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2014

As Apple holds $138B overseas, US Senate considers one-time tax break for repatriating cash

Wednesday June 11, 2014

While Apple in the past has asked the U.S. government for a so-called "tax holiday" that would allow it to bring its massive cash hoard back to America, the iPhone maker may finally get its wish, as both Democrats and Republicans from the U.S. Senate said they are considering a one-time tax break.

Apple catches up with Mac Pro demand, shipping times fall to 24 hours

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Professional Mac users can now get their hands on the company's all-new Mac Pro in as little as two days, as shipping times for the desktop flagship's standard configurations have dropped to 24 hours for the first time since it went on sale six months ago.

Apple HomeKit partner Honeywell takes on Google's Nest with Lyric smart thermostat

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Honeywell, a name familiar to hundreds of millions of consumers around the world thanks to its iconic round thermostats, is gearing up to put its own spin on the "internet of things" with a new, Internet-connected thermostat called Lyric.

Amazon halts preorders of Warner Bros. Blu-rays & DVDs in latest contract dispute

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Amazon has continued to refuse sales of certain products in its efforts to gain leverage in negotiations with content providers, this time blocking preorders of physical copies of popular upcoming releases from Warner Home Video, including blockbuster hits "The Lego Movie" and "300: Rise of an Empire."

European Union announces tax evasion investigations of Apple, Fiat & Starbucks

Wednesday June 11, 2014

The executive body of the European Union formally announced on Wednesday that it is investigating Apple, Fiat and Starbucks for potential tax evasion by the trio of corporations in the continent it polices.

Rumor: Apple to refresh iMac lineup next week with possible CPU speed boosts

Wednesday June 11, 2014

Apple is reportedly preparing to refresh the iMac lineup next week, though changes expected for the company's all-in-one desktop are thought to be minor component upgrades and processor speed boosts.

Smart home startup Light Sentry uses sensors to automate lighting year-round

Tuesday June 10, 2014

A new startup aims to wean automated home lighting users off manual scheduling by deploying light sensors and switch devices in and around a user's home for dynamic control based on localized, accurate measurements.

New aerial photos of Apple's Campus 2 show foundation work taking shape

Tuesday June 10, 2014

As Apple continues construction of its "Spaceship" Campus 2 in Cupertino, Calif., a number of interested onlookers are taking pictures of the site from land and air, revealing ongoing work at the tech giant's future headquarters.

Russian hackers involved in Apple device hijacking and ransom arrested by police

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Russian police on Tuesday said they arrested two hackers supposedly responsible for "hijacking" Apple products via Find My iPhone, locking owners out until they pay a ransom to regain access.

Apple issues MacBook Air EFI update to address random reboots, sleep/wake reliability

Tuesday June 10, 2014

One day after Apple released an SMC update for 2013 MacBook Airs, the company on Tuesday issued an EFI firmware update for late-model machines, fixing a memory-related problem that can cause systems to randomly reboot.

iOS 8 first look video: Time-lapse mode in Apple's updated Camera app

Tuesday June 10, 2014

The native Camera app in Apple's iOS 8 comes with an all-new time-lapse photography mode, allowing users to record a scene for a length of time and have it automatically sped up to play back as a video with minimal effort.

Apple looks to rein in marketing costs, accelerates internal ad team buildup

Tuesday June 10, 2014

The world's wealthiest technology company is in the midst of pulling together the industry's largest in-house advertising agency, a move said to be motivated in part by a desire to reduce costs and in part by a need to be more agile and roll out creative more quickly.

European Commission to investigate Apple's Ireland tax haven - report

Tuesday June 10, 2014

The competition authority of the European Union is reportedly set to launch a formal investigation on Wednesday into Apple's corporate presence in Ireland, a strategy that it and other companies use to avoid paying taxes.

ESPN Radio & local NPR stations come to Apple's iTunes Radio streaming service

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Live 24-hour streaming sports content from ESPN Radio, as well as local National Public Radio affiliates from around the U.S., are now available to hear on Apple's iTunes Radio service.

Apple's WWDC unveiling of HealthKit in iOS 8 grabs the attention of doctors

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Behind the apparently simple premise of Apple's new Health app in iOS 8 is the potential to "solve one of the single worst problems in healthcare today," wrote one healthcare professional: "the inability to easily transfer patient records from one care location to another."

Nokia unveils new folding OLED display as rumors say similar tech headed for Apple's 'iWatch'

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Nokia's Semiconductor Energy Laboratory has unveiled a new kind of OLED display that can be folded like a book while in use, similar to technology that Apple is thought to be exploring for future iPhones and the long-rumored "iWatch."

Amazon Kindle app for iPad & iPhone gains Audible audio book integration

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Amazon's official Kindle app for iPad and iPhone has been updated to include integration with audio versions of titles when purchased through the service Audible, as well as cloud syncing with Whispersync for Voice.

Apple on pace to sell record 39M iPhones in June quarter, survey finds

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Continued strong demand for Apple's iPhone has the hot selling handset on pace to set yet another record in the current June quarter, the latest data from Morgan Stanley's AlphaWise survey has found.

Apple patent hints at iWatch-enabled weightlifting tracker

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a weightlifting tracking system that uses a standalone sensor to transmit metrics to a remote display, which in some cases include a wristwatch.

Sony's $99 PlayStation TV set to battle Apple TV in U.S. and Canada this fall

Tuesday June 10, 2014

At a press event during the E3 gaming conference on Monday, Sony revealed plans to release the $99 PlayStation TV in the U.S. and Canada this fall, taking aim at set-top streaming devices like the Apple TV.