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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Apple Store in the Middle East to open in Dubai next year - report

Apple looks set to launch its first official retail presence in the Middle East with a new store in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, according to a new report, with the location said to be the largest the Cupertino company has ever built.

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As overall retail revenue declines, Apple Stores carry on original goal of growing Mac hardware sales

Though revenues from Apple Stores have actually been shrinking in recent quarters, the company's brick-and-mortar operations have continued to play a pivotal role in courting Windows switchers and driving sales of Mac hardware to new heights.

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Purported 'iPhone 6' render shows sub-1mm rear camera lens protrusion

A three-dimensional render of a device said to be Apple's next-generation iPhone — codenamed "N56" —appeared from a source in the Republic of China on Wednesday, bearing a camera lens that extends outward from the device's rear cover in a manner similar to the fifth-generation iPod touch.

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Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to concentrate on other responsibilities

Nearly six months after Steve Ballmer handed over the reins at Microsoft, the former CEO on Tuesday announced he is also resigning from the company's board, citing outside responsibilities like a new role as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac launches with OS X 10.10 Yosemite support, speed boosts, more

Parallels on Wednesday announced the release of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac with built-in support for Apple's upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, faster Windows app performance, better battery life and immediate availability for existing users.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Apple faces preliminary injunction to remove 'Secret' from App Store, users' devices

A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered Apple and Google to not only remove anonymous social networking app Secret from their app stores, but also remotely wipe the software from devices in the country.

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Apple updates pro-level video suite with fixes for Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion

Apple on Tuesday rolled out a point update for its Final Cut Pro for Mac professional level video editing software including a bug fix for Blu-ray handling, which was also applied to new versions of Compressor and Motion.

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Photos of supposed fully assembled 'iPhone 6' chassis surface

Amid the deluge of parts leaks and rumors surrounding the upcoming "iPhone 6," a set of photos on Tuesday mates purportedly leaked rear case and display components in what could be the first look at Apple's next handset.

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Microscopic analysis, iOS 8 code point to new 4.7-inch 'iPhone 6' display resolutions

Adding to the pile of supposed "iPhone 6" parts leaks, a report out of Russia claims to have put a display bound for Apple's 4.7-inch handset under the microscope, while new code discovered in Xcode suggests at least one new iPhone model will carry a 1,472-by-828-pixel resolution.

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BreakingShares of Apple reach highest-ever closing price as 'iPhone 6' & 'iWatch' hype builds

After meeting some resistance at the $100 mark, shares of Apple stayed in three-digit territory and closed above their previous all-time high in Tuesday afternoon trading, setting a new record for the company's stock.

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Continued production issues may force Apple to delay 'iWatch' until 2015, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims

With a number of issues allegedly still standing between Apple and the launch of its anticipated wrist-worn device, the so-called "iWatch" may not even see the light of day until next year, the latest missive from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests.

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Mailbox for Mac hits public beta, adds synced drafts and 'snooze to desktop' feature

Popular iOS email efficiency tool Mailbox is now accessible to select users on Mac for beta testing, with availability set to expand gradually over the coming weeks as the developer gears up for a public launch.

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Shares of Apple hit $100 as Morgan Stanley provides strong endorsement to investors

Apple is on the verge of a major new iPhone product cycle, but this one will be unlike any other launch before it, making it an ideal time for investors to buy in to the company's stock, Morgan Stanley said on Tuesday, helping shares to touch $100 in mid-day trading.

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Apple's sixth beta of iOS 8 is for carrier testing only - report

While developers were not supplied a new beta of iOS 8 this week alongside the latest pre-release version of OS X Yosemite, Apple's carrier partners were in fact provided iOS 8 beta 6 for testing prior to the release of the golden master.

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Apple exec Eddy Cue puts Los Altos, Calif., home on the market for nearly $4M

Eddy Cue, who oversees Apple's Internet Software and Services division, has listed his four-bedroom, 3,721-square-foot Los Altos, Calif., home for sale with an asking price of $3.895 million.

