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2014

Apple's legacy MacBook Pro with CD/DVD SuperDrive lives on with $100 price cut

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Though it lacks a Retina display and features a thicker, heavier design, spinning hard drive, and a CD/DVD SuperDrive, Apple's legacy MacBook Pro survived the company's latest round of updates on Tuesday, and was even given a $100 price cut to $1,099.

Apple patents smart navigation routing with crowd-sourced stop light pattern recognition

Tuesday July 29, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a smart travel route creation system that relies on real-time crowd-sourced stop sign and stop light-based traffic analysis to find the fastest path to a destination.

Apple refreshes MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup with faster CPUs, more RAM standard

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Apple on Tuesday refreshed its MacBook Pro with Retina display line of laptops, bringing faster Intel Haswell processors and, for the 15-inch models and entry 13-inch model, double the standard memory.

Yelp lets users add short videos to business reviews in latest app update

Monday July 28, 2014

Yelp on Monday pushed out an update to its iOS app that allows users to upload short video clips up to 12 seconds long alongside written reviews and pictures.

Hilton to roll out digital check-ins, smartphone room keys in new tech push

Monday July 28, 2014

Hilton Worldwide on Monday announced plans to roll out an aggressive overhaul of its tech infrastructure that will let guests use their mobile devices as hotel room keys, choose rooms from a floor plan map and check-in to properties around the world.

Microsoft uses Apple's Siri to prop up Windows' new 'Cortana' virtual assistant

Monday July 28, 2014

In a new ad released on Monday, Microsoft highlights the apparent inadequacies of Apple's Siri virtual assistant, which is pitted unfavorably in a head-to-head feature test with "Cortana," its Windows 8.1 analog.

Facebook to soon require standalone Messenger app for mobile chats [u]

Monday July 28, 2014

Facebook on Monday announced it will be drawing down support for messages sent through its flagship mobile app, meaning users around the world will be forced to download the standalone Messenger app if they want to take their chats on the road.

Apple drops cross-appeal of final judgment in Samsung lawsuit, no longer seeks permanent injunction

Monday July 28, 2014

Apple on Monday filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to drop its cross-appeal of California Judge Lucy Koh's final judgment in its patent trial against Samsung, meaning the company will no longer seek a product ban in that case.

Apple's Beats Music refines iOS app, Clumsy Ninja adds summer content

Monday July 28, 2014

Two interesting updates hit the App Store on Monday as new Apple subsidiary Beats Music unveiled a number of refinements to the app's user experience and popular gaming title Clumsy Ninja added a slew of new content.

Apple's iBeacon continues to spread with new rollouts by Lord & Taylor, others

Monday July 28, 2014

Businesses continue to embrace consumers wielding Apple's mobile devices, as department store chain Lord & Taylor and German restaurant group Mook have announced new iBeacon-based customer outreach plans, while hoteliers Hilton will allow guests to check in and unlock their rooms with their smartphones.

Purported 5.5-in. iPhone logic board surfaces alongside 'iPhone 6' part in new photos

Monday July 28, 2014

A logic board said to be destined for Apple's anticipated 5.5-inch iPhone was shown off in a new set of photos on Monday alongside a similar part reportedly headed for a 4.7-inch "iPhone 6."

Apple expected to buy personalized talk radio app Swell for $30 million

Monday July 28, 2014

Apple may bolster its streaming media services with the addition of technology and talent from Swell, a personalized news radio application currently available for iPhone, which it is said to have bought for $30 million.

European Commission OKs Apple's $3B purchase of Beats

Monday July 28, 2014

The legislative arm of the European Union ruled on Monday that Apple is allowed to acquire Beats, the premium headphone maker it plans to acquire for $3 billion, as the agreement would not be detrimental to consumers in the organization's eyes.

New MacBook Pros with 16GB RAM standard & faster CPUs rumored to launch Tuesday

Monday July 28, 2014

Apple's MacBook Pro lineup, in both the 13- and 15-inch varieties, is now rumored to receive an update on Tuesday, following a leak that suggested all 15-inch models will come standard with 16 gigabytes of RAM.

Rumor: In-store signage outs speed-bumped MacBook Pros, 16GB of RAM to come standard

Sunday July 27, 2014

A photo out of China on Sunday supposedly shows iPad-based Apple Store signage detailing the anticipated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display refresh, with an updated processor lineup and standard 16GB of RAM across the board.

Apple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump

Saturday July 26, 2014

Apple reported "strong double digit growth" in its Mac sales in the U.S., directly contradicting the earlier estimates published by IDC and Gartner that stated Apple's U.S. Mac sales fell year-over-year in the June quarter and calling into question the legitimacy of market estimates that the tech media uncritically presents as factual.

Alleged 'iPhone 6' logic board claimed to include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC chip

Saturday July 26, 2014

A series of new photos out of China claims to show the logic board for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6," with information accompanying the pictures alleging that the board includes support for ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as near-field communications for potential e-wallet functions.

Apple acquires startup BookLamp for between $10M to $15M in bid to bolster iBooks discovery

Friday July 25, 2014

Apple on Friday confirmed reports that it recently acquired book analytics firm BookLamp -- dubbed the "Pandora for Books" -- in April to bolster its fight in the e-book sales market, bringing better discovery and analytics to its digital storefront.

Public beta launch nearly doubles OS X 10.10 Yosemite adoption despite download issues

Friday July 25, 2014

The share of Mac-based Web traffic generated by Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite doubled since the company released a beta version to the public on Thursday, though some users are seeing problems downloading the next-generation operating system.

Cellular device unlocking bill passed by US House, President Obama says will sign into law

Friday July 25, 2014

After passing through U.S. Senate last week, the House of Representatives on Friday cleared a bill regarding cellphone and tablet owners' rights to unlock their hardware for use on a different carrier's network.