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Topic: General

World's first Apple computer retailer to shutter operations on Mar. 30

03/20/2014, 02:03 am

Employees at Minneapolis-based FirstTech, the world's first Apple reseller, learned on Wednesday that the store will be closing its doors at the end of March after 73 years in business.

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Apple IDs targeted in phishing scam through hacked Electronic Arts servers

03/19/2014, 01:03 pm

The servers of video game publisher Electronic Arts have apparently been compromised, with a new phishing page set up with the intend of stealing Apple ID usernames, passwords, and credit card information.

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General Electric and Quirky unveil iPhone-connected smart A/C unit

03/19/2014, 12:03 pm

Window-mounted air conditioners are the latest appliance to receive a connected home makeover, as crowdsourced invention company Quirky and appliance giant GE have unveiled the new iPhone-compatible Aros smart air conditioning unit.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson targets Apple, Google, HP, others in tech racial diversity campaign

03/19/2014, 09:03 am

American political activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday launched a new campaign aimed at drawing awareness to the lack of racial diversity in the executive ranks of top-tier Silicon Valley firms, including Apple.

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Sony gets into virtual reality game with PS4-compatible 'Project Morpheus' headset

03/19/2014, 12:03 am

At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Sony revealed Project Morpheus, the Japanese electronics giant's highly-anticipated entry into virtual reality hardware that is expected to become part of the PlayStation gaming empire.

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Apple named most valuable 'billion dollar brand' in US

03/18/2014, 11:03 pm

According to a report released on Tuesday, Apple is the most valuable billion-dollar U.S. brand name, topping a list of 500 firms including branding heavyweights like Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola and McDonalds.

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Apple to shut down higher education Authorized Campus Stores in Canada this June

03/18/2014, 06:03 pm

Canadian post-secondary students with access to an Apple Authorized Campus Store will soon have to look elsewhere for Macs and iPads, as the company has decided not to re-up contracts with higher education outlets due to declining sales.

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Tim Cook slams new anti-Apple book as 'nonsense' [update: author responds]

03/18/2014, 04:03 pm

A new book about Apple after Steve Jobs paints the company in a largely negative light, leading CEO Tim Cook to publicly take issue with the new title, saying it "fails to capture" the essence of the company.

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Motorola, LG announce first crop of Android Wear-powered smart watches

03/18/2014, 03:03 pm

Google's nascent Android Wear platform gained two standard-bearers Tuesday as American smartphone maker Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 and South Korean consumer products giant LG introduced the G Watch.

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Google unveils Android Wear software platform for smart watches and wearables

03/18/2014, 12:03 pm

Google on Tuesday took the wraps off of Android Wear, an initiative aimed at creating a variant of the company's Android mobile operating system that is specially adapted to meet the needs of wearable devices.

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Apple patents iPhone camera remote control with display, asynchronous notifications

03/18/2014, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a wireless accessory that can control an iPhone's camera functions, allowing users to preview, snap and review photos remotely.

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Former Apple marketing exec talks Steve Jobs, Apple as product 'launch machine'

03/17/2014, 07:03 pm

In an interview from September, former Apple marketing vice president Allison Johnson discusses working in an environment where the words "branding" and "marketing" were frowned upon, especially by company cofounder Steve Jobs.

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Apple now charging for some online chat support, rates cheaper than phone support

03/17/2014, 01:03 pm

Apple has begun rolling out changes to its online chat support service that will require some customers to pay a per-incident fee, though the new policies could result in lower costs for those who might otherwise dial the company's telephone support line.

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Apple's Ive describes struggle for perfection in interview, calls copycat designs 'theft'

03/17/2014, 12:03 am

In an interview published on Sunday, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive lifted a corner to Apple's veil of secrecy, offering a peek into his process of "making" and how an Apple product stands apart from other designs.

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Apple-acquired Burstly may be closing down SkyRocket app monetization service

03/13/2014, 10:03 pm

Less than one month after being purchased by Apple, Burstly has reportedly sent out notices to users of its SkyRocket monetization service saying the product's publishing and SDK license agreements will expire in 90 days.

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Google Drive slashes paid storage prices, turning up the heat on rival Dropbox

03/13/2014, 02:03 pm

Google on Thursday announced drastic price reductions for its paid Drive subscriptions, with 100 gigabytes of cloud storage now costing just $1.99 a month, and 1 terabyte of data available for $9.99 per month, significantly undercutting the prices of rival Dropbox.

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Google rumored to open first retail store near Apple's SoHo spot in Manhattan

03/13/2014, 11:03 am

Google is said to be close to signing a lease to open a retail store on Greene Street in New York City's SoHo neighborhood -- just steps away from Apple's heavily trafficked location on Prince Street.

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Amazon increases Prime membership fee to $99 per year

03/13/2014, 08:03 am

Amazon's Prime service, which offers free streaming video and book borrowing to Apple iOS device users, has seen its annual price increase from $79 per year to $99 per year, while student members will also see a price hike.

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Apple invention improves accuracy of wrist pedometers, points to future wearable device

03/13/2014, 05:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application covering a smart wrist-mounted pedometer that can automatically determine its location on a user's body and compensate for missed steps using advanced processing algorithms.

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United Airlines to launch free inflight video streaming service for iOS devices, laptops

03/13/2014, 12:03 am

In April, United Airlines will begin rolling out a new inflight entertainment service that streams over 150 movies and almost 200 TV shows to passengers' iOS devices for free.

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