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Apple designer's court testimony recalls birth of iPhone

Apple vice president Greg Christie recalls the first two years of iPhone development, before the phone was announced, as part of Apple's patent litigation against Samsung.

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IDC: Smartphone shipments hit 1 billion in 2013

Android dominated the market, Apple saw modest growth and Windows Phone shipments almost doubled.

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Report: NSA developed software for backdoor access to iPhones

The software, developed in 2008, would let the agency locate phones and remotely turn on cameras and mics.

Black Friday free-phone offers: Are the deals real?

Plenty of retailers will offer phones for free on Black Friday—but only some of these deals are worth it.

Apple experts seek to justify $380 million damages claim against Samsung

How much do you pay for iPhone and iPad features covered by patents? That's what expert witnesses discussed in the ongoing Apple-Samsung patent infringement hearing.

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Apple, Samsung spar over money, as iCourt resumes

An eight-member jury will determine how much Samsung should pay to Apple for infringement of five patents in 13 phones.

Taiwan protests Apple maps that show island as a Chinese province

Taiwan is demanding Apple revise its mapping software and remove a label that describes the island as a province of China, rather than as a sovereign state.

Six iPhones tested, and they can't agree on magnetic north

Readings that vary by 20-plus degrees make the iPhone less useful than a $15 compass.

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Some iPhone 5s users sing the blues over iWork bug

An apparent bug causes the screens on some iPhone 5s models to briefly flash to blue when you try to switch apps from iWork and then the phone restarts.

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Apple can push iOS email across German borders again

Apple switched on its push email services for iOS devices in Germany again after posting a bond of €100 million (US$135 million).

Qualcomm exec: Apple's 64-bit A7 chip a 'marketing gimmick'

Apple's 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5s is more a marketing stunt than a technical enhancement and though it will not deliver any immediate benefits to smartphone users, there are other reasons to move to 64-bit, a Qualcomm executive said on Tuesday.

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Old tricks help German hackers bypass iPhone 5s Touch ID security

Apple's Touch ID authentication system can be defeated using a well-honed technique for creating a latex copy of someone's fingerprint, according to a German hacking group.

Al Franken questions Apple on Touch ID fingerprint sensor

The humorist-turned-politician sent an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook with a dozen questions on the privacy implications of Touch ID.

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'M' stands for 'mystical:' No sign of M7 coprocessor in iFixit's iPhone 5s teardown

Dude, where's my processor for collecting background sensor data?

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How to upgrade to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c

Depending on where you are in your upgrade cycle, getting one of the new iPhones could mean ditching your contract or paying extra money.

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