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Apple wins three-year Chinese patent case against Siri technology

04/24, 6:31pm

Zhizen turned loose patents into Siri clone, then sued Apple as copycat

After two legal defeats, Apple has won its case on appeal in a lawsuit brought by Zhizhen Network Technology that dates back to 2012. The Beijing Higher People's Court has ruled that Apple did not violate any patents held by the Shanghai-based Zhizhen, and thus no infringement has occurred. Apple first attempted to have the Zhizhen patent, which covered only "a type of instant messaging chat bot system," invalidated, but later sued the government and the company when authorities ruled in favor of Zhizhen.

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Apple unveils three new TV ads for Apple Watch

04/24, 4:00pm

Campaign focuses on real-world usage and impact rather than features

Celebrating the launch of the Apple Watch, the company has posted three new ads showcasing its newest device -- complete with Apple's signature style of illustrating everyday use of the Watch ahead of explaining features or giving the product a false image equating it with power, sex, or glamor. The three ads -- "Us," "Up," and "Rise" -- offer dramatized but realistic normal uses for the Apple Watch, with differing emphasis.

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The Feature Thief: Apple taketh away, sometimes giveth back

04/24, 2:51pm

In push to move forward, beloved bits and pieces sometimes fall to the wayside

Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple takes one of its key software applications, radically changes it, losing important features along the way. Existing users say Apple has dumbed down an app that was perfect, while new users say this is fantastic, they can finally understand the application. Flash forward a few months, and Apple has stealthily added back some or all of the features. We've seen this with iMovie and Final Cut Pro, we saw it with Pages, we are seeing it now with iPhoto turning into Photos. It is a well-worn path by Apple, and if we're not fans of the way they go about it, we are often fans of how these new applications turn out ... eventually.

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Forums: New iMac problem, jpg editing on iPod Touch, more

04/24, 2:20pm

New iMac problem, jpg editing on iPod Touch, more

Today in the MacNN forums, Forum Regular "Harvey" explained some troubling behavior with their 8-month old iMac and wonders if anyone else has experienced anything else like this on Yosemite. Also today one Mac Elite was trying to figure out how to edit jpg files on his new iPod Touch, and fellow forum-members began suggesting apps to use.

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Apple deals: up to $600 off Mac Pros

04/24, 2:18pm

up to $600 off Mac Pros

At Apple's online store this week save big on refurbished Mac Pro models, with savings of up to $600 off. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been reduced to $2,549 for a savings of $450 off the list price. Priced at $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

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Daily Deals: Crucial 960GB SSD, Jongo T2 speaker, Garmin Vivofit

04/24, 1:10pm

MacNN and Electronista deals for April 24, 2015

Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we search online and offline retailers for discounts, offers, and sales on an array of hardware and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today, we cover the still-active deals from throughout the week, while the new deals list includes a sub-$300 960GB SSD, the Pure Jongo T2 wireless speaker, and the Garmin Vivofit fitness band.

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Ahrendts in China, lines at boutique locations for Apple Watch launch

04/24, 11:47am

Few locations have some actual selling stock, but mostly demos rule on former retail debut

While Apple has since abandoned its former April 24 retail launch day for the Apple Watch due to a global sellout, a few select stores -- almost entirely third-party fashion boutique sellers who secured allotments early -- are said to have or have had actual stock of Apple Watches to sell. Customers hoping to score one today are lining up outside these shops, even as Apple Retail chief Dame Angela Ahrendts spent the day in China.

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Apple Watch Sport laid bare in disassembly by iFixit technicians

04/24, 8:58am

Watch battery replaceable relatively easily, in-store watch CPU upgrades unlikely

As is the norm for the iFixit crew, a teardown of a new Apple device has been accomplished -- this time, the 38mm Apple Watch Sport is on the disassembly bench. Alongside the breakdown, the company has disclosed the chipsets accompanying the watch, with a mix of new and old technologies combined in the device. In addition to well-known components, a couple of new discoveries were made.

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Briefly: iMac graphics update, 15-inch MBPs growing scarce

04/24, 7:31am

Recent models could freeze when viewing large JPEG files in Finder, Preview

Apple has issued an update for selected 2013 and later model iMacs that fixes a graphics issue that caused the machines to freeze after viewing large JPEG files in either Finder or Preview under OS X 10.10.3. The problem specifically affects the late-2013 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, as well as the late 2014 27-inch 5K Retina iMac. The problem could, in some circumstances, trigger kernel panics or force a restart.

