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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Apple seeds OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite beta to developers

Apple seeds OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite beta to developers

Apple on Wednesday issued a fourth beta build for an upcoming OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite maintenance update, requesting developers test Wi-Fi, Mail, VoiceOver and Bluetooth functionality ahead of public release.

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Samsung offers to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion - report [ux2: denied]

Samsung offers to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion - report [ux2: denied]

Two Apple rivals may come together in an effort to take on the iPhone, with a new report claiming that South Korean electronics giant Samsung has made a bid to buy struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry for $7.5 billion.

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Apple retail promoting laptop-style iPad keyboards, iOS game controllers in hardware push

Apple retail promoting laptop-style iPad keyboards, iOS game controllers in hardware push

With the hardware ecosystem surrounding Apple's mobile devices continuing to grow, the company has chosen to place the spotlight some of the laptop-style iPad keyboards and iOS gaming controllers it offers at its retail locations.

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FeatureWhy Apple might consider leaving Intel's x86 for its own ARM chips in future Macs

Why Apple might consider leaving Intel's x86 for its own ARM chips in future Macs

Though many will scoff at the notion of an iPad and Mac that draw from the same family of application processors, it's not as farfetched as it seems. AppleInsider takes a look at why today's chipmaking giants could find themselves on the outside looking in during an Apple product launch in the near future.

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Facebook at Work soft launches on App Store, Skype for iPhone gains quick conversations

Facebook at Work soft launches on App Store, Skype for iPhone gains quick conversations

Facebook on Wednesday debuted in limited release a new iOS application allowing employers to let their workers connect and communicate with one another. And Microsoft launched an updated version of Skype for iPhone, making it easy to quickly start a conversation.

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Apple may shun Intel for custom A-series chips in new Macs within 1-2 years

Apple may shun Intel for custom A-series chips in new Macs within 1-2 years

Mac buyers in 2016 and beyond could have the option of purchasing a machine powered by Apple's A-series processors, which currently sit at the heart of the iPhone and iPad, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo.

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New Chinese handset shows consumers remain fixated on sapphire iPhones

New Chinese handset shows consumers remain fixated on sapphire iPhones

Apple's iPhone component choices are once again a trending topic of conversation following the announcement of a low-cost, sapphire-covered smartphone from a little-known Chinese electronics firm.

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Apple partners with Miami-based marketing firm to push iAds in Latin America

Apple partners with Miami-based marketing firm to push iAds in Latin America

Apple continues to work behind the scenes to grow its struggling iAd platform, with its latest efforts focused on improving the service in Latin America.

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Apple sues Ericsson to trim wireless patent royalty rates

Apple sues Ericsson to trim wireless patent royalty rates

Apple has filed suit against Ericsson for charging excessive royalty rates on certain wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, and argues that the Swedish company's patents are not essential to overarching industry standards.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Apple, Google agree to new settlement in anti-poaching class action suit

Apple, Google agree to new settlement in anti-poaching class action suit

According to a court filing on Tuesday, both Apple and Google have agreed to new terms to settle a class action lawsuit alleging artificial suppression of wages through cross-company anti-poaching measures.

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Apple brings 2TB Mac mini configuration back to online store

Apple brings 2TB Mac mini configuration back to online store

After a brief hiatus, Apple's high-capacity 2TB Mac mini has returned to the Online Apple Store on Tuesday, but is once again reserved as a configuration option on the most expensive $999 model.

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Misreported Apple patent reassignment supposedly induces GoPro stock price decline

Misreported Apple patent reassignment supposedly induces GoPro stock price decline

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday reassigned to Apple a Kodak patent covering a mobile remote control camera system, reports of which supposedly catalyzed a 12-percent drop in shares of action cam maker GoPro.

