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Topic: General

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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Google joins Apple, Microsoft, others in student data privacy pledge

01/21/2015, 01:01 am

A number of tech industry heavyweights, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, have pledged support for a data privacy initiative aimed at keeping student information safe.

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Apple increases lobbying pressure in Washington ahead of Apple Watch release

01/20/2015, 07:01 pm

As Apple enters uncharted territory with Apple Pay and the upcoming Apple Watch, the company has increased lobbying activities to assuage government scrutiny, though overall spending for the 2014 calendar year is expected to be far less than other tech firms.

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Zions Bancorp, Huntington Bank headline 16 new Apple Pay issuers

01/20/2015, 04:01 pm

Apple on Tuesday added 16 new bank and credit union partners for its Apple Pay mobile payments service, including brands from 2 of the 50 largest U.S. bank holding companies with Zions Bancorp and Huntington Bancshares.

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New Chinese Apple Store offers taste of upcoming San Francisco flagship

01/20/2015, 05:01 am

Apple on Tuesday removed protective barriers shielding its new Apple Store in Hangzhou, China, revealing a huge glass facade that opens into a split-level interior closely mirroring renderings depicting the tech giant's forthcoming San Francisco flagship location.

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Apple patents eye-tracking gaze controls for iOS, Mac devices

01/20/2015, 03:01 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced gaze-tracking graphical user interface that could one day see implementation in Macs, iPhones, iPads or even a future version of the Apple TV.

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Apple highlights ongoing Campus 2 'spaceship' progress in new aerial photos

01/19/2015, 07:01 pm

Apple on Monday provided a fresh photo of its Campus 2 construction site in Cupertino, Calif., showing accelerated progress on the main "spaceship" structure's foundation, as well as work on ancillary buildings.

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Apple.com given over to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

01/19/2015, 09:01 am

As Americans pause to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Apple has dedicated its homepage to the memory of the slain civil rights leader, a rare practice that the company reserves for exceptional figures in history.

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Citing U.S. and European trade sanctions, Apple severs developer agreements in Crimea

01/19/2015, 08:01 am

Apple has begun notifying registered developers in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea that their Apple developer agreements have been terminated, effective immediately, and they may no longer sell through the App Store as the company works to comply with trade sanctions leveraged following Russia's annexation of the region.

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First look: Fitbit Surge, a fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring 'super watch'

01/17/2015, 12:01 am

Fitbit's latest premium wearable fitness tracker, the Surge, has been dubbed a "super watch" by the company, thanks to its inclusion of a heart rate monitor, exercise tracker, GPS, monochrome touchscreen display, and up to seven days of battery life.

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Class representative in Apple 'anti-poaching' suit wants bigger cut of $415M payout

01/16/2015, 10:01 pm

The class representative in a California anti-trust lawsuit regarding alleged anti-poaching measures employed by Apple, Google and other Silicon Valley tech companies, is seeking a larger-than-normal chunk of a proposed $415 million payout for his work in securing more lucrative settlement terms.

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Filming for Steve Jobs biopic underway at tech guru's childhood home

01/16/2015, 07:01 pm

Principal filming for a Steve Jobs biopic penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin official started in California on Friday, with crews set up at the house where Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computer in 1976.

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Long-running Apple rag MacUser Magazine shuts its doors after 30 years

01/16/2015, 02:01 pm

The internet has claimed yet another print victim as London-based MacUser Magazine, one of the oldest Apple-centric magazines in the world, announced on Friday that it would wind down operations following the release of its February 2015 issue.

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Samsung to ape Apple's Touch ID with touch-style fingerprint sensor in 'Galaxy S6' - report

01/16/2015, 01:01 pm

Samsung's next flagship smartphone will ship with a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor in place of the swipe-style sensor that the company employed on the underwhelming Galaxy S5, according to a new report.

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Apple employees love CEO Tim Cook, rate company highly on outlook, culture & values

01/16/2015, 01:01 pm

A new survey of tech workers places the highest optimism at Apple, where employees believe their company will continue to have a bright future ahead of it under the leadership of Tim Cook.

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