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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

UBS declares Apple a 'special' kind of investment, says 'full ramifications' of iPhone are yet to come

UBS declares Apple a 'special' kind of investment, says 'full ramifications' of iPhone are yet to come

Reading the new "Becoming Steve Jobs" biography inspired UBS analyst Steven Milunovich to share his thoughts on where Apple is headed, leading him to suggest to investors that the iPhone maker's best days may still be ahead of it.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 delivers poor graphics performance vs. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S6 delivers poor graphics performance vs. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

While boasting an "Octa Core" Application Processor and an extremely high resolution display, Samsung's new Galaxy S6 falls flat in running GPU intensive apps and games — particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Apple announces Chinese iPhone and iPad trade-in program

Apple announces Chinese iPhone and iPad trade-in program

Apple iPhone and iPad owners living in Greater China are now able visit one of the country's 18 Apple Store locations to trade in their old hardware for store credit, which can subsequently be applied to a new device purchase.

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Apple and IBM unveil 8 new MobileFirst iOS apps, new healthcare and industrial products categories

Apple and IBM unveil 8 new MobileFirst iOS apps, new healthcare and industrial products categories

As part of mobile applications and services initiative MobileFirst, Apple and IBM on Tuesday released eight new iOS apps serving various enterprises, adding new services for the healthcare and industrial products segments.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

UK's Carphone Warehouse denied Apple Watch at launch, hints at Apple retail plans

UK's Carphone Warehouse denied Apple Watch at launch, hints at Apple retail plans

The CEO of Carphone Warehouse, Britain's biggest cellphone retailer, on Tuesday said that his company's 800 stores were left out of the Apple Watch launch scheduled to kick off on April 24, suggesting other big box chains around the world are in the same situation.

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Analyst predicts 1M Apple Watches sold over launch weekend, 2.3M by June

Analyst predicts 1M Apple Watches sold over launch weekend, 2.3M by June

With Apple Watch on the horizon, industry analysts are placing their bets on how many units Apple can move on its first weekend of availability, with one prediction pegging the number at one million.

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Pandora CFO says service coming to CarPlay, calls Apple 'frenemy'

Pandora CFO says service coming to CarPlay, calls Apple 'frenemy'

When CarPlay debuted in 2014, Internet radio service Pandora, seemingly a perfect fit for an iOS-based automotive system, was conspicuously absent from Apple's list of launch partners. That may soon change, according to one Pandora executive.

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Amazon Dash Buttons bring consumerism to Internet of Things

Amazon Dash Buttons bring consumerism to Internet of Things

Amazon on Tuesday announced a new single-purpose Internet-connected device that lets customers quickly reorder commonly depleted goods like coffee pods and razor blades at the push of a button.

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Todoist for iOS gets major upgrades, New York Times creates 'one-sentence stories' for Apple Watch

Todoist for iOS gets major upgrades, New York Times creates 'one-sentence stories' for Apple Watch

Doist on Tuesday released a major update of Todoist for iOS, adding features like "intelligent" task input, while the New York Times announced it would be creating single-sentence stories for display on Apple Watch.

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Rockstar patent sale could net Apple $392 million in March quarter

Rockstar patent sale could net Apple $392 million in March quarter

The sale of patents owned by the Rockstar Consortium of companies could bring a windfall of $392 million in additional cash to Apple's March quarter, estimates from one analyst predict.

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Google unveils new $149 Chromebooks, Asus-made Chromebit stick computer

Google unveils new $149 Chromebooks, Asus-made Chromebit stick computer

Devices running Google's budding Chrome OS cloud-based operating system continue to fall in price, as the company announced two new laptop models from Chinese manufacturers Haier and Hisense, alongside a convertible Chromebook and thumb drive-sized "Chromebit" from Asus.

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Apple's Lisa Jackson talks environmental regulations, global carbon footprint at WSJ conference

Apple's Lisa Jackson talks environmental regulations, global carbon footprint at WSJ conference

Apple's head of environmental efforts, Lisa Jackson, addressed a variety of issues, including the company's relationship with federal regulators and its global carbon footprint, in a new interview.

