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2014

Apple now accepting China UnionPay as payment option for Chinese App Store users

Sunday November 16, 2014

As of Sunday, Apple's Chinese App Store -- now the second largest in the world -- accepts payments from China UnionPay, the country's only bank card organization and issuers of the most popular cards in China.

Review: Microsoft's health tracking, iOS-compatible Band

Sunday November 16, 2014

The competitive price, strong feature set, and universal compatibility of the Microsoft Band will make it a compelling product for anyone in the market for a wearable fitness and health tracking device, though it does suffer from some of the expected shortcomings of a first-generation product.

After losing Apple's iPad business, Intel has bled $7 billion while heavily subsidizing cheap x86 Atom Android tablets

Sunday November 16, 2014

Over the last two years, Intel's mobile chip division has lost $7 billion while heavily subsidizing the manufacturing costs of Android Atom tablet makers. It now plans to phase out those generous incentives, which will make it more expensive for iPad competitors to dump cheap tablets into the market.

Review: Pioneer's AppRadio 4 with built-in support for Apple CarPlay

Saturday November 15, 2014

Pioneer was the first to market with third-party CarPlay-compatible systems, and AppleInsider has put its new AppRadio 4 model to the test, to see how it -- and Apple's new vehicle-based infotainment system -- measure up.

Deals: Final days to get the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros with exclusive coupons

Saturday November 15, 2014

Exclusive 3% discount coupons from MacMall that offer AppleInsider readers the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pros will expire for the year in less than a week. Meanwhile, readers in the market for Mac desktops still have time to take advantage of another exclusive that offers $50-$100 discounts of iMac 5Ks and Mac Pros, with free AppleCare thrown in on each order.

Inside the net neutrality dispute, and why it's important to Apple users

Saturday November 15, 2014

Though you may pay a premium for one of the fastest internet connections your cable provider offers, a lack of net neutrality could cause your iCloud backups and iTunes movie rentals to take hours, rather than minutes. Here's why Apple users, and consumers in general, should care about net neutrality.

Apple Inc. A8X iPad chip causing big problems for Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia

Saturday November 15, 2014

Apple's A-series Application Processors that power iPads--including the latest and greatest A8X in iPad Air 2--are inciting billion dollar losses for Intel and threatening major problems for rival tablet chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia, along with all the companies that depend upon those vendors for their mobile chips.

Retailers report strong customer interest in Apple Pay after first weeks of service

Friday November 14, 2014

It appears that Apple Pay is off to a good start as participating retailers nationwide report the service is generating high levels of interest from customers looking to try it out, something heretofore unheard of in the mobile wallet space.

Apple, Inc. shares reach new peak above $114 after paying investors $2.9 billion in dividends

Friday November 14, 2014

Apple shares reached a new all time closing high of $114.18 today, following yesterday's quarterly dividend distribution of $2.9 billion to shareholders. That compares to a pre-split adjusted price just cents below $800, and is 53.5 percent higher than the company's stock price just one year ago.

Trade groups representing Apple, Google, others lobby Senate to limit NSA spying

Friday November 14, 2014

Members of various Internet and technology trade groups are pushing the U.S. Senate to impose limitations on spying programs instituted by the National Security Agency, citing privacy concerns and lost business.

Apple releases Xcode 6.1.1 golden master with fixes for Swift, Xcode Server

Friday November 14, 2014

Apple on Friday issued to developers a golden master build of the upcoming Xcode 6.1.1 update, bringing bug fixes for Xcode Server, the Swift programming language and Interface Builder, among others.

Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo grocery stores to begin accepting Apple Pay - report

Friday November 14, 2014

Two major southeastern grocery store chains, Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo, are said to begin accepting Apple Pay tap-to-pay transactions at the start of next week, according to a new report.

iPhone 6 outselling iPhone 6 Plus by 3-to-1 margin in US - report

Friday November 14, 2014

Though Apple doesn't break down sales figures for specific iPhone models, a new study suggests that the blockbuster sales of the iPhone 6 lineup are mostly driven by the 4.7-inch model, though the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has still captured a considerable size of the market.

Current tablet sales growth being driven by sub-$250 devices, IDC says

Friday November 14, 2014

The average selling price of tablets continues to drop, according to the latest research from IDC, as sales growth in the tablet market is reportedly being driven by low-end, low-cost devices, just as Apple has entered the sub-$250 market with the first-generation iPad mini.

Apple responds to Masque Attack concerns, says unaware of affected users

Thursday November 13, 2014

Coming days after the discovery of an iOS vulnerability called "Masque Attack" was made public, Apple late Thursday issued a statement regarding the potentially malicious software, saying default OS X and iOS security settings are enough to thwart attacks.

Sprint builds out hardware leasing with 'iPad for Life' plans, iPad Air 2 starts at $20 per month

Thursday November 13, 2014

Sprint on Thursday expanded its hardware leasing options beyond Apple's iPhone to include the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, with pricing for 16GB models pegged at a respective $20 and $17 per month for 24 months.

DOJ reportedly spies on mobile phone owners using fake airplane-mounted cell towers

Thursday November 13, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly deployed specialized equipment to gather mobile phone data, including unique device identifiers and other sensitive data, from spoofed cell phone towers installed in planes.

VSCO Cam for IOS update brings iPad support, access to 'Journal' publishing platform

Thursday November 13, 2014

Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam received an extensive update on Thursday, bringing a newly built native iPad version, access to "Journal" publishing, filter comparisons and cloud syncing across devices.

Apple seeds Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1 and 6.2.1 betas, releases Thunderbolt Display firmware 1.2

Thursday November 13, 2014

Apple on Thursday pushed out a batch of new Safari builds for developers covering OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, as well as new firmware for the company's standalone Thunderbolt Display.

FTC seeks assurances from Apple on health data privacy

Thursday November 13, 2014

According to a report on Thursday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking Apple about its handling of sensitive health data gathered and stored by the company's new iOS 8 HealthKit framework, especially as it applies to possible dissemination to third parties like advertisers.