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Apple updates iMovie as AV software head Ubillos retires

04/23, 10:13pm

Engineering chief invented modern versions of iMovie, Final Cut Pro, iPhoto

As if on cue, Apple on Thursday announced a bug-fix update to its consumer video-editing program, iMovie, on the same day that the head of Apple's photo and video software teams, Randy Ubillos, announced his retirement. Ubillos, who has been with Apple for the past 20 years, has been the key engineer behind the modern versions of iMovie, Final Cut Pro, iPhoto, and Aperture -- and before joining Apple, was one of the team that created the Premiere video editing suite for Adobe.

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Apple Watch: now shipping, Watch App Store opens, Ion-X scratch test

04/23, 7:33pm

Early pre-orders now shipping as Apple confirms UPS tracking numbers, status

There are an indeterminate number -- possibly as high as a couple of million -- very early pre-order customers who are very excited today, having received confirmation from Apple that their order for the Apple Watch has shipped. Various forms of evidence, from emails from the company notifying buyers of the status change to UPS alerts with tracking numbers has confirmed that a number of customers who got in early should be receiving their Watch order on or about April 24, the original planned public debut day.

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Daily Deals: Sony Action Cam, 3D scanner, Seagate 4TB NAS

04/23, 1:45pm

MacNN and Electronista deals for April 23, 2015

Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when the staff of MacNN and Electronista search the Internet for sales, discounts, and offers, compiling the more notable items into a single post. The usual recap of still-active deals is joined by a Sony Action Cam, a 3D scanner, a Seagate 4TB NAS, and a new way to discover deals for yourself.

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Nokia courting Apple, others to buy Here mapping tech, reports claim

04/23, 1:00pm

Revamped iOS version could make integration easier, but sale seems unlikely

Apple and a number of other companies -- including Facebook, Amazon, Sirius XM, and China-based services Alibaba and Baidu are among many other firms being targeted by Nokia as it prepares to sell off its Here mapping service and technology. While Apple has periodically purchased map technology that can be integrated with its Apple Maps service in the hopes of eventual public transit data, Nokia may be overvaluing the deal.

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Investment bank bets AAPL will hit $185, become trillion-dollar firm

04/23, 12:00pm

Apple is three-quarters to previously-unthinkable all-time world record

Although it is well-known that Apple is the world's most profitable and most highly-valued publicly-traded company, most of the public and even many investors are unaware that its market valuation of nearly $750 billion now puts it 75 percent of the way to world record that has been a dream of investors for decades: the world's first company valued at $1 trillion. A Virginia-based investment bank now believes Apple will reach that goal by 2016.

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Apple Watch tutorial video set now complete, offers 10 'guided tours'

04/23, 10:00am

Short videos illustrate functionality and look in actual-size screen demos

After releasing the videos in drips, Apple now has completed its set of 10 "guided tour" videos covering the main functions of the Apple Watch. The last three, dealing with Apple Pay, the Activity tracker, and the Workout app were posted on Wednesday, joining videos covering the core user interface of the device and specific functions ranging from phone calls, to customizing the watch face, to sending "digital touch" messages.

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Briefly: new Apple stores, PR chief retires, Maps transit hiring

04/23, 8:28am

Apple plans store in Cologne, Germany, hangs mural for new Miami store

Apple appears to be constructing a second, but thus far unannounced, Apple Store in Cologne, Germany, report enthusiast sites Macerkopf and Apfelpage. Photos taken from a building opposite the proposed site on Schildergasse appear to show the company's trademark long wooden tables and some remaining renovation work for the forthcoming glass staircase. The store would not be expected to open until this fall.

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Some boutiques will have Apple Watch available to sell April 24

04/23, 1:10am

Select high-end fashion stores to carry Sport, Watch models, no Edition

Most likely due to orders having been filled ahead of the April 10 pre-ordering debut of the Apple Watch, a handful of select high-end boutique outlets will actually have some Apple Watches for sale on April 24, as the company originally planned for its own stores. The boutiques are said to be receiving pre-alloted shipments of the Sport and Watch models, but the gold Edition version continues to be unavailable anywhere at retail.

