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2014

NAB 2014 roundup: Thunderbolt 2 accessories, DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, 4K video

Wednesday April 09, 2014

This week is the annual National Association of Broadcasters show, where a number of Mac and iOS compatible products geared toward professionals have been unveiled, including new Thunderbolt 2 accessories, an upgraded DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ flying camera drone, and a plethora of 4K video recording and playing devices.

Apple nabs senior RF engineers from Broadcom amid rumors of new in-house baseband team

Wednesday April 09, 2014

At least two high-level baseband hardware engineers have left wireless semiconductor company Broadcom for new positions at Apple this year, adding weight to speculation that the iPhone maker is planning to design and build its own baseband processors.

Apple 'considered' buying mobile payment firm Square, but Google deal seen as more likely

Wednesday April 09, 2014

Both Apple and Google have reportedly had internal discussions about making respective offers to buy mobile payment company Square, though Google is seen as the more likely of the two to actually go through with a purchase.

Apple's iBeacon tech to be featured at Coachella music and arts festival

Wednesday April 09, 2014

According to an app update for the upcoming Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the gathering will have on-site iBeacons that push notifications and other information to users as they walk the grounds at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. this weekend next.

Rumor: Apple takes delivery of iWatch circuit boards ahead of September debut

Wednesday April 09, 2014

Coming on the heels of a separate iWatch report, sources from the Far East on Wednesday claim Apple has taken receipt of flexible PCB sample boards bound for the much rumored device that could be revealed as soon as September.

Apple moves to renew FRAND licensing suit against Motorola

Wednesday April 09, 2014

With a court battle against Samsung raging on the West Coast, Apple on Tuesday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. to renew a lawsuit against Motorola's alleged unreasonable licensing fees for declared-essential cellphone technology.

Apple explains $2.2B damages claim against Samsung from lost profits, royalties

Tuesday April 08, 2014

During testimony in the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial on Tuesday, an Apple damages expert revealed the full damages claim stands at $2.19 billion for lost profits and reasonable royalty fees on five alleged infringed patents.

Teen interest in 'iWatch' growing as iPhone dominates field, study says

Tuesday April 08, 2014

Apple's iPhone continues to lead all competing devices in the important U.S. teen demographic, but the future spenders of America are exhibiting fast-growing interest in new product categories like the iWatch.

JP Morgan sees Apple further eating away at Windows PC market with sub-$1000 iOS notebook

Tuesday April 08, 2014

Apple is excluding itself from a $63 billion market opportunity, investment firm J.P. Morgan believes, by only partially competing in the sub-$1,000 portable computing market, which is why one analyst argues Apple should introduce a new notebook powered by a more full-featured version of iOS.

New 'mApp' platform helps museums leverage Apple's iBeacons for interactive exhibits

Tuesday April 08, 2014

Museum visits may become far more immersive in the future thanks to Dutch microlocation startup LabWerk's new mApp platform, a deployment and management system that allows museums to quickly and easily roll out iBeacon-based interactive exhibits.

In pushing for Time Warner merger, Comcast cites Apple's development of new set-top box

Tuesday April 08, 2014

Rumors that Apple is working on a new set-top box are high-profile enough that Comcast saw it fit to cite them on Tuesday as part of a filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Mobile malware authors 'almost exclusively' focused on Android in 2013, says Symantec

Tuesday April 08, 2014

Attackers continue to target Android more than any other mobile operating system, according to a new report released Tuesday, as Google's platform played host to all but one of the new mobile malware families discovered last year.

Microsoft hopes to counter Apple with AI-driven 'invisible user interfaces' on future devices

Tuesday April 08, 2014

Just days after officially announcing Cortana, a Siri-like personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, Microsoft has revealed a substantial and wide-ranging artificial intelligence program it hopes will leapfrog similar offerings from Apple and Google.

Apple, Google & others could pay 'blindingly high' $9B in anti-poaching class-action suit

Tuesday April 08, 2014

A class-action lawsuit from tech sector employees against employers including Apple and Google seeks some $9 billion in lost wages --an astronomical sum that the complainants could ultimately receive, some believe, thanks to a mountain of evidence appearing to implicate Silicon Valley employers in an alleged no-hire cartel.

Rumor: Quanta to build 65M Apple "iWatch" units in first year, Q3 2014 release expected

Tuesday April 08, 2014

A suspect new report out of China claims to have a great deal of specifics on Apple's rumored "iWatch," namely that it will debut in the third quarter of this year and will include advanced sensors to detect a user's heart rate and blood pressure, among other things.

Rumor: Apple plans to bring iPhone baseband chip design in-house

Tuesday April 08, 2014

A rumor from the Far East on Tuesday claims Apple is mulling the creation of a research and development team that will be responsible for designing future iPhone baseband processors to be used as soon as 2015.

Adobe's 'Lightroom mobile' for iPad brings advanced photo editing, organization to iOS

Tuesday April 08, 2014

Adobe on Monday introduced Lightroom Mobile for iPad, a touch-friendly accompaniment to the company's suite of photography software that brings powerful new tools to Apple's iOS, including on-the-go RAW image editing.

Barclays: Apple's 'iWatch' could include UV light exposure sensor

Monday April 07, 2014

Apple might be looking to lend a helping hand to those who are particularly prone to sunburns or are otherwise sensitive to harmful UV rays, as one analyst believes that the company will include new UV exposure sensors in its so-called "iWatch."

Samsung sues newspaper for $284k over negative reports on Galaxy S5

Monday April 07, 2014

Samsung has sued Electronic Times for 300 million KRW (about $284,000 US) regarding its reporting related to the company's new Galaxy S5 phone.

Apple sends out WWDC 2014 ticket purchase invitations to randomly selected developers

Monday April 07, 2014

Apple on Monday sent out emails to developers who participated in this year's WWDC 2014 ticket lottery, notifying those accepted that tickets will be saved until Apr. 14.