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2014

MasterCard pushes Apple Pay with new 'Priceless Surprises' TV ads

Wednesday October 22, 2014

The first television commercials spotlighting Apple Pay did not come from Apple itself, but from launch partner MasterCard, which is running baseball-themed ads hyping the launch of the new iPhone 6-based tap-to-pay system.

Hacks targeting Chinese iCloud users prompt Apple CEO Tim Cook to meet China's vice premier

Wednesday October 22, 2014

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has reportedly traveled to Beijing to meet with the vice premier of China to discuss protecting user data, a meeting prompted by recent hacks targeting iCloud users in the country.

Get your Mac online anywhere easily with OS X Yosemite's new Instant Hotspot iPhone tethering feature

Wednesday October 22, 2014

One of the new Continuity features between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is Instant Hotspot, giving users the ability to automatically connect to the Internet through their iPhone's cellular data connection without the need to touch their phone.

Review roundup: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deemed best in class, but changes mostly iterative [u]

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The reviews are in for this year's iPad product refreshes and the results are expectedly positive for the new iPad Air 2, though some question whether Apple did enough to warrant the iPad mini 3's price tag.

Apple's Maps Connect portal lets local businesses create, add details to listings

Tuesday October 21, 2014

In a continued effort to make Apple Maps more accurate, Apple on Tuesday launched a new Web portal called "Maps Connect" to let local businesses add information directly into the mapping services.

Apple's new A8X powered iPad Air 2 smokes new Android tablets, including Nvidia's Tegra K1 Shield Tablet [u]

Tuesday October 21, 2014

New Geekbench processor benchmarks show Apple's triple core, 64-bit A8X Application Processor is dramatically faster than the latest Android tablets, despite their additional cores and faster clock rates.

Apple leadership awarded restricted stock unit bonus currently worth $19M

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Eight Apple executives last week were awarded identical bonuses in the form of conditional RSUs worth over $19.6 million at the stock's current price, according to a U.S. SEC filing.

Apple spent $1M on lobbying US government in Q3, focused on health, data privacy, more

Tuesday October 21, 2014

According to a recently filed disclosure, Apple spent a little over $1 million over the third quarter on lobbying issues like consumer health data, safe driving, e-books and data privacy, among others.

GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, will sell off more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay debt

Tuesday October 21, 2014

As part of its plan to "wind down" sapphire production operations after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, GT Advanced Technologies will reportedly sell more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay off an outstanding debt to Apple.

Apple Inc. surprises with massive $17 billion Q4 stock buyback

Tuesday October 21, 2014

During its fiscal Q4 ending in September, Apple spent an incredible $17 billion to buy up its own stock, increasingly doing so on its own without outside bankers' assistance. Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, Apple has spent an astounding $45 billion to repurchase its stock from fleeing investors at incredible discounts.

Rumor: Apple Pay loyalty program could launch in time for Christmas

Tuesday October 21, 2014

With the Apple Pay launch complete in the U.S., Apple may now turn its sights toward launching a new store loyalty rewards program in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Apple Pay already works internationally, but only with US credit cards

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Though Apple Pay is only advertised to work in the U.S. at the moment, users have found that the tap-to-pay functionality found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is in fact operational with compatible terminals internationally, as long as the device is set up properly with American credit cards.

Alleged iPad Air 2 benchmark shows A8X CPU has three cores, 2GB of RAM

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Though Apple hasn't revealed the exact specifications of the beefed-up A8X processor that powers the iPad Air 2, a new benchmark purports to show the horsepower of the CPU, revealing a triple-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.

Hackers targeting Apple iCloud users in mainland China with 'massive' attack

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Hackers have reportedly begun targeting iCloud users in mainland China, utilizing a so-called "man-in-the-middle" approach in an attempt to steal user information, with one group accusing the Chinese government itself of perpetrating the attack.

Wall Street blown away by Apple's 'remarkable' record September quarter

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Apple exceeded market expectations this week with the results of its record breaking September quarter, leading analysts to heap praise on the company and raise their price targets as it heads into what is expected to be a blockbuster holiday season.

Video: Using Apple Pay in-store on an iPhone 6 is quick, convenient, and dead simple

Tuesday October 21, 2014

With this week's launch of iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay, shoppers can now use Apple's tap-to-pay functionality in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in a variety of in-store locations. AppleInsider offers a closer look at just how quick and easy it is to use the new digital payment system.

Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote starts cars, performs high-level functions

Tuesday October 21, 2014

An Apple patent published on Tuesday could foreshadow future CarPlay functionality that allows users to unlocks car doors, start the engine and perform other automated tasks based on a user's proximity to their vehicle.

IBM's first enterprise apps for iPad to launch next month as iPad reaches 90 percent tablet share in U.S education

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Apple isn't just waiting around for iPad sales to pick up speed. In its earnings conference call with analysts, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook stated the first wave of IBM's Mobile First apps targeting businesses would arrive next month, while separately noting that iPad now accounted for 90 percent of U.S. tablets used in education.

Apple responds to Spotlight Suggestions 'backlash,' says personal data collection limited

Monday October 20, 2014

In response to a Monday report alleging Apple has started to automatically collect user search and location data through Spotlight Suggestions, the company has issued a statement clarifying the extent to which customer information is gathered and how it is used.

MLB World Series stadiums first pro sports venues to accept Apple Pay

Monday October 20, 2014

When the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants at this year's MLB World Series, fans attending the games at the two teams' respective stadiums will be able to buy concession items using Apple Pay.