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Apple's Beats acquisition reportedly delayed over Dre and Iovine roles, valuation, more

05/23/2014, 07:05 pm

In what has become a daily routine, a Friday report offers further information on Apple's rumored deal to buy Beats Electronics, this time saying the agreement has been delayed yet again as the two companies hammer out final details.

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Former iPod product leader Andy Hodge hired by Dropcam

05/23/2014, 05:05 pm

Andy Hodge, who worked under Tony Fadell on Apple's original iPod team, has been hired to lead hardware and product strategy at smart video surveillance camera company Dropcam.

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With Apple's hands tied in e-book market, Amazon stops taking some preorders from publisher Hachette

05/23/2014, 03:05 pm

Amazon is currently in the midst of a fight with Hachette, one of the so-called "Big Five" largest publishing companies, and has stopped taking preorders for high-profile upcoming titles, including the latest from "Harry Potter" series author J.K. Rowling.

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Samsung set to unveil smart watch that makes calls without a paired phone - report

05/23/2014, 01:05 pm

Samsung is said to be working on yet another smart watch model expected to be unveiled this summer --one that would completely replace a smartphone rather than simply being an accessory to one.

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Apple scuttlebutt spurs Samsung to seek sapphire solutions for smartphones

05/23/2014, 10:05 am

The ever-present rumors that Apple will move from Corning's Gorilla Glass to a new screen covering based on sapphire in its next-generation iPhone are said to have caused South Korean competitors Samsung and LG to look at the material more closely, according to a Friday report.

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Apple, others officially agree to $325M settlement in Silicon Valley wage fixing case

05/23/2014, 10:05 am

Nearly one month after reaching a preliminary agreement, attorneys representing thousands of Silicon Valley workers on Thursday officially asked that the federal court overseeing the case approve a settlement that will cost Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe some $324.5 million for conspiring to suppress salary inflation.

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Apple could save over $1B on alleged Beats deal with international acquisition - report

05/23/2014, 09:05 am

Because Beats Electronics has tax residency in Ireland, Apple could structure a deal with the headphone maker in such a way that it would not only be able to use its massive international cash pile to pay for the deal, but it could also significantly reduce the final price with international tax laws, one financial expert says.

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Online Apple Store offering free shipping on all purchases through May 29

05/23/2014, 04:05 am

Apple on Friday announced free shipping on all purchases made through the Online Apple Store in the run up to Father's Day, a change from the typical $50-and-up campaign pricing.

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Apple rolls out iAd Producer 4.2 with full-screen iPhone banner ads, bug fixes

05/23/2014, 12:05 am

Apple on Thursday issued an update to its iAd Producer tool, bringing support for the creation of full-screen banner ads for iPhone and the ability to upload Producer projects to iAd workbench, among other minor improvements.

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Google reportedly developing 'Project Tango' tablet with 3D mapping capabilities

05/22/2014, 11:05 pm

Google is reportedly working on a tablet version of its "Project Tango" computer vision initiative that incorporates multiple advanced imaging sensors into a portable device for real time three-dimensional mapping.

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Former Apple designer dispels myths about Steve Jobs, corporate culture

05/22/2014, 08:05 pm

Ex-Apple senior designer and user experience evangelist Mark Kawano gives a peek behind the curtain of Cupertino's inner workings in an interview with Fast Company, dispelling four myths regarding the company's design studio and the reputation of cofounder Steve Jobs.

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Apple wants Beats for Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, not technology

05/22/2014, 05:05 pm

A report on Thursday claims Apple's much rumored deal to buy Beats Electronics "is happening" and will be a play for company cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, not technology associated with streaming music or headphones.

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Creator of Apple's Core Animation leaves for new role, likely at Facebook

05/22/2014, 03:05 pm

John Harper, the creator of of Apple's Core Animation tool for developers and the inventor credited with designing gesture and scrolling animations in iOS, has apparently taken a new position at social networking giant Facebook.

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Apple tech would use mechanical shutters to protect sensitive iPhone audio components

05/22/2014, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering an active system that protects sensitive acoustic components like microphones and speakers from damage.

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Apple's environmental chief addresses ballooning carbon footprint, clean energy initiatives

05/22/2014, 02:05 am

At Fortune's Brainstorm Green conference on Tuesday, Apple VP of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson went in-depth on the company's multiple green projects and fielded questions, including one regarding the industry-wide problem of reducing a firm's carbon footprint while growing as a business.

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Apple reportedly expanding in Sunnyvale, Calif. with seven-building campus

05/21/2014, 08:05 pm

A report on Wednesday claims Apple has agreed to lease a new campus in Sunnyvale that boasts a total of seven buildings, further expanding the company's operations beyond Cupertino and into surrounding areas.

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Nest CEO vows no ads in products as firm prepares to restart Protect smoke detector sales

05/21/2014, 08:05 pm

Following a report that Google is eyeing ad placement on refrigerators, wearables and other connected devices, former Apple executive and Nest cofounder Tony Fadell said his company's thermostats will not be an outlet for such promotions.

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Apple renews exclusive rights to Liquidmetal in consumer products into 2015

05/21/2014, 06:05 pm

According to an SEC document filed on Wednesday, Apple and Liquidmetal have entered a deal to extend an exclusive license to use the exotic metal in consumer products through Feb. 2015, marking the second time the companies decided to prolong their mutual agreement.

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Apple granted license to sell and market products, conduct research in Saudi Arabia

05/21/2014, 05:05 pm

According to a report on Wednesday, Apple has been granted a license to operate retail, marketing and research operations in Saudi Arabia, giving the company first-time access to the region.

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Apple preps for WWDC 2014 with June 2 keynote announcement, new app for iPhone & iPad

05/21/2014, 10:05 am

With only a few weeks to go before the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple on Wednesday released the official schedule for its annual developer event, confirming that it will hold a keynote presentation on Monday, June 2.

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