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Apple hasn't exhausted its supply of Yosemite betas
Apple still has redemption codes available for its public beta of OS X Yosemite.
Bose sues Beats over headphone patents
Headphone maker Bose has launched a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to acquire in a US$3 billion deal.
In Digital Assistant Faceoff, Good Now (Just) Edges Siri
Call me old fashioned, but unlike Joaquin Phoenix in the film "Her," I'll never fall in love with a computer, Apple's Siri, or any other digital assistant. Siri is helpful, but does it work as well as Google Now? According to Gene Munster, a Piper Jaffray analyst who performed a rather painstaking analysis of the subject, there's almost no difference between the two -- though the Android version has a very slight edge.
13 pieces of advice for Yosemite beta testers
For the first time since 2000, Apple is allowing pubic beta testers to try out a prerelease version of OS X. Ryan Faas tells testers what to do and what to avoid.
The other Apple economy: $2B in devices on eBay
In the U.S. alone, nearly $2 billion worth of Apple devices -- Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods -- were sold on eBay over the past 12 months.
Apple sends users scrambling for OS X Yosemite
Apple today released the public beta of OS X Yosemite, giving nondevelopers their first chance to preview an upcoming Mac operating system in 14 years.
Apple is losing its grip as the top tablet company
Apple's grip on the tablet is loosening, with the iPad losing ground during the second quarter this year to Android and Windows tablets.
Long replacement cycle drags down iPad sales
Apple announced it sold 13.3 million iPads in the second quarter, a year-over-year drop of 9%, the second straight quarter of declining numbers, and blamed a slowdown in developed markets.
QuickPoll: Is Apple smart to release a public beta of OS X Yosemite?
Apple is releasing its first public beta of OS X Yosemite. Is that a smart move?
Google tried to buy music giant Spotify
Google reportedly tried to buy popular music streaming service Spotify late last year, but the talks broke down and the deal didn't go through.
Apple unwraps OS X Yosemite public beta Thursday
Apple will release its first public beta of OS X Yosemite early Thursday
The Apple/IBM deal: iOS claims the IoT
The partnership announced last week isn't just about selling more iPhones. It's part of a big push into the Internet of Things.
Workers hit Apple with class action suit over alleged labor rule violations
Apple faces in a state court in California a class action suit that its employees were not provided timely meal breaks, rest breaks and final paychecks, according to the lawyer for the employees.
Apple grows Mac sales by 18% on the back of the MacBook Air
Apple sold 4.4 million Macs in the June quarter, the most ever for that three-month stretch, with an annual growth rate the rest of the PC industry hasn't seen since 2010.
Five takeaways from the Apple earnings call
Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed.
Apple reports huge profit but sales disappoint
Apple has racked up another hugely profitable quarter on sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, though its revenue growth was slower than expected.
Want an Apple watch? Just 3D print one
An industrious design graduate from the University of Edinburgh has posted a 3D printing CAD file for a wrist ban that allows users to insert an iPod Nano, which can act as a watch, music player and more.
What to listen for during Apple's earnings call today
Apple today will reveal its Q2 revenue and device sales during a conference call with Wall Street. Here's what to listen out for.
Apple gets patent on iTime smart watch
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office served up further evidence on Tuesday that Apple is designing a smart watch when it awarded the company a patent for a wrist-worn gadget with a touchscreen and ability to communicate with a smartphone.
OS X Yosemite public beta nears release
Apple may release a public beta for OS X Yosemite as early as next week, according to an online report Monday.
Apple's new iPhone 6 could have biggest initial production
Apple is ordering a combined 70 to 80 million units of two big-screen versions of its next iPhone, its largest initial production to date, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
Mac sales will again outstrip industry average
Apple likely sold more Macs than it did in the same quarter last year, keeping its better-than-the-industry sales pace going.
10 Things You Should Know About Apple's Swift
Apple recently unveiled Swift, a new language to replace Objective-C for OS X and iOS application development. Apple won't accept submissions built using Swift to the iOS or Mac App Store until the fall, when iOS 8 and the next version of OS X (Yosemite) ship, so there's still some time to learn the ins and outs of this new programming language.
Lenovo spins 180, says it's still in the 8-in. Windows tablet game
Lenovo on Friday said it would continue selling sub-10-in. Windows tablets in the U.S., backing away from statements it made the day before.
Rise of the Planet of the Lockscreens
The humble lockscreen is about to become the most important interface on your smartphone, says columnist Mike Elgan.
