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2014

Rumor: Apple to switch to automated battery assembly for this year's 'iPhone 6'

Monday March 24, 2014

Batteries for Apple's next-generation iPhone may be assembled on fully automated production lines in China, rather than through manual labor, a new rumor out of the Far East claims.

British consumers face iTunes price hike after tax policy change

Sunday March 23, 2014

Apple may be forced to increase the amount of Value Added Tax that it charges for iTunes music and video sales in the U.K. as Her Majesty's Treasury pushes to end tax loopholes that allow consumers to pay much lower rates on digital purchases.

Apple discussing new streaming set-top box with Comcast - report

Sunday March 23, 2014

Apple is reportedly planning to release a new streaming set-top box, and is in talks with cable provider Comcast on a potential deal that would bypass Web congestion and allow faster and more reliable performance for users.

With Android Wear, Google fires first shot in hardware war against Apple

Sunday March 23, 2014

Google's aggressive stance with Android Wear, putting industrial design -- rather than tech specs or bundled software -- at the forefront, reveals the makings of a strategy designed to take on Apple at their own game.

Review: Sharp's 32" 4K display is a high-performance workhorse made for Apple's Mac Pro

Sunday March 23, 2014

Apple has made clear its intent to support ultra high-resolution displays with the latest Mac and OS X products, but without a 4K display of its own (yet) the company sells only one UHD monitor as a go-along with its flagship Mac Pro: Sharp's PN-K321.

Apple's iPhone 5c 'failure flop' outsold Blackberry, Windows Phone and every Android flagship in Q4

Saturday March 22, 2014

From the constant harping about the supposed "failure" of Apple's iPhone 5c, you'd think the phone is selling poorly. The reality is that middle tier model, while dramatically less popular than Apple's top of the line iPhone 5s, still managed to outsell every Blackberry, every Windows Phone and every Android flagship in the winter quarter, including Samsung's Galaxy S4.

Rumor: Apple prepping 12" MacBook without fan, mechanical trackpad button

Friday March 21, 2014

Rumors from the Far East on Friday claim Apple will soon refresh its MacBook Air lineup and may introduce a slimmed-down 12-inch fan-less version with a new trackpad design that does away with the current mechanical click button component.

Twitter to pull #music app from App Store, shut down services in April [u]

Friday March 21, 2014

After a year-long run, Twitter #music will be pulled from the iOS App Store on Friday, while the corresponding service will shut down in mid April.

Apple reportedly exploring on-demand music streaming service, iTunes for Android

Friday March 21, 2014

In a supposed bid to bolster declining iTunes music sales, Apple is in talks with major record labels to launch a Spotify-like on-demand streaming service, as well as an official iTunes app for the Android mobile operating system.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 displaced other Androids in U.S. but iPhone 5 adoption still faster

Friday March 21, 2014

A new report on North American adoption of smartphones found iPhone 5 gained users the fastest, building upon Apple's lead in U.S. and Canadian market share, but that Samsung phones displaced other Android devices, giving the Korean giant a plurality of Android's user base.

Inside the iPad rig Jimmy Fallon used to duet with Billy Joel on 'The Tonight Show'

Friday March 21, 2014

Apple's iPad was the centerpiece of a live performance this week featuring the legendary Billy Joel and "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, and AppleInsider has learned exactly what hardware and software producers utilized to make the memorable duet happen.

Apple's iBeacon used to push seat upgrades in nosebleeds at sporting events

Friday March 21, 2014

Some U.S. sports arenas have begun pushing ticket upgrades to fans in the cheap seats through Apple's iBeacon technology for iPhone, offering users the ability to upgrade their seats quickly and easily.

Apple highlights indie games with new iOS App Store section

Friday March 21, 2014

In a change to the iOS App Store late Thursday, Apple debuted the new "Indie Game Showcase," a special section that will regularly highlight one independent developer and their favorite titles.

Medium launches on iOS as read-only app focused on content curation

Thursday March 20, 2014

Blogging platform Medium on Thursday launched its first iOS app, a read-only content aggregator that allows users of the online service to quickly browse followed collections, view recommendations and find new stories of interest.

Apple restores iTunes contacts & calendars syncing in new OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, iTunes 11.1.6 betas

Thursday March 20, 2014

Apple on Thursday seeded the latest betas of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.1.6 to developers for testing, with the new software marking a return of contacts and calendar data syncing in iTunes.

Starbucks updates app with iOS 7 theme, virtual tip jar and 'shake-to-pay'

Thursday March 20, 2014

Starbucks, one of the first companies to include support for rechargeable payment cards in Passbook, updated its app on Thursday, adding a new "flat" iOS 7 aesthetic, "shake-to-pay" and digital tipping.

Director wants Christian Bale to play role of Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

Thursday March 20, 2014

Acclaimed director David Fincher is considering taking the reins of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, but will reportedly do so only if the studio allows Christian Bale to fill the lead role.

Apple's Tim Cook leads Silicon Valley delegation in new leadership rankings

Thursday March 20, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook checked in at number 33 on a new list of the world's 50 greatest leaders, one of only two Silicon Valley executives included in the rankings alongside luminaries like Pope Francis, Bill Clinton, and Derek Jeter.

Apple updates GarageBand for Mac with MP3 export option, improved accessibility

Thursday March 20, 2014

Apple's music creation tool for Mac, GarageBand, was given a minor update on Thursday which reintroduces the ability to export songs in the MP3 file format, while also offering new drum sounds and enhanced accessibility.

40% of Pandora users listen on Apple devices, service still growing despite iTunes Radio launch

Thursday March 20, 2014

Internet radio service Pandora is heavily dependent on Apple hardware, with about 40 percent of listeners accessing the service through an Apple device. And yet the launch of Apple's competing iTunes Radio last September has not stopped Pandora from continuing to grow.