Apple Acquired BroadMap, Catch Earlier This Year

Apple buys a lot of of companies. The challenge for us reporter types is that they typically aren’t the big-name firms that are required to be disclosed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. So, sometimes it can take a bit to figure out just who and what Apple has bought. On Monday, a report from … Continue reading

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – October 28, 2013

When Apple unveiled its two new iPads last week, it was the sign of a company knowing it needs to make a splash and gain some momentum. After inventing the tablet category and enjoying close to 100 percent market share, Apple now has about 49 percent market share and the numbers are trending in the … Continue reading

Apple’s Developer Center Is Back After Over A Week Offline

Apple’s Developer Center is finally back online, after taking a break for over a week. The developer site went down after a hacking attempt mid-week last week, and stayed down without any kind of return for multiple days. The hack was reportedly one that only affected developer accounts, after an intruder attempted to secure personal … Continue reading

Google Wallet (iOS) Adds Loyalty Card Scanning

After rolling out the update to Android devices last week, Google today updated its Google Wallet app for iOS with the ability to scan physical loyalty cards. Rather than having to type out your account information to join a new program within the app, scanning a physical loyalty card from a supported retailer will auto-populate … Continue reading

Following a recent fatality, Apple publishes Chinese web page encouraging use of official chargers

Following two back-to-back accidents in China believed to be iPhone-related, Apple has added a page to its China website dedicated exclusively to informing consumers about its chargers. A message at the top of the page states that Apple has always placed the safety of its consumers as a foremost concern, and that all of its … Continue reading

European Commission accepts Penguin’s proposals to scrap Apple ebook agency agreements

The European Commission has accepted book publisher Penguin’s proposals to scrap all of its existing ebook agency agreements – including its deal with Apple, most importantly – and refrain from adopting any similar partnerships for the next five years. Penguin, along with competitors Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Hachette, Holtzbrinck, were all criticized for working … Continue reading

IDC: Apple, Samsung lose smartphone market share as Lenovo and others see greater growth

Apple and Samsung have both reported their financials for Q2 2013 so, as is customary, analyst firms are now putting out their estimates for the quarter. IDC is out of the blocks, noting that Samsung and Apple remain the market leaders but greater growth is coming from lesser companies. The research firm estimates that Samsung … Continue reading

Apple is reportedly creating its own speech tech for Siri to eliminate dependence on Nuance

We may now know why Apple quietly set up shop in Boston earlier this year, if a report from Xconomy is to be believed. According to the site, Apple is developing a team of top speech technologists in Boston to eventually eliminate its dependence on Nuance for Siri. The likelihood of this is actually extremely … Continue reading

Microsoft Releases Outlook Web App for iOS

Microsoft is releasing another Office app for iOS, kind of. The new Office Web App for iPhone and iPad is designed for businesses who use Office 365 to access the full functionality of Outlook Web App. Although Microsoft has been supporting a web version of this previously, the software maker has packaged it up into … Continue reading

Over 90% of iOS Apps are Free, Average Cost is 19 Cents

There’s an emerging view among iOS developers that both the amount of work involved and value created by app development merit higher prices for apps. But a new study shows that developers test pricing tend to lower the price of their apps – or even charge nothing at all. New research published Thursday from mobile … Continue reading

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