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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Adobe's Photoshop Mix for iPad gets extensibility, panoramic file support, more in update

Adobe on Thursday issued the first update to its Creative Cloud-connected Photoshop Mix app for iPad, bringing hooks into Photoshop Express and Dropbox, as well as a few UI tweaks to the on-the-go image editing tool.

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Apple imposes restrictions on HealthKit data sharing with ad platforms, others

A set of rules discovered in the latest iOS 8 beta show Apple is already taking steps to ensure sensitive user health data harvested by the upcoming HealthKit API remains private, especially as it applies to firms wanting to harness the information for targeted ad campaigns.

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Apple again rumored to unveil 'iWatch' alongside next-gen iPhones on Sept. 9

Seemingly corroborating recent claims that Apple will launch its long-awaited "iWatch" wearable at an upcoming iPhone special event, Bloomberg on Thursday reported that the company decided to pair the two hardware announcements in order to "manage expectations" of the hotly anticipated wearable.

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Apple's mysterious 2-story structure at site of Sept. 9 event drives frenzy even further

Following Apple's announcement that it would move its September media event — at which both the "iPhone 6" and "iWatch" are said to be unveiled — from the company's typical event stage in San Francisco to much larger space in Cupertino, new photos show that they have also constructed a bespoke two-story building on the grounds likely dedicated to the event.

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ESPN updates SportsCenter for iOS with new football features, Secret adds interactive questions

Sports fans now have new ways to keep up with scores and stats on the go following the latest update to ESPN's SportsCenter app, while users of anonymous sharing app Secret can now create impromptu polls and insert images from Flickr.

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BreakingApple announces Sept. 9 event for expected 'iPhone 6' & 'iWatch' unveiling: 'Wish we could say more'

Apple on Thursday confirmed that it will hold a media event on Sept. 9, with a teaser sent to members of the media showcasing the date and a teasing tagline that reads: "Wish we could say more."

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ExclusiveiPhone 5 & 5S trade-ins surge 2800% at Gazelle; AI readers get exclusive $10 bonus ahead of 'iPhone 6'

Last week, Gazelle began offering customers the ability to lock in cash trade-in prices ahead of Apple's anticipated Sept. 9 "iPhone 6" unveiling, and for the next 48 hours, AppleInsider readers can get an additional $10 cash bonus on their iPhone 5s trade in thanks to an exclusive partnership.

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Rumor: Apple to enter mobile payment space with NFC-enabled 'iPhone 6'

Near-field communications chips have been rumored to become part of the iPhone lineup for years, but this year's anticipated "iPhone 6" may see Apple finally take the plunge, according to a new report.

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Apple exploring double-duty NFC, inductive charging coil for smartwatches, mobile phones

On the heels of a report suggesting that Apple's long-anticipated "iWatch" could be unveiled within the next two weeks, a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows that the company has continued to contemplate wireless charging solutions for just such a device.

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Apple wins patent for Steve Jobs-designed Fifth Ave glass cube

The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store glass cube, which was designed in part by legendary company co-founder Steve Jobs, is now a patented ornamental building design sanctioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Smash hit 'BioShock' comes to iPhone, iPad with iOS-specific controls

After years of rumors and speculation, developer 2K Games on Wednesday released a universal iOS port of BioShock, finally bringing the critically acclaimed first-person shooter to Apple's portable devices.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LG and Samsung announce new smartwatches ahead of Apple's anticipated 'iWatch' reveal [u]

In a possible bid to get word out before an expected Apple iWatch announcement sucks the air out of the room, LG on Wednesday took the wraps off a circular display-toting G Watch R, while Samsung touted a new cellular 3G-equipped Gear S smartwatch.

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Judge denies Apple injunction against Samsung devices in second California patent trial

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday handed down an order denying Apple's motion for a sales ban against Samsung products a jury found to have infringed on three patents in May.

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Samsung hypes Note 4 by copying Apple's iPhone 5c "for the colorful" ads

With sales of its flagship Galaxy S5 flagging, Samsung has turned toward hyping its upcoming Note 4 stylus-based phablet using teaser ads targeting the same "for the colorful" characters Apple presented last year using iPhone 5c.

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Spotify adds new hardware partners for Apple AirPlay rival Spotify Connect

Swedish streaming music provider Spotify on Wednesday announced the addition of multimedia hardware companies Bose, Panasonic, and Gramofon to its list of partners for Spotify Connect, a wireless media streaming platform similar to Apple's AirPlay.

