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Apple revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday that it plans to spend $12 billion on capital expenditures for the 2015 fiscal year, $1 billion less than was initially projected last year. In its 10-Q filing, Apple says capital spending for the first nine months of 2015 came out to $7.3 billion, leaving an extra $4.3 billion for the quarter ending in September. Apple defines capex as product tooling and manufacturing, data centers,...
Apple is looking to hire its first government affairs officer in India as part of an overarching plan to more aggressively target the growing market, according to a local report. Citing a LinkedIn post, The Economic Times reports Apple is seeking a New Delhi-based senior manager well versed in India's governmental apparatus who will represent the company on key policy issues. A bit more information can be gleaned from an identical same listing posted to Apple's own...
Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog leveled antitrust accusations against Apple Music in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice on Wednesday, saying Apple is leveraging access to consumer credit cards and user music preferences to tamp down competition. Senator Al Franken shared similar concerns in a separate letter to the same governmental bodies. According to Consumer Watchdog's letter (PDF link), the group received confidential information...
With the latest iOS 9 beta restoring full support for Home Sharing, here's how to toggle on the feature that allows streaming music and video from computers connected to the same local Wi-Fi network. Before doing anything with iOS 9, the first step is to toggle the option on in iTunes 12, since a Mac or Windows PC serves as a media hub. From the File menu, find the Home Sharing option, then click Turn On Home Sharing. This brings up a splash screen, prompting users to...
Apple on Wednesday pushed out a MacBook Pro firmware update to address issues users of 2015 models were seeing with corrupted data. Apple recommends mid-2015 MacBook Pro owners download and install the MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0, as the problem, while rare, is a real threat to critical data stored locally on the laptop's internal SSDs. Interestingly, Apple does not specify if the update applies only to the 15-inch version, which is assigned the...
The slow trickle of HomeKit-compatible accessories is reportedly linked to a high level of encryption mandated by Apple, said to be generating unusuable levels of lag in prototype Bluetooth products. HomeKit encryption standards require that accessories use 3,072-bit keys, and Curve25519, an elliptic curve for signatures and key exchange, according to Forbes. While this is manageable for devices communicating via Wi-Fi, ones using Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) are said to...
Apple, Google, and other major U.S.-based multinationals may soon be able to bring more of their foreign-earned income back to American shores without facing a huge tax burden, as lawmakers are moving forward on a tax reform framework that could eliminate taxes on international earnings and authorize a one-time repatriation holiday. Apple's European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, via Flickr user Sigalakos. Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle and the White...
On Wednesday Apple once again took 15th place in Fortune's annual Global 500 rankings, something the magazine credited to record sales of the iPhone 6 and the introduction of new product categories, such as Apple Pay. The Global 500 charts the world's biggest corporations according to revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31. By Forbes' tally, Apple's revenue hit nearly $182.8 billion, up 7 percent from 2014. The company reaped $39.5 billion in profits, an increase...
Apple on Wednesday provided members of its public beta program with new versions of both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, marking the second versions of the publicly available pre-release software. Both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan are now available to download for members of the Apple Beta Software Program. The upcoming operating system updates are not final, and users should expect assorted bugs and issues if they install. Signing up for Apple's public beta program is...
Another record-breaking fiscal quarter is in the books for Apple, but the company's overall success is being glossed over by Wall Street analysts and pundits who seem intent on ignoring the actual facts when it comes to Apple Watch sales. Kremlinology appears to be alive and well on Wall Street, where --?in the wake of Apple's boffo third fiscal quarter -- analysts and financial journalists are dissecting the company's "Other Products" revenue in an attempt to divine...
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