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Apple quietly extends iPhone 5 battery replacement program into 2016

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2015, 07:21
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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If you’re having issues with your iPhone 5 battery, then you’re in luck.

Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage.

While Apple did not formally announce the change, language on the program’s dedicated webpage was modified to reflect a new coverage period extending to three years after a device’s first retail sale. The updated page was first spotted by iPhone in Canada.

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Here’s how to get Office 2016 for Mac, right now

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 16:50
Category: Microsoft, Office, Software

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Anyone that relies on Microsoft Office is intimately aware that the current version (that’s Office 2011 for Mac) was released five years ago. That’s 36 dog years, but who’s counting?

If you’ve been pining for a new version of the venerable office suite (and haven’t yet switched to Google Drive for some reason) there’s hope. Microsoft posted an Office for Mac Preview today, which is widely expected to become Office 2016 for Mac when it’s released in “the second half of 2015.”

A few things worth noting about Office ’16, er, the Office for Mac preview:

  1. It doesn’t require you to subscribe to Office 365,
  2. It doesn’t require you to register or complete a lengthy questionnaire,
  3. It doesn’t even require you to login to your Microsoft Live, Passport, 365 account.

Shocking, I know.

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Rumor: Apple to release iOS 8.2 early next week, focus on Health-related, app improvements

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 11:36
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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iOS 8.2 could come out as early as next Monday alongside Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event, which is slated to take place on March 9th at the Yerba Buena in downtown San Francisco.

The update reportedly brings a number of improvements to the iPhone’s health app, along with the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.

The GM released internally this week is said to be identified as build 12D508. The accompanying release notes mention the following improvements to the iOS 8 Health application:

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Rumor: Apple to delay production of larger, 12.9-inch “Pro” iPad until Q2

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 07:34
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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The larger, “pro” iPad could be pushed back yet again.

The 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” that was expected to make its first public appearance around April before being pushed back to Q2 has been postponed according to a Bloomberg report. The new release date is reportedly some time in September, right around the next-gen iPhone launch.

This delay is said to be the result of display panel supply problems.

The larger tablet is expected to include an A8X processor built by Apple and is far enough along in the development process that leaked images and specs have filtered out to the media.

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Apple, HBO in talks to bring HBO Now service to Apple TV

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 07:26
Category: News, Software

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HBO could enter the partnership it wants with Apple.

HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April in conjunction with the premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones,” according to sources familiar with their plans.

When it launches, consumers will be able to subscribe to HBO Now directly from HBO for the first time, rather than through a cable, satellite or telco TV distributor such as Comcast or Verizon. The retail price is expected to be US$15 a month when purchased directly from HBO, or about what consumers pay when they order HBO through their cable, satellite or telco provider.

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Rumor: Apple in settlement talks with A123 Systems following employee poaching lawsuit

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Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 08:57
Category: Legal, News

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When in doubt, compromise and settle.

Apple is apparently in talks to settle a lawsuit filed by electric-car battery maker A123 Systems, which has charged the iPhone maker with poaching five of its employees to set up a new battery division.

The lawsuit has added fuel to reports that Apple is getting into the electric-car business.

On Tuesday, Apple filed a motion that requested the court for more time to file its response to A123’s motions as it and the five engineers charged “are exploring potential resolution of this matter.”

A123 alleged in its complaint filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts that the engineers had worked at its System Ventures Technologies division in Waltham, Massachusetts, which does research and development in the area of lithium-ion battery technology.

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Rumor: Apple could launch 12-inch Retina MacBook Air alongside Apple Watch at March 9th media event

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Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 08:27
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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While the March 9th event is expected to focus on the upcoming Apple Watch, there could be word of the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air as well.

Sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The web site has independently verified this information to be highly credible.

While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple’s March 9 event, previous rumors have indicated that Apple is planning for a spring release. Apple supplier Quanta is said to have begun mass production of the notebook in January, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted a March launch for the MacBook.

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Apple adds 17 more banks and credit unions to list of supported Apple Pay institutions

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Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, 08:53
Category: Finance, News, retail, Software

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Apple recently announced that more than a dozen new banks and credit unions have added support for Apple Pay, adding to the 98+ banks and institutions that have come on board with the payment plan.

The new banks and institutions are as follows:

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

American Airlines Credit Union

Bank of Hawaii

Baxter Credit Union
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OS X malware on the rise, tips posted as to how to remove it

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Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, 08:33
Category: News, security, Software

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This is worth a gander.

A recent piece on How-To Geek points out the dramatic rise in malware for Mac OS X, the article highlighting a spike in spyware, adware and overall malware that comes with clicking the wrong items during an installation.

Once installed, the adware injects itself directly into your browser, analyzing your Web traffic, email and sending data back to company servers. The overall message is this: even though you’re a Mac user, there’s additional malware on the rise and it’s time to form some better habits where security is concerned. In the meantime, the Mac App Store is still secure thanks to Apple vetting what goes through there, although not all vendors distribute their software through this store front.

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Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 public beta, first glimpse of upcoming Photos application

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Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2015, 14:08
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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You’re that much closer to OS X 10.10.3 and whatever Apple’s doing with its photo applications.

On Monday, Apple released the first public beta of its OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite update. The beta includes an iCloud-based Photos application, new emojis for the system and simpler login to Google accounts for profiles with two-factor authentication enabled.

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