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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PayPal purportedly cut out of Apple Pay due to partnership with Samsung

PayPal purportedly cut out of Apple Pay due to partnership with Samsung
A report on Tuesday claims PayPal was in the running to be a prominent partner in Apple's rollout of Apple Pay, but talks went south earlier this year after the payments company struck a similar partnership with Samsung.

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Pebble smartwatch gets $50 price cut, background tracking for fitness & sleep

Pebble smartwatch gets $50 price cut, background tracking for fitness & sleep
In the wake of the Apple Watch announcement, startup smartwatch maker Pebble has countered with a $50 price cut for its entry-level and high-end Steel model, while also adding new background tracking capabilities for exercise and sleep.

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Reminder: Gazelle's extended iPhone price lock ends today, lock in a 45-day cash offer before midnight

Reminder: Gazelle's extended iPhone price lock ends today, lock in a 45-day cash offer before midnight
Readers looking to sell their old iPhone to help pay for a new iPhone 6 have until midnight to take advantage of Gazelle's extended price lock, which lets you lock in a cash offer for your old iPhones that's good for 45 days, meaning you won't be required to send it in for another month and a half. [Updated to note expiration of Gazelle's extended price lock promo]

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Microsoft looks to distance itself from Windows 8, jumps to Windows 10

Microsoft looks to distance itself from Windows 8, jumps to Windows 10
Software behemoth Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its next-generation desktop operating system would not follow the numerical progression of its two predecessors — which would have made it Windows 9 — but will instead be called Windows 10.

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Apple Watch steals the spotlight during Paris Fashion Week

Apple Watch steals the spotlight during Paris Fashion Week
Huge crowds —and some of the world's most sought-after models —greeted the Apple Watch during its Tuesday debut in Paris, as the wrist-worn device captivated the attention of the glitterati in town for Paris Fashion Week.

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Apple provides golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers

Apple provides golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers
In a sign that the next-generation Mac operating system is near release to the public, Apple on Tuesday released a golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers for testing.

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Rumor: Apple Watch manufacturing to begin in January, Quanta to be sole supplier

Rumor: Apple Watch manufacturing to begin in January, Quanta to be sole supplier
With the Apple Watch set to debut in early 2015, a new rumor suggests the company plans to begin manufacturing its upcoming wearable device in January, and that Taiwan's Quanta Computer will exclusively handle that responsibility.

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Evercore raises Apple price target to $125, sees bigger iPhones leading to bigger sales

Evercore raises Apple price target to $125, sees bigger iPhones leading to bigger sales
Bigger iPhone 6 screens are likely to result in a bigger upgrade cycle for Apple, in the eyes of Evercore Partners, which increased its price target to $125 on Tuesday and advised investors to buy in.

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Jony Ive, Marc Newson showcase Apple Watch to fashion luminaries in Paris

Jony Ive, Marc Newson showcase Apple Watch to fashion luminaries in Paris
The Apple Watch has attracted some of fashion's biggest names to its one-day-only showing at Parisian boutique Colette, with industry icons like Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld turning up to get a look at Apple's long-awaited foray into the wearable device market.

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European Commission finds Ireland's tax deal with Apple amounts to illegal state aid

European Commission finds Ireland's tax deal with Apple amounts to illegal state aid
In an official preliminary finding published on Tuesday, the European Union's antitrust watchdog said it believes Apple is receiving special treatment from Ireland in the form of tax agreements, a situation that constitutes state aid and could therefore be viewed as illegal.

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Apple patents glasses-free interactive holographic touchscreen display

Apple patents glasses-free interactive holographic touchscreen display
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced device display that uses lasers, micro lenses and sensors to not only output a three-dimensional holographic image, but detect how a user interacts with it in real time.

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FeatureDespite faster A8, higher pixel count of iPhone 6 Plus drives lower FPS benchmarks

Despite faster A8, higher pixel count of iPhone 6 Plus drives lower FPS benchmarks
With 2.1 million pixels, the Retina HD resolution of iPhone 6 Plus demands a lot more GPU performance than either iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s to render 2D and 3D graphics at its native resolution, resulting in benchmarks with—in some cases—lower frames per second rendering results in native resolution GPU tests.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple Pay settings menu, reference to iPad with Touch ID discovered in iOS 8.1 beta

Apple Pay settings menu, reference to iPad with Touch ID discovered in iOS 8.1 beta
As some expected, Apple's latest iOS 8.1 beta build contains assets for the upcoming Apple Pay mobile payments service, including hidden settings menus and references to an iPad with Touch ID fingerprint recognition.

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Apple's iPhone 6 to arrive in China on Oct. 17 after receiving regulatory license [u]

Apple's iPhone 6 to arrive in China on Oct. 17 after receiving regulatory license [u]
Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones will hit the important Chinese market on Oct. 10, as the country's regulatory agency in charge of communications issued a license to start devices sales Tuesday local time.

