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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Apple's rumored streaming music service to tout social network for artists, report says

Apple's rumored streaming music service to tout social network for artists, report says

If and when Apple launches its streaming music service later this year, the company will roll in a social networking platform from which artists can share media, post updates and connect with fans, a report said Wednesday.

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TipsHow to add Apple's logo to your Apple Watch clock face

How to add Apple's logo to your Apple Watch clock face

With Apple Watch, users can select from a wide array of clock face color, style and complication customizations, but there's one option not available out of the box: Apple's own logo.

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Broadcom announces hardware platform fully compatible with Apple's HomeKit framework

Broadcom announces hardware platform fully compatible with Apple's HomeKit framework

Broadcom on Tuesday announced that the software development kit for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform has been fully vetted by Apple for use with the HomeKit framework, paving the way for wider adoption of the iOS-connected Internet of Things protocol.

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Apple expands App Analytics beta to all developers

Apple expands App Analytics beta to all developers

Apple on Wednesday opened up the App Analytics beta to all registered iOS developers, moving beyond an early system in which people had to request access and briefly wait for their chance to participate.

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Coppertino launches Loop cloud music storage, Google Docs and Slides for iOS get direct image capture

Coppertino launches Loop cloud music storage, Google Docs and Slides for iOS get direct image capture

Coppertino on Wednesday launched a new cloud music locker called Loop, while Google updated its Docs and Slides iOS apps to enable inserting freshly-snapped photos.

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Archdiocese of San Francisco to begin accepting church donations through Apple's iPhone

Archdiocese of San Francisco to begin accepting church donations through Apple's iPhone

Starting this Friday, Catholics in San Francisco will be able to donate to their local church by using an iPhone app, bringing modern technology to the millennia-old practice of tithing.

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Google to funnel all Chrome for Mac extensions through Chrome Web Store

Google to funnel all Chrome for Mac extensions through Chrome Web Store

All Mac and Windows users of Chrome will soon have to get their browser extensions from the Chrome Web Store, regardless which release channel they're on, Google announced on Wednesday.

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Apple favoring sole-source parts for Apple Watch, adding to supply constraints

Apple favoring sole-source parts for Apple Watch, adding to supply constraints

Apple is without a backup supplier for many components in the new Apple Watch, a new analysis has discovered, revealing an unusual move for a company that generally works to secure options in its supply chain.

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Leica, Apple working to fix Monochrom DNG bug that could erase Photos app library

Leica, Apple working to fix Monochrom DNG bug that could erase Photos app library

German optics firm Leica has informed buyers of its new Monochrom Typ 246 digital camera that DNG files generated from the black-and-white shooter are incompatible with Apple's Photos app for OS X, and that using Photos to import Monochrom shots could result in corruption of the Photos library.

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Expiring Deal: $50-$220 off all iMac 5Ks plus free AppleCare & free Canon PIXMA AIO printer

Expiring Deal: $50-$220 off all iMac 5Ks plus free AppleCare & free Canon PIXMA AIO printer

There's just six days left on an exclusive offer that knocks $50-$150 off 4 dozen different iMac with Retina 5K display models and throws in a free AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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Apple and car battery firm A123 on verge of settling job poaching lawsuit

Apple and car battery firm A123 on verge of settling job poaching lawsuit

Apple and battery maker A123 Systems are nearing the settlement of a federal lawsuit which accused the former of poaching engineers and scientists from A123 in an attempt to create a new battery division, according to court documents submitted this week.

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Facebook debuts fast-loading 'Instant Articles' exclusively on iPhone app

Facebook debuts fast-loading 'Instant Articles' exclusively on iPhone app

Facebook on Wednesday launched "Instant Articles," a mobile-oriented platform through which publishers can have their stories hosted on Facebook servers and theoretically load as much as 10 times faster than a standard Web link.

