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October 23, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - If you own a MacBook laptop or a Mac desktop computer, then Apple's decision to make OS X Mavericks available as a free download may have you itching to upgrade. What's not to like about free, right? And there are certainly some nice goodies that would make this a worthwhile update. There's a fresh, new look along with potentially longer battery life. And along with new features such as iBooks, some stalwarts like Safari, Maps and Calendar all get some snazzy improvements.
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April 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What will Apple name the next version of OS X? We may have the answer, and we approve. The tech giant is keeping a lid on the name of the next operating system, expected to be announced in June, but trademark filings discovered this week and revealed on multiple news sites may include it. Apple is continuing a theme, begun with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, that's hard to beat: California. For more than a decade, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant named its Mac computer software after big cats, including Cheetah and Mountain Lion.
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BUSINESS
August 25, 2012 | By Andrea Chang and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN JOSE - Apple Inc. won an overwhelming victory over rival Samsung Electronics Co. in a widely watched federal patent battle, a decision that some worry could stymie competition in the fast-moving markets for smartphones and computer tablets. The jury, after three days of deliberations in the complex U.S. District Court trial in San Jose, awarded Apple more than $1 billion after finding that Samsung had infringed on six patents by copying the look and feel of its mobile devices.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Jay Jones, reporting from Las Vegas, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Those instant cameras that Polaroid popularized in the mid-20th century (“Meet the Swinger! The Polaroid Swinger!”) are now right where they belong: in a museum in Las Vegas. You'll find the museum in the two-story Polaroid Fotobar shop at the Linq, the new entertainment and retail complex along the Strip. The Fotobar stores - there are four in Florida besides the Vegas location - offer photo gifts created from your own photography. Polaroid, its museum website says, was the Apple of its day. Its foldable SX-70, the low-cost Swinger ($19.95)
BUSINESS
December 4, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's iTunes 11 arrived last week, and with it a good number of changes, including an interface redesign. But one change you might not have noticed is the software's new logo. In iTunes 11, Apple has changed the color of the beamed eighth music notes from black to silver, matching up with the logo's existing outer border and with the design of the Mac App Store's logo. For comparison, here's the previous logo . This is a subtle change, but it's noteworthy considering it's the first time in more than two years since Apple has tinkered with the icon.
OPINION
September 4, 2012 | By Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman
Does anyone own the rectangle? Should anyone own the rectangle? These questions may sound absurd, but they're at the heart of U.S. patent law's Battle of the Titans: Apple vs. Samsung. On Aug. 24, a San Jose jury awarded Apple Inc. a whopping $1.05 billion in damages. Apple had accused Samsung of copying its intellectual property, including its very broad design patents for rectangular "electronic devices. " And Apple wants to use those patents to stop its competitor from selling items like the new (rectangular)
FOOD
December 16, 2010
Apple pie Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes plus chilling time Servings: 8 to 10 Prepared pie crust 3 to 4 pounds of apples, peeled, cored and sliced into large chunks, eighths or tenths. 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon cayenne 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 egg, beaten (to use as an egg wash) 1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
One of the great new features on iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 is a new app called Passbook, but for a lot of people who updated their devices with the new operating system, the app simply won't work. In theory, Passbook will let you keep digital passes in one location. When you open the app, you get a screen saying you can use Passbook to store digital copies of flight boarding passes, event tickets and coupons. Target on Thursday announced it would support mobile coupons on Passbook.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Thanks to an app update for the iPhone and the iPad, Apple TV users can now watch movies and TV shows offered on  Amazon Instant Video. The Seattle-based online retailer has updated the Amazon Instant Video app to support AirPlay, a feature that makes it possible for users to beam content on their devices to their TV sets via the Apple TV digital receiver. It's a way to get around the fact that Amazon Instant Video is still not available as an app on Apple TV the way Netflix and HBO Go are. With the apps, users can simply click on Netflix or HBO Go channels on their Apple TV to watch videos.
