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'GMT Bug' in iOS 8 Calendar Syncing Causing Time Zone Confusion for Users

Friday January 23, 2015 8:35 am PST by
A growing number of users on Apple's support forums are reporting an issue with iOS 8 and the time zones of synced calendar events, reports Forbes. Known by users as the "GMT bug," the issue is causing confusion as calendar events sometimes see a secondary time zone (frequently GMT) added on. The issue is documented in a lengthy thread on Apple's support forums that was started shortly after ...

Apple Took Half of U.S. Phone Activations in Q4 2014 as Demand Stays Strong

Friday January 23, 2015 7:07 am PST by
Both analysts and metrics are suggesting Apple will report record-breaking iPhone sales for the just-ended December 2014 calendar quarter, and new data released today by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals the Cupertino company may have set a high bar against its competitors, grabbing half of all phone activations in the United States. While CIRP's survey included only 500 users...

Apple May Allow Product Security Inspections by Chinese Government Officials

Friday January 23, 2015 5:48 am PST by
Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly consented to security inspections of the company's products by Chinese government officials, reports The Beijing News [Via ITworld]. The inspections will look for backdoors that provide third-party access to sensitive and private data stored on Apple devices. These spot inspections were part of an agreement forged between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Lu Wei,...

T-Mobile's 'Smartphone Equality' Program Ends Credit Score Requirement for Loyal Paying Customers

Thursday January 22, 2015 9:05 am PST by
T-Mobile today announced a new program that makes it easier for customers with poor credit to receive discount pricing on devices and other deals previously only available to credit-worthy customers. CEO John Legere kicked off the new "Smartphone Equality" promotion with a video blog that explains the rationale behind the program. Legere notes that half of Americans do not qualify for most...

BlackBerry CEO Says U.S. Government Should Force Apple to Expand iMessage to Other Platforms

Thursday January 22, 2015 7:34 am PST by
BlackBerry CEO John Chen yesterday published a blog post adaptation of a letter in which he presses U.S. government officials to support not only net neutrality but also "application/content neutrality". In Chen's view, all apps and content should be available on all platforms, and he points specifically to Apple's iMessage and Netflix's streaming services as examples of discrimination against...

Apple's Time Machine, Cover Flow, and Safari for iOS Targeted in New Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Wednesday January 21, 2015 9:26 am PST by
Patent holding company TriDim Innovations this week filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, accusing the companying of violating two 3D workspace patents the company owns. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California with a judge assignment still pending. TriDim asserts in the suit that Apple is infringing on U.S. patents 5,838,326 and 5,8...

FiftyThree's Popular 'Pencil' Stylus Now Available in Apple Retail Stores

Wednesday January 21, 2015 7:32 am PST by
Accessory maker FiftyThree today announced the availability of the company’s popular Pencil stylus in Apple retail stores. Though the stylus has been spotted in select Apple stores in recent weeks, this announcement marks the first time the iPad stylus officially has been available in the Cupertino company's brick and mortar stores. Apple also recently began selling Pencil through its online store...

Analysts See Record-Breaking Sales for iPhone and Mac in Holiday Quarter

Tuesday January 20, 2015 9:02 am PST by
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may boost the company's iPhone sales to a new record in the year-ending Q1 2015, says Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty in a recent investor note. In line with other analyst predictions, Huberty and her team expect iPhone sales in the December holiday quarter to reach as high as 69 million units, eclipsing last year's quarterly record of 51 million units sold in Q1...

TAG Heuer to Combine Swiss Watch Expertise With Technology in 'Different Craftsmanship'

Tuesday January 20, 2015 7:30 am PST by
LVMH luxury watch chief and TAG Heuer interim head Jean-Claude Biver spoke recently with Bloomberg, revealing some early details about the company's upcoming smartwatch product. Biver was a notable early critic of the Apple Watch, saying Apple's wearable effort looked like it was designed by "a student in their first trimester," although he appears to have shifted his perspective more recently. ...

Photos of Montblanc's Watch 'e-Strap' Show Low-Resolution Display, Bulky Fit

Monday January 19, 2015 9:43 am PST by
Luxury watch maker Montblanc earlier this month announced the "e-Strap", an accessory band that will add notifications, music control, and other smartphone-connected functions to a traditional analog wristwatch, marking one of the first efforts by traditional watchmakers to offer smartphone integration as the Apple Watch's launch nears. Alexander Linz of the Watch-Insider blog had the...

