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2014

Craig Federighi kicks off Apple's WWDC 2014 Bash featuring Bastille

Friday June 06, 2014

After a busy week of sessions, Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference has regularly featured a Thursday evening party in Yerba Buena Gardens. This year Apple invited Bastille to perform.

Apple acquires social search startup Spotsetter focusing on place, restaurant recommendations

Friday June 06, 2014

Spotsetter, a Silicon Valley startup that analyzes a user's social circle to surface more relevant recommendations for things like places to visit or new restaurants to try, is said to have been acquired by Apple for an unknown sum.

Apple's 'first wearable device' affirmed to be on track for October debut

Friday June 06, 2014

Apple is reportedly planning to hold an event in October where it will introduce its "first wearable device," an accessory widely anticipated to be a wrist-worn "iWatch," to presumably go on sale before this holiday shopping season.

Tim Cook lauds 'American manufacturing expertise' during visit to Texas Mac Pro factory

Friday June 06, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped in on the Austin, Texas facility that manufactures the new Mac Pro on Thursday, watching as technicians assembled the powerful desktop computers before expressing his appreciation for the new "Made in the USA" approach.

Lightning headphones could allow Apple to make slimmer iPhones by ditching 3.5mm headphone jack

Friday June 06, 2014

A new program designed to allow third-party manufacturers to build headphones that would connect to an iOS device via the Lightning port, rather than the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, could mean that the latter's days in Apple's supply chain are numbered.

iOS 8's Photos app gains more editing functions, search, 'Favorites' folder & hidden pics

Friday June 06, 2014

When iOS 8 officially launches this fall, users will gain a number of useful new features in the system's native Photos app, making it easier to sort through large collections and make edits to pictures without having to launch another app.

Rumor: 'iWatch' to sport curved OLED touchscreen, Apple 'confident' and building up to 5M per month

Friday June 06, 2014

Apple's fabled iWatch is likely to launch in October, a new report claims, sporting a curved organic light-emitting diode touchscreen and collecting health-related data ranging from sleep activity all the way to blood oxygen levels.

Apple, Google, others promise $2M each to hold Super Bowl 50 in Bay Area

Friday June 06, 2014

With help from tech giants that call San Francisco and its surrounding cities home, the Bay Area Super Bowl Host Committee on Thursday announced it raised some $40 million to be put toward hosting the championship game in 2016.

Australian Apple Store employees agree to new contract terms with increased base pay

Friday June 06, 2014

Apple retail employees in Australia have signed off on four-year contract with the company that will see base pay rates jump some 16 percent from the previous terms agreed to in 2009.

Apple's 'arrogance' wrought mediocre iTunes Radio and led to Beats buy, report says

Thursday June 05, 2014

Amid the furor of Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats, pundits asked why the Cupertino company would sink so much capital into what amounts to a brand name. A report on Thursday now claims a shortsighted and credulous iTunes management team put out an inferior product in iTunes Radio, which in turn forced the acquisition.

Apple announces Lightning-enabled headphone standard in WWDC session

Thursday June 05, 2014

During a WWDC session earlier this week, Apple revealed a new Lightning module for headphones that promises to provide deeper system controls, direct analog audio out and power to compatible accessories.

Apple, Inc. opens up access to its WWDC developer utopia

Thursday June 05, 2014

For twenty five years, Apple has been holding its Worldwide Developer Conference as an annual resource for its third party software and hardware partners. This year, the company is trying something new: it has invited a select group of observers to share the WWDC experience with everyone else.

Apple acquitted in Mexican 'iFone' lawsuit, but local telecoms to be fined

Thursday June 05, 2014

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) on Thursday announced it has absolved Apple of wrongdoing in a trademark lawsuit surrounding the iPhone's infringement of a local telecommunications company marketing the phonetically identical "iFone" brand.

PayPal reportedly working to integrate Touch ID into iOS apps

Thursday June 05, 2014

Just days after Apple announced the opening of Touch ID APIs to third-party developers with iOS 8, mobile and digital payment services giant PayPal is already said to be working on implementing the feature into its apps.

New Beats by Dre promo film prominently features iPhone 5s

Thursday June 05, 2014

After Apple announced a $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music -- expected to be finalized later this year -- the music company's Beats by Dre headphone arm released a lengthy World Cup promo guest starring the iPhone 5s.

Philips teases concept for Hue smart bulb control widget in iOS 8

Thursday June 05, 2014

Smart LED bulb maker Philips on Thursday offered a preview of what its planned iOS 8 Notification Center widget could look like when running on an iPhone.

Apple refines location privacy in iOS 8 with new 'While Using' option

Thursday June 05, 2014

iPhone and iPad owners will have much more fine-grained control over their location privacy in iOS 8 thanks to new Location Services options that allow users to determine exactly when -- and if -- an app can find them.

Apple's Tim Cook & other tech leaders urge US Senate to do more to curb government surveillance

Thursday June 05, 2014

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and a number of other high-profile tech leaders sent a letter to the U.S. Senate this week, urging them to beef up the proposed USA Freedom Act which would restrict government surveillance of Internet users.

Apple, Inc to split stock 7-1 after Friday June 6 market close

Thursday June 05, 2014

Apple will complete its seven-for-one forward stock split after the market closes tomorrow, with the new post-split price reflected in trading on Monday.

iOS 8 Messages upgrades: View attachments, share location, Do Not Disturb, exit group chat, more

Thursday June 05, 2014

Group messaging and content sharing in the iOS 8 Messages application are greatly enhanced, giving users the ability to silence alerts from specific conversations, quickly view attachments from a thread, and even actively share their location with friends for a set period of time.