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2015

Follow NASA's historic mission to Pluto with the New Horizons app on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch

Tuesday July 14, 2015

NASA's New Horizons space probe is set to begin transmitting the first ever high-resolution images of Pluto back to earth later today, and you can follow the exciting progress on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch with the official New Horizons app.

Taylor Swift's letter on Apple Music was separate from label negotiations

Tuesday July 14, 2015

A blog post by pop signer Taylor Swift criticizing Apple Music royalties was preceded by talks with Apple by her record label, Big Machine Records -- but the singer wrote the post independently, according to an executive with the label.

Apple issues first betas of iOS 8.4.1, OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 to developers

Tuesday July 14, 2015

While iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan aren't set to launch to the public until this fall, there will be interim updates in the forms of iOS 8.4.1 and OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 to address bugs and security issues.

Mozilla adds every version of Flash to default Firefox blocklist

Tuesday July 14, 2015

Firefox users awoke Tuesday to an update that blocks every version of Adobe's Flash Player from running in the popular open-source browser, a victory for information security efforts following the unprecedented disclosure of numerous critical Flash vulnerabilities.

Lawsuit targets Apple for directing 'iWatch' Google searches to Apple Watch page

Tuesday July 14, 2015

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of improperly using Google ads to guide "iWatch" searches to its page for the Apple Watch, abusing a trademark it doesn't own, a report said on Tuesday.

Rumor: Samsung to launch Galaxy 'S6 Edge+,' Note 5 on August 12

Tuesday July 14, 2015

In a move designed to preempt Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6s" event in September, Samsung will reportedly unveil its latest Galaxy Note phablet alongside a jumbo-sized Galaxy S6 Edge on August 12.

Talks with major networks for Apple streaming TV service making rapid progress - report

Tuesday July 14, 2015

After being mired for months, talks with major networks regarding an Apple streaming TV service are finally making major advancements ahead of an anticipated launch this fall, according to a new report.

iPhone will outperform market expectations, pushing shares of Apple to $185, FBR says

Tuesday July 14, 2015

Recent struggles for Apple stock are based on unfounded fears out of China, FBR Capital Markets said on Tuesday, telling investors it believes the "speed bump" will be over soon as strong iPhone sales continue.

Pixelmator for iOS gains Dynamic Touch, faster Repair tool & more

Tuesday July 14, 2015

A new version of Pixelmator for iOS, released on Tuesday, makes a number of improvements to the app, most significantly introducing Dynamic Touch and a much faster Repair tool.

HSBC bows out of Apple Pay launch as Barclays vows future support

Tuesday July 14, 2015

It seems Apple Pay's UK debut didn't go off without a hitch on Tuesday, as HSBC customers are not able to use service despite the bank's status as an official launch partner. In a related development, Barclays did an about face and announced upcoming support for Apple's contactless payment solution.

Future Apple devices might boast personalized Maps imagery, turn audio into haptic vibrations

Tuesday July 14, 2015

A pair of patents awarded to Apple on Tuesday illustrates research running the gamut of mobile tech, with one invention detailing an advanced mapping system with customizable and shareable image data, and another covering ways to convert audio data into haptic vibrations for the hearing impaired.

Facebook researching human-powered personal assistant service to rival Apple's Siri, report says

Monday July 13, 2015

With good number of major tech companies fielding their own brand of virtual assistant technology, Facebook is reportedly eyeing its own entry with "Moneypenny," a hybrid feature that helps users complete tasks like buying products and services online.

Stringent Apple HomeKit certification cause of slow market acceptance, report claims

Monday July 13, 2015

According to a report on Monday, the slow pace at which devices compatible with Apple's HomeKit are trickling in can be attributed to last-minute security changes, including a modified hardware certification process and tweaks to the networking ecosystem.

Apple Pay launches in UK with 250K stores, 8 banks participating

Monday July 13, 2015

Nine months after its release in the U.S., Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch users in the UK on Tuesday, local time, with support from more than 250,000 retail locations and eight major banks.

Ad business startup Drawbridge snags iAd Marketplace exec to bolster user tracking services

Monday July 13, 2015

Former head of Apple's iAd Marketplaces Winston Crawford left the company earlier in July to take on the role of COO at Drawbridge, a startup that provides advertisers with granular cross-platform user engagement statistics.

Led by enterprise sales, global tablet use predicted to approach 800M by 2018

Monday July 13, 2015

Though annual tablet sales have largely plateaued and aren't expected to see reignited growth in the near future, devices like Apple's iPad will continue to grow in use in corporate environments, Forrester Research believes.

iPod shipping times slip ahead of Apple's anticipated Tuesday update with new colors

Monday July 13, 2015

Shipping times for some iPod models -- mostly for the iPod touch -- have lengthened at Apple's U.S. online store ahead of an anticipated refresh on Tuesday, during which Apple is expected to add new colors and upgrade the Touch's internals.

With Apple's annual back to school sale playing hooky, Amazon Prime Day could fill the void

Monday July 13, 2015

Apple appears to have mothballed its long-running back to school promotion -- which traditionally paired hardware discounts with iTunes or Apple Store gift cards -- but parents and students will have another option for Apple deals this week in Amazon's first-ever Prime Day.

iTunes 12.2.1 solves problem with iTunes Match tracks converted to Apple Music DRM

Monday July 13, 2015

Apple on Monday released iTunes 12.2.1, fixing a critical problem that would cause tracks matched via iTunes Match to be converted to Apple Music content instead.

Comcast joins fray of online-only live TV services with Stream for iPhone, iPad & Web

Monday July 13, 2015

Cable provider Comcast on Monday announced plans to launch Stream, an online subscription TV service offering a mix of live and on-demand content for $15 per month, accessible from both Apple's iPhone and iPad, as well as the Web.