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Fresh data from ad network Chitika shows Apple's iPad accounted for 79.9 percent of North American Web traffic for the month of September, up 1.9 points from measurements taken in July. Source: Chitika Insights According to a fourth quarter update from Chitika's research arm Chitika Insights, the iPad's 79.9 percent marketshare is down from 81 percent year-over-year, but still sits far ahead of the closest competition, which happens to be Amazon's Kindle Fire series at...
In a surprise announcement on Thursday, Amazon revealed a new first-party hardware product class in "Echo," an Internet-connected virtual assistant stuffed into a tubular standalone speaker. Amazon Echo's feature list includes more than a few similarities with Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Google Now, including support for online queries, voice-activated ask-and-answer functions and extensibility into mobile apps. But unlike competing virtual assistants, Echo...
In an attachment to its quarterly 8-K filing, GT Advanced Technologies said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an inquiry into the company's security trading practices and sapphire business. According to the brief, the SEC informed GTAT of the inquiry in a letter dated Oct. 15, which also requested the company preserve and provide documents germane to the investigation. At question is GT's securities offerings and general sapphire business going...
As Apple introduced minor updates to iWork, Beats Music and more, a number of other key updates hit the iOS App Store, including a temporary sale on the popular Swype keyboard from Nuance, as well as Touch ID security and iOS 8 extension support added to Google Drive. Swype goes free Alternate iOS 8 keyboard Swype is now free for both iPhone and iPad for a limited time. The popular swipe-to-type keyboard is usually priced at 99 cents. Swype was just updated to...
CBS launched an entirely new interactive streaming news network on Thursday, CBSN, and made it immediately available via a new channel for the Apple TV set-top box. The new CBS News channel can now be found on the home screen of Apple TV. Accessing it allows users to stream the newly launched CBSN network, which features live, updated news content from 9 a.m. to midnight Eastern every weekday. In addition to a streaming, linear channel, users can also control what...
A developer has discovered that Apple appears to be crawling HTML websites with its own automated bot, but the exact purpose of the mysterious homegrown software remains unknown. Evidence of Apple's Web crawler, written in the Go programming language, was first discovered by developer Jan Moesen, who has found hits from the software dating back to Oct. 15. Others have discovered significant traffic to their websites from Apple's mysterious crawler, which appears to be...
Apple on Thursday announced it has begun taking measures to block apps that contain the so-called "WireLurker" malware, which transmits from a Mac to iOS devices over USB, by preventing the infected applications from launching. In a statement issued by Apple to The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, the company confirmed that the malicious software is "available from a download site aimed at users in China." In order to stop the spread of the malware, Apple has blocked...
Users of the popular Philips Hue connected LED lightbulbs can now quickly control their lighting and enable "scenes" with the new easy-access Hue widget, now available for iOS 8. The Notification Center widget for Philips Hue can be found in the latest update to the official Hue application, available for free on the iOS App Store. Upon updating, users can access the Notification Center by swiping down from the top of the screen, then choosing the "Edit" button at the...
This week was the Money20/20 mobile payment conference in Las Vegas, Nev., and with over 7,000 people in attendance, the hottest topic at the show was the recent launch of Apple Pay and what it means for the industry. J.P. Morgan analyst Tien-tsin Huang was in attendance at Money20/20, and provided a summary of the event in a note to investors on Thursday, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider. At the conference, attendees were abuzz about Apple Pay, the recently...
Dedicated versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, comprising the Microsoft Office suite, are now available for iPhone, based on a unified codebase with their iPad counterparts, and also offering both iPhone and iPad users the ability to create and edit documents for free without an Office 365 subscription. The new Word, Excel and PowerPoint are now available as free downloads, replacing the now-defunct Office Mobile for iPhone app. The new unified applications are...
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