Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a new patent that could show notifications on a Smart Cover, even if the iPad screen is covered up. The Smart Cover notifications would use built-in LEDs or electroluminescent displays. Passive versions of the Smart Cover could support pass-through transmission of light from the iPad display itself through translucent or transparent panels.
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Beats by Dre, the popular headphones company that is getting acquired by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for $3 billion, has released a new set of wireless earphones called Powerbeats2 Wireless. You can use the headphones to hook up your iPhone or another source via Bluetooth. The headphones have six hours of solid playback, which is intended athletes.
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Skype has finally updated its iOS app. This is the first time in four years that the Skype app was updated. The previous version of Skype was design for iOS 4. However, the new version has reduced clutter. The bottom menu bar has only two major features, which are phone calls and messaging. Pulling up contacts, favorites, recent calls, or chats uses the swipe function. Skype now has a proper release cycle plan in place with less gaps for updates.
Around a year ago, Google Wallet launch the Instant Buy API for Android apps. Now this feature is available on iOS apps. Developers can now integrate Google Wallet’s checkout into their apps with Instant Buy and have users check out with two clicks.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be updating its iMac line next week with faster processors and lower prices, according to MacGeneration. MacGeneration correctly predicted the MacBook Air refresh this past April so the rumor sounds likely based on the track record.
Touchscreen chipmaker company Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA) has announced that it will be acquiring Renesas Electronics Corporation (TYO:6723), the sole supplier of display chips for the iPhone. The deal is worth $475 million.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is being investigated by European authorities about whether the company’s corporate income tax arrangements in Ireland are legal or whether they are considered unlawful state aid. Many tech companies are using Ireland as their top choice for lowering corporation tax rates and for favorable laws, which enable complex avoidance like the Double Irish arrangement.
Apple has revamped its policies for iOS 8 in the Apple App Store. This means that apps like Candy Crush and other apps that reward you for social sharing or watching videos could soon be penalized. Apps that promote other apps also violate Apple’s latest terms and conditions for developers.