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ScratchJr is a programming language customized to help very young kids build interactive games and storage. Now a new iPad app brings it to that audience.

Yes, your pre-schooler can program too originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:42 pm

FreedomPop today started selling the iPad mini and the Samsung Tab 3, offering the same free voice and data plans available to its smartphone users.

FreedomPop starts selling tablets with free data and voice plans originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 1:00 pm

An Apple support page for Boot Camp mentions a 2014 Mac Mini model. If Apple does release a Mac Mini refresh, it would be the system's first update in two years.

Unless somebody made a typo, Apple may be planning a 2014 refresh of the Mac Mini originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 9:31 pm

Apple has doubled the RAM in its Retina MacBook Pros across the entire line, while also adding slightly improved processors and price cuts for select models.

Apple’s Retina MacBook Pros get updates with doubled RAM and slightly faster processors originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 1:30 pm

Startup will use funds to branch out to add mobile marketing automation to its mix of A/B testing, content management and analytics, said Co-Founder Momchil Kyurkchiev.

Mobile apps testing startup Leanplum scores $4.8M; adds marketing automation originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 12:07 pm

Bose just fired a major shot across the bow of Apple-owned headphone-maker Beats, accusing it of infringing on five patents related to noise-reduction.

Bose sues Beats over patents for noise-canceling headphones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 25 July 2014 | 6:39 pm

AWS doesn't have the public cloud to itself anymore. It faces two gigantic competitors trying to poach reference customers and growing adoption of hybrid cloud.

AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 25 July 2014 | 6:19 pm

LoopPay’s digital credit card has attracted the attention of credit card titan Visa, which may be just be looking for alternatives to plastic. LoopPay said on Thursday that Visa has made a strategic investment in the company of an undisclosed sum. LoopPay makes programmable keychain fobs […]

Visa invests in wireless credit card maker LoopPay originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 24 July 2014 | 4:41 pm

Need a combination tripod and timed or remote shutter for your iPhone? Consider the CaseCam, which uses a mirror that doubles as a stand, along with special software that can snap a pic from another iPhone or after a certain amount of time.

For $40, CaseCam lets you be in that group picture taken on your iPhone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 7:46 pm

Apple's slowing iPad sales met Apple's own expectations but nobody else's apparently. Sure, slowing growth rates aren't necessarily a good thing but there are several reasons to explain why iPad sales have slowed.

Why slowing iPad sales didn’t surprise Apple and shouldn’t surprise you originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 3:38 pm

PlaceMe uses every sensor in the phone to track your activity. Now PlaceUs is doing the same except it's tracking the combined activity of a family or small group of friends.

PlaceMe’s creator Alohar has a new app that tracks everything your family does originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 23 July 2014 | 12:00 pm

Apple is asking suppliers for a record first production of its new iPhone, says the WSJ. While last year's initial production run of iPhone 5s and 5c phones was in the 50 to 60 million range, Apple wants nearly 80 million bigger iPhones.

It’s not just iPhone 6 screens that will be bigger: Reported initial production will be, too originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:36 pm

During a conference session, a security research called attention to what he says are several backdoor services put in iOS by Apple that may make it easier for your data to be accessed.

Security researcher suggests 600M iOS devices have Apple-created backdoors for data originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 7:44 pm

Relatively unchanged since late 2010, the MacBook Air will finally get its Retina Display later this year according to news from Taiwan: Parts for the updated laptop are reportedly shipping now with production set to start in August.

August production reported for Retina Display MacBook Air with 12-inch model to follow originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 12:30 pm

We put Supermechanical's new iOS-connected cooking thermometers to the test and were impressed. It's Ember roasting thermometer and accompanying app combine the best elements of Silicon Valley design with actual kitchen utility.

Cooking with my iPhone: A review of Supermechanical’s Range thermometers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 20 July 2014 | 3:00 pm

On this week's Structure Show, Dan Lyons has lots to say about how Hollywood writers research and portray Silicon Valley, and what Fake Steve Jobs would think of the new Apple-IBM alliance.

ICYMI: Why Apple and IBM make not-so-strange bedfellows originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 19 July 2014 | 2:00 pm

With the help of StormTag, OpenSignal wants to open up its WeatherSignal crowdsourcing program to the iPhone as well as collect new types of climate data.

OpenSignal’s weather crowdsourcing program will get a boost from a pocketable climate sensor originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 6:51 pm

Google has made concrete moves to protect consumers -- particularly the parents of Android-toting kids -- from accidentally racking up huge in-app purchase bills. Apple and iOS, not so much.

Good Google, bad Apple — EU reports back on in-app purchase reform originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 12:37 pm

iOS developers have no lack of ad network partners to use but there's always room for more. At least that's what Amazon thinks as it now has a mobile ad API for iPhone and iPad apps.

