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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Smartphone users becoming more discerning about the apps they use, Gartner says

Smartphone users becoming more discerning about the apps they use, Gartner says

Six years into the current incarnation of the mobile app marketplace, a recent survey suggests that while smartphone owners have not lost their appetite for new apps, developers hoping to make it into users' everyday rotation have a higher bar to reach.

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Microsoft ditches ARM for Intel with new $499 Surface 3, its latest iPad competitor

Microsoft ditches ARM for Intel with new $499 Surface 3, its latest iPad competitor

After two generations of ARM-based tablets that ran a limited version of Windows, Microsoft has finally abandoned the low-power processors for Intel's latest Atom chips, allowing the third-generation Surface to run full-fledged Windows 8.1.

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Reviewers say Samsung's Galaxy S6 tops Android heap, but S6 Edge is solution in search of problem

Reviewers say Samsung's Galaxy S6 tops Android heap, but S6 Edge is solution in search of problem

The early word is out on Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, with many reviewers praising the company's design efforts —†even as they acknowledge its Apple-esque form —†while questioning the S6 Edge's raison d'Ítre.

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Two-thirds of Apple Pay users running into problems at checkout, survey claims

Two-thirds of Apple Pay users running into problems at checkout, survey claims

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that Apple Pay had "gotten off to the most amazing start," about two-thirds of its users are encountering problems at retail, according to a survey published this week by Phoenix Marketing International.

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Predicting better-than-expected margins, RBC ups Apple price target to $142

Predicting better-than-expected margins, RBC ups Apple price target to $142

Gross margins for Apple's March quarter could surprise to the upside, according to investment firm RBC Capital Markets, which raised its price target on the iPhone maker to $142 on Tuesday.

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TipsContinuity tips: How to enable or disable iPhone cellular calls on Mac & iPad

Continuity tips: How to enable or disable iPhone cellular calls on Mac & iPad

Made available with iOS 8, Continuity and Handoff on iOS and the Mac enable users to receive SMS messages, phone calls, and more across devices. First in our series of tips, here's how to turn on (or off) phone call forwarding to your Mac and iPad.

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China reportedly defers banking technology regulations, relieves pressure on foreign firms

China reportedly defers banking technology regulations, relieves pressure on foreign firms

China has reportedly agreed to delay a rollout of regulations that would restrict state-operated banks from purchasing or employing foreign equipment and technology.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Apple Maps Connect services branch out to Italy, Mexico, Switzerland

Apple Maps Connect services branch out to Italy, Mexico, Switzerland

Apple on Monday expanded the reach of its Maps Connect service for small businesses to three more countries, namely Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland.

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ITC to investigate Apple on allegations of Ericsson patent infringement

ITC to investigate Apple on allegations of Ericsson patent infringement

Following formal complaints by Ericsson, the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday showed intent to launch an investigation into Apple's potentially illegal use of patented LTE technology.

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Jay Z asked Apple's Jimmy Iovine to collaborate on revolutionary streaming platform Tidal

Jay Z asked Apple's Jimmy Iovine to collaborate on revolutionary streaming platform Tidal

Following Monday's reveal of Jay Z's upcoming music service Tidal, the rap star revealed he was in talks with Beats cofounder and current Apple exec Jimmy Iovine over potentially collaborating on the project.

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Apple to reveal fiscal Q2 2015 earnings on April 27

Apple to reveal fiscal Q2 2015 earnings on April 27

Apple today announced that the results of its second fiscal quarter will be discussed in a conference call scheduled for Monday, April 27 at 2 P.M. Pacific time, or 5 P.M. Eastern.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with tweaked Photos app

Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with tweaked Photos app

Apple on Monday pushed out to developers and public beta testers a fresh OS X 10.10.3 version, building on recent releases introducing a new Photos app and APIs for MacBook Force Touch capabilities.

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Adobe debuts Comp CC for iPad, Facebook Messenger gets third-party hooks, Google Drive enables automatic backups

Adobe debuts Comp CC for iPad, Facebook Messenger gets third-party hooks, Google Drive enables automatic backups

Adobe on Monday launched a conceptual design app for the iPad, Comp CC, while Facebook brought third-party app integration to Messenger, and Google Drive gained support for automatic iOS photo and video backup.

