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2014

Questionable 'iPhone 6' prototype shows protruding camera, lacks Apple's 'True Tone' flash

Monday March 31, 2014

New snapshots that purport to show a prototype of Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" have emerged from China, though the device pictured bears some bizarre inconsistencies that call its authenticity into question.

Analysis affirms Apple's A7 processor closer to a desktop CPU than regular mobile chip

Monday March 31, 2014

An independent analysis of the microarchitecture behind Apple's latest A7 processor has shown that the company was not overstating when it called the design "desktop class," with the new silicon matching up well against Intel's recent desktop components.

Explicit content slipping through Apple's iTunes Radio profanity filters

Monday March 31, 2014

While Apple's iTunes Radio is set by default to block songs with explicit language from streaming, the current filters are far from perfect, with profane content slipping through the cracks to the surprise of some listeners.

Samsung shifts strategy in second Apple trial, now claims all patents are worth very little

Monday March 31, 2014

Apple's second patent infringement trial against Samsung begins today, outlining a battle that the two sides are waging in very different ways. Apple will be expanding upon its legal strategy outlined in the first trial, while Samsung is starting over with an entirely new tactic aimed at devaluating Apple's inventions so it can continue using them for virtually nothing.

Judge Koh overrules Samsung objection to patent video depicting Apple products

Sunday March 30, 2014

U.S. Judge Lucy H. Koh has overruled objections raised by Samsung regarding an instructional video providing jurors an introduction to the patent system.

Review: IK Multimedia's iLoud portable speaker delivers on sound, flexibility

Sunday March 30, 2014

Being a portable battery-powered Bluetooth speaker, an amp, and a guitar effects modeling system, the iLoud and its dedicated iOS apps cram a lot of potential into a small package.

Samsung objects to U.S. patent video for jurors because it depicts Apple devices

Saturday March 29, 2014

Samsung has raised objections to a "how patents work" video created by the Federal Judicial Center to provide jurors with an introduction to the patent system, claiming it would be "highly prejudicial" to expose jurors to the idea that Apple invented original products worthy of being patented.

Deals: iPads from $239; $120 to 150 off current iMacs & MacBooks; $150 off BT headphones

Saturday March 29, 2014

The weekend is delivering a number of deals on iPad minis and 128GB 4th-gen iPads, which are being discounted by up to $329. Meanwhile, a pair of resellers have again slashed the price of iMacs. And a trio of exclusive prices on MacBooks for AI readers are set to expire following the weekend. Also $159 off Bluetooth headphones.

Why did Microsoft port Office to Apple's iOS iPad before Android?

Saturday March 29, 2014

Earlier this month, Gartner reported worldwide tablet sales for 2013 that depicted Apple's iPad as slipping into obscurity with just 36 percent market share left. Why would Microsoft target Apple's minority tablet platform with its new mobile Office apps over Google's Android, which supposedly owns a 61.9 percent marketshare?

BlackBerry wins injunction, sales ban against 'Typo' iPhone keyboard

Saturday March 29, 2014

A U.S. district court judge on Friday granted BlackBerry a preliminary injunction against the Typo iPhone keyboard case for infringing on certain patents, effectively banning sales of the Ryan Seacrest-backed device.

Apple sends out letters to Cupertino 'neighbors' with updates on Campus 2 construction

Friday March 28, 2014

Residents living in and around the area of Apple's upcoming Campus 2 in Cupertino are receiving letters from the company updating them on build progress, including road work, utilities and on-site construction, the latter of which is scheduled to start in April.

Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit to proceed as judge denies requests from Apple, others

Friday March 28, 2014

A federal judge on Friday issued an order denying requests from Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe to escape going to trial over claims that the four tech heavyweights artificially suppressed employee wages through anti-poaching agreements.

Judge grants class status in e-books price fixing case against Apple

Friday March 28, 2014

A U.S. district court judge on Friday ruled plaintiffs seeking class status in a suit against Apple over e-book price fixing had "more than met their burden" to sue as a group.

Microsoft's Office for iPad suite dominates App Store charts after one day of availability

Friday March 28, 2014

About 24 hours after debuting on the iOS App Store, Microsoft's Office for iPad productivity suite has taken over the first three Top Free Apps seats, with the fourth going to the redesigned OneNote.

How Wikipedia's sloppy facts obscured reality in Apple vs. Samsung trial

Friday March 28, 2014

In 2011, the world's two most profitable mobile phone makers engaged in a global IP war that continues to this day. As Apple and Samsung prepare for their second trial, it's useful to review why many onlookers were so ill informed about the first one: Wikipedia.

Apple issues fourth OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers, continues focus on multimedia

Friday March 28, 2014

One week after the last beta, Apple has returned with another pre-release version of OS X 10.9.3 for testing by employees and registered Mac developers with a focus on graphics drivers, audio, Safari, USB data synchronization, and Mail.

Apple reaching out to Swiss watchmakers for partnerships, tries to poach horology experts

Friday March 28, 2014

Apple has reportedly been in contact with executives and craftsmen at Swiss watch brands as the company attempts to strike new partnerships and bring high-end watchmaking expertise in house for development of a so-called "iWatch."

Apple retail: Istanbul store to open April 5, Vancouver store to expand in 2015

Friday March 28, 2014

The first official Apple retail store in Turkey is set to open its doors next Saturday in Istanbul, while one of Apple's outlets in Vancouver, British Columbia will reportedly be moving to a 'substantially' larger space in the fall of 2015.

Apple planning expansion at Arizona sapphire plant to boost output

Friday March 28, 2014

Apple and sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies are looking to expand operations at the companies' Mesa, Ariz., facility, possibly to accommodate higher yields for an as-yet-unknown component, AppleInsider has learned.

Roku CEO speculates Apple loses money on $99 Apple TV, analyst says it's break-even

Friday March 28, 2014

Though he offered no evidence to prove it, the CEO of Roku said this week that he believes rival set-top streamer Apple TV is a money losing product, though one analyst believes the device is more likely a break-even business for APple.