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Apple has bigger plans than just song ID with Shazam deal
Apple will integrate music identification technology created by Shazam into the next version of iOS, but could go much further than simple song naming.

Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces
Ahead of the big New York Auto Show, several car companies today displayed in-vehicle infotainment systems that connect to smartphones to use mobile apps, music playlists, calling features and calendars.

First-to-market means diddly when it comes to smartwatches
The old wisdom that "first-to-market" technology products will win out gets thrown out the window when it comes to smartwatches and some other wearables.

Apple slates WWDC for June 2-6, sets up ticket lottery
Apple today announced that its annual developers conference will run June 2-6, and that it's copying Google's method of assigning tickets through a random drawing.

Nadella to Cook on Office revenue sharing: Drop dead
With the launch of Office for iPad yesterday, Microsoft again effectively cut Apple out of most of the revenue stream by making the apps free to download.

Microsoft scraps 'Windows-first' practice, puts Office on iPad before Surface
As expected, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted a press conference where the company unveiled Office for iPad, breaking with its past practice of protecting Windows by first launching software on its own operating system.

iOS tops Android for Web browsing in U.S. and other developed nations
Android smartphones from all manufacturers make up nearly 80% of all smartphones recently sold worldwide, but iOS still dominates when it comes to Web browsing in the U.S. and other developed countries.

Microsoft's free OneNote vaults to top of Mac App Store chart
Microsoft's OneNote jumped to the top of the free application chart on Apple's Mac App Store shortly after its Monday launch.

Apple discounts iPhone 5C 8%-9% in five markets via storage cuts
Apple today unveiled an 8GB iPhone 5C that costs between 8% and 9% less than the previous lowest-priced model with 16GB of storage space.

Microsoft's OneNote strategy: Battle Evernote, or something bigger?
Microsoft today began offering Mac users its OneNote application free of charge, making rumors last week about a release a reality.

Microsoft's new lower-priced Office 365 is 'obvious preface' for iPad suite
Microsoft's announcement today of a less expensive Office 365 subscription for consumers was the strongest hint yet that the company will soon offer an edition for Apple's iPad, an analyst said.

Apple's CarPlay vs. MirrorLink: Is there a need for both?
Both MirrorLink and Apple's new CarPlay will eventually be able to duplicate some iPhone functions on a car's in-vehicle infotainment system. But MirrorLink can also handle Android, Windows and Blackberry phones.

Apple's CarPlay to spark mobile apps war in your car
Apple's CarPlay user interface will not only add complexity to existing in-vehicle infotainment systems, it would virtually take away the keys from automakers who plan their own systems and interfaces.

iTunes is almost as big a biz as OEM Windows
Apple's iTunes, software and services group generated almost as much revenue in 2013 as the Microsoft division responsible for licensing Windows to computer and smartphone makers, according to comparisons of the companies' financial statements.

Icahn says 'I can't' and stops $50B fight over Apple stock buyback
Investment agitator and former corporate raider Carl Icahn today ended his fight to get Apple to boost its share buyback program by another $50 billion after an influential proxy advisory service nixed the idea.

Lenovo-Moto deal's impact on Apple? Zip
Apple won't lose any sleep over the Lenovo acquisition of Google's Motorola handset business, analysts said today.

Office 365 turns one, but success is tough to tally
A year after the launch of Microsoft's ambitious Office 365, it's almost impossible for outsiders to get a grip on how the software-by-subscription program has done, analysts admitted today.

Everyone bets on bigger iPhone for '14
Virtually every analyst who follows Apple has jumped on the bigger iPhone bandwagon, asserting that the company will step into the quickly-growing large-screen market this year.

Apple's iPod business collapses as revenue becomes a rounding error
Apple's iPod business collapsed last quarter, with revenue plummeting 55% and the number of music players dropping by more than half compared to the same period the year before.

Update: More than 1B smartphones were shipped in 2013
For the first time ever, just over 1 billion smartphones shipped to vendors worldwide in 2013, double the number of just two years earlier, IDC said late Monday.

