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Apple pushes Adobe Flash update to users due to security flaws

New tactic addresses complaints of silent disabling of outdated versions

Apple is trying a different tack in the struggle to keep Macs secure by encouraging users to either disable the Flash browser plug-in outright, or to keep up-to-date with the latest version, which routinely fixes serious security issues found in the multi-platform media player. The latest maneuver by the iPhone maker, which debuted today, is a direct pop-up prompt to update to the latest version when users visit a page that requires Flash Player. The dialogue box takes users directly to Adobe's own page for updating Flash.

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Apple issues first 10.10.2 beta to developers and testers

First beta comes with known problem, but no focus areas for testing

Just days after issuing the OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update that has reportedly fixed a raft of Wi-Fi and Mail issues (but not all of them ), the company has seeded the first beta of 10.10.2 for developer. The new build, 14C68k, is now available through the Yosemite Software Update mechanism or Apple's developer portal . The release notes for the beta curiously do not mention any focus areas, but do warn testers of a known flaw in opening documents from iCloud Drive.

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Google, Rockstar Consortium submit filing to end legal battle

Agreement reached November 12, set to end year-long legal battle by end of 2014

Google's legal battle with the Rockstar Consortium over claims that the search company infringes upon seven patents with the Android operating system appears to be coming to an end. According to a filing submitted to the US District Court of the Eastern District of Texas on November 17, both parties have agreed to settle their dispute.

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Apple adds 10 new providers for Maps data

New entities handling submissions of bulk location data

Apple has added 10 new companies to the list of those providing it with data for iOS and OS X Maps, reports say. The parties are mentioned in a new email to businesses, asking about submitting bulk location information. The added firms include DAC Group, Location3 Media, Marquette Group, Placeable, PositionTech, SIM Partners, SinglePlatform, UBL, Yext, and Yodle. Apple asks for bulk content to be submitted to one of the entities on its partner list, rather than directly.

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Beats Music to become native iOS app in spring, sources say

Service likely to be rebranded under iTunes name

Apple is planning to bundle Beats Music as a native iOS app early next year, sources tell the Financial Times . The shift is expected to happen in the form of a firmware update , that could debut as soon as March. The Times has little other information, but argues that it's likely Apple will rebrand the service under the iTunes moniker , as other reports have suggested.

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KTLA reporter, Apple VP Cue go on Apple Pay shopping spree

Pre-ordering breakfast, early Xmas shopping included in 'magical' checkout experiences

Rich DeMuro, a tech reporter for Los Angeles TV station KTLA, met up with Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue for a televised segment that aired Monday night, showing the two men shopping around town for various items and paying for them with Apple Pay . The spree, which took place in Santa Monica, included pre-ordering and paying for breakfast from Panera Bread using the app before the men even arrived at the restaurant, and later buying items from various retailers, including the Apple Store.

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Apple seeds iOS 8.2 beta, WatchKit SDK to developers

8.2 release enables testing of Apple Watch apps

Apple is now seeding two important releases to developers, beginning with the first iOS 8.2 beta. The only mentioned addition is support for the Apple Watch, granting Watch apps the ability to access data from a paired iPhone. "You can also enhance your Watch app by providing two optional Apple Watch interfaces that give users timely, high-value information: A Glance provides a screenful of meaningful information related to a Watch app," Apple's release notes read. "As its name implies, a Glance displays information that users can absorb instantly, without interaction; in fact, tapping a Glance on Apple Watch launches your Watch app.

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Apple ordered to pay $23.6 million for illegally using pager patents

Second pager-related suit in two months

Apple has been ordered to pay a Texas firm, Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, $23.6 million for illegally using pager patents in its products. A federal jury in Marshall, Texas has ruled that six patents owned by MTel are still valid, and were infringed by products including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the AirPort router line. The patents were originally issued in the mid- to late-1990s, and are either recently expired or set to expire soon.

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Apple now accepting HomeKit product plans for approval

Shenzhen conference gathered HomeKit, iOS accessory manufacturers

On the heels of reports that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips that feature Apple's HomeKit API already embedded in them are now arriving to accessory makers, Apple announced during its "Made For i" (MFi) developer conference in China that manufacturers can now submit product plans for HomeKit-based products to the iPhone maker for approval, making it possible that the first group of such devices could arrive before the end of the holiday buying season. Apple's MFi certification would be the last step for devices before hitting the market.

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China arrests 'WireLurker' malware suspects, takes down servers

Sophisticated malware used forged enterprise provisioning to enter iOS through OS X

Apple's iOS, when un-jailbroken, is so resistant to malware that three Chinese suspects had to come up with an exceedingly clever method of delivering the "WireLurker" threat to the company's mobile devices. On Monday, Chinese officials announced they had arrested the three suspects, and shut down the servers hosting the malware. The threat was never widespread because of the elaborate nature of the scheme and its China-only focus, but it was one of the few malwares able to get onto un-jailbroken iOS devices.

