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2014

Apple's iTunes Radio pops up in Ecuador, suggests testing in Latin American market

Monday April 14, 2014

Apple may be testing a rollout of iTunes Radio services in Latin America as reports on Monday note the feature is up and running in at least one country in the region.

Apple now cooperating says external compliance monitor Bromwich in first report

Monday April 14, 2014

Apple's court-appointed external compliance monitor Michael Bromwich on Monday issued his first report to U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote, noting a marked improvement in relations between himself and the Cupertino, Calif. company.

Sony updates QX10/QX100 wireless camera lens with 'Half-Press' focus, high-res videos

Monday April 14, 2014

Sony on Monday pushed out a firmware update for its iOS-compatible DSC-QX10/QX100 "lens-style" cameras, adding a half-press to focus function to the device's on-board shutter release, higher resolution MP4 video recording and other minor enhancements.

David Fincher pulls out of talks to direct Steve Jobs biopic

Monday April 14, 2014

According to a report on Monday, director David Fincher will not reteam with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for Sony's upcoming big-budget Steve Jobs biopic. The duo, along with producer Scott Rudin, worked together on the Academy Award winning film "The Social Network," which focused on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.

Apple's CarPlay reportedly coming to aftermarket Alpine stereo systems

Monday April 14, 2014

Consumers looking for a way to take advantage of Apple's new CarPlay infotainment offering without buying a new vehicle may soon be able to do so, as aftermarket manufacturer Alpine is said to preparing a CarPlay-compatible receiver for release later this year.

Microsoft taps into Apple's Passbook, adds support in Windows Phone 8.1 [u]

Monday April 14, 2014

With Apple's Passbook quickly becoming the de facto way for developers to create digital tickets, store cards and passes, Microsoft capitalized on ways to strip the data from .pkpass files and recompile them on handsets running Windows Phone 8.1.

Facebook said to be readying electronic payment system, could preempt Apple entry

Monday April 14, 2014

Social media behemoth Facebook is reportedly nearing a deal with Irish authorities that would allow the company to offer its European users electronic payment and remittance services ahead of Apple's hotly-anticipated entry into the market.

Custom iPhone baseband chips seen as too 'herculean' a task for Apple to tackle in-house

Monday April 14, 2014

With recent rumors and hires suggesting Apple may be planning to build its own custom baseband chips for future iPhones, moving away from off-the-shelf silicon from companies like Qualcomm, one analyst thinks it's a highly unlikely route for Apple to take given the time it would have to invest.

New photograph of purported 'iPhone 6' tooling suggests device with 4.7" display

Monday April 14, 2014

Just days after pictures surfaced of what were said to be molds for Apple's next-generation iPhone, a new photograph has emerged that gives a clearer indication of the parts' scale and sheds light on the possible physical dimensions of the new handset.

Apple reportedly probing carriers about potential $100 premium for next-gen iPhone

Monday April 14, 2014

Apple has apparently shown interest in raising the price of its next generation of iPhone models by $100, and has sought approval from carriers to do so, according to one Wall Street analyst.

Android docs reveal before iPhone, Google's plan was a Java button phone

Monday April 14, 2014

Before and after versions of Google's internal "software functional requirements" documents released in the Apple vs Samsung trial this week show that prior to Apple's 2007 iPhone debut, Google's vision for Android was a simple button phone running Sun's Java.

Florian Mueller backs Samsung legal strategy of trivializing Apple's technology

Sunday April 13, 2014

A prominent patent law blogger has again raised the argument that Apple's patented features have very little value, while stopping short of saying that Samsung should just stop using the infringing technology.

Rumor: Photos of iPhone 6 manufacturing molds, schematics leak online

Sunday April 13, 2014

A set of photos published to the Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo on Sunday allegedly show detailed schematics, CAD renderings and physical manufacturing molds for Apple's next-generation iPhone.

SV150: Apple, Inc. earns more than HP, Google, Intel & Cisco combined

Sunday April 13, 2014

A listing of Silicon Valley's top companies points out that Apple now brings in more revenue ($174 billion) than second place Hewlett Packard and third place Google combined, and earns more money ($37 billion) than the rest of the top five together.

Hands on with MakerBot's iOS-connected 5th generation of 3D printers & Digitizer desktop 3D scanner

Sunday April 13, 2014

As the technology behind 3D printing improves, market leader MakerBot continues to expand its lineup of devices, and is working to enhance its connectivity with Apple's iOS ecosystem.

Auburn University posts tribute to Apple's Tim Cook following Lifetime Achievement Award

Sunday April 13, 2014

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook was profiled in a new video published by the Auburn University Alumni Association, which has recognized Cook in a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Apple buys hydroelectric green energy project near Oregon data center

Saturday April 12, 2014

Apple is expanding its use of clean energy to power its iCloud data centers, with the company's Prineville, Ore., facility now flanked by a small hydroelectric project acquired by the iPhone maker.

Review follow-up: Gaming on Amazon's Fire TV and Fire Controller

Saturday April 12, 2014

When Amazon launched its Fire TV earlier this month, the company positioned casual gaming as one of the set-top streamer's "bonus" features. In this review follow-up, AppleInsider picks up the controller to find out if mobile gaming is ready for the living room.

Samsung calls on Android exec in patent trial to prove certain features were created by Google, not Apple

Friday April 11, 2014

Samsung on Friday brought up VP of Android Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer as its first witness in the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial in a bid to prove the Korean company's devices did not copy Apple's. The main argument: Google invented certain features before Apple patented them.

Apple hires CEO of brand consultant Wolff Olins in marketing push

Friday April 11, 2014

It was reported on Friday that Wolff Olins Global CEO Karl Heiselman has been hired away by Apple and will start working in a new marketing communications position at the Cupertino, Calif. company in May.