According to a report in Forbes, Microsoft in the next few weeks will launch a smart watch that will be able to track users' heart rates and will be able to work with Windows Phone devices as well as Android and iOS devices. Importantly, the smart watch will reportedly have more than two days of battery life.
Apple reports its quarterly financial earnings later today, and analysts expect the period to be a record one for the iPhone vendor. According to a Forbes tally of analysts, Apple's quarterly sales are generally expected to increase 7.1 percent and its earnings are expected to increase 11.9 percent, and the company is expected to report a 12 percent jump in iPhone sales to 37.8 million.
FBI Director James Comey said that contact lists, photos and other data stored on cell phones needs to be accessible to law enforcement and hinted that attempts to encrypt all that data by companies like Google and Apple are taking things too far.
AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile US and UK operator EE support a new SIM card for Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 that lets customers switch between carriers. Although Verizon Wireless will provide wireless service for Apple's new tablets, it is not listed as a supporter of the new Apple SIM card.
Apple introduced two new iPad tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, as it seeks to regain momentum in the tablet market and fight back against new phablets and cheaper competing tablets from rivals.
Apple is hosting a media event at 1 p.m. Eastern Time today at its headquarters in Cupertino Calif., where it is expected to unveil new faster, thinner iPad tablets. A key question though is whether that will be enough to revive Apple's growth in the tablet market.
AT&T Mobility ended a promotion under which its family plan customers could get a discount on the streaming Beats Music service, the company confirmed.
Apple wants to secretly file its objections to a bankruptcy filing made by sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies. However, the state of New Hampshire, where GT Advanced field for bankruptcy protection, is challenging that proposal, arguing that the public deserves to know why GT Advanced fell into bankruptcy last week after reassuring investors just a few months ago of its sound financial position.
Research firms Gartner and CCS Insight think much of the mobile phone shipment growth that will occur in 2014 will be driven by low-cost smartphones, underlining a shift down market that vendors and platform companies have been keen to take advantage of in their search for growth.
Android's dominance of the smart watch market will come to an end in 2015 when the operating system's (OS) share of the sector will fall to under 50 per cent for the first time as it succumbs to pressure from Apple.