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2016

ESPN in 'ongoing conversations' with Apple about streaming service

Tuesday January 19, 2016

ESPN is in discussions with Apple about the prospects of some sort of over-the-top streaming service, according to the sports network's president, John Skipper.

Verizon joins AT&T in launching sponsored data access, raises net neutrality concerns

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Verizon on Tuesday officially announced FreeBee Data, a service that will let businesses sponsor data access so subscribers can load some apps, websites, or downloads without it impacting their monthly limits.

Apple release iOS 9.2.1 with fix for app installs, plus other bug fixes & security updates

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Apple on Tuesday publicly released iOS 9.2.1, a maintenance and security update for iPhone and iPad that addresses some minor issues, most notably a problem that could halt app installations for enterprise customers.

Mac OS X gets bumped to version 10.11.3, brings bug fixes and security updates

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Apple on Tuesday released OS X El Capitan 10.11.3, a new point release that the company says brings bug fixes and security updates to the venerable desktop operating system.

Amazon Prime Air building drones to cope with different environments, may launch overseas

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Amazon's drone-based Prime Air delivery service will have an array of craft to deal with different climates and environments, though the company is still devising solutions to other problems and could end up launching outside the U.S. first, according to a new interview.

Apple chip partner TSMC plans to launch 7nm process in 2018, 5nm in 2020

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Taiwanese semiconductor foundry TSMC is reportedly preparing to roll out its 7-nanometer process node as soon as 2018, with a jump to 5 nanometers currently penciled in for 2020.

LG aims at ramping up curved OLED production amid rumors of iPhone plans

Tuesday January 19, 2016

LG Display is reportedly planning to increase its manufacturing capacity for curved OLED displays, in a move that may back rumors the company will help Apple produce its first OLED-equipped iPhone.

Apple quietly supporting Silicon Valley's Super Bowl Host Committee with products & equipment

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Apple is among the Silicon Valley tech giants who have raised millions of dollars to support the upcoming Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in California, though the iPhone maker has apparently requested that its logo and name not be associated with any of the NFL's marketing materials.

Killer Deal: Free AppleCare & Canon AirPrint Printer with all 27" iMac with Retina 5K display configs

Tuesday January 19, 2016

Shoppers in the market for a 27" iMac with Retina 5K display this month can grab a free AppleCare extended protection plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint printer, and free shipping, with the purchase of all possible Late 2015 iMac 5K configurations. Plus no sales tax for customers in 48 states.

Apple wins US ban of Samsung software features, only affects obsolete products

Tuesday January 19, 2016

After months of back-and-forth litigation, Apple won a US sales ban against certain Samsung software features found in infringement of three patents, though the ruling has no real bearing on either company's business.

Apple's 2015 EEO-1 report shows slow progress toward workplace diversity

Monday January 18, 2016

Over the weekend, Apple quietly released its latest EEO-1 Federal Employer Information Report tallying employment diversity information through Aug. 1, 2015, revealing raw numbers that, while a slight improvement year over year, are incongruent with statements the company made last year.

Apple battery suppliers use cobalt mined by child laborers, report says

Monday January 18, 2016

An Amnesty International investigation claims child labor is being used to acquire cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a mineral used in the production of lithium-ion batteries purchased by tech companies like Apple.

Apple to spend $80M on Campus 2 visitor center

Monday January 18, 2016

Apple is estimating a $79.9 million financial outlay to build a planned visitor center with store and cafe at the currently under construction Campus 2 site, according to a recent permit filing.

Tim Cook, Apple employees volunteer at San Jose elementary school for MLK Day

Monday January 18, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined hundreds of Apple employees in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday by volunteering time in a renovation effort at Santee Elementary School in San Jose, Calif.

Donald Trump promises to make Apple manufacture in US instead of China

Monday January 18, 2016

In a campaign speech at Virginia's fundamentalist Liberty University on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tangentially promised that he would force Apple to manufacture its hardware in the US instead of looking to overseas labor.

Apple's CarPlay wins Autoblog 2016 Technology of the Year award

Monday January 18, 2016

Apple's CarPlay was awarded the "best individual technology feature in a vehicle" by Autoblog at Detroit's North American International Auto Show.

Apple hikes App Store prices in Canada, Russia, New Zealand & several other countries

Monday January 18, 2016

Reacting to fluctating currencies, Apple on Monday told developers that it will be hiking App Store prices in several countries within the next three days.

Apple promises to compensate for iAd layoffs with new job openings

Monday January 18, 2016

The decision to scale back iAd will see some people lose sales jobs, although new positions should be created to compensate, an Apple spokesman acknowledged on Monday.

Apple making sparse use of Swift in its own apps, engineer claims

Monday January 18, 2016

In spite of Apple expressing a desire to switch its apps to Swift, just a handful of them are actually using the programming language so far, according to a software engineer.

iOS code shows Apple experimenting with ultra fast, light-based Li-Fi wireless data for future iPhones

Monday January 18, 2016

Recent versions of iOS have been found to contain references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi.