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  • 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

  • Apple Patents A Way To Make All-Glass iPhones, iPads, Monitors And TVs

    Apple Patents A Way To Make All-Glass iPhones, iPads, Monitors And TVs

    Apple has patented a method for building devices with all-glass outer casings (via AppleInsider), by fusing pieces together for a completely seamless final look. The all-glass device casings could be used to hold the internals of an iOS device, or to house a TV or monitor, too. Read More

  • Compromise Will Shape The Wearables Market

    Compromise Will Shape The Wearables Market

    Just as fitness apps and wearables are gaining real traction, the introduction of Android Wear is giving consumers their first maybe-viable smartwatches. In the coming months and years, this new category will force consumers to make a similar decision as that between Microsoft’s unified approach to operating systems and Apple’s intentional divergence of iOS and Mac OS X. Read More

  • Mac OS X Gets The Dark Theme We’ve All Been Waiting For In Yosemite Preview 3

    Mac OS X Gets The Dark Theme We’ve All Been Waiting For In Yosemite Preview 3

    Apple’s desktop operating system got a little more fashionable with the new Preview 3 update of OS X 10.10 Yosemite seeded to developers today. The update, which can be installed by registered developers who have the existing preview version on their machines through the Mac App Store, lets users enable Dark Mode, a highly coveted feature that impressed when it was unveiled at WWDC in… Read More