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  • Will Apple Pay be the next iRevolution? Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    CUPERTINO, Calif.— Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. It puts Apple in the middle of a wide range of consumer transactions, underscoring Apple's value as a brand and giving people a powerful new reason to buy iPhones, iPads and other gadgets. But Apple is launching its new service at an ideal time, says Gartner tech analyst Van...

  • Apple shows off new gadgets, but Pay is bigger bet Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 4:28 PM ET

    CUPERTINO, Calif.— Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display on Thursday. But they're not the kind of game-changing new product that has made Apple a darling of Silicon Valley and the tech industry's most valuable company. Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett says the service is "hugely important" because it puts Apple in...

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 16- Apple Inc's faster, slimmer iPads come with modest improvements, such as a fingerprint sensor, but some analysts say it offers few other features to wow consumers ahead of a holiday shopping season expected to be swamped by mobile devices. At a launch event on Thursday, Chief Executive Tim Cook called Apple's new line-up, which includes a...

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 16- Apple Inc introduced a faster, slimmer iPad Air 2 on Thursday, tacking on modest improvements such as a fingerprint sensor to its mainstay tablet in time for what is expected to be a hotly contested holiday season for mobile devices. Apple may struggle, however, to arouse the same passion for tablets as in past years, among consumers faced...

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 16- Apple Inc introduced a faster, slimmer iPad Air 2 on Thursday, tacking on modest improvements such as a fingerprint sensor to its mainstay tablet in time for what is expected to be a hotly contested holiday season for mobile devices. Apple may struggle, however, to arouse the same passion for tablets as in past years, among consumers faced...

  • CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 16- Apple Inc's new electronic payments service will launch on Monday, after the iPhone maker signed up another 500 banks to support a feature that competes with eBay Inc's PayPal and other online systems. Chief Executive Tim Cook, speaking at a Thursday event at which Apple is expected to unveil holiday-season tablets, also said developers...

  • APPLE LIVE: iPad Air 2, Apple Pay, new Macs debut Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    CUPERTINO, Calif.— Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. Meanwhile, Apple made its new Mac operating system, Yosemite, available as a free download starting Thursday. The new 27- inch iMac— which Apple is dubbing the "Retina 5 K" model— went on sale Thursday as...

  • Apple looks to rev up fading tablet growth Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    SEATTLE, Oct 15- Apple Inc is expected to unveil thinner and more powerful iPads on Thursday ahead of the holiday season but may struggle to arouse passion for tablets among consumers already over-supplied with hand-held, touch-screen devices. Tablet sales for Apple, which defined the category with the iPad just four years ago, have fallen for two straight...

  • Banks harvest callers' voiceprints to fight fraud Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 3:45 AM ET

    LONDON— The caller said her home had burned down and her husband had been badly hurt in the blaze. The conversation, a partial transcript of which was provided to The Associated Press by the anti-fraud company Verint Systems Inc., reflects the growing use of voice biometric technology to screen calls for signs of fraud. Two major U.S. banks, JPMorgan Chase& Co. and...

  • PC shipments dip 1.7 pct, less than expected Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 4:20 PM ET

    SEATTLE, Oct 8- Personal computer shipments fell 1.7 percent in the July to September period from a year ago, tech research firm IDC said on Wednesday, marking the 10th straight quarter of declines but beating IDC's forecast of a 4.1 percent drop. Gartner, a rival research firm, put the decline at 0.5 percent. U.S. and European shipments increased, boosted by...

  • PC market still ailing despite gains in US, Europe Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    The contrasts emerged in two separate reports released Wednesday by research firms International Data Corp. and Gartner Inc.. Gartner pegged the worldwide sales at 79.4 million units, a decrease of less than 1 percent. "Consumers' attention is slowly going back to PC purchases," Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said.

  • HP faces uphill battle with newly minted PC unit Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    SEATTLE/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 6- Hewlett-Packard Co's Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman appeared to be banking on growth markets like 3 D printing and a trickle back in PC sales when she announced on Monday a spin-off for the company's computer and printing business. Yet some questioned the move, expressing doubt over whether the newly christened " HP Inc" can...

  • *iPhone to reach China Oct 17 after regulatory delay. *Suppliers say no impact from China delay; have spare capacity. The company fixed the date after addressing software security concerns raised by regulators, which delayed the launch in China beyond the Sept 19 of several other countries.

  • The company fixed the date after addressing software security concerns raised by regulators, which delayed the launch in China beyond the Sept 19 of several other countries. Apple's suppliers said the delay did not have an impact on production, and are confident they can keep up with demand when the new, larger iPhone models hit China.

  • BOSTON, Sept 26- Palo Alto Networks Inc's flagship next-generation security firewall ranks as the least effective in a new test of such equipment by NSS Labs, results that surprised some analysts because the product is widely considered an industry leader.

  • SEATTLE, Sept 26- Microsoft Corp will unveil a new name for its best-known product on Tuesday when it offers the first official glimpse of its latest Windows operating system.

  • Five ways to protect yourself from data breaches Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- If Larry Ellison sailed off on his yacht for good tomorrow, who would really run Oracle Corp? Of 12 analysts who replied to an anonymous poll, five said Catz would likely run Oracle, while only one voted for Hurd, 57. Four said both would continue to run the company, one said neither, and one plumped for dark-horse internal candidate Thomas Kurian.

  • Retailers seen unlikely to warm up to Apple Pay Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    Sept 10- Apple Inc's launch of its own tap-to-pay system using near-field communication in its new iPhones and smartwatches may not be a game changer after all. Apple is betting on the popularity of its iPhones and the convenience and security of its payment system to prompt customers and retailers to make the shift.

  • Apple gives NFC chip technology a prized seal of approval Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 10- Apple Inc's long-awaited launch of tap-to-pay technology in its new iPhones and smartwatch may be the seal of approval that near-field communication technology needs to become as commonplace as wifi, Bluetooth and GPS.