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2015

Makeovr Web app lets iPhone users create blank spaces on home screen

Thursday February 19, 2015

If you've ever found yourself despairing over Apple's insistence that home screen icons be lined up neatly in rows, but can't -- or won't -- turn to jailbreak tweaks, a relatively new Web app called Makeovr has come to your rescue.

Apple could receive up to 20 years in tax breaks for solar-powered Arizona data center

Thursday February 19, 2015

Apple's forthcoming "global command center" for its online operations in Mesa, Ariz., could be the beneficiary of up to 20 years' worth of tax breaks, thanks to new rules proposed by the state legislature.

IFTTT launches trio of new 'Do' apps alongside flagship app refresh

Thursday February 19, 2015

Internet mashup service IFTTT on Thursday announced the first three in a new series of "Do" apps -- Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note -- designed to help users create quick on-demand workflows.

RBC says Apple could fund $65B+ annual capital return program, raises target to $140

Thursday February 19, 2015

Apple is set to announce an update to its capital return program in April, and investment firm RBC Capital Markets believes the company could return some $65 billion to investors annually, creating yet another reason to buy into the company's stock.

Adobe Photoshop celebrates 25 years of image editing history

Thursday February 19, 2015

Adobe's Photoshop notched another milestone when it turned 25 years old on Thursday, marking a quarter century since the venerable software brought digital image editing to the masses as a Mac exclusive.

Apple poached battery manufacturer employees for own project, lawsuit alleges

Wednesday February 18, 2015

A new lawsuit filed in early February claims Apple poached workers with proprietary information vital to battery manufacturer A123 Systems' operations in an attempt to build out its own competing battery division in California.

High-res photos reveal mysterious Apple van's equipment package

Wednesday February 18, 2015

A pair of high-resolution photographs acquired by AppleInsider on Wednesday show close-up views of a van thought to be part of a secret Apple initiative, including a highly detailed look at what are believed to be GPS, camera and other roof-mounted instrumentation.

Apple Watch makes US magazine cover debut with model Candice Swanepoel

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Supermodel Candice Swanepoel, best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel, will be the first woman to don the upcoming Apple Watch in a U.S. magazine cover shoot with the March issue of women's lifestyle magazine SELF, suggesting Apple is quickly expanding marketing efforts beyond fashion and into fitness tracking.

Samsung acquires LoopPay, gears up to take on Apple Pay

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Just over two months after word first broke that Samsung was considering an Apple Pay competitor, the South Korean conglomerate has reportedly acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay to bolster its efforts.

NBC for iOS gains live streaming as Kayak, Snapchat and Yelp also see Apple updates

Wednesday February 18, 2015

A number of major iOS downloads saw updates on Wednesday, including the official NBC app, which now offers live streaming in select market. In addition, Kayak has gained a new "Hotel for Tonight" feature, Snapchat has added the ability to take a snap while listen to music, and Yelp now offers review translations for iPad.

Killer iMac 5K Deal: Free AppleCare, Free Canon PIXMA AIO printer and $50-$150 off

Wednesday February 18, 2015

For a limited time, AppleInsider has re-teamed with one of Apple's authorized resellers to offer an instant $50-$150 discounts on all configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which now also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

Marijuana dating app High There bubbles up onto the App Store

Wednesday February 18, 2015

iPhone owners finding it difficult to connect with their peers through the tetrahydrocannabinolic haze have a new option with High There, a Tinder-like matchmaking app that specializes in bringing together users with a penchant for bud.

Retired GM chief Dan Akerson likens rumored Apple car program to 'trying to cough up a hairball'

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Following a five-year run in Detroit that saw him inexplicably chosen to oversee General Motors, longtime telecom executive Dan Akerson has elected to weigh on in Apple's possible entry into the carmaking arena, saying that Cupertino has "no idea what they're getting into."

Tim Cook rumored to travel to Israel for opening of new Apple R&D office

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Rumors continue to circulate that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook may be planning a trip to Israel, to commemorate the opening of a new research and development office in the city of Herzliya Pituach.

Apple removes Cuba from restricted country trade list following changes by US government

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Apple has removed Cuba from its restricted country list for foreign trade, reflecting the fact that some of its hardware and software are now legally eligible to be exported to the Caribbean country.

Morgan Stanley leads 20 new bank and credit union additions for Apple Pay

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Apple continues to expand the reach of its popular mobile payment system, with the Cupertino company rolling out support for cards from nearly two dozen additional financial institutions -- including major investment bank Morgan Stanley -- on Wednesday.

How to protect your Apple ID, iCloud, iMessage and more by enabling two-step verification

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Two-step verification adds an additional layer of protection to your Apple ID login by requiring users to enter their password plus a second, temporary number sent to a trusted device.

Sony to begin shipping developer-focused SmartEyeglass wearable in March

Wednesday February 18, 2015

The unspoken failure of Google's Glass has not deterred Sony from forging ahead with its own face-attached augmented reality device, and interested early adopters can now place a pre-order for their own set of "SmartEyeglass Developer Edition" eyewear for delivery in March.

UK banks RBS & NatWest become first in country to allow Touch ID logins

Wednesday February 18, 2015

In an industry first, RBS and NatWest will be the inaugural apps in the U.K. to add Touch ID support to their iPhone apps, allowing users to securely log into their accounts with the use of their fingertip.

Apple Pay drives in-app purchases for Staples, fails to catch on in stores

Tuesday February 17, 2015

Apple Pay's in-app purchasing capability is often overshadowed by its physical iPhone-powered NFC counterpart, but for big-box office supply chain Staples, the feature has quickly become the most popular method of payment processed by the company's iOS app.