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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flir One case turns Apple's iPhone into a high-end thermal imaging camera

Thermal imaging company Flir has announced that pre-orders for its new One iPhone case — which will let outdoorsmen, HVAC contractors, and people who simply like to see how hot things are convert their iPhone 5 or 5s into a thermal camera — will begin Wednesday, with the device coming to Apple retail stores in August.

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Apple's iPad reaches 78% North American tablet share as Amazon's Kindle Fire passes Samsung, Google

iPad is making gains in North American tablet web usage, reaching an 78 percent share in Apple's "first quarter-over-quarter usage share gain since June 2013," notes a new report by Chitika.

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NBA star Kobe Bryant discusses day with Apple's Jony Ive set up by simple cold call

Future basketball hall-of-famer Kobe Bryant is planning for life beyond the court, and takes it upon himself to cold-call some of the smartest minds in business for advice. Among those he's spoken with is Apple's famed chief designer Jony Ive.

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Apple's alliance with IBM counters BYOD 'nightmare' for companies adopting iPhone

As many as 6 out of every 10 employees at one Wall Street firm have gone back to carrying a corporate BlackBerry alongside their personal iPhone thanks to "Bring Your Own Device" trouble, underscoring Apple's teething problems in the enterprise and highlighting the importance of the company's new tie-up with C-suite favorite IBM.

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UBS increases Apple price target to $115, sees gross margins improving in 2015

UBS this week was the latest investment firm to increase its price target for shares of Apple, with a new projection of $115 ahead of this afternoon's June quarter earnings report.

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Tests find Apple's Siri improving, but Google Now voice search slightly better

The comprehension abilities of Apple's voice-driven personal assistant Siri continue to get better, but new testing shows that using Google Now for searching on Android has surpassed it in terms of accuracy when answering queries.

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BreakingApple granted comprehensive 'iTime' smartwatch patent with in-strap circuitry, arm gesture support

In one of the clearest signs that Apple is — and has been — working on a smartwatch device, the Cupertino company was on Tuesday granted a patent for a wrist-worn wearable with augmented strap capabilities, support for arm and wrist gestures, advanced proximity-sensing circuitry and much more.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

New Apple ad shows off sticker-clad MacBook Airs, calls it 'the notebook people love'

Apple on Monday published a short 30-second commercial featuring a number of MacBook Airs dressed up in stickers and decals, with each customized thin-and-light reflecting the personality of its owner.

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Apple denies installing iOS 'backdoor' services for government agencies

In response to allegations that Apple installs "backdoor" services in iOS that could be used to harvest and deliver personal information to government agencies, the company on Monday issued a statement denying any such activity and explains the steps taken to ensure customer data privacy.

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WSJ: Apple preparing 70M to 80M combined iPhone 6 units for biggest launch ever

Apple has reportedly asked partner suppliers in Asia to ramp up mass production of expected 4.7- and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" models, with combined orders for both versions amounting to between 70 million and 80 million units.

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Intel rolls out faster Haswell CPUs possibly bound for MacBook Pro refresh

Intel on Sunday released a batch of new Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell processors for high-end laptops like Apple's MacBook Pro, each boasting the usual speed bumps when compared to prior versions.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Save up to $250 on Apple's latest Macs plus get a 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan for free with each order

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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Monday, July 21, 2014

Apple issues MacBook Air EFI update to address wake from sleep problems on mid-2011 models

Apple on Monday posted an EFI update for its thin-and-light MacBook Air, addressing two wake from sleep issues including a rare problem that causes the computer's fans to spin at full speed unnecessarily.

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Apple to again wipe CloudKit database for iOS 8 and Yosemite betas [u]

As Apple heads into the next stage of software testing for its upcoming mobile and desktop operating systems, the company announced a second wipe of the CloudKit database serving iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas will take place on July 22.

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Samsung says iPhone 5s users have 'screen envy' of Galaxy S5 in latest ad

In a commercial released on Monday, Samsung goes after Apple's rumored larger-screened iPhone offerings expected to launch this fall, saying the Galaxy smartphone line has had the feature for two years.

