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2014

Apps: Speedtest.net goes universal, Day One adds Publish, Fantastical 2 gets a tune-up

Wednesday March 12, 2014

A trio of popular iOS apps were updated Wednesday as network testing tool Speedtest.net gained iPad support, journaling app Day One introduced a new public publishing feature, and replacement calendar Fantastical 2 received a slew of bug fixed and improvements.

Microsoft to release free version of OneNote for Mac later this month - report

Wednesday March 12, 2014

In an effort to directly take on popular cross-platform note taking application Evernote, Microsoft will finally be bringing its OneNote service to the Mac later this month in the form of a free app, according to a new report.

Apple ramping up hiring to bolster in-house camera hardware, software teams

Wednesday March 12, 2014

The number of open positions in Apple's camera engineering group has risen dramatically in recent weeks, as the company looks to maintain its lead in an increasingly competitive mobile imaging market.

Apple job listings suggest cameras coming to Apple TV, hinting at motion controls

Wednesday March 12, 2014

The Apple TV is one of the few products in Apple's lineup that doesn't include an integrated camera, but that may change with future versions of the hardware, according to new job listings from the company, potentially paving the way for gesture-based motion controls in the living room.

Apple files cross-appeal of final judgment in case against Samsung

Wednesday March 12, 2014

As expected, Apple on Tuesday filed a notice of cross-appeal pertaining to the final judgement in the first Apple vs. Samsung California patent trial.

Apple, Samsung sued by ZiiLABS over alleged infringement of graphics patents

Wednesday March 12, 2014

In a lawsuit filed against Apple and Samsung on Monday, ZiiLABS, a subsidiary of A/V solutions giant Creative Technology, claims the companies infringed on ten U.S. patents, many of which deal with graphics processing.

iOS 7.1 warning message reminds users of 15-minute in-app purchase window

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Apple's recently-released iOS 7.1 update now shows a pop-up warning message for users making in-app purchases for the first time, reminding them of a 15-minute grace period in which additional purchases can be made without reentering password.

Apple gets official green light to build San Francisco flagship store

Tuesday March 11, 2014

The San Francisco Planning Commission and the city's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to green-light amendments to Apple's revised plans for the company's upcoming San Francisco flagship retail location.

Apple to open small stores in India, focus on entry-level iOS devices in battle for growing market

Tuesday March 11, 2014

According to a report published on Tuesday, Apple is looking to open a series of smaller "neighborhood shops" in India to push the iPhone in a region dominated by cheaper offerings from rival Samsung.

Adoption of iOS 7.1 hits 6% in North America after 24 hours in the wild

Tuesday March 11, 2014

After being available for a little over one day, Apple's iOS 7.1 update is now running on some 5.9 percent of operating devices, an adoption rate comparable to the company's previous iOS 7.0.6 release.

Deals: MacBook Pro coupons; Mac Pros in stock; 60% off Harman Kardon BT headphones

Tuesday March 11, 2014

In addition to 3% coupon codes on MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, this week's deals deliver the lowest prices yet on three CTO Retina MacBook Pros. Meanwhile, dozens of Mac Pros configs are now arriving at authorized resellers at discount, plus tax savings. And Harman Kardon is offering refurbished versions of its award-winning over-ear Bluetooth headphones at over 60% off MSRP.

Apple partners with Vevo to stream concerts from SXSW iTunes Festival

Tuesday March 11, 2014

When the iTunes Festival at SXSW kicks off tonight, marking its debut in the U.S., fans will be able to view acts Coldplay, Imagine Dragons and London Grammar live on Vevo for iOS and Apple TV, as well as in Apple's Safari browser for Mac.

Microsoft to release long-awaited Office for Mac update in 2014 - report

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Microsoft is reportedly preparing to ship a new version of its Office for Mac productivity suite later this year in what would be the first major update to the software in nearly four years.

Pacific Crest sees larger $299 iPhone increasing profits, ups Apple price target to $635

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Shares of Apple rose Tuesday morning after Pacific Crest upgraded its rating on the stock to "outperform," citing high expectations for the company's next iPhone, which the firm expects to sport a 4.7-inch display and $299 starting price tag.

Apple expected to leverage HopStop, Embark acquisitions for transit data in iOS 8 Maps

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Apple's recent mapping-related acquisition spree is expected to bear fruit in the next generation of iOS as the company's mapping team is said to be preparing a new transit direction feature and significant improvements to the maps' underlying data.

6 months after launch, Apple's iTunes Radio already more popular than Spotify

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Apple's iTunes Radio has carved out 8 percent of the U.S. streaming music market, placing it ahead of popular service Spotify and just behind second-place iHeart Radio, according to newly released data.

Rumor: Design of Apple's new big-screen iPhone will be cross between iPhone 5c & 7th-gen iPod nano

Tuesday March 11, 2014

With Apple widely expected to launch a new, larger iPhone model this year, a new report claims the external design will take numerous cues from the company's mid-range iPhone 5c, as well as its seventh-generation iPod nano.

Apple tech monitors device aging, adjusts operating parameters to ensure optimal performance

Tuesday March 11, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent describing a method of monitoring the aging of a device's electronics, comparing the data with a global average and modifying operating parameters to maximize performance, battery efficiency and user experience over the product's advertised lifetime.

Apple's iOS 7.1 brings iPhone 4 speed enhancements, iBeacon improvements

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Along with the addition of headline features like CarPlay, Apple's latest iOS 7.1 update brought a welcome speed boost for the four-year-old iPhone 4, as well as new iBeacon handling that allows apps to search for signals even when closed.

Apple quietly improves loyalty pricing for businesses, educational institutions

Monday March 10, 2014

Apple recently made a change to its loyalty program for organizations that spend upwards of $5,000 per year on its products, offering better discounts on Macs, iPads, accessories and, for the first time, unlocked iPhones and Apple TVs.