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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. With the recent launch of the Apple Watch, the company has begun offering smarter and more contextually aware locations --?something we'd like to see on the rest of the company's platforms. The Apple Watch must be tethered to an iPhone to fully function, and Apple takes full...
An increasing number of consumers and businesspeople are turning to portable Bluetooth keyboards to increase the productivity potential of their iPad. AppleInsider took a look at one of the latest contenders, CaseStudi's Libre. Our verdict: The combination of size, battery life, and backlighting on the Libre is tough to beat, though many users won't like the feel of its keys. iPad users generally fall into one of two camps: those who think Apple's on-screen software...
Apple has gobbled up mapping market share on iOS (and the Mac) since introducing its own alternative to Google Maps back in 2012, despite lacking a variety of key features. Hints at how Apple Maps may soon improve are coming from a seemingly unlikely source: China. Apple Maps in China are better than Apple Maps in the U.S. Bizarrely enough, Apple's Maps in China are better than Apple Maps in Europe or the United States. Those improvements are likely to trickle back to...
Perhaps the most significant Apple-related event this week was the launch of a refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro, but the company also released its first firmware update for the Apple Watch, and saw its takeover of GPS firm Coherent Navigation made public. Apple buys Coherent Navigation Following its usual takeover policy, Apple did not announce the deal. It did however recruit Coherent's co-founders, and the firm's Web domain name now redirects to Apple. Coherent...
As part of ongoing upgrades to its in-house mapping service, Apple on Friday added a handful of entries to its rolling list of providers that supply the company with maps data, business listings and satellite imagery. In an update to Apple's acknowledgments webpage for Maps data partners, the company quietly announced new business listings provider partnerships with E-WEGO, NavAds, Yellow Pages Group Corp. and Yellow Pages Turkey. Today's update officially recognizes...
An excerpt from an upcoming book on the rise and collapse of Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry suggests that while the company -- then known as RIM -- had some appreciation for 2007's first-generation iPhone, it did not see the device as a threat given RIM's core customers. Headquarters of RIM, now BlackBerry, in Waterloo, Ontario. | Source: The Globe and Mail "If the iPhone gained traction, RIM's senior executives believed, it would be with consumers who cared more...
Apple was on the list of attendees at a secretive three-day conference last week, where heads of intelligence agencies from around the world met with private sector tech companies, security experts and journalists to discuss the ramifications of data privacy on state protection. According to The Intercept, which obtained a copy of the event program, the summit was chaired by former British MI6 Sir John Scarlett as part of an ongoing series of conferences put on by the...
The first Apple Watch Edition orders should arrive as soon as Saturday, although unlike most Watch models, buyers are being given the option of when they'll have their device delivered, a report noted on Friday. Throughout the week Edition buyers have started receiving shipping notifications and credit card charges, MacRumors said. Emails sent to the customers ask them to pick a specific delivery time, as long as it fits within courier hours -- for instance excluding...
A 25-year-old British man who was shot in the chest with a shotgun during a confrontation outside of his home survived the event, thanks in part to his green iPhone 5c, which absorbed much of the impact. The victim was seriously injured by the blast, but was able to return home to call emergency services thanks to the iPhone, according to ITV News. The man's attacker was subsequently found guilty of attempted murder. "[The attacker's] actions that night were extreme...
The next version of Google's Android mobile operating system will reportedly bring system-wide support for fingerprint authentication, paving the way for more Android devices to adopt Touch ID-style biometrics. Motorola planned a fingerprint sensor for the dimple that houses the Motorola logo on the back of the Nexus 6. Google's fingerprint solution will allow users to both unlock their phone and replace passwords in supported applications, according to BuzzFeed News....
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