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Review: iOS Offers Whole New Features Set

September 18, 2014 9:03 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too. With the new iOS 8 software for iPhones and iPads, those devices start to act like one. Apps on those devices start to unite, too.

SmartWatch, Episode 19: How the Carriers are Pushing the iPhone 6!

September 17, 2014 3:22 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we buy into the hype with a big, meaty bite of the iPhone 6 launch. We’ll take a look at how the carriers are pricing Cupertino’s new device and what they’ll give you for that shabby old antique in your pocket. 

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 Watch. The company is now dealing long lines and short supply as consumers rush pre-order. In case you missed the live keynote, be sure to check it out here in its entirety.     

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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 beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and other carriers and other authorized Apple resellers.

Microsoft Acquires Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5B

September 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S. 

Sprint Pleased with iPhone 6 Band 41 Support

September 9, 2014 5:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Since then, though, China Mobile has started selling the iPhone and they are also deploying TDD-LTE in the 2.5 GHz Band. Being the largest mobile carrier in the world by the long shot, China Mobile greatly increased the odds Band 41 would make it into the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 at Sprint Gets $50 Unlimited Everything

September 9, 2014 5:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Along with the special iPhone plan pricing, Sprint is introducing the “iPhone for Life” plan allowing customers to get the 16GB iPhone 6 for zero down and $20 a month. The cost represents a large discount over the installment-pricing carriers featured for the iPhone 5s—AT&T requires 24 monthly payments of $27.09 and T-Mobile requires 24 monthly payments of $25.

Apple Watch Steals Show at iPhone 6 Launch Event

September 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the iPhone's new camera remains at 8 megapixels, Apple has always excelled at upgrading its sensor, which it has done again with these latest models. When shooting in burst mode, Apple has built in software that can detect smiles and blinks and the recommend the best shot. 

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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.

Microsoft Refines MSN to Flow Across Devices

September 8, 2014 11:07 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The company says the revamped site fits in with Microsoft's overall strategy of making mobile phones and Internet-based services priorities as its traditional businesses — Windows and Office software installed on desktops — slow down or decline. The changes also come as people increasingly read news on smartphones and tablets rather than desktop computers.

Google Fined $19M to Cover In-App Purchase Refunds

September 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

According to the FTC complaint, when Google introduced in-app charges to the Google Play in 2011, they were not password protected. As a result, children could buy virtual items just by clicking on popup boxes within an app while they used it. 

Microsoft Rolls out New Lumia Flagship, Windows Update

September 4, 2014 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to IDC's most recent numbers, Microsoft shipped 7.4 million Windows phones in the second quarter, accounting for 2.5 percent of the global smartphone market. That was down from 8.2 million in the same quarter last year, when Windows accounted for 3.4 percent of the global smartphone market. 

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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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.

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.

HTC Makes Windows Version of Flagship One Phone

August 19, 2014 11:16 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC says it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to make an Android version of the One, as well as other Android phones.

Google Picks Up City-Guide App Maker Jetpac

August 18, 2014 9:53 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google has acquired app-maker Jetpac, which analyzes photos from social networks to create city guides. A post on Jetpac’s homepage said that the company will be removing apps from the App Store in coming days and ending support for them on September 15. 

Foursquare Revamps App with New Features

August 18, 2014 8:48 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Foursquare began five years ago as a tool for letting people tell friends where they are. You can check in to a restaurant, a movie theater, rides in a theme park or even the "hot dog man" at Penn Station. The more you check in, the more points, badges and mayorships you earn. They mean little in the real world, but users have competed fiercely for such honors.

New Facebook Tracking Aimed at Helping Advertisers Understand Mobile Habits

August 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook already offers targeting, delivery and conversion measurement across devices. With the company's new cross-device report, Facebook said that advertisers will now able to view the devices on which people see ads and the devices on which conversions subsequently occur.  

IDC: Over 300 Million Smartphones Shipped in 2Q

August 14, 2014 11:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Android and iOS together accounted for 96.4 percent of the shipments, meaning bad news for competitors, particularly BlackBerry. The Canadian OEM shipped 1.5 million smartphones to grab 0.5 percent share. That number is down from 2.8 percent share in the year-ago quarter and paltry enough to mark a -78 percent annual growth rate for the company’s smartphone shipments.

WeChat Parent Company Tencent Posts $949M Profit

August 13, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tencent's online games revenue rose 7 percent over the previous quarter, driven mostly by higher revenue for smartphone games integrated with WeChat. Revenue from social networks rose 15 percent over the previous quarter, also driven by mobile services.

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.

Facebook Messenger: Myth Vs. Reality

August 12, 2014 10:58 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The fear and confusion stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device's camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information. Here's what Facebook's mobile messaging app does and doesn't do.

Report: Tango Receives $1.5B Valuation

August 8, 2014 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the amount is nowhere near the $19 billion Facebook paid for WhatsApp, it is quite a bit more than Tango has seen in the past. According to a report from Reuters, the new valuation is one-third more than the valuation Tango recieved just five months ago. 

China Clamps Down on Messaging Services

August 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government announced that only established media companies will be allowed to release political and social news. That would curtail a growing trend in use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news reports and commentary.

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