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2014

Apple expands availability of two-step verification for Apple IDs to 59 countries

Thursday July 17, 2014

Just over a year after first enabling two-step verification for its pervasive Apple ID account system, Apple on Thursday revealed the feature's expansion to nearly 50 additional countries around the world in an updated technical support document.

Google Analytics gets dedicated iOS app, Facebook adds celebrity-focused Mentions app

Thursday July 17, 2014

Webmasters now have an easier, official app for tracking their website statistics on their iPhone with Google's new Analytics app, while celebrities and other public figures can more easily engage with their fanbases on Facebook thanks to the social network's new Mentions app.

Maximum $450M payout in ebook settlement 'immaterial' to Apple's bottom line

Thursday July 17, 2014

Even if Apple were to pay out the highest possible $450 million price in its ebook antitrust litigation settlement, it wouldn't put much of a dent in the company's billions of dollars in cash.

1,800 mAh battery for Apple's 'iPhone 6' purportedly shown off in new photos

Thursday July 17, 2014

Batteries said to be destined for Apple's next-generation. 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" appeared on the internet Thursday, seemingly lending credence to recent whispers that the company would bump the handset's battery capacity to 1,800 mAh from the iPhone 5s's 1,500 mAh unit.

Microsoft to ax 18,000 jobs this year, laying off more than 14% of total workforce

Thursday July 17, 2014

Microsoft, as was expected, announced on Thursday that it will be laying off employees this year, but the total number of cuts are much higher than anticipated, representing by far the largest-ever personnel reduction in the Windows maker's history.

Future iPhones may use behavior recognition and learning tools to protect against theft

Thursday July 17, 2014

An Apple invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office on Thursday describes a method by which an iPhone can set off an alert or automatically lock the device based on detected changes in user behavior.

What Apple, Inc. gets from its new iOS partnership with IBM

Thursday July 17, 2014

Apple's newly announced mobile partnership with IBM has been greeted by a number of analysts and pundits as being both "not that big a deal," or conversely, the dramatic reversal of a long standing rivalry. Both are wrong, here's why.

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.