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2014

Rumor: Samsung to take over Apple A-series chip production from TSMC in 2015

Thursday July 17, 2014

A report on Wednesday claims Samsung will likely take over fabrication orders for Apple's next-generation custom A-series mobile device processors from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in 2015.

Apple rolls out iTunes Pass to US and Australian customers [u]

Thursday July 17, 2014

After rolling out the service in a pilot test last week, Apple late Wednesday made iTunes Pass available at Apple Stores across the U.S. and Australia, allowing customers to recharge their iTunes account balance in-store via a Passbook card.

Samsung brings premium 'Level' headphone and speaker lineup stateside to battle Apple's Beats

Wednesday July 16, 2014

Samsung on Wednesday announced the imminent release of its "Level" headphone and portable speaker lineup, which features four premium devices seemingly aimed directly at Apple's Beats hardware.

Jawbone UP and Airbnb iOS apps get all new features, revamped designs

Wednesday July 16, 2014

A pair of app updates on Wednesday brought new wellness tracking tools and a refreshed look to Jawbone's UP fitness system, while community-rooted travel marketplace Airbnb received a more comprehensive makeover complete with rebranding.

NFL Sunday Ticket coming to iOS, Mac for 2014 season with no satellite subscription needed

Wednesday July 16, 2014

Satellite television provider DirecTV looks set to offer a standalone subscription to its popular NFL Sunday Ticket package for the first time, meaning cord-cutting football fans can follow the action this fall on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac without mounting a dish to their roof.

Apple agrees to pay $450 million to settle ebook price fixing lawsuit

Wednesday July 16, 2014

Apple has agreed to pay up to $450 million to settle a class-action lawsuit from states and consumers accusing the iPad maker of illegally fixing e-book prices and raising costs.

Apple implements transit encryption for iCloud email to prevent snooping

Wednesday July 16, 2014

Apple appears to have completed an initiative designed to increase the security of its iCloud email service by adding end-to-end encryption for messages sent from me.com and icloud.com, according to new data from Google's Gmail.

Rumor: Fourth beta of Apple's iOS 8 expected to arrive Monday, July 21

Wednesday July 16, 2014

The fourth pre-release beta for Apple's forthcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system update is rumored to arrive next Monday, July 21, exactly two weeks after the arrival of the third beta.

New photos purport to show tweaked Touch ID sensor for Apple's 'iPhone 6'

Wednesday July 16, 2014

With Apple believed to be in the final stages of preparation to begin manufacturing its next-generation iPhones, a slightly redesigned Touch ID component said to be headed for the so-called iPhone 6 has surfaced from Japan.

With most major companies already using iOS, Piper Jaffray doesn't see IBM deal surging Apple sales

Wednesday July 16, 2014

Apple's new enterprise partnership with IBM will likely strengthen the position of the iPhone and iPad in the corporate world, but it probably won't move the needle much in terms of overall device sales, investment firm Piper Jaffray believes.

First Look: Logitech adds to 'case+' system with new 'protection+' iPhone 5/5s case and car mounts

Wednesday July 16, 2014

Building on its recent "case+" system of modular iPhone accessories, Logitech on Wednesday announced the "protection+" slim fit case and two accompanying car mounts, one of which was part of the original $200 set.

Review: Automatic Link works with your iPhone to make you a better driver

Tuesday July 15, 2014

With its Automatic Link accessory and eponymous iOS app, third-party firm Automatic takes smartphone-to-car integration to the next level, empowering users to save gas, improve driving habits and keep tabs on automobile health with an interactive mobile experience.

Apple and IBM join forces in landmark push for iOS in enterprise

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Tech giants Apple and IBM on Tuesday announced a new partnership that looks to revolutionize mobile device use in enterprise with customized apps and services for iPhone and iPad.

Brightly brings personal UV tracking to iOS, PayPal adds support for loyalty cards

Tuesday July 15, 2014

The App Store added two vacation-season updates on Tuesday, with Brightly aiming to help iPhone owners avoid getting sunburn while soaking up the summer sun, while PayPal continued to expand its payments empire by adding support for virtual loyalty cards.

Google now warns iPhone users when search results contain Adobe Flash

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Search giant Google added another board to Flash's coffin on Tuesday with the announcement that it would warn users searching from mobile devices -- like Apple's iPhone or Android handsets -- when the contents of a search result were "mostly Flash."

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney not in the running for Apple's vacant PR job

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Following rumors that Apple might be looking to hire former Obama administration White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for its vacant head of public relations position, the well-connected Jim Dalrymple has squashed those claims definitively.

Microsoft may announce biggest round of layoffs in company history this week - report

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Redmond, Wash., software giant Microsoft, which has struggled to find an answer to the success of Apple's iPad and iPhone, is said to be planning major staff reductions that could be the single biggest round of layoffs in the company's history.

Rumor: Apple solves alleged 'iPhone 6' battery issues with new supplier

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Alleged problems plaguing the construction of ultra-thin batteries for Apple's next-generation iPhones have apparently been solved after the company brought a new manufacturing partner in Taiwan on board, according to a Tuesday report from Asia.

USPTO denies Apple's 'Touch ID' trademark, cites possible confusion with timecard system

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Apple will not be granted a trademark for the Touch ID authentication system introduced alongside the iPhone 5s, according to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision revealed Monday, because it could be confused with an earlier Touch ID trademark assigned to timekeeping company Kronos.

Rumor: Apple's 'iWatch' will come in two sizes, three models when it launches this fall

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Apple is said to be planning to release a wrist-worn device this fall with touchscreen sizes of 1.6 and 1.8 inches, with the larger having an option for sapphire, according to the latest "iWatch" rumor out of the Far East.