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2014

Apple in talks with music labels to reduce Beats Music streaming fees, report says

Thursday October 02, 2014

According to a report on Thursday, Apple is in talks with major music labels over content licensing price cuts to be applied to Beats Music, which could result in subscription fee drops some time next year.

Leonardo DiCaprio no longer in talks to play Steve Jobs in Sony-backed biopic

Thursday October 02, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio, who was previously in talks to play the lead role in director Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, has reportedly turned down the offer and will instead take an extended hiatus from acting.

Apple seeds iTunes 12 beta 3 to developers ahead of OS X Yosemite launch

Thursday October 02, 2014

Apple on Thursday issued the third beta build of iTunes 12 to developers and members of its Apple Seed program, bringing minor tweaks and backend enhancements to the stalwart media app.

Apple overhauls employee benefits with longer parental leave, improved education reimbursements

Thursday October 02, 2014

Apple on Thursday announced to employees in a company-wide memo that it is expanding workers' benefits, including longer parental leave, an expanded donation matching program, subsidized student loan refinancing, and education reimbursement for all classes.

Apple PR veteran Steve Dowling named interim communications chief

Thursday October 02, 2014

Though the company was said to be looking outside of its ranks to find a new head of public relations, Apple's longtime corporate communications employee Steve Dowling was reportedly named interim PR chief last week by CEO Tim Cook.

Apple caters to minimalists by offering blank home screen option in iOS 8

Thursday October 02, 2014

Users looking for fewer distractions on their iPhone, or those who simply want to provide a better look at their wallpaper, can choose to have a blank first home screen in Apple's newly released iOS 8 update.

Pioneer aftermarket car stereos & Spotify both add support for Apple's CarPlay

Thursday October 02, 2014

Though it arrived later than expected, Pioneer on Thursday supplied updates for its existing NEX lineup of car stereos to support Apple's CarPlay. In addition, popular streaming music service Spotify also saw an update to its iOS application to add support for Apple's new car infotainment platform.

Snap by Groupon for iOS pays users cash back on grocery purchases

Thursday October 02, 2014

Deal seeking site Groupon on Thursday launched a new application dubbed Snap, which pays users cash back for purchasing specific items when at the grocery store.

Samsung wins contract to build 14-nanometer Apple 'A9' chips - report

Thursday October 02, 2014

Though the A8 chip was recently unveiled in the iPhone 6, Apple is said to already be lining up deals for next year's presumed "A9" processor, which will reportedly be manufactured with a 14-nanometer process by longtime partner Samsung.

Apple's next-gen iOS Remote app solution could boast full Apple TV GUIs, interactive content

Thursday October 02, 2014

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a next-generation iOS Remote app system capable of translating the Apple TV's UI to smaller format iPhone and iPad screens, while streaming back external content like movie trivia from those same devices.

Reservations for Apple's iPhone 6, 6 Plus in China reportedly hit 2 million in first 6 hours

Thursday October 02, 2014

News outlets in mainland China are reporting that initial reservations for Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models across retailers and the nation's three mobile carriers have reached the two million mark.

Apple releases iCloud tool to check device Activation Lock status

Wednesday October 01, 2014

Adding to its collection of Web-based security tools, Apple on Wednesday published a webpage that allows users to check a device's Activation Lock status, ensuring safe and smooth transfer of ownership for used iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.

Marc Newson confirms only working at Apple part time on secret projects

Wednesday October 01, 2014

In an interview on Wednesday, Superstar designer and new Apple hire Marc Newson confirmed his role at the tech giant is strictly part time, saying that he will continue to lead his own company out of the UK while working on special projects in Cupertino.

Verizon will not throttle unlimited 4G LTE data users, to double data plans in promotion

Wednesday October 01, 2014

In a statement released on Wednesday, America's largest cellular provider Verizon said it will not be throttling 4G LTE data speeds for users grandfathered in to unlimited data plans, while at the same time announcing a buffed data plan promotion.

Patent holdings firm WiLAN loses second suit against Apple

Wednesday October 01, 2014

A Southern California court on Wednesday granted Apple a summary judgment absolving the company of infringing two LTE patents asserted by Canadian patent holdings company WiLAN.

Apple Store app updated for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Wednesday October 01, 2014

The Apple Store app, one of the few first-party iOS apps left untouched when iOS 8 launched last month, was finally updated on Wednesday when Apple added support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iOS-connected Hexoskin fitness tracking smart shirt now available

Wednesday October 01, 2014

The $399 Hexoskin biometric smart shirt is now available for purchase in the U.S., giving athletes the ability to measure, track and improve their performance in real time, with data on heart rate, breathing and more.

PopKey GIF keyboard for iOS 8 debuts, Tweetbot adds support for iPhone 6 & interactive notifications

Wednesday October 01, 2014

Users looking to get the most out of their newly updated iOS 8 device can download a pair of apps that were made available Wednesday: the PopKey keyboard for convenient access to animated GIF images, and Tweetbot with support for the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays as well as interactive notifications.

iOS 8 makes it easier to access desktop websites in Safari

Wednesday October 01, 2014

Users who prefer to browse the web without the constraints of "mobile optimized" websites can now do so easily in iOS 8 thanks to a new "Request Desktop Site" button in Mobile Safari.

Piper Jaffray advises 'conservative expectations' for Apple Watch, predicts first-year sales of 10M

Wednesday October 01, 2014

Investment firm Piper Jaffray thinks the potential market for the upcoming Apple Watch is "huge," but warned investors on Wednesday that it will take time for the wrist-worn smart device to grow into its full potential.