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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Russian government asks Apple to hand over source code amid spying concerns

Russia's Ministry of Communications and Mass Media has suggested that Apple should open its source code for government inspection to ensure that the iPhone maker is not complicit in enabling U.S. intelligence services to spy on the world's largest country.

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Apple promoting savings with back-to-school sales tax holidays in US

Apple on Tuesday launched an updated informational page, and corresponding email campaign, detailing how consumers in nine U.S. states can take advantage of back-to-school sales tax holidays for substantial savings on Macs and iOS devices next month.

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Another Apple page briefly mentioned mysterious 'mid-2014' 27-inch iMac

Apple may have accidentally tipped its hand on two imminent hardware releases this week, with support pages from the company referencing both new Mac mini and 27-inch iMac models listed with a "mid-2014" launch.

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Microsoft updates OneNote for iOS and Mac with OneDrive access, file insertion, more

Microsoft on Tuesday rolled out a major update to its Apple-centric OneNote product line, adding new features like access to notes stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online, inserting files and note reorganization and sharing.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: Rapoo E6300 Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Rapoo's E6300 Bluetooth keyboard is billed as the perfect complement to Apple's iPad, with device-specific shortcuts, a slim profile and extended battery life, but the hardware falls far short of expectations.

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Instagram launches Snapchat competitor 'Bolt' in select markets, US not included

A week after rumors that Instagram would launch Bolt, the Facebook-owned company soft launched the new time-restricted image and video messaging app in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.

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ExclusiveHow to get the lowest prices on Apple's mid-2014 MacBook Pros with instant coupons

Apple's much-anticipated 2014 family of MacBook Pros introduced Tuesday are on their way to the company's largest authorized resellers, and AI has teamed up with MacMall to offer the lowest prices anywhere on not only the five standard retail configurations but over two dozen custom configurations.

Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina display models unboxed, SSDs speed tested

Hours after Apple released its refreshed MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup, aftermarket parts reseller Other World Computing has SSD speed test results for both 13-inch and 15-inch models, as well as photos of a partial teardown.

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Apple references unannounced 'mid-2014' Mac mini in Support Pages document

In an update to a support document regarding Boot Camp compatibility on Monday, Apple added reference to an as-yet-unannounced "mid-2014" Mac mini, suggesting the company is — or was — planning a long overdue refresh of its smallest desktop offering.

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Apple confirms purchase of personalized talk radio service Swell, shuts down app

Apple has indeed purchased Swell, a personalized news radio application, the company confirmed on Tuesday, after promptly shutting removing the free download from the iOS App Store.

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Rumor: Sapphire display seen as unlikely for 'iPhone 6' amid production woes

Sapphire display covers have yet to begin winding their way through Apple's supply chain thanks to poor yield rates for sapphire ingot and problems with the processing of the material, according to a new report, which suggests that Apple is unlikely to ship a sapphire-covered device in large quantities this year.

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Ford ditches BlackBerry for Apple, will deploy 9,300 iPhones among employees

Apple can now count the Ford Motor Co. among those who are embracing its iOS platform, as the automaker has revealed it will equip more than 9,000 workers with iPhones over the next two years.

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Apple, Samsung shed smartphone share in Q2 as market continues to explode

Global smartphone shipments increased by nearly 25 percent year-over-year, new data released Tuesday indicates, with Chinese vendors accounting for the lion's share of the growth at the expense of established heavyweights Apple and Samsung.

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FeatureApple's focus on value in 2014 has sent Mac sales surging

Hardware updates to the Mac lineup thus far in 2014 have been generally unexciting, and yet Apple has still achieved record sales this year, as consumers are seeing plenty to like about the company's newest and more affordable computers.

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Apple adds Fox Now, CNBC channels to Apple TV

Apple on Tuesday updated its Apple TV set-top box with channels for two new content partners, adding one each for financial news powerhouse CNBC and entertainment network Fox — though both require a cable subscription to access most content.

