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Apple reportedly acquires developer behind burst photo app SnappyCam

01/04/2014, 03:01 pm

Apple has reportedly acquired app developer SnappyLabs, the one-man company that created SnappyCam, a popular app that allowed users to take full-resolution pictures at 20 to 30 frames per second.

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Corning ready to produce '3D-shaped' Gorilla Glass, hints at future wearables

01/03/2014, 05:01 pm

Glass manufacturing giant Corning on Friday announced production readiness for a new 3D-forming method that can be applied to the company's widely-used Gorilla Glass, suggesting the firm is prepping an entry into the curved display market.

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BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo iPhone keyboard, alleges patent infringement [u]

01/03/2014, 02:01 pm

Troubled device maker BlackBerry on Friday filed suit against Typo, makers of a new snap-on iPhone keyboard case, alleging that the Ryan Seacrest-backed startup "blatantly copied" BlackBerry's own keyboard.

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What to expect at CES 2014: Wearables, tablets, 4K video

01/03/2014, 10:01 am

For those in the tech industry, the new year's eve countdown does not really end with fireworks and frivolity -- its conclusion is marked instead by the opening bell of the Consumer Electronics Show, held each January in Las Vegas.

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Google to push royalty-free VP9 4K video codec as H.265 alternative for YouTube

01/03/2014, 09:01 am

While VP8, Google's initial attempt at a royalty-free video codec, failed to gain much traction, the search giant is now focusing its efforts on ultra-high-resolution 4K video with its new VP9 codec, with a large-scale unveiling with YouTube multiple hardware partners set to take place next week, according to a new report.

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Apple's iBeacon tech to be highlighted in CES scavenger hunt

01/02/2014, 06:01 pm

The Consumer Electronics Association on Thursday announced it will be holding a special iBeacon-based scavenger hunt during the 2014 International CES expo, introducing attendees and exhibitors to Apple's new location-aware technology.

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Paint-by-rumors: Expectations for Apple in 2014

01/02/2014, 06:01 pm

Despite refreshes or redesigns for almost every product under Apple's umbrella in 2013, even more excitement is expected from Cupertino in 2014 with rumors pointing toward potential forays into television sets and wearable devices alongside larger displays for iPhones and iPads.

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Apple gives away MacBook Airs, iPads, iPods in Japan 'Lucky Bags'

01/02/2014, 02:01 am

For its annual New Year's Fukubukuro "lucky bag" promotion in Japan, Apple gave away products valued much higher than the package's $340 cost, with 2014's special gifts including 11-inch MacBook Airs, iPads and iPods.

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Antitrust monitor rebuts Apple accusations of 'unconstitutional' investigation

12/30/2013, 10:12 pm

Court-appointed antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich filed a declaration on Monday saying Apple has been very uncooperative compared to his past monitorships, rebuking the company's actions thus far and denying claims of "a broad and amorphous inquisition."

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NSA worked on iPhone spyware to remotely monitor users, leaked documents show

12/30/2013, 07:12 pm

New documents revealed on Monday show the U.S. National Security Agency has the capability of deploying software implants on Apple's iPhone that grants remote access to on-board assets like SMS messages, location data and microphone audio.

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NYT Magazine designer hired by Apple as advertising creative director

12/30/2013, 12:12 pm

New York Times Magazine design director Arem Duplessis is leaving the publication for a new position at Apple, where beginning in February he will be creative director at the company's internal marketing team.

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Apple, Samsung resume negotiations over patent royalties

12/30/2013, 11:12 am

Global electronics heavyweights Apple and Samsung are said to have renewed efforts to peacefully resolve their years-long legal battle over Samsung's infringement on Apple patents before the parties head back to court next year.

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NPD: Chromebook sales outperform MacBooks in commercial sector as iPad loses ground

12/29/2013, 08:12 pm

According to a recent NPD report, Apple hardware took a hit in commercial sales during 2013 while Google's platforms rallied; the largest gainer being Chromebook, which outsold MacBooks five to one.

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Editorial: 2013 was a terrible year for both Apple's competitors and its media critics

12/28/2013, 07:12 pm

Tech blogs and mainstream media reports in 2013 consistently presented Apple as beset by a series of unsolvable problems, from flagging sales and slipping market share to a generalized lack of innovation. In hindsight, the media was disastrously, egregiously wrong about the horses it chose to back in the technology market this year. Perhaps they'll do a better job in 2014.

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iTunes Connect returns to service after scheduled winter closure

12/28/2013, 12:12 am

Apple on Friday reactivated iTunes Connect after a scheduled holiday downtime, with the developer portal now open for app pricing, distribution and update management.

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Activations of Apple devices grew by 2.3 times on Christmas Day

12/27/2013, 01:12 pm

The rate of device activations for Apple more than doubled on Christmas Day this year, though the real winner was Amazon, whose low-margin Kindle devices saw a 24-fold surge in new devices for the single day.

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Apple renews bid for U.S. ban on Samsung products

12/27/2013, 02:12 am

Apple on Thursday filed a motion to renew its ongoing bid to stop sales of Samsung products found to be infringing on three key utility patents, including the contentious '915 property for pinch-to-zoom functionality.

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Apple Japan announces 'Lucky Bag' day for Jan. 2, kids workshops for Jan. 3 - 5

12/26/2013, 06:12 pm

As expected, Apple has officially announced its annual "lucky bags" for Japan in celebration of the New Year holiday, which will also bring a special one-day online sale and free iPad workshops for children.

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Briefly: Japanese Apple Stores likely to kick off 'lucky bag' sales on Jan. 2

12/24/2013, 07:12 pm

While no official announcement has been made, Apple is thought to be planning its annual "lucky bag" sale in Japan for Jan. 2, as the company will be opening stores early that day at 8 a.m. local time.

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Apple patents accurate touch and hover panel, embedded heart rate monitor

12/24/2013, 04:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted two iOS device-targeted patents, one for a "touch and hover" display panel that is made more accurate by compensating for signal drift, and another for heart rate monitor that can be seamlessly integrated into a handset.

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