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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FeatureApple's new Watch, Apple Pay and iPhone 6 met with nervous mocking by competitors

Apple's new Watch, Apple Pay and iPhone 6 met with nervous mocking by competitors
Every new product Apple unveiled last week has ignited vocal, public derision from a series of threatened competitors, including Samsung, luxury watch maker LVMH and PayPal. However, their attempts to direct attention away from Apple may likely backfire, just like earlier attempts to demonize Siri, Maps, iCloud and Touch ID.

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Apple activates two-step authentication for iCloud Web portal

Apple activates two-step authentication for iCloud Web portal
In a bid to secure its online consumer services, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer.

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Apple details content migration from Android to iOS in new support document

Apple details content migration from Android to iOS in new support document
With Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seeing wide release later this week, the company on Tuesday published a reference guide aimed at helping Android device owners migrate content to the new handsets.

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Appellate court rejects $368 million VirnetX patent victory over Apple

Appellate court rejects $368 million VirnetX patent victory over Apple
Patent holding company VirnetX's infamous $368 million win over Apple —which most notably resulted in changes to FaceTime that riled consumers —has been thrown out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after review.

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Misfit announces Flash, an affordable $49 wearable fitness and sleep tracker

Misfit announces Flash, an affordable $49 wearable fitness and sleep tracker
Fitness tracking hardware and software firm Misfit on Tuesday announced Flash, a reworking of the company's Shine activity monitor designed for durability and a more attractive price of entry.

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Apple Pay sparks inter-bank battle to be consumers' default choice

Apple Pay sparks inter-bank battle to be consumers' default choice
Major U.S. banks are set to engage in an advertising dogfight —designed to sway consumers' choice of their default Apple Pay card —as they look to take advantage of the simple one-touch mobile payment flow found on Apple's next-generation iPhones to boost profits.

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Apple's patented physics-based iPad GUI translates file size into mass, supports intuitive gestures

Apple's patented physics-based iPad GUI translates file size into mass, supports intuitive gestures
In its quest to humanize computers and digital user interfaces, Apple has invented a physics-based GUI that assigns mass to files and folders based on their data size, allowing for novel, yet intuitive, user interactions.

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Apple to limit iPhone 6 NFC to Apple Pay, restrict developer access

Apple to limit iPhone 6 NFC to Apple Pay, restrict developer access
According to a report on Monday, Apple is restricting developer access to the NFC module found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, limiting the component to first-party Apple Pay services only.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Tim Cook talks consumer privacy, diversity and Apple philosophy in interview

Tim Cook talks consumer privacy, diversity and Apple philosophy in interview
In the second segment of a two-part interview with Charlie Rose, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses privacy issues, workplace diversity, Apple's driving philosophy and the company's tie-up with rock band U2.

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PayPal questions Apple Pay security in new ad, uses iCloud celebrity photo debacle as ammunition

PayPal questions Apple Pay security in new ad, uses iCloud celebrity photo debacle as ammunition
Ahead of Apple's Apple Pay release, mobile and online payments stalwart PayPal on Monday took out a full-page ad in The New York Times, warning consumers of Apple's security practices by alluding to the recent leak of photos stolen from celebrity iCloud accounts.

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With eye on Apple Pay, Apple joins secure chip technology non-profit GlobalPlatform

With eye on Apple Pay, Apple joins secure chip technology non-profit GlobalPlatform
Ahead of the iPhone 6 debut, Apple's first device to incorporate NFC and Apple Pay, the company has become a full paying member of GlobalPlatform, an association looking to standardize infrastructure relating to secure applications and smart chip technology.

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Apple releases new OS X Yosemite betas for developers, public beta participants

Apple releases new OS X Yosemite betas for developers, public beta participants
With the next version of Apple's flagship desktop operating system nearing release, new preview versions of OS X Yosemite were seeded to both registered Mac developers as well as participants of the public beta program.

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Blockbuster start for iPhone 6 suggests Apple on track to sell 60M phones in December quarter

Blockbuster start for iPhone 6 suggests Apple on track to sell 60M phones in December quarter
With 4 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units presold in their first 24 hours of availability, investors on Wall Street are increasingly optimistic about the success of Apple's next-generation handsets, with predictions for the upcoming holiday edging higher to 60 million sales in a single quarter.

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Apple creates dedicated portal for users to remove unwanted U2 album

Apple creates dedicated portal for users to remove unwanted U2 album
With hordes of iTunes customers loudly voicing their displeasure at having received 22-time Grammy-award-winning rock group U2's latest album for free in recent days, Apple responded to the cacophony on Monday with a new single-purpose web portal that will allow disgruntled users to remove the album from their iTunes accounts.

