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Topic: iOS

Apple expects half of top US merchants will accept Apple Pay by end of 2015

06/05/2015, 09:06 am

Apple's work to expand the footprint of its iPhone-based mobile payment service continues more than half a year after its debut, and while the company expects to bring a number of large merchants on board before the end of 2015, though it appears to be an uphill battle.

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Apple TV leaps into first place as iOS dominates online video market, Adobe reports

06/04/2015, 04:06 pm

Adobe's Digital Index team on Thursday issued a report on video viewing and browsing ahead of Apple's WWDC, noting that Apple TV has doubled its share in premium video viewing to overtake Roku as iOS devices in general widen their lead over Android and other competitors.

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Skype fixes instant-crash messaging bug, Fantastical comes to Apple Watch

06/03/2015, 12:06 pm

Skype on Wednesday fixed a bug causing its apps to crash with a single message, while Flexibits released a new version of Fantastical 2 for the iPhone, adding an Apple Watch app.

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Microsoft buys out Wunderlist developer 6Wunderkinder

06/01/2015, 05:06 pm

Microsoft has forged an agreement to buy 6Wunderkinder -- the German developer behind to-do list app Wunderlist -- in a deal worth between $100 million and $200 million, a report said on Monday.

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Google I/O 2015 sets a low bar for Apple's WWDC to leap

05/30/2015, 09:05 pm

From all the breathless coverage detailing Google's I/O 2015 conference announcements, you might not have noticed that virtually all of what Google had to show this year were things Apple had already introduced over the past year (or long ago). Once hailed as being "more innovative" and faster at introducing new features, Android has become a slow follower.

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Apple details workaround for iOS Messages bug, permanent fix coming soon

05/28/2015, 11:05 pm

Apple on Thursday posted a support document detailing workarounds for a recently discovered bug that crashes the iOS Messages app when a specific text string is received.

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Google reveals Google Photos with free, unlimited photo and video storage [u]

05/28/2015, 02:05 pm

During the keynote presentation at its annual developers conference on Thursday, Google officially announced Google Photos, a new photo storage and backup service that offers unlimited storage for photos and videos.

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Study: Device users more responsive to Android app notifications than iOS

05/28/2015, 10:05 am

Mobile development services firm Urban Airship on Thursday released a study that found Android users are on average more than two times more responsive to push notifications than iOS device users.

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First look: Pixelmator for iPhone is a feature-packed mobile image editor

05/28/2015, 12:05 am

With its first iPhone app offering, Pixelmator stuffs in a dizzying array of photo editing tools normally restricted to more powerful devices like Mac and iPad, including full-featured image adjustment options, a wealth of paint brushes, layer support, effects, a polished design and much more.

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Apple Pay rewards program coming in June as Android Pay looms, report says

05/27/2015, 08:05 pm

Apple is reportedly set to announce a rewards program next month that will give perks to customers using Apple Pay, a long-rumored feature that could escalate the stakes in what appears to be a coming battle with Google's competing Android Pay service.

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Target looks to support Apple Pay once POS system upgrades complete

05/27/2015, 07:05 pm

Target CEO Brian Cornell on Wednesday said his company wants to integrate Apple Pay across its retail chain, but must first install point-of-sale technology with chip and PIN or chip and signature technology to conform to the latest security standards.

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Apple Store app partners with Postmates for same-day deliveries

05/27/2015, 05:05 pm

In an update to the Apple Store iOS app on Wednesday, Apple added integration with on-demand logistics service Postmates to offer customers same-day deliveries as an alternative to in-store pickups.

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Apple's iOS drives 75% of Google's mobile advertising revenue

05/27/2015, 10:05 am

Despite the ever-increasing competition between Google and Apple, iOS remains an exceptionally important advertising platform for the search giant, with one Wall Street estimate attributing as much as three-quarters of Google's mobile ad revenue to users of Apple's devices.

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Bug in iOS Unicode handling crashes iPhones with a simple text

05/26/2015, 11:05 pm

A peculiar iOS bug apparently that allows pranksters to crash a victim's iPhone by sending a text message from their own iPhone containing what appears to be a single line of seemingly innocuous Arabic script.

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Snapchat might abandon hold-to-view UI, takes wait and see approach to Apple Watch app

05/26/2015, 10:05 pm

Speaking at Re/code's Code Conference on Tuesday, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said the ephemeral messaging firm is tossing around the idea of ditching its familiar hold-to-view user interface, a change that could help pave the way for an Apple Watch app version.

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Microsoft bringing Cortana to Apple's iOS via Windows 10 Phone Companion

05/26/2015, 09:05 am

iOS is set to become the epicenter of a battle between personal digital assistant technologies from Apple, Google, and Microsoft, as the Windows maker revealed Tuesday that Cortana would join Siri and Google Now on Apple's mobile platform.

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Apple Maps in China offer a sneak peek at what's in store for Maps in iOS 9

05/23/2015, 02:05 pm

Apple has gobbled up mapping market share on iOS (and the Mac) since introducing its own alternative to Google Maps back in 2012, despite lacking a variety of key features. Hints at how Apple Maps may soon improve are coming from a seemingly unlikely source: China.

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Google adding fingerprint support to 'Android M' - report

05/22/2015, 12:05 pm

The next version of Google's Android mobile operating system will reportedly bring system-wide support for fingerprint authentication, paving the way for more Android devices to adopt Touch ID-style biometrics.

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Apple Store app updated with two-step authentication, deeper Touch ID integration

05/21/2015, 09:05 pm

Apple on Thursday updated its Apple Store app for iOS with more comprehensive Touch ID support and a new two-factor authentication feature for securing users' Apple ID accounts.

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Apple highlights accessibility in iOS apps, Apple Watch for Global Awareness Accessibility Day

05/21/2015, 05:05 pm

In recognition of Global Awareness Accessibility Day on May 21, Apple has showcased a series of iOS apps and published a podcast highlighting its efforts to make Apple Watch easy to use for people with disabilities.

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