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Topic: iPhone

Australian Bureau of Statistics credits Apple's iPhone 6 for stoking retail surge

11/03/2014, 11:11 pm

Following an anemic 0.1 percent rise in August, Australia's Bureau of Statistics reported that retail turnover lept to 1.2 percent growth in September, crediting Apple's iPhone 6 launch for driving the unexpected growth.

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Verizon, AT&T pledge Voice Over LTE interoperability coming in 2015

11/03/2014, 02:11 pm

The two largest carriers in the U.S., Verizon and AT&T, both announced on Monday that they plan to allow Voice Over LTE connections between customers on the two competing networks starting in 2015.

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Navy Federal, USAA, U.S. Bank, others kick off second wave of Apple Pay rollouts [u]

11/03/2014, 01:11 pm

A number of new credit unions and banks have started to flip the switch giving customers access to Apple Pay, making Apple's new NFC-based mobile payment system available to millions of new consumers throughout the U.S.

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Starwood Hotels rolls out iPhone & Apple Watch-compatible Bluetooth room keys

11/03/2014, 10:11 am

Following a successful trial run in the U.S., Starwood Hotels will now allow guests at a number of the company's properties around the world to walk past the front desk during check-in and unlock their hotel room door using only their iPhone or forthcoming Apple Watch.

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Sam's Club to sell Apple's iPhone 6 from $99 on Nov. 15, report says

11/01/2014, 08:11 pm

As part of a one-day holiday sales event, big-box wholesaler Sam's Club will be selling Apple's latest iPhone 6 from $99 with two-year contract on Nov. 15, according to a supposedly leaked flyer.

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Review: UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s

11/01/2014, 12:11 am

The UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 solves one of the chief concerns smartphone users have always battled: battery anxiety. UNU ingeniously combines a smartphone battery case with wireless charging technology, and there's a lot to like.

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Apple may face iPhone trademark battle in India as local firm asserts 'iFon' mark

10/31/2014, 07:10 pm

Apple is once again facing "iPhone" naming writes woes, this time in a challenge coming from Indian firm iVoice Enterprises, which claims the phonetic similarity between iPhone and its own "iFon" destroyed the project before it got off the ground.

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AT&T, Verizon to bump monthly mobile data allotments in ongoing price battle

10/31/2014, 05:10 pm

America's top two wireless carriers AT&T and Verizon on Friday announced value added changes to their respective mobile data plans, though Verizon is only offering extra data as a limited time promotion.

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Amazon exec blames lackluster Fire Phone sales on pricing, says project will continue

10/30/2014, 07:10 pm

An Amazon executive on Thursday said the Fire Phone's failure was a pricing issue and that the company plans to move forward with next-generation products, even after eating a $170 million charge largely associated with the device's poor market performance and supplier costs.

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Grocery chain Meijer continues accepting Apple Pay despite CurrentC support

10/30/2014, 02:10 pm

Though it is a member of the MCX group behind the upcoming CurrentC mobile payment system, grocery chain Meijer still supports Apple Pay and plans to continue to do so, in apparent violation of MCX's exclusivity rules.

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NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys

10/30/2014, 10:10 am

Chipmaker NXP, which is believed to supply the near-field communications chips found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, hopes automakers will adopt its technology, potentially enabling future car owners to unlock and even start their car with their smartphone.

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Samsung, Apple retain global smartphone lead in Q3 as Xiaomi rockets into third

10/30/2014, 12:10 am

The global smartphone market grew 25 percent year-over-year during the third quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC, with Apple seeing moderate gains and Samsung posting the only loss in shipment volume out of the top five manufacturers.

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Developers of PCalc, Nomi run afoul of Apple's evolving iOS 8 App Store policies

10/29/2014, 06:10 pm

Apple's platform policies for iOS, OS X and their respective App Stores have occasionally irked developers or even wildly disrupted their businesses. The latest collision involves a retroactive ban on widget calculators and tightened WiFi privacy rules for iOS, as Apple issues new rules for apps using Apple Pay and TestFlight.

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Constrained supply keeps iPhone 6 Plus resale prices at 124% of retail price

10/29/2014, 09:10 am

Used and resold iPhone 6 Plus units are still selling at above-cost on sites like eBay, as Apple continues to struggle to keep up with overwhelming demand for its new jumbo-sized 5.5-inch iPhone.

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FTC files suit against AT&T for 'deceptive & unfair data throttling'

10/28/2014, 02:10 pm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced that it has filed suit against AT&T, alleging that the wireless carrier's practice of promising unlimited mobile data and then throttling download speeds amounted to unfair and deceptive practices.

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Apple's iPhone 6 Plus selling unexpectedly well as supply equalizes, says T-Mobile CEO

10/28/2014, 01:10 am

Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on Monday said Apple's iPhone 6 Plus "phablet" is generating unprecedented demand for America's fourth-largest wireless carrier, and at one point accounted for about 55 percent of the company's smartphone sales.

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iPhone 6 & 6 Plus preorders outpace Galaxy Note 4 in Samsung's home country of South Korea

10/27/2014, 02:10 pm

Preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in South Korea are estimated to have already topped 100,000 units, besting Apple's chief rival Samsung and its Galaxy Note 4 in its native country.

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Apple seeks partners to enable NFC-based transit payments & building access for iPhone 6 & Watch

10/27/2014, 10:10 am

Though the near-field communications chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is currently exclusively for Apple Pay, the wireless functionality may be expanded to new uses such as replacing a public transit card or a secure building access keycard.

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CVS joins Rite Aid in blocking Apple Pay in "CurrentC" plan to collect more customer data

10/25/2014, 05:10 pm

Two major U.S. drugstores have turned off their NFC payment terminals to stop Apple Pay transactions in an effort to make their own "CurrentC" app-based payment system--which is designed to collect and track information on their customers--the only option, even though it's not actually finished yet.

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Sprint expands 'iPhone for Life' plans with new 12-month lease option

10/24/2014, 06:10 pm

Adding to its iPhone-specific incentives program, Sprint on Friday announced a new 12-month lease option for its "iPhone for Life" plan, which lets subscribers "rent" a new iPhone for a preset period instead of buying it.

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