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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apple drops opposition to PCalc iOS calculator widget

Apple drops opposition to PCalc iOS calculator widget
Users who want a calculator in their iOS Notification Center can breathe easy after Apple dropped its request to a developer asking it to remove its widget feature.

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President Bill Clinton, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella & others praise Apple CEO Tim Cook for publicly announcing he is gay

President Bill Clinton, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella & others praise Apple CEO Tim Cook for publicly announcing he is gay
Following the publication of a heartfelt personal letter in which the Apple CEO revealed his sexual orientation publicly for the first time, Tim Cook has been showered with praise from coworkers, competitors, celebrities and more.

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Spotify brings its new look to iPad, Skype update lets users save and delete chat photos

Spotify brings its new look to iPad, Skype update lets users save and delete chat photos
Popular music subscription service Spotify updated its official iPad app on Thursday with a new look in line with its iPhone client, while also giving users access to the "Your Music" feature. In addition, Microsoft's Skype for iPhone was also updated with the ability to save and delete photo, as well as a faster chat load time.

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NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys

NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys
Chipmaker NXP, which is believed to supply the near-field communications chips found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, hopes automakers will adopt its technology, potentially enabling future car owners to unlock and even start their car with their smartphone.

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Breaking
'I'm proud to be gay,' Apple CEO Tim Cook says in open letter supporting equality

'I'm proud to be gay,' Apple CEO Tim Cook says in open letter supporting equality
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook published a letter on Thursday revealing that while it wasn't an "easy choice," he's decided to publicly announce that he is "proud to be gay," and that it has given him perspective on what it means to be a minority.

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Samsung, Apple retain global smartphone lead in Q3 as Xiaomi rockets into third

Samsung, Apple retain global smartphone lead in Q3 as Xiaomi rockets into third
The global smartphone market grew 25 percent year-over-year during the third quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC, with Apple seeing moderate gains and Samsung posting the only loss in shipment volume out of the top five manufacturers.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Breaking
Samsung suffered a 73.9% drop in Q3 mobile profits while Apple's rose 11.3 percent

Samsung suffered a 73.9% drop in Q3 mobile profits while Apple's rose 11.3 percent
Samsung Electronics reported overall Q3 operating profits of 4.06 trillion won ($3.8 billion)—a 60 percent year-over-year drop—while its Mobile division suffered a 73.9 percent drop in profits.

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Microsoft inadvertently leaks 'Band' fitness wearable in new app, reveals 'Microsoft Health' [update: confirmed]

Microsoft inadvertently leaks 'Band' fitness wearable in new app, reveals 'Microsoft Health' [update: confirmed]
Microsoft's rumored wearable fitness tracker was inadvertently leaked online Wednesday when the company's first-party syncing app was posted to Apple's Mac App Store, disclosing a few key features of the unannounced device.

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Apple in early talks to sell iPhone in Iran, report says

Apple in early talks to sell iPhone in Iran, report says
Almost one year after the U.S. began to loosen sanctions on exports to Iran, Apple is reportedly in early stage talks with distributors to start official sales of its products in the country.

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FeatureDevelopers of PCalc, Nomi run afoul of Apple's evolving iOS 8 App Store policies

Developers of PCalc, Nomi run afoul of Apple's evolving iOS 8 App Store policies
Apple's platform policies for iOS, OS X and their respective App Stores have occasionally irked developers or even wildly disrupted their businesses. The latest collision involves a retroactive ban on widget calculators and tightened WiFi privacy rules for iOS, as Apple issues new rules for apps using Apple Pay and TestFlight.

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BlackBerry hopes to rekindle sales by reintroducing classic keyboard & form factor

BlackBerry hopes to rekindle sales by reintroducing classic keyboard & form factor
Hoping to strike a chord with old school BlackBerry users, the not quite dead company on Wednesday teased a new device called BlackBerry Classic, which appears to be a modern take on the seminal BlackBerry Bold.

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MCX CEO calls CurrentC exclusivity fines 'untrue,' responds to recent hack

MCX CEO calls CurrentC exclusivity fines 'untrue,' responds to recent hack
During a press conference on Wednesday, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson responded to criticism of the retail consortium's CurrentC system, saying merchant fines for using other payment solutions are untrue.

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GT Advanced blames Apple for one-sided sapphire contract that resulted in $461M loss

GT Advanced blames Apple for one-sided sapphire contract that resulted in $461M loss
Testimony from chief operating officer of GT Advanced Technologies reveals that the company lost $461 million before it filed for bankruptcy — a course that the company asserts was the result of "unsustainable" contracts in which it assumed all of the risk, while Apple took none.

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Logitech launches Type+ & Ultrathin keyboards for iPad Air 2, ultraportable Keys-To-Go for all models

Logitech launches Type+ & Ultrathin keyboards for iPad Air 2, ultraportable Keys-To-Go for all models
Logitech this week updated its Type+ and Ultrathin keyboard cases to be compatible with Apple's new iPad Air 2, and also introduced a new standalone ultraportable wireless iPad keyboard dubbed Keys-To-Go.

