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2015

Apple Pay transaction limit increased to 30 pounds in UK

Monday August 31, 2015

As promised when Apple Pay launched in the UK earlier this year, iPhone and Watch owners can now make touchless payments of up to 30 pounds without entering in a PIN number or signature.

Google promises to dramatically shrink 4K bandwidth with upcoming VP10 video codec

Monday August 31, 2015

Google is working on a new open-source video codec, VP10, that should shrink the amount of bandwidth required for 4K video to half that of VP9, and a quarter of Apple's current preferred compression format, H.264.

Apple eyes move into original video programming, report says

Monday August 31, 2015

A report citing high-ranking executives within the entertainment industry claims Apple is looking to create in-house movie or TV programming, suggesting the company is headed down a path forged by the likes of Netflix and Hulu.

Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch features circular face, rotating bezel control

Monday August 31, 2015

In its latest attempt to jumpstart lukewarm smartwatch sales, Samsung on Monday announced a new platform called Gear S2 that merges a round face made popular by Motorola's Moto 360 and a rotating bezel control reminiscent of Apple Watch's Digital Crown.

T-Mobile cracks down on subscribers 'stealing' tethered data

Monday August 31, 2015

Beginning on Monday, T-Mobile USA will start taking action against people spoofing the carrier's network to "steal" unlimited tethering data, according to a blog post by CEO John Legere.

NFL Game Pass comes to Apple TV with updated app

Monday August 31, 2015

With the 2015 NFL campaign set to kick off, Apple on Monday pushed an update to the league's Apple TV app that adds access to live streaming via Game Pass alongside a new design.

University of Oklahoma adopts Apple Pay at all campus terminals

Monday August 31, 2015

Starting this week the University of Oklahoma will be offering Apple Pay campus-wide, making it the first such university in the country to do so, the school announced on Monday.

Apple CEO Tim Cook makes surprise appearance at Cisco's annual sales conference

Monday August 31, 2015

In the wake of Apple's newly announced enterprise partnership with Cisco, Chief Executive Tim Cook appeared onstage at Cisco's annual "GSX" Global Sales Experience in front of 20,000 employees to discuss the news.

GT Advanced looks to slash workforce by 40% as part of bankruptcy plan

Monday August 31, 2015

In order to reduce expenses when it emerges out of Chapter 11 status, former Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies is looking to cut 40 percent of its remaining workforce, according to bankruptcy court documents filed on Monday.

Apple continues enterprise push with new Cisco partnership, will optimize networks for iOS

Monday August 31, 2015

Corporate users will soon have one more reason to choose Apple's mobile devices over those from other firms, as networking behemoth Cisco is set to team up with the Cupertino company to optimize enterprise networks for iPhones, iPads, and iOS apps.

Apple stock should return to $130 by end of 2015, says Brean Capital

Monday August 31, 2015

Apple stock should bounce back to $130 by the end of the year, helped by solid iPhone sales and high profit margins, a Brean Capital research memo argued on Monday.

Apple releases 8th developer, 6th public betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Monday August 31, 2015

Developers and members of the public who are beta testing OS X 10.11 El Capitan can now download the latest pre-release builds of the forthcoming software update on the Mac App Store.

'KeyRaider' malware harvests 225,000 Apple IDs from jailbroken iOS devices

Monday August 31, 2015

A new form of iOS malware making its way around the jailbreak scene has resulted in the theft of credentials linked to at least 225,000 Apple IDs, resulting in fraudulent app purchases and in some cases ransom demands.

Google's Android Wear gains compatibility with Apple's iPhone

Monday August 31, 2015

Google on Monday announced Android Wear for iPhone, bringing support for the search giant's wearable device platform, as well as select devices, to Apple's best selling handset.

LG announces limited edition 23-karat gold 'Urbane Watch Luxe' smartwatch

Monday August 31, 2015

South Korean electronics firm LG on Monday unveiled an upscale addition to its Urbane smartwatch lineup, adopting a 23-karat gold case and hardware along with an alligator strap in a new $1,200 limited edition offering.

'iPad Pro' parts shipments starting in Sept. with new display tech & suppliers - report

Monday August 31, 2015

Parts shipments for a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" will likely begin in September, resulting in production of about 1 million units per month this year -- but with new touchscreen technology and suppliers, according to a J.P. Morgan investor memo.

Apple poaches lead Microsoft HoloLens audio engineer, seen as boost for augmented reality research

Monday August 31, 2015

The lead audio engineer for Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality project has been hired away by Apple, fueling speculation that the iPhone maker could be working on an AR project of its own.

Latest Apple Music ads debut during MTV VMAs, feature The Weeknd & playlists

Monday August 31, 2015

Taking advantage of a traditionally large and young viewing audience, Apple during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards debuted two Apple Music commercials featuring The Weeknd and a guest appearance by John Travolta.

Comparison: Subscribing to Apple Music vs. Google Play Music

Sunday August 30, 2015

Google debuted its own streaming service in 2013 as Google Play Music All Access, after Google Play music's initial debut in 2011. All Access was initially priced at $9.99, but in June of 2015, Google unsurprisingly unveiled an ad-supported, free version to differentiate itself from Apple's subscription Music service.

Tidal accuses Apple of interfering with Drake live stream, Drake denies

Saturday August 29, 2015

Jay Z-backed music service Tidal -- which carried a live stream of Lil Wayne's Hurricane Katrina benefit show this weekend-- cut the transmission during Drake's performance and accused Apple of "interfering with artistry" by not allowing the set to be streamed, a charge which has been refuted.