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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Apple to activate Chinese iPhone trade-in program in March with backing from Foxconn

Apple to activate Chinese iPhone trade-in program in March with backing from Foxconn

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is primed to roll out an iPhone trade-in program in China that will let customers sell back old equipment to Foxconn in return for store credit.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu

Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu

Apple appears to have acquired London-based big data analytics firm Acunu, which previously marketed an eponymous real-time analytics platform that boasted high-velocity ingests and compatibility with Cassandra databases.

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Apple reportedly puts Trent Reznor in charge of redesigned Beats Music app, presses forward with iTunes Radio revamp

Apple reportedly puts Trent Reznor in charge of redesigned Beats Music app, presses forward with iTunes Radio revamp

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is moving forward with a long rumored overhaul of its streaming music services lineup that will incorporate a reworked Beats Music app developed with the help of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, as well as a revamped iTunes Radio service.

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Apple, U.S. tech giants call for government spying reform in open letter to Congress

Apple, U.S. tech giants call for government spying reform in open letter to Congress

A number of powerful tech companies sent an open letter to Congress, President Barack Obama and other government agencies on Wednesday, arguing for drastic change in the nation's surveillance laws that currently allow for bulk consumer data collection.

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Apple TV adds CNNgo for live and on-demand news video

Apple TV adds CNNgo for live and on-demand news video

Apple on Wednesday silently updated the Apple TV with another app channel, CNNgo, to provide users with live and on-demand video from the news network.

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Apple Stores will cater to Apple Watch Edition buyers with 30 minutes of hands-on time

Apple Stores will cater to Apple Watch Edition buyers with 30 minutes of hands-on time

Starting April 10, standard appointments for sampling Apple Watch will run 15 minutes, but shoppers interested in the $10,000-and-up Apple Watch Edition will get a half-hour to see how it looks and fits.

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Facebook announces Messenger API, spherical videos & more at F8 conference

Facebook announces Messenger API, spherical videos & more at F8 conference

Facebook on Wednesday made a series of announcements at its F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, revealing plans to make Messenger a platform, and improve other aspects of its social network with functions like Share Sheets, spherical videos, and an embeddable video player.

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Yelp adds outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs & more to direct booking options

Yelp adds outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs & more to direct booking options

Yelp this week introduced five new business categories users can transact with via its website and mobile apps, including outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs, spas and salons, and even legal advisors.

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FeatureWhy Apple is banking on USB-C for its all-new 12-inch MacBook and beyond

Why Apple is banking on USB-C for its all-new 12-inch MacBook and beyond

Apple recently made a splash by announcing a new 12-inch MacBook that features a single port for both power and data transfers: USB-C, a new connector spec that may sweep away not just USB 2.0, but also Thunderbolt — and possibly even Apple's Lightning.

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Yet another outage hits Apple's App Store & iTunes, preventing searches, discovery & downloads

Yet another outage hits Apple's App Store & iTunes, preventing searches, discovery & downloads

Apple's cloud-based woes continue to reappear, with a major outage hitting the App Store, iTunes Store and other digital storefronts on Wednesday, seemingly affecting users around the world and preventing them from searching for and downloading apps or other content [updated].

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Apple's early 2015 MacBook Air confirmed to support 60Hz 4K external displays

Apple's early 2015 MacBook Air confirmed to support 60Hz 4K external displays

While Apple says that its latest MacBook Air will officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.

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Apple's Japanese R&D facility confirmed for Yokohama with 2016 completion date

Apple's Japanese R&D facility confirmed for Yokohama with 2016 completion date

An Apple research and development facility promised by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been formally announced by the mayor of Yokohama, and is due to be completed sometime in 2016.

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FeatureFirst look: Fantastical 2 for Mac brings advanced calendaring to OS X Yosemite

First look: Fantastical 2 for Mac brings advanced calendaring to OS X Yosemite

After launching a successful follow-up to popular calendar app Fantastical for iPhone and iPad, developer Flexibits returns its attention to Mac with Fantastical 2 for OS X, bringing a slew of new features like Today widgets and extensibility support.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Apple Campus 2 recycled water project set for final approval [u]

Apple Campus 2 recycled water project set for final approval [u]

Apple, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the city of Sunnyvale and the California Water Service Company may soon break ground on a joint $17.5 million project that will pipe recycled water into Cupertino and Apple's sprawling Campus 2 headquarters.

