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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Photos purport to show 'iPhone 6' Lightning port, microphone flex cable

A pair of images out of Asia on Friday supposedly show a flex cable for an unannounced Apple product, containing a Lightning connector port, microphone and unusually large headphone jack.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Rumor: 12" Retina MacBook Air may be pushed back to 2015, next-gen models hit production in August

Rumors out of Taiwan on Friday claim Apple's anticipated 12-inch MacBook Air may be delayed into 2015 due to processor supply constraints, but release of the next-generation 11-inch and 13-inch models will be on time as partner suppliers in East Asia are receiving parts for mass production.

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Full scale segment of Apple's Campus 2 'spaceship' facade revealed in photos

A pair of photos published to the Web on Friday claim to show a full-size segment of the glass and steel facade bound for Apple's Campus 2 "spaceship" building in Cupertino.

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Apple responds to EC complaints by touting iTunes' app controls as 'leading the industry,' cites iOS 8 "Ask To Buy" feature

In response to complaints published by European Commission regulators regarding In App Purchases, Apple has issued a statement outlining that it already does more than anyone else in the industry, and will be further enhancing its efforts to secure app purchases by children in iOS 8 this fall.

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Deals: 7-10% off CTO Retina MacBook Pros, $859 13" MacBook Air; $101 off 32GB AT&T iPad Airs, $350 off iPhone 5 refurbs

With the back-to-school season nearing full-swing, AI's Price Guides and Deal Tracker continue to rack up exclusive, industry-low prices on many of Apple's most popular Macs, iPads and iPhones. This include 7-10% instant saving on dozens of custom configured MacBook Pros with Retina display, sub-$860 13-inch MacBook Airs, $200-$350 off Apple Certified Refurbished iPhone 5 handsets, and $100 off 32GB AT&T iPad Airs.

Lenovo axes small Windows tablets in the US after struggling to compete with Apple's iPad mini [u]

Major Microsoft hardware partner Lenovo will pull its 8-inch Windows tablets from the U.S. market, the Chinese company said Wednesday, citing lack of demand for smaller touchscreen devices running Microsoft's controversial Windows 8 operating system.

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European Commission chides Apple for not improving game in-app purchase policies

The legislative arm of the European Union has set its sights on Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of not doing enough to protect and inform consumers regarding in-app purchases, particularly in "free-to-play" mobile games.

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Amazon launches iOS-compatible Kindle Unlimited, a $10/mo. all-you-can-read ebook plan

While the digital music market has been trending toward monthly subscription services for unlimited access, Amazon is now trying the same approach with its dominance in the ebook market, allowing subscribers to read as much as they want for $10 per month.

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Adobe Camera Raw and DNG Converter release candidates bring new camera support, bug fixes

Adobe on Thursday announced availability of release candidates for the upcoming Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6, with the software bringing improvements to image processing and conversion for Photoshop CC users.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rumor: Apple's 4.7-inch 'iPhone 6' to enter mass production next week, 5.5-inch model in August

A report coming out of Asia on Friday claims Apple partner supplier Foxconn is prepping for mass production of a rumored 4.7-inch next-generation iPhone this month, while a larger 5.5-inch model is slated for manufacturing in mid-August.

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Outgoing Apple board member Bill Campbell offers insight into company, Steve Jobs in interview

Following a Thursday announcement that Bill Campbell would retire as a member of Apple's board of directors, Fortune published an interview in which the Intuit chairman describes his time in Cupertino, relationship with cofounder Steve Jobs and "coach" to silicon valley elite.

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Photos of Apple Campus 2 construction site show 'underground tunnels,' continued progress

As construction of Apple's Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino continues, new aerial photos published Thursday show completed perimeter wall structures and below-grade levels ringing the footprint of the main structure.

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Susan Wagner to replace Bill Campbell on Apple board of directors

Apple on Thursday announced Bill Campbell, the longest-serving member of the company's board, will retire after 17 years of service, to be replaced by BlackRock cofounder Susan L. Wagner.

