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Microsoft acquires iOS calendar app Sunrise for $100M - report

02/04/2015, 05:25:26 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Microsoft has reportedly closed a deal to acquire popular iOS calendar app Sunrise for "at least" $100 million as the software giant continues to invest in rival mobile platforms under CEO Satya Nadella.

Apple Inc's thermonuclear assault on Samsung vaporizes Android's remaining profit pillar

01/29/2015, 07:41:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

After years of failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.

Sony to shutter iTunes & Beats Music competitor Music Unlimited, partner with Spotify

01/28/2015, 04:00:00 PM, Posted By Katie Marsal

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sony has conceded defeat in the digital music market, announcing on Wednesday that it will close its cross-platform Music Unlimited service at the end of March and refer customers to another iTunes & Beats Music competitor, Spotify.

Notes of interest from Apple's Q1 2015 conference call

01/27/2015, 05:06:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Apple reported the biggest quarter in its company's history on Monday, selling nearly 100 million iPhones and iPads to earn $74.6 billion in quarterly revenue. Following the announcement, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.

YouTube pushes Flash to the back burner, will now default to HTML5 player

01/27/2015, 03:53:30 PM, Posted By Sam Oliver

Nearly five years after Steve Jobs published his infamous "Thoughts on Flash," streaming video service YouTube has announced plans to migrate away from the technology as users accessing the site via Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and beta versions of Firefox will now be served the HTML5 video player by default.

Apple Inc's once slower Q2 now getting a boost from China's Lunar New Year holiday

01/27/2015, 02:25:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Over the last fifteen years, brisk sales of iPods and then iPhones once predictably surged in a winter quarter Christmas wave that then ebbed during the March quarter. Since 2011, however, China has emerged as a counterbalance with its own massive holiday season: Lunar New Year.

Roundup: The best ways to stave off cabin fever with your iPhone or iPad

01/27/2015, 09:30:00 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

We all know what it's like to be stuck indoors thanks to inclement weather. Fortunately, the bevy of electronic devices that most of us now carry are capable of providing nearly endless entertainment if stocked properly (and the power holds out). AppleInsider took a look at some of the best games and apps for passing the time.

After eating AMD & Nvidia's mobile lunch, Apple Inc could next devour their desktop GPU business

01/26/2015, 05:28:24 AM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

While rumors have long claimed that Apple has plans to replace Intel's x86 chips in Macs with its own custom ARM Application Processors, MacGPUs are among a series of potentially more valuable opportunities available to Apple's silicon design team, and could conceivably replicate Apple's history of beating AMD and Nvidia in mobile graphics processors--and Intel in mobile CPUs.

AppleInsider's iOS app updated with dismissible Plus trial option, remains free for all

01/25/2015, 04:33:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Apple fans who want to keep up with the latest news out of Cupertino can now do so more efficiently with the official AppleInsider app, designed for both iPhone and iPad, which has been updated to address concerns brought forth by readers.

How AMD and Nvidia lost the mobile GPU chip business to Apple -- with help from Samsung and Google

01/23/2015, 04:51:00 AM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Between 2006 and 2013, AMD & Nvidia fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing their positions as the world's leading GPU suppliers by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market, enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processor GPUs to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

Supposed 12" MacBook Air display assembly shown off in new photo set

01/23/2015, 12:35:00 AM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

A fresh set of photos from the Far East popped up online Friday purporting to show an assembled display belonging to Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, complete with "polished" Apple logo ala the latest iOS devices.

BlackBerry CEO prods regulators for 'app neutrality,' wants cross-platform iMessage

01/22/2015, 09:05:10 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Comparing the net neutrality debate to the expansion of railroads in the 20th century, BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Tuesday called for authorities to force companies such as Apple and Netflix to make their services available to all consumers, regardless of platform.

Developer NimbleBit announces Apple Watch support for upcoming letter puzzle game

01/21/2015, 10:31:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Third-party app developer NimbleBit, known for 8-bit style real-time simulation games, announced on Wednesday that its upcoming project will be one of the first game titles to hit Apple Watch's diminutive screen.

