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As Apple enters uncharted territory with Apple Pay and the upcoming Apple Watch, the company has increased lobbying activities to assuage government scrutiny, though overall spending for the 2014 calendar year is expected to be far less than other tech firms. Citing statistics from lobbying expenditure tracking website OpenSecrets.org, Bloomberg reports that Apple has stepped up its presence in Washington ahead of new initiatives that could draw a watchful eye from...
With a Tuesday update to its Chrome browser for iOS, Google expanded its new "material design" aesthetic to yet another iOS title, while baking in Handoff support for quick platform switching between iOS and Mac. Chrome version 40.0.2214.61 is the latest Google app to feature so-called material design, a user interface aesthetic derived from Android that blends shadows, clean lines and bold colors. Google first introduced the UI to iOS last month with its flagship...
Apple on Tuesday added 16 new bank and credit union partners for its Apple Pay mobile payments service, including brands from 2 of the 50 largest U.S. bank holding companies with Zions Bancorp and Huntington Bancshares. Six of the new additions are made up of Zions Bancorp's subsidiaries --?Amegy Bank of Texas, California Bank & Trust, Nevada State Bank, National Bank of Arizona, Vectra Bank, and Zions First National Bank. Huntington's only retail banking affiliate,...
Two popular brands released interesting new apps for the Apple ecosystem on Tuesday, as web-based password manager LastPass unveiled its first native Mac app while educational non-profit Khan Academy launched an all-new iPad app. LastPass The new app allows users to access and manage credentials stored in LastPass outside of the browser and, importantly, while offline. Until now, Mac users were only offered the choice of managing passwords through a browser extension...
Apple is expected to announce yet another quarter of record sales next week, a trend that investment bank Morgan Stanley believes will continue throughout the spring as demand for the iPhone and Mac remains strong alongside the long-awaited release of the Apple Watch. In a Tuesday morning note to investors, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider, Morgan Stanley technology analyst Katy Huberty said that the bank foresees iPhone shipments for the holiday quarter...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued preliminary guidance that defines the agency's criteria for determining when wearables which provide health tracking or advice, such as the forthcoming Apple Watch, could be classed as regulated medical devices. According to the draft --?which is currently open for a 90-day public comment period --?wearables will not be considered medical devices unless they make claims about fitness to treat specific diseases or...
While rumors have long claimed that Apple has plans to replace Intel's x86 chips in Macs with its own custom ARM Application Processors, there are a series of more valuable opportunities available to Apple's internal silicon design team, each of which has the potential to replicate Apple's history of beating Intel in mobile chips. Apple eyes Qualcomm's Mobile Baseband Building upon How Intel lost the mobile chip business to Apple's Ax ARM Application Processors, this...
Apple on Tuesday removed protective barriers shielding its new Apple Store in Hangzhou, China, revealing a huge glass facade that opens into a split-level interior closely mirroring renderings depicting the tech giant's forthcoming San Francisco flagship location. Source: MacX As seen in photos posted to Chinese Apple forum MacX, Apple's West Lake storefront in Hangzhou appears to be a close relative to the company's Union Square outlet in San Francisco. Aesthetic...
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced gaze-tracking graphical user interface that could one day see implementation in Macs, iPhones, iPads or even a future version of the Apple TV. Source: USPTO As granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's U.S. Patent No. 8,937,591 for "Systems and methods for counteracting a perceptual fading of a movable indicator" deals with Troxler's fading, a problem unique to eye-tracking and gaze-based GUI...
Apple on Monday posted a note to the News and Updates section of its Developer website reminding app makers that starting Feb. 1, all new iOS 8 software submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support. Today's reminder is the second such notice sent out to developers ahead of Apple's planned migration to a comprehensive 64-bit App Store. The company first announced 64-bit requirements for iOS 8 in October. In a similar note posted last month, Apple made a...
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