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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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Samsung hires former president of Jony Ive's old design studio for global initiative

01/15/2015, 09:01 pm

Looking to freshen up its product range, Samsung in January found a new head of global design in Don-tae Lee, former co-president of a London-based design consultancy called Tangerine, which had Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive as one of its earliest employees.

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Apple, Google agree to pay $415M to settle 'no-poach' class action suit

01/15/2015, 07:01 pm

Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley tech companies have agreed to pay out $415 million to settle an anti-trust class action lawsuit alleging so-called "no-poach" measures artificially suppressed employee salaries.

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Apple's Swift rockets up programming language rankings, jumps 46 spots

01/15/2015, 05:01 pm

Just six months after its introduction at WWDC 2014, Apple's Swift continues to generate immense interest with developers and is now the 22nd most popular programming language around, according to new rankings published on Thursday.

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Ex-Apple iPod chief Tony Fadell to oversee Google's Glass project after reorg

01/15/2015, 02:01 pm

Former Apple executive Tony Fadell --known colloquially as the "father of the iPod" --is set to take over Google's Glass augmented reality project as the search giant reorganizes the stumbling wearable team.

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Apple retail SVP Angela Ahrendts briefly talks China expansion strategy, sales growth

01/15/2015, 01:01 pm

Apple is set to open five new Chinese outlets in the next five weeks as the company prepares for an influx of shoppers during the Spring Festival, retail chief Angela Ahrendts revealed this week, with four of those outlets in cities that do not currently house an Apple Store.

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2011 MacBook Pro graphics class-action suit expands, accuses Apple of concealing defects

01/15/2015, 11:01 am

Members of the 2011 MacBook Pro graphics failure class-action lawsuit were updated this week on the latest developments in the case, which has expanded to include multiple states and lodges new complaints against Apple, accusing the company of deliberately concealing problems.

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How Apple Inc. managed to upstage the tech industry at CES for fifteen years

01/15/2015, 05:01 am

Within three years of Steve Jobs' return to Apple in 1996, he transformed the then-struggling company into an innovation machine capable of consistently stealing attention from the rest of the industry. This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas suffered at least its fifteenth year of being upstaged by Apple.

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Apple patent points to iCloud-based Touch ID syncing, fingerprint-protected Apple Pay terminals

01/15/2015, 04:01 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for an iCloud-based fingerprint storage and cross-device syncing solution, a system that could do away with manual Touch ID setup and power next-generation Apple Pay-enabled POS terminals.

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Apple sues Ericsson to trim wireless patent royalty rates

01/14/2015, 02:01 am

Apple has filed suit against Ericsson for charging excessive royalty rates on certain wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, and argues that the Swedish company's patents are not essential to overarching industry standards.

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Apple, Google agree to new settlement in anti-poaching class action suit

01/13/2015, 08:01 pm

According to a court filing on Tuesday, both Apple and Google have agreed to new terms to settle a class action lawsuit alleging artificial suppression of wages through cross-company anti-poaching measures.

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Misreported Apple patent reassignment supposedly induces GoPro stock price decline

01/13/2015, 06:01 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday reassigned to Apple a Kodak patent covering a mobile remote control camera system, reports of which supposedly catalyzed a 12-percent drop in shares of action cam maker GoPro.

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Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all-metal 5.5" Galaxy A7

01/13/2015, 10:01 am

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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Apple patent points to in-air 3D gesture UI for Apple TV, Mac and beyond

01/13/2015, 03:01 am

One month after receiving a patent reassignment from Israel-based 3D mapping R&D firm PrimeSense, Apple on Tuesday was granted another property detailing possible software implementations to go along with previously outlined motion-sensing hardware.

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LA Unified School District's defunct 'iPad-for-all' plan botched from start, federal report says

01/13/2015, 01:01 am

According to a federal study, the Los Angeles Unified School District's $1.3 billion push to bring tech into the classroom was crippled early on by inadequate planning and over-reliance on Apple's iPad.

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Shuttle bus drivers serving Apple, other Silicon Valley tech companies look to unionize

01/12/2015, 06:01 pm

A Teamsters representative last week notified the CEOs of Apple, Amtrak, eBay, Genentech, Yahoo and Zynga that shuttle bus drivers contracted to service their employees are seeking to unionize.

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Apple earned 13% more patents in 2014, ranking No. 11 among all companies

01/12/2015, 11:01 am

Apple was awarded 2,003 patents in 2014 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, making "impressive gains" and inching closer to the top 10 companies receiving credit for intellectual property inventions.

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Apple suppliers TSMC, Foxconn announce record December revenues as iPhone sales soar

01/12/2015, 10:01 am

The iPhone's strong holiday sales helped two of Apple's biggest supply chain partners --Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Hon Hai Precision Industry --post record monthly revenues in December, according to the companies' regulatory filings with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

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Wrap-up: CES 2015 shows off weird and wonderful variety of wearables, but home automation steals the show

01/10/2015, 03:01 pm

CES is a weird and wonderful collection of products made by major manufacturers to the smallest of companies and even crowdfunded startups. The things you see might never come to market, but the tech presented serves as a good barometer for the year to come.

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