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Apple moved one notch down on the list of most trusted companies





Apple has come out the top 20 list of largest organizations of consumer confidence. Apple's rate is 21 in the list of most trusted companies, and it is the lowest ranking in three years. Consumers were asked to name the organization, which they consider to be the most reliable in the privacy of their personal information in the survey.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013. 22:28

How And Why Steve Jobs Bought Lala



A former Color employee Aubrey Johnson shares a story about Apple's acquisitions of Lala and Color, which both were founded by Bill Nguyen.

Lala's music was streamed over the Internet instead of stored locally. The service allowed users to listen to a collection of more than 7 million titles as a stream over the Internet – much like Spotify and Pandora today. Users could also buy and download songs usually for a lower price than Apple’s iTunes was offering.


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Saturday, January 19th, 2013. 0:27

Microsoft Acquired Startup R2 Studios To Enhance Its Xbox Unit



In December, we reported that Apple, Microsoft and Google were potential buyers of home automation startup company R2 Studios. Today The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft has already acquired the company to strengthen its Xbox unit.


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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013. 20:01

Intel To Launch Set Top Box And Cable TV Service At CES 2013



TechCrunch reports that Intel is going to launch its own set-top box and virtual cable TV service in the immediate future. To avoid licensing issues, Intel has decided to launch the TV service on a city-by-city basis rather than rolling it out nationwide. The report notes:


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Monday, December 31st, 2012. 15:13

Apple is in talks about acquiring a home automation system from R2 Studios



According to information from the Wall Street Journal, Apple, Microsoft and Google are potential buyers of home automation system firm R2 Studios, part of the id8 group, founded by Blake Krikorian. He was the founder of Sling Media, maker of the SlingBox, which was subsequently sold to EchoStar/Dish Network.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012. 12:47

Google Is Developing Smartphone To Compete With Samsung And Apple



According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Google is developing its own phone via its recently acquired Motorola Mobility unit. The smartphone, which the company plans to release next year, will compete more strongly with Samsung’s Galaxy line and iPhone, than Motorola’s current line of smartphones.


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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012. 13:23

Google Launches Free Matching Music Service



Google added to its Google Play music service a new song matching service that is similar to iTunes Match. This means that users will no longer have to spend plenty of time uploading gigabytes of music as it was previously.

It is worth noting that users do not have to pay subscription fee for Google's matching service like with Apple and Amazon’s services. Last month this service was released for European Google Play, so this launch is new for U.S. users.


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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012. 14:14

Apple In Discussions With Foursquare For Data-Sharing Deal



According to the report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple is in preliminary discussions with Foursquare, company behind popular location-based app, for a data-sharing deal. The report notes that Apple SVP Eddy Cue is participating in negotiations with a view to improve the app that has failed to meet Apple’s expectations. WSJ said:


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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012. 14:41

Google Maps App For iOS Downloaded Over 10 Million Times



Jeff Huber reported in a Google+ blog post that Google Maps for iOS was downloaded over 10 million times within two days after the app appeared in the App Store.

Google Maps was keenly anticipated by users who were not satisfied with Apple’s built-in Maps app over its rampant errors. Criticism over Apple’s mapping solution led to public apology from Tim Cook and the restructing of iOS software team.


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More than half of smartphone consumers prefer to buy the iPhone 5



A new survey of more than 800 United States buyers found that more than half of those ones who planning to buy a smartphone in the next three months say they will buy the new iPhone 5 by Apple. The poll conducted by Piper Jaffray, revealed that 53.3% of consumers say they plan to buy the iPhone 5 in the near future. This is close to a number of buyers constituting the 54.9 percent who have already chosen the iPhone 5 in October and a little more than 47.7 percent who said they would choose Apple in September.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, December 14th, 2012. 13:00

Google Maps For iOS With New Features Now Available In App Store



The anticipated Google’s standalone Maps for iOS has gone live in the App Store. Now iOS 6 who are not satisfied with Apple’s Maps app can switch back to Google’s free map platform. The new app includes a number of features that were not available in built-in app on iOS 5 and earlier, notably turn-by-turn navigation and transit routing option.


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List Of Intel’s 'Haswell' Desktop Processors Leaked



VR-Zone reports (via Engadget) about what is purported to be a list of Intel’s first "Haswell" desktop processors. The fourteen new chips are expected to launch in the spring of the next year and will build new architecture based on 22 nm process that is used in the Ivy Bridge processors.


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Thursday, December 13th, 2012. 1:46

Google And Apple Teamed Up On $500 Million Offer For Kodak Patents



According to Bloomberg report, Google and Apple have teamed up to place a bid of over $500 million to buy the imaging patent portfolio of bankrupt Eastman Kodak. The report said:


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Saturday, December 8th, 2012. 10:48

Google Added iPhone 5, iPad, AirPlay Support To YouTube App For iOS



The Next Web reports that Google has updated the YouTube app for iOS devices. Now the app supports iPhone 5 and the iPad and can stream videos via AirPlay.


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Arbitration court can resolve Apple-Motorola patent dispute.



The arbitral court was considering Apple and Google issues which were about the infringement of patents. Bloomberg reported on Friday that details of preliminary discussions were revealed during the court filing. The two companies exchanged proposals in which they proposed a mandatory arbitration trial to reach a licensing agreement.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012. 11:53