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First look: Using Passbook at an Apple Store to buy iTunes & App Store credit

Apple on Thursday began offering customers in the U.S. and elsewhere the ability to replenish their iTunes Store credit through its Passbook digital wallet application for iPhone when visiting an Apple Store. AppleInsider offers a first look at how it works.

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Apple expands availability of two-step verification for Apple IDs to 59 countries

Just over a year after first enabling two-step verification for its pervasive Apple ID account system, Apple on Thursday revealed the feature's expansion to nearly 50 additional countries around the world in an updated technical support document.

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Google Analytics gets dedicated iOS app, Facebook adds celebrity-focused Mentions app

Webmasters now have an easier, official app for tracking their website statistics on their iPhone with Google's new Analytics app, while celebrities and other public figures can more easily engage with their fanbases on Facebook thanks to the social network's new Mentions app.

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Maximum $450M payout in ebook settlement 'immaterial' to Apple's bottom line

Even if Apple were to pay out the highest possible $450 million price in its ebook antitrust litigation settlement, it wouldn't put much of a dent in the company's billions of dollars in cash.

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1,800 mAh battery for Apple's 'iPhone 6' purportedly shown off in new photos

Batteries said to be destined for Apple's next-generation. 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" appeared on the internet Thursday, seemingly lending credence to recent whispers that the company would bump the handset's battery capacity to 1,800 mAh from the iPhone 5s's 1,500 mAh unit.

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Microsoft to ax 18,000 jobs this year, laying off more than 14% of total workforce

Microsoft, as was expected, announced on Thursday that it will be laying off employees this year, but the total number of cuts are much higher than anticipated, representing by far the largest-ever personnel reduction in the Windows maker's history.

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Future iPhones may use behavior recognition and learning tools to protect against theft

An Apple invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office on Thursday describes a method by which an iPhone can set off an alert or automatically lock the device based on detected changes in user behavior.

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EditorialWhat Apple, Inc. gets from its new iOS partnership with IBM

Apple's newly announced mobile partnership with IBM has been greeted by a number of analysts and pundits as being both "not that big a deal," or conversely, the dramatic reversal of a long standing rivalry. Both are wrong, here's why.

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Rumor: Samsung to take over Apple A-series chip production from TSMC in 2015

A report on Wednesday claims Samsung will likely take over fabrication orders for Apple's next-generation custom A-series mobile device processors from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in 2015.

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Apple rolls out iTunes Pass to US and Australian customers [u]

After rolling out the service in a pilot test last week, Apple late Wednesday made iTunes Pass available at Apple Stores across the U.S. and Australia, allowing customers to recharge their iTunes account balance in-store via a Passbook card.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Samsung brings premium 'Level' headphone and speaker lineup stateside to battle Apple's Beats

Samsung on Wednesday announced the imminent release of its "Level" headphone and portable speaker lineup, which features four premium devices seemingly aimed directly at Apple's Beats hardware.

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Jawbone UP and Airbnb iOS apps get all new features, revamped designs

A pair of app updates on Wednesday brought new wellness tracking tools and a refreshed look to Jawbone's UP fitness system, while community-rooted travel marketplace Airbnb received a more comprehensive makeover complete with rebranding.

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NFL Sunday Ticket coming to iOS, Mac for 2014 season with no satellite subscription needed

Satellite television provider DirecTV looks set to offer a standalone subscription to its popular NFL Sunday Ticket package for the first time, meaning cord-cutting football fans can follow the action this fall on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac without mounting a dish to their roof.

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BreakingApple agrees to pay $450 million to settle ebook price fixing lawsuit

Apple has agreed to pay up to $450 million to settle a class-action lawsuit from states and consumers accusing the iPad maker of illegally fixing e-book prices and raising costs.

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Apple implements transit encryption for iCloud email to prevent snooping

Apple appears to have completed an initiative designed to increase the security of its iCloud email service by adding end-to-end encryption for messages sent from me.com and icloud.com, according to new data from Google's Gmail.

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Rumor: Fourth beta of Apple's iOS 8 expected to arrive Monday, July 21

The fourth pre-release beta for Apple's forthcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system update is rumored to arrive next Monday, July 21, exactly two weeks after the arrival of the third beta.

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