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Friday, February 27, 2015

Shuttle drivers at Apple, other Silicon Valley tech companies vote for Teamsters representation

Shuttle drivers at Apple, other Silicon Valley tech companies vote for Teamsters representation

In the ongoing Silicon Valley shuttle bus saga, contracted drivers serving five local tech firms, including Apple, voted on Friday to seek representation by the Teamsters union.

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Apple's Tim Cook takes hardline stance against consumer data sharing, government snooping and terrorism

Apple's Tim Cook takes hardline stance against consumer data sharing, government snooping and terrorism

In an interview published on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook reaffirmed his commitment to customer data privacy, saying most consumers likely do not know how dire the situation is, but will be "very offended" when they find out.

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Rumor: iOS 8.2 release is imminent from Apple, iOS 8.3 to follow closely behind

Rumor: iOS 8.2 release is imminent from Apple, iOS 8.3 to follow closely behind

iOS 8.2 could be released to the public as soon as next week, while the release of iOS 8.3 may not be far behind, setting the stage for the launch of the Apple Watch in April, according to a new report.

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Tim Cook says Apple Watch will replace electronic car keys, confirms Apple Store revamp

Tim Cook says Apple Watch will replace electronic car keys, confirms Apple Store revamp

Apple is already attempting to eliminate the need for consumers to carry a wallet and may soon extend its assault to the second pat of the venerable three-pat technique, as Apple chief executive Tim Cook said this week that the company designed its forthcoming Apple Watch to replace electronic car keys and fobs.

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Apple's March 9 'Spring Forward' event steals thunder from rivals at Mobile World Congress

Apple's March 9 'Spring Forward' event steals thunder from rivals at Mobile World Congress

Whether intentionally timed or just a matter of coincidence, Apple's just-announced March 9 event is likely to overshadow the Mobile World Congress mega-conference in Barcelona, which will take place the preceding week.

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Vogue Paris calls the Apple Watch 'a small revolution' in new two-page spread

Vogue Paris calls the Apple Watch 'a small revolution' in new two-page spread

Apple's marketing blitzkrieg for the upcoming Apple Watch has made it to the pages of Vogue Paris, with the latest edition of fashion's holy scripture blessing the new device with a two-page spread that calls the Watch "a small revolution" ready to impress.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's March 9 event, net neutrality, Pebble Time & more

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's March 9 event, net neutrality, Pebble Time & more

The latest AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including Apple's invitations to a March 9 media event, the FCC voting to enforce net neutrality, Pebble funding its new smartwatch using Kickstarter (again), Google buying Softcard, and more.

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Ericsson unloads legal barrage against Apple in ongoing patent licensing dispute

Ericsson unloads legal barrage against Apple in ongoing patent licensing dispute

Mobile systems heavyweight Ericsson plans to escalate its patent licensing case against Apple with a salvo of federal lawsuits and U.S. International Trade Commission complaints, requesting both damages and injunctions against the Cupertino company's devices.

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Former Apple exec Ron Johnson appointed to board of fashion e-tailer Nasty Gal, leads investment

Former Apple exec Ron Johnson appointed to board of fashion e-tailer Nasty Gal, leads investment

Former Apple executive Ron Johnson, who cultivated the highly successful Apple Store retail initiative, is leading a $16 million investment round for online retailer Nasty Gal, marking his return to the fashion industry.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Apple looking for hardware and software engineers to build virtual reality displays

Apple looking for hardware and software engineers to build virtual reality displays

A handful of recent Apple corporate job postings suggest the company is experimenting with virtual and augmented reality hardware and software, an area of intense interest some believe will be the next tech battleground.

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Apple takes top spot in online order fulfillment in Q4 with average ship time of 2.5 days

Apple takes top spot in online order fulfillment in Q4 with average ship time of 2.5 days

In its first ever quarterly study, customer service analytics firm StellaService ranked Apple as the fastest and most most efficient online retailer in terms of shipments for the fourth quarter of 2014, taking an average of 2.5 days to send out orders.

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Apple's iWork for iCloud goes platform agnostic, open to everyone

Apple's iWork for iCloud goes platform agnostic, open to everyone

Apple on Thursday removed the beta tag from its Apple ID creation tool, granting anyone, on any platform access to access to the iWork for iCloud Web-based productivity suite.

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Fresh off $533M victory, Smartflash files another patent suit against Apple

Fresh off $533M victory, Smartflash files another patent suit against Apple

Just one day after Smartflash won a $533 million jury decision against Apple, the intellectual property holder filed yet another patent case against the company seeking even more damages for alleged infringement.

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Firehouse Subs rolls out support for Apple Pay to over 800 locations nationwide

Firehouse Subs rolls out support for Apple Pay to over 800 locations nationwide

Apple has added another food-and-beverage arrow to its Apple Pay quiver, as hot sandwich chain Firehouse Subs on Thursday announced that each of its more than 860 locations across the U.S. would begin accepting contactless payments through Apple Pay.

