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2014

Microsoft unveils Office 365 SDK and APIs for iOS app extensibility

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Microsoft on Tuesday revealed a multi-pronged initiative to supply developers with new Office 365 APIs and open-source SDKs, which can be used to tap into the company's cloud-based productivity platform for deep iOS app integration.

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus selling unexpectedly well as supply equalizes, says T-Mobile CEO

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on Monday said Apple's iPhone 6 Plus "phablet" is generating unprecedented demand for America's fourth-largest wireless carrier, and at one point accounted for about 55 percent of the company's smartphone sales.

Apple Watch will likely require daily charging, Cook says

Tuesday October 28, 2014

As part of his interview at the WSJD Live conference on Monday, Apple's Tim Cook said he anticipates Apple Watch users are likely going to need to charge the device daily because they will use it so much.

Apple's Tim Cook to talk Apple Pay integration with Alibaba's Jack Ma

Tuesday October 28, 2014

In back-to-back interviews at the Wall Street Journal's tech conference on Monday, Apple's Tim Cook and Alibaba's Jack Ma both expressed interest in discussing a partnership that could see the two companies integrate their respective Apple Pay and Alipay payment systems.

Cook blames death of iPod classic on parts availability, no replacement planned

Tuesday October 28, 2014

During his panel at the WSJD live conference on Monday, Apple chief Tim Cook explained the reasoning behind the discontinuation of the iPod classic, which remained largely unchanged for six years until last month.

Apple Pay activations hit over 1M in first 72 hours, more than all competitors combined

Monday October 27, 2014

At The Wall Street Journal's inaugural WSJD Live conference on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed Apple Pay is off to a booming start, with more than one million card activations in its first 72 hours of service.

Apple's Tim Cook says his home state is 'too slow' on LGBT rights issue, pushes for education reform

Monday October 27, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday spoke out on a variety of civil rights issues facing his home state of Alabama and the U.S. at large, comparing slow progress on rights for the LGBT community with the country's long struggle to reach racial and gender equality.

Walmart says MCX has consumers' 'best interests in mind' by not accepting Apple Pay

Monday October 27, 2014

After members of the Merchant Customer Exchange pulled support for Apple Pay mobile payments this past weekend, specifically Rite Aid and CVS, a major partner in the consortium has offered its take on why Apple's solution is not being implemented.

Wells Fargo gives credit card holders $20 to try out Apple Pay

Monday October 27, 2014

A new incentive program launched by Wells Fargo on Monday has the bank giving a $20 statement credit to all customers who register their credit card with Apple Pay and make a subsequent purchase.

Apple downplays MCX's Apple Pay embargo, cites 'enthusiastic' response from supporting retailers and customers

Monday October 27, 2014

Apple on Monday issued a statement touching on recent events that saw Apple Pay embargoed by MCX members Rite Aid and CVS, saying the mobile payment rollout has been largely successful and continues to gather steam as additional retailers pledge support.

Apple grants iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, more to 114 US schools in ConnectED initiative

Monday October 27, 2014

As part of its participation in President Barack Obama's ConnectED technology in education program, Apple is giving its latest hardware, as well as services and infrastructure, to 114 schools across the U.S.

European wireless providers renew opposition to multi-carrier Apple SIM

Monday October 27, 2014

Wireless carriers on the Old Continent are approaching the Apple SIM --a new, Apple-provided SIM card that would allows users to easily switch between data service providers --with caution, staking out a similar position to the one they held the last time Apple proposed such a solution.

iPhone 6 & 6 Plus preorders outpace Galaxy Note 4 in Samsung's home country of South Korea

Monday October 27, 2014

Preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in South Korea are estimated to have already topped 100,000 units, besting Apple's chief rival Samsung and its Galaxy Note 4 in its native country.

Review: GoPro Hero 4 Black brings high frame rates to high-resolution video

Monday October 27, 2014

With this year's new Hero 4 Black camera, GoPro introduced a top-notch ruggedized device capable of shooting 1080p at an astounding 120 frames per second and 4K video up to 30 frames per second. But coming in at $499 without remote, is the latest GoPro worth the price of admission?

Fitbit unveils new Charge, Charge HR & Surge digital fitness trackers

Monday October 27, 2014

Fitbit on Monday gave fitness buffs three new options for wrist-worn activity trackers, introducing the Charge and Charge HR --spiritual successors to the Fitbit Force -- alongside the Fitbit Surge, which the company is calling a "fitness super watch."

Alpine launches $800 CarPlay-compatible iLX-007 in-dash receiver

Monday October 27, 2014

Aftermarket options with support for Apple's CarPlay continue to expand, with Alpine launching a new $800 unit on Monday featuring a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen and support for Siri voice commands.

Apple seeks partners to enable NFC-based transit payments & building access for iPhone 6 & Watch

Monday October 27, 2014

Though the near-field communications chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is currently exclusively for Apple Pay, the wireless functionality may be expanded to new uses such as replacing a public transit card or a secure building access keycard.

Amazon announces $39 Fire TV Stick to compete with Google Chromecast

Monday October 27, 2014

Online retail behemoth Amazon on Monday unveiled the Fire TV Stick, a dongle variant of its Fire TV set-top box that eschews the separate hardware in favor of an all-in-one form factor that plugs into and is powered by a television's HDMI port.

In-depth review: Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Monday October 27, 2014

Apple's latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 incorporate Touch ID and support for Apple Pay within apps, with the same 10 hour battery life of previous models. The full size iPad Air 2 is also now 18 percent slimmer with an improved, antireflective display and gains a faster A8X chip, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, a barometer, and a significantly improved iSight camera.

CVS joins Rite Aid in blocking Apple Pay in "CurrentC" plan to collect more customer data

Saturday October 25, 2014

Two major U.S. drugstores have turned off their NFC payment terminals to stop Apple Pay transactions in an effort to make their own "CurrentC" app-based payment system--which is designed to collect and track information on their customers--the only option, even though it's not actually finished yet.