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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TipsGet your Mac online anywhere easily with OS X Yosemite's new Instant Hotspot iPhone tethering feature

One of the new Continuity features between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is Instant Hotspot, giving users the ability to automatically connect to the Internet through their iPhone's cellular data connection without the need to touch their phone.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review roundup: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deemed best in class, but changes mostly iterative [u]

Review roundup: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deemed best in class, but changes mostly iterative [u]
The reviews are in for this year's iPad product refreshes and the results are expectedly positive for the new iPad Air 2, though some question whether Apple did enough to warrant the iPad mini 3's price tag.

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Apple's Maps Connect portal lets local businesses create, add details to listings

Apple's Maps Connect portal lets local businesses create, add details to listings
In a continued effort to make Apple Maps more accurate, Apple on Tuesday launched a new Web portal called "Maps Connect" to let local businesses add information directly into the mapping services.

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FeatureApple's new A8X powered iPad Air 2 smokes new Android tablets, including Nvidia's Tegra K1 Shield Tablet [u]

Apple's new A8X powered iPad Air 2 smokes new Android tablets, including Nvidia's Tegra K1 Shield Tablet [u]
New Geekbench processor benchmarks show Apple's triple core, 64-bit A8X Application Processor is dramatically faster than the latest Android tablets, despite their additional cores and faster clock rates.

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Apple leadership awarded restricted stock unit bonus currently worth $19M

Apple leadership awarded restricted stock unit bonus currently worth $19M
Eight Apple executives last week were awarded identical bonuses in the form of conditional RSUs worth over $19.6 million at the stock's current price, according to a U.S. SEC filing.

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Apple spent $1M on lobbying US government in Q3, focused on health, data privacy, more

Apple spent $1M on lobbying US government in Q3, focused on health, data privacy, more
According to a recently filed disclosure, Apple spent a little over $1 million over the third quarter on lobbying issues like consumer health data, safe driving, e-books and data privacy, among others.

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GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, will sell off more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay debt

GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, will sell off more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay debt
As part of its plan to "wind down" sapphire production operations after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, GT Advanced Technologies will reportedly sell more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay off an outstanding debt to Apple.

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FeatureApple Inc. surprises with massive $17 billion Q4 stock buyback

Apple Inc. surprises with massive $17 billion Q4 stock buyback
During its fiscal Q4 ending in September, Apple spent an incredible $17 billion to buy up its own stock, increasingly doing so on its own without outside bankers' assistance. Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, Apple has spent an astounding $45 billion to repurchase its stock from fleeing investors at incredible discounts.

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Rumor: Apple Pay loyalty program could launch in time for Christmas

Rumor: Apple Pay loyalty program could launch in time for Christmas
With the Apple Pay launch complete in the U.S., Apple may now turn its sights toward launching a new store loyalty rewards program in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season.

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Apple Pay already works internationally, but only with US credit cards

Apple Pay already works internationally, but only with US credit cards
Though Apple Pay is only advertised to work in the U.S. at the moment, users have found that the tap-to-pay functionality found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is in fact operational with compatible terminals internationally, as long as the device is set up properly with American credit cards.

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Alleged iPad Air 2 benchmark shows A8X CPU has three cores, 2GB of RAM

Alleged iPad Air 2 benchmark shows A8X CPU has three cores, 2GB of RAM
Though Apple hasn't revealed the exact specifications of the beefed-up A8X processor that powers the iPad Air 2, a new benchmark purports to show the horsepower of the CPU, revealing a triple-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.

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Hackers targeting Apple iCloud users in mainland China with 'massive' attack

Hackers targeting Apple iCloud users in mainland China with 'massive' attack
Hackers have reportedly begun targeting iCloud users in mainland China, utilizing a so-called "man-in-the-middle" approach in an attempt to steal user information, with one group accusing the Chinese government itself of perpetrating the attack.

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FeatureWall Street blown away by Apple's 'remarkable' record September quarter

Wall Street blown away by Apple's 'remarkable' record September quarter
Apple exceeded market expectations this week with the results of its record breaking September quarter, leading analysts to heap praise on the company and raise their price targets as it heads into what is expected to be a blockbuster holiday season.

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FeatureVideo: Using Apple Pay in-store on an iPhone 6 is quick, convenient, and dead simple

With this week's launch of iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay, shoppers can now use Apple's tap-to-pay functionality in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in a variety of in-store locations. AppleInsider offers a closer look at just how quick and easy it is to use the new digital payment system.

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Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote starts cars, performs high-level functions

Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote starts cars, performs high-level functions
An Apple patent published on Tuesday could foreshadow future CarPlay functionality that allows users to unlocks car doors, start the engine and perform other automated tasks based on a user's proximity to their vehicle.

