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Google to shut down Songza on Jan. 31, migrate listeners to Google Play Music

12/02/2015, 05:12 pm

Google will officially shut off Songza at the end of January, leaving a two-month window for listeners of the streaming service to migrate to Google Play Music, according to an announcement.

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Apple to host free 'Hour of Code' workshops for kids on Dec. 10, connected events Dec. 7-12

12/02/2015, 11:12 am

Apple is once again participating in Code.org's annual "Hour of Code" efforts, and will host an hour-long intro to computer programming for kids at Apple Stores this Dec. 10.

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EFF complaint accuses Google of mining data from school children [u]

12/02/2015, 10:12 am

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a federal complaint against Google this week, accusing the search giant of violating its own promises to not collect personal information from children using its devices and services in the classroom.

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Apple's iOS devices benefit most from 2015 Black Friday sales, study says

12/02/2015, 09:12 am

In spite of Apple's discontinuation of Black Friday promotions, both the iPad and, to a lesser extent, the iPhone exhibited some of the highest increases in new device activations over the holiday shopping weekend, according to a study published on Wednesday.

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US Congress, corporations get behind Email Privacy Act to shield online communications from searches

12/01/2015, 05:12 pm

A proposed bill before the U.S. House of Representatives, the Email Privacy Act, would overhaul 1986's Electronic Communication Privacy Act and require that law enforcement obtain a search warrant before reading online correspondence.

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Apple approved Microsoft filming new holiday-themed ad outside iconic NYC Fifth Ave cube

12/01/2015, 03:12 pm

Apple's most famous retail destination is the subject of a new, unifying ad from rival Microsoft, bringing employees from both companies together in the spirit of the holiday season -- and also bringing executives to sign off on the production behind the scenes.

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Apple Store logos turn red to mark World AIDS Day, (Product)Red donations top $100M

12/01/2015, 11:12 am

Maintaining a four-year-old tradition, Apple has changed the logos outside of a number of its retail stores from white to red in order to signal World AIDS Day, simultaneously announcing that its (Product)Red donations have topped $100 million.

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Apple expands Personal Pickup option to 6 more EU countries

12/01/2015, 04:12 am

In an effort to better align its international retail services with those offered domestically, Apple this week began accepting Personal Pickup orders at Apple Stores in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

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Adobe debuts 2015 Creative Cloud updates with new 3D modeling app Fuse CC

12/01/2015, 12:12 am

Adobe launched updates to its Creative Cloud suite of creativity apps on Monday, bringing enhancements to stalwart titles like Photoshop and Premiere Pro, while introducing a 3D character modeling tool called Fuse CC.

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Patent monetization firm Papst Licensing sets sights on Apple over data transfer tech

11/30/2015, 07:11 pm

Apple is once again in the legal crosshairs of a non-practicing entity, this time as part of a lawsuit leveled by patent monetization firm Papst, which claims iPhone, iPad and iPod infringe on four owned properties relating to data transfer technology.

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Apple's Tim Cook to receive Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 'Ripple of Hope' award

11/30/2015, 04:11 pm

It was announced on Monday that Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization's 2015 "Ripple of Hope" award at a New York ceremony on Dec. 8.

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Failed Apple supplier GT Advanced looks to exit bankruptcy with $80M financing

11/30/2015, 03:11 pm

Financiers have positioned floundering ex-Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies to emerge from bankruptcy with $80 million in funding, a plan that could allow the beleaguered former sapphire supplier to reposition itself as an industrial equipment manufacturer.

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Amazon teases new details of planned Prime Air drone delivery service

11/30/2015, 02:11 pm

Online retailer Amazon has released a new two-minute video hinting at more of its plans for Prime Air, a drone-based shipping service which -- if legalized by the U.S. government -- would allow deliveries in 30 minutes or less.

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Apple R&D spending is a fraction of other major American tech companies

11/30/2015, 11:11 am

Apple spent just 3.5 percent -- $8.1 billion -- of its 2015 revenues on research and development, proportionately far less than peers like Google and Facebook in the American tech landscape.

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Apple invents active shutter system to protect iPhones from liquid, contaminants

11/26/2015, 05:11 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday details methods of implementing a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.

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AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Pencil, official Apple Watch dock and safe payments practices

11/26/2015, 12:11 am

Apple's new Apple Pencil and Apple Watch charging stand are the focus of this Thanksgiving edition of the AppleInsider podcast, as Neil and Mikey share their thoughts on the Pencil after a week's worth of testing.

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Apple airs 2015 Christmas TV ad starring Stevie Wonder & Andra Day

11/25/2015, 12:11 pm

Apple on Wednesday uploaded its annual Christmas TV ad to YouTube, which this year stars singers Stevie Wonder and Andra Day.

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Apple confirms acquisition of motion capture firm Faceshift

11/24/2015, 09:11 pm

Months after rumors claimed Apple was behind the mysterious acquisition of real-time motion capture technology firm Faceshift, the Cupertino, Calif., company confirmed the purchase on Tuesday, but declined to offer details on the matter.

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DisneyLife online streaming service launches in UK with iOS & Apple TV support

11/24/2015, 01:11 pm

Disney on Tuesday launched a new online streaming service known as DisneyLife, currently available only in the U.K., but with plans for global expansion.

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FAA recommends registering drone pilots instead of individual drones

11/23/2015, 03:11 pm

A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration task force has issued a set of recommendations for registering unmanned drones, looking to manage the increasingly popular technology.

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