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Topic: General

Google unveils Android Wear software platform for smart watches and wearables

03/18/2014, 12:03 pm

Google on Tuesday took the wraps off of Android Wear, an initiative aimed at creating a variant of the company's Android mobile operating system that is specially adapted to meet the needs of wearable devices.

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Apple patents iPhone camera remote control with display, asynchronous notifications

03/18/2014, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a wireless accessory that can control an iPhone's camera functions, allowing users to preview, snap and review photos remotely.

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Former Apple marketing exec talks Steve Jobs, Apple as product 'launch machine'

03/17/2014, 07:03 pm

In an interview from September, former Apple marketing vice president Allison Johnson discusses working in an environment where the words "branding" and "marketing" were frowned upon, especially by company cofounder Steve Jobs.

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Apple now charging for some online chat support, rates cheaper than phone support

03/17/2014, 01:03 pm

Apple has begun rolling out changes to its online chat support service that will require some customers to pay a per-incident fee, though the new policies could result in lower costs for those who might otherwise dial the company's telephone support line.

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Apple's Ive describes struggle for perfection in interview, calls copycat designs 'theft'

03/17/2014, 12:03 am

In an interview published on Sunday, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive lifted a corner to Apple's veil of secrecy, offering a peek into his process of "making" and how an Apple product stands apart from other designs.

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Apple-acquired Burstly may be closing down SkyRocket app monetization service

03/13/2014, 10:03 pm

Less than one month after being purchased by Apple, Burstly has reportedly sent out notices to users of its SkyRocket monetization service saying the product's publishing and SDK license agreements will expire in 90 days.

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Google Drive slashes paid storage prices, turning up the heat on rival Dropbox

03/13/2014, 02:03 pm

Google on Thursday announced drastic price reductions for its paid Drive subscriptions, with 100 gigabytes of cloud storage now costing just $1.99 a month, and 1 terabyte of data available for $9.99 per month, significantly undercutting the prices of rival Dropbox.

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Google rumored to open first retail store near Apple's SoHo spot in Manhattan

03/13/2014, 11:03 am

Google is said to be close to signing a lease to open a retail store on Greene Street in New York City's SoHo neighborhood -- just steps away from Apple's heavily trafficked location on Prince Street.

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Amazon increases Prime membership fee to $99 per year

03/13/2014, 08:03 am

Amazon's Prime service, which offers free streaming video and book borrowing to Apple iOS device users, has seen its annual price increase from $79 per year to $99 per year, while student members will also see a price hike.

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Apple invention improves accuracy of wrist pedometers, points to future wearable device

03/13/2014, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering a smart wrist-mounted pedometer that can automatically determine its location on a user's body and compensate for missed steps using advanced processing algorithms.

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United Airlines to launch free inflight video streaming service for iOS devices, laptops

03/13/2014, 12:03 am

In April, United Airlines will begin rolling out a new inflight entertainment service that streams over 150 movies and almost 200 TV shows to passengers' iOS devices for free.

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Apple Web services suffer sporadic outages due to apparent DNS issues

03/12/2014, 08:03 pm

An apparent problem with DNS services, most noticeably Google DNS and Speakeasy, on Wednesday caused sporadic issues with various Apple-owned domains, including the company's official website and certain services like iTunes.

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Apple files cross-appeal of final judgment in case against Samsung

03/12/2014, 02:03 am

As expected, Apple on Tuesday filed a notice of cross-appeal pertaining to the final judgement in the first Apple vs. Samsung California patent trial.

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Apple, Samsung sued by ZiiLABS over alleged infringement of graphics patents

03/12/2014, 01:03 am

In a lawsuit filed against Apple and Samsung on Monday, ZiiLABS, a subsidiary of A/V solutions giant Creative Technology, claims the companies infringed on ten U.S. patents, many of which deal with graphics processing.

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Apple gets official green light to build San Francisco flagship store

03/11/2014, 08:03 pm

The San Francisco Planning Commission and the city's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to green-light amendments to Apple's revised plans for the company's upcoming San Francisco flagship retail location.

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Apple to open small stores in India, focus on entry-level iOS devices in battle for growing market

03/11/2014, 05:03 pm

According to a report published on Tuesday, Apple is looking to open a series of smaller "neighborhood shops" in India to push the iPhone in a region dominated by cheaper offerings from rival Samsung.

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Apple tech monitors device aging, adjusts operating parameters to ensure optimal performance

03/11/2014, 07:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent describing a method of monitoring the aging of a device's electronics, comparing the data with a global average and modifying operating parameters to maximize performance, battery efficiency and user experience over the product's advertised lifetime.

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Apple quietly improves loyalty pricing for businesses, educational institutions

03/10/2014, 10:03 pm

Apple recently made a change to its loyalty program for organizations that spend upwards of $5,000 per year on its products, offering better discounts on Macs, iPads, accessories and, for the first time, unlocked iPhones and Apple TVs.

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Samsung appeals final judgment in first Apple v. Samsung California trial, drops asserted SEPs from second

03/10/2014, 09:03 pm

As expected, Samsung appealed a California district court's final judgment of the original Apple vs. Samsung patent trial, and a day later dropped declared standard-essential patents from a second upcoming case slated to begin at the end of March.

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Rumor: Google pressured Asus to cancel Android/Windows dual-boot devices

03/07/2014, 10:03 am

Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Asus has reportedly shelved plans to release a new Transformer tablet that would allow consumers to run both Microsoft's Windows and Google's Android operating systems on the same device after Google voiced opposition to the move.

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