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Report: some delayed Apple Watch, custom MacBook orders shipping [U]

04/22, 4:21pm

Pre-order buyers near major distribution centers may get their goodies a bit earlier than estimated

[Updated with Apple confirmation] In addition to reader reports of the first wave of Apple Watch pre-orders moving from "processing" to "preparing for shipment" -- a sign that the delivery will be taking place soon -- some customers who ordered non-Sport or other Apple Watch models who initially were given 6-8 week shipment windows have reported that their credit cards have been charged and their order status also changed to "preparing to ship," though the estimated delivery dates have not yet been amended. Those who have ordered custom Retina MacBook models are also reporting charges.

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Daily Deals: HP 350 G1 notebook, Technics headphones, SSDs

04/22, 1:29pm

MacNN and Electronista deals for April 22, 2015

Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista scour online retailers for discounts, offers, and sales for you, the discerning reader. A recap of still-active deals from earlier in the week follows the new batch, including a Core i7 notebook from HP, DJ headphones from Technics, and a pile of SSDs

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Safari, Chrome top mobile browsers worldwide, Chrome king of desktop

04/22, 12:40pm

Apple's default browser remains tops in mobile, captures 10 percent of US desktop

A new study by analytics firm StatCounter has shown that Chrome and Safari are virtually neck-and-neck as the top mobile browsers, but that Safari was the clear winner in both North America and Europe. In particular, in the US Safari holds a 55 percent share of mobile browser use, with Chrome at 30 percent and generic Android browsers with 9.5 percent. In addition to just edging out Safari worldwide to be the top mobile browser, Chrome is also the dominant desktop browser worldwide, with a 52.6 percent share.

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Briefly: new MacBook issue, Porsche CarPlay, Xcode 6.3.1 update

04/22, 1:43am

Retina 12-inch MacBook can hang during first setup, workaround posted

A new tech note from Apple details a flaw that can occur during the initial setup of the new 12-inch Retina MacBook that causes the process to stop temporarily -- sometimes for a prolonged period -- before finishing. According to the new tech note, Apple recommends that if users experience the issue they can restart the initial setup process by restarting, and can opt to disconnect from the Internet in order to allow the setup to proceed, and then connect to the Internet afterwards. The problem appears to center around Apple ID setup or iCloud account creation.

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Apple Watch: developer draw, iWork update, new Ahrendts video

04/21, 6:22pm

Developers can sign up for single Sport model, shipping guaranteed by April 28

A new email being sent to developers from Apple is offering them the opportunity to buy a specific, single Apple Watch model -- and, importantly, guarantees shipping by April 28. The company is trying to ensure that developers either actively working on Apple Watch applications or are planning to develop apps for that platform have a test model they can use to confirm and troubleshoot their work. Apple is offering a single variation in the pitch to developers: a Sport model (42mm) with the aluminum casing and a blue sport band.

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Forums: the new MacBook, disk rattling and more

04/21, 2:34pm

the new MacBook, disk rattling and more

With the new MacBook arriving in stores and in peoples homes, MacNN forum goers have been giving their first impressions of this latest addition to the Mac family in the thread titled "MacBook Returns". Late last week one Fresh-Faced recruit was looking for some help figuring out the cause of rattling noise they hear in their startup disk when they boot up.

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Apple deals: up to 22 percent off MBA

04/21, 2:31pm

up to 22 percent off MBA

At Apple's online store today, find savings of up to 22 percent off refurbished MacBook Air models. A $120 discount is offered on the 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, now $679. The refurbished 11.6-inch MBA from June 2013 with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage has been reduced by $240 to $809.

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Daily Deals: Toshiba notebook, PlayStation Vita, daVinci 3D Printer

04/21, 2:09pm

MacNN and Electronista Deals for April 21, 2015

Welcome to Daily Deals, that time of the day when we search online retailers for discounts, offers, and sales on hardware, software, and gadgets for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Yesterday's still-active deals are joined by a Toshiba notebook, a bundle for the PlayStation Vita, and a $350 3D Printer

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The MacNN Podcast, episode 11: best backup practices, AMD in trouble

04/21, 6:35am

Announcing expanded gaming news, examining the LA School iPad debacle, more

Another week, another roundup on the week in tech through the eyes of our MacNN and Electronista staffers! This week, The MacNN Podcast takes a poll on backup strategies among our writers, while Managing Editor Mike tells campfire tales of data loss from his days as a network consultant. We spend some time talking about our own expanded gaming coverage, adding more Mac game reviews and coverage as well as doubling our overall industry news. We dissect what's getting chipmaker AMD down, try to figure out the LA School District's iPad waffling, and more.