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Apple releases simultaneous OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1 updates

Yosemite update fixes serious Wi-Fi issues

Apple has released simultaneous updates for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. OS X 10.10.1 for Mac copes mainly with significant bugs, such as a glitch with Wi-Fi that would cause a system to repeatedly disconnect. It also solves problems with sending Mail messages, displayed updates at the Mac App Store, Mac minis not waking from sleep, and disappearing items like Actions, sharing services, and Notification Center widgets.

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Apple Pay already dominating NFC contactless payment systems

Walgreens, others say Apple payment system is now most popular NFC payment method

Just a month after its debut, Apple Pay appears to be dominating NFC payment systems where it is available , according to reports, with the public quickly accepting the new checkout method due to its ease of use and speed. McDonald's recently noted that 50 percent of its contactless payments are now coming from Apple Pay, while Walgreens reports similar figures -- saying that the number of mobile transactions it has processed since Apple Pay's debut has doubled.

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First Look: Apple iMac with 5K Retina Display

Apple sells 5K Retina Display, includes powerful iMac computer for free

Apple has been adding Retina displays to its mobile product range over the past few years, but desktop users have missed out -- until now. Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display has landed, with four times the pixel density of previous models - taking its total pixel count to an incredible 14.7 million pixels. But it is much more than just a pretty face: behind the stunning new Retina display, it packs a one-two punch of up to a 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 display and AMD Radeon R9 M295X with 4GB of DDR5 VRAM. We've been using it for the past week, and have some first impressions ahead of our full review.

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Apple closes week breaking all-time stock high, market cap

Record falls even taking into account split, buyback programs

Apple on Friday ended the week with a new all-time record high for its stock, even taking into account the huge swing in the number of outstanding shares, which has changed significantly in the past two years. Last reaching its peak in September of 2012, the company has now broken its record for both its stock price and its highest-ever market capitalization , which now stands at $669.65 billion, with the stock still rising in after-hours trading from its Friday close of $114.18 per share.

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Apple says it knows of no actual cases of Masque Attack malware

Encourages customers to download from trusted sources, notes software warnings

Rebutting advice from the Department of Homeland Security and other sources that have sought to sow fear in users with regards to the "Masque" malware attack , Apple late on Thursday issued a statement saying it is unaware of any actual cases of the malware attacking iOS users. The statement comes on the heels of fast action by the iPhone maker to stop a similar attack dubbed "Wirelurker," in which a now-revoked Enterprise Provisioning certificate was being used to spread potential malware. Apple has not specified if it has fixed the flaw the Masque malware exploits.

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Apple issues slew of betas, minor updates for OS X, Safari, printers

Camera RAW, Thunderbolt Display firmware, Safari, Epson printers

On Thursday, Apple issued a number of new builds of Safari for the last three versions of OS X, a new firmware update for the current Thunderbolt Display , an update to Camera RAW , and updates for printer drivers for Epson printers . The Thunderbolt Display firmware update covers a "rare" issue that can cause some displays to go dark, according to the company. The update, to version 1.2, also brings "improved reliability when connecting external displays to the display."

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Amazon and Hachette battle ends amicably with e-book sales deal

Hachette allowed to set e-book pricing for all its titles on Amazon storefront

The long-running and rancorous dispute between publisher Hachette and Amazon seems to be over. Both companies have announced that a deal has been struck, with Hachette being able to set prices on the e-books that it sells. Other specific terms of the deal have not yet been made public, and will not likely ever face public scrutiny outside the publishing industry.

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Staples outlets begin accepting Apple Pay

All 1,400 US locations ready, retailer says

Business supply chain Staples has begun accepting Apple Pay at all of its 1,400 US retail locations, according to an announcement. Retail shoppers must have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The company has also begun accepting Apple Pay through its iOS app , however, where people with an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 can also make purchases.

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AAPL closes at new high, closes in on split-adjusted all-time high

Split, buyback program makes true all-time high price a moving target

Apple's stock closed at a new "all-time" high today , settling at $109.70 per share after an intra-day high of $109.75 -- breaking the record set just over a week ago. The company, now valued at $643.37 billion -- more than a third more than the next most valuable publicly-traded company -- may be within sight of besting its own split- and buyback-adjusted all-time high and market capitalization records, which would currently be around $113.86 per share and $667.77 billion, respectively.

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Apple, Alibaba in talks for Chinese payment platform

Could see Alipay, Apple Pay integrate

Apple and Chinese commerce site Alibaba are currently negotiating a partnership to provide a payment platform for China, according to the latter's executive vice chairman, Joseph Tsai. Tsai tells the Wall Street Journal that the partnership would revolve around Apple's presence in the country. Details are still in the air, but it could potentially see Alibaba's Alipay electronic payment service integrate in some way with Apple Pay, creating an encompassing mobile payment platform.

