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2014

Samsung puts 'wall hugger' ads on airport power outlets, takes Apple mockery to next level

Wednesday August 13, 2014

As part of its ongoing Apple-bashing campaign, Samsung recently took their "wall hugger" message to major airports, cleverly buying ad space around power outlets where iPhone users apparently congregate.

Apple releases Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6 with security improvements

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Apple on Wednesday rolled out updated versions of its Safari Web browser for OS X, bringing fixes for WebKit corruption issues and other security concerns.

Mailbox for iOS updated with Passbook support, new languages, more

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Popular iOS email client Mailbox was updated on Wednesday with a number of new features, including support for new languages, integration with Passbook and spam filtering, among other email management tweaks.

HP courted Apple, now in talks with Google for 'Enterprise Siri' to boost corporate sales

Wednesday August 13, 2014

As it looks to rebound after years of slumping performance, old-guard Silicon Valley firm Hewlett-Packard reportedly held talks with relative newcomers Apple and Google in recent months to create a new type of "Enterprise Siri" system that would allow its corporate customers to search their document and data troves using their voice.

Uber adds turn-by-turn directions for drivers, Yo gets profiles and hashtags

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Customers of car-calling service Uber will no longer need to give their driver directions to their destination, while users of inexplicably popular monovocable messaging app Yo can now add hashtags and attach links to Yos. Also, Apple has seeded a new test build of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 to developers.

NomadPlus battery attachment for Apple wall plug will completely recharge an iPhone 5s

Wednesday August 13, 2014

The newly announced NomadPlus battery accessory serves as a plug for Apple's official 5-volt wall charger that packs in a full 1,800mAh battery, which can completely recharge an iPhone 5s on the go.

Thailand government official claims Apple has received approval to sell 'iPhone 6'

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has approved two new Apple handsets -- said to be variants of the so-called "iPhone 6" -- for sale in the country, the regulator's secretary general revealed on Wendesday, suggesting that Thailand could join the list of launch countries for the next-generation devices.

Sports arenas marketing with Apple's iBeacon hope to offer relevant info without 'spamming' fans

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Promoting products to iPhone users using Apple's wireless location-based iBeacon technology is a fine line, as professional sports teams try to provide helpful information to fans to sell more goods without pestering and annoying them.

Amazon takes on Square, PayPal with new iOS-connected 'Local Register' card reader

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Online retail giant Amazon on Wednesday unveiled Local Register, a new mobile credit card reader and companion app-based payment processing system that allows users to accept plastic payments on their iPhone or iPad.

Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' at final stage before mass production, on track for Sept. 9 debut

Wednesday August 13, 2014

With Apple expected to be planning a Sept. 9 event to showcase its next-generation iPhone, a new report claims that the so-called "iPhone 6" has entered the "product validation test" stage, which is the final step before mass production.

Apple posts Robin Williams tribute page to company website

Wednesday August 13, 2014

Following the addition of a special iTunes section featuring selected works of the late Robin Williams, Apple late Wednesday published a page to its website in memory of the late actor/comedian, who passed away on Monday at age 63.

Apple's extended 'Your Verse' videos goes in-depth with Yaoband, Slow Roll [u]

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Apple on Tuesday posted to its YouTube channel an extended version of its most recent "Your Verse" iPad ad featuring Chinese electropop group Yaoband, which uses the tablet to gather sounds and perform on stage.

Apple ignores calls to fix 2011 MacBook Pro failures as problem grows

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Owners of early-2011 MacBook Pro continue to report GPU-related system failures, but Apple has yet to acknowledge the problem as widespread and, according to informed sources, is not planning a replacement program to remedy the issue.

Apple, Inc. Diversity video narrated by new VP of Human Resources Denise Young-Smith

Tuesday August 12, 2014

A new Diversity film Apple published as part of its report on employee demographics is narrated by Denise Young-Smith, who the company internally promoted to lead human resources in February.

Apple remembers Robin Williams with iTunes tribute page

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Following the untimely death of actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday, Apple has dedicated a special featured iTunes section to a collection of his best work, ranging from classic comedy routines to movies.

Oculus VR adds Mac OS X support to new Oculus Rift virtual reality SDK

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Facebook-owned virtual reality startup Oculus VR on Tuesday announced the availability of version 0.4.1 of its software development kit, bringing developer support for the popular headgear to Apple's desktop operating system.

iOS holds 88% share of enterprise apps, iPad 90% of tablets in Good's business activations

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology detailed in its latest quarterly report that companies continue to overwhelmingly prefer Apple's mobile platform over Android or Windows Mobile alternatives. The firm also noted a jump in government adoption of iPads.

Rev. Jesse Jackson & Rainbow PUSH Coalition praise Apple for releasing detailed workforce diversity data

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Following Apple's publication of workforce diversity data, as well as comments from the company admitting that improvements are needed, the iPhone maker received praise from activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his nonprofit Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which advocates on behalf of minorities.

Ex-Siri team working on new AI to answer questions that Apple's Siri already answers

Tuesday August 12, 2014

A group of former Siri engineers have begun work on a next-generation digital assistant that they say will outsmart any of the current offerings, but some of the goals they claim to be working on have already been reached by Apple's own voice-driven personal assistant.

Apple reveals most employees are white men, says diversity needs to be improved

Tuesday August 12, 2014

Apple on Tuesday delivered on a promise to give more details on the diversity of its workforce, revealing that its U.S.-based employees are overwhelmingly male and white --a breakdown that Chief Executive Tim Cook said must be improved.