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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Adobe acknowledges critical remote vulnerability in Flash, exploits already in the wild

Adobe acknowledges critical remote vulnerability in Flash, exploits already in the wild

Adobe on Saturday released an updated version of its Flash player software that patches an undisclosed vulnerability which could allow remote attackers to take control of Macs or PCs, urging users to update as the problem is being actively exploited by malicious actors.

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TipsHow to safely move your Mac's iPhoto library onto an external drive

How to safely move your Mac's iPhoto library onto an external drive

Today's digital cameras and advanced smartphones like the iPhone 6 take stunningly detailed photos, but all that extra resolution comes at the price of larger image files. Moving part or all of your iPhoto Library to an external hard drive is one of the most effective ways to free up precious space.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

KGI: iPhone sales forecast at 73M for Q4 ahead of Apple Watch debut in March, 12" MacBook Air in Q1

KGI: iPhone sales forecast at 73M for Q4 ahead of Apple Watch debut in March, 12

Apple is forecast to have shipped a whopping 73 million iPhones over the 2014 holiday quarter on strong iPhone 6 demand, according to one well-connected analyst who also expects a busy start to 2015 for the company, with Apple Watch sales in March and a rumored 12-inch MacBook Air coming sometime before April.

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EditorialI Bet My Life: Microsoft HoloLens perfectly targets its core competency

I Bet My Life: Microsoft HoloLens perfectly targets its core competency

Microsoft's ability to leverage the tech media's credulity is weakening, as is evident from the emerging skepticism of its ability to deliver upon its latest product demonstration: HoloLens.

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Huge crowds gather for Apple Store grnd opening in Hangzhou, China

Huge crowds gather for Apple Store grnd opening in Hangzhou, China

Apple opened the doors to its new West Lake Apple Store in China on Saturday, letting throngs of eager customers into one of the company's largest retail outlets in Asia.

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ReviewReview: Mobile Home puts Siri in the driver's seat

Review: Mobile Home puts Siri in the driver's seat

Apple's Siri is a great tool for safely automating iPhone tasks while driving, but under certain circumstances the virtual assistant can only be summoned by taking a hand off the wheel and pressing the home button. With CarPlay being anything but ubiquitous, Beanco Tech created a stopgap in Mobile Home.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Apple's Beats Music, others hit by lawsuit for allegedly misappropriating pre-1972 music

Apple's Beats Music, others hit by lawsuit for allegedly misappropriating pre-1972 music

Streaming music services like Apple's Beats Music, Google Play, Rdio and others are targets of a new volley of lawsuits claiming unpaid royalties on certain pre-1972 songs, potentially ending access to these older tracks.

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Apple's HomeKit MFi program only began in November, chips still being finalized

Apple's HomeKit MFi program only began in November, chips still being finalized

Manufacturers of "connected home" devices that wish to integrate with HomeKit reportedly could not begin seeking certification for those products under Apple's MFi program until November, some six months after the initiative was announced.

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Apple captured half of U.S. mobile phone activations in Q4, demand still at record high

Apple captured half of U.S. mobile phone activations in Q4, demand still at record high

Record sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus propelled Apple to a dominant position in the U.S. smartphone market over the holidays and demand continues to reach record highs, twin reports issued Friday indicate.

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Google's Project Zero reveals three new zero-day exploits in Apple's OS X [u]

Google's Project Zero reveals three new zero-day exploits in Apple's OS X [u]

An internal software security research team at Google has publicly revealed three of recently-discovered zero-day exploits in Apple's Mac OS X desktop operating system, though the severity of each vulnerability is unknown.

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FeatureHow AMD and Nvidia lost the mobile GPU chip business to Apple — with help from Samsung and Google

How AMD and Nvidia lost the mobile GPU chip business to Apple — with help from Samsung and Google

Between 2006 and 2013, AMD & Nvidia fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing their positions as the world's leading GPU suppliers by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market, enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processor GPUs to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

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Apple features calligrapher who created Hangzhou Apple Store mural in 'About the Artist' video

Apple features calligrapher who created Hangzhou Apple Store mural in 'About the Artist' video

Apple on Thursday posted to its YouTube channel a translated version of a promo video featuring artist Wang Dongling, initially created for the Chinese market in celebration of the unveiling of a new West Lake Apple Store in Hangzhou.

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Supposed 12" MacBook Air display assembly shown off in new photo set

Supposed 12

A fresh set of photos from the Far East popped up online Friday purporting to show an assembled display belonging to Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, complete with "polished" Apple logo ala the latest iOS devices.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

iPhone usage rates correlate to education and population density, study finds

iPhone usage rates correlate to education and population density, study finds

According to a new study published on Thursday, usage rates of Apple's iPhone in the U.S. are positively correlated to users' level of education and population density, with northeastern states seeing a relatively higher concentration of iPhone owners.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled pay to $9.2M in 2014, Angela Ahrendts led execs with $73.3M

Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled pay to $9.2M in 2014, Angela Ahrendts led execs with $73.3M

The yearly earnings of Apple's board members was revealed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, including CEO Tim Cook who received compensation of over $9.22 million in 2014, more than doubling his pay from 2013.

