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2014

Square begins taking preorders for new chip card readers for iPhone, iPad

Wednesday November 12, 2014

As the U.S. credit card industry prepares for an upcoming switch to new cards with secure EMV chips, popular transaction provider Square is preparing to help retailers through the change, and is now accepting preorders for its new chip card-compatible readers.

Analysis of Apple's A8X SoC uncovers customized GPU, confirms 3-core architecture

Wednesday November 12, 2014

Apple appears to have moved to a semi-custom design for the graphics processor in its new A8X SoC while employing an unusual triple-core CPU, according to a new analysis of the chip that powers the iPad Air 2.

Walmart's Black Friday deals bundle $30 gift card with $200 iPad mini, $75 gift card with $179 iPhone 6

Wednesday November 12, 2014

Walmart has revealed its sales for Black Friday, and a number of Apple products will see price cuts paired with free gift cards, including iPads and iPhones, while steep discounts will be offered on some Beats products.

Apple's Beats officially reveals Bluetooth Solo2 Wireless headphones

Wednesday November 12, 2014

The most popular headphones sold by Apple's Beats, the Solo2, were given an upgrade on Wednesday, with a newly revealed model offering wireless Bluetooth connectivity priced at $299.95.

Roundup: The best third-party keyboards for iOS 8

Wednesday November 12, 2014

One long standing criticism of iOS has been its lack of support for third party keyboards, but with the introduction of iOS 8, developers are now allowed to build custom keyboards that can be used on both iPhone and iPad.

Apple rumored to turn huge downtown LA building into flagship store, office space

Wednesday November 12, 2014

A new rumor claims Apple has leased a large part of the Broadway Trade Center, a five-story, 1.1 million-square-foot building located in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., and is looking to convert the space into a mini campus complete with Apple Store.

Apple's iOS 8 now on 56% of devices as adoption rate slowly picks up

Tuesday November 11, 2014

Adoption numbers for Apple's iOS 8 are leisurely plodding along, with the latest statistics showing 56 percent of users are now running the latest operating system nearly two months after launch.

Quirky and GE unveil new suite of affordable smart home devices, sensor 'micro-factory'

Tuesday November 11, 2014

Smart home technology startup Quirky, in partnership with GE, on Tuesday introduced a new line of economical smart home products that works together with its Wink hub and app ecosystem to control everything from HVAC to garage doors.

Apple's Device Enrollment Program extended to authorized reseller purchases, more countries

Tuesday November 11, 2014

Apple on Tuesday announced businesses and educational institutions can now use the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) with devices purchased through Apple Authorized Resellers, while support for the service has been extended to include 26 countries.

Netflix for iOS update brings support for iOS 8, 1080p playback on iPhone 6 Plus

Tuesday November 11, 2014

Netflix on Tuesday issued an update for its iOS app, bringing full compatibility with Apple's latest iOS 8 operating system and 1080p playback for the new iPhone 6 Plus.

Judge allows lawsuit over missing text messages to proceed against Apple

Tuesday November 11, 2014

Days after Apple provided a Web tool to allow ex-iPhone users to deregister their cell phone number from its iMessage service, a California judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit against Apple for "hijacking" users' ability to receive text messages can proceed.

Apple continues exploring location-based security settings, looks at new adaptive brightness controls

Tuesday November 11, 2014

A pair of patents granted to Apple on Tuesday could hint at the company's plans for future user-facing features for its Macs and iOS devices, including a more granular control system for display brightness based on ambient light and security features that shift based on the device's location.

UBS ups Apple price target to $125 after survey indicates strong share for iPhone 6 Plus

Tuesday November 11, 2014

The results of a recent global survey of prospective smartphone buyers conducted by UBS forecast a favorable share of iPhone 6 Plus sales and strong demand in China, prompting the investment firm to raise its price target.

Best Buy's Black Friday sales include $100 discount for iPad Air 2, up to $200 off Macs

Tuesday November 11, 2014

Best Buy on Tuesday published the "doorbuster" deals it will offer for Black Friday 2014, with significant discounts on a range of Apple products including Macs, iPads, iPods, iTunes gift cards, and Beats headphones.

'Positive' talks underway for Apple Pay partnership with Alibaba's Alipay in China

Tuesday November 11, 2014

After officials from both Apple and Alibaba publicly expressed interest in forging a possible mobile payment deal, Alibaba confirmed on Tuesday that it is currently in negotiations to bring Apple Pay to China.

Apple tech uses geofences, crowdsourced data to pinpoint cell network dead spots

Tuesday November 11, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a mobile device monitoring system that uses anonymized crowdsourced data to map out cellular network dead spots.

Apple issues second OS X 10.10.1 beta to developers, continues focus on Wi-Fi

Monday November 10, 2014

Apple on Monday pushed out the second OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta seed to developers for testing with focus areas unchanged from the first version that went out last week.

Apple's plan to penetrate enterprise involves dedicated sales team, partnerships with software developers

Monday November 10, 2014

Apple is looking to grab a bigger portion of the corporate software and solutions business with dedicated sales teams tasked with wooing big-name corporations, while at the same time working with software developers already entrenched in the enterprise sector.

Full video of Tim Cook's WSJD Live conference panel posted online

Monday November 10, 2014

The Wall Street Journal has released the full version of its interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook filmed at the inaugural WSJD Live conference in October, where topics discussed ranged from Apple Pay to Apple Watch and more.

Apple details $3.5 billion European bond, interest accrual starts Nov. 10

Monday November 10, 2014

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday published Apple's official european debt filing, which looks to take advantage of low European interest rates to raise $3.5 billion, or 2.8 billion euros.