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2015

Apple expands Maps Flyover coverage to 20 cities in Europe, Japan and more

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Apple on Tuesday updated its Maps Flyover availability webpage to reflect the addition of 21 cities including multiple destinations in France and a handful of sites in Mexico, among others.

Leaked Intel Skylake-U roadmap reveals CPUs likely bound for MacBook Air

Tuesday August 11, 2015

A set of supposedly leaked specifications for Intel's upcoming Skylake processor lineup made its way to the Web on Tuesday, offering what could be the first peek at what users can expect from Apple's next-generation MacBook Air products.

Two new iPhone identifiers discovered by ad tracking service, rumored 'iPhone 6C' model in doubt

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Mobile app marketing firm Fiksu on Tuesday discovered two new iPhone device identifiers in its dataset for July, suggesting Apple's tests of next-generation hardware do not include a rumored low-end model dubbed "iPhone 6C."

Beats 1 Replay archive now available as dedicated Apple Music section

Tuesday August 11, 2015

A week after introducing Beats 1 Replays on Connect, Apple is now aggregating archived Beats 1 shows, including those hosted by celebrity DJs like Elton John, in a special Apple Music section.

Web traffic points to slow but steady Apple Watch interest, UBS says

Tuesday August 11, 2015

As gauged by Web search traffic, interest in the Apple Watch has diminished considerably since the launch of the product in April but in a relatively smooth fashion, analysts with international financial firm UBS hinted on Tuesday.

AT&T Wi-Fi calling starts rolling out for some iOS 9 beta testers

Tuesday August 11, 2015

AT&T on Tuesday started to rollout iPhone Wi-Fi calling support for devices running the latest beta version of iOS 9, with a number of users across the U.S. reporting successful activation of the new feature.

Apple price demands for next-gen iPhone's 'A9' chip could slow TSMC output

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Apple is asking Samsung and TSMC to accept price cuts on orders of A9 chips for its new iPhones, but TSMC's inclination to decline could result in the supplier having to scale back production capacity, a new rumor claimed on Tuesday.

iOS 9 poised to be 'game changer' as ad blocking already costs publishers $22B yearly

Tuesday August 11, 2015

With this fall's release of iOS 9, Apple will allow users to natively block content in mobile Safari for the first time --a change which at least one study believes will be a "game changer" in an industry that already costs publishers more than $20 billion per year.

Rite Aid to begin taking Apple Pay, other wireless payments on Aug. 15

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Pharmacy chain Rite Aid on Tuesday annnounced that starting August 15, all of its U.S. stores will begin offering Apple Pay and other wireless payment options, marking a turnaround for a company that last year intentionally blocked Apple's mobile payment system.

Rumor: Apple to launch three new iPhones concurrently: '6s,' '6s Plus' and '6c'

Tuesday August 11, 2015

While a new "iPhone 6s" series is widely expected to be unveiled next month, rumors of a so-called "iPhone 6c" have been less certain. But one rumor published on Tuesday claims that a new, colorful iPhone lineup will indeed launch alongside the latest flagship models.

China's yuan devaluation could hurt Apple sales, boost supplier profits, analysts say

Tuesday August 11, 2015

The Chinese government's decision to deliberately devalue the yuan on Tuesday could have a serious impact on sales of the iPhone and other Apple products, but under the right conditions prove a boon to suppliers like Hon Hai/Foxconn and Pegatron, analysts said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook among first investors in water saving shower head startup Nebia

Tuesday August 11, 2015

The makers of a new water conserving shower head can count Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook among their first investors, who took a personal stake in the company after trying the eco-friendly product.

KGI: Force Touch won't be enough to drive 'iPhone 6s' upgrades, could mean negative iPhone growth

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Apple may not be able to convince many users to upgrade to its next-generation iPhone if Force Touch is the only major addition, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes, which could lead to the first ever year-over-year contraction in iPhone sales.

Study: Apple's lead in enterprise mobility threatened as iPad's tablet share plummets

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Apple's dominance in the enterprise mobility marketplace waned during the second quarter on a precipitous drop in tablet marketshare, the balance of which went to devices running Android and Windows, according to mobility solutions firm Good Technology.

Apple continuing work on Liquidmetal casting techniques, patents show

Tuesday August 11, 2015

While Apple has yet to release a major product made from Liquidmetal stock -- aside from a SIM ejector tool -- the company is still actively researching methods of producing large format amorphous alloy parts, suggesting the material could one day see use in a shipping device.

Achieving Nerdvana: Learning Swift for iOS at Big Nerd Ranch

Monday August 10, 2015

With its origins at NeXT, Big Nerd Ranch is one of the more respected iOS app development companies in the world. At a recent coding retreat put on by BNR, I survived seven days of the most intensive programming instruction of my life, and lived to write about it.

Google spawns new parent company, Alphabet, splits off side businesses into unique entities

Monday August 10, 2015

Google on Monday announced a major corporate restructuring, including the creation of a new parent company, Alphabet, under which Google will be just one of several subsidiaries.

MacKeeper to pay out $2M in proposed class action settlement

Monday August 10, 2015

The original developers of much maligned Mac security software MacKeeper have agreed to a $2 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over deceptive claims and false advertisement, with part of the sum set aside for customer refunds.

Spotify moving towards Premium-only music content amid label pressure, sources say

Monday August 10, 2015

Although it should continue to provide a free, ad-supported tier, Spotify is reportedly planning to limit some of its music content to Premium subscribers in reaction to pressure from record labels.

New video shows alleged 'iPhone 6s' shell with reinforced sides, lighter weight

Monday August 10, 2015

A new video published on Monday shows a gold iPhone shell claimed to be for Apple's rumored "iPhone 6s," and suggested that Apple has strategically reinforced portions of the device to avoid last year's media-hyped "bendgate" controversy.