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2014

Google's 'Physical Web' answer to Apple's iBeacons gets first hardware partner

Tuesday December 16, 2014

Google's early-stage "Physical Web" project --an attempt to displace Apple's iBeacons with a similar, open-source framework -- is beginning to take shape,as Turkish hardware firm Blesh is now offering the first Physical Web-compatible Bluetooth beacon hardware.

Apple says 'dozens' of banks and stores signed up for Apple Pay in recent weeks

Tuesday December 16, 2014

Apple on Tuesday issued a statement to bring attention to the dozens of companies that threw support behind Apple Pay over the past few weeks, including the addition of ten new banks and an NBA arena.

Bose may take on Apple's Beats Music, iTunes Radio with new streaming music platform

Monday December 15, 2014

A reported Bose job listing for a "cloud music services" UX designer suggests the company is working on a next-generation streaming platform to rival Beats Music, iTunes Radio and other services in what is becoming an increasingly crowded field.

Apple backs Microsoft in data privacy fight against U.S. government

Monday December 15, 2014

Apple was one of more than 50 private companies and trade associations to sign amicus briefs in support of Microsoft on Monday as the Redmond, Wash., company continues an ongoing court battle with the U.S. government over customer data privacy protections.

Apple avoids threat of legal action with modified GT Advanced bankruptcy settlement

Monday December 15, 2014

A lawyer representing sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said the company has agreed to a new set of terms in its settlement with Apple, with the redrafted arrangement assuaging concerns from jilted creditors seeking to derail proceedings by threatening legal action against Apple.

Apple 'iPod iTunes' antitrust case sent to jury after closing arguments

Monday December 15, 2014

Closing arguments in a class-action lawsuit against Apple's iPod iTunes ecosystem were heard on Monday, with each side arguing their case for what could potentially result in a $1 billion penalty for Apple.

Most money managers bungled Apple stock in 2014, missing out on huge gains

Monday December 15, 2014

Following a disappointing 2013, most professional investors decided to pass on Apple this year, and as a result missed out on one of 2014's biggest success stories on Wall Street.

A&D Medical adds HealthKit support for Bluetooth blood pressure monitors, scales

Monday December 15, 2014

Medical device maker A&D on Monday announced an update to its A&D Connect app that allows A&D's Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure monitors, weight scales, and activity trackers to synchronize their data with Apple's Health app in iOS 8.

Canadian government details antitrust charges against Apple

Monday December 15, 2014

Just days after Canada's Competition Bureau announced that it would look into the details of Apple's contracts with wireless carriers, a newly-uncovered court filing has shed light on the regulator's allegations of anti-competitive practices.

Judge shows opposition to government's case at start of Apple's e-book antitrust appeal

Monday December 15, 2014

Apple's appeal of the U.S. government's e-book antitrust case got underway Monday, with one judge presiding over the hearing questioning whether the government's original case was legitimate.

It's Back: Free Apple TV and the lowest prices anywhere on every MacBook + AppleCare bundle (save $200-$800); iMacs & Mac Pros too

Monday December 15, 2014

5 Days Only: To round out our 2014 run of holiday exclusives, we've again teamed up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple TV to every customer who purchases a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, non-Retina iMac, or Mac Pro bundled with AppleCare (and also at the lowest prices anywhere).

ShopKeep offering merchants free Apple Pay-compatible hardware in bid to compete with Square

Monday December 15, 2014

ShopKeep on Monday updated its point-of-sale app for iPad to support Apple Pay contactless payments, and the company is also offering free Apple Pay-compatible hardware to new merchants who adopt its system.

Apple poised to overtake Nokia in mobile phone sales after 26% iPhone surge in Q3

Monday December 15, 2014

Handset heavyweight Nokia could cede its position as the second-largest mobile phone vendor in the world to Apple as soon as the fourth quarter of this year, as an iPhone 6-powered sales spike has pushed the Cupertino company to near-parity with the Finnish giant, according to the latest research from Gartner.

Overwhelming iPhone 6 & 6 Plus demand continues to result in tighter supply for Apple than 2013

Monday December 15, 2014

Consumer demand for Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continues to outstrip supply heading into the end of the December quarter, according to the latest research from store polls conducted by Piper Jaffray.

Xiaomi reported earnings of only $56 million in 2013, one-tenth what WSJ reported and 1/150 Apple's Chinese earnings

Monday December 15, 2014

In November, the Wall Street Journal reported that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi had earned $556 million based on "internal documents." Reuters is now reporting that the company actually earned an order of magnitude less, based on the firm's public filings.

Apple's 2014 holiday ad 'The Song' showcases the human side of its ecosystem

Sunday December 14, 2014

Once again this year, Apple is celebrating the holiday season with a 90-second, unconventional television spot showcasing how its products can be used to create thoughtful gifts that can strengthen relationships with others.

Art+Tech: Sunday MASS art dance party taps Mac apps for 3D projection mapping

Sunday December 14, 2014

San Francisco artist Elliott C. Nathan has been collaborating with visual effects designers and DJs to host an ongoing Sunday Mass dance party throughout 2014. Behind the art, there's a series of Mac and mobile iOS apps working to enhance visuals and organize the event.

Apple's blockbuster winter quarter boosted by cheap oil, dinged by strong dollar

Saturday December 13, 2014

Apple's final quarter of 2014 is expected to set dramatic new records in iPhone sales and overall profits, but external issues out of the company's control will also play a part, ranging from cheaper oil to declining foreign currencies.

How to enable and manage iCloud Family Sharing on iOS and OS X

Saturday December 13, 2014

Prior to iOS 8, Apple required iTunes customers to purchase content on a per-account basis, but a new Family Sharing feature lets users living in the same household share apps, music, iBooks and more.

Google's new Web series 'Route 85' aims to help developers make iOS apps using Google SDKs

Friday December 12, 2014

Google on Friday announced a new series of developer outreach videos called "Route 85," which looks to facilitate expanded use of Google's iOS SDKs in third-party app creations.