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2016

Apple issues second public betas of iOS 9.3.2 & OS X 10.11.5, provides developers with tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2

Thursday April 21, 2016

Apple on Thursday provided members of its public beta program a second build of the forthcoming iOS 9.3.2 and OS X 10.11.5 updates. Registered developers were also supplied a second beta of tvOS 9.2.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Walmart Pay begins trickling out to iPhone users via app update

Thursday April 21, 2016

The latest update to retail colossus Walmart's first-party iOS app included a significant new feature -- support for Walmart Pay, the company's in-house mobile payments effort.

Apple's mysterious WWDC 2016 announcement: What does it mean?

Thursday April 21, 2016

For as long as Apple has designed creative invitations to its media events, geeks have treated them as the technical equivalent of a Rorschach test. What secret clues might Apple have hidden in the latest WWDC missive? Probably nothing.

Much of Apple's recovered e-waste likely legally mandated and not Apple-made

Thursday April 21, 2016

Much of the 90 million pounds in e-waste Apple collected during 2015 was legally obligated, handled by outside firms, and probably not from Apple products, an analysis has concluded.

iCloud team reportedly plagued by infighting as Apple struggles to build new cloud infrastructure

Thursday April 21, 2016

Apple is working on a new internal structure for its cloud services, but the teams under the umbrella of iCloud have been involved in a political power struggle that has hampered development, according to a new report.

Apple likely switching to different modem for 'iPhone 7,' Qualcomm CEO hints

Thursday April 21, 2016

Apple appears likely to switch away from Qualcomm modems for upcoming iPhones, at least in part, as suggested by comments from the latter company's CEO made during an earnings call.

Amazon expands $50 Fire tablet lineup with new colors, offers 16GB model for $70

Thursday April 21, 2016

Amazon has expanded its budget-priced tablet lineup, offering the $50 Fire in new magenta, blue and tangerine colors, and also launching a 16-gigabyte version priced at $70 [updated].

Apple invention prevents headphone audio dropouts in hybrid wired/wireless designs

Thursday April 21, 2016

An Apple patent application covering a wireless hybrid headphone system was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, suggesting the company is continuing work on a Lightning-equipped audio product some expect will replace wired EarPods if and when iPhone ships without a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung to produce thinner 10nm chips this year [u]

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Apple A-series chip supplier Samsung this week announced plans to put an advanced 10-nanometer chip fabrication process into production later this year, with the new technology supposedly affording a 10 percent increase in efficiency over existing iterations.

Apple reschedules Q2 2016 earnings conference call to April 26 [u]

Wednesday April 20, 2016

In an update to its website on Wednesday, Apple quietly pushed back its quarterly earnings conference call for the second quarter of 2016 by one day to Tuesday, April 26.

Sony revamps Crackle iOS app with AirPlay & Apple Watch support, Facebook Messenger gets group voice calls

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Sony on Wednesday updated its Crackle video streaming app for iOS with many new features, including AirPlay and Apple Watch support, while Facebook began rolling out group voice calls for Messenger.

Rumor: Control of user data railroaded 'Project Titan' talks between Apple and BMW, Daimler

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Apple was said to be involved in negotiations with automakers BMW and Daimler, but discussions fell apart because the parties couldn't agree on who would own and protect the data associated with a connected, self-driving car.

Apple Watch Hermes now available from Apple & Hermes outlets in 17 more cities

Wednesday April 20, 2016

The special Hermes models of the Apple Watch can now be bought from Apple and Hermes stores in 17 more cities worldwide, on top of the original handful of locations, Apple announced via its website.

Apple issues second beta of iOS 9.3.2, restores Night Shift in Low Power Mode

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Members of Apple's registered developer program can now get their hands on a second pre-release beta of iOS 9.3.2, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for iPhone and iPad that also restores the ability to use Night Shift while in Low Power Mode. New betas of watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 are also available.

Apple, Google workers among top donors to Bernie Sanders campaign

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Google and Apple are among the most common employers of people donating to the campaign of Bernie Sanders, who's vying against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Rumor: Samsung trying to earn new iPhone supply chain slot with EMI-shielded NAND

Wednesday April 20, 2016

South Korean electronics behemoth Samsung is reportedly attempting to claw back the lucrative iPhone NAND business from competitors with a new process for shielding the important flash memory from electromagnetic interference.

EU lays antitrust charges against Google over locking in Android apps and features

Wednesday April 20, 2016

As anticipated, the European Commission on Wednesday pressed a new set of antitrust charges against Google, saying the company is hindering competition by locking in certain Android apps, or even versions of Android, despite it being an open-source operating system.

As a standalone company, Apple's services business could be worth as much as $260B, Piper Jaffray says

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Investment firm Piper Jaffray continues to believe that Apple's services business is vastly undervalued by Wall Street, as the company reiterated this week that services should be a larger focus for investors.

Apple-backed coalition opposes Burr-Feinstein encryption bill in open letter

Wednesday April 20, 2016

A group of four tech industry associations -- representing businesses like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google -- have published an open letter opposing a draft bill by U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, which would make it possible for courts to order help bypassing encryption.

Top BMW electric vehicle engineers defect to Chinese rival backed by Tencent

Wednesday April 20, 2016

An upstart electric car company backed by Chinese internet giant Tencent has reportedly snared at least four high-ranking executives from BMW i, the German marque's impressive but struggling electric mobility unit.