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Topic: General

Apple touts progress in sourcing conflict-free minerals

05/29/2014, 05:05 pm

In a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Apple details its conflict free minerals program that looks to push human rights on smelters and refiners by removing unaudited firms from its massive supply chain.

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Apple's massive $3B bet on Beats a sure thing compared to all-in gamble on NeXT in 1996

05/29/2014, 02:05 pm

Apple's recently-confirmed $3 billion purchase of headphone maker and streaming music provider Beats may be the largest cash outlay in its history, but it's far from the Cupertino company's biggest bet on an acquisition.

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Future EarPods may use sensors to detect users' ears, control noise cancellation and music playback

05/29/2014, 06:05 am

In the shadow of Apple's recent acquisition of Beats Electronics, known for its aftermarket headphone hardware, a pair of Apple patent filings published on Thursday show an earbud design that can detect user's presence based on data from onboard sensors.

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Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine go in-depth on Apple's Beats acquisition and future plans

05/29/2014, 12:05 am

Speaking at the Code Conference on Wednesday, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue and Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine offered a peek behind the curtain of Apple's $3 billion deal covering everything from subscription music services to future hardware.

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Apple rumored to debut cheaper iMac and 8GB iPhone 5s at WWDC [update: nope]

05/28/2014, 08:05 pm

With Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference coming up next week, pundits are speculating on hardware the company may introduce in its first major media gathering of the year. One well-informed analyst believes the stars of the show will be a cheaper iMac and maybe an 8GB iPhone 5s.

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Beats parts ways with design firm after Apple acquisition

05/28/2014, 08:05 pm

Ammunition, the design studio responsible for Beats Electronics' iconic hardware styling, announced on Wednesday that it will transition away from the company in the coming months as new owner Apple takes over.

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Apple's Cook says Beats buy provides head start in subscription-based music streaming

05/28/2014, 06:05 pm

In an interview explaining Apple's purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, CEO Tim Cook looks toward expanding the iTunes business model and building future products co-designed by the two companies.

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Apple's Eddy Cue to join Beats' Jimmy Iovine on stage at Code Conference panel

05/28/2014, 05:05 pm

After Apple announced its purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music on Wednesday, iTunes chief Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine have been scheduled to talk at Re/code's Code Conference later today.

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Apple buys Beats Electronics for $3 billion, Iovine and Dr. Dre to join company

05/28/2014, 04:05 pm

Following weeks of speculation and rumors, Apple on Wednesday officially announced it acquisition of Beats Electronics for a reported $3 billion, with co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre expected to join the Cupertino, Calif. company in as-yet-undisclosed executive roles.

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Samsung announces open health care platform with modular hardware, cloud-based software

05/28/2014, 03:05 pm

Less than a week before Apple is expected to take the stage at WWDC and unveil a health-focused addition to iOS, rival Samsung on Wednesday announced a healthcare initiative of its own with a $50 million innovation fund and new hardware and software platforms.

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Amazon breaks silence on Hachette dispute, says it is negotiating 'on behalf of customers'

05/28/2014, 09:05 am

After blocking preorders and delaying shipments for titles in the midst of ongoing negotiations with publisher Hachette, Amazon has now spoken out on the dispute, attempting to portray its decisions as advantageous to customers, while also admitting that the issues are not likely to be solved soon.

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Apple to reportedly announce Beats deal this week at lower $3 billion price

05/27/2014, 09:05 pm

Adding to the never-ending stream of scuttlebutt surrounding Apple's hyped buyout of Beats Electronics, a report on Tuesday claims the terms of the supposed acquisition have dropped to $3 billion and will be announced this week.

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Microsoft teases real-time Skype voice translations, to launch on Windows first

05/27/2014, 09:05 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced the world to a new real-time translation feature for popular Skype voice over IP software, which the company says will debut in beta form on Windows later this year with support for other platforms to follow.

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Apple begins decorating San Francisco's Moscone Center ahead of next week's WWDC

05/27/2014, 03:05 pm

Construction crews have started the process of preparing San Francisco's Moscone Center for the June 2 opening of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, with the first banners going up on Tuesday.

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Apple to live stream 'exciting announcements' from June 2 WWDC 2014 keynote

05/27/2014, 01:05 pm

When Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off next Monday, June 2, users from around the world will be able to see what the company announces thanks to a live streaming video of the keynote presentation.

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Apple granted patent for embedding sapphire displays in LiquidMetal iPhone chassis

05/27/2014, 04:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent describing a process in which an iPhone's display glass -- including sapphire -- is integrally joined with a bezel made out of amorphous metal alloy, namely LiquidMetal.

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Google reportedly looking into Dropcam acquisition as foray into home surveillance

05/26/2014, 09:05 pm

A report on Monday claims Google is mulling an entrance into the home security business with a buyout of Dropcam, a purchase that would expand the Internet search giant's in-home product placement beyond thermostats and smoke detectors.

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Apple seeks Samsung product ban, retrial in second California lawsuit

05/24/2014, 04:05 am

In two separate court filings on Friday, Apple lodged a motion for a permanent U.S. injunction on Samsung products found in infringement of certain utility patents by a jury earlier in May, while requesting a retrial of the same case.

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Apple's Beats acquisition reportedly delayed over Dre and Iovine roles, valuation, more

05/23/2014, 07:05 pm

In what has become a daily routine, a Friday report offers further information on Apple's rumored deal to buy Beats Electronics, this time saying the agreement has been delayed yet again as the two companies hammer out final details.

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Former iPod product leader Andy Hodge hired by Dropcam

05/23/2014, 05:05 pm

Andy Hodge, who worked under Tony Fadell on Apple's original iPod team, has been hired to lead hardware and product strategy at smart video surveillance camera company Dropcam.

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