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Apple posts videos, slide decks for 2013 iOS 7 Tech Talks tour

On its developer website, Apple has published videos and PDF slide decks for its iOS 7 Tech Talk sessions. The Tech Talks are an expanded version of the Worldwide Developers Conference iOS app development sessions and are hosted by Apple across the world. This year, the Tech Talks were held from …

Mac Pros start shipping with delivery date of December 30, demand outstripping supply (again)

The first Mac Pro orders have started shipping, according to reports across Twitter. It seems that for now only off-the-shelf configurations are shipping, while built-to-order machines will ship early next month.<p>The Texas-built computer now lists shipping and delivery dates going into February on …

Sony selling off media metadata service Gracenote to Tribune group

Some five years after buying media identifying service Gracenote for $260 million, Sony is selling it off to Chicago-based media company Tribune Co. for nearly half that. The two companies today announced a $170 million deal that gives the Tribune Company's Media Services group Gracenote's …

Google previews a new way for cloud customers to track their spending

Earlier today Google showed it’s serious about handling big public cloud deployments, just like Amazon Web Services. In a blog post, Google product manager Rae Wang announced the preview of a feature that pushes a big file containing cloud usage data to Google’s cloud storage, which customers can …

Apple-Backed Consortium Reported To Be Selling Patents [Report]

The Rockstar Consortium — a group of several tech companies, including Apple — has reportedly been in talks concerning the sale of a portion of its $4.5 billion worth of patents.<p>This marks a major turnaround from 2011, when the patents — acquired from the Nortel Networks Corp — were highly sought …

Apple To Go Large In 2014 With iPhone 6 In May And iPad Pro in October

Now that the ink is drying on Apple's deal with China Mobile, supply chain rumors are emerging about Apple’s next significant product releases. Digitimes reports that according to “sources from the upstream supply chain,” Apple is planning to release a 5-inch iPhone 6 “phablet” this coming May and …

Apple patents a hover touch sensor and heart rate monitor for smartphones

Apple is getting closer to having you interact with your iPhone without even touching it.<p>Apple today received U.S. Patent No. 8,614,693, which describes a method for accurately determining user interactions with touchscreens for touch and hover events (bringing your finger close to a screen but not …

Apple’s 2013: Acquisitions, Free Software and Incremental Updates

Apple had a relatively quiet 2013, especially from a product perspective. While the company did update most of its devices, those developments, with the exception of the Mac Pro, were largely incremental. However, two moves did stand out: the transition to a free model with software like OS X, …