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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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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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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Apple adds Showtime Anytime, iTunes Festival channels to Apple TV

Apple on Tuesday added two new channel options to its set-top streamer, bringing on-demand Showtime Anytime from the cable network as well as a dedicated channel for the upcoming iTunes Festival in London.

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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).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Purported 'iPhone 6' speaker assembly revealed by Chinese repair firm

A photo that is said to depict the loudspeaker assembly from Apple's next-generation iPhone surfaced on Tuesday from a wholesale electronics parts supplier in the Far East, alongside pictures of several other supposed "iPhone 6" components.

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LA Unified School District suspends iPad deal, faces accusations that officials had close ties with Apple

Though it was much-touted when Apple signed the contract last year, the company's massive deal to sell iPads to the Los Angeles Unified School District has now officially been suspended, amid accusations that top employees at the district had improperly close ties with the Cupertino, Calif., company.

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Verizon winding down stock of 32GB iPhone 5c ahead of Apple's anticipated 'iPhone 6'

U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless is burning through the last of its high-capacity 32-gigabyte iPhone 5c inventory, with almost all units now out of stock in its online store, in anticipation of a replacement with Apple's next-generation lineup of handsets, AppleInsider has learned.

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Apple patent embeds physical iPhone control, feedback components beneath flexible display

In a new patent discovered on Tuesday, Apple details a flexible mobile device screen that deforms to reveal buttons hidden beneath its surface, accepts sound and pressure input and provides haptic feedback.

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Apple fills out iTunes Festival lineup, deadmau5 to kick off event

Apple on Tuesday added 16 new artists to the upcoming iTunes Festival in London bill, including crooner Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige and opening act deadmau5.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Google bolsters iOS productivity suite with Slides, updates to Docs and Sheets

Google on Monday released presentation app Slides alongside updates to existing iOS apps Docs and Sheets, offering a free Web-connected alternative to similar productivity suites from Microsoft and Apple.

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Apple to restrict CloudKit services to latest iOS 8, OS X Yosemite betas ahead of launch

In an email sent out on Monday, Apple informed developers that upcoming iCloud-based features like iCloud Drive, Mail Drop and more will require iOS 8 beta 5 or OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 5 or later to operate.

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California governor signs 'kill switch' bill into law, required on all smartphones by 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill requiring smartphone manufacturers provide a remote "kill switch" for handsets sold within the state.

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Amazon buys Twitch for $970M, pushes into video streaming market

Amazon on Monday grew its digital media presence with the purchase of gaming-centric video streaming service Twitch, which agreed to a $970 million buyout that will take effect later this year.

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