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2015

Apple gearing up for sale of seven-part bond to fund share buybacks and dividends

Wednesday May 06, 2015

Apple on Wednesday notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it is planning yet another bond sale, accruing debt to fund its ongoing quarterly dividend payments and share repurchase program.

Apple details new 'AppleBot' web crawler used by Siri and Spotlight

Wednesday May 06, 2015

Apple has confirmed the existence of a long-rumored web crawling service -- first noticed last November --and provided some details of its operations in a recently-updated support document.

Apple's upcoming streaming music service reportedly under FTC investigation

Tuesday May 05, 2015

It looks like Apple's efforts to revamp Beats Music is drawing the wrong kind of attention from government antitrust officials, as the company's dealings with record labels and artists -- already said to be the subject of a Department of Justice investigation -- are now under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission, a report said on Tuesday.

Apple Pay lands 24 new bank and credit union partnerships

Tuesday May 05, 2015

In an update to its Apple Pay support webpage on Tuesday, Apple announced a new batch of 24 participating card issuers, with credit unions accounting for a large majority of additions.

Apple working on ResearchKit-based DNA testing, sources claim

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Apple is collaborating with researchers on new ResearchKit-based iPhone apps that will allow people to undergo DNA testing, in some cases for the first time, for scientific analysis and research, according to a Tuesday report.

OpenTV sues Apple over iTunes content streaming technology

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Interactive digital television firm OpenTV on Tuesday filed suit against Apple for alleged infringement of five patents relating to storing and delivering digital content to personal electronic devices.

Home Depot announces future Apple Pay support, will become largest partner retailer

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Home Depot on Tuesday officially announced upcoming support for Apple Pay, and with more than 2,000 stores will be the largest retail chain to sign on to Apple's branded NFC-based mobile payments initiative.

EU to probe market control of Facebook, Google, other tech firms

Tuesday May 05, 2015

The European Commission is beginning a probe into how major technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google exploit their market power, a move that could potentially lead to new regulations, a report said on Tuesday.

Apple's Beats Music relaunch might hurt Spotify more than others, data suggests

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apple's anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotify's active users.

Mophie launches waterproof Juice Pack H2Pro battery case for Apple's iPhone 6

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Mophie on Tuesday revealed a new battery case, the Juice Pack H2Pro, which it said will not only extend the battery life of an iPhone 6 but make it waterproof to a depth of 1.2 meters (about 4 feet) for 30 minutes.

Beats Music rebranding may not be imminent, as Apple still doesn't have necessary licenses

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Despite rumors that Apple could rebrand and relaunch Beats Music as soon as next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, a new report suggests that's unlikely, as the company apparently does not have the licensing deals finalized for such a change.

Over a week after launch, Apple Watch still draws long line of buyers at Colette in Paris

Tuesday May 05, 2015

It's been over a week since retail sales of Apple Watch began at a select few boutique stores around the world. In Paris, the exclusive location for obtaining one is still managing a line of over 70 people waiting to buy.

Volkswagen intros Watch remote app, Dropbox to get in-app creation of Office docs

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Volkswagen on Tuesday announced an Apple Watch app that will offer remote control of many car functions, while Dropbox released a significant update to its iOS client and promised that users will soon be able to create Office documents from within the app.

iOS-exclusive Periscope torpedoed Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV sales, promoter says

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Even after shattering pay-per-view records, at least one person involved in the "fight of the century" believes it could have been even bigger without the availability of illegal video streams through Twitter's iOS-exclusive Periscope app.

Apple Watch workout battery life falling short in some cases, owners complain

Tuesday May 05, 2015

The Apple Watch can offer inconsistent power consumption while tracking workouts, particularly during outdoor activities like cycling, according to a handful of complaints received by AppleInsider and seen on Twitter.

'CBS Sports' & 'USA Now' channels come to Apple TV [u]

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Apple continues to gradually expand the channel options available on its Apple TV set-top box, with both "CBS Sports" and "USA Now" automatically arriving on second- and third-generation devices on Tuesday.

EU delays judgement on Apple's Irish tax deal as discovery proves 'time consuming'

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Initially slated for mid-June, the European Commission's investigation into Apple's tax arrangement with Irish authorities will not be completed until later in the year, Europe's competition chief said Tuesday.

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was America's top-paid female executive in 2014

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Though she was only an Apple employee for about half of the year, Angela Ahrendts earned nearly $83 million last year, making her the highest paid female executive in America.

How to sync a music playlist to Apple Watch

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Complementing great fitness tracking and workout features, Apple Watch users can save and play back music locally on their device, meaning they can leave their iPhone at home.

Apple Watch 'particle cloud' pairing method likely revealed in new patent

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Lost amidst a sea of flashy hardware technologies introduced with Apple Watch was a new image-based pairing technique distinguished by a "particle cloud" effect. On Tuesday, Apple received a patent detailing what appears to be the bedrock of this unique pairing procedure, hinting at its use in future products.