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IBM's first enterprise apps for iPad to launch next month as iPad reaches 90 percent tablet share in U.S education

IBM's first enterprise apps for iPad to launch next month as iPad reaches 90 percent tablet share in U.S education
Apple isn't just waiting around for iPad sales to pick up speed. In its earnings conference call with analysts, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook stated the first wave of IBM's Mobile First apps targeting businesses would arrive next month, while separately noting that iPad now accounted for 90 percent of U.S. tablets used in education.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Apple responds to Spotlight Suggestions 'backlash,' says personal data collection limited

Apple responds to Spotlight Suggestions 'backlash,' says personal data collection limited
In response to a Monday report alleging Apple has started to automatically collect user search and location data through Spotlight Suggestions, the company has issued a statement clarifying the extent to which customer information is gathered and how it is used.

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MLB World Series stadiums first pro sports venues to accept Apple Pay

MLB World Series stadiums first pro sports venues to accept Apple Pay
When the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants at this year's MLB World Series, fans attending the games at the two teams' respective stadiums will be able to buy concession items using Apple Pay.

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ExclusiveTwo ways to get a $20 cash trade-in bonus on your old iPads (including iPad 2)

Two ways to get a $20 cash trade-in bonus on your old iPads (including iPad 2)
Ahead of Apple's iPad media event on Thursday afternoon, AppleInsider has teamed up with the industry's two leading electronics trade-in & buyback services to offer readers an exclusive $20 cash bonus on the sale of their old iPad when they lock in a price quote today. The services are currently paying up to $405 for old iPads before the bonus.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

iPad sales narrowly beat expectations as Tim Cook targets "negative commentary," says market isn't saturated

iPad sales narrowly beat expectations as Tim Cook targets
In today's earnings conference call with analysts, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook explained why he remains "very bullish" about iPads despite the tablet's sales not maintaining the growth rates of iPhones or Macs in every region.

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TipsHow to send and receive SMS text messages in OS X Yosemite

How to send and receive SMS text messages in OS X Yosemite
With today's release of iOS 8.1, Apple finally activated SMS text forwarding from iPhone to OS X Yosemite, allowing users to send, read and reply to messages directly from their Mac.

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Apple to require 64-bit support from all iOS apps starting in February

Apple to require 64-bit support from all iOS apps starting in February
In an announcement made through its developer Web portal on Monday, Apple informed app makers that their wares must include 64-bit support and be built with the latest iOS 8 SDK starting Feb. 1, 2015.

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iPhone 6 demand continues to outstrip supply, may not see balance before 2015

iPhone 6 demand continues to outstrip supply, may not see balance before 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Monday that supply and demand for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are "not on the same planet" and may not reach a balance until next year.

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Apple may not break out Apple Watch, iPod and retail sales starting Q1 2015

Apple may not break out Apple Watch, iPod and retail sales starting Q1 2015
During its quarterly conference call for the fourth quarter of 2014, Apple announced it will introduce new financial reporting methods that lump Apple Watch and iPod with Apple TV and other accessories, with CEO Tim Cook suggesting the move is a good way to shield details on the upcoming smartwatch from competitors.

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FeatureNotes of interest from Apple's Q4 2014 conference call

Notes of interest from Apple's Q4 2014 conference call
Apple blew away market expectations in reporting the results of its fourth fiscal quarter of 2014 on Monday, propelled by a new quarterly record for the iPhone and new all-time record for the Mac. Following the announcement, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.

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Apple sells 5.5M Macs in Q3 2014, destroys previous record without major product changes

Apple sells 5.5M Macs in Q3 2014, destroys previous record without major product changes
In its quarterly fiscal report for the fourth quarter of 2014 released on Monday, Apple sold more than 5.5 million Macs without colorably adding to the lineup aside from yearly product refreshes and the introduction of price cuts on key devices.

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Breaking
Apple crushes Sept. quarter record, earning $8.5B profit on sales of 39M iPhones, 5.5M Macs

Apple crushes Sept. quarter record, earning $8.5B profit on sales of 39M iPhones, 5.5M Macs
Apple officially closed out fiscal 2014 on Monday with the results from another record setting quarter, with the just-concluded September frame resulting in $8.5 billion in net profit on revenue of $42.12 billion, driven largely by the hugely profitable iPhone and including the newly launched iPhone 6 series.

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ExclusiveTour Apple Inc's spaceship Campus 2 in extended aerial video

Tour Apple Inc's spaceship Campus 2 in extended aerial video
See the rapid progress being made at Apple's "spaceship" Campus 2 project site in Cupertino, California in our exclusive aerial tour of the site and the company's nearby existing Infinite Loop campus headquarters.

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Apple Pay is online, too: Apple Store, others apps accept Touch ID for authorizing purchases

Apple Pay is online, too: Apple Store, others apps accept Touch ID for authorizing purchases
The official Apple Store application was updated on Monday with support for one-touch checkout using Apple Pay and Touch ID, marking the start of the online purchasing capabilities of Apple's new digital wallet service.

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