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The wearable fitness tracking Microsoft Band received an update this week adding support for biking, and integration with MapMyFitness and Microsoft's own HealthVault service, but it still lacks compatibility with Apple's HealthKit tools and Health app for iOS 8. In addition to support for HealthVault and MapMyFitness, Microsoft has also launched a Microsoft Band SDK Developer Preview for third-party developers. Microsoft said this week's update is the first in a...
Apple's chief executive was spotted on Tuesday in Germany, where he took the time to tweet a short remembrance of late colleague Steve Jobs before visiting the offices of infamous German tabloid Bild. Tim Cook meets with Bild editors Kai Diekmann and Julian Reichelt | Via Twitter. "Remembering Steve, who would have turned 60 today," Cook wrote on Twitter. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do," he added, quoting one of Jobs's most famous phrases. Jobs...
Best known for being a blockbuster success on Kickstarter, Pebble announced on Tuesday that it is returning to its roots, and will crowdfund its next-generation smartwatch with a color display and voice input, in a bid to take on the upcoming Apple Watch. With a fundraising goal of $500,000, Pebble blew past that target almost immediately Tuesday morning after the campaign was announced. The highlight of the new model is a color e-paper display that the company says...
International payment network Visa on Tuesday announced that it would extend its network tokenization service -- one of the foundational technologies behind Apple Pay -- to Europe beginning in mid April, signaling that the first overseas launch of Apple's mobile payment solution may not be far away. "We believe that 2015 will be the year that mobile payments will be in the hands of consumers across Europe," Visa Europe executive Sandra Alzetta said in a release....
In a deal said to be worth billions of dollars, Samsung will allegedly provide at least half of the dynamic random access memory used in the processor for Apple's 2015 iPhone update, according to a new rumor. Word of the alleged agreement between the two rival companies was reported this week by the Korea Times, which cited an industry official familiar with the deal. It was said that Samsung could potentially take an even larger share of DRAM in the so-called "iPhone...
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a method by which two or more mobile device users can share and interact with app data in real time, including the ability to see each other's screens during a FaceTime call. Source: USPTO As assigned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's U.S. Patent No. 8,965,349 for "Interactive application sharing" includes provisions that allow multiple users to share and collaborate on projects in-app, much like Google's...
Apple has seemingly purchased UK-based digital audio effects maker Camel Audio, best known for the popular Alchemy synth plug-in, suggesting the firm's software may be included in a future version of Logic Pro X. In early January, Camel Audio appointed known Apple Europe lawyer Heather Joy Morrison as its director and relocated to 100 New Bridge Street in London, which is listed as Apple's official UK address, reports MacRumors. The information was discovered in a...
Developer Tapbots on Monday pushed out an update to its popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot for iOS, bringing playback support for videos and GIFs hosted by the ubiquitous microblogging network. With Tweetbot 3 for Twitter version 3.5.2, users can now view videos uploaded to Twitter's recently released video hosting service that rolled out in January. According to the release notes, version 3.5.2 also provides better support for viewing animated GIF files uploaded to...
Apple stock hit a new high of $133 at the closing bell on Monday, rocketing up 2.7 percent on the day to grow its market capitalization to just under $775 billion, a number two times larger than second-largest publicly traded U.S. company Exxon Mobil. After making history earlier in February by becoming the first U.S. company in history with a $700B market cap, Apple shares continue to soar, rising nearly 22 percent since the beginning of 2015. Calculating company...
In a change to its online storefront on Monday, Apple introduced a revised World Travel Adapter Kit with a total of seven AC plug types and a reduced price of $29, as the package no longer includes a USB power adapter or cable. The stripped-down set is a replacement for the legacy World Travel Adapter Kit, which came priced at $39 and included six AC plugs, a USB power adapter and USB-to-30-pin cable. Apple drew down sales of the legacy adapter package late last year,...
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