There aren’t many details on what was discussed, but it’s apparently just one of a series of meetings the Obama administration has held recently with tech industry representatives about privacy and surveillance. Read more »
App makers say wearable computers will be just one of many screens we’ll use. And that means in the future they’ll be designing for the person, not a particular screen. Read more »
After recently adding on-demand sports (WatchESPN) and premium cable (HBOGo), Apple is reportedly going to get a 24-hour-a-day music video channel from Vevo. The music site already has ad-supported video programming available for its Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry apps, and channels on Apple TV competitors Xbox and Roku.
With Apple’s deal for buying chips from TSMC, the revenue for the chip foundry market is expected rise 21 percent by the end of this year. The overall semiconductor market is expected to grow just 5 percent. Read more »
More than a year after iTunes Movies in the Cloud rolled out in the U.S., Apple is continuing to expand the service’s availability. It will go live next in Austria, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Switzerland.
The feature lets users access past movie downloads to any of their other iOS or Apple TV devices. It is now available in more than 40 countries.
Still, Apple easily remained No. 2 behind the ever-growing market for Android smartphones, according to IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker Read more »
500px’s CEO says the company needs the investment to hire more people and build an entirely new 500px product: a commercial licensing platform to help photographers license their images for commercial use. Read more »
Developers can submit their HTML5 apps directly to Amazon and incorporate in-app purchase and other Amazon services. These apps will be sold alongside Android apps in the Amazon Appstore. Read more »
Paying with a phone has a long way to go with mobile users. Onavo Insights shared some data it gathered from users of its app over the past year to give a picture of how the biggest mobile payment apps are doing. Read more »
The Bloom will cost $80, the LightStrips $90, according to Engadget, who also reports that the new lights will join the original Hue bulb on Apple Store shelves starting this Thursday. Read more »
Apple on Monday said it would begin a new trade-in program to offer customers who owned iPhone, iPad and iPod power adapters not made by Apple a chance to get an authorized one for $10. That’s half what Apple would normally charge.
Anyone can turn in an old third-party USB power adapter to an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Retailer and get a new Apple-made model for $10, or the local equivalent. In the U.S. the take-back program begins Aug. 16. In China, where a woman was reportedly electrocuted using an iPhone adapter not sold by Apple, the program begins Aug. 9.
Smartphone sensors, readily available feeds of weather data are increasingly good data visualizations are resulting in more and better mobile weather apps. Here are a few to check out for iOS. Read more »
It’s been two and half weeks since Apple’s developer services went dark. The main services that app makers use to build their iOS and Mac apps returned after a week, and Apple has now given a new timeline for when most of the remaining services should be back up and running: by the end of this week. Apple has said that its developer website was accessed by “an intruder” and caused the company to rebuild its database and update its server software.
The world’s top five tablet makers all saw triple-digit growth in shipments during the second quarter — with the notable exception of Apple. The company’s iPad numbers were down year-over-year without a new iPad during the quarter. Read more »
Apple has an audit program to keep an eye on its crucial iPhone and iPad suppliers, but two of them are now under local scrutiny for exceeding China’s emissions standards. The Chinese government is investigating the dumping of toxic heavy metals into rivers near Foxconn and UniMicron circuit-board making plants outside of Shanghai.
Apple’s historically demonstrated little interest in hobnobbing with political power players and spending a lot of money on lobbying. But now that it’s finding it needs friends in high places, will the company change its tune? Read more »
Former SVP of Technologies Bob Mansfield will be mostly focused on chips, according to a new report. Two other top execs will split some of his former duties. Read more »
This is going to be a weekly offer, and the giveaways won’t be limited to apps; they will reportedly include games, songs/videos and ebooks. Read more »
These types of low-power technologies are super important for small mobile devices — say, a wearable device — because you need to be able to use a small battery to power them. Read more »
Users have a choice to knock down the amount of stuff they’re storing in iCloud to less than 5 GB — somewhat unrealistic and obviously a pain — or pay up for the amount they’re currently using. Read more »
The production ramp-up of the next-generation iPad mini is about to begin, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the 7.9-inch tablet will “likely” have a Retina display. That’s Apple’s high-definition display technology that’s already in the original iPad and the iPhone. Now that Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet is going to ship with its own extremely high-res display, people are looking to see if Apple will match it in specs with the iPad mini. Apple is also considering colored back panels of the mini’s casing, according to the report.
The iPhone isn’t the only newcomer: the joint effort by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will also work with Windows Mobile devices and BlackBerry phones. Isis says it will be available all over the U.S. by the end of this year. Read more »
Built by former Good Technology employees, Mynd helps users stay on top of their schedule and then lets them look back and see where they’ve been, who they met with and more. Read more »
While it has mapping data and navigation, the primary purpose of the app is to create personal maps that can be shared and collaborated on with friends. Read more »
iOS has long been the leader in mobile games by downloads and monetization. But Facebook’s effort comes at a time when some smaller developers are starting to rethink how they market and drive revenue to their apps on Apple’s increasingly crowded platform. Read more »
Local news reports say he’s in town to meet with mobile carriers, which would be the second such trip since January, and his third since he became CEO in late 2011. Read more »
The reassignment of longtime hardware engineering executive Bob Mansfield to a “special project,” along with some high-profile hires may be evidence Apple is getting serious about what comes next for the company. Read more »
China Labor Watch is set to release a report on Monday detailing workers’ rights abuses at Apple’s second-largest supplier. The Wall Street Journal reports the group will accuse Pegatron of using recruiters that are withholding some workers’ pay. Apple says it’s aware of some of the problems and working with Pegatron to fix them.
Is Apple working toward a way to ditch Nuance as the speech recognition engine in Siri someday? The hiring of a bunch of former Nuance engineers in a new Apple office in Boston shows the company is really interested in perfecting its own speech technologies.
The deal starts Saturday and also applies to other devices, including several Samsung Galaxy devices, Nokia Lumias, the HTC One and Sony Xperia. Read more »
New research shows 78 percent of iOS users chose another iPhone, while 67 percent of Android users stayed with Google’s OS. Blackberry users are generally choosing anything but Blackberry. Read more »
As of Thursday morning, out of the 15 services used by developers Apple showed that two of them were functional. By Friday evening, iOS, Mac and Safari Dev Centers returned, but there’s still more work for Apple to do. Read more »
Bucking iOS pricing and design trends, Algoriddim releases follow-up to Djay app for iPhone and iPad. Djay 2 is an upgrade you have to pay for, but the good news is that it’s cheaper than the original. Read more »
Services have historically been Apple’s weak spot and not much of a direct factor in its financial health. But that’s definitely changing as more people use iCloud, iTunes and the App Store. Read more »
Apple has found ways to keep the iPhone growing in emerging and also established markets. But it’s coming at the cost of slipping profit margins. Read more »
Apple announced its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, which saw iPhone sales grow nearly 20 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Read more »
Android phones and iPhones each accounted for about 30 percent of mobile ad impressions for Q2. But the iPad puts Apple over the top when it comes to overall mobile ad traffic, with 8 percent versus Android tablets’ less than 1 percent. Read more »
Amazon’s Kindle and Samsung’s Galaxy tablets are a very distant second and third in web usage among tablets in the U.S. and Canada. Read more »
It’s no secret why: the phone is free with a two-year contract. But how will customers’ choice of it over the latest model iPhone 5 end up impacting Apple’s earnings? Read more »