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  • Two reasons now might finally be the right time for iPhone to gain NFC

    29 August 2014, 10:48 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Every year, we hear the rumor that the next iPhone will get NFC support and this year is no exception. However, there are two important differences that could mean the time is right for NFC in the iPhone 6.…
  • It’s official: Apple is holding a launch event on September 9

    28 August 2014, 12:09 pm by: Kif Leswing

    After months of speculation, Apple sent out invites on Thursday to a event on September 9. The event will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, which is the same venue where Steve Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh back in…
  • Apple patent application shows unique wireless charging method for an iWatch

    28 August 2014, 9:33 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Wireless charging from electromagnetic fields using wire coils isn't anything new. Using wire coils for multiple purposes such as charging, speakers and NFC would be however and that's one possible vision has for its expected iWatch and other handheld devices.…
  • Will Apple unveil the iWatch at the same time as the iPhone 6?

    27 August 2014, 2:42 pm by: Kif Leswing

    Apple is planning to launch its long-rumored wearable wrist device alongside the iPhone 6 on September 9, suggests a new report from Re/Code.…
  • Ahead of the iPhone 6’s launch, T-Mobile discounts the 5s and 5c

    27 August 2014, 11:59 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    T-Mobile appears to be making some early preparations for the iPhone 6 launch this fall. It's discounting all of the current generation iPhone models by about $50 in a move likely intended to clear inventory.…
  • Apple adds AT&T Next iPhone buying option in the online Apple Store

    27 August 2014, 11:20 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    After reports of adding carrier financing plan support in stores, Apple's online marketplace now lets you choose AT&T Next with zero down for your new iPhone. Wait, where is Verizon's Edge and T-Mobile's Jump plans?…
  • Box brings in new exec to make M&A moves

    27 August 2014, 8:58 am by: Barb Darrow

    Box brings on Villi Illtchev, a former Salesforce.com and Lifelock exec, to help make buying decisions. Box brings in new exec to make M&A moves originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Why it would make sense for Apple to debut a larger iPad in 2015

    26 August 2014, 4:08 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    With iPad sales slowing, now might be a good time to boost them with a bigger iPad. The idea makes sense for several reasons and Bloomberg's sources peg early next year as the date for a 12.9-inch Apple tablet.…
  • Mobile phone “kill switches” to be law in California, but critics worry about misuse

    26 August 2014, 9:25 am by: Jeff John Roberts

    California finally passed a kill switch law for cell phones. Here's a quick explanation of how it works, and why not everyone is thrilled about it.…
  • Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for iPhone, iPad updated with Office compatibility

    25 August 2014, 4:09 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Google updated two of its Google Apps for iOS on Monday while also adding a third new title. Docs and Sheets get the updates that the Android versions gained in June: The ability to open Microsoft Office docs and spreadsheets. Google Slides is new for iOS,…
  • Ryan Seacrest’s Typo sold thousands of BlackBerry-style keyboards in defiance of court order,…

    22 August 2014, 1:38 pm by: Jeff John Roberts

    A judge ordered Typo to stop selling a keyboard for iPhone because the product appeared to violate BlackBerry's patents. Ryan Seacrest's company kept selling them anyways, a court order shows.…
  • Are we in a mobile app glut? Report says most US phone owners aren’t downloading apps

    22 August 2014, 11:14 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Nearly 2 out of 3 U.S. smartphone owners don't download a single app in a given month. Isn't this the age of the mobile app economy? It is, but most of the growth is long over at this point in the cycle.…
  • iPhone 6 could arrive later than expected or be in short supply due to screen production

    22 August 2014, 8:41 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    With so many little moving parts to the machine that makes iPhones, a supply issue can easily affect production schedules. Reuters says a display challenge could impact early availability of the iPhone 6.…
  • Recharge a phone with Charge Ninja, a $29 credit card–sized battery

    21 August 2014, 3:42 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Need a portable phone battery that isn't bigger than your phone? Check out Charge Ninja, a low-cost credit-card sized battery with keychain cable that's enough to get you through the rest of the day when your handset battery dies.…
  • Apple job postings hint at a possible VoLTE surprise for iPhone 6

    21 August 2014, 11:57 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    The iPhone 6 is expected to debut next month and we already know that it will support Wi-Fi calling. Voice over LTE might not be far behind as Apple is seeking experience engineers to help add VoLTE support. It could be a software update away.…
  • Apple and Google crush map patent in early test of Patent Office’s new appeal system