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Apple begins shipping space gray, space black Watch orders with link bracelets, modern buckles

Apple begins shipping space gray, space black Watch orders with link bracelets, modern buckles

Customers who ordered space gray or space black Apple Watches have begun to receive notifications that their new devices are being readied for shipment, as have those who chose models with a link bracelet or modern buckle.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

First look: Antsy Labs' Duet Apple Watch and iPhone charging dock

First look: Antsy Labs' Duet Apple Watch and iPhone charging dock

With no Apple branded Apple Watch charging dock available at launch, third-party accessory makers have stepped in to produce a sea of products ranging from integrated Watch/iPhone stands to standalone pedestals. Antsy Labs' Duet splits the difference, offering owners a solution for charging their devices devices side-by-side or separately.

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Google debuts first Apple Watch-ready app with 'News & Weather' update

Google debuts first Apple Watch-ready app with 'News & Weather' update

Google on Tuesday added Apple Watch compatibility to its News & Weather iOS app, the first of what is expected to be many Google product updates designed to nab screen real estate on Apple's new wearable device.

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Apple TV gets new channels in Australia, Europe and Japan

Apple TV gets new channels in Australia, Europe and Japan

Apple on Tuesday added new app channels for several countries with Apple TV support, including Australia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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BitTorrent's Bleep secure chat comes to iOS, Microsoft adds features to core iOS Office apps

BitTorrent's Bleep secure chat comes to iOS, Microsoft adds features to core iOS Office apps

BitTorrent on Tuesday released the first iOS version of Bleep, its secure messaging app, while Microsoft updated its flagship Office iOS apps with a handful of new features.

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Hundreds of iPhones, other Apple products seized from smugglers at Argentine border

Hundreds of iPhones, other Apple products seized from smugglers at Argentine border

An illicit shipment of electronics —including hundreds of iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks —worth nearly $800,000 has reportedly been confiscated by Argentinian tax authorities as smugglers continue to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities for Apple's high-priced devices.

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iOS-connected Lily drone promises to make aerial photography simpler than ever

iOS-connected Lily drone promises to make aerial photography simpler than ever

A newly announced iOS-compatible camera drone ditches controllers entirely, making it as simple as tossing the device into the sky to begin recording high-quality aerial footage.

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Sprint, Verizon will pay $158 million to settle complaints about bill cramming

Sprint, Verizon will pay $158 million to settle complaints about bill cramming

U.S. carriers Sprint and Verizon will together spend $158 million to settle government complaints that they let third-party firms bill subscribers millions in unauthorized charges, a practice known as "cramming," the Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday.

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ExclusiveDeals: $400 off 2014 15" MacBook Pros & mid-2015 15" MacBook Pros at the lowest prices

Deals: $400 off 2014 15

Apple's 2015 MacBook Pro lineup is now complete and AI is proud to offer all 13- and 15-inch Force Touch models at the lowest prices anywhere via exclusive discount coupons. Meanwhile, the 2014 models they replace are now a bargain with fresh price cuts of $200-$400.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FileMaker 14 brings feature, speed improvements across Mac, iOS & Windows

FileMaker 14 brings feature, speed improvements across Mac, iOS & Windows

Apple-owned FileMaker on Tuesday launched FileMaker 14, a major update of its database software for Mac, Windows, and iOS devices, focusing on speed improvements but adding a variety of other new features as well.

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Apple once again tops in tech for environmentally-friendly datacenters, Greenpeace says

Apple once again tops in tech for environmentally-friendly datacenters, Greenpeace says

Apple continues to outpace its Silicon Valley brethren when it comes to making environmentally conscious choices for its expanding datacenter footprint, according to Greenpeace's annual cloud computing report.

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Apple seeks new global communications manager for its iAd network

Apple seeks new global communications manager for its iAd network

Apple on Tuesday began searching for a new global communications mangager for iAd, its iOS-based mobile advertising network, marking another high-level position opened up to the public.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook talks science, education with China's vice premier

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks science, education with China's vice premier

Apple chief executive Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong on Tuesday in Beijing, the latest in a string of meetings between Cook and high-level Chinese leaders as the company looks to expand sales and operations in the world's most populous nation.

