Is Smartphone Innovation Slowing?

Is Smartphone Innovation Slowing 300x200 Is Smartphone Innovation Slowing?With smartphone penetration in the U.S. market now well above 60%, it’s clear that smartphones have “arrived.”

But now that smartphones have thoroughly wowed us with their potential, have the makers of today’s leading smartphones stopped innovating like they used to?

It’s no secret that Apple has faced a barrage of criticisms stemming from the company’s perceived sluggish penchant for innovation. But such critical barbs are now prevalent across the hardware landscape.
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There’s a New ‘Pioneer’ in Connected Car Technology

Theres a New Pioneer in Smart Car Technology 300x180 Theres a New Pioneer in Connected Car TechnologyPioneer Corporation has just announced one of the first aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems that will provide access to Apple CarPlay.

Details shared with MMW note that this development allows consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car.

CarPlay compatibility will be available in early summer 2014 via a firmware update to the five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.
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Apple Prepping Major iTunes Overhaul?

Apple Prepping Major iTunes Overhaul Apple Prepping Major iTunes Overhaul?Since late February, rumblings have perpetuated across the tech blogosphere to suggest that Apple will soon introduce a significant revamp of iTunes.

Late last week, new reports emerged which indicate that Apple’s foray into high-definition music is now imminent.

According to industry sources, 24-bit tracks could be unveiled within two months, likely before Apple’s WWDC set for early June.
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Apple Almost Bought Which Mobile Payments Giant?

Apple Almost Bought Which Mobile Payments Giant 300x282 Apple Almost Bought Which Mobile Payments Giant?Sources close to Apple are cited in a new report from Re/code indicating that Apple almost purchased one of the world’s leading mobile payments companies.

According to the report in question, Apple came close to making a bid for Square.

We’re told that Google was interested as well, but even with such large potential suitors at their door, Square seemed happy to remain independent.
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Survey: Teens Likely Buyers of New Smartwatches

Survey Teens Likely Buyers of New Smartwatches 300x168 Survey: Teens Likely Buyers of New SmartwatchesThe findings of a new survey conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reveal that smartwatches are hot commodities among… teenagers.

In particular, Apple’s rumored iWatch may be a blockbuster product with young adults.

A survey of 7,500 teens indicates a strong penchant for iOS products. 61% of teens surveyed own an iPhone (that’s up from 55% last October).
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Did Comcast Just Confirm Leaked Apple News?

Did Comcast Just Confirm Leaked Apple News Did Comcast Just Confirm Leaked Apple News?Comcast may have just confirmed a longstanding rumor about Apple’s next-gen Apple TV… it’s coming soon. And it may be bigger and better than ever.

Earlier this week, an FCC filing from Comcast and Time Warner regarding their proposed merger references the so-called next-gen Apple TV.

In the filing, Comcast says:

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Documents Reveal Samsung, Apple Competitive Fears

Documents Reveal Samsung Apple Competitive Fears 300x187 Documents Reveal Samsung, Apple Competitive FearsInternal communications entered into evidence in the latest patent-infringement skirmish between Apple and Samsung are shedding light on the competitive worries rampant at both companies.

“Beating Apple is #1 Priority (everything must be context of beating Apple),” a Samsung document reveals, outlining what would become the company’s “high-level initiatives” for 2012.

Other documents, however, reveal insecurities on the part of Apple.
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