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2014

Nike to reportedly exit wearables market, fires bulk of FuelBand team

Friday April 18, 2014

A rumor on Friday claims Nike is planning to shut down the division responsible for creating wearable fitness trackers, starting with the axing of as many as 55 people from the FuelBand team.

Beats Music enables in-app subscriptions with latest update in bid for more users

Friday April 18, 2014

Beats Music, the streaming radio arm of the Beats empire, updated its iPhone app on Friday with the notable addition of in-app subscriptions, meaning the company is now paying Apple's usual 30 percent commission on new sign-ups.

Facebook updates Paper app with notifications, photo comments, 'new story' buttons, more

Friday April 18, 2014

Facebook on Friday rolled out a an update to its newsreader-style alternative Paper, adding a number of new features that bring the app more in line with the company's flagship iOS title.

Apple offers unclaimed WWDC tickets to select developers

Friday April 18, 2014

Apple on Friday began sending out emails asking developers who were not selected in this year's WWDC 2014 ticket lottery if they would like to purchase passes that have gone unclaimed by those originally selected to attend.

Apple Maps adds Flyover 3D modeling of Berkeley, East Bay

Friday April 18, 2014

Apple has expanded its 3D Maps Flyover support for the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the city of Berkeley, the University of California birthplace of the flavor of Unix used in OS X and iOS.

Briefly: Online Apple Store delays 24-hour ship times in Europe for Easter

Friday April 18, 2014

In a change to certain European Online Apple Stores, the company is no longer offering 24-hour delivery turnarounds, while the option remains active in the U.S. and Canada.

How Apple dodged the Heartbleed bullet

Friday April 18, 2014

In 2011, Apple told its developers that it would be deprecating OS X's Common Data Security Architecture including OpenSSL, describing it as an outdated relic of the late 1990s. Nearly three years later, OpenSSL was hit by a severe flaw that affected a wide swath of vendors and their users, but not Apple.

Apple's maps trump Google's as hopefuls hunt for legendary 'Loch Ness Monster'

Friday April 18, 2014

One of the world's most enduring mysteries added another layer recently, as amateur sleuths have discovered what they claim to be the Loch Ness Monster lurking under the water of the famous lake using satellite imagery from Apple Maps, after finding Google's monster tracking solutions unworkable.

Samsung deal with Swiss clock maker portrayed as an affront to Apple

Friday April 18, 2014

Samsung recently inked a deal with Swiss Federal Railways, the same organization that accused Apple of copying one of its iconic clock designs, leading some to speculate that Samsung may have sought the contract solely to make a dig at Apple.

New photos purport to show Apple's next-gen iPad Air with bonded display

Friday April 18, 2014

Consumers hoping for an even thinner version of Apple's flagship tablet may get their wish, as a new set of snapshots appears to show a revised iPad Air display assembly with the LCD and cover glass manufactured as a single unit, much like the company has done for years with the iPhone.

Traffic from Apple's unannounced iOS 8, OS X 10.10 remains steady ahead of WWDC 2014

Friday April 18, 2014

Testing of Apple's anticipated next-generation operating systems -- iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 -- continues along at a steady clip, new traffic data shows, ahead of the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, where both products are expected to be unveiled.

Apple's Rockstar patent consortium denied request to transfer Google suit to Texas

Friday April 18, 2014

A U.S. district judge on Thursday issued an order denying Rockstar's motion to transfer a patent invalidation suit leveled by Google from California to the more patent holder-friendly Eastern District of Texas.

Amazon to expand Fire TV voice search to third-party apps and services

Thursday April 17, 2014

Amazon on Thursday confirmed that Fire TV will add unified voice search compatibility with Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime this summer, extending the capability of the Apple TV competitor.

Yahoo gives Flickr complete overhaul with new design, HD video and image search

Thursday April 17, 2014

With its release of the revamped Flickr 3.0 iOS app on Thursday, Yahoo continues its push to bolster the photo capture, storage and sharing service by adding features already on competing apps like Instagram.

Facebook unveils new 'Nearby Friends' geolocation meetup feature

Thursday April 17, 2014

Facebook users will now have an easier time meeting up with friends at social events or planning group activities using the social network's new Nearby Friends feature, an opt-in service that alerts friends when they are close to each other.

Early upgrade programs at US carriers forecast to help grow sales of Apple's iPhone

Thursday April 17, 2014

Apple is likely to see modest gains in iPhone sales in the medium term thanks to early smartphone upgrade programs from major U.S. wireless carriers, one analyst has projected.

Apple begins selling refurbished iPad mini with Retina display starting at $419 [u]

Thursday April 17, 2014

Consumers waiting for Apple to start offering refurbished models of its latest Retina display-equipped iPad mini need wait no longer as the tablet's Wi-Fi variants are now available with double-digit discounts from their off-the-shelf price.

RunKeeper's new Breeze app goes beyond workouts to count daily steps via Apple's M7 chip in iPhone 5s

Thursday April 17, 2014

RunKeeper on Thursday launched Breeze, its new step tracking app that harnesses the abilities of the M7 chip found in Apple's iPhone 5s. AppleInsider was given an early hands-on with Breeze, and found it's a great way to track activity from the rest of the day, when you're not out for a run.

Speculation increases over Angela Ahrendts's start date as head of Apple Retail

Thursday April 17, 2014

With the exact date that incoming Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts will leave her position at Burberry still unannounced, some have speculated that the fashion executive may be delaying her departure in order to collect on Burberry share bonuses worth as much as 8 million.

'Now is the time to invest' in Apple ahead of new product launches, Morgan Stanley says

Thursday April 17, 2014

A strong recommendation for Apple stock was pushed by investment firm Morgan Stanley on Thursday, which said now is the right time to invest due to low institutional ownership, resilient iPhone sales, and anticipated upcoming product launches.