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Apple embarks on wave of new battery-related job hires, targets iOS improvements

Apple embarks on wave of new battery-related job hires, targets iOS improvements

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

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Rumor: Apple's jumbo 'iPad Pro' allegedly shown in spy shots with potential second port

Rumor: Apple's jumbo 'iPad Pro' allegedly shown in spy shots with potential second port

As has become a rite of passage for rumored Apple products, the company's long buzzed-about 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" was allegedly shown off in a series of photos posted to Chinese microblogging site Weibo on Monday, suggesting that it could house a USB type-C port or a second Lightning connector.

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Tidal music service expected to relaunch with exclusives that could hurt Apple's Beats Music

Tidal music service expected to relaunch with exclusives that could hurt Apple's Beats Music

Tidal, a music streaming service recently bought by rapper Jay-Z, is due to relaunch later today and will allegedly be backed by artist exclusives that could threaten Apple's planned rebranding of Beats Music.

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Alleged 'iPhone 6c' rear shell suggests Apple will repackage iPhone 5s parts

Alleged 'iPhone 6c' rear shell suggests Apple will repackage iPhone 5s parts

On the heels of a new report saying Apple will continue to offer a 4-inch iPhone with a new "C" model, a set of new images show what appears to be a revised design for an unreleased iPhone that could feature parts from the current iPhone 5s.

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Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the US, Europe

Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the US, Europe

Consumers looking to make the switch from an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone device to an iPhone can now bring their old handset directly to Apple, where they could trade it in to receive credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone.

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FDA confirms 'very light touch' regulation for Apple Watch, other wearables

FDA confirms 'very light touch' regulation for Apple Watch, other wearables

Wearable devices that collect and collate personal health data, such as the forthcoming Apple Watch, are unlikely to fall under the thumb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as long as manufacturers stay away from medical diagnosis, an agency representative said this week.

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Apple Watch for retail sale by reservation only, no band-swapping during try-ons - report

Apple Watch for retail sale by reservation only, no band-swapping during try-ons - report

Shoppers wanting to buy an Apple Watch from an Apple Store will not be able to pick one up without a prior reservation, at least at launch, according to a new report.

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Steve Jobs biopic shoots scenes from unveiling of first iMac in 1998

Steve Jobs biopic shoots scenes from unveiling of first iMac in 1998

The upcoming film about the life of Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, will feature scenes reliving his return to the company and the unveiling of the very first iMac.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cook says discriminatory 'religious freedom' laws are dangerous, calls for action

Cook says discriminatory 'religious freedom' laws are dangerous, calls for action

In an editorial published by The Washington Post on Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook comes down hard on a spate of U.S. legislation he believes enables discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.

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Inside iCloud: Apple Inc has quietly doubled its Reno, Nevada data center site

Inside iCloud: Apple Inc has quietly doubled its Reno, Nevada data center site

Apple has greatly expanded its data center near Reno, Nev., about four hours east of Silicon Valley. However, it appears that the company's aggressive growth in iCloud server capacity is only just getting started, with massive room for expansion surrounding the facilities.

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FeatureHow Apple's new MacBook gets nearly as much battery life as the MacBook Pro with a battery half the size

How Apple's new MacBook gets nearly as much battery life as the MacBook Pro with a battery half the size

Apple has packed its all-new MacBook with some impressive technology, but its outstanding battery life — nine hours from a single charge — may be the most staggering. AppleInsider took a look under the hood to see how they could have done it.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

ReviewReview: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' looks to dispel accepted Jobs myth

Review: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' looks to dispel accepted Jobs myth

With "Becoming Steve Jobs," coauthors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli seek to dismantle perceptions of Jobs the egomaniacal, callous autocrat, replacing accepted opinion with a retelling of the life of a man who they describe — for better or worse — as being "half genius, half asshole."

