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2014

Apple's Phil Schiller challenges CEO Tim Cook in 'ice bucket challenge' to raise money for ALS research

Thursday August 14, 2014

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller this week joined in on the popular "ice bucket challenge," which helps to raise money for the ALS Association, and even challenged CEO Tim Cook and a celebrity friend to get in on the act.

Apple reimagines the mouse with force sensors, haptic feedback

Thursday August 14, 2014

An Apple patent filing uncovered on Thursday describes an advanced mouse that employs sensors to measure the level and location of force exerted on its main button, as well as haptics systems for providing feedback.

Rumor: Apple supplier Pegatron nets 50% of 4.7-inch 'iPhone 6' production

Thursday August 14, 2014

A rumor out of the Far East on Thursday claims Apple partner supplier Pegatron will be responsible for half of all 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" production, with the remainder going to Foxconn.

Apple makes supply chain substance regulations public, to create advisory board for safe chemical use

Thursday August 14, 2014

Following a decision to ban benzene and n-hexane from use in supplier factories, Apple for the first time made its Regulated Substances Specifications -- supply chain restrictions for hazardous/toxic materials -- available for public viewing for the first time.

Apple bans use of two hazardous chemicals in iPhone production

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Following pressure from activist groups, Apple on Wednesday announced the ban of two potentially hazardous chemicals -- n-hexane and benzene -- from being used in overseas factories during the final stages of iPhone production.

Samsung puts 'wall hugger' ads on airport power outlets, takes Apple mockery to next level

Wednesday August 13, 2014

As part of its ongoing Apple-bashing campaign, Samsung recently took their "wall hugger" message to major airports, cleverly buying ad space around power outlets where iPhone users apparently congregate.

Apple releases Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6 with security improvements

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Apple on Wednesday rolled out updated versions of its Safari Web browser for OS X, bringing fixes for WebKit corruption issues and other security concerns.

Mailbox for iOS updated with Passbook support, new languages, more

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Popular iOS email client Mailbox was updated on Wednesday with a number of new features, including support for new languages, integration with Passbook and spam filtering, among other email management tweaks.

HP courted Apple, now in talks with Google for 'Enterprise Siri' to boost corporate sales

Wednesday August 13, 2014

As it looks to rebound after years of slumping performance, old-guard Silicon Valley firm Hewlett-Packard reportedly held talks with relative newcomers Apple and Google in recent months to create a new type of "Enterprise Siri" system that would allow its corporate customers to search their document and data troves using their voice.

Uber adds turn-by-turn directions for drivers, Yo gets profiles and hashtags

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Customers of car-calling service Uber will no longer need to give their driver directions to their destination, while users of inexplicably popular monovocable messaging app Yo can now add hashtags and attach links to Yos. Also, Apple has seeded a new test build of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 to developers.

NomadPlus battery attachment for Apple wall plug will completely recharge an iPhone 5s

Wednesday August 13, 2014

The newly announced NomadPlus battery accessory serves as a plug for Apple's official 5-volt wall charger that packs in a full 1,800mAh battery, which can completely recharge an iPhone 5s on the go.

Thailand government official claims Apple has received approval to sell 'iPhone 6'

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has approved two new Apple handsets -- said to be variants of the so-called "iPhone 6" -- for sale in the country, the regulator's secretary general revealed on Wendesday, suggesting that Thailand could join the list of launch countries for the next-generation devices.

Sports arenas marketing with Apple's iBeacon hope to offer relevant info without 'spamming' fans

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Promoting products to iPhone users using Apple's wireless location-based iBeacon technology is a fine line, as professional sports teams try to provide helpful information to fans to sell more goods without pestering and annoying them.

Amazon takes on Square, PayPal with new iOS-connected 'Local Register' card reader

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Online retail giant Amazon on Wednesday unveiled Local Register, a new mobile credit card reader and companion app-based payment processing system that allows users to accept plastic payments on their iPhone or iPad.

Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' at final stage before mass production, on track for Sept. 9 debut

Wednesday August 13, 2014

With Apple expected to be planning a Sept. 9 event to showcase its next-generation iPhone, a new report claims that the so-called "iPhone 6" has entered the "product validation test" stage, which is the final step before mass production.

Apple posts Robin Williams tribute page to company website

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Following the addition of a special iTunes section featuring selected works of the late Robin Williams, Apple late Wednesday published a page to its website in memory of the late actor/comedian, who passed away on Monday at age 63.

Apple's extended 'Your Verse' videos goes in-depth with Yaoband, Slow Roll [u]

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Apple on Tuesday posted to its YouTube channel an extended version of its most recent "Your Verse" iPad ad featuring Chinese electropop group Yaoband, which uses the tablet to gather sounds and perform on stage.

Apple ignores calls to fix 2011 MacBook Pro failures as problem grows

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Owners of early-2011 MacBook Pro continue to report GPU-related system failures, but Apple has yet to acknowledge the problem as widespread and, according to informed sources, is not planning a replacement program to remedy the issue.

Apple, Inc. Diversity video narrated by new VP of Human Resources Denise Young-Smith

Tuesday August 12, 2014

A new Diversity film Apple published as part of its report on employee demographics is narrated by Denise Young-Smith, who the company internally promoted to lead human resources in February.

Apple remembers Robin Williams with iTunes tribute page

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Following the untimely death of actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday, Apple has dedicated a special featured iTunes section to a collection of his best work, ranging from classic comedy routines to movies.