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Aug 28 2014 2:50AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company.

Aug 28 2014 2:24AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South Korean firm's latest effort to find a new growth driver.

Aug 28 2014 1:07AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin is catching on at U.S. online merchants including Overstock.com and Expedia, as customers use a digital currency that just a few years ago was virtually unknown but is now showing some staying power.

Aug 28 2014 12:35AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - A China-based supplier for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd said on Thursday it had never hired child laborers, denying allegations by a U.S.-based activist group.

Aug 27 2014 11:52PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

China's GeekBar has been on a roll lately, as almost every day brings a new set of schematics and parts that supposedly come from one of the two rumored iPhone 6 models. The repair firm sometimes doesn't properly identify the parts, according to other experts, but the leaks themselves appear to be legit. GeekBar earlier claimed that one part in particular was the iPhone's long-rumored near-field communications (NFC) chip, and now the forum users over at MacRumors maintain there might be some truth to the claim.

At the time, GeekBar claimed that the schematic listed as PN65V was a new iPhone version of the PN65 NFC package made by NXP that you sometimes find in Android devices. One of MacRumors's forum users, chrmjenkins, attempted to confirm the claim by pulling up a separate document for NXP's PN65 chip, which pointed out that the chip measures 5x5mm and contains 32 connectivity channels. With that in mind, verifying GeekBar's claim seemed to be a simple case of looking for the appropriate spot on the leaked photos of the iPhone 6's alleged logic boards.

Logic boards (alleged) of 4.7-inch iPhone 6, 5s, and 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Via MacRumors

And surprisingly enough, there's a space on both of the boards that look like they could support the chip in question. (You can see it outlined in red in the space above.) So far, MacRumors says, "many of the current major components can be mapped reasonably well to locations on the iPhone 6 logic board," leaving this mystery piece of real estate a prime candidate for an NPC chip.

And not a moment too soon. According to some commentators, the iPhone 6 is going to be the device that finally makes mobile payments a big thing at Apple, and an NFC chip would mark an important step toward making that vision a reality. Fortunately, we should only have to wait until September 9 to learn if all this speculation has any weight.

For more iPhone 6 info, take a look at our expanded list of news and rumors here.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Aug 27 2014 11:37PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. financial firms have been victims of recent cyber attacks.

Aug 27 2014 10:01PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

If you're sick of all the "iWatch" rumors that have clogged the Apple news pipeline for what seems like years now, take heart — it might all be over on September 9. According to sources who spoke with Re/code, at least, that's the day when Apple will at last officially announced its highly anticipated piece of wearable tech.

That's also the day, of course, when we're supposed to hear about the two new iPhones, which means we're in for a more exciting media event than we've had in some years. (Previously, the word among Apple rumormongers was that we wouldn't hear about iWatch until a separate media event held in October — or worse yet, until sometime in 2015.)

Source: Gábor Balogh

All Re/code's sources say is that Apple will reveal a piece of "wearable tech" at this event, and at this point, it's not even clear if it's going to be called the iWatch. One of Apple's patent applications for the device, after all, referred to it as "iTime." The device will reportedly work in tandem with iOS 8's HealthKit platform, and HomeKit, too, will play a noteworthy role in its day-to-day use.

September 9 isn't that far away, which means that if this new rumor has any weight to it, we should start seeing the invitations any day now. As for the October event? It's now thought that Apple will reserve it for new models from its iPad and MacBook lines.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Aug 27 2014 9:15PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Two Chinese firms are among companies which have approached STATS ChipPAC Ltd about acquiring it, the Singapore provider of technology services said on Thursday.

Aug 27 2014 9:04PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday launched a computer system that can quickly identify patterns in massive amounts of data, an ability that IBM said should hasten breakthroughs in science and medical research.

