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2014

World's first Apple computer retailer to shutter operations on Mar. 30

Thursday March 20, 2014

Employees at Minneapolis-based FirstTech, the world's first Apple reseller, learned on Wednesday that the store will be closing its doors at the end of March after 73 years in business.

Burger King to take e-wallet purchasing nationwide with new mobile app

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Fast food giant Burger King will roll out a mobile app in April that will let users pay for food at more than 7,000 locations in the U.S., expanding on the company's BK Crown Card program already available on Apple's iOS.

In China, new iOS product launches drive older device sales, expand Apple's customer base

Wednesday March 19, 2014

In most countries, when Apple releases a new iPhone model the handset quickly becomes a hot-seller as older models fall by the wayside. The opposite is true in China, according to fresh data from research firm Mixpanel.

Apple's 8GB iPhone 5c offers just 3.7GB less storage than Samsung's "16GB" flagship Galaxy S4

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Apple's lower cost 8GB iPhone 5c scales down its entry cost by dropping 8GB, but ends up with only 3.7GB less available room for apps, pics and other user data as Samsung's 16GB Galaxy S4, thanks to more efficient storage use and the lack of third party bundles and offers.

Apple cracks down on Personal Hotspot abuse with iOS 7.1 update

Wednesday March 19, 2014

iPhone owners who previously made use of the Personal Hotspot feature on wireless networks that do not support it are now out of luck, after changes in iOS 7.1 have disabled the ability to manually edit tethering settings for unauthorized carriers.

Apple IDs targeted in phishing scam through hacked Electronic Arts servers

Wednesday March 19, 2014

The servers of video game publisher Electronic Arts have apparently been compromised, with a new phishing page set up with the intend of stealing Apple ID usernames, passwords, and credit card information.

General Electric and Quirky unveil iPhone-connected smart A/C unit

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Window-mounted air conditioners are the latest appliance to receive a connected home makeover, as crowdsourced invention company Quirky and appliance giant GE have unveiled the new iPhone-compatible Aros smart air conditioning unit.

8GB iPhone 5c, $399 'iPad 4' seen having 'slight positive' effect on Apple's March, June quarters

Wednesday March 19, 2014

With Apple making slight adjustments to its iPhone and iPad lineups this week, the new, cheaper device offerings are projected by one analyst to have only a minor effect on the company's bottom line.

Rev. Jesse Jackson targets Apple, Google, HP, others in tech racial diversity campaign

Wednesday March 19, 2014

American political activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday launched a new campaign aimed at drawing awareness to the lack of racial diversity in the executive ranks of top-tier Silicon Valley firms, including Apple.

US carrier promotions help drive higher demand for Apple's iPhone, strong March quarter expected

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Demand for Apple's iPhone has been higher than expected in the first quarter of calendar 2014, thanks in part to new smartphone promotions by U.S. wireless carriers, new tracking data reveals.

Sony gets into virtual reality game with PS4-compatible 'Project Morpheus' headset

Wednesday March 19, 2014

At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Sony revealed Project Morpheus, the Japanese electronics giant's highly-anticipated entry into virtual reality hardware that is expected to become part of the PlayStation gaming empire.

Apple named most valuable 'billion dollar brand' in US

Tuesday March 18, 2014

According to a report released on Tuesday, Apple is the most valuable billion-dollar U.S. brand name, topping a list of 500 firms including branding heavyweights like Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola and McDonalds.

Apple issues Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 betas with focus on AutoFill, push notifications

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Apple on Tuesday seeded to developers the latest beta versions of its Safari Web browser for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion, asking testers to focus on AutoFill features and general compatibility improvements.

Apple to shut down higher education Authorized Campus Stores in Canada this June

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Canadian post-secondary students with access to an Apple Authorized Campus Store will soon have to look elsewhere for Macs and iPads, as the company has decided not to re-up contracts with higher education outlets due to declining sales.

Tim Cook slams new anti-Apple book as 'nonsense' [update: author responds]

Tuesday March 18, 2014

A new book about Apple after Steve Jobs paints the company in a largely negative light, leading CEO Tim Cook to publicly take issue with the new title, saying it "fails to capture" the essence of the company.

Motorola, LG announce first crop of Android Wear-powered smart watches

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Google's nascent Android Wear platform gained two standard-bearers Tuesday as American smartphone maker Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 and South Korean consumer products giant LG introduced the G Watch.

Users report freezing, lagging iPhones with Apple's iOS 7.1, but overall crashes are down

Tuesday March 18, 2014

While this month's release of iOS 7.1 fixed a number of bugs and crashes that had affected Apple's mobile platform for months, and has reduced the overall number of system crashes, the update has also introduced a number of new and different glitches being seen by some iPhone users.

Google unveils Android Wear software platform for smart watches and wearables

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Google on Tuesday took the wraps off of Android Wear, an initiative aimed at creating a variant of the company's Android mobile operating system that is specially adapted to meet the needs of wearable devices.

Amazon shows Apple TV competitor to developers, release imminent - report

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Launch preparations for Amazon's long-awaited entry into the streaming set-top box market are nearly complete, as the e-commerce giant is said to have begun distributing preproduction hardware to select developers ahead of an early April debut to take on the Apple TV, a new report says.

Apple's 8GB iPhone 5c is international-only for now, while iPhone 4s lives on [u]

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Apple's new low-end 8-gigabyte iPhone 5c debuted on Tuesday in major markets across the globe, including the U.K., China, France, Germany and Australia, though it did not replace the iPhone 4s, which remains the company's cheapest smartphone available [updated].