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2014

Apple looking to expand Siri localization with at least 9 new languages

Monday June 23, 2014

A number of recently discovered jobs listings on Apple's website hint at future Siri localization, with the company looking to hire native speakers of languages used in burgeoning markets like Brazil and Russia.

Sprint's 'satisfaction guarantee' lets customers test out hardware, services for 30 days risk-free

Monday June 23, 2014

In what appears to be a response to T-Mobile's recently announced iPhone 'test drive,' Sprint on Monday said it will begin a risk-free program in which new customers can try out the carrier's network and services for 30 days.

Oops: Samsung cheers "Galaxy 11" sponsored soccer star Landon Donovan who wasn't in the World Cup match

Monday June 23, 2014

Despite sponsoring soccer teams--and funding a "Galaxy 11" fantasy league designed to associate its products with alien-battling futbol stars--Samsung didn't seem to be aware of the U.S. lineup of athletes playing in this weekend's World Cup match when it sent out yet another embarrassing tweet.

Microsoft follows Apple's lead, slashes pricing for OneDrive cloud storage

Monday June 23, 2014

The latest shot in the cloud storage wars came on Monday from Microsoft, which announced a restructuring of its OneDrive offering that will more than double users' base storage allowance, as the software giant reacts to recent price cuts from rivals Apple and Google.

Bono criticizes Apple for being 'annoyingly quiet' about raising $75M for fight against AIDS

Monday June 23, 2014

U2 frontman Bono appeared onstage for an interview this weekend at the Cannes Lions festival with Apple designer Jony Ive, and while the two spoke of their successful history together in raising money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Bono did take the opportunity to criticize the company for downplaying its role.

Civilization Revolution 2 coming to iOS next month, FTL gets a deep discount

Monday June 23, 2014

Apple gamers will get a leg up on consolers as 2K Games will bring the next iteration of Sid Meier's long-running Civilization series directly to iOS in July, while developer Subset Games has slashed the price of massively popular space command sim FTL for a limited time.

Leak shows 8.9" Nexus tablet from HTC, Google's latest stab at Apple's iPad

Monday June 23, 2014

With Google's I/O conference set to kick off this Wednesday and showcase the company's next direction for its Android mobile platform, a new leak now shows an 8.9-inch HTC tablet that is expected to be the next premium Nexus tablet pitted against Apple's iPad lineup.

Prague to host Apple's first retail presence in former Eastern Bloc - report

Monday June 23, 2014

Apple will open a new store-within-a-store branch in the Czech capital later this week, according to a Monday report, marking Apple's first brick and mortar foray into Eastern European retail.

Intel reportedly pushing to supply Apple with baseband chips for future iPhones

Monday June 23, 2014

While Intel Mobile Communications hasn't supplied baseband processors to Apple in years, the chipmaker is said to be looking to get back into the supply chain for future iPhone models in an effort to oust current partner Qualcomm.

Google focuses on fashion with new Glass frames from designer Diane von Furstenberg

Monday June 23, 2014

Fashion-conscious early adopters of Google's Glass hardware now have more stylish options for sporting the augmented reality headgear, as a series of frames designed in collaboration with fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg have been released by the search giant.

Apple rumored to improve durability of new Touch ID hardware in 2014 iPhones, iPads

Monday June 23, 2014

With the Touch ID sensor expected to come to all of Apple's new iPhones and iPads later this year, the fingerprint scanning hardware is also rumored to see internal improvements that will make the home button more durable, according to a new report.

Rumor: Foxconn to hire 100K workers for July 'iPhone 6' production, Pegatron gets 30% of orders

Monday June 23, 2014

A report on Monday claims Apple partner manufacturer Foxconn will supposedly hire some 100,000 people in a ramp up toward July production of the next-generation iPhone, while secondary supplier Pegatron is also preparing to increase recruitment efforts after netting a 30 percent share of orders.

Amazon's premium Fire Phone seeks to reverse Android's ratchet status

Sunday June 22, 2014

When Amazon launched its Kindle Fire in 2011, the mini tablet's most compelling feature was its discounted low price. With its latest Fire Phone introduction, Amazon has sought to "reverse the ratchet," attempting to distance itself from Android's cheap identity.

Microsoft to retire older Skype for Mac versions, force mandatory upgrades

Saturday June 21, 2014

Microsoft on Friday announced it will be "retiring" older desktop versions of Skype for both Windows and Mac, forcing existing users to upgrade to the latest edition of the popular voice over IP service.

Google-owned Nest to acquire connected security camera firm Dropcam for $555M

Friday June 20, 2014

Google's Nest on Friday revealed it will acquire Dropcam, makers of the eponymous Internet-connected smart home monitoring camera lineup, for $555 million.

Rumor: Apple's next iOS 7.1.2 update to fix Mail issues, coming soon

Friday June 20, 2014

A report on Friday claims Apple is nearing release of an iOS update that looks to address an email attachment encryption issue, a lock screen vulnerability and enhanced iBeacon support, among other minor bug fixes.

Sunday's U.S. vs Portugal World Cup match to stream live on Apple TV via WatchESPN

Friday June 20, 2014

Thanks to Apple's partnership with ESPN, American cable subscribers with Apple TV can access streaming coverage, highlights and additional content for all 64 FIFA World Cup matches, including this weekend's game between the U.S. and Portugal.

Apple pays iTunes Festival performers with promotion instead of cash, Kanye West says

Friday June 20, 2014

Rapper Kanye West continued his French charm offensive on Friday, once again panning Apple's approach to recruiting talent for its annual iTunes Festival, and in the process revealing that the iPhone maker compensates performers with increased promotional space in the iTunes store rather than cash.

Weather Channel providing Apple more detailed data for iOS 8 Weather app than Yahoo did

Friday June 20, 2014

Starting with iOS 8, Apple will ditch Yahoo as its default data provider for the iPhone's built in Weather app, turning instead to The Weather Channel which earned the partnership by providing more detailed and advanced weather data for users.

Microsoft scrapped iPad mini competitor late in development process, documents suggest

Friday June 20, 2014

References to a "Surface Mini" discovered in the user manual for Microsoft's latest tablet foray suggest that the software giant scrapped or delayed the long-rumored 8-inch variant -- which would have gone up against Apple's iPad mini -- at the last minute, opting to put all of their eggs in the larger basket.