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2016

Apple looks to debut Siri SDK at WWDC, developing Amazon Echo competitor

Tuesday May 24, 2016

Five years after Siri launched with iPhone 4S, Apple is reportedly preparing to open its virtual assistant platform up to third-party developers through a dedicated SDK, and might dive deeper into AI services by embedding the technology into a speaker type device similar to Amazon's Echo.

Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as encryption battles heat up

Tuesday May 24, 2016

Apple has re-hired Jon Callas, a cryptography expert responsible for much of Apple's security technology over the years, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

Pebble unveils Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches, 3G-enabled Core running accessory

Tuesday May 24, 2016

Pebble on Tuesday launched two new smartwatches on Kickstarter, the Pebble 2 and the Time 2, along with a new accessory, the Core -- aimed at people who want to go running without their smartphone, as well as hacking enthusiasts.

Eric Schmidt says he uses an iPhone, but claims to prefer Samsung's Galaxy

Tuesday May 24, 2016

Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt has owned up to the worst-kept secret in Silicon Valley: that the leader of the Android mothership leans on an arch rival for his day-to-day communications.

Local sourcing rules may still block Apple Stores from expanding into India

Tuesday May 24, 2016

Apple may not have secured permission to open its first stores in India after all, though the company has not been shut out of the process, a report said on Tuesday.

Tim Cook hints Apple pushing further into health through Apple Watch & other devices

Tuesday May 24, 2016

Apple is hoping to venture deeper into health tracking, through the Apple Watch and beyond, CEO Tim Cook hinted on Tuesday during a talk at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam.

New 13" MacBook to launch in Q3, end development of MacBook Air insider says

Monday May 23, 2016

Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple to launch a next-generation 13-inch MacBook model in the third quarter of 2016, which would expand the company's thin-and-light lineup directly into 13-inch MacBook Pro territory.

Touch ID, OLED touch bar to highlight thinner MacBook Pro models in Q4

Monday May 23, 2016

Apple is expected to drastically revamp its flagship laptop line in the second half of 2016, according to one informed insider, with the slimmed down 13- and 15-inch models said to sport Touch ID, an OLED display touch bar, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, among other improvements.

Will.i.am debuts i.am+ EPs earphones as Apple Store exclusive

Monday May 23, 2016

Musician will.i.am's "i.am+" tech brand on Monday released a pair of pricey Bluetooth earphones dubbed the "EPs," with initial sales to be exclusive to Apple's online and brick-and-mortar retail stores.

IDC: $200-350 Chromebooks shipped 37% more U.S. units in Q1 vs Apple's $1,200 MacBooks

Monday May 23, 2016

Google's Chrome OS partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung and Lenovo collectively shipped 37 percent more low-priced netbooks than the number of premium laptops Apple sold during the quarter in the U.S., although most of those Chromebook sales were to K-12 schools.

Alleged 'iPhone 7' production plates, schematics show no sign of Smart Connector

Monday May 23, 2016

Adding to a growing pile of supposed parts leaks, a set of images posted to the web on Monday suggest Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7" series will indeed sport a larger rear camera aperture, as well as a dual-camera array for the larger "Plus" model, but might ship without a Smart Connector as previous rumors claimed.

Philips' HomeKit compatible Hue white ambiance bulbs now for sale

Monday May 23, 2016

Philips on Monday announced immediate availability of Hue White Ambiance bulbs and starter kits, an addition to the company's smart light bulb lineup capable of integrating with Apple's HomeKit smart home framework.

Facebook intros Continuous Live Video API for non-stop streaming

Monday May 23, 2016

Facebook on Monday officially launched a Continuous Live Video API for broadcasters, giving them the option of endless streaming, as well as full coverage of longer events.

Apple Music-exclusive Chance the Rapper album debuts in Billboard's top 10

Monday May 23, 2016

Chance the Rapper's new album Coloring Book -- currently an Apple Music exclusive -- has reportedly become the first streaming exclusive to debut in top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Deals: iMac 5K for $1,499, 38mm "Apple Watch" for $399 plus free stand, iPad Air for $270

Monday May 23, 2016

This week, B&H is offering the lowest price we've ever seen for an iMac 5K at $1,499, while also taking $150 off the 38mm Apple Watch (Black Stainless) and throwing in a free stand. On top of that, snag a 16GB iPad Air for $270 -- or save $200 on a 3.1GHz 13" MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

Spotify matches Apple Music with improved $15 Family plan

Monday May 23, 2016

Looking to hold onto its dominance in the music streaming space, Spotify on Monday launched an upgraded Family plan, matching similar ones from Apple Music and Google Play.

Apple drops new betas for OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2

Monday May 23, 2016

Apple on Monday released previews of the next iterations of OS X, iOS, and tvOS, handing out beta versions of its popular desktop, mobile, and set-top box operating systems to registered developers.

Rumor: Samsung to double down on fitness with Gear Fit 2 and 'Bio-Processor'

Monday May 23, 2016

Images leaked on Monday showed Samsung's upcoming Gear Fit 2, a device that may provide tougher competition in fitness wearables for companies like Apple and Fitbit.

New photo purports to show 'iPhone 7' shell with single, raised rear camera opening

Monday May 23, 2016

A new image, claimed to depict a genuine rear shell for Apple's "iPhone 7," may support some other recent leaks pointing to the device's design features.

Rumor: Apple prepping as many as 78 million 'iPhone 7' units for launch

Monday May 23, 2016

Apple has reportedly instructed its supply chain to produce between 72 million and 78 million of the so-called "iPhone 7" in the run-up to that device's expected launch this fall.