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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Apple buys established augmented reality firm Metaio

Apple earlier this month completed an acquisition of Metaio, a German augmented reality firm that first started life as a side project at Volkswagen.

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IBM gives workers choice between Macs or PCs, plans to deploy 50,000 Apple MacBooks

IBM gives workers choice between Macs or PCs, plans to deploy 50,000 Apple MacBooks

Starting on Thursday, IBM workers will be able to choose between a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or a PC when getting a new or updated workstation, according to a company-wide memo.

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Google reveals Google Photos with free, unlimited photo and video storage

Google reveals Google Photos with free, unlimited photo and video storage

During the keynote presentation at its annual developers conference on Thursday, Google officially announced Google Photos, a new photo storage and backup service that offers unlimited storage for photos and videos.

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Google's Nest team helps create Brillo & Weave, to simplify the connected Internet of Things

Google's Nest team helps create Brillo & Weave, to simplify the connected Internet of Things

Seeking to connect everything around us, from household appliances to public parking meters, Google on Thursday announced Brillo, a low-level operating system that can run on a range of devices, as well as Weave, a communications layer that will allow devices to talk to one another.

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Apple adds 5K support to MacBook Pro as target display mode remains absent for Retina iMac

Apple adds 5K support to MacBook Pro as target display mode remains absent for Retina iMac

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has become the third Apple computer to ship with the ability to drive high-resolution 5K displays, but Apple's flagship 5K device — the iMac with Retina 5K display —continues to lack the popular target display mode feature.

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Todoist comes to Apple Watch, Moleskine launches Timepage calendar app for Watch & iPhone

Todoist comes to Apple Watch, Moleskine launches Timepage calendar app for Watch & iPhone

Todoist for iOS on Thursday updated with support for the Apple Watch, while notebook maker Moleskine launched a calendar app for both the iPhone and Watch, Timepage.

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FeatureA history of Jony Ive at Apple: From consultant to Chief Design Officer

A history of Jony Ive at Apple: From consultant to Chief Design Officer

Jony Ive — appointed this week as Apple's first-ever Chief Design Officer — has a long history of design work for Apple, stretching all the way back to a consulting role in the early 1990s.

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Jawbone sues Fitbit for 'systematically plundering' confidential data

Jawbone sues Fitbit for 'systematically plundering' confidential data

Jawbone is suing rival fitness tracker maker Fitbit, accusing the latter of "systematically plundering" corporate secrets by hiring Jawbone workers who smuggled sensitive data before exiting the company.

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FCC chairman to propose broadband subsidy for low-income Americans

FCC chairman to propose broadband subsidy for low-income Americans

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose subsidizing broadband Internet for poorer Americans, much in the way it currently subsidizes phone bills, officials with the agency said.

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Study: Device users more responsive to Android app notifications than iOS

Study: Device users more responsive to Android app notifications than iOS

Mobile development services firm Urban Airship on Thursday released a study that found Android users are on average more than two times more responsive to push notifications than iOS device users.

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Deals: Free AppleCare with all Mac minis; $305 off new 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare; Free Apple TV with all iMacs

Deals: Free AppleCare with all Mac minis; $305 off new 15

This week, AI is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to knock $305 off both of Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pros with AppleCare in addition to giving away free AppleCare with all Mac minis. Additionally, readers can save between $119 and $469 on dozens of 21- and 27-inch iMac configurations, each of which also includes AppleCare and a free Apple TV.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Appeals court denies Apple's bid to remove antitrust monitor in e-books case

Appeals court denies Apple's bid to remove antitrust monitor in e-books case

Apple's efforts to have antitrust compliance monitor Michael Bromwich removed from oversight of its business were denied on Wednesday, as an appeals court said the iBooks operator lacked sufficient reasoning to have him replaced.

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Avago to acquire major Apple supplier Broadcom for $37 billion

Avago to acquire major Apple supplier Broadcom for $37 billion

The trend toward consolidation in the semiconductor industry continued Thursday with the announcement that Avago will acquire rival Broadcom — a longtime supplier of communications chips to Apple — in a $37 billion cash-and-stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion.

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FeatureFirst look: Pixelmator for iPhone is a feature-packed mobile image editor

First look: Pixelmator for iPhone is a feature-packed mobile image editor

With its first iPhone app offering, Pixelmator stuffs in a dizzying array of photo editing tools normally restricted to more powerful devices like Mac and iPad, including full-featured image adjustment options, a wealth of paint brushes, layer support, effects, a polished design and much more.

