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2014

Google rumored to debut 'Nexus' smart watch with new operating system in June

Monday February 24, 2014

The flood of wearable devices headed to market is expected to continue with a new wrist-worn smart watch from Google, rumored to be unveiled at the search giant's I/O 2014 conference this June.

Samsung announces Galaxy S5 with 5.1" display, fingerprint scanner & heart rate monitor

Monday February 24, 2014

Samsung's next-generation flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, was officially announced by the company at the Mobile World Congress trade show on Monday, and the handset will compete head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 5s by sporting its own fingerprint sensor.

Apple CEO Tim Cook remembers late Steve Jobs 59 years after his birth

Monday February 24, 2014

Monday would have been the 59th birthday of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- a fact recognized by his successor Tim Cook, who posted a pair of quotes from Jobs on his official Twitter account.

WWE Network launches on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV, offering every PPV for $10 per month

Monday February 24, 2014

Monday morning brought about the launch of the new streaming network from World Wrestling Entertainment, as well as new applications for both iOS and the Apple TV that allow users to access the content from all of their Apple devices with a $10-per-month subscription.

Apple nearing release of OS X 10.9.2 with FaceTime Audio, call waiting, fix for SSL flaw [u]

Monday February 24, 2014

Some employees at Apple have begun receiving a prerelease build of OS X Mavericks version 10.9.2, signaling that the final public release of the software is likely not far behind, and it is confirmed to include a fix for the "goto fail" SSL bug [updated].

Apple sues Chinese government agency over Siri patent dispute

Monday February 24, 2014

Apple has targeted both a Chinese government agency and a Shanghai-based company in a new patent lawsuit related to the ownership of Siri, the voice-driven personal assistant found on iPhone and iPad.

Imagination unveils 192-core mobile GPU potentially bound for future Apple iPhones, iPads

Monday February 24, 2014

Imagination Technologies, the company whose PowerVR graphics processors are a key component of Apple's iOS devices, unveiled its latest creation on Monday: a 192-core GPU that it claims will produce the most powerful graphics yet in mobile phones and tablets.

Apple's failure to pay for favorable media coverage flies in the face of Samsung's payola

Sunday February 23, 2014

Slanted media reports targeting Apple appear to be directly connected to the company's failure to pay for more favorable coverage in the model of Samsung. It doesn't appear to be affecting Apple's sales or profits, however.

Samsung breaks from Android with redesigned, Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatches

Sunday February 23, 2014

Korean electronics giant Samsung on Saturday unveiled the second generation of its Gear smartwatch line, updating the wrist-worn device's industrial design and moving from Google's Android to the Samsung-backed Tizen operating system.

Apple confirms OS X contains same SSL security flaw patched with iOS 7.0.6, says fix coming 'very soon'

Saturday February 22, 2014

Apple on Saturday said it is working to fix a flaw in OS X that could in some cases allow hackers to intercept communication sent using SSL/TSL security protocols. The same error was patched in an iOS update the company rolled out on Friday.

Apple and Samsung fail to reach settlement agreement ahead of patent trial, still willing to talk

Saturday February 22, 2014

In a court document jointly filed to the District Court for the Northern District of California late Friday, Apple and Samsung reported mediation talks had failed, but noted both parties are willing to continue discussions ahead of a patent trial scheduled to begin at the end of March.

Microsoft to reportedly cut Windows pricing by 70% as Apple, Google eat PC marketshare

Friday February 21, 2014

As the mobile device market -- led by device from Apple and Google -- continues to devour traditional PC marketshare, Microsoft is reportedly looking cheaper Windows licensing fees in a bid to stop the hemorrhaging.

U.S. Air Force deploys 5,000 Apple iOS devices to replace BlackBerrys ahead of phaseout

Friday February 21, 2014

The U.S. Air Force announced earlier in February that it will be swapping out some 5,000 BlackBerry devices for Apple's iPhone and iPad, with the move being a first step in the eventual retirement of all BlackBerry products carried by USAF personnel.

New Adobe Camera Raw release candidate adds new 'Before/After' previews, expanded lens support

Friday February 21, 2014

Adobe on Friday pushed out release candidates for Camera Raw 8.4 and DNG Converter 8.4, with notable inclusions to the Photoshop CS6 and CC tools being a new "before and after" preview system, additional lens support and numerous bug fixes.

Allergic reactions cause Fitbit to recall wrist-worn Force fitness tracker

Friday February 21, 2014

Apparent skin irritation issues have forced Fitbit to cease sales of its wrist-worn, iPhone-compatible Force, and also to recall units of the fitness tracker that are already on the market.

Apple acquires app testing and advertising company Burstly

Friday February 21, 2014

The latest target of Apple's recently-busy mergers and acquisitions staff is Silicon Beach company Burstly, a deal that could bolster both the iAd platform and the Xcode development suite.

Apple releases iOS 7.0.6 with fix for SSL connection verification, rolls out Apple TV Software Update [u]

Friday February 21, 2014

Apple on Friday issued a minor update for its mobile operating system, with iOS 7.0.6 fixing an issue with SSL connection verification.

Samsung accused of strong-arming Korean media to suppress coverage of unfavorable film

Friday February 21, 2014

At least one Korean newspaper is thought to have been pressured by Samsung into retracting stories that make mention of a new movie following the life and death of a worker at one of the Korean conglomerate's semiconductor plants.

Apple gets another dedicated advertising brand in advance of agency merger

Friday February 21, 2014

Longtime Apple ad partner Rosetta appears to have launched a new Apple-exclusive agency brand in the runup to a merger that will see all of the Cupertino company's agency partners gather under the same corporate umbrella.

Apple's holiday Mac shipments outpaced PC growth by largest margin in 5 years

Friday February 21, 2014

While some pundits speculate that Mac lineup could be on the way out in favor of the iPad, Apple's traditional notebooks and desktops outpaced the overall PC market by nearly 25 percent last quarter, representing the largest margin separating the two in five years.