Apple, IBM spell out enterprise support for iPhone, iPad
Apple will provide an expanded set of support services to IBM customers with iPhones and iPads under a new enterprise-grade AppleCare plan.
Quickpoll: Who's the winner in the Apple-IBM partnership?
Register your opinion on who gets the most out of the Apple-IBM pact.
Among IBM users, Apple agreement gets praise, questions
The IBM-Apple partnership resonates with users who like the idea of connecting Apple's mobile platform with IBM's back-end data, but some observers have questions about the deal and there's no certainty the partnership will succeed.
Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred
In the seven years since the first iPhone arrived, iOS has morphed from a consumer-centric OS into one with a wealth of enterprise-worthy features.
Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT
One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who should really worry about Apple/IBM? Microsoft
Sure, the enterprise push by Apple and IBM should worry the Android camp, and business writers should make sure they have an up-to-date obituary ready for BlackBerry. But Microsoft is the company with the most to lose.
Apple's Partnership With IBM Leaves CIOs Hanging
The big news this week of Apple and IBM joining forces to dominate the mobile enterprise market makes a great story -- at least on the surface.
Why Microsoft isn't spooked by the Apple-IBM alliance
The Apple-IBM partnership will have little effect on Microsoft's dominance in the enterprise, or drastically change its mutating mobile strategy.
Fingerprint Faceoff: Apple Touch ID vs. Samsung Finger Scanner
My single favorite feature of the iPhone 5s is the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which lets you unlock your device with the tap of a finger. So when Samsung recently sent me its new Galaxy Tab S 10.5" tablet for review, the first thing I did was test the Tab S fingerprint scanner.
Apple agrees to pay up to $400M in e-books price-fixing case
Apple has reached a settlement in a long-standing case that accused the company of fixing the price on e-books, with the company paying up to US$400 million, depending on the outcome of its appeal in the case, a law firm has announced.
Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push
The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small.
Microsoft boosts OneDrive storage to free terabyte
Microsoft has begun boosting the free allowance of its OneDrive cloud-based storage service to one terabyte for subscribers to consumer and college student Office 365 plans.
IBM and Apple ties go way back
IBM and Apple have a history of working together that dates back more than 20 years.
Apple fashions 'brilliant' partnership with IBM for instant enterprise cred
The business-focused deal between Apple and IBM unveiled Tuesday is 'brilliant,' one analyst said, noting that Apple now gets into the enterprise through the front door rather than the back.
Why the Apple-IBM deal matters
Apple's partnership with IBM to tackle the mobile enterprise could have lasting ramifications for both companies -- as well as for rivals Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry. It could also make life a lot easier for IT staff at large enterprises.
Apple and IBM in major deal to tackle corporate market
Apple is making a big push for the corporate IT market through a partnership with IBM, which will develop iOS apps for its big data and analytics services and promote iPhones and iPads to its clients.
Update: Apple and IBM team up on 'historic' enterprise push
Apple and IBM today unveiled an "exclusive partnership" that melds IBM's big data and analytics capabilities with Apple's iPhone and iPad for business customers..
Apple's Eddy Cue takes cue from boss, auctions off lunch date for charity
Apple's chief of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, has put himself up on the charity auction block.
Microsoft gets real, admits its device share is just 14%
Microsoft COO Kevin Turner acknowledged today that his company's operating systems power only a small fraction of all devices worldwide.
iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Durability Could be Vastly Exaggerated
Each and every spring/summer, keeping track of all the various new-iPhone-related rumors becomes a challenge that even the most dedicate iPhan would struggle to meet.
Apple quickly counters China claim of iPhone spying
Apple on Saturday quickly denied claims by China's state-run television that its iPhones track owners' locations.
Big changes and possible cuts prompt Microsoft to publicly air Nadella memo
Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella distributed his Thursday memo beyond the halls of his company to signal to everyone that big changes, likely including staffing cuts, are coming.
Why Samsung needs to move beyond Android -- and Google
Samsung depends on Google's Android OS, but needs to find a way to differentiate itself from rivals who also use Android if it's to grow and thrive.
China calls the iPhone and iOS 7 threats to national security
China's state-run TV is telling iPhone owners that the device is a threat to national security because it tracks their movements.
Apple's CarPlay to dominate infotainment systems, will be in 24M cars by 2019
Apple's API for in-car mobile devices, better known as CarPlay, will outpace both the open API MirrorLink and GENIVI.
Tip of the Hat: Samsung's warning should be no surprise
Several analysts argue that Samsung's warning about Q3 profits is due to its strategy of competing on price.
