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AppleCare for Enterprise site goes live

AppleCare for Enterprise site goes live

Apple and IBM partnered up this past summer on a big enterprise effort, and as part of that an AppleCare for Enterprise site has gone live, indicating that the service is now available to applicable customers. Apple details what users can expect, with everything from always-available phone support to the promised onsite repairs and device coverage. No information is provided on the pricing of such (those interested are directed to get in contact for a quote), but we've got all the details for you after the jump.

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Apple Watch pricing may range from $350 to over 10x that much

Apple Watch pricing may range from $350 to over 10x that much

At no surprise to anyone, the least expensive version of the Apple Watch has been tipped to be the "Sport" version. Based on what we've seen of the device range so far, the Sport edition of the Apple Watch will be akin to the lower tiers of the iPhone. The mid-range will of course be the steel models, while the highest-end "Edition" will be made with gold, coming with price tags reaching $5000 USD - unofficially, of course. This information comes well before Apple even taps an official release date.

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Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

After a year in development, the team at OnBeep have created a device by the name of Onyx. This device closely replicates the abilities of a walkie-talkie, a push-to-talk phone, and of course - a Star Trek communicator. One from The Next Generation, of course, not one of those old-school communicators you had to hang on your belt. That'd just be madness... or a smartphone. The Onyx was made to work in emergency situations at first, but it's prepared to work in any environment in the real world.

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New Apple Watch tip points to February 14 launch

New Apple Watch tip points to February 14 launch

Apple might have a lovely Valentine gift for its fans next year. That is, if this latest leak coming from France proves to be true. IGen claims that its reliable insider sources maintain that the Apple Watch will actually start selling on February 14 next year and will have two additional luxurious color options. This would run contrary to what Apple's own retail exec seems to have implied in a corporate message to retail employees, hinting that Apple's smartwatch won't be launching until spring 2015.

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Apple confirms new engineering office in Seattle

Apple confirms new engineering office in Seattle

Apple has nestled itself in the Pacific Northwest, joining the likes of Microsoft, Google and Amazon by opening an engineering office in Seattle. Apple has confirmed the business move to the Seattle Times, but has not elaborated on any details beyond that. This marks a first for the company, and it is expected more will be joining it in due time. No details are provided on where exactly the office is located, but a fair bit of information on what is taking place has surfaced.

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iOS 8.1.1 beta brings performance boost for older devices

iOS 8.1.1 beta brings performance boost for older devices

Apple’s iOS 8 rollout has been — interesting. After a false-start for HealthKit and download problems that caused some devices to lose cellular connectivity, we all seem to be on the right track. Though some hefty improvements to iOS are expected with iOS 8.2 and/or 8.3, Apple has iOS 8.1.1 in beta form, and has begun seeding it to Developers. Whether you’ve upgraded or not, this update is one you’ll want to look for, and it could pave an important path for the iOS faithful.

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Analyst: Apple brings in 86% of handset profits

Analyst: Apple brings in 86% of handset profits

There is typically a lot of chatter about device shipments and market share, but those two metrics mean relatively little when compared to actual sales, use, and profitability. On the heels of the iPhone 6 hitting the world stage alongside the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s profits were impressive. An even more impressive finding is that the Cupertino-based company also commands a lion’s share of the handset industry profit. According to one analyst, Apple has a massive 86% of the profit earned from the mobile handset market.

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Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

It would appear that Starwood hotels are jumping aboard the keyless entry train for their hotel rooms starting this Autumn. Check in, pull out your smartphone, get it activated, and you'll be on your way to walking in your hotel room without a key. Starwood hotels aren't the first company to create such an entry system, nor have they simply jumped aboard a fast-moving fad. They've had this system in the works since January of this year - and it's all ready to go!

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Manufacturers are now getting chips with Apple’s HomeKit

Manufacturers are now getting chips with Apple’s HomeKit

The Smart Home of Tomorrow is quickly becoming the norm for today, with many companies sticking their hands in the collective home automation pot. Among these is none less than Apple with its HomeKit, which we saw unveiled this past summer. There's a certification process that must be followed for those wishing to get on board, chief among it being the need to use HomeKit-enabled chips from certain approved makers; namely, Texas Instruments, Broadcom, and Marvell. The first two chipmakers in that group, it has been revealed, are now shipping their wares.

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Apple Pay contract detailed, shows who’s boss

Apple Pay contract detailed, shows who’s boss

Apple Pay might be more convenient for consumers, but what’s Apple’s angle in the whole scheme? Why do they want to offer us the ability to use their mobile payment service? Aside from the small percentage we already knew Apple was skimming per transaction, we are now getting additional news about Apple’s gain with Pay. The percentage points Apple gets are just the tip of it all, and these details show just how structured the plan is, top to bottom.

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