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2014

GT Advanced says 'oppressive and burdensome' sapphire contracts with Apple led to bankruptcy

Friday October 10, 2014

Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies announced on Friday that it plans to close its sapphire producing plants in Arizona and Massachusetts operations, and decried its unsustainable contracts with Apple as "oppressive and burdensome."

Carl Icahn's praise should help create a floor for shares of Apple, RBC says

Friday October 10, 2014

While billionaire Carl Icahn is unlikely to get his way with Apple, his assessment that the company's stock is massively undervalued should help establish a floor for the stock, preventing it from going below about $95, one analyst believes.

Rumor: Apple to remove Bose headphones & speakers from its stores amid patent suit, NFL spat

Friday October 10, 2014

As a patent infringement suit filed by Bose against Beats looms, the longstanding retail partnership between Apple and Bose may be coming to an end, with a new report claiming that the premium audio products will be removed from Apple's retail locations.

iPhone 6 launch led to record accessory sales of $249 million in two weeks

Friday October 10, 2014

The debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus wasn't just a boon for Apple's bottom line, as accessory makers also benefitted greatly from the debut of the new, larger iPhone models, according to the latest data from the NPD Group.

Apple to live stream Oct. 16 iPad event on Web and Apple TV

Friday October 10, 2014

Apple on Friday announced through its website plans to live stream an upcoming special media event to be held on Oct. 16, at which the company is expected to unveil revamped iPad and, possibly, iMac models.

Apple's Jony Ive talks iPhone, Apple Watch and copycat devices in Vanity Fair interview

Thursday October 09, 2014

During a panel at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive offered up stories about his time at the company in a rare one-on-one interview, at one point revealing that he does not see copying as flattery, but theft.

Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced seeks to 'wind down' plant operations

Thursday October 09, 2014

New details of Apple sapphire partner supplier GT Advanced revealed on Thursday, with one report saying the sapphire maker asked the court for permission to "wind down" operations at its manufacturing plant.

Apple Watch to be highlight of Vogue China magazine spread

Thursday October 09, 2014

It was revealed on Thursday that the unreleased Apple Watch will grace the cover of Vogue China's November issue as worn by supermodel Liu Wen, marking the first time Apple's wearable will be featured in a major fashion-focused magazine.

Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM Candidate 3 to developers

Thursday October 09, 2014

After releasing a second build of its OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM candidate earlier this week, Apple on Thursday issued a third seed to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this month.

NFL fines 49ers quarterback $10,000 for wearing Beats headphones during press conference

Thursday October 09, 2014

The National Football League fined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for wearing a pair Beats headphones, which bucks the league's rule against promoting unsponsored products.

Banks to take on fraud liability in Apple Pay deal, USAA announces Nov. 7 availability

Thursday October 09, 2014

On Thursday, four banks offering support for Apple Pay commented on Apple's first foray into mobile payments, confirming that liability for fraudulent activity will ultimately fall on their shoulders for both online and physical transactions.

Apple says U2's 'Songs of Innocence' album downloaded 26M times since debut

Thursday October 09, 2014

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Thursday said U2's "Songs of Innocence," which was offered for free to iTunes users, has been downloaded 26 million times since its release on Sept. 9.

Amazon to open first retail store in Manhattan, offering same-day delivery to New Yorkers

Thursday October 09, 2014

Amazon's growing competition with Apple will soon expand to the retail space, as the online storefront reportedly plans to go brick-and-mortar this fall with its first-ever physical store, set to be built in across from the Empire State Building in time for the holiday shopping season.

In response to Icahn, Apple reiterates plans to review share buyback program annually

Thursday October 09, 2014

After activist investor Carl Icahn published a letter Thursday asking Apple to increase its share buyback efforts once again, the company responded with a statement indicating it's in no rush to make any changes.

Skype for Mac 7.0 launches with new mobile-inspired look, 64-bit support, improved chat & file sharing

Thursday October 09, 2014

Microsoft on Thursday launched a redesigned version 7.0 of its popular Skype chat application for Mac OS X, making it a 64-bit application, introducing a new file transfer presentation with inline images, and much more.

'Final' will allow iPhone users to easily create a new credit card number for each retailer

Thursday October 09, 2014

Focused on security and convenience, the newly announced "Final" creates a unique credit card number for each retailer a customer does business with, and allows users to easily generate a new number using either their iPhone or a traditional, physical card.

Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced asks bankruptcy court to keep confidential documents secret

Thursday October 09, 2014

As it makes its way through the bankruptcy process, GT Advanced Technologies is hoping to keep as much of the proceedings out of the public eye as it can, asking the court for a private hearing, and also to keep confidential documents sealed.

Philips TVs bundled with Apple TV launch in India as part of alleged partnership [u]

Thursday October 09, 2014

Philips on Thursday announced a new lineup of television sets for India that are reportedly bundled with Apple TV set-top boxes in an apparent "partnership" that, if in fact authorized by Apple, would be the first time ever for such a promotion [updated].

Carl Icahn says Apple should buy more of its 'dramatically undervalued' stock, reveals valuation of $203

Thursday October 09, 2014

Activist investor Carl Icahn published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday, revealing that he thinks shares of the company are "dramatically undervalued," presenting it with an opportunity to buy back even more of its own shares at a tremendous discount via a tender offer.

IDC miscounts Macs again, awards Apple fifth place in global PC sales one year too late

Thursday October 09, 2014

IDC doesn't like counting iPads among its global PC figures, but it doesn't seem to like counting Macs either, given its back-to-back quarterly undercounting of Apple's computer sales.