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UK Parliament approves $1.5M plan to supply members with new iPad Air 2s, laptops

UK Parliament approves $1.5M plan to supply members with new iPad Air 2s, laptops

The UK's House of Commons has decided to give each member of parliament a copy of Apple's latest iPad Air 2, as well as a laptop, as part of a project that will cost taxpayers almost $1.49 million.

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Apple buys flexible, fast database software firm FoundationDB with eye on the cloud

Apple buys flexible, fast database software firm FoundationDB with eye on the cloud

A report on Tuesday claims Apple recently purchased FoundationDB, a database software company that touts fast speeds via a durable and scalable NoSQL, ACID-compliant architecture.

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HP to replace audio vendor Beats with Bang & Olufsen

HP to replace audio vendor Beats with Bang & Olufsen

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday announced high-end audio equipment maker Bang & Olufsen will be lending its expertise to upcoming products, a partnership forged after Apple last year declined to extend a longstanding Beats tie-up.

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Facebook begins rolling out nostalgic 'On This Day' feature to Web, mobile app

Facebook begins rolling out nostalgic 'On This Day' feature to Web, mobile app

Facebook on Tuesday announced the debut of a new feature for users of its website and mobile apps, "On This Day," meant to spark nostalgia by highlighting content posted to the site in years past.

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iOS 8.3 allows users to turn off password requirement for free App Store downloads

iOS 8.3 allows users to turn off password requirement for free App Store downloads

Apple's pre-release betas of iOS 8.3 include an option to disable password entry when downloading free applications from the App Store, removing a potential inconvenience for users.

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Site cleared for Apple's new flagship retail store at San Francisco's Union Square

Site cleared for Apple's new flagship retail store at San Francisco's Union Square

Apple's efforts to build a large new flagship store at Union Square in San Francisco have nearly completed the demolition of the existing building on the site, where little remains apart from a concrete foundation, steps and a folk art fountain that will be relocated as part of the construction project.

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Apple releases new iOS 8.3 betas for both developer and public testing

Apple releases new iOS 8.3 betas for both developer and public testing

The fourth beta of iOS 8.3 was issued to developers on Tuesday, while members of the public iOS beta program were given their second build of the forthcoming software update.

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New 'Try the Watch' app uses augmented reality to visualize wearing an Apple Watch

New 'Try the Watch' app uses augmented reality to visualize wearing an Apple Watch

Consumers who are still unsure of how the Apple Watch will look on their wrist can now get a better idea using nothing but their iPhone, a printer, and a pair of scissors thanks to a new augmented reality app from Belgian IT firm Underside.

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Apple TV app lineup expands with TED, Tastemade, Young Hollywood

Apple TV app lineup expands with TED, Tastemade, Young Hollywood

Amid reports of a major hardware and software refresh coming later this year, Apple on Tuesday added three more app channels to the current-generation Apple TV: TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood.

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Last Call: Free LG super drive, Free Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones, and up to $354 off all 2014 BTO MacBook Pros with AppleCare

Last Call: Free LG super drive, Free Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones, and up to $354 off all 2014 BTO MacBook Pros with AppleCare

For just 24 more hours, we're 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 BTO mid-2014 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro (with fresh price drops on 13" models). Readers can also pair the offer with an AppleCare rebate, which delivers the lowest price anywhere for these models with Apple's extended protection.

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Magzet aims to bring MagSafe-like functionality to 3.5mm audio jacks

Magzet aims to bring MagSafe-like functionality to 3.5mm audio jacks

Anyone who has ever had their headphones yanked off their head after getting the cord caught on a doorknob or dealt with a loose plug from from too many insertion cycles will appreciate the idea behind Magzet, a new adapter that adds MagSafe-like functionality to the audio jack.

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Ten One Design's Inklet is first 3rd-party app to support Apple's Force Touch trackpad

Ten One Design's Inklet is first 3rd-party app to support Apple's Force Touch trackpad

Pressure-sensitive drawing is now capable with any stylus or just a finger on the new MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad, thanks to an update to the Inklet OS X app from Ten One Design.