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Apple asks developers to submit WatchKit apps for fast approaching Apple Watch launch

Apple asks developers to submit WatchKit apps for fast approaching Apple Watch launch

Apple on Tuesday issued a notice to its development community, asking for applications based on the new WatchKit tools for Apple Watch to be submitted to the App Store.

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Smartphone users becoming more discerning about the apps they use, Gartner says

Smartphone users becoming more discerning about the apps they use, Gartner says

Six years into the current incarnation of the mobile app marketplace, a recent survey suggests that while smartphone owners have not lost their appetite for new apps, developers hoping to make it into users' everyday rotation have a higher bar to reach.

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Microsoft ditches ARM for Intel with new $499 Surface 3, its latest iPad competitor

Microsoft ditches ARM for Intel with new $499 Surface 3, its latest iPad competitor

After two generations of ARM-based tablets that ran a limited version of Windows, Microsoft has finally abandoned the low-power processors for Intel's latest Atom chips, allowing the third-generation Surface to run full-fledged Windows 8.1.

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Reviewers say Samsung's Galaxy S6 tops Android heap, but S6 Edge is solution in search of problem

Reviewers say Samsung's Galaxy S6 tops Android heap, but S6 Edge is solution in search of problem

The early word is out on Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, with many reviewers praising the company's design efforts —†even as they acknowledge its Apple-esque form —†while questioning the S6 Edge's raison d'Ítre.

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Two-thirds of Apple Pay users running into problems at checkout, survey claims

Two-thirds of Apple Pay users running into problems at checkout, survey claims

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that Apple Pay had "gotten off to the most amazing start," about two-thirds of its users are encountering problems at retail, according to a survey published this week by Phoenix Marketing International.

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Predicting better-than-expected margins, RBC ups Apple price target to $142

Predicting better-than-expected margins, RBC ups Apple price target to $142

Gross margins for Apple's March quarter could surprise to the upside, according to investment firm RBC Capital Markets, which raised its price target on the iPhone maker to $142 on Tuesday.

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TipsContinuity tips: How to enable or disable iPhone cellular calls on Mac & iPad

Continuity tips: How to enable or disable iPhone cellular calls on Mac & iPad

Made available with iOS 8, Continuity and Handoff on iOS and the Mac enable users to receive SMS messages, phone calls, and more across devices. First in our series of tips, here's how to turn on (or off) phone call forwarding to your Mac and iPad.

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China reportedly defers banking technology regulations, relieves pressure on foreign firms

China reportedly defers banking technology regulations, relieves pressure on foreign firms

China has reportedly agreed to delay a rollout of regulations that would restrict state-operated banks from purchasing or employing foreign equipment and technology.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Apple Maps Connect services branch out to Italy, Mexico, Switzerland

Apple Maps Connect services branch out to Italy, Mexico, Switzerland

Apple on Monday expanded the reach of its Maps Connect service for small businesses to three more countries, namely Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland.

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ITC to investigate Apple on allegations of Ericsson patent infringement

ITC to investigate Apple on allegations of Ericsson patent infringement

Following formal complaints by Ericsson, the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday showed intent to launch an investigation into Apple's potentially illegal use of patented LTE technology.

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Jay Z asked Apple's Jimmy Iovine to collaborate on revolutionary streaming platform Tidal

Jay Z asked Apple's Jimmy Iovine to collaborate on revolutionary streaming platform Tidal

Following Monday's reveal of Jay Z's upcoming music service Tidal, the rap star revealed he was in talks with Beats cofounder and current Apple exec Jimmy Iovine over potentially collaborating on the project.

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Apple to reveal fiscal Q2 2015 earnings on April 27

Apple to reveal fiscal Q2 2015 earnings on April 27

Apple today announced that the results of its second fiscal quarter will be discussed in a conference call scheduled for Monday, April 27 at 2 P.M. Pacific time, or 5 P.M. Eastern.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with tweaked Photos app

Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with tweaked Photos app

Apple on Monday pushed out to developers and public beta testers a fresh OS X 10.10.3 version, building on recent releases introducing a new Photos app and APIs for MacBook Force Touch capabilities.

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Adobe debuts Comp CC for iPad, Facebook Messenger gets third-party hooks, Google Drive enables automatic backups

Adobe debuts Comp CC for iPad, Facebook Messenger gets third-party hooks, Google Drive enables automatic backups

Adobe on Monday launched a conceptual design app for the iPad, Comp CC, while Facebook brought third-party app integration to Messenger, and Google Drive gained support for automatic iOS photo and video backup.

