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FeatureGazelle paying up to $350 cash for old iPhones if you act now; doesn't need them 'til Oct 10

If you're looking to mitigate the cost of upgrading to Apple's 'iPhone 6' by getting the most cash possible for your current iPhone, buyback service Gazelle has just launched its most aggressive price-lock promotion yet: up to $350 for your old iPhone if you lock in a price quote today (and you don't need to send it in until Oct. 10 — long after the iPhone 6 is expected on the market).

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Yelp lets users add short videos to business reviews in latest app update

Yelp on Monday pushed out an update to its iOS app that allows users to upload short video clips up to 12 seconds long alongside written reviews and pictures.

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Hilton to roll out digital check-ins, smartphone room keys in new tech push

Hilton Worldwide on Monday announced plans to roll out an aggressive overhaul of its tech infrastructure that will let guests use their mobile devices as hotel room keys, choose rooms from a floor plan map and check-in to properties around the world.

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Microsoft uses Apple's Siri to prop up Windows' new 'Cortana' virtual assistant

In a new ad released on Monday, Microsoft highlights the apparent inadequacies of Apple's Siri virtual assistant, which is pitted unfavorably in a head-to-head feature test with "Cortana," its Windows 8.1 analog.

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Facebook to soon require standalone Messenger app for mobile chats [u]

Facebook on Monday announced it will be drawing down support for messages sent through its flagship mobile app, meaning users around the world will be forced to download the standalone Messenger app if they want to take their chats on the road.

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Apple drops cross-appeal of final judgment in Samsung lawsuit, no longer seeks permanent injunction

Apple on Monday filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to drop its cross-appeal of California Judge Lucy Koh's final judgment in its patent trial against Samsung, meaning the company will no longer seek a product ban in that case.

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Apple's Beats Music refines iOS app, Clumsy Ninja adds summer content

Two interesting updates hit the App Store on Monday as new Apple subsidiary Beats Music unveiled a number of refinements to the app's user experience and popular gaming title Clumsy Ninja added a slew of new content.

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Apple's iBeacon continues to spread with new rollouts by Lord & Taylor, others

Businesses continue to embrace consumers wielding Apple's mobile devices, as department store chain Lord & Taylor and German restaurant group Mook have announced new iBeacon-based customer outreach plans, while hoteliers Hilton will allow guests to check in and unlock their rooms with their smartphones.

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Purported 5.5-in. iPhone logic board surfaces alongside 'iPhone 6' part in new photos

A logic board said to be destined for Apple's anticipated 5.5-inch iPhone was shown off in a new set of photos on Monday alongside a similar part reportedly headed for a 4.7-inch "iPhone 6."

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Apple expected to buy personalized talk radio app Swell for $30 million

Apple may bolster its streaming media services with the addition of technology and talent from Swell, a personalized news radio application currently available for iPhone, which it is said to have bought for $30 million.

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European Commission OKs Apple's $3B purchase of Beats

The legislative arm of the European Union ruled on Monday that Apple is allowed to acquire Beats, the premium headphone maker it plans to acquire for $3 billion, as the agreement would not be detrimental to consumers in the organization's eyes.

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FeatureGazelle paying up to $350 cash for old iPhones if you act now; doesn't need them 'til Oct 10

If you're looking to mitigate the cost of upgrading to Apple's 'iPhone 6' by getting the most cash possible for your current iPhone, buyback service Gazelle has just launched its most aggressive price-lock promotion yet: up to $350 for your old iPhone if you lock in a price quote today (and you don't need to send it in until Oct. 10 — long after the iPhone 6 is expected on the market).

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Monday, July 28, 2014

New MacBook Pros with 16GB RAM standard & faster CPUs rumored to launch Tuesday

Apple's MacBook Pro lineup, in both the 13- and 15-inch varieties, is now rumored to receive an update on Tuesday, following a leak that suggested all 15-inch models will come standard with 16 gigabytes of RAM.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rumor: In-store signage outs speed-bumped MacBook Pros, 16GB of RAM to come standard

A photo out of China on Sunday supposedly shows iPad-based Apple Store signage detailing the anticipated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display refresh, with an updated processor lineup and standard 16GB of RAM across the board.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

EditorialApple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump

Apple reported "strong double digit growth" in its Mac sales in the U.S., directly contradicting the earlier estimates published by IDC and Gartner that stated Apple's U.S. Mac sales fell year-over-year in the June quarter and calling into question the legitimacy of market estimates that the tech media uncritically presents as factual.