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Verizon gains video, advertising assets in $4.4 billion takeover of AOL

Verizon gains video, advertising assets in $4.4 billion takeover of AOL

Verizon on Tuesday announced a deal to buy AOL at a cost of $4.4 billion, or $50 per share, in what the company said is a bid to advance its "wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy."

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Apple's next-gen 'iPhone 6s' to come in rose gold model, feature 2GB RAM, 12MP camera

Apple's next-gen 'iPhone 6s' to come in rose gold model, feature 2GB RAM, 12MP camera

This year's iPhone upgrade will feature a rose gold casing color, matching the Apple Watch Edition, according to one well-connected insider, who also revealed it will feature a 12-megapixel camera and 2-gigabytes of RAM, among other changes.

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Apple assigned patent for Beats Mixr headphone design

Apple assigned patent for Beats Mixr headphone design

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a headphone design patent originally assigned to Beats Electronics, the audio hardware maker Apple purchased for $3 billion in 2014.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Apple's Cook 'very bullish' on Chinese Apple Pay rollout, in talks with banks and Alibaba

Apple's Cook 'very bullish' on Chinese Apple Pay rollout, in talks with banks and Alibaba

During a recent visit to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company is moving forward with talks to roll out Apple Pay in partnership with regional banks and perhaps e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

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New York Times goes free in app update, Periscope moves beyond Twitter accounts

New York Times goes free in app update, Periscope moves beyond Twitter accounts

In a pair of iOS app updates on Monday, The New York Times dropped subscription fees for unlimited article access, while live-streaming video app Periscope added profile creation options for users who lack Twitter accounts.

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Warner Music sees streaming revenue surpass downloads for first time

Warner Music sees streaming revenue surpass downloads for first time

In what could be a harbinger of shifting music industry trends, Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper said on Monday that revenue from licensing tracks to streaming services like Spotify outpaced income from digital download sales.

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Apple Watch withstands 1,200m swim, simulated depths up to 40m

Apple Watch withstands 1,200m swim, simulated depths up to 40m

The Apple Watch may be much more resilient against water damage than Apple has advertised, a series of informal underwater tests shared on Sunday suggests.

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Apple Watch video banner ads land atop YouTube's homepage

Apple Watch video banner ads land atop YouTube's homepage

The YouTube homepage on Monday began featuring a series of video banners advertising the Apple Watch, each using shortened clips from the company's recent series of TV commercials.

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Australian government announces crackdown on tax avoidance by Apple, others

Australian government announces crackdown on tax avoidance by Apple, others

The government of Australia announced on Monday that it plans to investigate alleged tax avoidance in its country by a total of 30 multinational corporations, including the most valuable company on the planet: Apple.

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New 'E-Kaia' technology harvests excess energy from plants to charge mobile phones

New 'E-Kaia' technology harvests excess energy from plants to charge mobile phones

In want of a free wall outlet, future mobile phone users could simply plug in to the nearest cactus thanks to a new system called E-Kaia —developed by a team of researchers in Chile —that collects the leftover energy from photosynthesis.

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Apple releases third developer, second public betas of iOS 8.4, OS X 10.10.4

Apple releases third developer, second public betas of iOS 8.4, OS X 10.10.4

With less than a month to go before its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple on Monday issued third betas of iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 to developers, and second public betas to people in the AppleSeed testing program.

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Shares of Apple predicted to reach $160 on continued strength of iPhone 6

Shares of Apple predicted to reach $160 on continued strength of iPhone 6

In a memo to investors on Monday, Canaccord Genuity raised its price target for Apple stock from $155 to $160, based on a belief that there remains plenty of room for expansion in iPhone 6 sales.

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Former Apple exec Scott Forstall talks Broadway in rare interview

Former Apple exec Scott Forstall talks Broadway in rare interview

After years out of the public eye, former iPhone software chief Scott Forstall is back in the spotlight with a new interview that touches on life after Apple, as a Broadway producer.

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Apple considering 'major' expansion of Ireland manufacturing - report

Apple considering 'major' expansion of Ireland manufacturing - report

Apple is considering yet another expansion of its factory in Cork, Ireland in order to cope with overwhelming global demand for its products, a report said on Monday.

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