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Monday, July 28, 2014

Apple's iBeacon continues to spread with new rollouts by Lord & Taylor, others

Businesses continue to embrace consumers wielding Apple's mobile devices, as department store chain Lord & Taylor and German restaurant group Mook have announced new iBeacon-based customer outreach plans, while hoteliers Hilton will allow guests to check in and unlock their rooms with their smartphones.

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Purported 5.5-in. iPhone logic board surfaces alongside 'iPhone 6' part in new photos

A logic board said to be destined for Apple's anticipated 5.5-inch iPhone was shown off in a new set of photos on Monday alongside a similar part reportedly headed for a 4.7-inch "iPhone 6."

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Apple expected to buy personalized talk radio app Swell for $30 million

Apple may bolster its streaming media services with the addition of technology and talent from Swell, a personalized news radio application currently available for iPhone, which it is said to have bought for $30 million.

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European Commission OKs Apple's $3B purchase of Beats

The legislative arm of the European Union ruled on Monday that Apple is allowed to acquire Beats, the premium headphone maker it plans to acquire for $3 billion, as the agreement would not be detrimental to consumers in the organization's eyes.

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New MacBook Pros with 16GB RAM standard & faster CPUs rumored to launch Tuesday

Apple's MacBook Pro lineup, in both the 13- and 15-inch varieties, is now rumored to receive an update on Tuesday, following a leak that suggested all 15-inch models will come standard with 16 gigabytes of RAM.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rumor: In-store signage outs speed-bumped MacBook Pros, 16GB of RAM to come standard

A photo out of China on Sunday supposedly shows iPad-based Apple Store signage detailing the anticipated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display refresh, with an updated processor lineup and standard 16GB of RAM across the board.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

EditorialApple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump

Apple reported "strong double digit growth" in its Mac sales in the U.S., directly contradicting the earlier estimates published by IDC and Gartner that stated Apple's U.S. Mac sales fell year-over-year in the June quarter and calling into question the legitimacy of market estimates that the tech media uncritically presents as factual.

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Alleged 'iPhone 6' logic board claimed to include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC chip

A series of new photos out of China claims to show the logic board for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6," with information accompanying the pictures alleging that the board includes support for ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as near-field communications for potential e-wallet functions.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

BreakingApple acquires startup BookLamp for between $10M to $15M in bid to bolster iBooks discovery

Apple on Friday confirmed reports that it recently acquired book analytics firm BookLamp — dubbed the "Pandora for Books" — in April to bolster its fight in the e-book sales market, bringing better discovery and analytics to its digital storefront.

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Public beta launch nearly doubles OS X 10.10 Yosemite adoption despite download issues

The share of Mac-based Web traffic generated by Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite doubled since the company released a beta version to the public on Thursday, though some users are seeing problems downloading the next-generation operating system.

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Cellular device unlocking bill passed by US House, President Obama says will sign into law

After passing through U.S. Senate last week, the House of Representatives on Friday cleared a bill regarding cellphone and tablet owners' rights to unlock their hardware for use on a different carrier's network.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Save up to $250 on Apple's latest Macs plus get a 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan for free (now with iMacs, Mac Pros & Mac minis)

As part of its ongoing effort to deliver the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Macs and iOS devices, AppleInsider's is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of each Mac during the month of July. When combined with instant discounts of up to $250 on the Macs themselves, plus added tax-savings benefits in 48 of 50 states, the average savings from this promotion range from $300 and $800 off MSRP.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

FeatureApple, Inc. bought back another $5 billion of $AAPL stock in Q3 as shares rose 20%

During its fiscal Q3 ending in June, Apple spent $5 billion to buy up its own stock off the market. Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, Apple has spent $28 billion to repurchase stock at average share prices between two-thirds and three-quarters of its current stock price.

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Amazon stock dips after anaemic third quarter, tepid reception for Fire Phone

On the same day that Amazon begins to ship its new, widely-panned Fire Phone to consumers, shares of the online retailing giant are trading down nearly 10 percent after the company posted a $126 million loss on nearly $20 billion in sales in its fiscal second quarter.

