A team of engineers who worked on Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant, have joined forces to form a new startup company, Viv Labs, in order to work on a new personal assistant with true artificial intelligence.
Monday saw the California State Senate pass a bill to aid in protecting against smartphone theft by requiring all smartphones sold in the state to have a “kill switch” turned on automatically when a phone is first activated.
Bloomberg reports that Apple’s suppliers are gearing up for production on the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini models. The publication says production for the iPad Air 2 is underway, and the 9.7-inch tablet will debut sometime late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter. Production of the 7.9-inch Retina iPad mini 2 is said to be ready to kickoff soon.
Apple was dealt a setback late last week, as it prepares to defend itself from another FaceTime patent lawsuit by “patent holding firm” VirnetX. The presiding judge issued a series of pre-trial rulings denying Apple’s motions to preemptively invalidate some of VirnetX’s patent claims.
Apple has been holding off on any major updates to its MacBook lineup of laptops, because it has been waiting for the release of Intel’s upcoming Broadwell chip. The Broadwell is small, fanless, and is expected to be the most energy efficient Intel processor yet.
It appears Microsoft has given up on trying to compare its lineup of Surface tablets to Apple’s industry leading iPad, and is instead taking aim at Apple’s ultra-light laptop, the MacBook Air.
The cute little kitteh you saw in your backyard this morning might not have just been chasing field mice, it was possibly scoping out your home Wi-Fi signal to see if it was unprotected.
Judge Lucy Koh has rejected a settlement reached earlier this year by workers and Apple, Google, Adobe and other tech companies they had worked at over an anti-poaching agreement between the companies. CNN reports that Jude Koh has ruled the settlement amount was not high enough, and should actually be at least $380 million.
Several reports from users earlier today indicated Apple’s iCloud Mail service was experiencing difficulties. Apple has now updated their System Status Page to indicate that some users are indeed experiencing an outage.
A major earthquake hit the Yunnan Province of China earlier this week, killing more than 600 people and causing widespread damage. Apple has now made a donation of $1.6 million to support relief efforts in the affected region.
Just in time for “Back to School”, Apple is running a limited-time sales on 20 “Amazing Productivity Apps” in the iOS App Store. Included in the promotion are some of our favorite apps such as to-do list app Clear, calendaring app Fantastical 2, the handy Launch Center Pro app, and PDF Expert 5 and Scanner Pro, both by Readdle.
Earlier this week it was reported that the Chinese government had placed a ban on local and national government’s purchases of Apple products. Now, Chinese officials are saying the “ban” was just an issue with some uncompleted paperwork, and routine price adjustments on a website.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a specific part of Apple’s autocorrect patent that Samsung was found to have infringed. This makes it likely that the $119,625,000 in damages awarded by the court to Apple could be reduced.
Sworkit, the daily circuit training workouts and yoga app for the iPhone and iPad, has received an update. Both the free and “Pro” versions of the app received an update, receiving new videos, audio cues, reminders, new Pilates workouts, and more.
Apple has added a new section to its online store featuring Beats by Dr. Dre products. The new section can be found in the “Accessories” section of the Apple online store.
Apple has seeded OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Build 13F12 to developers today. Apple is asking developers to concentrate on testing USB, USB Smart Cards, Safari, Graphics, and Thunderbolt.