Cook admits Apple blew the call on the iPhone 5C
Apple sold a record 51 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2013, but acknowledged it underestimated the appeal of the flagship iPhone 5S, making some analysts question the company's two-model strategy.

Android now has more than half of U.S. smartphone sales
Android represented more than half of U.S. smartphone sales in the last quarter of 2013, while the iPhone's share dropped to 43.9%, said Kantar WorldPanel ComTech.

Starbucks vows to beef up security on its iPhone app
Starbucks today promised to update its iOS app to calm a storm of interest in a report this week that claimed criminals could easily nab the app's credentials from a stolen iPhone.

Apple CEO Tim Cook boasts of record iPhone sales in China
Apple CEO Tim Cook's claim today that the company broke iPhone sales records in China during 2013's fourth quarter meant that the firm sold in excess of 10.4 million smartphones in the region, an IDC analyst said today.

GoDaddy touts simplicity over price as it launches Office 365 sales
Domain name registrar GoDaddy and Microsoft today announced a partnership that puts Office 365, the latter's rent-not-own software suite, in front of GoDaddy's small business customers.

Apple's Mac ends up in tablet cannibal pot, too
Tablet cannibals have taken as big a bite out of Mac growth as they have out of PCs in general, showing that Apple is not immune to the seismic shift it triggered with the iPad.

Roku beats Apple to the TV market
While Apple has called its Apple TV set-top box a "hobby," rival Roku has teamed up with two manufacturers to build its popular video streaming service directly into TVs. Columnist Ryan Faas weighs in on the consequences.

Unencrypted Windows crash reports give 'significant advantage' to hackers, spies
Windows' error- and crash-reporting system sends a wealth of data unencrypted and in the clear, information that eavesdropping hackers or state security agencies can use to refine and pinpoint their attacks, a researcher said today.

2014: Does Apple still look doomed?
Don't be fooled by the company's rocky 2013. There are strong signs that it has turned the corner.

Cook's 'big plans' remark reveals nothing about Apple product timing, everything about what fans crave
A leaked email from Apple CEO Tim Cook touting "big plans" for 2014 renewed speculation that the company could soon make good on expectations by launching new product lines.

iPhone, iPad dwarf mobile rivals in small- and mid-sized firms
Apple has won the hearts and minds of small- and mid-sized businesses, which have overwhelmingly adopted Cupertino's mobile devices over rivals powered by Android or Windows.

iOS 7 now powers 3 out of 4 Apple devices
Nearly three months after the launch of iOS 7, three-quarters of all mobile devices from Apple are running the newest operating system.

China Mobile-Apple iPhone pact 'very big deal'
China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier, has finally inked a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

Aggressive iPad discounts signal Apple's move for market share
Apple's discounts of the iPad Air and first-generation iPad Mini were "very aggressive," a retail analyst said today, and were aimed at scooping up as much U.S. tablet market share as possible.

Why smartphone food photos look horrible
Martha Stewart wants to show you horrible pictures of nauseating-looking food for some reason. Mike Elgan finds this personally vexing.

Apple ditches discounts, goes with gift cards for Black Friday sale
Apple earlier today launched its annual Black Friday sale, but rather than directly discount hardware -- as it's done for years -- it offered gift cards of up to $150 with a purchase.

Apple's new iPad Mini: With a Retina Display, it's a Mini in name only
The new iPad Mini with Retina display offers a no-compromise option for tablet fans who want the speed of an iPad Air and the portability of the smaller iPad.

Malware: War without end
After decades of fighting off viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware and cyberattacks, total victory remains beyond reach.

Second take: The iPad Air sets a new benchmark for performance and style
Having spent a few weeks with the new iPad Air, columnist Michael deAgonia is ready to declare that it's a stunning improvement on what was already a rightfully successful tablet.

Retina iPad Mini inventory tracker returns from dead
A pair of inventory trackers, including one resurrected after Apple demanded it stop collecting data from its online store website, are helping buyers locate scarce Apple smartphones and tablets.

