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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Apple to move away from security contractors, hire guards as full-time employees

Apple to move away from security contractors, hire guards as full-time employees

Following months of pressure from service workers advocacy groups, Apple is set to end its reliance on external security vendors and will begin hiring security personnel as full-time employees, entitling them to many of the same benefits granted to other Apple workers.

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SXSW festival to use more than 1,000 Apple iBeacons for location-based alerts, meetups

SXSW festival to use more than 1,000 Apple iBeacons for location-based alerts, meetups

This year's SXSW festival in Austin, Tex., will feature more than a thousand iBeacon transmitters onsite, allowing attendees to receive timely, location-specific messages and the ability to connect with others.

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Costly supercar maker Koenigsegg joins list of Apple CarPlay backers

Costly supercar maker Koenigsegg joins list of Apple CarPlay backers

Koenigsegg, a Swedish supercar maker which sells some of the most expensive vehicles on Earth, has joined the list of auto manufacturers offering support for Apple's CarPlay standard via the Regera, a new car unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

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Automakers in Geneva cautious, 'concerned' about 'disruptive interloper' Apple

Automakers in Geneva cautious, 'concerned' about 'disruptive interloper' Apple

As the automotive glitterati descends on Switzerland for the first industry powwow since rumors of an Apple Car began swirling, executives from some of the world's largest automakers have opened up about the possibility of counting the iPhone maker as a competitor.

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Billions in Google revenue could ride on Apple renewing iOS search deal

Billions in Google revenue could ride on Apple renewing iOS search deal

Google is poised to lose billions in annual revenue if Apple does not renew a deal making Google the default search engine in iOS, according to a new memo by analysts at UBS, which attempts to predict the real-world impact of such a decision.

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Smartphone shipments topped 1.2 billion in 2014, Samsung's share plummeted in face of Apple gains

Smartphone shipments topped 1.2 billion in 2014, Samsung's share plummeted in face of Apple gains

Squeezed at the high-end of the market by Apple, and also at the low-end by cheaper Chinese alternatives, Samsung saw its share of the total smartphone market shrink in 2014, even as overall smartphone shipments grew to new heights.

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Pebble unveils steel version of color Time watch, announces 'smartstrap' accessory support

Pebble unveils steel version of color Time watch, announces 'smartstrap' accessory support

Pebble on Tuesday announced a steel version of its upcoming Pebble Time smartwatch, as well as a new expandable accessory port called "smartstrap" that could add functions such as GPS or heart rate monitoring.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Apple's 'Shot on iPhone 6' campaign goes global with billboards, ad spaces

Apple's 'Shot on iPhone 6' campaign goes global with billboards, ad spaces

After launching its "Shot on iPhone 6" ad campaign on Sunday, works from Apple's "World Gallery" are now showing up on billboards, static ad spaces and in magazines in far flung locales around the globe.

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Piper Jaffray pegs stainless steel Apple Watch price at $499, Edition at $4,999

Piper Jaffray pegs stainless steel Apple Watch price at $499, Edition at $4,999

Investment firm Piper Jaffray issued a report on Monday breaking down expected Apple Watch average selling prices, saying an aggregate of consumers will likely spend closer to $550 on the device, considering case and internal storage options.

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Apple, Google no-poach settlement reportedly on road to approval

Apple, Google no-poach settlement reportedly on road to approval

At a hearing on Monday, District Court Judge Lucy Koh appeared satisfied with a $415 million proposal from Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley tech companies to settle allegations that anti-poaching agreements artificially capped employee wages.

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Upcoming Steve Jobs biography dives deep into Apple cofounder's life, features interviews with Tim Cook, Jony Ive, more

Upcoming Steve Jobs biography dives deep into Apple cofounder's life, features interviews with Tim Cook, Jony Ive, more

An upcoming biography about Steve Jobs promises an intimate portrait of the late tech guru told through extensive interviews with Jobs' inner circle, including current Apple CEO Tim Cook, SVP of Design Jony Ive and Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs, among others.

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Nissan, Daimler CEOs split on prospect of rumored Apple Car

Nissan, Daimler CEOs split on prospect of rumored Apple Car

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and the CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, have each adopted radically different stances on rumors of a so-called Apple Car, with the former dismissing the idea and the latter welcoming it as a boost to Renault-Nissan's business.

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Google postpones iOS 8-style full-disk encryption of Android devices

Google postpones iOS 8-style full-disk encryption of Android devices

Despite initial promises by Google, and rival Apple implementing the technology in iOS 8 last September, new devices loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop are not using default full-disk encryption meant to prevent criminals, police, and spy agencies from getting unauthorized access to private data.

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Apple Watch carried codename 'Gizmo,' former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch spearheaded software

Apple Watch carried codename 'Gizmo,' former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch spearheaded software

With the retail launch of the Apple Watch fast approaching, tidbits on the development of the highly anticipated device continue to come to light, including the fact that former Adobe executive Kevin Lynch was responsible for software development.

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CarPlay, not an Apple Car, likely catalyst of Swiss trademark filing

CarPlay, not an Apple Car, likely catalyst of Swiss trademark filing

Apple recently extended its trademark protection in Switzerland to include automobiles, but such filings are far from new and odds are that the company is working to cover its nascent CarPlay initiative, rather than the much-ballyhooed Apple Car.

