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Friday, December 19, 2014

Kate Winslet, others rumored to join cast of upcoming Steve Jobs movie

Kate Winslet, others rumored to join cast of upcoming Steve Jobs movie

The cast of Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs film is apparently filling out, as the latest scuttlebutt has Kate Winslet in talks to costar and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Stuhlbarg to take on a supporting role.

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Led by Whole Foods shoppers, Apple Pay accounted for 1% of digital payment dollars in November

Led by Whole Foods shoppers, Apple Pay accounted for 1% of digital payment dollars in November

According to a new report from research firm ITG, Apple Pay's first full month of service accounted for one percent of all digital payment dollars, an impressive statistic that suggests Apple's payments solution is being used by general consumers, not just early adopters.

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Apple bought back $56 billion worth of its own stock in 2014

Apple bought back $56 billion worth of its own stock in 2014

This year, Apple spent three times more investing in itself than the next closest company in the S&P 500, totaling $56 billion on stock buybacks in fiscal 2014.

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Apple slams BBC report on suppliers, says provided facts were 'clearly missing' from broadcast

Apple slams BBC report on suppliers, says provided facts were 'clearly missing' from broadcast

A corporate memo sent out by Apple executive Jeff Williams reveals that both he and Chief Executive Tim Cook are "deeply offended" by a report that aired on the BBC, alleging poor treatment of workers by an Apple supplier in the Far East.

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Apple could sell record 67M iPhones in December quarter, survey suggests

Apple could sell record 67M iPhones in December quarter, survey suggests

If Apple can build enough units to satisfy consumer demand, it could sell as many as 67 million iPhones this quarter, crushing the company's previous all-time sales record, according to a new survey conducted by Morgan Stanley.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Watch ABC Apple TV channel update brings full episode viewing for all users

Watch ABC Apple TV channel update brings full episode viewing for all users

In an update to its Watch ABC app for Apple TV, ABC is allowing access to full-length episodes one week after they air, even to users who do not log in with TV provider credentials.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship times drop to one day, Retina 5K iMac back in stock

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship times drop to one day, Retina 5K iMac back in stock

Apple appears to be catching up with demand for its latest devices as the Online Apple Store on Thursday shows one-day ship times for most iPhone 6 Plus storage configurations, 1 to 3 days for iPhone 6 and immediate availability for the Retina 5K iMac.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook gives 'substantial' sum to gay rights initiative

Apple CEO Tim Cook gives 'substantial' sum to gay rights initiative

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who recently decided to publicly announce he is "proud to be gay," has made a "substantial" donation to a cause promoting gay rights in the U.S. South, including his home state of Alabama.

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Undercover video shows alleged worker rights violations at Apple supplier

Undercover video shows alleged worker rights violations at Apple supplier

Apple is once again in the crosshairs of a major media outlet over supposed worker rights abuse, this time with supplier Pegatron caught on undercover video questionable treatment of workers at an iPhone 6 factory.

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Lyft, Seamless & Amazon Instant Video add iPhone 6 & 6 Plus screen support; JetBlue gains Touch ID

Lyft, Seamless & Amazon Instant Video add iPhone 6 & 6 Plus screen support; JetBlue gains Touch ID

A trio of popular apps —Amazon Instant Video, Lyft and Seamless — all gained native-resolution support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Thursday, joining a number of others also updated this week. In addition, JetBlue airlines added Touch ID logins for TrueBlue members, while SwiftKey is providing users with a free, festive holiday keyboard theme.

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Apple releases third beta of iOS 8.2 with latest WatchKit support

Apple releases third beta of iOS 8.2 with latest WatchKit support

Developers on Thursday were supplied with a new beta of iOS 8.2 as well as Xcode 6.2, providing the latest updates to Apple's WatchKit tools for creating Apple Watch apps.

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Algoriddim djay Pro comes to Mac, TurboTax debuts new iOS app for tax season

Algoriddim djay Pro comes to Mac, TurboTax debuts new iOS app for tax season

Popular music tool djay Pro has made the leap from iOS to OS X with a new app on the Mac App Store, competing with the likes of Traktor. In addition, TurboTax on Thursday introduced an all-new iOS app ahead of tax season, allowing taxpayers to conveniently file wherever they are.

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Apple seeks Shanghai-based Apple Pay engineer ahead of anticipated China launch

Apple is gearing up for the global expansion of its tap-to-pay mobile wallet service, Apple Pay, with new hires sought to fill positions avialable around the world, including in China.

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Future iPhones could enhance security with combination of Touch ID & fingertip motion

Future iPhones could enhance security with combination of Touch ID & fingertip motion

Apple has shown interest in combining the use of its Touch ID fingerprint sensor with rotating or moving a user's fingertip in specific ways, offering even more advanced security on future iPhones and iPads.

