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2015

As Apple nears $200B in cash, U.S. Senators once again propose a repatriation tax break

Thursday January 29, 2015

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul on Thursday announced the "Invest in Transportation Act of 2015," a proposal that would allow companies such as Apple to bring foreign cash reserves back to the U.S. at a significantly lower tax rate while using the proceeds to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

Apple Inc's thermonuclear assault on Samsung vaporizes Android's remaining profit pillar

Thursday January 29, 2015

After years of failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.

Apple adds Notification Center widget, enhances syncing performance in iTunes 12.1 update

Thursday January 29, 2015

Apple on Thursday released iTunes 12.1, an update to its venerable media organization and synchronization app that brings a new OS X Notification Center control widget and fixes performance issues during syncing.

Apple tops Louis Vuitton, Gucci as the gift of choice among China's wealthy

Thursday January 29, 2015

Many wealthy Chinese consumers chose to forego designer handbags or expensive liquor when choosing gifts in 2014, a new report indicates, instead opting for Apple's iPhone, iPad, or Mac computers.

FCC says broadband-class connections must offer at least 25Mbps download speeds

Thursday January 29, 2015

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took a step toward improving Internet speeds in America, requiring providers to offer download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second to classify as "broadband."

iTunes Connect bug logs developers into random Apple account, displays wrong apps

Thursday January 29, 2015

Many developers logging into Apple's iTunes Connect portal on Thursday found themselves presented with a a peculiar and potentially crucial error: The site is displaying the username, company, and apps of someone who is not them.

Microsoft Outlook debuts as free download for iPhone, iPad

Thursday January 29, 2015

Microsoft on Thursday released its long-awaited Outlook client for iOS, giving both iPhone and iPad owners the ability to access a unified view of email calendar, contacts, and attachments.

Apple's stylus receiver concept would improve the precision of digital pen-based input

Thursday January 29, 2015

As recent rumors have suggested Apple could offer a simple stylus to enhance a larger iPad model, a new patent application shows what kind of improved pen-based input technology the company has been working on behind the scenes.

More Android-to-iPhone switchers coming from international markets - report

Thursday January 29, 2015

Apple revealed this week that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus attracted more Android users than ever before. But new data suggests that the rate of Android switchers in the U.S. was steady last quarter, implying that international users are the ones who made the jump to iPhone in record numbers.

Apple, Samsung now tied for the title of world's largest smartphone maker

Wednesday January 28, 2015

The 74.5 million iPhones sold over the last three months of 2014 didn't just help Apple report the highest quarterly profit of any publicly-traded company in history, they also propelled the Cupertino giant into a first-place tie with Samsung as the largest smartphone maker in the world.

Samsung's mobile profits plunge 64.2% after Apple's iPhone 6 devastates premium Galaxy sales

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Samsung Electronics reported overall Q4 operating profits of 5.29 trillion won ($4.9 billion)--a 36 percent year-over-year drop--but its Mobile division suffered a 64.2 percent drop in profits, falling from $5 billion in the year ago quarter to $1.8 billion in the December quarter.

TracFone will pay $40 million to settle unlimited data beef with the FTC

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Consumers who have previously signed up for pre-paid wireless plans advertised with unlimited data from TracFone now have the right to claim a refund, as the company has agreed to a $40 million settlement over charges that it throttled or disconnected customers who used too much data.

Qualcomm lowers revenue forecasts as Apple squeezes its best customers

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday revised its revenue forecast downward for 2015, lopping nearly $1 billion off of its high-end estimate and seemingly blaming the change in part on Apple's annexation of market share with the iPhone 6.

Apple's R&D spending shoots up 42% year-over-year, hit new $1.9B record in Q1

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Apple does not appear to be resting on its laurels despite record sales of its iPhone and Mac, as the company spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40 percent over the year-ago figure.

China to demand source code access, backdoors in some tech products

Wednesday January 28, 2015

China's central government has introduced new procurement regulations that would force technology companies wishing to do business with the country's banks to submit source code for review and build government-accessible backdoors into their products, according to a Wednesday report.

Sony to shutter iTunes & Beats Music competitor Music Unlimited, partner with Spotify

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sony has conceded defeat in the digital music market, announcing on Wednesday that it will close its cross-platform Music Unlimited service at the end of March and refer customers to another iTunes & Beats Music competitor, Spotify.

Carl Icahn says Apple is still undervalued, plans to increase his $203 price target

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Activist investor Carl Icahn believes shares of Apple should be valued much higher than their current trading price, and on Wednesday said he even plans to revise his own price target for the stock, which he called a "no-brainer" investment.

Wall Street shocked by Apple's staggering quarter, prompting analysts to raise estimates

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Apple's stunning first quarter of fiscal 2015 blew virtually every prediction out of the water, and left Wall Street analysts rushing to increase their price targets on Wednesday as the stock jumped higher.

Google Play downloads are growing, but Apple's App Store commands 70% of revenue

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Downloads still aren't translating to dollars for Google and developers who create applications for its Play store for Android devices, as Apple's iOS App Store remains far and away the most profitable digital storefront, according to the latest data.

By the numbers: Apple's ludicrous fourth quarter

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Apple reported the biggest quarter in its history this week --and one of the largest by any company ever -- by nearly every metric imaginable. AppleInsider puts those mind-boggling numbers into perspective.