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Apple hires digital audio expert away from Audience

Apple has hired Dana Massie, a digital signal processing expert from Audience, a company that specializes in audio processing. Their voice processing technology was used in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Massie has actually previously worked at Apple as a manager, and will be rejoining the company as a system-on-a-chip (SoC) audio architect. At Audience, he was head of digital signal processing chip architecture, according to MacRumors:

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Apple announces App Store and iTunes best of 2014

Apple has announced their "Best of 2014", which includes not only their best iPhone, best iPad, and best Mac of the year, but their best music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts as well! So, who were the big winners?

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Best Buy promo takes up to $100 off iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

If you're still eyeing an iPad, Best Buy's latest promotion can save you up to $100 off of Apple's latest tablets. The savings apply to both the WiFi and the WiFi and cellular models of both the iPad Air 2 and the smaller iPad mini 3. Savings for the iPad Air 2 is at $50 for all variants and capacities, while the iPad mini 3 savings start at $50 for the 16 GB models, $75 for the 64 GB models, and jumps to $100 off the 128 GB models.

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Former Apple exec given jail time and hefty fine in wire fraud sentencing

Former Apple global supply manager Paul Devine was sentenced earlier this week for his wire fraud crime. Devine was an executive at Apple from 2005 until 2010 when he was arrested. Under the sentencing terms, he must serve a year in prison and also pay back $4.5 million.

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New Apple ad showcases how iPad Air 2 changes the way you work

During Sunday's NFL broadcast, Apple debuted a new iPad Air 2 ad titled Change, which focuses on how the tablet changes the way you work. Highlighting various business situations that are made simpler just by using the iPad Air 2, Apple says that change is in the Air.

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Apple reportedly looking to increase presence in India with 500 new stores

After establishing authorized reseller stores in all major cities in India, Apple is reportedly looking to increase its retail presence in the country by opening 500 stores in smaller cities and towns. The Cupertino giant launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India within a month of their official debut in the US, making it the first time consumers in the country had such early access to the latest iPhones.

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Apple denied appeal in employee-filed class-action suit

Apple's appeal to throw out the class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of all current and former Apple Store employees in California and corporate staff has been denied. The suit alleges that the Mac-maker had violated labor codes by denying employees breaks, and lawyers in the suit claim Apple owes these employees unpaid back wages.

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Steve Jobs' deposition lays blame on record labels for DRM strategy

In a recorded deposition played in court Friday during the $350 million class-action suit filed against Apple over locking out competing services to iTunes from consumers' iPods, Steve Jobs echoed the same sentiments that were given as testimony by current executives earlier in the week. Jobs said that Apple had an obligation to patch holes and prevent hacks by updating its software continuously to protect its relationships with the record labels, which provided Apple with their catalog of music to sell on iTunes.

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Apple adds nine new Flyover locations to Maps, expands Siri movie listings to 6 new countries

Apple has been hard at work to provide behind-the-scenes enhancements to its Maps app and the Siri personal assistant service. With the enhancements, Maps now gains Flyover imagery and data for nine new locations while Siri expands her knowledge of movie show times and listings to 6 new countries.

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Apple's first employee opens up about Steve Jobs, the creation of Apple II

In a rare interview, Apple's first employee, Bill Fernandez, opened up about working with Steve Jobs, his role in building the Apple II computer, and how he played matchmaker to introduce Jobs to co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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