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Friday, February 27, 2015

Former Apple exec Ron Johnson appointed to board of fashion e-tailer Nasty Gal, leads investment

Former Apple exec Ron Johnson appointed to board of fashion e-tailer Nasty Gal, leads investment

Former Apple executive Ron Johnson, who cultivated the highly successful Apple Store retail initiative, is leading a $16 million investment round for online retailer Nasty Gal, marking his return to the fashion industry.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Apple looking for hardware and software engineers to build virtual reality displays

Apple looking for hardware and software engineers to build virtual reality displays

A handful of recent Apple corporate job postings suggest the company is experimenting with virtual and augmented reality hardware and software, an area of intense interest some believe will be the next tech battleground.

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Apple takes top spot in online order fulfillment in Q4 with average ship time of 2.5 days

Apple takes top spot in online order fulfillment in Q4 with average ship time of 2.5 days

In its first ever quarterly study, customer service analytics firm StellaService ranked Apple as the fastest and most most efficient online retailer in terms of shipments for the fourth quarter of 2014, taking an average of 2.5 days to send out orders.

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Apple's iWork for iCloud goes platform agnostic, open to everyone

Apple's iWork for iCloud goes platform agnostic, open to everyone

Apple on Thursday removed the beta tag from its Apple ID creation tool, granting anyone, on any platform access to access to the iWork for iCloud Web-based productivity suite.

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Fresh off $533M victory, Smartflash files another patent suit against Apple

Fresh off $533M victory, Smartflash files another patent suit against Apple

Just one day after Smartflash won a $533 million jury decision against Apple, the intellectual property holder filed yet another patent case against the company seeking even more damages for alleged infringement.

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Firehouse Subs rolls out support for Apple Pay to over 800 locations nationwide

Firehouse Subs rolls out support for Apple Pay to over 800 locations nationwide

Apple has added another food-and-beverage arrow to its Apple Pay quiver, as hot sandwich chain Firehouse Subs on Thursday announced that each of its more than 860 locations across the U.S. would begin accepting contactless payments through Apple Pay.

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Apple's March 9 'Spring Forward' event will be streamed live from its website, Apple TV

Apple's March 9 'Spring Forward' event will be streamed live from its website, Apple TV

As it has done for past events, Apple's upcoming March 9 event, where it is expected to give final details on the upcoming Apple Watch, will be available as a live video stream from the company's website as well as the Apple TV set-top box.

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FCC votes to enforce net neutrality by regulating ISPs, unleashes municipal broadband

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to regulate Internet service providers as "common carriers" under the Communications Act, preventing those companies from creating so-called "Internet fast lanes," and at the same time effectively neutered laws that impeded the expansion of city-owned broadband networks.

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Apple announces 'spring forward' event for March 9, likely to talk about Apple Watch & more

Apple announces 'spring forward' event for March 9, likely to talk about Apple Watch & more

Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, inviting them to a keynote presentation on Monday, March 9, where it's expected the company will give more details on the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, and potentially unveil anticipated new products.

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German investment firm Berenberg predicts doom for Apple, sets price target of $60

German investment firm Berenberg predicts doom for Apple, sets price target of $60

Berenberg Bank believes Apple's financial model is too reliant on the iPhone, and has predicted that the company's shares will plummet more than 50 percent to $60 — a price target so extreme that it seems more of a statement than an actual, plausible forecast.

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Apple partner Imagination unveils PowerVR 'super-GPU' with 512 ALU cores for game consoles

Apple partner Imagination unveils PowerVR 'super-GPU' with 512 ALU cores for game consoles

Imagination Technologies, the company who designs the graphics processors used in Apple's A-series chips, unveiled the PowerVR GT7900 on Thursday, a so-called "super-GPU" that will power affordable game consoles, and could be a candidate for a future Apple TV refresh.

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Apple's Tim Cook pledges more growth in Israel during meeting with Israeli president

Apple's Tim Cook pledges more growth in Israel during meeting with Israeli president

A meeting this week between Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin reportedly included assurances from Cook that the company intends to continue growing its operations in the region, a large part of which are focused on chip design.

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Apple's iPhone commands record high 89% of smartphone profits while Android plummets to record low

Apple's iPhone commands record high 89% of smartphone profits while Android plummets to record low

Last quarter, Apple's iPhone took a record 89 percent share of smartphone operating profits, directly causing another record for the holiday shopping season: an all-time low for devices running Google's Android.

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Apple's iOS bolsters lead in enterprise for Q4 at the expense of Android

Apple's iOS bolsters lead in enterprise for Q4 at the expense of Android

Apple gained ground in enterprise device activations over the fourth quarter of 2014, especially in strictly regulated industries, while Android share slipped over the same period, according to the latest data from Good Technology.

