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Apple supplier Foxconn forced to shut Vietnam factory due to protests

05/16/2014, 08:05 am

Apple's chief manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has been forced to shut down its operations in Vietnam for three days due to anti-China protests over oil drilling.

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Privacy group lauds Apple initiatives to protect user data from government requests

05/15/2014, 07:05 pm

In a privacy report covering major tech companies' policies toward government data requests, digital rights advocate Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) awarded Apple a perfect six-stars after rating the firm in the doldrums for the past three years.

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Atom-sized, bendable graphene touchscreen tech seen as potential key for future Apple devices

05/15/2014, 04:05 pm

Rigid glass touchscreens may give way to bendable, foldable portable displays in the future, thanks to utilizing graphene --an advanced technology that has generated interest from Apple, Samsung and others.

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Adobe ID failure takes Creative Cloud down for nearly 24 hours

05/15/2014, 01:05 pm

Subscribers have been unable to sign in to any Adobe services, including Creative Cloud -- which allows users to "rent" access to the company's suite of creative applications -- since Wednesday evening, leaving many who depend on the company's offerings in the lurch.

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New Apple tech helps prevent misdirected messages and emails

05/15/2014, 04:05 am

An Apple invention published on Thursday illustrates a simple yet effective way to remind a user of who is on the other end of a text message or group chat, a problem that is the bane of people who juggle multiple conversations at once.

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Apple's rumored Beats acquisition reportedly pushed back one week

05/15/2014, 12:05 am

A report late Wednesday claims finalization of Apple's rumored bid to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion may be pushed back, leaving industry watchers more time to speculate on what the supposed buy means for both companies.

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Teardown offers rare look inside hard-drive equipped 1990 Apple Mac Classic

05/14/2014, 01:05 pm

Known primarily for modifying and miniaturizing game consoles, hardware enthusiast Ben Heck recently turned his attention to a relatively rare hard drive-equipped Mac Classic, providing a glimpse at the internal workings of the first $1,000 Mac.

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Samsung issues apology to cancer-stricken semiconductor plant workers

05/14/2014, 11:05 am

South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Wednesday issued a formal apology to workers who fell ill from cancer after exposure to toxic chemicals at the company's semiconductor plants, saying that it should have acted more swiftly and would compensate the victims.

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Charity auction for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook sells for over $330K

05/13/2014, 03:05 pm

Bidding on a lunch with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook closed on Tuesday after the opportunity reached a price of more than $330,000, all of which will be donated to a good cause.

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Beats Music had 110K subscribers in March with impressive free-to-paid conversion

05/13/2014, 10:05 am

Just 0.17 percent of the 183 million tracks spun on Beats Music in March were attributed to non-paying customers, purportedly leaked data indicates, suggesting that the service is converting trial users to paid subscribers at an impressive clip.

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Cue health tracker brings molecular-level testing to iOS

05/13/2014, 08:05 am

With pedometers, smartwatches and other passive connected health-related products carving out a niche in the iOS device accessories market, tech startup Cue is looking to take the "quantified self" much further with an ambitious project that gathers, tracks and interpolates biological samples on the molecular level.

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Future iPhones may feature interactive sidewall displays with virtual buttons

05/13/2014, 06:05 am

As the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone draws near, new documents discovered on Tuesday reveal the company is already looking ahead to future versions of the handset that may sport functional wrap-around displays.

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Apple now using expedited shipping to cut down on refund wait times

05/13/2014, 12:05 am

According to a report on Monday, Apple has switched to an expedited shipping service for returns coming back to the Online Apple Store, speeding up processing time and allowing customers to receive refunds in less than a week.

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Plaintiff in Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit protests settlement, wants 'day in court'

05/12/2014, 06:05 pm

Nearly three weeks after Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe agreed to settle out of court a class action lawsuit over alleged anti-poaching agreements, the case's class representative is requesting the $324 million settlement be rejected as "unfair and unjust."

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Rumor: Beats' Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre could take the stage at Apple's WWDC

05/12/2014, 02:05 pm

When Apple kicks off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, it could use the keynote as an opportunity to formally introduce its two newest executives: Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre of Beats Electronics.

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Omsignal 'smart shirts' move activity tracking from the wrist to the chest

05/12/2014, 02:05 pm

Fitness buffs and "quantified self" aficionados now have a new, questionably fashionable way to monitor their bodies' status thanks to a new line of compression shirts that come with a network of embedded sensors.

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'Beats by Apple' viewed as a culturally compatible corporate marriage

05/12/2014, 02:05 pm

With time to digest Apple's anticipated $3.2 billion acquisition of headphone maker Beats Electronics, industry watchers are beginning to warm up to the idea, seeing a potentially smart strategic move that could broaden Apple's appeal to new markets.

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Parrot unveils new, smaller Bebop drone & Skycontroller joystick control dock for iPad

05/12/2014, 12:05 pm

French UAV maker Parrot on Monday unveiled two new additions to its consumer lineup, taking the wraps off of the Bebop drone -- featuring a 14 megapixel camera and 12 minutes of flight time -- alongside a physical controller accessory dubbed the Skycontroller.

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Apple wants Beats Music, but likely to keep Beats hardware alive after deal - report

05/12/2014, 09:05 am

Apple's alleged $3.2 billion bid for Beats Electronics was provoked by the latter's impressive Beats Music subscription service, a Monday report said, while the iPhone maker will also look to help "improve the quality of design" in future Beats headphones.

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Beats acquisition would give Iovine and Dr. Dre senior positions at Apple, report says

05/09/2014, 08:05 pm

Continuing with ongoing reports and speculation surrounding Apple's rumored buy of Beats Electronics, a report on Friday claims the music company's cofounders, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, would likely net senior positions in Cupertino if a deal does indeed happen.

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