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Apple starts iBeacon product certification under 'Made for iPhone' program

02/25/2014, 06:02 pm

In a push for wider iBeacon adoption, Apple on Tuesday released specification requirements under the "Made for iPhone" program for third-party manufacturers looking to build products incorporating the Bluetooth LE-based technology.

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Apple updates retail store webpage with iOS 7-inspired design

02/25/2014, 04:02 am

Apple on Monday refreshed the "Apple Retail Store" section of its website with a clean aesthetic inspired by iOS 7, complete with "flat" graphics and copious white space.

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Tim Cook's early life in small town Alabama profiled by local newspaper

02/24/2014, 10:02 pm

Alabama paper AL.com on Monday published a profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook, offering a peek into the chief executive's formative days in Robertsdale through interviews with teachers, friends and his parents.

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Steve Jobs statue unveiled ahead of installation at Apple's Cupertino HQ

02/24/2014, 05:02 pm

Fittingly revealed on his birthday, a bust of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was unveiled in Belgrade on Monday, with the art piece bound for the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook remembers late Steve Jobs 59 years after his birth

02/24/2014, 01:02 pm

Monday would have been the 59th birthday of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- a fact recognized by his successor Tim Cook, who posted a pair of quotes from Jobs on his official Twitter account.

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Apple sues Chinese government agency over Siri patent dispute

02/24/2014, 09:02 am

Apple has targeted both a Chinese government agency and a Shanghai-based company in a new patent lawsuit related to the ownership of Siri, the voice-driven personal assistant found on iPhone and iPad.

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Samsung breaks from Android with redesigned, Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatches

02/23/2014, 04:02 am

Korean electronics giant Samsung on Saturday unveiled the second generation of its Gear smartwatch line, updating the wrist-worn device's industrial design and moving from Google's Android to the Samsung-backed Tizen operating system.

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Apple confirms OS X contains same SSL security flaw patched with iOS 7.0.6, says fix coming 'very soon'

02/22/2014, 09:02 pm

Apple on Saturday said it is working to fix a flaw in OS X that could in some cases allow hackers to intercept communication sent using SSL/TSL security protocols. The same error was patched in an iOS update the company rolled out on Friday.

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Apple and Samsung fail to reach settlement agreement ahead of patent trial, still willing to talk

02/22/2014, 12:02 am

In a court document jointly filed to the District Court for the Northern District of California late Friday, Apple and Samsung reported mediation talks had failed, but noted both parties are willing to continue discussions ahead of a patent trial scheduled to begin at the end of March.

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Apple acquires app testing and advertising company Burstly

02/21/2014, 02:02 pm

The latest target of Apple's recently-busy mergers and acquisitions staff is Silicon Beach company Burstly, a deal that could bolster both the iAd platform and the Xcode development suite.

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Samsung accused of strong-arming Korean media to suppress coverage of unfavorable film

02/21/2014, 01:02 pm

At least one Korean newspaper is thought to have been pressured by Samsung into retracting stories that make mention of a new movie following the life and death of a worker at one of the Korean conglomerate's semiconductor plants.

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Apple gets another dedicated advertising brand in advance of agency merger

02/21/2014, 12:02 pm

Longtime Apple ad partner Rosetta appears to have launched a new Apple-exclusive agency brand in the runup to a merger that will see all of the Cupertino company's agency partners gather under the same corporate umbrella.

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Steve Jobs to be commemorated with collectible USPS stamp in 2015

02/20/2014, 06:02 pm

The U.S. Postal Service has given the go-ahead to design a collectible stamp that will feature Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with the commemorative piece slated for release in 2015.

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Apple to build second 'tactical datacenter' at Maiden, NC facility

02/20/2014, 06:02 pm

Permit filings discovered on Wednesday reveal Apple is preparing to expand its existing 500,000-square-foot datacenter in Maiden, N.C. with a new, smaller "tactical datacenter" complete with office space, meeting area and breakroom.

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Apple's Jony Ive nearly gave up on industrial design in college

02/20/2014, 04:02 pm

More than 20 years ago, renowned designer Tom Karen helped to shape Apple's future when he took on the task of talking a teenaged Jonathan Ive out of giving up on a future in industrial design.

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Google made last-ditch effort to block WhatsApp-Facebook deal, was willing to pay more than $19B

02/20/2014, 03:02 pm

As talks between Facebook and WhatsApp began to draw to a close, Google Chief Executive Larry Page made a last-ditch effort to block the deal, and was even willing to outdo the $19 billion agreement the messaging app eventually reached with Facebook.

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Google bid $10B for WhatsApp, made separate 'odd' offer before Facebook deal was struck

02/20/2014, 10:02 am

Before WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook this week for some $19 billion in cash and stock, the messaging service was being aggressively pursued by search giant Google, which reportedly offered $10 billion and also made a unique offer in attempt to ensure it wouldn't be outbid.

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Demolition rolls on at site of Apple's new 'spaceship' campus

02/20/2014, 10:02 am

Little remains of the former Hewlett-Packard campus in Cupertino that will soon be home to Apple's new corporate headquarters, as demolition workers have made quick work of bringing down buildings and preparing the site for construction.

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Apple's smart magnet tech could spawn new class of connected iPad accessories

02/20/2014, 05:02 am

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describes an intelligent magnetic attachment system that provides an interface for an iPad to connect and communicate with a variety of accessory devices, including other iPads.

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Tesla's Elon Musk confirms talks with Apple, says acquisition 'very unlikely' at this time

02/19/2014, 10:02 pm

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday confirmed that he had recently met with Apple and, while not giving away what was discussed, said an acquisition by any company is "very unlikely" in the short term.

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