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Apple's A8 SoC likely carrying new 6-core PowerVR GPU, clocked at 1.4GHz with 1GB RAM

Apple's A8 SoC likely carrying new 6-core PowerVR GPU, clocked at 1.4GHz with 1GB RAM
Apple boasts of massive performance improvements in its latest A-series processor — up to 84x over the first-generation iPhone — and the company is thought to have achieved those gains by moving to a new 6-core GPU design alongside a slightly redesigned application processor, data suggests.

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Apple's HealthKit powering ambitious new medical trials at Stanford, Duke

Apple's HealthKit powering ambitious new medical trials at Stanford, Duke
Apple's new HealthKit tools in iOS 8 are the centerpiece of two separate medical trials about to kick off at prominent U.S. hospitals, aiming to help in treatment of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

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Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reach record 4 million preorders in first day

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reach record 4 million preorders in first day
Apple's 2014 smartphone lineup is already off to a record start, with 4 million preorders taken for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in their first 24 hours of availability, leading up to this Friday's launch.

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FeatureApple Watch, AirDrop, iBeacon & Continuity coax advanced features from Bluetooth & WiFi

Apple Watch, AirDrop, iBeacon & Continuity coax advanced features from Bluetooth & WiFi
Over the past few years, Apple has released a series of OS technologies that connect devices using Bluetooth, WiFi or a combination of the two wireless technologies. Here's how the new Apple Watch—as well as AirDrop, iBeacon and the new Continuity features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite—work to deliver simple, efficient and fast wireless connectivity, in marked contrast to Google's rival efforts for Android.

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Samsung calls Apple's iPhone 6 Plus a Galaxy Note imitation in new ad

Samsung calls Apple's iPhone 6 Plus a Galaxy Note imitation in new ad
In a new commercial released on Saturday, Samsung expectedly calls Apple a copycat for releasing a larger-screened iPhone, specifically the iPhone 6 Plus, saying the new handset comes three years after the Galaxy Note introduced the "phablet" form factor.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

FeatureiPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks.

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iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus preorder delivery dates slip as AT&T sees biggest-ever pre-sale launch

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus preorder delivery dates slip as AT&T sees biggest-ever pre-sale launch
Exactly one day after preorders for went live, demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus remains high, as evidenced by continued slips in shipping estimates and the announcement of a record-breaking preorder launch from AT&T.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus use H.265 codec for FaceTime over cellular

Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus use H.265 codec for FaceTime over cellular
While Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have drawn attention for their new form factors and flashy Retina HD displays, the handsets boast substantial under-the-hood advancements, including support for the highly efficient H.265 video codec.

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Gold 'Apple Watch Edition' could cost $1,200, industry insiders say

Gold 'Apple Watch Edition' could cost $1,200, industry insiders say
As Apple only announced an entry-level $349 price tier for its upcoming Apple Watch, speculation on cost continues to run rampant, with the latest report claiming high-end gold models could sell for $1,200 when they launch next year.

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Square reportedly declined $3B Apple acquisition offer [update: nope]

Square reportedly declined $3B Apple acquisition offer [update: nope]
Following news that payments company Square recently gathered another $100 million in funding, a report on Friday claims the firm declined an offer to join Apple reportedly worth some $3 billion.

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Apple to reportedly net 15 cents for every $100 Apple Pay transaction

Apple to reportedly net 15 cents for every $100 Apple Pay transaction
Details of Apple's upcoming Apple Pay mobile payments system are starting to emerge, with a report on Friday claiming the company will garner 15 cents on a $100 purchase, more than Google managed for its Google Wallet initiative.

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Cook says Apple working on products that 'haven't been rumored about yet' [u]

Cook says Apple working on products that 'haven't been rumored about yet' [u]
In an upcoming PBS interview with Charlie Rose, set to air Friday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the company's current product lineup, Beats, Apple TV, Steve Jobs' legacy and hints at new product categories that "no one knows about."

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U2 'Songs of Innocence' giveaway drives 2M downloads as back catalog sales soar

U2 'Songs of Innocence' giveaway drives 2M downloads as back catalog sales soar
More than 2 million copies of Irish rock band U2's new "Songs of Innocence" album have reportedly been downloaded through Apple's iTunes Music Store since the record's release earlier this week, enough to push it over the threshold for "double platinum" status, and have driven strong sales of U2's previous discography.

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'We're sorry:' Apple experiences numerous iPhone 6 preorder problems from crushing demand

'We're sorry:' Apple experiences numerous iPhone 6 preorder problems from crushing demand
Just like every previous iPhone launch, Friday's kickoff for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders was marred by a series of glitches, issues and errors that left a number of customers frustrated with Apple and its carrier partners' inability to keep up with overwhelming demand.

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AT&T to support Wi-Fi calling for Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus in 2015

AT&T to support Wi-Fi calling for Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus in 2015
While T-Mobile will be the only U.S. carrier to support Wi-Fi calling on Apple's new iPhone 6 series handsets at launch, it will not remain alone for long as market leader AT&T announced that it will roll out the technology on its own network next year.

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