Rumor: Sony attempted to place “The Interview” on iTunes Store for Christmas

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Date: Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 09:36
Category: iTunes Store, Rumor

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Sony could have wanted to go the iTunes route for release of “The Interview”.

Per AppleInsider and the New York Times, in attempt to make its controversial film “The Interview” available to view on Christmas Day, Sony Pictures reportedly pursued a deal with Apple that was brokered by the White House itself, but the timetable to place it on iTunes was apparently too aggressive.

Sony’s behind-the-scenes efforts to put the motion picture before the eyes of the public on its originally intended release date were revealed in a New York Times article. Citing sources familiar with the matter, it was said that Sony sought a singular deal with Apple, but the company “was not interested, at least on a speedy time table.”

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Quick change to Apple Pay site hints at retailers that may be unable to incorporate new payment method in 2014

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Date: Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 09:47
Category: iOS, News, retail, Software

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With literally a week left in 2014, a change to an Apple web page hinted at organizations that might not be able to incorporate Apple Pay within 2014.

Per MacRumors, Apple today slightly altered its micro site dedicated to Apple Pay to update the status of several of its partnerships. Retailers that teamed up with Apple and plan to implement Apple Pay support in retail stores and apps in the near future are now listed under sections labeled “Coming soon” instead of “Coming later this year.”

The minor change in language suggests that many of Apple’s Apple Pay partners will not be able to implement Apple Pay support in the last week of 2014, instead rolling out support in the first months of 2015. Many retailers that have chosen to implement Apple Pay may still be working to train employees, update hardware, and swap out point-of-sale systems, leading to variable launch dates.

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Google announces first prototype of self-driving car

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Date: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014, 09:12
Category: Hardware, News, Uncategorized

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It’s hard to say when this will actually be on the roads, but it’s the first step towards that.

On Monday, Google unveiled what it terms as “the first real build” of its self-driving car prototype.

The company had previously unveiled an early mockup in May that lacked features such as real headlights. Since then, the vehicle has gone through different builds with typical “car” parts like steering and braking, as well as the “self-driving” parts like the computer and sensors being added on. The company has finally assembled a fully functional prototype for fully autonomous driving.

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Oracle purchases Datalogix for undisclosed sum, taps new vein of marketing data and analysis

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Date: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014, 09:37
Category: News, retail, Software

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It never hurts to buy an enormous data tracking and processing company.

On Tuesday, Oracle announced that it had acquired Datalogix for an undisclosed amount of money. Datalogix, in turn, tracks purchases from no less that 110 million households (both online and offline) and provides aggregate and insight information on over US$2 trillion in consumer spending via 1,500 data partners. Over 650 customers, including 82 of the top 100 US advertisers such as Ford and Kraft, as well as 7 of the top 8 digital media publishers such as Facebook and Twitter use Datalogix to enhance their media.

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Apple releases Network Time Protocol security patch

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Date: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014, 08:43
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s not a huge patch, but it could make a difference.

Per Mac|Life, Apple released a small Network Time Protocol security patch on Friday. The patch, a 1.4 megabyte download, addresses what the company terms as a new “critical security issue”.

Fascinatingly enough, the vulnerability itself was discovered by the Google Security Team back on December 19, and the U.S. Government alerted users of it only a couple of days later. The dangers of the vulnerability are a little complex and the government’s ICS-CERT site is a little vague about what it is and what it does:

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Rumor: Apple to begin mass-production of 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air in Q1 of 2015

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Date: Monday, December 22nd, 2014, 13:24
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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The long-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air, complete with a Retina Display, could enter mass-production as early as the first quarter of 2015.

Per 9to5Mac and DigiTimes, the notebook could enter mass-production in the first quarter of 2015 “following a pilot production at the end of 2014.”

It should be noted this is the same source that predicted the machine would be launched in October, claiming at the time that shipments had already begun. Digitimes bases its latest claim on “upstream supply chain” sources – in other words, suppliers to suppliers to Apple. This does not aid its credibility …

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Apple CEO Tim Cook “deeply offended” by allegations raised by BBC undercover report of Chinese factories

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Date: Monday, December 22nd, 2014, 09:07
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Legal, News

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This is going to take some dealing with.

Following the BBC’s story in which the news association sent undercover reporters to capture hidden camera footage of poor working conditions and mistreated employees in Apple’s Chinese factories where its iPhone and iPads are assembled, Apple CEO Tim Cook state that he was “deeply offended” by the allegations at hand.

According to telegraph.co.uk, in an email to around 5,000 staff across the UK, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both himself and the chief executive were “deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way”.

“Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions,” he continued. “Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth.”

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Citigroup raises Instagram valuation from $16 billion to $35 billion

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Date: Monday, December 22nd, 2014, 08:22
Category: Finance, News, Software

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You may not think Instagram is the best use of your time, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an extremely strong market value.

Per TechCrunch, Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from US$19 billion to US$35 billion.

The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features in an update this week.

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Apple drops ship time for iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets to one day, Retina 5K iMac back in stock

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Date: Friday, December 19th, 2014, 09:35
Category: iMac, iPhone, News, retail

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Apple is catching up with demand and you might be able to snag an iPhone 6, 6 Plus or Retina 5K iMac for Christmas.

Per AppleInsider, Apple appears to be catching up with demand for its latest devices as the Online Apple Store on Thursday shows one-day ship times for most iPhone 6 Plus storage configurations, 1 to 3 days for iPhone 6 and immediate availability for the Retina 5K iMac.

Apple’s online storefront has been updated to reflect iPhone 6 Plus shipping estimates of one day for 16GB and 64GB models in all three colors and major U.S. wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. Ship-by times for iPhone 6 models in the same capacities also dropped to 1 to 3 days.

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Apple replies to changing prices in Russian marketplaces with increased app prices

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Date: Friday, December 19th, 2014, 09:35
Category: iOS, News, retail

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When in doubt in a fluctuating market, it never hurts to shore up the prices.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple on Friday informed developers that it is has changed the pricing of apps and In-App Purchases in the Russian App Store, following changes to exchange rates. The recent ruble-dollar rates have fluctuated so wildly in recent weeks that Apple has been forced to take the Russian Apple Online Store down completely, as it reviews pricing for its products.

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