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2014

Apple reportedly adds CVS and Walgreens to list of mobile payment partners

Friday September 05, 2014

Less than one week before Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone, and possibly "iWatch," at a special event on Sept. 9, a report on Friday claims the company has inked partnerships with CVS and Walgreens for a rumored mobile payments system debut.

Apple hires superstar designer Marc Newson, to work with personal friend Jony Ive

Friday September 05, 2014

It was reported on Friday that well-known industrial designer Marc Newson will be joining Apple to work as part of close friend Jony Ive's design team in an as-yet-unannounced capacity.

Apple employees 'have set low expectations' for 'iWatch' battery life - report

Friday September 05, 2014

One of the biggest issues associated with color touchscreen smartwatches has been battery life, and the same problems may persist with Apple's first foray into the wrist-borne wearable devices market, according to a new report.

Sight unseen, Apple's competitors expect 'iWatch' to help establish wearable computing market

Friday September 05, 2014

Apple's role as the top trendsetter in technology is so well established that even rival companies Samsung and LG are openly admitting they hope the "iWatch," whatever it actually is, will help expand the market for wearable devices beyond niche status.

Apple rolls out TestFlight beta testing app, reportedly preps iOS 8.0.1 for carriers

Friday September 05, 2014

In advance of next week's iPhone 6 unveiling, Apple on Friday released a consumer-facing app for the TestFlight beta service that will come online alongside iOS 8, and is also said to have begun preparations to seed carrier partners with beta builds of iOS 8.0.1.

Review roundup: Motorola's Moto 360 is the best smartwatch yet, but poor battery life is unacceptable

Friday September 05, 2014

Motorola has finally released its Android Wear-powered Moto 360 smartwatch --wisely or not, just days before Apple is expected to debut its "iWatch" -- and early reviews say that the device is a fine standard bearer for Google's wearable operating system, though it could benefit from some more time in the lab.

Apple's 'iWallet' payments seen as unlikely to earn much money, but will lock in users to iPhone ecosystem

Friday September 05, 2014

In looking at the potential options for Apple in launching a mobile payment platform, one analyst believes the company is most likely to start small and safe with a "proxy" approach -- a strategy that wouldn't make Apple much money, but would help lock users into the company's iPhone ecosystem.

Misfit announces developer toolkit, list of more than 30 initial partners

Friday September 05, 2014

Fitness tracking firm Misfit on Thursday announced availability of an expanded developer toolkit for third-party apps and devices, opening the door to interesting partnerships like integration with Walgreens' Balance Rewards points program.

Apple, Google appeal Judge Koh's rejection of settlement in no-poach lawsuit

Friday September 05, 2014

In a court filing late Thursday, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel appealed Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of a proposed $324.5 million settlement relating to a class action lawsuit leveled by Silicon Valley employees, calling the jurist's decision "rigid and formulaic."

Apple activates revamped iTunes Connect Web portal with design overhaul, new tools

Friday September 05, 2014

Apple on Thursday launched an updated version of its iTunes Connect developer Web portal, with a design overhaul coming alongside deeper data management features for launching, selling and managing content on the iTunes Store.

Apple's secretive 'early field failure analysis' quality control team profiled in new report

Thursday September 04, 2014

A report on Thursday offers a rare look inside Apple's secretive EFFA quality control division that runs down and fixes launch day hardware issues before they become larger, more costly problems.

Cook says Apple will roll out new iCloud security alerts, expand 2-step authentication after celebrity photo flap

Thursday September 04, 2014

In response to a recently leaked cache of nude photos apparently stolen from celebrities' iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to activate new security measures designed to thwart future attacks.

Rovio releases Angry Birds Stella, Rdio unveils station-focused update

Thursday September 04, 2014

Gamers and music lovers both have App Store updates to be happy about Thursday, as Rovio released the latest edition of its blockbuster Angry Birds franchise and streaming radio firm Rdio unveiled a major update with a focus on stations.

Apple Store app overhauled with cross-platform shopping features, fresh design

Thursday September 04, 2014

Ahead of an expected iPhone unveiling on Sept. 9, Apple on Thursday rolled out an updated version of its Apple Store app for iOS, introducing cross-device shopping support, enhanced imagery and refined navigation.

Apple reportedly wrangles lower credit card transaction fees for mobile payments rollout

Thursday September 04, 2014

Adding to rumors regarding Apple's supposed mobile payments solution, a report on Thursday claims the Cupertino tech giant has managed to negotiate lower transaction fees from five credit card issuing banks.

Apple's 'iWatch' has flexible sapphire screen & wireless charging, 'iPhone 6' to offer one-handed mode, NYT says

Thursday September 04, 2014

As hype builds for Apple's Sept. 9 announcement, yet another report chimes in with alleged details, saying the company's wearable "iWatch" will sport a flexible screen and wireless charging, while the company's larger iPhone models will apparently offer a one-handed mode for ease of use.

Samsung's 'rushed,' 'half-baked' announcements set Apple up for easy victory this fall, analyst says

Thursday September 04, 2014

Samsung this week made a slew of announcements, most notably its next-generation big-screen Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, but none of the products were enough to impress analyst Brian White, who doesn't think the South Korean electronics maker is well positioned to compete with Apple's anticipated fall product lineup.

Apple to hold live stream of Sept. 9 event, begins countdown on website

Thursday September 04, 2014

With less than five days to go until Tim Cook takes the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Apple has begun promoting the event --at which the iPhone 6, iWatch, and perhaps second-generation iPad Air will be unveiled -- on its homepage with a countdown timer to the live stream.

U2 says reports of Apple tie-up for 'iPhone 6' are untrue

Thursday September 04, 2014

Rumors that mega-popular rock band U2 have struck a new partnership with Apple to release their upcoming album on the so-called iPhone 6 and could participate in next Tuesday's media event in Cupertino are without merit, a U2 spokesperson said on Thursday.

Both Apple's 'iPhone 6' and 'iWatch' will offer NFC e-wallet payments, WSJ reaffirms

Thursday September 04, 2014

Yet another publication chimed in on Thursday to say that Apple's next iPhone and its anticipated wearable "iWatch" will support near-field communications technology to enable wireless payments, while the "iWatch" is also said to sport a curved OLED display.