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The Del Monte Apple Store in Monterey, Calif., was evacuated on Wednesday after a dozen people in the store were nauseated by a chemical-contaminated package delivered by FedEx. Around 12:50 p.m. Pacific, several workers from the Apple Store went to pick up a delivery near a Macy's Furniture Gallery, Monterey Fire Chief Gaundenz Panholzer told the Monterey Herald. The smell from the package soon began to make people feel sick, and four people -- primarily Apple workers...
One of Apple's key display suppliers, Sharp, posted an annual net loss of $1.9 billion on Thursday and cast doubt on its ability to keep operating, although it will continue to live on in the short-term thanks to investments by banks. Sharp blamed the loss on competition from cheaper Chinese smartphone LCD panels, as well as past restructuring charges, according to the Financial Times. The company has in fact announced a new set of restructuring efforts, including...
Bidding for the RadioShack brand and customer data has ended, but not before Apple weighed in on the proceedings, saying that information collected during the sale of its own products should be left out of the deal. A shuttered RadioShack store, via Ted Eytan. The hedge fund Standard General was the top bidder with $26.2 million for RadioShack's brand name and customer data. The same firm bought out Radio Shack's 1,700 store leases in March, as noted by Bloomberg. But...
In a bid to rocket up the streaming music service charts before Apple releases its own branded offering, industry upstart Rdio on Thursday launched a low-cost subscription tier starting at only $3.99 a month, undercutting much of the competition. Called Rdio Select, the special tier targets consumers who are interested in signing on to streaming music service, but are loathe to pay high monthly fees for special extra features that could go unused. As reported by BuzzFeed,...
If and when Apple launches its streaming music service later this year, the company will roll in a social networking platform from which artists can share media, post updates and connect with fans, a report said Wednesday. According to sources familiar with the matter, 9to5Mac reports the social media aspect of Apple's streaming music service is akin to Ping, the defunct iTunes feature that let artists maintain public pages for sharing music, concert dates, photos and...
With Apple Watch, users can select from a wide array of clock face color, style and complication customizations, but there's one option not available out of the box: Apple's own logo. Unlike traditional watch brands, which use space on the watch face to prominently feature their logo, Apple declined to make its branding available to users. That Apple doesn't offer up its logo is no surprise, as the company hardly ever puts the iconic emblem in the face of a device...
Broadcom on Tuesday announced that the software development kit for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform has been fully vetted by Apple for use with the HomeKit framework, paving the way for wider adoption of the iOS-connected Internet of Things protocol. With the WICED platform, Broadcom offers developers and OEMs a complete package solution for building HomeKit-compatible IoT devices. Broadcom was one of the first vendors to roll...
Apple on Wednesday opened up the App Analytics beta to all registered iOS developers, moving beyond an early system in which people had to request access and briefly wait for their chance to participate. Notifications about the change are being sent out via email. To make use of the beta, developers must access it through iTunes Connect, the behind-the-scenes portal for the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store. The App Analytics service allows developers to track...
Coppertino on Wednesday launched a new cloud music locker called Loop, while Google updated its Docs and Slides iOS apps to enable inserting freshly-snapped photos. Coppertino's Loop Available through Coppertino's Vox players for Mac and iPhone, Loop offers unlimited online music storage, unlike alternatives such as iTunes Match. Another distinguishing factor is support for a wide variety of file formats, including not just MP3 but options like CUE, FLAC, and...
Starting this Friday, Catholics in San Francisco will be able to donate to their local church by using an iPhone app, bringing modern technology to the millennia-old practice of tithing. The so-called "digital collection plate" stems from a partnership between the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Evergive, as detailed by NBC on Wednesday. Beginning with this weekend's masses, parishioners will be able to donate through the free Evergive app, which is available for...
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