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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Canadian Best Buy stores to start Apple Watch sales on Aug. 14

Canadian Best Buy stores to start Apple Watch sales on Aug. 14

Hot on the heels of Best Buy's announcement that it will start selling Apple Watch in the U.S. on Aug. 7, the big box electronics retailer confirmed its Canadian outlets plan to commence sales of the wearable one week later.

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New Apple TV rumored to debut in September with touchpad remote, dedicated app store, Siri support

New Apple TV rumored to debut in September with touchpad remote, dedicated app store, Siri support

A report on Thursday claims Apple plans to unveil a next-generation Apple TV model with its own app store, revamped remote control, Siri support and more at the company's yearly iPhone event in September.

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Federal appeals court declines to stay Smartflash case against Apple

Federal appeals court declines to stay Smartflash case against Apple

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to stay proceedings in Smartflash's patent lawsuit against Apple, potentially paving the way for Smartflash claiming recalculated damages.

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New 'iPhone 6s' leak shows parts such as unified flex cables, camera and home button rings

New 'iPhone 6s' leak shows parts such as unified flex cables, camera and home button rings

A series of parts for Apple's alleged "iPhone 6s," leaked on Thursday, appear to back claims that Apple is optimizing the internal design of its next iPhone while leaving the outside relatively unchanged.

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Apple supplies second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to developers

Apple supplies second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to developers

The second pre-release beta of iOS 8.4.1, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for Apple's mobile operating system, was provided to developers on Thursday.

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TipsiOS 9 tips: Disconnect from a Bluetooth accessory without making your iPhone forget it

iOS 9 tips: Disconnect from a Bluetooth accessory without making your iPhone forget it

Starting with iOS 9, Apple has made it possible to disconnect an iPhone from a Bluetooth device without the need to "forget" the wireless accessory, making it easier to reconnect without going through the pairing process again.

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Apple inks deal for first major office space in San Francisco

Apple inks deal for first major office space in San Francisco

Apple has reportedly signed a deal to lease 76,000 square feet of office space in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, marking its first real push into the city's office market.

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Suppliers expect widespread adoption of USB Type-C in laptops, smartphones thanks to Apple

Suppliers expect widespread adoption of USB Type-C in laptops, smartphones thanks to Apple

Taiwan-based integrated circuit manufacturers are said to be betting big on the new reversible USB Type-C connector, thanks in part to Apple's early embrace of the port in its forward thinking 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

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Surging iPhone, plummeting feature phone sales push Apple past Microsoft in mobile market

Surging iPhone, plummeting feature phone sales push Apple past Microsoft in mobile market

Though slowing as a whole, the global cellphone industry — including both smartphones and feature phones — saw several platform rankings shake-ups during the June quarter, with Apple rising to second place and helping to push Microsoft into fourth place, according to Strategy Analytics data published on Thursday.

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Latest Android security exploit could leave more than half of current devices 'dead' & unusable

Latest Android security exploit could leave more than half of current devices 'dead' & unusable

Yet another serious Android security issue was publicized this week, with the latest exploit rendering devices "lifeless," and said to affect more than half of units currently on the market.

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Apple invents stylus capable of simulating onscreen textures through haptic feedback

Apple invents stylus capable of simulating onscreen textures through haptic feedback

According to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is investigating an advanced tablet stylus design capable of simulating the texture of onscreen graphics as it moves across a display surface.

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ExclusiveFinal 36 Hours: Free AppleCare with all standard 2015 13" MacBook Pros, $300-$400 off all 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Final 36 Hours: Free AppleCare with all standard 2015 13

For just 36 hours more, readers can get 3 years of AppleCare free on all of Apple's standard early-2015 13" MacBook Pros, or save up to $200 on select custom configurations with exclusive coupon codes. These deals expire July 31st. Also, $300-$400 off all 15" MacBook Pro + AppleCare bundles and a loaded 11" MacBook Air with AppleCare for $1,089.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Samsung profits drop as mobile arm suffers 37.6% crash in Q2

Samsung profits drop as mobile arm suffers 37.6% crash in Q2

Apple competitor and smartphone arch nemesis Samsung on Thursday local Korea time reported quarterly profits for the second quarter dropped 8 percent from the same time last year, a dip largely blamed on abysmal performance from its mobile unit.