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Apple Watch owner fined $120 for changing songs while driving

Apple Watch owner fined $120 for changing songs while driving

An Apple Watch owner in Quebec was recently fined $120 for operating his wrist-worn gadget while driving, sparking debate as to whether traffic law should consider smartwatches handheld devices, and thus prohibit their use, or Bluetooth accessories.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Apple Pay rewards program coming in June as Android Pay looms, report says

Apple Pay rewards program coming in June as Android Pay looms, report says

Apple is reportedly set to announce a rewards program next month that will give perks to customers using Apple Pay, a long-rumored feature that could escalate the stakes in what appears to be a coming battle with Google's competing Android Pay service.

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Target looks to support Apple Pay once POS system upgrades complete

Target looks to support Apple Pay once POS system upgrades complete

Target CEO Brian Cornell on Wednesday said his company wants to integrate Apple Pay across its retail chain, but must first install point-of-sale technology with chip and PIN or chip and signature technology to conform to the latest security standards.

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Video proves Apple Watch can be charged through 6-pin diagnostics port

Video proves Apple Watch can be charged through 6-pin diagnostics port

Following claims that Apple Watch can be charged through a 6-pin port hidden in its top strap slot, a video published Wednesday not only proves the concept, but shows a physical connection charges faster than Apple's inductive method.

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Chevrolet to add CarPlay support to 14 vehicles for 2016 model year

Chevrolet to add CarPlay support to 14 vehicles for 2016 model year

General Motors' Chevrolet division on Wednesday announced plans to add CarPlay and Android Auto support to 14 vehicles in the 2016 model year, marking a major growth in availability for the two platforms.

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Apple Store app partners with Postmates for same-day deliveries

Apple Store app partners with Postmates for same-day deliveries

In an update to the Apple Store iOS app on Wednesday, Apple added integration with on-demand logistics service Postmates to offer customers same-day deliveries as an alternative to in-store pickups.

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Apple's Jeff Williams calls cars 'the ultimate mobile device' in discussion on CarPlay

Apple's Jeff Williams calls cars 'the ultimate mobile device' in discussion on CarPlay

As the CarPlay rollout slowly marches on and rumors swirl around a possible Apple-branded electric car, Apple operations chief Jeff Williams on Wednesday referred to cars as "the ultimate mobile device."

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Native apps for Apple Watch will arrive this fall, Apple still won't reveal sales

Native apps for Apple Watch will arrive this fall, Apple still won't reveal sales

At next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple will release a new software development kit that will allow applications to run natively on the Apple Watch, and those apps will become available to consumers this fall, the company confirmed on Wednesday.

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CBS 'excited' about Apple's rumored web television service, CEO says

CBS 'excited' about Apple's rumored web television service, CEO says

Les Moonves, longtime chief executive of broadcasting giant CBS, said on Wednesday that his company will "probably" sign on to Apple's forthcoming streaming television offering.

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Apple updates WWDC app for 2015 event, confirms June 8 keynote at 10 a.m. Pacific

Apple updates WWDC app for 2015 event, confirms June 8 keynote at 10 a.m. Pacific

Apple on Wednesday confirmed the full schedule for the 2015 Worldwide Develoeprs Conference — including the keynote presentation on June 8 — and released version 3.0 of the WWDC iOS app, introducing a new Apple Watch companion.

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Kindle for iOS adds 'Bookerly' font, Fox Movie of the Day app promotes iTunes flash sales

Kindle for iOS adds 'Bookerly' font, Fox Movie of the Day app promotes iTunes flash sales

Amazon on Wednesday improved the look of fonts in Kindle for iOS, while Fox launched a Movie of the Day app for the iPhone, highlighting daily flash sales of Fox movies hosted on iTunes.

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Jony Ive makes list of influential tech execs, Apple retakes top spot in brand rankings

Jony Ive makes list of influential tech execs, Apple retakes top spot in brand rankings

On Wednesday Apple's newly-minted Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive, came second to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on a Juniper Research list of the most influential technology executives in 2015, while Apple as a whole reclaimed the top spot on a Millward Brown chart of the world's most valuable brands.

