Apple is sprinkling a little fairy dust for the second day of its 12 Days of Gifts app.The app offers a new free digital gift every day from December 26 to January 6. Launching it today grants you the pilot episode to the ABC show "Once Upon a Time." Just open the app, tap on the button to View Gift, and then select the pilot episode to download it on your iPhone or iPad.
iPhone and iPad users searching for Nokia's Here Maps app in the App Store will come up empty.
Nokia removed its maps app from Apple's store earlier this week over issues related to iOS 7. Trying to access the app through the App Store now returns an error that it's no longer available. Nokia initially didn't reveal the specific causes for the app's ouster but did send the following statement to CNET:We have made the decision to remove our Here Maps app from the Apple App Store because recent changes to iOS 7 harm … Read more
Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has fined Apple 20 million New Taiwan dollars -- about $666,000 -- after determining the company has been illegally interfering with iPhone pricing in the country, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
The commission found that Apple was telling Taiwan's three primary mobile-service providers how much to charge for iPhones.
"Through the e-mail correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market," the commission said in a statement, according to The … Read more
The classically trained pianist and singer's music has been featured on hit TV series "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" and in Pedro Almodovar's 2011 film "The Skin I Live In." The new album, released … Read more
Here's some unsolicited advice to technology companies drawing up their plans for 2014: Dare to be stupid.
We saw plenty of that this year. Samsung Electronics raced to launch its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and it was widely lambasted. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos talked up the idea of flying drones delivering our Blu-Ray discs and books, which got quickly written off as a publicity stunt. There's even a denigrating term for someone walking around wearing Google Glass: Glasshole.
In fact, the tech world could use a little more stupid and crazy. All too often companies settle on incremental improvement, … Read more
Consumers who want a little curve thrown in to their next iPhone or Samsung Galaxy phone may have to wait a while.
The curved display found on Samsung's Galaxy Round and LG's G Flex won't pop up in the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S5, according to The Korea Herald. Citing industry analysts, the Korean news site said on Sunday that Samsung Display and LG Display are having trouble producing enough screens for their existing curved phones.
"The current capacity for flexible panels is not high enough for the Galaxy S5, which will be rolled out … Read more
Apple has "big plans that we think customers are going to love," CEO Tim Cook said in a memo thanking employees for their work in 2013.
Snagging a copy of the memo from "multiple sources," 9to5Mac posted the employee e-mail on Sunday. Cook started by reflecting on the new and improved products unveiled this past year, including the iPhone 5S (the 5C didn't make the cut), iOS 7, the free OS X Mavericks upgrade, the iPad Air, the Retina iPad Mini, and the new Mac Pro now shipping from a factory in Texas.
The CEO … Read more
Got a beef about your iPad, Surface, or Kindle tablet? Join the club.
The new holiday report from Q&A site FixYa sifted through thousands of problems reported by its Web site users to determine the most common grievances. The tablets that faced the firing squad included Apple's iPad Air and Retina Display iPad Mini, Microsoft's Surface 2, and Amazon's Kindle HDX. Let's see how they fared.
Microsoft's Surface 2 The Surface 2 was dinged for its poor app support, speaker quality, and Touch Cover keyboard. Users applauded the Microsoft Office suite that comes … Read more
iPhone and iPad users waiting for Apple to bring facial recognition to the iOS world may want to check out a couple of apps in the meantime.
A few different apps in Apple's App Store use the camera to identify your face, thereby granting access to certain stored information. The two apps that I took for a spin are FastAccess Anywhere and FaceCrypt. Both of them use facial recognition to lock and unlock specific content. How do they fare?
Apple and China Mobile are close to signing a deal to launch the iPhone, says analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, but sluggish sales of the iPhone 5C may alter the terms.
Speculation has run rampant that the two companies had already inked a deal, especially after the iPhone 5S and 5C appeared on preorder pages for China Mobile. But the carrier's chairman, Xi Guohua, said this week that nothing has been finalized though the two have been talking about a partnership.