Tag Archive: Apple


The new Android Auto has me super excited, and should have Apple extremely worried

One of the lesser announcements at Google I/O – considering it was made a few days before Google’s developer conference kicked off – was the new version of Android Auto. The new UI – which is different and, crucially, better than the previous version – has been designed so you spend less time trying to surface information, and more time focusing on the road. More importantly, it shows that Google is taking automotive seriously, and it should have  [Read More…]

Samsung sees smartwatch growth of 127% in Q1 2019, but Apple is still king

Fitness-focused smartwatches are among the most popular.

The latest numbers are out for smartwatches in the first quarter of 2019, and it shows very good news for Apple. In year-on-year growth, Apple saw a growth rate of a whopping 48% in the first quarter, giving it 35.8% of the overall smartwatch market.

Sales were driven by the Apple Watch Series 4 and its continued focus on health-related features. According to a survey, the ECG capability was the  [Read More…]

Patent settlement with Apple nets Qualcomm a cool $4.5 billion (or more)

Apple and Qualcomm ended their two-year legal battle abruptly last month with a surprise settlement, but for how much has been the million-dollar question on everyone’s mind. Thanks to Qualcomm’s Q2 earnings published this week, we now have an approximate number: $ 4.5 billion to $ 4.7 billion, not counting future royalties for Apple’s use of their chips.

The dispute started in 2017 when Apple sued Qualcomm over contentions with its patent licensing practices. The chip company’s near  [Read More…]

Google Fit launches on iOS with support for Wear OS and Apple Watch

It’s available to download starting today.

Last year, Google completely overhauled Google Fit with a much-needed update. It’s been a great experience so far on Android, and as of April 24, it’s now heading to iOS.

Similar to Google Fit on Android, the iOS app tracks your activity in two main categories — Heart Points and Move Minutes. Heart Points are earned for intensive workouts and Move Minutes add up throughout the day as you keep moving.

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Qualcomm and Apple have finally settled its ongoing patent dispute

It’s time for Apple to pay up.

For what seems like forever at this point, Apple and Qualcomm have been going back and forth at one another over various royalty disputes.

However, on April 16, 2019, the two companies issued out a press release to announce that they’ve reached a settlement.

Per the release:

Qualcomm and Apple today announced an agreement to dismiss all litigation between the two companies worldwide. The settlement includes a payment from Apple  [Read More…]

Does Google need its own Apple Card?

I’m really not sure.

There’s a good chance you’ve seen people clamoring over Apple’s new credit card if you’ve been online at all since the company’s keynote last week. Aptly named the Apple Card, it’s a sleek and minimal credit card with no annual fees and what looks like a pretty great UI — oh, and the card is made of titanium.

Honestly, though? The card isn’t all that impressive at face value. It earns 3% cash  [Read More…]

How to play Apple Music with Alexa on an Amazon Echo

Apple Music made its way to the Alexa Skill ecosystem this past December, meaning that everyone who has an Amazon Echo device can now enjoy their Apple Music subscriptions on their smart speakers. Here’s how to set up Apple Music on your Alexa-powered device.

Products used in this guide Amazon: Amazon Echo Show ($ 230) Google Play: Amazon Alexa (Free) How to set up Apple Music on your Echo device Open the Alexa App. Tap the menu icon  [Read More…]

Apple AirPower is (was) hardly the only wireless multi-charger in town

There are plenty of other options that actually exist.

It’s easy to point fun at Apple for canceling AirPower — its special wireless charging pad that was supposed to somehow charge things better than other wireless pads. And maybe we should just a little, because when you announce things as breathlessly as Apple does, you damned well better produce. (Note to Apple: That also applies to TV shows.)

But it’s not as if AirPower (seriously, that name, though)  [Read More…]

Here’s everything Apple announced at its March 25 Special Event

Credit cards, streaming services, and more.

On March 25, 2019, Apple held a special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino that was aptly called an “Apple Special Event.” Unlike most conferences that Apple holds, there weren’t any hardware announcements. Instead, this was all focused on new services being launched by the company.

None of the announcements really apply to Android, but if you want an idea of what our iPhone-touting friends have to look forward  [Read More…]

U.S. judge says Qualcomm owes Apple nearly $1 billion in rebate payments

Qualcomm ordered to pay nearly $ 1 billion in patent royalty rebates, but a payment may not be forthcoming.

In a preliminary ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruled that Qualcomm owed Apple nearly $ 1 billion in rebate payments that were part of the business cooperation agreement of the two companies. Today’s ruling is unrelated to the patent fight that both companies are embroiled in, but pertains to the matter of  [Read More…]