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Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced nears completion of Arizona plant, volume production imminent

08/04/2014, 05:08 pm

GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said its Arizona sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, built in partnership with Apple, is nearly complete and will transition from initial manufacturing to volume production in the near future.

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Apple brings in former Burberry, Nike social media director for new retail role

08/04/2014, 02:08 pm

Apple appears to be changing its famously low-key approach to social media following the hiring of Musa Tariq -- a social media whiz who previously worked under Apple Stores chief Angela Ahrendts at Burberry -- as the retail division's new digital marketing director.

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HP partners with Gilt, Michael Bastian to build iOS-compatible high-fashion smartwatch

08/01/2014, 11:08 pm

Amidst a quickly growing smartwatch market, Hewlett-Packard is throwing its hat into the ring with a fashion-forward iOS and Android-compatible device made in partnership with Gilt and designer Michael Bastian.

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Apple and Beats introduce 'Pills' characters to Siri in first official ad

08/01/2014, 10:08 pm

Apple subsidiary Beats on Friday uploaded a short 30-second spot to its Twitter account featuring two of its animated "Pill" creatures and the Siri virtual assistant, marking the first collaborative ad effort since Apple bought the audio company in May.

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Apple refutes Beats layoff rumors, says every employee offered a job

08/01/2014, 09:08 pm

Countering an earlier rumor that Apple would cull some 200 employees from Beats' roster, a report on Friday cites an Apple spokesperson and inside sources as saying the company is instead doing the opposite by extending job offers to keep everyone on board.

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Microsoft sues Samsung over unpaid Android patent royalties

08/01/2014, 05:08 pm

Microsoft on Friday filed a lawsuit with a New York district court claiming Samsung is in breach of an Android patent cross-licensing contract after failing to turn over an undisclosed amount in royalty payments.

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Apple wins preliminary approval for $450M e-books settlement

08/01/2014, 04:08 pm

In an apparent change of heart, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Friday granted preliminary approval for Apple's $450 million settlement going to a class of consumers over e-book price fixing in the iBookstore.

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Brains behind subscription Beats Music to also oversee Apple's iTunes Radio

08/01/2014, 03:08 pm

Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers will assume control of Apple's iTunes Radio service, according to a new report, uniting both of Apple's streaming music services under a single executive as the company gears up for a renewed assault on incumbent industry leaders Spotify and Pandora.

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Mystery over for Google's Glass barges as Maine ship sold for scrap

08/01/2014, 01:08 pm

Google's plan for a series of floating showrooms that would help consumers get to know -- and, ultimately, purchase -- its new Glass wearable platform appears to have sunk, as its East Coast constituent looks to be headed for a Maine scrapyard.

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Apple officially closes on $3B purchase of Beats headphones & streaming service

08/01/2014, 09:08 am

Apple on Friday gave an official welcome to Beats Music and Beats Electronics, which are now a part of the Cupertino, Calif., outfit after the $3 billion purchase price was finalized.

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'BadUSB' malware lives in USB firmware to remain undetected, unfixable

08/01/2014, 01:08 am

A pair of researchers has discovered a flaw in the USB protocol's basic architecture that allows for malware to be programed into a device's firmware, making it nearly undetectable and impossible to patch.

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Apple activates in-house content delivery network, begins migrating content downloads - report

07/31/2014, 02:07 pm

Following months of rumors, Apple appears to be in the early stages of launching its own in-house content delivery network, the latest in a series of steps taken by the company in recent years to reduce its reliance on third-party infrastructure vendors to deliver content to customers.

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Samsung earnings disappoint as company blames competition in smartphone space

07/31/2014, 11:07 am

While Apple continues to see strong growth with its hot-selling lineup of smartphones, rival Samsung reported lower-than-expected earnings on Thursday, posting its smallest profit in two years.

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Apple said to cut some 200 jobs from Beats as acquisition closing date looms

07/30/2014, 08:07 pm

As Apple takes control of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, the Cupertino, Calif. company is said to be paring some 200 jobs from the music software and hardware firm's roster.

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Apple order fulfillment ranks first among online retailers with average delivery time of 2.3 days in June

07/30/2014, 07:07 pm

According to fresh data from customer service analytics company StellaService, Apple ranked No. 1 on the firm's charts for the first time ever in June, averaging 2.3 days to process and deliver online orders.

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Xiaomi's Redmi Note allegedly sending user data to China surreptitiously

07/30/2014, 03:07 pm

At least one device from upstart Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been found to transmit user data -- including SMS messages and photos -- back to servers in mainland China without the user's permission, according to reports from Hong Kong.

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Apple promoting savings with back-to-school sales tax holidays in US

07/30/2014, 09:07 am

Apple on Tuesday launched an updated informational page, and corresponding email campaign, detailing how consumers in nine U.S. states can take advantage of back-to-school sales tax holidays for substantial savings on Macs and iOS devices next month.

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Apple expanding AppleCare+ warranties internationally, now available in Mexico & Sweden

07/29/2014, 09:07 am

AppleCare+ warranty coverage for iPhone, iPad and iPod is now available to customers in both Mexico and Sweden, expanding international availability of the optional two-year program.

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Apple patents smart navigation routing with crowd-sourced stop light pattern recognition

07/29/2014, 07:07 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued Apple a patent for a smart travel route creation system that relies on real-time crowd-sourced stop sign and stop light-based traffic analysis to find the fastest path to a destination.

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Microsoft uses Apple's Siri to prop up Windows' new 'Cortana' virtual assistant

07/28/2014, 06:07 pm

In a new ad released on Monday, Microsoft highlights the apparent inadequacies of Apple's Siri virtual assistant, which is pitted unfavorably in a head-to-head feature test with "Cortana," its Windows 8.1 analog.

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