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2014

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.

Amazon aiming to take on Apple TV with March launch of new set-top box

Friday February 21, 2014

Internet retail giant Amazon is reportedly planning to preempt Apple's rumored springtime Apple TV refresh with an Android-powered set-top box of its own --and the device could go on sale as soon as next month.

Apple expands Apple ID two-step verification to more countries

Friday February 21, 2014

Apple on Thursday rolled out its two-step authentication system, including verification via SMS, for Apple ID users in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain.

Steve Jobs to be commemorated with collectible USPS stamp in 2015

Thursday February 20, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service has given the go-ahead to design a collectible stamp that will feature Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with the commemorative piece slated for release in 2015.

Apple to build second 'tactical datacenter' at Maiden, NC facility

Thursday February 20, 2014

Permit filings discovered on Wednesday reveal Apple is preparing to expand its existing 500,000-square-foot datacenter in Maiden, N.C. with a new, smaller "tactical datacenter" complete with office space, meeting area and breakroom.

Apple's Jony Ive nearly gave up on industrial design in college

Thursday February 20, 2014

More than 20 years ago, renowned designer Tom Karen helped to shape Apple's future when he took on the task of talking a teenaged Jonathan Ive out of giving up on a future in industrial design.

Google made last-ditch effort to block WhatsApp-Facebook deal, was willing to pay more than $19B

Thursday February 20, 2014

As talks between Facebook and WhatsApp began to draw to a close, Google Chief Executive Larry Page made a last-ditch effort to block the deal, and was even willing to outdo the $19 billion agreement the messaging app eventually reached with Facebook.

iPhone launch propels China Mobile to biggest 3G subscriber increase ever

Thursday February 20, 2014

China Mobile added more high-speed data customers in January than at any other point in its history, bringing on more than 14 million new 3G subscribers in the company's first month as one of Apple's official carrier partners.

Barclays downgrades rating on Apple stock due to maturing smartphone market, tells investors to 'step aside'

Thursday February 20, 2014

Shares of Apple stock slid Thursday morning after investment firm Barclays Capital lowered its rating on shares of the iPhone maker, saying it doesn't expect the stock to break out of its current trading range within the next year, and suggesting its performance could become comparable to that of rival Microsoft.

Google bid $10B for WhatsApp, made separate 'odd' offer before Facebook deal was struck

Thursday February 20, 2014

Before WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook this week for some $19 billion in cash and stock, the messaging service was being aggressively pursued by search giant Google, which reportedly offered $10 billion and also made a unique offer in attempt to ensure it wouldn't be outbid.

Demolition rolls on at site of Apple's new 'spaceship' campus

Thursday February 20, 2014

Little remains of the former Hewlett-Packard campus in Cupertino that will soon be home to Apple's new corporate headquarters, as demolition workers have made quick work of bringing down buildings and preparing the site for construction.

Apple's iPhone led 2013 US consumer smartphone sales with 45% share - NPD

Thursday February 20, 2014

With more than 120 million smartphones sold in the U.S. in 2013, Apple's iPhone accounted for nearly half of those, taking a 45 percent share in its home market last year, new data released by the NPD Group on Thursday reveals.

Fleksy gesture-based keyboard SDK now available to all iOS developers

Thursday February 20, 2014

Just over two months after launching a new SDK for their gesture-based keyboard into beta, Fleksy on Thursday announced that the free program is now open to all developers and that a slew of new apps have come on board.

Apple's smart magnet tech could spawn new class of connected iPad accessories

Thursday February 20, 2014

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes an intelligent magnetic attachment system that provides an interface for an iPad to connect and communicate with a variety of accessory devices, including other iPads.

Apple bought '3-year supply' of 4.5" sapphire displays, says Canonical CEO

Thursday February 20, 2014

In a conference call on Wednesday, the co-founder of Ubuntu developer Canononical made a comment about Apple scooping up the "entire three-year supply" of sapphire screens the company planned to use in a now-scrapped smartphone.

Tesla's Elon Musk confirms talks with Apple, says acquisition 'very unlikely' at this time

Wednesday February 19, 2014

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday confirmed that he had recently met with Apple and, while not giving away what was discussed, said an acquisition by any company is "very unlikely" in the short term.

BMW advancing 'product geniuses' plans as Apple's retail model extends into automotive

Wednesday February 19, 2014

One of the automotive industry's most entrenched stereotypes is the car salesman pitching the hard sell, but manufacturers like BMW are taking steps to modernize their approach to consumer interaction by following Apple's lead.