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Latest Apple environmental report out, shows larger carbon footprint

04/20, 7:30pm

Impact not growing in relation to sales, however, with many factors out of Apple's control

The 2015 edition of Apple's annual Environmental Responsibility Report covering calendar 2014 is out, and as usual highlights the company's efforts to reduce, reuse, or mitigate its use of rare materials and its carbon footprint. While it points out that all of the company's data centers are now powered by renewable energy resources and reduced its greenhouse gas emissions during product use by 61 percent over the past seven years, Apple admits there are still areas, most of which are out of its direct control, where more could be done.

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Apple now charging cards, preparing to ship first Apple Watch orders

04/20, 5:30pm

Fortunate minority expected to receive devices on or before original April 24 debut

Some of the estimated 2.3 million who were able to order an Apple Watch on the first day of availability before the global inventory sold out in mere hours may soon be getting their order. Reader reports of cards being charged and emails that report the Apple Watch order as "preparing for shipment" went out on Monday for some customers, while many who ordered just minutes into the process are still being told their orders should ship within four to six weeks.

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Daily Deals: iPad Air 2 Retina, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge, Kindle Fire HD 7

04/20, 3:22pm

MacNN and Electronista deals for April 20, 2015

Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN and Electronista trawl the Internet for discounts, offers, and sales on electronic goods for you, the discerning reader. Since it is the start of a new week, all old deals have been removed from the list ready for new items, including discounts on the Apple iPad Air 2 Retina, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge, and the Kindle Fire HD 7.

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New Apple Watch bands revealed by Ive, Newson at Milan showcase

04/20, 8:02am

Unannounced folding UK charger shown by athlete and Ive friend Will Carling

As reported previously, a few Apple executives and designer were in Milan this weekend to show off the Apple Watch, including Sir Jonathan Ive and designer Marc Newson, as well as SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. Photos from the event, and a post from a friend of Ive's, confirm that a number of unannounced Sport Band colors were on display at the Salone del Mobile design event. A number of notable VIPs also received Apple Watches as gifts.

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Pointers: look it up in the Dictionary (OS X, iOS)

04/20, 8:00am

Your Mac and iOS devices come with a great dictionary

Some people collect dictionaries, some have never bought one in their lives -- but we all have them at our fingertips right now. If you have a Mac, an iPhone or an iPad, you've got a dictionary, and it is a good one. It's good enough to replace most concise dictionaries you can buy, and it's easier to look up than a book. We're not saying it's arduous looking things up a in book, but the fact that you have to turn away from what you're reading is reason enough that many of us pile on with a soon-forgotten vow that we'll look it up later. Here's an easy way to look up the definition of a word right there on your Mac -- and then if that isn't enough, we've an even easier way to do it at your fingertips.

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Ex-Apple exec Forstall re-emerges as consultant, co-producer

04/19, 7:03pm

Former iOS chief acts as advisor to Snapchat, helps fund Broadway play

Following more than a year of silence, former iOS software chief Scott Forstall has re-emerged into the public eye in one intentional way, and one unintentional way. Leaked emails from the Sony Pictures data breach note that Snapchat paid Forstall in stock for services as a "special company advisor," while Forstall himself debuted his Twitter account by announcing his role as a co-producer of an upcoming Broadway musical Fun Home, based on an autobiographical graphic novel by noted cartoonist Alison Bechdel.

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Researcher: OS X 'Rootpipe' attack fix not reliable, attacks possible

04/19, 11:00am

Yosemite-only patch seemingly does little to mitigate Rootpipe-based attacks

Researchers from security firm Synack have determined that Apple's latest patch for the "Rootpipe" privilege escalation flaw remain mostly unfixed, even on OS X 10.10 "Yosemite." Ex-NSA staff member Patrick Wardle examined the new patch, and found a new path around Apple's security fix, leaving the computer unprotected from hostile users with physical access. In other developments, the malware is loose in the wild and has been for some time, but is a discrete app and still not a remote attack.

