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2014

Starbucks updates app with iOS 7 theme, virtual tip jar and 'shake-to-pay'

Thursday March 20, 2014

Starbucks, one of the first companies to include support for rechargeable payment cards in Passbook, updated its app on Thursday, adding a new "flat" iOS 7 aesthetic, "shake-to-pay" and digital tipping.

Director wants Christian Bale to play role of Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

Thursday March 20, 2014

Acclaimed director David Fincher is considering taking the reins of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, but will reportedly do so only if the studio allows Christian Bale to fill the lead role.

Apple's Tim Cook leads Silicon Valley delegation in new leadership rankings

Thursday March 20, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook checked in at number 33 on a new list of the world's 50 greatest leaders, one of only two Silicon Valley executives included in the rankings alongside luminaries like Pope Francis, Bill Clinton, and Derek Jeter.

Apple updates GarageBand for Mac with MP3 export option, improved accessibility

Thursday March 20, 2014

Apple's music creation tool for Mac, GarageBand, was given a minor update on Thursday which reintroduces the ability to export songs in the MP3 file format, while also offering new drum sounds and enhanced accessibility.

40% of Pandora users listen on Apple devices, service still growing despite iTunes Radio launch

Thursday March 20, 2014

Internet radio service Pandora is heavily dependent on Apple hardware, with about 40 percent of listeners accessing the service through an Apple device. And yet the launch of Apple's competing iTunes Radio last September has not stopped Pandora from continuing to grow.

Apple's iPhone drives China Mobile 4G adoption, but carrier mum on actual sales numbers

Thursday March 20, 2014

Most of the 1.34 million subscribers on China Mobile's nascent 4G TD-LTE network are using iPhones, the company said on Thursday, but investors hoping for a more detailed breakdown will be left disappointed as the carrier declined to elaborate further.

Apple's smart iPhone power management system would track trends to boost battery life

Thursday March 20, 2014

iPhone owners may be able to go even longer between charges in the future, thanks to a new power management system Apple is exploring that would learn users' habits and dynamically adjust the handset's performance.

Apple expected to sit out on megapixel horserace with 2014 iPhones

Thursday March 20, 2014

Smartphone manufacturers are expected to continue their battle for pixel-pushing dominance in 2014 with new cameras of 13 megapixels and beyond, but according to one insider, Apple is currently expected to sit out on the megapixel race this year to concentrate on other ways to better images from its next iPhone.

Apple investigating stylus with extendable 'multitouch' nib, onboard light and motion sensors

Thursday March 20, 2014

Apple has shown interest in building a new intelligent, sensor-laden stylus that could draw lines of varying widths and shapes by extending a long, extendable "nib" that interacts with a multitouch display.

World's first Apple computer retailer to shutter operations on Mar. 30

Thursday March 20, 2014

Employees at Minneapolis-based FirstTech, the world's first Apple reseller, learned on Wednesday that the store will be closing its doors at the end of March after 73 years in business.

Burger King to take e-wallet purchasing nationwide with new mobile app

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Fast food giant Burger King will roll out a mobile app in April that will let users pay for food at more than 7,000 locations in the U.S., expanding on the company's BK Crown Card program already available on Apple's iOS.

In China, new iOS product launches drive older device sales, expand Apple's customer base

Wednesday March 19, 2014

In most countries, when Apple releases a new iPhone model the handset quickly becomes a hot-seller as older models fall by the wayside. The opposite is true in China, according to fresh data from research firm Mixpanel.

Apple's 8GB iPhone 5c offers just 3.7GB less storage than Samsung's "16GB" flagship Galaxy S4

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Apple's lower cost 8GB iPhone 5c scales down its entry cost by dropping 8GB, but ends up with only 3.7GB less available room for apps, pics and other user data as Samsung's 16GB Galaxy S4, thanks to more efficient storage use and the lack of third party bundles and offers.

Apple cracks down on Personal Hotspot abuse with iOS 7.1 update

Wednesday March 19, 2014

iPhone owners who previously made use of the Personal Hotspot feature on wireless networks that do not support it are now out of luck, after changes in iOS 7.1 have disabled the ability to manually edit tethering settings for unauthorized carriers.

Apple IDs targeted in phishing scam through hacked Electronic Arts servers

Wednesday March 19, 2014

The servers of video game publisher Electronic Arts have apparently been compromised, with a new phishing page set up with the intend of stealing Apple ID usernames, passwords, and credit card information.

General Electric and Quirky unveil iPhone-connected smart A/C unit

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Window-mounted air conditioners are the latest appliance to receive a connected home makeover, as crowdsourced invention company Quirky and appliance giant GE have unveiled the new iPhone-compatible Aros smart air conditioning unit.

8GB iPhone 5c, $399 'iPad 4' seen having 'slight positive' effect on Apple's March, June quarters

Wednesday March 19, 2014

With Apple making slight adjustments to its iPhone and iPad lineups this week, the new, cheaper device offerings are projected by one analyst to have only a minor effect on the company's bottom line.

Rev. Jesse Jackson targets Apple, Google, HP, others in tech racial diversity campaign

Wednesday March 19, 2014

American political activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday launched a new campaign aimed at drawing awareness to the lack of racial diversity in the executive ranks of top-tier Silicon Valley firms, including Apple.

US carrier promotions help drive higher demand for Apple's iPhone, strong March quarter expected

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Demand for Apple's iPhone has been higher than expected in the first quarter of calendar 2014, thanks in part to new smartphone promotions by U.S. wireless carriers, new tracking data reveals.

Sony gets into virtual reality game with PS4-compatible 'Project Morpheus' headset

Wednesday March 19, 2014

At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Sony revealed Project Morpheus, the Japanese electronics giant's highly-anticipated entry into virtual reality hardware that is expected to become part of the PlayStation gaming empire.