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Hands On: Apple iPad mini 3

Apple iPad mini 3 gets Touch ID, remains a match for the competition

Before Apple introduced the iPad Air last year, there would have been few who would have argued that it didn't need the iPad mini in its lineup. At the time, around 50 percent of tablet sales were going to smaller seven- to eight-inch devices, with the many of those sales going to Android devices. However, the iPad Air redesign was such a departure from the original iPad in overall footprint and volume that many Apple customers that had switched to the smaller iPad mini because it was lighter and easier to hold than the fourth-generation iPad, re-evaluated the larger 9.7-inch display option. So with the arrival of an even thinner, lighter and much more powerful iPad Air 2 , is there still a place for the iPad mini 3 ?

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Apple releases second OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta update

New build doesn't list any new areas of focus; still testing Wi-Fi, Exchange mail, Notification Cent

A week after offering developers and public beta testers a first release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite, the company has issued a smaller second beta with the same focus areas as the previous version. The new build, 14B23, again asks testers to focus on Wi-Fi, Exchange email accounts and tracking down bugs in Notification Center, just as with the first beta. Those who signed up for pre-release builds for the Yosemite public beta will also receive the 10.10.1 betas.

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'Masque Attack' vulnerabilty could install malicious iOS apps

Rare hole in iOS security

A serious vulnerability in iOS, dubbed "Masque Attack," could result in malicious apps being installed, says security research firm FireEye. The flaw is said to have been discovered in July, and stems from iOS not enforcing matching certificates for apps with the same bundle identifier. This means that a person could theoretically be lured into installing an app that replaces and/or mimics an original -- even borrowing that app's local data -- and accidentally give up personal information, or even root access privileges.

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Exclusive Analysis: iOS app storage limits across range of devices

Is the 1,000 app limit storage size or quantity of file related?

Ever since reports of issues with large libraries on Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus surfaced, rumors have been flying around -- all claiming to know the true source of the problems, and Apple's future intentions for the iPhone and iOS. MacNN began some tests about a month ago to try and nail down the root cause of the issue -- and as we alluded to last week, we believe that the "problem" lies in the iOS, and not a hardware flaw related to NAND cells. Read on for our methodology, as well as our specific findings.

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GT says Apple pulled 'bait-and-switch' in newly unsealed documents

Accuses company of forcing GT to take all risk

As scheduled , the court overseeing GT Advanced's bankruptcy has unsealed more documents regarding the relationship between the sapphire supplier and former client Apple, which it blames for ultimately causing the collapse. In an unedited affidavit from GT COO Daniel Squiller, Apple is accused of using a "bait-and-switch" strategy in which it offered "an onerous and massively one-sided deal" in 2013. He says that Apple originally promised to buy sapphire furnaces for GT and let them operate them, but later demanded a "fundamentally different deal" in which Apple would only lend the furnaces and have no obligation to buy them, nor buy any of the sapphire GT produced.

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Fitbit products removed from online Apple store

Likely connected to lack of HealthKit support and/or Apple Watch

Apple has pulled all Fitbit products from its online store , shoppers note. The change was made without explanation, although last month sources indicated it might happen . Inventory of Fitbit devices at the store began to run low during the past week.

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Apple adds iCloud Photo uploading for devs, updates apps

Pages, Numbers, Keynote for iOS, Pages for Mac, iTunes Connect, iMovie and more updated

Apple on Thursday issued a rash of minor updates to various programs, at least some of which have been updated to add or increase compatibility with iCloud Photo Library. Apple has updated all three of the iWork for iOS suite and has updated Pages for Mac (and will likely issue matching updates for Numbers and Keynote for Mac), saying only that the update "includes minor stability and performance enhancements." Developers and testers have seen photo uploading added to iCloud.com's iCloud Library.

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Microsoft updates iOS Office, adds free document editing and creation

Basic editing now open to users without Office 365 subscriptions

Microsoft has updated its previously iPad-only iOS Office apps with iPhone support. Although the iPhone interfaces are said to have full feature parity with the iPad, Microsoft has made various changes to accommodate a smaller screen. Chief among these is the "vertical ribbon," designed to keep editing tools within thumb reach at the bottom of the screen. In addition, Microsoft has decided to drop the Office365 subscription requirement previously needed to do anything more with the suite than read Office documents.

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'Wirelurker' malware targets iOS through OS X enterprise provisioning

Can affect non-jailbroken iOS devices; currently distributed through unofficial Chinese store

A new malware threat to iOS has been discovered that can invade the normally well-protected mobile system through a flaw in OS X and USB that allows packages to be installed through enterprise provisioning. Called "WireLurker," the malicious OS X application (once installed) will monitor for new iOS package installs, and then exploits a weakness in USB to install malware into the target iOS device. Once it is installed, the iOS malware tries to harvest personal data like contacts.

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Apple takes top spot on Forbes list of world's most valuable brands

Microsoft, Google fill out top three

Apple has grabbed first place in an annual Forbes ranking of the world's most valuable brands. The company's brand value rose 19 percent year-over-year, to $124.2 billion. "The Apple brand is worth twice as much as any other brand on the planet, by our count. The company sold 39.3 million iPhones in its latest quarter, and could sell as many as 60 million during the last three months of 2014 with the holiday selling season. Apple also moved 12.3 million iPads, and 5.5 million Macs last quarter," Forbes writes.

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