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Amazon Alexa's 'Follow-Up Mode' enables successive requests without trigger word

03/09/2018, 08:03 pm

In an attempt to stay one step ahead of the virtual assistant competition, like Apple and Google, Amazon recently released a new feature that allows users to ask multiple questions in succession without repeating the "Alexa" wake word.


Intel reportedly poised to make defensive Broadcom bid amidst chip industry tumult

03/09/2018, 06:03 pm

In mulling its options over Broadcom's attempt to takeover embattled chip maker Qualcomm, Intel is reportedly considering an acquisition of Broadcom itself, a move designed to thwart the creation of a major industry competitor.


Apple HomePod sales 'underwhelming,' AirPods still growing, analyst says

03/09/2018, 12:03 pm

Sales of Apple's first smartspeaker, the HomePod, have so far been "underwhelming," according to a Barclays analyst, citing a week-long trip his team spent meeting companies in Apple's Asian supply chain.


Google looking to turn aspects of AMP caching technology into wider Web standard

03/09/2018, 11:03 am

Google is hoping to have technology from its Accelerated Mobile Pages -- currently used as a more open, though Google-preferred alternative to Apple News or Facebook Instant Pages -- adopted as a broader Web standard.


Apple's Swift rises into top 10 programming languages, swapping places with Objective-C

03/09/2018, 09:03 am

Apple's open-source Swift has just broken into the top 10 programming languages, according to a quarterly ranking, in the process supplanting its predecessor on Apple platforms, Objective-C.


Apple tops list of most 'intimate' brands among millennials

03/09/2018, 09:03 am

Apple has claimed the top spot among millennials in a survey designed to discover the most "intimate" brands, according to marketing firm MBLM.


Apple slapped with patent suit over Siri's natural language abilities

03/09/2018, 01:03 am

Non-practicing entity Portal Communications on Thursday filed suit against Apple for alleged infringement of three patents related to natural language voice and audio query systems, technology similar to that of the company's Siri virtual assistant.


Apple real estate VP who played integral role in Apple Park, other developments to retire

03/09/2018, 12:03 am

Apple's VP of real estate and development Dan Whisenhunt, who played an important role in the realization of Apple Park and the company's expansion beyond Cupertino, is retiring after more than ten years of service.


Apple reportedly interested in streaming shows produced by Barack Obama

03/08/2018, 11:03 pm

Netflix is reportedly in advanced talks to secure a slate of shows produced by former President Barack Obama, but if negotiations fall through, Apple and a handful of other streaming service providers are supposedly waiting in the wings.


Kuo: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 unlikely to feature under-display fingerprint recognition

03/08/2018, 10:03 pm

Though previous rumor and speculation pegged Samsung to incorporate cutting edge under-display fingerprint recognition technology in its upcoming Galaxy Note 9, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now believes the feature will not be ready in time for an expected release later this year.


Watch: Cheaper HomePod rumored to debut this year

03/08/2018, 06:03 pm

The HomePod is Apple's first step into a world of smart speakers that can do everything from stream music to control all of your smart home devices. The main downside is that it's priced at a hefty $349, more than many people are willing to pay for a smart speaker.


Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple Music, App Stores commemorate International Women's Day celebrations

03/08/2018, 11:03 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook quoted Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai on Twitter, as one of a number of ways Apple is commemorating International Women's Day on March 8, celebrating the achievements of women and commemorating the movement for women's rights.


Samsung Galaxy S9 review roundup: Predictable smartphone plagued by 'creepy' AR Emoji, issue-prone security

03/08/2018, 10:03 am

Reviewers of the Samsung Galaxy S9 have praised the South Korean giant's flagship ahead of its release, but while it is considered to be one of the best Android devices on the market, the similarity with the Galaxy S8's design and underwhelming new features suggest it is a bit of a misstep for Apple's main rival.


Guns N' Roses' singer Axl Rose compares Apple CEO Tim Cook to Donald Trump

03/08/2018, 09:03 am

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has attacked Apple CEO Tim Cook on Twitter, calling him the "Donald Trump of the music industry," but while the cryptic tweet is believed to be an insult, it is unknown exactly what Rose is trying to say in the unexpected message.


Apple Supplier Responsibility Report reveals uptick in violations, announces new women's health program

03/07/2018, 09:03 pm

Apple released its annual Supplier Responsibility Report on Wednesday, revealing a small uptick in number of labor, human rights and environmental violations, while at the same time touting progress in those same areas and announcing a new women's health initiative.


California to introduce 'right to repair' bill, joins 17 other states in consumer initiative

03/07/2018, 08:03 pm

California on Wednesday became the latest state to ready so-called "right to repair" legislation that would require companies like Apple to provide consumers and third-party repair outlets access to repair information, diagnostic equipment and parts.


Apple holds first in-school coding session for visually impaired students

03/07/2018, 07:03 pm

In an expansion to its Everyone Can Code educational initiative, Apple on Wednesday held its first in-school session for visually impaired students, helping participants write code that was then used to fly drones.


Apple axed 10 smelters and refiners from supply chain in 2017, maintains 100 percent participation in conflict mineral audit

03/07/2018, 06:03 pm

Apple issued its annual Conflict Minerals Report for the 2017 calendar year to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, noting the removal of 10 smelters and refiners that failed to participate with third-party audits in a timely manner, while another 6 were axed by partner suppliers.


Rumor: Apple working on cheaper HomePod for launch this year

03/07/2018, 05:03 pm

A somewhat questionable report out of Taiwan on Wednesday says Apple is working on more affordable editions of stalwart product lines including iPhone, iPad and Mac, as well as a lower priced HomePod.


FBI chief continues his demand for law enforcement access to encrypted iPhones and other devices

03/07/2018, 03:03 pm

FBI Director Christopher Wray has continued his fight to make it easier to defeat the encryption-based security of devices like Apple's iPhone, declaring in a speech at Boston College that these security systems could be designed in a way to help law enforcement agencies, as well as updating laws to keep up with changes in technology.