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BreakingApple expected to unveil 'iWatch' alongside 'iPhone 6' at Sept. 9 event

Apple's hotly anticipated "iWatch" may be introduced to the public sooner than expected, with a new report claiming the device will be formally unveiled at an anticipated Sept. 9 event, where the next-generation iPhone is also expected to debut.

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Apple adds AT&T Next as online payment option for iPhone buyers

Apple on Thursday quietly added a new payment option to its online storefront, giving AT&T subscribers who are in the market for a new iPhone the ability to make their purchase using installments through the carrier's AT&T Next program.

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Apple will re-bid on nixed $1 billion LA Unified School District iPad contract

Though Apple's contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District to put iPads in the hands of every student was canceled this week, the company still has a shot to win out in the end, bidding once again on the troubled $1 billion project.

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LaCie unveils 48TB Thunderbolt 2 drive, Dropbox upgrades Pro plans to 1TB

Apple users gained two additional high-capacity storage options on Wednesday, as external drive maker LaCie showed off its new rack-mount Thunderbolt 2 drive in a 48 terabyte configuration and cloud storage firm Dropbox announced that its $9.99-per-month Pro plan will now include 1 terabyte of space.

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Deals: $400-$600 off 2013 MacBook Pros, $160- $260 off Mac Pros, $50 off iPads, and a $750 students 13-inch MacBook Air, iPhone 5

With the back-to-school shopping season nearing an end, some last minute offers include a couple of "killer deals" where you can save between $400- $600 on 2013 MacBook Pros that are essentially equivalent to 2014 models, $160-$250 off Mac Pros, $50 off iPad Airs and some iPad minis, up to $399 off certified iPhone 5 refurbs, and Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Air for $750 (Students Only).

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook Air given vague 15-month launch window by DigiTimes

The latest rumor on Apple's anticipated redesign of the MacBook Air casts a particularly wide net, suggesting that a thinner model could launch either this fall, or it could miss the holiday shopping season and debut at some point in 2015.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

T-Mobile to reportedly slash up to $50 off iPhone models starting Aug. 27

As iPhone resellers dump existing stock in preparation of an impending next-generation refresh, U.S. mobile carrier T-Mobile will supposedly cut up to $50 off device-only pricing in an across-the-line sale, according to leaked internal documents.

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iPhone-controlled August Smart Lock finally starts shipping to preorder customers

After nearly a year's wait, Yves Behar-designed August Smart Locks finally started shipping out to preorder customers on Tuesday and the company plans to have supply ready for a wider launch by October.

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Cook says tablet sales slump is 'speed bump,' looks toward future growth

In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook characterized an apparent slowdown in tablet sales as a "speed bump," a sentiment that runs counter to some industry pundits who claim slates like the iPad are past their prime.

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Apple rolls out full-screen interstitial and pre-roll video iAds, expands to Russia and Switzerland

In a notice to developers on Tuesday, Apple announced availability of new iAd options including pre-roll video and full-screen interstitial banner ads for iOS apps, as well as support for Russia and Switzerland.

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Rumored circular True Tone flash for 4.7" and 5.5" 'iPhone 6' detailed in new photos

Seemingly confirming ongoing rumors that Apple's next iPhone will feature a redesigned 'True Tone' flash unit, an electronics wholesaler on Tuesday published high-resolution pictures of circular dual-LED flash assemblies supposedly bound for both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" models.

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Instagram's new Hyperlapse app simplifies timelapses, Square's Cash 2.0 allows transfers to all via text message

Facebook's Instagram launched a new application on Tuesday dubbed Hyperlapse, which allows users to quickly shoot polished time-lapse videos. In addition, Square updated its Cash app for iOS to version 2.0, bringing a host of new features including transferring cash to any number over text message and address book importing.

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Rumor: Apple's jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad in the works for early 2015 debut

Apple will expand the iPad lineup in early 2015 with a new, larger 12.9-inch model flanking the existing 9.7-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini, a new report claims.

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Minnesota school district set to roll Apple's iPad out to 40,000 students

Minnesota's St. Paul School District is preparing to deploy tens of thousands of iPads to students in 37 schools around the city, marking another victory for Apple in education even as a similar program in Los Angeles comes under fire.

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