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A large set of Apple job listings posted on Tuesday suggests the company is looking to make major improvements to iTunes, particularly in search and music discovery at the iTunes Store. One of the positions, discovered by AppleInsider, is for an search engineer who will "help build the next-generation of search features" at the store. The person is expected to be "comfortable bringing the latest in search and discovery ideas to production at a large scale." The...
In Apple's post-Watch world, pressing a button to bring your iPhone to life just feels wrong, something akin to plugging a Retina MacBook into an ethernet jack --?a procedural relic of a time gone by. Tap-to-wake has arrived, and we hope it's here to stay. Editor's note: Apple frequently introduces new technologies and features in a singular new product, then gradually brings them to other devices in its ecosystem, making for a more coherent user experience. Our Watch...
Charter Communications on Tuesday confirmed plans to buy fellow cable operator Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, as well as smaller cable outfit Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. As suggested by reports on Monday, the TWC takeover is being backed by Liberty Broadcast, which owns over a quarter of Charter's stock, the Associated Press said. If both purchases are approved Charter will have almost 24 million customers, making it a giant in the U.S. cable and...
Projecting that iPhone sales will again top 50 million in the current June quarter, investment firm Cowen and Company raised its price target on Apple stock to $140 on Tuesday, on continued strong sales of the flagship iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Analyst Timothy Arcuri issued a note to investors, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider, raising his target from $135. He cited supply-side sources who indicated that iPhone sales for the June quarter are likely to be...
iOS is set to become the epicenter of a battle between personal digital assistant technologies from Apple, Google, and Microsoft, as the Windows maker revealed Tuesday that Cortana would join Siri and Google Now on Apple's mobile platform. Microsoft's forthcoming standalone Cortana app on an Android device Cortana's eventual appearance on iOS was outed in a new video detailing the features of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 10 Phone Companion system, which will allow...
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent describing a dual-purpose keyboard that sports touch sensors overlaid atop mechanical keys depressible to two more levels, affording users both multitouch gesture control and conventional keystroke entry without having to remove their hands from the device. Source: USPTO As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's U.S. Patent No. 9,041,652 for a "Fusion keyboard" details a device outfitted with capacitive touch...
Longtime Apple designer Jony Ive has been promoted from SVP of Design to a new position called Chief Design Officer, which will see the star designer relinquish day-to-day oversight of industrial design and user interface operations to take on a wider array of projects. Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive (center), flanked by head of User Interface Alan Dye (left) and Industrial Design chief Richard Howarth. | Source: The Telegraph Revealed by The Telegraph on Monday,...
Charter Communications is on the verge of buying out rival Time Warner Cable in a cash-and-stock deal worth approximately $55.1 billion, a report said on Monday. The two companies are in advanced talks for the takeover which would value Time Warner Cable at $195 per share, according to Bloomberg sources. Charter, meanwhile, is reportedly ready to offer $100 per share in cash, and the remainder of the purchase price in stock. A deal could be announced as soon as...
The next-generation iPhone will reportedly sport a camera with a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that makes use of the firm's RGBW technology to help with low-light photography. Sources downplayed the possibility of a dual-camera setup with wide-angle and telephoto lenses, according to Japanese media reports cited by Feng.com, but noted that RGBW means an alleged switch to smaller pixels won't come at the expense of low-light imaging. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both employ...
Microsoft is rumored to be talking with investment firms about the prospect of buying out Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, likely motivated by a desire to deepen its foray into the mobile enterprise and gain access to BlackBerry's patent trove. Chinese technology firms Huawei, Lenovo, and Xiaomi have also expressed an interest, sources told PC-Tablet. In those cases however, the companies are allegedly motivated by increasing their brand exposure in U.S. and...
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