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Apple's March 9 'Spring Forward' event will be streamed live from its website, Apple TV

Apple's March 9 'Spring Forward' event will be streamed live from its website, Apple TV

As it has done for past events, Apple's upcoming March 9 event, where it is expected to give final details on the upcoming Apple Watch, will be available as a live video stream from the company's website as well as the Apple TV set-top box.

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FCC votes to enforce net neutrality by regulating ISPs, unleashes municipal broadband

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to regulate Internet service providers as "common carriers" under the Communications Act, preventing those companies from creating so-called "Internet fast lanes," and at the same time effectively neutered laws that impeded the expansion of city-owned broadband networks.

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Apple announces 'spring forward' event for March 9, likely to talk about Apple Watch & more

Apple announces 'spring forward' event for March 9, likely to talk about Apple Watch & more

Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, inviting them to a keynote presentation on Monday, March 9, where it's expected the company will give more details on the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, and potentially unveil anticipated new products.

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German investment firm Berenberg predicts doom for Apple, sets price target of $60

German investment firm Berenberg predicts doom for Apple, sets price target of $60

Berenberg Bank believes Apple's financial model is too reliant on the iPhone, and has predicted that the company's shares will plummet more than 50 percent to $60 — a price target so extreme that it seems more of a statement than an actual, plausible forecast.

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Apple partner Imagination unveils PowerVR 'super-GPU' with 512 ALU cores for game consoles

Apple partner Imagination unveils PowerVR 'super-GPU' with 512 ALU cores for game consoles

Imagination Technologies, the company who designs the graphics processors used in Apple's A-series chips, unveiled the PowerVR GT7900 on Thursday, a so-called "super-GPU" that will power affordable game consoles, and could be a candidate for a future Apple TV refresh.

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Apple's Tim Cook pledges more growth in Israel during meeting with Israeli president

Apple's Tim Cook pledges more growth in Israel during meeting with Israeli president

A meeting this week between Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin reportedly included assurances from Cook that the company intends to continue growing its operations in the region, a large part of which are focused on chip design.

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Apple's iPhone commands record high 89% of smartphone profits while Android plummets to record low

Apple's iPhone commands record high 89% of smartphone profits while Android plummets to record low

Last quarter, Apple's iPhone took a record 89 percent share of smartphone operating profits, directly causing another record for the holiday shopping season: an all-time low for devices running Google's Android.

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Apple's iOS bolsters lead in enterprise for Q4 at the expense of Android

Apple's iOS bolsters lead in enterprise for Q4 at the expense of Android

Apple gained ground in enterprise device activations over the fourth quarter of 2014, especially in strictly regulated industries, while Android share slipped over the same period, according to the latest data from Good Technology.

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Killer Deals: Apple's 64GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G LTE for $399; $400 off MacBook Pro; $319 off iMac 5K

Killer Deals: Apple's 64GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G LTE  for $399; $400 off MacBook Pro; $319 off iMac 5K

Today only, until supplies run out, readers can grab Apple's 64GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) in Space Grey for $399 shipped, while a sister offer slashes the company's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro by $400 — both of which are the lowest prices we've ever seen for these models.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

China removes Apple, other US tech companies from approved government purchase lists

China removes Apple, other US tech companies from approved government purchase lists

China has blacklisted Apple and a number of other big name U.S. technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, leaving local companies to fill the resulting void, according to a report published on Wednesday.

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Tim Cook to deliver commencement address at George Washington University, receive honorary doctorate

Tim Cook to deliver commencement address at George Washington University, receive honorary doctorate

It was announced on Wednesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University's commencement address at the school's graduation ceremony in May, where he will also receive an honorary doctorate of public service.

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Google in talks with wearables maker Jawbone over potential investment, report says

Google in talks with wearables maker Jawbone over potential investment, report says

Google is reportedly in preliminary talks to buy a stake in Jawbone, perhaps best known for its popular UP line of fitness trackers, as the Internet search giant moves further into the wearable device industry.

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Apple's iPad loses ground to generic tablets in 2014, report says

Apple's iPad loses ground to generic tablets in 2014, report says

A new report from Strategy Analytics published on Wednesday suggests so-called "Brand X" tablets collectively outperformed Apple's iPad and offerings from Samsung in 2014, marking the first time generic device makers beat out the two established brands on a year-end basis.

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Google Play Music now stores 50K songs free, Apple's iTunes Match still at 25K songs for $25/year

Google Play Music now stores 50K songs free, Apple's iTunes Match still at 25K songs for $25/year

Google Play Music on Wednesday was updated to store up to 50,000 songs in the cloud for free, more than doubling its previous limit of 20,000 songs, and also blowing past the 25,000-song cap of Apple's subscription iTunes Match service.

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Apple spotlights 'Focus' starring Will Smith, edited entirely in Final Cut Pro X

Apple spotlights 'Focus' starring Will Smith, edited entirely in Final Cut Pro X

Opening in theaters this Friday, "Focus" starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie was edited entirely using Final Cut Pro X—a fact that Apple has highlighted on the software's official website.

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