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2014

Yahoo Finance frets that Apple's iPhone, iPad "only" grab the majority of all mobile shopping traffic

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple's iPhone accounted for 58 percent of smartphone shopping traffic while iPads took an overwhelming 86 percent share among tablets, but Yahoo Finance is warning investors that Apple's dominance of shopping is "slowly losing share."

Apple simplifies app browsing and discovery with new 'Browse by Category' collection

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple on Thursday announced a new App Store feature called "Browse by Category" that allows users to navigate to different curated app collections without the need for drop-down menus.

New China Apple Store may be second to feature iconic cylindrical glass entryway

Thursday June 12, 2014

As part of Apple's efforts to triple its retail presence in China over the next two years, the company will open a store in Chongqing that appears to feature an architectural flourish familiar to Chinese customers: a giant glass cylinder.

Apple acknowledges sporadic iTunes outages, says issue resolved after brief downtime

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple on Thursday said it has resolved an issue that caused some iTunes customers to see limited access to the online store for around three hours, though details of the downtime have yet to be revealed.

Vessyl iOS-connected smart cup analyzes, tracks what you drink

Thursday June 12, 2014

Keeping tabs on your diet is set to become a little easier thanks to Vessyl, a new Yves Behar-designed smart cup that analyzes the chemical makeup of its contents and automatically sends the drink's nutritional information to an iOS device.

Skype for iOS gets Windows Phone-style makeover with version 5.0

Thursday June 12, 2014

Microsoft on Thursday unleashed an all-new version of its popular Skype messaging application for iOS, bringing a visual overhaul that matches the app to its Windows Phone counterpart and a number of improvements to speed and stability.

iPhone users can wirelessly recharge at Starbucks via 100K Duracell Powermats coming to coffee chain

Thursday June 12, 2014

Mega coffee chain Starbucks on Thursday announced a new partnership with Duracell that will see wireless charging stations based on the latter's Powermat technology rolled out to every Starbucks and Teavana location in the U.S. over the next two years.

As EU launches probe into Apple's taxes, Intel slapped with record $1.4B anti-competition fine

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple partner Intel attempted to appeal a $1.44 billion fine from the European Union for unfair business practices, but the chipmaker lost that bid on Thursday when a court determined that the record fine would stand.

RBC ups Apple price target to $100, sees 'iPhone 6' & new product categories driving growth

Thursday June 12, 2014

Following this week's stock split, RBC Capital Markets sees shares of Apple reaching near-record highs in the second half of 2014, based on the strength of the expected "iPhone 6," as well as hotly anticipated new product categories from the company.

Apple's smarter Smart Cover would keep users up to date with illuminated alerts

Thursday June 12, 2014

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced iPad Smart Cover containing illumination and communication elements that light up to alert users to incoming messages, low battery warnings and other notifications.

Amazon launches free 'Prime Music' streaming service for Prime members

Thursday June 12, 2014

Amazon on Thursday threw its hat into the streaming music service game with Prime Music, a "free" value-added service that touts access to more than one million songs for paying Amazon Prime members.

Samsung endorser LeBron James made a reported $30M from Apple's Beats buy

Thursday June 12, 2014

According to a report on Wednesday, Basketball superstar LeBron James saw a $30 million windfall on his small stake in Beats Electronics after Apple acquired the headphone maker for $3 billion in May.

Apple video offers peek inside new Japanese retail store ahead of grand opening

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Apple on Wednesday published to its official YouTube channel a video highlighting the design of its latest Apple Store located in Omotesando, Tokyo as final preparations are made for a grand opening on Friday.

Developer uses hidden iOS 8 code to show off rumored split-screen iPad UI

Wednesday June 11, 2014

After discovering code in Apple's iOS 8 beta pointing to a split-screen iPad user interface, developer Steven Troughton-Smith on Wednesday hit on a way to make the feature work and published his findings to YouTube in a type of proof-of-concept video.

Google flips switch on Instant Buy for iOS apps, roots deeper into Apple's mobile platform

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Google on Wednesday announced iOS support for Instant Buy, the Google Wallet-based authentication and payment system that lets customers bypass shop and make purchases with as few clicks as possible.

Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks seed with new focus areas, Safari 6.1.5 and OS X Server 3.2 betas

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Apple on Wednesday issued to developers a batch of new betas for the upcoming OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks maintenance update and Safari 6.1.5 with minor changes.

Pebble's iOS-compatible Steel smart watch hits Best Buy with leather band-only bundle

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Pebble's high-end Steel smart watch is now available at Best Buy's online shop, and will hit the retail chain's brick-and-mortar locations this Sunday, both at a price of $229.99 with a leather band.

Apple denies dodging EU taxes, receiving special treatment from Irish authorities

Wednesday June 11, 2014

As a European Union investigation into the tax arrangements of a number of multinational companies -- including Apple, Starbucks, and Fiat -- gets underway, Apple has issued a statement in which the iPhone maker categorically denied any wrongdoing.

TouchPal shows off third-party sliding keyboard input in Apple's iOS 8

Wednesday June 11, 2014

With Apple set to open iOS 8 to third-party keyboards when it launches this fall, TouchPal on Wednesday showcased its own upcoming text entry software, with a sliding style of text entry that allows users to keep their finger on the screen at all times.

GoPro to give customers, fans access to IPO stock at Wall Street price

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Personal camera manufacturer GoPro, which sells durable action accessories that connect to Apple's iPhone, is taking the relatively unusual step of making an allowance for stock to be sold to individual investors during its initial public offering, allowing customers and fans to purchase shares before trading begins.