Dev interest in OS X Yosemite is 4X what it was for Mavericks in '13
Developer interest in OS X Yosemite appears to be quadruple that of 2013's Mavericks.
Patch alert: Update browsers' Flash ASAP to block log-on theft
While Google's Chrome and Microsoft's IE10 and IE11 browsers will automatically update to the latest version of Adobe Flash, anyone using Safari, Firefox, Opera or older versions of IE must do so manually.
Apple yanks Google Maps from iCloud's 'Find My iPhone'
Apple has begun replacing Google Maps with its own mapping technology on iCloud.com, specifically in the Web-based "Find My iPhone" service.
Gartner scales back Windows forecast
Gartner today scaled back its forecast of Windows' near future, saying that while Microsoft's OS will power a growing number of devices this year and next, the gains will be smaller than it projected in January.
Firefox falters, falls to record low in overall browser share
Firefox's user share on all platforms -- desktop and mobile -- has plunged in the last two months as its desktop browser continued to bleed and efforts to capture users on smartphones fell short.
Google shows Apple how to buy a music service
Google's purchase of music streaming service Songza will be a boost for the Google brand as well as its search, Play, Glass and other services. Maybe Apple could learn a thing or two from the deal.
Nova: Bluetooth flash for iPhone
There are many times when your iPhone camera flash just isn't up for the job. Either you need light from a different angle (ever notice how phone-based flashes tend to wash out the subject?) or you need a warmer or cooler flash than your iPhone provides. You, my friend, might be interested in the Nova, a Bluetooth LE flash.
Samsung invokes Alice case to challenge two Apple patents
Samsung Electronics has asked a court in California to hold invalid claims of two Apple patents in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that tightened standards for patentability.
Enjoy the Free Songza Music App While You Still Can
By now, you may have heard that Google acquired Songza for a rumored $15 million. That's a bargain, when you consider Apple's recent $3-billion purchase of Beats, which sells headphones, speakers and a streaming music service.
'Reading Rainbow' reboot coming to Android, Apple TV, Xbox
A relaunched version of "Reading Rainbow," the popular educational TV show that first aired in the 1980s, is on its way to a number of modern platforms including Android, Apple TV and Xbox.
Google scoops up Songza and its modern version of the 80s mix tape
Google will acquire music streaming service Songza, which offers customized playlists on its free mobile app.
Oracle selling $10B in bonds, giving hint to buying spree
Oracle is selling $10 billion in bonds, in a move that could signal the vendor is planning to ramp up its already steady pace of acquisitions.
Apple deals $50-$100 store gift cards for back-to-school promo
Apple began its annual back-to-school promotion in the U.S., once again reprising a gift card deal for customers who buy eligible hardware.
Apple patches iOS, OS X and Safari on Mega Monday
Apple on Monday updated both OS X and iOS, patching 19 security vulnerabilities in the former and 44 in the latter.
Why It's Never Been More Important to Pick Your Mobile Platform Wisely
Will your choice of phablet determine the mobile ecosystem you get locked into for health and fitness tracking, automobile navigation and home entertainment?
Wal-Mart slashes iPhone 5S and 5C prices by as much as 71% off list
Wal-Mart today chopped prices of Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to $99 and $29, respectively, with a two-year carrier contract.
Smartwatches at work: Boon or bane for IT?
It's hard to assess how popular smartwatches will be for business users, or how much of a pain they'll be for IT to support. But don't surprised when they start showing up in the office.
Google answers Apple's 'Continuity' with partial measures
Google this week offered a partial answer to Apple's Continuity technology, announcing a system that will let Android-powered smartphones interact with Chrome OS on Chromebooks.
Google gets into the weeds of Android Work
Google has revealed more about how its new enterprise security and management framework -- otherwise known as Android Work -- will function when the next version of Android rolls out.
Microsoft botched all aspects of Exchange outage response
Microsoft blew it Tuesday when its Exchange Online hosted email service went dark and the company made no effort to explain what was going on to customers.
Apple cuts iPod Touch prices by up to 25%
Apple today cut prices of its iPod Touch as sales of that device and others in the iPod lineup have plummeted.
The Pangu jailbreak for iOS could turn into a sinister attack
A new jailbreak for Apple's iOS software that uses confidential information intended only for security researchers could develop into a more sinister attack, according to security analysts.
Support clock ticks on Office for Mac 2011, but heir nowhere in sight
The clock is ticking on support for Office for the Mac 2011, and there's still no sign from Microsoft of a replacement.
Foxconn CEO blames past worker suicides on breakups, family disputes
Four years after a string of suicides brought unwanted attention to his company, Foxconn Technology Group's CEO said none of the deaths had to do with poor working conditions at Foxconn factories.
