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Analysts claim only 850K BlackBerry phones sold in 2017 as paid apps leave BlackBerry World app store

02/28/2018, 11:02 am

A mere 850,000 BlackBerry-branded phones were shipped in all of 2017, according to estimates. Further marking the decline of the company's brand, BlackBerry World -- which hosts apps for the BB10 operating system -- will soon lose any remaining paid titles.


Apple makes Chinese transfer of iCloud data official, raising privacy concerns

02/28/2018, 09:02 am

As planned, Apple on Wednesday transferred control of its Chinese iCloud data to a local firm, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data. The move is necessary to comply with local laws, but has drawn criticism for exposing customers to the authoritarian Chinese government.


Scammer pilfers $75,000 in bitcoin from Steve Wozniak

02/28/2018, 08:02 am

A sale of the bitcoin cryptocurrency ending in a credit card chargeback resulted in Wozniak losing seven bitcoins with nothing to show for it.


Activists call for boycott of Apple and Amazon over National Rifle Association streaming app

02/28/2018, 01:02 am

Following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., gun control activists are calling for a 24-hour boycott of Apple and Amazon as the two companies host the National Rifle Association's NRAtv channel on their respective platforms.


Video: Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo 2nd generation

02/27/2018, 08:02 pm

Apple's HomePod is more than twice as expensive as Amazon's second-generation Echo, incorporates a less capable virtual assistant in Siri and is limited to Apple's ecosystem of service. So why would anyone choose it? It's all about sound quality.


Amazon acquires smart doorbell manufacturer Ring, HomeKit still on the way [u]

02/27/2018, 04:02 pm

App-enabled doorbell manufacturer Ring has been bought by Amazon, adding to its lineup of security-related home automation products -- but work and certification of HomeKit for the Ring Pro and Floodlight are still ongoing.


Apple granted patent using hinged OLED screen as a dynamic iPad or Mac keyboard

02/27/2018, 12:02 pm

Apple's new "dual display" patent could potentially allow for a future MacBook or iPad to use a second screen in place of a keyboard, eschewing physical keys.


Apple said to have lured away Twitter, Palm, Kleiner Perkins veteran Michael Abbott with AI and machine learning

02/27/2018, 11:02 am

Apple has reportedly recruited Michael Abbott, who has a long history in the tech industry -- most notably serving as Twitter's VP of engineering, and heading up Palm's webOS team.


EU says it may withdraw court case if Ireland recovers full $16B from Apple

02/27/2018, 10:02 am

The European Commission is willing to withdraw its court case against the Irish government for failing to collect some $16 billion in back taxes from Apple -- but only if the country collects the full amount, the E.U.'s Competition Commissioner said in an interview.


Early benchmarks shows Samsung Galaxy S9 well behind iPhone X in processor performance

02/27/2018, 09:02 am

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a slower processor than the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, according to early benchmarks of Samsung's new device, after tests of the Android smartphone's Exynos 9810 chip reveal it to lag far behind the Apple-created A10 and A11 processors.


Apple to launch 'AC Wellness' clinics for employees in spring, centers will serve as testing ground for health products

02/27/2018, 01:02 am

Apple this spring will launch a network of health clinics under the "AC Wellness" banner, with the independent health centers initially dedicated to servicing company employees and their families.


California green-lights driverless car testing statewide, operations can begin in April

02/26/2018, 10:02 pm

As anticipated, the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday received approval from the California Office of Administrative Law to enact a set of regulations that will allow companies to test remotely operated autonomous vehicles on public roads.


Watch: How to stream music on HomePod using iTunes Match

02/26/2018, 05:02 pm

There are a few options by which to stream music directly from HomePod, the main contender being Apple's monthly subscription service Apple Music. But if you, like many others, have built up an extensive iTunes library over the years, iTunes Match offers the biggest bang for your buck.


Apple HomePod preorders outpaced all other smartspeakers, except Amazon Echo Dot

02/26/2018, 03:02 pm

Priced at $349, the Apple HomePod saw more pent-up demand at launch than virtually all of its competition, save for one budget-priced smartspeaker: Amazon's $50-and-under Echo Dot.


Samsung delays its Bixby-powered HomePod competitor into second half of 2018

02/26/2018, 02:02 pm

Samsung's attempt to take on Apple's HomePod, Amazon's Alexa range and other smart speakers will apparently arrive far later than originally expected, after Samsung's mobile chief advised the Bixby-powered audio device will be making its debut in the second half of this year.


Microsoft's international data privacy fight moves to U.S. Supreme Court

02/26/2018, 11:02 am

The Surpreme Court will on Tuesday hear arguments in a long-running case between the U.S. government and Microsoft, following the latter's 2013 refusal to turn over data stored on an Irish server, demanded as part of a drug trafficking investigation.


Apple confirms use of Google cloud services to store iCloud user data

02/26/2018, 10:02 am

Apple has confirmed it is using Google's cloud storage services to hold iCloud user data, with a notification in a security document effectively acknowledging rumors from 2016 suggesting Apple is paying Google alongside other major third-party companies for access to their cloud infrastructure.


Proposed EU law could require companies like Apple to share data from foreign servers

02/26/2018, 10:02 am

The European Union is reportedly working on legislation that would require companies to provide customers' personal data for law enforcement even if it's being kept on servers outside of the region.


Google brings ARCore out of beta, raising challenge to Apple's ARKit

02/26/2018, 09:02 am

Google has launched version 1.0 of its ARCore SDK, signaling the first real salvo in a fight with Apple for developer support in augmented reality.


Apple CEO Tim Cook will co-chair China Development Forum in March

02/26/2018, 08:02 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be making another trip to China in March to co-chair the China Development Forum, an event where business leaders meet with officials from the country's government, with Cook likely to use the opportunity to improve Apple's relations with the country's leadership and to attract more customers from the region.