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This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including Editor Daniel Dilger's experience in Taiwan, we dissect the Samsung Galaxy S6 reveal, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and mobile payment news, plus final predictions for Apple's 'Spring Forward' event. This week, AppleInsider staff member members Daniel Dilger, Victor Marks and Stephen Robles discuss the top...
Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage. While Apple did not formally announce the change, language on the program's dedicated webpage was modified to reflect a new coverage period extending to three years after a device's first retail sale. The updated page was first spotted by iPhone in...
It appears Oracle is bringing its adware wiles to OS X with the latest version of Java for Mac, as the installer comes bundled with the Ask.com toolbar, which is deceptively set to install itself by default. Source: ZDNet In its latest Java 8 Update 40 for Mac, Oracle is including a version of Ask.com's Web browser toolbar, a piece of adware seen in Windows versions of Java for some time, reports ZDNet. Tests on a Mac running the latest OS X release proved Oracle's...
Apple reportedly granted developers from big-name companies monitored access to Apple Watch at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in hopes of building out a solid initial app offering when the device launches in April. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, sources told Bloomberg that representatives from Facebook, BMW, Facebook, United Continental Holdings and others spent weeks camped out at a secret Apple lab, testing to test their bite sized apps on Apple...
According to a report on Thursday, fraudsters are using credit card information gleaned from recent high-profile retail chain data to create Apple Pay accounts, while Apple Stores themselves account for 80 percent of unauthorized transactions. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports criminals are purchasing big-ticket items at Apple Stores using fraudulent Apple Pay accounts created in part with credit card data stolen from Home Depot...
A report on Thursday claims the upcoming Apple Watch boasts a mysterious data connection port, previously undisclosed by Apple, that is currently being used for diagnostics and testing. According to TechCrunch, the port features six brass contact dots and is positioned inside the bottom groove designed to accept Apple's aftermarket straps. Technically, a six-contact connector is similar to Apple's Lightning protocol, which currently uses six of its eight leads for...
A number of mobile executives who attended this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are already projecting that the Apple Watch will dominate the smartwatch market when it launches in April, much as the iPad currently controls the tablet industry. The Information's Amir Efrati notes that "almost every" executive he spoke to at MWC was anticipating Apple to assume control of the smartwatch market and keep hold that position for a long time. "The vertical model is...
According to a report on Thursday, Apple's iAd division is looking to reinvigorate sales, and will soon allow third-party agencies to provide demographic targeting information to advertisers, including matching of phone numbers, emails and other data. Although Apple did not officially take part in this year's Mobile World Congress conference, the company's iAd division threw a partner party at the W hotel in Barcelona, Spain, reports The Information. Apple executives...
Sources in Apple's supply chain are particularly bullish about iPhone sales to start 2015, leading investment firm Barclays Capital to say that its forecast of 54 million units for the current quarter is a "conservative" estimate. Analyst Ben A. Reitzes issued a new note to investors on Thursday, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider, in which he revealed information gathered while at this week's Mobile World Congress event. While there, Reitzes spoke with...
Several important updates have been released at the iOS App Store, bringing share sheet functions to Gmail, a Saved Places tab to Foursquare, and a complete redesign of Imgur's official iPhone app. Gmail gets share sheet functions Gmail, now in version 4.0, makes use of iOS 8's share sheet to enable attaching documents from third-party apps to an email. By extension, people receiving an attachment via Gmail can open it directly with a compatible app. Another iOS...
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