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Apple competitor and smartphone arch nemesis Samsung on Thursday local Korea time reported quarterly profits for the second quarter dropped 8 percent from the same time last year, a dip largely blamed on abysmal performance from its mobile unit. Samsung announced a miss for the quarter ending June with profits capping out at 5.75 trillion Korean won ($4.9 billion), down 8 percent year over year. Contributing to the poor showing was a drastic drop in mobile profits,...
After promising support for Apple's CarPlay infotainment system earlier this year, Volkswagen on Wednesday announced the first compatible 2016 model year cars will hit showroom floors this week. An integral part of Volkswagen's Car-Net connected vehicles platform, the second-generation Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II) offers seamless app platform integration with CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, the company said. The carmaker is rolling out MIB II across its...
Apple Music on Wednesday published a series of short videos to social media platform Snapchat showing behind-the-scenes looks at Beats 1 Radio stations in Los Angeles, London and New York, illustrating the audio division's willingness to embrace alternative forms of promotion its parent company has yet to explore. From left: Beats 1 Radio DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga and Ebro Darden. Starting at the Beats 1 Radio flagship in Los Angeles, Apple Music's Snapchat account...
Apple has plans to build a dedicated visitor's center at its upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., that will offer views of the main "spaceship" building at the heart of the development and retail opportunities, planning documents show. Rendering of Apple's Campus 2 visitor's center. | Source: Apple Spotted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, plans for Apple's Campus 2 visitor's center describe a free-standing glass-walled structure done up to match...
As expected, Yahoo on Wednesday officially announced a new messaging service called Livetext that features live two-way video chats for mobile device users, but with a twist. Marketed as "live video texting without sound," Livetext is a bit like FaceTime, but instead of talking to each other as they would in a face-to-face conversation, users communicate through facial expressions and typed text. Yahoo in a press release said the immediacy and spontaneity Livetext...
Members of Apple's OS X public beta program can now download the third pre-release build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the company's forthcoming Mac operating system update. Enrolled members of the beta program can install El Capitan from the Mac App Store. Its release comes just one week after the second public beta of OS X 10.11 was made available. Developers, meanwhile, have had five betas of El Capitan to date, with the most recent arriving on Monday. Developers have...
Apple's upcoming operating system update does a great deal to automatically improve efficiency and extend battery life. But if a user knows that they have a long day ahead of them, they can manually enable iOS 9's new "Low Power Mode" at any point to maximize their iPhone's uptime. Upon upgrading to iOS 9, users will gain immediate battery life improvements, Apple says, thanks to a number of system-wide changes. According to the company, there have been tweaks to the...
While the Apple iPad held on to its position as the leading tablet brand worldwide during the June quarter, the gap with other tablet makers shrank -- as did the market overall, according to IDC research data released on Wednesday. Apple's share slipped from 27.7 to 24.5 percent year-over-year, owing to a drop in shipments from 13.3 million to 10.9 million, IDC said. This appears to have partly been the result of gains by Lenovo, Huawei, and LG. Lenovo's share rose...
Early reviews of Microsoft's latest operating system -- released on Wednesday -- have been generally positive, suggesting that it solves problems with Windows 8 while advancing the Windows platform towards the future. The Verge Reviewer Tom Warren described Windows 10 as "hugely exciting," claiming that he rarely uses his MacBook Air anymore as a result. He praised aspects such as the return of the Start Menu, which incorporates Windows 8's tiles in a side panel, and...
By default, the Apple Watch acts as first and foremost as a watch, displaying the time when a user raises their wrist. But the settings on the Apple Watch also allow users to have the device operate more like a smartphone, resuming the last activity. As anyone who has tried exercising with a third-party Apple Watch app knows, after a short period of time, the device will return to displaying the default clock face when they raise their wrist. Luckily, there's a simple...
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