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Though it has the backing of legendary rocker Neil Young, the new Pono music player for audiophiles doesn't actually sound much better, or better at all, than high-quality MP3s played from an Apple iPhone. Funded through a high-profile Kickstarter effort a year ago, the PonoPlayer is now shipping to some early backers. For everyone else, the uniquely shaped triangle device carries a retail price of $399, and it comes in colors of yellow or black. Young originally...
The Arizona facilities associated with Apple's failed partnership with GT Advanced Technologies will be transformed into a new "global command" data center for the company employing 150 people full-time, thanks to a major $2 billion investment from the iPhone maker. Racks of Apple's iCloud servers in Maiden, NC The failed sapphire plant will now see $2 billion invested into the location over the next 10 years, the company announced on Monday, according to the...
Filming of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is underway, and newly published photos from the film's set show critically acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender in the lead role, alongside Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Photo via Daily Mail. The pictures published on Monday by U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail offer the first glimpse of how Fassbender and Rogen will appear in their respective roles. Fassbender, is seen...
Apple on Monday supplied developers with a fifth beta of iOS 8.2, as well as a new pre-release build of Xcode 6.2, giving the latest WatchKit tools for developing Apple Watch software. iOS 8.2 beta 5 is available via Software Update in the iPhone's native Settings application, or via the iOS Developer Center website. As always, Apple has cautioned that the test software should only be deployed on devices dedicated for iOS 8.2 beta software development. In addition,...
The worldwide tablet market saw its first-ever year-over-year decline in the holiday quarter, but the biggest losses were seen by Amazon, which saw shipments of its budget-priced Kindle Fire series plummet 70 percent. The latest quarterly estimates from IDC were published on Monday, revealing that tablet shipments in the December quarter were down 3.2 percent year over year. Apple's numbers are already known -- the company reported last week that sales of iPads were...
Apple on Monday disclosed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it is gearing up to sell another $5 billion in debt through a new bond offering. Update: The sale rose to $6.5 billion, with a 10-year round fetching 2.5 percent and a 30-year round bringing 3.5 percent. Apple's impending bond sale was filed with the SEC, though rates and amounts listed in the document remain blank. However, the actual sale will be for $5 billion in new debt, according to...
Highlighting the huge disparity between the iPhone and the rest of the mobile market, the average selling price of Apple's smartphone lineup is now 2.7 times that of devices running Android. Propelled by the $100 premium for the larger iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the upsell incentives of higher capacity 64- and 128-gigabyte models, the average selling price of the iPhone surged to $687 last quarter. In contrast, new data from ABI Research and The Wall Street Journal...
In preparation for the upcoming Chinese New Year, Apple has released a new China-specific version of its ad "The Song," and the company has also revealed that its new store in Tianjin will open this Saturday. Showing how some concepts transcend language and cultures, the new ad is essentially a beat-for-beat remake of the original American "The Song" ad, in which a young girl re-records and harmonizes over a song originally recorded by her grandmother. As a gift, the...
Bluetooth speakers are one of the most popular accessories for mobile devices, helping pump up the volume from audio-limited smartphones and tablets. AppleInsider took a look at Bose's SoundLink Mini to see how it fares in this crowded space. Bose's SoundLink Mini in its charging cradle. Our verdict: If you're in the market for a palm-sized Bluetooth speaker and don't mind spending $200, buy the SoundLink Mini. Choosing speakers has never been an easy task; over the...
Fitbit's new Charge HR fitness band puts an emphasis on wearability with a slim and light form factor, but maintains a wealth of health tracking features including a real-time heart rate sensor and onboard display. Part of the company's 2015 product lineup, Charge HR builds on last year's Flex fitness band with a bright blue OLED display, advanced sensor package with altimeter for counting stairs climbed and optical heart rate monitor dubbed "PurePulse." Compared to...
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