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Apple's ARKit release left Google flat-footed

02/14/2020, 01:02 pm

While Apple and Facebook push forward with augmented reality and virtual reality hardware, Google, burned by Google Glass and a late start to a smartphone AR framework, lags behind.


2000 iPhones doled out to quarantined cruise ship passengers

02/14/2020, 12:02 pm

Crew and holiday-makers quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship because of the coronavirus are being given iPhones for easy access to information, and online medical consultations.


Apple reopens Beijing stores with temperature checks, limited hours, crowd control

02/14/2020, 11:02 am

Beijing's Apple Stores are open for about half the hours that they are normally, and are subjecting visitors to temperature checks and maximum occupancy limits because of the coronavirus outbreak.


Review: Atta Gora Liberte headphones are a great blend of fashion and function

02/14/2020, 10:02 am

Reasonably priced and extra comfortable, the Atta Gora Liberte truly wireless earbuds cater to those who aren't looking to spend luxury earbud money just yet.


Apple's AirPods vs Samsung Galaxy Buds+ head-to-head

02/14/2020, 06:02 am

Samsung has launched its second attempt at taking on Apple's AirPods, with updates to battery life and speakers giving the Galaxy Buds+ a better chance against its main rival and the noise-canceling AirPods Pro, but does it do enough to warrant your attention?


YouTube TV to cancel subscriptions purchased through Apple in-app payments in March

02/13/2020, 08:02 pm

Google's YouTube unit this week informed YouTube TV customers of a change in policy that will see a discontinuation of subscriptions purchased through Apple's in-app payments mechanism, forcing users to subscribe elsewhere or cancel the service.


HomePod gains smart speaker marketshare in Q4, still lags far behind front runners

02/13/2020, 06:02 pm

Apple posted strong HomePod sales for the fourth quarter of 2019, according to new statistics shared Thursday, but its sales growth rate trails that of other top players and the device's overall marketshare sits well behind frontrunners Amazon and Google.


Apple liable for millions in unpaid wages after court rules retail worker bag checks illegal

02/13/2020, 05:02 pm

The California Supreme Court in a decision delivered on Thursday found Apple broke state law by not paying retail workers for the time they spent participating in mandatory bag and device searches, leaving the company liable for millions in unpaid wages.


Apple expands AR 'Quick Look' shopping tools to major retailer sites

02/13/2020, 02:02 pm

Retailers are getting new customizable buttons to help sell products to iPhone users utilizing ARKit's 'Quick Look' feature.


Machine learning could help Apple Maps fix bogus GPS coordinates

02/13/2020, 01:02 pm

Apple Maps may be able to provide its users with more accurate information about their location in the future, by using artificial intelligence to adjust GPS data when incorrect information or mistakes are detected in sensor readings.


Apple's 'CarKey' API could control your HomeKit smart lock in future

02/13/2020, 11:02 am

The sudden appearance of the 'CarKey API' may only be the beginning, as Apple is seemingly exploring how it can expand on its cryptographic-based device authentication to bring digital keys into other areas.


Beijing Apple Stores reopening on Feb 14, rest remain closed

02/13/2020, 08:02 am

Apple plans to reopen some of its Apple Stores in Beijing as the threat of the coronavirus continues to keep other locations closed.


Apple exploring HomeKit smart home update with device tracking, simple setup

02/13/2020, 07:02 am

Apple wants to expand the abilities of HomeKit by making it possible for devices to communicate with wall outlets, units which could potentially track the location of other HomeKit hardware, as well as potentially simplify the configuration of new HomeKit devices with others.


Foxconn refutes report on China factory restart timeline

02/12/2020, 10:02 pm

Foxconn on Wednesday invalidated a report that claimed the company plans to reopen a significant portion of its Chinese production force in February, though the firm failed to set the record straight with an official timeline.


Essential sees no way to ship the Gem phone and is closing down

02/12/2020, 03:02 pm

Essential is never going to ship the Gem smartphone, and is ending support for the Essential Phone and Newton Mail as the company shuts down.


Mobile World Congress 2020 canceled due to coronavirus outbreak

02/12/2020, 02:02 pm

The GSM Association has decided to cancel this year's Mobile World Congress, citing the health and safety of the city of Barcelona and show attendees as a major concern.


Sonnet debuts SF3 Series Pro Dual-Slot Thunderbolt 3 Card Reader

02/12/2020, 12:02 pm

Sonnet aims to help digital image technicians, photographers, and videographers transfer their data quickly and securely with a brand new Thunderbolt 3 card reader for CFexpress 2.0 Type B and XQD Media.


'iPhone 12' production may fall behind schedule because of coronavirus

02/12/2020, 12:02 pm

Apple may be shifting production of the "iPhone SE 2" to Taiwan while "iPhone 12" production could slip behind schedule, according to questionable speculation from within the supply chain.


Rumor: Apple developing 'AirPods Pro Lite' headphone model

02/12/2020, 12:02 am

A report outlining Apple's supply chain operations amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak mentions the company is working on a new headphone product called "AirPod[s] Pro Lite," a potential low-cost version of AirPods Pro or a next-generation AirPods.


Foxconn looks to restart half of China production facilities by end of February

02/11/2020, 11:02 pm

Apple partner Foxconn is reportedly working to return its China-based production capabilities to half strength by the end of February, a move that would bring vital supply lines back to life after being shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak.