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2014

Police say iOS 7 Activation Lock is significantly reducing thefts of Apple products

Friday June 20, 2014

Law enforcement agencies in California and New York have reported a major drop in iPhone robberies over the first five months of 2014, a shift they attribute to Apple's new Activation Lock feature released as part of iOS 7 last fall.

Archos releases new iOS-controlled smart home suite with tablet, cameras & environmental sensors

Friday June 20, 2014

Consumers looking for an self-installed, iOS-compatible "connected home" system now have a new option from electronics manufacturer Archos, as the company's new Smart Home system has hit virtual shelves with cameras, environmental sensors, and a customized control tablet.

First look: Siri gains smart home controls with HomeKit in iOS 8

Friday June 20, 2014

Apple's new HomeKit tools for developers won't come with a centralized app like Health or Passbook, instead leveraging the ability of the iOS voice-driven personal assistant Siri to allow users to control the temperature, lights, locks and other accessories in a modern "smart home."

Apple's 'iWatch' to pack in 10+ sensors for health & fitness tracking, to come in multiple sizes, WSJ says

Friday June 20, 2014

Reports about Apple's anticipated wearable wrist-borne device continue to take shape, with the latest details claiming the product will launch this fall loaded with sensors and coming in multiple screen sizes.

Judge voices concern over settlement in Apple anti-poaching suit, may not approve agreement

Friday June 20, 2014

During a court hearing on Thursday, a federal judge voiced concern over a proposed settlement reached in a class action lawsuit over alleged anti-poaching agreements involving Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe.

Apple updates Support Communities forum with instant search box, streamlined UI

Thursday June 19, 2014

Apple on Thursday updated its forum-style Support Communities webpage with a new dual-purpose text input box that can both search and post questions, as well as and a fresh look more in line with other pages on the company's website.

Third-party chargers, Lightning cables reportedly damage iPhone power management IC

Thursday June 19, 2014

An iOS device repair company in the UK reports third-party charging accessories are causing damage to a critical power management component in Apple's iPhone 5, rendering the handset inoperable.

Apple issues OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta to developers with no major changes

Thursday June 19, 2014

Apple on Thursday seeded a new beta build of the upcoming OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks maintenance update, with the latest version coming with minor bug fixes and minor tweaks.

Rumor: Apple's 'iWatch' to have 'slightly rectangular' 2.5" display, wireless charging

Thursday June 19, 2014

A fresh set of rumors about Apple's anticipated "iWatch" were supplied on Thursday by mainstream media outlet, which was told by an unnamed source that the device will boast wireless charging capabilities, and will sport a slightly rectangular watch face.

EA begins huge iOS sale, Microsoft tweaks Skype with new version

Thursday June 19, 2014

Massive game publisher Electronic Arts has put nearly its entire iOS library on sale -- including blockbuster titles like Mirror's Edge and Need for Speed-- while Microsoft's Skype issued a maintenance update for its recently revamped VoIP app.

Video shows high-quality 3D render of Apple's 'spaceship' Campus 2

Thursday June 19, 2014

With construction of Apple's massive new corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif., now underway, a 3D design shop has offered an advanced rendering, showcasing what Campus 2 is expected to look like once it's completed in 2016.

Review: iRig Voice microphone and EZ Voice app for iOS

Thursday June 19, 2014

The iRig Voice microphone and accompanying EZ Voice app for iOS are the latest products from IK Multimedia intended for non-professional musicians who want to sing along with their favorite songs. Together they work well, and can make homemade karaoke recording a lot of fun.

New Apple Maps Flyover city tours uncovered, shown off in iOS 8 beta

Thursday June 19, 2014

Apple looks set to give virtual vacationers a new way to experience some of the world's great cities from above with Flyover city tours, pre-made aerial guides that take viewers on a digital sightseeing trip using Apple's 3D Flyover technology.

Apple & GTAT open second sapphire manufacturing facility in Massachusetts

Thursday June 19, 2014

Apple's much-ballyhooed sapphire plant in Arizona is not its only production facility for the crystalline material, according to a new regulatory filing from manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies, as the two companies have also opened a secondary location in Salem, Mass.

Disney's 'Star Wars Scene Maker' lets users recreate iconic movie scenes on their iPad

Thursday June 19, 2014

"Star Wars" fanatics can relive their love of the original trilogy in an entirely new way on Apple's iPad thanks to the new "Star Wars Scene Maker" app from Disney, which allows users to re-imagine and re-create scenes from the films.

Apple invents iPhone camera lens actuator made of artificial muscle

Thursday June 19, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a method of constructing a camera lens actuator that uses a single artificial muscle structure rather than traditional motors to control focus and aperture size.

Apple invention uses iPhone and wearable sensors to monitor activities, automate alarms and notifications

Thursday June 19, 2014

A batch of Apple patent filings published on Thursday describe a system of interconnected sensors -- some being wearable devices -- that work with an iPhone hub to monitor activity levels, dynamically set or cancel alarms and manage push notification settings, among other automated tasks.

Rhapsody and T-Mobile launch subscription-based 'unRadio' streaming music app

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Finishing off its "Un-Carrier 5.0" event in Seattle, Wash. on Wednesday, T-Mobile announced a new subscription-based ad-free Internet radio service and app called Rhapsody unRadio that will be offered for free to the carrier's Unlimited 4G LTE customers.

T-Mobile's 'Music Freedom' lets users stream music for free from services like iTunes Radio

Wednesday June 18, 2014

In an announcement during the "Un-Carrier 5.0" press conference on Wednesday, T-Mobile skipped the wait and went straight to "Un-Carrier 6.0," a program that lets customers stream music from top Internet radio services without having the data used count against their allotted monthly plans.

T-Mobile partners with Apple to offer free week-long iPhone 5s 'test drive' to nab potential customers

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Ahead of T-Mobile's "Un-Carrier 5.0" event on Wednesday, CEO John Legere said his company is partnering with Apple to give potential customers a free iPhone 5s with unlimited data to "test drive" on its network for one week.