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Album Releases and Mobile Events Don’t Mix

September 16, 2014 2:16 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

How many more artists must cash in credibility to hitch their wagon to a smartphone star? How many more manufacturers must package inessential music with their hero phones? The answer remains unclear but until the practice stops, complaints about unauthorized downloads and privacy invasion will continue to steal some thunder from perfectly good smartphones.

Apple Releases Tool to Remove Free U2 Album

September 16, 2014 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Some iPhone users are not happy...

Apple Wows with Sept. 9 iPhone 6, Apple Watch Unveiling

September 15, 2014 4:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

On Sept. 9, Apple unveiled its hotly anticipated new iPhones, as well as the forthcoming Apple...

Apple iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Exceed Supply

September 15, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Phones will be available on a walk-in basis...

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Review: Apple Watch Looks to Be Another Winner

September 11, 2014 10:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Beyond looks, it's great that the Apple Watch isn't simply adopting the smartphone way of doing things. The operating system, Watch OS, was designed specifically for the watch, and its interface relies heavily on the dial to the right, known as the digital crown. Competing watches tend to emphasize the voice and touch controls found on phones.

Industry, Consumers Await Today's iPhone Announcement

September 9, 2014 10:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is likely to provide the first peek at its wearable device at an event set to begin at 10 a.m. PDT in the same Silicon Valley auditorium where Apple's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, unveiled the industry-shifting Mac computer 25 years ago.

Analysts: iPhone 6 Has to Be Bigger, Better Than Competition

September 8, 2014 12:11 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

BTIG estimates that at AT&T, which has the highest iPhone install base, only 22 percent of that base was eligible for an upgrade. Coming up on the next iPhone release, due to the new Mobile Share Value plan, BTIG estimates 55 percent of AT&T iPhone customers will be eligible.

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Apple's Larger iPhone Poised to Drive Phablet Market

September 5, 2014 11:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD, noted that while interest among U.S. consumers in larger screen smartphones is growing, sales growth has been relatively disappointing over the past two years due to Apple’s dominance of the market with smaller phones. 

Apple to Beef Up Security Protocol After Celebrity Photo Thefts

September 5, 2014 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Apple maintains that its iCloud has not been hacked, the company did admit in a statement on its website that "certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions." 

Apple Shares Take Hit as New Samsung Phones Launch

September 4, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note Edge phone, which has a side display for quicker access to the flashlight, Twitter, news and other apps. It also showed off a new Galaxy Note 4 phone and a virtual-reality headset for the phone called Gear VR to watch concerts or play games.

Apple Working with Banks, Retailers on NFC-Capable Mobile Wallet

September 2, 2014 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that when paired with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint reader, users will be able to pay securely for items by simply placing their finger on the home button. While rumors of NFC capability have preceded the launch of the last three iPhone models, Apple has yet to include the functionality in its smarpthones. 

Confirmed: Apple Event Set for September 9

August 28, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Re/code's John Paczkowski was first to report that Apple would launch its next iPhone on September 9. Just yesterday, Paczkowski reported that the event may produce a wearable, possibly an 'iWatch.'Most reports now have Apple eventually releasing two versions of its iPhone—one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.5-inch display. The latter is expected later in the year. 

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Report: Apple Unveiling Wearable Device at iPhone Event Sept. 9

August 28, 2014 11:26 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple will unveil a wearable alongside its new iPhones on Sept. 9, according to Recode. Recode doesn’t specify what kind of wearable but it likely will be Apple’s rumored “iWatch.” The report does indicate Apple’s wearable will feature heavy integration of both the HealthKit and HomeKit frameworks unveiled for iOS 8.

Apple Loses Bid to Block Sales of 9 Samsung Phones

August 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone. The amount was well below the $2.2 billion in damages that Apple had been seeking in the latest round of legal wrangling between the world's two leading smartphone makers since the tussle began four years ago.

CTIA Preps Super Mobility Week Keynote Stage for iPhone Launch

August 27, 2014 3:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"When you think about it, the forty thousand people in the industry who will be affected most by this announcement will not be in Silicon Valley, they're going to be in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo," Mesirow said, referring to the throngs of mobile executives in attendance at Super Moblity.

