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A report in China Business News claims that Samsung SDI, the company\'s battery-producing subsidiary, has decided to withdraw from selling batteries to Apple, possibly in retaliation for various moves the iPad maker has made to reduce its dependence on Samsung as a supplier. Two other Chinese firms, Tianjin Lishen Battery and Amperex Technology, are said to be filling in for Samsung\'s absence in the iPad and MacBook lines of batteries, which Samsung SDI formerly supplied.
Today, DealNN has been tracking all of the best Black Friday deals for our readers, and here is a selection of some of the day's top bargains. At MacMall, buyer can find the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display which is priced at $2,047, which is $151 off the list price and $51 less than Apple's One Day shopping event price. It's also $12 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. The MBP features a 3.3GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Hackers have altered DNS records of websites hosted by Go Daddy, with the aim of infecting visitors with ransomware. The attackers are adding subdomains to the DNS records, pointing to a malicious IP address under their control, allowing victims to believe they are going to the right website, and for the pages to avoid various security protection mechanisms. This attack comes two months after an alleged attack on the Go Daddy network.
Earlier this week in the MacNN forums, Forum Regular "PeterParker" started a thread proudly announcing the purchase of their new (used) iMac from eBay, and they are wondering if there is a way to find out if it is in tip top shape, or if there are hidden problems waiting to erupt. Forum members discuss why and how to use Screen Sharing in this thread started by Junior Member "Harvey" earlier this week after an inquiry was made about this built-in feature.
Google and members of the European Parliament are opposing the idea of the United Nations changing the way the Internet is regulated. The International Telecommunications Union is holding a conference in Dubai next month to decide on new regulations, and both the search giant and the parliamentary institution are disputing various aspects of the conference.
T-Mobile has sold out of the LG-made Nexus 4 smartphone from Google just a few hours after the announcement of a special sale on the device. Google today began advertising a special offer whereby T-Mobile customers could get the Nexus 4 for $199 with the activation of a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate. A look at the product page for the T-Mobile Nexus 4 currently shows it as out of stock, though it is possible that the device may be in stock at T-Mobile\'s physical locations.
US carrier AT&T has begun selling refurbished models of the iPhone 5 at a $100 discount. The deal is online-only, and still requires signing up for a two-year contract, as with new models. The cut lowers the 16GB iPhone 5 down to $100, the 32GB to $200, and the 64GB to $300. Black and white options are available.
Apple has failed to supply the iOS 6 source code as promised, Google-owned Motorola has complained to the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In the lawsuit it is pursuing against Apple, Motorola says it needs the code to perform infringement analysis. The company first made a request for source code on May 30th, and specific iOS 6 demands on August 7th, October 25th, and November 6th, the last tagged with a request that Apple provide a "date certain." The new complaint notes that Apple has repeatedly promised to provide the code, but missed September 21st and November 9th deadlines it set; another one was recently set for November 30th.
At Apple's online store today, find more savings in the refurbished section, with a range of Mac mini and MacBook Air models for less than $1,000. Starting at $519, after an $80 discount, is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. A $100 price drop is offered on the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, now $699.
The family of a 9-year-old file sharer in Finland was raided by police earlier this week. The seizure of equipment, including a Disney-branded laptop owned by the child, followed after the family's refusal to abide to Finnish anti-piracy group CIAPC's demands, and has now led to the musical artist to speak out against the legal action.
A senior member on the XDA Developers forums has demonstrated that the Google Nexus 4 made by LG can offer at least limited support for LTE networks. Analysis of the hardware in the Nexus 4 reveals that it contains a baseband chip that can support some LTE networks. However, Google opted not to pursue full LTE capability in order to deliver a one-model handset that would work on any network around the globe, leaving it saddled with 3G HSPA by default.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 users eagerly awaiting their update to Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’ are in for another treat. Samsung has also baked in the latest version of its multi-tasking, multi-window capable Premium Suite into the update as well. Some users have already started to receive the update as it starts to go live globally, extending the functionality of their tablets considerably as the animated video embedded highlights.
Microsoft appears to be working on its own version of Project Glass. A patent application filed at the USPTO shows a pair of glasses with an augmented reality display covering part of the field of view, though instead of being a general purpose item as Google's Glass aims to be, Microsoft's version focusses on only one specific purpose: live events.
Apple’s Black Friday deals are now live on the Apple Store online. Unlike previous years, the list of items for sale is limited to Apple’s stock only. However, users will find solid saving across Apple’s line up, including discounts on the iPad with Retina display and iPad 2. Apple’s iPod line gets some reductions as does its MacBook line up as well.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k