Hey iOS developers, meet your newest ad network partner: Amazon originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 17 July 2014 | 4:19 pm

GoTenna's little baton can connect your iPhone or Android smartphone into any other goTenna-enabled smartphone even where there's no cellular network for miles.

No signal? GoTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 17 July 2014 | 4:14 pm

Apple devices are flooding the enterprise anyway. Now businesses -- IBM accounts anyway -- can get help making sure they work well with others once inside.

BYOD worries drove Apple-IBM deal — and a huge win for Apple originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 16 July 2014 | 1:42 pm

"Landmark" collaboration announced by IBM and Apple will combine IBM's enterprise know-how with Apple's glitzy consumer devices.

IBM gets over its fear of Siri, joins forces with Apple to push iOS to the enterprise originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 15 July 2014 | 9:00 pm

Hit an Apple Store in Japan and you can digitally purchase in-store credits for all things Apple. The new program, called iTunes Pass, could hint at Apples larger mobile payment ambitions.

Apple debuts in-store deposits with iTunes Pass in Japan originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 15 July 2014 | 1:28 pm

This week we are all about internet of things standards and certifications as we welcome the head of the AllSeen Alliance to the show and discuss a new radio certification introduced by Samsung, Nest, ARM and others.

All about AllSeen, and a bit about the new Thread radio tech that wants to own the home originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 15 July 2014 | 7:01 am

Apple has put a dedicated beacon device through FCC testing, but as it is outlined in the documents, the product seems clunky and odd.

I hope the Apple iBeacon hardware at the FCC isn’t the real thing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 14 July 2014 | 2:00 pm

Production challenges for a 5.5-inch handset could see Apple launch just a single new iPhone model this year says one analyst. That's not necessarily a problem: Apple may not need to debut two larger iPhones for continued success.

Apple iPhone 6 may only launch in the 4.7-inch size this year originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 14 July 2014 | 12:39 pm

When planning a trip with family and friends, keeping up with each member's last minute schedule changes can be time consuming. Using the following iOS tips will help by keeping everyone well informed during the event.

How to keep in touch on long trips with your iPhone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 12 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

Chinese media, which tend to toe the government line, have already cast aspersions on Microsoft's Windows 8, IBM's servers and pretty much the entire U.S. tech industry.

Now Chinese state TV says iPhones are a threat to national security originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 11 July 2014 | 3:17 pm

Apple ratted out Google to the FTC over policies that let kids make app purchases without entering a password.

Apple prodded FTC to investigate Google over kids’ in-app purchases originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 9 July 2014 | 2:08 pm

Sony's new camera phone comes with a beefed-up 5MP front shooter. It's not for video-conferencing, though, it's for self-portraits.

The new Sony Xperia throws a flash and 5MP camera on the front of the phone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 8 July 2014 | 1:52 pm

The latest beta version of iOS 8 adds a pair of new health-tracking data points to the Health app and one of them won't even need manual data entry or a wearable device if you have a newer iPhone.

Apple adds a step-counter, caffeine tracking to iPhones with iOS 8 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 8 July 2014 | 1:00 pm

Apple has opened up the Wi-Fi calling spigot on T-Mobile iPhones but you'll need the latest beta software for iOS 8 to give it a try.

iOS 8 beta 3 brings Wi-Fi calling to T-Mobile iPhones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 7 July 2014 | 9:16 pm

Built from ceramic and American Walnut hardwood, Swich is a good looking wireless phone charger. Be prepared to pay for such beauty though as the charger and stand will set you back $170.

Swich might be the most attractive (and costliest!) wireless phone charger you’ve ever seen originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 7 July 2014 | 6:50 pm

The president of LVMH's watch division has told CNBC that the sales director for luxury brand TAG Heuer recently took a job with Apple as part of its iWatch team. The company's smartwatch is expected to launch later this year

Apple lures executive from luxury Swiss watch maker to beef up its iWatch team originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 4 July 2014 | 5:32 pm

Using Google Calendar on your Mac via the web or through Apple's Calendar app? If so, you're missing out. Take a peek at Sunrise, the popular calendar app for iOS, Android and the web, now available for OS X.

Download this: Sunrise, a great free calendar app for the Mac originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 3 July 2014 | 7:58 pm

A little known company in Hawaii is demanding patent royalties from most of the mobile device industry. Apple is fighting the demands in court, but will not be allowed to call the company a "patent troll."

Apple may not call patent troll a “patent troll” before jury, says judge originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 2 July 2014 | 11:20 pm

Our coverage direction remains the same, but we've decided to arrange the furniture a little differently here at Gigaom.

Gigaom site news: Meet our two new channels, Science & Energy and Social & Web originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 2 July 2014 | 7:00 pm

After suggesting last May that Google Voice will be integrated into Hangouts, Google appears ready to pull the trigger. A Google Voice migration tool was spotted in Android this week.

