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Topic: General

Qualcomm to buy iPhone Apple Pay chip manufacturer NXP for $47 billion

10/27/2016, 08:10 am

The deal, if approved by regulators, will put the one-time manufacturer of the motion co-processor and the current supplier of the Apple Pay near-field communication chipset under Qualcomm's control.


Samsung still No. 1 smartphone vendor, but Note 7 knocked marketshare back to 2014

10/27/2016, 03:10 am

Leaning on an expansive lineup of affordable Android handsets, Samsung retained its spot as the world's top smartphone vendor for the third quarter of 2016, according to research firm IDC. However, premium phone makers -- Apple and Samsung included -- are being squeezed from the bottom, as manufacturers of cheaper Android alternatives gained ground.


Galaxy Note 7 fiasco leaves Samsung mobile profits a smoldering ash pile

10/26/2016, 10:10 pm

As expected, the Galaxy Note 7 disaster set fire to Samsung's operating profits in the September quarter, with the company's mobile unit posting a 96 percent decline to 100 billion Korean won (about $87.9 million) as compared to the same time last year.


Microsoft Surface Dial evokes comparison to Griffin PowerMate for Mac

10/26/2016, 04:10 pm

Microsoft has announced the wireless Surface Dial for its tablet and computer line, but a third-party option bringing much of the functionality of it to the Mac has existed for some time -- the Griffin PowerMate.


Apple pushes Campus 2 completion into 2017, possibly changing move-in plans

10/26/2016, 04:10 pm

Construction work on Apple's new Cupertino headquarters, Campus 2, now won't be finished until the beginning of 2017, according to the city's latest weekly update on the project.


Apple's wireless AirPods hit delays, won't meet October launch window

10/26/2016, 03:10 pm

Apple on Wednesday revealed that its highly anticipated, entirely wireless AirPods earbuds will not ship within their originally advertised timeframe, finding their way into the hands of consumers later this fall.


Giveaway: Win two AirJamz app-enabled air guitar toys

10/26/2016, 03:10 pm

Zivix this week is partnering with AppleInsider to give five lucky winners a dual pack of AirJamz air guitar toys compatible with iOS and Android devices.


Microsoft debuts Surface Studio all-in-one PC, refreshes high-end Surface Book

10/26/2016, 12:10 pm

Alongside the 28-inch all-in-one Surface Studio PC, Microsoft's new Surface Book i7 announced Wednesday is said to triple the performance of the current high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro.


Microsoft reveals VR & AR-focused Windows 10 'Creator's Update,' expected in early 2017

10/26/2016, 10:10 am

Microsoft is making a big push into augmented reality and virtual reality with its newly announced Windows 10 Creator's Update, and bringing tools for creation of the new media natively to Windows 10.


French Apple iPhone, iMac bludgeoner given six-month suspended jail sentence, fined

10/26/2016, 09:10 am

The man who smashed at least 17 demo stations at the Dijon, France Apple store on Sept. 29 had his day in court, and in addition to a six-month suspended jail sentence, he must pay Apple 17,548 euros for the damage -- far short of the company's own estimate.


Apple Pay Vice President Jennifer Bailey to speak at Code Commerce event

10/26/2016, 09:10 am

The Apple executive vice president tapped to helm Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, will be speaking with Kara Swisher at the Code Commerce conference in Las Vegas on Dec. 6.


Apple design head Jony Ive collaborates on Claridge's Christmas tree in London

10/26/2016, 09:10 am

Apple design officer Jony Ive's next one-off project will be a collaboration with designer Marc Newson on the 2016 Claridge's Christmas tree, a staple of the holiday season in London.


IBM extends Watson cognitive capabilities to MobileFirst for iOS apps

10/25/2016, 09:10 pm

As part of a continued partnership with Apple, IBM on Tuesday announced an extension of the MobileFirst for iOS program that integrates Watson cognitive computing technology to bring natural language processing, deep data analytics and more to iOS 10.


Apple makes slow pivot to India as China sales cool

10/25/2016, 07:10 pm

Once Apple's largest growth market, revenues from Greater China slid 30 percent during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, prompting the company to turn at least part of its focus toward prospects in India.


Tim Cook says Apple is interested in both content creation and ownership

10/25/2016, 05:10 pm

In typically vague fashion, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook evaded questions and offered little in the way of details during his company's quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday. But his comments on original content could fuel speculation that Apple plans to make more original content or perhaps acquire a high-profile content maker.


Apple testing AR-based car navigation and self-driving software with virtual reality rigs - report

10/25/2016, 03:10 pm

A fresh report about Apple's automotive ambitions claims that the company is continuing its shift away from building a whole car, and is instead developing software for self-driving vehicles, with recent hires being funneled into the effort.


WiGig gets official certification, promises speeds up to 8Gbps

10/25/2016, 01:10 pm

The Wi-Fi Alliance has officially certified WiGig, also known as 802.11ad, which could drastically improve the speed of transfers over local Wi-Fi networks and better support gigabit-speed internet connections.


Rumor: Apple has made mockups of iMessage for Android with 'Material Design'

10/25/2016, 10:10 am

Whether or not it's ever released, Apple has allegedly toyed internally with the idea of releasing iMessage for Android, going as far as to make mockups for the text messaging client in Google's "Material Design," according to a new report.


Apple invention uses ferrofluids to enhance induction charging performance

10/25/2016, 06:10 am

As part of continued research into efficient wireless chargers -- perhaps powerful enough to rival Lightning -- Apple on Tuesday received a patent for an induction charging method that uses ferrofluids to reduce or negate energy loss typical of such systems.


Apple patents crowd-sourced lost-and-found electronic tag service

10/25/2016, 05:10 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering a lost-and-found system that enlists the help of other user devices to locate and track items to which low-power electronic tags are affixed.