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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday acquired 560,000 vested restricted stock units, split evenly between time- and performance-based awards, worth nearly $58 million, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. As noted in the SEC document, Cook chose not to sell any vested RSUs, though 290,836 shares were automatically withheld by Apple to comply with minimum statutory tax withholding requirements. Given Monday's closing price of $103.12, the remaining...
Apple on Tuesday rolled out a small change to its newly integrated website, allowing customers to easily browse and schedule Workshop appointments with in-store staff at participating brick-and-mortar stores. Still handled under the "Concierge" banner, which came into being in 2005, Apple's new Workshops selector tool is similar to its Genius Bar reservations system in both form and function. Users can access the newly implemented subsystem from any retail store...
A study published on Tuesday shows consumers are largely indifferent to high profile automotive infotainment initiatives from Apple and Google, instead exhibiting considerably more interest in practical car technology like blind spot detection and lumbar seat adjustment. With advanced operating systems and hardware quickly bridging the gap between car and smartphone, in-car infotainment solutions -- not to mention user data monetization -- is poised to be a huge money...
Judges in a top German court ruled against Apple's European "swipe-to-unlock" patent on Tuesday, stating that it didn't meet high enough standards to secure patent protection. The decision reinforces findings by an earlier patent tribunal in favor of Lenovo's Motorola Mobility unit, according to Bloomberg. The Motorola lawsuit originally had Samsung as another plaintiff, but the latter company ultimately withdrew. "This user-friendly display was already suggested by...
A video and photoset published Tuesday claim to show a partially assembled Frankenphone with "iPhone 6s" display and logic board powered by a host iPhone 6 battery, chassis and other integral components. The authenticity of the supposedly leaked parts, as published by MacRumors, has not been vetted, though a number of dissimilarities from current iPhone components suggest legitimate next-generation hardware or at least parts from a prototype. The display unit shown...
Google on Tuesday reopened Map Maker access in 45 more countries, including the U.S., with a new moderation system designed to prevent a repeat of the offensive Google Maps edits that forced it to disable the system in May. The Map Maker tool enables quicker updates of Maps by letting users submit their own additions and corrections. In April, though, the media began calling attention to a series of edits that escaped Google's automatic filters, including an Android...
Apple on Tuesday released updates of Logic Pro X and MainStage 3, both of which include support for Alchemy, a synthesizer plugin acquired through the company's takeover of Camel Audio in February. The plugin includes a variety of sound generators, modulation sources, and effects filters, as well as tools like arpeggiators and oscillators. The software has over 3,000 presets covering many different genres of music, and new tabbed Transform Pad and X/Y Pad...
Even with iPhone sales continuing to be strong, Apple is unlikely to make deeper inroads into Android's global marketshare in the near future, according to projections from an IDC research report released on Tuesday. Android is forecast to retain an approximate 81 percent share until 2019, as the markets with the most growth potential -- such as China and India -- will likely remain "extremely price sensitive," IDC commented. Even if Apple were to release a rumored...
Radio and podcast service TuneIn on Tuesday launched a new subscription tier, TuneIn Premium, adding things like audiobooks, live sports, and ad-free stations for a monthly fee. [updated] Premium listeners currently have access to some 40,000 audiobooks. Live play-by-play commentary is limited to Major League Baseball and Barclays Premier League soccer, the latter of which is also limited to the U.S. and Canada. Sports coverage does however include every game, and...
Electronics retailer Best Buy on Tuesday announced a substantial expansion of its partnership with Apple, a move that will include hundreds of new Apple Watch points of sale as well as a larger Apple presence in Best Buy stores. Best Buy's Apple Watch rollout will expand from its current 100-store footprint to include all 1,050 outlets by the end of September, Best Buy chief executive Hubert Joly revealed during the company's quarterly earnings call. The Apple Watch...
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