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Deals: $400-$600 off 2013 MacBook Pros, $160- $260 off Mac Pros, $50 off iPads, and a $750 students 13-inch MacBook Air, iPhone 5

With the back-to-school shopping season nearing an end, some last minute offers include a couple of "killer deals" where you can save between $400- $600 on 2013 MacBook Pros that are essentially equivalent to 2014 models, $160-$250 off Mac Pros, $50 off iPad Airs and some iPad minis, up to $399 off certified iPhone 5 refurbs, and Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Air for $750 (Students Only).

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sketchy report claims photos show 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6L' display, logic board and 2,915mAh battery

A highly questionable report out of the Far East on Friday includes photos of what are claimed to be parts from Apple's rumored 5.5-inch "iPhone 6," including a display and logic board curiously similar to "leaked" components associated with a rumored 4.7-inch model.

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Beats Music app added to 'Made by Apple' list in iOS App Store

More than two months after its acquisition of Beats was announced, Apple on Friday officially added the Beats Music streaming audio app to the App Store's featured "Made by Apple" list.

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Apple highlights corporate diversity with new showcase of company vice presidents

Apple on Friday added a new tier to its official leadership page, listing five corporate vice presidents and spotlighting some of its diversity beyond the more well-known CEO and senior vice presidents.

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Fair Labor Association supplier audit reveals excessive overtime, Apple pledges to continue improvement

As part of its partnership with Apple, the Fair Labor Association has conducted an independent audit of supplier Quanta, and discovered that the company's factories were responsible for some labor violations, including excessive overtime and hiring fees.

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Revised music royalty rules could hurt Apple's Beats Music, iTunes Radio

The U.S. Justice Department is in the process of deciding whether to revise the laws regarding music royalty rates —changes that could have an effect on Apple's streaming music offerings Beats Music and iTunes Radio.

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Apple now storing local China iCloud data in China Telecom datacenters

The official website of the city of Fuzhou, in the People's Republic of China, on Thursday posted a now-retracted statement saying that Apple had completed the transfer of iCloud data to a Jiangxi Province datacenter owned by China Telecom. Apple on Friday then confirmed that it is in fact using China Telecom data centers to store iCloud user data locally.

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Lawsuit claims Steve Jobs, senior Apple directors hurt company with anti-poaching row

Piling onto Apple's anti-poaching courtroom saga, a new lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of shareholders for financial losses related to alleged misconduct by senior directors, including late cofounder Steve Jobs and current CEO Tim Cook.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook latest Silicon Valley bigwig to get ice bath for ALS charity

Apple CEO Tim Cook accepted marketing chief Phil Schiller's call to undertake the "ice bucket challenge" to raise awareness and money for the ALS Association, an activity that quickly gained steam in the U.S. thanks to social media.

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Apple's Beats makes documentary celebrating 25th anniversary of film 'Do the Right Thing'

Beats Music on Thursday published a short 22-minute documentary on Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," a landmark film dealing with race in America celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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Samsung buys smart home startup SmartThings for $200M, expands 'internet of things' offerings

Apple rival Samsung on Thursday confirmed the purchase of SmartThings, extending the Korean company's reach into the world of connected, app-controllable devices like lights, motion sensors, switches and locks.

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WebMD updates Healthy Target, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 goes free, Sony unveils Album of the Day app

A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store on Thursday, as WebMD added new coaching options to its Healthy Target feature, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 became a free-to-play game, and Sony released a new music app that will give iOS users a discount on one album each day.

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If Apple's 'iPhone 6' uses sapphire display, it will be limited to new, more expensive premium models, WSJ claims

Less than a month before its expected debut, Apple is apparently "considering" the use of synthetic sapphire displays on its next-generation iPhone, but the costs and difficulties associated with the material would limit it solely to a new range of higher-end and more expensive models that the company might make available, a new rumor claims.

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Apple's iOS, Google's Android grow to 96.4% of smartphone market as competitors shrink, IDC says

The two-horse race for smartphone operating system share continues to obliterate competitors, as Apple's iOS and Google's Android were the only two platforms to see growth in the second quarter of 2014, the latest data from IDC claims.

