Apple Offers Certified Refurb iPhones on eBay

8:56 PM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · News

Ebay

A new "Factory Outlet" store has popped up on eBay, selling unlocked models of the iPhone 5 with an Apple warranty. 

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Well if the iPhone 5 indeed has a finite number of days, it makes sense to take the extras to eBay and unload them.

Amazon Tries to Woo Authors in Hachette Dispute

8:23 PM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · News

Amazon vs. Hachette

Amazon is trying to woo authors in its ongoing dispute with book publisher Hachette by offering to let them have the full purchase price of Hachette-published Kindle ebooks. Wait, that's not exactly right. Oh, here it is: Amazon is floating this idea to a few authors through a letter that has leaked, but the retailing giant hasn't actually proposed it.

Apple Maps Expands to Find My iPhone in iCloud Beta

6:12 PM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · News

Apple Maps

Brave souls using the iCloud beta site are seeing a new map in the Find my iPhone application, one from Apple instead of one from Google. The change represents yet another step in Apple's long divorce with Google Maps.

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It's about time Apple relied on its own maps all the way around. Hopefully since it's in the iCloud beta site it will just happen and not have to wait for a Mac OS or iOS release.

Apple Plans July Opening for Basel Apple Store in Swiss Watch Home Turf

3:07 PM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · News

Freie Strasse

Apple announced a July 12th, 2014 opening date for a new Apple Store in Basel, Switzerland. The country's third most populous city (195,000 people), Basel will be the site of the fourth Swiss Apple Store—and perhaps coincidentally, it's in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry.

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Bryan Chaffin thinks the choice of Basel was more than just demographics and opportunity—Apple wants to have a presence in the center of Swiss Watchland.

Samsung’s Profits Decline on Weak Smartphone Sales

11:27 AM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · News

Samsung's second fiscal quarterly profits are down by nearly 25 percent thanks to weak smartphone sales. The sharp dip is sales came thanks to what the electronics maker called a market slowdown coupled with increased competition.

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Samsung was pretty optimistic about its Q2 smartphone sales, and Apple didn't have any new phone models to compete against. Assuming Apple ships the iPhone 6 before the end of Samsung's Q3, don't expect that optimism to pay off.

Leaked iPhone 6 Sapphire Glass gets Durability Test

10:18 AM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · News

Apple hasn't confirmed any features for the next iPhone model, but that hasn't stopped parts from leaking onto the Internet, and the latest shows a 4.7-inch display put through some serious abuse. Assuming the video is legit, it backs up bigger display rumors and shows the glass for the next model is surprisingly durable.

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If this really is Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire glass display, good luck scratching it, and say goodbye to screen protectors.

Apple to Add 100 Acres to North Carolina Solar Farm

8:59 AM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · News

Apple's North Carolina data center is about to expand its solar farm by 100 acres. The iPhone and iPad maker is planning on applying for a grading permit before the end of the year, and once completed, the US$55 million project will generate 17.5 megawatts.

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Apple is already generating over 40 megawatts for its Maiden data center's electrical needs. Adding in a third solar farm for an additional 17.5 megawatts means the company has some serious power consumption expansion coming.

Apple Releases Video Showcasing Support for San Francisco Pride Parade

11:18 PM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · News

Apple Pride Parade

Apple released a video on YouTube showcasing the company's support and involvement with the Pride Parade in San Francisco on June 29th. The video offers a hint of the corporate logistics involved in Apple's participation of the parade, and the company emphasized its corporate belief that "inclusion inspires innovation."

Tim Cook May Be Planning Much-Needed Expansion for Apple’s Board

6:30 PM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · News

Shopping for Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook is looking to expand his company's board of directors, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the paper said that Mr. Cook is "actively seeking new directors" to add to the eight-member board, a remarkably small board for a company as large as Apple.