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2016

Apple again rumored to bid on NFL streaming partnership

Thursday February 04, 2016

Apple, Google, Amazon and Verizon might soon be locked in a bidding war for rights to stream NFL's "Thursday Night Football," as a report on Thursday says each company is seeking favor as the league's Internet content partner.

Apple integrates Fox Now, FX Now and Nat Geo TV into Apple TV universal search [u]

Thursday February 04, 2016

After integrating PBS and PBS Kids into tvOS universal search last month, Apple on Thursday expanded the deep linking feature to include content sources Fox Now, FX Now and Nat Geo TV.

Apple CEO hints at more cross-platform services, says iPad revenue will rebound by year's end

Thursday February 04, 2016

Speaking at a recent internal "town hall" event, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that services beyond Apple Music might soon make the leap to additional platforms, like Android.

Microsoft's Bing & Cortana apps for iPhone add 3D Touch, other new features

Thursday February 04, 2016

Microsoft on Thursday updated two of its iPhone apps -- Cortana and Bing Search -- with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, along with a number of other new upgrades.

Apple Deals: $100 off 13" MacBook Airs with 8GB RAM; $400 off 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Thursday February 04, 2016

AI readers this week can save $370-$440 on Apple's most popular 15" MacBook Pros with 3 years of AppleCare included, plus a free AIO AirPrint photo printer, free shipping, and no tax in 48 states. Also, $100 off select 13" MacBook Airs, or $100+ off all 13" MacBook Airs with AppleCare plus a free Apple Super Drive.

iTunes, App Store, & Apple TV services hit by new outage [u]

Thursday February 04, 2016

The iTunes Store, the iOS and Mac App Stores, and even the Apple TV were among services affected by a midday outage on Thursday, leaving some people unable to reach them or make purchases. [Updated]

Sharp leaning towards Foxconn takeover, but with no exclusive negotiations, CEO says

Thursday February 04, 2016

Sharp is indeed leaning towards a takeover by Apple's main manufactuing partner, Foxconn, but no exclusive negotiating rights have been offered, the company's CEO announced at a Thursday press conference.

GoPro works to stem losses with 'connected and convenient' Hero5

Thursday February 04, 2016

Facing increasingly fierce competition in the industry it helped create, GoPro this week announced plans to simplify its product line and innovate on usability, with what CEO Nick Woodman called "the most connected and convenient GoPro we have ever made."

Apple discourages Supreme Court from hearing Samsung patent petition, calls case 'legally unexceptional'

Thursday February 04, 2016

Apple this week attempted to dissuade the U.S. Supreme Court from hearing Samsung's request for review in their ongoing patent infringement dispute, with Apple telling the highest court in America that the $548 million settlement does not deserve review.

Apple invention hints at force-sensitive Touch ID button

Thursday February 04, 2016

An Apple patent filing published on Thursday suggests future iPhones and iPads might sport force-sensing Touch ID home buttons that rely on technology similar to iPhone 6s' 3D Touch system.

Apple Pay accepted at more than 2M locations, coming to Chick-fil-A, other stores soon

Thursday February 04, 2016

As of Thursday, iPhone and Apple Watch owners can use their devices to complete Apple Pay transactions at more than two million retail locations, Apple says, with chains like Chick-fil-A expected to add compatibility soon.

Sharp, Foxconn to enter talks over $5.5B takeover bid, report says

Wednesday February 03, 2016

Sharp reportedly plans to enter talks with Foxconn over a takeover bid that could be worth some $5.5 billion, suggesting an end is near for Foxconn's bidding war with Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

Apple adds 20 Flyover cities, new Traffic and Nearby data to Maps

Wednesday February 03, 2016

As part of Apple's continued Maps buildout effort, the company on Wednesday added 3D Flyover, traffic and point of interest data to its in-house mapping solution, including popular locales like the Virgin Islands and Taiwan.

Apple Music update lets Android users save songs to SD cards

Wednesday February 03, 2016

Apple in an update to the Android version of Apple Music on Wednesday added the ability to save downloaded songs to an SD card, greatly increasing the offline listening library capacities for phones running Google mobile operating system.

Apple ordered to pay $625M in revived VirnetX patent trial

Wednesday February 03, 2016

A federal jury on Wednesday found Apple guilty of willfully infringing on four VirnetX patents, awarding the non-practicing entity $625.6 million in damages and ongoing royalties from a previous court finding.

Sony says dual-lens camera tech launching with 'major smartphone players' in next year

Wednesday February 03, 2016

Apple's image sensor supplier, Sony, is expecting its dual-lens camera technology to be launched by "major smartphone players" within the next year, according to comments by the company's CFO.

Square's Apple Pay-ready NFC reader goes on sale at US Apple Stores

Wednesday February 03, 2016

The Square Contactless and Chip Reader -- compatible with Apple Pay -- arrived at U.S. Apple Stores on Wednesday, and should soon be available through Apple's online storefront.

Apple Back to School promo returns to Australia & New Zealand, offers Beats or iPad discounts

Wednesday February 03, 2016

Apple on Wednesday launched the Australian and New Zealand editions of its annual Back to School sale, offering either Beats headphones or iPad discounts to qualifying shoppers buying a new Mac.

Yahoo prepares for split, will lay off 15% of workforce in restructuring

Wednesday February 03, 2016

Internet search, content pioneer and Apple partner Yahoo is readying for either a reverse spinoff or outright sale that would see the well-known web businesses separated from the parent company and more than 1,000 employees laid off.

Supply chain suggests iPhone orders will rebound this summer ahead of 'iPhone 7' launch

Wednesday February 03, 2016

Forecast trends in the demand for flexible PCB (printed circuit board) parts for iPhones indicate that while iPhone production may be down in the first half of the year, it will likely rebound in the second half as work begins on Apple's next-generation models.