10 things to know about the smartphone kill switch
The smartphone kill switch appears to be on its way to every handset sold in the U.S. So what's all the fuss about? Here's a look at the main points of the technology.
At Google I/O, expect smartwatches as Android spreads to new screens
Expected news around smartwatches, health systems and Android-connected devices at Google's I/O conference, which starts Wednesday, is sure to draw attention from consumers as the search giant tries to connect a wide range of home and personal devices.
Microsoft wants MacBook Air owners to trade up to a Surface Pro by trading in
Microsoft has launched a buyback program to try to get MacBook Air owners to part with their laptops and replace them with new Surface Pro 3 devices.
Microsoft to double OneDrive free space, slash extra storage prices up to 73%
Microsoft plans to double OneDrive's free storage space for consumers to 15GB from its previous allowance of 7GB.
OS X Snow Leopard desertion rate accelerates after patches stop
The decline of OS X Snow Leopard has accelerated in the last three months, perhaps because users now know that Apple has stopped patching the five-year-old OS.
Yosemite's 'Handoff' will work only on Macs less than 2-3 years old
Apple's "Handoff" -- one of the key new features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite -- will work only on newer Macs that support Bluetooth 4.0 and the Bluetooth LE (low energy) technology.
BMC and the Anatomy of a Successful Turnaround
Most tech companies trying to turn themselves around start with the products that customers don't want right now, not the products those customers will want several years from now. That's why most turnaround efforts fail. BMC, having gone private and assembled a new executive team, seems to have learned its lesson.
Judge not sold on $324M settlement in Silicon Valley tech worker case
A proposed US$324.5 million settlement of claims that Silicon Valley companies including Google and Apple suppressed worker wages by agreeing not to hire each others' employees may not be high enough, a judge signaled on Thursday.
Microsoft promises Windows Phone 'kill-switch' by July 2015
Microsoft today spelled out the "kill-switch" deterrents it will add to the Windows Phone mobile operating system, and said it would meet a July 2015 deadline for making stolen smartphones useless.
Apple nails Health timing as fitness app usage soars
Apple may have kicked off its health and fitness emphasis in iOS 8 at just the right time, mobile analytics firm Flurry suggested today.
New, cheaper iMac looks like DIY nightmare
Apple's new iMac may be less expensive than its siblings, but that came at a price, a reseller said Wednesday: Do-it-yourselfers won't be able to upgrade the stock 8GB of memory in the new all-in-one.
The real 'fire' in Amazon's smartphone? A shopping spree
You'd be forgiven for thinking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to compete with other phone makers with his company's new Fire smartphone. But forget the multiple cameras and pretty 3-D-like effects, the device is really about selling more stuff.
Apple won't fear Amazon's Fire Phone
No one at Apple's headquarters will be losing sleep over whether the new Amazon Fire will snatch market share from the iPhone, analysts said.
Apple's new iMac is $200 cheaper -- and slower
Apple today added a new entry-level iMac to its line, pricing it 15% lower than the previous cheapest model but dramatically scaling back the all-in-one's performance/
Security holes could give hackers access to iOS, Android devices
Apple's tight vetting of mobile applications gives it a security edge over Android, but there are still several ways for attackers to steal data from iOS devices, a mobile security company warned in a report Tuesday.
Apple settles e-book antitrust dispute with U.S. states, consumer group
Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement in the e-books price-fixing lawsuit with U.S. states and a consumer group ahead of a trial for damages scheduled for July 14, according to records in a New York federal court.
Samsung matters more than Apple in deciding wireless charging's future
Samsung and Apple are the leading handset manufacturers in the world, but when it comes to which one can drive the mobile market for wireless charging, Samsung looks like the bigger player.
Headphone makers will be wary of Apple's Lightning audio pitch
Apple will find it difficult to convince headset manufacturers to switch to a Lightning port for audio, an analyst argued today.
No-interest financing tips consumers to priciest iPhones
iPhone buyers who finance full-priced smartphones are more likely to pick the most expensive iPhone 5S than U.S. consumers who go the subsidized-purchase route, analysts said.
Firefox risks user backlash by adding search box to new tab page
Mozilla has pulled a "Chrome" by adding a search box to the new tab page in Firefox 31, which is slated to ship in final form on July 22.
Skype app for iPhone due out from Microsoft today
Microsoft promises that a revamped Skype app for the iPhone will be significantly better than the current version, although it may be too late for users who have long since switched to other options.