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Breaking
Apple Pay competitor CurrentC hacked, alerts pilot program participants of security breach

Apple Pay competitor CurrentC hacked, alerts pilot program participants of security breach
CurrentC, a mobile payment system that has found itself at odds with both Apple Pay and Google Wallet, announced on Wednesday that it has been hacked and that some users' email addresses may have been obtained.

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MCX defends CurrentC against Apple Pay controversy, says sensitive customer data is saved in the cloud

MCX defends CurrentC against Apple Pay controversy, says sensitive customer data is saved in the cloud
As Apple Pay and Google Wallet users have joined together in an attempt to fight a consortium of retailers that have blocked NFC-based payments, the company behind the CurrentC mobile payment program has come out in defense of itself, saying that members of the public are "misinformed."

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FCC proposes rule change to open a la carte internet television streaming

FCC proposes rule change to open a la carte internet television streaming
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler floated a proposal Wednesday that would give Internet-based video services the same access to live content from cable and local stations as traditional television broadcasters.

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Constrained supply keeps iPhone 6 Plus resale prices at 124% of retail price

Constrained supply keeps iPhone 6 Plus resale prices at 124% of retail price
Used and resold iPhone 6 Plus units are still selling at above-cost on sites like eBay, as Apple continues to struggle to keep up with overwhelming demand for its new jumbo-sized 5.5-inch iPhone.

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FeatureApple stock closes at all time high as company aims for future growth

Apple stock closes at all time high as company aims for future growth
Apple shares closed Tuesday at an all time high of $106.74, following the market's digesting of recent earnings reports, the well received launches of a series of new products and new details outlined in the company's 10-K report yesterday.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MCX merchants restricted to CurrentC payment system, using Apple Pay incurs fines

MCX merchants restricted to CurrentC payment system, using Apple Pay incurs fines
Partners of the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium, which include retail giants Walmart, CVS, The Gap and more, are contractually obliged to use the upcoming CurrentC mobile payments solution, a forthcoming competitor to Apple Pay, one report says.

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Apple makes iAd available in 70 more countries, now active in 95 regions

Apple makes iAd available in 70 more countries, now active in 95 regions
Apple on Tuesday announced to developers that it has extended iAd support to an additional 70 countries, with the advertising network now in 95 countries around the world.

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Nike+ Running app updated with Apple HealthKit integration, elevation tracking, more

Nike+ Running app updated with Apple HealthKit integration, elevation tracking, more
Nike on Tuesday released a new version of its popular Nike+ fitness app for iOS, bringing integration with Apple's Health app, elevation tracking , enhanced heart rate monitor support and user interface tweaks.

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Apple's iOS 8 adoption finally breaks 50% nearly 6 weeks after launch

Apple's iOS 8 adoption finally breaks 50% nearly 6 weeks after launch
After stagnating earlier in October, adoption of Apple's latest iOS 8 mobile operating system has finally cracked the 50 percent barrier and now stands at 52 percent of devices tracked by the iOS App Store.

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Apple's Greg Joswiak blames iOS 8.0.1 issues on software distribution

Apple's Greg Joswiak blames iOS 8.0.1 issues on software distribution
In a rare interview on Tuesday, Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing Greg "Joz" Joswiak mostly toed the company line, but did reveal that issues with last month's iOS 8.0.1 rollout were caused by software distribution issues.

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GT Advanced says it's only settling with Apple because it can't afford to sue

GT Advanced says it's only settling with Apple because it can't afford to sue
Beleaguered Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies has suggested it would prefer to sue the iPhone maker rather than reach a settlement, but going to court would be too "challenging and expensive" for the company to pursue.

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FTC files suit against AT&T for 'deceptive & unfair data throttling'

FTC files suit against AT&T for 'deceptive & unfair data throttling'
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced that it has filed suit against AT&T, alleging that the wireless carrier's practice of promising unlimited mobile data and then throttling download speeds amounted to unfair and deceptive practices.

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Apple hit with class-action lawsuit over 2011 MacBook Pro graphics failures

Apple hit with class-action lawsuit over 2011 MacBook Pro graphics failures
A long-running issue with owners of Apple's 2011 series of MacBook Pros has resulted in a class-action lawsuit, seeking compensation for apparent graphics card failures experienced by customers.

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Rumor: Office for Mac to get Retina redesign, feature parity with Windows in Q1 2015

Rumor: Office for Mac to get Retina redesign, feature parity with Windows in Q1 2015
Microsoft is set to release an all-new version of Office for Mac in the first quarter of 2015, documents revealed on Tuesday suggest, modernizing the Mac version of the popular software suite and bringing it to feature parity with its Windows counterpart.

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FeatureiPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks. [Updated Pricing, Offers]

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014