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WSJ: Apple aiming for Canadian Apple Pay launch in November

04/19, 7:16am

Company currently in negotiation with country's six major banks

A new report suggests that Apple is currently in negotiations with Canada's six major banks to bring Apple Pay to the country as early as November. With UnionPay negotiations with China currently stalled, Canada could be one of the first countries outside the US to get Apple Pay. The six major banks -- BMO, CIBC, National Bank of Canada, RBC, ScotiaBank, and TD Canada Trust -- account for 90 percent of retail bank accounts, and are also the primary banks behind the country's Interac debit card system, and Interac Flash contactless payment system, which Apple Pay would have to support.

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Apple now notifying winners of 2015 WWDC ticket lottery

04/17, 7:11pm

Sold-out conference will cost winners $1,600, Apple increases diversity scholarships

On Friday, lucky recipients started receiving emails that they had been selected at random in a ticket lottery to register for the company's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco, which will start on June 8. The ticket lottery was required due to the incredible growth of Apple's iOS and OS X developer programs, which have nearly-instantly sold out over the last few years, and the company's desire to continue the conference at Moscone West, which allows for a total of 5,350 attendees, not counting press or the 1,000 Apple engineers who will be on hand.

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Report: Apple improves revenue for devs over Android in 2015

04/17, 6:30pm

Android gains 70 percent of downloads, iOS gains 70 percent of revenue

A new report by analytics firm App Annie has revealed that Apple and Google, as the progenitors of iOS and Android respectively, are locked in a roughly stalemated battle when it comes to revenues from apps versus app downloads. Google's Android enjoys the majority of app downloads, as it has for some time -- but continues to be unable to catch Apple in terms of being able to reward developers for their work. In a set of charts from the analytics firm, Apple's revenue from app sales is about 70 percent higher than Google Play, while Google's downloads outpaced Apple's by 70 percent.

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Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 copies of DiRT 3 racing

04/17, 1:57pm

Win 1 of 5 copies of DiRT 3 racing

Earlier this year Feral Interactive released their latest racing game, DiRT 3 for Mac. We got our hands on a copy for review a few weeks back and had some fun taking this off-road racing game through the wringer. The fun doesn't stop there though, we have 5 Steam redemption codes to share with 5 lucky winners.

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Apple Watch: Basics class, Schiller and Newson in Italy, sales poll

04/17, 1:40pm

Stores to offer workshop on Apple Watch starting April 24, despite shortages

Although the unexpected sellout of the Apple Watch will put a crimp of unavailability in the works, Apple is going ahead with new "Apple Watch Basics" workshops at some of its retail stores beginning April 24. The lucky relative few who will receive their pre-orders on or near launch day, along with those who are still waiting, are likely to be the chief participants in the workshops, which will run through May 8 in the US only. The classes will run approximately 60 minutes in order to cover all of the many key features of the new device.

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Forums: OSX compatibility, iPhone screen replacements and more

04/17, 12:31pm

OSX compatibility, iPhone screen replacements and more

This week in the MacNN Forums, Moderator "andi*pandi&" recently scored a white MacBook and discovered they are able to upgrade the OS for free, but wonders if 10.10 would "run like a dead horse" on that machine, or if it would be alright. Yesterday one Dedicated MacNNer announced the breaking of his wife's iPhone 4 screen, and has a few questions about buying a replacement.

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Apple deals: iPods, iPads and accessories

04/17, 12:28pm

iPods, iPads and accessories

At Apple's online store right now, take advantage of price cuts on refurbished iPods, iPads and Apple Accessories. The 5th generation refurbished 16GB iPod touch is now only $149 after a $30 price break, but for even more bang for your buck, get the 32GB 4th generation Touch for only $10 more, now $159. The 4th generation 64GB Touch is also a steal at $209 after a $120 discount.

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Apple, SunPower team for pair of 20MW solar installations in China

04/17, 9:01am

Companies have worked in the US before; effort is first international deal

SunPower Corporation today announced that it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40MW in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province of the Peoples Republic of China. When complete, the two projects will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development, SunPower's project development joint venture, and Apple.  

