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Topic: General

Trio of Apple sapphire-related inventions point to iOS device displays, illuminated buttons

07/10/2014, 05:07 am

Ahead of Apple's expected iPhone announcement this fall, the company has filed for three sapphire-related patents pointing to a handset with front cover and illuminated buttons crafted from the exotic material.

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Apple says working toward 'net zero energy' and green products in Environmental Responsibility Report

07/09/2014, 09:07 pm

Apple on Wednesday published an Environmental Responsibility Report covering fiscal 2014, outlining steps the company has taken to reduce impact on climate change, use green materials in its products and conserve resources.

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Tim Cook promises Apple will release data on corporate diversity

07/09/2014, 02:07 pm

During a question-and-answer session at Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley conference in Idaho, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone maker will eventually quantify the diversity of its workforce in a public disclosure, but that it is now "more focused on actions."

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Review: Creative's Sound Blaster Roar SR20 heavy on features, light on bass

07/08/2014, 10:07 pm

In the 1990s, Creative was the go-to firm for beige box PC sound cards, but that market has since dried up thanks to integrated motherboard audio. More recently, the company has been busy reinventing itself as a bonafide audio hardware maker and the Sound Blaster Roar SR20 is its latest product.

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Apple picks up two engineers from spun down Nike FuelBand team

07/08/2014, 06:07 pm

Apple's rumored wearables team, widely thought to be working on a so-called "iWatch" device, recently got an infusion of new talent as the company brought on two former engineers from Nike's stagnant FuelBand program.

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Amazon bends in Hachette dispute, floats deal with authors to resume book sales

07/08/2014, 03:07 pm

More than a month after interrupting sales of books from major publisher Hachette in a dispute over e-book pricing, Amazon has proposed a temporary arrangement in which it would return sales to normal and funnel 100 percent of the revenue directly to authors until the two parties reach an agreement.

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Apple reportedly loses senior Maps engineering manager to car service Uber

07/08/2014, 12:07 pm

Chris Blumenberg, an engineer responsible for some of the foundational elements of Apple's mapping strategy dating to the first-generation iPhone, is said to have accepted an offer to leave Apple for transportation networking startup Uber.

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Apple Maps launch on the web in new Find my iPhone beta, displacing Google

07/08/2014, 11:07 am

Apple's in-house mapping service has made the jump to the web some two years after its debut at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, supplanting Google Maps in the newest preview of the web-based Find my iPhone application.

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Samsung predicts massive profit decline, blames slumping smartphone sales

07/08/2014, 08:07 am

South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Tuesday warned investors that it is set to announce a quarterly profit decline of as much as 26 percent year-over-year, citing weak smartphone demand and increased competition in China and Europe as the shortfall's primary drivers.

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Apple patents method of building seamless all-glass iOS devices, monitors and TVs

07/08/2014, 06:07 am

Apple on Monday was granted a U.S. patent covering a method of fusing glass structures together to encapsulate the internal circuitry of an iOS device, and that of larger electronics like monitors and televisions.

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Apple buys 100 acres of land for third North Carolina solar farm

07/08/2014, 12:07 am

Apple on Monday reached a deal with the city council of Claremont, N.C. to annex 100 acres of land for a new 17.5 megawatt solar farm, the construction of which is expected to cost some $55 million.

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Apple's video of 2014 San Francisco Pride Parade celebrates company diversity

07/07/2014, 11:07 pm

Apple on Monday published a video showing its side of last week's Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade in San Francisco, where the company showed up in force to celebrate the day and hand out vouchers for free iTunes songs.

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Tim Cook reportedly seeking new blood for Apple's board of directors

07/07/2014, 04:07 pm

According to a report on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook is "actively seeking" new directors for the company's board as he relaxes the tech giant's laser focus in favor of support for existing products and new initiatives.

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Apple to wipe iCloudKit data for iOS 8 and Yosemite betas, new iCloud features affected

07/04/2014, 04:07 pm

Apple on Friday sent out letters to developers testing the iOS 8 beta and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Preview, notifying them of an upcoming server-side wipe of all CloudKit databases scheduled for July 7.

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Apple reaches accord with Saudi Arabian retailer to expand Middle East distribution

07/04/2014, 09:07 am

Consumers in Saudi Arabia will soon have a more direct link to Apple, as the iPhone maker has agreed to a deal with major book and electronics retailer Jarir Bookstore that will see the chain carry Apple's full product lineup and service customers.

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GM and Philips nearly bought Pixar, but deal's collapse allowed Steve Jobs to invest

07/03/2014, 10:07 am

Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull reveals in a new book that the now-legendary animation company was nearly sold to General Motors and Philips for its technology, but the deal fell through just before it could be signed.

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Apple invention changes iPhone user authentication settings based on location

07/03/2014, 05:07 am

A patent application published on Thursday reveals an Apple solution that dynamically changes a mobile device's user interface, security levels and other behaviors based on its location, whether it be at the office or in a user's home.

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Microsoft rumored to debut platform-agnostic 'smart wristband' in Q4 with focus on fitness

07/02/2014, 08:07 pm

According to a rumor, Microsoft's expected foray into the burgeoning wearables market will be an activity-minded wristband-style device that works with all major mobile platforms including Windows Phone, Google's Android and Apple's iOS.

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Apple 'overhauling' the backend for its Maps service, hints at 'big plans' to come

07/01/2014, 11:07 am

The tools that provide access to Apple's Maps service are being rewritten in a major way, with the company now recruiting software engineers to help with a major rewrite of the Maps application programming interface, AppleInsider has discovered.

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Apple's 'Back to School' promotion goes live with $100 gift cards for Mac purchases, $50 for iPhone and iPad

07/01/2014, 09:07 am

Apple on Tuesday revealed its "Back to School" sales promotion for summer 2014, offering $100 Apple Store Gift Cards for new Mac purchases and $50 Apple Store Gift Cards for iPhones and iPads.

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