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Friday, October 24, 2014

New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to-pay transactions

New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to-pay transactions
Apple's newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the embarrassment of carrying around a gigantic alternative to their credit card.

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First-week OS X Yosemite adoption rate outpaces Mavericks, now at 12.8%

First-week OS X Yosemite adoption rate outpaces Mavericks, now at 12.8%
According to recently published statistics, Apple's latest OS X Yosemite release is seeing slightly better take up rates than last year's OS X Mavericks launch, with current North American distribution pegged at 12.8 percent as of Wednesday.

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Sprint expands 'iPhone for Life' plans with new 12-month lease option

Sprint expands 'iPhone for Life' plans with new 12-month lease option
Adding to its iPhone-specific incentives program, Sprint on Friday announced a new 12-month lease option for its "iPhone for Life" plan, which lets subscribers "rent" a new iPhone for a preset period instead of buying it.

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Multi-carrier Apple SIM 'dedicated' to AT&T's network upon activation, not carried by Sprint Stores

Multi-carrier Apple SIM 'dedicated' to AT&T's network upon activation, not carried by Sprint Stores
It was discovered on Friday that AT&T is dedicating the new multi-carrier Apple SIM included with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to its network, forcing buyers to obtain a new one when switching to another carrier, while Sprint Stores will not supply the card at all.

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Nearly half of Gazelle's early iPhone upgrades ordered Apple's larger, more expensive iPhone 6 Plus

Nearly half of Gazelle's early iPhone upgrades ordered Apple's larger, more expensive iPhone 6 Plus
In yet another piece of favorable news surrounding Apple's recent entry into the phablet space, the nation's leading electronics buyback service said Friday that almost half of its early 2014 iPhone trade-in customers who pre-ordered a new iPhone 6 chose to purchase one of the larger, more premium-priced Plus models.

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iTunes sales down 13% this year as Apple plans to rebuild, rebrand Beats Music subscription service

iTunes sales down 13% this year as Apple plans to rebuild, rebrand Beats Music subscription service
Sales from Apple's iTunes Store have fallen significantly thus far in 2014, helping to push forward the company's alleged plans to revamp the recently acquired Beats Music and make it part of the iTunes brand.

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TipsGetting the most out of the revamped OS X Spotlight search in Yosemite

Getting the most out of the revamped OS X Spotlight search in Yosemite
One of the biggest changes in OS X Yosemite is Apple's Spotlight search, which has gained a completely new, front-and-center look, and also adds the ability to search well beyond your Mac.

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Amazon Rewards Visa Card adds support for Apple Pay

Amazon Rewards Visa Card adds support for Apple Pay
Owners of the popular Amazon Rewards Visa Card, which awards 3 percent back on all Amazon.com purchases, can now add their card to Passbook for the newly launched Apple Pay service.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says privacy talks with Chinese government were 'very open'

Apple CEO Tim Cook says privacy talks with Chinese government were 'very open'
Tim Cook's tour of China continues with another interview with local media, this time with the Apple CEO telling users in the country that he had "very open" discussions on privacy and security with the Chinese government, following a series of attacks in the country targeting Apple users.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Former Apple exec Ron Johnson wants to make online shopping personal with new startup 'Enjoy'

Former Apple exec Ron Johnson wants to make online shopping personal with new startup 'Enjoy'
Ron Johnson, Apple's former head of retail widely recognized as spearheading the Apple Store initiative, took the wraps off a startup called Enjoy, which seeks to aid shoppers making online purchases.

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iPhone 6 Plus users report persistent unexplained crashing issues, possibly tied to large app libraries

iPhone 6 Plus users report persistent unexplained crashing issues, possibly tied to large app libraries
A number of iPhone 6 Plus users have reported an issue in which the phone inexplicably crashes or enters a reboot loop, prompting many to take it in to Apple for service, where it is usually swapped out for a new unit. Some owners are on their fourth replacement 6 Plus.

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Facebook introduces anonymous chat app 'Rooms'

Facebook introduces anonymous chat app 'Rooms'
Facebook is taking a stab at anonymous group messaging with its latest app "Rooms," which combines the idea of traditional chatrooms with modern smartphone conveniences.

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FeatureAfter gaining U.S. government approval, Samsung Knox security for Android found to be "completely compromised"

After gaining U.S. government approval, Samsung Knox security for Android found to be
Samsung's Knox security layer for Android generates weak encryption keys, stores passwords locally and gives users login hints in a fatal "security by obscurity" design "compromising the security of the product completely," a researcher has detailed.

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iHeartRadio & Rdio are latest iOS apps to add support for Apple's CarPlay

iHeartRadio & Rdio are latest iOS apps to add support for Apple's CarPlay
Though Apple doesn't appear to have opened up CarPlay access to its wider development community, the number of compatible apps does continue to expand, with streaming radio services iHeartRadio and Rdio adding support in recent updates.

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Apple expands TestFlight iOS app beta invitations to 1,000 users

Apple expands TestFlight iOS app beta invitations to 1,000 users
Developers can now invite up to a thousand people to test their beta applications for iOS via its TestFlight tool with just an email address, Apple announced on Thursday.

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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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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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FeatureiPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks. [Updated Pricing, Offers]

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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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