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Apple employees threaten to quit if forced to build GovtOS, report says

03/17/2016, 06:03 pm

According to a report published Thursday, a number of high-level Apple employees would rather quit their jobs than comply with a court order compelling the creation of an intentionally flawed version of iOS, currently being sought by the FBI in its investigation into the San Bernardino shootings.

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In a roadblock for Apple Pay, only 1 in 5 US retailers are using their chip card readers

03/17/2016, 03:03 pm

A new survey has found the vast majority of U.S. retailers with EMV chip-card-compatible credit card readers aren't using that functionality, presenting a major hurdle for acceptance of tap-to-pay services like Apple Pay.

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Google plans to sell Boston Dynamics robotics division - report

03/17/2016, 02:03 pm

Those worried about a future of Google-controlled robots taking over the world need fret no more, as the search engine giant has reportedly decided to sell off its advanced Boston Dynamics robotics research division.

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Apple Pay grows US bank support, adds three new Chinese banks

03/17/2016, 12:03 pm

Apple on Thursday added a number of financial institutions to the official list supporting Apple Pay, including three more in the service's fledgling Chinese market.

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Tim Cook says he's 'offended' by government smears in latest Time cover story

03/17/2016, 11:03 am

In a Time Magazine interview published on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook railed against the U.S. government's approach to the battle over encryption, claiming he was "offended" by statements leveled against the company, as well as the way the government is pursuing data from the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter.

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German court finds Apple in infringement of OpenTV streaming patents

03/16/2016, 07:03 pm

A German court has found Apple in infringement of digital content streaming patents owned by OpenTV, ruling products that currently using the technology must not be sold in the country.

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Apple rumored to lean on Google Cloud Platform for certain iCloud services [u]

03/16/2016, 05:03 pm

Apple could soon ditch Amazon Web Services in favor of Google Cloud Platform to serve a portion of iCloud's data needs, a shift that would be a major notch in Google's belt as the company builds out its cloud product.

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Apple Pay support comes to Ally Bank

03/16/2016, 01:03 pm

Customers of Ally Bank can now use their debit card with Apple Pay, allowing secure contactless payments with iPhone and Apple Watch at compatible points of sale.

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Tidal extends some free trials by 30 days so listeners can hear updated Kanye West album

03/16/2016, 01:03 pm

In an unusual move, streaming music service Tidal is extending the free trials of some listeners by 30 days so they can hear the updated version of Kanye West's rap album The Life of Pablo.

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Apple gives DJI's new Phantom 4 drone prime retail shelf space in unprecedented partnership

03/16/2016, 12:03 pm

Prominent, large displays at Apple retail stores have historically been reserved for Apple's own products. But that changed this week for the launch of DJI's new Phantom 4 drone, which has been given prime real estate at Apple Stores.

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EU says Irish government hasn't handed over full data in Apple tax case

03/16/2016, 11:03 am

Ireland has yet to supply all the data asked for by the European Commission in its investigation of the country's tax deals with Apple, a spokesman for the organization said on Wednesday.

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Apple again rumored to goose iCloud security amid iPhone encryption flap

03/15/2016, 10:03 pm

In a move sure to complicate the ongoing Apple vs. FBI court case, Apple is reportedly developing stronger iCloud encryption methods that would prevent even it from accessing and extracting user data protected by a passcode.

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Apple says San Bernardino iPhone case is 'unprecedented,' cannot be decided in a vacuum

03/15/2016, 06:03 pm

In Apple's final response before a scheduled court hearing next week regarding the San Bernardino iPhone encryption case, the company said the Department of Justice is making an unprecedented request that usurps due legal process, democratic policy and Constitutional rights.

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Man pleads guilty in celebrity iCloud hacking case, admits to phishing scheme

03/15/2016, 05:03 pm

A Pennsylvania man on Tuesday was charged in the hacking of iCloud and Google cloud storage accounts belonging to more than 100 individuals -- notably dozens of celebrities -- and stealing personal, sometimes compromising pictures and video.

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Apple 'committed to Ireland' regardless of EU ruling on Irish tax deals, VP says

03/15/2016, 05:03 pm

Apple is "committed to Ireland," whatever might happen in an European Commission investigation into Irish tax deals, the company's VP of European operations said to a European Parliament panel on Tuesday.

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Foxconn asks banks for compromises to make Sharp takeover deal work

03/15/2016, 02:03 pm

Apple's biggest manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is angling for compromises from two key lenders before it goes ahead with its planned takeover of Sharp, a report said on Tuesday.

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Justice Department asserts it could demand source code, signing key from Apple

03/15/2016, 10:03 am

In the confrontation over the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, the U.S. Justice Department believes it could potentially demand that Apple hand over iOS source code and a signing key, according to a court filing.

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Microsoft announces Xbox Live cross-network support, could portend Xbox One-Apple device multiplayer

03/14/2016, 11:03 pm

Microsoft on Monday revealed a major shift in its console gaming strategy with the announcement of cross-network Xbox Live gameplay, and with seemingly open support for all comers, the feature could make its way to titles distributed through Apple's iOS, Mac and tvOS App Stores.

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Beats 1 radio DJ Zane Lowe discusses Apple, personal history in new interview

03/14/2016, 09:03 pm

Zane Lowe, the high-profile DJ tapped to head up Apple's breakthrough Beats 1 radio station, in a recent interview discussed how his work at MTV and the BBC influenced Apple Music's streaming division.

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Take a stand against the Obama/FBI anti-encryption charm offensive

03/14/2016, 06:03 pm

It has been frustrating to watch as the horrific San Bernardino terrorist killing spree has been used as a cover by the FBI to achieve the anti-encryption goals they've been working towards for years. Much of that frustration stems from the fact that the American media has so poorly reported the facts in this case.

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