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2014

BlackBerry cuts ties with T-Mobile, signals new carrier-independent business strategy

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Beleaguered handset maker BlackBerry on Tuesday said it would be severing ties with U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile, suggesting the company is reducing reliance on carriers to sell product.

NYT releases NYTNow subscription-based app, Fantastical 2 comes to iPad

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Two interesting new developments hit the App Store this week, as the New York Times officially released its iOS-first "NYTNow" subscription app and replacement calendar Fantastical 2 launched a new iPad version.

Amazon fireTV launch 'aggressively' highlights need for Apple TV revamp, Piper Jaffray says

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Analyst Gene Munster, who has long held out hope for a more fully functional Apple TV and even a full television set from the company, believes that Wednesday's launch of the Amazon fireTV should serve as further motivation for Apple to make major moves in the television space.

Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1 with Siri-like 'Cortana' personal assistant

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Software behemoth Microsoft on Wednesday showed off the latest update to its Windows Phone mobile operating system, refining several areas and officially unveiling Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri.

Amazon takes on Apple TV with new $99 fireTV streaming & gaming set-top box

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Already a content creator and seller, Amazon will now enter the set-top box business with the new $99 fireTV, launching today with video streaming and gaming capabilities, taking on the likes of the Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

Apple datacenters the most environmentally friendly in tech, says Greenpeace

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Apple is "the most innovative and most aggressive" company in Silicon Valley when it comes to identifying ways to feed its power-hungry datacenters with renewable energy, according to a new report from environmental watchdog Greenpeace.

Apple predicted to announce 'modest' increases to share buyback & dividend in next earnings call

Wednesday April 02, 2014

The highlight of Apple's next quarterly earnings call later this month could be moderate increases to the company's share buyback program and dividend payouts to shareholders, many investors reportedly expect.

Adobe overhauls Premiere Pro, After Effects with tighter integration for video pros

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Graphics software giant Adobe on Wednesday spoke at the annual NAB show in Las Vegas to reveal new versions of the video editing apps in its Creative Cloud suite, including significant upgrades for Premiere Pro and After Effects, making them part of a more cohesive, tightly integrated suite of products.

After a series of 'home runs,' it'd be OK if Apple's next product is a 'single,' Evercore says

Wednesday April 02, 2014

After the iPod, iPhone and iPad all proved to be "home run" products, the law of large numbers mean it's likely Apple's next new product category may only be a "single" or a "double" -- and that's perfectly fine, in the eyes of one analyst.

Photos show seamless glass cuboid to cap new Turkish Apple Store

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Less than a week before a scheduled grand opening, construction workers at Apple's first retail outlet in Turkey took the wraps off a large all-glass structure that will serve as a huge skylight for the underground store.

OWC launches Mac Pro CPU and memory upgrade service

Wednesday April 02, 2014

Other World Computing on Tuesday announced a new turnkey upgrade program for late-2013 Mac Pros that offers replacement Intel Xeon CPUs and cheaper memory options not available directly from Apple.

Apple's Schiller rehashes prior testimony in second Apple v. Samsung trial

Tuesday April 01, 2014

As the first day of Apple's second California patent trial against Samsung drew to a close on Tuesday, the suit's first witness, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, took the stand to deliver testimony nearly identical to that given twice before during the first Apple v. Samsung case.

Apple updates Safari with enhanced push notification, new security features

Tuesday April 01, 2014

Apple on Tuesday rolled out an update to its Safari Web Browser for Mac, with new features like enhanced push notification settings coming to users of OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

Apple seeking damages of $2B in new trial, Samsung says claims are 'gross exaggeration'

Tuesday April 01, 2014

The second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial kicked off on Tuesday, with both parties offering opening statements to the jury, two of whom were excused just one day after being selected.

Apple updates iWork for iOS, OS X and iCloud with enhanced usability, graphics tweaks

Tuesday April 01, 2014

Apple on Tuesday released a series of updates to the iCloud versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, including new iOS and OS X app versions, as the company continues to refine its web-based productivity suite.

UN uses Apple's iBeacons to create 'virtual minefield' in new awareness exhibit

Tuesday April 01, 2014

Visitors to New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday will be able to get some idea of what it is like to walk through a minefield thanks to a new iBeacon-powered installation sponsored by the United Nations Mine Action Service.

Apple's iAd creation tools expanded to non-developers, now support videos

Tuesday April 01, 2014

Apple is working to expand its iAd mobile advertising platform, making the "Workbench" tool for ad creation available to anyone with an Apple ID, and also enabling the ability to run short videos within ads.

Apple in talks for $479M stake in Japanese chipmaker Renesas SP Drivers - report

Tuesday April 01, 2014

Apple could be on the verge of bringing another important hardware component in-house as the company is reportedly working on a deal to acquire controlling interest in Renesas SP Drivers, a Japanese firm that makes LCD chips for Apple's iPhone.

Like a glove: April Fools efforts from Samsung, HTC & Toshiba all share the same punchline

Tuesday April 01, 2014

With accusations of copying and commoditization already rife within the smartphone and tablet industries, three of the market's biggest names -- Samsung, HTC and Toshiba --all showcased similar glove-themed prank products on Tuesday for April Fools' Day. Hilarity ensued.

Apple's Safari most-used smartphone browser, but apps dominate mobile Web

Tuesday April 01, 2014

Smartphone owners are nearly seven times as likely to choose native apps over mobile Web apps, new data shows. But when mobile users do turn to the Web, a majority use Apple's Safari browser.