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2014

Amazon's premium Fire Phone seeks to reverse Android's ratchet status

Sunday June 22, 2014

When Amazon launched its Kindle Fire in 2011, the mini tablet's most compelling feature was its discounted low price. With its latest Fire Phone introduction, Amazon has sought to "reverse the ratchet," attempting to distance itself from Android's cheap identity.

Microsoft to retire older Skype for Mac versions, force mandatory upgrades

Saturday June 21, 2014

Microsoft on Friday announced it will be "retiring" older desktop versions of Skype for both Windows and Mac, forcing existing users to upgrade to the latest edition of the popular voice over IP service.

Google-owned Nest to acquire connected security camera firm Dropcam for $555M

Friday June 20, 2014

Google's Nest on Friday revealed it will acquire Dropcam, makers of the eponymous Internet-connected smart home monitoring camera lineup, for $555 million.

Rumor: Apple's next iOS 7.1.2 update to fix Mail issues, coming soon

Friday June 20, 2014

A report on Friday claims Apple is nearing release of an iOS update that looks to address an email attachment encryption issue, a lock screen vulnerability and enhanced iBeacon support, among other minor bug fixes.

Sunday's U.S. vs Portugal World Cup match to stream live on Apple TV via WatchESPN

Friday June 20, 2014

Thanks to Apple's partnership with ESPN, American cable subscribers with Apple TV can access streaming coverage, highlights and additional content for all 64 FIFA World Cup matches, including this weekend's game between the U.S. and Portugal.

Apple pays iTunes Festival performers with promotion instead of cash, Kanye West says

Friday June 20, 2014

Rapper Kanye West continued his French charm offensive on Friday, once again panning Apple's approach to recruiting talent for its annual iTunes Festival, and in the process revealing that the iPhone maker compensates performers with increased promotional space in the iTunes store rather than cash.

Weather Channel providing Apple more detailed data for iOS 8 Weather app than Yahoo did

Friday June 20, 2014

Starting with iOS 8, Apple will ditch Yahoo as its default data provider for the iPhone's built in Weather app, turning instead to The Weather Channel which earned the partnership by providing more detailed and advanced weather data for users.

Microsoft scrapped iPad mini competitor late in development process, documents suggest

Friday June 20, 2014

References to a "Surface Mini" discovered in the user manual for Microsoft's latest tablet foray suggest that the software giant scrapped or delayed the long-rumored 8-inch variant -- which would have gone up against Apple's iPad mini -- at the last minute, opting to put all of their eggs in the larger basket.

iOS 8 first look video: Installing a third-party keyboard on iPhone

Friday June 20, 2014

iOS 8 marks the first time ever that Apple will allow iPhone and iPad owners to install third-party keyboards of their choosing. AppleInsider offers readers a first look at the process of installing, enabling and using alternative keyboards in iOS 8.

Police say iOS 7 Activation Lock is significantly reducing thefts of Apple products

Friday June 20, 2014

Law enforcement agencies in California and New York have reported a major drop in iPhone robberies over the first five months of 2014, a shift they attribute to Apple's new Activation Lock feature released as part of iOS 7 last fall.

Archos releases new iOS-controlled smart home suite with tablet, cameras & environmental sensors

Friday June 20, 2014

Consumers looking for an self-installed, iOS-compatible "connected home" system now have a new option from electronics manufacturer Archos, as the company's new Smart Home system has hit virtual shelves with cameras, environmental sensors, and a customized control tablet.

First look: Siri gains smart home controls with HomeKit in iOS 8

Friday June 20, 2014

Apple's new HomeKit tools for developers won't come with a centralized app like Health or Passbook, instead leveraging the ability of the iOS voice-driven personal assistant Siri to allow users to control the temperature, lights, locks and other accessories in a modern "smart home."

Apple's 'iWatch' to pack in 10+ sensors for health & fitness tracking, to come in multiple sizes, WSJ says

Friday June 20, 2014

Reports about Apple's anticipated wearable wrist-borne device continue to take shape, with the latest details claiming the product will launch this fall loaded with sensors and coming in multiple screen sizes.

Judge voices concern over settlement in Apple anti-poaching suit, may not approve agreement

Friday June 20, 2014

During a court hearing on Thursday, a federal judge voiced concern over a proposed settlement reached in a class action lawsuit over alleged anti-poaching agreements involving Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe.

Apple updates Support Communities forum with instant search box, streamlined UI

Thursday June 19, 2014

Apple on Thursday updated its forum-style Support Communities webpage with a new dual-purpose text input box that can both search and post questions, as well as and a fresh look more in line with other pages on the company's website.

Third-party chargers, Lightning cables reportedly damage iPhone power management IC

Thursday June 19, 2014

An iOS device repair company in the UK reports third-party charging accessories are causing damage to a critical power management component in Apple's iPhone 5, rendering the handset inoperable.

Apple issues OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks beta to developers with no major changes

Thursday June 19, 2014

Apple on Thursday seeded a new beta build of the upcoming OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks maintenance update, with the latest version coming with minor bug fixes and minor tweaks.

Rumor: Apple's 'iWatch' to have 'slightly rectangular' 2.5" display, wireless charging

Thursday June 19, 2014

A fresh set of rumors about Apple's anticipated "iWatch" were supplied on Thursday by mainstream media outlet, which was told by an unnamed source that the device will boast wireless charging capabilities, and will sport a slightly rectangular watch face.

EA begins huge iOS sale, Microsoft tweaks Skype with new version

Thursday June 19, 2014

Massive game publisher Electronic Arts has put nearly its entire iOS library on sale -- including blockbuster titles like Mirror's Edge and Need for Speed-- while Microsoft's Skype issued a maintenance update for its recently revamped VoIP app.

Video shows high-quality 3D render of Apple's 'spaceship' Campus 2

Thursday June 19, 2014

With construction of Apple's massive new corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif., now underway, a 3D design shop has offered an advanced rendering, showcasing what Campus 2 is expected to look like once it's completed in 2016.