A murder suspect apparently asked Apple’s virtual assistant Siri for help in hiding the body of his victim. The accused also used his flashlight app on his iPhone for a total of 48 minutes on the same day.
To be filed under: “I want some of what they’re smoking.” – British Airlines has announced that it will be adding a “Paws and Relax” channel to its catalog of in-flight entertainment beginning in September.
There’s good news for Mac users who are hoping to develop software for the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset platform. The Facebook-owned Oculus has released an update to their software SDK, and it adds support for OS X.
Amazon has launched the Amazon Local Register iOS compatible card reader to battle Square’s Square Reader, and PayPal’s Here card reader. The reader features an anti-swivel design, and integrates with Amazon Payments.
The Q2 2014 enterprise market share figures from Good Technology shows iOS still holding on to 67% of the market, even as they ceded 5 points of their market share to Android, which increased its share to 32%. Windows Phone accounted for a mere 1% of the market.
Reuters reports that Apple is preparing to rollout its Healthkit development tools to health professionals across the United States. The company has been in talks with health providers at Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins, and Allscripts to use the new system.
Apple has released a diversity report covering the sex and race of its employees around the globe. Typical for the tech industry, a majority of Apple’s workforce is male, the U.S. workforce is largely white, and only 3 of 10 Apple employees around the world are female.
Apple is promoting its popular Apple TV set-top box by offering a free $25 iTunes Gift Card with each Apple TV purchase. The gift card can be used to purchase anything Apple offers in its iTunes Store, App Store, or iBookstore.
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.