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Apple's Beats sues Steven Lamar for claiming 'cofounder' status to sell new headphones

Apple's Beats sues Steven Lamar for claiming 'cofounder' status to sell new headphones
In a recent court filing, Apple-owned Beats brought suit against Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after the audio equipment entrepreneur allegedly misreported his affiliation with the Beats brand in order to boost a new audio enterprise.

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Apple reports all iCloud services down for some users worldwide [ux2]

Apple reports all iCloud services down for some users worldwide [ux2]
In an update to Apple's online systems status webpage, the company announced ongoing outages of all iCloud services, including account sign-ins, mail, storage and more.

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Latest iOS 8 bug reportedly causes unwanted deletion of iCloud Drive documents

Latest iOS 8 bug reportedly causes unwanted deletion of iCloud Drive documents
Adding to Apple's iOS 8 launch troubles, a report on Monday claims the operating system's "Reset All Settings" feature for hardware wiping user preferences also deletes data stored in iCloud Drive.

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Apple issues first iOS 8.1, Apple TV and Xcode 6.1 betas to developers

Apple issues first iOS 8.1, Apple TV and Xcode 6.1 betas to developers
Following last week's two iOS 8 bug fixes, Apple on Monday seeded the first beta of the iOS 8.1 maintenance update to developers, potentially with assets to enable Apple Pay mobile payments service.

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Apple releases bash patch to plug 'Shellshock' security flaw in OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion

Apple releases bash patch to plug 'Shellshock' security flaw in OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion
As promised, Apple on Monday issued OS X bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion, targeting the recently discovered "Shellshock" security flaw originating in the bash UNIX shell.

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Waze for Apple's iOS adds Waze Places crowdsourced POI system

Waze for Apple's iOS adds Waze Places crowdsourced POI system
Social navigation app Waze on Monday added a new Waze Places point-of-interest feature, extending its crowdsourced data model from traffic information to data on business and other popular destinations.

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Apple & Colette plan Fashion Week event in Paris, may be Apple Watch-related [update: confirmed]

Apple & Colette plan Fashion Week event in Paris, may be Apple Watch-related [update: confirmed]
An invitation that appeared Monday morning on the website of famous Parisian concept store Colette suggests that Apple may show off its new smart watch during Fashion Week in Paris at an event set to run between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

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Apple rumored to launch 27" iMac with 5K Retina display at October media event

Apple rumored to launch 27
Apple's big-screen iMac will get a doubled-resolution Retina display with a forthcoming update expected to be unveiled at the company's anticipated October media event, a new report claims.

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Apple Watch's advanced AMOLED display far more costly than traditional screens - report

Apple Watch's advanced AMOLED display far more costly than traditional screens - report
The flexible AMOLED display found in Apple's new smart watch is believed to be among the most-costly mobile device displays available, according to a new report, with the 1.5-inch units thought to cost more than half as much as the 4.7-inch LCD in the new iPhone 6.

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GoPro's new iPhone-connected Hero4 wearable camera captures 4K video at 30fps

GoPro's new iPhone-connected Hero4 wearable camera captures 4K video at 30fps
GoPro on Monday announced its new 2014 lineup of wearable action cameras, including the flagship Hero4 Black, which is capable of recording not only 4K-resolution video at 30 frames per second, but also high-definition 1080p footage at 120 frames per second.

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FeatureEuropean Commission seeking retroactive tax windfall from Apple Inc subsidiary in Ireland

European Commission seeking retroactive tax windfall from Apple Inc subsidiary in Ireland
The European Commission is expected to release a report this week alleging that Ireland provided illegal "state aid" to Apple when it set tax rates for the company in 1991 and 2007, part of a series of investigations it hopes to use to retroactively tax corporations operating from countries with tax incentives.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

ReviewGoing big: a review of Apple's new 4.7" iPhone 6 vs. the 5.5" iPhone 6 Plus

With its latest 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models, Apple is for the first time launching two new smartphone form factors simultaneously, broadening the usual upgrade cycle choices beyond storage capacity and color. It also makes deciding that much more difficult.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Apple expected to begin selling iPhone 6 in China on October 10

Apple expected to begin selling iPhone 6 in China on October 10
Reports from the People's Republic of China indicate that Apple is preparing to introduce iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on October 10, following final approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

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ReviewAdapting to change: a review of Apple's larger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 vs. the smaller 4-inch iPhone 5s

Adapting to change: a review of Apple's larger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 vs. the smaller 4-inch iPhone 5s
The jump from the iPhone 5 series's 4-inch form factor to the 4.7-inch display on the iPhone 6 is a big change that might not appeal to everyone. Thankfully, Apple offers a 14-day return policy, and still continues to sell the 4-inch iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, for those who might find themselves with an oversized case of buyers' remorse.

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EditorialAfter Apple Inc. dodged the iPhone 6 Plus BendGate bullet, detractors wounded by ricochet

After Apple Inc. dodged the iPhone 6 Plus BendGate bullet, detractors wounded by ricochet
Bloggers who invent and inflate "controversies" and "scandals" for Apple are increasingly achieving the opposite of what they are setting out to do.

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Friday, September 26, 2014