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2014

Court unseals documents in GT Advanced case, Apple says it 'bent over backwards' to help sapphire supplier

Friday November 07, 2014

Though bankrupt sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies has accused Apple of crafting a "classic bait-and-switch" deal, newly unsealed court documents reveal Apple's side of the story, with the iPhone maker claiming it did everything it could to help the struggling supplier.

HealthKit-incompatible Fitbit accessories disappear from Apple's stores

Friday November 07, 2014

Proving an earlier rumor accurate, Apple on Friday removed Fitbit hardware accessories from its online store, narrowing the fitness-related devices offered by the company ahead of the Apple Watch launch.

Roundup: Some of the best iOS 8 app extensions for iPhone & iPad

Friday November 07, 2014

iOS 8 offers powerful new tools to developers such as extensions, which allow third-party iPhone and iPad apps to be more flexible and interconnected than ever before. AppleInsider offers a look at some of the best iOS 8 extensions available to download on the App Store right now.

Rumor: Faulty flash memory in select iPhone 6 & 6 Plus units prompts Apple to make switch [u]

Friday November 07, 2014

Apparent memory issues found in a select number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units are rumored to have prompted Apple to change to a different type of NAND flash technology when manufacturing new units moving forward [update: rumors were incorrect].

Microsoft's own Office apps much better on iPhone than Windows Phone 8

Friday November 07, 2014

In keeping with the growing importance of Apple's iOS platform, Microsoft's new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPhone are now far superior than those Microsoft offers for its own Windows Phone 8 platform.

Aaron Sorkin reveals details of Steve Jobs biopic, says he helped 'fix typos' in famous Stanford commencement speech

Thursday November 06, 2014

In a Bloomberg Televesion interview with host Emily Chang, Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin revealed a few plot details on the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, which is slowly making its way toward production.

Apple activates iCloud Photos image uploads for iCloud.com beta users

Thursday November 06, 2014

As part of Apple's continued effort to roll out next-generation cloud services, the company on Thursday updated the iCloud.com beta website with support for browser-based image uploads to iCloud Photos.

Apple's iPad continues to dominate NA usage with nearly 80% share, up from July

Thursday November 06, 2014

Fresh data from ad network Chitika shows Apple's iPad accounted for 79.9 percent of North American Web traffic for the month of September, up 1.9 points from measurements taken in July.

Amazon's 'Echo' is a standalone Siri-like virtual assistant for the home

Thursday November 06, 2014

In a surprise announcement on Thursday, Amazon revealed a new first-party hardware product class in "Echo," an Internet-connected virtual assistant stuffed into a tubular standalone speaker.

SEC investigating GT Advanced sapphire business, securities trading

Thursday November 06, 2014

In an attachment to its quarterly 8-K filing, GT Advanced Technologies said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an inquiry into the company's security trading practices and sapphire business.

Google Drive adds Touch ID support, Swype for iOS goes free, Apple apps get minor updates

Thursday November 06, 2014

As Apple introduced minor updates to iWork, Beats Music and more, a number of other key updates hit the iOS App Store, including a temporary sale on the popular Swype keyboard from Nuance, as well as Touch ID security and iOS 8 extension support added to Google Drive.

CBS News channel launches on Apple TV with new streaming CBSN network

Thursday November 06, 2014

CBS launched an entirely new interactive streaming news network on Thursday, CBSN, and made it immediately available via a new channel for the Apple TV set-top box.

Evidence shows Apple operating a mysterious Web crawling bot

Thursday November 06, 2014

A developer has discovered that Apple appears to be crawling HTML websites with its own automated bot, but the exact purpose of the mysterious homegrown software remains unknown.

Apple now blocking 'WireLurker' malware targeting Chinese iOS & Mac users

Thursday November 06, 2014

Apple on Thursday announced it has begun taking measures to block apps that contain the so-called "WireLurker" malware, which transmits from a Mac to iOS devices over USB, by preventing the infected applications from launching.

Philips Hue iOS 8 Notification Center widget for connected lightbulbs now available

Thursday November 06, 2014

Users of the popular Philips Hue connected LED lightbulbs can now quickly control their lighting and enable "scenes" with the new easy-access Hue widget, now available for iOS 8.

Apple Pay dominates discussion at Money20/20 mobile payments industry conference

Thursday November 06, 2014

This week was the Money20/20 mobile payment conference in Las Vegas, Nev., and with over 7,000 people in attendance, the hottest topic at the show was the recent launch of Apple Pay and what it means for the industry.

Microsoft Office for iOS overhauled to allow free creating & editing of documents without subscription

Thursday November 06, 2014

Dedicated versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, comprising the Microsoft Office suite, are now available for iPhone, based on a unified codebase with their iPad counterparts, and also offering both iPhone and iPad users the ability to create and edit documents for free without an Office 365 subscription.

First look: Pixelmator 3.3 with support for 5K iMac, Handoff, Repair extension, more

Thursday November 06, 2014

Popular image editing software developer Pixelmator on Thursday released version 3.3 of its eponymous Mac app, bringing a host of new functions that take full advantage of Apple's latest OS X Yosemite features.

Samsung Electronics' heir apparent Lee Jae-yong profiled as silver spoon-fed product of corrupt nepotism with little real experience

Thursday November 06, 2014

When Apple's chief executive Tim Cook came out as gay, jokes flew that Samsung might rush to announce it "was even more gay." In reality however, Samsung Electronics is a step further behind Apple, having yet to officially name a successor to its ailing leader Lee Kun-hee, who at 72 remains hospitalized following a heart attack in May.

Apple launches refreshed Mac App Store designed for OS X Yosemite

Thursday November 06, 2014

Apple late Wednesday began rolling out a redesign of its Mac App Store with new flat graphics, thinner font styles and a more open feel, in line with the latest OS X Yosemite release.