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2014

Microsoft-exclusive blockbuster game Titanfall may be Apple-bound, as developer explores Mac port

Thursday March 13, 2014

Newly released shooter "Titanfall," a title upon which Microsoft is pinning big hopes for its new Xbox One gaming console, may not stay exclusive to Microsoft platforms, as the developer behind the game is considering a Mac version as well.

Aftermarket receivers compatible with Apple's CarPlay unlikely to arrive in 2014

Thursday March 13, 2014

iPhone owners searching for a way to make use of Apple's new CarPlay infotainment offering without replacing their current vehicle may be in for a long wait, as the system doesn't appear to be headed into aftermarket car stereos anytime soon.

Google Drive slashes paid storage prices, turning up the heat on rival Dropbox

Thursday March 13, 2014

Google on Thursday announced drastic price reductions for its paid Drive subscriptions, with 100 gigabytes of cloud storage now costing just $1.99 a month, and 1 terabyte of data available for $9.99 per month, significantly undercutting the prices of rival Dropbox.

Questionable screenshots from China claim to show TextEdit, Preview, Healthbook apps in iOS 8

Thursday March 13, 2014

Chinese microblogging site Weibo lit up Thursday after images purporting to show Apple's next-generation iOS 8 with new mobile versions of OS X's TextEdit and Preview apps -- as well as the rumored new "Healthbook" application -- surfaced alongside fresh claims of a new 5.7-inch iPhone.

Google rumored to open first retail store near Apple's SoHo spot in Manhattan

Thursday March 13, 2014

Google is said to be close to signing a lease to open a retail store on Greene Street in New York City's SoHo neighborhood -- just steps away from Apple's heavily trafficked location on Prince Street.

Apple exploring Kinect-like iPhone motion sensor, force-detecting MacBook trackpad

Thursday March 13, 2014

Two new Apple patent applications published Thursday shed light on the company's research into bringing three-dimensional imaging to mobile devices, as well as enabling more immersive ways to interact with laptop computers.

Amazon increases Prime membership fee to $99 per year

Thursday March 13, 2014

Amazon's Prime service, which offers free streaming video and book borrowing to Apple iOS device users, has seen its annual price increase from $79 per year to $99 per year, while student members will also see a price hike.

Apple invention improves accuracy of wrist pedometers, points to future wearable device

Thursday March 13, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering a smart wrist-mounted pedometer that can automatically determine its location on a user's body and compensate for missed steps using advanced processing algorithms.

United Airlines to launch free inflight video streaming service for iOS devices, laptops

Thursday March 13, 2014

In April, United Airlines will begin rolling out a new inflight entertainment service that streams over 150 movies and almost 200 TV shows to passengers' iOS devices for free.

SoftBank's Masayoshi Son won iPhone exclusivity after pitching Apple cellphone to Steve Jobs

Wednesday March 12, 2014

In an interview earlier this week, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said he scored exclusive Japanese rights to sell the first iPhone after pitching a crude drawing of an imagined iPod-cellphone hybrid to Steve Jobs. At the time, Son did not own a mobile carrier and the already-in-development iPhone was still two years out.

Apple Web services suffer sporadic outages due to apparent DNS issues

Wednesday March 12, 2014

An apparent problem with DNS services, most noticeably Google DNS and Speakeasy, on Wednesday caused sporadic issues with various Apple-owned domains, including the company's official website and certain services like iTunes.

Latest Apple TV 6.1 update enables AirPlay device discovery over Bluetooth

Wednesday March 12, 2014

According to a recent report, Apples latest Apple TV software update enables devices running iOS 7.1 to conduct AirPlay sessions via a Bluetooth connection, doing away with the need for a Bonjour setup.

Samsung sponsor LeBron James tweets out the failure of his Note phablet

Wednesday March 12, 2014

Samsung suffered a new kind of endorsement failure when its spokesman for the Galaxy Note phablet line tweeted out his frustration after the device deleted all his content and rebooted.

Apple's Cue talks iTunes Festival, says event is 'all about the artists and music'

Wednesday March 12, 2014

Ahead of the iTunes Festival at SXSW in Austin, Tex., Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue discussed what it meant to bring the event stateside after being a London exclusive for seven years.

Apps: Speedtest.net goes universal, Day One adds Publish, Fantastical 2 gets a tune-up

Wednesday March 12, 2014

A trio of popular iOS apps were updated Wednesday as network testing tool Speedtest.net gained iPad support, journaling app Day One introduced a new public publishing feature, and replacement calendar Fantastical 2 received a slew of bug fixed and improvements.

Microsoft to release free version of OneNote for Mac later this month - report

Wednesday March 12, 2014

In an effort to directly take on popular cross-platform note taking application Evernote, Microsoft will finally be bringing its OneNote service to the Mac later this month in the form of a free app, according to a new report.

Apple ramping up hiring to bolster in-house camera hardware, software teams

Wednesday March 12, 2014

The number of open positions in Apple's camera engineering group has risen dramatically in recent weeks, as the company looks to maintain its lead in an increasingly competitive mobile imaging market.

Apple job listings suggest cameras coming to Apple TV, hinting at motion controls

Wednesday March 12, 2014

The Apple TV is one of the few products in Apple's lineup that doesn't include an integrated camera, but that may change with future versions of the hardware, according to new job listings from the company, potentially paving the way for gesture-based motion controls in the living room.

Apple files cross-appeal of final judgment in case against Samsung

Wednesday March 12, 2014

As expected, Apple on Tuesday filed a notice of cross-appeal pertaining to the final judgement in the first Apple vs. Samsung California patent trial.

Apple, Samsung sued by ZiiLABS over alleged infringement of graphics patents

Wednesday March 12, 2014

In a lawsuit filed against Apple and Samsung on Monday, ZiiLABS, a subsidiary of A/V solutions giant Creative Technology, claims the companies infringed on ten U.S. patents, many of which deal with graphics processing.