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Singapore Airlines to start using MobileFirst for iOS

Singapore Airlines (SIA) have selected MobileFirst for iOS enterprise apps. MobileFirst for iOS is the result of a collaboration between IBM and Apple on industry-specific enterprise applications. From mid-June this year, SIA pilots will have access to Fly Now and Roster for iPad, as part of a suite of apps installed on company-issued iPads. The use of the apps are expected to enhance pilot productivity by digitizing manual processes related to airline operations and regulations, said IBM in a statement. Fly Now provides location for flight-related information, and actions such as the flight plan, pilot check-in, information related to a specific aircraft, collaboration with other crew members, access to technical and operational circulars and historical reports. Roster gives a 60-day view of flights assigned to a pilot, as well as...

Tim Cook named recipient of Newseum’s Free Expression Award

Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive the Newseum's 2017 Free Expression Award in the Free Speech category. Mr. Cook will be recognized for his leadership in creating technology that has had a profound impact on how we communicate, said a statement from Newseum. Further, he has used his spotlight to take a public stand on major societal issues, including racial equality, privacy, protecting the environment, access to education and LGBT rights. Mr. Cook will accept the award during an event to be held at the Newseum on April 18, 2017.

Apple beats Samsung for top slot with record Q4 iPhone sales

According to latest data from IDC, Apple closed out the holiday quarter by surpassing Samsung for the top spot in the smartphone industry. The company shipped 78.3 million units in the fourth quarter, up 4.7% from the same quarter one year ago. However, despite a strong fourth quarter, 2016 marked the first full year of declining shipments for the iPhone with a 7% year-over-year drop. Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 428.5 million units during the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), resulting in 6.9% growth, when compared to the 400.7 million units shipped in the final quarter of 2015, according to IDC. For the full year, the worldwide smartphone market saw a total of 1.47 billion units shipped, marking the highest year of shipments on record, yet up...

Apple receives patent for steering device for potential military vehicles, originally approved for BAE

Apple doesn't often dabble in automotive patents, but when it does, its for a steering device that could potentially be used on vehicles in a 'war situation'. While the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted assignee Apple the patent, the original application was approved last year for BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag, a Swedish subsidiary of BAE. You can find a lint to the approved patent filing here.

Everything you need to know about iOS 10 (Psssst, Apple opens Siri to developers)

Apple previewed iOS 10 at the 2016 edition of the company's worldwide developer conference (WWDC16) in San Francisco, California, on Monday. What is new? What's changing? Here are the answers you are looking for: Siri is open for development In iOS 10, Siri can be extended into major new areas, and for the first time, developers can build on the intelligence Siri offers. This also lets users interact directly with apps using just their voice. Apple is launching SiriKit to helps developers design their apps to work with Siri for messaging, phone calls, photo search, ride booking, personal payments and workouts, or use Siri to control CarPlay apps, access climate controls or adjust radio settings within automakers’ apps. Messages gets revamped Messages, the most frequently used iOS app, now includes animations,...

Apple WWDC 2016 in pictures – Day One

For those of us who were not at the Apple WWDC16 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Monday.. here's a look at Day One in pictures.

Here’s all you need to know about MacOS Sierra

To begin with, OS X is no more. Long live macOS! Apple's last release, El Capitan was otherwise known as OS X 10.11. That nomenclature changed on Monday at Apple's WWDC (world wide developer conference) currently under way in San Francisco, California. Apple platforms now follow the same naming convention, and are iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, respectively. “MacOS Sierra is a major update that makes your Mac smarter and more helpful than ever with improvements to the apps you know and love and great new features throughout,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.  Here is all you want to know about macOS Sierra: Siri debuts on the Mac Siri comes to the Mac with capabilities specifically designed for the desktop. Apple's personal assistant, accessible from the Dock,...

There are 8.1bn connected devices in the world, estimates IHS

As of year-end 2015, the world contains 8.1 billion connected smartphones, tablets, personal computers, TVs, TV-attached devices, and audio devices, according to the Connected Device Market Monitor from IHS. On average, across the globe, this device base equates to four devices per household. Smartphones outnumber tablets by five to one Year-on-year, smartphones contribute roughly half a billion new devices to the market; tablet and OTT set-tops are also growing quickly, but operate a full order of magnitude below the smartphone. By 2020, this ratio will only widen, according to IHS. Within the forecast period, the smartphone-to-tablet ratio rises to nearly 10:1. Chromecast leapfrogs Apple TV For all its early momentum, Chromecast had been unable to out-ship the Apple TV, says IHS. This finally changed during the first quarter...

Apple plans to sell power at wholesale rates starting August

Apple is planning to sell electricity to others. The company has created an energy subsidiary reports 9to5Mac.com According to documents filed with the State of Delaware, Apple Energy LLC was incorporated in May this year. According to documents Apple Energy filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, "Applicant seeks authority to sell power at wholesale in the Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, Northeast, Central, and Southwest Power Pool Regions. Applicant requests a Tariff effective date of August 5, 2016, which is sixty (60) days after the date of this filing." Which means Apple could be selling power as soon as August this year. You can find Apple's filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission here.  Apple invested $850 million in a solar farm in 2015.

Apple sued by Caltech for allegedly infringing wi-fi patents — The Verge

Caltech is suing Apple for allegedly infringing not just one, but four of its patents. Broadcom has also been named in the suit. Jacob Kastrenakes reports.

Iam+ EPS Headphones Arrive At Apple Stores

I.am+, the technology company founded by global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.am, has launched i.am+ EPs Bluetooth earphones. The earphones, available at Apple Stores, retail for $229.95.

Apple Opens Development Office In Hyderabad

Apple is opening a new office in Hyderabad, that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products.

Worldwide Wearables Market Increases 67.2%

A combination of device releases, price reductions, and company rationalizations marked the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) in the worldwide wearables market. According to data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, total shipment volumes reached 19.7 million units in 1Q16, an increase of 67.2% from the 11.8 million units shipped in 1Q15. The first quarter saw its fair share of significant events to entice customers, says IDC, with multiple fitness trackers and smartwatches introduced at the major technology shows; post-holiday price reductions on multiple wearables, including Apple's Sport Watch; and greater participation within emerging wearables categories, particularly clothing and footwear. Conversely, several start-ups announced headcount reduction or shut down entirely, underscoring how competitive the wearables market has become. "The good news is that the...

Tech Companies Continue To Spend Lobbying Dollars

Google slashed spending on lobbying by 25.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to $3.8 million, while AT&T reported the highest lobbying outlay at $4.48 million, according to latest numbers released by the Consumer Watchdog. Seven of the companies spent more than $2 million on lobbying. Twelve spent more than $1 million on lobbying in the first quarter. Google spent $5.1 million in the comparable 2015 period and AT&T's spending was up 2.5 percent from $4.37 million in 2015, according to disclosure reports recently filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Facebook, which has been increasing its Washington presence, spent $2.78 million, an increase of 13.9 percent from $2.44 million, in the comparable 2015 quarter. Microsoft also topped $2 million in lobbying spending. It reported expenditures...