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  • Apple's Maiden data center profiled on NBC's 'Today'

    25 April 2014, 12:00 am

    On Thursday, NBC's venerable "Today" show featured a segment, covered by the network's chief environmental correspondent Anne Thompson, highlighting Apple's push for all-renewable energy sources for its data farms. The report, which ran about two and a half…
  • Mac Pro ship times improve, drop to 3-5 weeks for all configurations

    24 April 2014, 10:00 pm

    On Tuesday, Apple surprised analysts by noting a modest increase in Mac sales in the March quarter, improving them by some 100,000 units over the year-ago quarter. The feat was impressive, as the PC market generally has suffered a major decline in demand which…
  • Tenative jury form for Apple-Samsung patent trial released

    24 April 2014, 8:30 pm

    On Wednesday, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh published a draft form that jurors in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial will fill out to assign damages and royalties due -- if any -- to both Apple and Samsung as warranted by their findings of infringement.…
  • Editorial: The US judicial system versus modern technology

    24 April 2014, 7:40 pm

    It can be argued that we're always on the cutting edge of technology -- every day there are new advances, and new techniques developed to do legacy tasks some other way. Likewise, hardly a day goes by without a new lawsuit from an entrenched company, claiming…
  • Deal potentially reached in Silicon Valley employee poaching suit [u]

    24 April 2014, 5:11 pm

    [Update: possible pricetag revealed] According to court filings before the Northern District of California, Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have made a settlement offer to conclude the antitrust investigation against the quartet, as expected earlier this…
  • Trademark filings hint at possible future names for OS X

    24 April 2014, 3:57 pm

    Apple is using at least two shell companies to secure trademarks on future names for OS X, reports claim. On the same day in early December, two firms -- Yosemite Research LLC and Coast Research LLC -- are said to have filed for US trademarks on several…
  • Briefly: Opera Coast for iPhone, Prong PWR iPhone case

    24 April 2014, 2:45 pm

    Opera Software has released an iPhone version of its WebKit-based browser, Opera Coast. An iPad version was released last September, initially optimizing the browser for touchscreens. Users can begin a search by using a pulling down gesture on the home screen,…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook auctions off lunch date for charity

    24 April 2014, 2:19 pm

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is now auctioning off a lunch date via the website Charitybuzz. The auction runs today through May 13th, and has a $100,000 target, with the proceeds due to go to the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. The RFK Center is involved in…
  • Industry bigwigs launch OpenSSL-fixing Core Infrastructure Initiative

    24 April 2014, 2:16 pm

    The Linux Foundation today announced it has formed a new project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure, namely, OpenSSL. The newly formed Core Infrastructure Initiative enables technology companies to collaboratively…
  • Hands-on: Logitech Hinge and Turnaround cases for iPad Air

    24 April 2014, 1:54 pm

    On Tuesday Logitech announced several new iPad cases. Here at MacNN we were given a chance to try two of them, the Hinge and the Turnaround, both in versions for the iPad Air. Since they're relatively straightforward cases, we thought we'd give them a…
  • Apple tops 2014 JD Power rankings for smartphone satisfaction

    24 April 2014, 1:05 pm

    Apple has topped a 2014 JD Power ranking of customer satisfaction among US smartphone owners. Each smartphone maker is scored according to metrics for performance, physical design, features, and ease of use, and relative to each of the four major US carriers:…
  • Facebook buys out Moves fitness app for iOS and Android

    24 April 2014, 12:00 pm

    Facebook has bought out Finnish firm ProtoGeo Oy and its signature product, Moves, a health and fitness tracking app for iOS and Android. ProtoGeo says it will start contributing to Facebook's own services in an unspecified capacity. Moves will continue to…
  • Apps: Arq, World Clock Deluxe, Screens

    24 April 2014, 11:31 am

  • New MacBook Airs could debut as soon as next week, sources claim

    24 April 2014, 10:18 am

    Apple could be planning to update the MacBook Air as soon as next week, according to sources for French site MacGeneration. This includes refreshes of both the 11- and 13-inch lineups. It's unclear which processors they might use; lower-end models could use…
  • Cook answers analyst questions on China, carriers, Apple

    24 April 2014, 4:02 am

    Beyond the "big story" about Apple's analyst-beating earnings, profits and surprise stock split, financial analysts got a chance to ask some probing questions during Wednesday's Apple conference call discussing the company's fiscal Q2 results. In a Q&A session…
  • Good numbers of note: 800M iTunes accounts, 20M Apple TVs, more

