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Voice command systems distract drivers

DETROIT — Car infotainment systems that use voice commands may let drivers keep their hands on the wheel, but they're still highly distracting.It takes drivers up to 27 seconds to return to full attention after using voice commands to make a hands-free call, turn on...

Date: 10/23/2015 | Business Wire

Best Buy to drop all shipping charges starting Sunday

NEW YORK — Best Buy, the nation’s largest consumer electronic chain, will drop all restrictions for free shipping for the holiday season, underscoring big changes in what customers have come to expect when they shop.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Business Wire

Apple opens up stock awards to all employees

The vast majority of Apple's employees — even its retail workers — are about to get something most hourly paid workers don't: restricted stock awards in the company.In a memo emailed to employees, CEO Tim Cook said the company was creating a new program that...

Date: 10/16/2015 | Business Wire

What are the ‘ethics’ of self-driving cars?

PALO ALTO, Calif. — It's nothing more than a dune buggy on a cordoned-off street, but it's headed for trouble.A jumble of sawhorses and traffic cones simulates a road crew working over a manhole, and the driverless car must decide: obey the law against crossing a...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Apple Pay will expand to Starbucks, KFC, Chili’s

Soon, Starbucks lattes and KFC fried chicken will just be a tap away with Apple Pay.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Business Wire

Apple names former Boeing CFO to board of directors

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple has filled a void on its board of directors with James Bell, the former chief financial officer for Boeing Co.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Business Wire

With China buying too, iPhone 6S online orders could take weeks to ship

The iPhone 6S could set a sales record for Apple — in large part because it was made available in China from Day One.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Business

Apple unveils latest iPhone, bigger iPad, revamped TV box

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is taking a small step with its latest iPhone while trying to make a bigger leap in other key markets with its largest iPad yet and a long-awaited overhaul of its online video box for TVs.

Date: 09/09/2015 | Business Wire

Top things to watch for at Apple’s iPhone event

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is hosting its annual splash on Wednesday to unveil a new version of its most important product, the iPhone. The company has also used the occasion to update customers, analysts and investors on its performance and other products-and this year will probably be no...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Business Wire

New tech gadgets on the way for holidays

BERLIN — Gadget makers have been showcasing their latest gear at Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, this week.With the exception of Apple, all major manufacturers have been announcing new devices in time for the holiday shopping season.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire

Android watch software to work with iPhones

IPhone users who don’t want the new Apple Watch have a new option: Android devices.

Date: 08/31/2015 | Business Wire

Estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter

SAN FRANCISCO — A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter — more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable gadgets.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Business Wire

Tablet shipments fall 11 percent worldwide

After three years of enormous growth, the worldwide tablet market continues to decline.Tablet shipments in the second quarter fell 11 percent year over year to 42.5 million units, according to the latest report from Canalys.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Business Wire

Rite Aid stores will now accept Apple Pay

SAN FRANCISCO — Rite Aid stores will start accepting Apple’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay, later this month after initially shunning the service in favor of a rival system.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire

Santa Fe Opera to commission production on Steve Jobs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be the subject of an upcoming opera.The Santa Fe Opera announced Wednesday that its latest commission will be based on the technology pioneer.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Entertainment

Apple: Strong iPhone sales, few Watch details

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s latest financial report shows the iPhone is still the key engine of the company’s success. But the impact of its newest product, the Apple Watch, isn’t clear.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire

Facebook ramps up minority hiring

Facebook nearly doubled the number of its black and Hispanic employees last year, but those groups are still starkly underrepresented at the tech giant. In 2014, black and Hispanic employees made up 5.4 percent of all workers, up from 4.4 percent in 2013.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire

Apple Watch coming to stores soon

SAN FRANCISCO — Soon you’ll be able to buy an Apple Watch like you’d buy most other watches — in a store.

Date: 06/05/2015 | Business Wire

Apple can keep its Watches off our bodies

Do you have your Apple Watch yet? Just 2 percent said they do in our

Date: 05/29/2015 | Web Monkey

Suit challenges app tracking of worker phones

When Myrna Arias discovered that her employer could track her movements even when she was off duty, she decided to remove the GPS-enabled app on her company smartphone that facilitated the monitoring. That got her fired, according a suit filed by Arias.In the lawsuit, Arias,...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World

Inked and irked: Apple Watch users report tattoo problems

NEW YORK — It’s an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Business Wire

iPhone remains Apple’s cash machine

SAN FRANCISCO — The iPhone is still the engine behind Apple’s phenomenal success, even as attention turned to its new smartwatch in recent weeks.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Business Wire

JCPenney builds one of the first shopping apps for Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is widely viewed as Apple’s first foray into the luxury market: It carries a price tag of up to $17,000 and is being sold at upscale boutiques and department stores such as Colette in Paris and Maxfield in Los Angeles.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Business Wire

Start your clocks: Test time for Apple watches

LOS ANGELES — Sport, Classic, Edition — each has its possibilities.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Life

Apple’s firing of ex-con construction workers harsh

Just last month, Apple chief executive Tim Cook made headlines when he wrote a piece in The Washington Post, panning Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act as "very dangerous." Apple, Cook wrote, does not believe in discrimination and strives to "do business in a...

Date: 04/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

HBO Now streaming service launches on Apple products

The long-anticipated unbundling of cable TV packages has begun.HBO Now, the stand-alone streaming service, launched Tuesday morning on Apple products, HBO said. Separately, Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers also now have access to the subscription HBO service.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Business Wire

Smartphone domination close to complete

In case you haven't raised your head long enough to notice the throngs of people gazing hypnotically at their smartphones, the nation has passed a milestone.Smartphones now make up 75 percent of the mobile phone market, up from 65 percent a year ago and just 2 percent a...

Date: 03/26/2015 | Business Wire

Google targets malware-infected websites

SAN FRANCISCO — Get ready to see more red warning signs online as Google adds ammunition to its technological artillery for targeting devious schemes lurking on websites.The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term...

Date: 03/13/2015 | Business Wire

China rolls out Apple watch knockoffs

BEIJING — A month before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch hits the market, China's thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies."Apple Smart Watch with Bluetooth Bracelet," says one vendor on Alibaba Group's popular...

Date: 03/13/2015 | Business Wire

March 9 event set for Apple Watch

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has sent out invitations to an event on March 9 in San Francisco, where it will unveil details for the release of the Apple Watch, a person with knowledge the matter said.Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said last month that the smartwatch will...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Business Wire

Regulators approve Internet neutrality

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Business Wire

These phones render point-and-shoot cameras pointless

Phones have gotten so good at taking photos that I rarely bring along a stand-alone camera anymore.Of course, a phone is never going to replace a full-bodied, single-lens reflex camera, otherwise known as an SLR. There's just no way to squeeze a powerful, SLR-type lens into...

Date: 12/26/2014 | Business Wire

How to watch 'The Interview' at home

You don't need to leave your house to watch "The Interview." Sony Pictures released the comedy on digital platforms Wednesday.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Nation & World

Research finds cellphone security flaws

German researchers have found security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale — even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available.The...

Date: 12/18/2014 | Nation & World

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