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Small businesses using Square's popular iPhone- and iPad-connected credit card readers now have a new way to connect the payments system to their other business processes, as Square and IFTTT on Thursday unveiled a new Square channel for the web automation service. The channel has been pre-populated with a number of recipes, though users are still able to create their own. Among the hookups supported at launch are Google Drive, Evernote, Philips Hue, and mobile push...
Swiss watchmaker Swatch has moved to quickly extinguish rumors that claimed it is working with Apple on the company's hotly anticipated "iWatch." The Swatch Group issued a statement to Reuters on Thursday to publicly say that it is not collaborating with Apple on an anticipated wrist-worn connected device. A spokeswoman reportedly said that Swatch has supplied integrated circuits and other components to some mobile phone makers, but claims of any collaboration on a...
Apple announced through its website on Wednesday that it will be opening a new retail outlet in Wuxi, China at the Center 66 mall, the company's 12th brick-and-mortar store in the country. Interior of Center 66 mall in Wuxi, China. | Source: Aedas As noted on Apple's Chinese website, the Apple Store in Center 66 will open on Aug. 2, just one week after the company is slated to open another store in Chongqing this weekend. Unlike the Chongqing outlet, which is thought...
Apple late Wednesday seeded to developers new builds of Safari 7.1 for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Safari 6.2 for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, asking developers focus on credit card and password autofill features. Not much has changed from the initial release of Safari 7.1 and 6.2 earlier in July, but Apple is asking testers of the most recent "Beta 2" versions to focus on password and credit card autofill tools. The first builds of Safari 7.1 for Mavericks and Safari 6.2 for...
Philips recently introduced its first physical control accessory for the Hue Wireless Lighting system in Hue Tap, a battery-less four-button switch that connects directly to a Hue bridge for control of bulbs, light strips and more. Everything old is new again. With the Hue Tap, Philips breaks out Hue system lighting controls to the physical world, offering independent control over the Hue Wireless Lightbulb and accompanying Friends of Hue accessory lineup in a sort of...
As rumors of Apple's anticipated entry into the smartwatch sector mount, a report on Wednesday claims Cupertino has been collaborating with Swatch and other major traditional watchmakers to release a range of branded products that appeal to a wider swath of buyers. Swatch Group subsidiary Harry Winston's Opus XIII. | Source: Harry Winston According to an anonymous source, Apple has been trying to curry support from within the watch industry on possible partnership deals...
A report on Wednesday claims Apple is accelerating work on a mobile payments system, or digital wallet, that could be ready by this fall, allowing customers to pay for physical goods with their iPhone instead of a credit card or cash. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Information reports Apple is in talks with partner companies to launch a Google Wallet competitor as soon as this fall, with some saying the service may roll out with the so-called "iPhone...
Following Apple's record earnings report this week, investment firm RBC Capital Markets raised its price target to $110, recommending that investors buy ahead of what is expected to be a "busy fall" for the iPhone maker. Analyst Amit Daryanani issued a note to investors on Wednesday, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider. In it, he has maintained his firm's "outperform" rating, and raised the target on AAPL stock from $100 to $110. With $164 billion in cash...
As e-commerce behemoth Amazon gears up for the release of its first-ever smartphone on Friday, technology journalists have begun to weigh in with their thoughts on the device -- and the returns don't look good for Jeff Bezos's brainchild. Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times Calling the Fire Phone a "solid device beneath a layer of whiz-bang frippery," Manjoo chides Amazon spending too much time on fanciful features like the head-tracking Dynamic Perspective system,...
Apple continues to invest heavily in research in development, with a 36 percent year-over-year increase seen last quarter, helping the company reach $4.36 billion in total R&D costs so far this fiscal year as new products in new categories are hotly anticipated. Apple spent $1.6 billion on R&D in the just-concluded June quarter, the company's 8-K for filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday reveals. That's up $425 million from the $1.18 billion...
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