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Apple patents magnetically detachable wireless earbuds for iPhone

03/01/2016, 04:03 am

Amid rumors claiming Apple's next iPhone heralds the inexorable demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack, the company on Tuesday was granted a patent for a hybrid headphone design capable of both corded and wireless operation.

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Husband of San Bernardino survivor says shooter's iPhone unlikely to contain valuable information, wife also issued iPhone

02/29/2016, 10:02 pm

In an amicus brief filed with a California court on Monday, Salihin Kondoker, the husband of San Bernardino terror attack survivor Anies Kondoker, believes it unlikely that an iPhone issued to shooter Syed Rizwan Farook contains useful information.

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US House members mull court filing arguing Congress should decide Apple-FBI encryption fight

02/29/2016, 08:02 pm

A report on Monday claims members of the House Judiciary Committee are mulling an amicus curiae brief filing in the Apple-FBI encryption debate, arguing the dispute should be settled by Congress, not the courts.

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Federal judge rules Apple cannot be forced to aid in NY iPhone unlocking, cites 'unreasonable burden'

02/29/2016, 06:02 pm

Apple was handed a crucial win in its fight for encryption on Monday, as a New York federal judge denied a government All Writs Act-based motion to compel Apple's assistance in bypassing the encryption safeguards of an iPhone linked to a years-old drug case.

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Building unlock tool for FBI could create dangerous international precedent, says Apple lawyer

02/29/2016, 03:02 pm

One of Apple's major concerns about creating a tool to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook is that doing so for the FBI would set a precedent in other countries, a lawyer for the company said on Monday.

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EU competition chief denies anti-US bias in investigating tax deals like Apple's

02/29/2016, 01:02 pm

The European Commission is not unfairly targeting American corporations like Apple when it comes to cracking down on tax deals constituting illegal state aid, according to the E.U.'s competition head, Margrethe Vestager.

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WhatsApp to cut off BlackBerry users by the end of 2016

02/29/2016, 12:02 pm

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry suffered another blow on Monday as megapopular messaging service WhatsApp announced that it would no longer offer support for any BlackBerry platform after the end of this year.

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Apple will ask Congress for a 'thoughtful and honest consideration of the facts' in testimony on encryption debate

02/29/2016, 11:02 am

Apple's chief attorney, Bruce Sewell, will testify before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, where he will argue that any decisions on mobile encryption should be decided by representatives of the people, not a warrant request based on a 220-year-old statute.

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Sharp liabilities holding up Foxconn takeover simply 'worst-case' risks

02/29/2016, 11:02 am

The liabilities that led Foxconn -- Apple's main manufacturing partner -- to delay its planned takeover of Sharp actually consisted of a study of worst-case risks, a report said on Monday.

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Microsoft's 'bug chicks' praise Windows 10, diss Macs in new ad campaign

02/29/2016, 10:02 am

Two middle-aged women and a host of insects star in the latest ads for Microsoft's Windows 10, demonstrating some of that operating system's most prominent features while holding spiders and talking trash about the Mac.

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Company, not Cook, will be held responsible if Apple loses fight over FBI case, experts say

02/29/2016, 09:02 am

Although CEO Tim Cook could, theoretically, be put in prison if Apple continues to refuse the order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, more likely is that the company itself might be held in contempt, according to a pair of experts weighing in on the matter.

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Microsoft now accepting preorders for wearable VR HoloLens development kit, priced at $3,000

02/29/2016, 09:02 am

The Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition is now available to preorder for $3,000 and will start shipping in the U.S. and Canada on March 30, allowing developers to begin creating their own interactive augmented reality experiences.

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This week on AI: FBI debate explodes, Mac & iPhone leaks, Apple patent win overturned

02/27/2016, 05:02 am

A single issue dominated most headlines this week: Apple's defiance of an FBI request to help unlock an iPhone linked to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. More news did emerge, however, on Apple's legal battles with Samsung, and possible plans for OS X and a new 4-inch iPhone.

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FBI contacted Apple, received data related to San Bernardino case 3 days after shooting

02/27/2016, 12:02 am

According to a court filing prepared by Apple, the company first received -- and responded to -- FBI requests for information related to last year's deadly shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., just three days after the attack.

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Apple lawyer warns government on road to 'limitless' power in iPhone encryption fight

02/26/2016, 09:02 pm

Apple lawyer Ted Olson, who some view as one of the most prominent practicing attorneys in the U.S., on Friday said the government appears to be on the path to "limitless" power in its court battle with Apple.

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San Bernardino's top cop says it's likely 'there is nothing of any value' on iPhone the FBI wants Apple to crack

02/26/2016, 03:02 pm

The work-issued iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack likely has "nothing of any value" saved on it, the police chief of the town has admitted in a new interview, though he still believes Apple should help the FBI crack into the encrypted handset.

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Foxconn & Sharp to delay takeover talk deadline by 1-2 weeks, report says

02/26/2016, 02:02 pm

Sharp and Apple's main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, have reportedly agreed to extend the deadline for takeover talks by another one to two weeks, following the latter's discovery of undisclosed Sharp liabilities.

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Amid FBI row, Apple hires developer behind secure messaging app Signal

02/26/2016, 01:02 pm

Apple is hiring Frederic Jacobs -- a developer responsible for the secure chat app Signal -- to work on the CoreOS security team this summer, a report noted on Friday.

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Apple directors reelected, outside proposals rejected at annual shareholder meeting

02/26/2016, 01:02 pm

Apple's board of directors were unanimously reelected to their positions at the company's annual shareholder meeting on Friday, while shareholder proposals on a variety of issues, including a mandate on diversity, were rejected.

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Court overturns Apple's $120M patent win against Samsung

02/26/2016, 11:02 am

Samsung saw a major victory in its ongoing patent infringement litigation with Apple, as a U.S. appeals court overturned a $120 million decision against the South Korean electronics maker.

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