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Jul 29 2014 12:43PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display spec bump

MacRumors today reported Apple has expanded AppleCare+ service in Mexico and Sweden to include iPhones and iPads. The extended warranty service, priced at 1,599 pesos in Mexico and 799 kronor in Sweden, must be purchased separately for each device and includes coverage for accidental damage. Cupertino was also busy with a rumored product refresh, which kicks off Tuesday's Morning Report...

MacBook Pro with Retina Display Receives Rumored Refresh

Right on cue, the Apple Online Store has been updated overnight Monday with refreshed MacBook Pro with Retina Display models, exactly as rumored over the weekend. The 13-inch and 15-inch notebook models now feature slightly faster versions of Intel's Haswell processors, with the former now featuring 8GB RAM with the base model and the latter getting a bump to 16GB across the board.

Apple is also making it more enticing to buy a MacBook Pro with Retina Display, now that the highest end 15-inch model is $100 cheaper than it was yesterday, dropping to $2499. The 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro also dropped by $100, bringing it down to a new record low of $1099, although without a spec bump of any kind.

As usual, build-to-order options are also available, with new options including a 3.0GHz dual-core i7 processor for the 13-inch model and a 2.8GHz quad-core i7 processor for the 15-inch model. Apple has also bumped the potential flash storage for both display sizes up to 1TB.

This modest refresh may have to appease MacBook Pro with Retina Display lovers, given that Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors may not be notebook-ready until sometime in mid-2015.

iPhone 6 Logic Board Components Allegedly Reveal NFC Chip

The iPhone 6 leaks just keep on coming, with the latest revealing bare logic boards from both of the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. According to MacRumors, each of the components are larger than the one found in the current iPhone 5s, and are once again rumored to include support for near-field communication (NFC) at long last, which could line up nicely against rumors of a new mobile wallet service Apple may be planning to launch this fall.

Facebook Now Enforcing Switch to Standalone Messenger App

TechCrunch reported Monday that Facebook will start pushing smartphone chat users onto its free Messenger app starting later this week, a move the social network already started enforcing in Europe earlier this year. "Our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences," Facebook said in a statement. Curiously, Facebook users on mobile web, feature phones, Windows Phone, Facebook Paper or desktop computers won't have to endure such a change — at least for now.

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Jul 29 2014 9:37AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is buying a privately held German firm that specializes in voice and data encryption, it said on Tuesday, in a bid to burnish its credentials with highly security-conscious clients like government ‎agencies.

Jul 29 2014 9:10AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Apple Inc said it updated its MacBook Pro line of laptops with a high-resolution Retina display, faster processors and higher memory for a starting price of $1,299.

Jul 29 2014 7:52AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese regulator said on Tuesday it is conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft Corp over its Windows operating system, in the latest in a growing number of competition probes that have unnerved Western firms in China.

Jul 29 2014 6:59AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
PARIS (Reuters) - Telecoms operator Orange's investment in faster fiber and mobile broadband networks in its French home market has started to pay off, as its high-end focus insulates it from cut- price fixed plans offered by rival Bouygues.

Jul 29 2014 6:03AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese regulator said on Tuesday it is conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft Corp because the firm has not fully disclosed information about its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software.

Jul 29 2014 5:47AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese regulator said on Tuesday it is conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft Corp because the firm has not fully disclosed information about its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office application.

Jul 29 2014 5:18AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
PARIS (Reuters) - Telecoms operator Orange's investment in faster fiber and mobile broadband networks in its French home market has started to pay off, as its high-end focus insulates it from cut- price fixed plans offered by rival Bouygues.

Jul 29 2014 2:36AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
PARIS (Reuters) - Telecom operator Orange confirmed its annual profit and debt targets after it managed to stabilize its margins in the second quarter helped by ongoing cost cuts and smaller sales declines in France and Poland than a year ago.

Jul 29 2014 12:59AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for anti-trust investigation after government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday.

Jul 29 2014 12:13AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said smartphone shipments in the first half rose 62 percent year-on-year, as it targets the more expensive smartphone sector dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc.

Jul 28 2014 11:54PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for anti-trust investigation after government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday.

Jul 28 2014 11:28PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
National Public Radio gets its Pandora on with a car-friendly app that's all about delivering the news and stories you like.






Jul 28 2014 11:01PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Over in the United Kingdom, the word is that iPads and iPods are saving lives. Not through the power of their magic Apple logo, of course — as doctors and nurses Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital claim (via the Gazette Live), the Cupertino company's easily portable units allow the hospital to sideline the hassle of paper notes and focus on the information that demands immediate attention.

Using the iPod touch, for instance, medical personnel can monitor their patients' health through the help of specialized apps that produce immediate reports on a person's vitals and deliver alerts if something seems awry. The staff at the hospital also use networked iPads to check on each patient.

Via Gazette Live

"The key benefits of the system is the more rapid identification of deteriorating patients which in pilot sites has led to a reduction in hospital and critical care length of stay and a reduction in mortality — all of which are a huge benefit to both patients and clinicians," said Tricia Hart, the head of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Even more remarkable, the hospital is reporting such success just a few weeks after the program launched on June 23. The South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust obtained £1 million ($1.69m) for the project in March, and the use of Apple's devices at James Cook marks only the first step in a much wider adoption of the project throughout Britain.

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Jul 28 2014 10:47PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Hotels often make a big deal about how much their premises make you feel "at home," but according to the Wall Street Journal, Hilton's upcoming app will let you walk straight up to your room after your arrival like you own the place. No more of that nasty socializing with the folks behind the counter business; you'll be able to bypass human interaction altogether.

We've covered this kind of stuff before, but it's always been for comparatively small regional chains or tests before wider rollouts. (Back in January, for instance, Starwood Hotels and Resorts implemented a similar program for two of its Aloft hotels in Manhattan and in Apple's own Cupertino.) Hilton's adoption of the feature marks one of the first steps to making the practice common at internationally recognizable hotel chains.

Hilton, in fact, is already halfway there. The current app for the influential hotel chain lets you check in through the app, but you still need to run up to the front desk if want your keys. That'll change in the future, though — specifically, sometime next year. By 2016, according to the WSJ, you'll be able to use your iPhone has your hotel key at all of the company's locations worldwide.

Pity, then, that they'll probably still charge you an arm and a leg for Wi-Fi.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Jul 28 2014 10:39PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's third-biggest smartphone manufacturer, shipped 34.27 million smartphones globally in the first half of 2014, a 62 percent rise from a year before, the company said on Tuesday.

Jul 28 2014 10:09PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Jul 28 2014 10:06PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Online flash sale site Rue La La, which counts eBay as an investor, is exploring a sale that could value the company at around $400 million, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Jul 28 2014 7:19PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
The anticipated iPhone 6 may sport some new connectivity features, including NFC and a newer form of Wi-Fi.






Jul 28 2014 6:48PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on Monday, weeks after Facebook Inc admitted to misleading users in a psychological study.

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