Report Says LG Making 9M Flexible iWatch Displays

10:13 AM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · · News

Apple may be planning on shipping 9 million iWatch smartwatches in 2014, assuming information from insider sources is correct. That figure comes from a report that LG is the only supplier for the flexible displays Apple plans to use, and that it has 9 million on order.

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Apple still isn't confirming that it's getting ready to release some form of wearable tech, most likely the long rumored iWatch, but details keep leaking out. What's safe to say is that something is coming. It's the final feature and initial shipping quantities that remain mysteries.

Antitrust Monitor Pleased with Apple’s Cooperation

9:07 AM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · · News

Michael Bromwich, the monitor Federal Judge Denise Cote placed in Apple to ensure the company doesn't engage in antitrust-related behavior, said that the iPhone and iPad maker is now far more cooperative compared to when he first started his job last year. Judge Cote appointed Mr. Bromwich as a monitor to oversee Apple's actions after she found the company guilty of conspiring with publishers to artificially raise the price of books.

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Considering how resistant Apple has been to Mr. Bromwich's presence in the company as a court appointed monitor, this new found cooperation is a significant change. That said, if the company gets Judge Cote's ruling overturned on appeal, it's a pretty safe bet there won't be any hesitation in showing him the door.

Apple Buys Hydroelectric Plant to Power Oregon Data Center

12:55 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · · News

Apple is aiming to use hydroelectric energy to power its Prineville, Oregon data center, and has purchased a power plant to make that happen. The company recently bought a hydroelectric plant that's under construction near its data center and will use it to generate up to 3.5 megawatts for the facility.

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Considering Apple's potential plans to expand its Prineville center again, any extra power it can generate will be a welcome find. Apple made a commitment to use renewable energy sources when it can, so it's great to see the company following through.

Aftermarket CarPlay Systems Available Later This Year from Alpine

12:38 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · · News

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Alpine is scheduled to ship an aftermarket car system that includes Apple's CarPlay integration. Plans are to release the system this fall for US$500-700, making CarPlay an option for those who aren't in the market for a new car.

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This is fantastic news. When Apple showed CarPlay off at the Geneva Motor Show in March, one of the first questions many people had was whether or not this would be an aftermarket feature or something only available to new cars. Now we know.

Amazon Has A Smartphone Coming, Say People Who Have Seen It

8:20 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · · News

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Amazon has a smartphone in the works. We've heard this before, but now we're hearing about it from people who say they have seen it in real life and then told The Wall Street Journal about it.

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Amazon's had a busy year in the hardware market. Is a phone really the best move for them though?

Court Documents Show Samsung Publicly Fudges Galaxy Tab Sales

6:50 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · · News

Samsung has been caught wallowing in their own truthiness, according to court documents released as part of the current Samsung vs Apple court case.

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What!? Samsung didn’t let facts get in the way of what it told people? Fetch me my fainting couch!

Reeder for Mac Back as Public Beta

1:30 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · · News

The popular Mac RSS reader app Reeder is back as a public beta after disappearing from Apple's Mac App Store when Google Reader met its untimely demise. Reeder 2 gives a taste of what's in store for the news reader app, including a redesigned interface, and integration with other services such as Twitter and Facebook.

Analyst: Don’t Look for Apple’s Custom Baseband Chips this Year

10:49 AM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · · News

JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall isn't buying into reports that Apple is ready to dump Qualcomm and use its own custom designed baseband chips in the next iPhone. He thinks Apple is working on its own chips, but that they won't be ready until some time in 2015.

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Baseband chips aren't easy to design, but that doesn't mean Apple isn't working on just that. If so, expect improved battery life and performance from future iPhones and iPads while Qualcomm and other chip makers take a hit to their bottom line.