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Saturday, January 31, 2015

First look: Fitbit Charge HR fitness band with real-time heart rate sensor

First look: Fitbit Charge HR fitness band with real-time heart rate sensor

Fitbit's new Charge HR fitness band puts an emphasis on wearability with a slim and light form factor, but maintains a wealth of health tracking features including a real-time heart rate sensor and onboard display.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Google announces 40 new third-party integrations for Siri competitor Google Now

Google announces 40 new third-party integrations for Siri competitor Google Now

Search giant Google on Friday revealed that it will allow select Android apps to integrate with Google Now —the company's answer to Apple's Siri digital assistant — allowing users of services like AirBnB, Pandora, and Lyft to pull that data into Now.

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Apple's new Chongqing store shown off in photos ahead of Saturday opening

Apple's new Chongqing store shown off in photos ahead of Saturday opening

Local media have been given access to Apple's new retail outlet in Chongqing, Southwest China, a day before its official opening and photos of the new store depict an expansive underground space not unlike the company's flagship location on Fifth Avenue.

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FeatureAppleInsider's official podcast kicks off with analysis of the week's top Apple stories

AppleInsider's official podcast kicks off with analysis of the week's top Apple stories

AppleInsider's inaugural podcast is now available to download, offering readers a new way to receive detailed analysis and opinion on the week's biggest Apple-related news.

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Apple, Google & Amazon settle with Italian government over 'misleading' free apps with in-app purchases

Apple, Google & Amazon settle with Italian government over 'misleading' free apps with in-app purchases

Apple, along with Google and Amazon, will avoid fines from the Italian government after agreeing to revise policies regarding so-called "freemium" mobile games and applications.

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Shares of Apple reach new all-time high of $120 after record holiday quarter

Shares of Apple reach new all-time high of $120 after record holiday quarter

Apple's best-ever quarter has turned into serious gains for the company's stock price, which reached new all-time highs during intraday trading on Friday, briefly reaching the $120 threshold.

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Apple Pay's success has rivals scrambling to catch up, could make PayPal an acquisition target

Apple Pay's success has rivals scrambling to catch up, could make PayPal an acquisition target

The strong initial success of Apple Pay, combined with the news that eBay will spin off PayPal, has led to expectations that PayPal could be a major acquisition target for mobile companies vying for users' wallets.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

As Apple nears $200B in cash, U.S. Senators once again propose a repatriation tax break

As Apple nears $200B in cash, U.S. Senators once again propose a repatriation tax break

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul on Thursday announced the "Invest in Transportation Act of 2015," a proposal that would allow companies such as Apple to bring foreign cash reserves back to the U.S. at a significantly lower tax rate while using the proceeds to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

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FeatureApple Inc's thermonuclear assault on Samsung vaporizes Android's remaining profit pillar

Apple Inc's thermonuclear assault on Samsung vaporizes Android's remaining profit pillar

After years of failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.

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Apple adds Notification Center widget, enhances syncing performance in iTunes 12.1 update

Apple adds Notification Center widget, enhances syncing performance in iTunes 12.1 update

Apple on Thursday released iTunes 12.1, an update to its venerable media organization and synchronization app that brings a new OS X Notification Center control widget and fixes performance issues during syncing.

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Apple tops Louis Vuitton, Gucci as the gift of choice among China's wealthy

Apple tops Louis Vuitton, Gucci as the gift of choice among China's wealthy

Many wealthy Chinese consumers chose to forego designer handbags or expensive liquor when choosing gifts in 2014, a new report indicates, instead opting for Apple's iPhone, iPad, or Mac computers.

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FCC says broadband-class connections must offer at least 25Mbps download speeds

FCC says broadband-class connections must offer at least 25Mbps download speeds

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took a step toward improving Internet speeds in America, requiring providers to offer download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second to classify as "broadband."

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iTunes Connect bug logs developers into random Apple account, displays wrong apps

iTunes Connect bug logs developers into random Apple account, displays wrong apps

Many developers logging into Apple's iTunes Connect portal on Thursday found themselves presented with a a peculiar and potentially crucial error: The site is displaying the username, company, and apps of someone who is not them.

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Microsoft Outlook debuts as free download for iPhone, iPad

Microsoft Outlook debuts as free download for iPhone, iPad

Microsoft on Thursday released its long-awaited Outlook client for iOS, giving both iPhone and iPad owners the ability to access a unified view of email calendar, contacts, and attachments.

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Apple's stylus receiver concept would improve the precision of digital pen-based input

Apple's stylus receiver concept would improve the precision of digital pen-based input

As recent rumors have suggested Apple could offer a simple stylus to enhance a larger iPad model, a new patent application shows what kind of improved pen-based input technology the company has been working on behind the scenes.

