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2016

Apple reschedules Q2 2016 earnings conference call to April 26 [u]

Wednesday April 20, 2016

In an update to its website on Wednesday, Apple quietly pushed back its quarterly earnings conference call for the second quarter of 2016 by one day to Tuesday, April 26.

Sony revamps Crackle iOS app with AirPlay & Apple Watch support, Facebook Messenger gets group voice calls

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Sony on Wednesday updated its Crackle video streaming app for iOS with many new features, including AirPlay and Apple Watch support, while Facebook began rolling out group voice calls for Messenger.

Rumor: Control of user data railroaded 'Project Titan' talks between Apple and BMW, Daimler

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Apple was said to be involved in negotiations with automakers BMW and Daimler, but discussions fell apart because the parties couldn't agree on who would own and protect the data associated with a connected, self-driving car.

Apple Watch Hermes now available from Apple & Hermes outlets in 17 more cities

Wednesday April 20, 2016

The special Hermes models of the Apple Watch can now be bought from Apple and Hermes stores in 17 more cities worldwide, on top of the original handful of locations, Apple announced via its website.

Apple issues second beta of iOS 9.3.2, restores Night Shift in Low Power Mode

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Members of Apple's registered developer program can now get their hands on a second pre-release beta of iOS 9.3.2, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for iPhone and iPad that also restores the ability to use Night Shift while in Low Power Mode. New betas of watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 are also available.

Apple, Google workers among top donors to Bernie Sanders campaign

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Google and Apple are among the most common employers of people donating to the campaign of Bernie Sanders, who's vying against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Rumor: Samsung trying to earn new iPhone supply chain slot with EMI-shielded NAND

Wednesday April 20, 2016

South Korean electronics behemoth Samsung is reportedly attempting to claw back the lucrative iPhone NAND business from competitors with a new process for shielding the important flash memory from electromagnetic interference.

EU lays antitrust charges against Google over locking in Android apps and features

Wednesday April 20, 2016

As anticipated, the European Commission on Wednesday pressed a new set of antitrust charges against Google, saying the company is hindering competition by locking in certain Android apps, or even versions of Android, despite it being an open-source operating system.

As a standalone company, Apple's services business could be worth as much as $260B, Piper Jaffray says

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Investment firm Piper Jaffray continues to believe that Apple's services business is vastly undervalued by Wall Street, as the company reiterated this week that services should be a larger focus for investors.

Apple-backed coalition opposes Burr-Feinstein encryption bill in open letter

Wednesday April 20, 2016

A group of four tech industry associations -- representing businesses like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google -- have published an open letter opposing a draft bill by U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, which would make it possible for courts to order help bypassing encryption.

Top BMW electric vehicle engineers defect to Chinese rival backed by Tencent

Wednesday April 20, 2016

An upstart electric car company backed by Chinese internet giant Tencent has reportedly snared at least four high-ranking executives from BMW i, the German marque's impressive but struggling electric mobility unit.

Dearth of new data from San Bernardino iPhone helpful to FBI investigation, sources say

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Law enforcement sources on Tuesday said that while an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shootings has yielded no actionable intel, the dearth of new information has actually helped the FBI investigation into the terror attack.

Apple activates web previews for select Apple TV apps

Tuesday April 19, 2016

As part of ongoing efforts to build out its new tvOS App Store, Apple on Tuesday activated iTunes web previews for fourth-generation Apple TV apps, allowing potential buyers to browse current offerings without turning on their television.

Piper Jaffray: Apple saw massive 60% gross margin on services in 2015, to grow in 2017

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Pulling data from Apple's December 2015 earnings report, investment bank Piper Jaffray estimates gross margins on the company's rarely discussed services business could be above 60 percent. And that figure is expected to grow.

Last Call: Apple's 13" MacBook Air for $799, 11" MacBook Air for $749 with no tax outside NY

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Until Thursday April 21st at 7pm ET, AI readers can grab the lowest price ever offered on remaining inventory of Apple's 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) at $799, with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY. Or pick up the new baseline model with 8GB of RAM for $969.

Apple Pay support expands to over 50 more US banks and credit unions [u]

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Following a market expansion into Singapore, Apple on Tuesday announced Apple Pay integration with 59 new U.S. card issuing banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of supported domestic financial institutions to 1,199. [Updated]

Apple to adopt AMD's new Polaris graphics chips in upcoming Macs - report

Tuesday April 19, 2016

AMD's latest graphics chips, the Polaris 10 and 11, will make their way into Apple desktops and laptops shipping later this year, a report said on Tuesday.

Apple denied Chinese government requests for source code twice in last 2 years

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Chinese authorities have asked Apple to turn over source code twice in the past two years, but the company refused in both cases, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell told a hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday.

June-quarter iPhone shipments likely to disappoint on Wall Street, analysts say

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Apple's iPhone sales are likely to remain soft through the June quarter, on top of a decline already expected for the March quarter, analysts with Rosenblatt Securities and UBS indicated on Tuesday.

New 12" MacBook boasts 80-90% faster SSD write speeds, 20% CPU improvement

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Initial tests with the new 12-inch MacBook are beginning to surface, showing that while the Intel Skylake processor is a modest improvement over its predecessor, the revamped solid state drive offers more significant speed boosts.