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AppGratis Irks Apple, Gets Yanked from App Store

April 10, 2013 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple has pulled the popular app recommendation service AppGratis from the Apple App Store. AppGratis is essentially a Groupon for apps. The company partners with app developers to highlight and review apps and deals through its iOS app...

App Downloads Rise 11 Percent Quarterly, Hit $2.2B in Revenue

April 9, 2013 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

App downloads across the four leading digital storefronts totaled more than 13.4 billion in the first quarter of 2013, marking an 11 percent increase quarterly. Without revenue sharing taken into account, that total was enough to post $2.2 billion in revenue for all stores combined.

Judge Deals Blow to High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 8, 2013 10:43 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge on Friday struck down an effort to form a class action lawsuit to go after Apple, Google and five other technology companies for allegedly forming an illegal cartel to tamp down workers' wages and prevent the loss of their best engineers...

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Report: Apple to Release Updated Phone This Summer

April 3, 2013 9:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is set for a possible summer launch of the next iPhone, rather than a fall launch like the last two models, according to a report Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal. Apple Inc. is also working on a cheaper iPhone model that could win...

Goldman Takes Apple Stock off 'Preferred' List

April 3, 2013 8:59 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Goldman Sachs dropped Apple off its list of most highly recommended stocks Tuesday as it joined other analysts in reducing expectations for a company that hasn't had a revolutionary new product since the iPad in 2010. Goldman analyst Bill Shope...

Apple Apologizes in China After Service Criticism

April 2, 2013 9:41 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple apologized to Chinese consumers after government media attacked its repair policies for two weeks in a campaign that reeked of economic nationalism. A statement Apple posted in Chinese on its website Monday said the complaints had...

New Book Shares Insights From Steve Jobs' 1st Boss

March 28, 2013 10:05 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Steve Jobs adopted "think different" as Apple's mantra in the late 1990s, the company's ads featured Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Amelia Earhart and a constellation of other starry-eyed oddballs who reshaped society.

Report: DOD Writes Order for 600K iOS Devices

March 21, 2013 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In yet another blow to BlackBerry's core customer base, the Department of Defense (DOD) may be readying an order of 600,000 iOS devices. According to a report from Electronista, the DOD has finished extensive testing of BlackBerry's new...

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Report: Smartphones Account for 93 Percent of Gross Handset Profits

March 20, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Smartphone margins are where it's at if you're a handset manufacturer these days. According to a new report from IHS iSuppli, smartphones accounted for 87 percent of handset industry revenue in 2012 and a staggering 93 percent of gross profits...

Exec: Samsung has a Smart Watch in the Works

March 19, 2013 9:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Even though Apple’s smart watch plans have yet to be confirmed, rival Samsung has gone on record saying it has an answer in the works for the Cupertino’s rumored device. Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, told Bloomberg that Samsung has been preparing a watch product for “so long.” He offered no additional details about the watch.

BlackBerry CEO: iPhone’s User Interface “Old”

March 18, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Less than a week from when BlackBerry’s Z10 will make its debut on AT&T, the company’s CEO is taking shots at Apple. In an interview with Australian Financial Review, Thorsten Heins showed reverence for the iPhone and its user interface but also seemed to indicate that Apple had fallen behind in regards to innovation, pointing out that the iPhone UI is “five years old.”

Report: Android Tablets to Grab Market Share Lead From Apple in 2013

March 13, 2013 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Android tablets are forecast to snag a 48.8 percent share of the worldwide tablet market in 2013 while Apple will drop to 46 percent. International Data Corporation (IDC) has revised its expected global tablet shipment numbers for this year to 190.9 million from its previous prediction of 172.4 million.

Report: iOS Growth Beats Android in 4Q

March 6, 2013 2:39 pm | by By Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As much as Apple has been taking it on the chin from Wall Street, the iPhone maker still takes the top OEM spot in U.S. smartphone market share for the three-month period ending in January, according to the latest numbers from ComScore...

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Buyer Beware: Future-proofing Can Save You Some Heartache

March 4, 2013 10:02 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

When the stars align for handset and network technology, it must be a thing of beauty. Match an LTE-enabled handset with an LTE network and magic happens. But I wouldn’t know about that because I foolishly bought a 4G phone on a two-year contract five months before LTE was turned on in my market. And it’s killing me inside.

Report: “iWatch” Could See Release by End of 2013

March 4, 2013 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

At a meeting last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised “great stuff” to come and that promised innovation has become increasingly rumored to be a smart watch. Now Bloomberg has lent a little more fuel to the speculative fire by hinting that an “iWatch” could hit the market by the end of 2013.

Samsung's $1B Bill in Apple Case Reduced by $450M

March 4, 2013 9:25 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two biggest — and bitterest — rivals in the smartphone market will have to endure another bruising trial after a federal judge ruled that jurors miscalculated nearly half the $1 billion in damages it found Samsung Electronics owed Apple Inc. for patent infringement.

Leap Wireless Stuck With iPhone Stockpile

February 28, 2013 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Leap Wireless said it may only sell half as many iPhones as promised in its contract with Apple. The Cricket Wireless company told the Wall Street Journal that the slow sales could leave it with as much as $100 million worth of unsold iPhones by the middle of this year when the first year of its contract ends.

Smart Watches Gain Interest and Popularity

February 28, 2013 9:46 am | by Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — On a sunny day at a picnic table in Silicon Valley, Eric Migicovsky glanced down at his wristwatch. He wasn't checking the time, he was checking his email. Glancing up, he grinned. The message was from yet another journalist.

Apple CEO Promises Investors 'Great Stuff' to Come

February 27, 2013 3:56 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook sought to assure shareholders Wednesday that the company is working on some "great stuff" that may help reverse a sharp decline in its stock price. True to Apple's secretive nature, Cook didn't provide any further product details...

Pentagon Looks to Support iOS, Android in Addition to Blackberry

February 26, 2013 3:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Department of Defense today issued its Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan geared toward securely opening up its networks to devices from multiple platforms. Lt. Col. Damien Pickart said the initiative is not a BYOD program, but simply a more cost-effective solution and a move toward mobile interoperability for both its unclassified and classified devices.

Report: iPhone 5 Top Smartphone Globally

February 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple moved 27.4 million iPhone 5 units globally in the fourth quarter of 2012, more than any other smartphone and good enough to claim 12.6 percent of the world smartphone market share. A new report from Strategy Analytics said this is the first time the Apple flagship has been sold the most in the world.

Wozniak Says Post-Jobs Apple Must Continue to Innovate

February 20, 2013 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says his old company must continue to lead the way in mobile technology or else lose its cool to competitors like Samsung and HTC. In an interview with Bloomberg, Wozniak said that Apple should consider opening...

Mailbox App Review: Return to Sender

February 13, 2013 5:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

As much as it pains me to say it, the new iOS app, Mailbox from Orchestra, will not revolutionize email as we know it. In fact, it’s only a hair better than the Gmail experience it aims to improve. I've had about a week to play around with Mailbox, and I have to say...

Cook: Apple Doing What's Best for Investors

February 12, 2013 11:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid declining share prices and criticisms from all sides, Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company does not have a "depression era" mentality and will continue to use its enormous cash reserves to invest in the company, while simulataneously giving back to shareholders...

9 Things Apple Could do With $137B

February 11, 2013 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Corporations normally don't hoard cash the way Apple does. They keep enough around for immediate needs, and either invest the rest in their operations or dole it out to shareholders in the form of dividends or stock buybacks. If they need more cash for, say, an acquisition, they borrow it.

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