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  • Apple Opens Up With A New Blog About Swift, Its New Programming Language

    Apple Opens Up With A New Blog About Swift, Its New Programming Language

    Apple just launched a blog about Swift, its new programming language that makes it easier to build applications for iOS and Mac OS X. This is a first for Apple, and marks a new period of openness for the famously walled-in tech giant. Read More

  • Chinese State Media Renews Anti-Apple Rhetoric, Calls The iPhone A “National Security Concern”

    Chinese State Media Renews Anti-Apple Rhetoric, Calls The iPhone A “National Security Concern”

    Apple has faced a fair amount of state-sponsored criticism in China, a market where the prevailing powers have a stated goal of promoting more home-grown network and IT solutions. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s iOS 7 poses a threat to national security because of its ‘Frequent Locations’ feature, which identifies and provides users a map of their oft-visited… Read More

  • Apple’s Living Library

    Apple’s Living Library

    Oh the double dip. If you’re a movie fan, especially one who was around for the beginning of the DVD revolution 18 years ago, those words will strike a chord. It’s the practice of a studio putting out a crappy bare-bones edition of a DVD to home video and following it up weeks or months later with a full-on loaded edition featuring extras like director’s commentary… Read More

  • MLB’s iBeacon Project Enters Phase Two With Interactive Ballpark Attractions

    MLB’s iBeacon Project Enters Phase Two With Interactive Ballpark Attractions

    Major League Baseball was among the first to embrace Apple’s iBeacon technology on a wide scale, installing them in 28 MLB ballparks across the U.S. last year to help iPhone owners check-in to games automatically and collect special offers. Now, the project is entering phase two, with a debut project at this year’s All-Star Game at Target Field that uses iBeacons combined with… Read More

  • The App Store, Six Years Later

    The App Store, Six Years Later

    Happy birthday, iTunes App Store. Apple’s App Store turns six today, and now offers consumers over 1.2 million apps, which have been downloaded 75 billion times, according to the most recent official data shared by the company. But the business can sometimes be tough for app developers, and new numbers out this morning from two different analytics companies help prove this point. Read More

  • Apple Patents Stronger Sapphire Displays And Illuminated Sapphire Controls

    Apple Patents Stronger Sapphire Displays And Illuminated Sapphire Controls

    Apple has a few new patent applications with the USPTO (via AppleInsider), all relating to sapphire glass displays and elements for its use in mobile devices. The patents cover a method for making sapphire glass display covers stronger, a way to create illuminated buttons with sapphire, and a way to embed markings below a sapphire layer. Read More

  • Samsung’s Race To The Bottom

    Samsung’s Race To The Bottom

    It’s happened before and it’s happened again – a popular commodity appears and is remade in so many permutations and from so many manufacturers that the differentiation ultimately focuses on price. When this happens, the small players sneak in with cheap hardware, the big players stumble and try to buoy sales with higher-end models (an example of this is the Dell Adamo as… Read More

  • Apple’s “Secret” eBay Store Returns [Updated]

    Apple’s “Secret” eBay Store Returns [Updated]

    In fall 2012, a mysterious eBay store appeared that only sold Apple products at prices that undercut Apple’s own online refurbished store. The store was widely speculated to have been run by Apple, despite the company never confirming its involvement. That store disappeared last year, but now one just like it has returned, and this time around, it’s selling “Apple… Read More

  • Xiaomi Users Spend More Time In Apps Than iPhone Owners In China

    Xiaomi Users Spend More Time In Apps Than iPhone Owners In China

    Xiaomi, the so-called “Apple of China,” is beating its namesake on one important metric in its homeland: time spent in apps. According to a study performed in January by app analytics firm Flurry, Xiaomi smartphone users spend 7% more time in apps than Apple users in China. Read More

  • iOS 8 Tips Apple’s Health Hand With Homegrown Step And Calorie Counting Features

    iOS 8 Tips Apple’s Health Hand With Homegrown Step And Calorie Counting Features

    Apple has a new beta for iOS 8 available to developers, and part of the fun are new built-in features for Health, its centralized health and fitness hub. The Health app is new in iOS 8. It’s designed to take signals from third-party providers, as well as selectively share data with health and fitness software based on a user’s preference. But while it launched in the original… Read More