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  • Yelp lets users add short videos to business reviews in latest app update

    28 July 2014, 11:29 pm

    Yelp on Monday pushed out an update to its iOS app that allows users to upload short video clips up to 12 seconds long alongside written reviews and pictures.
  • Hilton to roll out digital check-ins, smartphone room keys in new tech push

    28 July 2014, 8:18 pm

    Hilton Worldwide on Monday announced plans to roll out an aggressive overhaul of its tech infrastructure that will let guests use their mobile devices as hotel room keys, choose rooms from a floor plan map and check-in to properties around the world.
  • Microsoft uses Apple's Siri to prop up Windows' new 'Cortana' virtual assistant

    28 July 2014, 6:35 pm

    In a new ad released on Monday, Microsoft highlights the apparent inadequacies of Apple's Siri virtual assistant, which is pitted unfavorably in a head-to-head feature test with "Cortana," its Windows 8.1 analog.
  • Facebook to soon require standalone Messenger app for mobile chats

    28 July 2014, 5:57 pm

    Facebook on Monday announced it will be drawing down support for messages sent through its flagship mobile app, meaning users around the world will be forced to download the standalone Messenger app if they want to take their chats on the road.
  • Apple drops cross-appeal of final judgment in Samsung lawsuit, no longer seeks permanent injunction

    28 July 2014, 5:10 pm

    Apple on Monday filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to drop its cross-appeal of California Judge Lucy Koh's final judgment in its patent trial against Samsung, meaning the company will no longer seek a product ban in that…
  • Apple's Beats Music refines iOS app, Clumsy Ninja adds summer content

    28 July 2014, 3:57 pm

    Two interesting updates hit the App Store on Monday as new Apple subsidiary Beats Music unveiled a number of refinements to the app's user experience and popular gaming title Clumsy Ninja added a slew of new content.
  • Apple's iBeacon continues to spread with new rollouts by Lord & Taylor, others

    28 July 2014, 12:09 pm

    Businesses continue to embrace consumers wielding Apple's mobile devices, as department store chain Lord & Taylor and German restaurant group Mook have announced new iBeacon-based customer outreach plans, while hoteliers Hilton will allow guests to check in…
  • Purported 5.5-in. iPhone logic board surfaces alongside 'iPhone 6' part in new photos

    28 July 2014, 9:52 am

    A logic board said to be destined for Apple's anticipated 5.5-inch iPhone was shown off in a new set of photos on Monday alongside a similar part reportedly headed for a 4.7-inch "iPhone 6."
  • Apple expected to buy personalized talk radio app Swell for $30 million

    28 July 2014, 8:43 am

    Apple may bolster its streaming media services with the addition of technology and talent from Swell, a personalized news radio application currently available for iPhone, which it is said to have bought for $30 million.
  • European Commission OKs Apple's $3B purchase of Beats

    28 July 2014, 8:27 am

    The legislative arm of the European Union ruled on Monday that Apple is allowed to acquire Beats, the premium headphone maker it plans to acquire for $3 billion, as the agreement would not be detrimental to consumers in the organization's eyes.
  • New MacBook Pros with 16GB RAM standard & faster CPUs rumored to launch Tuesday

    28 July 2014, 8:09 am

    Apple's MacBook Pro lineup, in both the 13- and 15-inch varieties, is now rumored to receive an update on Tuesday, following a leak that suggested all 15-inch models will come standard with 16 gigabytes of RAM.
  • Rumor: In-store signage outs speed-bumped MacBook Pros, 16GB of RAM to come standard

    27 July 2014, 6:28 pm

    A photo out of China on Sunday supposedly shows iPad-based Apple Store signage detailing the anticipated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display refresh, with an updated processor lineup and standard 16GB of RAM across the board.
  • Apple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump

