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Google celebrates its billion-user products

Google celebrates its billion-user products

Google now has at least one billion users across almost all of its major products, including search, YouTube, and Google Maps. The milestone was announced by Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Product, at the opening of Google I/O 2015 today. Android devices are now offered by 400 OEMs worldwide, with carrier support from 500 carriers, and more than 5,000 devices, Pichai confirmed. And those aren't all the achievements, either.

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Target promises Apple Pay support after payment terminal overhaul

Target promises Apple Pay support after payment terminal overhaul

Target, one of the US's largest retail outlets, has been one of the odd outliers when it comes to merchants who jumped at supporting Apple Pay. While a change won't be happening overnight, the company has promised that Apple Pay will be accepted in the future, once stores finish an update to their point of sale terminals. Target's CEO Brian Cornell made the statement this week, adding that he'd "love to have Apple Pay today," but that they needed to be up to date with current security standards.

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Today’s Apple vs Samsung court news means nothing to you

Today’s Apple vs Samsung court news means nothing to you

Average consumers remain unaffected by today's United States Court of Appeals decision in a long-lasting Apple vs Samsung case. This case has been on the books for many moons. Back in April of 2013 the case was raging - re-calculating damages after a 1-billion dollar damage report in August of 2012. How much does all of this affect you? Not very much. Not very much at all, really, unless you happen to be an investor or a lawyer working for Samsung or Apple, or any company caught in the cross-fire.

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Apple stops RadioShack’s customer data sale

Apple stops RadioShack’s customer data sale

As part of RadioShack long-expected collapse and bankruptcy filing, the company recently completed an auction of the data from some 117 million customers. The court-supervised sale was held in order to raise money to pay off $1.3 billion in debt, and the hedge fund Standard General came away as the highest bidder, paying $26.2 million for the RadioShack name and customer data. An interesting filing was made by Apple, however, which argued that customer data from the sales of its own products should not be resold.

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Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion cash

Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion cash

Here’s one we didn’t see coming: Verizon has agreed to purchase AOL. The deal, worth $4.4 billion in cash, gives Verizon something they’ve been wanting for some time — an instantly powerful ad network. AOL’s most recent earnings highlight that; 7% year-over-year growth in revenue, all on the back of third party ad sales, which grew 19% versus last year. As the AOL we knew shrinks from us (you can no longer use it for Apple sign-ins, for instance), the ad network kept them relevant enough for an acquisition.

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Apple pledges to help take care of China’s environment

Apple pledges to help take care of China’s environment

Doing business in China doesn't mean simply wooing the market with products that appeal to them. It also means playing by their rules and sometimes playing the same game they are playing. Apple is doing part of that today by announcing its commitment to using, promoting, and establishing renewable resources in China, aligning with the country's own environmental initiatives. This involves multiple projects and endeavors, ranging from nurturing managed forests that produce essential virgin fiber to installing solar panels that will power Apple's Chinese offices and stores.

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Fitbit’s IPO to help them keep pace with Apple, Jawbone

Fitbit’s IPO to help them keep pace with Apple, Jawbone

Fitbit is probably never going to command the wearable space. Even if their hardware is better than Jawbone’s (and it is), Fitbit now has Apple Watch, Microsoft, and Android Wear to contend with. Fitbit also doesn’t seem interested in playing nice with Apple, now the largest company in the wearable space. Fitbit doesn’t work with Apple’s HealthKit, and Apple has stopped selling Fitbit in their company stores. In filing for their IPO, Fitbit laid out some strategic plans, and they may have a lot to do with Jawbone and Apple.

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Apple could use ResearchKit to collect DNA for medical studies

Apple could use ResearchKit to collect DNA for medical studies

iPhones can track a myriad of data from your everyday life. From your footsteps to your heart rate, we relay a lot of data without ever having to opt-in. Apple is looking to gather a new type of information from its users--DNA. Apple is planning to release apps, using its new ResearchKit developer tools, to help hospitals and research teams conduct clinical trials and other medical research from their iPhones, and genetic testing is just another piece of that puzzle.

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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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Apple pressures labels to end Spotify deals, in preparation for Beats

Apple pressures labels to end Spotify deals, in preparation for Beats

Apple is doing what it can to end freemium music services, opening up a bigger piece of the pie for it to step in with its incoming Beats music service. Meanwhile, Spotify is currently the king of the music streaming industry, with 60 million listeners. From that number, only one-fourth are paid subscribers. YouTube also a threat to Apple, as the video service provides viewers with free access to music and music videos that Apple would love to charge users to see.

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