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Topic: General

Google investing heavily in advanced robotics, buys renowned military contractor

12/16/2013, 11:12 am

Google's latest high-profile acquisition is raising eyebrows worldwide, as the search giant has bought a Boston-based robotics company that specializes in lifelike walking machines built for military projects -- creations that have proven extremely popular in online videos.

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Apple supplier Pegatron uses facial recognition to weed out underage workers

12/16/2013, 09:12 am

In the midst of a scandal surrounding the death of a 15-year-old employee at one of the company's Shanghai factories, Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron has revealed that it uses advanced facial recognition technology to ensure workers are who they say they are.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook expresses need to protect 'principles of basic human dignity' in Auburn speech

12/15/2013, 02:12 pm

Tim Cook this week was awarded the Auburn University Lifetime Achievement award, and the Apple Chief Executive used his acceptance speech to push the importance of equality and human rights.

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Sprint planning 2014 T-Mobile takeover bid worth over $20B, report says

12/13/2013, 04:12 pm

U.S. carrier Sprint is said to be looking into the purchase of rival provider T-Mobile USA, which, if successful, would leave the nation dominated by only three major telecoms.

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Tony Fadell denies buying Apple's Product (RED) Mac Pro, gold EarPods at auction

12/13/2013, 03:12 pm

Though he was pictured holding the items, former Apple executive Tony Fadell has revealed he did not purchase a Product (RED) Mac Pro or a set of gold EarPods at a charity auction.

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Apple partner ARM acquires graphics software firm Geomerics

12/13/2013, 11:12 am

In a bid to bolster the graphics capability of its low-power processors, ARM on Friday announced the acquisition of Geomerics, makers of realtime lighting effects technology used in PC and console gaming.

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Apple orders for A-series chips expected to contribute up to 10% of TSMC's 2014 revenue

12/13/2013, 09:12 am

As Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC gets set to ramp up production on its 20-nanometer process fab in January, some analysts believe the company is poised to take a large bite out of rival Samsung's supply contract for Apple's A-series processors.

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US carriers agree to standard set of rules for unlocking phones, tablets

12/12/2013, 03:12 pm

The "big four" U.S. wireless providers, all of which offer Apple's iPhone and iPad, have reached an agreement on six standard principles by which consumers' mobile phones and tablets will be unlocked for use on competing carriers and overseas.

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Apple's own medical experts say death at Pegatron not related to working conditions

12/12/2013, 08:12 am

Following the death of a 15-year-old Pegatron worker who falsified documents related to his age, Apple dispatched its own medical experts to the factory in question to conduct an investigation, and came to the conclusion that the boy's death was not related to working conditions.

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Apple looks to curb Web browser UI spoofing using real-time camera images

12/12/2013, 06:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent filing for an anti-spoofing method in which camera output, as well as data from other on-board sensors, are used to change a browser's GUI in real-time.

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Apple scores court win in South Korea as judge tosses Samsung patent suit

12/11/2013, 09:12 pm

A South Korean court on Thursday local Korea time dismissed a Samsung patent suit against Apple that sought monetary damages and a sales ban against the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

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Apple's 'Hour of Code' workshops take kids hands-on with coding

12/11/2013, 08:12 pm

Apple on Wednesday held its "Hour of Code" youth workshops as part of Code.org's worldwide campaign to introduce computer science to children and teenagers. AppleInsider was able to attend a session at a North Carolina Apple Store.

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'Father of the iPod' Tony Fadell revealed as buyer of Product (RED) Mac Pro, gold EarPods

12/11/2013, 02:12 pm

A series of tweets from noted photographer Kevin Abosch seems to have outed iPod inventor and former Apple executive Tony Fadell as the buyer of a one-of-a-kind Mac Pro and a set of solid gold Apple EarPods at last month's Product (RED) charity auction.

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Steve Ballmer boasts profitability, reveals personal living room push in Microsoft exit interview

12/11/2013, 10:12 am

With Steve Ballmer's days left at Microsoft dwindling down, the outgoing CEO has participated in a new interview reflecting on his legacy, in which he boasts how profitable he made the company's business, and takes credit for the company's buzz-generating, but not particularly profitable, Xbox division.

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Apple supplier Pegatron under fire after 'several' more employee deaths, including alleged child worker

12/11/2013, 09:12 am

The recent unexplained deaths of 'at least five' workers -- including a 15-year-old-boy -- employed at mainland Chinese factories owned by contract manufacturer Pegatron have once again shone a spotlight on labor practices at the OEM.

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Apple falls to 35th spot in annual 'Best Places to Work' employee survey

12/11/2013, 12:12 am

In job listing website Glassdoor.com's annual "Best Places to Work 2014" list, reviews from Apple employees put the Cupertino company at No. 35, down one spot from last year's finish.

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Apple to open larger San Francisco Stonestown store, new Duesseldorf location on Dec. 14

12/10/2013, 08:12 pm

On Dec. 14, a newly expanded San Francisco Apple Store in Stonestown will reopen to the public, while on the other side of the world, a new location will have its grand opening in Duesseldorf, Germany.

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Apple patents tech for making curved touch surfaces, displays

12/10/2013, 04:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent that describes a method for efficiently manufacturing curved touch surfaces, suggesting the company may be experimenting with curved iOS device displays.

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Ousted Apple exec Scott Forstall reportedly advising startups, focusing on philanthropy

12/09/2013, 06:12 pm

Not much has been heard of former iOS head Scott Forstall since he was fired from Apple in 2012, but a report published on Monday claims to shed some light on the ousted executive's activities over the past year.

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Apple Stores offering free 'Hour of Code' development classes this Wednesday

12/09/2013, 11:12 am

Apple this week will participate in a worldwide campaign from Code.org, offering children and teenagers a one-hour introduction to computer science class at its retail locations throughout the U.S.

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