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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...
Earlier on Monday, Apple released iOS 8.4 beta with what it calls a "sneak peek" at a redesigned Music app featuring all new content browsing tools, user interface navigation and persistent MiniPlayer. iOS 8.4 beta Music App from AppleInsider on Vimeo. As seen in the video above, Apple's new Music app looks very similar to the current version seen in iOS 8.3, save for a few graphical tweaks. Under the hood, however, are a few key additions meant to dial in the user...
Following the release of iOS 8.3 last week, Apple on Monday issued the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers featuring a "sneak peek" at its revamped Music app. Source: Abdel Ibrahim via Twitter According to Apple's release notes, iOS 8.4 build 12H4074d comes with an all-new Music app that combines a fresh new look with powerful features, including a new MiniPlayer, improved "Now Playing" screen and Global Search integration. Music's redesign lets users personalize...
IBM on Monday announced a new cognitive computing platform called Watson Health Cloud that will, in cooperation with partners Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, offer custom tailored data analytics services to healthcare professionals. Built around Watson technology, IBM's new service pulls in and analyzes massive amounts of real-time data provided by personal electronic devices, such as fitness trackers, connected medical devices, implantables and other sensors....
Artist Romero Britto earlier this month filed a lawsuit against Apple and an artistic duo, Craig & Karl, claiming they violated trade dress through artwork featured in Apple's "Start Something New" marketing campaign. The Craig & Karl piece is featured in one section of the campaign's official website, which promotes the artistic uses of Apple devices in tandem with various apps. In particular, Craig & Karl are described using painting app Waterlogue on the iPad Air 2....
Electronics maker Garmin, best known for its handheld GPS units, continued to expand its product line this week with the launch of the Virb X and Virb XE, miniature action cameras designed to challenge market leader GoPro. The Virb X and XE are smaller than their predecessor, featuring a new rectangular shape that brings them in line with most other action cameras on the market. Both models are waterproof up to a depth of 50 meters, and include an on-board GPS receiver...
A small Google team is at work on developing batteries to overcome some of the obstacles of modern devices, under the leadership of a former Apple expert, according to a recent report. Sources told The Wall Street Journal that the team is being led by Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj as part of the Google X research group, and is so far comprised of just four people. The project is said to have begun in 2012. The Journal noted that in 2013, CEO Larry Page said that battery life in...
In what could be a bid to entice content owners, Apple has reportedly agreed to take just 15 percent of revenues earned through subscriptions on the Apple TV, rather than the 30 percent cut it takes from its other digital storefronts. Among the providers believed to have struck such deals with Apple are Netflix, Hulu Plus, and MLB.TV, according to Re/code. Each of those services allows customers to subscribe through the Apple TV and be billed via iTunes; revenues from...
With some new Apple Watch orders scheduled to ship as late as July, Apple already has another smash-hit product in its lineup, RBC Capital Markets believes. Analyst Amit Daryanani of RBC issued a note to investors on Monday, indicating that strong demand for the Apple Watch after preorders began on Monday will translate to blockbuster sales. His forecast calls for Apple to sell between 3 million and 5 million units in the June quarter --?numbers he said Monday are...
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