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FeatureQuestionable leaks raise hopes that Apple will release new Lightning cable with reversible USB connector

Reversible male "Type-A" USB plugs are not new, but they also aren't compliant with the cable's official specifications, which means that newly leaked Lightning cables showing reversible USB connectors probably were not made by Apple.

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Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' may include faster 150Mbps LTE Advanced modem

The latest component claimed to be from Apple's next-generation iPhone is a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which would boost cellular download speeds to 150 megabits per second, which would be 50 percent faster than the modem found in the iPhone 5s.

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Apple adds 21 acts to iTunes Festival card including Lenny Kravitz, The Script and more

Apple on Tuesday announced the addition of 21 artists to its upcoming iTunes Festival in London, with Lenny Kravitz, The Script, Foxes and more set to take the stage next month.

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Dr. Dre accepts ALS ice bucket challenge, nominates fellow rappers

The ice bucket challenge to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association continued at Apple on Monday, with Dr. Dre accepting CEO Tim Cook's dare on the set of his upcoming movie "Straight Outta Compton."

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Rumor: Undisclosed security breach cause of Apple's new Gatekeeper app signing policy

A report on Monday suggests Apple's recently modified OS X app signing policy is the result of an undisclosed Developer Portal security breach that leaked keys for multiple services, including Gatekeeper.

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Sprint's new family plan brings doubles data, lures in users with low pricing

Sprint on Monday announced a new data-centric plan called the Family Share Pack, offering twice the amount of data as competitors for the same or cheaper monthly pricing.

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Camera+ adds improvements & teases iOS 8 update, Flappy Bird follow-up announced

Popular iOS photography app Camera+ was updated on Monday with a handful of improvements, with bigger things promised to come with iOS 8 this fall. In addition, the creator of the "Flappy Bird" sensation has revealed his latest title, set to arrive on iPhone this week.

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Apple releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6, Xcode 6 beta 6

Apple on Monday issued its sixth beta releases of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6 to developers for testing ahead of their scheduled launches this fall, though no new beta of iOS 8 was released.

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RBC sees Apple selling upwards of 75M 'iPhone 6' units before end of 2014

Apple has apparently placed a massive amount of orders for its next-generation iPhone, prompting RBC Capital Markets to notify investors on Monday that they see great upside potential for the anticipated "iPhone 6" over the coming quarters.

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Apple's first price cuts on 2014 MacBook Pros hit, yield $100-$350 savings for Price Guide users

Continuing a trend of delivering the most cost effective Macs in its history, Apple last week introduced its more aggressively-priced 2014 family of MacBook Pros and then sweetened the pot less than a week later by authorizing additional price cuts on the new models through its resellers, which are now translating to $100 - $350 net savings for users of the AI Price Guides.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Apple's holiday-themed 'Misunderstood' iPhone ad wins Emmy for 'Most Outstanding Commercial'

Another prestigious trophy can be added to Apple's long list of award winning advertisements, as the company's iPhone ad "Misunderstood" has been honored with a Creative Arts Emmy for 2014's most "Outstanding Commercial."

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Apple unlikely to sell sapphire iPhones this year, is setting the stage for future models - JP Morgan

Apple's investments in sapphire may one day result in iPhone cover displays made of the material, but sapphire is unlikely to appear in this year's models due to prohibitive costs associated with producing the material in large quantities, investment firm J.P. Morgan said on Monday.

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FeatureGazelle paying up to $350 cash for old iPhones if you act now; doesn't need them 'til Oct 10

If you're looking to mitigate the cost of upgrading to Apple's 'iPhone 6' by getting the most cash possible for your current iPhone, buyback service Gazelle has just launched its most aggressive price-lock promotion yet: up to $350 for your old iPhone if you lock in a price quote today (and you don't need to send it in until Oct. 10 — long after the iPhone 6 is expected on the market).

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Rumor: Schematic suggests NFC chip in 'iPhone 6,' RAM remains unknown [u]

While incorrect claims came on Monday from a document showing alleged details on a NAND flash chip for Apple's next iPhone, another questionable schematic from the same source suggests the "iPhone 6" may include a near-field communications chip [updated].

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Saturday, August 16, 2014