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2014

Tim Cook's 'rhino skin' tested by a rash of angry flies as Apple investors shrug off concerns

Monday November 03, 2014

In the days following Tim Cook's statement that he was "proud to be gay," Apple's chief executive has been commended for his openness in a variety of online opinions, but also needled by a pestilent swarm of haters, ranging from Twitter trolls to Russian politicians and businessmen. Apple investors don't seem to care.

Apple reportedly acquires cloud startup Union Bay Networks, to open engineering office in Seattle

Monday November 03, 2014

Following the discovery that Apple is hiring in the Seattle area, the company on Monday confirmed that it will be opening an engineering office in the state, with reports pointing to the acquisition of local cloud computing startup Union Bay Networks.

First wireless chips with Apple HomeKit support now shipping to device manufacturers

Monday November 03, 2014

Chipmakers Broadcom and Texas Instruments have started shipping out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips with installed Apple HomeKit firmware, meaning the first wave of HomeKit-enabled devices should hit store shelves soon.

Apple issues first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta seed to developers

Monday November 03, 2014

Apple on Monday issued the first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta to developers, with the first maintenance update seed coming more than two weeks after the latest Mac operating system saw release in mid-October.

Apple rumored to abandon iPad mini in 2015, move to 12-inch 'iPad Pro'

Monday November 03, 2014

A dubious rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims Apple is looking to wind down iPad mini production in favor of a 12-inch tablet, a response to flagging sales and growing consumer interest in larger-screened devices.

Beyonce rumored to release second iTunes exclusive 'visual album' on Nov. 14

Monday November 03, 2014

A supposedly leaked photo appears to show the tracklist for an unannounced iTunes exclusive Beyonce release set for November, which will feature collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and more.

Gazelle launches certified preowned store specializing in quality used Apple iPhones & iPads

Monday November 03, 2014

Trade-in service Gazelle on Monday launched a new resale service backed by a quality guarantee, allowing shoppers to buy used iPhones and iPads at heavily discounted prices, without having to worry about the condition of their purchase when it arrives.

Verizon, AT&T pledge Voice Over LTE interoperability coming in 2015

Monday November 03, 2014

The two largest carriers in the U.S., Verizon and AT&T, both announced on Monday that they plan to allow Voice Over LTE connections between customers on the two competing networks starting in 2015.

Christian Bale passes on role of Steve Jobs, actor reportedly felt he wasn't right for part

Monday November 03, 2014

Though Christian Bale was in final talks to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic, the actor has reportedly decided to pass on the part, as he allegedly did not feel he was the right person to play the iconic figure on film.

RunKeeper update adds indoor treadmill tracking, SwiftKey gains 4 new languages

Monday November 03, 2014

Atheletes who rely on the popular RunKeeper app to track their workouts can now use a new "Stopwatch Mode" for easily entering indoor exercises. In addition, third-party keyboard SwiftKey was updated on Monday with support for four new languages, as well as a handful of improvements and bug fixes.

Navy Federal, USAA, U.S. Bank, others kick off second wave of Apple Pay rollouts [u]

Monday November 03, 2014

A number of new credit unions and banks have started to flip the switch giving customers access to Apple Pay, making Apple's new NFC-based mobile payment system available to millions of new consumers throughout the U.S.

Southwest Airlines and Apple offer Beats Music with new in-flight entertainment service

Monday November 03, 2014

A new partnership between Apple and Southwest Airlines will not only offer access to the Beats Music subscription service while in flight, but a new Beats-branded Boeing 737 aircraft is also taking to the skies.

Starwood Hotels rolls out iPhone & Apple Watch-compatible Bluetooth room keys

Monday November 03, 2014

Following a successful trial run in the U.S., Starwood Hotels will now allow guests at a number of the company's properties around the world to walk past the front desk during check-in and unlock their hotel room door using only their iPhone or forthcoming Apple Watch.

Microsoft continues ad assault on Apple's MacBook Air, features Lenovo in latest spot

Monday November 03, 2014

Apple's wildly popular MacBook Air remains in Microsoft's crosshairs as the Windows maker seeks to break Apple's stranglehold on the premium laptop market, this time compared to Lenovo's Yoga 3 convertible PC in Microsoft's latest television advertisement.

Another functioning Apple I expected to command at least $600K in Christie's auction

Monday November 03, 2014

A fully functioning Apple I, personally sold by company co-founder Steve Jobs, is expected to earn $600,000 when it goes on sale at legendary auction house Christie's this December.

Apple to hold investor call for first-time bond offering in euros - report

Monday November 03, 2014

Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Apple are expected to host a call with investors today, arranging for a new blockbuster bond deal that will come at least partly in euros, according to a new report.

Google to resurrect Bump app as "Copresence," like Apple's AirDrop without privacy

Sunday November 02, 2014

Bump, an app developer Google acquired last year, is bouncing back under the codename Copresence, an effort to deliver AirPlay-like file sharing that appears to be deeply integrated with Google+ Hangouts, sparking new privacy concerns.

Review: ClamCase Pro for iPad Air

Sunday November 02, 2014

ClamCase for iPad Air is a simple but well-implemented product that takes Apple's tablet one step closer to being a productivity machine and, for some, a viable ultra-portable laptop replacement.

Sam's Club to sell Apple's iPhone 6 from $99 on Nov. 15, report says

Saturday November 01, 2014

As part of a one-day holiday sales event, big-box wholesaler Sam's Club will be selling Apple's latest iPhone 6 from $99 with two-year contract on Nov. 15, according to a supposedly leaked flyer.

Rumor: Apple's "iPad Pro" to be as thin as an iPhone, sport 12.2-inch display & extra speakers

Saturday November 01, 2014

The latest rumblings surrounding the anticipated release of a larger, education-focused iPad next year suggest the device may touch down with Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 in its crosshairs, sporting a super-slim form factor, enhanced audio, and a slightly more compact 12.2-inch display.