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Monday, October 06, 2014

Samsung warns of massive 60% decline in profits for Q3, cites stiff smartphone competition

Samsung warns of massive 60% decline in profits for Q3, cites stiff smartphone competition
Apple rival Samsung on Tuesday warned investors of an upcoming slide in quarterly profits that could amount to a 60 percent decline from the same time last year, blaming the slump on a squeeze in both high and low ends of the mobile phone sector.

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Apple says iOS 8 on 47% of devices as adoption rate slows, tied with iOS 7 distribution

Apple says iOS 8 on 47% of devices as adoption rate slows, tied with iOS 7 distribution
In an update to its developer portal on Monday, Apple revealed 47 percent of iOS devices tracked through the App Store are running the latest iOS 8, a change of only one percent over the past two weeks.

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Supposed iPhone 6 prototype going for more than $100K on eBay

Supposed iPhone 6 prototype going for more than $100K on eBay
A purported Apple iPhone 6 prototype put up for auction on eBay last week is currently commanding a high bid of more than $100,000 with a little under three days left to go.

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Google updates Gmail for iOS with support for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus displays

Google updates Gmail for iOS with support for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus displays
Google on Monday issued an update to its popular Gmail client for iOS, bringing compatibility for the Retina HD displays found in Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

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NYT Now free for a week, 1Password updates for iPhone 6, Angry Birds Star Wars II gains content

NYT Now free for a week, 1Password updates for iPhone 6, Angry Birds Star Wars II gains content
A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store recently as the New York Times announced on Monday that it will makes content in its popular NYT Now app available for free this week, 1Password gained native support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Angry Birds Star Wars II was on the receiving end of a major content update.

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere says iPhone 6 demand 'unbelievable,' not affected by bogus 'bendgate'

T-Mobile CEO John Legere says iPhone 6 demand 'unbelievable,' not affected by bogus 'bendgate'
Colorful T-Mobile chief John Legere called demand for Apple's new iPhone 6 "unbelievable" during a recent interview, later hinting that the scrappy fourth-place wireless carrier may have profited from the launch more than any other.

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Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies files for bankruptcy

Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies files for bankruptcy
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., a sapphire manufacturer who won a massive $578 million prepayment from Apple, announced on Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.

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Hewlett-Packard splitting into two companies, one will focus on consumer PCs & printers

Hewlett-Packard splitting into two companies, one will focus on consumer PCs & printers
Personal computing pioneer Hewlett-Packard announced on Monday that it plans to split into two publicly traded Fortune 50 companies: one that will focus on enterprise technology and services, and another that will offer consumer-focused products and printers.

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Adobe revamps creative app suite for Apple's iOS, adds new video editing and drawing apps

Adobe revamps creative app suite for Apple's iOS, adds new video editing and drawing apps
Graphics software giant Adobe on Monday overhauled nearly every one of its existing iOS app offerings, and added a number of new options including Premiere Clip —a new mobile video editing app — that tie into the company's Creative Cloud platform.

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

FeatureSamsung Galaxy Note 4 delivers poor graphics performance vs. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 delivers poor graphics performance vs. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
While boasting an "Octa Core" Application Processor option and an extremely high resolution display, Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 falls flat in running GPU intensive apps and games—particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

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Deals: 25% off Otterbox iPhone 6 cases, $799 & $899 MacBook Airs, $100-$400 off 2014 MacBook Pros

Deals: 25% off Otterbox iPhone 6 cases, $799 & $899 MacBook Airs, $100-$400 off 2014 MacBook Pros
Discount coupons for an extra 3% off all MacBooks are joined for a few days by $25% off coupons on Otterbox iPhone 6 cases. Meanwhile, the $799 (11-inch) and $899 (13-inch) MacBook Airs have returned in a price match sale that students can use to their advantage to snag the same models for $699 & $799 at Best Buy.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Apple faces trial for allegedly 'locking in' iPod owners with iTunes Music Store DRM

Apple faces trial for allegedly 'locking in' iPod owners with iTunes Music Store DRM
A U.S. district court judge recently denied Apple's motion for summary judgment in a long-running case involving the use of digital rights management for content sold through the iTunes Store, opening the suit to move to the trial phase.

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'iWorm' malware controls Macs via Reddit, more than 17K affected

'iWorm' malware controls Macs via Reddit, more than 17K affected
Security researchers recently discovered that more than 17,000 Macs around the world have been infected by a new OS X malware threat called "iWorm," which at one point used Reddit.com as a go-between to cull user data, perform various system actions and execute Lua scripts.

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Tim Cook sends letter to employees on third anniversary of Steve Jobs' death

Tim Cook sends letter to employees on third anniversary of Steve Jobs' death
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday sent an email to Apple employees to honor the third anniversary of the passing of co-founder Steve Jobs, saying the late tech guru's legacy lives on through their work.

