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At today's inauguration of the Baselworld 2015 watch and jewelry expo in Switzerland, watchmaker TAG Heuer announced a partnership with Google and Intel on a new luxury smartwatch, due to launch sometime before the end of 2015. Until then, prices and functions are being kept secret, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Google, however, will be supplying the Android Wear platform and helping with software development. Intel will provide a system-on-chip to power the...
Revenue from music streaming is now overshadowing CD sales in the US, according to new data published by the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday, signalling a sea-change in favor of services like Spotify, Pandora, and Beats Music. Music streaming revenues from 2014 totalled $1.87 billion, up 29 percent year-over-year, while CD sales fell 12.7 percent to $1.85 billion, the RIAA said in a report shared with CNet. The streaming category includes not just...
With rumors of an Apple Car comes speculation about its potential design, and AppleInsider took a look at the personal vehicles drive by some of Apple's top executives to see how that might influence the company's thinking. Clockwise from top left: Bentley Mulsanne, Aston Martin Vanquish, Porsche Boxster, Toyota Camry, Land Rover LR3, Ferrari La Ferrari, Aston Martin DB9, BMW 5 Series. Sir Jonathan Ive Apple's English design chief is known to favor vehicles from his...
Sony's new Internet-based streaming TV service Vue is now available on PlayStation consoles in select markets, and will be coming soon to Apple's iPad, as cable cutting options available to consumers continue to grow. The new Sony Vue service includes 53 channels for $50 per month, including broadcast networks CBS, Fox and NBC, as well as popular cable networks TNT, MTV, Nickelodeon, CNN, and Comedy Central. Stepping up to a $60 plan adds regional sports networks like...
Popular shortcut app Launcher has been allowed back into the iOS App Store with all of its original features, while Pixelmator for iPad has been updated with a large assortment of improvements, including watercolor tools. Fully intact Launcher returns Launcher takes advantage of iOS 8's Notification Center widgets to create shortcuts for common actions, such as calling a specific contact, navigating to an address, or simply opening a favorite app. At first Apple...
The world's most valuable company is now a part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as Apple officially became a part of the index at the start of trading on Thursday. Apple replaced AT&T on the Dow when the market closed on Wednesday, and when trading began at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Apple's effect on the Dow's daily performance became official. The Dow's change became possible because of Apple's own 7-for-1 stock split, which took place in June of last year and...
Third-party accessory maker designed by many on Thursday revealed plans for an Apple Watch housing line that offers protection from water, shock and dust, as well as a separate combination dock for simultaneous charging with iPhone. Dubbed Banded, designed by many's protective Apple Watch housing is crafted from solid aluminum and sports a leather strap to give users extra protection without sacrificing looks. Banded is marketed toward fashion-minded users who are...
Apple has singled out Greater China--including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan--as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan followed by a week in Hong Kong and a week in Guangdong Province in the People's Republic of China. Futian District, Shenzhen. River is Hong Kong's border Shenzhen, SEZ of China Shenzhen is a rapidly growing city on the southern edge of mainland China's Guangdong province (formerly...
According to market research firm InfoScout, some six percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have used Apple Pay to make a touchless transaction, while 85 percent have yet to try the service. InfoScout announced its findings at the PYMNTS.com Mobile Innovation Project 2015 conference on Wednesday, with Venture Beat reporting adoption of Apple's NFC-based mobile payments system is moving "very slowly." Aside from the six percent who used or continue to use Apple's...
Earlier this week, Apple released fresh statistics regarding iOS 8 distribution, showing 77 percent of devices run the latest version of its most recent operating system. Apple on Monday revealed iOS 8 is now running on 77 percent of iPhones and iPads registered with the App Store, up five percent from early February. Last year's iOS 7 accounts for another 20 percent, while earlier versions make up the remaining 3 percent. Apple's numbers are in stark comparison to...
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