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iOS 8 may feature Shazam-powered song recognition functionality

A new report claims that Apple may partner up with Shazam to bake song recognition functionality right into iOS 8.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Wed, 04/23/14 - 11:10am.

iOS 7, by and large, was mostly about aesthetics. New icons, new UI, new everything. With WWDC less than two months away, and with it the unveiling of iOS 8, we haven't heard many intriguing details about what Apple's next-gen mobile OS will bring us aside from some interesting leaks of a new Healthbook app.

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Nike axes its FuelBand team, will get out of the wearable hardware market

Nike today fired the majority of its FuelBand team and will completely get out of the hardware business.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Fri, 04/18/14 - 8:23pm.

In a huge corporate shakeup that I don't think anybody saw coming, Nike today fired the majority of its FuelBand team and will completely get out of the hardware business.

CNET first broke the story on Friday afternoon:

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iPhone 6 renders based on leaked schematics

New iPhone 6 renderings based on leaked schematics have surfaced
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Fri, 04/18/14 - 3:43pm.

It's that time of year again, folks. With spring steadily approaching, the iPhone rumor mill is kicking into high gear. Over the last 2-3 weeks, we've seen a marked increase in the number of stories purporting to show and detail what Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 design will look like and the features it will house.

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Apple seeking $100 more from carriers for iPhone 6 subsidies

Apple is reportedly trying to negotiate, with little success thus far, a $100 increase in iPhone subsidies from carriers.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Mon, 04/14/14 - 12:29pm.

This summer, Apple is largely expected to release two brand new iPhone models with larger screen sizes. One will reportedly feature a 4.7-inch display while the other will feature a 5.5-inch display. Needless to say, the iPhone 6 may trigger the most massive iPhone upgrade cycle we've seen to date.

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iWatch to come in two sizes (1.3 and 1.5 inches); will compete at both the low and high-end of the market

A new research note from Ming-Chi Kuo sheds even more light on Apple's highly anticipated iWatch device
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Sat, 04/12/14 - 11:52am.

 

As part of a recent research note laying out what Apple's 2014 product roadmap looks like, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo -- who tends to be more accurate than most Apple analysts -- provides us with some more information about Apple's long-rumored iWatch.

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Tesla fights back against "lemon law" lawsuit

Tesla calls into question the accuracy of a recent "lemon law" suit filed against the company
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Thu, 04/10/14 - 11:55pm.

Earlier this week, Tesla was hit with a lawsuit in Wisconsin filed by Vince Megna, a self-proclaimed "lemon law king" who earlier this year secured the largest lemon law judgement in history -- $618,000 -- from Mercedes-Benz.

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iPhone 6 to come in 4.7 and 5.5-inch flavors with NFC, much larger battery

Apple's 2014 iPhone lineup may be the company's most successful yet.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Wed, 04/09/14 - 11:31pm.

Tim Cook promised a busy 2014 and it's sure looking like that might indeed pan out, according to a recent research report from the typically accurate Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note that made the rounds on Wednesday evening, Kuo laid out all of Apple's projected 2014 product rollouts, spanning everything from the iWatch to the iPhone and more.

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Gear Fit smartwatch highlights Samsung's woeful ignorance of user interface design

The Samsung Gear Fit smartwatch shows just how little Samsung cares about a compelling user experience.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Wed, 04/09/14 - 1:08am.

It's hardly controversial to claim that Samsung's foray into the smartwatch market was influenced by all of the rumors surrounding Apple's iWatch project. That's all well and good, but it's clear that Samsung is more concerned with besting Apple than it is with actually providing a smartwatch that people want to use. The Galaxy Gear was voted by many as the worst tech product of 2013, and the recently announced Samsung Gear Fit hasn't exactly turned things around for Samsung wearables.

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iWatch may be on track for 2014 launch, may include UV light exposure sensor

Apple's iWatch may see a 2014 release, with the company reportedly eyeing an initial production of 65 million units.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Tue, 04/08/14 - 11:30am.

The WWDC lottery is over and we can now start looking ahead to what we can only hope are exciting product announcements from Apple down the road. While new iPhones are all but a given for 2014, a lot of speculation remains surrounding Apple's now mythical and long-rumored iWatch.

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Nest recalls Nest Protect smoke detector

Nest Labs last week announced that it was halting sales of the Nest Protect after discovering that one of the device's touted features could delay the actual smoke alarm from going off.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Mon, 04/07/14 - 3:23pm.

This past January, Google made headlines when it announced that it was picking up Nest Labs for a rather hefty $3.2 billion. Nest Labs, of course, is run by former Apple executive Tony Fadell and is well known for its Nest Thermostat and the more recently released Nest Protect smoke detector.

