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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor deposition, silicone seals

Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor deposition, silicone seals

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple is actively researching ways to make its products resistant to moisture, a feature sometimes attributed to "active" smartphone models marketed by competing smartphone manufacturers.

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Rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch in Q2, report says

Rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch in Q2, report says

While rumors surrounding Apple's purported 12-inch MacBook Air have died down amid Apple Watch hype, a new report on Wednesday claims partner manufacturers have already started mass production of the device in preparation of a second quarter launch.

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Apple's 'iPad Pro' might include USB expansion ports, new fast charging tech

Apple's 'iPad Pro' might include USB expansion ports, new fast charging tech

Following reports that claimed Apple was forced to push back its production timeline for a larger 12.9-inch iPad, new rumors suggest the company is looking to incorporate USB 3.0 connectivity and possibly ports for keyboards and a mouse.

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ExclusiveInside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc in Taiwan

Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc in Taiwan

Apple has singled out Greater China—including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan—as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Judges skeptical Apple suffered irreparable harm from Samsung patent infringement

Judges skeptical Apple suffered irreparable harm from Samsung patent infringement

Apple's litigious crusade against Samsung trundled along in U.S. appellate court on Wednesday, but judges were skeptical of an argument claiming continued patent infringement by Samsung is causing Apple irreparable harm.

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Apple reportedly pushes production of 'iPad Pro' to September due to low display yields

Apple reportedly pushes production of 'iPad Pro' to September due to low display yields

A report on Wednesday claims Apple has pushed back plans to start mass production of a 12.9-inch iPad model due to poor display yields, and will move forward with a revised ramp up cycle set to start in September.

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Apple in talks to become launch partner for cable-free HBO Now service

Apple in talks to become launch partner for cable-free HBO Now service

Apple is in negotiations to make the Apple TV a launch destination for HBO's standalone streaming service reportedly called "HBO Now," which could launch in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones premiering April 12, according to a new report.

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Judge approves $415M settlement in 'no-poach' class-action case involving Apple, Google, others

Judge approves $415M settlement in 'no-poach' class-action case involving Apple, Google, others

Apple, Google and other parties accused of being involved in an illegal "no-poach" employee policy may be on the verge of settling the class-action complaint, after the judge overseeing the lawsuit has given initial approval for their proposed $415 million settlement.

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Yerba Buena Center getting 'Spring Forward' makeover for Monday's Apple Watch event

Yerba Buena Center getting 'Spring Forward' makeover for Monday's Apple Watch event

As is its wont, Apple will greet attendees at its first event of 2015 with a customized graphic wrapping around the Yerba Buena Center, a process which began in earnest on Wednesday.

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Apple reverses iTunes Store changes to become more indie-label friendly

Apple reverses iTunes Store changes to become more indie-label friendly

Apple has reversed course on some recent changes at the iTunes Store in order to make the shop more palatable to independent record labels, which voiced concerns that new algorithms would promote mainstream musicians at the expense of lesser-known acts.

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Questionable screenshots claim to show updated 13" MacBook Air with 1.6GHz Intel Broadwell CPU

Questionable screenshots claim to show updated 13

Screenshots that surfaced Wednesday on a Chinese web forum purport to show details of a forthcoming MacBook Air refresh that would bring Intel's latest Broadwell chips to Apple's ultraportable, though there is some question as to the shots' validity.

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Nvidia to take on Apple TV with Shield set-top box featuring Android TV

Nvidia to take on Apple TV with Shield set-top box featuring Android TV

The latest major company to step into the crowded set-top box market, where the Apple TV competes, is Nvidia, whose upcoming Shield media player will be powered by Google's Android TV platform.

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Exclusive'iPhone 6s' said to ship with 2GB of RAM, Apple leaning toward including Apple SIM

'iPhone 6s' said to ship with 2GB of RAM, Apple leaning toward including Apple SIM

Apple's 2015 iPhone update will purportedly add some features introduced in the iPad Air 2 last year, including an upgrade to 2 gigabytes of RAM and the possibility of pre-installing the Apple SIM, giving users the ability to select a carrier on their own out of the box.

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Apple reclaims top spot in movie product placement rankings

Apple reclaims top spot in movie product placement rankings

Apple has once again, after a three-year gap, taken the Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards, highlighting the companies inserted most often into Hollywood movies.

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Uber's first-ever public acquisition, maps firm deCarta, will lessen reliance on Apple, Google

Uber's first-ever public acquisition, maps firm deCarta, will lessen reliance on Apple, Google

Ridesharing startup Uber has finally shown its hand in the mergers and acquisitions market, picking up small navigation and geospatial services firm deCarta in a move that some say is designed to help Uber lessen its dependence on mapping services from Apple and Google.

