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2014

Apple blocks older Flash plug-in versions in Safari due to vulnerability

Friday July 11, 2014

Apple late Thursday issued a security message saying it has blocked old versions of Adobe's Flash Player plug-in for Safari, citing a recent flaw that could potentially allow hackers to harvest browser data like cookies.

Misfit wearables rolls out new sleep tracking device in partnership with Beddit

Thursday July 10, 2014

Misfit wearables, makers of the Shine activity monitor, announced on Thursday a partnership with Beddit, an ultra-sensitive sleep tracking system that slips under a user's sheets to measure everything from respiration to movement.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple "iWatch" mass production pushed back to November [u]

Thursday July 10, 2014

Industry consensus holds that Apple's so-called "iWatch" will see manufacture in September ahead of wide distribution in December, but one well-connected analyst believes mass production is to be pushed back to November, meaning only small quantities will be available at launch.

Apple reverts to 30-second iTunes song previews for new, popular tracks

Thursday July 10, 2014

It appears that Apple has recently changed its iTunes Music Store policy regarding song samples, reverting preview times for certain tracks from 90 seconds to the old 30-second standard.

Rumor: Photo shows 'iPhone 6' front panel with installed LCD, Touch ID brackets

Thursday July 10, 2014

In a return of the blurry cam, a photo published to the Web on Thursday purports to show the front cover glass of Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6" with installed mounting hardware for the LCD and Touch ID home button.

Apple to expand Volume Purchase Program to 16 new regions, pushes into Middle East

Thursday July 10, 2014

In an update to its website on Thursday, Apple announced it will soon bring bulk app and iBook purchases to 16 new countries through its Volume Purchase Program, which will include support for both businesses and educational institutions.

Audit contradicts Samsung's claim that it does not use child labor for Android phones

Thursday July 10, 2014

Last week, Samsung issued a Sustainability Report just like Apple has been doing for years. But Samsung's report was just worthless advertising according to China Labor Watch, which says the company both uses child labor and underpays the children who build its Android phones.

Minecraft gets huge update on iOS, Plague Inc. adds Planet of the Apes tie-in

Thursday July 10, 2014

Two popular iOS titles released notable updates Thursday as the weekend approaches, with Minecraft adding a number of new features -- including infinite worlds -- while Plague, Inc. takes advantage of a new 20th Century Fox partnership to let players control colonies of apes.

75 billion downloads later, Apple celebrates the App Store's sixth anniversary

Thursday July 10, 2014

Six years after Steve Jobs relented and agreed to allow third-party developers native access to the iPhone, the App Store has grown into a cultural phenomenon that connects people, drives innovation, and supports more than a million families around the world.

Amazon, not Google, next to face FTC's wrath over in-app purchases by children

Thursday July 10, 2014

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it has filed suit against retail colossus Amazon, alleging that the company allowed children to rack up millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases through the Amazon Appstore -- charges similar to those brought against Apple last year.

iTunes update brings HD Extras to the Mac, also coming to Apple TV and iOS 8

Thursday July 10, 2014

Apple on Thursday released iTunes version 11.3 and with it announced the availability of high-definition iTunes Extras for the Mac and Apple TV, with the bonus features coming to iOS 8 after the operating system's rollout this fall.

Apple's CarPlay could be in more than 24 million vehicles by 2019, report says

Thursday July 10, 2014

Thanks in part to the massive popularity of Apple's iPhone, over 24 million cars featuring the company's CarPlay infotainment offering could be on the road just five years after the first vehicles sporting the new system roll off of automotive assembly lines.

Apple begins receiving shipments of A-series processors from TSMC - report

Thursday July 10, 2014

Following years of rumors, chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has begun production of Apple's A-series processors and the chips are now making their way to assembly plants, according to a Thursday morning report from Hong Kong.

Apple Store design and layout can be trademarked in Europe, court rules

Thursday July 10, 2014

The European Union's top court ruled Thursday that Apple's distinctive retail store layout is worthy of trademark protection under European law, allowing the company to enjoy the same legal cover on the old continent that it secured in the U.S. last year.

Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' to sport localized haptic feedback, linear oscillating motor

Thursday July 10, 2014

According to the latest rumblings out of East Asia, Apple's next iPhone will come with an advanced vibration unit that can provide varying levels of haptic feedback in specific areas of the handset's screen.

Trio of Apple sapphire-related inventions point to iOS device displays, illuminated buttons

Thursday July 10, 2014

Ahead of Apple's expected iPhone announcement this fall, the company has filed for three sapphire-related patents pointing to a handset with front cover and illuminated buttons crafted from the exotic material.

Inside Accessibility: Apple advances iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite as Android users left frustrated

Thursday July 10, 2014

Apple is enhancing its accessibility features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, widening its lead over Google's Android in accommodating the needs of users with disabilities.

Roku outpaces Apple TV in US sales growth and usage for 2013, report says

Thursday July 10, 2014

A report published on Wednesday claims set-top media streamers like the Apple TV will be in one out of every four homes by 2015, but market growth of Apple's device is being outpaced by sector giant Roku, at least in the U.S.

Apple says working toward 'net zero energy' and green products in Environmental Responsibility Report

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Apple on Wednesday published an Environmental Responsibility Report covering fiscal 2014, outlining steps the company has taken to reduce impact on climate change, use green materials in its products and conserve resources.

Developer adoption of OS X Yosemite beta nearly 4x that of Mavericks

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Fresh data gathered by ad network Chitika shows Macs running Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta accounted for 0.2 percent of all OS X-based ad impressions in North America one month after release, nearly four times that of its predecessor OS X 10.9 Mavericks.