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On Monday, Apple's Beats by Dre began publishing product instruction videos directly to its customer support Twitter account, inserting brand awareness and outreach options directly into users' chosen social media streams. As noted by Fortune, the new Twitter video campaign is unique among consumer electronics brands in that most companies endeavor to dictate when and where they interact with customers, rather than proactively seeking them out. The strategy is true...
Yahoo is planning to hold a mid-week press event in New York City, where it will probably announce a new messaging app, according to claims made on Tuesday. The company is at least intending to show off a new consumer product, sources told Re/code. At first the same people added only that it would have a mobile focus, but Re/code reporter Kara Swisher later mentioned the messaging connection on Twitter. Since 2012, current Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been trying to...
A newly discovered security issue in the Android mobile operating system dubbed "Stagefright" has been called one of the worst vulnerabilities to date, and could present a critical issue for some 95 percent of devices in users' hands. Stagefright is the name for a system service in Android that processes various media formats, implemented in native C++ code. Researcher Joshua J. Drake with Zimperium zLabs discovered that Stagefright can be exploited through a variety...
T-Mobile U.S. on Tuesday added Apple Music to the list of streaming services under Music Freedom, a perk for carrier subscribers that excludes those services from counting against monthly data caps. Customers must be subscribed to one of the company's Simple Choice plans, which cost between $50 and $80 a month for individuals. Music Freedom first debuted in June 2014, and has gradually expanded to cover a range of services such as Beatport, Pandora, Rdio, Spotify,...
Motorola on Thursday announced three new Android smartphones, including the flagship Moto X Style, a device that will compete head-on with Apple iPhones expected to launch this fall. The Style has a 5.7-inch, quad-HD screen, leaping ahead of the 5.2-inch 1080p display on last year's Moto X. Inside is a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 gigabytes of RAM, and a 21-megapixel rear camera paired with a 5-megapixel front module, both of which have flash. The phone also has...
A number of small but significant tweaks to the Notification Center in iOS 9 have made Apple's catch-all drop down menu more useful and efficient, including an easier way to remove all app notifications on a daily basis. One of the most common complaints about Notification Center in iOS 8 and prior is the inability to quickly clear all notification alerts from apps. Instead, users are required to clear alerts on an app-by-app basis. With iOS 9, Apple has made it...
U.K. bank HSBC and its First Direct brand enabled support for Apple Pay on Tuesday, delivering on an earlier promise and filling in an important coverage gap in the region. HSBC was initially announced as a launch partner for Apple Pay's mid-July U.K. debut, but ended up missing while other banks went live. In response, the company said that it was "working closely with Apple," and "properly reviewing and testing our systems before launching in two weeks." First...
The highly anticipated biopic of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, with Michael Fassbender in the title role, will hold the prestigious "Centerpiece" slot at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 3. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced this week that the Aaron Sorkin-scripted "Steve Jobs" will serve as the main attraction at the 53rd New York Film Festival. New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said the film from Universal Pictures...
Apple on Monday released three new Apple Watch spots done up in the usual "poppy" style introduced with the first Watch ads, this time highlighting third-party travel, fitness and music apps. The latest promos again put Apple Watch hardware front and center, but place a greater emphasis on third-party software than previous advertisements. Apple carries over the "floating device" concept and adds in a layer of undulating circular app icons that at the start of each...
Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri, one of the first to report on the possibility of a 4-inch "iPhone 6c," revealed in a recent interview that he can no longer find evidence that Apple is working on such a device for 2015. Talking with Business Insider, Arcuri speculates Apple may have nixed the idea of a small-screened next-generation iPhone so as not to cannibalize sales of refreshed 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models widely expected to launch this fall. "I think...
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