Once-pilloried Apple Maps gets the last laugh
Even after its extraordinary rough start last year, Apple Maps was used by nearly six out of every 10 U.S. iPhone owners during September, according to data recently published by metrics firm comScore.

Apple tries to calm stormy iWork waters with pledge to restore 18 features
Apple today responded to complaints from Mac users over features dumped from iWork, promising to restore 18 of them to the productivity suite in the next six months.

iPad Air's usage share hints at opening weekend sales boom
Apple's new iPad Air got off to a fast start this weekend, according to measurements of its online activity, which was twice the combined shares of 2012's then-new fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini tablets.

Hands on: At just 1 pound, the iPad Air is worth the weight
The first thing you notice when you pick up Apple's new iPad Air is how light it feels. But there's more to the Air than it's new slender look and feel. Michael deAgonia offers his first impressions of the new tablet.

How to score an iPad Air on Friday
Apple will start selling the on-an-Atkins-diet iPad Air Friday. And with the reviews positively gushing consumer competition might get heated. Here's how to improve the odds of a first-day purchase.

Apple's $900 million moment
Apple has put a value on its decision to give away future OS X upgrades to all Mac users and offer the iWork and iLife suites for free to new Mac and iOS device buyers: $900 million.

Apple plays defense and offense with free software, upgrade strategies
Apple's decision to give away OS X upgrades and other software, including the iWork productivity suite, stemmed from both offensive and defensive strategies, analysts said today.

Free iWork upgrade angers Mac users
Apple's iWork free upgrade has angered long-time Mac power users, who have flooded the company's support forum with complaints about lost features.

Microsoft exec scoffs at talk that Apple's free iWork threatens Office
Microsoft's head of communications took shots today at Apple's decision to give away its iWork productivity software, calling the move "an attempt to catch up."

Perspective: iPad and the keyboard -- getting inside Apple's head
By arming a larger iPad with a 64-bit processor and a keyboard cover, Apple could crack the nascent 2-in-1 device market, noted analyst Tim Bajarin said today.

Apple needs 22% of TV set market to stay on top
While the iPod, iPhone and MacBook catapulted Apple into the ranks of the Fortune 50, sales have leveled off somewhat and for the company to continue being a cash-generating machine, it will need new technologies -- a key one being an industry-changing flat-screen TV.

Analyst pumps Tuesday's iPad reveal as 'most important upgrade' since 2010
Apple's expected unveiling tomorrow of new iPads will be the "most important upgrade since the original," a bullish Wall Street analyst contended today.

New iPhone 5C theory: Apple missed out on China's 'Golden Week' carrier subsidies
Apple mistimed the launch of the iPhone 5C and priced the smartphone too high, missing out on aggressive subsidies offered by Chinese mobile carriers during an important holiday.

iPhone 5C production cut rumors 'tell us nothing'
Apple has cut orders for the iPhone 5C by between a fifth and a third, Asian sources have told the Wall Street Journal and the Reuters news service, leading some financial analysts to again argue that the company misjudged the appeal of the lower-priced smartphone.

Apple to uncover -- or cover -- new iPads, including Retina Mini, on Oct. 22
Apple today issued invitations to an Oct. 22 event in San Francisco where analysts expect the company to reveal refreshed iPads.

2-to-1 iPhone 5S/5C sales mix resembles 2012's blend
The sales pattern of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C closely resemble the mix in 2012 of the then-new iPhone 5 and the year-old iPhone 4S, an analyst said today, acknowledging that overeager investors will interpret the data to claim that the former or the latter -- or both -- are failures.

How to fix iOS 7 glitches
Although iOS 7 has only been out for about three weeks, more than two-thirds of users have already upgraded. Not surprisingly, a few glitches have shown up. Jonny Evans explains how to fix them.

Ballmer promises Office on iPad after touch-first apps hit Windows
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today said that a touch-specific version of Office will, at some point, reach the iPad.

