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Apple patents accurate touch and hover panel, embedded heart rate monitor

12/24/2013, 04:12 am

Apple on Tuesday was granted two iOS device-targeted patents, one for a "touch and hover" display panel that is made more accurate by compensating for signal drift, and another for heart rate monitor that can be seamlessly integrated into a handset.

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Rumor: Cook, top Apple execs to discuss $4B iPad deal with Turkish president

12/23/2013, 10:12 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook and select executives will reportedly visit Turkey in February to discuss a potential iPad in education deal worth over $4 billion, while saving time to stop by the country's first brick-and-mortar Apple Store.

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Apple patent consortium Rockstar reportedly in talks for partial asset selloff

12/23/2013, 06:12 pm

The Apple-backed Rockstar Consortium, a group of high-power tech giants that purchased $4.5 billion worth of Nortel patents in 2011, is reportedly in discussions to unload a portion of the properties as it can't find licensees for the IP.

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Apple acquired digital mapping firm BroadMap, note-taking startup Catch earlier this year

12/23/2013, 03:12 pm

Two of Apple's five remaining mystery acquisitions were revealed on Monday as the acquisitions of geospatial intelligence startup BroadMap and cloud-based information organizer Catch came to light.

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Thieves smash car through front door of Berlin Apple store in twilight heist

12/23/2013, 12:12 pm

Thieves crashed a compact car through the front door of Apple's Kurfürstendamm store in Berlin and made off with several display devices during an early Monday morning smash-and-grab.

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Target serves up iPhone and iPad deals for last-minute holiday shoppers

12/20/2013, 10:12 pm

Target on Friday announced a special iOS device promotion scheduled to run from Dec. 22 through Dec. 24, with the deals starting one day after a currently active sale offering customers discounts on Apple's iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and first-gen iPad mini.

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BlackBerry loses $4.4 billion in Q3, sells just 4.3 million devices

12/20/2013, 10:12 am

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry on Friday reported third-quarter losses of more than $4 billion as weak hardware demand continues to bedevil the company's turnaround bid.

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Review: Libratone Loop AirPlay speaker

12/20/2013, 08:12 am

Danish audio firm Libratone adds to its collection of high-end speakers with the Loop, a round and relatively slim unit that produces some of the best treble fidelity we've heard from a product its size.

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Apple hints at future Maps app in 'layered map' patent filing

12/19/2013, 07:12 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application that takes the company's existing mapping apps and extends them to new levels of interactivity with data-rich layered viewing modes.

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Apple investigating quantum dot-enhanced displays for greater color accuracy

12/19/2013, 05:12 am

An Apple patent application published on Thursday reveals the company is actively researching advanced quantum dot-enhanced displays, a next-generation technology that has the potential to reproduce highly accurate and vivid colors.

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Apple updates homepage to feature new holiday ad

12/18/2013, 08:12 pm

Apple on Wednesday changed its homepage to better reflect the quickly approaching Christmas holiday by adding embedded versions of the company's "Happy Holidays" TV commercial and video-within-a-video "Harris Family Holiday" home movie.

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Pebble to launch new smart watch 'appstore' alongside second-gen SDK

12/18/2013, 02:12 pm

Smart watch maker Pebble on Wednesday announced that developers will soon be able to list their applications in a first-party app store that will live inside the wrist-worn device's companion smartphone apps.

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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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