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2014

Apple doled out more than $3B to over 7,000 US suppliers in 2013

Saturday July 12, 2014

After announcing cooperation with the White House's "SupplierPay" initiative, Apple on Friday released domestic supply chain expenditure figures for the first time, saying it spent more than $3 billion with over 7,000 U.S. suppliers last year.

Jury finds Apple did not induce infringement of video streaming patent

Friday July 11, 2014

A federal jury on Friday found Apple did not push app developers to use its proprietary HLS technology for live streaming video to iOS devices, which would have allegedly induced infringement of an Israeli company's patents.

Video shows rumored 'iPhone 6' sapphire front panel destroyed by car

Friday July 11, 2014

After multiple torture tests, a purported sapphire front cover rumored to be bound for Apple's 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" has finally been broken, but getting there took a car weighing 1.6 tons.

Samsung compares Galaxy Tab S to iPad in continued anti-Apple ad campaign

Friday July 11, 2014

Following up on last week's anti-Apple spot in which iPhone users were called "wall huggers," Samsung on Friday aired two ads aimed at iPad owners, touting Galaxy Tab S features like split-screen multitasking and Super AMOLED displays.

Apple's secret plans for PrimeSense 3D tech hinted at by new itSeez3D iPad app

Friday July 11, 2014

Apple has remained silent on its plans for PrimeSense, the 3D scanning firm it acquired last November. But a new iPad app based on some of the same underlying technology--which allows users to quickly capture three dimensional models for use in CAD and 3D printing via a third party peripheral--indicates that Apple may be planning to integrate the tech into future iPads as a differentiating feature.

Sharp reportedly seeks deal with Apple to retake control of iPhone LCD plant

Friday July 11, 2014

After Apple heavily invested in transitioning Sharp's Kameyama LCD plant from TVs to smartphone displays, the Japanese company is reportedly looking to retake control in a bid to diversify its customer base into China.

Apple launches developer blog for new Swift programming language

Friday July 11, 2014

Apple's march toward transparency continued on Friday with the launch of the Swift Blog, a new developer-focused blog covering the Swift programming language introduced by the company at WWDC.

Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters for billions as Apple sale nears completion

Friday July 11, 2014

Headphone maker Beats has filed suit against a number of Chinese counterfeiters, alleging trademark infringement and seeking damages that could run into the billions of dollars just weeks before the company officially becomes an Apple subsidiary.

Rumors: Apple asked experts about sapphire screens in 2012, iPhone 6's 'A8' to be 2GHz dual-core chip

Friday July 11, 2014

A pair of suspect rumors regarding Apple's next-generation devices made their way to the internet Friday, as one British academic claimed he had been contacted by the iPhone maker about sapphire displays while Chinese media rebuffed reports that Apple's "A8" SoC will move beyond two processing cores.

Apple joins President Obama's 'SupplierPay' initiative aimed at boosting U.S. small business

Friday July 11, 2014

The Obama administration announced on Friday that Apple is one of a number of U.S. corporations -- including Coca-Cola and IBM -- that have agreed to pay smaller component suppliers more quickly in an effort to increase cash flow throughout the supply chain.

China's state-owned media calls iOS location tracking a 'national security concern'

Friday July 11, 2014

A Friday afternoon report from China Central Television, the Asian nation's dominant state-run broadcaster, said the location tracking features found in Apple's iOS are a "national security concern" and worried that they could be used to expose Chinese state secrets.

Apple introduces new WebKit features in latest Safari beta builds for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion

Friday July 11, 2014

Apple on Thursday seeded to developers new builds of Safari for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion featuring new WebKit modifications including WebGL tweaks, which should see wider adoption in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8.

Apple blocks older Flash plug-in versions in Safari due to vulnerability

Friday July 11, 2014

Apple late Thursday issued a security message saying it has blocked old versions of Adobe's Flash Player plug-in for Safari, citing a recent flaw that could potentially allow hackers to harvest browser data like cookies.

Misfit wearables rolls out new sleep tracking device in partnership with Beddit

Thursday July 10, 2014

Misfit wearables, makers of the Shine activity monitor, announced on Thursday a partnership with Beddit, an ultra-sensitive sleep tracking system that slips under a user's sheets to measure everything from respiration to movement.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple "iWatch" mass production pushed back to November [u]

Thursday July 10, 2014

Industry consensus holds that Apple's so-called "iWatch" will see manufacture in September ahead of wide distribution in December, but one well-connected analyst believes mass production is to be pushed back to November, meaning only small quantities will be available at launch.

Apple reverts to 30-second iTunes song previews for new, popular tracks

Thursday July 10, 2014

It appears that Apple has recently changed its iTunes Music Store policy regarding song samples, reverting preview times for certain tracks from 90 seconds to the old 30-second standard.

Rumor: Photo shows 'iPhone 6' front panel with installed LCD, Touch ID brackets

Thursday July 10, 2014

In a return of the blurry cam, a photo published to the Web on Thursday purports to show the front cover glass of Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6" with installed mounting hardware for the LCD and Touch ID home button.

Apple to expand Volume Purchase Program to 16 new regions, pushes into Middle East

Thursday July 10, 2014

In an update to its website on Thursday, Apple announced it will soon bring bulk app and iBook purchases to 16 new countries through its Volume Purchase Program, which will include support for both businesses and educational institutions.

Audit contradicts Samsung's claim that it does not use child labor for Android phones

Thursday July 10, 2014

Last week, Samsung issued a Sustainability Report just like Apple has been doing for years. But Samsung's report was just worthless advertising according to China Labor Watch, which says the company both uses child labor and underpays the children who build its Android phones.

Minecraft gets huge update on iOS, Plague Inc. adds Planet of the Apes tie-in

Thursday July 10, 2014

Two popular iOS titles released notable updates Thursday as the weekend approaches, with Minecraft adding a number of new features -- including infinite worlds -- while Plague, Inc. takes advantage of a new 20th Century Fox partnership to let players control colonies of apes.