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Rumor: 'iWatch' production hits snags, will not begin until Q4 2014

Executives at longtime Apple supplier TPK — thought to have been selected by the iPhone maker to manufacture touch modules for the so-called "iWatch" — are said to have revised earlier forecasts for a profit uptick in the third quarter, pushing the expected surge back by three months in what is seen as an indication that Apple's wearable is suffering from delays.

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Apple expanding AppleCare+ warranties internationally, now available in Mexico & Sweden

AppleCare+ warranty coverage for iPhone, iPad and iPod is now available to customers in both Mexico and Sweden, expanding international availability of the optional two-year program.

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Apple's legacy MacBook Pro with CD/DVD SuperDrive lives on with $100 price cut

Though it lacks a Retina display and features a thicker, heavier design, spinning hard drive, and a CD/DVD SuperDrive, Apple's legacy MacBook Pro survived the company's latest round of updates on Tuesday, and was even given a $100 price cut to $1,099.

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FeatureNew Android 'Fake ID' flaw empowers stealthy new class of super-malware

A new Android design error discovered by Bluebox Security allows malicious apps to grab extensive control over a user's device without asking for any special permissions at installation. The problem affects virtually all Android phones sold since 2010.

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Apple patents smart navigation routing with crowd-sourced stop light pattern recognition

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a smart travel route creation system that relies on real-time crowd-sourced stop sign and stop light-based traffic analysis to find the fastest path to a destination.

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BreakingApple refreshes MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup with faster CPUs, more RAM standard

Apple on Tuesday refreshed its MacBook Pro with Retina display line of laptops, bringing faster Intel Haswell processors and, for the 15-inch models and entry 13-inch model, double the standard memory.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Yelp lets users add short videos to business reviews in latest app update

Yelp on Monday pushed out an update to its iOS app that allows users to upload short video clips up to 12 seconds long alongside written reviews and pictures.

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Hilton to roll out digital check-ins, smartphone room keys in new tech push

Hilton Worldwide on Monday announced plans to roll out an aggressive overhaul of its tech infrastructure that will let guests use their mobile devices as hotel room keys, choose rooms from a floor plan map and check-in to properties around the world.

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Microsoft uses Apple's Siri to prop up Windows' new 'Cortana' virtual assistant

In a new ad released on Monday, Microsoft highlights the apparent inadequacies of Apple's Siri virtual assistant, which is pitted unfavorably in a head-to-head feature test with "Cortana," its Windows 8.1 analog.

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Facebook to soon require standalone Messenger app for mobile chats [u]

Facebook on Monday announced it will be drawing down support for messages sent through its flagship mobile app, meaning users around the world will be forced to download the standalone Messenger app if they want to take their chats on the road.

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Apple drops cross-appeal of final judgment in Samsung lawsuit, no longer seeks permanent injunction

Apple on Monday filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to drop its cross-appeal of California Judge Lucy Koh's final judgment in its patent trial against Samsung, meaning the company will no longer seek a product ban in that case.

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Apple's Beats Music refines iOS app, Clumsy Ninja adds summer content

Two interesting updates hit the App Store on Monday as new Apple subsidiary Beats Music unveiled a number of refinements to the app's user experience and popular gaming title Clumsy Ninja added a slew of new content.

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Apple's iBeacon continues to spread with new rollouts by Lord & Taylor, others

Businesses continue to embrace consumers wielding Apple's mobile devices, as department store chain Lord & Taylor and German restaurant group Mook have announced new iBeacon-based customer outreach plans, while hoteliers Hilton will allow guests to check in and unlock their rooms with their smartphones.

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Purported 5.5-in. iPhone logic board surfaces alongside 'iPhone 6' part in new photos

A logic board said to be destined for Apple's anticipated 5.5-inch iPhone was shown off in a new set of photos on Monday alongside a similar part reportedly headed for a 4.7-inch "iPhone 6."

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