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Apple's iOS drives 75% of Google's mobile advertising revenue

Apple's iOS drives 75% of Google's mobile advertising revenue

Despite the ever-increasing competition between Google and Apple, iOS remains an exceptionally important advertising platform for the search giant, with one Wall Street estimate attributing as much as three-quarters of Google's mobile ad revenue to users of Apple's devices.

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EditorialWatch Effect: Apple Watch hints at a Siri who's always just a shout away

Watch Effect: Apple Watch hints at a Siri who's always just a shout away

Pairing an Apple Watch with an iPhone makes Siri easier to access than ever. But with a new voice-controlled Apple TV said to be on the horizon, Siri seems poised to become an even more prevalent part of the Apple ecosystem.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bug in iOS Unicode handling crashes iPhones with a simple text

Bug in iOS Unicode handling crashes iPhones with a simple text

A peculiar iOS bug apparently that allows pranksters to crash a victim's iPhone by sending a text message from their own iPhone containing what appears to be a single line of seemingly innocuous Arabic script.

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Snapchat might abandon hold-to-view UI, takes wait and see approach to Apple Watch app

Snapchat might abandon hold-to-view UI, takes wait and see approach to Apple Watch app

Speaking at Re/code's Code Conference on Tuesday, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said the ephemeral messaging firm is tossing around the idea of ditching its familiar hold-to-view user interface, a change that could help pave the way for an Apple Watch app version.

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Latest OS X beta ditches buggy discoveryd DNS service, replaced with mDNSResponder

Latest OS X beta ditches buggy discoveryd DNS service, replaced with mDNSResponder

In an apparent effort to fix DNS errors seen in recent OS X 10.10 versions, Apple's latest Yosemite beta shows the buggy discoveryd service replaced with mDNSResponder, a process last implemented in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

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MLB At Bat comes to CarPlay, 1Password gets faster launch, numerous bugfixes

MLB At Bat comes to CarPlay, 1Password gets faster launch, numerous bugfixes

Major League Baseball on Tuesday added CarPlay support to MLB At Bat for the iPhone, while AgileBits released an update to 1Password for iOS, making a large collection of technical improvements.

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Wealthy Chinese man buys two gold Apple Watch Editions for dog, prompts bizarre controversy

Wealthy Chinese man buys two gold Apple Watch Editions for dog, prompts bizarre controversy

Wang Sicong, the son of mainland China's richest man, incited a virtual riot Tuesday after posting photos on Weibo of his Siberian Husky wearing not one, but two Apple Watch Editions on its front legs.

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Rumor: TSMC preparing trial run of 10-nanometer ARM chips, could power future iPhones

Rumor: TSMC preparing trial run of 10-nanometer ARM chips, could power future iPhones

Apple chipmaking partner Taiwan Manufacturing Semiconductor Co. is reportedly gearing up to test production of 10-nanometer size processors beginning in June, according to a new rumor.

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Emergency crews respond to 'large fire' at Apple complex in Mesa, Ariz. [u]

Emergency crews respond to 'large fire' at Apple complex in Mesa, Ariz. [u]

Emergency responders coped with a "large fire" at Apple's complex in Mesa, Ariz., on Tuesday afternoon, putting out the blaze in 35 minutes, a local TV station said. [updated]

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Apple eyeing first-ever bond offering in Japanese yen worth $1.62 billion

Apple eyeing first-ever bond offering in Japanese yen worth $1.62 billion

Apple could issue 200 billion yen, or $1.62 billion U.S., in Japanese bonds as soon as June, marking its first ever debt sale in the country, a report said on Tuesday.

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Apple issues fourth beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, public with focus on Photos & Migration

Apple issues fourth beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, public with focus on Photos & Migration

Apple on Tuesday issued a new beta of OS X 10.10.4, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for Yosemite, with an identical new build being supplied to both developers and public beta testers.

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Apple hiring spree looks to improve iTunes search, discovery, video & more

Apple hiring spree looks to improve iTunes search, discovery, video & more

A large set of Apple job listings posted on Tuesday suggests the company is looking to make major improvements to iTunes, particularly in search and music discovery at the iTunes Store.

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EditorialWatch Effect: Apple's iPhone, iPad could learn a new way to wake

Watch Effect: Apple's iPhone, iPad could learn a new way to wake

In Apple's post-Watch world, pressing a button to bring your iPhone to life just feels wrong, something akin to plugging a Retina MacBook into an ethernet jack —a procedural relic of a time gone by. Tap-to-wake has arrived, and we hope it's here to stay.

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