The latest numbers from research firm Gartner reveal that the smartphone industry continues to be a virtual two-horse race between iOS and Android. The operating systems combined for a record 99.1% worldwide market share in the second calendar quarter of 2016, compared to 96.8% in the year-ago period. Android remained the world’s most widely used smartphone operating system with 86.2% market share in the second quarter, up from 82.2% a year ago,…

Netflix has released the soundtracks for both its popular sci-fi series Stranger Things, and its new musical drama The Get Down, exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music. There are 36 total songs rounding out the “Volume 1” soundtrack for Stranger Things, and on August 19 a “Volume 2” is expected to launch on Apple’s music services as well, with both volumes getting physical CD treatments on September 16 and September 23, respectively…

Apple has implemented a series of short- and long-term defenses to its iMessage protocol after several issues were discovered by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University, according to a report published today (via PatentlyApple). This attack is different to the one Johns Hopkins researchers discovered in March, which allowed an attacker to decrypt photos and videos sent over iMessage. The technical paper details how another method known as a “ciphertext…

The Washington Post today posted a lengthy new interview with Tim Cook, in which he discussed his first five years as Apple CEO and hinted at the company’s work on augmented reality products. When asked how he handled the scrutiny that came with the role, Cook admitted that it was something he’d had to adapt to since taking over from Steve Jobs, and that there was very little Apple could do without…

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with well-known storage and memory company Lexar to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a bundle that includes Lexar’s Lightning-based MicroSD Card Reader and a high-performance 64GB MicroSD card. Lexar’s MicroSD Lightning Reader is a tiny coin-sized dongle that makes it easy to transfer content from a microSD card to an iPhone or iPad, so it’s an ideal companion to products like drones and…

Apple may be planning to build a research and development center in Vietnam, reports Vietnamese site BizLive. Work on the R&D center, which will be located in the Vietnamese central province of Da Nang, was uncovered following a local government meeting on foreign direct investment. Da Nang, image via VnExpress Rumors earlier this year suggested Apple would invest up to $1 billion to build an Asia-focused research and development center in Vietnam,…

Coinciding with the first full day of competitive events at the 2016 Olympic Games, Apple this morning launched a special section of the App Store showcasing official Rio 2016 apps and games. The section reads: The Olympics unite the world in celebration of struggle and triumph. They’re where legends are born and impossible feats come true. With the official apps, games and music, you can follow the excitement of this year’s events…

With four months to go until the scheduled completion of Apple’s second campus, work is progressing at a steady pace. Based on a new drone video posted this week, the main ring-shaped building at the center of the campus is nearly complete, as are many of the auxillary buildings. Now that construction is getting to the end stages, workers at the campus have started the landscaping process. The giant pile of dirt…

Apple recently purchased Seattle-based machine learning and artificial intelligence startup Turi, reports GeekWire. Apple is said to have paid around $200 million to acquire the company, which was known as “Dato” until earlier this month. Turi is designed to help developers build apps with artificial intelligence capabilities that automatically scale. It has developed the Turi Machine Learning Platform, GraphLab Create, and Turi Predictive Services, used for functions like recommendations, fraud detection, sentiment…

Ultra popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go set a new App Store record during its first week of availability, seeing more first week downloads than any other app in App Store history. Apple unveiled the statistic to iMore‘s Rene Ritchie this morning. According to Apple, #PokemonGo has set an @AppStore record with more downloads in its first week than any other app in the Store’s history. — Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) July 22,…