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Friday, April 25, 2014

Apple, Samsung dispute tentative juror verdict form in California patent trial

Apple and Samsung continue to be at loggerheads over seemingly every action in their second California patent trial, the latest issue being a tentative juror verdict form issued by presiding Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

NBC's 'Today' offers rare look inside Apple's iCloud data center in feature on environment

During Thursday's edition of NBC News' Today, Apple's push for environmental friendliness was highlighted in a special segment called "A new kind of Apple farm," with a special focus on the company's Maiden, N.C. data center and accompanying solar array.

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Apple improves Mac Pro ship times to 3-5 weeks

In a change to the Online Apple Store on Thursday, Apple is now quoting Mac Pro shipping availability at three to five weeks for all configurations, suggesting supply of the flagship Mac is finally catching up to demand.

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Apple reaches settlement in Silicon Valley anti-poaching lawsuit [ux2]

A major antitrust lawsuit accusing major technology companies, including Apple, of participating in an illegal hiring agreement won't proceed in court, as the accused parties have reached a settlement with the class who brought the complaint.

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Google exec & social networking chief Vic Gundotra leaves company

Vic Gundotra, an outspoken member of Google's executive team who spearheaded the company's Google+ social networking service and oversaw its early mobile applications, has left the company after an 8-year tenure, he announced on Thursday.

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Apple's iOS 7.1.1 tweaks shown to extend iPhone battery life

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system seems to have brought with it enhancements designed to ease strain on the iPhone's battery, as some users are reporting noticeable increases in uptime with iOS 7.1.1.

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Tim Cook offering lunch date at Apple HQ for charity

Apple fans, detractors, and investors alike now have a chance to sit down with CEO Tim Cook one-on-one, as the executive is auctioning off a lunch date at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., to benefit charity.

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Facebook buys 'Moves' fitness tracking app for Apple's iPhone

Yet another Silicon Valley power entered the "quantified self" race on Thursday when Facebook acquired the developers behind Moves, an iPhone app that allows users to create an "activity diary" by automatically recording walking, cycling, and running.

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RunKeeper for iOS adds 'Goal Coach' for personalized guidance and motivation

Popular iPhone fitness application RunKeeper saw a significant update on Thursday with the addition of "Goal Coach," a new free feature that allows users to set achievable but challenging goals as they train.

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FeatureWall Street impressed by Apple's surprise second quarter, analysts see stock headed to new highs

Apple's second-quarter earnings report was packed with surprises that delighted investors on Wall Street, prompting some analysts to respond by raising their price targets for the iPhone maker's stock.

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Opera 'Coast' for iOS brings the enjoyment back to mobile Web browsing

Opera Software on Thursday launched Coast version 3.0, a Web browser for Apple iOS devices that eschews extraneous onscreen buttons and text boxes for intuitive gesture controls and contextual pop-out menus. The end result is a tidy full-screen surfing experience.

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Rumor: Apple to update current MacBook Air models with new CPUs next week

Apple's existing designs for the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air will allegedly see a refresh next week, likely with newer and faster Intel processors, according to a new report.

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Future Apple devices may boast environmental sensor suite with built-in thermometer

A pair of documents unearthed on Thursday detail Apple's ambitions to make the iPhone — or rumored iWatch — a one-stop-shop for gathering all kinds of data, including information about a user's surrounding environment.

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Apple's display tech lets users interact with 3D objects in mid-air

A document discovered on Thursday describes an interactive three-dimensional display system that allows users to "touch" objects in mid-air, presenting the illusion of an advanced hologram.

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Judge denies Apple motion to stay upcoming e-books damages trial

In yet another denial of Apple's attempts to halt an impending e-books damages trial, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Wednesday shot down two motions for a stay, making it clear she intends to kick off proceedings as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Purportedly 'leaked' iPhone 6 case compared with iPhone 5s, Nexus 5 and Note 3 in video

A video published on Wednesday compares a case supposedly built to wrap Apple's next-generation iPhone with Google's LG-made Nexus 5 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 phablet, offering new perspective on the device's possible size.

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iPad luring in new users: over 2/3 of Apple's iPad buyers were new to iPad

Over two thirds of people registering an iPad in the last six months were new to iPad, while over half of those registering iPhone were new to iPhone, Tim Cook revealed, highlighting the attraction and loyalty effects Apple is observing in its products.

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Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' may sport curved edges, display glass

A report on Wednesday claims Apple's next-generation iPhone may employ a curved chassis design and accompanying display glass, a vast departure from the substantially squared-off design used on existing Apple handsets.

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Tim Cook: Angela Ahrendts to join Apple next week, thanks outgoing CFO Peter Oppenheimer

During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call, chief executive Tim Cook said he looked forward to welcoming Angela Ahrendts as the company's new retail and online leader next week, while offering public thanks to outgoing chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer.

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Apple's Cook touts Microsoft Office for iPad, says it could have come sooner

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday said that Microsoft's Office for iPad is a "key franchise" in enterprise, an area where Apple is pushing for tablet dominance, but admitted the software could have come a bit sooner.

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Apple 'on the prowl' with 24 acquisitions in last year and a half

Apple has bought two-dozen companies in the last 18 months, it was revealed on Wednesday, and more deals are likely on the way, with Tim Cook describing Apple as "on the prowl" for potential acquisitions that make sense.

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Apple announces 20M Apple TVs sold since debut

As the tail end of Apple's quarterly conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook threw out a somewhat surprising statistic, saying the company has sold some 20 million Apple TV units since the unit launched in 2007.

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Apple's Q2 iPhone sales boom, carry declining iPad performance

During its quarterly conference call for the second quarter of 2014 on Wednesday, Apple announced huge growth for its iPhone lineup, while iPad sales were

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FeatureNotes of interest from Apple's Q2 2014 conference call

Apple surprised the market on Wednesday by not only beating expectations for its second fiscal quarter of 2014, but also announcing a 7-for-1 stock split, increased share buybacks, and a a higher quarterly dividend. Following the announcements, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.

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BreakingApple announces 7-for-1 stock split, buybacks bumped to $90 billion

Apple on Wednesday released its quarterly earnings for the second quarter of 2014, announcing a seven-for-one stock split coming in June, as well as a boost to share buybacks now capped at $90 billion.

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BreakingApple beats estimates with $10.2B in profit on sales of 43.7M iPhones, 16.3M iPads

Apple on Wednesday exceeded market expectations for its second quarter of fiscal 2014, posting $45.6 billion in revenue and quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share.

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IMDb for iOS adds TV & Amazon Prime listings, Nike+ Move gets internationalized

Two noteworthy new updates hit the App Store on Wednesday as television and movie database IMDb added TV listings and the ability to check titles' Amazon Prime ability, while Nike's Nike+ Move gained a number of localizations and stability improvements.

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As Apple's growth slows, media questions if 'patience' & 'resolve' of Wall Street investors will last

Ahead of Apple's earnings call this afternoon, two major publications have openly questioned whether investors will continue to stand by one of the most profitable companies in the world, with the perception that Wall Street may be losing its patience with the iPhone maker in the face of slowing growth.

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Rumor: Apple taps Catcher for metal casings on next-gen 'iPhone 6'

A pair of investment firms believe casing supplier Catcher has secured a sizable chunk of Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6" metal casing orders, as the company lines up suppliers for a handset launch later this year.

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