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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

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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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Opinion: Hachette and Amazon fight, who loses?

Ongoing struggle between Amazon and content publishers highlight changes

In advance of a coalition of authors' letter being published in The New York Times tomorrow supporting publisher Hachette , Amazon has lashed out in an open letter to consumers , asking readers themselves to take Amazon's side in the "fight" for e-book pricing. The problem is that the matter is not as simple as either Hachette or Amazon are portraying it, and the real victims in this dispute are the customers, caught in the middle.

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Opinion: Why the Apple iWatch will succeed (Part 2)

The iWatch will deliver unmatched levels of sophistication and integration

This is part two of an earlier article assessing why the Apple iWatch will succeed where others have failed. The first part of the article set out the backdrop against which the iWatch will be launched and argues that given the current competition, the iWatch stands an excellent chance of being successful. The current crop of smartwatches haven't managed to get the right mix of functionality, usability and desireability. Even Google's new Android Wear smartwatch platform makes a far from convincing case as to the benefits of owning a smartwatch. Only Apple has the ambition and product execution to make a compelling smartwatch and the signs are there that this is what we will get when it eventually launches before the end of the year.

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Judge rejects proposed $324.5M anti-poaching case settlement

Deal 'falls below the range of reasonableness'

US District Judge Lucy Koh has rejected a proposed $324.5 million settlement in the lawsuit direct against Apple, Adobe, Google, and Intel over anti-poaching practices. In her ruling, Koh states that the amount offered "falls below the range of reasonableness."

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Chinese government officially denies banning Apple procurements

Apple never applied to be on energy-saving list, all parties say

The Chinese Central Government Procurement Center -- as well as the Finance Ministry, and Apple itself -- have all denied a recent Bloomberg report claiming that Apple had been deliberately excluded from procurement lists for security reasons , according to Reuters . It had been said that Chinese government agencies were newly banned from buying devices like iPads and MacBooks. All three parties involved now say, however, that Apple never applied to be on the list in question to begin with.

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Opinion: Why the Apple iWatch will succeed (Part 1)

Only Apple is capable of delivering the first compelling smartwatch

Apple has been long been rumored to be working on a smartwatch widely referred to as the iWatch thanks to some Apple trademark applications surfacing. However, even though the product hasn't yet been revealed some naysayers like the notorious Apple sceptic John C. Dvorak have already started to write off the device before it has even been released. Similar conclusions were also drawn about Apple's iPhone and iPad by Dvorak and others before each was released; but both as we know have been phenomenally successful. While it seems less likely that an iWatch will have the same widespread appeal as either the iPhone or iPad, there are several signs that suggest that Apple will once again succeed in a market where others have thus far failed to inspire.

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Apple updates Digital Camera RAW for iPhoto, Aperture

Adds support for newer cameras to Aperture 3, iPhoto '11

On Thursday, Apple updated its Digital Camera RAW Compatibility plug-in for its two leading Mac photo programs, Aperture 3.x and iPhoto '11, to add support for a number of recently-introduced digital cameras. The update includes support for two Nikon models, two Olympus models, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4, several Sony Alpha releases and a single Sony Cyber-shot camera, the DSC-RX100 III. The update allows RAW files from these cameras to be directly imported by Aperture and iPhoto.

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Samsung, Apple agree to end all non-US legal disputes

Cases dropped without settlement in more than eight countries

In a joint email sent to the press, Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all patent lawsuits against each other in all countries except the US, without any settlement, cross-license agreement or any other consideration. The US court system will be the sole arbiter of the numerous patent disputes the two companies have brought against each other, and comes on the heels of a series of moves to de-escalate the standoffs between them. Samsung and Apple agreed to drop appeals of an ITC case in June.

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Apple warns testers of iCloud Drive outages, ongoing maintenance

Forthcoming feature will see 'more downtime' than in previous betas, but files should be retained

Apple has sent out an email to registered participants in the AppleSeed beta-testing program , most of whom are currently working with the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, that those who opted to engage the iCloud Drive feature may see "more downtime" than has been previously seen. Still in development, Apple's iCloud Drive is expected to be included in the formal release of Yosemite and iOS 8, and allows users to store any kind of document or image/video file, as well as enable other features.

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Apple iPhone event reportedly scheduled for September 9

Could mean new iPhones shipping on Sept. 19th

Apple has scheduled an iPhone press event for September 9, according to Re/Code 's John Paczkowski. No other details have been mentioned , but Paczkowski has had a reliable track record. He repeats widespread expectations that Apple will be announcing 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones based on A8 processors.

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