Those of us who can never find our cars in a crowded parking garage may one day get a helping hand from Apple.
Published Thursday by the U.S. Trade and Patent Office, an Apple patent application called "Method for locating a vehicle" describes a technology in which your mobile device can talk to your car through a Bluetooth connection to confirm that it's parked somewhere nearby. The parking garage itself would also have its own wireless system to pinpoint the exact location of your car.
A map would then display on your phone to lead you … Read more
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Tim Cook likes to talk in religous tones about Apple's higher calling. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology conference last month, Apple's CEO laid out his credo, noting that the only thing the company will never do is produce "a crappy product."
"That's the only religion that we have," Cook said. "We must do something bold, something ambitious, something great for the customers, and we sweat all of the details."
In the meantime, customers and investors are waiting for Apple to do something bold and ambitious again, and Cook is calling … Read more
Apple doesn't seem ready to leap into the mobile payments arena, at least according to comments made Tuesday by CEO Tim Cook.
During Tuesday's conference call announcing fiscal second-quarter earnings, Cook responded to a question about mobile payments.
"I think it's in its infancy," the Apple CEO said. "I think it's just getting started. Just out of the starting block."
Reading between the lines, that likely means Apple has no plans to jump onto the mobile payments bandwagon, at least not at this point. Past rumors have continually suggested that the company … Read more
While Apple maintains that the iPhone 5's 4-inch display is the best around, the company hasn't totally ruled out making a device with a larger screen.
When questioned Tuesday about Apple's stance on a 5-inch screen, CEO Tim Cook didn't exactly expound on the virtues of a larger screen -- in fact, he did just the opposite -- but he never wholly rejected the idea of going bigger either.
"My view continues to be that iPhone 5 has the absolute best display in the industry," Cook said on a postearnings call with investors. "… Read more
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Apple surprised Wall Street today with stronger than expected earnings in its second quarter, though the company came up short in its estimates for the next one.
Apple reported earnings of $9.5 billion on $43.6 billion in sales. That was right on target with the $9.5 billion in profit and just barely above the $42.3 billion in sales that Wall Street expected. It was also above Apple's own expectations, which were between $9.23 and $10.23 per share on sales of $41 billion to $43 billion.
By comparison, Apple tallied up a higher $11.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Order a slice of 'za from Da Hut with your Xbox.
- Is it possible to lose weight playing video games?
- Has anyone ever taken a good photo of a live band?
- Michael Bay apologizes for Armageddon.
The clamor that surrounded Apple's iPhone "antennagate" episode has long since subsided, but there's now a faint echo to be heard.
Some iPhone owners in the last day or so have received a $15 check that was the result of Apple's February 2012 settlement of a class action lawsuit over problems with the iPhone 4 antenna, according to reports at 9to5Mac and the TUAW blog.