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Apple's Beats Brand to Debut New Wire-Free Powerbeats in April

Friday March 22, 2019 10:30 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple's Beats brand will soon release an entirely wire-free version of its Powerbeats Wireless Earphones designed for workouts, reports CNET. The updated earphones will be similar to the AirPods, in that there will be no wire between them. Apple won't be cannibalizing its own ‌AirPods‌ sales because Powerbeats are designed for working out, running, and other athletic activities that aren't...

Apple Working on AR/VR Headset With 8K Displays and No Smartphone or Computer Tether

Friday April 27, 2018 11:14 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is working on a powerful headset that will support both augmented reality and virtual reality applications, according to an inside source that spoke to CNET. The headset, which is codenamed T288, features an 8K display for each eye that would be untethered from either a computer or a smartphone. Instead, it would connect to a "dedicated box" using a high-speed short-range wireless...

Apple's Amazon Echo Competitor Could Feature Camera, Facial Recognition

Friday May 27, 2016 9:58 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple's rumored product designed to compete with the Amazon Echo could come equipped with a camera and facial recognition capabilities, reports CNET. Citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans, CNET says the device would be "self aware," able to detect the people in the room through facial recognition technology. Once the device determines who is in the room, that information could be used ...

Samsung Becomes Apple's Top iPad Display Supplier in Q1 2014

Monday May 12, 2014 12:47 am PDT by Richard Padilla
According to a new report from market research firm DisplaySearch (via CNET and ZDNet Korea), Samsung claimed the top spot as Apple's biggest iPad display panel supplier in the first quarter of 2014, shipping 5.2 million units of the high resolution 9.7-inch panels that were used in the iPad Air and the reintroduced 4th generation iPad. Samsung's panels accounted for 62% of Apple's 9.7-inch ...

Apple Takes Jab at Samsung in Full Page Earth Day Newspaper Ad

Tuesday April 22, 2014 3:38 am PDT by Richard Padilla
Apple is honoring Earth Day in a new ad found on newspapers across the UK that appears to also include a jab at rival Samsung, reports CNET. The ad, which comes with a headline stating "There are some ideas we want everyone to copy," includes two paragraphs that allude to the company's ongoing patent trial with Samsung. Apple notes that there is "one area" where the company "encourages...

Roku CEO Calls Apple TV a 'Money Loser', Says Product is 'Essentially' an Accessory for iPad

Friday March 28, 2014 2:09 am PDT by Richard Padilla
Speaking at the inaugural Code/Media event held by technology website Re/code (via CNET), Roku CEO and founder Anthony Wood called the Apple TV "a money loser" for Apple, likening the product to an accessory for the iPad and questioning why Apple would want to sell more units of the device. Wood's remarks come as Apple is said to be preparing a new version of the Apple TV that will integrate with ...

Google and LG Working on Android Smart Watch Set for June Reveal

Monday February 24, 2014 5:26 am PST by Kelly Hodgkins
Google and LG are working on a smart watch that will likely be unveiled at the Google I/O developer conference in June, reports CNET. Google will reveal details on the device's operating system in advance of the hardware announcement, giving developers time to create apps for the device's retail launch. Google's smart watch endeavor will mirror its Nexus line of mobile devices, with Google...

1976 Apple Marketing Proposal Included Plans for Retail Locations

Friday February 7, 2014 1:12 am PST by Richard Padilla
The first Apple retail location could have opened in the late 70s, according to a new account from distinguished Silicon Valley marketer Regis McKenna (via CNET). During a fireside chat held Thursday at the Computer History Museum, McKenna recalled a 1976 meeting in which he turned down an offer from Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to market the Apple II. However, McKenna stated...

Deals for Apple Custom Radio Service 'Nowhere Near to Being Completed'

Wednesday December 5, 2012 7:31 am PST by Eric Slivka
Back in early September, news broke in several publications about Apple's plans for a Pandora-like custom radio service, with the company reportedly seeking to arrange deals with music labels to allow more flexibility than permitted under the mandatory licensing used by Pandora. At the time, a launch was said to be "months away". By late October, reports were indicating that talks remained in ...

Intel Looking to Cut Power Consumption on Future Ivy Bridge Chips

Monday December 3, 2012 5:55 am PST by Eric Slivka
CNET reports that Intel is hard at work on reducing the power consumption of its Ivy Bridge chips, opening the door to use of the chips in mainstream tablets and reducing battery needs on small notebooks such as the MacBook Air.Intel will cut power consumption "significantly" for future versions of the chip, an industry source familiar with the chipmaker's plans told CNET. Intel's most power...

