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Monday, January 19, 2015

Apple once again alerts iOS 8 app developers to upcoming 64-bit requirement

Apple once again alerts iOS 8 app developers to upcoming 64-bit requirement

Apple on Monday posted a note to the News and Updates section of its Developer website reminding app makers that starting Feb. 1, all new iOS 8 software submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support.

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Apple highlights ongoing Campus 2 'spaceship' progress in new aerial photos

Apple highlights ongoing Campus 2 'spaceship' progress in new aerial photos

Apple on Monday provided a fresh photo of its Campus 2 construction site in Cupertino, Calif., showing accelerated progress on the main "spaceship" structure's foundation, as well as work on ancillary buildings.

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FeatureHow Intel lost the mobile chip business to Apple's Ax ARM Application Processors

How Intel lost the mobile chip business to Apple's Ax ARM Application Processors

Between 2005 and 2014, Intel fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing its position as the world's leading processor supplier by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market and enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processors to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

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Sid Meier's Starships coming to Mac and iPad, Google's new Calendar app for iOS shown in screenshots

Sid Meier's Starships coming to Mac and iPad, Google's new Calendar app for iOS shown in screenshots

Legendary game designer Sid Meier is set to release his newest turn-based game later this spring with support for Apple's Mac and iPad, while Google's forthcoming Google Calendar app for iOS —the first Google-designed native app for the web calendar service — has been detailed in new, leaked screenshots.

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Amazon expands original content program with feature films as Apple TV adds more live sports

Amazon expands original content program with feature films as Apple TV adds more live sports

With access to in-demand content an increasingly important differentiator for internet streaming services, retailing giant Amazon has announced that it will move beyond television series and produce original theatre-bound movies, while Apple has struck yet another agreement to carry a live sports channel on the Apple TV with Tennis Channel Everywhere.

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Apple.com given over to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Apple.com given over to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As Americans pause to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Apple has dedicated its homepage to the memory of the slain civil rights leader, a rare practice that the company reserves for exceptional figures in history.

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Citing U.S. and European trade sanctions, Apple severs developer agreements in Crimea

Citing U.S. and European trade sanctions, Apple severs developer agreements in Crimea

Apple has begun notifying registered developers in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea that their Apple developer agreements have been terminated, effective immediately, and they may no longer sell through the App Store as the company works to comply with trade sanctions leveraged following Russia's annexation of the region.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

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KGI: Apple likely to launch simple stylus to enhance upcoming 12.9-inch iPad user experience; advanced model with 3D handwriting due later

KGI: Apple likely to launch simple stylus to enhance upcoming 12.9-inch iPad user experience; advanced model with 3D handwriting due later

Apple is likely to launch a hardware stylus to enhance the user experience for its long-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro," according one well-placed industry analyst with a strong track record in predicting the company's future product plans.

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FeatureThe road ahead: 3 ways Apple could push Maps forward with iOS 9 in 2015

The road ahead: 3 ways Apple could push Maps forward with iOS 9 in 2015

Just under three years after Apple evicted Google Maps from iOS, Cupertino's own mapping and navigation offering still has some critical weaknesses. AppleInsider looks ahead at what the next 12 months could have in store for Apple Maps.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Three men tunnel into Beijing warehouse, make off with $300,000 worth of iPhones

Three men tunnel into Beijing warehouse, make off with $300,000 worth of iPhones

Police in Beijing have arrested three men accused of stealing 240 iPhone 6 units from a warehouse owned by a Chinese logistics firm after digging a 20-inch hole through the building's wall.

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FeatureFirst look: Fitbit Surge, a fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring 'super watch'

First look: Fitbit Surge, a fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring 'super watch'

Fitbit's latest premium wearable fitness tracker, the Surge, has been dubbed a "super watch" by the company, thanks to its inclusion of a heart rate monitor, exercise tracker, GPS, monochrome touchscreen display, and up to seven days of battery life.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Class representative in Apple 'anti-poaching' suit wants bigger cut of $415M payout

Class representative in Apple 'anti-poaching' suit wants bigger cut of $415M payout

The class representative in a California anti-trust lawsuit regarding alleged anti-poaching measures employed by Apple, Google and other Silicon Valley tech companies, is seeking a larger-than-normal chunk of a proposed $415 million payout for his work in securing more lucrative settlement terms.

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Google in talks to purchase Apple Pay competitor Softcard, report says

Google in talks to purchase Apple Pay competitor Softcard, report says

A report on Friday claims Google is looking to strengthen its mobile payments solution with the purchase of Softcard, an NFC-based system backed by major U.S. wireless telecoms.

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Filming for Steve Jobs biopic underway at tech guru's childhood home

Filming for Steve Jobs biopic underway at tech guru's childhood home

Principal filming for a Steve Jobs biopic penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin official started in California on Friday, with crews set up at the house where Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computer in 1976.

