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2014

Apple's iOS 8 beta 5 pulls business info from Maps into Phone app's Recents list

Saturday August 09, 2014

A new feature discovered in Apple's latest iOS 8 beta release automatically populates the Phone app's Recents list with information about points of interest when dialing out from Maps, applying correct name, addresses and even Yelp data to recent-dialed numbers.

AI Deals: $100-$200 off 17 mid-2014 MacBook Pros; Free AppleCare with any Mac; $20 cash bonus on iPad trade-ins

Saturday August 09, 2014

This weekend AppleInsider is highlighting a number of exclusive offers -- some new and some about to expire -- such as $100-$200 discounts on a dozen additional mid-2014 MacBook Pro models, free 3-year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of any Mac, and a $20 cash trade-in bonus on any iPad valued at $75 or more.

FCC chairman slams Verizon's 'all the kids do it' defense to data throttling

Friday August 08, 2014

During a news conference on Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler responded to Verizon's claims that its planned data throttling program is a "widely accepted" practice, saying that an "all the kids do it" argument is not justifiable.

Google tests new 'Listen Now' music ads promoting Apple's Beats Music, others

Friday August 08, 2014

Google on Friday rolled out a new ad option for users looking for music and artists through the tech giant's search engine, with direct links pointing to Google Play, Spotify, Rhapsody and Apple's Beats Music.

Offhand comment stirs hope that Apple could announce 'iWatch' in Sept. [u]

Friday August 08, 2014

In a short blog post about Motorola's upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, the well-connected John Gruber caused a stir by seemingly saying Apple will launch "their wrist wearable thing" in September, though he later clarified that his comments were a "joke" and not based on any inside information.

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.