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2014

Apple suffers setback in new VirnetX patent suit over FaceTime

Monday August 11, 2014

As Apple gears up to defend itself against another lawsuit from patent holding firm VirnetX, the iPhone maker was dealt a blow late last week after the presiding judge issued a series of pre-trial rulings denying Apple's motion to preemptively invalidate some of VirnetX's patent claims and preventing the use of invalidity as a defense against others.

Plethora of alleged 'iPhone 6' parts show Apple logo, cables & camera ring

Monday August 11, 2014

The latest series of leaked parts show a number of components claimed to be for a future "iPhone 6," including more evidence of an embedded rear logo, along with an assortment of internal cables, and what could be a closer look at the ring that will cover the device's rear camera lens.

Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 more powerful, flexible than MacBook Air in latest ads

Monday August 11, 2014

Continuing its campaign against Apple hardware, Microsoft on Monday unleashed three new ad shorts for its new Surface Pro 3 tablet with disparaging comparisons to the MacBook Air.

Apple's highly secretive Apple University profiled in NYT feature

Monday August 11, 2014

The brainchild of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, Apple University is widely discussed, but little is known about the internal program meant to foster company culture. A New York Times feature offers a rare peek inside the school's walls.

Purported assembled 4.7-inch 'iPhone 6' display shown off in new photos

Sunday August 10, 2014

A set of photos out of the Far East on Sunday reportedly give an up-close view of an assembled 4.7-inch display bound for Apple's "iPhone 6," complete with cover glass, mounting structures and flex cables.

Apple's iOS 8 beta 5 pulls business info from Maps into Phone app's Recents list

Saturday August 09, 2014

A new feature discovered in Apple's latest iOS 8 beta release automatically populates the Phone app's Recents list with information about points of interest when dialing out from Maps, applying correct name, addresses and even Yelp data to recent-dialed numbers.

AI Deals: $100-$200 off 17 mid-2014 MacBook Pros; Free AppleCare with any Mac; $20 cash bonus on iPad trade-ins

Saturday August 09, 2014

This weekend AppleInsider is highlighting a number of exclusive offers -- some new and some about to expire -- such as $100-$200 discounts on a dozen additional mid-2014 MacBook Pro models, free 3-year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of any Mac, and a $20 cash trade-in bonus on any iPad valued at $75 or more.

FCC chairman slams Verizon's 'all the kids do it' defense to data throttling

Friday August 08, 2014

During a news conference on Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler responded to Verizon's claims that its planned data throttling program is a "widely accepted" practice, saying that an "all the kids do it" argument is not justifiable.

Google tests new 'Listen Now' music ads promoting Apple's Beats Music, others

Friday August 08, 2014

Google on Friday rolled out a new ad option for users looking for music and artists through the tech giant's search engine, with direct links pointing to Google Play, Spotify, Rhapsody and Apple's Beats Music.

Offhand comment stirs hope that Apple could announce 'iWatch' in Sept. [u]

Friday August 08, 2014

In a short blog post about Motorola's upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, the well-connected John Gruber caused a stir by seemingly saying Apple will launch "their wrist wearable thing" in September, though he later clarified that his comments were a "joke" and not based on any inside information.

Apple adds Family Sharing support information to iOS, Mac App Store listings

Friday August 08, 2014

Apple on Friday activated a new iOS and Mac App Store asset that notifies customers of compatibility with the company's upcoming Family Sharing program, which will allow family members to share purchased content.

Court rejects $325M wage-fixing settlement, says Apple, others should 'pay their fair share'

Friday August 08, 2014

A federal judge on Friday rejected a settlement proposal put forth by Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe that would have seen the Silicon Valley giants pay $324.5 million to end a long-running class action lawsuit alleging that they conspired to suppress salary inflation among workers.

Apple to donate $1.6M for earthquake relief in China - report

Friday August 08, 2014

Apple is said to have committed some 10 million yuan -- $1.6 million -- to support relief efforts following an earthquake in China's Yunnan province earlier this week that left over 600 people dead, the second time in as many years that the iPhone maker has pledged significant financial aid in the wake of a natural disaster.

Apple set to expand Reno datacenter with two additional data clusters

Friday August 08, 2014

The infrastructure that backs Apple's now-massive cloud services -- including iTunes and iCloud -- continues to grow, as the company has reportedly filed building permit applications that detail its plan to bring two new data clusters online at its Nevada facility.

Authors to rebuke Amazon over Hachette dispute with full-page NYT ad

Friday August 08, 2014

Nearly 1,000 authors affected by the onging e-book spat between Amazon and Hachette have signed their names to a letter -- set to run as a full-page advertisement in the Sunday New York Times later this week -- imploring the online retailer to settle the dispute and calling on readers to voice their displeasure directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Apple's iOS App Store puts 20 productivity titles on sale for limited time

Thursday August 07, 2014

Apple on Thursday kicked off a limited time only promotion for select iOS productivity apps, taking at least 50 percent off popular titles like Scanner Pro, Fantastical 2 and Writer Pro.

Skype temporarily ends support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 and below [u]

Thursday August 07, 2014

Confirming reports that Skype no longer works with older versions of Apple's OS X, Microsoft on Thursday announced it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier in Skype's most recent version, though a Leopard-specific variant is on the way.

USPTO rejects claims of Apple patent asserted against Samsung in California trial

Thursday August 07, 2014

The USPTO on Tuesday rejected multiple claims of Apple's '172 patent for autocompletion of text input, which the company successfully asserted in its second California court action against Samsung.

1Password for iOS/Mac gets temporary price cut, upcoming iOS 8 version to be free update [u]

Thursday August 07, 2014

It was announced on Thursday that popular iOS and Mac password management app 1Password is on sale for a limited time, and that a future built-for-iOS 8 version with Touch ID support will be available as a free update for existing users.

Apple fixes podcast downloading, browsing bugs with latest iTunes update

Thursday August 07, 2014

Apple on Thursday rolled out the latest version of iTunes with bug fixes in place for updating of subscribed podcasts and episode browsing.