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Popular photo editing app Pixelmator, already available on Mac and iPad, will also be coming to Apple's iPhone in the near future, the company announced on Wednesday. Because it will be a universal iOS application, Pixelmator for iPad owners will automatically get the software for free on their iPhone. To celebrate the announcement, Pixelmator for iOS is currently on sale for 50 percent off, priced at just $4.99 on the App Store. No release date for Pixelmator for...
Apple on Wednesday notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it is planning yet another bond sale, accruing debt to fund its ongoing quarterly dividend payments and share repurchase program. The Apple capital reinvestment program has been fueled in part by debt taken on by the company, and this latest round of share buybacks will be no different. In the preliminary filing, Apple revealed its seven-part bond offering will feature floating rate notes due...
Apple has confirmed the existence of a long-rumored web crawling service -- first noticed last November --?and provided some details of its operations in a recently-updated support document. According to Apple, AppleBot is a crawler that primarily serves Siri and Spotlight. Both services offer web search capabilities, though until now it was thought that Apple routed queries through an existing search engine such as Google or Bing. AppleBot operates similarly to...
It looks like Apple's efforts to revamp Beats Music is drawing the wrong kind of attention from government antitrust officials, as the company's dealings with record labels and artists -- already said to be the subject of a Department of Justice investigation -- are now under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission, a report said on Tuesday. According to sources, the FTC is concerned that Apple is leveraging iTunes' considerable sway as the world's biggest digital...
In an update to its Apple Pay support webpage on Tuesday, Apple announced a new batch of 24 participating card issuers, with credit unions accounting for a large majority of additions. The new banks and credit unions were added to a rolling list of Apple Pay participating issuers, which is closing in on 250 officially announced institutions. New issuers are listed below: Bellwether Community Credit Union Benchmark Federal Credit Union Blackhawk Community Credit...
Apple is collaborating with researchers on new ResearchKit-based iPhone apps that will allow people to undergo DNA testing, in some cases for the first time, for scientific analysis and research, according to a Tuesday report. In two initial studies, participants will be asked to submit DNA samples to the academic organizations in charge of the research, sources told the MIT Technology Review. That data will then be maintained in a cloud database by scientists, but...
Interactive digital television firm OpenTV on Tuesday filed suit against Apple for alleged infringement of five patents relating to storing and delivering digital content to personal electronic devices. According to the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, OpenTV is seeking compensation or royalties, along with supplemental damages for alleged infringement of five patents. Re/code spotted the filing earlier today. The...
Home Depot on Tuesday officially announced upcoming support for Apple Pay, and with more than 2,000 stores will be the largest retail chain to sign on to Apple's branded NFC-based mobile payments initiative. Speaking on behalf of the home improvement retailer, company representative Steve Holmes told Bloomberg that his company plans to introduce in-store support for Apple Pay, but declined to specify an exact rollout timetable. Today's announcement comes hours after...
The European Commission is beginning a probe into how major technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google exploit their market power, a move that could potentially lead to new regulations, a report said on Tuesday. Reuters indicated that the initiative is part of the "Digital Single Market Strategy" announced today by Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip, intended to help European online businesses compete with American rivals, which control much of the...
Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apple's anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotify's active users. Nearly 11 percent of iOS device owners in the U.S. use Spotify on a weekly basis, data published by The Information shows. On Android, that number falls to just 7 percent. The disparity "reflects the reality that Apple users have more money to spend on a subscription...
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