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Friday, August 22, 2014

Apple initiates iPhone 5 battery replacement program

Apple on Friday announced a free replacement program for iPhone 5 batteries after discovering certain units sold during a five-month period after the product's launch in 2012 contain faulty components.

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Secret app to restrict photo uploads, block posts with real names in update

Anonymous social networking app Secret on Friday announced a number of changes to be introduced in its next update, including photo upload limitations and more aggressive restrictions on using real names in posts.

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Coin 'connected credit card' for Apple's iOS devices delays launch to 2015

The makers of Coin — a Bluetooth-enabled "connected card" designed to allow users to store magnetic stripe information for multiple credit and debit cards on a single device — on Friday announced that they would delay a full launch until next year, but would begin sending out 10,000 "beta" units to pre-order customers sooner.

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Samsung ad challenges Apple's iPhone 5s to take 'ice bucket challenge'

In a short commercial posted Friday, South Korean electronics giant Samsung subjected its water-resistant Galaxy S5 smartphone to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which the handset's S-Voice personal digital assistant called "freezing" before nominating Apple's iPhone 5s and other competitors to do the same.

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While 91% of Apple users run iOS 7, five different versions of Android hold 10%+ share

The latest mobile operating system statistics show that Google's Android is more fragmented than ever, with three different versions of the platform representing two-thirds of all devices, while Apple's latest version of iOS runs on 91 percent of iPhones and iPads.

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Purportedly leaked data from Foxconn again points to 'iPhone 6' with protruding camera lens

A set of photographs published on Friday purport to show both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants of Apple's next-generation iPhone depicted in an engineering prototype overview, with both models sporting a protruding camera lens and all-metal rear casing.

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Display production for Apple's 'iPhone 6' needs last-minute redesign, Reuters says

Apple has encountered a serious issue with building displays for its next-generation iPhone just as it's gearing up to launch next month, forcing suppliers to redesign a key component, according to a new report.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Apple reportedly complies with Brazilian judge, removes 'Secret' from local App Store

Complying with an order from a Brazilian judge, Apple on Thursday appears to have removed anonymous social networking app Secret from its App Store, though it is unknown if the company took the prescribed step of wiping the app from users' phones.

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First Look: SETA stand for iPad with NanoSuction pads

After finding Kickstarter success with an iPhone stand last year, 1.0 Innovations is looking to fund two super-sized models with more NanoSuction stick for iPads and phablets.

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Tim Cook visits veterans and doctors at Palo Alto VA hospital, staff using iPads

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday tweeted out a photo and brief message highlighting a recent visit to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., saying he was happy to meet with doctors who now use iPads to treat patients.

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Apple updates iMovie for Mac, iWork suite for OS X and iOS with minor bug fixes [u]

In what appears to be a routine maintenance update, Apple on Thursday rolled out minor iWork app point releases for both Mac and iOS, bringing stability improvements and bug fixes to the company's multi-platform productivity suite.

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FeatureGazelle paying up to $350 cash for old iPhones if you act now; doesn't need them 'til Oct 10

If you're looking to mitigate the cost of upgrading to Apple's 'iPhone 6' by getting the most cash possible for your current iPhone, buyback service Gazelle has just launched its most aggressive price-lock promotion yet: up to $350 for your old iPhone if you lock in a price quote today (and you don't need to send it in until Oct. 10 — long after the iPhone 6 is expected on the market).

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Apple spoke with UnitedHealth, Humana regarding HealthKit tie-up - report

As part of a campaign designed to drive adoption of its forthcoming HealthKit biomedical tracking platform, Apple has reportedly held broad-stroke discussions with major U.S. insurers UnitedHealth and Humana about potential partnerships.

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FeatureReport claims iMessage spam on the rise, but little evidence appears in support

Despite accounts of purportedly wide-ranging unsolicited marketing campaigns plaguing iMessage users in recent months, spam on Apple's over-the-top messaging service appears to be the exception, rather than the rule.

