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2014

Apple reportedly loses senior Maps engineering manager to car service Uber

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Chris Blumenberg, an engineer responsible for some of the foundational elements of Apple's mapping strategy dating to the first-generation iPhone, is said to have accepted an offer to leave Apple for transportation networking startup Uber.

Apple Maps launch on the web in new Find my iPhone beta, displacing Google

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Apple's in-house mapping service has made the jump to the web some two years after its debut at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, supplanting Google Maps in the newest preview of the web-based Find my iPhone application.

Samsung predicts massive profit decline, blames slumping smartphone sales

Tuesday July 08, 2014

South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Tuesday warned investors that it is set to announce a quarterly profit decline of as much as 26 percent year-over-year, citing weak smartphone demand and increased competition in China and Europe as the shortfall's primary drivers.

Apple patents method of building seamless all-glass iOS devices, monitors and TVs

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Apple on Monday was granted a U.S. patent covering a method of fusing glass structures together to encapsulate the internal circuitry of an iOS device, and that of larger electronics like monitors and televisions.

Apple buys 100 acres of land for third North Carolina solar farm

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Apple on Monday reached a deal with the city council of Claremont, N.C. to annex 100 acres of land for a new 17.5 megawatt solar farm, the construction of which is expected to cost some $55 million.

Apple's video of 2014 San Francisco Pride Parade celebrates company diversity

Monday July 07, 2014

Apple on Monday published a video showing its side of last week's Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade in San Francisco, where the company showed up in force to celebrate the day and hand out vouchers for free iTunes songs.

Apple's 'Health' app gets M7 coprocessor step tracking in iOS 8 beta 3, adds new data categories

Monday July 07, 2014

With the release of iOS 8 beta 3 on Monday, Apple continued to build out its forthcoming Health app with new features, including support for the iPhone 5s' M7 coprocessor and additional data collection categories.

Purported 'iPhone 6' sapphire display undergoes extreme torture test in video

Monday July 07, 2014

Hours after a video purportedly revealed Apple's rumored sapphire crystal "iPhone 6" display on Monday, another short film hit the Web, this time putting the supposed part through a battery of torture tests that included knives, keys and extreme bending.

Apple activates Wi-Fi calling for T-Mobile iPhones with latest iOS 8 beta

Monday July 07, 2014

Among the new settings options and user interface tweaks in Monday's iOS 8 beta release, Apple has switched on Wi-Fi calling for T-Mobile handsets, granting developers with access to the software a chance to test out the feature.

Tim Cook reportedly seeking new blood for Apple's board of directors

Monday July 07, 2014

According to a report on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook is "actively seeking" new directors for the company's board as he relaxes the tech giant's laser focus in favor of support for existing products and new initiatives.

Apple's iOS continues to dominate mobile web browsing as Android gains

Monday July 07, 2014

Even as Google counts some 1 billon monthly active users for Android worldwide, more than six out of every ten page views from a mobile device in the U.S. still come from an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch, according to new browsing data released on Monday.

Apple provides developers with third beta releases of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite [u]

Monday July 07, 2014

Apple on Monday moved on step closer to the public release of its next-generation operating systems, giving developers access to a third beta version of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite while updating a number of smaller components.

Video purports to show flexible sapphire display cover for Apple's 'iPhone 6'

Monday July 07, 2014

With Apple said to be preparing a move from Corning's Gorilla Glass to an in-house sapphire solution for the display on the so-called "iPhone 6," a new part alleged to be a preproduction sapphire front panel for the device was shown off Monday in a video from Hong Kong.

Rumor: Apple to boost 4.7" 'iPhone 6' battery by 15% over iPhone 5s

Monday July 07, 2014

Apple may be planning to trade battery capacity for slimness in its next-generation handsets, according to a Monday report from the Far East, with the hotly-anticipated 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" said to pack an 1,800 mAh unit and its 5.5-inch sibling bringing a 2,500 mAh reserve.

Inside iOS App Extensions: Apple opens up social Share Sheets to third parties

Monday July 07, 2014

At WWDC, Apple unveiled a new App Extension architecture for both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Here's how the new feature enables new and existing web services to extend iOS and OS X to support social sharing of documents, websites, photos and other media.

Apple ordered to revise App Store refund policy, may make changes global

Monday July 07, 2014

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission on Sunday ordered Apple and Google to make changes to their respective iOS and Android app stores policies in an effort to make post-purchase refunding more consumer-friendly.

Foxconn may replace 'iPhone 6' assembly line workers with 'Foxbot' robots

Sunday July 06, 2014

During a recent shareholder meeting, president and CEO of Apple partner manufacturer Foxconn said his company plans to roll out robots on assembly lines responsible for products like the iPhone, possibly in time for production of the so-called "iPhone 6."

Review: Parrot Asteroid Smart in-dash head unit with navigation and app support

Saturday July 05, 2014

Google launched the Open Automotive Alliance in January to put Android in your dashboard to control your phone, just like Apple announced CarPlay as a system to control your iOS device. Parrot's Asteroid Smart doesn't participate in either of these programs, but goes their own way instead.

Apple to wipe iCloudKit data for iOS 8 and Yosemite betas, new iCloud features affected

Friday July 04, 2014

Apple on Friday sent out letters to developers testing the iOS 8 beta and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview, notifying them of an upcoming server-side wipe of all CloudKit databases scheduled for July 7.

Independence Day sales hit the App Store with Motion Tennis, Infinity Blade, Disney

Friday July 04, 2014

iOS gamers can turn their Apple TV into a Wii for free during this long weekend with Motion Tennis for Apple TV, or fight tyrants and titans for half off in the Infinity Blade franchise, while parents can keep their children occupied on the cheap with Disney's 85 percent off sale.