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2016

Apple's 2015 EEO-1 report shows slow progress toward workplace diversity

Monday January 18, 2016

Over the weekend, Apple quietly released its latest EEO-1 Federal Employer Information Report tallying employment diversity information through Aug. 1, 2015, revealing raw numbers that, while a slight improvement year over year, are incongruent with statements the company made last year.

Apple battery suppliers use cobalt mined by child laborers, report says

Monday January 18, 2016

An Amnesty International investigation claims child labor is being used to acquire cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a mineral used in the production of lithium-ion batteries purchased by tech companies like Apple.

Apple to spend $80M on Campus 2 visitor center

Monday January 18, 2016

Apple is estimating a $79.9 million financial outlay to build a planned visitor center with store and cafe at the currently under construction Campus 2 site, according to a recent permit filing.

Tim Cook, Apple employees volunteer at San Jose elementary school for MLK Day

Monday January 18, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined hundreds of Apple employees in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday by volunteering time in a renovation effort at Santee Elementary School in San Jose, Calif.

Donald Trump promises to make Apple manufacture in US instead of China

Monday January 18, 2016

In a campaign speech at Virginia's fundamentalist Liberty University on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tangentially promised that he would force Apple to manufacture its hardware in the US instead of looking to overseas labor.

Apple's CarPlay wins Autoblog 2016 Technology of the Year award

Monday January 18, 2016

Apple's CarPlay was awarded the "best individual technology feature in a vehicle" by Autoblog at Detroit's North American International Auto Show.

Apple hikes App Store prices in Canada, Russia, New Zealand & several other countries

Monday January 18, 2016

Reacting to fluctating currencies, Apple on Monday told developers that it will be hiking App Store prices in several countries within the next three days.

Apple promises to compensate for iAd layoffs with new job openings

Monday January 18, 2016

The decision to scale back iAd will see some people lose sales jobs, although new positions should be created to compensate, an Apple spokesman acknowledged on Monday.

Apple making sparse use of Swift in its own apps, engineer claims

Monday January 18, 2016

In spite of Apple expressing a desire to switch its apps to Swift, just a handful of them are actually using the programming language so far, according to a software engineer.

iOS code shows Apple experimenting with ultra fast, light-based Li-Fi wireless data for future iPhones

Monday January 18, 2016

Recent versions of iOS have been found to contain references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi.

Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger drops annual fees to keep growing userbase

Monday January 18, 2016

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook, is dropping its 99-cent annual charge in order to continue growing, CEO Jan Koum said on Monday.

Microsoft to bring Windows Phone keyboard, Word Flow, to iOS

Monday January 18, 2016

Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing the Windows Phone keyboard -- known as Word Flow -- to iOS devices, marking the arrival of yet another feature previously exclusive to Microsoft platforms.

Apple honors Martin Luther King Day with website splash image

Monday January 18, 2016

Apple on Monday acknowledged the Martin Luther King holiday in the U.S. with an image on its website, featuring a photo of the civil rights activist alongside a famous quote.

False bomb threat at Apple's Ireland facilities leads to evacuation of 4,800 staff

Monday January 18, 2016

A fake bomb threat was issued for Apple's operations in Ireland on Monday, causing officials to evacuate 4,800 employees before giving the all-clear.

After abandoning iAd revenue, Apple Inc can reintroduce an ad-free internet

Monday January 18, 2016

Apple's five year effort to radically enhance iOS app advertising with its own ad sales has now been scuttled. That opens the door for an even more radical rethinking of how to monetize apps and Internet services, one that is clearly differentiated from the incessant adware associated with Android, Windows and the open web.

Roundup: The best Mac email clients for push Gmail

Sunday January 17, 2016

Mac owners who use Gmail know Apple's Mail app for OS X is less than perfect when it comes to pushing emails from Google's service. AppleInsider weeded through a forest of third party apps to find the fastest, cleanest and most reliable push Gmail clients for your desktop.

Apple promises fix for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus not displaying accurate battery data

Saturday January 16, 2016

In a new support document, Apple has acknowledged a problem in which an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus may not show the right battery percentage as power drains.

First look: OS X 10.11.4 beta brings Live Photos to Messages

Saturday January 16, 2016

Introduced alongside iPhone 6s and iOS 9 last year, Apple's Live Photos feature plays well with devices running iOS, but viewing the special format images on Mac has been a less than ideal experience. But that will soon change.

This week on AppleInsider: New betas, iAd flies the white flag, Apple Music hits 10M users & more

Saturday January 16, 2016

Apple news was perhaps mercifully quiet this week -- but the company did hit important milestones with Mac sales and Apple Music, while finally giving up the ghost for its long-suffering iAd division.

'Apple Watch 2' might not make anticipated March debut, report says

Friday January 15, 2016

Those anticipating Apple to unveil a second-generation Apple Watch in March might have to wait a bit longer, as a report on Friday cobbles together indirect evidence to cast plausible doubt on recent rumors.