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Microsoft follows Apple's lead, slashes pricing for OneDrive cloud storage

06/23/2014, 03:06 pm

The latest shot in the cloud storage wars came on Monday from Microsoft, which announced a restructuring of its OneDrive offering that will more than double users' base storage allowance, as the software giant reacts to recent price cuts from rivals Apple and Google.

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Bono criticizes Apple for being 'annoyingly quiet' about raising $75M for fight against AIDS

06/23/2014, 03:06 pm

U2 frontman Bono appeared onstage for an interview this weekend at the Cannes Lions festival with Apple designer Jony Ive, and while the two spoke of their successful history together in raising money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Bono did take the opportunity to criticize the company for downplaying its role.

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Prague to host Apple's first retail presence in former Eastern Bloc - report

06/23/2014, 11:06 am

Apple will open a new store-within-a-store branch in the Czech capital later this week, according to a Monday report, marking Apple's first brick and mortar foray into Eastern European retail.

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Google focuses on fashion with new Glass frames from designer Diane von Furstenberg

06/23/2014, 09:06 am

Fashion-conscious early adopters of Google's Glass hardware now have more stylish options for sporting the augmented reality headgear, as a series of frames designed in collaboration with fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg have been released by the search giant.

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Microsoft to retire older Skype for Mac versions, force mandatory upgrades

06/21/2014, 04:06 am

Microsoft on Friday announced it will be "retiring" older desktop versions of Skype for both Windows and Mac, forcing existing users to upgrade to the latest edition of the popular voice over IP service.

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Google-owned Nest to acquire connected security camera firm Dropcam for $555M

06/20/2014, 08:06 pm

Google's Nest on Friday revealed it will acquire Dropcam, makers of the eponymous Internet-connected smart home monitoring camera lineup, for $555 million.

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Archos releases new iOS-controlled smart home suite with tablet, cameras & environmental sensors

06/20/2014, 11:06 am

Consumers looking for an self-installed, iOS-compatible "connected home" system now have a new option from electronics manufacturer Archos, as the company's new Smart Home system has hit virtual shelves with cameras, environmental sensors, and a customized control tablet.

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Judge voices concern over settlement in Apple anti-poaching suit, may not approve agreement

06/20/2014, 12:06 am

During a court hearing on Thursday, a federal judge voiced concern over a proposed settlement reached in a class action lawsuit over alleged anti-poaching agreements involving Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe.

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Apple updates Support Communities forum with instant search box, streamlined UI

06/19/2014, 10:06 pm

Apple on Thursday updated its forum-style Support Communities webpage with a new dual-purpose text input box that can both search and post questions, as well as and a fresh look more in line with other pages on the company's website.

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Video shows high-quality 3D render of Apple's 'spaceship' Campus 2

06/19/2014, 02:06 pm

With construction of Apple's massive new corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif., now underway, a 3D design shop has offered an advanced rendering, showcasing what Campus 2 is expected to look like once it's completed in 2016.

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Apple invents iPhone camera lens actuator made of artificial muscle

06/19/2014, 07:06 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a method of constructing a camera lens actuator that uses a single artificial muscle structure rather than traditional motors to control focus and aperture size.

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Apple invention uses iPhone and wearable sensors to monitor activities, automate alarms and notifications

06/19/2014, 06:06 am

A batch of Apple patent filings published on Thursday describe a system of interconnected sensors -- some being wearable devices -- that work with an iPhone hub to monitor activity levels, dynamically set or cancel alarms and manage push notification settings, among other automated tasks.

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Apple TV price drops by as much as $30 in the UK & Europe, Mac mini also sees cuts

06/18/2014, 12:06 pm

Apple appears to have chosen this week to revisit its pricing strategy around the world as the company lowered overseas prices for its Mac mini desktop, iMac all-in-one, and Apple TV streaming device by as much as $80.

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Adobe debuts Creative Cloud 2014, mobile apps, plus new stylus & ruler hardware for iPad

06/18/2014, 11:06 am

Adobe on Wednesday revealed its latest update to Creative Cloud, which comes with 14 new versions of CC desktop apps, as well as four new mobile apps and the official launch of the company's stylus and ruler set for iPad.

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Apple, Samsung 'trying to find common ground' in patent war - report

06/18/2014, 10:06 am

A resolution to the long-running intellectual property battle between Apple and Samsung could be drawing near, as a Wednesday report out of South Korea suggested that the tech titans are working toward an agreement that would allow their important supplier relationship to continue.

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Kanye West says Samsung-Jay Z collaboration drove Apple to buy Beats for cultural credibility

06/17/2014, 05:06 pm

In a surprise appearance at the Cannes Lions festival, rapper Kanye West said a collaboration between fellow performer Jay Z and Samsung last year played into Apple's decision to buy Beats and acqui-hire cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.

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Apple brings back free summer camps for kids with moviemaking, storytelling workshops

06/17/2014, 10:06 am

Parents looking for an outlet for their creative-minded children this summer can take advantage of Apple's annual Apple Camp, in which the company invites kids ages 8 through 12 to participate in three-day workshops covering moviemaking with iMovie or storytelling with iBooks.

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Nest restarts Protect smoke alarm sales after safety recall, cuts price and offending feature

06/17/2014, 02:06 am

Google-owned smart home device maker Nest on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of its Protect carbon monoxide and smoke alarm after product sales were halted and units recalled when a convenience feature was determined to pose a safety risk.

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Apple settles e-book price fixing class action suit, dodges possible $840M in claims

06/16/2014, 11:06 pm

In a court filing on Monday, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in a class action suit seeking damages from Apple's e-book price fixing scheme informed federal Judge Denise Cote that the company has agreed to settle.

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Apple's Ive hints new materials to be used in upcoming products, suggests new form factors and devices

06/16/2014, 05:06 pm

In an interview with the New York Times, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive said Apple has been working to incorporate all new materials in future products, suggesting both new form factors and the possible introduction of long-awaited LiquidMetal and sapphire parts.

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