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2015

Apple introduces new crash reporting service for developers in latest Xcode 6.3 beta

Monday February 23, 2015

After releasing a fresh beta of Xcode 6.3 on Monday, Apple outlined a new crash reporting service that will help developers target, fix and track problems directly from the development tool.

Apple introduces emoji diversity options with latest iOS 8.3, OS X 10.10.3 betas

Monday February 23, 2015

Starting with the latest betas of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, new alternate skin color options are available when selecting emojis of people and faces. In addition, Siri has added a host of new languages on iPhone and iPad.

Apple, AOL ending iTunes login partnership, users must migrate to Apple ID by March 31

Monday February 23, 2015

The long-standing partnership that allowed AOL members to login to iTunes with their AOL credentials will come to an end at the end of next month, meaning those consumers still taking advantage of that ability will need to migrate to an Apple ID or lose access to iTunes, the App Store, and the iBookstore.

Apple provides developers with new iOS 8.3 beta, adds fixes for CarPlay functionality

Monday February 23, 2015

The second beta of iOS 8.3 was released to developers on Monday, fixing a bug found in previous versions that could cause issues when connecting to a CarPlay-enabled vehicle infotainment unit.

Apple releases second beta of OS X 10.10.3 with focus on new Photos app

Monday February 23, 2015

Apple on Monday seeded developers with another beta version of its forthcoming OS X 10.10.3 update, asking testers to focus primarily on the new Photos app with additional attention paid to Wi-Fi captive network support and screen sharing.

Google to buy Softcard, take on Apple Pay in new agreement with U.S. carriers

Monday February 23, 2015

Search giant Google is reportedly doubling down on its mobile payments strategy, agreeing on a new deal with major U.S. wireless providers to pre-install the Google Wallet app on Android handsets while acquiring the technology behind Softcard from those same carriers.

Stanford researchers develop method for tracking mobile devices using battery charge data

Monday February 23, 2015

Privacy advocates have long tried to educate consumers on the perils of giving apps access to GPS data, but a group of Stanford researchers has developed a method to infer a device's location from a seemingly much more innocuous source -- battery charge information.

Latest Apple mystery van sightings occur in California, Florida, Hawaii, Arizona [u]

Monday February 23, 2015

Apple's mapping efforts appear to be growing, as AppleInsider readers continue to spot mysterious sensor-laden vans, just like the ones previously confirmed to be registered to Apple, roaming around the United States.

Google launches new YouTube Kids app on Apple's iOS

Monday February 23, 2015

Parents with young children now have a new option for tablet-based entertainment, as Google on Monday officially unveiled YouTube Kids, a new app for the video sharing site focused on enabling children to discover content for themselves.

Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung experts in chips, batteries, more

Monday February 23, 2015

With its latest recruiting efforts, Apple is allegedly targeting "experts in next-generation technology" from rival Samsung, offering raises and competitive benefits to lure talent to California.

Apple pouring 1.7 billion euros into new data centers in Ireland and Denmark

Monday February 23, 2015

Apple on Monday announced a multi-billion euro data center project that will add new state-of-the-art facilities in County Galway, Ireland and Denmark's Jutland peninsula to the company's roster in 2017, with both locations powered exclusively by renewable energy.

Apple CarPlay partner Toyota not planning to add support any time soon - report

Sunday February 22, 2015

Despite being among the first automakers to sign on with Apple's CarPlay initiative, Japanese marque Toyota is reportedly planning to stick with its own in-house infotainment system for the foreseeable future.

Apple's Oscars ad shot entirely on iPad Air 2, features voiceover by Martin Scorsese

Sunday February 22, 2015

Just in time for the Academy Awards, Apple on Sunday released a new TV commercial focusing on the filmmaking process featuring footage captured on the latest iPad Air 2 and a voiceover by acclaimed Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.

Deals: $50-$70 off iPad Air 2s, $400 off 15" MacBook Pro, $369 off iMac 5K bundles, $799 MacBook Air, $319 iPhone 5s

Sunday February 22, 2015

This weekend delivers iPhone finger gloves, an assortment of discounts on Apple's lone remaining MacBook with an optical disc drive, $50-70 off iPad Air 2s with added tax-saving benefits, how to save $400 to $600 on 4 dozen iMac 5Ks bundles with AppleCare and all-in-one-Canon printers, $400 off 15" MacBook Pros and Gazelle certified iPhone 5s models from $319.

Review: Fitbit Surge, an iPhone-connected health & fitness tracker

Saturday February 21, 2015

For iPhone users seeking a wrist-worn fitness tracker with GPS, heart rate monitoring, and multiple-day battery life, the Fitbit Surge is a good "tweener" device -- not quite a smartwatch, but much more functional than a basic wearable.

Apple says Mac app makers must transition to ARC memory management by May

Friday February 20, 2015

In an announcement posted to Apple's developer portal on Friday, the notified app makers that all Mac App Store submissions will soon be restricted from using garbage collection in favor of the Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) compiler feature.

Apple remains institutional investors' most-loved stock with $383B in holdings

Friday February 20, 2015

Hedge funds, mutual funds, and other large investors continue to make Apple a core component of their portfolios, with over 2,000 individual funds holding shares worth more than $380 billion at the close of 2014, by far the most for any U.S. company.

Rumor: Apple may open iOS pre-releases to average consumers in expanded public beta program [u]

Friday February 20, 2015

After an apparently successful public beta program for OS X Yosemite, Apple is rumored to be considering an expansion of that initiative that would see forthcoming versions of its mobile operating system -- beginning with iOS 9 -- subjected to the same assessment.

YouTube to launch kid-friendly app exclusively on Android, ahead of Apple's iOS

Friday February 20, 2015

The prospective launch of Google's new YouTube Kids app could be a boon for families with young children, but those invested in Apple's iOS ecosystem find themselves on the outside looking in as the video site reportedly will not support the iPhone or iPad at launch.

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Car rumors, Apple Watch pricing, Apple Pay & Sony

Friday February 20, 2015

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including: Apple Car rumors, Apple Watch pricing, new FAA proposed drone regulations, Modern Family films an entire episode on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, Apple Pay, Sony and more.