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Apple and Google Vying for Exclusive Games from Developers With Promotional Perks

Sunday April 20, 2014 10:20 pm PDT by
A new report from The Wall Street Journal today highlights the increasing competition between Apple and Google to gain exclusive games for their respective iOS and Android platforms. According to the report, both companies have been offering developers promotional perks, such as premium placement on their app store home pages, in exchange for the first rights to a title. For instance, the...
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Amazon May Launch Smartphone with 3D Capabilities in September

Friday April 11, 2014 3:45 pm PDT by
Amazon is gearing up to release its long-rumored smartphone later this year to directly compete with offerings from Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the company has been showing off prototypes of its handsets to developers in San Francisco and Seattle in recent weeks, with Amazon likely announcing the phone by the end of June and launching it by the end ...
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Google Plays a Bigger Role in Latest Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit

Sunday March 30, 2014 5:19 pm PDT by
Google engineers, including former Android Chief Andy Rubin, may testify during the second patent lawsuit trial between Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal. Samsung will reportedly use the testimonials to prove that it licensed four out of the five software features it is accused of infringing upon, as it contends that Google had already been working on the technologies before ...
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Apple in Talks with Comcast to Provide Streaming TV Service on Future Apple TV

Sunday March 23, 2014 7:13 pm PDT by
Apple is in talks with Comcast about using the cable provider's network for a streaming TV service to be integrated in a future version of the Apple TV, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Apple's set top-box would be able to access Comcast's wide variety of channels for a monthly subscription, with the Apple TV receiving "special treatment" from Comcast when connected to...
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Google to Release Android SDK for Wearable Devices in Two Weeks

Sunday March 9, 2014 8:56 pm PDT by
Speaking at this year's South by Southwest conference, Google executive Sundar Pichai announced today that the company will be releasing an Android software development kit (SDK) for wearable devices in two weeks, reports The Wall Street Journal. The news comes ahead of Google's I/O developer's conference in June, where the company is likely to unveil its own smart watch developed in...
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Apple Hiring Engineers and Supply Chain Managers in Asia to Speed Up Production

Monday March 3, 2014 6:17 am PST by
Apple is hiring engineers and supply chain managers for its operations in Asia as its seeks to expand and quicken the production of new and existing products, reports the Wall Street Journal. These new teams will work out of the company's main Asian campus in Shanghai, China and its office in Taipei, Taiwan. The report states that the company is hiring engineers away from HTC, Inventec and...
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Google and LG Working on Android Smart Watch Set for June Reveal

Monday February 24, 2014 6:26 am PST by
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...
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Apple Becomes China's Fifth-Largest Smartphone Vendor in Q4 2013

Wednesday February 19, 2014 3:05 am PST by
According to a new report from market research firm IDC (via The Wall Street Journal), Apple became China's fifth largest smartphone manufacturer during the fourth quarter of 2013, taking 7% of total market share in the country. Notably, the report does not include iPhone sales numbers from the region's largest carrier China Mobile, which began selling the iPhone through a partnership with Apple ...
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Two New iPhones With Screens Larger Than 4.5" and 5" Coming This Year

Thursday January 23, 2014 9:13 am PST by
The next generation of iPhones, expected to be released this fall, will include new phones with significantly larger screens, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. It's been widely expected that Apple will launch an iPhone with a larger screen, but this is the first solid indication that Apple could be launching phones in multiple screen sizes, including in the larger "phablet"...
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Increased Theft of Apple Devices 'Driving Force' Behind Rise of Larcenies in New York City

Monday January 13, 2014 2:10 am PST by
According to new data from the New York Police Department (via The Wall Street Journal), the rising theft of devices such as the iPhone and iPad remained one of the driving forces behind the high amount of grand larcenies last year in New York City. In detail, the data showed that Apple products were involved in 8,465 thefts and made up for 18% of all grand larcenies in the city, which rose 13%...
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External Compliance Monitor: Apple is Blocking Interviews, Disrupting E-Book Antitrust Investigation [Updated]

