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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apple says its 'ambitious' sapphire manufacturing process is 'not ready for production'

Apple says its 'ambitious' sapphire manufacturing process is 'not ready for production'
Following the news that GT Advanced Technologies will spend up to four years paying back Apple's $439 million prepayment, Apple has revealed that the two companies were working on a new method of manufacturing sapphire that never actually went into production.

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Mac users report Bluetooth lag & connection issues after updating to OS X Yosemite

Mac users report Bluetooth lag & connection issues after updating to OS X Yosemite
Bluetooth bugs seem to be a recurring problem with Apple's latest software updates, as users running OS X Yosemite say that the new Mac operating system has created connectivity problems with the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, Apple wireless keyboard, and third-party wireless accessories.

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GT Advanced to exit sapphire production business, Apple to recover $439M prepayment over 4 years

GT Advanced to exit sapphire production business, Apple to recover $439M prepayment over 4 years
Closing the book on its short-lived supplier agreement with Apple, GT Advanced Technologies announced on Thursday that its finalized settlement will see the company exit the sapphire production business, and spend the next four years paying back — interest free — the $439 million prepayment it received from Apple.

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TipsHow to change your default Apple Pay credit card, or remove cards remotely via iCloud

Apple Pay is simple to set up and start using, but those who dig a little deeper can customize and take control of the mobile payments system, such as choosing the default card that appears when a transaction is initiated, or remotely removing cards from a missing iPhone via iCloud.

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First look: Pixelmator for iPad takes powerful image editing on-the-go

First look: Pixelmator for iPad takes powerful image editing on-the-go
Popular Mac image editor Pixelmator went mobile on Thursday with an eponymous iPad release that combines two hallmark features users of the desktop version have come to love: a deep powerful toolset in an easy to use interface.

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AppleInsider 2.0 for iPhone and iPad now available as free downloads from Apple's App Store

AppleInsider 2.0 for iPhone and iPad now available as free downloads from Apple's App Store
AppleInsider today is pleased to announce the release of a major update to its universal iOS application on the App Store, delivering a fresh new look, unified subscription features across the iPhone and iPad, favorites, advance font preferences, offline reading, Instapaper support and more.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic, to start shooting soon

Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic, to start shooting soon
In a Bloomberg Television interview with Emily Chang, Oscar winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed Christian Bale will play Apple cofounder Steve Jobs in a forthcoming feature film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the late tech guru.

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Apple to build 25 new Apple Stores in China in two years

Apple to build 25 new Apple Stores in China in two years
Speaking to a Chinese media on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company is planning to open 25 retail locations over the next two years, putting a number on previous promises to triple Apple's footprint in the country.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Foxconn iPhone factory on China 'road trip'

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Foxconn iPhone factory on China 'road trip'
As part of what he calls a "road trip" to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday tweeted out a photo of himself sitting with a Foxconn worker putting the finishing touches on a new iPhone 6 model.

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Apple to drop SSL 3.0 support for push notifications on Oct. 29 due to POODLE vulnerability

Apple to drop SSL 3.0 support for push notifications on Oct. 29 due to POODLE vulnerability
In response to a recently discovered vulnerability with SSL version 3.0, Apple on Wednesday announced through its developer website that it will be removing support for the protocol on its Apple Push Notification server.

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Rare working Apple I goes for record-smashing $905,000 at auction

Rare working Apple I goes for record-smashing $905,000 at auction
One of only 50 known surviving Apple 1 computers was sold at an auction on Wednesday, with the nearly 40-year-old machine crushing expectations to fetch a record-breaking $905,000.

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Apple avoids $94M patent infringement suit leveled by patent troll GPNE

Apple avoids $94M patent infringement suit leveled by patent troll GPNE
Apple on Wednesday came out unscathed from a patent suit leveled by non-practicing entity GPNE, which claimed the Cupertino tech giant infringed on mobile technology properties with its iPhone and iPad products.

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Apple's iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 now available for pickup at select US Apple Stores

Apple's iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 now available for pickup at select US Apple Stores
Apple on Wednesday initiated in-store sales of its new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 tablets, though the rollout appears to be limited to the UK and select U.S. locations, notably brick-and-mortar outlets on the East Coast.

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iPad Air 2 teardown reveals lower capacity battery, internal layout tweaks

iPad Air 2 teardown reveals lower capacity battery, internal layout tweaks
A teardown of the recently released iPad Air 2 on Wednesday revealed a slew of iterative changes made to Apple's flagship tablet model, including sized-down components and a smaller battery.

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Hands-OnUnboxing Apple's new iPad Air 2, with Smart Case & Smart Cover

Unboxing Apple's new iPad Air 2, with Smart Case & Smart Cover
Apple's latest iPad Air 2 is super fast, super slim and incorporates the same Touch ID and Secure Element as iPhone 6, enabling secure Apple Pay transactions within apps. Here's what it looks like naked, and in Apple's custom Smart Case and Smart Cover.