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US SEC investigating LA bond sale around troublesome iPad deal

04/17, 8:49am

Contract between LAUSD and Apple not being examined, only financials

Adding a further level of complexity to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) failed iPad program, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has opened an "informal inquiry" to investigate if the school complied with legal requirements for bond usage in the purchase. The agency is reportedly examining if the contract was properly disclosed to investors, and if sufficient documentation was provided to insure the bonds were used legally.

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Briefly: Steve Dowling promotion, iOS 8.4 audiobooks change, CarPlay

04/17, 8:01am

Veteran Apple PR spokesman named as replacement for retired Katie Cotton

Nearly a year after former Apple PR chief Katie Cotton retired from the post, Apple has finally named her successor: her lieutenant and interim chief, Steve Dowling. For the past 12 years, Dowling has been one of the lead spokespeople for the company, and was in charge of the iPhone maker's corporate PR team. Having filled in for Cotton since October, he will formally take the reins of the company's worldwide communications strategy. Prior to joining Apple, Dowling was a CNBC broadcaster covering tech news. The company also recently hired well-known MacWorld columnist Chris Breen for an unnamed promotional role.

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Apple offers first OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta, focuses on stability

04/16, 6:26pm

New beta comes on heels of 10.10.3 release, no change log yet available

Just a week after the official release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and days after the first beta of iOS 8.4, Apple has posted the first 10.10.4 beta for developers and testers, though it is has not been (and is not likely to be) made available to public beta testers until future builds are released. The sparse announcement of the new beta says only that the update focuses on "stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac," which suggests it will build on the improvements made in 10.10.3.

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Apple Watch: new videos, accessibility features, Lagerfeld gold band

04/16, 4:44pm

Company expands video tutorials on Apple Watch features in run-up to launch day

Yesterday, Apple posted four new videos to its site and YouTube channel showcasing additional tent-pole features of the Apple Watch, including handling phone calls, interacting with Siri, music playback, and Maps usage. Last week the company had posted a general overview tutorial video, along with shorter ones focusing on Digital Touch, messaging, and customizing the watch face. The videos reveal minor details of the various operations previously not publicized.

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Apple releases supplemental 10.10.3 update over video issues

04/16, 3:10pm

Not all users affected, but caused kernel panics, startup issues in some machines

On Thursday, Apple released a rare supplemental update to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 that resolves a bug in a video driver that was causing some Mac owners to report startup issues or even full-blown kernel panics "when running certain apps that capture video," said the company. Users were reported longer-than-normal startup times or crashes. Not fixed by the new update are scattered reports of problems opening large JPEG files using Preview of QuickLook, but this is again not a universal issue.

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The Conservation Fund, Apple team up to buy 36,000 acres of woodland

04/16, 3:05pm

Forest will be harvested under 'working forest' conditions to provide paper pulp

Apple, in conjunction with The Conservation Fund, is planning on a 36,000 acre purchase of forest land. The forests will be harvested in an eco-friendly way to supply Apple, and other companies needing pulp for packaging, and will be managed with "an eye toward the long-term economic well-being of the forest," according to a joint press release.

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Time names Tim Cook to list of 100 most influential people

04/16, 1:08pm

Apple CEO profiled by civil rights leader John Lewis; Ive profiles Airbnb CEO

Time magazine has named Apple CEO Tim Cook as one of the "100 Most Influential People," saying that his work at Apple proves "that even the most successful companies can and should be judged by more than just their bottom line." The profile on Cook was written by long-time civil rights activist and congressman John Lewis, while Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive was tapped to write a profile of Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky in the same article.

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LA school district seeks refunds from Apple, Lenovo, Pearson

04/16, 10:06am

Price district paid per iPad with educational materials still less than retail

In the wake of its collapsed iPad program, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is seeking millions of dollars in refunds from Apple. The district's board of education has authorized state and city attorneys to investigate litigation to claim money from Apple and Pearson after the district itself broke the contract.

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Apple Watch online ordering to continue, retail units possibly in June

04/16, 9:32am

Demand for the 'highly personal' product steep, retail sales impossible now

A letter by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has informed the Apple retail chain that the Apple Watch won't be available in store at all on launch date. Additionally, "high global interest combined with our initial supply" is preventing retail availability until June, at the earliest.

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