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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Apple patents snap-on iPhone game controller and keyboard accessories

Apple patents snap-on iPhone game controller and keyboard accessories

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that extends in-game controls beyond the handset's display and onto D-pads or joysticks, saving precious screen real estate in the process.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Apple loses global payments executive to eBay's rumored PayPal replacement

Apple loses global payments executive to eBay's rumored PayPal replacement

It appears that eBay is stocking up on talent in preparation of an inevitable separation from PayPal, the latest hire being Bora Chung, a payments expert who served as Apple's worldwide payments for the Online Apple Store since 2010.

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Apple sharpens focus on art, harmony with Chongqing Apple Store mural

Apple sharpens focus on art, harmony with Chongqing Apple Store mural

A week after Apple used a work of calligraphy to promote its latest Chinese Apple Store in Hangzhou, the company is again turning to art to tout a soon to open outlet, this time wrapping a mural around the new Chongqing location's iconic glass cylinder entryway.

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Apple's Photos beta for iCloud.com gets new image viewing and sharing options

Apple's Photos beta for iCloud.com gets new image viewing and sharing options

Apple added a few new features to Photos beta in a recent update to its iCloud.com hub, bringing manual image zoom controls and email sharing capabilities to the iOS-connected Web app.

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Apple Pay makes the cut for PGA Tour in MasterCard partnership

Apple Pay makes the cut for PGA Tour in MasterCard partnership

Starting this weekend at the Waste Management Open, Apple Pay contactless payments on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for select food and beverage concessions purchases at the PGA Tour.

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OS X 10.10.2 will fix years-old Thunderbolt hardware vulnerability

OS X 10.10.2 will fix years-old Thunderbolt hardware vulnerability

A Mac hardware vulnerability that has yet to be exploited on a wide scale will reportedly be fixed with Apple's forthcoming OS X 10.10.2 update for Yosemite, preventing any future attacks.

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Apple closing independent TestFlight service at the end of February

Apple closing independent TestFlight service at the end of February

Developers still using the old, independent TestFlight service for beta testing iOS apps now have one month to migrate to the new iTunes Connect-based offering, as the company announced on Monday that it would shutter TestFlightApp.com on Feb. 26.

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Fingerprint sensor for Google's Nexus 6 was nixed after Apple bought AuthenTec

Fingerprint sensor for Google's Nexus 6 was nixed after Apple bought AuthenTec

Motorola did intend to include a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor in its Android flagship Nexus 6 smartphone, the company's then-CEO has revealed, but canceled the plan following Apple's acquisition of would-be component supplier AuthenTec.

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Investors should worry less about Apple product cycles, focus on loyal customer base, Piper Jaffray says

Investors should worry less about Apple product cycles, focus on loyal customer base, Piper Jaffray says

While most investors are focused on Apple's annual product cycles and growth, Piper Jaffray sees a new category of shareholders emerging, focused on the power of the platform and a loyal customer base.

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Apple brings back complimentary iTunes content with new 'Free on iTunes' section

Apple brings back complimentary iTunes content with new 'Free on iTunes' section

Consumers who lamented the cancellation of Apple's long-running "Single of the Week" program can once again fill their digital entertainment centers at Apple's expense, as the company has added a new "Free on iTunes" section with musical tracks and television episodes.

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Wells Fargo maintains neutral outlook on Apple, says market expectations too high

Wells Fargo maintains neutral outlook on Apple, says market expectations too high

Wells Fargo Securities continues to go against the grain with a neutral "market perform" rating on shares of Apple, forecasting that shares will trend lower in the face of high expectations on Wall Street.

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FeatureAfter eating AMD & Nvidia's mobile lunch, Apple Inc could next devour their desktop GPU business

After eating AMD & Nvidia's mobile lunch, Apple Inc could next devour their desktop GPU business

While rumors have long claimed that Apple has plans to replace Intel's x86 chips in Macs with its own custom ARM Application Processors, MacGPUs are among a series of potentially more valuable opportunities available to Apple's silicon design team, and could conceivably replicate Apple's history of beating AMD and Nvidia in mobile graphics processors—and Intel in mobile CPUs.

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Samsung reportedly nabs 75% of Apple's next-gen 'A9' SoC orders

Samsung reportedly nabs 75% of Apple's next-gen 'A9' SoC orders

Samsung has won a huge percentage of orders for the production of Apple's next-generation "A9" system-on-a-chip, variations of which are expected to power this year's iOS device lineup, according to a new report.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

AppleInsider's iOS app updated with dismissible Plus trial option, remains free for all

AppleInsider's iOS app updated with dismissible Plus trial option, remains free for all

Apple fans who want to keep up with the latest news out of Cupertino can now do so more efficiently with the official AppleInsider app, designed for both iPhone and iPad, which has been updated to address concerns brought forth by readers.

