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2014

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.

Oculus VR adds Mac OS X support to new Oculus Rift virtual reality SDK

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Facebook-owned virtual reality startup Oculus VR on Tuesday announced the availability of version 0.4.1 of its software development kit, bringing developer support for the popular headgear to Apple's desktop operating system.

iOS holds 88% share of enterprise apps, iPad 90% of tablets in Good's business activations

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology detailed in its latest quarterly report that companies continue to overwhelmingly prefer Apple's mobile platform over Android or Windows Mobile alternatives. The firm also noted a jump in government adoption of iPads.

Rev. Jesse Jackson & Rainbow PUSH Coalition praise Apple for releasing detailed workforce diversity data

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Following Apple's publication of workforce diversity data, as well as comments from the company admitting that improvements are needed, the iPhone maker received praise from activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his nonprofit Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which advocates on behalf of minorities.

Ex-Siri team working on new AI to answer questions that Apple's Siri already answers

Tuesday August 12, 2014

A group of former Siri engineers have begun work on a next-generation digital assistant that they say will outsmart any of the current offerings, but some of the goals they claim to be working on have already been reached by Apple's own voice-driven personal assistant.

Apple reveals most employees are white men, says diversity needs to be improved

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Apple on Tuesday delivered on a promise to give more details on the diversity of its workforce, revealing that its U.S.-based employees are overwhelmingly male and white --a breakdown that Chief Executive Tim Cook said must be improved.

Apple's gross margins likely to decline this fall with new product designs, but quick rebound expected

Tuesday August 12, 2014

It's expected that Apple will see its gross margins shrink at the end of 2014 as the company is expected to introduce a completely redesigned "iPhone 6," though one analyst sees margins trending upwards once again by the March 2015 quarter.

One year after Apple's A7, Nvidia announces first 64-bit ARM CPU for Android

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Chipmaker Nvidia on Tuesday detailed the new "Denver" variant of its Tegra K1 mobile processor, a high-performance in-order design that represents the first foray into 64-bit processing for Android devices --nearly a full year after Apple shocked the mobile world with its own 64-bit A7 processor.

Latest purported leak shows scuffed-up 'iPhone 6' rear panel

Tuesday August 12, 2014

While it may be a little worse for wear, a part alleged to be a full back panel for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6" appeared online Tuesday, offering a closer look at what could be the final design for the hotly anticipated product.

Apple reportedly in talks with major healthcare providers over HealthKit partnerships

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Ahead of Apple's iOS 8 rollout this fall, a report on Tuesday revealed the company has been in talks with major healthcare providers and medical records systems firms over the HealthKit framework, which will serve as a central hub for users' personal health data.

California Senate passes cellphone 'kill switch' bill, awaits governor's approval

Monday August 11, 2014

The California state Senate on Monday passed a bill crafted to protect against smartphone theft by requiring manufacturers turn on a "kill switch" when a device is first activated, something Apple currently employs in iOS as an opt-in feature.

Apple suppliers reportedly start production of next-gen iPad Air with anti-reflective coating

Monday August 11, 2014

Ahead of an expected special event in September, Apple suppliers are supposedly ramping up manufacturing of both 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch iPad models, with the larger version expected to debut as soon as this quarter.

New iPad ad campaign focuses on productivity, highlights Microsoft Office support

Monday August 11, 2014

Apple on Monday pushed out a new email ad blitz focusing on the iPad's prowess in productivity, highlighting both first-party apps like Pages, Numbers and Keynote alongside Microsoft's Office for iPad.

Surveillance leak shows spyware loves Android, but can't infect Apple's iPhones without jailbreak

Monday August 11, 2014

Secret documents that anonymously leaked from global surveillance firm Gamma Group detail broad powers to spy on Android users via its FinSpy tool sold to law enforcement, but note that the tools lack the ability to infect iPhones unless they have been jailbroken.

Intel's 'Core M' chip announcement suggests Broadwell-based MacBook Pros won't arrive until 2015

Monday August 11, 2014

Intel on Monday announced that its first low-power Broadwell chips will hit the market in limited quantities before the end of the year, and that those processors will be intended for premium tablet- and hybrid-style devices, strongly implying that next-generation chips bound for Apple's popular MacBook Pro lineup won't be available until 2015 at the earliest.

Apple's new 'Your Verse' iPad ads focus on music, community engagement [updated with video]

Monday August 11, 2014

Apple on Monday unveiled two new additions to its well-received "Your Verse" advertising campaign for the iPad, this time focusing attention on Chinese electropop group Yaoband and Detroit community activist Jason Hall.

New, lighter BrydgeAir keyboard aims to bring laptop functionality to Apple's iPad Air

Monday August 11, 2014

Popular iPad keyboard maker Brydge is now accepting preorders for a new model designed specifically for Apple's iPad Air, bringing not only physical backlit keys, but also upgraded stereo speakers and a lighter aluminum design.

Apple suffers setback in new VirnetX patent suit over FaceTime

Monday August 11, 2014

As Apple gears up to defend itself against another lawsuit from patent holding firm VirnetX, the iPhone maker was dealt a blow late last week after the presiding judge issued a series of pre-trial rulings denying Apple's motion to preemptively invalidate some of VirnetX's patent claims and preventing the use of invalidity as a defense against others.

Plethora of alleged 'iPhone 6' parts show Apple logo, cables & camera ring

Monday August 11, 2014

The latest series of leaked parts show a number of components claimed to be for a future "iPhone 6," including more evidence of an embedded rear logo, along with an assortment of internal cables, and what could be a closer look at the ring that will cover the device's rear camera lens.

Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 more powerful, flexible than MacBook Air in latest ads

Monday August 11, 2014

Continuing its campaign against Apple hardware, Microsoft on Monday unleashed three new ad shorts for its new Surface Pro 3 tablet with disparaging comparisons to the MacBook Air.