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Apple iWatch to be teased at Sept. 9 event, may not ship until 2015

Delay said to be analogous to launch of first-gen iPhone

While Apple may show off the iWatch at its September 9 event , the product won't ship for several months, sources tell Re/code 's John Paczkowski. He suggests that the product could ship as late as early 2015, missing the critical holiday season. The delay is likened to the first iPhone, which was announced in January 2007 but didn't ship until that summer, although Paczkowski comments that the delay won't necessarily be that long.

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Apple officially announces September 9 press event [u]

Expected to feature iPhone 6, iWatch

(Updated with Bloomberg claims of iWatch debut) As anticipated, Apple has formally announced a September 9 press event. Unlike past fall events, however, this one will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, rather than the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. It will begin at 10AM Pacific time, or 1PM Eastern.

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Report: iPhone 6 will include NFC-based payment tech

Details of platform still under wraps

The next-generation iPhone should include NFC-based mobile payment technology, sources tell Wired . The magazine doesn't go into specifics, except to claim that the mobile payment system will be "one of the hallmark features of the device when it's unveiled on September 9." A past report from The Information suggested that there might be a "secure element" in the new iPhone that would safeguard financial information, presumably a reference to allowing Touch ID to verify NFC purchases using the secure enclave.

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Apple iWatch announcement due in September, not October, report says

Device said to exploit HealthKit, HomeKit

Apple is planning to announce the long-speculated iWatch health and fitness wearable at its September 9 iPhone event , rather than in October as was originally anticipated , says Re/code 's John Paczkowski. It's not clear whether Apple accelerated its schedule, or if October was just a speculative rumor. In any case, the iWatch is expected to exploit not just HealthKit -- Apple's health and fitness tracking platform -- but HomeKit, designed to unify home automation technology.

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Minnesota set to deploy 40,000 iPads to students

Program will also include 1,000 MacBook models, rise to $8 million per year

Even as questions arise about the LA Unified School District's handling of its botched and now-abandoned iPad program, Apple continues to win school districts over to the tablet. The St. Paul School District in Minnesota is launching a program that will offer tens of thousands of iPads to students in a total of 61 schools over time, with an initial rollout to 37 schools in the city. The district is leasing the equipment from Apple, which includes up to 1,000 unspecified MacBook models.

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Giant 12.9-inch iPad going into production by Q1 2015, sources say

Next-gen iPad Air, iPad mini models already entering assembly

Apple suppliers are preparing to build a long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad, with production scheduled to start by the first quarter of 2015, sources tell Bloomberg . The unnamed sources don't have any further details on the tablet, except that Apple has been working with suppliers for a year or more to develop larger touchscreen devices. As for the iPad Air and iPad mini, a new Air is said to be in production now, while a new Mini is on the cusp. Both should ship later this year.

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LA Unified School District halts further use of iPads

Superintendent, deputy had close links to Apple, Pearson

The superintendent of Los Angeles' Unified School District, John Deasy, has formally suspended future implementation of an iPad contract with Apple . "Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple," he writes in a memo issued to the Board of Education. "Not only will this decision enable us to take advantage of an ever-changing marketplace and technology advances, it will also give us time to take into account concerns raised surrounding the [project]."

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Apple to turn off CloudKit for older iOS 8, OS X Yosemite betas

Developers, testers must use beta 5 or later to continue testing new features

In something of an unusual move, Apple has sent emails to developers informing them that they must keep up to date with iOS 8 and Yosemite betas if they want to continue testing new features, particularly the CloudKit functionality that is part of the forthcoming iCloud Drive , iCloud Photo Library and MailDrop technologies. The change, which could be due to a change in iCloud sandboxing, will also impact Safari histories and call histories. Developers must be on Beta 5 of either platform in order to continue working with CloudKit.

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Hands-on: Golla Road City bag

Golla Road City bag provide an excellent blend of style and functionality

An ongoing conundrum for tech users one is trying to find the best bag to tote your gear around when on the go. Golla is a Finnish company whose products have now found their way into both Apple and Microsoft stores in various locations around the globe. In addition to smartphone cases and other accessories, the company also sells a range of bags geared towards tech users. We have our hands on the company's Golla Road City bag in gray and have been impressed with its blend of form and function.

