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May 6 2015 1:51PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
The iPhone's market share rose by 1.8 percentange points, while Android's slice slimmed down by 3.1 points, says a new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.






May 6 2015 12:42PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU unveiled plans to shake up rules for online services in the hope that breaking down borders can revive the bloc's economy, but risks accusations of trying to throw up new barriers to the U.S. firms that dominate its market.

May 6 2015 12:18PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New York City programmer Bana Malik was passionate about computers and mathematics from an early age, a video games enthusiast and email user way before many of her male friends.

May 6 2015 12:02PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's Swatch Group plans to release a new long-life battery for smartwatches in 2016, the watchmaker's chief executive told a Swiss newspaper.

May 6 2015 11:13AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Apple Inc's move to line up deals with record labels is under U.S. antitrust scrutiny as the iphone maker prepares to debut a new version of the Beats Music streaming service, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

May 6 2015 10:45AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar, long one of the world's least connected nations in terms of telecommunications, is now racing to catch up, providing a boost to the foreign mobile companies allowed into the country last year.

May 6 2015 10:28AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Virtual reality technology company Oculus said it would start shipping the much-awaited consumer version of its Rift headset in the first quarter of 2016.

May 6 2015 8:34AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd has secured one of its largest investments yet from a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that was an early backer of Internet pioneers such as Facebook Inc, Etsy Inc and Dropbox.

May 6 2015 8:31AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Motorola Solutions Inc, a maker of walkie-talkies and radio systems, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong demand in North America and lower operating expenses.

May 6 2015 7:07AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will conduct a comprehensive review this year of the role of web giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to decide whether it should regulate them more tightly, it said on Wednesday.

May 6 2015 6:21AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
STANFORD, Calif (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg re-emerged in public on Tuesday after the accidental death of her husband last week, offering a personal tribute to him in a Silicon Valley memorial service and on her Facebook page.

May 6 2015 6:09AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will conduct a comprehensive review this year of the role of web giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to decide whether it should regulate them more tightly, it said on Wednesday.

May 6 2015 4:55AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - The first of Inmarsat's high-capacity GlobalXpress satellites is being used in Nepal after the country was hit by an earthquake and ahead of a global launch for the technology set for later this year, the company said on Wednesday.

May 6 2015 2:15AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
STANFORD, Calif (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg re-emerged in public on Tuesday after the accidental death of her husband last week, offering a personal tribute to him in a Silicon Valley memorial service and on her Facebook page.

May 5 2015 11:47PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

In today's Apple Daily, insider sources claims that Apple may not have its rebranded steaming music service ready in time for WWDC. In other news, the next Apple TV remote is rumored to have a touch pad, and Apple finally releases specifications for third-party Apple Watch bands as part of a new "Made for Apple Watch" program.

Apple May Not Have New Streaming Music Service Ready By WWDC

Things have quieted down a bit now that the Apple Watch is out, but one of the things to look forward to would undoubtedly be the upcoming release of Apple's rebranded streaming music service. But if sources who spoke with Billboard are correct, there's a good chance we might not actually see this service debut at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

According to the sources, Apple still hasn't acquired the necessary licensing agreements to greenlight the new service. One source goes on to say that "June won't be the release date. The deals aren't done." Another source, however, believes that "if any company can pull it off, [Apple] can." The Cupertino company has been able to pull off last-minute deals in the past, other sources note, and "labels are more likely to play hard ball" with Apple because of the company's reputation for generating revenue for rights holders.

Rumors surrounding the transformation of Beats Music have been in the news a lot lately, and just yesterday we reported that other industry sources claim that Apple is trying to convince streaming competitors like Spotify to abandon their free tiers in what appears to be a bid to ensure an easier entry into the market. These alleged actions have reportedly drawn the attention of government watchdogs at the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission, who are both said to be investigating Apple's associated practices.

 

Next Apple TV Said to Feature Touchscreen Remote

The other bit of exciting Apple news in the pipeline is the rumored relaunch of the Apple TV at this year's WWDC, and it's generally considered a given that the device will ship with its own remote. But this possibly won't be another minimalistic button-mashing affair; according to a new report from The New York Times, the remote will be based around a touch pad that will allow users to navigate menus more easily and possibly open up some additional options as well.

According to an unidentified Apple employee, the device will be slightly thicker than the current remote, which would make it about the same size as Amazon's remote for its Echo wireless speaker. In addition to the touch pad, the device will also feature two physical buttons. The current Apple TV remote has a mere three buttons, and the article calls attention to how Apple uses it as a case study at Apple University to highlight the company's commitment to simple but useful design. By contrast, the Google TV's remote had a whopping 78 buttons.

 

Apple Releases Guidelines for Third-Party Apple Watch Bands

Only a day after we watched Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy use the Classic and Modern Buckle bands for the Apple Watch to attach a non-Apple watchband, Apple has posted a support page on, yes, "Creating Bands for Apple Watch." The page marks the beginnings of a "Made for Apple Watch" program in much the same mindset as its existing "Made for iPhone" (MFI) program. As with MFI, Apple won't approve the products created under the service unless they meet its own standards of excellence.

The page is comparatively simple, as it merely includes a 13-page PDF for "Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch" and an Apple Watch Lug Profile. Apple notes that "Apple Watch lugs will be available soon through the Made for Apple Watch program." Companies are apparently allowed to make their own logs, although Apple will optionally supply its own. Considering Apple's standards, it might just be better to get them from Cupertino.

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

May 5 2015 10:39PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Apple Inc's move to line up deals with record labels is under U.S. antitrust scrutiny as the iphone maker prepares to debut a new version of the Beats Music streaming service, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

May 5 2015 10:38PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

The Messages app is probably one of the most frequently used apps on your iOS device. It's the most common place to send text and multimedia messages, and it’s also packed with advanced features for managing conversations. Many of these features are tied into Apple’s iMessage system, so they won’t work with SMS-only contacts. An iMessage is a type of message that can be sent only between Apple devices, whether they be iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, or Macs — as long as they’re online.

Messages saves you resorting to a social network such as Facebook to arrange meeting up with a number of people. That’s because iMessage allows everyone who has an Apple device to take part in a group conversation so that the details can be agreed upon together. When plans are less definite, you can share your location — either at that point in time, or with live updates for a few hours if you’re likely to roam elsewhere.

The Messages app also gives you control over how intrusive any conversation can get, regardless of whether it takes place by iMessage or SMS, by suppressing notifications about one while allowing another to still grab your attention. 

Also welcome is the fact that Messages — and the Phone and FaceTime apps, too — can block unwanted contact, whether it’s from people you know or cold calls from salespeople. Being able to stop the latter is especially welcome these days! Check the gallery below for more handy tips that will let you take advantage of all of the features of Messages and iMessage.

May 5 2015 9:30PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
STANFORD, Calif (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg re-emerged in public on Tuesday after the accidental death of her husband last week, offering a personal tribute to him in a Silicon Valley memorial service and on her Facebook page.

May 5 2015 9:25PM EST | Source: Geek.com
QWERTY
Now that the Apple Watch is available, smartwatches are suddenly of interest to the general populace. Ignoring for a moment that Apple is far from first to this product category, everyone seems to have […]

May 5 2015 9:23PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - In a clash of corporate titans over naming rights in a fast-changing industry, Microsoft and its Skype phone service came out on the losing side of an EU court battle on Tuesday with Rupert Murdoch's television business Sky.

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