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Apple About to Be Dethroned as World's No. 1 Firm

Alphabet rising as iPhone sales slump

(Newser) - As the digital advertising market booms and demand for smartphones wanes, Alphabet Inc. could soon dethrone Apple as the world's most valuable company. If it happens, Alphabet will move to the head of the class just five months after Google reorganized itself under the holding company. The Silicon Valley... More »

Google Slipped Apple $1B to Show Search Bar

Both companies freaked out that figure paid for iPhone display was disclosed

(Newser) - An Oracle copyright lawsuit against Google offered up a coveted nugget about Google and another big company. Rumors have circulated for some time about how much Google pays Apple to keep its search engine bar as the default on the iPhone, and a transcript from the Oracle court proceedings now... More »

Apple to Widow: Get Court Order for Hubby's Password

72-year-old Peggy Bush just wanted to play games on her late husband's iPad

(Newser) - In a move CNET calls "a touch extreme," Apple was contacted by a 72-year-old Canadian widow to get her late husband's password so she could play games on his iPad—and the company refused to hand it over. Peggy Bush's husband, David, died of lung cancer... More »

Report: Apple, Microsoft Use Cobalt Mined by Kids

16 brands named in report couldn't verify source of cobalt

(Newser) - Kids in the Democratic Republic of Congo risk their lives to supply the batteries used in your smartphone and other gadgets, according to a new Amnesty International report. Amnesty and NGO Afrewatch note children as young as 7 mine cobalt for lithium batteries found in products made by Apple, Microsoft,... More »

You Can Now Stream the Beatles. That Sucks for Some

All 13 albums available on 9 services, including Spotify

(Newser) - Christmas has come a day early for Beatles fans: All of the band's 13 studio albums went live on nine music streaming services—including Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Apple Music—at midnight on Thursday, reports Rolling Stone . Terms of the deal haven't been released, but a music industry... More »

New Apple Laboratory Is Shrouded in Secrecy

New and improved screens could be headed to your iPhones and iPads

(Newser) - Apple recently opened a "secret laboratory" in Taiwan, Bloomberg reports, though no logos or Apple signage underscore that fact on the outside of the building in Longtan. Guards and a receptionist provided no information on what goes on inside the building; neither did workers outside on a smoke break.... More »

Apple Case Boosts Battery Life, Looks Awful

Like 'your phone will soon give birth to a rectangular alien'

(Newser) - Apple has finally come up with a way to boost the battery life of your iPhone but, uncharacteristically for the company, it's not very pretty. On Tuesday, Apple released a $99 iPhone case with a built in battery that will let you talk for 25 hours or browse over... More »

68-Year-Old Represents Self, Beats Apple in Court

He sought $7K to go on his honeymoon again after workers wiped his phone

(Newser) - A 68-year-old London retiree has just taken on tech giant Apple, representing himself in court, and won. The uncommon victory for Deric White is the culmination of a one-year battle in court after White dropped off his phone for servicing at the Apple Store on Regent Street in London, only... More »

iPhone 7 to Ditch Its Headphone Jack?

If rumors prove true, new iPhone will be Apple's thinnest one yet

(Newser) - Rumors precede the release of every iPhone, but this one sounds pretty big—"sounds" being the operative word. Citing a Japanese blog that got its info from a "reliable source," reports that the iPhone 7 may be ditching its 3.5mm headphone jack, resulting in... More »

Hackers Earn $1M 'Bounty' for Exposing iOS 9 Fault

Now head of firm that awarded prize decides who to sell the info to

(Newser) - In September, Zerodium announced its "Million Dollar iOS Bug Bounty" contest, offering a cool mil to anyone who could hack Apple's iOS 9 and expose its security flaws. On Monday the cybersecurity startup tweeted it has a winner—an anonymous team, Digital Tech reports, that was able to... More »

Apple Fans Hunt for Steve Jobs' Unmarked Grave

'Good luck,' says Silicon Valley cemetery

(Newser) - Atlantis. The Fountain of Youth. A decent Fantastic 4 movie. Dreamers and adventurers have been searching for the unfindable throughout history. Now we can add another hidden treasure to the list: Steve Jobs' grave. The San Jose Mercury News reports Apple fans from around the world—China, Indonesia, Brazil, Paris,... More »

Apple Loses Patent Suit That Could Cost Close to $1B

Jury decided tech giant's iPhones violated University of Wisconsin patent

(Newser) - Apple lost phase one Tuesday of a lawsuit against it by a patent enforcement group that Business Insider once called one of the "most fearsome patent trolls" around—a loss that could cost up to $862 million in damages, Reuters reports. A US District Court jury decided Apple had... More »

Elon Musk Just Majorly Dissed Apple Workers

'If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I'm not kidding.'

(Newser) - Just over a week ago, Elon Musk introduced the "Bioweapon Defense Mode" in Tesla's Model X, and now he's going nuclear on a new target: Apple. Per the German newspaper Handelsblatt , the Tesla CEO was in Berlin Thursday and had some choice things to say when asked... More »

There's $620B in Taxes the US Can't Get Its Hands On

Just 30 companies have offshore holdings totaling $1.4T

(Newser) - Apple has skipped out on paying close to $60 billion in taxes on $181 billion it holds offshore, according to a new study. But though the company holds the most profits offshore of any US company, it's hardly alone: At least 358 American companies hold $2.1 trillion in... More »

Say Goodbye to Google, Apple Devices on Amazon

Retailer bans Apple TV, Google Chromecast media-streaming products

(Newser) - Amazon is dumping popular media-streaming devices by two huge rivals to bolster its own video-streaming service, it announced in an email yesterday to marketplace sellers. The retailer won't be accepting any new listings for Apple TV or Google's Chromecast, and all current listings will be yanked from the... More »

Why iOS 9 Users Are Getting High Bills

Users may want to shut off Wi-Fi Assist

(Newser) - If you're using iOS 9 and your data rates are reaching new highs, watch out for an otherwise-useful feature called "Wi-Fi Assist." It automatically allows your phone to download data via your cellular plan when Wi-Fi coverage isn't great, ZDNet explains, which is fine—but can... More »

New iPhone Sales Smash Record

Chinese buyers likely helped Apple sell 13M in first weekend

(Newser) - Another iPhone, another record smashed. Yes, Apple hit a new height with more than 13 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus devices sold over the weekend. That "phenomenal" number beats "any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history," Tim Cook says in a statement , adding... More »

Teen Says Apple Watch Saved His Life

Gadget alerted him to simultaneous heart, liver, and kidney failure

(Newser) - For many people, the Apple Watch has been a punchline since it was unveiled last year. But earlier this month, the wearable computer saved the life of a Massachusetts teen, ABC News reports. "If it wasn't for the Apple Watch to alert him to the fact that there... More »

Details Emerge on Apple's Secret Car Project

But will it be driver-less?

(Newser) - Talk about a product leak: Apple is building its own electric car that's set to ship in 2019, unnamed sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Details are slim, but the project, dubbed Project Titan, will expand its team of 600 people by another 1,200 to get it out... More »

Apple Suffers First Major Attack on App Store

Something called XcodeGhost is to blame

(Newser) - Apple has suffered its first major attack on the App Store and yesterday confirmed that it had removed the offending apps. Apple says hackers modified the tool, called Xcode, that developers use to create iOS apps. Developers who mistakenly used the counterfeit XcodeGhost created apps that had the malicious code... More »

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