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Apple invention turns Lightning headphones into smart walkie-talkies

05/26/2016, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a somewhat unusual Apple invention detailing a communications platform that ditches cellular in favor of direct, point-to-point network technology.

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Energy consumption concerns loom over Apple's proposed Irish data center

05/25/2016, 06:05 pm

In a hearing in Galway, Ireland on Tuesday, Apple fielded concerns from locals regarding a planned data center that is shaping up to be the country's largest consumer of electricity, with some estimates placing usage rates surpassing Dublin's entire daily supply.

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Google preps self-driving car facility near Detroit as Chrysler partnership ramps up

05/25/2016, 02:05 pm

Google on Wednesday announced plans to launch a "self-driving technology development center" in Novi, Mich., just outside the home of the American auto industry in Detroit.

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China's Xiaomi shows off new $460 4K camera drone

05/25/2016, 12:05 pm

The race to the bottom has reached the drone market, as infamous copycat Xiaomi on Wednesday revealed a pair of new camera-equipped drones that work with the company's smartphones.

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Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 workers with robots

05/25/2016, 11:05 am

Apple's primary manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has replaced 60,000 people with robots at a single factory in Kunshan, China, a report said on Wednesday.

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Microsoft set to axe nearly 2,000 jobs in bid to 'streamline' smartphone biz

05/25/2016, 09:05 am

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a restructuring of its mobile hardware group that will see as many as 1,850 employees -- most of them former Nokia staffers -- lose their jobs as the company looks to right the listing smartphone ship.

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Indian finance minister shoots down prospect of local Apple Stores - report

05/25/2016, 09:05 am

India's finance minister has reportedly ratified a ruling that Apple must follow local sourcing rules, potentially halting the company's near-term attemps to launch its first stores in the country.

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Plaintiffs try to keep 'Error 53' lawsuit against Apple alive, say reimbursement not enough

05/24/2016, 10:05 pm

Apple's motion to dismiss a pending class action lawsuit related to the infamous "Error 53" Touch ID issue was countered in a recent court filing claiming the company's remedial actions, which include an iOS software update and reimbursement efforts, are inadequate.

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Apple seeks lawyer with HIPAA expertise for health initiative

05/24/2016, 07:05 pm

An Apple job listing on Monday reveals the company is looking to hire a seasoned attorney with health privacy expertise to take on the role of Privacy Counsel , suggesting a health and medical systems expansion could be in the works.

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Apple looks to debut Siri SDK at WWDC, developing Amazon Echo competitor

05/24/2016, 04:05 pm

Five years after Siri launched with iPhone 4S, Apple is reportedly preparing to open its virtual assistant platform up to third-party developers through a dedicated SDK, and might dive deeper into AI services by embedding the technology into a speaker type device similar to Amazon's Echo.

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Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as encryption battles heat up

05/24/2016, 03:05 pm

Apple has re-hired Jon Callas, a cryptography expert responsible for much of Apple's security technology over the years, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

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Pebble unveils Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches, 3G-enabled Core running accessory

05/24/2016, 01:05 pm

Pebble on Tuesday launched two new smartwatches on Kickstarter, the Pebble 2 and the Time 2, along with a new accessory, the Core -- aimed at people who want to go running without their smartphone, as well as hacking enthusiasts.

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Local sourcing rules may still block Apple Stores from expanding into India

05/24/2016, 10:05 am

Apple may not have secured permission to open its first stores in India after all, though the company has not been shut out of the process, a report said on Tuesday.

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Will.i.am debuts i.am+ EPs earphones as Apple Store exclusive

05/23/2016, 08:05 pm

Musician will.i.am's "i.am+" tech brand on Monday released a pair of pricey Bluetooth earphones dubbed the "EPs," with initial sales to be exclusive to Apple's online and brick-and-mortar retail stores.

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Philips' HomeKit compatible Hue white ambiance bulbs now for sale

05/23/2016, 05:05 pm

Philips on Monday announced immediate availability of Hue White Ambiance bulbs and starter kits, an addition to the company's smart light bulb lineup capable of integrating with Apple's HomeKit smart home framework.

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Facebook intros Continuous Live Video API for non-stop streaming

05/23/2016, 04:05 pm

Facebook on Monday officially launched a Continuous Live Video API for broadcasters, giving them the option of endless streaming, as well as full coverage of longer events.

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Spotify matches Apple Music with improved $15 Family plan

05/23/2016, 01:05 pm

Looking to hold onto its dominance in the music streaming space, Spotify on Monday launched an upgraded Family plan, matching similar ones from Apple Music and Google Play.

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Rumor: Samsung to double down on fitness with Gear Fit 2 and 'Bio-Processor'

05/23/2016, 01:05 pm

Images leaked on Monday showed Samsung's upcoming Gear Fit 2, a device that may provide tougher competition in fitness wearables for companies like Apple and Fitbit.

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Apple's Tim Cook talks retail, manufacturing, encryption & more with Indian PM Modi

05/21/2016, 03:05 pm

As anticipated, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, talking about issues such as retail stores, manufacturing, and app development, according to reports.

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This week on AI: 2017 iPhone details, Buffett pumps $1B+ into AAPL, Cook's India trip & more

05/21/2016, 05:05 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook was on tour in India this week, but some of the most attention-grabbing news actually happened elsewhere, for instance giving a glimpse at what 2017 iPhones will look like, and solidifying Apple's financial future.

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