Best Buy CEO Doesn’t Expect “Huge Lift” From iPhone 6

August 27, 2014 12:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The struggling electronics retailer had earlier in the year displayed cautious excitement over what new Apple products could mean to its sales. But Joly said the impact from phones coming out this year will be minimized because many consumers already have them and Best Buy is unsure about how many devices it will receive.

Los Angeles Schools Halt iPad Deal Amid Criticism

August 27, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy on Tuesday suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc.

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Thermal Imaging Coming to iPhone

August 25, 2014 9:36 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple stores started selling the $349 FLIR One this week. It puts thermal imaging within reach of people who probably have never considered it before, and it opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. Warm things show up bright on the iPhone screen, while cold things are dark. It's like everything glows with its own light.

Report: iPhone 6 Display Woes Could Limit Availability

August 22, 2014 11:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Production for the iPhone 6 display disrupted as Apple is redesigning a “key component,” according to Reuters. The report points to a display backlight needing to be reworked because it was not bright enough. Reuters sources couldn’t say if the redesign would delay the device’s launch or limit the availability of the new iPhones during the initial release.

Analyst: China Mobile Could Help Band 41 Support Make it Into New iPhone

August 21, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

China Mobile might be able to help convince Apple to put Band 41 support in the new iPhone, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk. The move would be a boost to Sprint, whose massive holdings in the 2.5 GHz Band didn’t factor into the LTE support in the current iPhone models. Sprint took possession of that swath of spectrum after last year acquiring Clearwire.

Apple's Stock Bounces Back to Hit a New High

August 20, 2014 10:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple's shares reached its previous split-adjusted peak of $100.72 in September 2012.

Samsung Buys SmartThings for Reported $200 Million

August 15, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung snapped up SmartThings, an open-platform connected home company. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal but Recode cited sources saying the price tag for SmartThings came in around $200 million. That total matches up with reports that surfaced in July about Samsung’s possible bid for the home automation company.

Apple Nixes Toxic Chemicals from iPhone

August 14, 2014 8:53 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A four-month investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that benzene and n-hexane endangered the roughly 500,000 people who work at the plants, according to Apple. No traces of the chemicals were detected at 18 of the factories and the amounts found at the other four factories fell within acceptable safety levels, the Cupertino, California, company said.

Samsung Outs 4.7-inch Metal-Frame Galaxy Alpha

August 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung today took the wraps off the Galaxy Alpha, a 4.7-inch smartphone that eschews the OEM’s propensity toward plastic in favor of a metal-framed design. The Alpha’s 6.7 millimeter-thick body and 115 gram heft bring it in well under the size and weight of Samsung’s current flagship, the Galaxy S5. Of course the Alpha’s display is smaller than the S5’s 5.1-inch screen.

Cook: Apple Employee Diversity Unsatisfactory

August 13, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are filled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple's technology workforce throughout the world. The iPhone and iPad maker didn't provide racial statistics for its global workforce of 98,000 employees.

Judge Rejects Settlement over Tech Hiring Practices

August 11, 2014 8:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The settlement would have been paid by Apple, Google Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. The lawsuit alleges they and three other companies — Intuit Inc., Pixar Animation and Lucasfilm — secretly agreed not to recruit each other's workers at various junctures from 2005 through 2009.

Samsung, Apple Easing Off Legal Fight

August 6, 2014 9:48 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

"Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States," the South Korean company said in a statement. "This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts."

Report: Apple Launching New iPhones Sept. 9

August 5, 2014 3:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple will hold an iPhone event on Sept. 9, according to Re/code. The date, falling on a traditional Tuesday for iPhone announcements, comes from John Paczkowski. Last year, his colleague Ina Fried—back when both worked at All Things D—correctly reported the iPhone 5S and 5C would be announced on Sept. 10. The current iPhone models were then released on Sept. 20.

Report: Xiaomi Rises to Top Smartphone Maker in China

August 5, 2014 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to new numbers from research firm Canalys, Xiaomi has risen from being a niche player to become the leading smart phone vendor in the world’s largest market, overtaking Samsung in volume terms in second quarter. Canalys reports that Xiaomi grabbed a 14 percent share of the Chinese market, on the back of 240 percent annual growth.

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