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Flic uses Tinder-like swipes to whittle down your iPhone's photo library

Flic uses Tinder-like swipes to whittle down your iPhone's photo library
iPhone users with an oversized collection of pictures looking for help to shrink their photo library can turn to Flic, a new app that borrows from the popular dating service Tinder by allowing users to swipe right to save, and left for deletion.

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Breaking
Apple expected to hold iPad & Retina iMac event on Oct. 16

Apple expected to hold iPad & Retina iMac event on Oct. 16
Apple is reportedly planning to hold an event on Thursday, Oct. 16, to showcase the rest of its fall 2014 product lineup, which is expected to include new iPads with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, as well as a 27-inch iMac with Retina display.

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Apple's iOS 8 update breaks Bluetooth car connections, fix may be coming with iOS 8.1

Apple's iOS 8 update breaks Bluetooth car connections, fix may be coming with iOS 8.1
Apple's iOS 8 update released last month has created major problems for users who connect their iPhone to their car's stereo system via Bluetooth, but there are indications that a fix may be on the way with the upcoming iOS 8.1 update.

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TipsiOS 8 lets you easily hide photos and App Store purchases

Users have can greater control over their privacy with Apple's iOS 8 update, thanks to newly added options to hide individual photos, and to hide App Store purchases directly from an iPhone or iPad.

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U.S. stock volatility blamed on Apple bears in options market

U.S. stock volatility blamed on Apple bears in options market
Increasing volatility in the U.S. stock market is being attributed in part to Apple bears on the options market, who have helped to keep America's largest publicly traded company at around the $100-per-share level.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Eric Schmidt says Google 'far more secure' than Apple, denies allegations of harvesting data

Eric Schmidt says Google 'far more secure' than Apple, denies allegations of harvesting data
Google Executive Chairman Eric Shmidt on Thursday responded to comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook referring to the Internet search giant's privacy policies, saying Cook is misinformed and that Google's systems are "far more secure" than anything Apple has.

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Samsung riffs on iPhone 6 'Bendgate' woes in new Galaxy Note 4 ad

Samsung riffs on iPhone 6 'Bendgate' woes in new Galaxy Note 4 ad
True to form, Samsung on Thursday released a commercial touting the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet by capitalizing on negative reports criticizing Apple's latest iPhone 6 models for being too "bendy."

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Apple in talks with music labels to reduce Beats Music streaming fees, report says

Apple in talks with music labels to reduce Beats Music streaming fees, report says
According to a report on Thursday, Apple is in talks with major music labels over content licensing price cuts to be applied to Beats Music, which could result in subscription fee drops some time next year.

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Leonardo DiCaprio no longer in talks to play Steve Jobs in Sony-backed biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio no longer in talks to play Steve Jobs in Sony-backed biopic
Leonardo DiCaprio, who was previously in talks to play the lead role in director Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, has reportedly turned down the offer and will instead take an extended hiatus from acting.

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FeatureiPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks. [Updated Pricing, Offers]

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Apple seeds iTunes 12 beta 3 to developers ahead of OS X Yosemite launch

Apple seeds iTunes 12 beta 3 to developers ahead of OS X Yosemite launch
Apple on Thursday issued the third beta build of iTunes 12 to developers and members of its Apple Seed program, bringing minor tweaks and backend enhancements to the stalwart media app.

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Apple overhauls employee benefits with longer parental leave, improved education reimbursements

Apple overhauls employee benefits with longer parental leave, improved education reimbursements
Apple on Thursday announced to employees in a company-wide memo that it is expanding workers' benefits, including longer parental leave, an expanded donation matching program, subsidized student loan refinancing, and education reimbursement for all classes.

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Apple PR veteran Steve Dowling named interim communications chief

Apple PR veteran Steve Dowling named interim communications chief
Though the company was said to be looking outside of its ranks to find a new head of public relations, Apple's longtime corporate communications employee Steve Dowling was reportedly named interim PR chief last week by CEO Tim Cook.

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TipsApple caters to minimalists by offering blank home screen option in iOS 8

Users looking for fewer distractions on their iPhone, or those who simply want to provide a better look at their wallpaper, can choose to have a blank first home screen in Apple's newly released iOS 8 update.

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Pioneer aftermarket car stereos & Spotify both add support for Apple's CarPlay

Pioneer aftermarket car stereos & Spotify both add support for Apple's CarPlay
Though it arrived later than expected, Pioneer on Thursday supplied updates for its existing NEX lineup of car stereos to support Apple's CarPlay. In addition, popular streaming music service Spotify also saw an update to its iOS application to add support for Apple's new car infotainment platform.

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