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2014

Apple's focus on value in 2014 has sent Mac sales surging

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Hardware updates to the Mac lineup thus far in 2014 have been generally unexciting, and yet Apple has still achieved record sales this year, as consumers are seeing plenty to like about the company's newest and more affordable computers.

Apple adds Fox Now, CNBC channels to Apple TV

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Apple on Tuesday updated its Apple TV set-top box with channels for two new content partners, adding one each for financial news powerhouse CNBC and entertainment network Fox -- though both require a cable subscription to access most content.

Rumor: 'iWatch' production hits snags, will not begin until Q4 2014

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Executives at longtime Apple supplier TPK -- thought to have been selected by the iPhone maker to manufacture touch modules for the so-called "iWatch" -- are said to have revised earlier forecasts for a profit uptick in the third quarter, pushing the expected surge back by three months in what is seen as an indication that Apple's wearable is suffering from delays.

Apple expanding AppleCare+ warranties internationally, now available in Mexico & Sweden

Tuesday July 29, 2014

AppleCare+ warranty coverage for iPhone, iPad and iPod is now available to customers in both Mexico and Sweden, expanding international availability of the optional two-year program.

New Android 'Fake ID' flaw empowers stealthy new class of super-malware

Tuesday July 29, 2014

A new Android design error discovered by Bluebox Security allows malicious apps to grab extensive control over a user's device without asking for any special permissions at installation. The problem affects virtually all Android phones sold since 2010.

Apple's legacy MacBook Pro with CD/DVD SuperDrive lives on with $100 price cut

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Though it lacks a Retina display and features a thicker, heavier design, spinning hard drive, and a CD/DVD SuperDrive, Apple's legacy MacBook Pro survived the company's latest round of updates on Tuesday, and was even given a $100 price cut to $1,099.

Apple patents smart navigation routing with crowd-sourced stop light pattern recognition

Tuesday July 29, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a smart travel route creation system that relies on real-time crowd-sourced stop sign and stop light-based traffic analysis to find the fastest path to a destination.

Apple refreshes MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup with faster CPUs, more RAM standard

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Apple on Tuesday refreshed its MacBook Pro with Retina display line of laptops, bringing faster Intel Haswell processors and, for the 15-inch models and entry 13-inch model, double the standard memory.

Yelp lets users add short videos to business reviews in latest app update

Monday July 28, 2014

Yelp on Monday pushed out an update to its iOS app that allows users to upload short video clips up to 12 seconds long alongside written reviews and pictures.

Hilton to roll out digital check-ins, smartphone room keys in new tech push

Monday July 28, 2014

Hilton Worldwide on Monday announced plans to roll out an aggressive overhaul of its tech infrastructure that will let guests use their mobile devices as hotel room keys, choose rooms from a floor plan map and check-in to properties around the world.

Microsoft uses Apple's Siri to prop up Windows' new 'Cortana' virtual assistant

Monday July 28, 2014

In a new ad released on Monday, Microsoft highlights the apparent inadequacies of Apple's Siri virtual assistant, which is pitted unfavorably in a head-to-head feature test with "Cortana," its Windows 8.1 analog.

Facebook to soon require standalone Messenger app for mobile chats [u]

Monday July 28, 2014

Facebook on Monday announced it will be drawing down support for messages sent through its flagship mobile app, meaning users around the world will be forced to download the standalone Messenger app if they want to take their chats on the road.

Apple drops cross-appeal of final judgment in Samsung lawsuit, no longer seeks permanent injunction

Monday July 28, 2014

Apple on Monday filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to drop its cross-appeal of California Judge Lucy Koh's final judgment in its patent trial against Samsung, meaning the company will no longer seek a product ban in that case.

Apple's Beats Music refines iOS app, Clumsy Ninja adds summer content

Monday July 28, 2014

Two interesting updates hit the App Store on Monday as new Apple subsidiary Beats Music unveiled a number of refinements to the app's user experience and popular gaming title Clumsy Ninja added a slew of new content.

Apple's iBeacon continues to spread with new rollouts by Lord & Taylor, others

Monday July 28, 2014

Businesses continue to embrace consumers wielding Apple's mobile devices, as department store chain Lord & Taylor and German restaurant group Mook have announced new iBeacon-based customer outreach plans, while hoteliers Hilton will allow guests to check in and unlock their rooms with their smartphones.

Purported 5.5-in. iPhone logic board surfaces alongside 'iPhone 6' part in new photos

Monday July 28, 2014

A logic board said to be destined for Apple's anticipated 5.5-inch iPhone was shown off in a new set of photos on Monday alongside a similar part reportedly headed for a 4.7-inch "iPhone 6."

Apple expected to buy personalized talk radio app Swell for $30 million

Monday July 28, 2014

Apple may bolster its streaming media services with the addition of technology and talent from Swell, a personalized news radio application currently available for iPhone, which it is said to have bought for $30 million.

European Commission OKs Apple's $3B purchase of Beats

Monday July 28, 2014

The legislative arm of the European Union ruled on Monday that Apple is allowed to acquire Beats, the premium headphone maker it plans to acquire for $3 billion, as the agreement would not be detrimental to consumers in the organization's eyes.

New MacBook Pros with 16GB RAM standard & faster CPUs rumored to launch Tuesday

Monday July 28, 2014

Apple's MacBook Pro lineup, in both the 13- and 15-inch varieties, is now rumored to receive an update on Tuesday, following a leak that suggested all 15-inch models will come standard with 16 gigabytes of RAM.

Rumor: In-store signage outs speed-bumped MacBook Pros, 16GB of RAM to come standard

Sunday July 27, 2014

A photo out of China on Sunday supposedly shows iPad-based Apple Store signage detailing the anticipated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display refresh, with an updated processor lineup and standard 16GB of RAM across the board.