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Apple expanding AppleCare+ warranties internationally, now available in Mexico & Sweden

07/29/2014, 09:07 am

AppleCare+ warranty coverage for iPhone, iPad and iPod is now available to customers in both Mexico and Sweden, expanding international availability of the optional two-year program.

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Apple patents smart navigation routing with crowd-sourced stop light pattern recognition

07/29/2014, 07:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a smart travel route creation system that relies on real-time crowd-sourced stop sign and stop light-based traffic analysis to find the fastest path to a destination.

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Microsoft uses Apple's Siri to prop up Windows' new 'Cortana' virtual assistant

07/28/2014, 06:07 pm

In a new ad released on Monday, Microsoft highlights the apparent inadequacies of Apple's Siri virtual assistant, which is pitted unfavorably in a head-to-head feature test with "Cortana," its Windows 8.1 analog.

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Apple drops cross-appeal of final judgment in Samsung lawsuit, no longer seeks permanent injunction

07/28/2014, 05:07 pm

Apple on Monday filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to drop its cross-appeal of California Judge Lucy Koh's final judgment in its patent trial against Samsung, meaning the company will no longer seek a product ban in that case.

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Apple expected to buy personalized talk radio app Swell for $30 million

07/28/2014, 08:07 am

Apple may bolster its streaming media services with the addition of technology and talent from Swell, a personalized news radio application currently available for iPhone, which it is said to have bought for $30 million.

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European Commission OKs Apple's $3B purchase of Beats

07/28/2014, 08:07 am

The legislative arm of the European Union ruled on Monday that Apple is allowed to acquire Beats, the premium headphone maker it plans to acquire for $3 billion, as the agreement would not be detrimental to consumers in the organization's eyes.

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Apple acquires startup BookLamp for between $10M to $15M in bid to bolster iBooks discovery

07/25/2014, 09:07 pm

Apple on Friday confirmed reports that it recently acquired book analytics firm BookLamp -- dubbed the "Pandora for Books" -- in April to bolster its fight in the e-book sales market, bringing better discovery and analytics to its digital storefront.

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Amazon stock dips after anaemic third quarter, tepid reception for Fire Phone

07/25/2014, 03:07 pm

On the same day that Amazon begins to ship its new, widely-panned Fire Phone to consumers, shares of the online retailing giant are trading down nearly 10 percent after the company posted a $126 million loss on nearly $20 billion in sales in its fiscal second quarter.

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Bose files lawsuit against Apple's Beats over noise canceling tech

07/25/2014, 02:07 pm

Two of the biggest names in premium headphones --Bose and soon-to-be-Apple's Beats -- are set to square off in court, with a new lawsuit filed on Friday by Bose alleging that Beats products infringe on its noise canceling patents.

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Judge voices concern over Apple's $450M e-book settlement, says may hurt consumers

07/24/2014, 08:07 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Thursday said she is concerned about the terms of Apple's settlement with a class of consumers due hundreds of millions of dollars over e-book price fixing, claiming certain provisions could greatly reduce the damages payout.

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Apple concept would automatically enable iOS 'Do Not Disturb' mode during exercise

07/24/2014, 10:07 am

Apple is interested in dynamically adjusting iOS notifications based on a user's physical activity, such as silencing an iPhone or perhaps even a mythical "iWatch" when the user is exercising, or bugging them to get moving after an extended period of inactivity.

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Apple to open 12th Chinese retail store in Wuxi's Center 66 mall next week

07/24/2014, 02:07 am

Apple announced through its website on Wednesday that it will be opening a new retail outlet in Wuxi, China at the Center 66 mall, the company's 12th brick-and-mortar store in the country.

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Apple's e-wallet could debut as soon as this fall, possibly with 'iPhone 6'

07/23/2014, 05:07 pm

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is accelerating work on a mobile payments system, or digital wallet, that could be ready by this fall, allowing customers to pay for physical goods with their iPhone instead of a credit card or cash.

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Apple hit with class action lawsuit over alleged labor violations, more than 20K plaintiffs involved

07/22/2014, 07:07 pm

A lawsuit being leveled against Apple was granted class certification on Monday, alleging the company's treatment of Apple Store and corporate operations employees constitute multiple California Labor Code violations.

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Apple completed 29 acquisitions in past nine months, not including Beats

07/22/2014, 06:07 pm

It was revealed during Apple's quarterly conference call on Tuesday that the company has made 29 acquisitions since the fiscal year began nine months prior, though many of purchases remain undisclosed.

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NBA star Kobe Bryant discusses day with Apple's Jony Ive set up by simple cold call

07/22/2014, 12:07 pm

Future basketball hall-of-famer Kobe Bryant is planning for life beyond the court, and takes it upon himself to cold-call some of the smartest minds in business for advice. Among those he's spoken with is Apple's famed chief designer Jony Ive.

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Apple granted comprehensive 'iTime' smartwatch patent with in-strap circuitry, arm gesture support

07/22/2014, 03:07 am

In one of the clearest signs that Apple is -- and has been -- working on a smartwatch device, the Cupertino company was on Tuesday granted a patent for a wrist-worn wearable with augmented strap capabilities, support for arm and wrist gestures, advanced proximity-sensing circuitry and much more.

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New Apple ad shows off sticker-clad MacBook Airs, calls it 'the notebook people love'

07/21/2014, 10:07 pm

Apple on Monday published a short 30-second commercial featuring a number of MacBook Airs dressed up in stickers and decals, with each customized thin-and-light reflecting the personality of its owner.

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Apple to again wipe CloudKit database for iOS 8 and Yosemite betas [u]

07/21/2014, 05:07 pm

As Apple heads into the next stage of software testing for its upcoming mobile and desktop operating systems, the company announced a second wipe of the CloudKit database serving iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas will take place on July 22.

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Editorial: Google, Microsoft claiming Apple's crown, albeit from 1994

07/20/2014, 10:07 pm

Google and Microsoft have virtually achieved their goal of becoming Apple, albeit twenty years behind today's Apple. Which is sort of a beleaguered achievement.

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