Firaxis Announces New 'Sid Meier's Starships' Interstellar Strategy Game

Monday January 19, 2015 7:57 am PST by
Civilization designer Sid Meier along with 2K and Firaxis Games have announced a new game, Sid Meier's Starships, reports Gamespot. The interstellar strategy game was developed by a small team at Firaxis who worked closely with Meier on the game's design. Sid Meier's Starships builds upon the success of last year's Civilization: Earth Beyond, moving beyond the initial colonization of...

Apple Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Its Home Page

Monday January 19, 2015 6:25 am PST by
Apple today updated its website to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a full page memorial on the company's home page. The image on the site is accompanied by a message to honor the civil rights leader and his work, “Today we reflect on the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the work that continues in service of the broader concerns of humanity.” Following the...

Apple's Swift Programming Language Proving Popular With Developers

Friday January 16, 2015 8:49 am PST by
Apple's new Swift programming language is growing rapidly in popularity according to RedMonk's latest Programming Language Rankings. The analysis ranks the future popularity of programming languages based on the amount of discussion on Stack Overflow and the usage on Github. As expected, the top programming languages ranked by RedMonk include JavaScript, Java, and PHP in the top three slots ...

Intel CEO Responds to Rumors of ARM-Based Macs, Says Relationship With Apple Is 'Strong'

Friday January 16, 2015 8:06 am PST by
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich appeared today on CNBC’s Squawk Box to talk about the financial future of the technology company. Following discussions about Intel's disappointing Q1 forecast and flat PC sales, CNBC anchor Betsy Quick questioned the executive about rumors that Apple may eventually drop Intel chips from its Mac computers in favor of its own processors. Unfazed by the questioning,...

Retina 5K iMac Models Now Available From Apple's Online Refurbished Store

Friday January 16, 2015 5:43 am PST by
Apple recently started selling the 27-Inch iMac With Retina 5K Display in the refurbished section of its online store, as first noticed by MacGeneration and 9to5Mac. These refurbished models offer customers the chance to save up to 15 percent off the retail price of a brand new model. Several 27-inch Retina iMac models are available, including the entry-level model which is availablee for...

Apple Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts Talks Expansion in China Amid Five New Store Openings

Thursday January 15, 2015 9:13 am PST by
Apple is planning a major retail increase in China in the coming weeks, retail chief Angela Ahrendts tells China's Xinhua News Agency. According to Ahrendts, Apple's aggressive strategy involves the opening of five new retail stores in the next five weeks. Apple is timing this expansion with the festive shopping of the February 19 Chinese New Year holiday. "We are opening five new stores before...

iPhone 6s Rumored to Include 2GB of Faster RAM and 'Force Touch' Technology

Thursday January 15, 2015 7:58 am PST by
Apple may boost the amount of internal RAM and use faster LPDDR4 RAM technology in its next-generation iPhone 6s, claims TechNews Taiwan (via G Gor Games). These RAM modules offer low power consumption and a significant performance increase over the 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM used in the current-generation iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. According to supply chain sources, the LPDDR4 RAM modules for the iPhone...

Save Mart Supermarkets Adds Apple Pay as Bank of America Approaches 800K Customers On Board

Thursday January 15, 2015 6:25 am PST by
Apple Pay was introduced last year during Apple's September iPhone event and debuted alongside iOS 8.1. Months after launch, the service continues to expand with two major announcements today that mark the further expansion of the mobile payments service into regional supermarket chains and the continued adoption by consumers. Starting today, California supermarket chain Save Mart...

Google Adding 'Word Lens' Camera Translation and Conversation Mode to Translate App

Wednesday January 14, 2015 8:10 am PST by
Google today announced a forthcoming update to its Google Translate app for iOS that will bring instant camera-based translation and automatic language recognition to Apple's mobile devices. This will be Google's first update to the translation app in nearly a year. The updated translation app improves upon the current text recognition feature by incorporating the real-time translation...

GoPro Shares Tumble After Apple Granted Remote Control Camera Patent

Wednesday January 14, 2015 6:55 am PST by
Shares of personal camera maker GoPro fell 12 percent as trading volume doubled yesterday following the publication of a recently awarded Apple camera patent (via Bloomberg). Apple was granted US patent no. 8,934,045 yesterday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a remote control camera system powered by a wrist-worn device. Originally filed by Kodak in 2012 and subsequently acquired ...