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Decade-old Apple versus Real will see trial, possibly in November

09/30, 9:43am

Judge rules 'battle between the economists' needs a jury

The new judge on the Apple versus Real anti-trust case has declared that there is enough evidence to go to trial, after nine years of litigation and a judge's retirement during the process. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ordered a trial after an earlier pre-trial conference, finding that Real attorneys have presented enough evidence to show that Apple created a monopoly with its FairPlay DRM, which then allowed the Cupertino manufacturer to overcharge customers.

EU accuses Ireland of giving Apple illegal state aid

09/30, 9:35am

Apple denies 'selective treatment'

As expected, the European Commission has issued a preliminary finding in which it suggests that Apple is receiving illegal state aid from the Irish government. "In the light of the foregoing considerations, the Commission's preliminary view is that the tax ruling of 1990 (effectively agreed in 1991) and of 2007 in favour of the Apple group constitute State aid according to Article 107(1) TFEU [Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union]," the document says. "The Commission has doubts about the compatibility of such State aid with the internal market. The Commission has therefore decided to initiate the procedure laid down in Article 108(2) TFEU with respect to the measures in question."

HP shows Stream line of full Windows laptops, tablets

09/30, 8:34am

New entry-level line features 32GB local storage, 1TB online

HP yesterday expanded the HP Stream line-up of thin and light Windows products with the addition of two new notebook PCs and two new tablets. Now released are two models of the entry-level HP Stream laptop, and two sizes of the new full Windows 8.1 HP Stream tablet with quad-core Atom processor.

Basis Peak fitness tracker launches with touchscreen controls

09/30, 7:59am

Heart rate tracker of Basis B1 upgraded in Peak fitness tracker

Basis, producers of the B1 fitness tracker, has unveiled its first wearable device since its acquisition by Intel. The Peak is a fitness and sleep tracker which builds upon its predecessor by replacing the collection of buttons and display with a larger touch-enabled screen, as well as upgrading the rear-mounted heart rate tracker to the point where Basis suggests it could replace a chest-strap monitor completely.

Project Ara head claims modular smartphone parts 'hot swappable'

09/30, 6:38am

Modules from Project Ara will be switchable while smartphone is in use

Google's modular smartphone project will allow users to replace individual modules from the mobile device while it is still running. The majority of Project Ara modules will be hot swappable, with exception to the processor and display, so users will not be required to shut down the device before making any changes to the hardware.

Briefly: Cortana adds musical notifications, Chromecast Hulu Plus

09/30, 5:26am

Cortana issues public transport notifications, local concert suggestions

Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, has been updated with two event-related changes. WMPU reports the service will now show notifications for when a user's favorite music acts are performing nearby under "Concert Watch," while WP Central notes users in the US and UK can now benefit from public transport notifications, including delays, outages, and advising of the best time to head to an appointment or event.

Apple Pay, iPad with Touch ID references found in iOS 8.1 beta

09/30, 2:10am

Just-released beta confirms expected Touch ID and online Apple Pay support

Inside the just-released iOS 8.1 beta for developers are various clues to future Apple products and services, according to developer Hamza Sood. He uncovered settings menus for Apple Pay as well as references to an iPad that includes Touch ID -- both expected additions in forthcoming versions of iOS and iPad models, respectively. A further find of Apple Pay for the iPad appears to offer only online-buying or in-app purchasing support.

Update: iPhone 6, 6 Plus approved in China, debuts October 17 [u]

09/30, 12:34am

Holdup revealed to be privacy concerns by regulators, October 10 still rumored debut

[Update: Apple official announcement reveals China debut of iPhone 6, 6 Plus on October 17] The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have now finally been cleared by the country's regulatory agency for sale in China, and will formally debut on October 17, Apple says. According to Bloomberg, the holdup was apparently over some privacy concerns brought up by Chinese authorities. The company agreed to make some changes, which may or may not be included in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 beta, and received the clearance to use Chinese LTE and 3G networks.

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