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2014

Apple granted patent covering motion-based 'remote wand' controllers for Apple TV

Tuesday November 04, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued an invention for a new kind of Apple TV remote control, giving viewers the ability to gesture with a "remote wand" in order to navigate around the user interface, in what could be the latest evidence Apple is looking to substantially alter the user experience of its set-top streamer.

Amazon adds unlimited cloud photo storage for Prime members

Tuesday November 04, 2014

Subscribers to the $99-per-year Amazon Prime service can now back up their entire photo collection at full resolution, including iPhone photos via a dedicated iOS app.

Apple to raise $3.5 billion from euro debt at some of the lowest interest rates in history

Tuesday November 04, 2014

Apple is set to borrow cash in euros for the first time in the company's history, taking advantage of record-low interest rates in Europe with what will be some of the lowest-ever interest rates for a corporation.

'Disney Movies Anywhere' gets Android app, ushers in cross-platform movie purchasing

Tuesday November 04, 2014

Disney on Tuesday rolled out an Android app for its "Disney Movies Anywhere" cloud service -- already available for iOS -- in a rare deal that finds Apple and Google sharing digital content rights for movie purchases.

Apple releases first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers with bug fixes

Monday November 03, 2014

Following the release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta, Apple on Monday issued the first developer beta for iOS 8.1.1 , the upcoming point release for the company's mobile operating system.

Australian Bureau of Statistics credits Apple's iPhone 6 for stoking retail surge

Monday November 03, 2014

Following an anemic 0.1 percent rise in August, Australia's Bureau of Statistics reported that retail turnover lept to 1.2 percent growth in September, crediting Apple's iPhone 6 launch for driving the unexpected growth.

Tim Cook's 'rhino skin' tested by a rash of angry flies as Apple investors shrug off concerns

Monday November 03, 2014

In the days following Tim Cook's statement that he was "proud to be gay," Apple's chief executive has been commended for his openness in a variety of online opinions, but also needled by a pestilent swarm of haters, ranging from Twitter trolls to Russian politicians and businessmen. Apple investors don't seem to care.

Apple reportedly acquires cloud startup Union Bay Networks, to open engineering office in Seattle

Monday November 03, 2014

Following the discovery that Apple is hiring in the Seattle area, the company on Monday confirmed that it will be opening an engineering office in the state, with reports pointing to the acquisition of local cloud computing startup Union Bay Networks.

First wireless chips with Apple HomeKit support now shipping to device manufacturers

Monday November 03, 2014

Chipmakers Broadcom and Texas Instruments have started shipping out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips with installed Apple HomeKit firmware, meaning the first wave of HomeKit-enabled devices should hit store shelves soon.

Apple issues first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta seed to developers

Monday November 03, 2014

Apple on Monday issued the first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta to developers, with the first maintenance update seed coming more than two weeks after the latest Mac operating system saw release in mid-October.

Apple rumored to abandon iPad mini in 2015, move to 12-inch 'iPad Pro'

Monday November 03, 2014

A dubious rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims Apple is looking to wind down iPad mini production in favor of a 12-inch tablet, a response to flagging sales and growing consumer interest in larger-screened devices.

Beyonce rumored to release second iTunes exclusive 'visual album' on Nov. 14

Monday November 03, 2014

A supposedly leaked photo appears to show the tracklist for an unannounced iTunes exclusive Beyonce release set for November, which will feature collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and more.

Gazelle launches certified preowned store specializing in quality used Apple iPhones & iPads

Monday November 03, 2014

Trade-in service Gazelle on Monday launched a new resale service backed by a quality guarantee, allowing shoppers to buy used iPhones and iPads at heavily discounted prices, without having to worry about the condition of their purchase when it arrives.

Verizon, AT&T pledge Voice Over LTE interoperability coming in 2015

Monday November 03, 2014

The two largest carriers in the U.S., Verizon and AT&T, both announced on Monday that they plan to allow Voice Over LTE connections between customers on the two competing networks starting in 2015.

Christian Bale passes on role of Steve Jobs, actor reportedly felt he wasn't right for part

Monday November 03, 2014

Though Christian Bale was in final talks to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic, the actor has reportedly decided to pass on the part, as he allegedly did not feel he was the right person to play the iconic figure on film.

RunKeeper update adds indoor treadmill tracking, SwiftKey gains 4 new languages

Monday November 03, 2014

Atheletes who rely on the popular RunKeeper app to track their workouts can now use a new "Stopwatch Mode" for easily entering indoor exercises. In addition, third-party keyboard SwiftKey was updated on Monday with support for four new languages, as well as a handful of improvements and bug fixes.

Navy Federal, USAA, U.S. Bank, others kick off second wave of Apple Pay rollouts [u]

Monday November 03, 2014

A number of new credit unions and banks have started to flip the switch giving customers access to Apple Pay, making Apple's new NFC-based mobile payment system available to millions of new consumers throughout the U.S.

Southwest Airlines and Apple offer Beats Music with new in-flight entertainment service

Monday November 03, 2014

A new partnership between Apple and Southwest Airlines will not only offer access to the Beats Music subscription service while in flight, but a new Beats-branded Boeing 737 aircraft is also taking to the skies.

Starwood Hotels rolls out iPhone & Apple Watch-compatible Bluetooth room keys

Monday November 03, 2014

Following a successful trial run in the U.S., Starwood Hotels will now allow guests at a number of the company's properties around the world to walk past the front desk during check-in and unlock their hotel room door using only their iPhone or forthcoming Apple Watch.

Microsoft continues ad assault on Apple's MacBook Air, features Lenovo in latest spot

Monday November 03, 2014

Apple's wildly popular MacBook Air remains in Microsoft's crosshairs as the Windows maker seeks to break Apple's stranglehold on the premium laptop market, this time compared to Lenovo's Yoga 3 convertible PC in Microsoft's latest television advertisement.