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In what appears to be Jawbone's attempt to keep up in an escalating wearables arms race, the company on Thursday unveiled the Up4 fitness tracker with built-in NFC payments provided in partnership with American Express. While Jawbone's Up3 has yet to see release despite being announced in November, the fitness tracking firm announced a follow-up called Up4 that is expected to hit store shelves this summer. Up4 features the same fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring...
After officially scrapping a $1.3 billion educational technology initiative based on Apple's iPad, the Los Angeles Unified School District is reportedly demanding the company either return millions of dollars or face a lawsuit. According to local radio station KPCC, LAUSD informed Apple that it will no longer put money toward course material provided by content partner Pearson, saying the district was "extremely dissatisfied" with the software implementation....
Facing poor yield rates from chipmaker GlobalFoundries, Apple has apparently made an eleventh-hour call as it solidifies its supply chain for the next-generation iPhone, opting to award nearly a third of "A9" chip orders to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a note to investors on Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, revealing that Apple has apparently made what he called a...
Well-informed KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has in the past proved accurate in predicting Apple's moves, estimates Apple Watch preorders will exceed 2.3 million units, though production bottlenecks relating to the device's haptic vibrator and advanced OLED screen are restricting rollout. In a research note obtained by AppleInsider, Kuo said mass production of Apple Watch started in March and should reach output of 2.3 million units by the end of May, taking current...
Popular Web-based productivity tool If This Then That on Wednesday announced upcoming Apple Watch support for its one-touch workflow activation apps Do Button and Do Note, as well as iPad compatibility for all three titles in the "Do" apps collection. It's almost as if IFTTT was planning for Apple Watch when it launched Do Button in February, an app that lets users swipe between pre-configured recipes and tap to do anything from controlling a Nest thermostat to posting...
Apple strengthened its position over Google in mobile app market revenue during the first quarter of 2015, helped along by massive growth in China, a country that now downloads more apps than the U.S., according to a report by analytics firm App Annie issued on Tuesday. Source: App Annie According to the company's latest data, Google outpaced iOS in overall app downloads by some 70 percent, up from 60 percent in the third quarter of 2014, thanks in large part to...
Apple on Wednesday added four more videos to its Apple Watch Guided Tours webpage covering Phone Calls, Siri interaction, Maps navigation and Music playback. The latest releases follow three virtual tutorials discussing watch faces, messaging features and Digital Touch posted to Apple's webpage earlier this month. With its Guided Tours webpage, the company is offering early explainer guides while at the same time drumming up interest in Watch before preorders arrive on...
Apple has gifted Karl Lagerfeld with a specially-crafted Apple Watch featuring not just a yellow gold body but also a matching gold link bracelet, according to the fashion designer's personal assistant and bodyguard. A photo posted by Sebastien Jondeau (@bentoub) on Apr 15, 2015 at 9:55am PDT Sebastien Jondeau shared a photo of the gift in a Wednesday post on Instagram. The value of the device wasn't mentioned, but a yellow gold 42mm Watch costs $12,000 to $15,000,...
Apple could sell as many as 15 million Apple Watches this year, new survey data suggests, as some 6 percent of U.S. adults --?mostly men --?say they plan to purchase one of the new wrist-worn devices. Of those surveyed, interest was highest among adults in their 30s, according to Reuters. Some 13 percent of that group intends to buy a Watch, compared to 10 percent for consumers between 18 and 29 years of age. The latter cohort was more interested in the gadget...
Tumblr and Wikipedia released major updates to their iOS apps on Wednesday, revising their look as well as adding a number of features that expand their use and streamline navigation. Tumblr spruces up graphics, blog creation Visually the new version of Tumblr has "sticky" search bars and avatars, and a revised iPad interface, more in keeping with recent changes to iPhone design. The company is also promising "more pleasing" loading of GIFs. Featurewise, users can...
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