Aug 27 2014 9:01PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Thinking of getting an Apple TV? Good for you! It’s only $99 and you deserve it. My family and I have enjoyed using ours for years, and if the wife and kids had to choose, they’d probably ditch me before giving up the easy access to HBO GO, Netflix, and Disney Junior. (I don’t take it personally.) Setting up an Apple TV is dead easy, but I’ve whipped up this quick guide to make sure you get the most out of your little black box. Come meet the new star of your living room!


Say hello to your little friend.

APPLE TV IS a small (3.9"x3.9”), square box that uses an Internet connection to stream movies, music, and more to your TV. Content is accessed through a variety of channels that populate the Apple TV home screen like apps. As I said above, the device retails for $99, and can often be found cheaper depending on the deals Apple has going. Refurbished units sometimes pop up at Apple.com for $75, and past specials have paired new units with $25 iTunes cards. There have been a few revisions to the hardware over the years, so if you buy used, be sure to get a third-generation unit (which first hit the market on March 7, 2012), otherwise it won’t be capable of displaying video at full 1080p HD.


Retail chains sometimes charge ridiculous prices for HDMI cables, so if you can’t find a fair deal, order online from sites such as Amazon or Monoprice.

TO MAKE APPLE TV WORK, you need to connect it to the Internet. A wired Ethernet connection is generally more stable, but Wi-Fi works just fine as long as the Apple TV is getting a strong signal from your wireless router (you can check signal strength on the Apple TV at Settings > General > About). To connect the unit to your TV, you need a standard HDMI cable (sold separately for about $3-$7, depending on the length). If you want to hook up surround sound, you can use an Optical audio cable.


The included Apple TV remote looks slick, but it’s made for the tiny hands of Keebler Elves.

APPLE TV COMES WITH a remote that’s super simple to use, but is kind of flimsy to hold — it’s too thin and tiny to get a good grip on. It’s not a major issue, but you might be better off using the free Remote app that lets you control Apple TV with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. This is by far the best option for typing the names of movies or TV shows into, say, a Netflix search field, since it takes forever to seek out letters with the arrow keys of a regular remote. Apple TV also comes with a power cord, and that’s it — as I said before, you’ll need to buy an HDMI cable separately.


The Apple TV channel lineup grows and gets better every year. (Image taken from the official Apple TV page.)

APPLE TV CHANNELS contain a wide variety of content, everything from YouTube videos to live sports to HBO, and new ones are added every few months or so. The better ones usually require a paid subscription for access to anything more than a few sample shows, either with the content provider (such as Netflix and Hulu Plus) or a cable/dish company (such as Comcast or Direct TV). Here’s a full, up-to-date list of every available Apple TV channel in the US (lineups in other regions may vary): 

  • A&E
  • ABC News
  • ACC Digital Network
  • AOL On
  • Apple Events
  • Bloomberg TV
  • CNBC
  • Crackle
  • Crunchyroll
  • Flickr
  • HBO GO (cable/dish subscription required)
  • Hulu Plus (subscription required)
  • iMovie Theater
  • iTunes Movies and TV Shows
  • iTunes Music
  • iTunes Radio
  • Lifetime
  • MLB.TV Premium
  • MLS Live
  • NBA League Pass
  • Netflix (subscription required)
  • NFL Now (premium content requires a paid subscription)
  • NHL GameCenter
  • PBS
  • Podcasts
  • Qello TV
  • Red Bull TV
  • Settings
  • Showtime Anytime
  • Sky News
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • The Weather Channel
  • Trailers
  • VEVO
  • Vimeo
  • Wall Street Journal Live
  • WATCH Disney Channel
  • WATCH Disney Junior (some free content; cable/dish subscription required for full access)
  • WATCH Disney XD
  • WatchESPN (cable/dish subscription required)
  • Willow TV
  • WWE Network (subscription required)
  • Yahoo Screen
  • Your Photos and Videos
  • YouTube


Some apps, such as MetalStorm: Wingman, go the extra mile with creative AirPlay features.

