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2014

Review: Apple's mid-2014 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Sunday September 07, 2014

Like the updated mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple's latest 15-inch notebook brings slightly speedier Intel processors. But with memory, graphics and design all carried over from last year, the most substantial change is a $100 price cut.

How to enable Apple's secure two-step verification for your iCloud & iTunes accounts

Sunday September 07, 2014

Last week's celebrity photo leaks were a stark reminder of what can happen to internet users that fail to follow basic security precautions, like enabling two-factor authentication when it's available. With Apple's own security practices under the microscope, AppleInsider shows you how to enable Cupertino's own implementation.

Apple invites fashion publications to Sept. 9 event, signaling likely 'iWatch' focus

Saturday September 06, 2014

With a large number of high profile fashion editors and bloggers invited to Apple's Sept. 9 media event, it's expected that the company wants to win the favor of the fashion industry for its anticipated entrance into the emerging wearable devices market, potentially positioning the "iWatch" as more of a chic statement than geeky gadget.

Photos and video purportedly detail working 'iPhone 6,' hint at Passbook-based mobile payments

Saturday September 06, 2014

Two separate "leaks" out of China on Saturday supposedly show operational versions of Apple's next-generation iPhone, including images of what appears to be credit card or mobile payments support for Passbook.

Apple's massive fall lineup reportedly causing shipping delays for other manufacturers

Friday September 05, 2014

Apple is reportedly securing dates for its upcoming fall shipments, expected to include new iPhone and iPad models, and the number of devices coming out of China is so large that major shipping companies are delaying orders from other device makers.

Apple reportedly adds CVS and Walgreens to list of mobile payment partners

Friday September 05, 2014

Less than one week before Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone, and possibly "iWatch," at a special event on Sept. 9, a report on Friday claims the company has inked partnerships with CVS and Walgreens for a rumored mobile payments system debut.

Apple hires superstar designer Marc Newson, to work with personal friend Jony Ive

Friday September 05, 2014

It was reported on Friday that well-known industrial designer Marc Newson will be joining Apple to work as part of close friend Jony Ive's design team in an as-yet-unannounced capacity.

Apple employees 'have set low expectations' for 'iWatch' battery life - report

Friday September 05, 2014

One of the biggest issues associated with color touchscreen smartwatches has been battery life, and the same problems may persist with Apple's first foray into the wrist-borne wearable devices market, according to a new report.

Sight unseen, Apple's competitors expect 'iWatch' to help establish wearable computing market

Friday September 05, 2014

Apple's role as the top trendsetter in technology is so well established that even rival companies Samsung and LG are openly admitting they hope the "iWatch," whatever it actually is, will help expand the market for wearable devices beyond niche status.

Apple rolls out TestFlight beta testing app, reportedly preps iOS 8.0.1 for carriers

Friday September 05, 2014

In advance of next week's iPhone 6 unveiling, Apple on Friday released a consumer-facing app for the TestFlight beta service that will come online alongside iOS 8, and is also said to have begun preparations to seed carrier partners with beta builds of iOS 8.0.1.

Review roundup: Motorola's Moto 360 is the best smartwatch yet, but poor battery life is unacceptable

Friday September 05, 2014

Motorola has finally released its Android Wear-powered Moto 360 smartwatch --wisely or not, just days before Apple is expected to debut its "iWatch" -- and early reviews say that the device is a fine standard bearer for Google's wearable operating system, though it could benefit from some more time in the lab.

Apple's 'iWallet' payments seen as unlikely to earn much money, but will lock in users to iPhone ecosystem

Friday September 05, 2014

In looking at the potential options for Apple in launching a mobile payment platform, one analyst believes the company is most likely to start small and safe with a "proxy" approach -- a strategy that wouldn't make Apple much money, but would help lock users into the company's iPhone ecosystem.

Misfit announces developer toolkit, list of more than 30 initial partners

Friday September 05, 2014

Fitness tracking firm Misfit on Thursday announced availability of an expanded developer toolkit for third-party apps and devices, opening the door to interesting partnerships like integration with Walgreens' Balance Rewards points program.

Apple, Google appeal Judge Koh's rejection of settlement in no-poach lawsuit

Friday September 05, 2014

In a court filing late Thursday, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel appealed Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of a proposed $324.5 million settlement relating to a class action lawsuit leveled by Silicon Valley employees, calling the jurist's decision "rigid and formulaic."

Apple activates revamped iTunes Connect Web portal with design overhaul, new tools

Friday September 05, 2014

Apple on Thursday launched an updated version of its iTunes Connect developer Web portal, with a design overhaul coming alongside deeper data management features for launching, selling and managing content on the iTunes Store.

Apple's secretive 'early field failure analysis' quality control team profiled in new report

Thursday September 04, 2014

A report on Thursday offers a rare look inside Apple's secretive EFFA quality control division that runs down and fixes launch day hardware issues before they become larger, more costly problems.

Cook says Apple will roll out new iCloud security alerts, expand 2-step authentication after celebrity photo flap

Thursday September 04, 2014

In response to a recently leaked cache of nude photos apparently stolen from celebrities' iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to activate new security measures designed to thwart future attacks.

Rovio releases Angry Birds Stella, Rdio unveils station-focused update

Thursday September 04, 2014

Gamers and music lovers both have App Store updates to be happy about Thursday, as Rovio released the latest edition of its blockbuster Angry Birds franchise and streaming radio firm Rdio unveiled a major update with a focus on stations.

Apple Store app overhauled with cross-platform shopping features, fresh design

Thursday September 04, 2014

Ahead of an expected iPhone unveiling on Sept. 9, Apple on Thursday rolled out an updated version of its Apple Store app for iOS, introducing cross-device shopping support, enhanced imagery and refined navigation.

Apple reportedly wrangles lower credit card transaction fees for mobile payments rollout

Thursday September 04, 2014

Adding to rumors regarding Apple's supposed mobile payments solution, a report on Thursday claims the Cupertino tech giant has managed to negotiate lower transaction fees from five credit card issuing banks.