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Microsoft says Surface Pro 3 more powerful, flexible than MacBook Air in latest ads

08/11/2014, 06:08 am

Continuing its campaign against Apple hardware, Microsoft on Monday unleashed three new ad shorts for its new Surface Pro 3 tablet with disparaging comparisons to the MacBook Air.

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Apple's highly secretive Apple University profiled in NYT feature

08/11/2014, 05:08 am

The brainchild of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, Apple University is widely discussed, but little is known about the internal program meant to foster company culture. A New York Times feature offers a rare peek inside the school's walls.

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Court rejects $325M wage-fixing settlement, says Apple, others should 'pay their fair share'

08/08/2014, 04:08 pm

A federal judge on Friday rejected a settlement proposal put forth by Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe that would have seen the Silicon Valley giants pay $324.5 million to end a long-running class action lawsuit alleging that they conspired to suppress salary inflation among workers.

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Apple to donate $1.6M for earthquake relief in China - report

08/08/2014, 01:08 pm

Apple is said to have committed some 10 million yuan -- $1.6 million -- to support relief efforts following an earthquake in China's Yunnan province earlier this week that left over 600 people dead, the second time in as many years that the iPhone maker has pledged significant financial aid in the wake of a natural disaster.

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Apple set to expand Reno datacenter with two additional data clusters

08/08/2014, 12:08 pm

The infrastructure that backs Apple's now-massive cloud services -- including iTunes and iCloud -- continues to grow, as the company has reportedly filed building permit applications that detail its plan to bring two new data clusters online at its Nevada facility.

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Authors to rebuke Amazon over Hachette dispute with full-page NYT ad

08/08/2014, 10:08 am

Nearly 1,000 authors affected by the onging e-book spat between Amazon and Hachette have signed their names to a letter -- set to run as a full-page advertisement in the Sunday New York Times later this week -- imploring the online retailer to settle the dispute and calling on readers to voice their displeasure directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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USPTO rejects claims of Apple patent asserted against Samsung in California trial

08/07/2014, 09:08 pm

The USPTO on Tuesday rejected multiple claims of Apple's '172 patent for autocompletion of text input, which the company successfully asserted in its second California court action against Samsung.

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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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