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2014

Apple loses voice recognition patent suit in China, faces legal challenges over Siri

Wednesday July 09, 2014

A Beijing court has affirmed the validity of a voice recognition patent -- held by China's Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. -- that Apple is accused of infringing with Siri, clearing the way for the resolution of a long-pending intellectual property case that could see the personal digital assistant muted in China.

Apple nudged FTC to look into Google Play Store after in-app purchase settlement

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Days after the company agreed to a $32.5 million settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over in-app purchase policies, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell sent an email to commissioners directing their attention to an article saying the Google Play Store lets children spend their parents' money "like a drunken sailor."

Flash flaw could allow attackers to steal browser data on Macs, Adobe issues fix

Wednesday July 09, 2014

A well-known vulnerability in Adobe's Flash player that could allow malicious users to steal browser data -- including cookies -- on Macs, PCs, and Linux machines has been exploited for the first time, prompting Adobe to issue a patch and urge users to upgrade their system as soon as possible.

National Federation of the Blind pushes Apple to add accessibility requirements for apps [U]

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Members of the National Federation of the Blind have approved a resolution that will have the advocacy group, which successfully sued Apple over iTunes in 2008, begin a new campaign designed to convince the iPhone maker to consider accessibility when approving apps for sale in the App Store.

Foxconn's 'Foxbot' robots will assist human workers at major iPhone factory, report says

Wednesday July 09, 2014

Following up on news that Foxconn would soon deploy robots on assembly lines dedicated to Apple products, a report out of Asia claims the so-called "Foxbots" will have a limited role in device assembly as humans are still needed for most operations.

Review: Creative's Sound Blaster Roar SR20 heavy on features, light on bass

Tuesday July 08, 2014

In the 1990s, Creative was the go-to firm for beige box PC sound cards, but that market has since dried up thanks to integrated motherboard audio. More recently, the company has been busy reinventing itself as a bonafide audio hardware maker and the Sound Blaster Roar SR20 is its latest product.

Apple picks up two engineers from spun down Nike FuelBand team

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Apple's rumored wearables team, widely thought to be working on a so-called "iWatch" device, recently got an infusion of new talent as the company brought on two former engineers from Nike's stagnant FuelBand program.

Apple's iTunes U update brings new discussion features for students, course creation tools for teachers

Tuesday July 08, 2014

As expected, Apple on tuesday released a major update to its iTunes U comprehensive educational software, bringing new discussion options for students and iPad creation tools for teachers.

Amazon bends in Hachette dispute, floats deal with authors to resume book sales

Tuesday July 08, 2014

More than a month after interrupting sales of books from major publisher Hachette in a dispute over e-book pricing, Amazon has proposed a temporary arrangement in which it would return sales to normal and funnel 100 percent of the revenue directly to authors until the two parties reach an agreement.

Apple's second secret eBay store launches with certified refurbished, unlocked GSM iPhone 5 models

Tuesday July 08, 2014

For the second time in as many years, Apple appears to have teamed with eBay on a low-profile Factory Outlet store to market Apple Certified Refurbished products -- such as iPhones and iPads -- alongside full one-year Apple warranties at aggressive price points.

Apple reportedly loses senior Maps engineering manager to car service Uber

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Chris Blumenberg, an engineer responsible for some of the foundational elements of Apple's mapping strategy dating to the first-generation iPhone, is said to have accepted an offer to leave Apple for transportation networking startup Uber.

Apple Maps launch on the web in new Find my iPhone beta, displacing Google

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Apple's in-house mapping service has made the jump to the web some two years after its debut at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, supplanting Google Maps in the newest preview of the web-based Find my iPhone application.

Samsung predicts massive profit decline, blames slumping smartphone sales

Tuesday July 08, 2014

South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Tuesday warned investors that it is set to announce a quarterly profit decline of as much as 26 percent year-over-year, citing weak smartphone demand and increased competition in China and Europe as the shortfall's primary drivers.

Apple patents method of building seamless all-glass iOS devices, monitors and TVs

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Apple on Monday was granted a U.S. patent covering a method of fusing glass structures together to encapsulate the internal circuitry of an iOS device, and that of larger electronics like monitors and televisions.

Apple buys 100 acres of land for third North Carolina solar farm

Tuesday July 08, 2014

Apple on Monday reached a deal with the city council of Claremont, N.C. to annex 100 acres of land for a new 17.5 megawatt solar farm, the construction of which is expected to cost some $55 million.

Apple's video of 2014 San Francisco Pride Parade celebrates company diversity

Monday July 07, 2014

Apple on Monday published a video showing its side of last week's Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade in San Francisco, where the company showed up in force to celebrate the day and hand out vouchers for free iTunes songs.

Apple's 'Health' app gets M7 coprocessor step tracking in iOS 8 beta 3, adds new data categories

Monday July 07, 2014

With the release of iOS 8 beta 3 on Monday, Apple continued to build out its forthcoming Health app with new features, including support for the iPhone 5s' M7 coprocessor and additional data collection categories.

Purported 'iPhone 6' sapphire display undergoes extreme torture test in video

Monday July 07, 2014

Hours after a video purportedly revealed Apple's rumored sapphire crystal "iPhone 6" display on Monday, another short film hit the Web, this time putting the supposed part through a battery of torture tests that included knives, keys and extreme bending.

Apple activates Wi-Fi calling for T-Mobile iPhones with latest iOS 8 beta

Monday July 07, 2014

Among the new settings options and user interface tweaks in Monday's iOS 8 beta release, Apple has switched on Wi-Fi calling for T-Mobile handsets, granting developers with access to the software a chance to test out the feature.

Tim Cook reportedly seeking new blood for Apple's board of directors

Monday July 07, 2014

According to a report on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook is "actively seeking" new directors for the company's board as he relaxes the tech giant's laser focus in favor of support for existing products and new initiatives.