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WWDC 2014 preview: Apple's interest in home, health & headphones

05/31/2014, 02:05 pm

Apple has been relatively quiet since late last year, and the company is expected to break the silence with a bang by unveiling a slew of new initiatives at this year's edition of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. AppleInsider takes a look at what could be in the cards when Tim Cook takes the stage on Monday.

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Apple officially appoints new CFO Luca Maestri as Peter Oppenheimer transitions out

05/30/2014, 11:05 pm

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Apple announced it officially appointed Luca Maestri as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer on May 29. Maestri succeeds longtime finance chief Peter Oppenheimer.

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Longtime Apple PR head Katie Cotton officially retires

05/30/2014, 08:05 pm

Friday marks the last day of work for Apple's longtime PR chief Katie Cotton. After spending 18 years in Cupertino, much of it as a handler for late cofounder Steve Jobs, the company's vice president of worldwide corporate communications will step down to spend more time with her family.

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Steve Ballmer outbids group including Laurene Powell Jobs for ownership of LA Clippers

05/30/2014, 09:05 am

Team Microsoft bested Team Apple on a different kind of financial battlefield this week, as former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer is said to have outbid a group including Laurene Powell Jobs -- the widow of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs -- for the rights to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA.

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Microsoft's smartwatch to be compatible with iOS and Android, may launch this summer

05/29/2014, 11:05 pm

Over one year after word of a Microsoft-built smartwatch first surfaced, a report on Thursday says the Redmond, Wash. company's offering will be compatible not only with its own Windows Phone, but also Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

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Japan Apple Store to feature eco-friendly 'green curtain' for heat control

05/29/2014, 08:05 pm

When Apple's latest store opens in Tokyo, Japan, it will feature a style of eco-friendly architecture the company has never before used at a retail outlet: foliage.

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Apple's paid less than $500M for Beats Music, $2.5B for Beats Electronics

05/29/2014, 07:05 pm

As part of its $3 billion acquisition of Beats, Apple is paying less than $500 million for the Beats Music streaming service and more than $2.5 billion for the firm's hardware arm, one report says.

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Apple touts progress in sourcing conflict-free minerals

05/29/2014, 05:05 pm

In a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Apple details its conflict free minerals program that looks to push human rights on smelters and refiners by removing unaudited firms from its massive supply chain.

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Apple's massive $3B bet on Beats a sure thing compared to all-in gamble on NeXT in 1996

05/29/2014, 02:05 pm

Apple's recently-confirmed $3 billion purchase of headphone maker and streaming music provider Beats may be the largest cash outlay in its history, but it's far from the Cupertino company's biggest bet on an acquisition.

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Future EarPods may use sensors to detect users' ears, control noise cancellation and music playback

05/29/2014, 06:05 am

In the shadow of Apple's recent acquisition of Beats Electronics, known for its aftermarket headphone hardware, a pair of Apple patent filings published on Thursday show an earbud design that can detect user's presence based on data from onboard sensors.

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Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine go in-depth on Apple's Beats acquisition and future plans

05/29/2014, 12:05 am

Speaking at the Code Conference on Wednesday, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue and Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine offered a peek behind the curtain of Apple's $3 billion deal covering everything from subscription music services to future hardware.

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Apple rumored to debut cheaper iMac and 8GB iPhone 5s at WWDC [update: nope]

05/28/2014, 08:05 pm

With Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference coming up next week, pundits are speculating on hardware the company may introduce in its first major media gathering of the year. One well-informed analyst believes the stars of the show will be a cheaper iMac and maybe an 8GB iPhone 5s.

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Beats parts ways with design firm after Apple acquisition

05/28/2014, 08:05 pm

Ammunition, the design studio responsible for Beats Electronics' iconic hardware styling, announced on Wednesday that it will transition away from the company in the coming months as new owner Apple takes over.

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Apple's Cook says Beats buy provides head start in subscription-based music streaming

05/28/2014, 06:05 pm

In an interview explaining Apple's purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, CEO Tim Cook looks toward expanding the iTunes business model and building future products co-designed by the two companies.

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Apple's Eddy Cue to join Beats' Jimmy Iovine on stage at Code Conference panel

05/28/2014, 05:05 pm

After Apple announced its purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music on Wednesday, iTunes chief Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine have been scheduled to talk at Re/code's Code Conference later today.

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Apple buys Beats Electronics for $3 billion, Iovine and Dr. Dre to join company

05/28/2014, 04:05 pm

Following weeks of speculation and rumors, Apple on Wednesday officially announced it acquisition of Beats Electronics for a reported $3 billion, with co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre expected to join the Cupertino, Calif. company in as-yet-undisclosed executive roles.

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Samsung announces open health care platform with modular hardware, cloud-based software

05/28/2014, 03:05 pm

Less than a week before Apple is expected to take the stage at WWDC and unveil a health-focused addition to iOS, rival Samsung on Wednesday announced a healthcare initiative of its own with a $50 million innovation fund and new hardware and software platforms.

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Amazon breaks silence on Hachette dispute, says it is negotiating 'on behalf of customers'

05/28/2014, 09:05 am

After blocking preorders and delaying shipments for titles in the midst of ongoing negotiations with publisher Hachette, Amazon has now spoken out on the dispute, attempting to portray its decisions as advantageous to customers, while also admitting that the issues are not likely to be solved soon.

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Apple to reportedly announce Beats deal this week at lower $3 billion price

05/27/2014, 09:05 pm

Adding to the never-ending stream of scuttlebutt surrounding Apple's hyped buyout of Beats Electronics, a report on Tuesday claims the terms of the supposed acquisition have dropped to $3 billion and will be announced this week.

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Microsoft teases real-time Skype voice translations, to launch on Windows first

05/27/2014, 09:05 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced the world to a new real-time translation feature for popular Skype voice over IP software, which the company says will debut in beta form on Windows later this year with support for other platforms to follow.

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