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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New video footage shows initial demolition at Apple's Campus 2 site

High quality video footage of the demolition currently underway at Apple's Campus 2 build site in Cupertino, Calif., was posted to the Web on Monday, with the short clip showing what appears to be the complete teardown process of an entire building.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Apple taps veteran Senate finance staffer as new top lobbyist

A report on Monday claims Apple has hired former Senate staffer Amber Cottle, who served as staff director on one of the most influential committees on Capitol Hill, to be its new lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

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Adoption of Apple's iOS 7 continues to rise, now at 85%

In a change to Apple's developer website on Monday, the company announced adoption of iOS 7 is now at 85 percent while the share of devices running iOS 6 has fallen to 12 percent.

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New 'Your Verse' story shows how iPad helps assess concussions in sports

Apple on Monday posted to its website a new installment of its "Your Verse" iPad media campaign, this time highlighting the tablet's ability to help assess concussions, a previously difficult task that relied on subjective reporting methods.

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Apple's new privacy counsel hire hints at unannounced health program

A new Apple hire discovered on Monday may offer insight into the company's rumored push into health monitoring, which could integrate data from the much-rumored "iWatch" with the company's iCloud service.

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Apple casts wide net to find iTunes users affected by unauthorized in-app purchases

As part of a settlement regarding overly lax in-app purchase limitations, Apple on Monday sent out to iTunes account holders what appears to be a mass email, asking those who were charged for unauthorized purchases by minors to fill out a refund form.

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Steve Jobs threatened 'war' as Google tried to poach Safari engineers for nascent browser team

Google may have sparked the Silicon Valley anti-poaching scandal when the company infuriated Steve Jobs by attempting to lure members of Apple's Safari team to work on Google's then-nascent browser effort, according to internal emails revealed in new court filings.

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Apple-Comcast talks likely limited in scope, user experience not a priority for cable providers

While rumors of talks between Apple and cable provider Comcast generated buzz over the weekend, one Wall Street analyst doesn't expect the discussions to go much beyond the possibility of having a Comcast-branded application available for Apple TV.

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NPR brings live streaming news to Apple's iTunes Radio, more channels on the way

Live streaming news content is headed to iTunes Radio, with the first partner launching on Apple's service Monday: National Public Radio.

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Google Photowall turns your TV into a crowdsourced pinboard, Loopy HD goes half-off

Two interesting developments hit the App Store over the weekend, as Google's new Photowall app lets iPhone owners beam photos from their handset to their TV using the company's Chromecast streaming stick, while Loopy HD is now 50% off after being featured on The Tonight Show.

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iTunes and app sales projected to grow to 20% of Apple profit by 2020

iTunes content and the App Store are projected to be key drivers of growth for Apple moving forward, with one new forecast calling for content and apps alone to account for 20 percent of profits by 2020.

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iPhone 5c & iPad mini assembler Pegatron sees earnings rise 22%

Pegatron, the main assembler for both the iPhone 5c and iPad mini, saw its earnings grow 22 percent in the first quarter, potentially signaling strong sales of Apple's low-end iOS devices.

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Rumor: Apple to switch to automated battery assembly for this year's 'iPhone 6'

Batteries for Apple's next-generation iPhone may be assembled on fully automated production lines in China, rather than through manual labor, a new rumor out of the Far East claims.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

British consumers face iTunes price hike after tax policy change

Apple may be forced to increase the amount of Value Added Tax that it charges for iTunes music and video sales in the U.K. as Her Majesty's Treasury pushes to end tax loopholes that allow consumers to pay much lower rates on digital purchases.

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Apple discussing new streaming set-top box with Comcast - report

Apple is reportedly planning to release a new streaming set-top box, and is in talks with cable provider Comcast on a potential deal that would bypass Web congestion and allow faster and more reliable performance for users.

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EditorialWith Android Wear, Google fires first shot in hardware war against Apple

Google's aggressive stance with Android Wear, putting industrial design — rather than tech specs or bundled software — at the forefront, reveals the makings of a strategy designed to take on Apple at their own game.

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Review: Sharp's 32" 4K display is a high-performance workhorse made for Apple's Mac Pro

Apple has made clear its intent to support ultra high-resolution displays with the latest Mac and OS X products, but without a 4K display of its own (yet) the company sells only one UHD monitor as a go-along with its flagship Mac Pro: Sharp's PN-K321.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

EditorialApple's iPhone 5c 'failure flop' outsold Blackberry, Windows Phone and every Android flagship in Q4

From the constant harping about the supposed "failure" of Apple's iPhone 5c, you'd think the phone is selling poorly. The reality is that middle tier model, while dramatically less popular than Apple's top of the line iPhone 5s, still managed to outsell every Blackberry, every Windows Phone and every Android flagship in the winter quarter, including Samsung's Galaxy S4.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Rumor: Apple prepping 12" MacBook without fan, mechanical trackpad button

Rumors from the Far East on Friday claim Apple will soon refresh its MacBook Air lineup and may introduce a slimmed-down 12-inch fan-less version with a new trackpad design that does away with the current mechanical click button component.

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Twitter to pull #music app from App Store, shut down services in April [u]

After a year-long run, Twitter #music will be pulled from the iOS App Store on Friday, while the corresponding service will shut down in mid April.

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Apple reportedly exploring on-demand music streaming service, iTunes for Android

In a supposed bid to bolster declining iTunes music sales, Apple is in talks with major record labels to launch a Spotify-like on-demand streaming service, as well as an official iTunes app for the Android mobile operating system.

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Samsung's Galaxy S4 displaced other Androids in U.S. but iPhone 5 adoption still faster

A new report on North American adoption of smartphones found iPhone 5 gained users the fastest, building upon Apple's lead in U.S. and Canadian market share, but that Samsung phones displaced other Android devices, giving the Korean giant a plurality of Android's user base.

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Inside the iPad rig Jimmy Fallon used to duet with Billy Joel on 'The Tonight Show'

Apple's iPad was the centerpiece of a live performance this week featuring the legendary Billy Joel and "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, and AppleInsider has learned exactly what hardware and software producers utilized to make the memorable duet happen.

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Apple's iBeacon used to push seat upgrades in nosebleeds at sporting events

Some U.S. sports arenas have begun pushing ticket upgrades to fans in the cheap seats through Apple's iBeacon technology for iPhone, offering users the ability to upgrade their seats quickly and easily.

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Apple highlights indie games with new iOS App Store section

In a change to the iOS App Store late Thursday, Apple debuted the new "Indie Game Showcase," a special section that will regularly highlight one independent developer and their favorite titles.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Medium launches on iOS as read-only app focused on content curation

Blogging platform Medium on Thursday launched its first iOS app, a read-only content aggregator that allows users of the online service to quickly browse followed collections, view recommendations and find new stories of interest.

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Apple restores iTunes contacts & calendars syncing in new OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, iTunes 11.1.6 betas

Apple on Thursday seeded the latest betas of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.1.6 to developers for testing, with the new software marking a return of contacts and calendar data syncing in iTunes.

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Starbucks updates app with iOS 7 theme, virtual tip jar and 'shake-to-pay'

Starbucks, one of the first companies to include support for rechargeable payment cards in Passbook, updated its app on Thursday, adding a new "flat" iOS 7 aesthetic, "shake-to-pay" and digital tipping.

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Director wants Christian Bale to play role of Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

Acclaimed director David Fincher is considering taking the reins of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, but will reportedly do so only if the studio allows Christian Bale to fill the lead role.

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