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Topic: General

Rumor: Apple to shrink A-series chips to 14nm in 2015, TSMC to lead production

12/18/2013, 10:12 am

A new report out of Taiwan suggests that Apple will not only diversify the supply chain for its next-generation A-series processors, but that the company will also make the leap to a much more advanced fabrication process.

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Review: W/Me wearable wellness monitor and coach

12/18/2013, 07:12 am

Startup Phyode has released its first-ever product, a Bluetooth-enabled health coach and monitor that takes a different approach to wearables by actively coaching users to a better lifestyle.

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Apple dinged by consumer watchdog over specious Australian refund, return practices

12/18/2013, 03:12 am

Apple is once again under scrutiny for its product warranty practices overseas, as a consumer watchdog group in Australia has forced the company to change its refund and return policies to be in line with the country's laws.

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Apple CEO and other Silicon Valley execs urge President Obama to sign off on surveillance reform

12/17/2013, 08:12 pm

President Barack Obama met with top Silicon Valley executives on Tuesday, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, to discuss digital surveillance and HealthCare.gov Web portal, with the companies urging stricter rules be applied to government-sanctioned surveillance.

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Apple products at top of holiday gift wish lists on Twitter

12/17/2013, 06:12 pm

An analysis of select tweets shows Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod and MacBook are all in the top-ten most-mentioned items ahead of Christmas, hinting at strong holiday shopping demand for the products.

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Samsung hires Apple Store designer for its own retail efforts

12/17/2013, 03:12 pm

Samsung is said to be planning its own Apple-like retail push across the U.S., as the company recently hired an ex-Apple senior store designer, according to a new report.

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Apple patents 'desk-free' computer with intelligent, laser-powered projector and wireless charging

12/17/2013, 05:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent for a completely wireless portable computer that uses a projection system, rather than a conventional LCD display, as its primary mode of visual output.

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President Obama to meet with Tim Cook, other tech execs over NSA and HealthCare.gov

12/16/2013, 06:12 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook will join a who's who of Silicon Valley executives at the White House on Tuesday to address concerns regarding state-sanctioned surveillance operations, as well issues plaguing the President's online healthcare initiative, HealthCare.gov.

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Apple redirects iAd sales team to iTunes Radio, eyes self-serve for in-app ads

12/16/2013, 05:12 pm

Apple has reportedly shifted its iAd sales team's focus toward bringing in advertisers for the nascent iTunes Radio service, with plans to move the company's advertising business to a new real-time bidding system.

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Apple moves to suspend 'inquisitorial' antitrust monitoring, DoJ comes to monitor's defense

12/16/2013, 01:12 pm

In a series of court filings late last week, Apple officially moved to halt the 'unconstitutional' compliance monitoring imposed as part of the government's e-book antitrust lawsuit, while the Department of Justice defended the monitor's actions and urged that the oversight be upheld.

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Google investing heavily in advanced robotics, buys renowned military contractor

12/16/2013, 11:12 am

Google's latest high-profile acquisition is raising eyebrows worldwide, as the search giant has bought a Boston-based robotics company that specializes in lifelike walking machines built for military projects -- creations that have proven extremely popular in online videos.

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Apple supplier Pegatron uses facial recognition to weed out underage workers

12/16/2013, 09:12 am

In the midst of a scandal surrounding the death of a 15-year-old employee at one of the company's Shanghai factories, Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron has revealed that it uses advanced facial recognition technology to ensure workers are who they say they are.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook expresses need to protect 'principles of basic human dignity' in Auburn speech

12/15/2013, 02:12 pm

Tim Cook this week was awarded the Auburn University Lifetime Achievement award, and the Apple Chief Executive used his acceptance speech to push the importance of equality and human rights.

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Sprint planning 2014 T-Mobile takeover bid worth over $20B, report says

12/13/2013, 04:12 pm

U.S. carrier Sprint is said to be looking into the purchase of rival provider T-Mobile USA, which, if successful, would leave the nation dominated by only three major telecoms.

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Tony Fadell denies buying Apple's Product (RED) Mac Pro, gold EarPods at auction

12/13/2013, 03:12 pm

Though he was pictured holding the items, former Apple executive Tony Fadell has revealed he did not purchase a Product (RED) Mac Pro or a set of gold EarPods at a charity auction.

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Apple partner ARM acquires graphics software firm Geomerics

12/13/2013, 11:12 am

In a bid to bolster the graphics capability of its low-power processors, ARM on Friday announced the acquisition of Geomerics, makers of realtime lighting effects technology used in PC and console gaming.

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Apple orders for A-series chips expected to contribute up to 10% of TSMC's 2014 revenue

12/13/2013, 09:12 am

As Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC gets set to ramp up production on its 20-nanometer process fab in January, some analysts believe the company is poised to take a large bite out of rival Samsung's supply contract for Apple's A-series processors.

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US carriers agree to standard set of rules for unlocking phones, tablets

12/12/2013, 03:12 pm

The "big four" U.S. wireless providers, all of which offer Apple's iPhone and iPad, have reached an agreement on six standard principles by which consumers' mobile phones and tablets will be unlocked for use on competing carriers and overseas.

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Apple's own medical experts say death at Pegatron not related to working conditions

12/12/2013, 08:12 am

Following the death of a 15-year-old Pegatron worker who falsified documents related to his age, Apple dispatched its own medical experts to the factory in question to conduct an investigation, and came to the conclusion that the boy's death was not related to working conditions.

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Apple looks to curb Web browser UI spoofing using real-time camera images

12/12/2013, 06:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent filing for an anti-spoofing method in which camera output, as well as data from other on-board sensors, are used to change a browser's GUI in real-time.

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