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FeatureAndroid 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of bugs as Google shrugs off security flaws for 60% of its installed base

Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of bugs as Google shrugs off security flaws for 60% of its installed base

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship with dual-lens camera, 'Force Touch'

Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship with dual-lens camera, 'Force Touch'

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week' iTunes promotion - report

Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week' iTunes promotion - report

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all-metal 5.5" Galaxy A7

Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all-metal 5.5

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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Traffic from Apple's unannounced iOS 9 grows into new year

Traffic from Apple's unannounced iOS 9 grows into new year

Testing on Apple's anticipated iOS 9 release continues to ramp up at the start of 2015, with the next major iPhone and iPad operating system expected to make its official debut at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

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Rumor: Apple's new 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch this quarter

Rumor: Apple's new 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch this quarter

Apple's anticipated MacBook Air with 12-inch Retina display could launch as soon as this quarter following the start of production by Quanta Computer, according to the latest supply chain rumor out of the Far East.

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Apple patent points to in-air 3D gesture UI for Apple TV, Mac and beyond

Apple patent points to in-air 3D gesture UI for Apple TV, Mac and beyond

One month after receiving a patent reassignment from Israel-based 3D mapping R&D firm PrimeSense, Apple on Tuesday was granted another property detailing possible software implementations to go along with previously outlined motion-sensing hardware.

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LA Unified School District's defunct 'iPad-for-all' plan botched from start, federal report says

LA Unified School District's defunct 'iPad-for-all' plan botched from start, federal report says

According to a federal study, the Los Angeles Unified School District's $1.3 billion push to bring tech into the classroom was crippled early on by inadequate planning and over-reliance on Apple's iPad.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Google Chrome users can now access their Mac remotely via Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Google Chrome users can now access their Mac remotely via Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Adding to a growing pile of remote-access software solutions, Google on Monday released an iOS version of Chrome Remote Desktop, which lets users access or take control of their PC, Mac or Chromebook computer remotely with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

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Shuttle bus drivers serving Apple, other Silicon Valley tech companies look to unionize

Shuttle bus drivers serving Apple, other Silicon Valley tech companies look to unionize

A Teamsters representative last week notified the CEOs of Apple, Amtrak, eBay, Genentech, Yahoo and Zynga that shuttle bus drivers contracted to service their employees are seeking to unionize.

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Worldwide PC market staggers in Q4 as Apple's Mac reaches new heights

Worldwide PC market staggers in Q4 as Apple's Mac reaches new heights

According to its quarterly PC report for the fourth quarter of 2014, research firm IDC found Apple sold some 5.8 million Macs over the three-month period, bucking an overall negative trend for the market.

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Apple's Beats Music rival Spotify hits 15 million paid subscribers

Apple's Beats Music rival Spotify hits 15 million paid subscribers

Swedish streaming music firm Spotify on Monday revealed that its customer base grew to some 60 million active users by the end of 2014, of which 15 million had purchased paid subscriptions.

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Ecosystem of health-focused apps & accessories will further strengthen Apple, UBS says

Ecosystem of health-focused apps & accessories will further strengthen Apple, UBS says

Following a deluge of health and fitness devices announced at CES, one analyst has said he believes Apple's Health application and HealthKit tools for developers will help foster a diverse ecosystem that will further differentiate the iPhone from competing platforms.

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Apple supplies developers fourth beta of iOS 8.2 with WatchKit support

Apple supplies developers fourth beta of iOS 8.2 with WatchKit support

Apple on Monday provided developers with its fourth pre-release beta of iOS 8.2, a forthcoming software update that will unlock connectivity with the Apple Watch.

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Signs point to iPhone 6 driving record sales for Apple in China, India

Signs point to iPhone 6 driving record sales for Apple in China, India

During its quarterly earnings call later this month, Apple is expected to announce record-breaking holiday iPhone sales bolstered by unprecedented demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in major emerging markets China and India, new evidence suggests.

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Apple earned 13% more patents in 2014, ranking No. 11 among all companies

Apple earned 13% more patents in 2014, ranking No. 11 among all companies

Apple was awarded 2,003 patents in 2014 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, making "impressive gains" and inching closer to the top 10 companies receiving credit for intellectual property inventions.

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Apple suppliers TSMC, Foxconn announce record December revenues as iPhone sales soar

Apple suppliers TSMC, Foxconn announce record December revenues as iPhone sales soar

The iPhone's strong holiday sales helped two of Apple's biggest supply chain partners —Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Hon Hai Precision Industry —post record monthly revenues in December, according to the companies' regulatory filings with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

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