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Apple invention uses iPhone and wearable sensors to monitor activities, automate alarms and notifications

06/19/2014, 06:06 am

A batch of Apple patent filings published on Thursday describe a system of interconnected sensors -- some being wearable devices -- that work with an iPhone hub to monitor activity levels, dynamically set or cancel alarms and manage push notification settings, among other automated tasks.

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Apple TV price drops by as much as $30 in the UK & Europe, Mac mini also sees cuts

06/18/2014, 12:06 pm

Apple appears to have chosen this week to revisit its pricing strategy around the world as the company lowered overseas prices for its Mac mini desktop, iMac all-in-one, and Apple TV streaming device by as much as $80.

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Adobe debuts Creative Cloud 2014, mobile apps, plus new stylus & ruler hardware for iPad

06/18/2014, 11:06 am

Adobe on Wednesday revealed its latest update to Creative Cloud, which comes with 14 new versions of CC desktop apps, as well as four new mobile apps and the official launch of the company's stylus and ruler set for iPad.

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Apple, Samsung 'trying to find common ground' in patent war - report

06/18/2014, 10:06 am

A resolution to the long-running intellectual property battle between Apple and Samsung could be drawing near, as a Wednesday report out of South Korea suggested that the tech titans are working toward an agreement that would allow their important supplier relationship to continue.

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Kanye West says Samsung-Jay Z collaboration drove Apple to buy Beats for cultural credibility

06/17/2014, 05:06 pm

In a surprise appearance at the Cannes Lions festival, rapper Kanye West said a collaboration between fellow performer Jay Z and Samsung last year played into Apple's decision to buy Beats and acqui-hire cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.

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Apple brings back free summer camps for kids with moviemaking, storytelling workshops

06/17/2014, 10:06 am

Parents looking for an outlet for their creative-minded children this summer can take advantage of Apple's annual Apple Camp, in which the company invites kids ages 8 through 12 to participate in three-day workshops covering moviemaking with iMovie or storytelling with iBooks.

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Nest restarts Protect smoke alarm sales after safety recall, cuts price and offending feature

06/17/2014, 02:06 am

Google-owned smart home device maker Nest on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of its Protect carbon monoxide and smoke alarm after product sales were halted and units recalled when a convenience feature was determined to pose a safety risk.

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Apple settles e-book price fixing class action suit, dodges possible $840M in claims

06/16/2014, 11:06 pm

In a court filing on Monday, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in a class action suit seeking damages from Apple's e-book price fixing scheme informed federal Judge Denise Cote that the company has agreed to settle.

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Apple's Ive hints new materials to be used in upcoming products, suggests new form factors and devices

06/16/2014, 05:06 pm

In an interview with the New York Times, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive said Apple has been working to incorporate all new materials in future products, suggesting both new form factors and the possible introduction of long-awaited LiquidMetal and sapphire parts.

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Apple partner Nuance exploring sale, reportedly in talks with Samsung

06/16/2014, 03:06 pm

Nuance Communications, the voice recognition company whose technology helps to power Apple's Siri personal assistant, is said to be exploring a sale of the company, with Apple rival Samsung allegedly a potential suitor.

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Apple sides with Microsoft in opposition to 'global search warrant' ruling

06/16/2014, 09:06 am

Apple has thrown its hat into the ring with fellow technology and telecommunications giants Microsoft, Cisco, Verizon, and AT&T to oppose a federal court ruling that could force American companies to hand data about foreign customers over to the U.S. government in violation of international laws and treaties.

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New York Times seeks to profile Tim Cook after getting shut out by Apple

06/15/2014, 04:06 pm

A new profile of Apple's chief executive, titled "Tim Cook, Making Apple his own" actually says little about Cook and virtually nothing noteworthy about how he is leading Apple. Instead, the New York Times simply recounts more predictions of doom for the company in a piece filled with fictions and fallacy.

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Apple and Samsung agree to drop cross-appeal of ITC embargo ruling

06/15/2014, 05:06 am

In a pair of filings with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit earlier this week, both Apple and Samsung dropped their respective appeals of an ITC order to block sales of certain Samsung products, agreeing further pursuit on the issue would be unfruitful.

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Apple will soon encrypt iCloud emails in transit between service providers

06/13/2014, 05:06 pm

Apple on Friday said it is working to implement an in-transit encryption solution for its email domains, offering additional protection for iCloud customers sending and receiving messages from people using other providers like Gmail.

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Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, other execs on hand for Omotesando Apple Store opening [u]

06/12/2014, 09:06 pm

Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts made her first official public appearance as an Apple exec at the grand opening of the company's newest retail outlet in Japan on Friday, posing for pictures with Apple fans and customers who made it down for the event.

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New China Apple Store may be second to feature iconic cylindrical glass entryway

06/12/2014, 07:06 pm

As part of Apple's efforts to triple its retail presence in China over the next two years, the company will open a store in Chongqing that appears to feature an architectural flourish familiar to Chinese customers: a giant glass cylinder.

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As EU launches probe into Apple's taxes, Intel slapped with record $1.4B anti-competition fine

06/12/2014, 09:06 am

Apple partner Intel attempted to appeal a $1.44 billion fine from the European Union for unfair business practices, but the chipmaker lost that bid on Thursday when a court determined that the record fine would stand.

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Apple's smarter Smart Cover would keep users up to date with illuminated alerts

06/12/2014, 05:06 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced iPad Smart Cover containing illumination and communication elements that light up to alert users to incoming messages, low battery warnings and other notifications.

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Amazon launches free 'Prime Music' streaming service for Prime members

06/12/2014, 03:06 am

Amazon on Thursday threw its hat into the streaming music service game with Prime Music, a "free" value-added service that touts access to more than one million songs for paying Amazon Prime members.

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Samsung endorser LeBron James made a reported $30M from Apple's Beats buy

06/12/2014, 12:06 am

According to a report on Wednesday, Basketball superstar LeBron James saw a $30 million windfall on his small stake in Beats Electronics after Apple acquired the headphone maker for $3 billion in May.

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