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2014

Apple issues second beta of iOS 8.1, new Xcode & Apple TV builds to developers

Tuesday October 07, 2014

The second beta of iOS 8.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was supplied to developers on Tuesday, as Apple prepares for an anticipated public launch, presumably with Apple Pay, later this month.

GT Advanced CEO faces scrutiny for selling stock ahead of Apple's sapphire-less iPhone 6 announcement

Tuesday October 07, 2014

The day before Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with glass screen covers, the CEO of GT Advanced Technologies sold $160,000 worth of his now-struggling company's stock, shares of which subsequently tanked due to the lack of a sapphire cover on the latest iPhones.

Plastc unveils new iOS-connected payment card with e-ink touchscreen

Tuesday October 07, 2014

Silicon Valley startup Plastc on Tuesday unveiled a new, iOS-connected smart payment card with a number of innovative features -- including built-in, programmable NFC and RFID --less than a month before Apple is expected to unleash Apple Pay, its own bid to eliminate the plastic in consumers' wallets.

Even before launch, Apple Pay the 'player to beat' in mobile payments, Morgan Stanley says

Tuesday October 07, 2014

Though Apple Pay isn't even available to consumers yet, investment firm Morgan Stanley expects that Apple's mobile wallet service will become the industry standard and help drive wider adoption of NFC-based payment systems.

Apple's patented flexible device display triggers data events through bending

Tuesday October 07, 2014

Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content.

Samsung warns of massive 60% decline in profits for Q3, cites stiff smartphone competition

Monday October 06, 2014

Apple rival Samsung on Tuesday warned investors of an upcoming slide in quarterly profits that could amount to a 60 percent decline from the same time last year, blaming the slump on a squeeze in both high and low ends of the mobile phone sector.

Apple says iOS 8 on 47% of devices as adoption rate slows, tied with iOS 7 distribution

Monday October 06, 2014

In an update to its developer portal on Monday, Apple revealed 47 percent of iOS devices tracked through the App Store are running the latest iOS 8, a change of only one percent over the past two weeks.

Supposed iPhone 6 prototype going for more than $100K on eBay

Monday October 06, 2014

A purported Apple iPhone 6 prototype put up for auction on eBay last week is currently commanding a high bid of more than $100,000 with a little under three days left to go.

Google updates Gmail for iOS with support for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus displays

Monday October 06, 2014

Google on Monday issued an update to its popular Gmail client for iOS, bringing compatibility for the Retina HD displays found in Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

NYT Now free for a week, 1Password updates for iPhone 6, Angry Birds Star Wars II gains content

Monday October 06, 2014

A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store recently as the New York Times announced on Monday that it will makes content in its popular NYT Now app available for free this week, 1Password gained native support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Angry Birds Star Wars II was on the receiving end of a major content update.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere says iPhone 6 demand 'unbelievable,' not affected by bogus 'bendgate'

Monday October 06, 2014

Colorful T-Mobile chief John Legere called demand for Apple's new iPhone 6 "unbelievable" during a recent interview, later hinting that the scrappy fourth-place wireless carrier may have profited from the launch more than any other.

Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies files for bankruptcy

Monday October 06, 2014

GT Advanced Technologies Inc., a sapphire manufacturer who won a massive $578 million prepayment from Apple, announced on Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.

Hewlett-Packard splitting into two companies, one will focus on consumer PCs & printers

Monday October 06, 2014

Personal computing pioneer Hewlett-Packard announced on Monday that it plans to split into two publicly traded Fortune 50 companies: one that will focus on enterprise technology and services, and another that will offer consumer-focused products and printers.

Adobe revamps creative app suite for Apple's iOS, adds new video editing and drawing apps

Monday October 06, 2014

Graphics software giant Adobe on Monday overhauled nearly every one of its existing iOS app offerings, and added a number of new options including Premiere Clip --a new mobile video editing app -- that tie into the company's Creative Cloud platform.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 delivers poor graphics performance vs. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Saturday October 04, 2014

While boasting an "Octa Core" Application Processor option and an extremely high resolution display, Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 falls flat in running GPU intensive apps and games--particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

Deals: 25% off Otterbox iPhone 6 cases, $799 & $899 MacBook Airs, $100-$400 off 2014 MacBook Pros

Saturday October 04, 2014

Discount coupons for an extra 3% off all MacBooks are joined for a few days by $25% off coupons on Otterbox iPhone 6 cases. Meanwhile, the $799 (11-inch) and $899 (13-inch) MacBook Airs have returned in a price match sale that students can use to their advantage to snag the same models for $699 & $799 at Best Buy.

Apple faces trial for allegedly 'locking in' iPod owners with iTunes Music Store DRM

Friday October 03, 2014

A U.S. district court judge recently denied Apple's motion for summary judgment in a long-running case involving the use of digital rights management for content sold through the iTunes Store, opening the suit to move to the trial phase.

'iWorm' malware controls Macs via Reddit, more than 17K affected

Friday October 03, 2014

Security researchers recently discovered that more than 17,000 Macs around the world have been infected by a new OS X malware threat called "iWorm," which at one point used Reddit.com as a go-between to cull user data, perform various system actions and execute Lua scripts.

Tim Cook sends letter to employees on third anniversary of Steve Jobs' death

Friday October 03, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday sent an email to Apple employees to honor the third anniversary of the passing of co-founder Steve Jobs, saying the late tech guru's legacy lives on through their work.

Flic uses Tinder-like swipes to whittle down your iPhone's photo library

Friday October 03, 2014

iPhone users with an oversized collection of pictures looking for help to shrink their photo library can turn to Flic, a new app that borrows from the popular dating service Tinder by allowing users to swipe right to save, and left for deletion.