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September 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple has posted on YouTube three of the videos it showed during its iPhone event, held at its Cupertino headquarters on Tuesday. Separately, if you weren't one of the few in the audience, Apple has posted the keynote on its website.  As for the promo videos on YouTube, the first is essentially the introduction of the iPhone 5c, and stars Jony Ive, senior vice president of design Design at Apple. Ive never appears on stage, but he was in the audience Tuesday. Video: Here's how Apple's iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C work In the video, Ive calls the iPhone 5c "beautifully, unapologetically plastic.
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April 1, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple reportedly will begin producing its next iPhone sometime in May, but one version of the device may face delays. For months, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has been rumored to be developing 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of its next smartphone, commonly referred to as the iPhone 6. The last two generations of the iPhone have featured 4-inch screens. The 4.7-inch version is expected to go into production next month, according to a report Tuesday by Reuters , which cites unnamed sources.
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March 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In what may be the first social media marketing campaign by Apple, the Cupertino, Calif., tech company appears to have turned to Tumblr to advertise the iPhone 5c. A recently launched Tumblr blog called isee5c features five 15-second video clips that each advertises a different color version of the iPhone 5c, Apple's $99 smartphone.  Apple hasn't officially taken credit for the colorful Tumblr page, but isee5c is stylized in a way that...
BUSINESS
May 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not one to be outdone, Amazon.com has become the latest tech giant to reveal plans for new, outlandish headquarters. The online retailer wants to literally bring the "Amazon" to downtown Seattle with a building that features three glass-dome, greenhouse-like structures capable of housing "mature trees," according to the plans the company filed with the city. Amazon said it believes a park-like and plant-rich environment would provide its employees with many positives "that are not often found in a typical office setting.
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January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple devices are still in high demand -- just ask New York City thieves. Products by the Cupertino, Calif., company, such as iPhones and iPads, accounted for more than 18% of New York's grand larcenies in 2013, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal that cites the New York Police Department. In total, more than 8,000 Apple devices were stolen last year, leading to a 13% increase in grand larceny arrests compared with 2012. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 The NYPD said thieves usually snatch the gadgets while on public transportation -- where users have their devices out and aren't paying close enough attention to their surroundings.
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April 24, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc. will spend an unprecedented $100 billion to buy back shares and increase its dividend - a not-so-subtle attempt to appease jittery investors who have seen the company's stock plunge by nearly half in recent months. Although the announcement was intended to send a signal of how strongly executives believe in Apple's future, it came on the heels of an earnings report that included the company's first profit drop in a decade. The mixed messages about Apple's prospects left investors torn about how to feel about everything they learned Tuesday.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook turned to the seemingly more hospitable stage of the All Things Digital technology conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, one week after facing a congressional grilling on the company's tax practices. But the questions from Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist Walter Mossberg and All Things D co-executive editor Kara Swisher on the first day of the D11 conference were no easier. The opening salvo: whether Apple -- which has been "beaten up" by governments, seen its stock price slump and confronted with stiff competition from the likes of Samsung -- has lost its cool.
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September 10, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Whether the "c" in iPhone 5c stands for color or China, the launch of a plastic cellphone marks one of the biggest strategic shifts for Apple since the company began the smartphone revolution six years ago. Though the announcements made Tuesday at Apple's headquarters were relatively modest in scale, the tech giant seemed to be signaling that it was intent on recapturing lost momentum in China. Although a rumored deal with that nation's largest carrier was not announced at the event, analysts are expecting it to be confirmed soon, possibly at a separate media event being held in Beijing on Wednesday.
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July 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A report released Monday accuses a major Apple supplier of labor abuse, saying employees are working too many hours and doing so in unsafe conditions, among other claims. China Labor Watch, a nonprofit group, alleges that three factories for Pegatron Group are in violation of numerous labor rights. The report says the factories are violating women's rights, have underage labor, poor and unsafe working conditions, insufficient wages and also discriminate in their hiring. The 62-page report also says Pegatron is working its employees longer than Apple's 60-hour workweek rule and longer than China's 49-hour statutory limit.
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July 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A patent issued this week may signal that Apple is getting closer to using a super-strong alloy to build its iPhone and other devices. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for "bulk amorphous alloy sheet forming processes" to Crucible Intellectual Property. That company is a subsidiary of Liquidmetal Technologies, which teamed up with Apple a few years back to develop its trademarked Liquidmetal alloy material for the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant's technologies.
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