Stephen Nellis

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19 Apr 2019 | 11:00 AM

New Apple lab uses robots to rip apart devices for recycling materials

Apple Inc is notorious for keeping what happens in its laboratories a closely guarded secret. But the iPhone maker plans to share openly everything that happens in its newest lab in Austin, Texas.

The 9,000-square-foot lab will be at the same Austin facility as "Daisy" (pic), an Apple-built robot that can now tear apart iPhones at the rate of 1.2 million per year. — Apple
17 Apr 2019 | 8:01 PM

Apple in talks with potential suppliers of sensors for self-driving cars: sources

Apple Inc has held talks with at least four companies as possible suppliers for next-generation lidar sensors in self-driving cars, evaluating the companies' technology while also still working on its own lidar unit, three people familiar with the discussions said.

Apple is seeking lidar units that would be smaller, cheaper and more easily mass produced than current technology, the three people said. — AFP Relaxnews
11 Apr 2019 | 7:49 PM

Apple adds Foxconn, chip suppliers to clean energy programme

Apple Inc said on April 11 it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers using only clean energy for production work, including two that assemble and make the processor chips for the iPhone.

Forty-four companies are now in the programme, Apple said, including Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, whose Foxconn unit makes iPhones, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, which supplies the A-series chips that power all of Apple's mobile devices. — Reuters
8 Apr 2019 | 2:30 PM

Apple Music’s US subscriber count overtakes Spotify: source

Apple Inc's streaming music service overtook rival Spotify Technology SA in terms of paid subscribers in the United States, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Apple's service had 28 million subscribers as of the end of February compared with Spotify's 26 million paid subscribers, the person said. — Dreamstime/TNS
1 Apr 2019 | 11:53 AM

Apple, in rare reversal, pulls plug on wireless charging mat

Apple Inc said it is cancelling the AirPower wireless charging mat that the company announced in 2017 on the same day as its iPhone X, a rare public retreat for the gadget maker known for splashy product launches.

In a statement, Apple said that it had concluded that its AirPower mat "will not achieve our high standards". — Reuters
27 Mar 2019 | 12:27 PM

Adobe, Microsoft to take on Salesforce’s marketing software, with LinkedIn as a weapon

Adobe Inc and Microsoft Corp are partnering to bolster each other's sales and marketing software capabilities, taking aim at common rival Inc, they said on March 26.

Long known as the maker of content creation tools such as Photoshop, Adobe has in recent years turned to making the software used for marketing campaigns, which rely heavily on the content created with its software. — Reuters
26 Mar 2019 | 12:20 PM

Apple spotlights services with TV, gaming and credit card offerings

Apple Inc attempted to reintroduce itself on March 25 as an entertainment and financial services company that also makes iPhones as it launched a streaming television service, a credit card and an online gaming arcade.

26 Mar 2019 | 12:09 PM

Apple News+, at US$10 a month, could deliver more content than multiple subscriptions

Apple Inc's Apple News+ service will offer content from 300 popular magazines and newspapers for just US$10 (RM41) a month.

Apple did not specify what will be made available by other publishers, leaving it to the publishers themselves to explain their role in the service. — Reuters
19 Mar 2019 | 5:18 PM

Project Aurora: US government, Intel aim for nation’s fastest computer

A US government-led group is working with chipmaker Intel Corp and Cray Inc to develop and build the nation's fastest computer by 2021 for conducting nuclear weapons and other research, officials said on March 18.

Aurora will be built with artificial intelligence capabilities for projects such as developing better battery materials and helping the Veterans Administration prevent suicides, Stevens said. — Reuters
15 Mar 2019 | 1:22 PM

Microsoft targets videogame developers, in challenge to Amazon’s cloud dominance

Microsoft Corp on March 14 said it is combining elements of its videogaming and Azure cloud computing businesses to court game developers, an action designed to use the strength of its Xbox gaming franchise to gain ground on cloud services leader

On "any device you're going to pick up today, consumer gaming is almost surely one of the top engagement and monetization businesses on that device," Spencer (pic) said. — Reuters