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Twitter on Monday initiated an ad engagement test through its iOS apps that will cause sponsored video ads to automatically play on select iPhone and iPad devices in the U.S. According to a report from Ad Age, Twitter is looking to gauge whether users are more likely to watch a video ad if it queues up and plays automatically. "We're running a small test on a few variations on the video playback experience," Twitter said. The experiment has two embodiments in which...
Apple recently activated a program allowing merchants to order Apple Pay decal kits to dress up shop windows and registers, which raises customer awareness of where Apple's payment service is accepted. Apple Pay decal kits, which include two sizes each of glass and register decals and an application tool, are now available to order through Apple's Merchant Supplies website. The kits are free, though shop owners needing more than five are instructed to place their order...
With the launch of the Apple Watch just around the corner, Fitbit has updated its software to support daily use of multiple devices from its ecosystem, while the new Surge has gained bike tracking capabilities. Fitbit has long sold a range of wearable devices, from pocket-based step trackers to more advanced wrist-worn accessories. Starting this week, Fitbit will launch multi-tracker support, allowing users to switch between their Fitbit hardware throughout their day...
Amazon has launched a major overhaul of its Music app for iOS, including support for radio stations, while Facebook-owned Instagram has published Layout, a new iPhone app that lets users build collages out of their photos. Amazon Music gets Prime radio The redesigned Music app now includes access to Prime Stations. These are restricted to Prime subscribers, but come without advertising and allow unlimited skips. Listeners can browse by categories such as artist or...
Mobile payments service Square announced on Monday that businesses can begin accepting payments sent via Square Cash, an iPhone and Android app previously aimed exclusively at person-to-person transfers. Although regular users still won't be charged for transactions, any businesses accepting Square Cash will owe a 1.5 percent processing fee, according to the New York Times. Some rival peer-to-peer apps, like PayPal's Venmo, don't charge any fees, but the amount is...
Rumors of production issues before a new Apple product launch are par for the course, and the Apple Watch has proven no different. But a source has indicated to AppleInsider that while there may be some supply issues for the debut of the Apple Watch, they are not unexpected and the company is prepared for them. Yield and manufacturing issues are common during the ramp-up in development of any Apple product. When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debuted last year, Apple...
Apple on Monday seeded an updated beta build of OS X 10.10.3 to developers and public beta testers, the fifth pre-release version of the company's desktop operating system that brings updates to the new Photos app as well as OS X Yosemite's recovery tools. The new OS X 10.10.3 beta is identified as build number 14D113c, while the Yosemite Recovery update is bumped to version 3.0. Both updates are now available for download via the Updates tab of the Mac App Store or...
While Apple's radar- and camera-equipped minivans are being spotted with increasing frequency around the U.S., a new sighting this week in Germany served up an interesting twist: a Dodge Caravan that looks like one of Apple's vehicles, except it's a fake. The fake van. AppleInsider reader Thomas snapped a photo of the Apple homage in Hanover, the German city where the annual CeBIT technology trade show was held last week. The German Dodge sports the same style of...
Apple looks set to update its venerable wireless keyboard, with the aluminum slab appearing on the company's Czech online store with a tweaked layout and altered function keys that could indicate plans to add backlighting in the next version. At press time, the Czech-language version appears with a new power key in place of the eject key, an overdue change now that the only Apple product that ships with a disc drive is the legacy non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro. Czech...
Pegatron saw annual net profits rise 53.4 percent to $466.8 million U.S. in 2014, according to a quarterly results announcement made on Monday, boosted by a growing share of the Apple's supply chain including the hugely popular iPhone 6. Sales of the iPhone 6 are said to have greatly benefitted Pegatron's bottom line in 2014, according to Reuters. Notably, fourth-quarter profits surged 68 percent to T$5.68 billion ($181.2 million US), a new record. The iPhone 6 was...
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