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Apple activated a new Twitter account on Thursday dedicated to iOS App Store games and run by App Store editors, a move that some suggest could be tied to gaming capabilities for an expected Apple TV hardware refresh. The @AppStoreGames account will be controlled by App Store editors, meaning posts are likely to include more than just basic app advertisements. The feed promises to bring tips and tricks, game challenges and behind-the-scenes information about popular,...
Amazon on Thursday announced the acquisition of Elemental Technologies, a firm that provides video processing services for encoding and transcoding traditional media content for consumption smartphones, tablets and PCs. A source familiar with the matter told The Information that Amazon's Elemental deal, being handled by Amazon Web Services, is worth some $500 million. Amazon later confirmed the purchase, but offered no comment on sale terms, in a press release. Using...
Although its official debut isn't scheduled until October, Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic will make an early showing at this weekend's Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. The festival will begin on Friday and run through Monday, noted Entertainment Weekly. The exact date of the Steve Jobs premiere hasn't been published, though the movie could be screened multiple times based on demand. For people in Telluride, first ticket priority will go to passholders. Individual...
Microsoft on Thursday released major updates of its Skype apps for iPhone and iPad, redesigning their interfaces for better ease-of-use and more visual appeal, while giving iPad users access to options like location sharing and interactive notifications. Both apps have been given a new Recents tab, as well as a search tool, making it simpler to track down people, groups, or conversations. Microsoft has also improved switching between call and chat interfaces, which can...
Updated comScore analytics data published on Thursday suggests that Apple's U.S. smartphone share is still increasing in the U.S., despite the imminent arrival of new models. The iPhone controlled an average 44.2 percent of the market during a three-month period ending in July, comScore said. That's a rise of 1.1 points over the prior three months. In comparison, Samsung's U.S. marketshare dropped 1.3 points to 27.3 percent. LG rose 0.3 points to 8.7 percent, while...
Apple still has "a bit of homework to be done" throughout the rest of 2015 to improve Apple Music, including fixing problems with the service's interface and handling of local iTunes libraries, an iTunes International VP said on Thursday. The company's current focus is on "editorial and playlists," Oliver Schusser told U.K. newspaper The Guardian. The company is also said to be working on adding features and cleaning up different aspects of the service, though Schusser...
Apple's iMac lineup will gain a smaller 21.5-inch model with a 4K-resolution Retina display in the coming months, likely at the company's annual October media event, a new report claims. Citing "reliable sources," 9to5mac reported on Thursday that a new iMac with a screen resolution of 4,096 by 2,304 pixels will ship to consumers by the beginning of November. Evidence of the anticipated desktop has been growing thanks to configuration files hidden within Apple's beta...
A Texas federal judge has refused to grant Apple a new trial in its fight against a Smartflash patent infringement lawsuit, but simultaneously declined to reconsider a decision to toss $532.9 million in damages that were originally awarded to Smartflash. U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap denied Apple's request on the basis that the jury's verdict was supported by adequate evidence and thus shouldn't be overturned, according to court documents. He also defended the...
When Apple announces its next-generation iPhones next week in San Francisco, the sales pitch for consumers will almost certainly include Force Touch, a new color option, and upgrades for Touch ID and the already class-leading camera system. The new features likely won't include a sapphire cover lens, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a Thursday morning note to investors. That part is said to have failed durability testing, forcing the so-called iPhone 6s and...
Apple has showed continued interest in using hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its portable devices, echoing a functional iPhone 6 powered by hydrogen that was showcased just last week. Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, the application was originally submitted by Apple in March, and actually represents a continuation of two patents from 2010, one of which was previously spotted by AppleInsider. Text and diagrams depict not only a fuel...
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