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Long-running Apple rag MacUser Magazine shuts its doors after 30 years

Long-running Apple rag MacUser Magazine shuts its doors after 30 years

The internet has claimed yet another print victim as London-based MacUser Magazine, one of the oldest Apple-centric magazines in the world, announced on Friday that it would wind down operations following the release of its February 2015 issue.

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Samsung to ape Apple's Touch ID with touch-style fingerprint sensor in 'Galaxy S6' - report

Samsung to ape Apple's Touch ID with touch-style fingerprint sensor in 'Galaxy S6' - report

Samsung's next flagship smartphone will ship with a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor in place of the swipe-style sensor that the company employed on the underwhelming Galaxy S5, according to a new report.

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Apple employees love CEO Tim Cook, rate company highly on outlook, culture & values

Apple employees love CEO Tim Cook, rate company highly on outlook, culture & values

A new survey of tech workers places the highest optimism at Apple, where employees believe their company will continue to have a bright future ahead of it under the leadership of Tim Cook.

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Intel CEO confident chipmaker can keep powering Apple's Macs by innovating

Intel CEO confident chipmaker can keep powering Apple's Macs by innovating

Amid increasing chatter that Apple may consider migrating the Mac to its own in-house ARM processors, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Friday characterized the two firms' relationship as "strong" and reiterated Intel's strategy of competing for business based on performance, price, and reliability.

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RBC raises Apple price target to $123, cites higher than expected iPhone 6 demand

RBC raises Apple price target to $123, cites higher than expected iPhone 6 demand

RBC Capital Markets on Friday advised investors to stay long on Apple stock, as the investment firm sees multiple catalysts for the company in the near future, starting with the reporting of holiday iPhone sales.

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FeatureFive barriers that might hold Apple back from moving Intel Macs to custom ARM chips

Five barriers that might hold Apple back from moving Intel Macs to custom ARM chips

Shortly after Apple introduced its first custom A4 Application Processor in 2010 to power the original iPad, rumors began to suggest the company could eventually migrate its Macs from Intel x86 processors to ARM chip designs of its own. However, there's a series of significant hurdles the company would need to jump first.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Samsung hires former president of Jony Ive's old design studio for global initiative

Samsung hires former president of Jony Ive's old design studio for global initiative

Looking to freshen up its product range, Samsung in January found a new head of global design in Don-tae Lee, former co-president of a London-based design consultancy called Tangerine, which had Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive as one of its earliest employees.

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Apple, Google agree to pay $415M to settle 'no-poach' class action suit

Apple, Google agree to pay $415M to settle 'no-poach' class action suit

Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley tech companies have agreed to pay out $415 million to settle an anti-trust class action lawsuit alleging so-called "no-poach" measures artificially suppressed employee salaries.

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Apple's Swift rockets up programming language rankings, jumps 46 spots

Apple's Swift rockets up programming language rankings, jumps 46 spots

Just six months after its introduction at WWDC 2014, Apple's Swift continues to generate immense interest with developers and is now the 22nd most popular programming language around, according to new rankings published on Thursday.

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Baking iBooks into iOS 8 has led to 1M new users for Apple every week

Baking iBooks into iOS 8 has led to 1M new users for Apple every week

Apple's iBookstore has averaged a million new customers every week since iOS 8 launched last fall, benefitting from the inclusion of iBooks as a built-in app.

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Shares of Apple dip more than 2% following downgrade from Japanese bank

Shares of Apple dip more than 2% following downgrade from Japanese bank

Shares of Apple stock took an unexpected slide on Thursday, and dragged the larger market down as a whole with it, after a high-profile Japanese bank downgraded its rating on the iPhone maker to "neutral."

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Ex-Apple iPod chief Tony Fadell to oversee Google's Glass project after reorg

Ex-Apple iPod chief Tony Fadell to oversee Google's Glass project after reorg

Former Apple executive Tony Fadell —known colloquially as the "father of the iPod" —is set to take over Google's Glass augmented reality project as the search giant reorganizes the stumbling wearable team.

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Apple concept shows how Touch ID home button could serve as more complex input controller

Apple concept shows how Touch ID home button could serve as more complex input controller

The technology that drives the Touch ID home button could be used for much more than securely scanning a user's fingerprint — a fact highlighted by a new Apple patent application published this week.

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Apple retail SVP Angela Ahrendts briefly talks China expansion strategy, sales growth

Apple retail SVP Angela Ahrendts briefly talks China expansion strategy, sales growth

Apple is set to open five new Chinese outlets in the next five weeks as the company prepares for an influx of shoppers during the Spring Festival, retail chief Angela Ahrendts revealed this week, with four of those outlets in cities that do not currently house an Apple Store.

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2011 MacBook Pro graphics class-action suit expands, accuses Apple of concealing defects

2011 MacBook Pro graphics class-action suit expands, accuses Apple of concealing defects

Members of the 2011 MacBook Pro graphics failure class-action lawsuit were updated this week on the latest developments in the case, which has expanded to include multiple states and lodges new complaints against Apple, accusing the company of deliberately concealing problems.

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