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Apple is not the only major smartphone vendor with an eye toward a vehicle-integrated future, as Google is reportedly set to announce a collaboration with Audi that would have future cars from the automaker run in-dash systems based on Android. Honda's Display Audio HondaLink Navigation powered by an iPhone Mountain View, Calif.-based Google and Ingolstadt, Germany-headquartered Audi will unveil the partnership at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,...
A device that one collector says is an "engineering prototype" of Apple's first-generation iPhone has sold on auction site eBay for $1,500, one of a handful of similar preproduction iPhones to surface in recent years. The "very rare original iPhone engineering prototype", listed by Australia-based eBay user applefancollector is shown running an early version of Apple's iOS designed to test the phone's hardware functions. The same operating system, which features tests...
Apple's "12 Days of Gifts" continues to roll on, with Monday's offering of critically acclaimed film "Hugo" marking the fifth free item offered to users in the United States, while those in the U.K. can instead download the holiday classic "Home Alone." Each day's gift can be discovered by using Apple's official 12 Days of Gifts app available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Users can download Monday's free gift, Hugo, direct from iTunes for free without installing the...
According to a recent NPD report, Apple hardware took a hit in commercial sales during 2013 while Google's platforms rallied; the largest gainer being Chromebook, which outsold MacBooks five to one. Source: NPD From January to November 2013, research firm NPD saw a total of 14.4 million desktops, notebooks and tablets sold through U.S. commercial channels, representing a 25.4 percent jump from last year. Overall, Apple's MacBook and iPad lines dipped in market share as...
Tech blogs and mainstream media reports in 2013 consistently presented Apple as beset by a series of unsolvable problems, from flagging sales and slipping market share to a generalized lack of innovation. In hindsight, the media was disastrously, egregiously wrong about the horses it chose to back in the technology market this year. Perhaps they'll do a better job in 2014. 2013 started out with analysts and market research groups heaping contempt upon Apple's prospects,...
New Mac users will find OS X a capable performer by default, but there are a few gaps that are best filled by third-party apps. AppleInsider has rounded up some of the most useful additions to any Mac user's arsenal. For this roundup, we focused on true utilities: small, often single-purpose apps that plug small holes in the Mac experience. While we usually recommend that new Mac owners work with their computers for a while before diving into the Mac App Store, the apps...
Apple on Friday reactivated iTunes Connect after a scheduled holiday downtime, with the developer portal now open for app pricing, distribution and update management. As promised in an email sent to developers in November, Apple's iTunes Connect has returned to service following a week-long annual winter closure. iTunes Connect is an important tool that allows developers to manage apps sold through Apple's iOS and Mac App Stores. For example, the portal is the main hub...
Popular Twitter client Tweetbot on Friday received a host of bug fixes for its Mac app, including patches for unreliable image handling in direct messages and issues pertaining to unread feed items. Coming a little over one month after its last update, Tweetbot for Mac version 1.4.1 resolves a number of issues having to do with usability and overall reliability. The latest Tweetbot iteration fixes an issue in which users would receive the usual notification of unread...
Apple on Friday posted its preliminary proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which included, among other operating necessities, details of a $50 billion stock repurchase proposal submitted by Carl Icahn. Investment guru Carl Icahn. With its preliminary proxy filing, Apple covered the goings on of 2013 and outlined its plan for the upcoming 2014 fiscal year. While much of the preliminary proxy is comprised of standard information to satisfy...
Hardware enthusiasts will likely be pleased to know that the processor powering Apple's new Mac Pro desktop appears removable, meaning that future upgrades of the CPU could be possible. The CPU in the new Mac Pro is removable, Other World Computing has confirmed. A closer look at the parts inside Apple's late 2013 Mac Pro were offered in teardown photos published on Friday by Other World Computing. They show that the Intel Xeon processor found inside the Mac Pro is...
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