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2014

Apple wins preliminary approval for $450M e-books settlement

Friday August 01, 2014

In an apparent change of heart, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Friday granted preliminary approval for Apple's $450 million settlement going to a class of consumers over e-book price fixing in the iBookstore.

President Obama signs bill making it once again legal to unlock cell phones

Friday August 01, 2014

President Obama on Friday put his signature to to the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, a bill resolving a number of legal conflicts under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that previously presented legal challenges for consumers seeking to unlock their mobile phones.

Brains behind subscription Beats Music to also oversee Apple's iTunes Radio

Friday August 01, 2014

Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers will assume control of Apple's iTunes Radio service, according to a new report, uniting both of Apple's streaming music services under a single executive as the company gears up for a renewed assault on incumbent industry leaders Spotify and Pandora.

Mystery over for Google's Glass barges as Maine ship sold for scrap

Friday August 01, 2014

Google's plan for a series of floating showrooms that would help consumers get to know -- and, ultimately, purchase -- its new Glass wearable platform appears to have sunk, as its East Coast constituent looks to be headed for a Maine scrapyard.

MacBook sticker sellers see sizable sales surge after Apple's 'Stickers' ad airs

Friday August 01, 2014

Apple's latest television advertisement -- which shows a number of MacBook Airs that have been customized by their owners with fanciful stickers -- has reportedly been a boon for shops that sell the vinyl decals, with some receiving four times as many orders as they did before the ad's release.

Apple officially closes on $3B purchase of Beats headphones & streaming service

Friday August 01, 2014

Apple on Friday gave an official welcome to Beats Music and Beats Electronics, which are now a part of the Cupertino, Calif., outfit after the $3 billion purchase price was finalized.

Home button parts claimed to be for Apple's 4.7" & 5.5" 'iPhone 6' units surface with different designs

Friday August 01, 2014

A pair of parts claimed to be for both Apple's anticipated 4.7- and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" models were posted online Friday, showing very different designs not only from each other, but from the current iPhone 5s.

'BadUSB' malware lives in USB firmware to remain undetected, unfixable

Friday August 01, 2014

A pair of researchers has discovered a flaw in the USB protocol's basic architecture that allows for malware to be programed into a device's firmware, making it nearly undetectable and impossible to patch.

Facebook's Slingshot adds 'reactions-to-reactions' in latest update, bypasses reply to unlock

Thursday July 31, 2014

Facebook on Thursday pushed out an update to its Slingshot photo messaging service and app, allowing users to bypass the "reply-to-unlock" mechanic by replying to "reactions" with photos, video or text.

Apple to roll out in-store iPhone 5s screen replacement program on Aug. 4

Thursday July 31, 2014

Apple Stores will on Monday expand their iPhone repair services to include iPhone 5s screen replacements, helping to cut down on overall cost and turnover rates.

Redesigned Typo 2 physical keyboard for Apple's iPhone 5 & 5s now available for preorder

Thursday July 31, 2014

After being slapped with an injunction because of similarities to BlackBerry keyboards, the Typo physical keyboard for iPhone has been redesigned in a new second-generation model that will begin shipping in mid-September.

Apple likely to ship only 3 million 'iWatch' units this year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says

Thursday July 31, 2014

Market expectations for Apple's anticipated "iWatch" may be grossly overestimated, as well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said on Thursday that he expects that only 3 million wrist-worn smart devices from Apple will make it to store shelves by the end of this year.

Apple activates in-house content delivery network, begins migrating content downloads - report

Thursday July 31, 2014

Following months of rumors, Apple appears to be in the early stages of launching its own in-house content delivery network, the latest in a series of steps taken by the company in recent years to reduce its reliance on third-party infrastructure vendors to deliver content to customers.

Office for iPad update adds support for third-party fonts, ability to send as PDF

Thursday July 31, 2014

Microsoft's Office for iPad suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, was given a significant update on Thursday, giving users the ability to utilize third-party fonts in Word, and the option to export files as PDFs in all three programs, among other new additions.

Indiegogo and Wikipedia release new iOS apps, Waze adds updated voice guidance

Thursday July 31, 2014

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo on Thursday unveiled an iOS app that allows users to back projects on the go, while internet encyclopedia Wikipedia launched a ground-up rewrite of its own native app and crowdsourced traffic information app Waze issued an update featuring improvements to its voice guidance system.

Samsung earnings disappoint as company blames competition in smartphone space

Thursday July 31, 2014

While Apple continues to see strong growth with its hot-selling lineup of smartphones, rival Samsung reported lower-than-expected earnings on Thursday, posting its smallest profit in two years.

Resurgent T-Mobile passes 50M subscribers, but CEO refuses to talk about Apple's 'iPhone 6'

Thursday July 31, 2014

U.S. carrier T-Mobile on Thursday posted strong results for its fiscal second quarter, adding 1.5 million subscribers, more customers than any other wireless provider, while recording a $391 million profit on revenues of $7.2 billion.

Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' to launch on Oct. 14 as part of 'busy month'

Thursday July 31, 2014

Adding to rumors and speculation surrounding Apple's highly anticipated "iPhone 6" debut, a questionable report on Thursday claims the company will be releasing the handset on Oct. 14, one month after an unveiling in September.

Shazam launches Mac app with always-on listening mode

Thursday July 31, 2014

Popular music, TV and ad recognition app Shazam made its way to the Mac on Wednesday with a new app that operates in background to serve up instant matches, with one-click access to lyrics, music videos and iTunes purchasing.

Briefly: Readdle slashes up to 70% off iOS app titles in honor of 7th birthday

Thursday July 31, 2014

Readdle, developer of popular iOS apps like Scanner Pro and PDF Expert 5, is having a 48-hour sale on its iOS app offerings in celebration of its birthday, cutting up to 70 percent off select titles.