apple Music experience.

Apple releases third public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra

Tuesday August 02, 2016

Members of Apple's public beta program were supplied with their third pre-release build of Apple's two biggest upcoming platforms set for release this fall: iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 largely incremental, except for iris scanner

Tuesday August 02, 2016

Samsung on Tuesday took the wraps off of its Galaxy Note 7 phablet, featuring identical internals to the company's Galaxy S7 smartphone, with the exception of a new iris scanner -- a feature rumored to make an appearance in next year's iPhone [updated].

Canada's Tangerine & PC Financial gain Apple Pay, Greece picks up live traffic in Apple Maps

Tuesday August 02, 2016

Canadian banks Tangerine and President's Choice Financial on Tuesday added support for Apple Pay, while residents of Greece finally received access to live traffic data in Apple Maps.

Biker burned by broken iPhone, seeks to raise battery danger awareness

Tuesday August 02, 2016

Australian bicyclist Gareth Clear isn't blaming Apple for his injuries that he sustained after a fall-damaged iPhone battery burnt his leg. Instead, he seeks to increase awareness of the dangers of portable batteries, particularly when they are ruptured.

Pokemon Go tops 100M downloads without impacting rest of mobile game industry

Tuesday August 02, 2016

Niantic's Pokmon Go has hit over 100 million downloads across the App Store and Google Play, but doesn't appear to be generating much of a hazard -- or windfall -- for other game developers, according to an analytics firm.

Former Apple PR executive Natalie Kerris leaves Twitter after six months

Tuesday August 02, 2016

Ex-Apple public relations maven Natalie Kerris is departing her position as the vice president of communications of microblogging service Twitter after only six months in the role, for unknown reasons.

Logitech debuts Create Backlit Keyboard Case for 9.7" iPad Pro

Tuesday August 02, 2016

Accessories manufacturer Logitech on Tuesday introduced a 9.7-inch version of its Create Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Pro, which like its bigger 12.9-inch sibling features folio-style tablet protection, a full-size keyboard and support for Apple's Smart Connector.

Apple touts Japanese job creation, boost to nation's economy

Monday August 01, 2016

Apple Japan published a special informational page to its regional website on Monday detailing how the company's various hardware, software and services businesses have positively impacted the Asian nation in 2015.

BMW begins Apple CarPlay support with paid upgrades to 2 Series

Monday August 01, 2016

Long a holdout, BMW this week finally launched support for Apple's CarPlay by offering the technology as an upgrade option for 2 Series cars.

Apple's latest iPad Pro ad asks, 'What's a computer'

Monday August 01, 2016

In a continued push to position iPad Pro as a full-fledged laptop replacement, Apple on Monday released a short TV ad touting the tablet's benefits over traditional portable machines.

Frank Ocean's new album to see release Friday as Apple Music exclusive

Monday August 01, 2016

Popular R&B singer Frank Ocean's hotly anticipated album "Boys Don't Cry" is reportedly set to release this Friday exclusively on Apple Music, the latest high-profile win for Apple's streaming service.

Apple adds 100 emoji to latest iOS 10 beta, promotes diversity and gender equality

Monday August 01, 2016

Apple's latest iOS 10 developer beta includes more than 100 new emoji for inclusion in chats and messages, with a number of characters having both male and female options available for the first time.

FBI director calls for restart of smartphone encryption debate

Monday August 01, 2016

FBI Director James Comey appears ready to relaunch the debate about encryption legislation with tech companies before "something terrible happens," and alters the course of the discussion.

Apple TV Remote launches on iOS, remains separate from iTunes Remote app

Monday August 01, 2016

Apple on Monday publicly launched its new Apple TV Remote app, mimicking the functionality of the Siri Remote used with the company's fourth-generation set-top box. But users who want to control iTunes media on their Mac will still need to use the legacy iTunes Remote app.

iTunes 12.4.3 update tackles problems with playlists from iOS devices

Monday August 01, 2016

Hot on the heels of new developer betas, Apple on Monday released iTunes 12.4.3, solving a glitch with the way the jukebox software handles playlists.

Apple shuttlebus drivers vote in favor of first contract after unionization

Monday August 01, 2016

More than 30 drivers who ferry Apple employees to work from off-site parking will not only get previously negotiated wage increases, but will be granted health benefits, pension contributions, vacation time, and overtime.