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2016

Apple Pay adds support for 13 new US banks and credit unions

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Piling on to what has already been a big day for Apple Pay, Apple on Tuesday announced a U.S. expansion of payment services that includes support from 13 new banks and credit unions, bringing the total up to nearly 1,375 financial institutions.

Despite 9% growth, Microsoft Surface sales remain stuck at around 1M units

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Microsoft announced quarterly operating profits of just $3.1 billion on revenues of $20.6 billion, hit hard by slow sales of Office, a 17 percent drop in cloud profits, an $870 million decline from Windows Phone and tepid Surface sales that grew by 9 percent year over year but remained below $1 billion.

Apple airs two 'Shot on iPhone' videos featuring slo-mo and time lapse footage

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Apple on Tuesday added a pair of videos to its ongoing "Shot on iPhone" series, this time throwing a spotlight on smartphone's imaging software by showcasing stunning slow motion and time lapse footage.

Apple Pay debuts in Hong Kong with American Express, Mastercard and Visa support

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Just hours after Apple Pay launched in France, Apple on Tuesday activated the in-house mobile payments service for customers in Hong Kong with initial support for Mastercard, Visa and American Express credit cards.

Deezer opens up streaming music service to all US listeners

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Deezer on Tuesday opened up its plans to the entire U.S., putting the on-demand music service in true competition with Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music for the first time.

Apple's iOS App Store now generating 4x revenues per app vs Android Google Play

Tuesday July 19, 2016

A new report examining mobile app revenues shows strong growth for Apple in China and from music and video streaming titles, and another big jump in the revenue lead that its iOS App Store maintains over Android's Google Play.

Apple enticing retail shoppers to sign up for Apple Pay with $5 promo

Tuesday July 19, 2016

A promotion starting this week in the U.K. and U.S. to boost adoption numbers for Apple Pay gives users $5 in iTunes credit to users willing to sign up for and pay with the service inside Apple's own retail stores.

Unexpected success of iPhone SE predicted to drop Apple's average selling price to $637

Tuesday July 19, 2016

A new survey has suggested 16 percent of U.S. iPhone sales in the June quarter were of the low-end iPhone SE -- a number that investment firm UBS believes will push down the average selling price of the iPhone more than expected.

Apple tests Google's WebP for accelerated image loads in Safari

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Apple is testing support for Google's WebP image format in the beta Safari code for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, something that could potentially speed up page loads.

Recent supposed 'iPhone 7' leaks come from common, questionable origin

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Revelations from China suggest all of the recent alleged "iPhone 7" hardware photos and videos do not show authentic parts, but instead mockups based off of a single design sourced from an alleged Apple manufacturing partner.

Brazilian judge orders indefinite block of WhatsApp, affecting millions of users

Tuesday July 19, 2016

A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered the country's five cellular carriers to block access to Facebook's WhatsApp indefinitely, disrupting access to the popular chat/VoIP app for tens of millions of people.

Apple brand power climbing, holds lead over all tech firms, survey finds

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Apple is standing fast for a second consecutive year as the fifth most powerful brand in the U.S. and the top ranked technology company, beating rivals Microsoft, Google and Sony.

Only two new iPhone models shipping this fall, not three, prominent leaker claims

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Despite some rumors to the contrary, Apple is planning to launch just two new iPhone models this fall, just as it has done for the last two years, a well-known leak source said on Tuesday.

'Very low' expectations for Apple earnings set up positive risk/reward, Wells Fargo says

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Ahead of its June quarter earnings report next week, a number of factors have put Apple in a position to exceed investor expectations, making it a good time to buy into the company's stock, one analyst believes.

Kia to offer free Apple CarPlay upgrades on select models

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Kia on Tuesday announced plans to update some of its fleet with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, marking a rare instance in which older vehicles will get access to the phone link technology.

Groundbreaking 'atomic memory' could cram unimaginable amounts of data into your iPhone

Tuesday July 19, 2016

A new technology for data storage at the atomic level could supplant magnetic and flash media in the future, and yield thousands of terabytes in a single drive -- if scientists can perfect it.

New Apple invention would allow for complex, multi-axis haptic feedback

Tuesday July 19, 2016

An Apple patent published on Tuesday suggests interest in a haptic feedback motor that could vibrate in different directions, depending on a device's orientation.

Pixelmator image editor gets powerful selection tools in iOS app update

Tuesday July 19, 2016

The Pixelmator team released an update to its eponymous iOS app on Tuesday, adding a range of powerful image selection tools and user experience improvements that promise to make mobile photo editing a much more intuitive experience.

Rapper Travis Scott confirms Apple Music deal ahead of new album release

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Rapper Travis Scott on Monday confirmed inking a deal with Apple Music, suggesting his hotly anticipated third album, "Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight," might debut as an exclusive.

Apple Pay expands to France with support for Mastercard and Visa cards

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Apple continued an accelerated worldwide rollout of its in-house payments service Apple Pay on Tuesday with a debut in France, the eighth major market to gain compatibility since launch.