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More Android-to-iPhone switchers coming from international markets - report

More Android-to-iPhone switchers coming from international markets - report

Apple revealed this week that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus attracted more Android users than ever before. But new data suggests that the rate of Android switchers in the U.S. was steady last quarter, implying that international users are the ones who made the jump to iPhone in record numbers.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Apple, Samsung now tied for the title of world's largest smartphone maker

Apple, Samsung now tied for the title of world's largest smartphone maker

The 74.5 million iPhones sold over the last three months of 2014 didn't just help Apple report the highest quarterly profit of any publicly-traded company in history, they also propelled the Cupertino giant into a first-place tie with Samsung as the largest smartphone maker in the world.

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FeatureSamsung's mobile profits plunge 64.2% after Apple's iPhone 6 devastates premium Galaxy sales

Samsung's mobile profits plunge 64.2% after Apple's iPhone 6 devastates premium Galaxy sales

Samsung Electronics reported overall Q4 operating profits of 5.29 trillion won ($4.9 billion)—a 36 percent year-over-year drop—but its Mobile division suffered a 64.2 percent drop in profits, falling from $5 billion in the year ago quarter to $1.8 billion in the December quarter.

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TracFone will pay $40 million to settle unlimited data beef with the FTC

TracFone will pay $40 million to settle unlimited data beef with the FTC

Consumers who have previously signed up for pre-paid wireless plans advertised with unlimited data from TracFone now have the right to claim a refund, as the company has agreed to a $40 million settlement over charges that it throttled or disconnected customers who used too much data.

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Qualcomm lowers revenue forecasts as Apple squeezes its best customers

Qualcomm lowers revenue forecasts as Apple squeezes its best customers

Chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday revised its revenue forecast downward for 2015, lopping nearly $1 billion off of its high-end estimate and seemingly blaming the change in part on Apple's annexation of market share with the iPhone 6.

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Apple's R&D spending shoots up 42% year-over-year, hit new $1.9B record in Q1

Apple's R&D spending shoots up 42% year-over-year, hit new $1.9B record in Q1

Apple does not appear to be resting on its laurels despite record sales of its iPhone and Mac, as the company spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40 percent over the year-ago figure.

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China to demand source code access, backdoors in some tech products

China to demand source code access, backdoors in some tech products

China's central government has introduced new procurement regulations that would force technology companies wishing to do business with the country's banks to submit source code for review and build government-accessible backdoors into their products, according to a Wednesday report.

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Sony to shutter iTunes & Beats Music competitor Music Unlimited, partner with Spotify

Sony to shutter iTunes & Beats Music competitor Music Unlimited, partner with Spotify

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sony has conceded defeat in the digital music market, announcing on Wednesday that it will close its cross-platform Music Unlimited service at the end of March and refer customers to another iTunes & Beats Music competitor, Spotify.

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Carl Icahn says Apple is still undervalued, plans to increase his $203 price target

Carl Icahn says Apple is still undervalued, plans to increase his $203 price target

Activist investor Carl Icahn believes shares of Apple should be valued much higher than their current trading price, and on Wednesday said he even plans to revise his own price target for the stock, which he called a "no-brainer" investment.

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FeatureWall Street shocked by Apple's staggering quarter, prompting analysts to raise estimates

Wall Street shocked by Apple's staggering quarter, prompting analysts to raise estimates

Apple's stunning first quarter of fiscal 2015 blew virtually every prediction out of the water, and left Wall Street analysts rushing to increase their price targets on Wednesday as the stock jumped higher.

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Google Play downloads are growing, but Apple's App Store commands 70% of revenue

Google Play downloads are growing, but Apple's App Store commands 70% of revenue

Downloads still aren't translating to dollars for Google and developers who create applications for its Play store for Android devices, as Apple's iOS App Store remains far and away the most profitable digital storefront, according to the latest data.

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FeatureBy the numbers: Apple's ludicrous fourth quarter

By the numbers: Apple's ludicrous fourth quarter

Apple reported the biggest quarter in its history this week —and one of the largest by any company ever — by nearly every metric imaginable. AppleInsider puts those mind-boggling numbers into perspective.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Apple Store employees to get updated attire, go 'back to blue' starting Feb. 2

Apple Store employees to get updated attire, go 'back to blue' starting Feb. 2

Starting Feb. 2, customers walking into an Apple Store may notice something a little different as employees are expected to wear newly designed crew neck or polo shirts in a familiar shade of blue, but with repositioned and resized white Apple logos.

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Universal Pictures announces cast of upcoming Steve Jobs movie, start to principal filming

Universal Pictures announces cast of upcoming Steve Jobs movie, start to principal filming

In a prepared statement issued on Tuesday, Universal Studios announced the full cast list for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, currently titled "Steve Jobs," including actresses set to play Jobs' daughter Lisa at three different ages.

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