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Google buys Nest Labs, maker of smart thermostat, for $3.2 billion [u]

01/13/2014, 04:13:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Google has reportedly acquired Nest Labs, makers of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector and a company founded by ex-Apple executive Tony Fadell, for $3.2 billion.

First look: MiPow PlayBulb, an iPhone-connected Bluetooth light bulb & speaker

01/10/2014, 03:33:00 PM, Posted By Lester Victor Marks

One of the more unique products at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the MiPow PlayBulb, a device that integrates both an LED lightbulb and a Bluetooth speaker into one iPhone-connected accessory. AppleInsider offers a first look.

First look: iOS-connected smart watches, health trackers, home automation from Archos

01/08/2014, 07:46:00 PM, Posted By Lester Victor Marks

Archos is hitting the wearable devices market hard in 2014, with a new range of products showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show capable of connecting to Apple's iOS mobile platform via Bluetooth Low Energy.

Spotify rolls out subscription-free 'Shuffle play' mode for iOS

01/08/2014, 12:35:00 PM, Posted By Shane Cole

Swedish music streaming service Spotify on Wednesday released an update to its iPhone and iPad apps that officially enables new subscription-free streaming features the company promised last month.

Hands-on: Orbotix Sphero 2B, Pixeom personal cloud device, iZZi cases

01/08/2014, 05:13:00 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

At the ShowStoppers @ CES event on Tuesday, AppleInsider was able to go hands-on with a variety of new tech products, like the latest iOS-controlled Sphero robot, the Pixeom personal exchange device and new lens-toting iPhone cases from iZZi.

Audi shows off 'Smart Display' Android-powered in-car tablet

01/07/2014, 04:02:15 PM, Posted By Shane Cole

German automaker Audi on Tuesday unveiled the Mobile Audi Smart Display, a bespoke Android-powered tablet that marks the next stage of the company's plan to integrate Google's mobile operating system more deeply into its future vehicles.

Pre-CES roundup: Connected TVs, wearables and robots to rule 2014

01/06/2014, 09:52:02 PM, Posted By Shane Cole

With "pre-show" festivities of the annual Consumer Electronics Show's 2014 edition in the books, AppleInsider takes a look at some of Monday's less-popular --but still interesting --stories from the show floor.

Apps no longer differentiator in iOS vs. Android war, services next battleground

01/06/2014, 08:40:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

A new study from investment bank Piper Jaffray suggests app quality on Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems has equalized, pushing the two tech giants toward a race for better built-in services.

Fox to stream Super Bowl XLVIII live on website and iOS app

01/03/2014, 10:23:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

For the third year in a row, the Super Bowl will be live-streamed online to American football fans in the U.S., as Fox Sports plans to make the game available free through its website and for pay-TV subscribers via its iOS app.

What to expect at CES 2014: Wearables, tablets, 4K video

01/03/2014, 10:34:00 AM, Posted By Shane Cole

For those in the tech industry, the new year's eve countdown does not really end with fireworks and frivolity -- its conclusion is marked instead by the opening bell of the Consumer Electronics Show, held each January in Las Vegas.

Paint-by-rumors: Expectations for Apple in 2014

01/02/2014, 06:00:01 PM, Posted By Shane Cole

Despite refreshes or redesigns for almost every product under Apple's umbrella in 2013, even more excitement is expected from Cupertino in 2014 with rumors pointing toward potential forays into television sets and wearable devices alongside larger displays for iPhones and iPads.

Google to shut down Bump and Flock apps, delete all data

01/01/2014, 08:57:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Just three months after being acquired by Google, Bump Technologies announced on Tuesday that it will be shuttering its Bump and Flock apps, both of which will be removed from the iOS App Store and cease to function on Jan. 31.

Archos announces iOS-compatible smart watches, health trackers & connected home devices

12/30/2013, 02:39:56 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Electronics maker Archos on Monday preannounced a slew of new products it plans to show off at the upcoming 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, including "Connected Home" and "Connected Self" accessories compatible with Apple's iPhone and iPad.

New website informs users on app data usage prior to purchase

12/27/2013, 03:45:00 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

A first-of-its-kind website and corresponding service was rolled out on Thursday by CTIA - The Wireless Association with an intent to inform mobile device users about app data use and their impact on wireless data plans.

Apple kicks off '12 Days of Gifts' with Justin Timberlake single

12/26/2013, 12:30:00 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

As planned, Apple on Thursday kicked off its "12 Days of Gifts" promotion in the U.S. and other participating countries with a download of four songs from Justin Timberlake's performance at this year's iTunes Festival.

Samsung hires Apple Store designer for its own retail efforts

12/17/2013, 03:53:22 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Samsung is said to be planning its own Apple-like retail push across the U.S., as the company recently hired an ex-Apple senior store designer, according to a new report.

Apple redirects iAd sales team to iTunes Radio, eyes self-serve for in-app ads

12/16/2013, 05:37:10 PM, Posted By Shane Cole

Apple has reportedly shifted its iAd sales team's focus toward bringing in advertisers for the nascent iTunes Radio service, with plans to move the company's advertising business to a new real-time bidding system.

Apple begins using iBeacons at all its 254 US retail stores

12/06/2013, 08:19:00 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Apple on Friday will launch its iBeacon wireless short-range technology at all 254 retail stores the company owns across the U.S., helping customers to shop for new items, or pick up an order they've already placed.

Apple's Topsy purchase opens doors for social media, internal analytics tools

12/05/2013, 05:48:00 AM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple's acquisition of tweet analytics firm Topsy is suggested to have all kinds of potential applications for the company, but in particular indicates both its closer embrace of social networking and its need for tools to glean meaningful value from the increasing mountains of data available to it.

Google moves toward Chrome as Oracle threatens to establish Android's Java infringement

12/04/2013, 01:57:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Oracle's Java infringement case against Google's Android is reportedly nearing a reversal of last year's original finding that defended Android. Meanwhile, Google is focusing new attention on Chrome web apps rather than a continuation of Android's original "embrace and extend" Java strategy.

Startup pushes Newsstand publication samples to iOS devices through Apple's iBeacons

12/04/2013, 08:39:00 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Publishers can now promote their magazine apps for iOS by making them available to view for free at specific locations, thanks to a new use for Apple's wireless iBeacon technology created by a digital publishing startup company.

Honda introduces new iPhone-driven in-dash touchscreen

12/03/2013, 02:33:00 PM, Posted By Shane Cole

Japanese automaker Honda on Tuesday announced that the 2014 Civic and 2015 Fit will gain access to the company's new Display Audio system, a 7-inch built-in touchscreen with functionality partially powered by Apple's iPhone.

Topsy purchase gives Apple access to Twitter data Google doesn't have

12/03/2013, 08:45:00 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

While the exact purpose behind Apple's newly announced acquisition of social media data firm Topsy remains unknown, the acquired company is one of a handful of firms with access to exclusive data from Twitter the likes of which Google does not have.

Microsoft's project 'Threshold' to further converge PC, phone & Xbox platforms

12/02/2013, 01:54:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Microsoft plans to continue to blur the lines between its traditional Windows PC platform, its Windows Phone mobile platform, and its Xbox One game console operating system with a forthcoming update codenamed "Threshold," according to a new report.

Review: Friends of Hue Bloom Lamp and LightStrips

11/30/2013, 12:22:00 AM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

Philips has expanded its wireless light product line with the Friends of Hue series, the first offerings being a lights strip and accent lamp that, like the original Hue bulbs, can be controlled remotely, change color and are expensive.