Two hints suggest Google Voice integration in Hangouts is nearly ready originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 2 July 2014 | 4:22 pm

Apple has simplified its AppleCare options for the iPhone. Now, your only choice is AppleCare+, which covers accidental damage and costs $99 for two years of coverage.

Now you’ve got twice as long to decide if you want AppleCare for your iPhone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 7:32 pm

Don't be surprised if logging in to iCloud online doesn't grant you full access to the web apps: Apple appears to be rolling out two-factor authentication so you'll need an additional four-digit code from a trusted device.

Pick four: Two-factor authentication appears in Apple’s iCloud apps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 2:34 pm

Apple's back-to-school promo is in full swing, adding Apple Store Gift Cards to already discounted educational purchases on Macs and iPads. iPhone prices aren't cut but they still qualify for a gift card.

Apple adds $50, $100 bonus gift cards with back-to-school discounted prices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 1:59 pm

iPhones -- and eventually Android devices -- will be able to automatically login to public Wi-Fi networks in both cities using secure connections.

San Francisco, San Jose combine their Wi-Fi networks using Hotspot 2.0 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 30 June 2014 | 10:30 pm

After years of widespread use — going back to Symbian and Windows Mobile days — QuickOffice is going away as a standalone application. On its Apps blog, Google announced it will be “unpublishing” QuickOffice for both Android and iOS in the coming weeks. Google purchased QuickOffice in 2012 to […]

Google is turning off the lights on QuickOffice for Android, iOS originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 30 June 2014 | 3:59 pm

The iPhone parts and shells currently available from shady Chinese vendors aren't totally accurate, but do give a good idea about what to expect from the newest iPhone, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

Leaked iPhone parts reportedly only provide a rough idea of the final design originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 30 June 2014 | 1:42 pm

It's still pretty difficult for a college student to get by using an iPad as a primary computer. Upcoming changes to iOS 8, however, could lighten the load.

How iOS8 extensions could help college students dump their laptops and rely on their iPads originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 29 June 2014 | 5:30 pm

Gigaom spoke with Nvidia automotive guru Danny Shapiro about what Android Auto will look like and why the car won’t be the next front in the mobile OS war.

Why Google and Apple’s battle to lock users into their services will stop at your car’s door originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 28 June 2014 | 5:30 pm

Apple has done a pretty good job of getting your various media and photo libraries on to your iPod or iOS device. Getting them off is another matter entirely.

How to move your music and photo libraries from one iOS device to another originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 28 June 2014 | 4:00 pm

At WWDC, Apple announced a new app for the Mac called Photos, which will be part of OS X Yosemite. Many wondered what the announcement meant for Apple’s current photo library programs on Mac, which included the consumer-oriented iPhoto and the pro-oriented Aperture. According to a statement from Apple […]

The new Photos app for OS X will replace both Aperture and iPhoto originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 10:14 pm

It may sound obvious that something called "Android Wear" works only with Android devices. But Google Glass is another wearable that does play nicely with iPhones and iPads. Here's why that's an unlikely scenario with Android Wear now or in the future.

Unlike Google Glass, Android Wear probably won’t get iOS support originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 6:30 pm

A new camera app from StreamNation offers unlimited and automatic cloud storage for photos and videos.

Shutter is an iOS camera with an unlimited camera roll in the cloud originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 3:50 pm

As Apple takes control of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, the Cupertino, Calif. company is said to be paring some 200 jobs from the music software and hardware firm's roster.






Posted on 31 July 2014 | 12:34 am

According to fresh data from customer service analytics company StellaService, Apple ranked No. 1 on the firm's charts for the first time ever in June, averaging 2.3 days to process and deliver online orders.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 11:49 pm

Apple on Wednesday rereleased a recent MacBook Air EFI update targeting sleep-from-wake problems after a flawed initial rollout caused some machines to crash unexpectedly.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 9:01 pm

Apple on Wednesday pushed out to developers the first beta of the upcoming OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks maintenance update alongside new builds of Safari 7.0.6 and 6.0.6.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 8:23 pm

At least one device from upstart Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been found to transmit user data -- including SMS messages and photos -- back to servers in mainland China without the user's permission, according to reports from Hong Kong.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:34 pm

Apple still has a major revamp of its set-top box in the works, but the next-generation Apple TV may not arrive until next year, thanks to cable companies that are "dragging their heels," according to a new report.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:59 pm

Investment firm UBS heaped praise upon Apple on Wednesday, advising Wall Street to buy in on the strength of Chief Executive Tim Cook and his strategy to push the iOS platform "everywhere."






