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Apple’s hobby snowballs: Apple TV fastest growing product

Apple’s hobby snowballs: Apple TV fastest growing product

At a shareholder meeting this week, Apple made clear the current state of affairs with Apple TV, showing it to be the fastest growing product in their hardware line-up. As it was announced that the company made $1 billion USD in revenue in 2013 from Apple TV alone, Tim Cook was reminded of his comment on the Apple TV being a "hobby" all the way back in January of 2012. Today Cook suggested of Apple TV that "it’s a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days."

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Apple TV reboot imminent as current models set to move

Apple TV reboot imminent as current models set to move

This week Apple has quietly announced an add-on to the Apple TV models out in stores right this minute. With the addition of a $25 iTunes card for the Apple TV, the company makes rumors of a reboot being imminent all the more likely. This update will likely bring the Apple TV game support as well as greater connectivity between the smartphone and the Apple TV for live streaming.

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Apple said putting OS X Snow Leopard out in the cold

Apple said putting OS X Snow Leopard out in the cold

Apple is rumored to have quietly ceased support for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, having once again left the aging OS out of its latest batch of security upgrades. Speculation that Snow Leopard was being put out to pasture began again on Tuesday, after Apple failed to patch the platform while rolling out updates for Mavericks, the latest version of OS X, along with Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7).

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Apple Touch ID tech explained as Galaxy S5 follows in fingerprints

Apple Touch ID tech explained as Galaxy S5 follows in fingerprints

Apple has further detailed the way security works in iOS, including how the Touch ID system handles keeping fingerprint data safe as biometrics come under renewed scrutiny following Samsung's Galaxy S5 launch. The new iOS security whitepaper, quietly released this week, covers multiple aspects of data safety across devices like the iPhone and iPad, but is likely to be most interesting for the Touch ID scanner details and insight into the so-called Secure Enclave where Apple locks up fingerprint information.

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Moov wearable fitness tracker tells you how to improve

Moov wearable fitness tracker tells you how to improve

So you’ve seen - and possibly have worn - several wearable fitness trackers in the past. What’s next? One possibility for the first in a new generation of fitness wearables may be here in Moov, a device that, in addition to tracking your activities, is able to analyze and suggest improvements. "Shorten your stride," it’s able to say through iPhone’s Siri, "and land softer."

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Smartphone growth slowing warns IDC (and emerging markets aren’t helping)

Smartphone growth slowing warns IDC (and emerging markets aren’t helping)

The explosive growth of smartphones will slow over the next four years, IDC analysts predict, with Android dominating in bulk but iOS making the most money from each handset buyer. Emerging markets, though adding to the smartphone count in numbers in 2014, IDC suggests, will still leave high-end devices struggling to find as many buyers as before. "New markets for growth bring different rules to play by" IDC's Ryan Reith says, "and 'premium' will not be a major factor in the regions driving overall market growth."

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