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2016

Netflix updates iOS app with cellular data controls & more 3D Touch commands

Thursday May 05, 2016

Netflix on Thursday released an important update to its iOS app, enabling more control over streaming on cellular networks, as well as extending the use of 3D Touch gestures.

Early Apple Watch adopters were mostly men, but latecomers are starting to skew toward women

Thursday May 05, 2016

At launch, the overwhelming majority of Apple Watch buyers were men. But in the year since it debuted, women have begun to close the gap and embrace Apple's new wearable platform, new research shows.

Apple & SAP announce partnership on iOS SDK, apps & training

Thursday May 05, 2016

Apple and enterprise software firm SAP on Thursday announced a partnership that will see the creation of a new SDK, allowing the latter company's clients and developers to produce iOS apps exploiting the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

Cupertino mayor accuses Apple, responsible for nearly 20% of the city's tax revenue, of not paying enough [u]

Thursday May 05, 2016

The city of Cupertino, Calif. -- which is economically dependent on Apple -- is reportedly embroiled in a conflict over how it should fund the transport infrastructure needed to deal with congestion created by the company, as well as other businesses in the area.

Microsoft stays true to its word, will end free Windows 10 upgrades on July 29

Thursday May 05, 2016

In what could be described as a somewhat surprising move given the company's proclivity for indecision, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it would stick to the plan it announced last year and begin charging for Windows upgrades this summer.

Apple to take Chinese iPhone trademark fight to Supreme People's Court

Thursday May 05, 2016

Apple will continue challenging a recent ruling on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, taking the case to the country's Supreme People's Court, the company said in a Thursday press statement.

Apple's online store gains new category for accessibility-focused accessories

Thursday May 05, 2016

Apple on Thursday launched an "Accessibility" section on its online store, making it somewhat easier for the disabled or their caretakers to find equipment for use with Mac and iOS devices.

LAPD cracks iPhone 5S in murder case, but it probably wasn't encrypted

Thursday May 05, 2016

An iPhone 5S being held as evidence in the investigation of a 2014 murder has reportedly been unlocked by the Los Angeles Police Department, though the timing of the crime suggests that the phone in question may not have been protected by encryption.

Search glitches hit iOS and Mac App Stores, concealing major apps [ux2]

Thursday May 05, 2016

The iOS and Mac App Stores are failing to show important apps in search results, or are even showing iPhone apps in iPad-only search results, according to complaints seen on Twitter and received by AppleInsider. [Updated x2]

Ex-Siri team to unveil 'Viv' virtual assistant next week in quest for ubiquitous AI

Wednesday May 04, 2016

After years of development, Siri co-creators and former Apple employees Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer are ready to demonstrate "Viv," an advanced virtual assistant that could reinvent the way consumers interact with their devices.

Apple, others urge presidential candidates to support Trans-Pacific Partnership, address government snooping

Wednesday May 04, 2016

Apple and a cadre of Silicon Valley heavyweights have plans to issue a nonpartisan letter urging the next U.S. president to back the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a policy that would make hiring foreign workers a low friction process.

Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only networking by June

Wednesday May 04, 2016

Apple in an announcement Wednesday reminded developers of an upcoming change to App Store policy that requires all iOS apps include support for IPv6-only networking.

Sight unseen, consumers are more excited about Apple's 'iPhone 7' than they were for iPhone 6s

Wednesday May 04, 2016

A new survey of prospective smartphone owners signals customers are more excited to see what Apple has in store for this year's "iPhone 7" than they were last year's iPhone 6s unveiling, though early interest for the 2016 upgrade is still behind hype for the iPhone 6 two years ago.

YouTube said to be planning 'Unplugged' live TV as soon as 2017

Wednesday May 04, 2016

Though best known for user-uploaded videos, Google's YouTube is nevertheless planning to launch a live TV subscription service dubbed "Unplugged," a report said on Wednesday.

Twitter for Mac catches up with iOS & Web via Moments, polls & more

Wednesday May 04, 2016

Twitter released an important update to its official Mac client on Wednesday, finally bringing the software's features closer to par with iOS and the Web.

Apple Music UI to go grayscale, add better support for lyrics - report

Wednesday May 04, 2016

Apple is said to be working on a vast overhaul of its up-and-coming music streaming service, one that will reportedly include a new monochromatic user interface and a streamlined experience for users who prefer to read lyrics.

Hulu confirms plans to launch live TV streaming in 2017

Wednesday May 04, 2016

Just two days after the first rumors surfaced, Hulu on Wednesday confirmed that it will be launching a live TV streaming service sometime in 2017, creating a tougher competitive landscape for anything Apple might have planned.

Kohl's becomes first Apple Pay retailer to link rewards, store cards in one transaction

Wednesday May 04, 2016

Department store chain Kohl's on Wednesday announced that Apple Pay users can now pay with a Kohl's Charge card and earn Yes2You Rewards points at the same, making it the first Apple Pay retailer to combine store card payments and rewards in a single-tap transaction.

Fitness bands outselling all other wearables, including Apple Watch, research finds

Wednesday May 04, 2016

Despite devices like the Apple Watch nominally being able to do more, dedicated fitness bands are vastly outselling other wearables in the U.S., according to a research report published on Wednesday.

Hedge fund manager David Einhorn staying in Apple, sees 'tremendous value'

Wednesday May 04, 2016

Infamous hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who has previously butted heads with Apple, remains bullish on the iPhone maker despite its recent market plunge, giving the company a vote of confidence during a recent conference call.