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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FeatureVideo: Using Apple Pay in-store on an iPhone 6 is quick, convenient, and dead simple

With this week's launch of iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay, shoppers can now use Apple's tap-to-pay functionality in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in a variety of in-store locations. AppleInsider offers a closer look at just how quick and easy it is to use the new digital payment system.

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Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote starts cars, performs high-level functions

Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote starts cars, performs high-level functions
An Apple patent published on Tuesday could foreshadow future CarPlay functionality that allows users to unlocks car doors, start the engine and perform other automated tasks based on a user's proximity to their vehicle.

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IBM's first enterprise apps for iPad to launch next month as iPad reaches 90 percent tablet share in U.S education

IBM's first enterprise apps for iPad to launch next month as iPad reaches 90 percent tablet share in U.S education
Apple isn't just waiting around for iPad sales to pick up speed. In its earnings conference call with analysts, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook stated the first wave of IBM's Mobile First apps targeting businesses would arrive next month, while separately noting that iPad now accounted for 90 percent of U.S. tablets used in education.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Apple responds to Spotlight Suggestions 'backlash,' says personal data collection limited

Apple responds to Spotlight Suggestions 'backlash,' says personal data collection limited
In response to a Monday report alleging Apple has started to automatically collect user search and location data through Spotlight Suggestions, the company has issued a statement clarifying the extent to which customer information is gathered and how it is used.

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MLB World Series stadiums first pro sports venues to accept Apple Pay

MLB World Series stadiums first pro sports venues to accept Apple Pay
When the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants at this year's MLB World Series, fans attending the games at the two teams' respective stadiums will be able to buy concession items using Apple Pay.

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iPad sales narrowly beat expectations as Tim Cook targets "negative commentary," says market isn't saturated

iPad sales narrowly beat expectations as Tim Cook targets
In today's earnings conference call with analysts, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook explained why he remains "very bullish" about iPads despite the tablet's sales not maintaining the growth rates of iPhones or Macs in every region.

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TipsHow to send and receive SMS text messages in OS X Yosemite

How to send and receive SMS text messages in OS X Yosemite
With today's release of iOS 8.1, Apple finally activated SMS text forwarding from iPhone to OS X Yosemite, allowing users to send, read and reply to messages directly from their Mac.

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Apple to require 64-bit support from all iOS apps starting in February

Apple to require 64-bit support from all iOS apps starting in February
In an announcement made through its developer Web portal on Monday, Apple informed app makers that their wares must include 64-bit support and be built with the latest iOS 8 SDK starting Feb. 1, 2015.

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iPhone 6 demand continues to outstrip supply, may not see balance before 2015

iPhone 6 demand continues to outstrip supply, may not see balance before 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Monday that supply and demand for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are "not on the same planet" and may not reach a balance until next year.

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Apple may not break out Apple Watch, iPod and retail sales starting Q1 2015

Apple may not break out Apple Watch, iPod and retail sales starting Q1 2015
During its quarterly conference call for the fourth quarter of 2014, Apple announced it will introduce new financial reporting methods that lump Apple Watch and iPod with Apple TV and other accessories, with CEO Tim Cook suggesting the move is a good way to shield details on the upcoming smartwatch from competitors.

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FeatureNotes of interest from Apple's Q4 2014 conference call

Notes of interest from Apple's Q4 2014 conference call
Apple blew away market expectations in reporting the results of its fourth fiscal quarter of 2014 on Monday, propelled by a new quarterly record for the iPhone and new all-time record for the Mac. Following the announcement, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.

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Apple sells 5.5M Macs in Q3 2014, destroys previous record without major product changes

Apple sells 5.5M Macs in Q3 2014, destroys previous record without major product changes
In its quarterly fiscal report for the fourth quarter of 2014 released on Monday, Apple sold more than 5.5 million Macs without colorably adding to the lineup aside from yearly product refreshes and the introduction of price cuts on key devices.

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Apple crushes Sept. quarter record, earning $8.5B profit on sales of 39M iPhones, 5.5M Macs

Apple crushes Sept. quarter record, earning $8.5B profit on sales of 39M iPhones, 5.5M Macs
Apple officially closed out fiscal 2014 on Monday with the results from another record setting quarter, with the just-concluded September frame resulting in $8.5 billion in net profit on revenue of $42.12 billion, driven largely by the hugely profitable iPhone and including the newly launched iPhone 6 series.

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ExclusiveTour Apple Inc's spaceship Campus 2 in extended aerial video

Tour Apple Inc's spaceship Campus 2 in extended aerial video
See the rapid progress being made at Apple's "spaceship" Campus 2 project site in Cupertino, California in our exclusive aerial tour of the site and the company's nearby existing Infinite Loop campus headquarters.

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Apple Pay is online, too: Apple Store, others apps accept Touch ID for authorizing purchases

Apple Pay is online, too: Apple Store, others apps accept Touch ID for authorizing purchases
The official Apple Store application was updated on Monday with support for one-touch checkout using Apple Pay and Touch ID, marking the start of the online purchasing capabilities of Apple's new digital wallet service.

