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2014

Samsung buys smart home startup SmartThings for $200M, expands 'internet of things' offerings

Thursday August 14, 2014

Apple rival Samsung on Thursday confirmed the purchase of SmartThings, extending the Korean company's reach into the world of connected, app-controllable devices like lights, motion sensors, switches and locks.

WebMD updates Healthy Target, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 goes free, Sony unveils Album of the Day app

Thursday August 14, 2014

A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store on Thursday, as WebMD added new coaching options to its Healthy Target feature, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 became a free-to-play game, and Sony released a new music app that will give iOS users a discount on one album each day.

If Apple's 'iPhone 6' uses sapphire display, it will be limited to new, more expensive premium models, WSJ claims

Thursday August 14, 2014

Less than a month before its expected debut, Apple is apparently "considering" the use of synthetic sapphire displays on its next-generation iPhone, but the costs and difficulties associated with the material would limit it solely to a new range of higher-end and more expensive models that the company might make available, a new rumor claims.

Apple's iOS, Google's Android grow to 96.4% of smartphone market as competitors shrink, IDC says

Thursday August 14, 2014

The two-horse race for smartphone operating system share continues to obliterate competitors, as Apple's iOS and Google's Android were the only two platforms to see growth in the second quarter of 2014, the latest data from IDC claims.

New photos purport to show fully-assembled 'iPhone 6' logic board

Thursday August 14, 2014

A seemingly fully-assembled logic board -- with most of its attached silicon unseen under metal shielding -- said to be destined for Apple's next-generation iPhone surfaced on Thursday in a new set of photos from the Far East.

Apple's Phil Schiller challenges CEO Tim Cook in 'ice bucket challenge' to raise money for ALS research

Thursday August 14, 2014

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller this week joined in on the popular "ice bucket challenge," which helps to raise money for the ALS Association, and even challenged CEO Tim Cook and a celebrity friend to get in on the act.

Apple reimagines the mouse with force sensors, haptic feedback

Thursday August 14, 2014

An Apple patent filing uncovered on Thursday describes an advanced mouse that employs sensors to measure the level and location of force exerted on its main button, as well as haptics systems for providing feedback.

Rumor: Apple supplier Pegatron nets 50% of 4.7-inch 'iPhone 6' production

Thursday August 14, 2014

A rumor out of the Far East on Thursday claims Apple partner supplier Pegatron will be responsible for half of all 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" production, with the remainder going to Foxconn.

Apple makes supply chain substance regulations public, to create advisory board for safe chemical use

Thursday August 14, 2014

Following a decision to ban benzene and n-hexane from use in supplier factories, Apple for the first time made its Regulated Substances Specifications -- supply chain restrictions for hazardous/toxic materials -- available for public viewing for the first time.

Apple bans use of two hazardous chemicals in iPhone production

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Following pressure from activist groups, Apple on Wednesday announced the ban of two potentially hazardous chemicals -- n-hexane and benzene -- from being used in overseas factories during the final stages of iPhone production.

Samsung puts 'wall hugger' ads on airport power outlets, takes Apple mockery to next level

Wednesday August 13, 2014

As part of its ongoing Apple-bashing campaign, Samsung recently took their "wall hugger" message to major airports, cleverly buying ad space around power outlets where iPhone users apparently congregate.

Apple releases Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6 with security improvements

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Apple on Wednesday rolled out updated versions of its Safari Web browser for OS X, bringing fixes for WebKit corruption issues and other security concerns.

Mailbox for iOS updated with Passbook support, new languages, more

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Popular iOS email client Mailbox was updated on Wednesday with a number of new features, including support for new languages, integration with Passbook and spam filtering, among other email management tweaks.

HP courted Apple, now in talks with Google for 'Enterprise Siri' to boost corporate sales

Wednesday August 13, 2014

As it looks to rebound after years of slumping performance, old-guard Silicon Valley firm Hewlett-Packard reportedly held talks with relative newcomers Apple and Google in recent months to create a new type of "Enterprise Siri" system that would allow its corporate customers to search their document and data troves using their voice.

Uber adds turn-by-turn directions for drivers, Yo gets profiles and hashtags

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Customers of car-calling service Uber will no longer need to give their driver directions to their destination, while users of inexplicably popular monovocable messaging app Yo can now add hashtags and attach links to Yos. Also, Apple has seeded a new test build of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 to developers.

NomadPlus battery attachment for Apple wall plug will completely recharge an iPhone 5s

Wednesday August 13, 2014

The newly announced NomadPlus battery accessory serves as a plug for Apple's official 5-volt wall charger that packs in a full 1,800mAh battery, which can completely recharge an iPhone 5s on the go.

Thailand government official claims Apple has received approval to sell 'iPhone 6'

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has approved two new Apple handsets -- said to be variants of the so-called "iPhone 6" -- for sale in the country, the regulator's secretary general revealed on Wendesday, suggesting that Thailand could join the list of launch countries for the next-generation devices.

Sports arenas marketing with Apple's iBeacon hope to offer relevant info without 'spamming' fans

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Promoting products to iPhone users using Apple's wireless location-based iBeacon technology is a fine line, as professional sports teams try to provide helpful information to fans to sell more goods without pestering and annoying them.

Amazon takes on Square, PayPal with new iOS-connected 'Local Register' card reader

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Online retail giant Amazon on Wednesday unveiled Local Register, a new mobile credit card reader and companion app-based payment processing system that allows users to accept plastic payments on their iPhone or iPad.

Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' at final stage before mass production, on track for Sept. 9 debut

Wednesday August 13, 2014

With Apple expected to be planning a Sept. 9 event to showcase its next-generation iPhone, a new report claims that the so-called "iPhone 6" has entered the "product validation test" stage, which is the final step before mass production.