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2017

'Right to Repair' bills in five states could force Apple to provide iPhone parts, support to independent repair shops

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Five states have introduced bills that would give citizens the "Right to Repair" electronics, compelling Apple and other manufacturers to provide service manuals and easier access to spare parts to consumers and third-party repair shops.

Better incarnation of Siri may appear alongside Apple's 2017 iPhones - report

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Apple's 2017 iPhone models will likely ship with an enhanced version of Siri, reflecting growing competition in the AI assistant space, a report said on Tuesday.

EU ruling over $14 billion Apple tax bill could be overturned, suggests Irish tax advisor

Tuesday January 24, 2017

The European Commission's order for Apple to pay Ireland 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes is an overreach of power, with PricewaterhouseCoopers' head of Irish tax matters Feargal O'Rourke claiming the move is tantamount to a "land grab."

Samsung's chip & Galaxy S7 sales help push Q4 revenues over the top despite Note 7 disaster

Tuesday January 24, 2017

In spite of the major financial hit it took after the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Electronics on Tuesday said it managed a 50 percent boost in operating profits during the December quarter, thanks to a combination of high chip sales and other phones filling in the gap.

Apple patent details modular Apple Watch accessories disguised as bracelet links

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a modular accessories system for Apple Watch that disguises electrical components like batteries, biometric sensors, solar cells and more as links in the wearable's metal band.

Qualcomm to continue supplying Apple with chips despite $1B lawsuit, considering legal rebuttal

Monday January 23, 2017

Qualcomm is expected to continue supplying modems and other components to Apple despite facing a $1 billion lawsuit over patent royalties and a related U.S. Federal Trade Commission action involving the Cupertino tech giant, according to a report on Monday,

Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor performance improvements

Monday January 23, 2017

Continuing Apple's big day of software releases, the company on Monday issued a minor iTunes update that delivers bug fixes and performance improvements to Mac and Windows users.

Short-term Apple executive Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest as CTO

Monday January 23, 2017

Yoky Matsuoka, a leading expert in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, is returning to Alphabet's Nest Labs after serving less than nine months on the job at Apple, where she was in charge of various health-related projects including aspects of Apple Watch.

DirecTV Now breaks 200,000 subscribers in problematic first month of service

Monday January 23, 2017

AT&T's DirecTV has successfully managed to acquire more than 200,000 paying subscribers within one month of its launch on November 30, but despite the growth, customers of the Internet TV provider are continuing to endure issues with the service.

Ex-Apple director Lattner striving to make cars an 'appliance' at Tesla

Monday January 23, 2017

Now heading up Autopilot development at Tesla, former Apple director Chris Lattner says that he's hoping to "accelerate the path to cars being appliances that solve people's problems," rather than machines that require constant maintenance.

FCC filing reveals Apple still working on Apple TV-shaped NFC, Bluetooth LE device

Monday January 23, 2017

A new listing on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's regulatory database reveals Apple is still working on an unannounced product equipped with near-field technology that first surfaced in September of 2016.

Last Call! Got a new Mac? Save up to 25% on standalone AppleCare plans with no tax in 48 states

Monday January 23, 2017

Ends today! If you received a new Mac for the holidays or bought a 2016 12" MacBook on release day, now is the time to purchase an AppleCare extended protection plan before the one-year warranty expires. Adorama is slashing prices on standalone AppleCare purchases by as much as $90 -- and all plans comes with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

Apple latest to settle lawsuit with e-Watch over iPhone camera technology

Monday January 23, 2017

Apple has reached a settlement with a San Antonio, Tex.-based firm called e-Watch, which claimed that the company was violating two U.S. patents related to cellphone cameras.

Google Voice modernized with cleaner appearance, picture messaging, 3D Touch on iPhone

Monday January 23, 2017

Google has relaunched Google Voice, refreshing the VoIP service with an updated web experience and modernized iOS and Android apps, among other new features, in the cross-platform calling service's first significant update in over five years.

Apple issues watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 maintenance updates

Monday January 23, 2017

Adding to the bevy of updates, Apple on Monday released watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1, the former being Apple's first Watch update since the botched 3.1.1 code from December.

New macOS 10.12.3 update implements MacBook Pro GPU fix, rectifies Safari battery drain

Monday January 23, 2017

In conjunction with iOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates, Apple has also released the 10.12.3 update to macOS Sierra, bringing GPU driver updates to the 2016 MacBook Pro, and a fix for PDF corruption.

Apple releases finished iOS 10.2.1 update bringing minor fixes

Monday January 23, 2017

Wrapping up weeks of beta testing, Apple on Monday released the completed version of iOS 10.2.1, a minor update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

How to use offline mode in Google Maps with your iPhone or iPad

Monday January 23, 2017

One of the continuing advantages of Google Maps over Apple's native iOS Maps app is better support for going offline -- something particularly important when going on vacation, traveling through rural areas, or otherwise passing through regions with weak internet access. Here's how to take advantage of those offline functions on your iPhone or iPad.

Qualcomm financials under the gun if Apple postpones iPhone modem royalties

Monday January 23, 2017

Apple chip supplier Qualcomm could take a major financial hit if the former decides to withhold royalties until its $1 billion lawsuit is finished, an analyst noted on Monday.

Ice fisher's iPhone 7 Plus survives 13-hour immersion after dunk in Russian river

Monday January 23, 2017

An ice fishing accident has led to an unexpected demonstration of the iPhone 7's water resistance capabilities, after an iPhone 7 Plus was retrieved from the bottom of a frozen-over river, and found to be in perfect working order.