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Apple on Tuesday confirmed that it has purchased Israel-based camera technology company LinX Imaging, which specializes in "multi-aperture imaging technology" for DSLR-quality images, for a price of about $20 million. Word of the acquisition was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, and Apple confirmed that the company had in fact been bought. Prior to the deal being closed, the two companies were said to be discussion an acquisition price of around $20...
Net neutrality has once again come under fire from a number of groups, including 14 Republican representatives who introduced a bill Tuesday to let Congress review net neutrality rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission -- and potentially halt them. Proposed by Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the bill claims that the rules are "heavy-handed" and would "slow Internet speeds, increase consumer prices and hamper infrastructure development," as first noted by...
Readers in the market for one of Apple's early-2015 MacBook Airs can take advantage of promotion this week that knocks $130 to $209 off all configurations with AppleCare extended protection and throws in a free LG portable optical drive with no sales tax collected in 48 states. This promotion from AppleInsider sponsor and Apple authorized reseller Adorama delivers the absolute lowest prices anywhere for every 2015 MacBook Air configuration with Apple's extended...
Apple on Tuesday made its open-source ResearchKit tools for developers openly available, paving the way for doctors, scientists and others to gather data more frequently and accurately from participants' iPhones. Researchers and developers can now use ResearchKit to create applications intended for medical- and health-related research. Developers are also encouraged to contribute new research modules to the open source framework. Prior to Tuesday's release,...
Apple's ultra-popular mobile devices play a starring role in Asia's largest electronics sourcing show, as a plethora of companies attempt to strike gold with app-enabled accessories like a wearable metronome, a smart cup that monitors your water intake, and a miniature in-home air quality sensor. Held twice each year --?in the spring and fall --?the Hong Kong Electronics Fair is a key stop for buyers from around the world. While America's Consumer Electronics Show is...
In an update to the rules for Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple is banning 2015 attendees from using selfie sticks or any other kind of photo monopod within the bounds of either Moscone West or Yerba Buena Gardens. Developers were already blocked from making audio or video recordings of WWDC events, or using professional photo equipment, but photography using phones or compact cameras was (and is) permitted. During events like the opening keynote, selfie sticks...
Apple's newly released iOS 8.4 beta relocates audiobooks out of the Music app into iBooks, and it adds a separate launcher for them in CarPlay, AppleInsider has discovered. With the first beta of iOS 8.4, CarPlay users will see a new "Audiobooks" app sporting the iBooks icon. The change to CarPlay was tipped by reader Jason. Within the iBooks app itself on an iPhone or iPad, audiobooks occupy their own unique collection, accessible from the pull-down menu at the top...
Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where it historically has unveiled the next-generation versions of iOS and OS X, will kick off on June 8 this year, the company announced on Monday. WWDC will run at Moscone West in San Francisco June 8 through 12. The opportunity to buy tickets to this year's WWDC will be offered by random selection, the company said. Passes to the conference cost $1,599 U.S. WWDC 2015 will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over...
iPhone owners may soon have an easier way to determine whether a friend is available to take a call, as a new Apple patent describes a system in which devices automatically send out IM-style system status information that can be viewed dynamically by other users. Source: USPTO Granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, Apple's U.S. Patent No. 9,008,633 for "Methods to determine availability of user based on mobile phone status" describes a system by...
Negotiations between Apple and China's state-owned credit and debit card processor UnionPay to launch Apple Pay services have hit a wall, according to a report on Monday, suggesting iPhone 6 owners in the region may not be able to use Apple's mobile payments service anytime soon. Citing sources close to ongoing talks, MarketWatch reports Apple and UnionPay have not yet reached an accord on how Apple Pay will roll out in China, a feature expected to debut with iOS 8.3...
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