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2014

ConEd will help NYC residents connect their air conditioner to their iPhone for free

Tuesday June 24, 2014

With another sweltering summer in the offing, New York utility ConEd is once again looking to ease the load on its aging power grid by offering customers a free outlet adapter that will turn a standard window-mounted air conditioner into a WiFi-connected unit that can be controlled from an iPhone.

Survey finds 14% of watch-wearers interested in hypothetical $350 Apple 'iWatch'

Tuesday June 24, 2014

Investment firm Piper Jaffray published the results of a new fashion-focused survey on Tuesday, in which respondents were asked about a rumored Apple "iWatch," with interest in such a device found to vary wildly based on price.

Google "dismantled" Android hardware initiatives after buying Nest, claims disputed report

Tuesday June 24, 2014

A report seeking to profile both Google's Sundar Pichai (who replaced Andy Rubin as head of Android) and Nest founder Tony Fadell claims that Pichai appointed Fadell to run Google's hardware. Fadell retorted that the story "is 100% wrong," but neither he nor Google have refuted any of the more titillating details about Pichai or the search giant presented in the article.

Google's Nest to open smart home platform, share data with developers including Google

Tuesday June 24, 2014

Nest Labs, makers of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, announced on Tuesday that it will be opening its smart home platform to third-party developers and partners, which includes parent company Google.

Rumor: Apple's 12-inch MacBook Air to enter production in Q3

Tuesday June 24, 2014

A report out of East Asia on Tuesday claims Apple's partner manufacturers will begin production of the long-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air sometime in the third quarter.

Microsoft offers MacBook Air owners up to $650 in store credit to 'trade up' to Surface Pro 3

Monday June 23, 2014

In a trade-in program launched on Monday, Microsoft is again luring Apple device owners to make the switch to Windows by offering Surface Pro 3 buyers up to $650 in store credit for certain MacBook Air models.

Apple suppliers to start production two larger 'iPhone 6' models in July, both may see Sept. launch

Monday June 23, 2014

Following rumors of a massive Foxconn hiring spree, Bloomberg on Monday reported Apple's suppliers are slated to start production of two larger screen iPhones next month ahead of a possible concurrent September release.

Samsung & Quinn Emmanuel ordered to pay Apple, Nokia over $2M for leaking secrets

Monday June 23, 2014

Samsung and itsQuinn Emmanuel attorneys have been ordered to pay over $2 million in legal fees to Apple and Nokia related to the leaking of their confidential patent licensing agreement.

Apple joins NCWIT in push for gender balance in U.S. tech industry

Monday June 23, 2014

At the White House Summit on Working Families on Monday, the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), with which Apple is an alliance partner, announced an ambitious program to fast track 3,500 women into the U.S. tech industry by 2016.

Apple's Ahrendts offers tips on transitioning to a new job in LinkedIn post

Monday June 23, 2014

Apple's newly hired SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts posted an article to LinkedIn on Monday, offering advice to those transitioning to new jobs, just as she did recently in joining Apple.

Apple looking to expand Siri localization with at least 9 new languages

Monday June 23, 2014

A number of recently discovered jobs listings on Apple's website hint at future Siri localization, with the company looking to hire native speakers of languages used in burgeoning markets like Brazil and Russia.

Sprint's 'satisfaction guarantee' lets customers test out hardware, services for 30 days risk-free

Monday June 23, 2014

In what appears to be a response to T-Mobile's recently announced iPhone 'test drive,' Sprint on Monday said it will begin a risk-free program in which new customers can try out the carrier's network and services for 30 days.

Oops: Samsung cheers "Galaxy 11" sponsored soccer star Landon Donovan who wasn't in the World Cup match

Monday June 23, 2014

Despite sponsoring soccer teams--and funding a "Galaxy 11" fantasy league designed to associate its products with alien-battling futbol stars--Samsung didn't seem to be aware of the U.S. lineup of athletes playing in this weekend's World Cup match when it sent out yet another embarrassing tweet.

Microsoft follows Apple's lead, slashes pricing for OneDrive cloud storage

Monday June 23, 2014

The latest shot in the cloud storage wars came on Monday from Microsoft, which announced a restructuring of its OneDrive offering that will more than double users' base storage allowance, as the software giant reacts to recent price cuts from rivals Apple and Google.

Bono criticizes Apple for being 'annoyingly quiet' about raising $75M for fight against AIDS

Monday June 23, 2014

U2 frontman Bono appeared onstage for an interview this weekend at the Cannes Lions festival with Apple designer Jony Ive, and while the two spoke of their successful history together in raising money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Bono did take the opportunity to criticize the company for downplaying its role.

Civilization Revolution 2 coming to iOS next month, FTL gets a deep discount

Monday June 23, 2014

Apple gamers will get a leg up on consolers as 2K Games will bring the next iteration of Sid Meier's long-running Civilization series directly to iOS in July, while developer Subset Games has slashed the price of massively popular space command sim FTL for a limited time.

Leak shows 8.9" Nexus tablet from HTC, Google's latest stab at Apple's iPad

Monday June 23, 2014

With Google's I/O conference set to kick off this Wednesday and showcase the company's next direction for its Android mobile platform, a new leak now shows an 8.9-inch HTC tablet that is expected to be the next premium Nexus tablet pitted against Apple's iPad lineup.

Prague to host Apple's first retail presence in former Eastern Bloc - report

Monday June 23, 2014

Apple will open a new store-within-a-store branch in the Czech capital later this week, according to a Monday report, marking Apple's first brick and mortar foray into Eastern European retail.

Intel reportedly pushing to supply Apple with baseband chips for future iPhones

Monday June 23, 2014

While Intel Mobile Communications hasn't supplied baseband processors to Apple in years, the chipmaker is said to be looking to get back into the supply chain for future iPhone models in an effort to oust current partner Qualcomm.

Google focuses on fashion with new Glass frames from designer Diane von Furstenberg

Monday June 23, 2014

Fashion-conscious early adopters of Google's Glass hardware now have more stylish options for sporting the augmented reality headgear, as a series of frames designed in collaboration with fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg have been released by the search giant.