0 2h ago

Hands On: Loud on Planet X (Cross-Platform)

Do you love music? Do you hate aliens? Do you love listening to music and killing aliens with lasers? While that's an oddly specific pastime, there's a great chance that if you think you like any of these things, you're probably going to be in the market for checking out Loud on Planet X.

1 2h ago

TiVo agrees to be acquired by Rovi in $1.1B deal

TiVo, the manufacturer of TV set-top boxes, has agreed to be acquired by another company that is also quite big in the digital video recorder business. Rovi will be paying $1.1 billion, made up of approximately $277 million in cash and the remainder paid in stock, to acquire the DVR producer, with the deal apparently being seen as a way for Rovi to significantly increase its patent catalog by including TiVo's collection to the pile.

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1 3h ago

Apple continues to increase R&D expenditure

Apple continues to increase its expenditure on research and development programs. For the period January to March, the company spent $2.5 billion on R&D, a figure 31 percent higher than for the same period last year. Further, as a proportion of its total revenue, Apple's R&D expenditure reached 5 percent for the first time. Historically, Apple's R&D expenditure as averaged at around 3 percent of its total revenue. According to Apple's latest filing with the SEC, the costs were associated with hires, related expenses, compensation and material costs.

Posted in: Apple
0 3h ago

The Big Deal: The MacUpdate Spring Bundle of 11 apps for $50

Alongside our regular MacNN Deals and Daily Deals posts, the writers of MacNN occasionally find offers that are interesting or major enough to warrant their own Big Deals post. Today, we're highlighting the MacUpdate Spring Bundle, which is offering a collection of ten productivity and creative apps for your Mac, as well as a bonus app for those placing early orders.

Posted in: software
2 4h ago

FBI reportedly didn't pay more than $1M for San Bernardino iPhone hack

The FBI may not have spent as much to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c than previously claimed by the director of the bureau, according to a report. A previous suggestion by Director James Comey that put the price of the hack in excess of $1.3 million dollars is being declared as an over-inflated number, with numerous government sources of a report putting the figure somewhere below $1 million.

Posted in: iPhone, security
0 5h ago

Hands On: Radiant Grid 1.0 (iOS)

We've got another game for all you casual puzzle game addicts -- something that doesn't rely on stress as a mechanic to trip you up, or something that doesn't force you to do things for a set amount of points. This time we're taking a look at Radiant Grid, a simple puzzle game that is easy to pick up, and harder to put down.

Now AAPL Stock: 93.65 ( -1.18 )

Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14

Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO

Apple  53m

Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations

Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel

Software  1h

Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum

Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv

Industry  5h

CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman

Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7

IPhone  5h

Macphun offers free Photos filters

Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6

Software  17h

Snapchat sued over speed filter photo overlay

Accident victims in Spalding County, GA are suing Snapchat, as well as the driver responsible for the accident. The suit alleges that the app's "speed filter," which can post the speed that which a picture was taken, encouraged driver Christal McGee to attempt to reach 100 miles per hour in her car, leading to the accident that caused both Wentworth and Karen Maynard serious injuries. The suit alleges Wentworth Maynard suffered brain damage in the incident. McGee posted a photo of herself in a cervical collar on the way to the hospital, saying that she was "lucky to be alive." Snapchat has not commented on the lawsuit. http://abcn.ws/24nhR49

IPhone apps  21h

Pandora bleeding slows, posts $28.9M Q1 loss

Streaming music service Pandora today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016, posting a loss of $28.9 million, an improvement from the $48.3 million loss it showed in the year-ago-quarter. Total consolidated revenue was $297.3 million, growing 29 percent year-over-year. Total listener hours grew 4 percent to 5.52 billion for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 5.30 billion for the same period of the prior year. Active listeners were 79.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016, up compared to 79.2 million for the same period of the prior year. http://pdora.co/1WtxdkW

Investor  21h