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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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Apple begins decorating San Francisco's Moscone Center ahead of next week's WWDC

05/27/2014, 03:05 pm

Construction crews have started the process of preparing San Francisco's Moscone Center for the June 2 opening of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, with the first banners going up on Tuesday.

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Apple to live stream 'exciting announcements' from June 2 WWDC 2014 keynote

05/27/2014, 01:05 pm

When Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off next Monday, June 2, users from around the world will be able to see what the company announces thanks to a live streaming video of the keynote presentation.

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Apple granted patent for embedding sapphire displays in LiquidMetal iPhone chassis

05/27/2014, 04:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent describing a process in which an iPhone's display glass -- including sapphire -- is integrally joined with a bezel made out of amorphous metal alloy, namely LiquidMetal.

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Google reportedly looking into Dropcam acquisition as foray into home surveillance

05/26/2014, 09:05 pm

A report on Monday claims Google is mulling an entrance into the home security business with a buyout of Dropcam, a purchase that would expand the Internet search giant's in-home product placement beyond thermostats and smoke detectors.

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Apple seeks Samsung product ban, retrial in second California lawsuit

05/24/2014, 04:05 am

In two separate court filings on Friday, Apple lodged a motion for a permanent U.S. injunction on Samsung products found in infringement of certain utility patents by a jury earlier in May, while requesting a retrial of the same case.

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Apple's Beats acquisition reportedly delayed over Dre and Iovine roles, valuation, more

05/23/2014, 07:05 pm

In what has become a daily routine, a Friday report offers further information on Apple's rumored deal to buy Beats Electronics, this time saying the agreement has been delayed yet again as the two companies hammer out final details.

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Former iPod product leader Andy Hodge hired by Dropcam

05/23/2014, 05:05 pm

Andy Hodge, who worked under Tony Fadell on Apple's original iPod team, has been hired to lead hardware and product strategy at smart video surveillance camera company Dropcam.

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With Apple's hands tied in e-book market, Amazon stops taking some preorders from publisher Hachette

05/23/2014, 03:05 pm

Amazon is currently in the midst of a fight with Hachette, one of the so-called "Big Five" largest publishing companies, and has stopped taking preorders for high-profile upcoming titles, including the latest from "Harry Potter" series author J.K. Rowling.

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Samsung set to unveil smart watch that makes calls without a paired phone - report

05/23/2014, 01:05 pm

Samsung is said to be working on yet another smart watch model expected to be unveiled this summer --one that would completely replace a smartphone rather than simply being an accessory to one.

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Apple scuttlebutt spurs Samsung to seek sapphire solutions for smartphones

05/23/2014, 10:05 am

The ever-present rumors that Apple will move from Corning's Gorilla Glass to a new screen covering based on sapphire in its next-generation iPhone are said to have caused South Korean competitors Samsung and LG to look at the material more closely, according to a Friday report.

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Apple, others officially agree to $325M settlement in Silicon Valley wage fixing case

05/23/2014, 10:05 am

Nearly one month after reaching a preliminary agreement, attorneys representing thousands of Silicon Valley workers on Thursday officially asked that the federal court overseeing the case approve a settlement that will cost Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe some $324.5 million for conspiring to suppress salary inflation.

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Apple could save over $1B on alleged Beats deal with international acquisition - report

05/23/2014, 09:05 am

Because Beats Electronics has tax residency in Ireland, Apple could structure a deal with the headphone maker in such a way that it would not only be able to use its massive international cash pile to pay for the deal, but it could also significantly reduce the final price with international tax laws, one financial expert says.

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Online Apple Store offering free shipping on all purchases through May 29

05/23/2014, 04:05 am

Apple on Friday announced free shipping on all purchases made through the Online Apple Store in the run up to Father's Day, a change from the typical $50-and-up campaign pricing.

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Apple rolls out iAd Producer 4.2 with full-screen iPhone banner ads, bug fixes

05/23/2014, 12:05 am

Apple on Thursday issued an update to its iAd Producer tool, bringing support for the creation of full-screen banner ads for iPhone and the ability to upload Producer projects to iAd workbench, among other minor improvements.

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Google reportedly developing 'Project Tango' tablet with 3D mapping capabilities

05/22/2014, 11:05 pm

Google is reportedly working on a tablet version of its "Project Tango" computer vision initiative that incorporates multiple advanced imaging sensors into a portable device for real time three-dimensional mapping.

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Former Apple designer dispels myths about Steve Jobs, corporate culture

05/22/2014, 08:05 pm

Ex-Apple senior designer and user experience evangelist Mark Kawano gives a peek behind the curtain of Cupertino's inner workings in an interview with Fast Company, dispelling four myths regarding the company's design studio and the reputation of cofounder Steve Jobs.

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Apple wants Beats for Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, not technology

05/22/2014, 05:05 pm

A report on Thursday claims Apple's much rumored deal to buy Beats Electronics "is happening" and will be a play for company cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, not technology associated with streaming music or headphones.

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Creator of Apple's Core Animation leaves for new role, likely at Facebook

05/22/2014, 03:05 pm

John Harper, the creator of of Apple's Core Animation tool for developers and the inventor credited with designing gesture and scrolling animations in iOS, has apparently taken a new position at social networking giant Facebook.

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Apple tech would use mechanical shutters to protect sensitive iPhone audio components

05/22/2014, 05:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering an active system that protects sensitive acoustic components like microphones and speakers from damage.

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