As 2013 draws to a close, Tim Cook has to be smiling.
Earlier this year it seemed that Apple would take a fall. Samsung and rest of the Android players were gaining momentum and share as Apple was slow to update its product portfolio and was seeing its profit margins decline. The stock went from from above $700 in September 2012 to below $400 in July 2013. Following the fall introduction of new products and good sales numbers for the holiday shopping season, however, the stock has climbed back above $560.
Perhaps Cook has been smiling all year, knowing that … Read more
You may one day be able to chat with your iPhone or iPad docking station courtesy of Apple's Siri.
A patent application -- dubbed "Smart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device" and published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office -- scopes out plans for a dock a bit more advanced than today's models.
Key to the new dock would be integration with Siri. Rather than including Apple's voice assistant, the dock would tap into Siri on your mobile device. You'd activate Siri simply by speaking or … Read more
Apple could add as many as 17 million iPhones to its 2014 sales tally in a reported deal with China Mobile, said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster
The two companies have signed an agreement, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday, citing a "person familiar with the situation." The source told the Journal that -- after months of speculation and anticipation -- the iPhone is expected to roll out through China Mobile on December 18 to the carrier's 760 million subscribers.
If the December date is accurate, the 17 million in sales predicted by Munster would raise … Read more
Apple has reached a long-awaited deal with China Mobile to offer the iPhone on the world's largest wireless carrier, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The rollout of the iPhone on China Mobile, which has nearly 760 million customers, is expected around December 18, sources told the newspaper. While the iPhone is currently offered by China Unicom and China Telecom, Apple has been courting China Mobile for years, seeking the vast number of new customers such a deal would create.
CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
Xinhua, China's official … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Of course Applebee's is going to replace waiters with tablets.
- The secret meeting that changed rap music, and destroyed a generation.
- A surgeon's review of Google Glass in the operating room.
iPhone owners who pick up a 2014 Honda Civic will be able to chat with Siri without taking their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road.
Siri will be a key ingredient of Honda's new Display Audio in-car technology when the Civic goes on sale Wednesday, the automaker has announced. Drivers with Bluetooth-connected iPhones will be able to activate Siri by holding down a Talk button on the steering wheel, eliminating the need to tap on or hold the phone.
People behind the wheel can perform a variety of tasks via Siri, such as listening to … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Your traditional Black Friday Walmart gadget brawl footage.
- Shoppers whip out mobile gadgets to tackle Black Friday madness.
- The dirty secret behind Black Friday discounts.
- 92 percent of 2013 Black Friday ads contain the exact same items at the same price as 2012.
- Amazon drones: Bold experiment or shrewd publicity stunt?
- Amazon "drones" stir up privacy concerns among lawmakers.
Many drivers find the navigation apps on their phones work better and are more up-to-date than those built into their dashboards, yet relying on a handset for turn-by-turn directions can be inconvenient and even dangerous. Honda hits the sweet spot with its new HondaLink app, integrating navigation from the phone into a's built-in LCD.
Although different initiatives exist to emulate smartphones in the dashboard, the only example currently available from an automaker comes in the Chevy Spark and Sonic. Drivers of those models can buy the BringGo app and use it as the navigation engine, integrating it with … Read more
You may one day be able to unlock your iPhone based just on your good looks.
Awarded to Apple on Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark, a patent called "Personal computing device control using face detection and recognition" envisions a method to access your iPhone and other devices based on facial detection and recognition. As such, your face would act as a password, allowing only you to answer a phone call and perform other tasks.
The technology would start by scanning your face in order to record all of its unique features, such as texture, color, size, … Read more