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Online retail giant Amazon on Wednesday unveiled Local Register, a new mobile credit card reader and companion app-based payment processing system that allows users to accept plastic payments on their iPhone or iPad. Amazon's new system works much like its more established competitors -- users attach a small, plastic card reader to the headphone jack of their handset or tablet that converts input from a credit card's magnetic stripe to audio waveforms. A companion...
With Apple expected to be planning a Sept. 9 event to showcase its next-generation iPhone, a new report claims that the so-called "iPhone 6" has entered the "product validation test" stage, which is the final step before mass production. Rumors about the next iPhone's manufacturing status were first reported on Chinese social media site Weibo by local telecom expert Xiang Ligang, who cited sources from the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou. The post was highlighted by G for...
Following the addition of a special iTunes section featuring selected works of the late Robin Williams, Apple late Wednesday published a page to its website in memory of the late actor/comedian, who passed away on Monday at age 63. The webpage, simply titled "Remembering Robin Williams," follows in the company's tradition of dedicating a small part of Apple.com to recently deceased world figures, artists and members of the Apple family. Like previous tribute pages,...
Apple on Tuesday posted to its YouTube channel an extended version of its most recent "Your Verse" iPad ad featuring Chinese electropop group Yaoband, which uses the tablet to gather sounds and perform on stage. The latest iPad spot focuses on multimedia creation, with Yaoband's Luke Wang and Peter Feng discussing the impact Apple's slate has had on the group's ability to weave sounds from the Chinese landscape into their music. Building on the original minute-long...
Owners of early-2011 MacBook Pro continue to report GPU-related system failures, but Apple has yet to acknowledge the problem as widespread and, according to informed sources, is not planning a replacement program to remedy the issue. Image showing early-2011 MacBook Pro graphics issue. | Source: Apple Support Communities forum member "Andy_Gee" People familiar with Apple's internal repair network have informed AppleInsider that the company has no immediate plans to...
A new Diversity film Apple published as part of its report on employee demographics is narrated by Denise Young-Smith, who the company internally promoted to lead human resources in February. Smith, who previously served as Apple's VP of Global Retail Stores, was promoted to replace Joel Podolny, who left his position as the head of HR to run Apple University full time. At the time, Apple's Kristin Huguet provided a statement to Bloomberg saying, "we are excited that...
Following the untimely death of actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday, Apple has dedicated a special featured iTunes section to a collection of his best work, ranging from classic comedy routines to movies. The new section, titled "Remembering Robin Williams," showed up in the iTunes app's top carousel on Tuesday and points to a number of well-known movies, TV shows and audio recordings of Williams' stand-up acts. Accompanying the iTunes Store selections is a...
Facebook-owned virtual reality startup Oculus VR on Tuesday announced the availability of version 0.4.1 of its software development kit, bringing developer support for the popular headgear to Apple's desktop operating system. Alongside the new SDK come Mac OS X-compatible versions of the Oculus Runtime and Unity Tuscany demo, according to industry blog Road to VR. Oculus says that because they do not ship a display driver for the Mac, the Rift will work in Extend...
Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology detailed in its latest quarterly report that companies continue to overwhelmingly prefer Apple's mobile platform over Android or Windows Mobile alternatives. The firm also noted a jump in government adoption of iPads. Compared to the Good's previous quarterly report, iPhone continues to account for for 51 percent of activated devices (unchanged from the previous quarter), while iPad accounted for 90 percent of tablets...
Following Apple's publication of workforce diversity data, as well as comments from the company admitting that improvements are needed, the iPhone maker received praise from activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his nonprofit Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which advocates on behalf of minorities. In a press release issued Tuesday, Jackson revealed he called Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook's office to "personally commend him for stepping up to the plate." He and Rainbow PUSH plan...
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