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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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Rumor: Cook, top Apple execs to discuss $4B iPad deal with Turkish president

12/23/2013, 10:12 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook and select executives will reportedly visit Turkey in February to discuss a potential iPad in education deal worth over $4 billion, while saving time to stop by the country's first brick-and-mortar Apple Store.

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Apple patent consortium Rockstar reportedly in talks for partial asset selloff

12/23/2013, 06:12 pm

The Apple-backed Rockstar Consortium, a group of high-power tech giants that purchased $4.5 billion worth of Nortel patents in 2011, is reportedly in discussions to unload a portion of the properties as it can't find licensees for the IP.

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Apple acquired digital mapping firm BroadMap, note-taking startup Catch earlier this year

12/23/2013, 03:12 pm

Two of Apple's five remaining mystery acquisitions were revealed on Monday as the acquisitions of geospatial intelligence startup BroadMap and cloud-based information organizer Catch came to light.

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Thieves smash car through front door of Berlin Apple store in twilight heist

12/23/2013, 12:12 pm

Thieves crashed a compact car through the front door of Apple's Kurfürstendamm store in Berlin and made off with several display devices during an early Monday morning smash-and-grab.

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Target serves up iPhone and iPad deals for last-minute holiday shoppers

12/20/2013, 10:12 pm

Target on Friday announced a special iOS device promotion scheduled to run from Dec. 22 through Dec. 24, with the deals starting one day after a currently active sale offering customers discounts on Apple's iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and first-gen iPad mini.

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BlackBerry loses $4.4 billion in Q3, sells just 4.3 million devices

12/20/2013, 10:12 am

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry on Friday reported third-quarter losses of more than $4 billion as weak hardware demand continues to bedevil the company's turnaround bid.

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Review: Libratone Loop AirPlay speaker

12/20/2013, 08:12 am

Danish audio firm Libratone adds to its collection of high-end speakers with the Loop, a round and relatively slim unit that produces some of the best treble fidelity we've heard from a product its size.

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Apple hints at future Maps app in 'layered map' patent filing

12/19/2013, 07:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application that takes the company's existing mapping apps and extends them to new levels of interactivity with data-rich layered viewing modes.

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Apple investigating quantum dot-enhanced displays for greater color accuracy

12/19/2013, 05:12 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday reveals the company is actively researching advanced quantum dot-enhanced displays, a next-generation technology that has the potential to reproduce highly accurate and vivid colors.

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Apple updates homepage to feature new holiday ad

12/18/2013, 08:12 pm

Apple on Wednesday changed its homepage to better reflect the quickly approaching Christmas holiday by adding embedded versions of the company's "Happy Holidays" TV commercial and video-within-a-video "Harris Family Holiday" home movie.

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Pebble to launch new smart watch 'appstore' alongside second-gen SDK

12/18/2013, 02:12 pm

Smart watch maker Pebble on Wednesday announced that developers will soon be able to list their applications in a first-party app store that will live inside the wrist-worn device's companion smartphone apps.

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