APPLE TV CAN ALSO stream stuff from your Mac or iOS device — it can even mirror exactly what’s on your other screen. (Some apps don’t support this feature, though.) You can buy music, movies, and TV shows through various channels, and stream any iTunes content you’ve bought on other devices — anything purchased using the same Apple ID. iTunes Radio is also supported, and with My Photo Stream, you can pull your latest photos and videos down from the cloud to view on your TV. With so much functionality and interoperability with the rest of Apple’s ecosystem, adding an Apple TV really is a no-brainer.


Big things are on the way for Apple’s little black box.

A MAJOR UPGRADE is expected to come to Apple TV sometime in 2015, either through new firmware, new hardware, or both. According to various reports, Apple has been seeking deals with content providers to create a more robust device, one that could potentially serve as a strong cable alternative. Thus far, companies are said to have been cool on an Apple plan that could bring à la carte subscriptions to channels that have traditionally been cable-only. Apple will likely find a compromise to add value to its device while stopping short of changing the status quo; some rumors claim Apple could work alongside cable providers, possibly even using Apple TV in place of traditional cable boxes. It is also said to be highly likely that a new Apple TV App Store will turn the device into a de facto game console. Time will tell, but it seems clear that Apple TV will only get better.

Aug 27 2014 8:39PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

We all know the iPhone 6 is coming; it's just a question of when. Since 2008, Apple has unveiled an entirely new handset every two years, and all evidence indicates we're only a couple months away from the eighth iteration of the iPhone — naturally, we're pretty stoked.

We're sure Apple will have a few tricks up its sleeve on the big day, but there's a lot we already know about the new iPhone. Leaked schematics, pilfered parts, and substantiated rumors have been floating around the Internet for a while now, so it's not too hard to get a pretty clear picture of what it will look like. (Plus, we're sure it'll be shipping with iOS 8.) Here's what we're likely to see:



Each new numbered iPhone model has brought significant case changes, and it's a safe bet that this year will showcase another one. Based on a flurry of reports, it looks like Apple is going to modify its trademark shape for something a bit more akin to the iPod touch and iPad mini, sporting a slightly tapered design and extra rounded corners. Rumors are also calling for it to be significantly thinner than the iPhone 5s, while trimmings the thickness of the bezel even further. But don't expect anything too radical — the home button is sticking around until at least the iPhone 7.



With the new design comes one giant change: the display. While it won't be quite as large as the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8, reports peg the iPhone 6 at around 4.7 inches, with a slightly-less-then-full-HD resolution of 1704-by-960. The extra screen real estate probably won't be enough to fit another column of icons in our home screens, but it'll certainly give developers more room to experiment with. Also rumored is an even bigger, phablet-sized phone clocking in at 5.5 inches; some have taken to calling the larger model the iPhone Air or the iPhone 6L. If it arrives, it might be timed a little later, possibly aligned with Apple's annual iPad event.


Processor & Memory

Allegedly, the iPhone 6 will boast a brand-new A8 processor supplied by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) and Samsung. The A7 chip in the iPhone 5s was revolutionary thanks to its 64-bit architecture, but the A8 will be even faster — likely more than 2GHz — and more powerful, although the dual-core design will likely stay intact. The reported improvements will be possible due to 20-nm process that replaces the 28-nm process used for the A7 chip. A leaked schematic indicates that the processor will include a component that's code-named "Phosphorus." Although Phosphorus was initally thought to be a motion coprocessor, it's now commonly believed to be a barometric sensor, which could be used to help with GPS, weather, and health functions. Meanwhile, it's rumored that the maximum storage capacity of the iPhone 6 could jump up to 128GB, up from the 64GB max of previous iPhones.



When Apple unveiled its Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s, the home button received a serious upgrade, with a stainless steel detection ring and, most importantly, a slick sapphire crystal covering. Now it seems that the scratch-resistant material is coming to the screen, too, as Apple and partner GT Advanced Technologies significantly ramped up sapphire production earlier this year, expanding operations in its Arizona plant far more than would be needed for a few million home buttons. If a leaked video is to be believed, the sapphire glass allows the display a good deal of flexibility without breakage.



