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WWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice vs. Amazon's Alexa Echo, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana

06/09/2016, 10:06 am

While a variety of tech commentators have played up a dramatic "voice-first" rivalry ostensibly led by the Amazon Echo, a yet-unreleased Google Home and Microsoft's Cortana (and apparently miserably trailed by Apple's Siri), real data shows that's not actually the case.


Apple Maps transit directions come to Atlanta, Miami & UK's National Rail

06/09/2016, 09:06 am

Apple on Thursday expanded the availability of Maps transit directions to the US cities of Atlanta and Miami, and to National Rail lines in the United Kingdom.


Apple announces it will offer App Store subscriptions to all apps, take smaller 15% cut

06/08/2016, 01:06 pm

In the near future, Apple will be shifting to a new revenue sharing model for apps -- one that more heavily favors subscription services than one-time or in-app purchases, marketing head Phil Schiller revealed on Wednesday. The company also plans to begin allowing search ads in the App Store this fall.


UberPOOL for iPhone adds estimated arrival time, promises $2 credit if you're late

06/08/2016, 09:06 am

iPhone users looking to save money on an Uber ride in L.A. can now view estimated arrival times for the company's UberPOOL option, and they'll even receive a $2 credit toward their next trip if the ETA is missed.


Apple's 'Hey Siri' helps mom call ambulance, saves life of baby

06/07/2016, 10:06 pm

Siri is expected to gain volumes of new skills if and when Apple releases a rumored software development kit, but it was the virtual assistant's existing abilities that recently proved critical in preserving the life of a baby girl.


CurrentC inches closer to death as Apple Pay adds over 30 banks

06/07/2016, 07:06 pm

Payments industry hopeful CurrentC continued its slow death march on Tuesday, announcing plans to officially end beta testing later in June without plans for wider rollout. In related news, Apple Pay this week gained support from more than 30 U.S. banks and credit unions.


After Apple's objections, UK removes encryption backdoors from Investigatory Powers Bill before passing

06/07/2016, 05:06 pm

The U.K. House of Commons has passed a limited version of its Investigatory Powers Bill after removing controversial elements that would have demanded that manufacturers like Apple to weaken or build backdoors into their encryption products.


iTunes U expands cloud support, new Google app turns Live Photos into GIFs

06/07/2016, 04:06 pm

Apple on Tuesday released an important update to its iTunes U iOS app, adding features like a cloud-capable document picker. Google meanwhile debuted Motion Stills, an iPhone app that creates unusual GIFs based on Live Photos.


Grubhub, Seamless app updates add Apple Pay checkout option

06/03/2016, 07:06 pm

Apple Pay gained the support of two major on-demand food delivery services on Friday, as Grubhub included Apple's payments service as a checkout option in updates to its Grubhub and Seamless iOS apps.


Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for iCloud and CloudKit

06/03/2016, 01:06 pm

Apple is often thought of as a hardware company, but an increasingly important segment of its business now relates to online services. Here's a look at what we're likely to see about the future of iCloud and CloudKit from Apple at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.


Face palm, pregnant woman among 72 new emoji coming with Unicode 9.0

06/02/2016, 09:06 pm

The Unicode Consortium on Thursday announced and published samples of 72 new emoji characters set for release as part of Unicode 9.0 in June, including what is sure to be a crowd favorite: the cucumber.


Apple hires luxury car satellite navigation engineer Sinisa Durekovic

06/02/2016, 05:06 pm

The software engineer who led development of satellite navigation systems for a variety of luxury carmakers including Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, has been working for Apple since October.


Apple Pay transactions totaled $10.9B in 2015, suffers growing pains, report says

06/01/2016, 09:06 pm

Apple customers who provisioned credit and debit cards with Apple Pay made $10.9 billion in purchases in 2015, a report said Wednesday, suggesting the nascent payments service is -- slowly -- gaining momentum as the company expands beyond core markets.


Giveaway: Win a baseball, basketball or golf sensor and app from Blast Motion

05/31/2016, 12:05 pm

Blast Motion is partnering with AppleInsider to offer readers the chance to win their choice of a baseball, basketball or golf sensor complete with app. And arguably the best part of this week's giveaway is that there are 10 sensors up for grabs.


Apple's iPhone is no Blackberry: a closer look at AI and the world's biggest company

05/30/2016, 07:05 pm

Last week, developer Marco Arment suggested in a blog posting that if Apple were to fail to grasp the potential for voice-based Artificial Intelligence to change the nature of smartphone demand, the company's core revenue generator could suffer the same fate as RIM's Blackberry, which a decade prior had similarly failed to see the importance of iPhone's advanced multitouch experience until it was too late to do anything about it.


How to watch this week's NBA and NHL finals on your iPhone

05/30/2016, 09:05 am

It's championship season for both hockey and basketball -- the NHL Stanley Cup Final kicks off Monday night, while the NBA Finals matchup will be set after game seven of the Western Conference Finals. Here's how to watch all of this week's action on the go with your iPhone.


Twitter for iOS gets 'Peek and Pop' 3D Touch gesture support, Google adds AMP integration

05/27/2016, 09:05 pm

Ubiquitous microblogging service Twitter on Friday released an updated version of its iOS app with native support for in-app "Peek and Pop" 3D Touch gestures, while Google refreshed its flagship search app with integrated Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology.


Samsung to bring web-based 'SamsungPay Mini' to iPhones - report

05/27/2016, 10:05 am

The expanding electronic payments battle between Apple, Google, and Samsung will reportedly reach a new front next month as the South Korean firm is said to be readying a new web-based option that would enable iPhone users to make online payments via SamsungPay.


Apple eyes Apple Pay expansion into Asia and Europe, looks to roll out in 'every significant market'

05/27/2016, 02:05 am

Addressing this week's Apple Pay expansion in Singapore, segment vice president Jennifer Bailey said Apple is "working rapidly" to deploy the payments platform in Asia and Europe on the way to launching in every major market the company's products are sold.


Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay support to six models, report says

05/24/2016, 08:05 pm

Korean carmaker Hyundai plans to integrate CarPlay compatibility into a total of eight 2015 and 2016 vehicles, bringing the firm closer to offering Apple's infotainment system across its entire lineup.