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Apple reaches accord with Saudi Arabian retailer to expand Middle East distribution

07/04/2014, 09:07 am

Consumers in Saudi Arabia will soon have a more direct link to Apple, as the iPhone maker has agreed to a deal with major book and electronics retailer Jarir Bookstore that will see the chain carry Apple's full product lineup and service customers.

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GM and Philips nearly bought Pixar, but deal's collapse allowed Steve Jobs to invest

07/03/2014, 10:07 am

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull reveals in a new book that the now-legendary animation company was nearly sold to General Motors and Philips for its technology, but the deal fell through just before it could be signed.

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Apple invention changes iPhone user authentication settings based on location

07/03/2014, 05:07 am

A patent application published on Thursday reveals an Apple solution that dynamically changes a mobile device's user interface, security levels and other behaviors based on its location, whether it be at the office or in a user's home.

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Microsoft rumored to debut platform-agnostic 'smart wristband' in Q4 with focus on fitness

07/02/2014, 08:07 pm

According to a rumor, Microsoft's expected foray into the burgeoning wearables market will be an activity-minded wristband-style device that works with all major mobile platforms including Windows Phone, Google's Android and Apple's iOS.

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Apple 'overhauling' the backend for its Maps service, hints at 'big plans' to come

07/01/2014, 11:07 am

The tools that provide access to Apple's Maps service are being rewritten in a major way, with the company now recruiting software engineers to help with a major rewrite of the Maps application programming interface, AppleInsider has discovered.

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Apple's 'Back to School' promotion goes live with $100 gift cards for Mac purchases, $50 for iPhone and iPad

07/01/2014, 09:07 am

Apple on Tuesday revealed its "Back to School" sales promotion for summer 2014, offering $100 Apple Store Gift Cards for new Mac purchases and $50 Apple Store Gift Cards for iPhones and iPads.

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Apple debuts new banners in retail stores, showcases iPhone and iPad through photography

07/01/2014, 03:07 am

Apple Store employees around the world have been installing new light box wall graphics showing a completely different style than the usual product close-ups overlaid atop stark white backgrounds.

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Apple reportedly putting together team of speech recognition experts for neural network-powered Siri

07/01/2014, 02:07 am

A report on Monday claims Apple is putting together a team of A-list speech recognition researchers, including high-ranking employees from Nuance, to create an in-house Siri engine based on neural networking.

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Los Angeles school district to shift away from Apple's iPad to Windows, Chromebook

07/01/2014, 02:07 am

A report over the weekend confirmed the Los Angeles Unified School District is planning to switch up a $1 billion technology in education project, allowing certain high schools in its jurisdiction to choose from six different Windows and Chromebook laptops instead of Apple's iPad.

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Apple's in-house ad makers fall short of TBWA\Media Arts Lab, report says

06/30/2014, 09:06 pm

According to data from research firm Ace Metrix, Apple's recent string of in-house advertisements don't stack up to those created by longtime go-to agency TBWA\\Media Arts Lab, which dreamed up iconic campaigns like the "Think Different" series.

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Apple rolls out two-step verification for iCloud.com Web apps

06/30/2014, 05:06 pm

Apple on Monday appears to have rolled out a new implementation of its two-factor Apple ID authentication system with iCloud.com, requiring users who have the additional layer of security enabled to enter a special code before accessing the Web apps.

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Apple to reportedly kick off 'Back to School' promo on Tuesday with iTunes gift cards

06/30/2014, 04:06 pm

According to a report on Monday, Apple will be launching its annual summertime "Back to School" sale campaign tomorrow, with this year's promotion again bringing iTunes gift cards to students buying Macs, iPads and iPhones.

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Apple's Tim Cook, Eddy Cue invited to Allen & Co.'s 2014 Sun Valley conference

06/30/2014, 03:06 pm

Investment bank Allen & Co. has once again extended an invitation for Apple CEO Tim Cook and services honcho Eddy Cue to attend the bank's annual conference in Sun Valley, Idaho alongside a number of other technology and business luminaries.

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Sharp LCD plant revelation casts doubt on Apple's use of IGZO displays

06/30/2014, 02:06 pm

Despite numerous reports that Apple is employing next-generation IGZO display panels in its iPad lineup, a weekend revelation that the iPhone maker has monopolized the output of a Sharp facility not known to produce IGZO components throws those assertions into question.

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Apple updating its Maps with user corrections every day at 3 am Eastern

06/30/2014, 11:06 am

Apple is now routinely updating its mapping database on a daily basis with user corrections submitted through the native Maps applications for iOS and OS X, it has been discovered.

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Apple job postings confirm six new Chinese retail outlets

06/30/2014, 10:06 am

The first phase of Apple's ambitious retail expansion in China appears to be nearing completion, with the company now advertising for available in-store positions in a number of mainland Chinese cities that do not currently boast a first-party outlet.

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Apple's 'Parenthood' ad features iOS-connected smart home hardware, parenting apps

06/29/2014, 09:06 pm

Apple on Sunday aired a new iPhone commercial focusing on the handset's ability to help parents teach, interact and connect with their children through various apps, some of which include connected smart home solutions.

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Apple, Inc. employees pass out free iTunes song cards at San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade

06/29/2014, 06:06 pm

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook joined Lisa Jackson, the company's new head of environmental issues, in leading a large group of Apple employes in San Francisco's annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride parade today, handing out certificates good for a free iTunes song to onlookers.

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For Apple fans dreaming of sapphire iPhones, Liquidmetal could be a cautionary tale

06/28/2014, 08:06 am

Apple certainly likes to keep its competition -- and fans --guessing about its next moves, and one of the company's best head-fakes in recent years was an exclusive arrangement for a unique metal alloy dubbed Liquidmetal. News of that deal sparked fantasies of mythical Liquidmetal products built by Apple -- wishful thinking that may now be repeating once again with the company's latest investment in sapphire.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook 'outed' as gay by CNBC co-anchor

06/28/2014, 12:06 am

In a live TV segment of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Friday, co-anchor Simon Hobbs caused a kerfuffle when he inadvertently "outed" Apple CEO Tim Cook as being openly gay.

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