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Apple investing $13 million in Sacramento campus extension

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 06:31
Category: Finance, News

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The Apple real estate expansion journey headed north with Apple apparently preparing to transform a large warehouse at its Elk Grove campus in Sacramento, California into a logistics center, a move that city officials estimate could generate several thousand new jobs.

The current word is that Apple will invest $13 million in the project, thereby turning a 134,000 square foot space into a logistics center.

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CarPlay now available for 2016 Volvo XC90

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Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015, 17:58
Category: CarPlay, News, Software

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If you bought a super-hip 2016 Volvo XC90, it’s now eligible to run Apple’s CarPlay system.

The car maker announced that CarPlay is available to both current and future XC90 crossover owners. Starting today, when you plug your iPhone into the car’s USB Port, part of the Senus touchscreen will transform into CarPlay. Since the XC90 features a large 9.0-inch display, CarPlay only occupies the bottom half of the display. The top half remains the same as to allow users to access required vehicle functions.

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Apple bumps iTunes Match practical limit up to 100,000 songs

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Date: Monday, December 7th, 2015, 08:28
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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This is kind of neat.

A number of users have reported that Apple has raised the song upload/matching limit for iTunes Match and Apple Music libraries over 25,000, as promised in June by SVP for Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

It’s presently unknown what the new practical limit is, and official iTunes Match documentation still refers to a 25,000-song cap. Apple could conceivably be doing a slow rollout.

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Apple leases additional campus space in Sunnyvale, Jay Paul Co. credited with the deal

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Date: Friday, December 4th, 2015, 09:04
Category: Finance, News

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The process of Apple pretty much buying out the entire South Bay real estate market continues.

Today, it was revealed that the Jay Paul Co. is in advanced discussions to acquire Landbank Investments LLC’s massive “Central & Wolfe” development site in Sunnyvale, where Apple Inc. has leased a huge, Space Age-style office complex planned to be built there, according to industry sources.

Three sources outside the deal have stated that San Francisco-based Jay Paul has been picked as the buyer. The deal isn’t complete, and it’s unclear whether or not the transaction has gone nonrefundable. Scott Jacobs, CEO of Landbank, declined to comment on Wednesday. Jay Paul Co.’s chief investment officer, Matt Lituchy, declined to comment Thursday.

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IDC estimates Apple Watch sales numbers around 3.9 million worldwide

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Date: Friday, December 4th, 2015, 06:09
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Apple has yet announce hard sales numbers for the Apple Watch, but the current intelligent guess is that the company has sold 3.9 million units worldwide since the wearable’s launch in April.

The latest data from market research firm IDC estimates Apple Watch sales totaled 3.9 million worldwide in the third quarter of 2015, making it the second most popular wearable device behind Fitbit fitness trackers during the three-month period ending September 30.

Apple posted a slight increase from the previous quarter, mostly the result of additional markets and channels coming on line. End-user attention has been going toward its entry-level and least expensive Sport line, to which Apple responded by introducing gold and rose gold models. In addition, Apple released watchOS 2, bringing native third-party applications to the device.

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Apple makes Swift programming language open source

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Date: Friday, December 4th, 2015, 06:27
Category: Developer, News, Software

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Apple’s Swift programming language just went open source.

And that can’t help but be awesome for the developer community.

Apple has announced that Swift has gone open source, Apple releasing two additional projects for Swift in open source: the Core Libraries project, and a new Swift Package Manager project.

The Swift Package Manager is a brand new project that strives to create a powerful, user-friendly tool to build and share Swift code. We are focused on ensuring the package manager is great at sharing source code, rather than compiled binary libraries. This project is very early in development, and will be designed and developed using Swift’s open, collaborative process.

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Software update allows Ford Sync users to use Siri Eyes-Free, adds feature to over five million vehicles

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Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 13:29
Category: Google, News, Siri, Software

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It’s pretty cool what a firmware update can do.

Owners of the Ford Sync can now download an update that will allow the Sync to tap into Siri to perform a variety of tasks while keeping their eyes on the road.

Ford on Thursday announced the Siri Eyes-Free update, noting that the software is available for more than 5 million Sync-equipped vehicles dating back to 2011. Siri Eyes-Free will allow the iPhone to work with the Ford Sync software to help drivers make and receive phone calls, listen to music, get driving directions and check calendar appointments via voice commands.

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JCPenney’s apparently testing Apple Pay, should incorporate support for 2016

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Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 05:38
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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You should be able to use Apple Pay at JCPenney’s sometime in 2016.

The retailer has apparently begun testing Apple Pay support for its store cards, with plans for an official introduction sometime in the spring of next year according to a shopper’s anecdote indicated on Monday.

The shopper recently tried to add his JCPenney card to iOS 9’s Wallet app, and was met with an unusual Terms and Conditions page. A notice at the top of the page explained that JCP is running a pilot program out of the Village at Fairview outlet northeast of Dallas, paving the way for the spring rollout.

Apple and JCPenney have yet to officially confirm the plan.

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Adobe renames “Flash Professional CC” to “Animate CC”, begins to veer away from Flash towards HTML5

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Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 05:24
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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One of Steve Jobs’ wishes finally came true as Adobe begins to veer away from Flash and adopt HTML5.

Adobe has announced plans to rebrand its Flash Professional CC software as Animate CC to acknowledge a growing shift away from Flash.

The company explained than a third of content created in Flash Pro CC uses HTML5, leading the company to rename the software to “accurately represent its position as the premier animation tool for the web and beyond.”

As such, the name of Flash Professional CC has been changed to Animate CC, which Adobe said will feature updates for the software, including improved drawing, illustration, and authoring support and integration with Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries.

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Apple Music, Sonos collaboration to begin in mid-December, public beta now open

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Date: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 07:41
Category: Apple Music, iOS, News, Software

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After some minor squabbling on the industry end as well as the distinct lack of Apple Music to Sonos’s list of supported streaming services, Apple and Sonos have come to terms with Apple Music joining the roster of supported music services come December 15.

Sonos originally said that its speakers would support Apple Music “when [Apple is] ready to focus on the home listening experience,” then confirmed that would happen by the end of the year. Apple Music launched on iOS and iTunes in June, and arrived on Apple TV in November.

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