Review: The iPhone 5S really is the best iPhone yet
With the addition of Apple's new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a new 64-bit A7 processor, a refined camera system and an M7 coprocessor, the iPhone 5S's cutting edge features match its still-sharp design, says columnist Michael deAgonia.

Apple faces repeat of iMac sales fiasco if Retina iPad Mini supplies are tight
Even if Apple has few high-resolution iPad Mini tablets to sell in November, it will still unveil the new device this month, risking a repeat of last year's iMac debacle, an analyst argued today.

Apple's 64-bit A7 chip is a 'marketing gimmick'
Apple's 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5s is more a marketing stunt than a technical enhancement and though it will not deliver any immediate benefits to smartphone users, there are other reasons to move to 64-bit, a Qualcomm executive said on Tuesday.

Dumping a Surface? eBay averages double the return of a buyback vendor
First-generation Surface owners have complained that Microsoft won't buy their used tablets to help them buy the new editions shipping in three weeks, but other markets can actually return more cash.

T-Mobile could see more gains from iPhone 5S and 5C sales
T-Mobile US remains the nation's fourth largest carrier, but stands to gain ground from sales of the new iPhone 5S and 5C.

After a week, iOS 7 runs more than half of Apple's mobile devices
Analytics and advertising firms tracking Apple's new mobile operating system iOS 7 said today that its uptake has been 14% faster than last year's iOS 6.

How Apple could have built a cheaper iPhone 5C
Apple could have built a much less expensive iPhone, a move most analysts expected before Sept. 10, but that would have risked destroying intangible advantages the company has accumulated over decades, an expert in component costs said.

Early buyers go for iPhone 5S by more than 3 to 1
Apple's flagship iPhone 5S outsold the less-expensive iPhone 5C by at least 3 to 1 in the U.S. over the opening weekend, a mobile analytics company said.

First look: The new iPhone 5S impresses
Like countless others on Friday, columnist Michael deAgonia braved a sleepless night and long lines to get his hands on an iPhone 5S. Here's his first look at what Apple's newest phone has to offer.

iPhone sales top 9M, set record for opening weekend
Apple today said it had sold over 9 million iPhones during the opening three-day weekend of sales, an 80% increase over last year's launch of the iPhone 5 and a record by a major margin.

Microsoft inches toward Office on iPad, Android tablets
Microsoft executives last week came the closest yet to saying that the company will release Office on iPads and Android tablets, but stopped short of specifics.

Where's my solar-powered iPhone?
Is there a solar-powered smartphone in your future? Mike Elgan thinks so, and he explains what's being done right now to bring that technology to reality.

Sen. Franken seeks data on privacy controls in iPhone 5S fingerprint tech
A U.S. lawmaker wants to know whether the Touch ID fingerprint reader in Apple's iPhone 5S has adequate controls to protect the personal data of users.

How I got an iPhone 5S on launch day
Columnist Michael deAgonia has reviewed every iPhone released for Computerworld, which means he's ordered online, waited for the FedEx truck and stood in long lines just like other eager iPhone buyers. Here's how his day went today.

iOS 7 off to speedy adoption start
Forty-eight hours after its release, Apple's iOS 7 accounted for nearly a third of all North American iPhone and iPad traffic, an online advertising network said Friday.

Early iPhone customers clamor for new colors, fingerprint sensor, better camera
Thousands of people waited in line to buy the new iPhone 5S or 5C at stores in cities around the globe on Friday. Even in Harrisonburg, Va., a college town of about 60,000, there were lines to buy the new iPhones outside the AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores.

Apple exhausts initial supply of iPhone 5S
That was quick. Within minutes of its sales debut early today, Apple's iPhone 5S was already in short supply, with shipping dates 7-10 business days from ordering in the U.S.

Google wages war on Microsoft's Office with free iOS, Android apps
Google on Thursday released new Android and iOS versions of its Quickoffice app, a mobile-only alternative to Microsoft's Office suite, and announced they are now free for the taking.

