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2014

Inside Metal: How Apple plans to unlock the secret graphics performance of the A7 chip

Monday June 16, 2014

Among the surprises that Apple unveiled at WWDC 2014 is the company's new Metal framework and shader language, aimed at radically enhancing the hardware accelerated graphics potential of the A7 Application Processor powering the company's latest iOS devices.

New York Times seeks to profile Tim Cook after getting shut out by Apple

Sunday June 15, 2014

A new profile of Apple's chief executive, titled "Tim Cook, Making Apple his own" actually says little about Cook and virtually nothing noteworthy about how he is leading Apple. Instead, the New York Times simply recounts more predictions of doom for the company in a piece filled with fictions and fallacy.

Review: Snappgrip Bluetooth camera shutter controller for Apple's iPhone

Sunday June 15, 2014

iPhone photographers who wish they had a steady grip and dedicated shutter button to pair with their Apple handset will likely be impressed by the Snappgrip hardware accessory, but they'll have to tolerate subpar software in order to use the device.

Apple and Samsung agree to drop cross-appeal of ITC embargo ruling

Sunday June 15, 2014

In a pair of filings with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit earlier this week, both Apple and Samsung dropped their respective appeals of an ITC order to block sales of certain Samsung products, agreeing further pursuit on the issue would be unfruitful.

Alleged 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' mockup compared to 4.7-inch dummy in new photos

Saturday June 14, 2014

A pair of photos published to Twitter on Saturday show a side-by-side comparison of mockups believed to be representative of Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6" models, which are rumored to be coming in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes.

Review: Using the Epson LW-600P portable label printer with Apple's iPhone & Mac

Saturday June 14, 2014

Epson's LW-600p label printer is an unassuming devices that solves a specific problem, and does so generally well: printing labels on the go. What makes this accessory stand out is the inclusion of Bluetooth and a companion iOS app.

UK leads North America in iOS 7 adoption as iPhone distribution nears 90%

Friday June 13, 2014

According to a recent study conducted by ad network Chitika, iOS device owners in the UK lead both North America and Australia in adoption of the company's latest iOS 7, with iPhone version distribution nearing 90 percent of surveyed users.

Apple will soon encrypt iCloud emails in transit between service providers

Friday June 13, 2014

Apple on Friday said it is working to implement an in-transit encryption solution for its email domains, offering additional protection for iCloud customers sending and receiving messages from people using other providers like Gmail.

Apple taking steps to remove illegitimate reviews from App Store

Friday June 13, 2014

Developers who try to game the App Store ratings system, mostly by paying for fraudulent reviews, must now contend with Apple as the iPhone maker is said to have begun a campaign to strike those entries from the marketplace in an apparent effort to level the playing field.

iPad art by singer Bjork becomes first-ever app in MoMA's permanent collection

Friday June 13, 2014

While Apple fans consider the iPad hardware itself to be a work of art, it's an app that was designed for the iPad in part by Icelandic singer Björk that has earned the distinction of becoming the first application of its kind accepted into the permanent collection at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Google to launch Apple HealthKit competitor for Android at I/O conference - report

Friday June 13, 2014

Apple's new HealthKit health and fitness tracking platform looks set to gain a fresh challenger in the form of Android developer Google, which will reportedly launch a similar service dubbed Google Fit at its annual developer conference in San Francisco later this month.

Priceline to buy Apple partner OpenTable for $2.6 billion

Friday June 13, 2014

Online travel behemoth Priceline has struck a deal that will see it pay $2.6 billion for OpenTable, a provider of online reservation technology for restaurants that underpins Siri's table booking functionality.

Apple predicted to sell 'iWatch' to at least 10% of existing iPhone users in 2015

Friday June 13, 2014

With Apple widely expected to launch a wearable "iWatch" later this year, market watchers have begun to speculate exactly how many wrist-worn devices the company could sell, with one new projection pegging the device with at least 10 percent penetration among iPhone users in the first full year.

Apple replacing European 5W USB iPhone power adapters that may overheat and pose safety risk

Friday June 13, 2014

Apple has announced that it will replace potentially dangerous 5-watt European USB power adapters that were shipped with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S, as well as sold separately from October 2009 to September 2012.

Facebook updates Messenger with instant video sending and 'Big Likes'

Thursday June 12, 2014

Amid the constantly evolving landscape that is mobile messaging, Facebook on Thursday added two new features -- video messaging and bigger "thumbs ups" -- to its Messenger iOS app to help it stand apart from the crowd.

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, other execs on hand for Omotesando Apple Store opening [u]

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts made her first official public appearance as an Apple exec at the grand opening of the company's newest retail outlet in Japan on Friday, posing for pictures with Apple fans and customers who made it down for the event.

Samsung debuts Galaxy Tab S with high-resolution AMOLED screen, fingerprint reader

Thursday June 12, 2014

Samsung on Thursday unveiled the Galaxy Tab S lineup, which comes in 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch flavors, boasts 2,560-by-1,600 pixel resolution Super AMOLED displays, supports fingerprint recognition and integrates Galaxy-only inter-device sharing software.

Yahoo Finance frets that Apple's iPhone, iPad "only" grab the majority of all mobile shopping traffic

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple's iPhone accounted for 58 percent of smartphone shopping traffic while iPads took an overwhelming 86 percent share among tablets, but Yahoo Finance is warning investors that Apple's dominance of shopping is "slowly losing share."

Apple simplifies app browsing and discovery with new 'Browse by Category' collection

Thursday June 12, 2014

Apple on Thursday announced a new App Store feature called "Browse by Category" that allows users to navigate to different curated app collections without the need for drop-down menus.

New China Apple Store may be second to feature iconic cylindrical glass entryway

Thursday June 12, 2014

As part of Apple's efforts to triple its retail presence in China over the next two years, the company will open a store in Chongqing that appears to feature an architectural flourish familiar to Chinese customers: a giant glass cylinder.