Developer demos iPad split-screen in photos, video
The developer who earlier this week uncovered code within iOS 8 that pointed to a split-screen mode posted demonstrations of the feature in action.
Update: Tizen OS declared 'dead in the water'
Days after Samsung introduced a Tizen OS-based smartphone, a UK-based analyst declared the operating system a non-starter, despite its backing by a consortium of heavyweights including Intel, Samsung and LG Electronics.
Microsoft should grab Apple's 'Handoff' for Office
There's no good reason Microsoft can't adopt Apple's "Handoff" technology in its iOS and OS X Office apps, an analyst said today.
Snapchat Must Either Grow Up or Risk Disappearing
Snapchat had a rough May, and that's even before taking into account the massive competitive threats it faces from Apple and Facebook. The company has a lot of growing up to do. And it better do it fast.
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Who sold more phones last quarter, Apple or Microsoft? Wrong -- it's Microsoft.
When it comes to phones, Apple is the 800-pound gorilla, and Microsoft is the 100-pound weakling, right? Wrong! Last quarter, Microsoft sold nearly one million more phones than Apple did. And it has the numbers to prove it.
Apple steals your wallet with future iPhone
Apple and Visa are ready to turn your iPhone into your wallet, after years of steady work to develop such services.
Security expert rejects Apple, NSA, iOS backdoor claims
A hacker this week claimed hidden iOS backdoors are used by government, law enforcement and other out of control groups to collect personal data without permission, but the allegations are incorrect, a leading security developer told AppleHolic.
Earnings reports show Apple matters to the world, Microsoft doesn't
Yesterday's earnings reports from Microsoft and Apple showed a contrast in corporate strategies: Apple's aimed at consumers, Microsoft's targeted at businesses. Those reports and the press's reaction to them shows why right now Apple matters to the world, and Microsoft doesn't.
All the Apple iPhone 6 rumors you need to know
We know Apple is preparing to consolidate its grip on the high-end smartphone market with the device it will probably call "iPhone 6" when it ships September 19, so what can you expect?
Apple results: Don't expect new products until Fall
Apple CEO Tim Cook continued to talk about "new product lines" the company "can't wait" to share, but these promises couldn't disguise relative flatness in the company's Q3 results.
15 more iOS 8 features we learned this week
New insights into what's inside Apple's looming iOS 8 release continue to emerge, alongside a bunch of new enhancements introduced within iOS 8 Beta 4, which reached developers last night.
iOS backdoor? Yes... No... Diagnostics!!
iPhone: Reminds me of a Gibson.
Have you ever wanted to be able to magically hack mobile phones like hackers do in the movies? If recent claims are true that security holes, backdoors, and packet sniffers are present in every iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device -- you can!
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hack the planet.
6 ways Apple protects your privacy in iOS 8
Apple has put a lot of work into ensuring iOS 8 users are given much stronger controls over their privacy and security, giving its mobile OS something competitors cannot (or will not) match.
Candy crushed: EU demands Google & Apple clean-up their apps
In-app purchases: Like stealing candy from a baby.
Silent sentinel, tireless champion, (and BFF!) of consumers everywhere -- the European Commission -- has put its foot down once again. Its notion that an anything-is-OK-as-long-as-I-make-a-buck attitude regarding in-app purchases -- especially those labelled "free" on the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) app stores -- is now especially irksome to our Brussels-based friends.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers start uninstalling apps.
6 Steve Jobs stories we learned this month
Apple's Steve Jobs is a modern icon, but biographers have painted his character with a wide brush. That's why many who worked with Jobs seem keen to give us a much better insight into the man. Here are six Steve Jobs stories we learned this month.
Why enterprise IT pros should fear Apple and IBM
Apple and IBM intend to bring Apple's legendary ease of use into the enterprise. This means those who currently work in enterprise IT will be expected to deliver complexity and power within applications users can understand. And if they don't do it, they'll be out of a job.
OS X Yosemite, iOS 8: Continuity -- what you need to know
Apple's promised Continuity feature will bind OS X Yosemite with iOS 8, enabling integration between Macs and mobile devices for compatible apps. So what is Continuity and what can you expect?
Apple-IBM deal fallout: The future of innovation is now with Microsoft.
The Apple-IBM blockbuster deal may finally give Apple its long-denied entrée into the enterprise. But it also may signal something even more surprising: That the future of innovation now belongs to Microsoft, not Apple. Here's why.
15+ reasons Apple is best for accessibility
Apple does more to ensure its solutions are accessible to a wide range of users than any other platform, in spite of any drivel suggesting otherwise.