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Apple’s 2013 App Store Sales Top $10 Billion

January 7, 2014 9:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple today announced that customers dropped more than $10 billion at its App Store in 2013. The company revealed that more than $1 billion of those sales alone came during December. Apple revealed in a press release that iOS developers have now made more than $15 billion on the App Store.

Apple's iOS Pummels Android in Mobile Shopping Report

January 2, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

People using Apple iPhones and iPads purchased more using those devices than did shoppers using devices running Google's Android operating system. As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23 percent of purchases versus 4.6 percent for Android, according to a report from IBM.

Camera Phones, Other Tech Get Big Improvements in 2013

January 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

As I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a handful of gadgets and services deserve a second look. It's become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. 

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Texting, Dialing While Driving Raises Crash Risk

January 2, 2014 9:05 am | by Marilynne Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

Breaking Down China: Why China Mobile is Big for Apple

December 24, 2013 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of Apple Inc.'s iPhone are growing in China but their share of the smartphone market has shrunk. Apple faces intense competition from Samsung and Chinese brands. The following list shows how Apple's market share has declined over the past year while those of most of its biggest rivals have grown.

BlackBerry Forges Foxconn Partnership Amid Dismal 3Q Earnings Report

December 20, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry continues its slide as the company slowly but surely implements measures to right its sinking ship. The company today reported a loss of $4.4 billion on  $1.2 billion of revenue for its fiscal third quarter. That compares to last quarter when BlackBerry posted a $965 million loss, on $1.6 billion.

Can Smartphones Snap Out of Technological Stupor?

December 16, 2013 9:25 am | by Michael Liedtke & 
Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

This may be remembered as the year smartphones became boring. Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. martphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull...

DOT Seeking Ban on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

December 13, 2013 2:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing in on the possiblity that cell phones could be allowed on planes. In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx acknowledged the FCC's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which suggests the issue isn't a technological one. 

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FCC Moves to Put Airlines in Pilot Seat on In-Flight Device Use

December 12, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"Let me say up front that, I get it. I don’t want the person in the seat next to me yapping at 35,000 feet any more than anyone else," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement discussing today's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new policies governing in-flight cell phone use. 

Labor Group Sees Progress at Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Apple Guides Shoppers Inside Stores with iBeacon

December 6, 2013 9:18 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On Friday, Apple Inc. will begin using iBeacon technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information — tailored to where you are inside, provided you have downloaded the Apple Store app and have given Apple permission to track you.

Apple's iOS Accounts for 28% of Online Traffic on Black Friday

December 2, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

What would a Black Friday report be if it didn't compare iOS and Android? According to IBM's Black Friday Benchmark report, Apple iOS traffic reached 28.2 percent of all online traffic, compared to 11.4 percent for Android, and iOS sales reached 18.1 percent of all online sales, compared to 3.5 percent for Android.

Pandora Listening up in Face of iTunes Radio

November 5, 2013 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

People listened to Pandora's Internet radio service for a collective 1.47 billion hours in October, up 18 percent from a year ago, in the face of the launch iTunes Radio. The figure, released by Pandora Media Inc.'s Chief Financial Officer Michael Herring at an investor conference Monday...

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Ahead of the Bell: Apple's Fiscal 4Q Review Coming

October 28, 2013 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's latest quarterly report is expected to show the company's earnings are still falling as rival products siphon sales away from the iPhone and iPad. The fiscal fourth-quarter results, due out after the stock market closes Monday, are likely to serve as the latest reminder about the stiffening competition facing Apple Inc. at a time when the company's well of innovation has apparently run dry.

LinkedIn Tool Shares User Info on iPhone Email

October 24, 2013 9:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LinkedIn just gave its users another reason to ensure their resumes are up to date. The online professional network has introduced a mobile feature that shows information about people's careers in emails being read on iPhones. The tool, called Intro, pulls details from the profiles of LinkedIn's more than 238 million users so the recipient of an email can learn more about the sender.

AT&T Reports Record 3Q Smarpthone Sales, Postpaid Adds Drop

October 23, 2013 5:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Wednesday reported best-ever third-quarter smartphone sales of 6.7 million. Total smartphone base increased by 1.2 million in the quarter, with smarpthones accounting for a record 89 percent of postpaid phone sales. Interestingly, AT&T did not break out iPhone sales but did say that it had seen record Android sales.

New iPads Likely to Star in Apple's Latest Show

October 21, 2013 2:24 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expected to round out its line-up of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the Tuesday unveiling of its latest iPads. The San Francisco showcase is likely to feature remodeled versions of Apple's standard-sized iPad with a 10-inch (25-centimeter) display screen and the iPad Mini with a nearly 8-inch (20-centimeter) screen.

U.S. Cellular Finally Gets the iPhone

October 21, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Customers of regional carrier U.S. Cellular can finally get their hands on an iPhone. The carrier announced it will begin carrying the iPhone 4S, 5C and 5S beginning November 8. A spokeswoman for U.S. Cellular said that pricing information for the devices will be announced in the coming days. 

New iPads Expected at Apple's Oct. 22 Event

October 16, 2013 9:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple has confirmed an Oct. 22 media event by sending out invites for the occasion Wednesday. The event, which will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, is expected to focus on new iPads and the latest iteration of the company's desktop operating system.

Report: Apple Cutting iPhone 5c Production in Half

October 11, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is reportedly cutting daily production for the iPhone 5c from 300,000 to 150,000. MacRumors found a report from Chinese site C Tech that learned from “insiders” the cut in production was due to “dismal sales.” The iPhone 5c, which was largely thought to be Apple’s phone for emerging markets, somewhat confounded when it came in priced only $100 less than the flagship iPhone 5s.

Icahn Wants Apple to Spend $150B Buying Its Stock

October 1, 2013 2:18 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn is pressuring Apple to spend $150 billion buying back its own stock, a target that would more than double the amount that the company's board authorized in a previous attempt to placate frustrated shareholders.

Report: T-Mo Gets Boost from iPhone Sales

September 30, 2013 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile's uncarrier strategy appears to be getting a little help from sales of Apple devices. According to recent numbers from Kantar Worldpanel, T-Mobile grew to 13.2 percent of smartphone sales in the U.S. market in the 3 month period ending August 2013, marking its highest share of sales over the past year. 

AT&T, Verizon Dominate U.S. Carrier Activations for New iPhones

September 23, 2013 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple’s record-setting iPhone weekend lead to a large amount of new activations on U.S. carriers, with the lion’s share going to AT&T and Verizon. Localytics estimates the iPhone 5S and 5C now represent 1.36 percent of all activated iPhones in the U.S. across the four big carriers. Of those new iPhones, about 49 percent jumped on AT&T and more than 37 percent started up on Verizon, accounting for nearly 87 percent of the total.

Hackers Claim Bypass of iPhone Touch ID Lock

September 23, 2013 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The biometrics segment of the German hacking group the Chaos Computing Club (CCC) says it has successfully broken through Apple's Touch ID fingerprint security on the iPhone 5S. In a post on the CCC's website, the group says a fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface...

Apple Sells 9 Million iPhones in Three Days

September 23, 2013 9:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

With the launch weekend for the iPhone 5S and 5C in the books, Apple is announcing it sold nine million iPhones in three days. With two models instead of the usually one flagship, Apple trounced the previous record of more than five million units in the first weekend, set last year with the iPhone 5.

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