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Sphero's BB-8 droid from Star Wars rolls into Apple Stores on Friday

09/04/2015, 12:09 am

Sphero, maker of iOS-connected robot toys, is bringing The Force to Apple Stores this Friday when it introduces BB-8, a rolling ball model named after the astromech droid from Disney's upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Amazon buys mobile video services firm Elemental Technologies for a reported $500M

09/03/2015, 06:09 pm

Amazon on Thursday announced the acquisition of Elemental Technologies, a firm that provides video processing services for encoding and transcoding traditional media content for consumption smartphones, tablets and PCs.

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Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' to make early showing at this weekend's Telluride festival

09/03/2015, 05:09 pm

Although its official debut isn't scheduled until October, Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic will make an early showing at this weekend's Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.

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Judge approves $415M settlement in Silicon Valley anti-poaching lawsuit

09/03/2015, 02:09 am

A federal court judge has green-lit a joint $415 million settlement in an anti-poaching lawsuit involving Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, officially bringing the years-long case to a close.

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Google Nexus event rumored for Sept. 29 with new phones, Android 6.0

09/02/2015, 06:09 pm

Google is reportedly planning to host a Sept. 29 press event in San Francisco, at which it will reveal two new Nexus smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Motorola debuts second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch, first-gen Moto 360 Sport

09/02/2015, 04:09 pm

Motorola on Wednesday introduced two new versions of its Moto 360 smartwatch, including a second-generation flagship device and separate edition specifically for fitness, the Moto 360 Sport.

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Hulu launches $12 'ad-free' streaming tier to fend off Netflix, other rivals

09/02/2015, 01:09 pm

Hulu on Wednesday added a $12 "No Commercials" tier to its steaming video service, looking to better compete with rivals like Netflix and HBO Now, which have always been ad-free.

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Second Apple v. Samsung damages retrial set for March or April 2016

09/01/2015, 09:09 pm

A California federal judge presiding over the ongoing Apple v. Samsung legal spat on Tuesday set a March or April 2016 start date for the case's second damages retrial, an action that could see Samsung pay out some of the $548 million it owes for infringing on Apple's patents.

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Apple sought original content deals with Bill Simmons and Top Gear cast, reports say

09/01/2015, 04:09 pm

Coming on the heels of rumors pointing to Apple's interest in creating original content, which included a bid for the cast of hit BBC show Top Gear, a report on Tuesday claims the company was in discussions to bring former ESPN star Bill Simmons on board.

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Documents reveal Apple's secretive next-generation retail store design [u]

09/01/2015, 03:09 pm

Apple representatives gave local government officials in Tennessee a glimpse at the future of the Apple Store during a recent planning meeting, showing off a design that continues the architectural trends begun with Manhattan's Upper West Side store.

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DJI's new iOS-compatible Phantom 3 drones land at Apple Store

09/01/2015, 02:09 pm

DJI's latest generation of "prosumer" drones, the Phantom 3 series, marks the company's debut among the handpicked lineup of iOS-connected accessories available to buy direct from Apple.

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Nest introduces third-gen Thermostat with better display, Farsight wakeup

09/01/2015, 01:09 pm

Google's Nest Labs on Tuesday upgraded its signature product, the Thermostat, with features such as a bigger, sharper display, and longer-range automatic wakeup.

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Beats president Luke Wood now '100%' focused on Electronics division, targeting global expansion

09/01/2015, 11:09 am

Shortly after Apple's $3 billion takeover of Beats in 2014, Beats president Luke Wood dropped all attention on Beats Music in favor of the company's flagship Electronics division, according to an interview published on Tuesday.

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One of Apple's first 'next-generation' US retail store designs will debut near Memphis

09/01/2015, 08:09 am

With Apple chief designer Jony Ive and retail head Angela Ahrendts collaborating on major changes to their company's retail experience, a first glimpse of what's to come may debut at a relocated Apple Store near Memphis, Tenn., it was revealed this week.

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Google promises to dramatically shrink 4K bandwidth with upcoming VP10 video codec

08/31/2015, 09:08 pm

Google is working on a new open-source video codec, VP10, that should shrink the amount of bandwidth required for 4K video to half that of VP9, and a quarter of Apple's current preferred compression format, H.264.

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Apple eyes move into original video programming, report says

08/31/2015, 08:08 pm

A report citing high-ranking executives within the entertainment industry claims Apple is looking to create in-house movie or TV programming, suggesting the company is headed down a path forged by the likes of Netflix and Hulu.

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Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch features circular face, rotating bezel control

08/31/2015, 06:08 pm

In its latest attempt to jumpstart lukewarm smartwatch sales, Samsung on Monday announced a new platform called Gear S2 that merges a round face made popular by Motorola's Moto 360 and a rotating bezel control reminiscent of Apple Watch's Digital Crown.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook makes surprise appearance at Cisco's annual sales conference

08/31/2015, 04:08 pm

In the wake of Apple's newly announced enterprise partnership with Cisco, Chief Executive Tim Cook appeared onstage at Cisco's annual "GSX" Global Sales Experience in front of 20,000 employees to discuss the news.

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GT Advanced looks to slash workforce by 40% as part of bankruptcy plan

08/31/2015, 03:08 pm

In order to reduce expenses when it emerges out of Chapter 11 status, former Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies is looking to cut 40 percent of its remaining workforce, according to bankruptcy court documents filed on Monday.

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Apple poaches lead Microsoft HoloLens audio engineer, seen as boost for augmented reality research

08/31/2015, 09:08 am

The lead audio engineer for Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality project has been hired away by Apple, fueling speculation that the iPhone maker could be working on an AR project of its own.

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