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With help from tech giants that call San Francisco and its surrounding cities home, the Bay Area Super Bowl Host Committee on Thursday announced it raised some $40 million to be put toward hosting the championship game in 2016. Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. | Source: Levi's Stadium Apple, Google, Yahoo and Intel each chipped in $2 million in cash and services to offset taxpayer dollars associated with bringing the historic 50th Super Bowl to the San Francisco...
Apple retail employees in Australia have signed off on four-year contract with the company that will see base pay rates jump some 16 percent from the previous terms agreed to in 2009. Apple Store employees in Sydney, Australia. | Source: Apple According to ifoAppleStore, about 90 percent of Apple's 2,372 retail workers spread across 21 outlets voted in favor of the new contract (PDF download), which was certified on Friday by Australia's Fair Work Commission. The...
Amid the furor of Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats, pundits asked why the Cupertino company would sink so much capital into what amounts to a brand name. A report on Thursday now claims a shortsighted and credulous iTunes management team put out an inferior product in iTunes Radio, which in turn forced the acquisition. Citing multiple sources, Buzzfeed claims the Apple's iTunes managers ignored competing streaming music offerings like Pandora to the point where some...
During a WWDC session earlier this week, Apple revealed a new Lightning module for headphones that promises to provide deeper system controls, direct analog audio out and power to compatible accessories. Slide from Apple's WWDC session on accessories. Unlike the ubiquitous 3.5mm jack used in modern portable audio devices, the new Lightning headphone module offers a number of advantages to third-party accessory makers, Apple said during the "Designing Accessories for iOS...
For twenty five years, Apple has been holding its Worldwide Developer Conference as an annual resource for its third party software and hardware partners. This year, the company is trying something new: it has invited a select group of observers to share the WWDC experience with everyone else. The WWDC NDA In previous years, the only portion of the conference exposed to anyone outside of Apple's registered developers--all bound to secrecy by a Non-Disclosure...
The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) on Thursday announced it has absolved Apple of wrongdoing in a trademark lawsuit surrounding the iPhone's infringement of a local telecommunications company marketing the phonetically identical "iFone" brand. In its decision, the IMPI found the "iPhone" mark as infringing on Mexico's iFone trademark, but only as it applies to telecommunications services, reports El Universal. The Mexican IP authority is imposing a...
Just days after Apple announced the opening of Touch ID APIs to third-party developers with iOS 8, mobile and digital payment services giant PayPal is already said to be working on implementing the feature into its apps. According to sources within PayPal, the company is looking to quickly integrate forthcoming iOS 8 Touch ID fingerprint recognition APIs into its mobile payment apps, reports Business Insider. To that end, a team of PayPal developers attended a...
After Apple announced a $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music -- expected to be finalized later this year -- the music company's Beats by Dre headphone arm released a lengthy World Cup promo guest starring the iPhone 5s. Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr. in latest Beats ad. | Source: Beats by Dre via YouTube As with most recent Beats be Dre ads, Thursday's five-minute film for the new Solo2 packs in big-name athletes wearing their distinctively...
Smart LED bulb maker Philips on Thursday offered a preview of what its planned iOS 8 Notification Center widget could look like when running on an iPhone. The image posted to the Philips Hue Dev account on Twitter is only a concept prototype, but it does signal that the company is looking to support the new widget feature coming in Apple's iOS 8 mobile operating system update. The concept shows a dedicated Hue widget with an "All off" button, as well as three light...
iPhone and iPad owners will have much more fine-grained control over their location privacy in iOS 8 thanks to new Location Services options that allow users to determine exactly when -- and if -- an app can find them. In iOS 7, users could turn Location Services on or off on a per-app basis, but there was no way to control when the app could take advantage of that permission. Apple has expanded on that binary choice in iOS 8 and now allows users to grant location...
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