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2016

MCX hits pause on Apple Pay competitor CurrentC, fires 30 workers

Monday May 16, 2016

The Merchant Consumer Exchange consortium, which previously enjoyed support from major retailers like Walmart, CVS, The Gap and more, has postponed plans to take its CurrentC mobile payments product nationwide.

Apple adds Chinese music, instruments, social media sharing in latest GarageBand update

Monday May 16, 2016

In its latest play at the Chinese market, Apple on Monday released an updated version of GarageBand with a heavy focus on Chinese music, introducing new regional instruments, Chinese music loops and Chinese language localization, among other feature additions like social network sharing.

Google Chrome to phase out Adobe Flash later this year

Monday May 16, 2016

Google has revealed plans to switch from the venerable -- but much maligned -- Adobe Flash to HTML5 as the default method for delivering audio and video in its Chrome Web browser.

Upcoming Union Square Apple Store next to feature massive 37-foot display

Monday May 16, 2016

Construction crews building out Apple's San Francisco flagship store at Union Square have much to do before a planned opening this weekend, but at least one key element is already in place: a custom built, 37-foot in-store TV display.

First three Indian Apple Stores rumored to launch by end of 2017

Monday May 16, 2016

Apple is working to introduce its first three retail stores in India within the next 18 months, setting up shop in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, a report said on Monday.

Apple prepares to launch Union Square store in San Francisco, shutter Stockton location

Monday May 16, 2016

Marking a long-awaited transition, Apple on Monday announced that its new Union Square store in San Francisco will open on May 21 at 10 a.m. Pacific time, while the shop's predecessor will shut down the night before.

Resisting Apple Pay, Walmart pushes its own e-wallet to over 500 retail stores

Monday May 16, 2016

Rather than accept Apple Pay, mega-retailer Walmart is instead pushing forward with its own mobile payment service, dubbed Walmart Pay, which has launched at its stores across Texas and Arkansas.

Apple releases iTunes 12.4 with redesigned interface, fixes bugs in OS X 10.11.5

Monday May 16, 2016

Alongside a slew of other platform updates, Apple on Monday released OS X 10.11.5 -- a maintenance update for OS X El Capitan -- and iTunes 12.4, with an improved interface and a solution for music libraries being silently deleted.

Apple squashes bugs with tvOS 9.2.1, watchOS 2.2.1 updates

Monday May 16, 2016

Before the next-generation operating systems for Apple Watch and Apple TV are unveiled at WWDC, there are bugs to be squashed in the current versions, which Apple accomplished with a pair of updates issued on Monday.

Apple releases iOS 9.3.2, restoring Night Shift in Low Power Mode & fixing iPhone SE Bluetooth issues

Monday May 16, 2016

Apple on Monday released an incremental update for iOS with one key addition: The ability to use Night Shift for a better night's sleep, while also using the battery saving Low Power Mode.

Apple's Tim Cook to meet with Indian PM Narendra Modi this week

Monday May 16, 2016

After this week's short stop in China, Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly due to visit India later in the week, the highlight being a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Giveaway: Win a designer MacBook bag from WaterField Designs

Monday May 16, 2016

San Francisco-based WaterField Designs this week is partnering with AppleInsider to offer readers the chance to win a designer Cozmo 2.0 Laptop Bag in their choice of color and size -- or the updated Cargo Bag in one of two colors.

OLED iPhone with curved screen could appear in 2018, research forecasts

Monday May 16, 2016

Apple will ship an OLED iPhone with a curved screen in 2018, as part of a ramp-up of the company's OLED use beyond the Apple Watch, according to a new research forecast.

48 Hour Deals: Apple's Gold 12-inch MacBook for $899, 13" MacBook Air for $799

Monday May 16, 2016

For the next 48 hours or until supplies run out, grab the lowest price ever offered on Apple's Early 2015 12" MacBook in Gold at $899 with free expedited shipping and no sales tax in 49 states ($400 off). Or grab a 13" MacBook Air for $799 ($200 off).

Flush with Apple cash, Didi Chuxing planning US IPO as soon as 2017 - report

Monday May 16, 2016

Hot on the heels of Apple's $1 billion investment, Chinese ridesharing service Didi Chuxing is hoping to launch an initial public offering in the U.S. stock market in 2017, a report said on Monday.

Alleged 'iPhone 7' shell photos show relocated antenna bands, unexpected cutout

Monday May 16, 2016

Photos published on Monday show what is purported to be a rear shell for Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7," largely matching recent schematics leaks except for one addition.

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway buys $1B of Apple stock

Monday May 16, 2016

Investor Warren Buffett has taken advantage of Apple's lowest share price in years, as new filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reveal Berkshire Hathaway now owns 9.81 million shares of the iPhone maker.

Apple CEO Tim Cook & Didi Chuxing's president tour Beijing Apple Store

Monday May 16, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook and the president of taxi/ridesharing service Didi Chuxing, Jean Liu, visited an Apple Store in Beijing on Monday morning, just days after Apple's confirmation of a $1 billion investment into Didi.

Review: Moxiware Apple Pencil Magnet is simple, affordable and functional

Sunday May 15, 2016

Though the Apple Pencil is expertly designed to not roll away on a table, there's still not an ideal place to put it when it's not in use, especially when being used on your lap or while standing. Moxiware's new Apple Pencil Magnet aims to fix that with a simple and affordable accessory, though its aesthetics may not be for everyone.

Apple's Didi investment is surprising but good use of massive $233B cash hoard, analyst says

Saturday May 14, 2016

Investment firm Piper Jaffray views Apple's Didi funding as a new direction for the company, providing long-term strategic positioning benefits in China's expanding automotive industry.