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2014

MCX CEO compares CurrentC rollout to original iPhone, reiterates exclusivity to end in 'months'

Wednesday November 05, 2014

In a short interview published on Wednesday, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson likened CurrentC exclusivity agreements to Apple's original iPhone rollout on AT&T, saying consortium members have their best interests in mind in not supporting Apple Pay.

Microsoft's Surface Pro stunt fails as CNN election commentators stick to iPads

Wednesday November 05, 2014

News commentators covering U.S. elections for CNN were given Surface Pro tablets by Microsoft, but continued using iPads on air, covering up the supplied Surface with papers or even the iPad itself.

EFF ranks Apple's iMessage, FaceTime "best mass market options" for secure messaging, ahead of BlackBerry Messenger, Google Hangouts, Facebook, Microsoft Skype

Wednesday November 05, 2014

In its ranking of electronic messaging systems for safety and security, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said no mainstream products passed all of its criteria, but that Apple's iMessage and FaceTime "stood out as the best of the mass-market options."

Google Maps overhaul coming to iOS with new 'material design' look, OpenTable reservations

Wednesday November 05, 2014

Google announced on Wednesday that its popular Maps platform, including the free downloadable iOS application, will receive a major update in the near future, including a new look and new features, such as the ability to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable without leaving the app.

Rumor: Apple working on glasses-less 3D display for future iPhone

Wednesday November 05, 2014

Apple is said to be exploring the incorporation of three-dimensional display technology that does not require special eyewear in its next-generation iPhone, according to a questionable report from Taiwan Wednesday, claiming the company is partnering with longtime supplier TPK to develop the feature.

Google Wallet usage surges after much-hyped Apple Pay launch - report

Wednesday November 05, 2014

The highly successful launch of Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has helped to grow the long-established Google Wallet service, as both rely on the same near-field communication technology for tap-to-pay functions.

Jawbone launches new 'UP3' fitness band and entry-level 'UP Move' activity tracker

Wednesday November 05, 2014

Coming in just before the holiday shopping season, Jawbone on Wednesday announced two new fitness trackers with the basic $50 UP Move and advanced $180 UP3 band.

Spotify royalties surpass Apple's iTunes in Europe by 13%, report says

Wednesday November 05, 2014

In what could be a bellwether for the global recording industry, royalty payments from streaming service Spotify have reportedly overtaken earnings from Apple's iTunes music store in Europe, a drastic shift from only last year.

Rumor: Gold Apple Watch Edition priced up to $5,000, steel version at $500, will debut on Feb. 14

Tuesday November 04, 2014

A rumor on Tuesday claims Apple's upcoming Apple Watch will be priced at $500 for the mid-tier steel model and up to $5,000 for top-end gold "Edition" versions, a number much higher than previous estimates.

Apple, GT Advanced agree to unseal secret documents as part of bankruptcy settlement

Tuesday November 04, 2014

In a ruling on Tuesday, a federal court judge handling bankruptcy proceedings for sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies ordered to unseal sensitive documents detailing the company's doomed partnership with Apple.

Unicode consortium looks to bring ethnic diversity to emoji by mid-2015

Tuesday November 04, 2014

In a draft proposal published on Monday, the Unicode Consortium revealed a range of emoji skin tone modifiers it plans to roll out as an update to the current standard, finally bringing a dose of ethnic diversity to the ubiquitous pictographs.

Michael Fassbender next high-profile actor eyed for role of Steve Jobs

Tuesday November 04, 2014

Following Christian Bale's exit from the hotly anticipated film about Apple's late co-founder, Michael Fassbender is now said to be in talks to take on the role of Steve Jobs.

CurrentC exclusivity at MCX merchants to expire in 'months, not years'

Tuesday November 04, 2014

An exclusivity agreement that has caused some merchants involved in the MCX consortium -- notably drug store chain CVS -- to abruptly pull support for NFC-based payment systems, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, is set to expire in "months," according to a new report.

TrueSec outlines "Rootpipe" privilege escalation vulnerability in Mac OS X Yosemite

Tuesday November 04, 2014

Speaking at the Øredev Developer Conference in Malmö, Sweeden, Emil Kvarnhammar of security firm TrueSec demonstrated a privilege escalation vulnerability affecting OS X 10.8.5 through the newest 10.10 Yosemite.

Apple continues to dominate with massive 86% share of handset industry profits

Tuesday November 04, 2014

A new analysis of third-quarter handset industry operating profits estimates that Apple accounted for a massive 86 percent share, blowing away the competition as rivals such as Samsung saw their profit levels dip.

Apple granted patent covering motion-based 'remote wand' controllers for Apple TV

Tuesday November 04, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued an invention for a new kind of Apple TV remote control, giving viewers the ability to gesture with a "remote wand" in order to navigate around the user interface, in what could be the latest evidence Apple is looking to substantially alter the user experience of its set-top streamer.

Amazon adds unlimited cloud photo storage for Prime members

Tuesday November 04, 2014

Subscribers to the $99-per-year Amazon Prime service can now back up their entire photo collection at full resolution, including iPhone photos via a dedicated iOS app.

Apple to raise $3.5 billion from euro debt at some of the lowest interest rates in history

Tuesday November 04, 2014

Apple is set to borrow cash in euros for the first time in the company's history, taking advantage of record-low interest rates in Europe with what will be some of the lowest-ever interest rates for a corporation.

'Disney Movies Anywhere' gets Android app, ushers in cross-platform movie purchasing

Tuesday November 04, 2014

Disney on Tuesday rolled out an Android app for its "Disney Movies Anywhere" cloud service -- already available for iOS -- in a rare deal that finds Apple and Google sharing digital content rights for movie purchases.

Apple releases first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers with bug fixes

Monday November 03, 2014

Following the release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta, Apple on Monday issued the first developer beta for iOS 8.1.1 , the upcoming point release for the company's mobile operating system.