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Less than one week before Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone, and possibly "iWatch," at a special event on Sept. 9, a report on Friday claims the company has inked partnerships with CVS and Walgreens for a rumored mobile payments system debut. Citing an anonymous source, Re/code reiterated reports that Apple is planning to announce a mobile payments solution at its upcoming media event, adding that CVS and Walgreens are among the initial partners. While the...
It was reported on Friday that well-known industrial designer Marc Newson will be joining Apple to work as part of close friend Jony Ive's design team in an as-yet-unannounced capacity. Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive (right) discusses design with fellow design superstar and (RED) auction collaborator Marc Newson. Apple informed Vanity Fair of Newson's hire, saying the renowned designer will remain based in the UK and continue to work on outside projects, but plans on...
One of the biggest issues associated with color touchscreen smartwatches has been battery life, and the same problems may persist with Apple's first foray into the wrist-borne wearable devices market, according to a new report. iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton Apple employees familiar with the so-called "iWatch" have reportedly "set low expectations" for the device's battery life, according to Jessica E. Lessin of The Information. Though she didn't offer any specifics on...
Apple's role as the top trendsetter in technology is so well established that even rival companies Samsung and LG are openly admitting they hope the "iWatch," whatever it actually is, will help expand the market for wearable devices beyond niche status. With big expectations for the wearable computing market, numerous major players have unveiled their own new devices this week at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Perhaps most prominent are LG and Samsung, which both...
In advance of next week's iPhone 6 unveiling, Apple on Friday released a consumer-facing app for the TestFlight beta service that will come online alongside iOS 8, and is also said to have begun preparations to seed carrier partners with beta builds of iOS 8.0.1. TestFlight, which Apple acquired alongside parent company Burstly in February, is a platform that allows developers to easily create and manage public app beta programs. Developers will be able to add beta...
Motorola has finally released its Android Wear-powered Moto 360 smartwatch --?wisely or not, just days before Apple is expected to debut its "iWatch" -- and early reviews say that the device is a fine standard bearer for Google's wearable operating system, though it could benefit from some more time in the lab. Motorola's Moto 360 Android Wear-powered smart watch | Source: Google Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal Calling the Moto 360 "a big step in the right...
In looking at the potential options for Apple in launching a mobile payment platform, one analyst believes the company is most likely to start small and safe with a "proxy" approach -- a strategy that wouldn't make Apple much money, but would help lock users into the company's iPhone ecosystem. Rod Hall and his team, along with the Computer Services experts at investment firm J.P. Morgan, looked into how Apple might debut its so-called "iWallet" service. They came away...
Fitness tracking firm Misfit on Thursday announced availability of an expanded developer toolkit for third-party apps and devices, opening the door to interesting partnerships like integration with Walgreens' Balance Rewards points program. Along with the toolkit's availability, Misfit also announced support from more than 30 partners that have signed on to integrate the new assets in software, hardware and beyond. Initial partnerships include support from Azumio,...
In a court filing late Thursday, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel appealed Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of a proposed $324.5 million settlement relating to a class action lawsuit leveled by Silicon Valley employees, calling the jurist's decision "rigid and formulaic." Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt during the iPhone's introduction at MacWorld in 2007. Defendants in the ongoing Silicon Valley anti-poaching case, including Apple, requested the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to...
Apple on Thursday launched an updated version of its iTunes Connect developer Web portal, with a design overhaul coming alongside deeper data management features for launching, selling and managing content on the iTunes Store. The new online portal carries over the same app management assets familiar to developers, while polishing the overall presentation and updating a number of tools important for tracking user engagement. Apple first demoed the new iTunes Connect at...
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