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Apple set on repurposing GT Advanced facility; committed to creating jobs

Apple has apparently addressed officials in Mesa, Arizona, reassuring them of its commitment to bring jobs to the area even in the wake of GT Advanced's recent bankruptcy, Bloomberg reported today. The Phoenix suburb was the site of the sapphire glass supplier's operations and employed over 700 workers as a result of Apple's investment in the area.

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Chrome goes 64-bit in latest update for Mac

Chrome has been updated for Mac users, adding 64-bit support for OS X users and a number of stability and performance improvements. Additionally, the latest build also adds new extension APIs. The latest update brings Google's browser to version 39.0.2171.65.

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What you need to know about WatchKit

Time to break out the big ideas for watch-based computing: WatchKit, Apple's software development kit for creating apps for the Apple Watch, has arrived.

You'll need an iOS developer account to start developing with WatchKit and dive into the nitty-gritty technical details, but if you're merely curious as to what WatchKit will let your favorite developers create, Apple was kind enough to publish a few informational guidelines and a 28-minute video in the public-facing area of their developer center.

If 28-minute videos aren't your jam, however, here's what you need to know about WatchKit — along with a few hints we picked up about the impending Apple Watch.

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Hundreds of grocery stores begin accepting Apple Pay today

It looks like BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie aren't the only grocery stores getting in on the Apple Pay action today. Hundreds of other stores from a few different chains are also starting to support Apple's payment platform. Among the new entrants are the likes of Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, and United Food.

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Apple will have to pay $23.6 million thanks to losing a lawsuit over pager technology

Apple has found itself on the losing end of a patent lawsuit and has been ordered to pay $23.6 million to Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, which claimed that Apple infringed on pager technology patents that were first developed in the 1990s by Skytel.

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BMW, MINI bring Spotify streaming to cars

Spotify is making it even easier to enjoy your favorite tunes on the road today. The company has announced today that it is bringing its streaming app to BMW and MINI cars equipped with BMW Apps and MINI Connected Apps respectively.

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WhatsApp messages may soon get even more secure on iOS

WhatsApp is now one of the strongest messaging apps you can find on Android — thanks to new end-to-end encryption for messages — and the features may soon come to the iOS version as well. That means messages send from your iOS device would be totally secure and not have the ability to be decrypted by WhatsApp at all — no matter what. Other apps offer similar end-to-end security, but WhatsApp is by far the largest of the bunch.

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Apple exec Eddy Cue goes on Apple Pay spending spree to show just how easy it is to use

Apple executive Eddy Cue met up with Rich DeMuro from The Tech Report to show off just how seamless and easy Apple Pay is to use for consumers. The service was used to not only purchase a new iPad from an Apple Store, but also products from other supporting establishments.

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Wirelurker host taken down as China arrests three suspects

Chinese authorities have taken down a site that hosts the Wirelurker malware and three suspects were arrested. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security announced on Sina Weibo that the suspects were charged with conspiring to use malware for illegal profits.

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OWC introduces Thunderbolt-enabled 'ThunderBay 4 mini' external drive enclosure

Other World Computing, the makers of Thunderbolt-enabled external drive enclosures, have announced a new product today called the ThunderBay 4 mini. The enclosure comes in two flavors, a standard edition and a RAID 5 edition, and sports a small footprint for increased portability.

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