Sony invests $345 million to ramp up production of front-facing camera sensors

Sony invests $345 million to ramp up production of front-facing camera sensors

Sony has announced plans to invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) towards increasing production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, in an effort to receive more orders from handset makers for front-facing camera sensors. Sony currently provides Apple with sensors for the rear-facing camera on the iPhone. 

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OS X Yosemite previewed ahead of public beta release tomorrow

OS X Yosemite previewed ahead of public beta release tomorrow

Apple is planning to release the OS X Yosemite public beta tomorrow, providing one million users in the OS X Beta Program with an inside look at the upcoming Mac software. But if you don’t want to give the software a test drive firsthand, a number of publications have now published in-depth previews of OS X Yosemite. 

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Be Ready for iOS 8 By Getting the Perfect Templates for Your Apps [Deals Hub]

Be Ready for iOS 8 By Getting the Perfect Templates for Your Apps [Deals Hub]

For iPhone owners, iOS 8 is on its way soon. It’s an exciting time, with a changing operating system for our smartphones and tablets promising tons of features that we’re all looking forward to. It’s a great time for app developers, too, who are gearing up to release their apps for iOS 8. You can get a leg up on the competition and have your app ready for the latest version of iOS with the 8 for 8 Design Bundle. You can get it on sale now from the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub.

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OS X Yosemite public beta release tomorrow, Sign Up Now

OS X Yosemite public beta release tomorrow, Sign Up Now

The well-connected Jim Dalrymple of The Loop reports that Apple will seed the public beta of OS X Yosemite tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24th. The first million Mac users that have signed up for the OS X Beta Program will be able to install the pre-release software for testing without a developer account.

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Apple’s Q3 2014 Results: By The Numbers

Apple’s Q3 2014 Results: By The Numbers

Yesterday,  Apple posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share in the third fiscal quarter of 2014 (second calendar quarter of 2014), compared to $35.3 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, from the previous year.

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Review Roundup: Fire Phone doesn’t top iPhone or other smartphones

Review Roundup: Fire Phone doesn’t top iPhone or other smartphones

Amazon makes a late entrance into the highly competitive smartphone market with the Fire Phone, but early reviews of the device suggest that most users are better off sticking with a competing device. The general consensus among reviewers is that the Fire Phone does not have enough differentiating features over an iPhone or Android-based smartphone. 

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Apple provides information about iOS Diagnostic Capabilities to address ‘backdoor’ concerns

Apple provides information about iOS Diagnostic Capabilities to address ‘backdoor’ concerns

Earlier this week, forensic scientist and iPhone jailbreak expert Jonathan Zdziarski had raised concerns over the so-called backdoor services included in iOS that could make data collection easier for both the iPhone maker and government agencies. 

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Apple will reportedly stagger the debut of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite later this year to better manage each release

Apple will reportedly stagger the debut of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite later this year to better manage each release

While Apple wasn’t specific about dates when it comes to the public debut of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, many believed that with all the features so closely tied together, that Apple would release the pair of software updates at the same time. Turns out, that may not be the case.

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Apple and AT&T reportedly sending out $40 checks for those who purchased original 3G iPad

Apple and AT&T reportedly sending out $40 checks for those who purchased original 3G iPad

In 2010, when Apple’s then CEO Steve Jobs officially unveiled the 3G iPad, he did so with a $29.99 unlimited data plan from AT&T. Soon after, that plan went away, and the lawsuits started coming in.

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Apple TV set to receive FXNOW app, Simpsons World content in the next 12 months

Apple TV set to receive FXNOW app, Simpsons World content in the next 12 months

Apple TV was gifted with a major content update at the end of June, with new channels for ABC News, PBS kids and others being introduced. Now, a new report suggests that another major brand could be launching for Apple’s set-top box within a year’s time.

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