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Topic: General

Email to Tim Cook prompted change of Apple's 'on hold' music quality

07/14/2014, 05:07 pm

In a recent thread on Reddit, one Apple customer describes an experience in which he effected change in Apple's daily operations, specifically as it pertains to "on hold" music, after contacting CEO Tim Cook via email.

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Apple may ditch longtime ad agency TBWA, look to Beats' Jimmy Iovine for marketing

07/14/2014, 05:07 pm

A report on Monday says ad industry executives are speculating that Apple's longtime relationship with agency TBWA\\Media Arts Lab is near its breaking point, with some insiders predicting the tech giant will look to Beats' Jimmy Iovine to revitalize its marketing magic.

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Eddy Cue latest Apple executive to offer up lunch date for charity, throws in MacBook Air

07/14/2014, 02:07 pm

Apple fans have another chance at a sit-down with a member of the company's senior leadership, as internet software and services chief Eddy Cue has put one hour of his time up for auction -- and sweetened the pot with a 13-inch MacBook Air -- in the Fortune 500 equivalent of a charity dunk tank.

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Apple's first iBeacon hardware revealed in FCC application

07/13/2014, 12:07 am

An FCC filing discovered on Saturday reveals in-depth details on Apple's first dedicated iBeacon-compatible beacon hardware, suggesting the company may soon introduce the micro-location technology to consumer spaces like so-called "smart homes."

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Apple's Maps team calling businesses to resolve user-reported address issues

07/12/2014, 01:07 am

As Apple continues to refine its in-house mapping and navigation services, business owners are reportedly receiving phone calls from Maps team representatives looking to resolve user-submitted data discrepancies.

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Apple doled out more than $3B to over 7,000 US suppliers in 2013

07/12/2014, 12:07 am

After announcing cooperation with the White House's "SupplierPay" initiative, Apple on Friday released domestic supply chain expenditure figures for the first time, saying it spent more than $3 billion with over 7,000 U.S. suppliers last year.

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Jury finds Apple did not induce infringement of video streaming patent

07/11/2014, 10:07 pm

A federal jury on Friday found Apple did not push app developers to use its proprietary HLS technology for live streaming video to iOS devices, which would have allegedly induced infringement of an Israeli company's patents.

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Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters for billions as Apple sale nears completion

07/11/2014, 01:07 pm

Headphone maker Beats has filed suit against a number of Chinese counterfeiters, alleging trademark infringement and seeking damages that could run into the billions of dollars just weeks before the company officially becomes an Apple subsidiary.

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Apple joins President Obama's 'SupplierPay' initiative aimed at boosting U.S. small business

07/11/2014, 09:07 am

The Obama administration announced on Friday that Apple is one of a number of U.S. corporations -- including Coca-Cola and IBM -- that have agreed to pay smaller component suppliers more quickly in an effort to increase cash flow throughout the supply chain.

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Misfit wearables rolls out new sleep tracking device in partnership with Beddit

07/10/2014, 09:07 pm

Misfit wearables, makers of the Shine activity monitor, announced on Thursday a partnership with Beddit, an ultra-sensitive sleep tracking system that slips under a user's sheets to measure everything from respiration to movement.

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Amazon, not Google, next to face FTC's wrath over in-app purchases by children

07/10/2014, 01:07 pm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it has filed suit against retail colossus Amazon, alleging that the company allowed children to rack up millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases through the Amazon Appstore -- charges similar to those brought against Apple last year.

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Apple Store design and layout can be trademarked in Europe, court rules

07/10/2014, 07:07 am

The European Union's top court ruled Thursday that Apple's distinctive retail store layout is worthy of trademark protection under European law, allowing the company to enjoy the same legal cover on the old continent that it secured in the U.S. last year.

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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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