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Bose files lawsuit against Apple's Beats over noise canceling tech

Two of the biggest names in premium headphones —Bose and soon-to-be-Apple's Beats — are set to square off in court, with a new lawsuit filed on Friday by Bose alleging that Beats products infringe on its noise canceling patents.

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iOS-connected AirDog auto-following drone adds obstacle avoidance

As it nears the completion of a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, drone makers Helico Aerospace announced this week that their forthcoming AirDog drone — which automatically follows users as they do things like wakeboarding or skiing — will gain a new map-based obstacle avoidance system for safer flying.

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Apple spending on manufacturing & parts sees biggest increase since 2007 launch of first iPhone

The data in Apple's recently released 10-Q filing reveals the company has invested heavily in manufacturing and component purchases as it gears up for a series of highly anticipated major product launches this fall, including a next-generation iPhone and anticipated "iWatch."

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Rumor: Production for new iPad mini, iPad Air, & 5.5" 'iPhone 6' pushed to Sept.

A Friday morning rumor out of the Far East suggests that only one of Apple's next-generation handsets — the 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" — will be ready for launch at the company's anticipated September media event, as the larger 5.5-inch model will allegedly not even enter production until that month.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Judge voices concern over Apple's $450M e-book settlement, says may hurt consumers

U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Thursday said she is concerned about the terms of Apple's settlement with a class of consumers due hundreds of millions of dollars over e-book price fixing, claiming certain provisions could greatly reduce the damages payout.

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ComiXology launches DRM-free comic book downloads from select publishers

Popular iOS comic book app comiXology on Thursday sent out emails to existing customers, notifying them of a new DRM-free backup download service for content from certain publishers.

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Photos purportedly show 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' flex cables for volume & wake/sleep control

A new set of images out of the Far East published on Thursday supposedly show a trio of flex cables bound for the rumored 5.5-inch jumbo-sized version of Apple's "iPhone 6," as well as a set of unfinished micro-SIM card trays.

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FeatureIBM began mass adoption of iOS prior to its exclusive partnership with Apple, Inc.

When Apple and IBM announced plans to codevelop new iOS apps and jointly sell and support iPhones and iPad to enterprise customers, the news was greeted as if it were a new experiment. However, the deal is actually an extension of IBM's mobile strategy that has included massive deployments of iOS devices and native apps.

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Google updates Gmail for iOS with enhanced Google Drive integration

Heavy users of Google's web services suite will be pleased with the latest update to the company's Gmail app for iOS, which adds two new features that more tightly couple Gmail with Google Drive.

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Apple makes first OS X Yosemite public beta available on the Mac App Store

Members of Apple's OS X beta testing program can now use redemption codes to download the public beta of Yosemite, the next-generation Mac operating system set to debut this fall.

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Apple holds on to top spot in tablet sales despite iPad decline

The tablet market remains Apple's to lose, according to new data released Thursday, as the Cupertino company commanded almost 27 percent of tablet shipments in the second quarter of 2014 — nearly 10 percentage points more than rival Samsung, its closest competitor.

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Apple concept would automatically enable iOS 'Do Not Disturb' mode during exercise

Apple is interested in dynamically adjusting iOS notifications based on a user's physical activity, such as silencing an iPhone or perhaps even a mythical "iWatch" when the user is exercising, or bugging them to get moving after an extended period of inactivity.

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iOS apps Square & IFTTT launch automation tie-up for merchants

Small businesses using Square's popular iPhone- and iPad-connected credit card readers now have a new way to connect the payments system to their other business processes, as Square and IFTTT on Thursday unveiled a new Square channel for the web automation service.

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Swatch denies rumor it's working with Apple on 'iWatch'

Swiss watchmaker Swatch has moved to quickly extinguish rumors that claimed it is working with Apple on the company's hotly anticipated "iWatch."

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Apple to open 12th Chinese retail store in Wuxi's Center 66 mall next week

Apple announced through its website on Wednesday that it will be opening a new retail outlet in Wuxi, China at the Center 66 mall, the company's 12th brick-and-mortar store in the country.

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