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Apple announces iPhone 5 battery replacement program

Units sold between first launch and January 2013 have defect, may be replaced

On Friday, Apple announced that it had discovered that "a very small percentage" of first-run iPhone 5 units -- those sold between September of 2012 and January of 2013 -- have a defect that results in unusually short battery life, and have instituted a program to replace the battery. Users will need to bring the units to an Apple Authorized Service Provider or retail Apple Store; however, customers should be aware that Apple will send the unit off to a facility to be inspected.

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AAPL hits all-time closing high at $101.32

Stock is up 27.29 percent for 2014 thus far, new products ahead

Apple's stock closed on Friday at an all-time record high , on a straight split-adjusted basis, cracking $101 per share. The 74-cent rise on Friday rang down the curtain on a week that saw the stock gain just over $3 per share, culminating in the record-breaking performance weeks ahead of anticipated new product announcements, and months before the start of the holiday buying season, which is again expected to favor Apple over its primary rivals. Thus far in 2014, AAPL is up 27.29 percent.

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Apple CEO Cook visits iPad-using VA hospital in Palo Alto

Tablet has been popular with medical sector, gov't calls hospital a 'model' for others

One day after US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald called the Palo Alto Veterans Administration hospital one of the "crown jewels" of the VA healthcare system," the facility received a visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who tweeted that he was "honored" to meet doctors alongside California legislator Anna Eshoo, noting that the facility is "now using iPads to help treat vets and families." The message was accompanied by a photo of Cook with an iPad-using staffer.

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Apple issues minor updates to OS X iMovie, iWork suite

Release notes offer little information, but iMovie Theater bug fixed

On Thursday, Apple issued minor updates to its OS X versions of iMovie, Pages, Keynote and Numbers. The most significant of the updates appears to be for iMovie , updated to version 10.0.5 that offers iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater, though there is still no fix for the program under the Yosemite Public Beta. Also updated were Keynote (to v6.2.2), Pages (to 5.2.2), and Numbers (to version 3.2.2).

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Apple releases second public OS X Yosemite beta, new iTunes 12 test

Changes unidentified

Participants in the OS X Beta Program can now download a second public beta of OS X Yosemite via the Mac App Store. Changes are unlisted, but since it's following just a few days after the release of Developer Preview 6 , it presumably incorporates that code's fixes and feature additions . Apple is believed to be building towards a final launch of Yosemite in October, which could mean one or two more public betas in the interim.

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Quicken 2015 for Mac brings new features, strips others

First major Mac update of Quicken in seven years

Intuit has officially released Quicken 2015 for Mac , a long-awaited update of its personal finance software. Some improvements include a new UI design, matched to OS X Yosemite, and support for syncing data with a companion iOS app, which can also be used to snap photos of receipts to record purchases. New investment tools update quotes continuously, and track factors like cost basis and capital gains.

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Judge Koh blocks Apple attempt to recover attorney fees from Samsung

Releases $2.6M Apple bond covering never-enacted Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban

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

AutoFill, subpixel rendering, extension compatibility and more being tested

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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Parallels Desktop 10 launches with Yosemite support, speed boosts

Virtualization solution uses less RAM, speeds application launch

Parallels today launched more

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AAPL closes at 52-week high, approaches all-time record

Compelling endorsement from Morgan Stanley may encourage buyers

Apple's stock closed on Tuesday with a new 52-week high , and at one point in the day threatened to top its all-time highest stock price (based on straight split-adjustment). It officially closed at $100.53, not far from its all-time split-adjusted high of $100.72 , though it hit $100.68 in intra-day trading. The company's valuation also rose to a market cap of $602 billion.

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Beta 6 of iOS 8 exclusive to testing partners, report says

Release reportedly not coming to developers

A sixth beta of iOS 8 has been issued, but only to Apple's testing partners, reports say. The firmware is allegedly being withheld from developers because Apple is so close to the gold master stage. Testing partners must approve or reject beta 6 by September 5, just four days before Apple is expected to announce new iPhones as well as iOS 8's launch date.

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Apple seeds sixth betas of OS X Yosemite, Xcode 6 to developers [u]

Final release date still nebulous

[Updated with notable changes] Apple is distributing its sixth betas of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6 to developers. Changes have been largely minor and cosmetic thus far, centering around new appearances rather than fucntionality, and like previous seeds , the updates concentrate on performance and stability fixes. The last betas were released on August 4.