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New photos purport to show fully-assembled 'iPhone 6' logic board

A seemingly fully-assembled logic board — with most of its attached silicon unseen under metal shielding — said to be destined for Apple's next-generation iPhone surfaced on Thursday in a new set of photos from the Far East.

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Apple's Phil Schiller challenges CEO Tim Cook in 'ice bucket challenge' to raise money for ALS research

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller this week joined in on the popular "ice bucket challenge," which helps to raise money for the ALS Association, and even challenged CEO Tim Cook and a celebrity friend to get in on the act.

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Apple reimagines the mouse with force sensors, haptic feedback

An Apple patent filing uncovered on Thursday describes an advanced mouse that employs sensors to measure the level and location of force exerted on its main button, as well as haptics systems for providing feedback.

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Rumor: Apple supplier Pegatron nets 50% of 4.7-inch 'iPhone 6' production

A rumor out of the Far East on Thursday claims Apple partner supplier Pegatron will be responsible for half of all 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" production, with the remainder going to Foxconn.

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Apple makes supply chain substance regulations public, to create advisory board for safe chemical use

Following a decision to ban benzene and n-hexane from use in supplier factories, Apple for the first time made its Regulated Substances Specifications — supply chain restrictions for hazardous/toxic materials — available for public viewing for the first time.

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Deals: $400-$600 off 2013 MacBook Pros, $160- $260 off Mac Pros, $50 off iPads, and a $750 students 13-inch MacBook Air, iPhone 5

With the back-to-school shopping season nearing an end, some last minute offers include a couple of "killer deals" where you can save between $400- $600 on 2013 MacBook Pros that are essentially equivalent to 2014 models, $160-$250 off Mac Pros, $50 off iPad Airs and some iPad minis, up to $399 off certified iPhone 5 refurbs, and Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Air for $750 (Students Only).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Apple bans use of two hazardous chemicals in iPhone production

Following pressure from activist groups, Apple on Wednesday announced the ban of two potentially hazardous chemicals — n-hexane and benzene — from being used in overseas factories during the final stages of iPhone production.

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Samsung puts 'wall hugger' ads on airport power outlets, takes Apple mockery to next level

As part of its ongoing Apple-bashing campaign, Samsung recently took their "wall hugger" message to major airports, cleverly buying ad space around power outlets where iPhone users apparently congregate.

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Apple releases Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6 with security improvements

Apple on Wednesday rolled out updated versions of its Safari Web browser for OS X, bringing fixes for WebKit corruption issues and other security concerns.

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Mailbox for iOS updated with Passbook support, new languages, more

Popular iOS email client Mailbox was updated on Wednesday with a number of new features, including support for new languages, integration with Passbook and spam filtering, among other email management tweaks.

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HP courted Apple, now in talks with Google for 'Enterprise Siri' to boost corporate sales

As it looks to rebound after years of slumping performance, old-guard Silicon Valley firm Hewlett-Packard reportedly held talks with relative newcomers Apple and Google in recent months to create a new type of "Enterprise Siri" system that would allow its corporate customers to search their document and data troves using their voice.

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Uber adds turn-by-turn directions for drivers, Yo gets profiles and hashtags

Customers of car-calling service Uber will no longer need to give their driver directions to their destination, while users of inexplicably popular monovocable messaging app Yo can now add hashtags and attach links to Yos. Also, Apple has seeded a new test build of OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 to developers.

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NomadPlus battery attachment for Apple wall plug will completely recharge an iPhone 5s

The newly announced NomadPlus battery accessory serves as a plug for Apple's official 5-volt wall charger that packs in a full 1,800mAh battery, which can completely recharge an iPhone 5s on the go.

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Thailand government official claims Apple has received approval to sell 'iPhone 6'

Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has approved two new Apple handsets — said to be variants of the so-called "iPhone 6" — for sale in the country, the regulator's secretary general revealed on Wendesday, suggesting that Thailand could join the list of launch countries for the next-generation devices.

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Sports arenas marketing with Apple's iBeacon hope to offer relevant info without 'spamming' fans

Promoting products to iPhone users using Apple's wireless location-based iBeacon technology is a fine line, as professional sports teams try to provide helpful information to fans to sell more goods without pestering and annoying them.

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