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

07/14/2015, 01:07 pm

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.


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

07/14/2015, 04:07 am

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

07/13/2015, 11:07 pm

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.


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

07/13/2015, 05:07 pm

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.


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

07/13/2015, 02:07 pm

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.


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

07/13/2015, 11:07 am

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.


Apple gives Greek iCloud users 30 days free service in light of financial crisis

07/11/2015, 09:07 pm

To prevent an interruption in services, Apple is offering a free 30-day extension to paying iCloud subscribers in Greece currently unable to pay monthly fees due to capital control measures instituted in the region.


This week on AppleInsider: Thicker iPhones, new iOS and OS X betas, Office for Mac & more

07/11/2015, 08:07 am

An active news week saw the first public betas of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, new details about next-generation iPhones, and the release of Office 2016 for Mac.


Apple rumored to expand San Jose presence with new campus lease

07/10/2015, 05:07 pm

A report on Friday claims Apple recently signed the lease on a nearly 300,000-square-foot office and R&D complex in San Jose, Calif., as part of plans to expand into areas surrounding its home base in Cupertino.


Apple chooses unexpected location for massive new Hong Kong retail store

07/10/2015, 09:07 am

Apple's latest retail outpost in Hong Kong --thought to be the company's largest in Asia -- went public this week with the unveiling of a huge, three-dimensional Apple logo in a somewhat unexpected place.


AppleInsider podcast discusses 'iPhone 6s' expectations, iOS gamepads, listener questions & more

07/10/2015, 08:07 am

On this week's latest AppleInsider podcast, we discuss leaked "iPhone 6s" parts, iOS-compatible gaming controllers, and Showtime subscriptions for cable cutters. The team also tackles the new GoPro Session, DJI Phantom 3, and answers your questions.


Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue meet with high power execs at Sun Valley retreat

07/09/2015, 08:07 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook returned for his fourth Sun Valley conference in Idaho this week where he, along SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, met with high-power executives from media, tech, politics and beyond.


First look: Hands on with the new Phantom 3 Professional iOS-connected camera drone

07/09/2015, 12:07 pm

DJI's new Phantom 3 Professional flying camera drone has a distinctly more premium feel when compared to its predecessor, thanks largely to an overhauled hardware controller that's a massive improvement to what was already a great accessory. AppleInsider offers a first look.


Apple Stores begin selling third-party accessories with co-designed 'premium' packaging

07/09/2015, 09:07 am

Apple Stores are already beginning to sell third-party accessories with packaging co-designed by Apple, giving the company even greater control over the presentation and marketing of products sold in its retail outlets.


Apple invents continuous handwriting input method, magnetically linkable earphones

07/09/2015, 05:07 am

A pair of Apple patent filings published Thursday reveal ongoing work on perfecting the mobile computing experience, including an intuitive continuous handwriting recognition system and a pair of earphones that snap together magnetically for easy stowage.


Hacking group that targeted Apple, others reportedly operating independently for profit

07/08/2015, 06:07 pm

A hacking group that previously targeted Apple, Twitter and Facebook appears to be operating independently and for the explicit purpose of turning a profit on corporate secrets, according to a Symantec research paper released on Wednesday.


Apple pursuing close, 'day-to-day' oversight of Campus 2 construction

07/08/2015, 02:07 pm

Even with well-established plans for contractors, Apple is micromanaging the construction of its Campus 2 complex in Cupertino, a new report revealed on Wednesday.


Microsoft to axe 7,800 jobs from struggling mobile phone unit in new restructuring plan

07/08/2015, 10:07 am

A strategic shift at Microsoft could see as many as 7,800 former Nokia employees lose their jobs this year while the software behemoth absorbs a $7.6 billion write-down on its troubled handset business, the company announced on Wednesday.


US law enforcement officials to argue for encryption backdoors before Congress

07/08/2015, 09:07 am

Later on Wednesday, two key U.S. law enforcement officials will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to argue in support of backdoors in various consumer encryption platforms, a report said.


Judge tosses Smartflash's $533M victory against Apple, damages to be retried

07/08/2015, 08:07 am

Months after a Texas jury ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to a product-less company that critics have dubbed a "patent troll," a judge has tossed out that decision, declaring that instructions given to the jury may have improperly affected the damage assessment.