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Banks 'scrambling' to combat Apple Pay identity fraud - report

Banks 'scrambling' to combat Apple Pay identity fraud - report

Apple Pay has proven to be a venue of convenience for criminals focusing on identity fraud, a new report suggests, with many fraudsters taking advantage of lax customer verification controls put in place by Apple's partner banks to make brick-and-mortar purchases using stolen credit cards via the growing mobile payment service.

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Apple releases public beta of OS X 10.10.3, gives the masses a first taste of new Photos app

Apple releases public beta of OS X 10.10.3, gives the masses a first taste of new Photos app

Members of the public OS X Beta Program can now experience Apple's forthcoming Photos app for Mac, thanks to the release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta.

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Race to beat Apple Pay picks up, as PayPal buys CurrentC-linked Paydiant

Race to beat Apple Pay picks up, as PayPal buys CurrentC-linked Paydiant

The mobile payment industry continues to see shakeups this week, as PayPal has announced it will acquire Paydiant, a mobile wallet developer with clients including MCX — the consortium behind retailer-driven Apple Pay competitor CurrentC.

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Apple, IBM debut three new iOS apps for enterprise

Apple, IBM debut three new iOS apps for enterprise

Apple and IBM have unveiled three more MobileFirst enterprise apps for iPhones and iPads, covering a range of industries and uses: Advisor Alerts, Passenger Care, and Dynamic Buy.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Free LG optical drive, Free Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones, and up to $350 off all BTO MacBook Pros with AppleCare

For a limited time, we've teamed up with one of Apple's authorized resellers to give away $200 in accessories — a free LG portable CD/DVD drive and free pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones — with the purchase of any build-to-order 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro. Readers can also pair this offer with an AppleCare rebate, which delivers the lowest price anywhere for these models with Apple's extended protection.

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Morgan Stanley raises Apple target to $160, citing strength as a 'platform company'

Morgan Stanley raises Apple target to $160, citing strength as a 'platform company'

Morgan Stanley showed significant confidence in Apple on Monday, raising their price target to $160 and expressing a belief to investors that the company can continue to grow its business.

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Google unveils 'Android Pay' mobile payments API to rival Apple Pay

Google unveils 'Android Pay' mobile payments API to rival Apple Pay

Search giant Google on Monday revealed plans to build a new mobile payments API into its Android mobile operating system, allowing developers to integrate the service — dubbed Android Pay — into their applications.

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Google to launch own 'Nexus'-like carrier network to push innovations in wireless

Google to launch own 'Nexus'-like carrier network to push innovations in wireless

Speaking at a Mobile World Congress keynote on Monday, Google's senior vice president of products, Sundar Pichai, confirmed earlier speculation and announced that the company is planning to launch its own carrier service with more details set to be announced in the coming months.

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Tim Cook discusses Steve Jobs, personal privacy, and Apple's role as a social leader

Tim Cook discusses Steve Jobs, personal privacy, and Apple's role as a social leader

Apple CEO Tim Cook waxed nostalgic about his relationship with the late Steve Jobs, reiterated the company's commitment to its customers' privacy, and discussed his thoughts on Apple's ability to influence social change during a sit-down with German tabloid BILD earlier this week.

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Variety of Apple Watch stylings for men spotlighted in Hong Kong fashion magazine spread

Variety of Apple Watch stylings for men spotlighted in Hong Kong fashion magazine spread

The latest magazine to offer a closer look at the Apple Watch comes from Hong Kong, where a series of photos in the publication "East Touch" show off different models and watch band combinations for men.

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Killer Deals: Apple's 64GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G LTE for $399; $400 off MacBook Pro; $319 off iMac 5K

Killer Deals: Apple's 64GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G LTE  for $399; $400 off MacBook Pro; $319 off iMac 5K

Today only, until supplies run out, readers can grab Apple's 64GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) in Space Grey for $399 shipped, while a sister offer slashes the company's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro by $400 — both of which are the lowest prices we've ever seen for these models.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Apple supplier NXP to merge with rival Freescale Semiconductor in $11.8B deal

Apple supplier NXP to merge with rival Freescale Semiconductor in $11.8B deal

Dutch chipmaker NXP — which provides near-field communications and motion processing hardware for Apple — announced on Monday that it would spend $11.8 billion to acquire rival firm Freescale Semiconductor, a seminal semiconductor manufacturer and itself a longtime Apple supplier.

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Apple's next Chinese Apple Store to open in Chongqing on March 7

Apple's next Chinese Apple Store to open in Chongqing on March 7

As part of plans to triple its retail presence in China by mid-2016, Apple on Sunday announced that Chongqing's MixC mall will play host to the country's next Apple Store.

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Apple Watch featured in UK's Style magazine, Space Gray Sport version quoted at $349

Apple Watch featured in UK's Style magazine, Space Gray Sport version quoted at $349

Following cover stories in major publications across China, France and the U.S., Apple Watch made its big UK debut on Sunday with a three-page spread in widely circulated fashion magazine Style.

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