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Highly anticipated 'Becoming Steve Jobs' biography now available

Highly anticipated 'Becoming Steve Jobs' biography now available

The hotly anticipated biography "Becoming Steve Jobs" debuted on Tuesday to set the record straight on Apple's cofounder and upon launch rocketed to the No. 1 spot on Amazon's Rich & Famous Biographies list.

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Apple location sharing patent could bring path tracking to Find My Friends

Apple location sharing patent could bring path tracking to Find My Friends

Apple's current Find My Friends app lets iPhone and iPad users spot acquaintances on a map, but an invention detailed on Tuesday takes things to a whole new level with path tracking and route following.

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Apple invents 3-sensor iPhone camera with light splitting cube for accurate colors, low-light performance

Apple invents 3-sensor iPhone camera with light splitting cube for accurate colors, low-light performance

An Apple patent published on Tuesday details a miniaturized iPhone camera system that employs a light-splitting cube to parse incoming rays into three color components, each of which are captured by separate sensors.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Netflix flips switch on streaming services in Australia and New Zealand, lands on Apple TV

Netflix flips switch on streaming services in Australia and New Zealand, lands on Apple TV

Netflix on Monday debuted its streaming media services to markets in Australia and New Zealand, with official subscription access rolling out on a variety of platforms including Apple TV.

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Italian prosecutors complete probe into Apple over $964M in unpaid taxes, could pave way for trial

Italian prosecutors complete probe into Apple over $964M in unpaid taxes, could pave way for trial

Apple could potentially face trial in Italy after prosecutors there recently finished a probe into claims that the company's crafty accounting led to more than 879 million euros ($964 million) in unpaid corporate taxes.

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Twitter experiments with autoplay video ads on iPhone and iPad apps

Twitter experiments with autoplay video ads on iPhone and iPad apps

Twitter on Monday initiated an ad engagement test through its iOS apps that will cause sponsored video ads to automatically play on select iPhone and iPad devices in the U.S.

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Apple's new Apple Pay acceptance decal kits raise customer awareness at participating merchants

Apple's new Apple Pay acceptance decal kits raise customer awareness at participating merchants

Apple recently activated a program allowing merchants to order Apple Pay decal kits to dress up shop windows and registers, which raises customer awareness of where Apple's payment service is accepted.

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Fitbit adds support for multiple trackers, bike tracking as Apple Watch launch approaches

Fitbit adds support for multiple trackers, bike tracking as Apple Watch launch approaches

With the launch of the Apple Watch just around the corner, Fitbit has updated its software to support daily use of multiple devices from its ecosystem, while the new Surge has gained bike tracking capabilities.

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Amazon Music for iOS gets ad-free Prime Stations, Instagram launches Layout for iPhone

Amazon Music for iOS gets ad-free Prime Stations, Instagram launches Layout for iPhone

Amazon has launched a major overhaul of its Music app for iOS, including support for radio stations, while Facebook-owned Instagram has published Layout, a new iPhone app that lets users build collages out of their photos.

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Square opens up Square Cash payments to businesses in bid to compete with PayPal, Apple Pay

Square opens up Square Cash payments to businesses in bid to compete with PayPal, Apple Pay

Mobile payments service Square announced on Monday that businesses can begin accepting payments sent via Square Cash, an iPhone and Android app previously aimed exclusively at person-to-person transfers.

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ExclusiveSource: Apple Watch will see constraints at launch, but reports of late production issues overblown

Source: Apple Watch will see constraints at launch, but reports of late production issues overblown

Rumors of production issues before a new Apple product launch are par for the course, and the Apple Watch has proven no different. But a source has indicated to AppleInsider that while there may be some supply issues for the debut of the Apple Watch, they are not unexpected and the company is prepared for them.

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Apple posts fifth OS X 10.10.3 beta, adds OS X Recovery updates

Apple posts fifth OS X 10.10.3 beta, adds OS X Recovery updates

Apple on Monday seeded an updated beta build of OS X 10.10.3 to developers and public beta testers, the fifth pre-release version of the company's desktop operating system that brings updates to the new Photos app as well as OS X Yosemite's recovery tools.

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Apple's mystery vans are so popular, people are making fake ones

Apple's mystery vans are so popular, people are making fake ones

While Apple's radar- and camera-equipped minivans are being spotted with increasing frequency around the U.S., a new sighting this week in Germany served up an interesting twist: a Dodge Caravan that looks like one of Apple's vehicles, except it's a fake.

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