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2014

Oculus co-founder defends sale of company amidst backlash, says Facebook a better home than Apple

Wednesday March 26, 2014

After word broke that virtual reality pioneer Oculus will be bought by Facebook for $2 billion, enthusiasts responded negatively, questioning the merits of the deal and future of the Rift headset. That led the co-founder of Oculus to take to the Internet to defend the sale, in which he argued Facebook is a better landing spot for the company than Apple or Microsoft.

iPhone games hit the big-time & find new success with their own TV commercials

Wednesday March 26, 2014

With mobile games now an established part of the mainstream, publishers have begun promoting their titles with high-profile television commercials, resulting in measurable gains among the number of active iPhone players.

Drobo adds enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine in new storage system

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Popular bring-your-own-drive external storage company Drobo announced an update its flagship 4-bay unit Wednesday, making it faster and easier for Mac users to back up to the device using Time Machine.

New $8-per-month 'NYT Now' subscription will debut first on Apple's iPhone

Wednesday March 26, 2014

The New York Times announced on Wednesday that it will expand its digital subscription offerings in the coming months, starting with a "core" package dubbed "NYT Now" targeted at light readers, and it will debut exclusively on Apple's iPhone on April 2.

Apple once again rumored to launch MacBook Air with Retina display this year

Wednesday March 26, 2014

The latest supply chain rumors add to claims that Apple is planning to launch a new MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display later this year, bringing the same pixel-packing power already found in the company's MacBook Pro lineup.

Apple updates iTunes Movie Trailers app with notifications, Rotten Tomatoes reviews

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Apple on Tuesday brought a few useful additions to its iTunes Movie Trailers app, including a new notification system for shows to be released in theaters or the iTunes Store and in-app critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes.

BlackBerry sues exec to stay after being poached by Apple

Tuesday March 25, 2014

A Canadian court ruling issued on Tuesday reveals BlackBerry is holding an employment contract over SVP of Software Sebastien Marineau-Mes' head, blocking his departure from the flailing company after being hired away by Apple last year.

Apple software engineer details development of original iPhone

Tuesday March 25, 2014

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published on Tuesday, Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie offers a detailed look at the development process that culminated in the first iPhone.

Apple's emoji characters may soon show more ethnic diversity, report says

Tuesday March 25, 2014

According to a report released on Tuesday, Apple is planning to update the emoji characters used in iOS and OS X soft keyboards with a new, more diverse selection of characters.

Facebook to acquire virtual reality firm Oculus VR for $2B in cash and stock

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Social media monolith Facebook is said to prepping another huge acquisition, this time setting its sights on Oculus VR, the virtual reality hardware and software firm responsible for the Oculus Rift.

Apple brings on Delta exec for online sales as Chomp cofounder to depart

Tuesday March 25, 2014

In the fluid world of tech hires, two changes were recently recorded to Apple's roster as the company hired ex-Delta Airlines VP Bob Kupbens to bolster online sales, while Chomp cofounder Cathy Edwards is scheduled to depart in April.

Google Glass partners with maker of Ray-Ban, Oakley for more stylish headwear

Tuesday March 25, 2014

While the developer preview of Glass has established the heads-up display as advanced technology, it's also earned Google's headwear a reputation for being unfashionable --something the company hopes to address with a new partnership with the Luxottica Group.

HTC unveils 5" HTC One M8 with gesture controls, dual rear cameras, slo-mo video

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Taiwanese handset maker HTC on Tuesday unveiled its latest flagship device intended to take on Apple's iPhone: the HTC One M8, with a larger screen, higher-spec internals, a depth-sensing camera and dual LED flash -- but no biometrics.

45% of businesses offer Macs to employees, 77% find Apple more reliable - survey

Tuesday March 25, 2014

A new survey of IT decision makers in the enterprise found that almost half of businesses now offer their workers Macs, while the vast majority feel Apple's Mac platform is more reliable than PCs running Microsoft's Windows.

Retailers begin distributing credits from e-book price fixing settlements

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have begun the process of handing out $166 million in account credits to consumers affected by the e-books price fixing scandal as notification emails began going out on Tuesday.

Bandwidth deal between Apple & Comcast would likely draw federal scrutiny

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Though the U.S. government wouldn't need to approve a deal between Apple and Comcast for faster and more reliable streaming video, such an alignment would likely draw regulatory scrutiny, in particular with respect to its effects on net neutrality.

NYT pulls iPad Air underwater ad after 'unfortunate' juxtaposition with Flight 370 story

Tuesday March 25, 2014

A digital version of Apple's 'Your Verse' ad for the iPad Air, which ends in an underwater scene, was removed from the New York Times's website Tuesday after the newspaper mistakenly allowed it to run alongside a story about the possible ocean crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

Apple exploring split cameras for thinner iPhones, location-based security

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Future iPhones could be thinner and more secure thanks to technology outlined in two unique proposed inventions from Apple, covering adaptive security profiles and a new type of split-sensor camera.

Japanese court says Apple's iPhones, iPads don't infringe on Samsung patents

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Apple has once again defeated rival Samsung in the courtroom, this time in Japan, where it was ruled that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 do not infringe on data communication patents owned by the South Korean electronics giant.

Apple testing 'Related' App Store search results to boost app discovery

Tuesday March 25, 2014

According to reports late Monday, Apple may be planning on rolling out a new app discovery feature for the iOS App Store as users have spotted a new option that suggests terms related to a given search.