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2015

Costly supercar maker Koenigsegg joins list of Apple CarPlay backers

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Koenigsegg, a Swedish supercar maker which sells some of the most expensive vehicles on Earth, has joined the list of auto manufacturers offering support for Apple's CarPlay standard via the Regera, a new car unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

Automakers in Geneva cautious, 'concerned' about 'disruptive interloper' Apple

Tuesday March 03, 2015

As the automotive glitterati descends on Switzerland for the first industry powwow since rumors of an Apple Car began swirling, executives from some of the world's largest automakers have opened up about the possibility of counting the iPhone maker as a competitor.

Billions in Google revenue could ride on Apple renewing iOS search deal

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Google is poised to lose billions in annual revenue if Apple does not renew a deal making Google the default search engine in iOS, according to a new memo by analysts at UBS, which attempts to predict the real-world impact of such a decision.

Smartphone shipments topped 1.2 billion in 2014, Samsung's share plummeted in face of Apple gains

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Squeezed at the high-end of the market by Apple, and also at the low-end by cheaper Chinese alternatives, Samsung saw its share of the total smartphone market shrink in 2014, even as overall smartphone shipments grew to new heights.

Pebble unveils steel version of color Time watch, announces 'smartstrap' accessory support

Tuesday March 03, 2015

Pebble on Tuesday announced a steel version of its upcoming Pebble Time smartwatch, as well as a new expandable accessory port called "smartstrap" that could add functions such as GPS or heart rate monitoring.

Apple's 'Shot on iPhone 6' campaign goes global with billboards, ad spaces

Monday March 02, 2015

After launching its "Shot on iPhone 6" ad campaign on Sunday, works from Apple's "World Gallery" are now showing up on billboards, static ad spaces and in magazines in far flung locales around the globe.

Piper Jaffray pegs stainless steel Apple Watch price at $499, Edition at $4,999

Monday March 02, 2015

Investment firm Piper Jaffray issued a report on Monday breaking down expected Apple Watch average selling prices, saying an aggregate of consumers will likely spend closer to $550 on the device, considering case and internal storage options.

Apple, Google no-poach settlement reportedly on road to approval

Monday March 02, 2015

At a hearing on Monday, District Court Judge Lucy Koh appeared satisfied with a $415 million proposal from Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley tech companies to settle allegations that anti-poaching agreements artificially capped employee wages.

Upcoming Steve Jobs biography dives deep into Apple cofounder's life, features interviews with Tim Cook, Jony Ive, more

Monday March 02, 2015

An upcoming biography about Steve Jobs promises an intimate portrait of the late tech guru told through extensive interviews with Jobs' inner circle, including current Apple CEO Tim Cook, SVP of Design Jony Ive and Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs, among others.

Nissan, Daimler CEOs split on prospect of rumored Apple Car

Monday March 02, 2015

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and the CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, have each adopted radically different stances on rumors of a so-called Apple Car, with the former dismissing the idea and the latter welcoming it as a boost to Renault-Nissan's business.

Google postpones iOS 8-style full-disk encryption of Android devices

Monday March 02, 2015

Despite initial promises by Google, and rival Apple implementing the technology in iOS 8 last September, new devices loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop are not using default full-disk encryption meant to prevent criminals, police, and spy agencies from getting unauthorized access to private data.

Apple Watch carried codename 'Gizmo,' former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch spearheaded software

Monday March 02, 2015

With the retail launch of the Apple Watch fast approaching, tidbits on the development of the highly anticipated device continue to come to light, including the fact that former Adobe executive Kevin Lynch was responsible for software development.

CarPlay, not an Apple Car, likely catalyst of Swiss trademark filing

Monday March 02, 2015

Apple recently extended its trademark protection in Switzerland to include automobiles, but such filings are far from new and odds are that the company is working to cover its nascent CarPlay initiative, rather than the much-ballyhooed Apple Car.

Banks 'scrambling' to combat Apple Pay identity fraud - report

Monday March 02, 2015

Apple Pay has proven to be a venue of convenience for criminals focusing on identity fraud, a new report suggests, with many fraudsters taking advantage of lax customer verification controls put in place by Apple's partner banks to make brick-and-mortar purchases using stolen credit cards via the growing mobile payment service.

Apple releases public beta of OS X 10.10.3, gives the masses a first taste of new Photos app

Monday March 02, 2015

Members of the public OS X Beta Program can now experience Apple's forthcoming Photos app for Mac, thanks to the release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta.

Race to beat Apple Pay picks up, as PayPal buys CurrentC-linked Paydiant

Monday March 02, 2015

The mobile payment industry continues to see shakeups this week, as PayPal has announced it will acquire Paydiant, a mobile wallet developer with clients including MCX -- the consortium behind retailer-driven Apple Pay competitor CurrentC.

Apple, IBM debut three new iOS apps for enterprise

Monday March 02, 2015

Apple and IBM have unveiled three more MobileFirst enterprise apps for iPhones and iPads, covering a range of industries and uses: Advisor Alerts, Passenger Care, and Dynamic Buy.

Killer Deal: Free LG optical drive, Free Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones, and up to $350 off all BTO MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Monday March 02, 2015

For a limited time, we've teamed up with one of Apple's authorized resellers to give away $200 in accessories -- a free LG portable CD/DVD drive and free pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones -- with the purchase of any build-to-order 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro. Readers can also pair this offer with an AppleCare rebate, which delivers the lowest price anywhere for these models with Apple's extended protection.

Morgan Stanley raises Apple target to $160, citing strength as a 'platform company'

Monday March 02, 2015

Morgan Stanley showed significant confidence in Apple on Monday, raising their price target to $160 and expressing a belief to investors that the company can continue to grow its business.

Google unveils 'Android Pay' mobile payments API to rival Apple Pay

Monday March 02, 2015

Search giant Google on Monday revealed plans to build a new mobile payments API into its Android mobile operating system, allowing developers to integrate the service -- dubbed Android Pay -- into their applications.