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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Apple releases iCloud tool to check device Activation Lock status

Apple releases iCloud tool to check device Activation Lock status
Adding to its collection of Web-based security tools, Apple on Wednesday published a webpage that allows users to check a device's Activation Lock status, ensuring safe and smooth transfer of ownership for used iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.

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Marc Newson confirms only working at Apple part time on secret projects

Marc Newson confirms only working at Apple part time on secret projects
In a interview on Wednesday, Superstar designer and new Apple hire Marc Newson confirmed his role at the tech giant is strictly part time, saying that he will continue to lead his own company out of the UK while working on special projects in Cupertino.

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Verizon will not throttle unlimited 4G LTE data users, to double data plans in promotion

Verizon will not throttle unlimited 4G LTE data users, to double data plans in promotion
In a statement released on Wednesday, America's largest cellular provider Verizon said it will not be throttling 4G LTE data speeds for users grandfathered in to unlimited data plans, while at the same time announcing a buffed data plan promotion.

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Patent holdings firm WiLAN loses second suit against Apple

Patent holdings firm WiLAN loses second suit against Apple
A Southern California court on Wednesday granted Apple a summary judgment absolving the company of infringing two LTE patents asserted by Canadian patent holdings company WiLAN.

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Apple Store app updated for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple Store app updated for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
The Apple Store app, one of the few first-party iOS apps left untouched when iOS 8 launched last month, was finally updated on Wednesday when Apple added support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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iOS-connected Hexoskin fitness tracking smart shirt now available

iOS-connected Hexoskin fitness tracking smart shirt now available
The $399 Hexoskin biometric smart shirt is now available for purchase in the U.S., giving athletes the ability to measure, track and improve their performance in real time, with data on heart rate, breathing and more.

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PopKey GIF keyboard for iOS 8 debuts, Tweetbot adds support for iPhone 6 & interactive notifications

PopKey GIF keyboard for iOS 8 debuts, Tweetbot adds support for iPhone 6 & interactive notifications
Users looking to get the most out of their newly updated iOS 8 device can download a pair of apps that were made available Wednesday: the PopKey keyboard for convenient access to animated GIF images, and Tweetbot with support for the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays as well as interactive notifications.

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TipsiOS 8 makes it easier to access desktop websites in Safari

iOS 8 makes it easier to access desktop websites in Safari
Users who prefer to browse the web without the constraints of "mobile optimized" websites can now do so easily in iOS 8 thanks to a new "Request Desktop Site" button in Mobile Safari.

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Piper Jaffray advises 'conservative expectations' for Apple Watch, predicts first-year sales of 10M

Piper Jaffray advises 'conservative expectations' for Apple Watch, predicts first-year sales of 10M
Investment firm Piper Jaffray thinks the potential market for the upcoming Apple Watch is "huge," but warned investors on Wednesday that it will take time for the wrist-worn smart device to grow into its full potential.

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Jony Ive confirms Apple Watch three years in the making as designer's media blitz continues

Jony Ive confirms Apple Watch three years in the making as designer's media blitz continues
Apple design chief Jony Ive provided a rare glimpse into Apple's product development process on Wednesday as part of an even-rarer interview, revealing that Apple's new smart watch was in the works for some three years before its unveiling in Cupertino.

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Belkin unveils Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD for Apple's Macs

Belkin unveils Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD for Apple's Macs
Major Apple accessory maker Belkin on Tuesday announced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, a Thunderbolt 2-equipped successor to the company's original Thunderbolt Express Dock that allows users to connect up to eight additional devices to their Mac with a single cable.

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FeatureHorsepower of Apple's A8 & iPhone 6 extend iOS's gaming lead over Android's Google Play

Horsepower of Apple's A8 & iPhone 6 extend iOS's gaming lead over Android's Google Play
While many new Android flagships sport hardware specifications that appear competitive with recent iPhones, top rated iPhone games remain conspicuously missing from Google Play, a problem that Apple's new Metal API and 64-bit Application Processors threaten to only make worse going forward, despite Android's lead in unit shipments overall.

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Apple opens iTunes donations for 'City of Hope' cancer charity, moves beyond natural disaster relief

Apple opens iTunes donations for 'City of Hope' cancer charity, moves beyond natural disaster relief
For the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Apple will be accepting donations through iTunes to go to the City of Hope charity, a research and treatment center for life-threatening diseases.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bloomberg: Apple's next-gen iPad Air to come in gold color option

Bloomberg: Apple's next-gen iPad Air to come in gold color option
In line with previous reports, Bloomberg on Tuesday says Apple's next-generation iPad Air will be offered in gold, bringing the company's flagship tablet up to speed with iPhone color options.

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Apple calls for OS X Yosemite app submissions ahead of launch

Apple calls for OS X Yosemite app submissions ahead of launch
In a letter to developers on Tuesday, Apple requested app submissions for its upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite launch, noting software built with the Swift programming language can be submitted to the Mac App Store via the latest Xcode 6.1 golden master seed.

