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2015

Apple's Beats Music, others hit by lawsuit for allegedly misappropriating pre-1972 music

Friday January 23, 2015

Streaming music services like Apple's Beats Music, Google Play, Rdio and others are targets of a new volley of lawsuits claiming unpaid royalties on certain pre-1972 songs, potentially ending access to these older tracks.

Apple's HomeKit MFi program only began in November, chips still being finalized

Friday January 23, 2015

Manufacturers of "connected home" devices that wish to integrate with HomeKit reportedly could not begin seeking certification for those products under Apple's MFi program until November, some six months after the initiative was announced.

Apple captured half of U.S. mobile phone activations in Q4, demand still at record high

Friday January 23, 2015

Record sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus propelled Apple to a dominant position in the U.S. smartphone market over the holidays and demand continues to reach record highs, twin reports issued Friday indicate.

Google's Project Zero reveals three new zero-day exploits in Apple's OS X [u]

Friday January 23, 2015

An internal software security research team at Google has publicly revealed three of recently-discovered zero-day exploits in Apple's Mac OS X desktop operating system, though the severity of each vulnerability is unknown.

How AMD and Nvidia lost the mobile GPU chip business to Apple -- with help from Samsung and Google

Friday January 23, 2015

Between 2006 and 2013, AMD & Nvidia fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing their positions as the world's leading GPU suppliers by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market, enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processor GPUs to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

Apple features calligrapher who created Hangzhou Apple Store mural in 'About the Artist' video

Friday January 23, 2015

Apple on Thursday posted to its YouTube channel a translated version of a promo video featuring artist Wang Dongling, initially created for the Chinese market in celebration of the unveiling of a new West Lake Apple Store in Hangzhou.

Supposed 12" MacBook Air display assembly shown off in new photo set

Friday January 23, 2015

A fresh set of photos from the Far East popped up online Friday purporting to show an assembled display belonging to Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, complete with "polished" Apple logo ala the latest iOS devices.

iPhone usage rates correlate to education and population density, study finds

Thursday January 22, 2015

According to a new study published on Thursday, usage rates of Apple's iPhone in the U.S. are positively correlated to users' level of education and population density, with northeastern states seeing a relatively higher concentration of iPhone owners.

Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled pay to $9.2M in 2014, Angela Ahrendts led execs with $73.3M

Thursday January 22, 2015

The yearly earnings of Apple's board members was revealed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, including CEO Tim Cook who received compensation of over $9.22 million in 2014, more than doubling his pay from 2013.

Apple board member Millard Drexler to retire in March, replacement unknown

Thursday January 22, 2015

Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler announced intentions to retire at the end of his current term, which will end in March at the company's annual shareholders meeting, leaving seven candidates for election to fill his place.

Rumor: Apple shooting for 19 hours of Apple Watch battery life under normal conditions, 2.5 hours 'heavy' use

Thursday January 22, 2015

Apple is targeting 19 hours of battery life under mixed usage conditions for its upcoming Apple Watch wearable, consistent with Apple CEO Tim Cook's estimate that users will want to charge the device daily.

T-Mobile to extend smartphone financing to customers with bad or no credit

Thursday January 22, 2015

Resurgent wireless carrier T-Mobile on Thursday announced a new "smartphone equality" initiative that will see the company base device financing decisions for existing customers on their T-Mobile payment history, rather than their credit score.

Apple agrees to subject products to Chinese government security audits - report

Thursday January 22, 2015

China's State Internet Information Office will reportedly be allowed to conduct network security inspections of Apple products offered for sale in China as the company seeks to assuage fears that its devices can be used for intelligence gathering purposes by foreign governments.

Apple exploring smarter Smart Cover, new gesture controls for iPad

Thursday January 22, 2015

Future iPads could come with even fewer physical buttons, as Apple is evaluating new ways to show contextually relevant information and allow quick access to device controls based on the position of the iPad's Smart Cover, according to a patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

BlackBerry CEO prods regulators for 'app neutrality,' wants cross-platform iMessage

Thursday January 22, 2015

Comparing the net neutrality debate to the expansion of railroads in the 20th century, BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Tuesday called for authorities to force companies such as Apple and Netflix to make their services available to all consumers, regardless of platform.

Google to reportedly enter cellular service industry as MVNO running on Sprint, T-Mobile networks

Thursday January 22, 2015

A pair of reports on Wednesday claim Google is about to wade into the cellular network industry through deals with U.S. carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, a bold move that could push competitors to cut prices and boost data speeds.

Developer NimbleBit announces Apple Watch support for upcoming letter puzzle game

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Third-party app developer NimbleBit, known for 8-bit style real-time simulation games, announced on Wednesday that its upcoming project will be one of the first game titles to hit Apple Watch's diminutive screen.

Twitter debuts While you were away' posts on iOS, Web version coming soon

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Twitter on Wednesday announced "While you were away" recaps, a new feature designed to keep users up to date with the goings on of people they follow by surfacing missed posts in their home timeline.

Patent troll targets Apple's Safari, Cover Flow and Time Machine UIs in new lawsuit

Wednesday January 21, 2015

In a new patent lawsuit with the Northern California District Court on Tuesday, so-called "patent troll" TriDim Innovations claims Apple infringed two 3D user interface patents with Safari for iOS 7 and iOS 8, Cover Flow and Time Machine.

Apple's Logic Pro X gets massive update with new effects, tools, AirDrop support and more

Wednesday January 21, 2015

Apple on Wednesday released a huge update to its Logic Pro X professional digital audio workstation, complete with fresh drum and synth effects, redesigned plug-ins, an expanded sound library and support for new OS X features like AirDrop and Mail Drop.