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Chipmakers Broadcom and Texas Instruments have started shipping out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips with installed Apple HomeKit firmware, meaning the first wave of HomeKit-enabled devices should hit store shelves soon. Both Broadcom and Texas Instruments, two of three certified HomeKit chipmakers, confirmed to Forbes that supporting silicon is being supplied to third-party device makers. To be considered a certified HomeKit device, and thus reap the benefit of branding,...
Apple on Monday issued the first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta to developers, with the first maintenance update seed coming more than two weeks after the latest Mac operating system saw release in mid-October. With the first test version of Apple's upcoming Yosemite maintenance update, dubbed build 14B17, Apple asks developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Exchange accounts in Mail and Notification Center. It is unclear exactly what Apple has fixed and changed in the latest Yosemite...
A dubious rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims Apple is looking to wind down iPad mini production in favor of a 12-inch tablet, a response to flagging sales and growing consumer interest in larger-screened devices. Citing sources in Apple's supply chain, the Economic Daily News reports the company is looking to discontinue iPad mini sales when the tablet lineup is refreshed next year and will instead concentrate on production of a new 12-inch format being called...
A supposedly leaked photo appears to show the tracklist for an unannounced iTunes exclusive Beyonce release set for November, which will feature collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and more. As noted by Stereogum on Monday, the document in the photo above shows the tracklist and release schedule for two self-titled Beyonce albums, "BEYONCE -- Volume 2" and "BEYONCE -- The complete edition," both slated for exclusive iTunes release on Nov....
Trade-in service Gazelle on Monday launched a new resale service backed by a quality guarantee, allowing shoppers to buy used iPhones and iPads at heavily discounted prices, without having to worry about the condition of their purchase when it arrives. The new Gazelle Certified store offers discounts on "gently used" devices with no contracts or strings attached. AppleInsider partner Gazelle ensures the condition of devices with a 30-point quality inspection, and all...
The two largest carriers in the U.S., Verizon and AT&T, both announced on Monday that they plan to allow Voice Over LTE connections between customers on the two competing networks starting in 2015. VoLTE interoperability between Verizon and AT&T is scheduled to arrive in 2015, though the companies didn't say exactly when. The all-IP connection, supported by Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, provides superior call quality when compared to traditional cellular...
Though Christian Bale was in final talks to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic, the actor has reportedly decided to pass on the part, as he allegedly did not feel he was the right person to play the iconic figure on film. Citing unnamed sources, The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday that Bale, an Academy Award winning actor, has exited the project. No potential replacements were named, though director Danny Boyle, himself an Oscar winner as well, is in Hollywood...
Atheletes who rely on the popular RunKeeper app to track their workouts can now use a new "Stopwatch Mode" for easily entering indoor exercises. In addition, third-party keyboard SwiftKey was updated on Monday with support for four new languages, as well as a handful of improvements and bug fixes. RunKeeper 5.0 RunKeeper received a big update Monday with support for indoor tracking, allowing users to access the new "Stopwatch Mode" when running on a treadmill. The new...
A number of new credit unions and banks have started to flip the switch giving customers access to Apple Pay, making Apple's new NFC-based mobile payment system available to millions of new consumers throughout the U.S. Navy Federal --?the world's largest credit union, boasting more than 5 million customers --?announced its rollout early Monday. Many of those customers are active duty military personnel, placing an emphasis on payment mobility. "We're excited to make...
A new partnership between Apple and Southwest Airlines will not only offer access to the Beats Music subscription service while in flight, but a new Beats-branded Boeing 737 aircraft is also taking to the skies. Beats Music will be available on Southwest Airlines' Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft, offering access to Apple's streaming subscription music service. Southwest and Apple will offer a "uniquely curated music experience," featuring playlists in a variety of genres...
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