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Search giant Google on Friday revealed that it will allow select Android apps to integrate with Google Now --?the company's answer to Apple's Siri digital assistant -- allowing users of services like AirBnB, Pandora, and Lyft to pull that data into Now. Each of the new apps will be allowed to present context-sensitive information in the form of a Now card, rather than relying on system notifications. Pandora could surface music recommendations during users' commuting...
Local media have been given access to Apple's new retail outlet in Chongqing, Southwest China, a day before its official opening and photos of the new store depict an expansive underground space not unlike the company's flagship location on Fifth Avenue. A staircase contained within a large above-ground glass cylinder snakes its way down into one side of the shop as a glass elevator passes through the middle, as shown in a series of images from Chinese blog MacX....
AppleInsider's inaugural podcast is now available to download, offering readers a new way to receive detailed analysis and opinion on the week's biggest Apple-related news. This week, AppleInsider staff members Daniel Eran Dilger and Stephen Robles kick things off by discussing the top stories of the last few days in what proved to be a very busy week for Apple. On this episode: Apple posts an $18 billion dollar profit and more in Q1 F2015. Tim Cook says Apple Watch...
Apple, along with Google and Amazon, will avoid fines from the Italian government after agreeing to revise policies regarding so-called "freemium" mobile games and applications. Italy's Antitrust and Competition Authority will not levy any further charges against the trio of American companies, or French developer Gameloft, in return for the parties no longer using the word "free" to describe titles with in-app purchases. The agreement was first reported on Friday by...
Apple's best-ever quarter has turned into serious gains for the company's stock price, which reached new all-time highs during intraday trading on Friday, briefly reaching the $120 threshold. Shares of Apple touched the $120 mark multiple times just after the market opened Friday morning. The stock was unable to break that barrier, however, facing resistance beyond that barrier. Prior to Friday's gains, Apple's previous all-time intraday trading high came on Nov. 25,...
The strong initial success of Apple Pay, combined with the news that eBay will spin off PayPal, has led to expectations that PayPal could be a major acquisition target for mobile companies vying for users' wallets. Apple Pay's launch has sent competitors such as Google and Samsung scrambling to respond, through acquisitions or otherwise, according to the Financial Times. As a result, bankers believe that PayPal, which eBay announced this week that it will spin off,...
U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul on Thursday announced the "Invest in Transportation Act of 2015," a proposal that would allow companies such as Apple to bring foreign cash reserves back to the U.S. at a significantly lower tax rate while using the proceeds to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. The bill, which has yet to be introduced, would lower the tax rate for repatriated foreign earnings from 35 percent to 6.5 percent. Companies would be given up to five...
After years of failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market. Samsung's collapse in profits caused by Apple, not Xiaomi While Apple's critics might prefer to credit Xiaomi for Samsung's decline, the South...
Apple on Thursday released iTunes 12.1, an update to its venerable media organization and synchronization app that brings a new OS X Notification Center control widget and fixes performance issues during syncing. The new widget replicates some of the functionality of iTunes's MiniPlayer, including the ability to play, pause, scrub, and skip tracks. Users can also purchase songs directly from the widget --?clicking the button that displays that track's price will prompt...
Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Outlook for iOS, a new mobile version of its widely-used e-mail and calendaring application, as the company continues to invest in rival mobile platforms under CEO Satya Nadella. Outlook for iOS is based on the Accompli app suite that Microsoft acquired late last year in a deal that is thought to have cost the Redmond giant more than $200 million. Many of Accompli's features remain, and Microsoft says that the new app will be a "familiar...
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