All Articles by Derek Kessler

Display chip maker rumored to have been courted by Apple now turning to Synaptics

Apple's rumored half-billion-dollar acquisition of LCD chip manufacturer Renesas is rumored no more, with Renesas instead turning to Synaptics for a sale. Synaptics, a manufacturer of touchpads and touch sensors, as well as a fellow Apple component supplier, is reported to be the only company being considered by Renesas for a sale.

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Apple will live stream WWDC 2014 keynote, promises 'exciting announcements'

Next Monday, June 2nd, will see Tim Cook and Apple's executive team take the keynote stage for WWDC 2014, and those of us that aren't able to make it out to San Francisco will still be able to watch it live online. Apple today announced that the keynote will be streamed live on their website, and is promising "exciting announcements". What specifically, Apple as usual is coy and not dropping any hints. Of course, iMore will be there live and in person to bring you all the latest.

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Single Spotify account breached in bizarre compromise, iOS user data reportedly safe

Spotify today announced that their serves has suffered breach, providing somebody somewhere unauthorized access to their systems and "internal company data". But in a strange twist, Spotify's internal investigation into the matter turned up evidence of only one user's data having been accessed, and that data did not include anything you might consider sensitive (e.g. password or payment information). While the breach has prompted Spotify to advise Android users to update their app, they aren't recommending any action for iOS or Windows Phone users.

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Apple rumored to be preparing new home automation system for possible WWDC 2014 launch

Apple is reported to have a home automation system in the works, with a reveal set for next week's WWDC 2014 conference. The move, which would be taking on floundering efforts by Google and Samsung, would be a big leap for Apple. Though Apple has over the years released a few components here or there for the home (see: iPod Hi-Fi), they've typically left most of the electronic accessories work to third parties.

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Nest recalling 440,000 Protect smoke alarms, providing refunds

Nearly two months after issuing a sales stop of the Nest Protect connected smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, the product is being recalled. The recall, issued through the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, affects all 440,000 Nest Protects out there, and owners are eligible for either a repair of the unit (in the form of a software update) or a refund.

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Facebook will make it even easier to tell your friends what you're watching or listening to

There's an update coming down the pike for the official Facebook app that will enable users to automatically tag the music and TV that they're listening/watching in their status updates. As demoed in the video above, the system works by tapping a button when creating a new status — not unlike the "moods" feature Facebook added last year, and then it uses audio ID software to identify the music, TV show, or movie that is blasting its sounds into your vicinity, and then tags your status with that information.

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WWDC app updated for 2014, get your full schedule from the App Store

The official WWDC 2014 app has been refreshed for this year's developer conference, bringing the app closer to the even flatter iOS 7 design standards than last year's redesign. This version is all flat, white, and orange, though the general navigation system follows the straight-forward arrangement of before. The app, in addition to the mostly complete WWDC 2014 schedule also includes a map of the venue, news updates, Passbook integration, and streaming videos from previous WWDC sessions.

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Apple reportedly willing to pay internet providers to secure smooth content delivery

Apple is reported to be negotiating to pay ISPs for better streaming service. Frustrated with the quality of their iCloud service, Apple is said to be building their own CDN (content delivery network) to better manage pushing out the software updates, apps, and media that they distribute over the internet. But to make that happen, Apple is negotiating with the largest ISPs in the nation to guarantee faster and more reliable delivery for Apple services.

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Olloclip's 4-in-1 iPad camera lens system up for preorder

The popular 4-in-1 slip on Olloclip lens is now available for iPad. We first saw the Ollclip for iPad at CES 2014, and the lens attachment is available for pre-order from Olloclip's website for $69.99.

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Apple lawyers claim Samsung lawyer's 'jihadist' comparisons are making talks difficult, Samsung says Apple's being difficult

Apple and Samsung were revealed to be in fresh settlement talks to put these billion-dollar lawsuits behind them, but it turns out that talking smack about each other over the past few years whilst being engaged in said lawsuits has made things, shall we say… difficult. In fact, judging by the tone of statements issued by both lawyers to the court that ordered, one might think they don't even want this to work and just want to spend the next decade litigating. Anything's possible, we suppose.

