Apple announced tonight that it would open a new research and development center in Shenzhen, China, continuing attempts to boost its presence in the country, reports Reuters. The move comes a couple weeks after Apple opened a Beijing R&D center, which was announced in August. Shenzhen’s High-Tech Industrial Park, Photo by Brucke Osteuropa Cook announced the new Shenzhen plan during a meeting with officials from the city. The Apple CEO is reportedly…

Shortly after making a $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing, Apple was given a seat on the board, reports The Information. News originally suggested Apple had not received a board seat as part of the deal, but regulatory filings suggest a board appointment happened late in June. Tim Cook with Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu The board appointment occurred in late June, according to a regulatory filing. It reinforces…

Amid a continuing decline in worldwide PC shipments, Apple is also experiencing a decline according to new PC shipping estimates from Gartner. During the third quarter of 2016, Apple shipped an estimated 5 million Macs, down from 5.7 million in the year-ago quarter for a 13.4 percent decline in growth. Apple’s 3Q 2016 market share comes in at 6.7 percent, down from 7.3 percent in 3Q 2015, securing the company’s position as…

Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine spoke with Billboard in a wide-ranging interview that was shared this afternoon, where he shared his thoughts on his team, the importance of merging technology and popular culture, and the future of Apple Music. According to Iovine, Apple is aiming to build a music service that is both “technologically and culturally adept,” bridging technology with art and music creation. He declined to share details on what that…

Snapchat tonight has been updated with a new way for users to interact with other people’s stories, removing Auto Advance and replacing it with Story Playlists. Currently, when a user finishes watching another user’s story, the app automatically begins the next person’s story. On its blog, Snap acknowledges that Auto Advance “made it impossible to individually choose which story to watch.” Sometimes, Snap says, users only want to watch stories from a select…

Samsung today announced that it is officially asking its global partners to cease all sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 while it further investigates claims of ongoing safety issues with replacement devices. As of last week, there have been several reports from customers who had their replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which were deemed safe by Samsung, catch on fire. The devices were supposedly using batteries Samsung said were “not…

Last week, popular API documentation browser Dash was removed from the App Store after Apple accused Dash’s developer of fraudulent conduct and claimed he manipulated App Store reviews. At the time, the developer denied the accusations and garnered the support of Dash app users who believed there had been a mix up and that he was not guilty, but Apple today provided more information to justify its position and the app’s removal…

Apple today seeded the third beta of tvOS 10.0.1 to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing the second tvOS 10.0.1 beta and a month after releasing the tvOS 10 update. tvOS 10.0.1 has been in testing since September 21. Designed for the fourth-generation Apple TV, the tvOS 10.0.1 beta can be obtained by connecting the Apple TV to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, downloading and installing the…

Three additional law firms have joined a class action lawsuit against Apple over an alleged defect that causes iPhone 6 Plus touchscreens to become unresponsive and fail. Back in August, reports began appearing from iPhone 6 owners describing an apparently latent manufacturing issue that causes a flickering bar to appear at the top of the screen and the display to become unresponsive or less responsive to touch. A week later, three iPhone…

Several popular Android Wear devices like the Moto 360 and Fossil Q remain incompatible with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, according to a report by The Verge. Owners of the Android smartwatches have been able to use the devices with the iPhone 5 or later since Google added support for iOS back in August of last year. However, as evidenced by a raft of complaints in an Android Wear discussion…