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To pursue its continuing obsession with thinness, Apple has gone to extraordinary lengths with the keyboard on the new 12-inch MacBook, redesigning it in a way that is thoroughly distinct from its Macbook Air and MacBook Pro stablemates. According to Apple, the the new MacBook's key assembly is about 40 percent thinner than previous designs and was necessary to keep the entire machine under 0.52 inches thick at its deepest point. Executing such a radical design with...
Google has formed a partnership with medical and consumer goods firm Johnson & Johnson that will see the development of robots to help surgeons in the operating room, according to an announcement made on Friday. Johnson & Johsnon said that the deal should be completed in the second quarter, but is still awaiting a review by antitrust regulators. Google will specifically be working with Ethicon, a J&J division dedicated to surgical technology. In particular the robots...
A trio of popular media apps received updates Friday, with live broadcasting app Meerkat gaining upgrades to compete with Twitter's Periscope, while Vine moves to 720p video and Instapaper adds Instant Sync and Twitter "textshots." In response to the release of Twitter's own competing app, Periscope, popular live broadcasting title Meerkat has received a major point release, v1.1. To get around Twitter denying access to the social graph, Meerkat now has its own...
Amid rumors of an Apple branded streaming television service, Comcast asserts it has not engaged in any discussions with the company about licensing NBCUniversal content to air alongside programs from potential partners ABC, CBS, Fox and more. In a letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission regarding its interest in acquiring Time Warner Cable, Comcast said it has not been approached by Apple to discuss bringing NBCUniversal content to the supposed...
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has revealed plans to donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity before he dies, saying that he wants to develop a "systematic approach" to philanthropy. Apple CEO Tim Cook at 2014's Pride Parade. | Source: Apple via YouTube Including both vested and unvested shares of Apple, Cook's net worth currently hovers near $1 billion, according to Fortune's Adam Lashinsky. Cook will contribute substantially all of those funds to charity,...
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk. "Apple is open for everyone," Cook wrote on Twitter. "We are deeply disappointed in Indiana's new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228." "Around the world, we strive to treat every...
Canadian device maker BlackBerry on Friday revealed yet another quarterly decline in hardware sales, moving just 1.6 million smartphones in its fiscal fourth quarter as its once-dominant device business continues to retreat. The meager sales numbers represent a steep year-over-year decline for BlackBerry, which sold 3.4 million handsets in the same period -- which includes the holiday season -- one year ago. The company has turned its finances around in the interim,...
The $848 million solar power deal Apple signed with First Solar last month is a better value than some have suggested, according to vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who on Thursday pointed to a surge in the amount of power Apple will receive towards the end of the contract. First Solar is constructing a 280-megawatt solar farm, from which Apple is officially slated to have 130 megawatts for 25 years. PG&E will get the other 150 megawatts. On...
This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. Twitter launches Periscope for iPhone, a live streaming app to compete with Meerkat. The issues with iCloud storage, Fantastical 2 for OS X hands-on, Square Cash, Apple Pay, and who still wants a 4" iPhone. This week, AppleInsider staff members Mikey Campbell, Victor Marks, Stephen Robles and contributor Shane Cole...
The U.K.'s Court of Appeal has denied Google's request to block lawsuits from British consumers over the search giant's disregard for Safari privacy restrictions designed to prevent advertisers from tracking users. "These claims raise serious issues which merit a trial," the Court said in its judgement, according to the BBC. "They concern what is alleged to have been the secret and blanket tracking and collation of information, often of an extremely private...
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