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2016

Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes unanimous House vote, with compromises

Thursday April 28, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know when autocorrect makes a mistake

Thursday April 28, 2016

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work.

Volkswagen says it's not in talks with Apple or Google about new 'digital mobility' businesses

Thursday April 28, 2016

Volkswagen is talking with external partners about launching so-called digital mobility businesses, but is not in any negotiations with either Apple or Google, the carmaker's CEO said on Thursday, pointing to a different direction for its self-driving car efforts.

Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit support now shipping

Thursday April 28, 2016

The newly launched August Smart Lock includes support for Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to lock, unlock and check the status of their door lock with voice commands using Siri.

Apple CareKit platform goes live with four health apps

Thursday April 28, 2016

Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on its new CareKit framework, a health-minded platform that lets developers build advanced software solutions for tracking, managing and reporting medical conditions.

Philips releases Hue 'Gen 2' app with Routines, Rooms & other improvements

Thursday April 28, 2016

Philips on Thursday released a "Gen 2" Hue app for iOS, updating the tool for its HomeKit-enabled smartbulbs with new features like Routines, and extra options for controlling rooms and scenes.

Indian government approves Apple bid to open stores free of 30% sourcing policy

Thursday April 28, 2016

An Indian government committee this week recommended Apple be exempted from local sourcing regulations that previously kept the company from opening its own brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the country.

Samsung reports Q1 mobile profits just 24% of Apple's

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Samsung Electronics reported Q1 operating profits of 6.68 trillion won ($5.81 billion), while its Mobile division reported 3.89 trillion won ($3.38 billion) in profits, both a fraction of the "disappointing" $13.987 billion in operating profits Apple reported for the same quarter.

AMC launches tvOS app with free streaming for select shows

Wednesday April 27, 2016

As promised, AMC this week launched a tvOS app with a content selection mirroring that of its iOS app and web portal, including free-to-stream episodes of hit shows like "The Walking Dead" and "The Night Manager."

U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google's abuse of Android

Wednesday April 27, 2016

The FTC is expanding its investigation into Android related to complaints that Google is exploiting its ostensibly open platform to shut out rivals.

Was Mike Daisey right about Apple being doomed?

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Back in November, theatrical performer Mike Daisey was given the opportunity to write about Apple in the Technology section of the The Guardian. He's now claiming "reverse claim chowder," insisting that some of what he wrote about actually turned out to be true, given Apple's recent earnings report showing the first decrease in year-over-year, quarterly iPhone revenues.

New videos offer first-person view of Apple's Campus 2 'spaceship'

Wednesday April 27, 2016

A pair of videos posted to YouTube are some of the first to show an up-close look at the main "spaceship" building on Apple's Campus 2 headquarters, including views of the structure's inner courtyard and underground access tunnels.

Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2, accounted for 5% of total revenue

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Apple's research and development spending spiked at an all time high of more than $2.5 billion during the second quarter of 2016, with the unusually large $600 million year-over-year jump owing primarily to new hires and related expenses, Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

ANZ is first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Apple Pay expanded services in Australia on Thursday local time with the addition of ANZ Bank, the first major financial institution in the region to support Apple's payments product after a limited rollout in November.

Google updates Maps for iOS with Travel Times widget, Philips teases new Hue control app

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Google has updated the iOS version of Google Maps with several new features, including a new Notification Center widget for commuters, while Philips is hinting at an imminent update of its official control app for Hue smartbulbs.

FBI says San Bernardino iPhone hack won't be submitted to review group for possible disclosure

Wednesday April 27, 2016

The FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties, a report said on Wednesday.

3rd beta of iOS 9.3.2 seeded to public, developers get OS X 10.11.5 beta 3 & tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2

Wednesday April 27, 2016

Apple pushed out a number of software updates on Wednesday, including the latest iOS beta for public testers, and new OS X and tvOS releases intended for developers.

iPhone's global marketshare falls to 15.3% in March quarter amid tough Chinese competition

Wednesday April 27, 2016

During the March quarter Apple's iPhone remained firmly in second place in global smartphone marketshare, but saw a significant drop year-over-year to 15.3 percent, ceding some ground to up-and-coming Chinese vendors.

Dead body found at Apple's Infinite Loop headquarters [ux3]

Wednesday April 27, 2016

An investigation is underway after a body was reportedly discovered at Apple's Infinite Loop corporate headquarters in Cupertino.

Rumored 'iPhone 7 Plus' schematic shows dual-lens camera & Smart Connector, lacks headphone jack

Wednesday April 27, 2016

The rumored design of Apple's next-generation iPhone appears to be taking shape thanks to continued leaks out of the Far East, which are now consistently showing a new design with a larger, still protruding camera lens, a Smart Connector port, and the absence of a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.