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Adobe acknowledges critical remote vulnerability in Flash, exploits already in the wild

Adobe acknowledges critical remote vulnerability in Flash, exploits already in the wild

Adobe on Saturday released an updated version of its Flash player software that patches an undisclosed vulnerability which could allow remote attackers to take control of Macs or PCs, urging users to update as the problem is being actively exploited by malicious actors.

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TipsHow to safely move your Mac's iPhoto library onto an external drive

How to safely move your Mac's iPhoto library onto an external drive

Today's digital cameras and advanced smartphones like the iPhone 6 take stunningly detailed photos, but all that extra resolution comes at the price of larger image files. Moving part or all of your iPhoto Library to an external hard drive is one of the most effective ways to free up precious space.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

KGI: iPhone sales forecast at 73M for Q4 ahead of Apple Watch debut in March, 12" MacBook Air in Q1

KGI: iPhone sales forecast at 73M for Q4 ahead of Apple Watch debut in March, 12

Apple is forecast to have shipped a whopping 73 million iPhones over the 2014 holiday quarter on strong iPhone 6 demand, according to one well-connected analyst who also expects a busy start to 2015 for the company, with Apple Watch sales in March and a rumored 12-inch MacBook Air coming sometime before April.

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EditorialI Bet My Life: Microsoft HoloLens perfectly targets its core competency

I Bet My Life: Microsoft HoloLens perfectly targets its core competency

Microsoft's ability to leverage the tech media's credulity is weakening, as is evident from the emerging skepticism of its ability to deliver upon its latest product demonstration: HoloLens.

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Huge crowds gather for Apple Store grand opening in Hangzhou, China

Huge crowds gather for Apple Store grand opening in Hangzhou, China

Apple opened the doors to its new West Lake Apple Store in China on Saturday, letting throngs of eager customers into one of the company's largest retail outlets in Asia.

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ReviewReview: Mobile Home puts Siri in the driver's seat

Review: Mobile Home puts Siri in the driver's seat

Apple's Siri is a great tool for safely automating iPhone tasks while driving, but under certain circumstances the virtual assistant can only be summoned by taking a hand off the wheel and pressing the home button. With CarPlay being anything but ubiquitous, Beanco Tech created a stopgap in Mobile Home.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Apple's Beats Music, others hit by lawsuit for allegedly misappropriating pre-1972 music

Apple's Beats Music, others hit by lawsuit for allegedly misappropriating pre-1972 music

Streaming music services like Apple's Beats Music, Google Play, Rdio and others are targets of a new volley of lawsuits claiming unpaid royalties on certain pre-1972 songs, potentially ending access to these older tracks.

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Apple's HomeKit MFi program only began in November, chips still being finalized

Apple's HomeKit MFi program only began in November, chips still being finalized

Manufacturers of "connected home" devices that wish to integrate with HomeKit reportedly could not begin seeking certification for those products under Apple's MFi program until November, some six months after the initiative was announced.

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Apple captured half of U.S. mobile phone activations in Q4, demand still at record high

Apple captured half of U.S. mobile phone activations in Q4, demand still at record high

Record sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus propelled Apple to a dominant position in the U.S. smartphone market over the holidays and demand continues to reach record highs, twin reports issued Friday indicate.

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Google's Project Zero reveals three new zero-day exploits in Apple's OS X [u]

Google's Project Zero reveals three new zero-day exploits in Apple's OS X [u]

An internal software security research team at Google has publicly revealed three of recently-discovered zero-day exploits in Apple's Mac OS X desktop operating system, though the severity of each vulnerability is unknown.

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FeatureHow AMD and Nvidia lost the mobile GPU chip business to Apple — with help from Samsung and Google

How AMD and Nvidia lost the mobile GPU chip business to Apple — with help from Samsung and Google

Between 2006 and 2013, AMD & Nvidia fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing their positions as the world's leading GPU suppliers by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market, enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processor GPUs to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

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Apple features calligrapher who created Hangzhou Apple Store mural in 'About the Artist' video

Apple features calligrapher who created Hangzhou Apple Store mural in 'About the Artist' video

Apple on Thursday posted to its YouTube channel a translated version of a promo video featuring artist Wang Dongling, initially created for the Chinese market in celebration of the unveiling of a new West Lake Apple Store in Hangzhou.

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Supposed 12" MacBook Air display assembly shown off in new photo set

Supposed 12

A fresh set of photos from the Far East popped up online Friday purporting to show an assembled display belonging to Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, complete with "polished" Apple logo ala the latest iOS devices.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

iPhone usage rates correlate to education and population density, study finds

iPhone usage rates correlate to education and population density, study finds

According to a new study published on Thursday, usage rates of Apple's iPhone in the U.S. are positively correlated to users' level of education and population density, with northeastern states seeing a relatively higher concentration of iPhone owners.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled pay to $9.2M in 2014, Angela Ahrendts led execs with $73.3M

Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled pay to $9.2M in 2014, Angela Ahrendts led execs with $73.3M

The yearly earnings of Apple's board members was revealed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, including CEO Tim Cook who received compensation of over $9.22 million in 2014, more than doubling his pay from 2013.

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