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Apple Watch Is Doomed to Fail

It's a Newton, not an iPod, Mark Wilson says

(Newser) - With Apple set to announce new details on the Apple Watch , including a release date, Mark Wilson at Fast Company says he has the courage to say what a lot of people are thinking: The watch is going to be a big flop. The device has more in common with... More »

Apple Accused of Poaching Electric-Battery Engineers

It's another sign the company is trying to build a car

(Newser) - The big rumor in Silicon Valley is that Apple is trying to build an electric car . And while the company isn't confirming, a new lawsuit sure seems to support the idea. Reuters reports that a company named A123 Systems is suing Apple for poaching its engineers. And what does... More »

Is Apple Secretly Working on an Electric Car?

Wall Street Journal says several hundred people are on the project

(Newser) - Might a Google self-driving car someday slam into an Apple electric car on the highway? It seems so: The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has "several hundred" employees working on a secret project to build an electric car. The story makes clear that the so-called "Project Titan"... More »

Obama to Tech World: Share Your Cyberthreats With Us

But Facebook, Yahoo, Google CEOs won't attend today's cybersecurity summit

(Newser) - In the wake of the Sony hack , President Obama will be speaking at a cybersecurity summit at Stanford University today, where he plans to sign an executive order calling for companies to share cyberthreats, both with the government and each other. But the CEOs of at least three major Silicon... More »

Apple Does U-Turn on Marijuana App

Social app will be allowed in states with legal weed

(Newser) - Apple appears to have decided that it doesn't make a lot of sense for the company to be tougher on marijuana apps than 23 state governments are on marijuana. Isaac Dietrich, co-founder of pot-themed social network MassRoots, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that Apple has decided to allow his... More »

Apple Milestone: First $700B Company

It's nearly double the nearest follower

(Newser) - Apple notched another corporate milestone today: It became the first company in US history to end the trading day with a value above $700 billion, reports MarketWatch . Specifically, shares closed at $122.02 to put Apple's market value at $710.8 billion. For perspective, the Wall Street Journal ticks... More »

Mystery Car Drives 'Apple Street View' Rumors

Or could it be a self-driving car?

(Newser) - A minivan driving around San Francisco has fueled speculation that Apple may be creating its own "street view" for Apple Maps, the Guardian reports. Spotted by the Claycord News & Talk blog, the van had 12 cameras mounted along with a lidar sensor, which uses a spinning laser to... More »

Apple Breaks Corporate Profit Record

Net quarterly profit of $18B tops Gazprom's $16.2B in 2011

(Newser) - Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season. Apple said today that net income rose 38% to $18 billion, which beat Gazprom's $16.2 billion profit for the first quarter of 2011—the previous corporate... More »

Apple Wins $1B iTunes Case

Trial included testimony from Steve Jobs

(Newser) - After just three hours of deliberation, a federal jury decided yesterday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores. The jury handed Apple a victory by rejecting a claim from... More »

Former Apple Exec Headed to Prison

Paul Devine sentenced last week for selling secrets

(Newser) - While working as an Apple executive, Paul Devine owned a Porsche Cayenne and held $950,000 across several bank accounts. Only problem: He was getting kickbacks by illegally handing out secrets to Apple suppliers that helped them negotiate better deals with Apple, 9to5Mac and Mac Observer report. Devine, a former... More »

Steve Jobs to Testify in Apple Trial

Deposition could be bad news for firm in antitrust suit

(Newser) - Steve Jobs is remarkably busy for a dead man. Not only has the Apple founder received 141 patents since his death in 2011, he will be the star witness in a class-action antitrust lawsuit set to open in California today. The case will feature a videotaped deposition from Jobs, as... More »

Apple CEO Tim Cook: I'm Proud to Be Gay

Colleagues have known, but he announces it publicly for first time

(Newser) - Many of Tim Cook's colleagues already knew he was gay, but the Apple CEO decided to tell the world at large when he realized that "my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important," he writes in a column in Bloomberg ... More »

Tim Cook: Apple Pay Is 'Already No. 1'

CVS, Rite Aid rejection just a 'skirmish'

(Newser) - CVS and Rite Aid may have dropped Apple Pay , but the tech giant's boss isn't sweating it. "It’s a skirmish," Tim Cook told a tech conference yesterday. Meanwhile, he says, things are going well for the system, Fortune reports. "In the first 72 hours,... More »

2 Major Chains Dump Apple Pay

CVS-Rite Aid consortium reportedly working on own payment system for 2015

(Newser) - While buzz continues to build among consumers about Apple Pay , at least two retailers have already jumped ship: CVS and Rite Aid. But the drugstore chains didn't simply dump Apple Pay on a whim—they're part of MCX (short for Merchant Customer Exchange), a retailer consortium that's... More »

Apple Unveils Thinner iPad Air 2

But no big surprises emerge out of Cupertino

(Newser) - Those who want a shiny new iPad for the holidays will have the option of shelling out $499 for the newly unveiled iPad Air 2, reports the Verge . The device is 6.1mm thick, down 18% from its predecessor, and Apple calls it the "world's thinnest tablet."... More »

Egg Freezing Is Fine, but Make Work Easier for Parenthood

New Silicon Valley benefit is only part of the picture: pundits

(Newser) - Facebook and Apple will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs , which is being hailed in some corners as a progressive step for women in the workplace. But is it really? wonders Jenni Avins at Quark . "Perhaps equally empowering, if not more so, would be the creation of... More »

Apple, Facebook Perk: Egg-Freezing Coverage

May be first major employers to provide this type of coverage

(Newser) - Silicon Valley already leads in tech innovation—why shouldn't it lead in procreation, too? Facebook has expanded employee coverage to include egg freezing, and Apple will start providing similar coverage in January, company reps tell NBC News . Both companies—thought to be the "first major employers to offer... More »

iPhone 6 Users' New Gripe: It's Pulling Out Their Hair

Is it the new #BendGate?

(Newser) - If users weren't already tearing their hair out over bending iPhones , now the device will do it for them. Apparently some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners are frustrated by phones that are pulling out their hair, Business Insider reports. The issue seems to be the tiny space between... More »

Apple: iPhone 6 Is NSA-Proof

Company says data on device can't be easily unscrambled, and FBI isn't happy

(Newser) - Apple says its latest iPhone has an encryption system that will keep users' emails and photos safe from the prying eyes of the NSA or any law-enforcement agency, reports the New York Times . The company says its algorithm is so complex that if it ever had to turn over data... More »

Apple: Only 9 Complaints About Bendy Phones

Company stands by iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as reports continue

(Newser) - Apple is standing by the durability of its iPhones after hearing all the online chatter about how the latest models—particularly the iPhone 6 Plus—are prone to bending . The company tells CNBC that out of millions sold so far, it has received only nine complaints, and it maintains that... More »

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