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Bank of America glitch charges some Apple Pay customers twice, error will be fixed & users reimbursed

Bank of America glitch charges some Apple Pay customers twice, error will be fixed & users reimbursed
A small number of Bank of America customers were hit with a double-charge when using Apple Pay this week, but the problem resulting from a glitch between the bank and a payment network is expected to be quickly resolved.

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Leak suggests new Fitbit Surge smartwatch will best Apple Watch by integrating GPS

Leak suggests new Fitbit Surge smartwatch will best Apple Watch by integrating GPS
Newly leaked marketing materials suggest Fitbit may be on the verge of releasing a new fitness-focused smartwatch with a heart rate sensor as well as integrated GPS, the latter of which the upcoming Apple Watch will not feature without tethering to an iPhone.

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MasterCard pushes Apple Pay with new 'Priceless Surprises' TV ads

MasterCard pushes Apple Pay with new 'Priceless Surprises' TV ads
The first television commercials spotlighting Apple Pay did not come from Apple itself, but from launch partner MasterCard, which is running baseball-themed ads hyping the launch of the new iPhone 6-based tap-to-pay system.

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Hacks targeting Chinese iCloud users prompt Apple CEO Tim Cook to meet China's vice premier

Hacks targeting Chinese iCloud users prompt Apple CEO Tim Cook to meet China's vice premier
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has reportedly traveled to Beijing to meet with the vice premier of China to discuss protecting user data, a meeting prompted by recent hacks targeting iCloud users in the country.

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TipsGet your Mac online anywhere easily with OS X Yosemite's new Instant Hotspot iPhone tethering feature

One of the new Continuity features between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is Instant Hotspot, giving users the ability to automatically connect to the Internet through their iPhone's cellular data connection without the need to touch their phone.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review roundup: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deemed best in class, but changes mostly iterative [u]

Review roundup: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deemed best in class, but changes mostly iterative [u]
The reviews are in for this year's iPad product refreshes and the results are expectedly positive for the new iPad Air 2, though some question whether Apple did enough to warrant the iPad mini 3's price tag.

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Apple's Maps Connect portal lets local businesses create, add details to listings

Apple's Maps Connect portal lets local businesses create, add details to listings
In a continued effort to make Apple Maps more accurate, Apple on Tuesday launched a new Web portal called "Maps Connect" to let local businesses add information directly into the mapping services.

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FeatureApple's new A8X powered iPad Air 2 smokes new Android tablets, including Nvidia's Tegra K1 Shield Tablet [u]

Apple's new A8X powered iPad Air 2 smokes new Android tablets, including Nvidia's Tegra K1 Shield Tablet [u]
New Geekbench processor benchmarks show Apple's triple core, 64-bit A8X Application Processor is dramatically faster than the latest Android tablets, despite their additional cores and faster clock rates.

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Apple leadership awarded restricted stock unit bonus currently worth $19M

Apple leadership awarded restricted stock unit bonus currently worth $19M
Eight Apple executives last week were awarded identical bonuses in the form of conditional RSUs worth over $19.6 million at the stock's current price, according to a U.S. SEC filing.

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Apple spent $1M on lobbying US government in Q3, focused on health, data privacy, more

Apple spent $1M on lobbying US government in Q3, focused on health, data privacy, more
According to a recently filed disclosure, Apple spent a little over $1 million over the third quarter on lobbying issues like consumer health data, safe driving, e-books and data privacy, among others.

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GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, will sell off more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay debt

GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, will sell off more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay debt
As part of its plan to "wind down" sapphire production operations after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, GT Advanced Technologies will reportedly sell more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay off an outstanding debt to Apple.

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FeatureApple Inc. surprises with massive $17 billion Q4 stock buyback

Apple Inc. surprises with massive $17 billion Q4 stock buyback
During its fiscal Q4 ending in September, Apple spent an incredible $17 billion to buy up its own stock, increasingly doing so on its own without outside bankers' assistance. Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, Apple has spent an astounding $45 billion to repurchase its stock from fleeing investors at incredible discounts.

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Rumor: Apple Pay loyalty program could launch in time for Christmas

Rumor: Apple Pay loyalty program could launch in time for Christmas
With the Apple Pay launch complete in the U.S., Apple may now turn its sights toward launching a new store loyalty rewards program in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season.

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Apple Pay already works internationally, but only with US credit cards

Apple Pay already works internationally, but only with US credit cards
Though Apple Pay is only advertised to work in the U.S. at the moment, users have found that the tap-to-pay functionality found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is in fact operational with compatible terminals internationally, as long as the device is set up properly with American credit cards.

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