As of Sunday, Apple's Chinese App Store — now the second largest in the world — accepts payments from China UnionPay, the country's only bank card organization and issuers of the most popular cards in China.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The competitive price, strong feature set, and universal compatibility of the Microsoft Band will make it a compelling product for anyone in the market for a wearable fitness and health tracking device, though it does suffer from some of the expected shortcomings of a first-generation product.
FeatureAfter losing Apple's iPad business, Intel has bled $7 billion while heavily subsidizing cheap x86 Atom Android tablets
Over the last two years, Intel's mobile chip division has lost $7 billion while heavily subsidizing the manufacturing costs of Android Atom tablet makers. It now plans to phase out those generous incentives, which will make it more expensive for iPad competitors to dump cheap tablets into the market.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Pioneer was the first to market with third-party CarPlay-compatible systems, and AppleInsider has put its new AppRadio 4 model to the test, to see how it — and Apple's new vehicle-based infotainment system — measure up.
Apple's A-series Application Processors that power iPads—including the latest and greatest A8X in iPad Air 2—are inciting billion dollar losses for Intel and threatening major problems for rival tablet chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia, along with all the companies that depend upon those vendors for their mobile chips.
Friday, November 14, 2014
It appears that Apple Pay is off to a good start as participating retailers nationwide report the service is generating high levels of interest from customers looking to try it out, something heretofore unheard of in the mobile wallet space.
Apple shares reached a new all time closing high of $114.18 today, following yesterday's quarterly dividend distribution of $2.9 billion to shareholders. That compares to a pre-split adjusted price just cents below $800, and is 53.5 percent higher than the company's stock price just one year ago.
Members of various Internet and technology trade groups are pushing the U.S. Senate to impose limitations on spying programs instituted by the National Security Agency, citing privacy concerns and lost business.
Apple on Friday issued to developers a golden master build of the upcoming Xcode 6.1.1 update, bringing bug fixes for Xcode Server, the Swift programming language and Interface Builder, among others.
Two major southeastern grocery store chains, Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo, are said to begin accepting Apple Pay tap-to-pay transactions at the start of next week, according to a new report.
Though Apple doesn't break down sales figures for specific iPhone models, a new study suggests that the blockbuster sales of the iPhone 6 lineup are mostly driven by the 4.7-inch model, though the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has still captured a considerable size of the market.
The average selling price of tablets continues to drop, according to the latest research from IDC, as sales growth in the tablet market is reportedly being driven by low-end, low-cost devices, just as Apple has entered the sub-$250 market with the first-generation iPad mini.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Coming days after the discovery of an iOS vulnerability called "Masque Attack" was made public, Apple late Thursday issued a statement regarding the potentially malicious software, saying default OS X and iOS security settings are enough to thwart attacks.
Sprint on Thursday expanded its hardware leasing options beyond Apple's iPhone to include the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, with pricing for 16GB models pegged at a respective $20 and $17 per month for 24 months.
The U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly deployed specialized equipment to gather mobile phone data, including unique device identifiers and other sensitive data, from spoofed cell phone towers installed in planes.
Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam received an extensive update on Thursday, bringing a newly built native iPad version, access to "Journal" publishing, filter comparisons and cloud syncing across devices.
Apple on Thursday pushed out a batch of new Safari builds for developers covering OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, as well as new firmware for the company's standalone Thunderbolt Display.
According to a report on Thursday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking Apple about its handling of sensitive health data gathered and stored by the company's new iOS 8 HealthKit framework, especially as it applies to possible dissemination to third parties like advertisers.
Samsung this week announced its answer to Apple's Continuity: a new cross-device sharing feature called "Flow," intended to allow users to move activities and content between Samsung smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, PCs, and more.
Raise.com, a website that allows consumers to buy and sell gift cards, has introduced a new Passbook-like app for Apple's iOS, allowing shoppers to access on-the-spot savings at over 750 stores.
The newly unveiled PlayStation Vue TV streaming service from Sony is set to launch this month on the company's home game consoles, but shortly thereafter will make its way to a competing platform: Apple's iPad.
SanDisk on Thursday announced the new iXpand Flash Drive, the company's first USB flash drive designed specifically for Apple's iPhone and iPad, featuring a dedicated Lightning connector for transferring files on the go.
Apple stock is currently trading at its all-time highest levels, putting the company at its highest-ever market capitalization level of more than $659 billion Thursday morning [updated].
While rumors that Apple would incorporate sapphire into its latest iPhone 6 flagship handset failed to materialize, the company is continuing work on such a solution, according to a patent application uncovered on Thursday.
A rumor out of East Asia on Wednesday claims chip manufacturers responsible for supplying silicon for the upcoming Apple Watch are ramping toward production ahead of an expected early 2015 launch.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
BreakingDJI announces Inspire prosumer drone with 4K video recording, releases SDK for Phantom 2 Vision
At a press event on San Francisco's Treasure Island, drone vendor DJI unveiled its new prosumer-class Inspire drone with 4K video capabilities and announced a new Software Development Kit to allow third party developers to write apps that work with its flagship Phantom 2 Vision flying cameras.
AT&T is running an unadvertised promotion that gives a $50 bill credit to current subscribers purchasing a new iPhone from the Apple Store as an upgrade under the carrier's Next program.
The full version of Greg "Joz" Joswiak's October interview with Re/code has been posted online, with the Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing discussing the iOS 8.0.1 snafu and Apple Pay, among other topics.
Apple's rumored 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro' pushed back to Q2 2015, current models to see steep sales decline in Q1
While many anticipate Apple to release a larger 12.9-inch iPad early next year, the company may be forced to push back launch until the second quarter, one analyst says.
- Samsung unveils 'Project Beyond,' a new 360-degree camera for recording virtual reality content
- Deals: Final days to get the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros with exclusive coupons
- Office supply retailer Staples now accepting Apple Pay at 1400 US locations
- Google unveils YouTube Music Key subscription service to compete with Apple's Beats
- Square begins taking preorders for new chip card readers for iPhone, iPad
- Analysis of Apple's A8X SoC uncovers customized GPU, confirms 3-core architecture
- Walmart's Black Friday deals bundle $30 gift card with $200 iPad mini, $75 gift card with $179 iPhone 6
- Apple's Beats officially reveals Bluetooth Solo2 Wireless headphones
- Roundup: The best third-party keyboards for iOS 8
- Apple rumored to turn huge downtown LA building into flagship store, office space
- Apple's iOS 8 now on 56% of devices as adoption rate slowly picks up
- Quirky and GE unveil new suite of affordable smart home devices, sensor 'micro-factory'
- Apple's Device Enrollment Program extended to authorized reseller purchases, more countries
- Netflix for iOS update brings support for iOS 8, 1080p playback on iPhone 6 Plus
- Judge allows lawsuit over missing text messages to proceed against Apple
- Apple continues exploring location-based security settings, looks at new adaptive brightness controls
- UBS ups Apple price target to $125 after survey indicates strong share for iPhone 6 Plus
- Best Buy's Black Friday sales include $100 discount for iPad Air 2, up to $200 off Macs
- 'Positive' talks underway for Apple Pay partnership with Alibaba's Alipay in China
- Apple tech uses geofences, crowdsourced data to pinpoint cell network dead spots
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014