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2014

Apple's iOS continues to dominate mobile web browsing as Android gains

Monday July 07, 2014

Even as Google counts some 1 billon monthly active users for Android worldwide, more than six out of every ten page views from a mobile device in the U.S. still come from an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch, according to new browsing data released on Monday.

Apple provides developers with third beta releases of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite [u]

Monday July 07, 2014

Apple on Monday moved on step closer to the public release of its next-generation operating systems, giving developers access to a third beta version of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite while updating a number of smaller components.

Video purports to show flexible sapphire display cover for Apple's 'iPhone 6'

Monday July 07, 2014

With Apple said to be preparing a move from Corning's Gorilla Glass to an in-house sapphire solution for the display on the so-called "iPhone 6," a new part alleged to be a preproduction sapphire front panel for the device was shown off Monday in a video from Hong Kong.

Rumor: Apple to boost 4.7" 'iPhone 6' battery by 15% over iPhone 5s

Monday July 07, 2014

Apple may be planning to trade battery capacity for slimness in its next-generation handsets, according to a Monday report from the Far East, with the hotly-anticipated 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" said to pack an 1,800 mAh unit and its 5.5-inch sibling bringing a 2,500 mAh reserve.

Inside iOS App Extensions: Apple opens up social Share Sheets to third parties

Monday July 07, 2014

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new feature enables new and existing web services to extend iOS and OS X to support social sharing of documents, websites, photos and other media.

Apple ordered to revise App Store refund policy, may make changes global

Monday July 07, 2014

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission on Sunday ordered Apple and Google to make changes to their respective iOS and Android app stores policies in an effort to make post-purchase refunding more consumer-friendly.

Foxconn may replace 'iPhone 6' assembly line workers with 'Foxbot' robots

Sunday July 06, 2014

During a recent shareholder meeting, president and CEO of Apple partner manufacturer Foxconn said his company plans to roll out robots on assembly lines responsible for products like the iPhone, possibly in time for production of the so-called "iPhone 6."

Review: Parrot Asteroid Smart in-dash head unit with navigation and app support

Saturday July 05, 2014

Google launched the Open Automotive Alliance in January to put Android in your dashboard to control your phone, just like Apple announced CarPlay as a system to control your iOS device. Parrot's Asteroid Smart doesn't participate in either of these programs, but goes their own way instead.

Apple to wipe iCloudKit data for iOS 8 and Yosemite betas, new iCloud features affected

Friday July 04, 2014

Apple on Friday sent out letters to developers testing the iOS 8 beta and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview, notifying them of an upcoming server-side wipe of all CloudKit databases scheduled for July 7.

Independence Day sales hit the App Store with Motion Tennis, Infinity Blade, Disney

Friday July 04, 2014

iOS gamers can turn their Apple TV into a Wii for free during this long weekend with Motion Tennis for Apple TV, or fight tyrants and titans for half off in the Infinity Blade franchise, while parents can keep their children occupied on the cheap with Disney's 85 percent off sale.

Apple reaches accord with Saudi Arabian retailer to expand Middle East distribution

Friday July 04, 2014

Consumers in Saudi Arabia will soon have a more direct link to Apple, as the iPhone maker has agreed to a deal with major book and electronics retailer Jarir Bookstore that will see the chain carry Apple's full product lineup and service customers.

Apple hires sales director of Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer for anticipated 'iWatch' launch

Friday July 04, 2014

The sales director of luxury watch maker TAG Heuer, which also owns the brands Hublot and Zenith, has reportedly left the company to assist Apple in the anticipated launch of its rumored "iWatch" this fall.

Following Apple's Beats Music buy, new data shows digital album sales down 12% while streaming up 50%

Friday July 04, 2014

The latest data from Nielsen shows that sales of digital albums are down 11.6 percent, while purchases of individual tracks are down 13 percent, as on-demand streaming audio has surged 50.1 percent, helping to provide some insight into why Apple purchased Beats Music.

Inside iOS App Extensions: Apple, Inc's new Widgets & Keyboards similar to Android's, but secure

Friday July 04, 2014

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new extensions enable a new type of widgets in Notification Center for both platforms, along with enabling third party Custom Keyboards for iOS.

Pond's 'Stream' case brings MFi-approved Qi wireless charging to Apple's iPhone 5/5s

Friday July 04, 2014

Announced by small tech firm Devant earlier this week, the Pond Wireless ecosystem of products looks to bring Qi wireless charging to Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s with a "Made for iPhone" charging case, tray and fob adapter.

Apple's iOS gains ground on Android in US as iPhone retains smartphone lead

Thursday July 03, 2014

For the three months ending in May, Apple's iPhone grew its dominating lead as the top U.S. smartphone, while iOS gained ground on Google's Android, says research firm comScore.

Samsung's latest Apple-targeting ad slams battery life, calls iPhone users 'wall huggers'

Thursday July 03, 2014

Samsung on Thursday took its latest shot at Apple, in a new minute-long advertisement that refers to iPhone users as "wall huggers," suggesting they're constantly tethered to an outlet to keep their handset charged.

Facebook Messenger goes universal with new iPad-optimized version

Thursday July 03, 2014

Social networking behemoth Facebook on Thursday released a new version of its Facebook Messenger application for iOS that brings with it a new user interface optimized specifically for the larger screens found on Apple's iPads.

Apple continues exploring Liquidmetal manufacturing methods

Thursday July 03, 2014

Though Liquidmetal has yet to make a headline appearance in an Apple product, the company continues to explore new manufacturing methods for the amorphous alloy, most recently filing a divisional patent application for a new counter-gravity casting process.

GM and Philips nearly bought Pixar, but deal's collapse allowed Steve Jobs to invest

Thursday July 03, 2014

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull reveals in a new book that the now-legendary animation company was nearly sold to General Motors and Philips for its technology, but the deal fell through just before it could be signed.