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Jawbone is suing rival fitness tracker maker Fitbit, accusing the latter of "systematically plundering" corporate secrets by hiring Jawbone workers who smuggled sensitive data before exiting the company. Jawbone's Up3. The case was filed Wednesday in the California State Court in San Francisco, according to the New York Times. In the complaint, Fitbit recruiters are alleged to have contact almost a third of Jawbone staff early in 2015. Some of the people who left are...
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose subsidizing broadband Internet for poorer Americans, much in the way it currently subsidizes phone bills, officials with the agency said. Wheeler's proposal may involve giving people an option of phone service, Internet access, or a combination of the two, the officials told the New York Times. Any changes would modify the current Lifeline subsidy program, valued at $1.7 billion. Wheeler...
Mobile development services firm Urban Airship on Thursday released a study that found Android users are on average more than two times more responsive to push notifications than iOS device users. Source: Urban Airship Drawing from a data set of almost 3,000 apps and 100 billion push notifications sent out to 500 million users in 2014, Urban Airship sampled notification response rates for apps in the 90th, 50th and 10th percentiles, ranked respectively as high, medium...
Apple's efforts to have antitrust compliance monitor Michael Bromwich removed from oversight of its business were denied on Wednesday, as an appeals court said the iBooks operator lacked sufficient reasoning to have him replaced. In the decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York admitted that some of the actions made by Bromwich "give pause." But that wasn't enough to have him entirely removed from his oversight position, as noted by Reuters. Bromwich...
The trend toward consolidation in the semiconductor industry continued Thursday with the announcement that Avago will acquire rival Broadcom -- a longtime supplier of communications chips to Apple -- in a $37 billion cash-and-stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion. Avago will pay $17 billion in cash, covering the balance with approximately 140 million Avago shares worth $20 billion. Avago chief executive Hock Tan will continue as CEO of the...
With its first iPhone app offering, Pixelmator stuffs in a dizzying array of photo editing tools normally restricted to more powerful devices like Mac and iPad, including full-featured image adjustment options, a wealth of paint brushes, layer support, effects, a polished design and much more. According to Pixelmator cofounder Saulius Dailide, Pixelmator for iPhone when it launches on the iOS App Store later today will be the first mobile image editor to boast "all the...
An Apple Watch owner in Quebec was recently fined $120 for operating his wrist-worn gadget while driving, sparking debate as to whether traffic law should consider smartwatches handheld devices, and thus prohibit their use, or Bluetooth accessories. Apple Watch user Jeffrey Macesin was pulled over by the Surete du Quebec and slapped with a $120 ticket and four license points for operating his new smartwatch while in the driver's seat, reports CTV Montreal. Macesin...
Apple is reportedly set to announce a rewards program next month that will give perks to customers using Apple Pay, a long-rumored feature that could escalate the stakes in what appears to be a coming battle with Google's competing Android Pay service. According to sources speaking with The New York Times, Apple is to announce its Apple Pay rewards program in June, potentially at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference. Information is scarce, but people familiar...
Target CEO Brian Cornell on Wednesday said his company wants to integrate Apple Pay across its retail chain, but must first install point-of-sale technology with chip and PIN or chip and signature technology to conform to the latest security standards. Target POS terminal with contactless reader functionality. Cornell revealed Target's plans during < a href="http://recode.net/2015/05/27/target-ceo-loves-apple-pay-but-wants-chip-and-pin-cards-first/">an interview at...
Following claims that Apple Watch can be charged through a 6-pin port hidden in its top strap slot, a video published Wednesday not only proves the concept, but shows a physical connection charges faster than Apple's inductive method. Earlier in May, accessory maker Reserve Strap said its battery-toting charging strap was capable of powering Apple Watch via an undocumented 6-pin port thought to be included for diagnostics purposes. At the time, Reserve Strap offered...
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