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2016

Apple quietly toughens rules forcing passcode unlocks of Touch ID devices

Thursday May 19, 2016

Apple has silently added another condition under which an iPhone or iPad user has to unlock their device with a passcode, despite having Touch ID enabled, according to a report.

Apple opens Maps development center in Hyderabad, India

Thursday May 19, 2016

Hot on the heels of revealing plans for an iOS app design and development facility in Bengaluru, Apple on Thursday local time announced the opening of an office in Hyderabad tasked with accelerating development of Maps products for iOS, Mac and Apple Watch.

New details in 'iPhone' trademark case punctuate Apple's ongoing legal problems in China

Thursday May 19, 2016

Weeks after Apple saw its bid for exclusive Chinese rights to the "iPhone" trademark dashed in court, new information illustrates the battle the company faces in dealing with China's laws.

Apple reminds developers of impending iAd App Network shutdown, APIs to be deprecated

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Apple in an email blast on Wednesday reminded developers of the impending iAd App Network shutdown that will bring an end to monetization revenues and app promotion on June 30, as scheduled.

Control your Bentley's seat massagers from your wrist with new Apple Watch app

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Following the debut of its Bentayga SUV, British automaker Bentley Motors recently launched an eponymous Apple Watch app that goes beyond run-of-the-mill connected car features, putting control over creature comforts on the wrist of well-heeled owners.

Apple mulls permanent expansion of Fifth Avenue store, feels 'entitled' to cut-rate FAO Schwarz lease

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Apple's plan to temporarily relocate its flagship Fifth Avenue store from the base of the GM building to the old FAO Schwartz location has apparently evolved into a desire to permanently occupy the space -- and without paying the going rate for rent.

I/O 2016: Android Pay coming to ATMs & mobile Chrome users

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Widening the battleground with Apple Pay, Google on Wednesday announced that Android Pay will soon be usable at some ATMs, as well as by mobile Chrome users.

Acura's sleeker 2nd-gen self-driving car hides sensors for better aesthetics

Wednesday May 18, 2016

With Acura's launch of its second automated vehicle, the RLX, the luxury sedan manufacturer is closer to providing an attractive consumer option --a market Apple watchers expect the company's secretive "Project Titan" is also eyeing.

I/O 2016: Google launches Android N beta with speed boosts, VR hooks & iOS-drawn improvements

Wednesday May 18, 2016

At the beginning of its I/O developer conference on Wednesday, Google revealed that the next major version of Android -- codenamed "Android N" -- is launching in beta later today, and will introduce features like better performance, improved multitasking, and even virtual reality support when it officially arrives in late summer.

I/O 2016: Google Allo smart messenger and Duo video calling coming to iOS, Android this summer

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Google hopes to shake up the mobile communications landscape this summer with a cross-platform release of both Allo, a new smart messenger, and Duo, a simplified one-to-one video calling service.

I/O 2016: Google's new Home hardware takes on Apple's HomeKit and Siri

Wednesday May 18, 2016

The smart home battle between Apple, Google and others continues to heat up, with Google on Wednesday announcing Home, a new voice-activated hardware kit that brings the Google assistant service to any room in your house.

Leaked screens show Siri in Apple's upcoming OS X 10.12 with always-on 'Hey Siri'

Wednesday May 18, 2016

New images published on Wednesday appear to support rumors that Apple will finally bring Siri to the Mac in the next major version of OS X, premiering at WWDC 2016 in June.

Fitbit buys Coin assets, makes plans to enter same mobile payment space as Apple Pay

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Fitbit on Wednesday announced the purchase of Coin's wearable payments assets, a takeover which should put Fitbit on a path to launching its own mobile payments technology sometime in 2017, and hence competing even more closely with Apple.

Killer Deals: Apple's 128GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro (WiFi, Silver) for $745, 13" MacBook Pro for $1,149

Wednesday May 18, 2016

For a limited time this week, grab the lowest price ever offered on Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro (128GB, WiFi, Silver) at $745 ($204 off). Or pick up a new 13" MacBook Pro for $1,149 or 15" MacBook Pro for $1,799, both with no sales tax outside NY.

Proposed Pebble Time smart band could add standalone GPS, double battery life to 14 days

Wednesday May 18, 2016

While patents reveal Apple has explored the possibility of adding new functionality to the Apple Watch with connectable smart bands, a new Kickstarter campaign hopes to beat it to the punch with a GPS-connected, battery-equipped smart band for the Pebble Time smartwatch.

Tim Cook, other Apple execs to talk iPhone partnerships during India trip

Wednesday May 18, 2016

While in India this week, CEO Tim Cook and a team of fellow Apple executives will reportedly be meeting with the leaders of local telecoms firms, looking to bolster iPhone numbers with partnerships on sales and distribution.

Didi Chuxing president hints at tech link for Apple's $1 billion investment

Wednesday May 18, 2016

In a TV interview, Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu dropped more hints about the possible reasons for Apple's $1 billion investment, suggesting a technological connection.

Microsoft sells Nokia feature phone division to Foxconn for $350M

Wednesday May 18, 2016

Microsoft's steady decline in the mobile phone business continues, as the Redmond, Wash., company announced on Wednesday that it will sell the feature phone division it acquired from Nokia to a subsidiary of manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million.

Apple to open iOS app design and development accelerator in India in 2017

Wednesday May 18, 2016

As expected, Apple late Tuesday announced plans to open a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India, where developers will learn a variety of skills for coding on Apple's software platforms.

ANZ's Apple Pay exclusivity drives credit card applications, other Australian banks take notice

Tuesday May 17, 2016

Australian bank ANZ earlier this month observed a 20 percent spike in online credit card and deposit account applications after announcing support for Apple Pay, results that have prompted holdouts to rethink their position on Apple's payments service.