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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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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

China removes Apple, other US tech companies from approved government purchase lists

China removes Apple, other US tech companies from approved government purchase lists

China has blacklisted Apple and a number of other big name U.S. technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, leaving local companies to fill the resulting void, according to a report published on Wednesday.

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Tim Cook to deliver commencement address at George Washington University, receive honorary doctorate

Tim Cook to deliver commencement address at George Washington University, receive honorary doctorate

It was announced on Wednesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University's commencement address at the school's graduation ceremony in May, where he will also receive an honorary doctorate of public service.

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Google in talks with wearables maker Jawbone over potential investment, report says

Google in talks with wearables maker Jawbone over potential investment, report says

Google is reportedly in preliminary talks to buy a stake in Jawbone, perhaps best known for its popular UP line of fitness trackers, as the Internet search giant moves further into the wearable device industry.

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Apple's iPad loses ground to generic tablets in 2014, report says

Apple's iPad loses ground to generic tablets in 2014, report says

A new report from Strategy Analytics published on Wednesday suggests so-called "Brand X" tablets collectively outperformed Apple's iPad and offerings from Samsung in 2014, marking the first time generic device makers beat out the two established brands on a year-end basis.

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Google Play Music now stores 50K songs free, Apple's iTunes Match still at 25K songs for $25/year

Google Play Music now stores 50K songs free, Apple's iTunes Match still at 25K songs for $25/year

Google Play Music on Wednesday was updated to store up to 50,000 songs in the cloud for free, more than doubling its previous limit of 20,000 songs, and also blowing past the 25,000-song cap of Apple's subscription iTunes Match service.

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Apple spotlights 'Focus' starring Will Smith, edited entirely in Final Cut Pro X

Apple spotlights 'Focus' starring Will Smith, edited entirely in Final Cut Pro X

Opening in theaters this Friday, "Focus" starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie was edited entirely using Final Cut Pro X—a fact that Apple has highlighted on the software's official website.

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GasBuddy & GreatSchools now providing data for Apple Maps [u]

GasBuddy & GreatSchools now providing data for Apple Maps [u]

Third-party data presented to users within Apple Maps may soon include local gas prices and school locations, thanks to new partnerships with GasBuddy and GreatSchools.

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Thanks to 'Serial' & Apple's Podcasts app baked into iOS 8, podcast listens grow 18%

Thanks to 'Serial' & Apple's Podcasts app baked into iOS 8, podcast listens grow 18%

Though podcasts are not a new medium, the format has seen significant growth over the last few months, attributed in part to the fact that Apple's Podcasts app is now built in to iOS 8.

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12-page print ad & digital video showcase Apple Watch in March issue of Vogue

12-page print ad & digital video showcase Apple Watch in March issue of Vogue

As the April launch of the Apple Watch fast approaches, Apple has taken out a major 12-page ad in the latest issue of fashion magazine Vogue, and also included a video version in the digital iPad edition.

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ExclusiveApple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk 'inseparable' in conversation at Oscars afterparty

Apple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk 'inseparable' in conversation at Oscars afterparty

One of the top designers in the world and the leader in electric car technology were spotted engrossed in private conversation this past Sunday at an exclusive Academy Awards afterparty, amidst a flurry of rumors surrounding Apple's rumored plans to build its own electric, autonomous car.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Israel, meets with President Reuven Rivlin

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Israel, meets with President Reuven Rivlin

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was in Israel on Wednesday, and had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, as Apple is prepared to open a new office in the country.

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Rumor: Tim Cook reveals waterproofing on Apple Watch has improved since unveiling, can be worn in shower

Rumor: Tim Cook reveals waterproofing on Apple Watch has improved since unveiling, can be worn in shower

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was reportedly overheard telling a retail employee in Germany that he wears his Apple Watch in the shower, which would suggest that the water resistance of the wrist-worn device has changed since it was first announced last year.

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Just 6.8M smartwatches sold in 2014 at an average price of $189

Just 6.8M smartwatches sold in 2014 at an average price of $189

In yet another sign that the forthcoming Apple Watch is poised to shake up the wearables market in a big way, the average smartwatch sold in 2014 for just over half of the Apple Watch's $349 starting price.

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Jury orders Apple to pay $533M for infringing gaming patents

Jury orders Apple to pay $533M for infringing gaming patents

A U.S. federal jury in Texas ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million in damages on Tuesday after it found the company's iTunes digital media purchasing and distribution system in infringement of three patents held by licensing firm Smartflash.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015