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Apple board member Millard Drexler to retire in March, replacement unknown

Apple board member Millard Drexler to retire in March, replacement unknown

Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler announced intentions to retire at the end of his current term, which will end in March at the company's annual shareholders meeting, leaving seven candidates for election to fill his place.

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Rumor: Apple shooting for 19 hours of Apple Watch battery life under normal conditions, 2.5 hours 'heavy' use

Rumor: Apple shooting for 19 hours of Apple Watch battery life under normal conditions, 2.5 hours 'heavy' use

Apple is targeting 19 hours of battery life under mixed usage conditions for its upcoming Apple Watch wearable, consistent with Apple CEO Tim Cook's estimate that users will want to charge the device daily.

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T-Mobile to extend smartphone financing to customers with bad or no credit

T-Mobile to extend smartphone financing to customers with bad or no credit

Resurgent wireless carrier T-Mobile on Thursday announced a new "smartphone equality" initiative that will see the company base device financing decisions for existing customers on their T-Mobile payment history, rather than their credit score.

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Apple agrees to subject products to Chinese government security audits - report

Apple agrees to subject products to Chinese government security audits - report

China's State Internet Information Office will reportedly be allowed to conduct network security inspections of Apple products offered for sale in China as the company seeks to assuage fears that its devices can be used for intelligence gathering purposes by foreign governments.

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Apple exploring smarter Smart Cover, new gesture controls for iPad

Apple exploring smarter Smart Cover, new gesture controls for iPad

Future iPads could come with even fewer physical buttons, as Apple is evaluating new ways to show contextually relevant information and allow quick access to device controls based on the position of the iPad's Smart Cover, according to a patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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BlackBerry CEO prods regulators for 'app neutrality,' wants cross-platform iMessage

BlackBerry CEO prods regulators for 'app neutrality,' wants cross-platform iMessage

Comparing the net neutrality debate to the expansion of railroads in the 20th century, BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Tuesday called for authorities to force companies such as Apple and Netflix to make their services available to all consumers, regardless of platform.

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Google to reportedly enter cellular service industry as MVNO running on Sprint, T-Mobile networks

Google to reportedly enter cellular service industry as MVNO running on Sprint, T-Mobile networks

A pair of reports on Wednesday claim Google is about to wade into the cellular network industry through deals with U.S. carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, a bold move that could push competitors to cut prices and boost data speeds.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Developer NimbleBit announces Apple Watch support for upcoming letter puzzle game

Developer NimbleBit announces Apple Watch support for upcoming letter puzzle game

Third-party app developer NimbleBit, known for 8-bit style real-time simulation games, announced on Wednesday that its upcoming project will be one of the first game titles to hit Apple Watch's diminutive screen.

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Twitter debuts While you were away' posts on iOS, Web version coming soon

Twitter debuts While you were away' posts on iOS, Web version coming soon

Twitter on Wednesday announced "While you were away" recaps, a new feature designed to keep users up to date with the goings on of people they follow by surfacing missed posts in their home timeline.

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Patent troll targets Apple's Safari, Cover Flow and Time Machine UIs in new lawsuit

Patent troll targets Apple's Safari, Cover Flow and Time Machine UIs in new lawsuit

In a new patent lawsuit with the Northern California District Court on Tuesday, so-called "patent troll" TriDim Innovations claims Apple infringed two 3D user interface patents with Safari for iOS 7 and iOS 8, Cover Flow and Time Machine.

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Apple's Logic Pro X gets massive update with new effects, tools, AirDrop support and more

Apple's Logic Pro X gets massive update with new effects, tools, AirDrop support and more

Apple on Wednesday released a huge update to its Logic Pro X professional digital audio workstation, complete with fresh drum and synth effects, redesigned plug-ins, an expanded sound library and support for new OS X features like AirDrop and Mail Drop.

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Microsoft unveils 'HoloLens' holographic computing headset

Microsoft unveils 'HoloLens' holographic computing headset

Software giant Microsoft announced its latest move into hardware on Wednesday, unveiling an all-new augmented reality headset dubbed the "HoloLens" that will enable users to see and manipulate holographic images in realtime, without a tethered computer.

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Taking a page from Apple's book, Microsoft to make Windows 10 a free upgrade

Taking a page from Apple's book, Microsoft to make Windows 10 a free upgrade

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Windows 10, its next-generation desktop and mobile operating system, would be offered as a free upgrade for users running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1.

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Apple's fifth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 continues focus on WiFi, Mail & Bluetooth

Apple's fifth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 continues focus on WiFi, Mail & Bluetooth

Apple on Wednesday provided yet another pre-release version of its forthcoming update for OS X Yosemite to developers, asking testers to continue focusing on problem areas including Wi-Fi, Mail, VoiceOver, and Bluetooth.

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