Tuesday December 31, 2013 6:16 am PST by
Michael Bromwich, the external compliance monitor assigned to Apple as a result of its e-book antitrust case, has filed papers in a U.S. District Court accusing the company of being uncooperative and obstructive in his investigation, reports The Wall Street Journal.The lawyer stated that Apple characterized his team's activities as a “roving investigation“ with no worthwhile purpose, even...
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Apple Fined by Taiwanese Regulators Over iPhone Price Fixing

Wednesday December 25, 2013 1:14 pm PST by
Apple has been fined 20 million New Taiwan dollars ($670,000) by the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission after the company was found to be unlawfully influencing the price of the iPhone on the country's cell phone carriers, reports The Wall Street Journal. Under article 18 of Taiwan's Fair Trade Act, an enterprise is not allowed to decide the prices of their goods after handing them over to a...
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China Mobile to Begin iPhone Pre-Orders on December 12

Monday December 9, 2013 4:59 am PST by
China Mobile has stated that it will begin taking preorders for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c this coming Thursday, December 12 on its website and at some of its locations in Shanghai, reports The Wall Street Journal. The move was revealed through a screenshot of a section on the company's website that invited customers to pre-order the iPhone 5s and other smartphones with a "4G is here" slogan,...
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Apple and Other Tech Companies Call for Government Surveillance Reform

Sunday December 8, 2013 11:51 pm PST by
Apple, along with seven other U.S. technology companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, and Google, have published an open letter urging President Barack Obama and members of Congress to reform government surveillance tactics, reports The Wall Street Journal. The letter, which can be found on a website endorsed by the tech companies, will also appear in full-page ads in the Monday editions of...

Foxconn Adds More Workers to Assembly Lines as iPhone 5s Supplies Continue to Improve

Wednesday November 27, 2013 3:44 am PST by
Yesterday, a survey published yesterday by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster stated that the iPhone 5s is approaching 90% availability in Apple's U.S. retail stores, with supply begin to match consumer demand of the device. Now, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the shortened wait times for the high-end iPhone is due in part to supplier Foxconn and its high volume production, with...
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Apple to Add New Assembly Partners to Bolster Production of iOS Devices

Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:15 am PST by
Apple is set to add new manufacturing partners in Asia to handle production of its current line of iOS devices, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company will contract with Wistron to produce the cheaper iPhone 5c and Compal Communications to assemble the iPad mini, though the report does not say whether the latter will assemble the iPad mini or Retina iPad mini. Apple is reportedly...
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WSJ: Thinner iPad and Retina iPad Mini Expected on Tuesday

Sunday October 20, 2013 9:23 pm PDT by
Apple will introduce a high resolution Retina iPad mini and a thinner, lighter version of the standard 9.7-inch iPad during its Tuesday event, reports The Wall Street Journal, confirming months of product leaks and rumors.Apple is now readying a revamped iPad Mini with a high-resolution "retina" display. It’s also working on a thinner, lighter version of its standard 9.7-inch iPad, using a thin ...

Apple Cutting iPhone 5c Production at Two Major Suppliers

Wednesday October 16, 2013 6:58 am PDT by
Apple has notified two of its major iPhone 5c suppliers that it is reducing orders of the smartphone for the fourth quarter, reports The Wall Street Journal. Taiwanese assemblers Pegatron and Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.) were given notice by Apple that fourth quarter production of the device would be slowed, with the former being told orders would be cut by less than 20% ...
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Apple Boosting Gold iPhone 5s Production Amid Strong Demand

Friday September 20, 2013 3:26 am PDT by
Apple is asking its supply chain to increase production of gold iPhone 5s models by one-third amid strong launch-day demand, reports The Wall Street Journal.Apple Inc. has asked its suppliers to increase production of the gold-colored iPhone 5S by an additional one-third after seeing strong demand, people familiar with the situation said. It isn’t clear whether there are currently supply...
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Foxconn Profit Rises 41% on Strong iPhone Sales, Low-Cost iPhone to Drive Similar Gains at Pegatron

Tuesday August 13, 2013 1:48 pm PDT by
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Apple's primary iPhone and iPad assembler, has experienced a 41% jump in second quarter net profit thanks to strong iPhone sales, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company, better known as Foxconn, saw a net profit of NT$16.98 billion, which is approximately US$566.7 million. During the second quarter of 2012, Foxconn's net profit was just NT$12.06 billion....