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Apple-backed Rockstar Consortium to shed 4,000 patents, end lawsuits in $900M deal

12/23/2014, 11:12 am

Rockstar Consortium --the patent holding firm created by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony to purchase thousands of foundational telecom patents from now-defunct Nortel -- looks set to wind down operations after the partners agreed to sell much of Rockstar's patent portfolio to IP risk mitigation company RPX.

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Apple's Tim Cook named CEO of the year by CNN

12/23/2014, 09:12 am

For successfully navigating what it called "arguably the toughest CEO job in America," CNN on Tuesday named Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook its 2014 CEO of the year.

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Exclusive Apple Campus 2 December 2014 aerial tour shows progress on 'spaceship' building, theater, more

12/23/2014, 08:12 am

The latest video of Apple's Campus 2 mega-project shows major progress on both the "spaceship" ring and parking garage, with over a dozen massive cranes now at work on the site. A previous prototype segment has also been removed.

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Apple TV patent turns iPads and iPhones into remote displays, supports reverse AirPlay mirroring

12/23/2014, 05:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for displaying media streams on portable devices in synchronization with content being played back on a fixed system, suggesting the company is thinking of remote viewing capabilities for its Apple TV line of products.

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Russian Online Apple Store returns with major price hikes as ruble crumbles

12/22/2014, 07:12 pm

After suspending online sales in Russia last week due to an extremely volatile ruble, Apple on Monday reinstated the Online Apple Store with price increases of up to 35 percent for certain products like the iPhone.

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New Microsoft site targets users looking to switch from MacBook to Surface Pro

12/22/2014, 04:12 pm

While it was Apple who for years targeted Windows switchers to the Mac platform, the tables have turned as now Microsoft is now the underdog, focusing its efforts on trying to win over MacBook users with its Surface Pro hybrid computers.

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Apple supplier Pegatron plans changes after BBC report on worker mistreatment

12/22/2014, 02:12 pm

In response to a BBC investigation alleging mistreatment of workers at one of its factories, Apple partner Pegatron has vowed to look into the matter and implement any necessary improvements.

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Kate Winslet, others rumored to join cast of upcoming Steve Jobs movie

12/19/2014, 06:12 pm

The cast of Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs film is apparently filling out, as the latest scuttlebutt has Kate Winslet in talks to costar and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Stuhlbarg to take on a supporting role.

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Led by Whole Foods shoppers, Apple Pay accounted for 1% of digital payment dollars in November

12/19/2014, 05:12 pm

According to a new report from research firm ITG, Apple Pay's first full month of service accounted for one percent of all digital payment dollars, an impressive statistic that suggests Apple's payments solution is being used by general consumers, not just early adopters.

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Apple slams BBC report on suppliers, says provided facts were 'clearly missing' from broadcast

12/19/2014, 08:12 am

A corporate memo sent out by Apple executive Jeff Williams reveals that both he and Chief Executive Tim Cook are "deeply offended" by a report that aired on the BBC, alleging poor treatment of workers by an Apple supplier in the Far East.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook gives 'substantial' sum to gay rights initiative

12/18/2014, 06:12 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently decided to publicly announce he is "proud to be gay," has made a "substantial" donation to a cause promoting gay rights in the U.S. South, including his home state of Alabama.

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Undercover video shows alleged worker rights violations at Apple supplier

12/18/2014, 05:12 pm

Apple is once again in the crosshairs of a major media outlet over supposed worker rights abuse, this time with supplier Pegatron caught on undercover video questionable treatment of workers at an iPhone 6 factory.

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Canada court orders Apple divulge documents in iPhone anti-competition probe

12/18/2014, 03:12 am

The Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday said it will order Apple to release documents to the country's Competition Bureau as part of an ongoing investigation into possible anticompetitive practices regarding iPhone partner carrier contracts.

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Apple's World AIDS Day campaign raised over $20M for (RED) foundation

12/17/2014, 08:12 pm

In a note to employees sent out on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company donated more than $20 million to (PRODUCT) RED this quarter, in large part thanks to a World AIDS Day campaign featuring an Apps for (RED) promotion and a direct cut of Apple Store sales.

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Apple Pay job listing hints at upcoming international rollout in EMEIA

12/17/2014, 07:12 pm

According to an Apple corporate job listing discovered on Wednesday, the tech giant is seeking an intern to assist in Apple Pay's EMEIA rollout, suggesting an expansion of the mobile payments solution is coming soon.

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Judge rules videotaped Steve Jobs deposition to remain out of public eye

12/17/2014, 05:12 pm

After successfully defending a long-running antitrust case related to the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, Apple on Wednesday won a separate fight to keep videotaped deposition from late company cofounder Steve Jobs sealed.

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How to use iCloud Drive on the Web, iOS and OS X

12/17/2014, 08:12 am

Since its debut, iCloud has gone from a barebones syncing and backup service to a more full-featured, cross-platform cloud storage solution. Here's a rundown of how to use and get the most out of the modern iCloud Drive on iOS, OS X and the Web.

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TAG Heuer to take on Apple Watch with smartwatch initiative, plans acquisitions

12/16/2014, 05:12 pm

Swiss luxury watch maker TAG Heuer on Tuesday announced plans to bring a branded smartwatch to market with the help of unnamed tech companies, a move spurred on in part by Apple Watch.

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Work on Apple's new Union Square site begins as existing San Francisco store gets Winter Walk

12/16/2014, 04:12 pm

Apple's plans to build a new Union Square retail store in San Francisco are finally getting started with the demolition of an existing building. Meanwhile, just down the street the company's current store is getting a holiday "Winter Walk" plaza treatment.

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Apple suspends online sales in Russia amid currency turmoil

12/16/2014, 02:12 pm

"Extreme" swings in the value of the Russian Ruble have caused Apple to temporarily shutter its online store in the Eurasian nation, after a midnight interest rate hike sent the currency plunging nearly 20 percent.

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