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First Volkswagen models with CarPlay support to arrive at dealerships this week

First Volkswagen models with CarPlay support to arrive at dealerships this week

After promising support for Apple's CarPlay infotainment system earlier this year, Volkswagen on Wednesday announced the first compatible 2016 model year cars will hit showroom floors this week.

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Apple promotes Beats 1 Radio in behind-the-scenes Snapchat story

Apple promotes Beats 1 Radio in behind-the-scenes Snapchat story

Apple Music on Wednesday published a series of short videos to social media platform Snapchat showing behind-the-scenes looks at Beats 1 Radio stations in Los Angeles, London and New York, illustrating the audio division's willingness to embrace alternative forms of promotion its parent company has yet to explore.

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Apple's Campus 2 headquarters to feature visitor center with observation deck, store

Apple's Campus 2 headquarters to feature visitor center with observation deck, store

Apple has plans to build a dedicated visitor's center at its upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., that will offer views of the main "spaceship" building at the heart of the development and retail opportunities, planning documents show.

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Yahoo debuts Livetext silent video messaging app

Yahoo debuts Livetext silent video messaging app

As expected, Yahoo on Wednesday officially announced a new messaging service called Livetext that features live two-way video chats for mobile device users, but with a twist.

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Apple provides public beta testers with third build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Apple provides public beta testers with third build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Members of Apple's OS X public beta program can now download the third pre-release build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the company's forthcoming Mac operating system update.

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TipsiOS 9 tips: Manually enable Low Power Mode to maximize your iPhone's battery life

iOS 9 tips: Manually enable Low Power Mode to maximize your iPhone's battery life

Apple's upcoming operating system update does a great deal to automatically improve efficiency and extend battery life. But if a user knows that they have a long day ahead of them, they can manually enable iOS 9's new "Low Power Mode" at any point to maximize their iPhone's uptime.

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iPad's dominance continues to fade in shrinking tablet market, latest IDC data shows

iPad's dominance continues to fade in shrinking tablet market, latest IDC data shows

While the Apple iPad held on to its position as the leading tablet brand worldwide during the June quarter, the gap with other tablet makers shrank — as did the market overall, according to IDC research data released on Wednesday.

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Windows 10 launches to favorable reviews, cautions about bugs and feature gaps

Windows 10 launches to favorable reviews, cautions about bugs and feature gaps

Early reviews of Microsoft's latest operating system — released on Wednesday — have been generally positive, suggesting that it solves problems with Windows 8 while advancing the Windows platform towards the future.

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TipsHow to keep third-party apps active on your Apple Watch, rather than returning to the clock

How to keep third-party apps active on your Apple Watch, rather than returning to the clock

By default, the Apple Watch acts as first and foremost as a watch, displaying the time when a user raises their wrist. But the settings on the Apple Watch also allow users to have the device operate more like a smartphone, resuming the last activity.

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Nokia debuts Ozo 360-degree VR camera for professional filmmakers

Nokia debuts Ozo 360-degree VR camera for professional filmmakers

The pupa that is Nokia — the portion not gobbled up by Microsoft last year — emerged from its cocoon on Tuesday bearing a high-end 360-degree camera called Ozo, a product targeting the nascent virtual reality content creation industry.

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24 Hour Deal: $500 off Apple's mid-2014 13" MacBook Pro (3.0GHz, 8GB, 512GB); $200 off iMac 5Ks

24 Hour Deal: $500 off Apple's mid-2014 13

For the next 24 hours, B&H has Apple's mid-2014 13" MacBook Pro (3.0GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,499 ($500 off), plus $500 off two 15" MacBook Pros, $200 off both of Apple's current iMac 5K configurations, and $480 off unlocked 128GB iPad Airs.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Intel and Micron's new '3D XPoint' memory is 1000x faster, more durable than NAND

Intel and Micron's new '3D XPoint' memory is 1000x faster, more durable than NAND

Semiconductor technology giants Intel and Micron on Tuesday announced 3D XPoint memory, the fruits of a joint endeavor into non-volatile memory technology the companies claim is the first major breakthrough in the space since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

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Livescribe debuts note-taking, audio-recording Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition

Livescribe debuts note-taking, audio-recording Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition

Livescribe on Tuesday added a new model to its digital writing tool lineup in the Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition, an all-in-one system for digitizing handwritten notes, synchronizing recorded audio and transferring it all to Mac for review and sharing.

