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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Review: UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s

Review: UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s
The UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 solves one of the chief concerns smartphone users have always battled: battery anxiety. UNU ingeniously combines a smartphone battery case with wireless charging technology, and there's a lot to like.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Save $50 off all iMac Retina 5Ks plus get a 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan for free (and no tax in 48 states)

Killer Deal: Save $50 off all iMac Retina 5Ks plus get a 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan for free (and no tax in 48 states)
For a limited time, AppleInsider has teamed up with one of Apple's Authorized Resellers to offer an instant $50 savings on roughly 5 dozen different configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan (and no tax in 48 states).

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Apple may face iPhone trademark battle in India as local firm asserts 'iFon' mark

Apple may face iPhone trademark battle in India as local firm asserts 'iFon' mark
Apple is once again facing "iPhone" naming writes woes, this time in a challenge coming from Indian firm iVoice Enterprises, which claims the phonetic similarity between iPhone and its own "iFon" destroyed the project before it got off the ground.

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Google CEO Larry Page invokes Steve Jobs in interview, defends ambitious Google X projects

Google CEO Larry Page invokes Steve Jobs in interview, defends ambitious Google X projects
In an wide-ranging interview published Friday, Google CEO Larry Page briefly touched on late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs to highlight the differences between the two companies, one being hyper-focused on a small set of products and another with fingers in seemingly everything.

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FeatureApple shares reach new peak as company gears up to pay investors $2.8 billion in dividends

Apple shares reach new peak as company gears up to pay investors $2.8 billion in dividends
Apple shares reached a new all time high of $108 for the end of October, less than two weeks prior prior to the company's quarterly dividend distribution date.

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AT&T, Verizon to bump monthly mobile data allotments in ongoing price battle

AT&T, Verizon to bump monthly mobile data allotments in ongoing price battle
America's top two wireless carriers AT&T and Verizon on Friday announced value added changes to their respective mobile data plans, though Verizon is only offering extra data as a limited time promotion.

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Musician Trent Reznor working on secret music delivery project at Apple

Musician Trent Reznor working on secret music delivery project at Apple
Calling it "challenging" and "unfamiliar," Nine Inch Nails rocker and film composer Trent Reznor has revealed he is deeply involved in a secretive music delivery product in the works at Apple.

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Philips Hue connected bulbs now supported by over 200 third-party iOS apps

Philips Hue connected bulbs now supported by over 200 third-party iOS apps
The popular Philips Hue connected LED lightbulbs reached a new milestone this week, with more than 200 third-party applications for iOS now compatible with the smart home accessory.

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Microsoft says public beta of new Office for Mac coming in first half of 2015

Microsoft says public beta of new Office for Mac coming in first half of 2015
In releasing a new version of Outlook for Mac on Friday, Microsoft also revealed will launch an update to its Office suite for Mac next year, allowing users to test it in the first half of 2015 before a launch sometime in the second half of the year.

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'Historical implications' made Apple Watch more difficult to design than original iPhone, Jony Ive says

'Historical implications' made Apple Watch more difficult to design than original iPhone, Jony Ive says
Speaking at a live event this week, Apple's chief designer Jony Ive said creating the forthcoming Apple Watch was a "humbling" experience that presented an even greater challenge than designing the iPhone, due to the legacy of traditional wrist watches.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

FeatureHow Apple, Inc. went thermonuclear on Samsung, erasing Android's primary profit center

How Apple, Inc. went thermonuclear on Samsung, erasing Android's primary profit center
After failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in years-long legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.

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Former head of Android Andy Rubin leaves Google to start tech hardware incubator

Former head of Android Andy Rubin leaves Google to start tech hardware incubator
Google's former head of Android, and most recently robotics chief, Andy Rubin on Thursday announced he is leaving the company to start an incubator focusing on technology hardware products.

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Amazon exec blames lackluster Fire Phone sales on pricing, says project will continue

Amazon exec blames lackluster Fire Phone sales on pricing, says project will continue
An Amazon executive on Thursday said the Fire Phone's failure was a pricing issue and that the company plans to move forward with next-generation products, even after eating a $170 million charge largely associated with the device's poor market performance and supplier costs.

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FeatureFirst look: Heart rate tracking $199 Microsoft Band connects to Apple's iOS & OS X, will integrate with HealthKit

First look: Heart rate tracking $199 Microsoft Band connects to Apple's iOS & OS X, will integrate with HealthKit
Microsoft issued a surprise on Thursday when it launched a new hardware product dubbed the Microsoft Band, a fitness-focused wrist-worn device that connects to both iOS and OS X, and will also integrate with Apple's HealthKit service and Health app for iPhone. AppleInsider offers a first look at the new wearable device.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: $150 off iMac Retina 5K, $350 off Mac Pro, $40 off iPad Air 2, $30 off iPad mini 3, up to $268 off HP Printers

Killer Deals: $150 off iMac Retina 5K, $350 off Mac Pro, $40 off iPad Air 2, $30 off iPad mini 3, up to $268 off HP Printers
For an extremely limited time, AI readers can take advantage of some truly killer — and previously unseen — deals including $150 off the just-introduced iMac with Retina 5K display, $350 off the entry Mac Pro, $150 off a 13-inch MacBook Pro and 3% off all other MacBooks. There's also a handful discounts on new iPads, iTunes Gift Cards, and coupons for up to $268 off HP printers.

