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December 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple iTV rumors are getting back into full swing following a report saying the company is checking out several designs for a high-resolution television set. The Cupertino-based tech company is sharing the designs with some of its suppliers, including Foxconn, which puts together the iPhone, and Sharp, the Wall Street Journal reported. "It isn't a formal project yet. It is still in the early stage of testing," one of the report's unnamed sources said. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech products of 2012 According to the report, Apple has been testing television prototypes for a number of years, but has finally begun expanding its tests to include its supply chain partners.
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BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After many months of waiting and speculating, we're finally on the eve of what could be Apple's announcement of the iPhone 5. But what exactly will the phone include? And is the iPhone 5 the only thing Apple will announce? You can never be too sure with Apple, but here's what we think you can expect from the tech giant on Wednesday in San Francisco. iPhone 5 Expect Apple to announce the iPhone 5. After disappointing people with the iPhone 4S last year, which was basically just a software update with some internal improvements, Apple will likely make a splash with the next iPhone.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Apple, looking to boost its social media presence, may be considering a stake in micro-blogging site Twitter, according to the New York Times. But according to the Wall Street Journal, that was so a year ago -- and nothing came of the talks. The differing views came to light late Friday, with the Times saying people briefed on the matter said Apple "has talked with Twitter in recent months" about making a strategic investment in it. The paper said Apple had considered an investment "in the hundreds of millions of dollars, one that could value Twitter at more than $10 billion.
OPINION
June 2, 2011
In the last decade, Apple made the 99-cent download the standard unit of music sales. Now, Apple is reportedly poised to try a second transformation, enticing music fans to store songs online — "in the cloud" — instead of on a hard drive. If the company's iCloud helps persuade the masses to embrace cloud-based services, that could help reverse more than a decade of sliding music sales. That's a big "if," however, and much depends on the labels' willingness to change. The shift from physical CDs to digital files has been a mixed blessing for the music industry, opening the door to rampant online piracy as well as promising new business models.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Dissident shareholder Greenlight Capital claimed in a filing made Friday in its lawsuit against Apple that a growing number of investors are joining its protest against the way the company is handling its upcoming shareholder vote.  In the filing, Greenlight includes a statement from Thomas Long, a senior vice president at D.F. King & Co., a firm that helps facilitate shareholder votes on corporate proxies, among other things. Long's declaration claims there has been a groundswell of shareholders seeking to change their votes since Greenlight went public with its dispute.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012
Apple is holding a press event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Wednesday to announce a gaggle of gadgets, including a new iPhone. Technology writer Andrea Chang is live-tweeting the event. The coverage will include tweets from other writers at the Los Angeles Times as they weigh in on the announcements, expected to start at 10 a.m. PDT, and get reaction from analysts and Apple observers. The Tech Now blog will also publish posts as news happens, so check back with us to see what's new with the iPhone and how it stacks up against the competition.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Apple will bring iBooks to laptops and desktops, it announced in the keynote of its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday in San Francisco. Since the launch of the iBookstore in 2010, iBooks has only been available as an app. The complete iBooks marketplace, 1.8-million titles, will be available to users on Apple laptops and desktops using its OS X operating system. Any books that you have previously purchased will be available on your laptop or desktop, reports the Next Web. With the move, Apple makes a direct appeal to student users.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple's stock sank 5.6% in midday trading on Wednesday following a report from a key supplier that indicated sales could be slowing. On Tuesday, Cirrus Logic, which supplies audio chips for iPhones and iPads, said sales of one of its chips was slipping . That led investors and some analysts to infer that Apple sales were also sliding, spooking shareholders one week before the company is scheduled to report earnings.   TIMELINE: Following Apple in 2012 Apple's stock fell 5.6% or $23.89 to $402.35 just after 12:30 p.m. EDT. Apple stock has not closed below $400 since late 2011.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple introduced new headphones for its devices called "EarPods. " They will be included with the new products Apple announced Wednesday, which are the iPhone 5, the fifth generation iPod Touch and the sixth generation iPod Nano. The new headphones are also available separately starting Wednesday. The EarPods are available for $30, according to the company's website, which has been updated to include Apple's new products. Apple said it has worked on redesigning its headphones over the last three years.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple released its annual supplier responsibility report Thursday, drawing praise from Greenpeace for steps the company has taken to reduce use of conflict minerals in its products.  "Apple's increased transparency about its suppliers is becoming a hallmark of Tim Cook's leadership at the company," said Greenpeace Energy Campaigner Tom Dowdall in a statement. "Apple has flexed its muscles in the past to push suppliers to remove hazardous substances from products and provide more renewable energy for data centers, and it is proving the same model can work to reduce the use of conflict minerals.
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