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Apple embarks on wave of new battery-related job hires, targets iOS improvements

Apple embarks on wave of new battery-related job hires, targets iOS improvements

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

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Rumor: Apple's jumbo 'iPad Pro' allegedly shown in spy shots with potential second port

Rumor: Apple's jumbo 'iPad Pro' allegedly shown in spy shots with potential second port

As has become a rite of passage for rumored Apple products, the company's long buzzed-about 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" was allegedly shown off in a series of photos posted to Chinese microblogging site Weibo on Monday, suggesting that it could house a USB type-C port or a second Lightning connector.

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Tidal music service expected to relaunch with exclusives that could hurt Apple's Beats Music

Tidal music service expected to relaunch with exclusives that could hurt Apple's Beats Music

Tidal, a music streaming service recently bought by rapper Jay-Z, is due to relaunch later today and will allegedly be backed by artist exclusives that could threaten Apple's planned rebranding of Beats Music.

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Alleged 'iPhone 6c' rear shell suggests Apple will repackage iPhone 5s parts

Alleged 'iPhone 6c' rear shell suggests Apple will repackage iPhone 5s parts

On the heels of a new report saying Apple will continue to offer a 4-inch iPhone with a new "C" model, a set of new images show what appears to be a revised design for an unreleased iPhone that could feature parts from the current iPhone 5s.

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Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the US, Europe

Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the US, Europe

Consumers looking to make the switch from an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone device to an iPhone can now bring their old handset directly to Apple, where they could trade it in to receive credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone.

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FDA confirms 'very light touch' regulation for Apple Watch, other wearables

FDA confirms 'very light touch' regulation for Apple Watch, other wearables

Wearable devices that collect and collate personal health data, such as the forthcoming Apple Watch, are unlikely to fall under the thumb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as long as manufacturers stay away from medical diagnosis, an agency representative said this week.

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Apple Watch for retail sale by reservation only, no band-swapping during try-ons - report

Apple Watch for retail sale by reservation only, no band-swapping during try-ons - report

Shoppers wanting to buy an Apple Watch from an Apple Store will not be able to pick one up without a prior reservation, at least at launch, according to a new report.

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Steve Jobs biopic shoots scenes from unveiling of first iMac in 1998

Steve Jobs biopic shoots scenes from unveiling of first iMac in 1998

The upcoming film about the life of Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, will feature scenes reliving his return to the company and the unveiling of the very first iMac.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cook says discriminatory 'religious freedom' laws are dangerous, calls for action

Cook says discriminatory 'religious freedom' laws are dangerous, calls for action

In an editorial published by The Washington Post on Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook comes down hard on a spate of U.S. legislation he believes enables discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.

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Inside iCloud: Apple Inc has quietly doubled its Reno, Nevada data center site

Inside iCloud: Apple Inc has quietly doubled its Reno, Nevada data center site

Apple has greatly expanded its data center near Reno, Nev., about four hours east of Silicon Valley. However, it appears that the company's aggressive growth in iCloud server capacity is only just getting started, with massive room for expansion surrounding the facilities.

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FeatureHow Apple's new MacBook gets nearly as much battery life as the MacBook Pro with a battery half the size

How Apple's new MacBook gets nearly as much battery life as the MacBook Pro with a battery half the size

Apple has packed its all-new MacBook with some impressive technology, but its outstanding battery life — nine hours from a single charge — may be the most staggering. AppleInsider took a look under the hood to see how they could have done it.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

ReviewReview: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' looks to dispel accepted Jobs myth

Review: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' looks to dispel accepted Jobs myth

With "Becoming Steve Jobs," coauthors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli seek to dismantle perceptions of Jobs the egomaniacal, callous autocrat, replacing accepted opinion with a retelling of the life of a man who they describe — for better or worse — as being "half genius, half asshole."

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FeatureApple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness

Apple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness

To pursue its continuing obsession with thinness, Apple has gone to extraordinary lengths with the keyboard on the new 12-inch MacBook, redesigning it in a way that is thoroughly distinct from its Macbook Air and MacBook Pro stablemates.

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Friday, March 27, 2015