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Declining iOS and OS X Quality Imperil Apple's Future Growth And Retention

The iPhone 6 has set sales records since its first week of release and led to Apple’s most profitable quarter ever. There have been some bumps in the road, but the market—and Apple’s customers—continue to have that loving feeling. What could possibly go wrong?<p>In a word, software. A growing chorus …

Watch Nicki Minaj's Breakup-Inspired 'Pinkprint Movie'

Call it "December Rain": Nicki Minaj has unveiled her epic, 16-minute <i>The Pinkprint Film</i> music video, which weaves together a trio of tracks from her …

Music

Is California's Hyperloop train closer to reality? Startup CEO has 'no doubt'

The chief executive of a company attempting to deliver a transport system that could send commuters from Los Angeles to San Francisco at speeds of up to 800mph says he is confident of securing the funding needed to turn the project from a pipe dream into a viable transit option for …

Why the Apple Watch can afford to cost thousands of dollars

Would you pay thousands of extra dollars for an Apple gadget made of gold?<p>Perhaps not, but the company is betting that at least some people will. Its Apple Watch Edition is made from 18-karat gold and will likely be very expensive — think thousands of dollars expensive — despite offering little to …

Chips for next year’s iPhone reportedly being produced now

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Tom Krazit/Gigaom<p>Samsung is now producing the A9 chip for Apple in Austin, Texas, Korea IT News reported on Friday. …

iPhone 6 Plus dominated US phablet market in October, says Kantar

Samsung recently ran a PR campaign to remind people it created the phablet genre (well, give or take a Streak or two). The Galaxy Note was largely ridiculed when it came out for being way too big and tablet-like. Steve Jobs was so disgusted in particular, that he tried to make it the punch line of …

Gear & Gadgets

4-inch iPhone 6 reported to be in development

Apple is alleged to be working on a 4-inch version of its best-selling iPhone 6 intended to replace the iPhone 5c, according to a new report<p>A 4-inch version of the iPhone 6 is said to be in development as a replacement for the entry-level iPhone 5c.<p>The handset will be launched during 2015, …

Mobile Technology

With Cortana on Windows 10, Microsoft's bringing its virtual assistant full circle

After watching early footage of Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana in Windows 10 (below), its impending takeover of the Microsoft Borg seems inevitable. There's a lot riding on Cortana, after all. After being released in the U.S. earlier this year, it's now slowly rolling out across the globe. …

iOS developer makes our iOS Apple Watch home screen concept a reality

Last week, I posted a concept of what the iPhone’s home screen could look like if influenced by the Apple Watch’s design ideas. Inspired by that concept, iOS developer Lucas Menge has made the concept a reality (above), creating a functional app that simulates the Apple Watch UI adapted for the …

Not every house has rooms that turn 90 degrees, but this one does

It would seem that when Iran isn't busy putting the kibosh down on social media, its architects are designing some pretty crazy ways to beat the weather. Case in point: a seven-floor house in Tehran with three rectangular rooms that can rotate up to 90 degrees in accordance with the season. As <i>Slate</i> …

Video: Apple Inc.'s new design team, Ive and Newson, on Charlie Rose

Jony Ive and Marc Newson, Apple’s latest high-profile hire, are old friends. The two industrial designers made a media splash together late last year …

Apple’s NFC Payments Play Could Make Its Wearable A Computing Friction Killer

Apple could be gearing up to make its so-called ‘iWatch’ a payment device powered by NFC, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. But including near-field communications tech in the iWatch (and the iPhone 6, too, if the report is correct) will open the door for much more than just …

This Is Why Nothing Online Is Totally Hacker-Proof

In the world of digital security there is unsafe, and there is safer, but no one is hack-proof. Jennifer Lawrence and other celebs may have been …

iOS 7 How-to: Manage your iCloud storage space from an iOS device

Apple gives all iCloud users 5 GB of iCloud storage. For most users, this is more than plenty of space, but for some, it isn’t nearly enough. This space is used for iOS device backups, iWork and other documents, and email if you are using a @mac.com, @me.com or @icloud.com address.<p>In this article, …