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2015

Free, ad-supported Google Play Music stations debut in US a week before Apple Music & Beats 1

Tuesday June 23, 2015

With just a week to go before the launch of Apple Music, a new ad-supported free streaming version of Google Play Music, centered around curated radio stations, is now available in the U.S.

Last Call: $1,799 high-end 15" MacBook Pro ($700 off); 1.3GHz 12" MacBooks in stock ($140 off w/ AppleCare)

Tuesday June 23, 2015

A killer deal that offers Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (2.5GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 750M) model MGXC2LL/A at $1,799 (or $1,949 with AppleCare) will expire on Thursday, June 25th. Meanwhile 1.3GHz fully-loaded 12" MacBooks are in stock in all 3 colors with discounts of up to $167 when purchased with AppleCare (or 4 free accessories).

Apple gains more influence over Bluetooth standard with Promoter Member status

Tuesday June 23, 2015

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group on Tuesday announced Apple's advancement to Promoter Member status, giving the company even more say over the future of the Bluetooth wireless standard.

Buick, GMC vehicles to adopt Apple's CarPlay for 2016 model year

Tuesday June 23, 2015

General Motors on Tuesday announced plans to bring Apple CarPlay to still more vehicles, this time to its Buick and GMC brands, which will get the technology in the 2016 model year.

As Apple Music launch looms, Metallica's Lars Ulrich 'excited to see where they take it'

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that his band -- early opponents of the digital music revolution -- is on board with Apple's new streaming music service, and that he feels confident the company's leadership can take the business in the right direction for music fans.

Apple wins patent for unreleased Beats gaming headset

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Apple on Tuesday won a U.S. design patent, discovered by AppleInsider, that could hint at the possibility of a Beats-branded gaming headset, potentially revealing a new microphone-equipped Beats product targeted at gamers.

Amazon Echo now available for all US customers to purchase, ships July 14

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Amazon on Tuesday officially opened up orders to the general public for its Echo accessory, a Siri-like, always-on virtual assistant that exists in a standalone tubular speaker.

Apple seeks over $15M in fees from patent holdings firm for 'frivolous' lawsuit

Tuesday June 23, 2015

A federal court motion filed last Friday reveals Apple is looking to garnish more than $15 million in attorneys' fees and costs from non-practicing patent holdings firm Unwired Planet, which engaged in a series "kitchen-sink" lawsuits targeting iOS device connectivity features.

Apple mapping patent provides seamless outdoor/indoor location determination

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for harnessing onboard iOS device sensors to automatically switch from one location subsystem, such as GPS and indoor wireless gateway proximation, to another seamlessly and without user interaction.

Video shows Apple Watch running Mac OS 7.5.5 via emulator

Monday June 22, 2015

A developer was able to start up the nearly 20-year-old Mac OS 7.5.5 (née System 7) onto his Apple Watch running the latest WatchOS 2 update, exemplifying the extent to which computing has evolved over the past two decades.

Documents show NSA, GCHQ launched attacks against anti-virus software makers

Monday June 22, 2015

The U.S. National Security Agency and its British equivalent, the Government Communications Headquarters, have both been launching attacks against security software in order to track individuals and break into networks, a report said on Monday.

iBeacon tech at Cannes Lions 2015 connects attendees, promotes content discovery

Monday June 22, 2015

This year's official Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity app, released on Monday in conjunction with the event, sports integration with Apple's iBeacon technology to offer attendees a personalized experience featuring relevant content surfacing and meet-ups with like-minded event-goers.

Corvette Z06 becomes first Chevrolet vehicle with Apple's CarPlay

Monday June 22, 2015

GM's Chevrolet division is now manufacturing its first vehicles compatible with Apple CarPlay, beginning with the Corvette Z06, the company said on Monday.

E3 2015: iOS games and virtual reality hint at the future of fun

Monday June 22, 2015

The annual Electronics Entertainment Expo was held last week, and AppleInsider was there to see the latest iOS games and controllers. We also also went hands-on with some of the next-generation virtual reality technology that has become a major focus for the industry, including a product that relies on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

Privacy group asks FTC to limit location, contact sharing in Uber's mobile apps

Monday June 22, 2015

A non-profit public interest group on Monday filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, asking it to investigate Uber over policies that could soon add extra contact and location tracking permissions to its ridesharing apps.

Source: First iPhone without home button on Apple's roadmap, but not before 2017

Monday June 22, 2015

Apple is indeed working on a radical iPhone redesign that will ditch the home button, AppleInsider has learned, but consumers shouldn't expect to see such a drastic change to the company's handset within the next few years.

Monster's lawsuit against Beats recalls long relationship with Steve Jobs, Apple

Monday June 22, 2015

The ongoing legal tussle between Monster and Beats -- over the way in which Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre assumed control of the company in the run-up to its acquisition by Apple -- has focused the spotlight on the many ways the two music moguls worked with Apple and late cofounder Steve Jobs over the years.

Best Buy begins taking Pebble Time preorders in retail push against Apple Watch

Monday June 22, 2015

U.S. retailer Best Buy on Monday launched preorders of the Pebble Time, signalling the first opportunity to buy the smartwatch for those who didn't back the project on Kickstarter, just days after the Apple Watch became available at Apple's own retail stores.

Rumor: Apple developing iPhone display with integrated Touch ID fingerprint scanner, eliminating home button

Monday June 22, 2015

Rumors have persisted for years claiming that Apple may eventually eliminate the home button on its iPhone, and a new report suggests the company is looking into developing a new solution for moving its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the display itself.

Tim Cook says Apple now factors Chinese tastes when designing products

Monday June 22, 2015

Apple now heavily factors in the tastes of Chinese consumers when designing its products, including tailoring colors, CEO Tim Cook revealed in a new interview.