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OS X Yosemite Preview 4 brings redesigned Calculator, updated Dark Mode

Alongside a host of bug fixes, the latest developer preview of Apple's next-generation desktop operating system brought a few small but noticeable visual tweaks to some of OS X's oldest components.

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Netflix quietly updates Apple TV channel with 'Post-Play' feature for TV shows

Television fans can now binge on their favorite shows more efficiently as streaming movie behemoth Netflix has brought its popular "Post-Play" feature, which automatically plays the next episode of a television series after a short delay, to the Apple TV.

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Apple releases iTunes 12 beta with 'elegant new design,' Family Sharing

Alongside new beta versions of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and numerous development tools, Apple on Monday released a preview of iTunes 12 sporting what the company calls an "elegant new design" and support for the Family Sharing feature introduced at WWDC.

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Apple adds new 'Tips' tutorials app in iOS 8 Beta 4

Consumers new to iOS — as well as novice users or those who do not closely follow Apple updates — have a new learning resource in Apple's new "Tips" app, added to iOS 8 in the mobile operating system's fourth beta.

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BreakingApple pushes fourth betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite to developers

Apple on Monday provided registered developers with a new round of betas for its forthcoming desktop and mobile operating systems, releasing both OS X Yosemite Preview 4 and iOS 8 Beta 4 as over-the-wire updates.

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Apple's iOS 'dishing out a lot of data behind our backs,' security researcher charges

Noted forensic scientist and iOS hacker Jonathan Zdziarski has uncovered a number of undocumented "backdoor" services in Apple's mobile operating system that he argues could be exploited by law enforcement agencies, the NSA, or other malicious actors to bypass encryption and siphon sensitive personal data from iOS devices.

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Rumor: Rear shell for 4.7" 'iPhone 6' shown with inlaid Apple logo in new photos

Yet another rear shell for Apple's next-generation iPhone has purportedly been outed by sources in the company's Far East supply chain, with the latest set of photos showing a more refined unit complete with an iPad-like inlaid Apple logo.

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Earnings Preview: Wall Street expects solid quarter from Apple, but focus is on the fall

While many Apple observers expect the company to reveal solid year-over-year growth for its relatively quiet June quarter, much of the focus will be on new CFO Luca Maestri's guidance for the fall with updated iPhones and iPads on the horizon, the expected closing of the Beats acquisition, and the possibility of a so-called "iWatch."

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Apple's 2014 iTunes Festival in London to feature Maroon 5, Beck, Blondie, more

Apple on Monday revealed the initial lineup for its eighth annual iTunes Festival in London, which is scheduled to kick off in September with big-name performers Maroon 5, Pharrell and Calvin Harris joining legends Blondie, Robert Plant and more at the historic Roundhouse theater.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

EditorialEditorial: Google, Microsoft claiming Apple's crown, albeit from 1994

Google and Microsoft have virtually achieved their goal of becoming Apple, albeit twenty years behind today's Apple. Which is sort of a beleaguered achievement.

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Former White House Press Secretary Carney still considering Apple PR role, Bloomberg says

A rumor claiming former White House Secretary Jay Carney is in the running to head up public relations at Apple — thought to have been put to bed last week — was resurrected on Saturday, with a new report saying he is still considering the position.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

FeatureGoogle and Samsung escalate hostilities over watches, Tizen and Android's openness

Google is growing increasingly worried that Samsung, its largest licensee, is working to undermine its own strategy for Android, while Samsung and the rest of the industry is concerned that Google has become a "bully," according to a new report by The Information.

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Video shows supposed 4.7-inch 'iPhone 6' display scratched by sandpaper, suggests not sapphire

In a video posted to YouTube late Friday, a part purported to be Apple's "iPhone 6" cover glass was again exposed to a torture test, this time failing to resist scratches from garnet sandpaper, a material softer than sapphire.

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Photos purport to show 'iPhone 6' Lightning port, microphone flex cable

A pair of images out of Asia on Friday supposedly show a flex cable for an unannounced Apple product, containing a Lightning connector port, microphone and unusually large headphone jack.

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Friday, July 18, 2014