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2015

Spotify encourages customers to bypass Apple's App Store, save $3 per month on subscriptions

Wednesday July 08, 2015

In an effort to bypass Apple's 30 percent cut of all App Store purchases, and in the wake of the launch of Apple Music, Spotify has begun emailing customers who subscribed through their iOS to convert their subscription to a Web-based one and save $3 per month.

First look: Apple's News app debuts in latest iOS 9 beta

Wednesday July 08, 2015

The newest pre-release version of Apple's next-generation mobile operating system brought the first public release of the company's News app, an app and cloud service unveiled at WWDC and designed to act as an aggregator for news and commentary.

iPad home screen folders now display 16 apps per page in Apple's new iOS 9 beta 3

Wednesday July 08, 2015

In another move intended to take advantage of greater screen real estate on the iPad, folders in the latest beta of iOS 9 are now a larger four-by-four design, accommodating 16 apps per page.

Apple pursuing close, 'day-to-day' oversight of Campus 2 construction

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Even with well-established plans for contractors, Apple is micromanaging the construction of its Campus 2 complex in Cupertino, a new report revealed on Wednesday.

Apple issues third betas of iOS 9, Watch OS 2 & OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Testing of Apple's next-generation software platforms continues to move along, as developers on Wednesday were provided with the third beta releases of iOS 9, WatchOS 2 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, ahead of their anticipated release this fall.

Deals: $180-$225 off new 15" MacBook Pros, $500 off 2014 15" MacBook Pros, $999 fully-loaded 11" MacBook Air, Dell 27" Ultra HD 4K for $499.99

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Apple's new 15" MacBook Pros are seeing their deepest discounts yet (between $180 and $225) this week. Meanwhile, two of the most brawny 2014 15" models are now marked down by $500. Also, a few days remain to take advantage of $50 rebates and grab a fully loaded 11" MacBook Air for $999 with free accessories. Most deals expire July 10th.

Apple orders up 90 million 'iPhone 6s' units with Force Touch for 2015 - report

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Apple reportedly has big ambitions for its next-generation iPhones, having tasked its manufacturing partners with assembling between 85 million and 90 million handsets --complete with Force Touch --to carry it through launch and the holiday shopping season.

Apple's iPhone 6 maintains almost 50% share of US smartphone market, Canaccord research finds

Wednesday July 08, 2015

During the June quarter the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kept the iPhone the top-selling smartphone brand at all four major U.S. carriers, with a sell-through share of almost 50 percent, according to survey data published on Wednesday.

Microsoft to axe 7,800 jobs from struggling mobile phone unit in new restructuring plan

Wednesday July 08, 2015

A strategic shift at Microsoft could see as many as 7,800 former Nokia employees lose their jobs this year while the software behemoth absorbs a $7.6 billion write-down on its troubled handset business, the company announced on Wednesday.

US law enforcement officials to argue for encryption backdoors before Congress

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Later on Wednesday, two key U.S. law enforcement officials will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to argue in support of backdoors in various consumer encryption platforms, a report said.

Judge tosses Smartflash's $533M victory against Apple, damages to be retried

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Months after a Texas jury ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to a product-less company that critics have dubbed a "patent troll," a judge has tossed out that decision, declaring that instructions given to the jury may have improperly affected the damage assessment.

Apple fixes VoiceOver bugs in update to iWork suite for iOS

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Apple in a rare overnight update on Tuesday issued what appears to be critical fixes to accessibility features in all three iOS iWork apps, returning full VoiceOver navigation and editing functionality to Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

Apple Watch 'collapsing sales' report actually shows Apple is crushing smartwatch sector [u]

Wednesday July 08, 2015

Widely publicized study data reported by clickbait sites as evidence that Apple Watch sales have "plunged" and "are tanking" actually shows something completely different: that Apple has launched the most successful smartwatch product by a vast margin.

Apple to hike international App Store prices, add new low-cost tiers in certain countries

Wednesday July 08, 2015

In an email sent to developers on Tuesday, Apple announced upcoming App Store pricing adjustments slated to affect Mexico, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey, including new low-price tiers in select emerging markets.

Penn State researchers to investigate Apple Watch as learning tool

Tuesday July 07, 2015

An upcoming research program to be conducted by Penn State University staff is exploring the effect wearables like Apple Watch have on human behavior, with an eye on turning the device into a learning tool.

Questionable report claims Apple Watch sales plummet from 200K units per day to less than 20K in US

Tuesday July 07, 2015

According to research firm Slice Intelligence, which has been closely following Apple Watch performance since the device launched in April, sales averages are taking a nose dive in the U.S. as availability increases, but the firm offers little data to support the provided numbers.

Apple stops signing iOS 8.3 just one week after 8.4 release

Tuesday July 07, 2015

On Tuesday, Apple quietly stopped signing the code for iOS 8.3, preventing people from downgrading to the release from iOS 8.4 using iTunes.

Apple Pay comes to 23 more US banks, sees early signs of UK support

Tuesday July 07, 2015

Apple on Tuesday added 23 more companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, simultaneously gearing up for the launch of the mobile payment service in the United Kingdom.

Apple touts 'tested to the limit' iPhone & iPad cases in new online store campaign

Tuesday July 07, 2015

Apple on Tuesday updated its virtual retail outlet with a new section that describes the company's approach to testing and approving the third-party cases it stocks for the iPhone and iPad.

Sales of 53M iPhones in June quarter predicted to help propel Apple stock to $170, Brean Capital says

Tuesday July 07, 2015

Apple's June quarter will come in higher than most on Wall Street expect, Brean Capital told investors on Monday, revealing it expects the company to have sold as many as 53 million iPhones in the three-month period.