January 17, 2014 |
China Mobile began selling Apple iPhones on Friday and marked the occasion with a visit from Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to its stores. "Having fun in Beijing at the iPhone launch with China Mobile!" Cook tweeted. The new partnership was announced last month, and already analysts are betting that the sales of iPhones will have a big effect on Apple's bottom line for the current quarter that ends in March. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 During a briefing with media this week, China Mobile's chairman, Xi Guohua, said the company had already received "several million" pre-orders for iPhones before they went on sale in the company's stores.
January 15, 2014 |
Apple Inc. agreed to refund customers $32.5 million to settle a complaint over mobile phone apps bought by children, prompting consumer advocates to call for a broader crackdown against deceptive practices by big wireless companies. "This is a warning shot to the whole industry," said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. "This is not just about Apple. This is part of a comprehensive investigation of the entire mobile industry. " On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Apple would make changes to the way it notifies parents about so-called in-app mobile purchases as well as pay at least $32.5 million in customer refunds.
January 15, 2014 |
Users seeking significant free cloud storage should download the new Apple iOS version of Box, which is giving away 50 GB of space in the cloud to users who are willing to try out the new app. Box on Wednesday released a redesigned version of its iPhone and iPad apps , which have been rebuilt with more intuitive user interfaces and have been made significantly faster than before. The Los Altos, Calif., company is one of the top players in the cloud storage market, though it doesn't compare to rival Dropbox, which is currently the dominant leader.
January 13, 2014 |
Apple devices are still in high demand -- just ask New York City thieves. Products by the Cupertino, Calif., company, such as iPhones and iPads, accounted for more than 18% of New York's grand larcenies in 2013, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal that cites the New York Police Department. In total, more than 8,000 Apple devices were stolen last year, leading to a 13% increase in grand larceny arrests compared with 2012. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 The NYPD said thieves usually snatch the gadgets while on public transportation -- where users have their devices out and aren't paying close enough attention to their surroundings.
January 9, 2014 |
Can Apple and Samsung at long last put aside years of animosity and patent litigation and hold hands and make nice? Don't hold your breath, but the companies have at least agreed to try. Again. The smartphone and tablet rivals will work with a mediator in an effort to settle their patent disputes in advance of a second trial on the issues scheduled for this spring, according to Bloomberg News . PHOTOS: 10 Tech gadgets we want...
January 7, 2014 |
The nation's first all-digital, book-free public library system has opened in San Antonio, with patrons lining up to peruse on online catalog on Apple touch screen computers and check out books on e-readers. Library mavens from across the U.S. and from as far away as Hong Kong came to view the library this week, according to an Associated Press report. "I told our people that you need to take a look at this. This is the future," Mary Graham, vice president of South Carolina's Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce told the AP. "If you're going to be building new library facilities, this is what you need to be doing.
January 6, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Under pressure from shareholders who say the company has too many white men in its upper ranks, Apple has taken a step toward add more female and minority directors to its board. The Cupertino, Calif., company added new language to the board charter to say it plans to consider women and minorities as board candidates. Apple made the move after shareholders Trillium Asset Management and the Sustainability Group expressed disappointment that Apple has only one woman on its eight-member board and only one woman on its executive team reporting to Chief Executive Tim Cook.
December 30, 2013 |
While Apple and Microsoft saw their share of laptops sold to businesses and other organizations in the U.S. decrease in 2013, Google dramatically increased its portion of sales. From January through November, Google sold 1.76 million Chromebook laptops in the U.S., up from 400,000 during the same period in 2012, according to a recent report by NPD Group . that tracked sales through commercial channels. That includes devices that were sold to businesses, government agencies, schools and other organizations.
December 30, 2013 |
What appears to be a prototype for the original 2007 Apple iPhone was sold on EBay on Monday morning for $1,499. The rare Apple item was sold after receiving 37 bids. It's unclear if the device is authentic, but some aspects of its specs check out, especially because the prototype does not run Apple's iOS mobile operating system. Instead, the item description says the gadget runs on a special test software, which Apple has been known to use on other iOS device prototypes. "I am selling a very rare original iPhone engineering prototype," the seller wrote in the item description . "These were used to test the iPhone's various features.
December 27, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The Lakers have spent plenty of time in the TV glare over the years, continually logging the maximum number of games allowed by the NBA on national TV. But this week they got a cold, hard stare from the NBA and ESPN, who decided in conjunction to drop planned coverage on ESPN of a Lakers game against the Houston Rockets in favor of a Phoenix-Minnesota game the same night, Jan. 8. The Lakers got stranded at the TV altar?...