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TipsHow to set up Apple Pay on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.1, and where you can use it right now

With Monday's launch of iOS 8.1, users can now begin adding their compatible credit cards to Passbook and start using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to pay at participating retail outlets. AppleInsider offers you a look at how to set up Apple Pay and where you can head out to use it.

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Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, SMS relay, iCloud Photo Library

Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, SMS relay, iCloud Photo Library
Right on schedule, Apple on Monday released iOS 8.1, bringing the new Apple Pay e-wallet functionality to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. In addition, the update includes the new beta iCloud Photo Library, SMS relay and Instant Hotspot when paired with a Mac or iPad, and the return of the Camera Roll in the Photos app.

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Microsoft rumored to launch smartwatch this holiday season, beating Apple Watch to market

Microsoft rumored to launch smartwatch this holiday season, beating Apple Watch to market
Microsoft is said to be planning to bring a smartwatch to the market "within the next few weeks," beginning sales ahead of the lucrative holiday shopping season and also beating the highly anticipated Apple Watch to store shelves.

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ExclusiveTwo ways to get a $20 cash trade-in bonus on your old iPads (including iPad 2)

Two ways to get a $20 cash trade-in bonus on your old iPads (including iPad 2)
Ahead of Apple's iPad media event on Thursday afternoon, AppleInsider has teamed up with the industry's two leading electronics trade-in & buyback services to offer readers an exclusive $20 cash bonus on the sale of their old iPad when they lock in a price quote today. The services are currently paying up to $405 for old iPads before the bonus.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Dropbox update adds support for Touch ID login, larger iPhone 6 & 6 Plus screens

Dropbox update adds support for Touch ID login, larger iPhone 6 & 6 Plus screens
Popular cloud storage service Dropbox on Monday updated its official iOS application with support for Touch ID secure logins, as well as native compatibility with the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Earnings preview: Wall Street expects 37M iPhones, 12M iPads sold by Apple in Sept. quarter

Earnings preview: Wall Street expects 37M iPhones, 12M iPads sold by Apple in Sept. quarter
Apple is set to report the results of its September quarter later this afternoon, including the first few weeks of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales, and market watchers generally expect the company will report revenue of around $40 billion for the three-month period.

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Apple wants to cut the price of Beats Music subscriptions to $5 per month - report

Apple wants to cut the price of Beats Music subscriptions to $5 per month - report
Apple has reportedly pitched music labels a new lower pricing structure for its Beats Music service, arguing that subscriptions could grow considerably if the price could be lowered to just $5 per month.

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FeatureHow Apple Pay is designed to avoid the pitfalls of traditional payment systems

How Apple Pay is designed to avoid the pitfalls of traditional payment systems
Apple has made security a tentpole of its marketing strategy for Apple Pay, the company's new mobile payment system, which rolls out across the U.S. on Monday. AppleInsider took a look at how Apple Pay's design makes it better for consumers.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

TipsUsing widgets in OS X Yosemite's new Notification Center

Using widgets in OS X Yosemite's new Notification Center
With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Notification Center moves beyond notifications aggregation to include a completely new interactive Today view borrowed from iOS, widgets and a refreshed user interface.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

EditorialEditorial: A friendlier Apple Inc now invites media through its Infinite Loop front door

Editorial: A friendlier Apple Inc now invites media through its Infinite Loop front door
At this week's Apple Event showing off the company's newest iPads and Macs, invited members of the media weren't directed around the back of Apple's Infinite Loop campus to the Town Hall door, as usual. They were greeted at the front door and led through the private campus courtyard.

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Apple launches iCloud Photos beta Web client ahead of iOS 8.1 rollout

Apple launches iCloud Photos beta Web client ahead of iOS 8.1 rollout
Apple on Saturday launched a beta version of iCloud Photos for iCloud.com users, activating the photo and video storage and syncing service planned to officially roll out on Monday with the debut of iOS 8.1.

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TipsHow to activate 'Dark mode' in OS X Yosemite

How to activate 'Dark mode' in OS X Yosemite
While a seemingly minor addition, Apple's inclusion of a so-called "Dark Mode" in OS X Yosemite, which basically flips the translucent menu bar and dock from light gray to black, answers the call of many longtime Mac users.

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Full video of Jony Ive's Vanity Fair interview posted online

Full video of Jony Ive's Vanity Fair interview posted online
Vanity Fair on Friday posted to YouTube the full 25-minute video of an interview with Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive, who discussed a range of topics at the publication's New Establishment Summit, including his beginnings at Apple and "copycat" devices.

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TipsiCloud Drive allows OS X Yosemite users to store any type of file in the cloud

iCloud Drive allows OS X Yosemite users to store any type of file in the cloud
The launch of OS X Yosemite has brought online Apple's new iCloud Drive, which not only automatically syncs data from Mac and iOS applications, but also for the first time allows Mac users to upload and organize any file types on their own.

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Friday, October 17, 2014