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2014

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.

Apple's iOS 8 beta 5 now alerts iTunes Season Pass subscribers of new content

Thursday August 07, 2014

For iTunes Store customers who purchase content via discount season passes, Apple has begun sending native push notifications in the latest beta of iOS 8 when new content is available -- a change from its previous email alerts.

Beats by Dr. Dre gets its own section on Apple's online store

Thursday August 07, 2014

Apple on Thursday updated its online storefront to give newly-official subsidiary Beats by Dr. Dre its own section under the store's "Accessories" category, days after shuttering Beats's own internet shop.

Peter Molyneux brings Godus to iOS, Yelp gets Bing Translator, Foursquare adds personalization

Thursday August 07, 2014

iPhone and iPad owners can now use Apple's mobile devices to play God with the release of Peter Molyneux's Godus, read business reviews in different languages with Yelp's new built-in Bing translate capabilities, and receive personalized recommendations with Foursquare.

Preorders kick off for Sproutling, a 'Nest' for your child's nursery

Thursday August 07, 2014

Invented by former Apple and Google employees, with the aid of pediatric specialists and Ph.D scientists, Sproutling is the first baby monitor to sense, learn, and predict a baby's behavior, and its creators believe it will make the lives of new parents less stressful.

Apple's future iPhones could hide FaceTime camera & flash inside earpiece grille

Thursday August 07, 2014

The clean and simple design of Apple's iconic iPhone could become even simpler, thanks to a new concept that describes concealing the FaceTime camera within the earpiece speaker slot, and even adding a camera flash module that would illuminate forward facing pictures.

NFL Now goes live on iPhone and iPad, Apple TV to follow

Thursday August 07, 2014

The National Football League on Thursday officially unleashed NFL Now, its new digital content network, bringing football fans personalized video updates from around the league as well as highlights and select live broadcasts -- though games will remain television-only affairs.

Apple details 'Siri for Mac' desktop virtual assistant in new patent application

Thursday August 07, 2014

While Apple's Siri has been an iOS staple since 2011, the tech has yet to make the jump to OS X. An exhaustive new patent filing, however, details a very similar desktop version of the virtual assistant that can perform dictation, high-level system commands and even act as a "third hand" for Mac users.

Report debunks claims of Chinese ban on Apple product purchases for government agencies [u]

Thursday August 07, 2014

Countering a rumor that claimed China recently banned state agencies from purchasing Apple products, a report on Thursday says the company was simply not included on a list of energy-efficient devices that some government bodies look to for appropriating new equipment.

Moscone Center calendar of events suggests Apple's WWDC 2015 coming June 8-12

Wednesday August 06, 2014

While Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference just wrapped up two months ago, the Moscone Center's upcoming events calendar suggests the company has already set a June 8 kickoff date for the 2015 meeting.

Microsoft looking to open retail outlet near flagship 5th Ave. Apple Store

Wednesday August 06, 2014

Apple's iconic glass cube may soon get a neighbor in longtime rival Microsoft, which is supposedly in negotiations to open a retail space on New York's Fifth Ave., just a few blocks away from the city's flagship Apple Store.