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Apple Watch publicity tour comes to Chinese fashion magazine YOHO

Apple Watch publicity tour comes to Chinese fashion magazine YOHO

The Apple Watch is continuing to make the rounds of fashion magazines, this time in the form of a Sport model on the April cover of China's YOHO, which bears the slogan "Being Young is an Attitude."

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Google reportedly looking to bring Android Wear support to iOS

Google reportedly looking to bring Android Wear support to iOS

Google is allegedly developing an Android Wear app for iOS, a move that would expand support for the wearables platform beyond Android handsets and enable iPhone and iPad owners to use products like the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch.

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ExclusiveKiller Deal: Free LG optical drive, Free Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones, and up to $350 off all BTO MacBook Pros with AppleCare

For a limited time, we've teamed up with one of Apple's authorized resellers to give away $200 in accessories — a free LG portable CD/DVD drive and free pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones — with the purchase of any build-to-order 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro. Readers can also pair this offer with an AppleCare rebate, which delivers the lowest price anywhere for these models with Apple's extended protection.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Website builds interactive Apple Watch app previews with help from developers

Website builds interactive Apple Watch app previews with help from developers

A new website has created interactive Web versions of bite-sized Apple Watch apps slated for release next month, offering prospective buyers a chance to test drive the device before it hits store shelves in April.

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Apple discussing settlement with battery maker over alleged employee poaching

Apple discussing settlement with battery maker over alleged employee poaching

In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple informed a Massachusetts federal judge that it is in discussions with A123 Systems to settle out of court a lawsuit claiming Apple poached the battery maker's key engineers for a secret internal project.

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Apple Watch wins prestigious iF Design Gold Award ahead of public debut

Apple Watch wins prestigious iF Design Gold Award ahead of public debut

Before an expected launch in April, Apple's upcoming Apple Watch was given top honors at the 2015 iF Design Awards, an annual industrial design competition dating back to 1954.

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Credit unions lead new round of 18 Apple Pay additions

Credit unions lead new round of 18 Apple Pay additions

Apple continues to forge forward in expanding card support for its fledgling Apple Pay service and on Tuesday added 18 new credit unions and banks to the list of participating issuers.

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AT&T to ship LTE-enabled Modio iPad mini case on March 20

AT&T to ship LTE-enabled Modio iPad mini case on March 20

AT&T has announced that its Modio case for the iPad mini, which adds LTE support to otherwise Wi-Fi-only models, will ship on March 20 and cost $50 with a two-year data plan.

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New SSL/TLS flaw leaves Safari vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack, Apple promises fix

New SSL/TLS flaw leaves Safari vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack, Apple promises fix

A newly-discovered flaw in some implementations of cryptographic protocols SSL and TLS — including those used by Apple's Safari and Google's Android AOSP browsers — could allow an attacker to force clients to use older, weaker encryption that would make it significantly easier to intercept secure communications.

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BitTorrent Sync gains new look, Mint for iOS picks up bill reminders, Sonos adds simpler Room access

BitTorrent Sync gains new look, Mint for iOS picks up bill reminders, Sonos adds simpler Room access

A trio of important app updates were released onto the iOS App Store Wednesday, adding a new Pro service for BitTorrent's Sync file sharing, interface refinements for Sonos Controller on iOS, and bill reminders for Intuit's iOS budget tracker, Mint.

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ExclusiveAerial footage shows off temporary building at site of Apple's March 9 event, likely Apple Watch demo area

Aerial footage shows off temporary building at site of Apple's March 9 event, likely Apple Watch demo area

Apple is building an annex to San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center, where the company is expected to further detail Apple Watch at a special event next week, fueling speculation that the construction will yield a large demonstration area for attendees.

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Apple to move away from security contractors, hire guards as full-time employees

Apple to move away from security contractors, hire guards as full-time employees

Following months of pressure from service workers advocacy groups, Apple is set to end its reliance on external security vendors and will begin hiring security personnel as full-time employees, entitling them to many of the same benefits granted to other Apple workers.

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SXSW festival to use more than 1,000 Apple iBeacons for location-based alerts, meetups

SXSW festival to use more than 1,000 Apple iBeacons for location-based alerts, meetups

This year's SXSW festival in Austin, Tex., will feature more than a thousand iBeacon transmitters onsite, allowing attendees to receive timely, location-specific messages and the ability to connect with others.

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Costly supercar maker Koenigsegg joins list of Apple CarPlay backers

Costly supercar maker Koenigsegg joins list of Apple CarPlay backers

Koenigsegg, a Swedish supercar maker which sells some of the most expensive vehicles on Earth, has joined the list of auto manufacturers offering support for Apple's CarPlay standard via the Regera, a new car unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

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