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Although Oculus VR is going ahead with a Windows launch of its Rift headset in the first quarter of 2016, work on OS X and Linux support has been "paused," according to the company's chief architect and technical director on the project. Oculus wants to focus on a "high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software, and content on Windows," Atman Binstock said in an official blog post on Friday. "We want to get back to development for OS X...
Asian manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- on Friday reported its highest first-quarter profit growth in a decade with a 56 percent jump year-over-year, driven at least in part by strong sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Hon Hai pulled in NT$30.39 billion ($998 million U.S.) in net profits during the March quarter, The Wall Street Journal noted on Friday. Facing pressure from asset manager BlackRock, it increased its dividend payout from NT$1.80...
Without mentioning the Apple Watch by name, the vice chairman of manufacturer Quanta Computer said on Friday that initial production of a client's wearable was limited because of workforce shortages, although his company has since caught up. Quanta lacked sufficient manpower during February's Lunar New Year holidays, company executive C.C. Leung said, according to DigiTimes. This forced it to borrow labor from other manufacturers, and even so it was still limited in...
Major record labels Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment are both reportedly proposing that Spotify end its free, ad-supported on-demand music in a bid to push people into paid subscriptions. Sources told Digital Music News that under the labels' specific proposal, current free listeners would keep on-demand access for six months, while anyone new would be limited to a three-month trial. Some artists and labels would be able to make their songs free past...
With numerous reports reaffirming that Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature a higher-quality 12-megapixel camera, one analyst has chimed to claim that the company will achieve this through smaller pixels in the images it captures. Posting to his Sina Weibo account, IHS China Chief Executive Kevin Wong said that his sources are confident that the so-called "iPhone 6s" will feature a 12-megapixel camera, but with smaller pixels. That would be an increase from the...
This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available with detailed analysis of this week's news, including the latest round of "iPhone 6s" and "iPad Pro" rumors, a discussion of Apple's automotive ambitions, Tim Cook's trip to China, and more. AppleInsider staff members Mikey Campbell, Shane Cole, and Victor Marks discuss the top stories: "iPhone 6s" rumors: Rose gold color, more "iPad Pro" rumors: Silver nanowire touch panel, 2016 launch Sponsor: Caspar...
Almost one year to the day after Bentley aired its first promotional "documentary" shot and edited on iOS devices, the luxury car brand repeated the effort to commemorate the Savile Row Bespoke exhibition in Washington, D.C. Officially part of Bentley's "Intelligent Details" series, the latest commissioned film focuses on four major houses on Savile Row, each of which created a bespoke driving jacket for the storied UK automaker. The film and a behind-the-scenes video...
Thanks to an interesting quirk in the way Apple Watch handles email content, users willing to brave a little HTML code can include "hidden" versions of a message specifically formatted for the device. Example email rendered in Mail app. Inset: screenshot of same email on Apple Watch. Discovered by Dan Foody, a user of email testing, preview and analytics service Litmus, the Apple Watch-specific email scheme takes advantage of an idiosyncrasy in Apple's solution for...
Apple on Thursday issued a minor update to Final Cut Pro X, its professional video editing suite, fixing a trio of bugs including a critical crash-on-start issue seen by some users. The 10.2.1 patch for instance returns support for Panasonic AVCCAM video at 25p and 30p frame rates, and increases accuracy when dragging to select a range in the Timeline. Most critically, it fixes a problem that would sometimes cause Final Cut to quit immediately after launch. The last...
Microsoft on Thursday updated Sunrise Calendar for iOS with a new scheduling tool called Meet, while HBO brought the iOS edition of HBO Go up to par with a redesigned interface. Meet for Sunrise Calendar In an unusual approach, Meet is available through an iOS 8 keyboard, rather than in Sunrise itself. This however lets users send out meeting invitations from anywhere in iOS, which are delivered to recipients in the form of a link. In composing an invite, users pick...
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