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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

GT Advanced bankruptcy will not affect Apple Watch production, but brings iPhone into question

GT Advanced bankruptcy will not affect Apple Watch production, but brings iPhone into question
According to one well-connected analyst, GT Advanced Technologies' filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection raises doubts as to whether sapphire will be used as a protective cover for a next-generation iPhone, as the tech giant is unlikely to source the material from another supplier.

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More evidence of Apple Pay surfaces in latest iOS 8.1 beta release [u]

More evidence of Apple Pay surfaces in latest iOS 8.1 beta release [u]
An Apple Pay setup screen discovered in the latest iOS 8.1 beta 2 suggests Apple's next iOS update will in fact debut alongside the company's much-anticipated mobile payments system, which uses NFC connectivity to conduct secure transactions via iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

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Killer Deals: $150 off iMac Retina 5K, $350 off Mac Pro, $40 off iPad Air 2, $30 off iPad mini 3, up to $268 off HP Printers
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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Teens 'tepid' on Apple Watch as iPhone and iPad steal Android marketshare

Teens 'tepid' on Apple Watch as iPhone and iPad steal Android marketshare
According to a recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray, U.S. teens show steadily increasing demand for iPhone and iPad, but are ho-hum on the prospect of Apple's upcoming Apple Watch.

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EditorialAfter incorrect report on Apple's use of sapphire on iPhone 6, WSJ claims Apple changed plans last minute

After incorrect report on Apple's use of sapphire on iPhone 6, WSJ claims Apple changed plans last minute
Less than two months ago, Daisuke Wakabayashi of the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was "betting $700 million" on a plan to use sapphire screens on its upcoming iPhones. After being proven wrong, the writer now claims that Apple radically reversed its plans just weeks before the new devices went on sale.

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Apple reportedly withheld $139M payment to GT Advanced ahead of bankruptcy filing

Apple reportedly withheld $139M payment to GT Advanced ahead of bankruptcy filing
As new information about GT Advanced Technologies' dire financial straits slowly comes to light, a report on Tuesday claims Apple held back a $139 million loan installment from its partner sapphire supplier for unknown reasons, possibly leading to the firm's filing for Chapter 11 protection.

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AAA says Apple's Siri causes potentially dangerous driver distractions

AAA says Apple's Siri causes potentially dangerous driver distractions
According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hands- and eyes-free infotainment and smartphone control systems can be dangerously distracting to drivers. And Apple's iOS 7 version of Siri ranks among the worst.

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Apple seeds second OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Xcode 6.1 golden master builds to developers

Apple seeds second OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Xcode 6.1 golden master builds to developers
After issuing the second iOS 8.1 beta on Tuesday, Apple released updated golden master candidates for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers for testing ahead of an expected launch later this month.

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Latest Apple TV update enables remote access relay for HomeKit connected accessories

Latest Apple TV update enables remote access relay for HomeKit connected accessories
The center of a connected smart home could soon be the Apple TV, as Apple's latest beta software officially brings HomeKit support to its $99 streaming set-top box.

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Square Cash adds location awareness, Amazon Instant Video gets UI enhancements

Square Cash adds location awareness, Amazon Instant Video gets UI enhancements
Users of popular money-sending service Square Cash can now use their iPhone's location services to quickly locate nearby recipients, while fans of Amazon Instant Video will find a number of new user interface enhancements designed to make viewing better.

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Apple issues second beta of iOS 8.1, new Xcode & Apple TV builds to developers

Apple issues second beta of iOS 8.1, new Xcode & Apple TV builds to developers
The second beta of iOS 8.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was supplied to developers on Tuesday, as Apple prepares for an anticipated public launch, presumably with Apple Pay, later this month.

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GT Advanced CEO faces scrutiny for selling stock ahead of Apple's sapphire-less iPhone 6 announcement

GT Advanced CEO faces scrutiny for selling stock ahead of Apple's sapphire-less iPhone 6 announcement
The day before Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with glass screen covers, the CEO of GT Advanced Technologies sold $160,000 worth of his now-struggling company's stock, shares of which subsequently tanked due to the lack of a sapphire cover on the latest iPhones.

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Plastc unveils new iOS-connected payment card with e-ink touchscreen

Plastc unveils new iOS-connected payment card with e-ink touchscreen
Silicon Valley startup Plastc on Tuesday unveiled a new, iOS-connected smart payment card with a number of innovative features — including built-in, programmable NFC and RFID —less than a month before Apple is expected to unleash Apple Pay, its own bid to eliminate the plastic in consumers' wallets.

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Even before launch, Apple Pay the 'player to beat' in mobile payments, Morgan Stanley says

Even before launch, Apple Pay the 'player to beat' in mobile payments, Morgan Stanley says
Though Apple Pay isn't even available to consumers yet, investment firm Morgan Stanley expects that Apple's mobile wallet service will become the industry standard and help drive wider adoption of NFC-based payment systems.

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Apple's patented flexible device display triggers data events through bending

Apple's patented flexible device display triggers data events through bending
Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content.

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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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