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2016

Apple patents ultra-compact folding telephoto lens for mobile devices

Tuesday April 19, 2016

The days of being forced to deal with a bulbous camera bump to enjoy optical zoom in a smartphone may soon be over, as Apple has invented a new variety of compact telephoto lens system.

Siri patent infringement settlement to cost Apple $24.9M

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Apple will pay out $24.9 million to settle a long-running lawsuit alledging that its Siri voice assistant violated a patent licensed by Dynamic Advances, according to an announcement by the latter firm on Tuesday.

Apple's new 12" MacBook gets day-one software update for Bluetooth compatibility

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Just moments after the new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display was announced, Apple issued a software update for the refreshed notebook, addressing compatbility with third-party Bluetooth devices.

Apple picks up Tesla's former VP of Vehicle Engineering for 'special projects'

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Apple has reportedly recruited Tesla's former VP of Vehicle Engineering, Chris Porritt, to work on "special projects" at the company -- possibly to replace Steve Zadesky, the one-time head of Apple's electric car project, codenamed Titan.

Apple chip supplier TSMC says 7nm tech entering mass production in first half of 2018

Tuesday April 19, 2016

One of Apple's primary chip manufacturers, TSMC, confirmed in a Tuesday report to shareholders that it plans to trial 7-nanometer production in the first half of next year, working towards mass production in the first half of 2018.

Apple's 13" MacBook Air gets 8GB RAM as standard

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Apple's original thin-and-light laptop wasn't left out of Tuesday's update fray, as all configurations of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air now ship with 8 gigabytes of RAM.

Apple launches new 12" MacBooks with Intel Skylake CPUs, rose gold color & longer battery life

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Apple on Tuesday refreshed its 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, giving the thin-and-light notebook Intel's latest-generation Skylake chips, as well as improved graphics, faster flash storage, and an extra hour of battery life.

US government requested information on nearly 5,200 Apple accounts in past 6 months

Tuesday April 19, 2016

In its latest report on government requests for user information released Monday, Apple revealed U.S. law enforcement agencies lodged 1,015 requests for customer account information affecting 5,192 users in the second half of 2015.

Average iPhone user unlocks device 80 times per day, 89% use Touch ID, Apple says

Tuesday April 19, 2016

While reports covered the broad strokes of Apple's conference call on encryption last Friday, bits of information are still surfacing, including an interesting statistic that reveals an average iPhone user unlocks their device about 80 times a day.

LaCie and Promise unveil speedy, massive Thunderbolt 3 RAID arrays at NAB

Monday April 18, 2016

The annual National Association of Broadcasters Convention is usually a good place to find the latest in cutting edge storage solutions, designed to handle extremely demanding workflows like 6K video, and this year's event didn't disappoint with both LaCie and Promise introducing RAID solutions supporting Thunderbolt 3.

Apple Pay goes live in Singapore with American Express integration, Visa coming soon

Monday April 18, 2016

Apple on Monday added Singapore to a growing list of locales that offer support for Apple Pay, with customers in the region now able to conduct touchless transactions and in-app purchases thanks to American Express integration.

Apple debuts redesigned developer resources mini-site focusing on App Store

Monday April 18, 2016

In concert with Monday's WWDC 2016 announcement, Apple launched a revamped informational resources section on its developer portal, which includes articles, technical insight and real world examples designed to help new coders get their start on the App Store.

Apple confirms WWDC 2016 kicks off on June 13, opens ticket registration

Monday April 18, 2016

Hours after Siri leaked upcoming dates for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, the company on Monday confirmed its 27th annual WWDC will indeed run from June 13 through June 17 in San Francisco. Developers can now register to take part in this year's ticket lottery.

Apple courted top Hollywood talent at Sundance for Apple TV original programming effort

Monday April 18, 2016

A report on Monday adds to ongoing rumors of Apple's behind-the-scenes push to produce original TV and movie content for Apple TV, saying the company met with top industry talent in private backroom meetings during this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Apple confirms QuickTime for Windows at end of life

Monday April 18, 2016

After an 11-year run, QuickTime for Windows is no more. Apple has confirmed it will no longer issue updates or patch security holes for the PC version of its multimedia software, meaning those who continue to use the software do so at their own risk .

Class action lawsuit attacks Tidal over 'Life of Pablo' exclusivity

Monday April 18, 2016

A lawsuit launched Monday accuses Tidal -- along with rapper Kanye West, and Jay Z's Carter Enterprises -- of intentionally misleading people about West's album "The Life of Pablo," which was initially marketed as an exclusive on the streaming service.

Apple brings Maps transit directions to Seattle

Monday April 18, 2016

Apple on Monday quietly added public transit directions for Apple Maps users in Seattle, Wash., allowing them to navigate the city's various networks without a third-party app like Google Maps.

With new Macs and OS X 10.12 on deck, WWDC 2016 could run June 13-17 [u]

Monday April 18, 2016

The 2016 edition of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference may be later than usual this year, as the company gears up for OS X 10.12 and a wide-ranging refresh of its Mac lineup.

EU confirms antitrust probe into Android apps, News Corp. attacks Google news scraping

Monday April 18, 2016

The European Commission and global media giant News Corp. on Monday confirmed separate actions against Google, with both factions suggesting that Google may be violating European regulations.

Longtime Apple advisor, board member Bill Campbell dies at 75

Monday April 18, 2016

Bill Campbell, a legendary figure in Silicon Valley and a major part of Apple's history, has succumbed to cancer and passed away on Monday at the age of 75.