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Topic: General

Apple Store employees to get updated attire, go 'back to blue' starting Feb. 2

01/27/2015, 11:01 pm

Starting Feb. 2, customers walking into an Apple Store may notice something a little different as employees are expected to wear newly designed crew neck or polo shirts in a familiar shade of blue, but with repositioned and resized white Apple logos.

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Universal Pictures announces cast of upcoming Steve Jobs movie, start to principal filming

01/27/2015, 11:01 pm

In a prepared statement issued on Tuesday, Universal Studios announced the full cast list for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, currently titled "Steve Jobs," including actresses set to play Jobs' daughter Lisa at three different ages.

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Tim Cook calls 2015 the 'year of Apple Pay' as service takes over contactless payments market

01/27/2015, 07:01 pm

Apple Pay now accounts for two out of every three dollars processed through contactless payment systems, a huge achievement for Apple's NFC-based solution that debuted less than three months ago.

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YouTube pushes Flash to the back burner, will now default to HTML5 player

01/27/2015, 03:01 pm

Nearly five years after Steve Jobs published his infamous "Thoughts on Flash," streaming video service YouTube has announced plans to migrate away from the technology as users accessing the site via Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and beta versions of Firefox will now be served the HTML5 video player by default.

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Apple patents snap-on iPhone game controller and keyboard accessories

01/27/2015, 03:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's patent for an iPhone gaming accessory that extends in-game controls beyond the handset's display and onto D-pads or joysticks, saving precious screen real estate in the process.

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Apple loses global payments executive to eBay's rumored PayPal replacement

01/26/2015, 11:01 pm

It appears that eBay is stocking up on talent in preparation of an inevitable separation from PayPal, the latest hire being Bora Chung, a payments expert who served as Apple's worldwide payments for the Online Apple Store since 2010.

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Apple sharpens focus on art, harmony with Chongqing Apple Store mural

01/26/2015, 07:01 pm

A week after Apple used a work of calligraphy to promote its latest Chinese Apple Store in Hangzhou, the company is again turning to art to tout a soon to open outlet, this time wrapping a mural around the new Chongqing location's iconic glass cylinder entryway.

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Apple's Photos beta for iCloud.com gets new image viewing and sharing options

01/26/2015, 05:01 pm

Apple added a few new features to Photos beta in a recent update to its iCloud.com hub, bringing manual image zoom controls and email sharing capabilities to the iOS-connected Web app.

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KGI: iPhone sales forecast at 73M for Q4 ahead of Apple Watch debut in March, 12" MacBook Air in Q1

01/24/2015, 05:01 pm

Apple is forecast to have shipped a whopping 73 million iPhones over the 2014 holiday quarter on strong iPhone 6 demand, according to one well-connected analyst who also expects a busy start to 2015 for the company, with Apple Watch sales in March and a rumored 12-inch MacBook Air coming sometime before April.

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I Bet My Life: Microsoft HoloLens perfectly targets its core competency

01/24/2015, 12:01 pm

Microsoft's ability to leverage the tech media's credulity is weakening, as is evident from the emerging skepticism of its ability to deliver upon its latest product demonstration: HoloLens.

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Huge crowds gather for Apple Store grand opening in Hangzhou, China

01/24/2015, 04:01 am

Apple opened the doors to its new West Lake Apple Store in China on Saturday, letting throngs of eager customers into one of the company's largest retail outlets in Asia.

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Apple features calligrapher who created Hangzhou Apple Store mural in 'About the Artist' video

01/23/2015, 02:01 am

Apple on Thursday posted to its YouTube channel a translated version of a promo video featuring artist Wang Dongling, initially created for the Chinese market in celebration of the unveiling of a new West Lake Apple Store in Hangzhou.

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T-Mobile to extend smartphone financing to customers with bad or no credit

01/22/2015, 01:01 pm

Resurgent wireless carrier T-Mobile on Thursday announced a new "smartphone equality" initiative that will see the company base device financing decisions for existing customers on their T-Mobile payment history, rather than their credit score.

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Apple agrees to subject products to Chinese government security audits - report

01/22/2015, 11:01 am

China's State Internet Information Office will reportedly be allowed to conduct network security inspections of Apple products offered for sale in China as the company seeks to assuage fears that its devices can be used for intelligence gathering purposes by foreign governments.

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BlackBerry CEO prods regulators for 'app neutrality,' wants cross-platform iMessage

01/22/2015, 09:01 am

Comparing the net neutrality debate to the expansion of railroads in the 20th century, BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Tuesday called for authorities to force companies such as Apple and Netflix to make their services available to all consumers, regardless of platform.

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Google to reportedly enter cellular service industry as MVNO running on Sprint, T-Mobile networks

01/22/2015, 12:01 am

A pair of reports on Wednesday claim Google is about to wade into the cellular network industry through deals with U.S. carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, a bold move that could push competitors to cut prices and boost data speeds.

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Patent troll targets Apple's Safari, Cover Flow and Time Machine UIs in new lawsuit

01/21/2015, 07:01 pm

In a new patent lawsuit with the Northern California District Court on Tuesday, so-called "patent troll" TriDim Innovations claims Apple infringed two 3D user interface patents with Safari for iOS 7 and iOS 8, Cover Flow and Time Machine.

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Microsoft unveils 'HoloLens' holographic computing headset

01/21/2015, 02:01 pm

Software giant Microsoft announced its latest move into hardware on Wednesday, unveiling an all-new augmented reality headset dubbed the "HoloLens" that will enable users to see and manipulate holographic images in realtime, without a tethered computer.

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Taking a page from Apple's book, Microsoft to make Windows 10 a free upgrade

01/21/2015, 02:01 pm

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Windows 10, its next-generation desktop and mobile operating system, would be offered as a free upgrade for users running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1.

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Apple spent record $4.1M to lobby U.S. government in 2014

01/21/2015, 01:01 pm

Federal lobbying disclosures filed this week revealed the extent to which Apple has beefed up lobbying operations in recent years, as the $1.2 million the company spent in the fourth quarter of last year pushed its full-year total over $4 million for the first time ever.

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