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Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors due by the holidays — faster and longer lasting Macs are coming

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is promising that their next generation Broadwell CPUs will be in computers in time for this year's holiday season. The processors, which were pushed back late last year, promise to bring increased efficiency and power over the already impressive efficiency of the Haswell chips in modern Macs.

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Angela Ahrendts reportedly has grand plans for overhauling Apple retail

Not even on the job of a month, Apple's new Senior Vice President of Retail is reportedly outlining new vision for the future of the Apple retail empire. Chief among Angela Ahrendts' plans are an expansion in China, improving Apple's limited mobile payments options, and a complete revamp of the highly-lauded Apple Store sales experience.

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Verizon flips switch on AWS-enhanced XLTE

Verizon's XLTE is official and it is bringing double the bandwidth to dozens of cities across the United Sates. The enhanced-LTE service uses Verizon's AWS spectrum to double the speeds available more than two-dozen devices available on Big Red's network, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, iPhone 5s, Samsung ATIV SE, and BlackBerry Q10.

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Sprint takes device security to a whole new level with latest comprehensive package

Sprint has a new protection plan for both your phone and the data on it. Dubbed "Sprint Total Equipment Protection Plus", the plan costs $13-a-month-per-device and adds data security, automatic media backups, and personalized tech support on top of the existing damage, loss, and theft insurance that is part of the standard $11-a-month Total Equipment Protection package.

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Facebook's Snapchat competitor 'Slingshot' might launch as early as this month

After a spurned attempt to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion last year, Facebook is gearing up to launch its own ephemeral messaging app, internally codenamed "Slingshot". The app, which is said to have a "simple and speedy user interface" (not unlike Snapchat) is designed to take on Snapchat with short video and photo messages that disappear after one viewing. The app has reportedly been in the works for several months, and might launch as early as this month.

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AT&T relaunches Cricket as nationwide brand with new smartphones, plans, and LTE

Two months after being snapped up by AT&T as part of the Leap Wireless acquisition, there's a new Cricket in town. The newly relaunched prepaid carrier service is being rolled together with AT&T's home-brewed AiO Wireless prepaid brand, and will eventually transition off Cricket's MVNO agreement with Sprint (that's an awkward position for AT&T, eh?) to devices that run on AT&T's own network.

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The Kairos hybrid mechanical smartwatch with a transparent screen is up for preorder

If you've been looking at the current crop of smartwatches and said, "meh, not fancy enough for me", we recommend you take a look at the Kairos smartwatch. The watch aims to combine a traditional mechanical automatic movement watch with a custom smartwatch overlay that's compatible with Android and iOS. What makes the watch interesting (at least in its current render form) is that the display is a transparent OLED layer over the hands and exposed movements of the watch. But the Kairos does not look to come cheap, especially for something that we've only see in renders.

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New cases promise to protect your iPhone from hackers...somehow

Say what you will about your phone, but Vysk doesn't think it's secure enough. Their new case, the QS1, announced today for both the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 aims to amp up the physical and digital security of your smartphone. Plus there's a built-in battery for a bit extra juice to get you through your high security day.

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Bentley's latest ad was shot with iPhones and assembled on an iPad and it looks amazing

Bentley has released a new ad that touches their cars that you're likely to never be able to afford, but in an interesting twist the entire thing was recorded with a few iPhone 5s handsets and assembled using an iPad Air. Granted, they're using fancy add-on lenses and motorized rigs that you probably don't have. And they got to edit it in the back of a $300,000 Bentley Mulsanne. But otherwise, it's just like the videos you can make with your iPhone and iPad.

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iTunes 11.2 update focuses on podcast improvements

In addition to today's update to OS X Mavericks, Apple also today released an update to iTunes. Bringing the music/movies/tv/apps/syncing app to version 11.2 is a host of improvements for podcast listeners.

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