Nest has been highly praised for bringing some of that Silicon Valley ingenuity to old-fashioned and long ignored household items. But doing so isn't always without some speedbumps.

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HBO's "Silicon Valley" premieres tonight; Tesla's Elon Musk isn't impressed

Later tonight, HBO will premiere the first episode of Silicon Valley, a new show that centers on young programmers trying to make it big in Silicon Valley.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Sun, 04/06/14 - 6:27pm.

Later tonight, HBO will premiere the first episode of Silicon Valley, a new show that centers on young programmers trying to make it big in Silicon Valley. The show is being produced by Mike Judge (of Office Space fame) and features a few familiar faces, not to mention a few guys -- T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch -- who first made it big in the Improv scene in Chicago.

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WWDC 2014 set for June 2-6 in San Francisco

Apple last week announced an official date for WWDC 2014
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Sat, 04/05/14 - 2:20pm.

Apple last week announced an official date for WWDC 2014. Mark your calendars, because this year's WWDC festivities will kick off on June 2 and run through June 6. Per usual, the event will be held at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco.

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BlackBerry wins injunction against Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo Keyboard

A U.S. District Court last week granted BlackBerry a preliminary injunction against the Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo Keyboard case for the iPhone.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Tue, 04/01/14 - 3:19pm.

A U.S. District Court last week granted BlackBerry a preliminary injunction against the Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo Keyboard case for the iPhone. Initially reported by Reuters, the Court found that BlackBerry sufficiently proved that the keyboard case design likely infringed the company's patents.

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Emails detail Google's battle to stop Facebook from poaching its employees

New emails show that Google bribed Facebook with a "deeper relationship" so long as they stopped hiring Google employees.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Mon, 03/31/14 - 9:27am.

Apple, Google, and a slew of other high-tech firms are currently embroiled in a class-action lawsuit on allegations that they all adhered to tacit anti-poaching agreements. With that case currently ongoing, we've seen a number of interesting executive emails come to light, including emails showing that Steve Jobs threatened Palm CEO with a full-fledged legal assault if the company kept going after Apple engineers.

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Swiss watchmakers rebuff Apple's iWatch advances - Report

A recent report claims that Apple has been trying to poach employees from some big-name watch companies.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Sat, 03/29/14 - 8:19pm.

Providing even more proof that Apple is, in fact, working on an iWatch-type device of some sort, the Financial Times last week published a story (behind a paywall) relaying that Apple has been trying to poach employees from some big-name watch companies.

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Apple's original and secretive iPhone testing room [Photo]

A photo depicting what Apple's early iPhone testing rig looked like.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Thu, 03/27/14 - 11:02am.

In case you missed it, the Wall Street Journal this week ran a compelling interview with Greg Christie, one of the first engineers involved in developing the iPhone. The story details some of the hurdles that the original iPhone team had to traverse, providing some newfound nuggets of information in the process.

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What Mark Zuckerberg said after acquiring Instagram

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once said Instagram would be the company's only big-time acquisition.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Wed, 03/26/14 - 1:48pm.

Facebook made headlines yesterday when it announced plans to acquire Oculus VR, purveyors of a virtual-reality gaming headset, for $2 billion in cash and stock. News of the acquisition comes just little over a month after Facebook agreed to acquire WhatsApp for $19 billion.

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Apple may be working on newly designed MacBook for 2014 release

New MacBook Pro and Air models may be released in the next few months.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Tue, 03/25/14 - 9:41am.

Last week, a forum member on WeiPhone with a decent track record with respect to Apple rumors posted that we may soon be seeing a MacBook refresh sometime soon.

The post relays that the new MacBooks will ship without a fan and will also feature a redsigned trackpad.

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Without an iWatch, Apple's Healthbook app is boring

Apple's rumored Healthbook app needs a paired wearable device in order to be truly compelling.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Fri, 03/21/14 - 1:35am.

Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac scored a mega-scoop earlier this week when he posted screenshots of Apple's rumored Healthbook app.

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Jesse Jackson calls out Apple and other tech companies for lack of racial diversity

Jesse Jackson recently chastised Apple and other tech firms for a lack of diversity in the boardroom.
Submitted by Yoni Heisler on Wed, 03/19/14 - 12:27pm.

In a recent letter published by the Rainbow/PUSH organization, Reverend Jesse Jackson chastised Apple and a number of other Silicon Valley tech firms for the dearth of female and minority employees among the executive ranks.

The letter reads in part:

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