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Burglar who broke into Steve Jobs' house gets 7-year prison sentence

Kariem McFarlin, the burglar who stole late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs' wallet and multiple computers during a house break-in last year, has been sentenced to serve seven years in a California prison.

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Al Gore buys 59K shares of AAPL stock valued at over $29.6M

It was revealed in an U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thursday that Apple board member Al Gore purchased 59,000 shares of AAPL stock worth over $29.6 million based on the stock's closing price today.

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Refurbished 13" Retina MacBook Pros now in stock through Online Apple Store

In an update to its online storefront on on Thursday, Apple added a number of 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display models to the refurbished Mac section, with the certified laptops offering savings of up to $410 off list price.

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Facebook activates VoIP calling in U.S. through Messenger iOS app

Facebook on Wednesday began allowing U.S. users of its Messenger app to place and receive voice over IP calls, expanding the feature to a much wider audience following a two-week trial in Canada.

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Apple TV gains access to Watchever in Germany

The Apple TV set-top box was updated in Germany on Friday to add support for streaming service Watchever.

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Apple rolls out HP and Brother printer drivers

Apple on Thursday issued an update covering newly released printer drivers for HP and Brother printers, scanners and all-in-ones.

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Apple to receive technical Emmy award for streaming TV content to mobile devices

Apple will be awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy on Thursday for its work on streaming tech that allows mobile device users to view TV content in real time without requiring specialized production hardware.

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MacBook Air firmware update fixes Thunderbolt, HDMI color issues

Apple on Wednesday rolled out an EFI firmware update for mid-2012 MacBook Air models, with the patch looking to fix HDMI display problems, issues with Thunderbolt hot swapping and a Microsoft Windows error.

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Apple debuts shorter 0.5m Thunderbolt cable, cuts price of 2m version

Apple on Wednesday quietly released a shorter 0.5-meter version of its first-party Thunderbolt cable while shaving $10 off the price of the original 2-meter iteration that first debuted in 2011.

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eBay updates iPhone and iPad apps with improvements to selling and search

Online auction monolith eBay on Monday released new versions of its iPhone and iPad apps with major enhancements to listing items for sale, as well as tweaks to searching and checkout.

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G-Technology announces new high-performance portable Mac drives

External storage for Macintosh-based content creators just got a bit bigger with the release of new 1- and 2-terabyte storage devices from G-Technology.

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Apple now selling refurbished 15" Retina MacBook Pros at over $550 off list price

Apple this week began selling refurbished 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display units through its online store, with savings coming in at over $300 for entry-level models to over $550 for fully-upgraded machine.

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Facebook updates Messenger app with voice messages, VoIP calling in testing

Facebook on Thursday issued an update to its Messenger app for iOS and Android, bringing voice over IP functionality to the social network's alternative to Google Voice and Apple's iMessage.

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Apple reportedly renewing Japanese iBookstore efforts in 2013

Apple is reportedly looking to make a serious attempt at entering the Japanese e-book market with its iBookstore, and is currently said to be in discussions with some of the country's top publishing houses.

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Apple ad touts iOS 'Do Not Disturb' as same feature is affected by New Year's bug

The same day Apple began running a new ad highlighting the "Do Not Disturb" functionality in iOS 6, the same feature was plagued by a New Year's bug.

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Early Apple prototypes by frog design's Hartmut Esslinger featured in upcoming book

Pre-release images from a retrospective of work by Hartmut Esslinger, founder of early Apple design partner frog design, showcase a number of unreleased products and prototypes including an early "Tablet Mac" study from 1982.

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iTunes Connect returns from winter closure one day early

Apple on Thursday resumed operations of iTunes Connect, with the developer portal reopening a day ahead of schedule following a brief closure for the holidays originally scheduled for Dec. 21 to Dec. 28.

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Rumor: Apple supposedly working with Intel to build 'smart watch'

A rumor out of Asia on Thursday claims that Apple is working in cooperation with Intel to build a so-called "smart watch" accessory that will allow users tap into high-end iPhone functions, including voice calls.

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Apple's holiday ad touts iPad, iPad mini FaceTime features

With less than a week to go until Christmas, Apple on Friday released a commercial focusing on the iPad family of products and FaceTime.

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Apple's new iMac confirmed to be incompatible with VESA mounts

In somewhat of a regression in function from its predecessors, it has been confirmed that Apple's new iMac line of all-in-one desktops are not compatible with mounts certified by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).

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