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Reminder: Gazelle's extended iPhone price lock ends today, lock in a 45-day cash offer before midnight

Readers looking to sell their old iPhone to help pay for a new iPhone 6 have until midnight to take advantage of Gazelle's extended price lock, which lets you lock in a cash offer for your old iPhones that's good for 45 days, meaning you won't be required to send it in for another month and a half. [Updated to note expiration of Gazelle's extended price lock promo]

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

U.S. Attorney General voices concern over Apple's iOS 8 security features

U.S. Attorney General voices concern over Apple's iOS 8 security features
Attorney General Eric Holder is the latest government official to come down on new mobile OS security features from Apple and Google that make unlocking a smartphone nearly impossible, even for law enforcement agencies.

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PayPal purportedly cut out of Apple Pay due to partnership with Samsung

PayPal purportedly cut out of Apple Pay due to partnership with Samsung
A report on Tuesday claims PayPal was in the running to be a prominent partner in Apple's rollout of Apple Pay, but talks went south earlier this year after the payments company struck a similar partnership with Samsung.

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Pebble smartwatch gets $50 price cut, background tracking for fitness & sleep

Pebble smartwatch gets $50 price cut, background tracking for fitness & sleep
In the wake of the Apple Watch announcement, startup smartwatch maker Pebble has countered with a $50 price cut for its entry-level and high-end Steel model, while also adding new background tracking capabilities for exercise and sleep.

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Microsoft looks to distance itself from Windows 8, jumps to Windows 10

Microsoft looks to distance itself from Windows 8, jumps to Windows 10
Software behemoth Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its next-generation desktop operating system would not follow the numerical progression of its two predecessors — which would have made it Windows 9 — but will instead be called Windows 10.

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Apple Watch steals the spotlight during Paris Fashion Week

Apple Watch steals the spotlight during Paris Fashion Week
Huge crowds —and some of the world's most sought-after models —greeted the Apple Watch during its Tuesday debut in Paris, as the wrist-worn device captivated the attention of the glitterati in town for Paris Fashion Week.

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Apple provides golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers

Apple provides golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers
In a sign that the next-generation Mac operating system is near release to the public, Apple on Tuesday released a golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers for testing.

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Rumor: Apple Watch manufacturing to begin in January, Quanta to be sole supplier

Rumor: Apple Watch manufacturing to begin in January, Quanta to be sole supplier
With the Apple Watch set to debut in early 2015, a new rumor suggests the company plans to begin manufacturing its upcoming wearable device in January, and that Taiwan's Quanta Computer will exclusively handle that responsibility.

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Evercore raises Apple price target to $125, sees bigger iPhones leading to bigger sales

Evercore raises Apple price target to $125, sees bigger iPhones leading to bigger sales
Bigger iPhone 6 screens are likely to result in a bigger upgrade cycle for Apple, in the eyes of Evercore Partners, which increased its price target to $125 on Tuesday and advised investors to buy in.

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Jony Ive, Marc Newson showcase Apple Watch to fashion luminaries in Paris

Jony Ive, Marc Newson showcase Apple Watch to fashion luminaries in Paris
The Apple Watch has attracted some of fashion's biggest names to its one-day-only showing at Parisian boutique Colette, with industry icons like Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld turning up to get a look at Apple's long-awaited foray into the wearable device market.

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European Commission finds Ireland's tax deal with Apple amounts to illegal state aid

European Commission finds Ireland's tax deal with Apple amounts to illegal state aid
In an official preliminary finding published on Tuesday, the European Union's antitrust watchdog said it believes Apple is receiving special treatment from Ireland in the form of tax agreements, a situation that constitutes state aid and could therefore be viewed as illegal.

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Apple patents glasses-free interactive holographic touchscreen display

Apple patents glasses-free interactive holographic touchscreen display
Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced device display that uses lasers, micro lenses and sensors to not only output a three-dimensional holographic image, but detect how a user interacts with it in real time.

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FeatureDespite faster A8, higher pixel count of iPhone 6 Plus drives lower FPS benchmarks

Despite faster A8, higher pixel count of iPhone 6 Plus drives lower FPS benchmarks
With 2.1 million pixels, the Retina HD resolution of iPhone 6 Plus demands a lot more GPU performance than either iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s to render 2D and 3D graphics at its native resolution, resulting in benchmarks with—in some cases—lower frames per second rendering results in native resolution GPU tests.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple Pay settings menu, reference to iPad with Touch ID discovered in iOS 8.1 beta

Apple Pay settings menu, reference to iPad with Touch ID discovered in iOS 8.1 beta
As some expected, Apple's latest iOS 8.1 beta build contains assets for the upcoming Apple Pay mobile payments service, including hidden settings menus and references to an iPad with Touch ID fingerprint recognition.

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