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December 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Shazam has updated its iPhone app to tag songs, TV shows and more all on its own, no longer requiring  users to open the app and tap a button whenever they want to tag something. The feature, called Auto Shazam, comes turned off by default, but users can turn it on by switching a toggle once they've downloaded the latest update for the app. Once turned on, Auto Shazam will remain on in the phone background and listen for audio that it can tag while users go about their day doing other things.
December 15, 2013 | By Jen Leo
This app provides a quick visual take on popular destinations - it's like having a concierge in the palm of your hand. Name: Jetpac City Guides Available for : iPhone, iPad What it does: Analyzes public Instagram photos and turns their research into fun, bite-sized, list-driven guides to 5,000 cities around the globe. Cost: Free What's hot: It's a wild, refreshing destination guide using Instagram photos - whether you're looking for Hipster Hangouts, Bars That Women Love, Top Outdoor Places, Top Urban Spaces, Top Places to Stay or more.
December 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The iPhone 5s has been the top-selling smartphone at each of the four U.S. carriers since launching in September. According to data compiled by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley, the Apple device has been the highest-selling phone for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in September, October and November. The analyst report was cited by AllThingsD . Prior to the release of the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5 was the top phone at only one of the carriers, AT&T. The other three carriers were dominated by the Samsung Galaxy S 4. PHOTOS: Top 10 most-talked-about people, topics on Facebook in 2013 With Apple climbing back on top thanks to the iPhone 5s, it now appears the Cupertino, Calif., company may have also found some success with the iPhone 5c. Despite being heavily discounted from various retailers since the day of its launch -- usually a sign of poor sales -- the iPhone 5c has been among the top three selling smartphones at each carrier in September, October and November, according to the Canaccord report.
December 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The iPhone 5c is available for less than ever: Best Buy is selling the Apple device for $1 when users trade in any working smartphone on Friday and Saturday. To get the deal on the iPhone 5c, users must sign up for a two-year service contract and trade in any working smartphone that can power on and has no screen cracks or water damage. Additionally, the retailer said that "if a customer's smartphone is worth more than a guaranteed credit, they will receive the positive difference in the form of a Best Buy gift card.
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A patent granted to Apple on Tuesday might be the latest sign that the tech giant is making a curved-screen iPhone, following in the footsteps of South Korean rivals Samsung and LG. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple the patent , which details a method for manufacturing curved touchscreens. Apple and other tech giants have countless patents that they never actually turn into products, but the latest one comes shortly after the release of the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex, the first two consumer smartphones to feature curved displays.
December 6, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple's victories over Samsung in a San Jose federal court have brought the company close to $1 billion in jury verdicts. But those wins have come at a price.  Specifically, they have cost about $60 million, the amount the company has paid its outside lawyers, according to legal filings the company made this week. In the filing, the company is asking the judge to make Samsung pay $15.7 million of those legal fees. That would be in addition to the $930 million in damages Samsung already has to pay Apple.  "Awarding fees to Apple 'flows quite naturally' from the jury's willfulness verdict as well as Samsung's extensive record of willful, deliberate, and calculated decisions to copy the iPhone, in blatant disregard for Apple's IP," Apple's attorneys said in its filing, according to Reuters . The fees primarily have gone to Apple's main law firm, Morrison Foerster.
December 5, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple may be inching closer to a deal with China Mobile, that nation's largest carrier, to sell the iPhone. But whether it's absolutely final or not remains unclear. Late Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal said a source had indicated that a deal would be announced Dec. 18 at a China Mobile conference. But Thursday, a Reuters article disputed that, saying talks were ongoing. "We are still negotiating with Apple, but for now we have nothing new to announce," China Mobile spokeswoman Rainie Lei told Reuters.
December 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
No amount of hope or change can set President Obama up with an iPhone. The leader of the free world said he is not allowed to use the popular Apple device due to security reasons, according to Reuters. Obama revealed the limitation of his job at a meeting with youths on Wednesday to promote his healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' But it's not all bad for the president. Obama said he may not be allowed to use an iPhone, but he does get to use the iPad as his tablet.
December 5, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Apple may have finalized a deal with China Mobile, that nation's largest carrier, to sell the iPhone.  Such a deal would give Apple access to China Mobile's 700 million customers for the first time. Though analysts have been predicting such a deal was close for months now, it's still expected to give a major boost to Apple in one of the world's most important smartphone markets.  The deal was reported Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal, which said a source had indicated that it would be announced Dec. 18 at a China Mobile conference.  [Updated, 6:47 a.m. PST Dec. 5: In a note to clients Thursday, Gene Munster, a Piper Jaffray analyst, said China Mobile iPhone sales could add as much as 5% to Apple's revenues in the current fiscal year that ends September 2014.
November 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has begun selling unlocked iPhone 5s smartphones that have no SIM card. The device may appeal to users who frequently travel abroad or simply don't like being tied to carrier contracts. The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant updated its online store to add the unlocked, no SIM card option this week. Apple is selling 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions for $649, $749 and $849, respectively. The new version of the iPhone 5s is compatible with GSM networks, which include T-Mobile and AT&T.
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