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2014

Apple & GTAT open second sapphire manufacturing facility in Massachusetts

Thursday June 19, 2014

Apple's much-ballyhooed sapphire plant in Arizona is not its only production facility for the crystalline material, according to a new regulatory filing from manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies, as the two companies have also opened a secondary location in Salem, Mass.

Disney's 'Star Wars Scene Maker' lets users recreate iconic movie scenes on their iPad

Thursday June 19, 2014

"Star Wars" fanatics can relive their love of the original trilogy in an entirely new way on Apple's iPad thanks to the new "Star Wars Scene Maker" app from Disney, which allows users to re-imagine and re-create scenes from the films.

Apple invents iPhone camera lens actuator made of artificial muscle

Thursday June 19, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a method of constructing a camera lens actuator that uses a single artificial muscle structure rather than traditional motors to control focus and aperture size.

Apple invention uses iPhone and wearable sensors to monitor activities, automate alarms and notifications

Thursday June 19, 2014

A batch of Apple patent filings published on Thursday describe a system of interconnected sensors -- some being wearable devices -- that work with an iPhone hub to monitor activity levels, dynamically set or cancel alarms and manage push notification settings, among other automated tasks.

Rhapsody and T-Mobile launch subscription-based 'unRadio' streaming music app

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Finishing off its "Un-Carrier 5.0" event in Seattle, Wash. on Wednesday, T-Mobile announced a new subscription-based ad-free Internet radio service and app called Rhapsody unRadio that will be offered for free to the carrier's Unlimited 4G LTE customers.

T-Mobile's 'Music Freedom' lets users stream music for free from services like iTunes Radio

Wednesday June 18, 2014

In an announcement during the "Un-Carrier 5.0" press conference on Wednesday, T-Mobile skipped the wait and went straight to "Un-Carrier 6.0," a program that lets customers stream music from top Internet radio services without having the data used count against their allotted monthly plans.

T-Mobile partners with Apple to offer free week-long iPhone 5s 'test drive' to nab potential customers

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Ahead of T-Mobile's "Un-Carrier 5.0" event on Wednesday, CEO John Legere said his company is partnering with Apple to give potential customers a free iPhone 5s with unlimited data to "test drive" on its network for one week.

Teardown of Apple's low-end iMac reveals non-upgradeable soldered RAM

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Hours after Apple released its low-cost 21.5-inch iMac on Wednesday, a teardown of the all-in-one desktop reveals users will be unable to easily upgrade system memory as the compute's RAM modules are soldered onto the logic board.

Marbel electric skateboard lets you control your ride with an iOS app

Wednesday June 18, 2014

City commuters who prefer to get from their homes to their offices by longboard will soon have a new, lighter option that works with their iOS device in the form of the Marbel electric skateboard, which is seeking last-minute funding on Kickstarter where it has already blown past its initial goal.

Amazon announces Fire Phone with 4.7" 3D head tracking display & Firefly smart scanner, exclusive to AT&T

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Amazon announced its long awaited entrance into the smartphone market on Wednesday in unveiling the new Fire Phone, a device the retailer plans to pit against Apple's iPhone by integrating advanced head tracking technology for dynamic 3D content viewing, as well as new scanning functions that intelligently interpret data from the physical world.

Apple TV price drops by as much as $30 in the UK & Europe, Mac mini also sees cuts

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Apple appears to have chosen this week to revisit its pricing strategy around the world as the company lowered overseas prices for its Mac mini desktop, iMac all-in-one, and Apple TV streaming device by as much as $80.

Hands-on: Adobe's Lightroom for iPhone, 'Photoshop Mix' for iPad take powerful image editing mobile

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Adobe on Wednesday added two new apps to its growing lineup of mobile photo editing tools, including a made-for-iPhone port of Lightroom and a new tool called Photoshop Mix that can handle photo cutouts, composites and effects.

Adobe debuts Creative Cloud 2014, mobile apps, plus new stylus & ruler hardware for iPad

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Adobe on Wednesday revealed its latest update to Creative Cloud, which comes with 14 new versions of CC desktop apps, as well as four new mobile apps and the official launch of the company's stylus and ruler set for iPad.

Apple, Samsung 'trying to find common ground' in patent war - report

Wednesday June 18, 2014

A resolution to the long-running intellectual property battle between Apple and Samsung could be drawing near, as a Wednesday report out of South Korea suggested that the tech titans are working toward an agreement that would allow their important supplier relationship to continue.

With dearth of major chip upgrades from Intel, Apple opts for cheaper Macs in 2014

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Apple fans hoping for significant Mac upgrades have been disappointed thus far in 2014, thanks in part to a lack of next-generation chips from Intel. That trend continued on Wednesday with the launch of a new low-end iMac that's focused on price rather than specs.

Apple makes new low-end 1.4GHz iMac official with $1,099 starting price

Wednesday June 18, 2014

Apple on Wednesday formally launched its anticipated new low-end 21.5-inch iMac with a lower entry price of $1,099, boasting a 1.4-gigahertz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU, a 500-gigabyte hard drive, and 8 gigabytes of RAM.

Apple set to launch new low-end 21.5" iMac with dual-core 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 CPU

Wednesday June 18, 2014

With Apple's online store down Wednesday morning, the company appears set to debut a new iMac desktop, with one last-minute leak revealing alleged specifications of a new low-end 21.5-inch model, sporting a slower and more affordable dual-core 1.4-gigahertz processor.

Video shows alleged 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' mockup is taller than Samsung's Galaxy Note 3

Tuesday June 17, 2014

A video posted to YouTube on Tuesday pits widely circulated 4.7- and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" dummy models against the iPhone 5s and other popular handsets, showing Apple may be headed deep into phablet territory as the larger version is noticeably taller than even Samsung's Galaxy Note 3.

Latest Apple TV beta software includes iCloud Family Sharing, brings shared content into the living room

Tuesday June 17, 2014

Alongside the introduction of Apple's second iOS 8 beta release on Tuesday, the company issued the first beta version of its upcoming Apple TV Software update, which activates the new iCloud-based Family Sharing function set to debut as part this fall.

Kanye West says Samsung-Jay Z collaboration drove Apple to buy Beats for cultural credibility

Tuesday June 17, 2014

In a surprise appearance at the Cannes Lions festival, rapper Kanye West said a collaboration between fellow performer Jay Z and Samsung last year played into Apple's decision to buy Beats and acqui-hire cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.