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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Facebook's Slingshot adds 'reactions-to-reactions' in latest update, bypasses reply to unlock

Facebook on Thursday pushed out an update to its Slingshot photo messaging service and app, allowing users to bypass the "reply-to-unlock" mechanic by replying to "reactions" with photos, video or text.

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Apple to roll out in-store iPhone 5s screen replacement program on Aug. 4

Apple Stores will on Monday expand their iPhone repair services to include iPhone 5s screen replacements, helping to cut down on overall cost and turnover rates.

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Redesigned Typo 2 physical keyboard for Apple's iPhone 5 & 5s now available for preorder

After being slapped with an injunction because of similarities to BlackBerry keyboards, the Typo physical keyboard for iPhone has been redesigned in a new second-generation model that will begin shipping in mid-September.

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BreakingApple likely to ship only 3 million 'iWatch' units this year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says

Market expectations for Apple's anticipated "iWatch" may be grossly overestimated, as well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said on Thursday that he expects that only 3 million wrist-worn smart devices from Apple will make it to store shelves by the end of this year.

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Apple activates in-house content delivery network, begins migrating content downloads - report

Following months of rumors, Apple appears to be in the early stages of launching its own in-house content delivery network, the latest in a series of steps taken by the company in recent years to reduce its reliance on third-party infrastructure vendors to deliver content to customers.

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Office for iPad update adds support for third-party fonts, ability to send as PDF

Microsoft's Office for iPad suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, was given a significant update on Thursday, giving users the ability to utilize third-party fonts in Word, and the option to export files as PDFs in all three programs, among other new additions.

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Indiegogo and Wikipedia release new iOS apps, Waze adds updated voice guidance

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo on Thursday unveiled an iOS app that allows users to back projects on the go, while internet encyclopedia Wikipedia launched a ground-up rewrite of its own native app and crowdsourced traffic information app Waze issued an update featuring improvements to its voice guidance system.

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Samsung earnings disappoint as company blames competition in smartphone space

While Apple continues to see strong growth with its hot-selling lineup of smartphones, rival Samsung reported lower-than-expected earnings on Thursday, posting its smallest profit in two years.

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Resurgent T-Mobile passes 50M subscribers, but CEO refuses to talk about Apple's 'iPhone 6'

U.S. carrier T-Mobile on Thursday posted strong results for its fiscal second quarter, adding 1.5 million subscribers, more customers than any other wireless provider, while recording a $391 million profit on revenues of $7.2 billion.

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Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' to launch on Oct. 14 as part of 'busy month'

Adding to rumors and speculation surrounding Apple's highly anticipated "iPhone 6" debut, a questionable report on Thursday claims the company will be releasing the handset on Oct. 14, one month after an unveiling in September.

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Shazam launches Mac app with always-on listening mode

Popular music, TV and ad recognition app Shazam made its way to the Mac on Wednesday with a new app that operates in background to serve up instant matches, with one-click access to lyrics, music videos and iTunes purchasing.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Save up to $250 on Apple's new Macs plus get a 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan for free (up to $749 off 2013 MacBook Pros)

As part of its ongoing effort to deliver the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Macs and iOS devices, AppleInsider's is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of each Mac during the month of July. When combined with instant discounts of up to $250 on the Macs themselves, plus added tax-savings benefits in 48 of 50 states, the average savings from this promotion range from $300 and $800 off MSRP.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Briefly: Readdle slashes up to 70% off iOS app titles in honor of 7th birthday

Readdle, developer of popular iOS apps like Scanner Pro and PDF Expert 5, is having a 48-hour sale on its iOS app offerings in celebration of its birthday, cutting up to 70 percent off select titles.

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Verizon's plan to throttle LTE speeds draws scrutiny from FCC chairman

Verizon is planning to restrict LTE data speeds of customers still holding on to unlimited data plans, but the program has "deeply troubled" FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler, who sent a letter to the carrier asking for clarification on the new policy.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Apple said to cut some 200 jobs from Beats as acquisition closing date looms

As Apple takes control of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, the Cupertino, Calif. company is said to be paring some 200 jobs from the music software and hardware firm's roster.

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Apple order fulfillment ranks first among online retailers with average delivery time of 2.3 days in June

According to fresh data from customer service analytics company StellaService, Apple ranked No. 1 on the firm's charts for the first time ever in June, averaging 2.3 days to process and deliver online orders.

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Apple reissues MacBook Air EFI update after resolving install, crashing bug

Apple on Wednesday rereleased a recent MacBook Air EFI update targeting sleep-from-wake problems after a flawed initial rollout caused some machines to crash unexpectedly.

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Apple issues first OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks beta to developers with Safari seeds in tow

Apple on Wednesday pushed out to developers the first beta of the upcoming OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks maintenance update alongside new builds of Safari 7.0.6 and 6.0.6.

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Xiaomi's Redmi Note allegedly sending user data to China surreptitiously

At least one device from upstart Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been found to transmit user data — including SMS messages and photos — back to servers in mainland China without the user's permission, according to reports from Hong Kong.

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New Apple TV 'stalls' because of cable companies & content deals, likely not arriving until 2015 - report

Apple still has a major revamp of its set-top box in the works, but the next-generation Apple TV may not arrive until next year, thanks to cable companies that are "dragging their heels," according to a new report.

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UBS praises Apple CEO Tim Cook for thinking 'big,' pushing for iOS to become ubiquitous

Investment firm UBS heaped praise upon Apple on Wednesday, advising Wall Street to buy in on the strength of Chief Executive Tim Cook and his strategy to push the iOS platform "everywhere."

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Russian government asks Apple to hand over source code amid spying concerns

Russia's Ministry of Communications and Mass Media has suggested that Apple should open its source code for government inspection to ensure that the iPhone maker is not complicit in enabling U.S. intelligence services to spy on the world's largest country.

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Apple promoting savings with back-to-school sales tax holidays in US

Apple on Tuesday launched an updated informational page, and corresponding email campaign, detailing how consumers in nine U.S. states can take advantage of back-to-school sales tax holidays for substantial savings on Macs and iOS devices next month.

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Another Apple page briefly mentioned mysterious 'mid-2014' 27-inch iMac

Apple may have accidentally tipped its hand on two imminent hardware releases this week, with support pages from the company referencing both new Mac mini and 27-inch iMac models listed with a "mid-2014" launch.

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Microsoft updates OneNote for iOS and Mac with OneDrive access, file insertion, more

Microsoft on Tuesday rolled out a major update to its Apple-centric OneNote product line, adding new features like access to notes stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online, inserting files and note reorganization and sharing.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ExclusiveHow to get the lowest prices on Apple's mid-2014 MacBook Pros with instant coupons

Apple's much-anticipated 2014 family of MacBook Pros introduced Tuesday are on their way to the company's largest authorized resellers, and AI has teamed up with MacMall to offer the lowest prices anywhere on not only the five standard retail configurations but over two dozen custom configurations.

Review: Rapoo E6300 Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Rapoo's E6300 Bluetooth keyboard is billed as the perfect complement to Apple's iPad, with device-specific shortcuts, a slim profile and extended battery life, but the hardware falls far short of expectations.

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Instagram launches Snapchat competitor 'Bolt' in select markets, US not included

A week after rumors that Instagram would launch Bolt, the Facebook-owned company soft launched the new time-restricted image and video messaging app in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.

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Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina display models unboxed, SSDs speed tested

Hours after Apple released its refreshed MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, aftermarket parts reseller Other World Computing has SSD speed test results for both 13-inch and 15-inch models, as well as photos of a partial teardown.

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