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Apple's Beats by Dre support team debuts native Twitter videos

Apple's Beats by Dre support team debuts native Twitter videos

On Monday, Apple's Beats by Dre began publishing product instruction videos directly to its customer support Twitter account, inserting brand awareness and outreach options directly into users' chosen social media streams.

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Yahoo expected to launch messaging app at New York City press event

Yahoo expected to launch messaging app at New York City press event

Yahoo is planning to hold a mid-week press event in New York City, where it will probably announce a new messaging app, according to claims made on Tuesday.

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'Stagefright' vulnerability compromises Android phones with 1 text message, may affect 950M devices

'Stagefright' vulnerability compromises Android phones with 1 text message, may affect 950M devices

A newly discovered security issue in the Android mobile operating system dubbed "Stagefright" has been called one of the worst vulnerabilities to date, and could present a critical issue for some 95 percent of devices in users' hands.

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T-Mobile adds Apple Music to list of streaming services for cap-free Music Freedom

T-Mobile adds Apple Music to list of streaming services for cap-free Music Freedom

T-Mobile U.S. on Tuesday added Apple Music to the list of streaming services under Music Freedom, a perk for carrier subscribers that excludes those services from counting against monthly data caps.

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Motorola unveils larger Moto X Style and Moto X Play phones, updates Moto G

Motorola unveils larger Moto X Style and Moto X Play phones, updates Moto G

Motorola on Thursday announced three new Android smartphones, including the flagship Moto X Style, a device that will compete head-on with Apple iPhones expected to launch this fall.

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FeatureInside iOS 9: Notification Center streamlined with app alerts sorted by date, Apple Watch battery widget, new iPad view

Inside iOS 9: Notification Center streamlined with app alerts sorted by date, Apple Watch battery widget, new iPad view

A number of small but significant tweaks to the Notification Center in iOS 9 have made Apple's catch-all drop down menu more useful and efficient, including an easier way to remove all app notifications on a daily basis.

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UK banks HSBC, First Direct go live with promised Apple Pay support

UK banks HSBC, First Direct go live with promised Apple Pay support

U.K. bank HSBC and its First Direct brand enabled support for Apple Pay on Tuesday, delivering on an earlier promise and filling in an important coverage gap in the region.

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Aaron Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' selected as Centerpiece of New York Film Festival

Aaron Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' selected as Centerpiece of New York Film Festival

The highly anticipated biopic of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, with Michael Fassbender in the title role, will hold the prestigious "Centerpiece" slot at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 3.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Apple Watch 'Apps at a tap' ads focus on travel, fitness and music apps

Apple Watch 'Apps at a tap' ads focus on travel, fitness and music apps

Apple on Monday released three new Apple Watch spots done up in the usual "poppy" style introduced with the first Watch ads, this time highlighting third-party travel, fitness and music apps.

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Supply chain evidence of 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' disappears, analyst says

Supply chain evidence of 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' disappears, analyst says

Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri, one of the first to report on the possibility of a 4-inch "iPhone 6c," revealed in a recent interview that he can no longer find evidence that Apple is working on such a device for 2015.

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Apple releases fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers [u]

Apple releases fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers [u]

Apple on Monday issued the fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this fall.

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Apple Music hits 10M subscribers in four weeks, report says

Apple Music hits 10M subscribers in four weeks, report says

A day shy of its one-month anniversary, Apple Music has reeled in more than 10 million subscribers on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and iTunes, a report said Monday.

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Keith Richards debuts new music video exclusively on Apple Music

Keith Richards debuts new music video exclusively on Apple Music

In another exclusive, Apple Music on Monday premiered the video for "Trouble," a new single by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

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