At a hearing last week, District Court Judge Denise Cote denied Apple's request to put the monitoring on hold until its appeal of her ruling is complete. Last July, Cote found Apple violated antitrust laws, orchestrating a conspiracy to fix the prices of e-books. She then appointed an external monitor to keep tabs on the company's compliance with … Read more
Your local Apple store may now be able to replace a cracked iPhone 5C screen while you wait.
The $149 in-store repair option for the lower-cost iPhone reportedly debuted on Monday, according to CNNMoney. Up till now, Apple had to ship iPhone 5C units with cracked screens to a repair center, saddling owners with a $229 fee.
A rep at a local Apple store told CNET that the 5C is eligible for screen repairs or replacement. But she said the service depends on the amount of damage. Screens with scratches or minor cracks could be treated in-store, while those with … Read more
Apple could reveal record iPhone sales when it announces its December quarter results next week.
In an investors note out Tuesday, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said she expects unit sales of 54 million to 55 million for the final quarter of 2013, aka Apple's first fiscal quarter of 2014. That's slightly higher than the Wall Street consensus of around 53 million units. In contrast, Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones in the first fiscal quarter of 2013.
Of course, those record unit sales for last quarter will dip from their holiday highs as we move through 2014.… Read more
Rumors are already starting to roll in about Apple's purported iPhone 6, according to Apple Insider. The newest claims come from Chinese analyst Sun Changxu, who told Chinese-language Web site QQ Tech that the smartphone will come in two large-screen sizes and could be unveiled as soon as June.
According to Changxu, the upcoming iPhone 6 will most likely have a 4.7-inch, 1,136-pixel-by-640 pixel display. Changxu said that Apple could release another smartphone shortly later that has a higher-resolution 5.7-inch display. Word has it that Apple will reveal its new smartphone at its Worldwide Developers Conference … Read more
If there's a more sympathetic athlete in American sports than Alex Rodriguez, I can only imagine it's Lance Armstrong.
A-Rod, as he's often called, has been banned from baseball for a whole season, partly for alleged drug use and partly for just being someone an insufficient number of people like.
Many wondered how he'd come to be associated with a now discredited peddler of nutritional advice called Tony Bosch.
So A-Rod appeared on "Saturday Night Live" to explain that it's all a misunderstanding. A misunderstanding caused by his iPhone.
Alright, this wasn't … Read more
When it comes to consumer photography, perhaps the only thing more iconic than the Polaroid camera is the Polaroid photo. The size, the shape, and especially the white band at the bottom, where you could scribble a quick note about the scene -- for those of a certain age (myself included), it's quite evocative.
Polaroid embraced the smartphone scene a couple years ago with Polamatic, but the app didn't exactly set the photography world on fire. (For proof, see the dismal ratings for the current Android version.) But with Polamatic 4.0 (currently for iOS only), the "… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Virtual reality 2.0: Taking a ride in the Oculus Rift Crystal Cove Prototype.
- NASA JPL takes a VR tour of Mars with Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni (video).
- Hands-on with PlayStation Now: Everything we know so far.
- Sony at CES: PlayStation Now, "Breaking Bad," and the "wow" factor.
Do you need buttons to play games on your iPhone? Certainly not. And yet, iOS MFi-certified game controllers are here, giving you the promise of full game controller-like support for games and letting you theoretically use your phone or iPod Touch like a little Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita.
The Logitech Powershell Controller + Battery is one of those accessories. As its name suggests, it's a case that adds physical gaming buttons, and also has a battery pack. It also costs $99.99. For most people, that's where the train skids off the tracks.
Whether you want an iOS … Read more
Apple and Samsung Electronics tightened their stranglehold over the US market.
Smartphones from the top two manufacturers made up 68 percent of the US market, according to a recent study from NPD Group. Apple's iPhone franchise made the larger gain, rising to 42 percent in the fourth quarter, or seven percentage points higher than the year-earlier period. Samsung's share rose to 26 percent in the fourth quarter from 22 percent a year ago.
The big two saw their shares gain even as many of their competitors slid back in the fourth quarter. BlackBerry, unsurprisingly, was the biggest loser, … Read more
Apple has cautiously been dipping its toes into the mobile payments pool. But a freshly-published patent filing describes an entire backend system designed to secure electronic payments made through your phone.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed "Method to send payment data through various air interfaces without compromising user data" envisions how electronic transactions would securely travel using your existing mobile phone's technology.
You'd start out by paying for an item using your phone. The retailer's point of sale (POS) device would be connected to a backend system designed … Read more