Microsoft expands buyback deal to goose sales of Surface, Windows phones
Microsoft has expanded a buyback program to boost sales of Windows smartphones and tablets, and will pay up to $350 for a wide variety of rival hardware powered by Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

Google Wallet now works with iOS devices
Google Wallet is now available as an app for the first time on iOS 6 and iOS 7 devices.

Mobile app download tally will soar above 102B this year
Mobile apps continue to be a major driver of the smartphone and tablet ecosystem and are a big reason people purchase and use those devices.

Amazon redesigns Kindle app for iOS 7, adds Collections
The Amazon Kindle for iOS update is optimized for iOS 7, and shares many of the flat design features central to Apple's latest mobile OS.

Apple turns on iTunes Radio
Apple today launched iTunes Radio, the company's first foray into streaming music, as it upgraded iTunes to version 11.1 and its mobile operating system to iOS 7.

BlackBerry messaging service rolls out to Android and iPhone this weekend
Amid rumors of layoffs and a possible sale of the company, BlackBerry today announced some good news: its popular BBM messaging service will be available for Android and iPhone devices this weekend.

Apple delivers visually revamped iOS 7
Apple today shipped iOS 7, a free upgrade that dramatically alters the look and feel of its mobile operating system. Some users reported problems grabbing the upgrade right after its release.

Review: Apple's iOS 7 is much more than a pretty face
iOS 7 officially arrives today, giving iPhone and iPad users a mobile OS that looks radically different and offers a slew of new features. Columnist Michael deAgonia walks you through the highlights of the update.

64-bit chip gives Apple a way to out-Surface Microsoft, Windows OEMs
Apple's move to 64-bit with its A7 chip inside the iPhone 5S gives the company the flexibility to launch a new line of tablet-based devices to replace at least some Intel-driven Macs, analysts said today.

Sprint's $100 discount for new customers drops iPhone 5c price to $0
Sprint recently renewed a $100 discount on any new phone to any new customer who switches a phone number from another carrier to Sprint. That deal includes the $99 iPhone 5c.

Why Apple's 'indoor GPS' plan is brilliant
Apple's iBeacons system will enable purchases, contextual marketing, automated check-ins and much more. And it's closer than you think.

With new iPhone 5s, Apple launches the 64-bit smartphone war
The 64-bit smartphone clash has been joined between rivals Apple and Samsung. But will everyday smartphone buyers even care, much less notice?

The M7 motion coprocessor in the iPhone 5s is a big deal
Apple's new flagship phone, the iPhone 5s, boasts a slew of new hardware advances, not the least of which is the M7 motion coprocessor. Columnist Ryan Faas explains why the M7 is important.

Walmart discounts new iPhone 5c by 20%
Walmart today confirmed that it will take in-store pre-orders for Apple's new iPhone 5c Friday morning, and will discount the smartphone to $79 with a two-year carrier contract.

Apple refuses to play low-price ball, stakes strategy to premium brand rep
Apple's decision to price the plastic chassis iPhone 5c at $549 without a contract has upset financial and industry analysts' models, which had called for much deeper cuts.

Mobility in the enterprise: Who should hold the hot potato?
Bringing mobility to the enterprise is like wrestling with an octopus. Here's how Electronic Arts, Case Western University and Needham Bank are taming the beast.

What the iPhone 5s and 5c and iOS7 offer the enterprise
Much of what Apple offers enterprise workers and their IT departments in the new iPhone 5s and 5c comes by virtue of its new mobile operating system, iOS 7, which was first announced in June.

Apple raises bet in poker game with Microsoft over mobile productivity
Apple yesterday poked Microsoft by announcing it would give away its trio of iWork productivity apps to buyers of new iOS 7-compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches purchased after Sept. 1.

Once again, Apple bypasses NFC in its new iPhones
Maybe this wasn't a surprise: Apple announced the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on Tuesday, but neither comes equipped with an NFC chip inside.

