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Nest restarts Protect smoke alarm sales after safety recall, cuts price and offending feature

06/17/2014, 02:06 am

Google-owned smart home device maker Nest on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of its Protect carbon monoxide and smoke alarm after product sales were halted and units recalled when a convenience feature was determined to pose a safety risk.

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Apple settles e-book price fixing class action suit, dodges possible $840M in claims

06/16/2014, 11:06 pm

In a court filing on Monday, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in a class action suit seeking damages from Apple's e-book price fixing scheme informed federal Judge Denise Cote that the company has agreed to settle.

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Apple's Ive hints new materials to be used in upcoming products, suggests new form factors and devices

06/16/2014, 05:06 pm

In an interview with the New York Times, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive said Apple has been working to incorporate all new materials in future products, suggesting both new form factors and the possible introduction of long-awaited LiquidMetal and sapphire parts.

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Apple partner Nuance exploring sale, reportedly in talks with Samsung

06/16/2014, 03:06 pm

Nuance Communications, the voice recognition company whose technology helps to power Apple's Siri personal assistant, is said to be exploring a sale of the company, with Apple rival Samsung allegedly a potential suitor.

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Apple sides with Microsoft in opposition to 'global search warrant' ruling

06/16/2014, 09:06 am

Apple has thrown its hat into the ring with fellow technology and telecommunications giants Microsoft, Cisco, Verizon, and AT&T to oppose a federal court ruling that could force American companies to hand data about foreign customers over to the U.S. government in violation of international laws and treaties.

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New York Times seeks to profile Tim Cook after getting shut out by Apple

06/15/2014, 04:06 pm

A new profile of Apple's chief executive, titled "Tim Cook, Making Apple his own" actually says little about Cook and virtually nothing noteworthy about how he is leading Apple. Instead, the New York Times simply recounts more predictions of doom for the company in a piece filled with fictions and fallacy.

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Apple and Samsung agree to drop cross-appeal of ITC embargo ruling

06/15/2014, 05:06 am

In a pair of filings with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit earlier this week, both Apple and Samsung dropped their respective appeals of an ITC order to block sales of certain Samsung products, agreeing further pursuit on the issue would be unfruitful.

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Apple will soon encrypt iCloud emails in transit between service providers

06/13/2014, 05:06 pm

Apple on Friday said it is working to implement an in-transit encryption solution for its email domains, offering additional protection for iCloud customers sending and receiving messages from people using other providers like Gmail.

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Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, other execs on hand for Omotesando Apple Store opening [u]

06/12/2014, 09:06 pm

Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts made her first official public appearance as an Apple exec at the grand opening of the company's newest retail outlet in Japan on Friday, posing for pictures with Apple fans and customers who made it down for the event.

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New China Apple Store may be second to feature iconic cylindrical glass entryway

06/12/2014, 07:06 pm

As part of Apple's efforts to triple its retail presence in China over the next two years, the company will open a store in Chongqing that appears to feature an architectural flourish familiar to Chinese customers: a giant glass cylinder.

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As EU launches probe into Apple's taxes, Intel slapped with record $1.4B anti-competition fine

06/12/2014, 09:06 am

Apple partner Intel attempted to appeal a $1.44 billion fine from the European Union for unfair business practices, but the chipmaker lost that bid on Thursday when a court determined that the record fine would stand.

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Apple's smarter Smart Cover would keep users up to date with illuminated alerts

06/12/2014, 05:06 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced iPad Smart Cover containing illumination and communication elements that light up to alert users to incoming messages, low battery warnings and other notifications.

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Amazon launches free 'Prime Music' streaming service for Prime members

06/12/2014, 03:06 am

Amazon on Thursday threw its hat into the streaming music service game with Prime Music, a "free" value-added service that touts access to more than one million songs for paying Amazon Prime members.

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Samsung endorser LeBron James made a reported $30M from Apple's Beats buy

06/12/2014, 12:06 am

According to a report on Wednesday, Basketball superstar LeBron James saw a $30 million windfall on his small stake in Beats Electronics after Apple acquired the headphone maker for $3 billion in May.

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Apple video offers peek inside new Japanese retail store ahead of grand opening

06/11/2014, 11:06 pm

Apple on Wednesday published to its official YouTube channel a video highlighting the design of its latest Apple Store located in Omotesando, Tokyo as final preparations are made for a grand opening on Friday.

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Apple denies dodging EU taxes, receiving special treatment from Irish authorities

06/11/2014, 03:06 pm

As a European Union investigation into the tax arrangements of a number of multinational companies -- including Apple, Starbucks, and Fiat -- gets underway, Apple has issued a statement in which the iPhone maker categorically denied any wrongdoing.

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GoPro to give customers, fans access to IPO stock at Wall Street price

06/11/2014, 01:06 pm

Personal camera manufacturer GoPro, which sells durable action accessories that connect to Apple's iPhone, is taking the relatively unusual step of making an allowance for stock to be sold to individual investors during its initial public offering, allowing customers and fans to purchase shares before trading begins.

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Apple HomeKit partner Honeywell takes on Google's Nest with Lyric smart thermostat

06/11/2014, 09:06 am

Honeywell, a name familiar to hundreds of millions of consumers around the world thanks to its iconic round thermostats, is gearing up to put its own spin on the "internet of things" with a new, Internet-connected thermostat called Lyric.

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European Union announces tax evasion investigations of Apple, Fiat & Starbucks

06/11/2014, 07:06 am

The executive body of the European Union formally announced on Wednesday that it is investigating Apple, Fiat and Starbucks for potential tax evasion by the trio of corporations in the continent it polices.

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Smart home startup Light Sentry uses sensors to automate lighting year-round

06/10/2014, 10:06 pm

A new startup aims to wean automated home lighting users off manual scheduling by deploying light sensors and switch devices in and around a user's home for dynamic control based on localized, accurate measurements.

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