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Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2, new iTunes 12 beta for testing

Apple on Thursday provided members of its public beta program the second test build of OS X Yosemite, while a new build of iTunes 12 for Yosemite is also available.

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Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs detailed in new patent application

While a reversible "Type-A" USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.

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Disney expands 'Star Wars' iOS franchise with 'Commander' real-time strategy game

After soft-launching in the Australian iOS App Store nearly two months ago, Disney Interactive's "Star Wars: Commander" saw wide release on Thursday, bringing real-time strategy "Rebellion vs. Empire" gameplay to Apple's mobile devices.

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Intuit releases redesigned Quicken 2015 for Mac, first new version in 7 years

Financial software firm Intuit on Thursday released Quicken 2015 for Mac, the first new version of the company's flagship personal finance and accounting suite to make its way to Apple's desktop platform in over seven years.

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Another purported 'iPhone 6' document suggests Apple may offer 128GB model

Apple's next iPhone could be the company's highest-capacity handset yet, with new documents suggesting the company could offer a whopping 128 gigabytes of capacity in its so-called "iPhone 6."

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Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell, GPS reception

A pair of Apple patent applications discovered on Thursday describe a system that automatically determines when and where a user parks their car, and later directs them back to the vehicle without requiring a data connection or GPS signal.

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Purported 'iPad Air 2' flex cables revealed in new photos

In what could be the first images of internal components destined for Apple's iPad Air refresh, fresh photos out of the Far East reportedly show a batch of flex cables including easily recognizable antennas for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

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Walmart discounts 16GB iPhone 5c to 97 cents, 16GB iPhone 5s to $79 for 90 days

Walmart on Wednesday announced an aggressive 90-day iPhone sale that shaves $20 off Apple's 16GB iPhone 5s and about $28 off the 16GB iPhone 5c, bringing the latter model's up-front cost down to less than a dollar.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Judge denies Apple bid to recover attorneys' fees from Samsung, releases $2.6M bond related to Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban

U.S. district Judge Lucy Koh handed down two orders on Wednesday dealing with the first Apple v. Samsung California court trial, one denying Apple's motion to recover $16 million in attorney fees from Samsung and another releasing a $2.6 million bond posted to block sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Apple releases Safari 7.1 and 6.2, OS X Server 3.2 betas to developers

Apple on Wednesday seeded the latest Safari 7.1 and 6.2 beta 3 builds and OS X Server 3.2 to developers, asking testers to focus on AutoFill, Smart Search and extensions, among other new features.

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First photos of purported 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' rear shell compare part to 4.7-inch model

A batch of photos out of Asia on Wednesday supposedly reveal a rear shell bound for Apple's "iPhone 6" and show a direct comparison between another alleged handset part.

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Best Buy slashes $75 off all iPad Air with Wi-Fi, 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular models in one-day sale

Ahead of an expected refresh of Apple's iPad lineup, Best Buy on Wednesday announced a special one-day-only sale that takes $75 off all iPad Air with Wi-Fi models and the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular, bringing the cost of entry down to $425.

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Rumor: Apple to bump 'iPad Air 2' RAM to 2GB, keep second-gen Retina iPad mini at 1GB

Buyers of Apple's next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will have more RAM to play with, according to a Wednesday report from the Republic of China, as the company is said to be preparing to offer the forthcoming revision of its popular tablet with two gigabytes of onboard RAM.

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Uber adds API access, affiliate program for apps on Apple's iPhone

Car-calling service Uber on Wednesday unveiled new API and affiliate programs that allow developers to integrate Uber services — including destination finding, pickup times, fare estimates, and trip history — into their own apps and earn Uber credits.

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NFL Now channel arrives on Apple TV with highlights & original series

Nearly two weeks after first appearing in app form on the iPhone and iPad, the National Football League's new NFL Now digital content network has made its way to Apple's set-top streamer with news, highlights, and archival footage.

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