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2014

NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys

Thursday October 30, 2014

Chipmaker NXP, which is believed to supply the near-field communications chips found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, hopes automakers will adopt its technology, potentially enabling future car owners to unlock and even start their car with their smartphone.

'I'm proud to be gay,' Apple CEO Tim Cook says in open letter supporting equality

Thursday October 30, 2014

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook published a letter on Thursday revealing that while it wasn't an "easy choice," he's decided to publicly announce that he is "proud to be gay," and that it has given him perspective on what it means to be a minority.

Samsung, Apple retain global smartphone lead in Q3 as Xiaomi rockets into third

Thursday October 30, 2014

The global smartphone market grew 25 percent year-over-year during the third quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC, with Apple seeing moderate gains and Samsung posting the only loss in shipment volume out of the top five manufacturers.

Samsung suffered a 73.9% drop in Q3 mobile profits while Apple's rose 11.3 percent

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Samsung Electronics reported overall Q3 operating profits of 4.06 trillion won ($3.8 billion)--a 60 percent year-over-year drop--while its Mobile division suffered a 73.9 percent drop in profits.

Microsoft inadvertently leaks 'Band' fitness wearable in new app, reveals 'Microsoft Health' [update: confirmed]

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Microsoft's rumored wearable fitness tracker was inadvertently leaked online Wednesday when the company's first-party syncing app was posted to Apple's Mac App Store, disclosing a few key features of the unannounced device.

Apple in early talks to sell iPhone in Iran, report says

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Almost one year after the U.S. began to loosen sanctions on exports to Iran, Apple is reportedly in early stage talks with distributors to start official sales of its products in the country.

Developers of PCalc, Nomi run afoul of Apple's evolving iOS 8 App Store policies

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Apple's platform policies for iOS, OS X and their respective App Stores have occasionally irked developers or even wildly disrupted their businesses. The latest collision involves a retroactive ban on widget calculators and tightened WiFi privacy rules for iOS, as Apple issues new rules for apps using Apple Pay and TestFlight.

BlackBerry hopes to rekindle sales by reintroducing classic keyboard & form factor

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Hoping to strike a chord with old school BlackBerry users, the not quite dead company on Wednesday teased a new device called BlackBerry Classic, which appears to be a modern take on the seminal BlackBerry Bold.

MCX CEO calls CurrentC exclusivity fines 'untrue,' responds to recent hack

Wednesday October 29, 2014

During a press conference on Wednesday, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson responded to criticism of the retail consortium's CurrentC system, saying merchant fines for using other payment solutions are untrue.

GT Advanced blames Apple for one-sided sapphire contract that resulted in $461M loss

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Testimony from chief operating officer of GT Advanced Technologies reveals that the company lost $461 million before it filed for bankruptcy -- a course that the company asserts was the result of "unsustainable" contracts in which it assumed all of the risk, while Apple took none.

Logitech launches Type+ & Ultrathin keyboards for iPad Air 2, ultraportable Keys-To-Go for all models

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Logitech this week updated its Type+ and Ultrathin keyboard cases to be compatible with Apple's new iPad Air 2, and also introduced a new standalone ultraportable wireless iPad keyboard dubbed Keys-To-Go.

Apple Pay competitor CurrentC hacked, alerts pilot program participants of security breach

Wednesday October 29, 2014

CurrentC, a mobile payment system that has found itself at odds with both Apple Pay and Google Wallet, announced on Wednesday that it has been hacked and that some users' email addresses may have been obtained.

MCX defends CurrentC against Apple Pay controversy, says sensitive customer data is saved in the cloud

Wednesday October 29, 2014

As Apple Pay and Google Wallet users have joined together in an attempt to fight a consortium of retailers that have blocked NFC-based payments, the company behind the CurrentC mobile payment program has come out in defense of itself, saying that members of the public are "misinformed."

FCC proposes rule change to open a la carte internet television streaming

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler floated a proposal Wednesday that would give Internet-based video services the same access to live content from cable and local stations as traditional television broadcasters.

Constrained supply keeps iPhone 6 Plus resale prices at 124% of retail price

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Used and resold iPhone 6 Plus units are still selling at above-cost on sites like eBay, as Apple continues to struggle to keep up with overwhelming demand for its new jumbo-sized 5.5-inch iPhone.

Apple stock closes at all time high as company aims for future growth

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Apple shares closed Tuesday at an all time high of $106.74, following the market's digesting of recent earnings reports, the well received launches of a series of new products and new details outlined in the company's 10-K report yesterday.

MCX merchants restricted to CurrentC payment system, using Apple Pay incurs fines

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Partners of the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium, which include retail giants Walmart, CVS, The Gap and more, are contractually obliged to use the upcoming CurrentC mobile payments solution, a forthcoming competitor to Apple Pay, one report says.

Apple makes iAd available in 70 more countries, now active in 95 regions

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Apple on Tuesday announced to developers that it has extended iAd support to an additional 70 countries, with the advertising network now in 95 countries around the world.

Nike+ Running app updated with Apple HealthKit integration, elevation tracking, more

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Nike on Tuesday released a new version of its popular Nike+ fitness app for iOS, bringing integration with Apple's Health app, elevation tracking , enhanced heart rate monitor support and user interface tweaks.

Apple's iOS 8 adoption finally breaks 50% nearly 6 weeks after launch

Tuesday October 28, 2014

After stagnating earlier in October, adoption of Apple's latest iOS 8 mobile operating system has finally cracked the 50 percent barrier and now stands at 52 percent of devices tracked by the iOS App Store.