    24 April 2014, 1:36 am

    With the exception of iPads and the declining iPod, the numbers coming out of Apple's conference call with analysts mirror the title of Pixar's best movie: Up. Of primary importance to analysts were the better-than-expected iPhone sales, but Mac sales were…
  • Briefly: IMDb 4.2 updated, WaterField Rough Rider bag

    24 April 2014, 12:19 am

    Movie, television and celebrity information database, IMDb, has updated its app for iOS today. The app allows users to find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, and create a "must-see" list of shows and films. In v4.2, users can now access US-wide…
  • Judge in Apple e-book case denies stay of states' class-action suit

    23 April 2014, 11:10 pm

    Once again, US District Court Judge Denise Cote has denied an Apple motion -- this time asking that the court delay the class-action lawsuit brought by 33 states and various consumer groups while Apple appeals her original guilty verdict in the federal case…
  • Cook: iPad sales actually better than expected, figures are misleading

    23 April 2014, 8:53 pm

    On paper, the sales of the iPad in Apple's fiscal second quarter look bad: a 16 percent drop from the year-ago quarter, rumors of which already had pundits and business sites wondering if the iPad had peaked. Statistics, however, can sometimes be misleading --…
  • FCC distributes new 'Open Internet' rules internally ahead of May vote

    23 April 2014, 8:10 pm

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will circulate new "open" Internet regulations internally on Thursday. The new proposal will allow companies to pay Internet providers a fee for "special access" to customers and boosted speed of delivery of the paid…
  • Apple announces historic 7:1 stock split, increases buyback program

    23 April 2014, 7:47 pm

    In a surprise announcement, Apple will do a 7:1 stock split on June 6, giving stockholders of record as of June 2 an additional six shares for every one share of stock they currently hold. Trading will resume on June 9 at the split-adjusted price, which CEO…
  • Angela Ahrendts to join Apple 'next week,' says Tim Cook

    23 April 2014, 6:50 pm

    Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will be joining Apple as its retail head "next week," Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed today during the company's Q2 conference call. Ahrendts has been confirmed as making the switch since last year, but until now neither Apple…
  • Apple Q2 numbers show lower iPad revenue, growth in China and Japan

    23 April 2014, 6:30 pm

    As a part of announcing its second-quarter results, Apple has also posted a detailed breakdown (PDF), exposing further facts. They reveal, for instance, that Apple's iPad revenues dropped 16.4 percent year-over-year, shifting from roughly $8.7 billion to $7.6…
  • Apple touts $45.6 billion in Q2 2014 revenues

    23 April 2014, 5:31 pm

    Apple has posted $45.6 billion in revenues in its second fiscal quarter, up from $43.6 billion the same period a year ago. Net profits rose from $9.5 billion to $10.2 billion, or from $10.09 per share to $11.62. The company sold 43.7 million iPhones, an…
  • Apple touts $45.6 billion in Q2 2014 revenues

    23 April 2014, 5:31 pm

    Apple has posted $45.6 billion in revenues in its second fiscal quarter, up from $43.6 billion the same period a year ago. Net profits rose from $9.5 billion to $10.2 billion, or from $10.09 per share to $11.62. The company sold 43.7 million iPhones, resulting…
  • DoubleTwist MagicPlay adds AirPlay support to Google Play Music

    23 April 2014, 5:23 pm

    Google Play Music on Android can be used to stream music through AirPlay devices, thanks to a release from doubleTwist. MagicPlay: AirPlay for Android, downloadable from Google Play and works with the existing doubleTwist Player, will act as a bridge between…
  • Briefly: Viber 4.2 for iPhone, new STM laptop bags

    23 April 2014, 4:43 pm

    Calling and messaging app, Viber, today has announced an update for its iPhone app featuring a redesign for iOS 7. Viber facilitates free world-wide calling and messaging over a WiFi or 3G connections to other Viber users, with calls made to non-Viber…
  • GameStop to add 23 Simply Mac, 400 Spring Mobile stores this year

    23 April 2014, 2:46 pm

    US-based game retailer GameStop is planning to add 23 Simply Mac locations this year, and as many as 400 Spring Mobile and Cricket locations, says the Star-Telegram. The company bought out Simply Mac and Spring Mobile last year in an attempt to diversify its…
  • Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon

    23 April 2014, 2:30 pm

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the phone that Android users have been craving for some time. Information coming out of Mobile World Congress painted the phone to be the next leap in innovation spearheaded by Samsung to breathe life back into their smartphones.…
  • Catcher technology pegged as supplying metal casings for iPhone 6

    23 April 2014, 1:32 pm

    Analysts for two financial firms, Barclays and Morgan Stanley, are contending that Taiwanese firm Catcher Technology will supply metal casings for the next-generation iPhone. Both firms in fact expect Catcher's share of iPhone 6 casings to top 10 million units…

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