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2014

Apple to introduce app-specific passwords for iCloud-connected titles

Tuesday September 16, 2014

Come October, Apple's iCloud will have yet another layer of protection, as the company is scheduled to implement app-specific passwords for third-party programs tying in to the cloud service.

Review roundup: Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 8

Tuesday September 16, 2014

As expected, reviews for Apple's new iPhone lineup hit the Web on Tuesday, with most assessments being largely positive on hardware -- especially the 6 Plus' battery life-- but giving the nod to iOS 8 for keeping the handsets ahead of the competition.

Full Tim Cook interview with Charlie Rose available to stream online

Tuesday September 16, 2014

After the second segment of a two-part Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook aired on Monday, full versions of both are now available for streaming online.

Apple's new Watch, Apple Pay and iPhone 6 met with nervous mocking by competitors

Tuesday September 16, 2014

Every new product Apple unveiled last week has ignited vocal, public derision from a series of threatened competitors, including Samsung, luxury watch maker LVMH and PayPal. However, their attempts to direct attention away from Apple may likely backfire, just like earlier attempts to demonize Siri, Maps, iCloud and Touch ID.

Apple activates two-step authentication for iCloud Web portal

Tuesday September 16, 2014

In a bid to secure its online consumer services, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer.

Apple details content migration from Android to iOS in new support document

Tuesday September 16, 2014

With Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seeing wide release later this week, the company on Tuesday published a reference guide aimed at helping Android device owners migrate content to the new handsets.

Appellate court rejects $368 million VirnetX patent victory over Apple

Tuesday September 16, 2014

Patent holding company VirnetX's infamous $368 million win over Apple --which most notably resulted in changes to FaceTime that riled consumers --has been thrown out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after review.

Misfit announces Flash, an affordable $49 wearable fitness and sleep tracker

Tuesday September 16, 2014

Fitness tracking hardware and software firm Misfit on Tuesday announced Flash, a reworking of the company's Shine activity monitor designed for durability and a more attractive price of entry.

Apple Pay sparks inter-bank battle to be consumers' default choice

Tuesday September 16, 2014

Major U.S. banks are set to engage in an advertising dogfight --designed to sway consumers' choice of their default Apple Pay card --as they look to take advantage of the simple one-touch mobile payment flow found on Apple's next-generation iPhones to boost profits.

Apple's patented physics-based iPad GUI translates file size into mass, supports intuitive gestures

Tuesday September 16, 2014

In its quest to humanize computers and digital user interfaces, Apple has invented a physics-based GUI that assigns mass to files and folders based on their data size, allowing for novel, yet intuitive, user interactions.

Apple to limit iPhone 6 NFC to Apple Pay, restrict developer access

Tuesday September 16, 2014

According to a report on Monday, Apple is restricting developer access to the NFC module found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, limiting the component to first-party Apple Pay services only.

Tim Cook talks consumer privacy, diversity and Apple philosophy in interview

Monday September 15, 2014

In the second segment of a two-part interview with Charlie Rose, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses privacy issues, workplace diversity, Apple's driving philosophy and the company's tie-up with rock band U2.

PayPal questions Apple Pay security in new ad, uses iCloud celebrity photo debacle as ammunition

Monday September 15, 2014

Ahead of Apple's Apple Pay release, mobile and online payments stalwart PayPal on Monday took out a full-page ad in The New York Times, warning consumers of Apple's security practices by alluding to the recent leak of photos stolen from celebrity iCloud accounts.

With eye on Apple Pay, Apple joins secure chip technology non-profit GlobalPlatform

Monday September 15, 2014

Ahead of the iPhone 6 debut, Apple's first device to incorporate NFC and Apple Pay, the company has become a full paying member of GlobalPlatform, an association looking to standardize infrastructure relating to secure applications and smart chip technology.

Apple releases new OS X Yosemite betas for developers, public beta participants

Monday September 15, 2014

With the next version of Apple's flagship desktop operating system nearing release, new preview versions of OS X Yosemite were seeded to both registered Mac developers as well as participants of the public beta program.

Blockbuster start for iPhone 6 suggests Apple on track to sell 60M phones in December quarter

Monday September 15, 2014

With 4 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units presold in their first 24 hours of availability, investors on Wall Street are increasingly optimistic about the success of Apple's next-generation handsets, with predictions for the upcoming holiday edging higher to 60 million sales in a single quarter.

Apple creates dedicated portal for users to remove unwanted U2 album

Monday September 15, 2014

With hordes of iTunes customers loudly voicing their displeasure at having received 22-time Grammy-award-winning rock group U2's latest album for free in recent days, Apple responded to the cacophony on Monday with a new single-purpose web portal that will allow disgruntled users to remove the album from their iTunes accounts.

Apple's A8 SoC likely carrying new 6-core PowerVR GPU, clocked at 1.4GHz with 1GB RAM

Monday September 15, 2014

Apple boasts of massive performance improvements in its latest A-series processor -- up to 84x over the first-generation iPhone -- and the company is thought to have achieved those gains by moving to a new 6-core GPU design alongside a slightly redesigned application processor, data suggests.

Apple's HealthKit powering ambitious new medical trials at Stanford, Duke

Monday September 15, 2014

Apple's new HealthKit tools in iOS 8 are the centerpiece of two separate medical trials about to kick off at prominent U.S. hospitals, aiming to help in treatment of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reach record 4 million preorders in first day

Monday September 15, 2014

Apple's 2014 smartphone lineup is already off to a record start, with 4 million preorders taken for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in their first 24 hours of availability, leading up to this Friday's launch.