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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rumor: Apple taps Catcher for metal casings on next-gen 'iPhone 6'

A pair of investment firms believe casing supplier Catcher has secured a sizable chunk of Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6" metal casing orders, as the company lines up suppliers for a handset launch later this year.

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Beacondo makes it easier to develop new apps that interact with Apple's iBeacons

Developers looking for a faster way to prototype iBeacon-enabled apps or everyday users who want to experiment with the microlocation technology can now look to Beacondo, a startup working to make iBeacon integration simpler with a new drag-and-drop system.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Apple shows off iPhone 5s multimedia creation prowess in 'Powerful' ad

Apple on Tuesday released a new commercial for its flagship iPhone 5s, showing off the handset's digital media creation capabilities through a slew of music, movie making, translation and exploration apps.

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FeatureAfter putting Google on the hook for infringement of iPhone patents, Samsung lied about it

Even more startling than the news from today's trial that Google offered to indemnify Samsung for Android's infringement of Apple's iPhones patents is the fact that Samsung falsely stated in court filings that that it had not been "seeking indemnification from any third party."

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Developers get new app content descriptions, rating systems in iTunes Connect update

Apple on Tuesday sent out emails to developers notifying them of changes to iTunes Connect that may impact how the company rates their apps, including a new rating system for the Brazilian App Store and territory-specific restrictions.

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Apple adds 'In-app purchase' warning to iOS App Store, iTunes lists

In a change to the iOS App Store pushed out alongside Tuesday's iOS 7.1.1 release, Apple has added labels to listed apps and games that include in-app purchases, with the notifications showing up in both iOS and desktop versions of iTunes.

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Apple patches Heartbleed vulnerability in latest AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule update

In response to the Heartbleed kerfuffle, Apple on Tuesday rolled out a firmware update for all 2013 AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule models that protects affected units from the OpenSSL vulnerability.

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Google agreed to pick up tab for some Samsung legal fees, take on liability in case of loss

An agreement between Google and Samsung, revealed on Tuesday in the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial, has the Internet search giant on the hook for legal fees and liability related to up to four Apple patents.

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Apple updates iWork apps for iOS with stability improvements and bug fixes

Coming on the heels of Tuesday's iOS 7.1.1 release, Apple has issued updates to all iWork for iOS apps with unnamed stability and bug fixes.

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BreakingApple opens OS X betas to consumers with Beta Seed Program

In a substantial change to its operating policies, Apple has opened its OS X beta testing process to all Mac users with a newly minted Beta Seed Program.

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Duet Bluetooth tag helps alert iPhone owners as soon as they lose their device

iPhone owners have a new option to ensure that their handset stays by their side with the Duet, a small Bluetooth-connected device that can be attached to a bag or keys and sounds an alarm if it moves more than 10 meters from a paired smartphone.

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BreakingApple releases iOS 7.1.1 with improvements to Touch ID, keyboard

Apple on Tuesday released iOS 7.1.1, a minor update for its mobile operating system that's intended to address a few bugs, including an issue that could affect keyboard responsiveness, while also further improving the performance of the iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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Lytro's next-gen $1500 Illum 'light-field' camera bolstered by dedicated Mac software, Aperture support

Innovative focus-shifting camera maker Lytro, whose products have been featured at Apple's retail stores, will expand its lineup this summer with a new, more full-featured standalone camera dubbed the Illum, aimed at professionals and high-end enthusiasts.

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Apple may be hiding behind 'Brightflash' dummy corporation to trademark 'iWatch' name

Signs that Apple is preparing to roll out a wearable device called the "iWatch" grew stronger Tuesday following a report that the company may have set up a shell corporation in Delaware designed to register iWatch trademarks without arousing suspicion.

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1Password 4.5 for Apple's iOS overhauled with focus on speed, productivity

Popular password management tool 1Password was given a major update on iOS on Tuesday, with the new version 4.5 sporting AirDrop support, always-available search, and support for multiple and shared vaults.

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Rumor again claims Apple's jumbo-sized 5.5" iPhone will launch after new, larger 4.7" model

Claims that Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone will bow months after its purported 4.7-inch sibling were backed up Tuesday with a new report from Taiwan claiming that Apple may be having trouble fitting an ultra-slim battery for the new device.

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Apple tech takes on distracted driving, blocks users from texting while behind the wheel

A new piece of technology unearthed on Tuesday shows Apple has developed iPhone technology that automatically shuts off texting capabilities when it is determined that a user is driving, helping to mitigate potential accidents resulting from in-car distractions.

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Apple print ad touts environmental responsibility, pokes fun at Samsung [u]

Apple gave its legal adversaries a bit of a ribbing on Tuesday as the company took out a full-page ad in UK newspapers saying, "There are some ideas we want every company to copy," alluding to Apple's environmental awareness [updated with a high-quality image].

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Apple Store logos and employee uniforms go green for Earth Day

In commemoration of Earth Day, Apple Stores around the world have changed the color of the iconic Apple logo's leaf section green, while employees were given special green t-shirts to wear for the day.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Mailbox 2.0 brings automated actions, preference syncing via Dropbox

Dropbox's popular Gmail and iCloud client Mailbox was updated on Monday with a new automation feature called "Auto-swipe," the ability to sync preferences across multiple devices and routine performance enhancements.

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Samsung expert says Apple patents worth $38.4M, not $2.2B

In the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial in California on Monday, a Samsung damages expert said Apple should be granted $38.4 million for all five alleged-infringed patents, far from the $2.19 billion Apple is seeking.

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Leonardo DiCaprio may take lead role in Steve Jobs biopic with Danny Boyle at the helm

With Sony's big-budget Steve Jobs biopic in limbo after David Fincher backed out of the project, fresh rumors say director Danny Boyle may reteam with Leonardo DiCaprio to take on the story of Apple's cofounder.

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Apple issues OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers with minor tweaks

Apple on Monday seeded the latest OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta to developers with iterative changes and enhancements, while asking developers concentrate on the usual focus areas including graphics, Mail and iTunes syncing.

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Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit 40Gbps transfer speeds with new connector

In a purported presentation slide leaked to the Web on Monday, Intel outlines its next-generation Thunderbolt specification — "Alpine Ridge" — that will boast double the throughput of current Thunderbolt 2 interface, while bringing massive gains in power efficiency.

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Apple now offering free recycling of all old Apple products in environmental push

Continuing its environment-minded announcements on Monday, Apple revealed a new plan to accept all used Apple products for free in an effort to cut down on pollution caused by manufacture and use of the company's devices.

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Apple Campus 2 planning video touted green efforts to create the "office of the future"

A video detailing Apple's new Campus 2 project, first shown at city planning commission meeting in October, has been published for everyone else to view in a higher quality version.

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Apple staffing up for 'very, very serious' mobile payments push - report

iPhone owners may soon be able to use their device to purchase goods and services at brick-and-mortar businesses as Apple has reportedly begun interviewing senior-level candidates to build an iTunes-backed mobile payments business.

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Apple trademark update suggests company may enter jewelry business, hinting at rumored 'iWatch'

Apple has broadened its corporate trademark to cover "Class 14" items — a distinction given to jewelry, clocks and watches, potentially signaling that the company is planning to enter the wearable device market.

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Apple launches 'Better' environmental campaign with Tim Cook-narrated video

Apple on Tuesday unveiled a campaign that more clearly outlines the impact of the company's environmental initiatives, backing it up with a revamped environmental responsibility website and an introductory video narrated by CEO Tim Cook.

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