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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Google prepping 'Android TV' set-top box with stripped-down interface, voice input and notifications

According to supposedly leaked documents, Google is readying a new contender for the living room in Android TV, a set-top box with an easy-to-use card interface, voice controls, push notifications and more.

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EditorialApple unlocks new Copy Cat docs as evidence Samsung pilfered iPhone unlock

In the original Apple vs Samsung patent trial, Apple made the Galaxy a star witness by presenting a "copy cat" document that detailed every difference with Apple's iPhone paired with advice on how to more closely copy it. For the second trial, Apple has dug up several more Copy Cat docs detailing the evolution of Samsung's "slavish copying," particularly evident with Slide to Unlock.

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Email from Steve Jobs reveals Apple TV 'magic wand,' other future product ideas

An email Apple cofounder Steve Jobs sent to his top executives outlines the vision he had for the company in 2010, including future iPhone iterations, "Apple TV 2" and changes to MobileMe that hoped would leapfrog Google's cloud services.

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Apple initially wanted original iPhone to be 'always on' device but opted for 'slide-to-unlock'

During the Apple v. Samsung patent trial on Friday, Apple software engineer and head of the company's human interface team Greg Christie took the stand to offer background on the original iPhone, specifically the "slide-to-unlock" feature.

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After outing business dealings with Apple, Pixelworks appoints ex-Apple exec to board

High-resolution display processing company Pixelworks on Friday announced the appointment of ex-iPod and iPhone hardware executive David J. Tupman to its board of directors, with the news coming one month after the firm revealed Apple orders accounted for ten percent of its business in 2013.

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Apple sales team concerned about shrinking high-end iPhone market, but Schiller disagrees

An internal Apple document presented as part of the ongoing Samsung v. Apple trial shows that the company's sales team was worried that a maturing market may leave no room for iPhone growth, though marketing chief Phil Schiller downplayed the document's significance.

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Apple's Tim Cook banked $74M in 2013, topping all but one S&P 500 tech CEO

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook took home $4.3 million in salary and incentives in 2013 and added another $69.6 million in vested stock options, continuing his reign as one of the highest-paid executives in Silicon Valley.

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Apple's (RED) contributions in fight against AIDS reach $70 million

Apple's contributions to (RED), which aims to eliminate HIV and AIDS, have now reached $70 million to date, the charity officially announced on Friday.

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Pixar president recalls a 'transformation' undergone by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

While Steve Jobs is famous for helping to turn Pixar into a legendary award winning animation studio, the experience of running Pixar also helped to change Jobs himself for the better, the studio's president reveals in a new book excerpt.

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Carriers suggest a big-screen 'iPhone 6' could be a 'very special' success in China

Chinese branded smartphones are performing well in their home country, affecting sales of worldwide leaders Apple and Samsung, but buzz is said to be growing in China among customers who are holding out hope for an iPhone with a larger display.

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Judge shuts down Apple motion regarding Samsung's 'misleading' opening statements

Just hours after Apple filed a motion asking to show evidence of alleged misleading and false statements delivered by Samsung counsel in the companies' second California patent trial, a district court judge late Thursday largely denied the request in a way that could narrow Apple's case moving forward.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Video pits iPhone 5s Touch ID against Samsung's Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner

As Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S5 nears official release, videos and "first looks" are popping up across the Web, the latest of which pits the handset's swipe-style fingerprint reader against Apple's Touch ID.

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Briefly: Apple updates iPhoto for iOS with print order enhancements, bug fixes

Apple on Thursday rolled out a minor update to its iPhoto app for iOS, building on an in-app print ordering capability by adding the option to include white borders around selected pictures.

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Apple issues fifth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to developers with minimal changes

Apple on Thursday issued the fifth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to developers, asking testers to focus on graphics, audio, Safari and the recently restored iTunes contacts and calendar syncing over USB.

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Nest suspends sales of Protect smoke & carbon monoxide alarm over safety concerns

Google-owned smart home firm Nest announced on Thursday that it has suspended sales of the Protect Smoke + CO Alarm after discovering one of the product's built-in convenience features poses a potential safety risk.

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Microsoft Office for iPad hits 12M downloads one week after debut

Microsoft on Thursday announced Office for iPad downloads hit the 12 million mark after just one week of availability, illustrating pent-up demand for an iPad port of the software giant's productivity suite.

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IFTTT adds iOS push notification support, Faster Than Light comes to iPad

Popular web-based automation and productivity service "If This, Then That" now allows users to add iOS push notifications into their recipes, while computer spaceflight simulator Faster Than Light has come to Apple's iPad.

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Greenpeace flies blimp over Silicon Valley to praise Apple, others for 'building a greener Internet'

While Greenpeace and Apple have had their clashes in the past, the environmental advocacy group took to the skies to instead praise Apple this week, championing the iPhone maker, along with Facebook and Google, for "building a greener Internet."

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Apple settles patent infringement suit with Sony, Philips-backed Intertrust Technologies

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with Intertrust Technologies, a holding company owned jointly by consumer electronics giants Sony and Philips, putting an end to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the iPhone maker by Intertrust one year ago.

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Apple acquired speech recognition firm Novauris last year to improve Siri - report

An Apple acquisition from 2013 may have quietly flown under the radar, as it was revealed this week that the Siri development team has added personnel from Novauris Technologies.

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Obama administration upset over alleged Samsung 'selfie' publicity stunt

The White House is reportedly unhappy with South Korean electronics maker Samsung, over allegations that the company sponsored a "selfie" to which President Barack Obama was inadvertently a party.

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Micron DDR4 RAM rumored to improve battery life, speed in Apple's future iPhones, iPads & Macs

A mysterious $250 million payment to memory maker Micron has fueled speculation that the company's new LPDDR4 DRAM could be making its way to future Apple products, potentially as soon as its next generation of iPhone, iPad and Mac models.

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Apple's iPhone 5s remains best selling smartphone in US as handset market softens, shifts

Consumers continued to choose Apple's flagship iPhone 5s more than any other smartphone in March thanks in part to strong brand loyalty, and one analyst believes that Apple's sales could increase even further as buyers begin to upgrade their handsets more frequently.

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Investors increasingly banking on profitable new product categories coming from Apple this year

Though Apple had pledged to introduce new products "throughout 2014," it has yet to have a major launch this year. That's helped set the stage for expectations among bullish investors that the company is working on something big that could truly move the needle on Apple's stock price in the coming months.

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BreakingApple's WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2, tickets to be issued by random selection April 7

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, where the company traditionally unveils the next generation of its iOS mobile operating system, will kick off on June 2 this year, with randomly selected attendees set to be announced next week.

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Apple working on voice-recognizing headphones with built-in accelerometer, beamforming mics

Apple is looking to advance the design of its bundled iPhone EarPods by potentially implanting an accelerometer into the earbud portion that could recognize voice activity, which in turn would activate and tune beamforming microphone arrays.

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Apple new touchscreen tech would use IR light to discern hard presses from soft

Using a combination of capacitive touch and infrared light sensing, Apple's newly revealed touchscreen technology concept allows users to accurately convey force applied to a touch surface without bulky physical hardware, opening new dimensions in GUI navigation and interaction.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Pebble Smartwatch iOS app update brings new Pebble apps, sharing options

Two days after releasing a buggy update to its Pebble Smartwatch iOS app, Pebble on Wednesday pushed out a patched version of the title that offers users all-new apps and sharing capabilities.

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BlackBerry cuts ties with T-Mobile, signals new carrier-independent business strategy

Beleaguered handset maker BlackBerry on Tuesday said it would be severing ties with U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile, suggesting the company is reducing reliance on carriers to sell product.

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