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Apple shares fell by nearly 6 percent during Friday trading, sending the stock into bear territory for the first time in years as investors fret over the impact of China's apparent economic slowdown. Via MSN Money Apple closed this week at $105.76, off more than 20 percent from its 52-week high of $134.54. Such a decline is considered by many investors as a benchmark for "bear" status. The slump has wiped nearly $160 billion off of Apple's market capitalization, and...
An Apple job opening posted on Friday suggests that the company is looking to expand links between Siri and Apple Music, presumably in the form of new voice commands. The listing, discovered by AppleInsider, calls for a Siri software engineer with a general interest in music. The person is expected to "help extend Siri's integration with Apple Music," primarily by "designing and implementing natural language interactions and work flow." Candidates are required to have...
The alleged hiring war between Apple and Tesla continues behind the scenes, with one of the electric carmaker's top engineers switching sides and joining Apple, presumably to bolster its rumored automotive project. Tesla's upcoming Model X crossover. Tesla senior engineer Jamie Carlson has joined Apple, his LinkedIn profile reveals, as discovered by Reuters. He was joined by at least six others with experience in developing self-driving cars, who are now working for the...
Newfound attention to crimes committed by Dr. Dre 25 years ago have led both the entrepreneur and Apple to issue statements, in which the Beats cofounder said he is sorry for committing violence against women when he was younger. In light of the release of the movie "Straight Outta Compton," which chronicles the rise to fame of Dr. Dre's rap group N.W.A., a number of women who say they were beaten by Dr. Dre in the past came forward with their stories. Most notably,...
French wireless carriers are hearing that preorders for next-generation iPhones will open on Sept. 11, two days after a rumored press event, according to claims made on Friday. The new devices -- commonly known as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus -- will in turn ship on Sept. 18, a source told French site Mac4Ever. Apple is widely expected to reveal new iPhones at a Sept. 9 event, although Mac4Ever speculated that the 8th might also be a possibility. The suggested preorder...
A new rumor claims that Apple will add capabilities to the Apple Watch, and sell upgrades without the need to buy an entirely new watch, in the form of "smart bands" that could launch as early as 2016. Exposed Apple Watch diagnostics port, via iFixit. Citing unnamed sources, Czech website Letem Svetem Applem reported on Friday that Apple is planning to announce new bands that will connect to the hidden data port on the Apple Watch and add new functionality to the...
Microsoft on Friday announced the closure of Nokia's former cellphone development unit in Salo, Finland, along with plans to cut up to 2,300 jobs in the country, part of a broader plan to refocus the company and make it more profitable. Two sites in Espoo and Tampere will stay active, Reuters reported. The decision is nevertheless another blow to Finland, which once depended on an independent Nokia as a central driver of its economy. Microsoft bought Nokia for $9...
Daimler is open to "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google, with the understanding their technology could be essential to future cars, Daimler's CEO said in a magazine interview published on Friday. "Many things are conceivable," Dieter Zetsche told Deutsche Unternehmerboerse, as quoted by Reuters. The executive observed that Apple and Google want to provide system software for vehicles, and bring their respective ecosystems there. "That can be...
Get all caught up on the latest "Apple Car," Apple TV, and "iPhone 6s" rumors on this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast. Mikey also shares his experiences with the HomeKit-connected iHome smart plug, Neil gives his impressions of a unique new tethered drone, and Shane extolls the potential of Force Touch input. AppleInsider staff members Shane Cole, Neil Hughes and Mikey Campbell discuss these top stories: The latest "Project Titan" rumors about a so-called "Apple...
Samsung on Thursday announced a new initiative designed to steal away users of Apple's iPhone, offering current owners of the device a virtually free 30-day "test drive" with one of its latest Galaxy handsets. Called the "Ultimate Test Drive," Samsung's plan puts a Galaxy S6 Edge Plus or Galaxy Note 5 in the hands of an iPhone owner for one dollar, with no obligation to buy. As the strategy is to lure away Apple customers, the promotion can only be accessed by visiting...
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