Report: U.S. iPhone users spent an average of $40 on apps last year

By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2017

iPhone owners in the United States spent an average of $40 on apps last year, reports analytics firm Sensor Tower. That number includes both premium and in-app purchases, and it represents a $5 increase from 2015.

Unsurprisingly, most of that money is going to games. Sensor Tower says more than 80% of US App Store revenue in 2016 came from games, and it shows on the device level—users spent an average of $27 on games. Read More

 

Facebook in talks to live stream MLB games this season

By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2017

Facebook is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream games this season, reports Reuters. The deal would include at least one game per week, which could be accessed for free by users logged into the platform.

The move comes just a week after Facebook announced plans for a video-focused Apple TV app, as part of the social network’s efforts to push further into original programming—a strategy shared by several tech firms. Read More

 

AT&T announces new unlimited data plan: 4 lines for $180

By Cody Lee on Feb 16, 2017

AT&T on Thursday announced that it is expanding its unlimited data plan offering to all customers. Starting tomorrow, all customers will be able to get unlimited talk, text and data on 4 lines for $180.

The move follows a similar one by the carrier’s close competitor Verizon, who announced its own unlimited data plan earlier this week, and comes amidst strong pressure from both T-Mobile and Sprint. Read More

 

The next iPhone could cost more than $1000

By Cody Lee on Feb 8, 2017

Apple is planning to launch a special 10th-anniversay iPhone this year that will likely cost more than $1,000, reports Fast Company. Citing sources with knowledge of Apple’s plans, the site says an OLED display and other new features will push the handset’s price tag higher than ever before.

As has been previously rumored, the source says the new display will measure 5.8-inches diagonally and stretch across the entire front of the phone, framed by forged stainless steel sides. Apple has been working to get rid of the physical Home button, and the side buttons may also go all digital. Read More

 

Apple hires Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy

By Cody Lee on Jan 25, 2017

Former CEO and co-founder of Dropcam Greg Duffy has joined Apple, reports The Information. A company spokesman has confirmed the high profile hiring to the outlet, but would not comment on what his role would be in Cupertino. Read More

 

KGI: Kaby lake processors and more RAM coming to Mac laptops this year

By Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2017

Apple is planning updates for its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines later this year, according to a research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The noted analyst says the new notebooks will feature Intel’s next-generation Kaby Lake processors and updated RAM options.

Kuo says the refreshed 12-inch MacBook models will enter mass production as early as March, and may offer a new 16GB RAM option (currently capped off at 8GB). As for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, he doesn’t see production starting until early third quarter. Read More

 

Following software fix, Consumer Reports now recommends the new MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2017

Following Apple’s software fix, Consumer Reports has updated its review of the new MacBook Pro, stating that it now recommends the laptop. The publication says the fix corrects the erratic battery behavior it saw during its initial testing, and all MacBook Pro models now fall “well within the recommended range” in its ratings. Read More

 

Apple executives miss out on cash incentives as company falls short of sales goals

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2017

Tim Cook and other executives received less revenue in 2016, as Apple failed to hit its revenue and profit goals for the year. The Wall Street Journal points to a regulatory filing, which says the miss kept the leaders from hitting some cash incentives.

Apple said its annual sales were $215.6B, 3.7% below its target of $223.6B, and its operating income of $60B was 0.5% short of their $60.3B target. As a result, Cook received $8.75 million in 2016 compensation, down from $10.3 million in 2015. Read More

 

Report: next iPhone to feature Tap to Wake and fast charging

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2017

The next iPhone may feature Tap to Wake, fast charging and other new features, reports Forbes. The outlet spoke to noted tipster Sonny Dickson, who laid out what he expects from Apple’s next handset.

First Dickson says the new iPhone will include a “Tristar 3, Hydra” chip, which manages the charging port and supports fast charging. He doesn’t offer up any additional details, though, and notes that just because it supports the tech, doesn’t mean Apple will utilize it. Read More

 

Hulu reaches deal with CBS for upcoming streaming service

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2017

Hulu has struck a deal with CBS for its upcoming streaming service, reports The Wall Street Journal. The agreement includes live streaming and on-demand content from CBS Corp.’s various channels at a rumored rate of ~$3/month per subscriber.

Hulu Chief Executive Mike Hopkins announced the agreement at an investor conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, saying the live-streaming service will cost “under” $40 and include Hulu’s current video-on-demand library that starts at $8/month. Read More

 
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