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Topic: General

Garmin takes another swipe at GoPro with revamped, iOS-connected Virb action cameras

04/13/2015, 03:04 pm

Electronics maker Garmin, best known for its handheld GPS units, continued to expand its product line this week with the launch of the Virb X and Virb XE, miniature action cameras designed to challenge market leader GoPro.

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Google at work on major battery improvements with help from former Apple expert

04/13/2015, 03:04 pm

A small Google team is at work on developing batteries to overcome some of the obstacles of modern devices, under the leadership of a former Apple expert, according to a recent report.

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Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow manufacturing ramp-up

04/13/2015, 10:04 am

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, one of Apple's closest partners, is under fire in Brazil as officials in the South American nation are displeased with the company's slow rate of progress on what was initially sold as a major investment to modernize the Brazilian manufacturing industry.

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USPTO invalidates podcasting patent, kneecaps 'patent troll'

04/10/2015, 08:04 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday handed down a final decision invalidating key claims of a so-called "podcasting patent" assigned to Personal Audio, LLC, which was in the midst of leveraging the IP against multiple podcasters.

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AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch reviews, 12" MacBook, Photos for Mac, DJI Phantom 3 & more

04/10/2015, 08:04 am

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. We discuss the Apple Watch reviews and comb through the initial impressions. Reviews of the new 12" MacBook are also discussed, OS X 10.10.3, Photos for Mac, DJI's new Phantom 3 drone, and more.

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Apple's Mac bucks negative PC market trend, gains 9% in US

04/09/2015, 08:04 pm

According to the latest estimates from Gartner, Apple's Mac made gains in the PC market over the first quarter of 2015, bucking a wider negative trend that saw overall shipments drop 5.2 percent worldwide.

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Apple reverses decision to ban felons from Campus 2 construction [u]

04/09/2015, 05:04 pm

Apple on Thursday said it has reversed course on a policy that previously barred laborers from working on the Campus 2 construction site in Cupertino if they had been convicted of a felony within the last seven years [updated with response from Apple].

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Apple to open three new stores in time for April 24 Apple Watch launch

04/09/2015, 04:04 pm

At least three new Apple Stores will open in time for the debut of Apple Watch on April 24, including officially-announced locations in Miami Beach, Fla. and Sao Paolo, Brazil.

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Apple reportedly purchased keyboard app maker Dryft last year

04/08/2015, 04:04 pm

Apple recently acquired Dryft, a software keyboard developer headed up by one of the cofounders of popular third-party app Swype, according to a report on Wednesday.

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Drone maker DJI announces Phantom 3 quadcopter with 4K video

04/08/2015, 12:04 pm

Chinese drone maker DJI on Wednesday announced an updated version of its popular Phantom quadcopter, packing a new camera system with upgraded controls and a sensor that can capture video at ultra-high resolution 4K.

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Apple preparing for 'major, major' datacenter expansion in Oregon - report

04/08/2015, 11:04 am

Apple is set to follow through on expansion plans for its $250 million datacenter in Prineville, Oregon, a Wednesday report suggests, after the Oregon legislature resolved a tax issue that could have tacked millions of dollars onto Apple's bills in the future.

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Australian government is latest to grill Apple, Google, others over tax loopholes

04/08/2015, 09:04 am

Following in the footsteps of the U.S. and the E.U., the Australian government has declared that American technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft are all under investigation for their use of multinational corporations to pay lower taxes.

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Sling TV to get HBO live and on-demand content days after HBO Now lands on Apple TV [u]

04/08/2015, 09:04 am

As promised at the start of April, Dish Network's Web-based television service Sling TV will add HBO to its list of partner providers later this week, offering linear and video-on-demand content to paying customers.

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Apple to open second store in Hangzhou, China on April 24

04/07/2015, 11:04 pm

Apple on Tuesday announced the upcoming opening of a second store in Hangzhou, China, scheduled to start serving customers on April 24, the same day Apple Watch is slated to launch.

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Apple's resistance to hiring felons for Campus 2 construction is unusual, but not unprecedented

04/07/2015, 03:04 pm

Apple has found itself in the midst of an unexpected controversy this week after it was revealed that the iPhone maker bars laborers with recent felony convictions from working on its new corporate campus, a practice that may be unusual among private companies, but is not without precedent.

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LaCie adds $950 1TB Thunderbolt SSD model to rugged external storage range

04/07/2015, 09:04 am

Consumers looking for Thunderbolt-compatible external storage that can keep up with a rough-and-tumble lifestyle now have a new high capacity option, as Seagate's LaCie subsidiary unveiled an updated version of its Rugged Thunderbolt range that ships with 1 terabyte of solid-state storage.

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Samsung expects Q1 profits to drop 30%, but declines are slowing

04/07/2015, 08:04 am

Samsung on Tuesday provided investors with a new forecast for its March quarter sales, indicating that earnings declined yet again, likely falling 30 percent from the same period a year ago.

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Apple tech applies machine learning to 3D mapping for accurate in-air gesture recognition

04/07/2015, 04:04 am

Apple continues to pursue in-air 3D gesture control technology, and on Monday was granted a patent for a machine vision system capable of recognizing human hand gestures with uncanny accuracy.

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Apple environment VP Lisa Jackson to speak at Rainbow PUSH Coalition summit

04/06/2015, 12:04 pm

The head of Apple's Environmental Initiatives division, Lisa Jackson, will be delivering one of the keynote speeches at May's PUSHTech2020 Summit, hosted by the non-profit Rainbow PUSH Coalition founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn seeks to change villainous public perception

04/06/2015, 10:04 am

Long thought of as a soulless megacorp that treats workers as disposable cogs in its constantly-grinding machinery, Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn -- one of Apple's closest partners -- granted a rare look inside its Shenzhen factory gates as it attempts to alter that perception.

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