    20 August 2014, 7:48 pm by: Jeff John Roberts

    There's another piece of good news on the patent troll front as a new Patent Office appeals system appears to be doing its job. This month, it agreed to invalidate a map-related patent challenged by Apple and Google.…
  • OnBeep snags $6.25M to push pretty, heads-up push-to-talk devices

    20 August 2014, 11:00 am by: Barb Darrow

    This is not your dad's walkie-talkie. OnBeep wants to produce beautiful wearable devices that will let consumers communicate with select colleagues without staring down at their phones…
  • Why it makes sense that the iPhone 6 could be thinner than its camera sensor

    20 August 2014, 9:12 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Fitting in with early pics of reported dummy cases for the iPhone 6, a schematic drawing suggests the iPhone 6 camera ring could slightly protrude outward: It's not easy to make a thin camera sensor with improved quality and lenses.…
  • Another possible iPhone 6 resolution discovered in iOS 8 files

    19 August 2014, 4:36 pm by: Kif Leswing

    An effective resolution of 414 x 736 was discovered in a file describing the home screen in the latest iOS 8 SDK beta. This implies that the iPhone 6 could be packing a screen with a 828 x 1472 or even a 1242 x 2208 resolution.…
  • Yet another Google app comes to iOS: Photo Sphere Camera for 360-degree pics

    19 August 2014, 4:21 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Photo spheres aren't a type of picture you'd use on a regular basis but thanks to their immersive 360-degree imagery, they're handy for sharing a detailed view of nearly any location on the planet. And now you can snap them on an iPhone or iPad.…
  • London police want all phones to come with preset passcodes

    19 August 2014, 11:43 am by: David Meyer

    The force has been lobbying handset manufacturers to include passcodes out of the box, according to a report in The Register. The Met told me it would prefer it if users set their passcodes at the point of sale.…
  • One less potential barrier to an iWatch: Apple granted curved touch display patent

    19 August 2014, 9:29 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Among 48 granted Apple patents published on Tuesday is one that could easily pertain to a wearable device, such as the rumored iWatch. Patently Apple notes that U.S. patent 8,808,483, originally filed in 2010, covers a method to create a curved touch panel.…
  • Lightning cords for the upcoming iPhone could be sporting a reversible Type-A USB connector

    17 August 2014, 11:55 am by: Kif Leswing

    An increasing number of leaks and rumors are pointing to Apple revamping its Lightning cable for its product launches this fall. The new cable, according to leaked photos, could have a reversible USB Type-A connector on the side opposite from Apple's…
  • How to spot birds, planes, and maybe even a superhero with your iPhone

    16 August 2014, 12:00 pm by: Geoffrey Goetz

    There are things you can see and things you can't see when you gaze up into the sky. With a little help from an app or two, you can identify all of them.…
  • Why it’s about to get tougher for Apple to grow iPhone sales in China

    15 August 2014, 4:58 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    A Chinese state agency told the country's three main carriers they're spending too much on phone subsidies. Now the largest of these, China Mobile, is reducing its budget for subsidies by $2 billion, which could steer customers to lower-priced handsets.…
  • The Kindle Paperwhite quietly gets a hardware update with doubled internal storage

    15 August 2014, 10:49 am by: Kif Leswing

    Buying a Kindle Paperwhite? Make sure you get the latest model — which is identical to the version released last year, except with doubled internal storage. As pointed out by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader, the international product page for the Wi-Fi…
  • Apple reportedly starts storing Chinese iCloud data in China

    15 August 2014, 6:15 am by: David Meyer

    The move will result in a better user experience for Chinese customers, while potentially also mollifying the authorities. Apple reportedly starts storing Chinese iCloud data in China originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Apple’s Touch ID: It’s not just for iPhones and iPads based on this patent

    14 August 2014, 2:36 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    It's a pretty safe bet this year's new iPads and the iPhone 6 will have a Touch ID sensor. Apple may not stop there, however, based on this patent which opens up possibilities for Touch ID on Mac computers or other devices.…
  • Here’s the list of banned substances you won’t find in Apple products

    14 August 2014, 10:26 am by: Kif Leswing

    In a blog post, Apple environmental head Lisa Jackson published a specification outlining which substances cannot be used in Apple products and packaging, as well as details on Apple's investigation into whether the chemicals benzene and n-hexane were being…
  • Amazon launches its own credit card reader, undercuts Square on transaction fees

    13 August 2014, 11:13 am by: Kevin Fitchard

    Amazon's Local Register has a lot in common in Square's Reader, but Amazon is hoping to set itself apart from its rival by dropping its transaction fees to 1.75 percent for the next 16 months.…

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