    26 July 2014, 11:18 pm

    Apple reported "strong double digit growth" in its Mac sales in the U.S., directly contradicting the earlier estimates published by IDC and Gartner that stated Apple's U.S. Mac sales fell year-over-year in the June quarter and calling into question the…
  • Alleged 'iPhone 6' logic board claimed to include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC chip

    26 July 2014, 1:47 pm

    A series of new photos out of China claims to show the logic board for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6," with information accompanying the pictures alleging that the board includes support for ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as near-field communications for…
  • Apple acquires startup BookLamp for between $10M to $15M in bid to bolster iBooks discovery

    25 July 2014, 9:28 pm

    Apple on Friday confirmed reports that it recently acquired book analytics firm BookLamp -- dubbed the "Pandora for Books" -- in April to bolster its fight in the e-book sales market, bringing better discovery and analytics to its digital storefront.
  • Public beta launch nearly doubles OS X 10.10 Yosemite adoption despite download issues

    25 July 2014, 8:00 pm

    The share of Mac-based Web traffic generated by Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite doubled since the company released a beta version to the public on Thursday, though some users are seeing problems downloading the next-generation operating system.
  • Cellular device unlocking bill passed by US House, President Obama says will sign into law

    25 July 2014, 5:11 pm

    After passing through U.S. Senate last week, the House of Representatives on Friday cleared a bill regarding cellphone and tablet owners' rights to unlock their hardware for use on a different carrier's network.
  • Apple, Inc. bought back another $5 billion of $AAPL stock in Q3 as shares rose 20%

    25 July 2014, 4:56 pm

    During its fiscal Q3 ending in June, Apple spent $5 billion to buy up its own stock off the market. Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, Apple has spent $28 billion to repurchase stock at average share prices between two-thirds and three-quarters of its current…
  • Amazon stock dips after anaemic third quarter, tepid reception for Fire Phone

    25 July 2014, 3:18 pm

    On the same day that Amazon begins to ship its new, widely-panned Fire Phone to consumers, shares of the online retailing giant are trading down nearly 10 percent after the company posted a $126 million loss on nearly $20 billion in sales in its fiscal second…
  • Bose files lawsuit against Apple's Beats over noise canceling tech

    25 July 2014, 2:40 pm

    Two of the biggest names in premium headphones --?Bose and soon-to-be-Apple's Beats -- are set to square off in court, with a new lawsuit filed on Friday by Bose alleging that Beats products infringe on its noise canceling patents.
  • iOS-connected AirDog auto-following drone adds obstacle avoidance

    25 July 2014, 11:52 am

    As it nears the completion of a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, drone makers Helico Aerospace announced this week that their forthcoming AirDog drone -- which automatically follows users as they do things like wakeboarding or skiing -- will gain a…
  • Apple spending on manufacturing & parts sees biggest increase since 2007 launch of first iPhone

    25 July 2014, 9:12 am

    The data in Apple's recently released 10-Q filing reveals the company has invested heavily in manufacturing and component purchases as it gears up for a series of highly anticipated major product launches this fall, including a next-generation iPhone and…
  • Rumor: Production for new iPad mini, iPad Air, & 5.5" 'iPhone 6' pushed to Sept.

    25 July 2014, 9:02 am

    A Friday morning rumor out of the Far East suggests that only one of Apple's next-generation handsets -- the 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" -- will be ready for launch at the company's anticipated September media event, as the larger 5.5-inch model will allegedly not…
  • Judge voices concern over Apple's $450M e-book settlement, says may hurt consumers

    24 July 2014, 8:52 pm

    U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Thursday said she is concerned about the terms of Apple's settlement with a class of consumers due hundreds of millions of dollars over e-book price fixing, claiming certain provisions could greatly reduce the damages…
  • ComiXology launches DRM-free comic book downloads from select publishers

    24 July 2014, 8:17 pm

    Popular iOS comic book app comiXology on Thursday sent out emails to existing customers, notifying them of a new DRM-free backup download service for content from certain publishers.

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