In September, the Korean consumer electronics giant unveiled the Galaxy Gear, a smartwatch that connects to a user's smartphone or tablet to provide alerts, take photos, make calls, and access certain apps. For Samsung, the device is more than just another gadget; it also marks an important shift in the company's position in technology: long known as a "fast follower" that's … Read more
Both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will make future Apple processors, according to a report from Taipei-based Digitimes.
Samsung, which has manufactured Apple A series processors to date -- including the newest 64-bit A7 -- will continue to make Apple chips through at least 2015, according to the report in Wednesday's Digitimes.
Meanwhile, TSMC is slated to participate in production of Apple's 2014 iPhone products and/or could take more future production, according to the report.
Separately, a source familiar with TSMC's operations told CNET that TSMC is already making Apple A series processors -- … Read more
As the holiday shopping season comes down to its last week, Apple has added the ability to make gifts of e-books through its iBookstore.
Amazon -- Apple's chief competitor in the e-book market -- has for years allowed Kindle e-books to be gifted. And while Apple has long allowed other types of digital content to be gifted, such as apps and music, the option was unavailable to iBookstore users.
The company on Tuesday said that all new apps and app updates submitted after February 1, 2014, "must be optimized for iOS 7" and built with the latest version of Xcode 5, a software application for developers.
It's nothing new for Apple to want to push developers toward its most current operating system, and that sentiment could be intensified for iOS 7, it's most drastic overhaul of the mobile OS. But the company has at times been more … Read more
Would you buy a computer with no case or monitor or tangled cables to deal with? Apple has proposed such a system in a newly-awarded patent.
Granted on Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent called "Computer systems and methods with projected display" describes a "desk-free" computer that would dispense with a case, monitor, and wired cables. Instead, the entire package would be housed in a projection system that would include all the necessary components and display the image on a wall or other surface.
Similar to an all-in-one PC, Apple's projection … Read more
You're familiar with the iPhone.
It's the one that everyone carries around in order to take pictures of everything they see. All the time. Without cessation.
Earlier this year, Apple boasted about this. Now the company would like you to know that, during the holiday season, teens who seem absorbed in iPhone world might not be as self-absorbed as they seem.
A new ad for the holidays shows the Harris family getting together. You know the Harrises. They live somewhere cold and the wife had that fling with the famous fiction writer.
Well, here they are getting together … Read more
Mobile gamers were pretty sweet on Candy Crush Saga this year.
The puzzle game was the No. 1 most downloaded free app for the iPhone and iPad in 2013, according to Apple's Best of iTunes list. It was also the No. 1 paid app for the iPad, while Minecraft was the No. 1 paid app for the iPhone.
Apple's list, released Monday evening, also includes year-end top 10 charts for most downloaded or purchased songs, albums, books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts, as well as Apple's picks of best of the year for each category.
Surprisingly, Beyonce'… Read more
Apple might have promised 12 days of gifts starting the day after Christmas, but that hasn't stopped the company from going for lucky No. 13.
Apple on Monday released a free offer to those who have downloaded its 12 Days of Gifts app, giving consumers a free download of musical artist Lorde's "No Better" single. The offer also includes a music video for her breakout hit "Royals."
The 12 Days of Gifts app launched earlier this month with Apple promising that it'll give away 12 free gifts between December 26 and January 6. … Read more
Anyone who picks up last year's iPad Mini at your nearest RadioShack will get a $100 gift card in return.
Available now, the offer applies only to the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini, which sells for $300. You can grab the gift card at any RadioShack store but not online.
How long will the deal last? A RadioShack spokesman told CNET that the end date will depend on how inventory holds up. But he promised the offer would be good at least throughout this week and the coming weekend.
At $300, last year's 16GB iPad Mini is only $100 … Read more
Has Apple lost its edge? It's the question bubbling up onto the tongues of tech fans across the globe. But in the newest episode of CNET's Adventures in Tech, we explain why Tim Cook and pals ain't going anywhere just yet.Where's the new stuff?
Alright, there's no denying that Apple hasn't exactly been setting our collective hearts aflame recently. Meagre upgrades to the iPad, tiny tweaks to the iPhone and modestly modified Macs have become the norm -- but in the video above, we crunch some numbers and show why it's too … Read more