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3 days ago

Yosemite, iOS 8, Spotlight, and Privacy: What you need to know

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Yosemite, iOS 8, Spotlight, and Privacy: What you need to know

A story made the rounds earlier today calling into question the new Spotlight Suggestions feature in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. In an effort to garner attention, it reports the collection and usage of the information required to enable this feature in a needlessly scary way. As any long time reader knows, security and privacy are always at odds with convenience, yet features like Spotlight Suggestions — and Siri before it — do an excellent job balancing as much convenience as possible with maintaining as much privacy and security as possible. Here's Apple's statement on the matter:

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Tim Cook on declining iPad sales: It's a speed bump, not a huge issue

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Tim Cook on declining iPad sales: It's a speed bump, not a huge issue

Apple posted its fourth quarter results today, and and for the third straight quarter reported declining iPad sales. During Apple's call with financial analysts, Cook addressed the issue.

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3 days ago

Apple will closely guard Apple Watch sales numbers in new reporting method

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Apple will closely guard Apple Watch sales numbers in new reporting method

Starting the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company may not break out sales figures for the Apple Watch. By not disclosing exact sales numbers for Apple's nascent smartwatch, a typically secretive Apple would hope to gain a competitive advantage over competitors. Apple would employ a new way of reporting sales and earnings for its Apple Watch by categorizing it into a category marked "other" along with a few other products.

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3 days ago

Apple's shopping spree brings 20 new companies under its wings in 2014

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Apple's shopping spree brings 20 new companies under its wings in 2014

While Beats Electronics is probably the most notable purchase Apple had made this year, CEO Tim Cook had stated during the earnings call that his firm had purchased a total of 20 companies, with 7 of those acquisitions during the latest fourth quarter. Many of those companies were not disclosed, but Apple had confirmed a few of them in the past, including Prss for iPad publishing, Swell, and LuxVue.

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3 days ago

85 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store

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85 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store

Apple announced that over 85 billion apps were downloaded from the App Store, up from 60 billion a year ago. Alongside an increased consumption in apps, Apple also announced record sales of iPhone models during its latest fiscal quarter.

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3 days ago

Tim Cook: iPhone 6 supply 'not on the same planet' as demand

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Tim Cook: iPhone 6 supply 'not on the same planet' as demand

Reiterating the company's strong guidance for its next fiscal quarter, Tim Cook told an analyst during today's conference call that iPhone 6 supply was "not on the same planet" as demand.

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3 days ago

Apple Q4 2014: 39.3 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs, $42.1 billion in revenue!

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Apple Q4 2014: 39.3 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs, $42.1 billion in revenue!

Apple has released their Q4 2014 financial earnings report and the big numbers include 39.3 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs, 2.6 million iPods, and $42.1 billion in revenue!

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3 days ago

Dark Sky adds iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support, notification center widget

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Dark Sky adds iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support, notification center widget

Hyper-local forecast app Dark Sky has been updated to version 4.2 with support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and a widget for the Notification Center. There are other improvements as well, including more detailed maps.

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Apple will require iOS 8 SDK and 64-bit support in iOS apps starting February 2015

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Apple will require iOS 8 SDK and 64-bit support in iOS apps starting February 2015

Apple began notifying developers today of some big changes coming to app submissions to the App Store. Listed on the developers news portal, Apple will require that all apps and app updates use the iOS 8 SDK and include 64-bit support starting in February of 2015.

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3 days ago

Target app updated with new design, Apple Pay support

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Target app updated with new design, Apple Pay support

A new update to the Target app brings a completely redesigned shopping experience while also adding support for Apple Pay so you can use your fingers to pay for your web purchases. With the app, you have expanded shopping choices as you can choose to have items shipped to you, pick your goods up at a local Target store location, or create shopping lists.

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3 days ago

You can now pay for your Uber and Lyft rides with Apple Pay

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You can now pay for your Uber and Lyft rides with Apple Pay

Uber has updated their app with support for Apple Pay. With Apple Pay, you no longer need to create an account with Uber in order to use the service.

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Apple to continue OS X public beta program after Yosemite launch

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Apple to continue OS X public beta program after Yosemite launch

With the availability of OS X Yosemite in the Mac App Store, Apple isn't stopping an end to the public beta program it had created to allow customers to test new features before a larger launch. Instead, Apple will continue the beta program for customers who had participated in the OS X Beta Program. However, if you're done being a tester, Apple is also giving you an option to opt out of future beta updates as well.

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3 days ago

Apple Store app updated with Apple Pay support

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Apple Store app updated with Apple Pay support

The Apple Store app has been updated with Apple Pay support. You can use Apple Pay both when ordering online, as well as when checking out at an Apple Store with EasyPay.

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3 days ago

OpenTable adds Apple Pay support for iPhone in three US cities

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OpenTable adds Apple Pay support for iPhone in three US cities

OpenTable, the popular restauant reservation service, has updated its iPhone app that adds Apple Pay support, but the new feature is only available in three cities in the US: New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC.

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3 days ago

How to make and take phone calls in OS X Yosemite

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How to make and take phone calls in OS X Yosemite

Apple's erasing the line between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite wherever it makes sense. One of those places is in making and taking phone calls on your Mac, a feature of Continuity. All you've got to do is enable it and you're good to go!

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