Fingerprint sensor in iPhone 5s is no silver bullet, researchers say
The fingerprint sensor in Apple's new iPhone 5s has the potential to enhance the security of the device, but the devil will be in the details.

Twitter lights up with Apple fans, critics and comedians
As Apple introduced two new iPhones today, Twitter lit up with excited comments and digs.

Apple dips toes into lower-priced waters with colorful $99 iPhone 5c
Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives today unveiled the iPhone 5s and the plastic-backed iPhone 5c, the first time in the six-year history of the iconic smartphone that the company has gone with a two-tier strategy.

Hands on with Apple's iPhone 5c and 5s
Here are my immediate first impressions on Apple's iPhone models, the 5c and 5s, which the company launched on Tuesday and allowed reporters to test after the press conference at its Cupertino, California, headquarters.

All eyes on the iPhone 5c today
Apple just can't keep a secret these days. Experts expect few surprises after 'a thorough leaking of Apple's most likely plans.'

Richi Jennings: Pros and cons for business use
So it's finally announced: the Verizon iPhone 4 is coming. But is it in the slightest bit interesting for enterprise users? Or is it just a consumer product? Let's analyze the pros and cons, in The Long View... INSIDER (registration required)

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Microsoft Office whips Google Docs: It's finally game over

If there was ever any doubt about whether Microsoft or Google would win the war of office suites, there should be no longer. Within the last several weeks, Microsoft has pulled so far ahead that it's game over. Here's why.

5 great apps to boost you in business (Mac, iOS)

This collection of essential apps will help you make better use of your contacts, develop ideas, work on projects and print from an iOS device without needing a new printer.

Mourning Steve Jobs, Samsung-style

Samsung vice-chairman, Lee Jae-yong, attended the private memorial service for Steve Jobs on October 16, 2011. While he mourned, his US team schemed to capitalize on Jobs' death, which they called the "best opportunity to attack iPhone".

Apple's anti-Android Holy War gets real

You don't get plans like these by "benchmarking" competitors. You get them by ignoring them.

Google's flat Android plan is not just about Apple

User interfaces won't be defined by what you see on the display forever, of course. Voice and gesture recognition will become part of the user interface equation -- this absolutely makes sense when the challenge of developing logical user experiences for wearable devices really takes off.

Apple has no Heart (bleed)

“Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected.”

Smartphone makers: If you don't make iPhones or Samsung you may as well quit

What’s bad about the Apple/Samsung market duopoly is that lack of competition in the sector inevitably weakens innovation in the space, prompting further market consolidation and ultimately limiting consumer choice.

The iWatch Mac: Why Apple should put Siri in OS X

Apple's "done innovating"? Don't be stupid. There's plenty more it can achieve.

Why is Facebook killing iPhone battery life?

Facebook is one of the world's most popular smartphone apps so why, just why, is the Facebook app devouring iPhone battery life?

Apple's sensor experts are developing much more than an iWatch

Apple has assembled an all-star team featuring some of the world's most proficient and well-connected biosensor engineers. Is this extensive investment entirely dedicated to an iPhone app called Healthbook and an accessory called an iWatch? 

WWDC 2014: Apple's return to glory?

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) begins June 2 in San Francisco; the company says -- will the event mark a return to industry leadership?

Review: Apple's recent iWork improvements

Apple's much-improved iWork is now a perfectly credible cross platform, device-agnostic productivity solution that will achieve what most casual users need while also being compatible with Microsoft Office.

Chart: Apple is beating up Samsung in brand loyalty

Samsung's problems are only going to grow. Apple's iPhone 6 will raise the industry bar even higher, making it even more challenging for the Samsung marketing machine to distort the reality that its products are seen as little more than second-class iPhones by most consumers.

OS upgrades are a right, not a privilege

Tech reporters who offer buying advice must recognize that when you pop down the shops to get a new PC or mobile device you should consider the added cost of future software upgrades (or the lack of access to them) when choosing what to buy.

Office for iPad marks end of the platform wars

Microsoft's purported plan to launch Office for iPad today is a bigger deal than you thought.