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2014

Rumor: Apple to redesign U.S. charging adapter for 'iPhone 6'

Sunday August 24, 2014

An unsourced photo that surfaced Saturday from Asia indicates that Apple may be planning to redesign the iPhone charging adapter -- at least in the U.S. -- alongside the release of its next-generation handset, which is expected to sport a larger battery that may include increased charging requirements.

Review: Lockitron Internet-connected smart door lock

Saturday August 23, 2014

Dreamed up by a hardware startup called Apigy, Lockitron is an easy-to-install app-connected smart home solution that promises to turn almost any common deadbolt into a smart keyless entry system.

Deals: $400-$600 off 2013 MacBook Pros, $160- $260 off Mac Pros, $50 off iPads, and a $750 students 13-inch MacBook Air, iPhone 5

Saturday August 23, 2014

With the back-to-school shopping season nearing an end, some last minute offers include a couple of "killer deals" where you can save between $400- $600 on 2013 MacBook Pros that are essentially equivalent to 2014 models, $160-$250 off Mac Pros, $50 off iPad Airs and some iPad minis, up to $399 off certified iPhone 5 refurbs, and Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Air for $750 (Students Only).

Apple expands Volume Purchase Program to 16 new countries in education, business push

Saturday August 23, 2014

As promised in July, Apple on Friday expanded its Volume Purchase Program for apps and iBook titles to 16 new countries, including major markets in the Middle East and South America.

Apple activates iPhone 5 battery replacement program, to swap out affected parts for free

Friday August 22, 2014

Apple on Friday announced a free replacement program for iPhone 5 batteries after discovering certain units sold during a five-month period after the product's launch in 2012 contain faulty components.

Secret app to restrict photo uploads, block posts with real names in update

Friday August 22, 2014

Anonymous social networking app Secret on Friday announced a number of changes to be introduced in its next update, including photo upload limitations and more aggressive restrictions on using real names in posts.

Coin 'connected credit card' for Apple's iOS devices delays launch to 2015

Friday August 22, 2014

The makers of Coin -- a Bluetooth-enabled "connected card" designed to allow users to store magnetic stripe information for multiple credit and debit cards on a single device -- on Friday announced that they would delay a full launch until next year, but would begin sending out 10,000 "beta" units to pre-order customers sooner.

Samsung ad challenges Apple's iPhone 5s to take 'ice bucket challenge'

Friday August 22, 2014

In a short commercial posted Friday, South Korean electronics giant Samsung subjected its water-resistant Galaxy S5 smartphone to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which the handset's S-Voice personal digital assistant called "freezing" before nominating Apple's iPhone 5s and other competitors to do the same.

While 91% of Apple users run iOS 7, five different versions of Android hold 10%+ share

Friday August 22, 2014

The latest mobile operating system statistics show that Google's Android is more fragmented than ever, with three different versions of the platform representing two-thirds of all devices, while Apple's latest version of iOS runs on 91 percent of iPhones and iPads.

Purportedly leaked data from Foxconn again points to 'iPhone 6' with protruding camera lens

Friday August 22, 2014

A set of photographs published on Friday purport to show both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants of Apple's next-generation iPhone depicted in an engineering prototype overview, with both models sporting a protruding camera lens and all-metal rear casing.

Display production for Apple's 'iPhone 6' needs last-minute redesign, Reuters says

Friday August 22, 2014

Apple has encountered a serious issue with building displays for its next-generation iPhone just as it's gearing up to launch next month, forcing suppliers to redesign a key component, according to a new report.

Apple reportedly complies with Brazilian judge, removes 'Secret' from local App Store

Thursday August 21, 2014

Complying with an order from a Brazilian judge, Apple on Thursday appears to have removed anonymous social networking app Secret from its App Store, though it is unknown if the company took the prescribed step of wiping the app from users' phones.

First Look: SETA stand for iPad with NanoSuction pads

Thursday August 21, 2014

After finding Kickstarter success with an iPhone stand last year, 1.0 Innovations is looking to fund two super-sized models with more NanoSuction stick for iPads and phablets.

Tim Cook visits veterans and doctors at Palo Alto VA hospital, staff using iPads

Thursday August 21, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday tweeted out a photo and brief message highlighting a recent visit to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., saying he was happy to meet with doctors who now use iPads to treat patients.

Apple updates iMovie for Mac, iWork suite for OS X and iOS with minor bug fixes [u]

Thursday August 21, 2014

In what appears to be a routine maintenance update, Apple on Thursday rolled out minor iWork app point releases for both Mac and iOS, bringing stability improvements and bug fixes to the company's multi-platform productivity suite.

Apple spoke with UnitedHealth, Humana regarding HealthKit tie-up - report

Thursday August 21, 2014

As part of a campaign designed to drive adoption of its forthcoming HealthKit biomedical tracking platform, Apple has reportedly held broad-stroke discussions with major U.S. insurers UnitedHealth and Humana about potential partnerships.

Report claims iMessage spam on the rise, but little evidence appears in support

Thursday August 21, 2014

Despite accounts of purportedly wide-ranging unsolicited marketing campaigns plaguing iMessage users in recent months, spam on Apple's over-the-top messaging service appears to be the exception, rather than the rule.

Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2, new iTunes 12 beta for testing

Thursday August 21, 2014

Apple on Thursday provided members of its public beta program the second test build of OS X Yosemite, while a new build of iTunes 12 for Yosemite is also available.

Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs detailed in new patent application

Thursday August 21, 2014

While a reversible "Type-A" USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.

Disney expands 'Star Wars' iOS franchise with 'Commander' real-time strategy game

Thursday August 21, 2014

After soft-launching in the Australian iOS App Store nearly two months ago, Disney Interactive's "Star Wars: Commander" saw wide release on Thursday, bringing real-time strategy "Rebellion vs. Empire" gameplay to Apple's mobile devices.