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Briefly: Walmart iPhone sale, New Tesla car-starting app

08/21, 12:52am

Giant retailer Walmart has lowered the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5c to a mere 97 cents as part of what appears to be an early move to clear stock ahead of the arrival of the iPhone 6, or to bring in back-to-school shoppers. The chain has also lowered the price on the 16GB iPhone 5s to $79, cut from $99 previously. Both offers require signing a new two-year contract with either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (T-Mobile is not included in this promotion).

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Judge Koh blocks Apple attempt to recover attorney fees from Samsung

08/20, 11:40pm

On Wednesday, US Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled on two motions in the ongoing leftover matters related to the first Apple vs. Samsung patent trial from 2012. The first ruling denied Apple the opportunity to recover attorney's fees from Samsung related to its guilty verdict on trade dress claims, and the second returned a $2.6 million Apple bond the company had put up to enforce a sales injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was found to have copied Apple's iPad technology. No action was ever taken on the ban due to the appeals process, and both companies have since agreed to drop the injunction.

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Alleged iPhone 5.5-inch chassis backplate leaked in photos

08/20, 10:00pm

New photos allegedly from "deep within Apple's supply chain" have revealed what could be the backplate for the little-leaked 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show the chassis of the larger "phablet" device next to the same part from the 4.7-inch version, suggesting that the models will be similar apart from sizing. It should be noted that these images could well be from Chinese knock-off devices based on rumored specs, such as the Android-based Goophone.

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Apple updates Safari 7.1/6.2 beta, OS X Mavericks Server beta

08/20, 8:00pm

On Wednesday, Apple released two betas for its Safari web browser, as well as a new beta for OS X Server. The Safari betas, 7.1 for Mavericks and 6.2 for Lion and later, add new features to WebKit, the rendering engine at the heart of the browser. In addition, Apple has asked testers to focus on general website compatibility in light of changes in some defaults, and tie-ins to forthcoming features in OS X and iOS. The new OS X Server beta requires the latest Mavericks (10.9.4).

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Twitter makes random tweets, favorites on timelines official feature

08/20, 7:50pm

Twitter users may have seen a number of items showing up in their feeds from users they don't follow for the last few weeks. In what was thought to be one of the company's experiments, tweets from users that aren't followed and random favorites from others were showing up in timelines. It appears that the feature is no longer in testing, as Twitter has added the new feature to its help page about timelines.

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Briefly: FEMA's Spanish-language app, PopChar X 6.6 supports Unicode

08/20, 5:18pm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a free Spanish-language app that provides disaster-related information for families and communities. Key features of the app include preparation-related safety tips for events such as flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters, and an emergency meeting location tool that allows users to plan primary, secondary and out of state meeting locations. Users can locate a disaster recovery center after a Major Disaster Declaration with Individual Assistance has been issued. The feature provides information about how to offer volunteer services as well as donations. The app is available to download through iTunes.

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Heartbleed suspected to be point of entry for CMS records breach

08/20, 5:15pm

Security firm TrustedSec says that it learned how hackers were able to obtain records from Community Health Systems (CHS). According to a statement released by the firm yesterday, the initial attack occurred through an OpenSSL vulnerability. An anonymous source tied to the investigation told the company that Heartbleed, a vulnerability that has made headlines in recent history, is to blame for the breach.

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Latest OS X Yosemite beta enables screensharing via Messages

08/20, 4:39pm

The sixth OS X Yosemite beta enables promised screensharing via Messages, a report notes. The feature requires simply that a person have an iMessage or Apple ID account. Some options include turning audio conversation on and off, pausing sharing, and blocking requests from a particular user.

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Symantec condenses security line-up into one suite, Norton Security

08/20, 4:15pm

Symantec announced earlier this week that it would be issuing a sweeping change to its line of antivirus software to offer consumers a single solution. Starting September 23, the company will begin offering Norton Security for around $80 per year. The change effectively ends releases of Norton Antivirus, the company's main product line that has seen annual releases since the early 90s.

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Best Buy runs one-day $75 sale on all iPad Air models

08/20, 3:55pm

Best Buy is conducting a one-day sale on all its iPad Air models, cutting their costs by $75 each. That makes a 16GB Wi-Fi Air $425, and a 16GB 4G Air $555. The most expensive iPads -- 128GB 4G models -- have been lowered to $855. A further $50 discount is available to educational buyers.

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Second-gen iPad Air could upgrade to 2GB of RAM

08/20, 3:30pm

The second-generation iPad Air should switch from 1 to 2GB of RAM, according to a Taiwanese site, TechNews. The third-gen iPad mini, however, will allegedly retain 1GB. That would be a reversal of last year, when the Mini was made equivalent to full-sized iPads in everything but size.

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Apple TV gets delayed NFL Now app

08/20, 2:41pm

Nearly two weeks after its announcement on August 7th, the NFL Now Apple TV app has finally gone live. Functionally the app is similar to its iOS counterpart, providing a certain amount of free content, while hiding other material -- such as game highlights and NFL Films specials -- behind a paywall. The NFL is promising to add 105 hours of original content per week.

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AT&T bringing gigabit Internet to Silicon Valley with Cupertino push

08/20, 2:14pm

AT&T has become the first major telecommunications provider to declare it will offer a gigabit Internet service in Silicon Valley in the future. The high-speed service will roll out in Cupertino, Apple's base of operations, though the company has not yet revealed when it will roll out the network in the area, when it will be available to customers, nor how much it will ultimately cost.

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Cambridge Audio launches Go, Bluetone 100 Bluetooth streamers

08/20, 1:53pm

Audio purveyor Cambridge Audio has revealed its new Bluetooth speaker line. Replacing the original Minx Go Bluetooth streamer, launched today are the Go and the Go Radio with similar stylings to the predecessor. Also released is the 100-watt Bluetone 100 streaming device.

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Apple's iMessage accounts for 30 percent of all mobile spam messages

08/20, 1:28pm

Over 30 percent of all mobile spam messages are now being sent through Apple's iMessage system, claims Tom Landesman, a security researcher at Cloudmark. Many of the messages are pushing fake luxury products such as sunglasses and handbags. Landesman explains that spammers are - or were - taking advantage of several aspects of Apple's ecosystem. However, Apple has responded to the charge and said that some countermeasures have been implemented.

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