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The launch of a Dubai Apple Store -- the company's first in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East, outside of Turkey -- is being delayed by at least a month, a report said on Thursday. The shop was most recently expected to open towards the end of September, but now won't open until October or later, sources remarked to regional English-language publication The National. A May rumor suggested an August opening. The outlet is still expected to be based in the...
A new marketing installation commissioned by Apple is filling all 24 windows of London's Selfridges department store with manmade flowers, each matched to the faces of the Apple Watch. The flowers measure anywhere from several inches to several feet in height, and were hand-sculpted and painted by artists, according to design magazine Wallpaper. As source imagery a group of blooming flowers were photographed over many hours using stop-motion techniques. Larger flowers...
A test build of Google's forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac, according to one early glimpse at the software. The build appears to halve Chrome's memory consumption, and make formely slow tabs much faster, The Next Web commented on Thursday. At the same time, the browser also appears to consume fewer CPU and power resources. The changes are the result of a variety of under-the-hood improvements,...
Swiss watch brand Swatch has acquired a trademark on the phrase "one more thing," an expression often used during Apple press events by the company's late cofounder Steve Jobs. A Swiss trademark, originally registered in May, was spotted by Patently Apple. Swatch appears to have filed for the trademark in November, and barring intervention it will expire in 2024. What if anything Swatch might do with the trademark is uncertain. It does however cover a goods and...
Last week's release of iOS 8.4.1 brought more than just Apple Music fixes -- it also patched a previously undisclosed hole in the app sandbox that made it possible for iOS devices operating in managed environments to unknowingly leak configuration and credential data to other third-party apps. Dubbed "Quicksand" by its discoverers at security firm Appthority, the vulnerability stemmed from a permissions issue in the managed app configuration system. This system...
On Thursday Apple continued to expand the number of third-party vendors for the Apple Watch, adding France's Fnac to the list of retailers, though initially only in a limited fashion. Beginning on Friday, the Watch will be sold through Fnac.com and the electronics dealer's Champs-Elysees retail outlet, according to Metronews. Fnac is reportedly planning to expand sales to 50 other locations in coming weeks, and workers will get special training to provide an Apple...
Boogie Board on Thursday announced a new version of their popular writing tablet, and for the first time, announced an accompanying iOS app that allows users to quickly sync their notes with their iPhone's camera. The Boogie Board is a very thin pad, a little larger than an iPad mini, but much lighter, that you write on. That's it. It's for writing. The product is good for occasions where it's impolite to type on a laptop or iPhone, like during a meeting. There are...
Apple's iPhone continues to gain marketshare despite a slowing global smartphone market during the second quarter, doing particularly well in China -- where the overall market actually shrunk by 4 percent year-over-year. Chinese iPhone sales rose 68 percent to 11.9 million units in the second calendar quarter of this year, according to Gartner research estimates published on Thursday. That rate was stronger than Apple's worldwide growth of 36 percent, which put it up...
The smoke surrounding Apple's long-rumored jumbo iPad is beginning to thicken, as whispers out of Asia suggest that the company has chosen Japanese firm Sharp and Taiwanese collaborator Foxconn to build and assemble touch modules for as many as 5 million 'iPad Pro' units. Sharp will reportedly be responsible for manufacturing the displays themselves, while Foxconn will handle touch module fabrication, lamination, and module assembly. According to Digitimes, mass...
As anticipated, Apple on Thursday local Australia time issued an Australian dollar-denominated bond that according to one report has already reached AU$1.2 billion, or about $883 million. Apple's first Australian issuance came in the form of a two-part "benchmark" bond sale consisting of four- and seven-year notes, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The publication notes price guidance of the fixed and floating rate four-year bonds is pegged at around 3 percent, while...
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