After eating Intel's mobile lunch, Apple could next devour Qualcomm's Baseband Processor business

01/20/2015, 06:10:00 AM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

While rumors have long claimed that Apple has plans to replace Intel's x86 chips in Macs with its own custom ARM Application Processors, there are a series of more valuable opportunities available to Apple's internal silicon design team, each of which has the potential to replicate Apple's history of beating Intel in mobile chips.

Apple once again alerts iOS 8 app developers to upcoming 64-bit requirement

01/19/2015, 08:35:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Apple on Monday posted a note to the News and Updates section of its Developer website reminding app makers that starting Feb. 1, all new iOS 8 software submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support.

How Intel lost the mobile chip business to Apple's Ax ARM Application Processors

01/19/2015, 03:42:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Between 2005 and 2014, Intel fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing its position as the world's leading processor supplier by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market and enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processors to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

Amazon expands original content program with feature films as Apple TV adds more live sports

01/19/2015, 11:13:27 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

With access to in-demand content an increasingly important differentiator for internet streaming services, retailing giant Amazon has announced that it will move beyond television series and produce original theatre-bound movies, while Apple has struck yet another agreement to carry a live sports channel on the Apple TV with Tennis Channel Everywhere.

KGI: Apple likely to launch simple stylus to enhance upcoming 12.9-inch iPad user experience; advanced model with 3D handwriting due later

01/18/2015, 09:04:00 AM, Posted By Katie Marsal

Apple is likely to launch a hardware stylus to enhance the user experience for its long-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro," according one well-placed industry analyst with a strong track record in predicting the company's future product plans.

The road ahead: 3 ways Apple could push Maps forward with iOS 9 in 2015

01/18/2015, 06:28:00 AM, Posted By Sam Oliver

Just under three years after Apple evicted Google Maps from iOS, Cupertino's own mapping and navigation offering still has some critical weaknesses. AppleInsider looks ahead at what the next 12 months could have in store for Apple Maps.

How Apple Inc. managed to upstage the tech industry at CES for fifteen years

01/15/2015, 05:30:00 AM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Within three years of Steve Jobs' return to Apple in 1996, he transformed the then-struggling company into an innovation machine capable of consistently stealing attention from the rest of the industry. This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas suffered at least its fifteenth year of being upstaged by Apple.

Wrap-up: CES 2015 shows off weird and wonderful variety of wearables, but home automation steals the show

01/10/2015, 03:35:00 PM, Posted By Lester Victor Marks

CES is a weird and wonderful collection of products made by major manufacturers to the smallest of companies and even crowdfunded startups. The things you see might never come to market, but the tech presented serves as a good barometer for the year to come.

Apple's rumored 12" MacBook Air may aggressively target mobility with USB 3.1 Type-C

01/10/2015, 05:42:00 AM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

The latest rumors of a new 12-inch MacBook Air model describe an ultra-thin laptop that drops nearly all of its physical ports for a single audio jack and USB 3.1 Type-C connector, features that were first revealed last April and further detailed in specifications documents released by Intel, with significant contributions by Apple, in September.

iPod shuffle shortages caused by supplier changes, Apple has no plans to ax its cheapest media player

01/09/2015, 02:57:43 PM, Posted By Katie Marsal

Though recent shortages of the iPod shuffle caused concern that Apple might discontinue its clip-on media player, a new report reveals that the issues are only temporary, as a result of a supplier change.

First look: ADAM iOS-connected asthma monitor

01/07/2015, 07:04:00 PM, Posted By Lester Victor Marks

The Automated Device for Asthma Management, or ADAM, by Health Care Originals is a unique iOS-connected medical device that aims to provide users with a complete solution for managing their asthma.

Samsung feeling the squeeze from success of Apple's iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, Kantar says

01/07/2015, 07:36:06 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Virtually everywhere in the world that research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech tracks smartphone market data, Apple saw marketshare gains, thanks to the popularity of its latest flagship iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.