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Seth Rogen to play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale's Steve Jobs

Seth Rogen to play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale's Steve Jobs
Actor Seth Rogen, famous for comedic roles in hits like "Superbad" and "Knocked Up," will reportedly appear in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, and is set to take on the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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Grocery chain Meijer continues accepting Apple Pay despite CurrentC support

Grocery chain Meijer continues accepting Apple Pay despite CurrentC support
Though it is a member of the MCX group behind the upcoming CurrentC mobile payment system, grocery chain Meijer still supports Apple Pay and plans to continue to do so, in apparent violation of MCX's exclusivity rules.

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Apple drops opposition to PCalc iOS calculator widget

Apple drops opposition to PCalc iOS calculator widget
Users who want a calculator in their iOS Notification Center can breathe easy after Apple dropped its request to a developer asking it to remove its widget feature.

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President Bill Clinton, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella & others praise Apple CEO Tim Cook for publicly announcing he is gay

President Bill Clinton, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella & others praise Apple CEO Tim Cook for publicly announcing he is gay
Following the publication of a heartfelt personal letter in which the Apple CEO revealed his sexual orientation publicly for the first time, Tim Cook has been showered with praise from coworkers, competitors, celebrities and more.

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Spotify brings its new look to iPad, Skype update lets users save and delete chat photos

Spotify brings its new look to iPad, Skype update lets users save and delete chat photos
Popular music subscription service Spotify updated its official iPad app on Thursday with a new look in line with its iPhone client, while also giving users access to the "Your Music" feature. In addition, Microsoft's Skype for iPhone was also updated with the ability to save and delete photo, as well as a faster chat load time.

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NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys

NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys
Chipmaker NXP, which is believed to supply the near-field communications chips found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, hopes automakers will adopt its technology, potentially enabling future car owners to unlock and even start their car with their smartphone.

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Breaking
'I'm proud to be gay,' Apple CEO Tim Cook says in open letter supporting equality

'I'm proud to be gay,' Apple CEO Tim Cook says in open letter supporting equality
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook published a letter on Thursday revealing that while it wasn't an "easy choice," he's decided to publicly announce that he is "proud to be gay," and that it has given him perspective on what it means to be a minority.

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Samsung, Apple retain global smartphone lead in Q3 as Xiaomi rockets into third

Samsung, Apple retain global smartphone lead in Q3 as Xiaomi rockets into third
The global smartphone market grew 25 percent year-over-year during the third quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC, with Apple seeing moderate gains and Samsung posting the only loss in shipment volume out of the top five manufacturers.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Breaking
Samsung suffered a 73.9% drop in Q3 mobile profits while Apple's rose 11.3 percent

Samsung suffered a 73.9% drop in Q3 mobile profits while Apple's rose 11.3 percent
Samsung Electronics reported overall Q3 operating profits of 4.06 trillion won ($3.8 billion)—a 60 percent year-over-year drop—while its Mobile division suffered a 73.9 percent drop in profits.

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Microsoft inadvertently leaks 'Band' fitness wearable in new app, reveals 'Microsoft Health' [update: confirmed]

Microsoft inadvertently leaks 'Band' fitness wearable in new app, reveals 'Microsoft Health' [update: confirmed]
Microsoft's rumored wearable fitness tracker was inadvertently leaked online Wednesday when the company's first-party syncing app was posted to Apple's Mac App Store, disclosing a few key features of the unannounced device.

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Apple in early talks to sell iPhone in Iran, report says

Apple in early talks to sell iPhone in Iran, report says
Almost one year after the U.S. began to loosen sanctions on exports to Iran, Apple is reportedly in early stage talks with distributors to start official sales of its products in the country.

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FeatureDevelopers of PCalc, Nomi run afoul of Apple's evolving iOS 8 App Store policies

Developers of PCalc, Nomi run afoul of Apple's evolving iOS 8 App Store policies
Apple's platform policies for iOS, OS X and their respective App Stores have occasionally irked developers or even wildly disrupted their businesses. The latest collision involves a retroactive ban on widget calculators and tightened WiFi privacy rules for iOS, as Apple issues new rules for apps using Apple Pay and TestFlight.

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BlackBerry hopes to rekindle sales by reintroducing classic keyboard & form factor

BlackBerry hopes to rekindle sales by reintroducing classic keyboard & form factor
Hoping to strike a chord with old school BlackBerry users, the not quite dead company on Wednesday teased a new device called BlackBerry Classic, which appears to be a modern take on the seminal BlackBerry Bold.

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MCX CEO calls CurrentC exclusivity fines 'untrue,' responds to recent hack

MCX CEO calls CurrentC exclusivity fines 'untrue,' responds to recent hack
During a press conference on Wednesday, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson responded to criticism of the retail consortium's CurrentC system, saying merchant fines for using other payment solutions are untrue.

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