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Opinion: The best $300 I've spent on a gadget in a while

Buying a headphone amp is money well spent if you love music

Like many people, I love music and have an extensive iTunes collection. I also record my own music and even released a single with Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens on lead guitar. All of which means that, like many people, I take the quality of my listening experience seriously and am always looking for a great listening experience at home, in the car, and when on the go. I have managed to get a great sound at home, and in my car, but struggled to get an ideal listening experience on the go. Like some I've bought far too many headphones as part of this quest, when what I really should have done is buy a portable headphone amp as I recently discovered.

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Apple shareholder suit accuses Cook, Jobs, others of misconduct

Directors, executives accused of bringing company into legal trouble

A new lawsuit, filed on behalf of plaintiff R. Andre Klein, is seeking damage compensation for Apple shareholders as a result of alleged misconduct by the company's directors and executives. Lawyers for Klein accuse former CEO Steve Jobs, current CEO Tim Cook and others of "breach of fiduciary duty, gross mismanagement, corporate waste, and breach of the duty of honest services." Specifically, by engaging in anti-poaching practices , Apple leaders are said to have caused the company to break antitrust laws, issue misleading proxy statements, and suppress workers' wages.

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Beats Music posts anniversary documentary on 'Do The Right Thing'

Mini-movie serves as a springboard to wider exposure, celebrates landmark film

Beats Music has issued a 22-minute documentary on the making of the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on the occasion of its 25th anniversary . The film follows filmmaker Lee, actor Danny Aiello and designer Wynn Thomas as they tour locations in the small area of Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood where much the film is shot. The movie was originally released in 1989, and remains a powerful statement on race and co-existence, particularly in light of recent national and international tensions.

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Apple meets with Thai officials in wake of iPhone 6 disclosure

Company claims confidential information was published

Apple has already met with officials from Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to complain about the announcement of the iPhone 6's certification in the country , according to local newspaper Thai Rath . Although NBTC Secretary General Takorn Tantasith only disclosed the general name of the product and two model numbers -- A1586 and A1524 -- and was allegedly following government guidelines in doing so, Apple argues that he released confidential information.

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Apple announces ban on n-hexane, benzene for its products

Investigation showed no danger to Apple workers, but risks too great

Thanks to the work of activists in raising awareness of the potential risks of some chemicals used in the production process of its products, Apple has announced that it is now restricting suppliers from using n-hexane and benzene in the final assembly process, even though the company's own investigation showed there was no direct danger of contamination for Apple workers. Because of the potential effects, the chemicals (used mostly for cleaning) are no longer permitted.

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Safari updated for Lion and higher with security patches

WebKit vulnerability, memory corruption, other issues addressed

Seven potential security and stability flaws in the WebKit engine that drives Safari have been identified and fixed in a new update for the default Mac web browser, which was released on Wednesday. The patch updates the version numbers to 6.1.6 for older OS versions going back to Lion (OS X 10.7.5), and to 7.0.6 for Mavericks (10.9.4). Problems with a WebKit vulnerability that could cause crashes, alongside some memory corruption issues, prompted the update.

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Apple adds Robin Williams section to iTunes store [u]

Comic legend offered the original voice to the 'Your Verse' campaign

[Updated with addition of feature spot on the main Apple website] The death of actor and comic Robin Williams has spawned a dedicated section at the iTunes Store where fans can find various movies, specials and other performances from the widely-loved actor and comedian. Among the offerings are both videos and audio-only appearances, celebrating the diversity of his career along with a brief biographical note. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Nest CEO Tony Fadell were among the luminaries that remembered Williams in tweets on Monday.

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Apple issues diversity report, promises better gender/racial balance

US workforce dominantly white and male

Following up on a promise made last month , Apple has released its first-ever internal diversity report . The company notes that globally, 7 out of 10 of its workers are male. In the US its workforce is 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and just 7 percent black. 2 percent of people asked said they had two or more ethnicities; 9 percent chose not to identify their race.

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Bloomberg: New iPads are now in production

No change in sizes, but anti-reflective coating may be included

According to Bloomberg and unnamed sources, Apple has begun production of the next iteration of the iPad and iPad mini, which is expected to be announced sometime either near the end of the current quarter or the beginning of the next quarter in time for holiday-season sales. The article reveals that the screen sizes on the two devices are likely to stay the same, but may now include an anti-reflective coating that is said to help make the device easier to see outdoors.

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