New iPad to be Called 'iPad HD' and Not 'iPad 3'?

Monday March 5, 2012 3:48 pm PST by Arnold Kim
CNet claims that the next iPad that is due to be announced on Wednesday will be named "iPad HD".A developer who's previously provided reliable information with respect to things Apple and otherwise tells us the next iPad uses the HD moniker instead of going with "iPad 3."The next generation iPad has been referenced as the "iPad 3" in most reports as a natural successor to the iPad 2 which was...

San Francisco Police Launch Investigation into Missing iPhone 5 Search

Thursday September 8, 2011 8:25 am PDT by Eric Slivka
CNET reports that the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) has launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the search for a prototype iPhone that went missing from a San Francisco bar in late July. The case resulted in a significant amount of publicity after the SFPD initially reported that it had no record of any investigation into the disappearance or participation in a...

Doubts Cast on Revived Rumors of Subscription TV Packages from Apple

Friday August 26, 2011 9:23 pm PDT by Eric Slivka
Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal briefly reported that Apple is working on "new technology" for pushing video content to televisions, apparently linking that work with revived rumors of a subscription TV service. Rumors of such of a service first surfaced in late 2009, but by the iPad launch in March 2010, Apple had been said to have put the plans on hold in the face of opposition from media...

Apple Finally Signs Universal Music, iCloud Streaming Available "Soon"

Thursday June 2, 2011 12:40 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
CNet reports that Apple has signed the last of the four major record labels to its iCloud service which will be officially announced next week. The agreement means that Apple now has the rights to offer recording rights from all of the major labels. In addition, Apple has reached agreements with some of the large publishers, the sources said.This represents the final step before Apple is...

Apple Racing to Include Movies and TV Shows in iCloud Service?

Tuesday May 31, 2011 12:05 pm PDT by Eric Slivka
Earlier today, Apple announced that Steve Jobs will anchor the keynote at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, also taking the unusual step of pre-announcing that Jobs will introduce the company's "iCloud" streaming service at the event. While virtually all of the recent discussion about iCloud has been about Apple securing agreements with music labels and publishers to allow users...

Apple and Music Publishers Close to Agreement on Cloud Licensing, But Delays Still Possible

Tuesday May 24, 2011 6:02 am PDT by Eric Slivka
Late last week, we reported that despite having three of the four major labels on board with its plan for a cloud-based streaming service and the final label apparently close to signing a deal, Apple still needs to reach agreements with the music publishers before it can launch its service. At the time, we noted that the two sides were essentially on the same page, with only monetary...

Music Labels Hoping Apple Can Force Amazon and Google Into Cloud Licensing

Wednesday May 11, 2011 8:43 am PDT by Eric Slivka
With Amazon and now Google having rolled out cloud-based music hosting services without the consent of music labels, CNET reports that the labels are reportedly now looking for Apple to become the driving force to bring those companies back to the negotiating table for broader licensing deals. Since neither company was either able or willing to obtain licenses from the four major labels, neither ...

Apple Expected to Charge for Cloud-Based Music Storage Service

Tuesday April 26, 2011 9:48 am PDT by Eric Slivka
CNET reports that Apple is expected to charge customers a fee in order to use its forthcoming cloud-based music storage service, a new product said to be rapidly approaching completion. The company could, however, offer a free introductory period to give customers a chance to test out the new service and gather a user base. Music industry insiders told me that Apple has indicated it could offer...

Apple Inks Deal With Warner Music for Cloud-Based Storage Rights?

Friday April 22, 2011 11:52 am PDT by Eric Slivka
Just as Apple's cloud-based music storage service has been said to be ready to go amid claims that Apple has inked two of the four major record labels to deals permitting the service, CNET now reports that Apple has reached a deal with Warner Music Group (WMG) in support of the plan. Apple has an agreement with Warner Music Group to offer the record label's tracks on iTunes' upcoming cloud-music...

Intel to Launch 'Thunderbolt' on Thursday? MacBook Pros to Follow?

Wednesday February 23, 2011 6:56 pm PST by Arnold Kim
CNet reports that Intel's media event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, February 24th. CNet believes that Intel will be unveiling final details of Light Peak. [Light Peak is] a transmission technology designed by Intel that promises to bring 10-gigabit-per-second speeds for data transfers to and from external devices, besting recently introduced solutions like USB 3.0. Intel's broader...