Reports about the iPhone 6's timing have been all over the place, but most of them suggest the phone will be hitting sometime in September or October. Though still unconfirmed by Apple, a big reveal event is supposedly slated for Sept. 9. Coupled with the rumor that Apple has been blocking Apple Store employee vacations in September (traditionally a sign that something big is on the way), it seems possible that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could hit Sept. 19, though some Apple watchers even think it might arrive even sooner. In fact, reports out of China indicate that the phone is ready to enter mass production. As for the larger 5.5-inch version, reports are all over the place, and there's speculation that it might not even arrive until 2015. However, a Thailand government official recently announced he gave approval to two models of iPhone 6 being sold in his country, which indicates they could be released simultaneously. The one thing you can count on, however, is that demand will be through the roof, so you might want to start staking out your spot in line now.



According to rumors, the iPhone 6 will feature greatly enhanced photography capabilities thanks to the use of a Sony Exmor IMX220 camera sensor, which is a significant upgrade from the older IXM145 featured on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models. The 1/2.3-inch sensor is said to pack 13 megapixels capable of recording 1080p videos with a resolution sampling of 3840 x 1080.



Apple has thus far resisted the temptation of near field communication — despite rampant rumors that seem to pop up around this time every year — but it looks like the technology might actually make its way into the iPhone 6. Adding a bit of credence to the speculation this time around is a report that Apple is in talks with banking providers and retailers to seamlessly integrate a proprietary payment service into PassBook and the iPhone. We wouldn't be surprised to see nothing come of it, but it's definitely a stronger possibility than it's ever been.


Wireless Charging

Aside from its new design and updated specs, the iPhone usually has a killer new feature that gets everyone talking. Last year it was Touch ID, and if the rumors are right, this year it will be wireless changing. Most likely it'll be via a charging mat that still needs to come into physical contact with the phone, but we're holding out hope for a true Apple solution that requires no wires whatsoever — either through tiny solar panels or some kind of internal kinetic wizardry.

(Image via Sonny Dickson)

Aug 27 2014 8:34PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company.

Aug 27 2014 8:05PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's [IPO-BABA.N] revenue accelerated in the second quarter on strong gains in its mobile business, providing investors with what may be the final glimpse of the Chinese e-commerce company's financials before its expected landmark market debut.

Aug 27 2014 7:35PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - A Chicago federal judge on Wednesday said Groupon Inc sales representatives cannot pursue a class-action lawsuit over the Internet commerce company's failure to pay for overtime before and after its 2011 initial public offering.

Aug 27 2014 7:27PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge rejected Apple Inc's latest bid for a permanent injunction against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in another sign of the diminishing impact of the smartphone patent wars.

Aug 27 2014 7:00PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator, suffered a massive network outage on Wednesday due to suspected human error that cut Internet services to some 11 million businesses and residences, prompting a New York state investigation.

Aug 27 2014 6:59PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
RIO DE JANEIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - Brazil’s Grupo Oi SA unveiled plans on Wednesday to take over Telecom Italia's local mobile unit, in a move sources said was aimed at breaking up the country’s second-biggest wireless carrier and upstaging merger bids by foreign rivals.

Aug 27 2014 6:42PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - Masayoshi Son's nose for an investment has turned a $20 million start-up punt on Alibaba into a stake worth maybe $50 billion or more as the Chinese e-commerce giant co-founded and led by Jack Ma heads to what could be the biggest U.S. tech IPO of all time.

Aug 27 2014 6:20PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Workday Inc reported a better-than-expected 74 percent rise in quarterly revenue due to strong growth in subscriptions for its Web-based human resources and financial management software, and the company raised its full-year revenue forecast.

Aug 27 2014 6:04PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
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