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2016

App Store shuffle brings long-awaited speed boost for developers

Thursday May 12, 2016

Developers are the latest beneficiaries of Apple's ongoing bid to revamp the App Store, with new policies shortening the time it takes to gain app approval from more than a week to fewer than two days.

Apple smart home invention uses pattern recognition to solve multi-user dwelling issues

Thursday May 12, 2016

An Apple patent application revealed Thursday outlines plans for an automated smart home system that tracks individual users through their connected devices, detects common patterns and compiles events for triggering thermostats, lights, door locks and more.

Apple unable to repair iPhone of teen lost at sea

Thursday May 12, 2016

A team of Apple engineers worked "around the clock" to return missing Florida teen Austin Stephanos' iPhone back to working order after it was submerged in sea water for some eight months, but on Wednesday the device was deemed unrepairable.

FBI director says legal war on encryption far from over

Wednesday May 11, 2016

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday said the U.S. government will continue to wage legal war with tech companies to gain access to encrypted devices, intimating that such measures are weakening terror organizations like ISIL.

Apple debunks rumors that it will stop selling iTunes downloads

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Apple issued a rare statement on Wednesday debunking rumors that claimed the company has plans to discontinue iTunes music downloads sometime in the next four years, ostensibly in favor of an all-streaming service powered by Apple Music.

Apple again rumored to turn LA landmark into retail store

Wednesday May 11, 2016

A report on Wednesday claims Apple looking to build a new Apple Store at the Tower Theater site in Los Angeles, a designated historic-cultural monument in the city's famed Broadway Theater District.

Exodus of original Siri team continues at Apple

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Almost all of the talent Apple acquired from the original Siri team has reportedly left the company, with a pair of key departures having taken place in recent weeks.

Occupy the App Store? Top 1% of monetized apps dominate 94% of US App Store revenue

Wednesday May 11, 2016

The top 1 percent of earners don't just control the lion's share of money in the U.S. economy -- a similar disparity between the haves and the have-nots has emerged in Apple's own App Store economy, a new study reveals.

Rumor: Apple's 2017 iPhone will be radical redesign with Touch ID, FaceTime camera & speaker embedded in display

Wednesday May 11, 2016

With this year's "iPhone 7" expected to have a similar design and form factor to the current iPhone 6s, rumors continue to point toward a major overhaul in 2017, with one well-connected insider suggesting Apple is working on an edge-to-edge display that will conceal components and sensors under the screen.

Instagram updates iOS apps with 'flat' designs, Google Translate gets offline support in 52 languages

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday launched a cosmetic overhaul of its iOS apps, while Google updated its Translate app with support for offline translation in 52 languages.

With Apple sales slumping, Taiwanese suppliers sink into a sea of red ink

Wednesday May 11, 2016

The rapid development of Taiwan's technology sector has been fed in no small part by Apple's nearly insatiable demand for components and complex manufacturing processes, but the ride has turned rough for many of the island's tech firms.

Lower MacBook sales push Apple down to sixth place in laptop marketshare

Wednesday May 11, 2016

A drop in MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air shipments year-over-year likewise resulted in Apple losing share in the world's declining laptop market, according to March-quarter research data.

Apple's 'iPhone 7 Plus' rumored to use 3GB of RAM for dual-camera image processing

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Apple's larger 5.5-inch "iPhone 7 Plus" will rely on 3 gigabytes of RAM in order to handle the hefty image processing requirements for its advanced dual-camera design, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

Apple is the Teflon tech company as Wall Street troubles can't topple world's most valuable brand

Wednesday May 11, 2016

No matter what the suits in New York think, Apple is still the king of the hill when it comes to consumers -- the company's brand is now worth some $154 billion, according to one calculation, nearly double its closest competitor.

'iPhone 7' schematics suggest dual camera, Smart Connector will be exclusive to 5.5" Plus model

Wednesday May 11, 2016

A new series of images rumored to show the design of both the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" suggest that Apple's larger 5.5-inch model will be the only one to receive a dual-lens camera, as well as the magnetic Smart Connector.

Android remains king of crashes, once again seeing more device failures than Apple's iPhone

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Android phones continued to see the most devices failures in the first quarter of 2016, although the gap with iPhones shrunk hugely quarter-to-quarter, according to a research study published on Wednesday.

Google and Oracle face off - again - over Android, with billions on the line

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Two of Silicon Valley's most accomplished heavyweights stepped back into the legal squared circle this week, as the search giant defends its use of Oracle's Java APIs in Android for the second time.

Courts predicted to side with law enforcement on fingerprint warrants for Apple's Touch ID

Wednesday May 11, 2016

In a select number of cases, authorities have been able to compel courts to force criminal suspects to unlock their Touch ID-equipped iPhone using their fingerprint. That security bypass is likely to continue, legal experts say, because capturing someone's fingerprint is a well-established practice in investigations.

Apple fan tells Tim Cook that iPad helped grandfather cope with cancer, gets reply

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook this week responded to an email sent by a customer who explained how iPad and iPhone helped their grandfather recover from cancer surgery -- like an Apple commercial come to life.

Messaging service WhatsApp launches desktop app for Mac

Tuesday May 10, 2016

Popular messaging service WhatsApp on Tuesday debuted its first native desktop client for Mac, introducing users to yet another comprehensive multi-platform solution that will compete with Apple's own Messages product.