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The EU launches investigation into Apple/Shazam deal

The European Union has been eyeing Apple’s plans to buy Shazam for a while now. Back in February, it noted that the deal raised some preliminary competitive concerns. Today, the EU announced that it’s all in, launching an “in-depth” investigation into the deal. In a press release issued earlier today, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager notes, “The way people listen to music ... Read More »

​Apple iPhone X early adopters: We love everything about the phone, except Siri

Video: Apple dominates smartphone industry profits with iPhone X. A new survey of iPhone X owners has found extremely high levels of satisfaction with every single key feature of the device, but just 20 percent satisfaction with Siri. Although Siri’s poor performance in the survey might not be a major surprise, the result for Apple’s virtual assistant is a huge ... Read More »

A peace plan to end the wireless wars

No one would have predicted that the three of us would ever find ourselves on the same side of the corporate patent wars, let alone speak with one voice about how to end them. That’s because one of us is the patent chief at a global smartphone maker (and an influential critic of patent licensing abuses); another is the former ... Read More »

A peace plan to end the wireless wars

No one would have predicted that the three of us would ever find ourselves on the same side of the corporate patent wars, let alone speak with one voice about how to end them. That’s because one of us is the patent chief at a global smartphone maker (and an influential critic of patent licensing abuses); another is the former ... Read More »

The next iPad Pro and what Apple needs to deliver

Video: Hands-on with Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad for education See also I don’t want an iPad Pro, I want an OS X tablet ​Reports are circulating that Apple is preparing to unveil a larger, enterprise and power-user focused (and undoubtedly more expensive) iPad called the iPad Pro. Read More In July 2010, I wrote about the next-generation iPad and what ... Read More »

Apple voices opposition to Clean Power Plan repeal

The Clean Power Plan is shaping up to be the latest Obama-era legislation on the Trump administration chopping block. In fact, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt has been quite open in his intentions to kill the plan focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Apple is among the first — but likely not the last — of companies to voice ... Read More »

Rescuing tablets from the abyss: Can education and field applications save them?

Video: Hands-on with Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad for education Tablets may have been introduced as minimalist laptop alternatives that specialized in a few broad tasks, but those days are long in their past. Rather, there’s been a wide range of efforts to play up their value, as they’ve been assaulted from the low-end by ever-encroaching smartphones. As I noted in ... Read More »

Inquiry finds FBI sued Apple to unlock phone without considering all options

The Office of the Inspector General has issued its report on the circumstances surrounding the FBI’s 2016 lawsuit attempting to force Apple to unlock an iPhone as part of a criminal investigation. While it stops short of saying the FBI was untruthful in its justification of going to court, the report is unsparing of the bureaucracy and clashing political motives that ... Read More »

Apple Watch launching this fall with larger display, says analyst

Apple Watch Series 3 LTE (Image: Sarah Tew/CNET) Apple is planning an update to the Apple Watch for this fall that will include a roughly 15 percent larger display and improved battery life, according to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. The usually reliable analyst said in a note to investors Apple will also add enhanced health monitoring to the new ... Read More »

Qualcomm’s war may be over, but the casualties are just starting to be calculated

The epic battle between Qualcomm and Broadcom seems to have hit a final ceasefire, with President Trump using the power of CFIUS to block the transaction this past week, ending what would have been the largest tech MA transaction of all time. It may be all quiet on the semiconductor front, but Qualcomm and Broadcom will now need to find ... Read More »

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