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Topic: General

Beats by Dr. Dre gets its own section on Apple's online store

08/07/2014, 02:08 pm

Apple on Thursday updated its online storefront to give newly-official subsidiary Beats by Dr. Dre its own section under the store's "Accessories" category, days after shuttering Beats's own internet shop.

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Apple details 'Siri for Mac' desktop virtual assistant in new patent application

08/07/2014, 07:08 am

While Apple's Siri has been an iOS staple since 2011, the tech has yet to make the jump to OS X. An exhaustive new patent filing, however, details a very similar desktop version of the virtual assistant that can perform dictation, high-level system commands and even act as a "third hand" for Mac users.

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Moscone Center calendar of events suggests Apple's WWDC 2015 coming June 8-12

08/06/2014, 10:08 pm

While Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference just wrapped up two months ago, the Moscone Center's upcoming events calendar suggests the company has already set a June 8 kickoff date for the 2015 meeting.

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Microsoft looking to open retail outlet near flagship 5th Ave. Apple Store

08/06/2014, 07:08 pm

Apple's iconic glass cube may soon get a neighbor in longtime rival Microsoft, which is supposedly in negotiations to open a retail space on New York's Fifth Ave., just a few blocks away from the city's flagship Apple Store.

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Apple says its App Store has resulted in a half-million new jobs in Europe alone

08/06/2014, 08:08 am

Apple on Wednesday began touting its success in Europe, claiming that it has created or supported 629,000 new jobs in the continent, with nearly 500,000 of those from the so-called "app economy."

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Apple and Samsung agree to settle all non-US litigation

08/05/2014, 10:08 pm

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, Apple and Samsung said they have dropped all ongoing patent litigation outside of the U.S., a move that could save both companies millions of dollars in legal fees from protracted court proceedings.

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New photos of Apple Campus 2 show concrete foundation work, rebar installations

08/05/2014, 04:08 pm

Three new aerial photos of Apple's Campus 2 construction site show rapid progress being made on the main circular building's foundation, including rebar work for below grade retaining walls and the addition of interior "tunnels."

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Pebble unveils new limited-edition iOS-compatible pink, green & blue smartwatches

08/05/2014, 02:08 pm

With competition in the smartwatch space heating up, arguable market leader Pebble on Tuesday took the covers off of a new fashion-focused push that will see a limited run of Fly Blue, Fresh Green, and Hot Pink versions of its original plastic-framed device made available to the public.

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App Store revenue, number of customers both reached new records for Apple in July

08/05/2014, 01:08 pm

Apple on Tuesday revealed that the month of July was the best ever for its digital software downloads, as the App Store generated more revenue and had more customers make purchases than ever before.

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Apple's Steve Jobs had vision of building an open Wi-Fi utopia

08/05/2014, 11:08 am

Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is said to have been unhappy with the high cost and slow speed of mobile data networks, and hoped to solve the problem by convincing consumers and businesses to share their high-speed Internet connections via free and open "guest" Wi-Fi networks.

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Apple continues European retail expansion with new Istanbul, Den Haag outlets

08/05/2014, 10:08 am

Consumers in at least two European nations are set to gain more brick-and-mortar options for purchasing Apple products and receiving service, as the iPhone maker is readying a second store in Istanbul to open next month while a new shop in The Hague will host its own debut on Saturday.

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Samsung's chipmaking business posts weak outlook as rumors of Apple shift persist

08/05/2014, 09:08 am

To date, Samsung has been the sole supplier of custom A-series processors for Apple's popular iPhone and iPad, but industry watchers again expect that to change after the South Korean company signaled that its microprocessor business has a bleak outlook.

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Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced nears completion of Arizona plant, volume production imminent

08/04/2014, 05:08 pm

GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said its Arizona sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, built in partnership with Apple, is nearly complete and will transition from initial manufacturing to volume production in the near future.

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Apple brings in former Burberry, Nike social media director for new retail role

08/04/2014, 02:08 pm

Apple appears to be changing its famously low-key approach to social media following the hiring of Musa Tariq -- a social media whiz who previously worked under Apple Stores chief Angela Ahrendts at Burberry -- as the retail division's new digital marketing director.

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HP partners with Gilt, Michael Bastian to build iOS-compatible high-fashion smartwatch

08/01/2014, 11:08 pm

Amidst a quickly growing smartwatch market, Hewlett-Packard is throwing its hat into the ring with a fashion-forward iOS and Android-compatible device made in partnership with Gilt and designer Michael Bastian.

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Apple and Beats introduce 'Pills' characters to Siri in first official ad

08/01/2014, 10:08 pm

Apple subsidiary Beats on Friday uploaded a short 30-second spot to its Twitter account featuring two of its animated "Pill" creatures and the Siri virtual assistant, marking the first collaborative ad effort since Apple bought the audio company in May.

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Apple refutes Beats layoff rumors, says every employee offered a job

08/01/2014, 09:08 pm

Countering an earlier rumor that Apple would cull some 200 employees from Beats' roster, a report on Friday cites an Apple spokesperson and inside sources as saying the company is instead doing the opposite by extending job offers to keep everyone on board.

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Microsoft sues Samsung over unpaid Android patent royalties

08/01/2014, 05:08 pm

Microsoft on Friday filed a lawsuit with a New York district court claiming Samsung is in breach of an Android patent cross-licensing contract after failing to turn over an undisclosed amount in royalty payments.

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Apple wins preliminary approval for $450M e-books settlement

08/01/2014, 04:08 pm

In an apparent change of heart, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Friday granted preliminary approval for Apple's $450 million settlement going to a class of consumers over e-book price fixing in the iBookstore.

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Brains behind subscription Beats Music to also oversee Apple's iTunes Radio

08/01/2014, 03:08 pm

Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers will assume control of Apple's iTunes Radio service, according to a new report, uniting both of Apple's streaming music services under a single executive as the company gears up for a renewed assault on incumbent industry leaders Spotify and Pandora.

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