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FeatureApple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness

Apple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness

To pursue its continuing obsession with thinness, Apple has gone to extraordinary lengths with the keyboard on the new 12-inch MacBook, redesigning it in a way that is thoroughly distinct from its Macbook Air and MacBook Pro stablemates.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Google, Johnson & Johnson to partner on surgical robot technology

Google, Johnson & Johnson to partner on surgical robot technology

Google has formed a partnership with medical and consumer goods firm Johnson & Johnson that will see the development of robots to help surgeons in the operating room, according to an announcement made on Friday.

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Meerkat works around Twitter social graph, Vine gets 720P update, and Instapaper adds 'speed reading'

Meerkat works around Twitter social graph, Vine gets 720P update, and Instapaper adds 'speed reading'

A trio of popular media apps received updates Friday, with live broadcasting app Meerkat gaining upgrades to compete with Twitter's Periscope, while Vine moves to 720p video and Instapaper adds Instant Sync and Twitter "textshots."

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Apple has not approached Comcast about Web television deal

Apple has not approached Comcast about Web television deal

Amid rumors of an Apple branded streaming television service, Comcast asserts it has not engaged in any discussions with the company about licensing NBCUniversal content to air alongside programs from potential partners ABC, CBS, Fox and more.

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Apple's Tim Cook plans to give away all of his money

Apple's Tim Cook plans to give away all of his money

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has revealed plans to donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity before he dies, saying that he wants to develop a "systematic approach" to philanthropy.

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Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new Indiana anti-gay law

Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new Indiana anti-gay law

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk.

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BlackBerry sells just 1.6M smartphones in Q4 as software, services grow

BlackBerry sells just 1.6M smartphones in Q4 as software, services grow

Canadian device maker BlackBerry on Friday revealed yet another quarterly decline in hardware sales, moving just 1.6 million smartphones in its fiscal fourth quarter as its once-dominant device business continues to retreat.

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Apple's $848M solar power deal better on back end, says environmental VP Lisa Jackson

Apple's $848M solar power deal better on back end, says environmental VP Lisa Jackson

The $848 million solar power deal Apple signed with First Solar last month is a better value than some have suggested, according to vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who on Thursday pointed to a surge in the amount of power Apple will receive towards the end of the contract.

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AppleInsider podcast discusses Twitter's live streaming app, Periscope, iCloud storage issues, and more

AppleInsider podcast discusses Twitter's live streaming app, Periscope, iCloud storage issues, and more

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. Twitter launches Periscope for iPhone, a live streaming app to compete with Meerkat. The issues with iCloud storage, Fantastical 2 for OS X hands-on, Square Cash, Apple Pay, and who still wants a 4" iPhone.

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Google loses UK appeal in Safari cookie tracking case, could face trial

Google loses UK appeal in Safari cookie tracking case, could face trial

The U.K.'s Court of Appeal has denied Google's request to block lawsuits from British consumers over the search giant's disregard for Safari privacy restrictions designed to prevent advertisers from tracking users.

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Intel & Micron's new 3D flash memory could mean cheaper, larger storage for Apple's Macs, iOS devices

Intel & Micron's new 3D flash memory could mean cheaper, larger storage for Apple's Macs, iOS devices

Intel and Micron have announced the launch of a new 3D NAND flash technology, one which could substantially improve the amount of data storage possible in Macs, iPhones, iPads, and numerous other devices.

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Apple Watch shops set to open on April 10 in London, Paris and Tokyo

Apple Watch shops set to open on April 10 in London, Paris and Tokyo

Apple on Thursday announced it will officially open three international Apple Watch store-within-a-store locations on April 10, offering customers shopping at high-end department stores the chance to try on and preorder the device before it goes on sale.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

SoHo Apple Store hosts 'Becoming Steve Jobs' book reading, Q&A session with authors

SoHo Apple Store hosts 'Becoming Steve Jobs' book reading, Q&A session with authors

Authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli visited the Apple Store SoHo in New York on Thursday to read selections from their hotly anticipated biography "Becoming Steve Jobs" and field questions from what quickly became a packed house.

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Apple moves to dismiss lawsuit over 'misleading' iOS device capacity claims

Apple moves to dismiss lawsuit over 'misleading' iOS device capacity claims

Apple on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that claims the company misrepresented to consumers the amount of storage space iOS 8 uses in newly shipped iPhone and iPad devices, noting plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of fraud.

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