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2014

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.

75 billion downloads later, Apple celebrates the App Store's sixth anniversary

Thursday July 10, 2014

Six years after Steve Jobs relented and agreed to allow third-party developers native access to the iPhone, the App Store has grown into a cultural phenomenon that connects people, drives innovation, and supports more than a million families around the world.

Amazon, not Google, next to face FTC's wrath over in-app purchases by children

Thursday July 10, 2014

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it has filed suit against retail colossus Amazon, alleging that the company allowed children to rack up millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases through the Amazon Appstore -- charges similar to those brought against Apple last year.

iTunes update brings HD Extras to the Mac, also coming to Apple TV and iOS 8

Thursday July 10, 2014

Apple on Thursday released iTunes version 11.3 and with it announced the availability of high-definition iTunes Extras for the Mac and Apple TV, with the bonus features coming to iOS 8 after the operating system's rollout this fall.

Apple's CarPlay could be in more than 24 million vehicles by 2019, report says

Thursday July 10, 2014

Thanks in part to the massive popularity of Apple's iPhone, over 24 million cars featuring the company's CarPlay infotainment offering could be on the road just five years after the first vehicles sporting the new system roll off of automotive assembly lines.

Apple begins receiving shipments of A-series processors from TSMC - report

Thursday July 10, 2014

Following years of rumors, chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has begun production of Apple's A-series processors and the chips are now making their way to assembly plants, according to a Thursday morning report from Hong Kong.

Apple Store design and layout can be trademarked in Europe, court rules

Thursday July 10, 2014

The European Union's top court ruled Thursday that Apple's distinctive retail store layout is worthy of trademark protection under European law, allowing the company to enjoy the same legal cover on the old continent that it secured in the U.S. last year.

Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' to sport localized haptic feedback, linear oscillating motor

Thursday July 10, 2014

According to the latest rumblings out of East Asia, Apple's next iPhone will come with an advanced vibration unit that can provide varying levels of haptic feedback in specific areas of the handset's screen.

Trio of Apple sapphire-related inventions point to iOS device displays, illuminated buttons

Thursday July 10, 2014

Ahead of Apple's expected iPhone announcement this fall, the company has filed for three sapphire-related patents pointing to a handset with front cover and illuminated buttons crafted from the exotic material.

Inside Accessibility: Apple advances iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite as Android users left frustrated

Thursday July 10, 2014

Apple is enhancing its accessibility features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, widening its lead over Google's Android in accommodating the needs of users with disabilities.

Roku outpaces Apple TV in US sales growth and usage for 2013, report says

Thursday July 10, 2014

A report published on Wednesday claims set-top media streamers like the Apple TV will be in one out of every four homes by 2015, but market growth of Apple's device is being outpaced by sector giant Roku, at least in the U.S.

Apple says working toward 'net zero energy' and green products in Environmental Responsibility Report

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Apple on Wednesday published an Environmental Responsibility Report covering fiscal 2014, outlining steps the company has taken to reduce impact on climate change, use green materials in its products and conserve resources.

Developer adoption of OS X Yosemite beta nearly 4x that of Mavericks

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Fresh data gathered by ad network Chitika shows Macs running Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta accounted for 0.2 percent of all OS X-based ad impressions in North America one month after release, nearly four times that of its predecessor OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

Mac sales continue to slide in Q2 as overall PC market rebounds [Update: Numbers refuted]

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Apple's share of the U.S. computer market slipped again during the second quarter of 2014 despite a global trend towards growth in the PC marketplace after tablets like the iPad cannibalized sales.

At Sun Valley retreat, Tim Cook tells reporter to upgrade her Samsung phone

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook quipped to a journalist that she should "get a new phone" as she posed questions during the exclusive gathering of tech and media executives at Sun Valley, Idaho.

Tim Cook promises Apple will release data on corporate diversity

Wednesday July 09, 2014

During a question-and-answer session at Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley conference in Idaho, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone maker will eventually quantify the diversity of its workforce in a public disclosure, but that it is now "more focused on actions."

Vimeo launches revamped Apple TV channel with better discovery, on-demand video

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Video sharing service Vimeo on Wednesday rolled out an all-new version of its Apple TV channel, bringing a streamlined user interface, new curated playlists, and trailers from Vimeo On Demand to Apple's set-top streamer.

Apple loses voice recognition patent suit in China, faces legal challenges over Siri

Wednesday July 09, 2014

A Beijing court has affirmed the validity of a voice recognition patent -- held by China's Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. -- that Apple is accused of infringing with Siri, clearing the way for the resolution of a long-pending intellectual property case that could see the personal digital assistant muted in China.

Apple nudged FTC to look into Google Play Store after in-app purchase settlement

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Days after the company agreed to a $32.5 million settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over in-app purchase policies, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell sent an email to commissioners directing their attention to an article saying the Google Play Store lets children spend their parents' money "like a drunken sailor."

Flash flaw could allow attackers to steal browser data on Macs, Adobe issues fix

Wednesday July 09, 2014

A well-known vulnerability in Adobe's Flash player that could allow malicious users to steal browser data -- including cookies -- on Macs, PCs, and Linux machines has been exploited for the first time, prompting Adobe to issue a patch and urge users to upgrade their system as soon as possible.