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:07 pm

Russia's Ministry of Communications and Mass Media has suggested that Apple should open its source code for government inspection to ensure that the iPhone maker is not complicit in enabling U.S. intelligence services to spy on the world's largest country.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:16 pm

Apple on Tuesday launched an updated informational page, and corresponding email campaign, detailing how consumers in nine U.S. states can take advantage of back-to-school sales tax holidays for substantial savings on Macs and iOS devices next month.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 1:46 pm

Apple may have accidentally tipped its hand on two imminent hardware releases this week, with support pages from the company referencing both new Mac mini and 27-inch iMac models listed with a "mid-2014" launch.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 12:30 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday rolled out a major update to its Apple-centric OneNote product line, adding new features like access to notes stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online, inserting files and note reorganization and sharing.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 6:35 am

Apple's much-anticipated 2014 family of MacBook Pros introduced Tuesday are on their way to the company's largest authorized resellers, and AI has teamed up with MacMall to offer the lowest prices anywhere on not only the five standard retail configurations but over two dozen custom configurations.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 2:27 am

Rapoo's E6300 Bluetooth keyboard is billed as the perfect complement to Apple's iPad, with device-specific shortcuts, a slim profile and extended battery life, but the hardware falls far short of expectations.






Posted on 30 July 2014 | 2:08 am

A week after rumors that Instagram would launch Bolt, the Facebook-owned company soft launched the new time-restricted image and video messaging app in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 11:15 pm

Hours after Apple released its refreshed MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, aftermarket parts reseller Other World Computing has SSD speed test results for both 13-inch and 15-inch models, as well as photos of a partial teardown.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 10:19 pm

In an update to a support document regarding Boot Camp compatibility on Monday, Apple added reference to an as-yet-unannounced "mid-2014" Mac mini, suggesting the company is -- or was -- planning a long overdue refresh of its smallest desktop offering.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 9:10 pm

Apple has indeed purchased Swell, a personalized news radio application, the company confirmed on Tuesday, after promptly shutting removing the free download from the iOS App Store.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:38 pm

Sapphire display covers have yet to begin winding their way through Apple's supply chain thanks to poor yield rates for sapphire ingot and problems with the processing of the material, according to a new report, which suggests that Apple is unlikely to ship a sapphire-covered device in large quantities this year.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:15 pm

Apple can now count the Ford Motor Co. among those who are embracing its iOS platform, as the automaker has revealed it will equip more than 9,000 workers with iPhones over the next two years.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 6:55 pm

Global smartphone shipments increased by nearly 25 percent year-over-year, new data released Tuesday indicates, with Chinese vendors accounting for the lion's share of the growth at the expense of established heavyweights Apple and Samsung.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 6:07 pm

Hardware updates to the Mac lineup thus far in 2014 have been generally unexciting, and yet Apple has still achieved record sales this year, as consumers are seeing plenty to like about the company's newest and more affordable computers.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 5:29 pm

Apple on Tuesday updated its Apple TV set-top box with channels for two new content partners, adding one each for financial news powerhouse CNBC and entertainment network Fox -- though both require a cable subscription to access most content.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 2:35 pm

Executives at longtime Apple supplier TPK -- thought to have been selected by the iPhone maker to manufacture touch modules for the so-called "iWatch" -- are said to have revised earlier forecasts for a profit uptick in the third quarter, pushing the expected surge back by three months in what is seen as an indication that Apple's wearable is suffering from delays.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 1:37 pm

AppleCare+ warranty coverage for iPhone, iPad and iPod is now available to customers in both Mexico and Sweden, expanding international availability of the optional two-year program.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 1:17 pm

Though it lacks a Retina display and features a thicker, heavier design, spinning hard drive, and a CD/DVD SuperDrive, Apple's legacy MacBook Pro survived the company's latest round of updates on Tuesday, and was even given a $100 price cut to $1,099.






Posted on 29 July 2014 | 12:01 pm

Nice. Clear. Forward-thinking.

Posted on 14 June 2014 | 1:17 am

You may find it startling!

Posted on 21 March 2013 | 5:43 pm

An iconic Apple employee makes a move.

Posted on 15 September 2012 | 7:27 pm

LIVE!!!!!!1ONE!!!

Posted on 11 June 2012 | 5:16 pm

CrazyMicrosoftRumors?

Posted on 12 January 2012 | 3:19 pm

Predictions for 2012

Posted on 7 January 2012 | 4:00 pm

Content!

Posted on 24 December 2011 | 4:11 pm

Goodbye.

Posted on 6 October 2011 | 2:12 pm

Let's take a look at Tim Cook, Apple's new CEO.

Posted on 25 August 2011 | 12:49 am

Stanley Yankeeball, a photo by gruber on Flickr. Photo by Adam Lisagor. T-shirt by Scott Jackson. Concept by John Moltz. Gruber’s haircut by Supercuts.

Posted on 24 June 2011 | 4:35 am