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2016

Microsoft adds info-hunting 'Bot' assistants to Skype for iPhone & iPad

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Microsoft on Wednesday launched "Bots" for Skype, allowing people to search for information and content through the app's messaging functions.

Google launches Cardboard SDK for iOS, Microsoft begins shipping HoloLens to developers

Wednesday March 30, 2016

It's been a big week for virtual and augmented reality technology, thanks to the newly shipping Oculus Rift, the debut of a Google Cardboard development kit for iOS, and initial availability of developer hardware for Microsoft HoloLens.

iOS 9.3 Apple's 'most stable new release in years,' app analytics firm finds

Wednesday March 30, 2016

In spite of some publicized glitches, including an activation bug that affected older devices, iOS 9.3 is Apple's "most stable new release in years," an app analytics firm said on Wednesday.

Apple Supplier Responsibility 2016 Progress Report reveals 97% work-hour compliance, carbon emissions reductions

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Apple's annual Supplier Responsibility Report reveals key facts about progress made with the company's partners in 2015, including an industry leading 97 percent work-hour compliance rate, and a massive reduction in carbon emissions.

Apple & Google have faced 63 All Writs Act-related orders to access devices, ACLU says

Wednesday March 30, 2016

The U.S. federal government has invoked the All Writs Act at least 63 times to compel Apple and Google to help unlock devices involved in investigations, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Wednesday.

Apple launches new, experimental Safari Technology Preview browser for developers

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Apple on Wednesday launched a new developer-focused, experimental version of Safari for Mac, offering a sneak preview of features that may soon come to the browser for OS X and iOS.

Apple partner Foxconn finally seals the deal with Sharp for $3.5B

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Two key Apple suppliers will officially join forces, as Foxconn has entered into a deal to purchase display maker Sharp for $3.5 billion, bringing to an end months of speculation and negotiations.

Buy now or wait? Apple's new iPhone SE vs. the rumored 'iPhone 7'

Wednesday March 30, 2016

It's one of the most common questions any prospective smartphone buyer asks: Should I buy now, or wait? The launch of the iPhone SE -- an uncharacteristic-for-Apple mid-cycle upgrade -- makes the answer slightly more complex this year.

Apple claims reversal of $120M verdict against Samsung violates US Constitution

Wednesday March 30, 2016

In reversing a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung for patent infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit stepped beyond the bounds of the Constitution, a lawyer for Apple argued this week.

iPhone SE event spurs traffic spikes to Apple's websites in China, India

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Although the announcement of the iPhone SE -- and 9.7-inch iPad Pro -- triggered a relatively modest increase in global traffic to Apple's website on March 21, the same day saw significant surges in China and India, according to research figures published on Wednesday.

Cowen upgrades Apple to 'outperform,' envisions OLED iPhones with new form factors

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Cowen and Company upgraded its outlook on AAPL stock to "outperform" on Wednesday with a $135 price target, telling investors it believes Apple will return to growth with this fall's "iPhone 7" and beyond.

OS X 10.11.4 hidden framework hints Apple could rebrand it as 'macOS'

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Following the naming conventions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, Apple's Mac operating system could soon return to the name "macOS," if code spotted in the latest release of El Capitan is to be believed.

Apple's multi-year deal with MLB takes iPad Pro out to the ballgame

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Apple has signed a multi-year deal with Major League Baseball to supply coaches with 12.9-inch iPad Pro units running custom software for displaying player statistics, stat breakdowns, interactive data, game footage and more.

As FBI's iPhone exploit remains secret, Apple's security operation in transition

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Apple got more than it bargained for in its stand against government snooping. With the FBI keeping mum on methods used to extract data from an iPhone tied to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, Apple must patch a security hole it knows nothing about, a task one report suggests is made more difficult by a recent reorganization of its security team.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, other tech leaders call on North Carolina to repeal anti-LGBT law

Tuesday March 29, 2016

More than 80 high ranking executives and business leaders on Tuesday signed an open letter asking Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal a recently passed law that effectively allows for lawful discrimination against the LGBT community.

Apple taps new vein with iPhone SE, initial sales estimate suggests

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Apple's new iPhone SE isn't expected to break any sales records, but fresh data suggests the diminutive handset might have a hand in driving iPhone sales growth beyond early adopters and brand loyalists.

Apple Maps debuts Nearby in 4 countries, expands Flyover and Traffic support

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Apple on Tuesday strengthened its in-house mapping service with the rollout of five new Flyover locales, additional Traffic support and the activation of Nearby search in four countries.

After 1 year, Tidal reaches 3M paid subscribers, well behind Apple Music's 11M

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Subscription music streaming service Tidal announced Tuesday that it has 3 million paid subscribers who signed on in its first year of availability, a number that lags behind the likes of Apple Music and Spotify.

SoundCloud launches Go subscription service with more content & offline caching

Tuesday March 29, 2016

SoundCloud on Tuesday announced the immediate launch of Go, a subscription streaming service set to compete with Apple Music, promising perks on top of its regular free listening options.

Apple's iPhone SE vs. iPhone 6s: Does price outweigh size?

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Featuring a 4-inch Retina display and starting price of $399, the newly unveiled Apple iPhone SE is noticeably smaller and cheaper than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s. However, despite obvious differences in size, there are a great deal of similarities under the hood between the two. Here's a closer look at how well the iPhone SE competes with its big brother based on price, hardware and intended use.