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Alleged 'iPhone 6' logic board claimed to include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC chip

A series of new photos out of China claims to show the logic board for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6," with information accompanying the pictures alleging that the board includes support for ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as near-field communications for potential e-wallet functions.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

BreakingApple acquires startup BookLamp for between $10M to $15M in bid to bolster iBooks discovery

Apple on Friday confirmed reports that it recently acquired book analytics firm BookLamp — dubbed the "Pandora for Books" — in April to bolster its fight in the e-book sales market, bringing better discovery and analytics to its digital storefront.

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Public beta launch nearly doubles OS X 10.10 Yosemite adoption despite download issues

The share of Mac-based Web traffic generated by Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite doubled since the company released a beta version to the public on Thursday, though some users are seeing problems downloading the next-generation operating system.

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Cellular device unlocking bill passed by US House, President Obama says will sign into law

After passing through U.S. Senate last week, the House of Representatives on Friday cleared a bill regarding cellphone and tablet owners' rights to unlock their hardware for use on a different carrier's network.

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FeatureApple, Inc. bought back another $5 billion of $AAPL stock in Q3 as shares rose 20%

During its fiscal Q3 ending in June, Apple spent $5 billion to buy up its own stock off the market. Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, Apple has spent $28 billion to repurchase stock at average share prices between two-thirds and three-quarters of its current stock price.

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Amazon stock dips after anaemic third quarter, tepid reception for Fire Phone

On the same day that Amazon begins to ship its new, widely-panned Fire Phone to consumers, shares of the online retailing giant are trading down nearly 10 percent after the company posted a $126 million loss on nearly $20 billion in sales in its fiscal second quarter.

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Bose files lawsuit against Apple's Beats over noise canceling tech

Two of the biggest names in premium headphones —Bose and soon-to-be-Apple's Beats — are set to square off in court, with a new lawsuit filed on Friday by Bose alleging that Beats products infringe on its noise canceling patents.

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iOS-connected AirDog auto-following drone adds obstacle avoidance

As it nears the completion of a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, drone makers Helico Aerospace announced this week that their forthcoming AirDog drone — which automatically follows users as they do things like wakeboarding or skiing — will gain a new map-based obstacle avoidance system for safer flying.

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Apple spending on manufacturing & parts sees biggest increase since 2007 launch of first iPhone

The data in Apple's recently released 10-Q filing reveals the company has invested heavily in manufacturing and component purchases as it gears up for a series of highly anticipated major product launches this fall, including a next-generation iPhone and anticipated "iWatch."

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Rumor: Production for new iPad mini, iPad Air, & 5.5" 'iPhone 6' pushed to Sept.

A Friday morning rumor out of the Far East suggests that only one of Apple's next-generation handsets — the 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" — will be ready for launch at the company's anticipated September media event, as the larger 5.5-inch model will allegedly not even enter production until that month.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Judge voices concern over Apple's $450M e-book settlement, says may hurt consumers

U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Thursday said she is concerned about the terms of Apple's settlement with a class of consumers due hundreds of millions of dollars over e-book price fixing, claiming certain provisions could greatly reduce the damages payout.

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ComiXology launches DRM-free comic book downloads from select publishers

Popular iOS comic book app comiXology on Thursday sent out emails to existing customers, notifying them of a new DRM-free backup download service for content from certain publishers.

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Photos purportedly show 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' flex cables for volume & wake/sleep control

A new set of images out of the Far East published on Thursday supposedly show a trio of flex cables bound for the rumored 5.5-inch jumbo-sized version of Apple's "iPhone 6," as well as a set of unfinished micro-SIM card trays.

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FeatureIBM began mass adoption of iOS prior to its exclusive partnership with Apple, Inc.

When Apple and IBM announced plans to codevelop new iOS apps and jointly sell and support iPhones and iPad to enterprise customers, the news was greeted as if it were a new experiment. However, the deal is actually an extension of IBM's mobile strategy that has included massive deployments of iOS devices and native apps.

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