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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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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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