Apple quietly struck a deal late last year to use Google Cloud Platform in a move that has enabled it to cut back its dependence on Amazon Web Services, according to a report from CRN.
Maybe those recent rumors of "peak iPhone" were premature after all. The Wall Street Journal reports that Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said this week that demand for the iPhone this quarter has exceeded expectations and that the expected new version could "provide an additional boost."
The popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp is increasingly using encryption that is impeding the government's ability to access users' information, The New York Times reported. The situation mirrors Apple's battle against the U.S. Department of Justice over law enforcement access to the iPhone.
The U.S. Justice Department fired back at Apple in the high-profile San Bernardino shooting case, saying the iPhone vendor's claims about privacy and encryption are false and that it deliberately raised technological barriers to prevent law enforcement officials from breaking into the device.
Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek said the company won't rush to launch high-tier smart watches, despite losing ground to companies including Apple and Samsung in the mainstream market.
Samsung said it will launch a new phone upgrade program for users in South Korea this week, enabling them to switch to new smartphones once a year.
Sales of the iPhone over the three-month period through January have slowed in urban China to their lowest levels since late 2014, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Which is more bad news for Apple in a sagging global smartphone market.
More than three dozen tech companies have filed legal briefs on behalf of Apple in its battle with the FBI over encryption. But very few carriers and smartphone vendors are going out on that limb.
Broadcom said it will slash 1,900 jobs around the world in the wake of its $37 billion acquisition by Avago Technologies.
Apple would face fines of €350,000 ($383,778) and potential jail time in France if it adopted the same stance towards opening up access to encrypted data as it currently has in the U.S., under draft laws proposed by French parliamentary deputies.