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2014

DOJ reportedly spies on mobile phone owners using fake airplane-mounted cell towers

Thursday November 13, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly deployed specialized equipment to gather mobile phone data, including unique device identifiers and other sensitive data, from spoofed cell phone towers installed in planes.

VSCO Cam for IOS update brings iPad support, access to 'Journal' publishing platform

Thursday November 13, 2014

Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam received an extensive update on Thursday, bringing a newly built native iPad version, access to "Journal" publishing, filter comparisons and cloud syncing across devices.

Apple seeds Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1 and 6.2.1 betas, releases Thunderbolt Display firmware 1.2

Thursday November 13, 2014

Apple on Thursday pushed out a batch of new Safari builds for developers covering OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, as well as new firmware for the company's standalone Thunderbolt Display.

FTC seeks assurances from Apple on health data privacy

Thursday November 13, 2014

According to a report on Thursday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking Apple about its handling of sensitive health data gathered and stored by the company's new iOS 8 HealthKit framework, especially as it applies to possible dissemination to third parties like advertisers.

Samsung responds to Apple's Continuity with its own cross-device 'Flow' feature

Thursday November 13, 2014

Samsung this week announced its answer to Apple's Continuity: a new cross-device sharing feature called "Flow," intended to allow users to move activities and content between Samsung smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, PCs, and more.

Gift card marketplace Raise launches Passbook-like iOS app

Thursday November 13, 2014

Raise.com, a website that allows consumers to buy and sell gift cards, has introduced a new Passbook-like app for Apple's iOS, allowing shoppers to access on-the-spot savings at over 750 stores.

Sony's PlayStation Vue will stream live & on-demand TV to Apple's iPad without cable subscription

Thursday November 13, 2014

The newly unveiled PlayStation Vue TV streaming service from Sony is set to launch this month on the company's home game consoles, but shortly thereafter will make its way to a competing platform: Apple's iPad.

SanDisk launches portable storage drive with built-in Lightning connector

Thursday November 13, 2014

SanDisk on Thursday announced the new iXpand Flash Drive, the company's first USB flash drive designed specifically for Apple's iPhone and iPad, featuring a dedicated Lightning connector for transferring files on the go.

Shares of Apple reach new all-time high, break record market cap at $659B valuation [u]

Thursday November 13, 2014

Apple stock is currently trading at its all-time highest levels, putting the company at its highest-ever market capitalization level of more than $659 billion Thursday morning [updated].

Apple patent reveals method of attaching sapphire cover glass to iPhone

Thursday November 13, 2014

While rumors that Apple would incorporate sapphire into its latest iPhone 6 flagship handset failed to materialize, the company is continuing work on such a solution, according to a patent application uncovered on Thursday.

Apple Watch chip suppliers rumored to start production soon, orders at 30M to 40M units

Thursday November 13, 2014

A rumor out of East Asia on Wednesday claims chip manufacturers responsible for supplying silicon for the upcoming Apple Watch are ramping toward production ahead of an expected early 2015 launch.

DJI announces Inspire prosumer drone with 4K video recording, releases SDK for Phantom 2 Vision

Wednesday November 12, 2014

At a press event on San Francisco's Treasure Island, drone vendor DJI unveiled its new prosumer-class Inspire drone with 4K video capabilities and announced a new Software Development Kit to allow third party developers to write apps that work with its flagship Phantom 2 Vision flying cameras.

AT&T extends $50 credit for iPhone upgrades purchased through Apple Store

Wednesday November 12, 2014

AT&T is running an unadvertised promotion that gives a $50 bill credit to current subscribers purchasing a new iPhone from the Apple Store as an upgrade under the carrier's Next program.

Full video of Apple exec Greg Joswiak's Code/Mobile interview posted online

Wednesday November 12, 2014

The full version of Greg "Joz" Joswiak's October interview with Re/code has been posted online, with the Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing discussing the iOS 8.0.1 snafu and Apple Pay, among other topics.

Apple's rumored 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro' pushed back to Q2 2015, current models to see steep sales decline in Q1

Wednesday November 12, 2014

While many anticipate Apple to release a larger 12.9-inch iPad early next year, the company may be forced to push back launch until the second quarter, one analyst says.

Samsung unveils 'Project Beyond,' a new 360-degree camera for recording virtual reality content

Wednesday November 12, 2014

Samsung surprised on Wednesday with the unveiling of a new device dubbed "Project Beyond," a unique 360-degree camera that captures the world around it in three dimensions, allowing content to be created for its forthcoming Gear VR virtual reality headset.

Office supply retailer Staples now accepting Apple Pay at 1400 US locations

Wednesday November 12, 2014

Staples on Wednesday began accepting Apple Pay with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at all of its retail stores in the U.S., joining the growing list or retailers accepting Apple's tap-to-pay checkout service.

Google unveils YouTube Music Key subscription service to compete with Apple's Beats

Wednesday November 12, 2014

Search giant Google on Wednesday announced YouTube Music Key, a subscription service that will allow users to stream music from the popular video sharing site without ads, play music in the background, and access playlists offline.

Square begins taking preorders for new chip card readers for iPhone, iPad

Wednesday November 12, 2014

As the U.S. credit card industry prepares for an upcoming switch to new cards with secure EMV chips, popular transaction provider Square is preparing to help retailers through the change, and is now accepting preorders for its new chip card-compatible readers.

Analysis of Apple's A8X SoC uncovers customized GPU, confirms 3-core architecture

Wednesday November 12, 2014

Apple appears to have moved to a semi-custom design for the graphics processor in its new A8X SoC while employing an unusual triple-core CPU, according to a new analysis of the chip that powers the iPad Air 2.