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March 1, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- At an annual shareholders meeting Friday that was almost completely devoid of drama, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook still managed to stun the audience for a moment and bring the room to complete silence.  Sitting on a chair onstage, holding an iPad and some notes, about halfway through a Q&A session, Cook suddenly said something unthinkable for a company that never says a peep about its future plans: "And now I'm going...
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BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For the next week, customers who buy an Apple TV at one of the tech giant's retail stores will reportedly receive a $25 iTunes gift card as part of a promotion that could signal a new Apple TV is on its way. Apple news website 9to5Mac reported that Apple informed its retail employees about the promotion Friday morning. The bonus of a $25 gift card will be available to customers who buy a $99 Apple TV at an Apple Store between now and March 5, the report said. In the world of tech, discounts and promotions can often be signs that a newer version of a product will soon be rolled out. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor That was the case earlier this month when the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was heavily discounted by two retailers.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The little hockey-puck-sized Apple TV has turned into a big business.  During the company's annual shareholders meeting on Friday, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Apple TV had generated $1 billion for the company in its last fiscal year.  That figure includes sales of the $99 Apple TV unit as well as the content people are purchasing over it.  "It's a little bit harder to call it a hobby," Cook said. That was a reference to Cook's previous habit of saying the company considered Apple TV a "hobby" whenever someone tried to prod him into talking about his plans for the device.
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February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The good news is Netflix has built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out. The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous features that could potentially be integrated into Netflix's service. Among them was "Sleep Tracker," a feature that capitalizes on the technology of wearable devices to detect if users have fallen into a slumber.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Recent behavior by Apple appears to suggest the tech giant may no longer have plans to issue security updates for Snow Leopard, a version of its desktop operating system that is used by nearly one in five Mac users. The Cupertino tech company has not delivered a security update for Snow Leopard, which was released four years ago, since last September, according to ComputerWorld . Since that time, Apple has continued to update other versions of its Mac operating system, including Lion, Mountain Lion and the latest version, Mavericks.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has issued an update for Mac users that fixes a security hole identified last week that is known as the "Goto fail" bug. The security issue potentially makes it possible for hackers to intercept and even modify information users send from their Macs, iPads and iPhones to trusted services in what is known as a man-in-the-middle attack.  Apple corrected the gap for its mobile devices with an update over the weekend , but the tech community...
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is urging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill that would make it possible for business owners to use their religious beliefs as a reason to deny service to gays and lesbians. The Cupertino tech giant weighed in on the matter because it now conducts business in the state. Late last year, Apple announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Mesa, Ariz. News reports have suggested that the plant may be used to make the screens for the company's next iPhone. An Apple spokeswoman confirmed to the Associated Press the company had reached out directly to Brewer about vetoing Arizona SB 1062.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Netflix has taken to YouTube to make fun of the drone delivery program Amazon.com unveiled last year. In a satirical video, Netflix jokingly announced "Drone 2 Home," a service that allows the company to deliver DVDs the same day users rent them from the company's website.  "That's right. Our fleet of high-tech drones will deliver your disc to you within mere seconds of you adding it to your queue," Netflix DVD division manager Hank Breeggemann said in the video.  PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor The video shows drones chasing down customers, crashing and exploding, and even delivering movies to users while they're in the bathroom.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple spent the weekend scrambling to respond to a security bug called "Gotofail" discovered first in its iOS devices and then in its Mac OSX. Beyond just leaving users vulnerable, the flaw ignited a debate among cybersecurity experts because the mistake in the code was considered so basic. Some wondered how Apple could have made such a simple error. "This sort of subtle bug deep in the code is a nightmare," wrote Google's security expert Adam Langley on his blog. "I believe that it's just a mistake, and I feel very bad for whomever might have slipped in an editor and created it. But others wondered whether the code was a deliberate attempt to create a backdoor for government spy agencies.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple said Friday that it had acquired Burstly , a small Santa Monica-based company that lets developers make their apps available for testing by outside users. The acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch and later confirmed by an Apple spokeswoman. No price was disclosed.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Although Apple has restrictions on how widely companies can beta test apps on its iOS platform, third-party companies such as Burstly have allowed developers to reach more users.
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