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Apple Patents iOS Unlocking Methods That Determine Level Of User Access To Device Features And Software (TechCrunch)
A big request from parents regarding iOS has been that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) implement user accounts on its mobile devices, in order to make it so that a parent can sign in with greater access to device features and apps than a child, for instance. It’s a system that already has an analogue on the desktop, and that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has seen fit to implement with multiple user accounts with varying levels of permissions for tablets running Android 4.3 and higher. A new patent granted to Apple today (spotted by AppleInsider) describes a way of changing device access depending on who’s doing the accessing.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): iPhone’s commands a healthy 43% share among US smartphones (MarketNewsCall)
iPhone maker Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) continues to enjoy a health lead as the most popular phone in United States, with over 40 percent of the market share. Kantar has come out with a report that states that iPhone has 43.4 percent share in US for the last three months ending July, representing an increase of 7.8 percentage point vis-à-vis previous year. Accoring to Kantar, the firm continues to believe that US is one of its strongest markets even though the iPhone saw a similar growth in the U.K. iPhone growth and a shrink in Android platform numbers was simultaneous even as the two accounted for almost 95% of the smartphone market in US.
Turning Apple TV Into Ouroboros (TechCrunch)
Apple has been ‘pulling the string’ on the Apple TV for seven years now. Think about that one for a minute: it’s had a set-top box since before the iPhone. During that time, the landscape of online video entertainment has completely changed, largely as a result of the iPhone, iPad and iTunes Store. While Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a long way to go in order to make the Apple TV a decent solution for countries outside of the US, it has made some progress and continues to very slowly iterate on the original premise of an in-home media streaming device.
Trying the Apple strategy: Microsoft buys Nokia’s mobile business (InfoWorld)
Nearly three years ago, ex-Microsoft exec Stephen Elop became CEO of Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK). The Finnish mobile phone company had once dominated the global market for cellphones but never figured out a successful smartphone product, instead dithering over a series of endless open source efforts as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone, then Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android took over. But since Elop became CEO in 2011, Nokia has converted its product line to Windows Phone while also keeping its Series 40 OS-based Asha line of not-quite-smartphones for poorer countries. (Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) gets the Asha name and a Series 40 license in the deal.)
Apple’s trade-in program (CNBC)