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Canada court orders Apple divulge documents in iPhone anti-competition probe

Canada court orders Apple divulge documents in iPhone anti-competition probe

The Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday said it will order Apple to release documents to the country's Competition Bureau as part of an ongoing investigation into possible anticompetitive practices regarding iPhone partner carrier contracts.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Apple's World AIDS Day campaign raised over $20M for (RED) foundation

Apple's World AIDS Day campaign raised over $20M for (RED) foundation

In a note to employees sent out on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company donated more than $20 million to (PRODUCT) RED this quarter, in large part thanks to a World AIDS Day campaign featuring an Apps for (RED) promotion and a direct cut of Apple Store sales.

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Apple to instate country-specific app taxes in EU starting Jan. 1

Apple to instate country-specific app taxes in EU starting Jan. 1

In an email sent out to iTunes Connect members on Wednesday, Apple reminded developers of an upcoming value-added tax (VAT) rate policy change that will see customers pay fees based on their country of residence rather than other EU locales with lower taxes.

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Apple Pay job listing hints at upcoming international rollout in EMEIA

Apple Pay job listing hints at upcoming international rollout in EMEIA

According to an Apple corporate job listing discovered on Wednesday, the tech giant is seeking an intern to assist in Apple Pay's EMEIA rollout, suggesting an expansion of the mobile payments solution is coming soon.

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ExclusiveLAST DAY: Free Apple TV and the lowest prices anywhere on every MacBook + AppleCare bundle (save $200-$800); iMacs & Mac Pros too

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Judge rules videotaped Steve Jobs deposition to remain out of public eye

Judge rules videotaped Steve Jobs deposition to remain out of public eye

After successfully defending a long-running antitrust case related to the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, Apple on Wednesday won a separate fight to keep videotaped deposition from late company cofounder Steve Jobs sealed.

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Apple issues Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3 and 6.2.3 betas to developers with bug fixes, general improvements

Apple issues Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3 and 6.2.3 betas to developers with bug fixes, general improvements

Apple on Wednesday seeded new Safari beta builds to developers, including Safari 8.0.3 for OS X Yosemite, Safari 7.1.3 for Mavericks and 6.2.3 for Mountain Lion, with improvements to browser extensions and more.

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Apple posts "the story behind the Song" featuring old and new music recording technology

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Following the weekend release of its tearjerker holiday ad featuring a girl who records a duet with a discovered vinyl recording by her grandmother, Apple has posted a video showing the technology behind both recordings.

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Apple alerts developers that existing app updates will need to be 64-bit by June 1, 2015

Apple alerts developers that existing app updates will need to be 64-bit by June 1, 2015

Apple on Wednesday alerted members of its development community that existing applications on the App Store will need to include 64-bit support for any updates submitted after June 1 of next year.

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Orlando Magic are first NBA team to support Apple Pay for in-arena purchases

Orlando Magic are first NBA team to support Apple Pay for in-arena purchases

The Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association, will become the league's first team to offer fans the ability to complete transactions with Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch early next year.

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Pixelmator unveils major updates for iPad and Mac, Fleksy adds extensions and GIFs

Pixelmator unveils major updates for iPad and Mac, Fleksy adds extensions and GIFs

Three hefty updates hit the Mac and iOS App Stores this week, as popular Apple-centric image editor Pixelmator added a number of new features and performance fixes on both the iPad and Mac, while third-party iOS keyboard Fleksy introduced extensions and usability improvements.

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How to use iCloud Drive on the Web, iOS and OS X

How to use iCloud Drive on the Web, iOS and OS X

Since its debut, iCloud has gone from a barebones syncing and backup service to a more full-featured, cross-platform cloud storage solution. Here's a rundown of how to use and get the most out of the modern iCloud Drive on iOS, OS X and the Web.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Updated Google Drive gets iOS 8 extensibility support, Instagram adds filter management and new filters

Updated Google Drive gets iOS 8 extensibility support, Instagram adds filter management and new filters

In a pair of app updates on Tuesday, Google rolled out an update to its Google Drive app with support for iOS 8 extensibility, which lets users upload documents and files to the cloud from outside sources, while Instagram introduced five new photo filters and management tools.

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TAG Heuer to take on Apple Watch with smartwatch initiative, plans acquisitions

TAG Heuer to take on Apple Watch with smartwatch initiative, plans acquisitions

Swiss luxury watch maker TAG Heuer on Tuesday announced plans to bring a branded smartwatch to market with the help of unnamed tech companies, a move spurred on in part by Apple Watch.

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Work on Apple's new Union Square site begins as existing San Francisco store gets Winter Walk

Work on Apple's new Union Square site begins as existing San Francisco store gets Winter Walk

Apple's plans to build a new Union Square retail store in San Francisco are finally getting started with the demolition of an existing building. Meanwhile, just down the street the company's current store is getting a holiday "Winter Walk" plaza treatment.

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