OPINION
April 27, 2012
Re "Apple's profit nearly doubles," Business, April 25 The article describing the profits of Apple is but one of several such announcements of record profits in many industries that appear in newspapers regularly. This at a time when most of our citizenry is struggling to keep their heads above water. The discrepancy is so apparent that one wonders at the bewildering confusion of voters during this electoral season. Russell Blinick Encino
BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple investors were rejoicing this week after the company reported first-quarter earnings that were far better than expected, thanks to strong iPhone sales. Throw in an additional $30 billion that the company plans to spend on stock buybacks and dividends, and shareholders ended the day with big grins.  Perhaps the only blemish on an otherwise big day for Apple were sales of iPads.  Analysts were expecting  iPad  sales to fall to 19.38 million from 19.48 million in the same quarter a year ago. Instead, the company said it sold only 16.35 million units.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Big earnings. Big stock buyback. Big stock bump. On Thursday, investors cheered Apple's performance by sending its stock up by as much as 8.5% in early trading.  The stock climbed to $ 569.50 at one point early Thursday, up from $524.75 the previous day.  Riding a wave of strong iPhone sales, Apple on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter revenue of $45.6 billion, well above analysts' consensus of $43.6 billion, and up from the...
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New code found within Apple's software seems to indicate the tech giant will be bringing its Siri voice assistant to the next version of the Apple TV, a report Wednesday said. That may mean that Apple will compete against the new $99 Amazon Fire TV for customers on the high-end of the video-streaming market. The Amazon Fire TV was announced and released earlier this month. It can stream audio and video from services such as Netflix and Pandora the same way other gadgets in this market do. But unlike many of its rivals, the Fire TV also comes with voice search and the ability to play video games.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Three months ago, when Apple reported its holiday earnings, the company posted record revenues thanks to refreshed lines of iPads and iPhones that had launched in the fall.  But instead of basking in a big win, Apple got pounded by Wall Street because of what the company said would happen in this current quarter. Apple projected a range of revenue expectations that raised the possibility of its first revenue decline in more than a decade. Apple is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings after the markets close Wednesday, and most analysts think the company will actually squeak out a slight revenue gain.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
After weeks of anxiety among investors over Apple Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter results, the company delivered a one-two punch of good news Wednesday that sent its stock soaring. First, Apple posted revenue for the three months ending in March that beat both Wall Street's projections and its own guidance. And second, the company said it was expanding its record stock buyback and dividend plan to $130 billion from $105 billion. "We are announcing a significant increase to our capital return program," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in a statement.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
Talk of Silicon Valley losing steam was put on hold as two technology titans, Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc., tallied better-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenue. Apple's stock climbed more than 7% in after-hours trading after it reported that sales of iPhones blew past Wall Street's projections. Facebook's shares spiked 4% after it said ad revenue rose 82% year over year. Although many tech stocks slid in recent weeks, the robust financial results demonstrated that, at least for now, the underlying businesses of these two leading companies remain strong.
OPINION
August 28, 2012
Re "High stakes after Apple verdict," Aug. 26 The article closes with a quote from Santa Clara University assistant law professor Brian Love, who said that technology companies should "take all the money they are spending on lawyers and experts and instead invest that money in research and design. " Great in theory, but once you spend all that money and effort and produce a revolutionary product such as Apple's iPhone, and then the guy down the street copies all your best ideas, what are you supposed to do?
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Leave it to Apple to celebrate Earth Day by kicking off new device recycling programs while also taking a shot at one of its biggest rivals. The Cupertino tech company on Tuesday ran an Earth Day ad in numerous newspapers around the world, including The Times, that challenges its competitors to adopt the same environmentally friendly policies that Apple has. "There are some ideas we want every company to copy," the ad reads in large letters....
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Are you psycho for "Bates Motel" but lost without cable? Cheer up, lil' Internet TV viewer. A&E Networks announced on Monday that it has launched A&E, History and Lifetime content on Apple TV. That means more than just "Bates Motel"; it includes popular shows like "Storage Wars," "Project Runway," "Devious Maids" and "Pawn Stars. " Apple TV launched in early 2007 and offered a novel way to watch content from the Internet on a regular HDTV. The latest third-generation model was released in 2013.
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