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John Brownlee John Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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Apple’s Spaceship Campus looks beautiful in new aerial photo

The Spaceship Campus is progressing nicely. Photo: Apple

The Spaceship Campus is progressing nicely. Photo: Apple

Apple has provided the official City of Cupertino website with a new photo, showing progress on the new, so-called “Spaceship” campus. And it’s starting to look like a thing of a beauty.

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The deadline closes in for iOS 8, 64-bit compatible apps

Devs need to update their apps for 64-bit and iOS 8 now. Photo: Cult of Mac

Devs need to update their apps for 64-bit and iOS 8 now. Photo: Cult of Mac

If you’re a developer, listen up: it’s time to make sure your apps can support iOS 8 and Apple’s 64-bit ARM processors. Otherwise, you won’t be able to submit them to the App Store anymore.

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The ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic has started shooting in Los Altos

Steve Jobs tests Apple I motherboards in his Los Altos garage in 1976. Photo: Steve Wozniak

Steve Jobs tests Apple I motherboards in his Los Altos garage in 1976. Photo: Steve Wozniak

After a number of delays in production, and a seemingly endless search for a leading man, Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming biopic about Steve Jobs has finally started shooting, at the garage where Jobs and Wozniak founded Apple back in 1976.

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Apple pulls out of Crimea as part of U.S. sanctions against Russia

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The crisis in the Crimean Peninsula has caused Apple to terminate developer accounts in the region. Photo: Apple

In a curious example of international geopolitics influencing the App Store, developers who have registered iTunes accounts in the Crimea are being told to stop using all Apple software, and destroy any materials related to it. Why? It all has to do with the United States imposing sanctions against Russia.

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Steve Jobs rolls over in his grave: iPad Pro could have a stylus

Could the iPad Pro come with a stylus. Photo: Xstylus

Could the iPad Pro come with a stylus. Photo: Xstylus

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is usually dead right with his predictions on upcoming Apple products. But lately, his predictions have been whoppers. First, Kuo predicted that Apple would ditch Intel chips in the Mac for ARM by 2016, and now, he’s predicting that the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be the first to ship with a stylus. If true, Steve Jobs might just roll over in his grave.

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Intel CEO says he’s not worried about Apple ditching them for ARM

Intel CEO says he’s not worried about Apple ditching them for ARM

Rumors that Apple might ditch Intel chips in the Mac for ARM-based chips of their own design are nothing new. Back in 2012, we reported that Apple would soon be dropping Intel chips from all their Macs. And earlier this year, ex-Apple-executive Jean-Louis Gassée claimed that he thought Apple would soon ditch Intel too. Heck, even Intel has said in the past it considered Apple switching to ARM on the desktop to be a very real and scary threat. Yet it still hasn’t happened. So far, it’s the rumor equivalent of the Apple HDTV: even though it endlessly comes up in the news cycle, it still hasn’t happened.

Even so, when usually accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities issued a note last week saying that Apple would fully switch from Intel to ARM by 2016, it caused a ruckus. People took the rumor more seriously than most, just based on Kuo’s amazing track record. But according to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, he’s not worried. But he’s also not denying it’s a possibility.

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The (refurbished) Retina iMac is now available at a killer price!

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

The Retina iMac is a sweet, sweet machine, but starting at $2,499, it’s one of the most expensive Macs you can buy, short of the new Mac Pro. But if you’re tempted to buy one, here’s a cheaper way to do so: the Retina iMac has finally been added to Apple’s online Refurbished store.

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The official Facebook app for iOS will now provide AMBER Alerts

Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

The AMBER Alert network in your area is about to get more effective.

Social networking giant Facebook announced today that it would be teaming up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to provide AMBER Alerts through its official iOS app, as well as through its official website.

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Apple proposes a new settlement to anti-poaching lawsuit

(Credit: Benjamin Feenstra)

(Credit: Benjamin Feenstra)

After almost four years of fighting a court case, Apple and three other large tech companies have finally reached a deal to end the class action lawsuit against them for the anti-poaching agreements that established with one another.

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Could Apple have already lined up the sapphire supplier for the iPhone 6s?

Could this be our first look at the iPhone 6s's sapphire display? Photo: Desay

Could this be our first look at the iPhone 6s’s sapphire display? Photo: Desay

Due to its failed relationship with GT Advanced, Apple missed out on releasing the iPhone 6 with the rock hard, all sapphire display that was initially rumored.

But what about the iPhone 6s? It’s still unknown, but an Apple supplier, Desay, has just announced their own smartphone with an “unbreakable” sapphire display.

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