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Pebble on Tuesday announced a steel version of its upcoming Pebble Time smartwatch, as well as a new expandable accessory port called "smartstrap" that could add functions such as GPS or heart rate monitoring. The Pebble Time Steel will carry a $70 premium over the plastic version, selling for $250 for early adopters on Kickstarter. The device will sell for $299 when it becomes available at retail -- just $50 less than the starting price of an Apple Watch. The new...
After launching its "Shot on iPhone 6" ad campaign on Sunday, works from Apple's "World Gallery" are now showing up on billboards, static ad spaces and in magazines in far flung locales around the globe. Apple's new "Shot on iPhone 6" billboards went up on Monday. | Source: Julian Bialowas via Twitter The worldwide ad blitz comes one day after Apple rolled out a special page on its website titled World Gallery, which shows off the iPhone's image capture capabilities by...
Investment firm Piper Jaffray issued a report on Monday breaking down expected Apple Watch average selling prices, saying an aggregate of consumers will likely spend closer to $550 on the device, considering case and internal storage options. Building off Apple's quoted starting price of $349, analyst Gene Munster anticipates combined Apple Watch ASPs to fall closer to $550, or $575 to $600 including additional bands. Apple Watch will come in three separate price tiers...
At a hearing on Monday, District Court Judge Lucy Koh appeared satisfied with a $415 million proposal from Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley tech companies to settle allegations that anti-poaching agreements artificially capped employee wages. According to in-court reports from Reuters, Judge Koh held no objections to terms advanced by Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe to settle an anti-trust lawsuit claiming certain Silicon Valley companies instituted...
An upcoming biography about Steve Jobs promises an intimate portrait of the late tech guru told through extensive interviews with Jobs' inner circle, including current Apple CEO Tim Cook, SVP of Design Jony Ive and Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs, among others. The new book, "Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader" by noted technology journalist Brent Schlender and Fast Company executive editor Rick Tetzeli, incorporates 25...
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and the CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, have each adopted radically different stances on rumors of a so-called Apple Car, with the former dismissing the idea and the latter welcoming it as a boost to Renault-Nissan's business. Zetsche has been quoted by Motoring.com.au as saying that an Apple Car poses little threat, a stance taken by other automotive industry players like former GM chief Dan Akerson. "If there were a rumor...
Despite initial promises by Google, and rival Apple implementing the technology in iOS 8 last September, new devices loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop are not using default full-disk encryption meant to prevent criminals, police, and spy agencies from getting unauthorized access to private data. In September, Google stated that all devices launching with Lollipop pre-installed would have encryption on "out of the box," according to ArsTechnica. The company echoed this...
With the retail launch of the Apple Watch fast approaching, tidbits on the development of the highly anticipated device continue to come to light, including the fact that former Adobe executive Kevin Lynch was responsible for software development. While the project was in the works at Apple's secret labs in Cupertino, it was internally known by the code name "Gizmo," according to The New York Times. The news that Lynch handled the software side of the project confirms...
Apple recently extended its trademark protection in Switzerland to include automobiles, but such filings are far from new and odds are that the company is working to cover its nascent CarPlay initiative, rather than the much-ballyhooed Apple Car. Apple applied to add protection under Nice Class 12 in February. Specifically, Apple is in the process of adding Class 12 to its Swiss trademark. Under the World Intellectual Property Organization's Nice classification scheme,...
Apple Pay has proven to be a venue of convenience for criminals focusing on identity fraud, a new report suggests, with many fraudsters taking advantage of lax customer verification controls put in place by Apple's partner banks to make brick-and-mortar purchases using stolen credit cards via the growing mobile payment service. Apple Pay itself has not been exploited, according to The Guardian, with issues instead arising at the issuing banks. The problem centers...
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