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Apple hires former Navteq executive to join Maps division

Still attempting to pacify disgruntled Apple Maps users.

China Central Television reports Apple is, in fact, banned

At this point I wonder if we’ll ever know for certain what procurement or energy-saving lists Apple products are or aren’t on in China. Since Bloomberg reports that Apple declined to comment and the Ministry of Finance didn’t respond to their faxes, getting an official answer seems unlikely. Whatever Apple does to get their products approved by the Chinese government will likely happen behind closed doors.

Save money on 20 productivity apps at the App Store

For a limited time, save more than 50% on 20 business, utility and productivity apps at the App Store. From organizing your life with task managers and calendars to reading PDF files to writing notes and more, there’s bound to be something that will make you more productive.

Contrary to reports, China has not banned Apple products

China has not banned Apple’s iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro from government purchases, as has been recently reported. Apple failed to make it onto the 16th semi-annual energy-saving products in government procurement notification list, but Apple products can continue to be purchased as long as there are no special energy-saving requirements.

Apple lawsuit wrap-up for July 2014

The July 2014 Apple lawsuit wrap-up sees the return of our old favorite—patent infringement lawsuit using patents so vague they could be applied to almost any technology. There’s a bout between Bose and Beats, Apple store employees grow tired of living by the sweat of their brow, and Judge Denise Cote shakes an angry fist in the air while saying, “Grrrrrrr! Apple!”

Save money at Apple stores with a tax holiday

If you’re thinking of hitting the Apple Store for some new products in the coming days, you’ll at least want to wait until Friday. Apple Store customers won’t pay sales tax on select Apple products, both in retail stores and online, if you live in one of nine states that have a tax holiday.

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MacBook Pro update clears agenda for 12″ MacBook Air unveiling

The updated Retina MacBook Pros Apple announced Tuesday are essentially a minor speed bump, bur are perhaps perhaps significant in clearing the decks for Apple to devote full attention to a widely anticipated announcement deeper into the year of a completely new 12-inch MacBook Air design with a Retina display, no internal cooling fan, and no trackpad button.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display gets updated

The MacBook Pro with Retina display laptops have been officially refreshed with more memory, faster processors, more upgrade options, and a cheaper price. As has been rumored, the 15-inch model now comes with 16GB memory standard, along with a 1TB flash drive upgrade option.

Apple earns $37 billion in Q3 2014

Apple earned a revenue of $37.4 billion and a net profit of $7.7 billion during the third quarter in 2014, which ended June 28th. This is an increase over this time last year, which saw a revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion. The earnings are a result of strong iPhone and Mac sales.

Apple’s 8th Annual iTunes Festival is set in London in September

Apple has announced that its 8th Annual iTunes Festival will be held in London throughout the month of September. Scheduled to perform during the month-long music celebration are famous artists such as Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, David Guetta, Blondie, and many more.

Sue Wagner replaces Bill Campbell on Apple’s Board of Directors

Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. He first joined Apple in 1983 as vice president of marketing and was later Intuit’s CEO. Sue Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors. BlackRock is the world’s largest asset-management company which Sue Wagner co-founded in 1988.

Apple expands two-step verification to more countries

Two-step verification is a great way to protect your account from unauthorized use. Apple previously introduced the security feature for its users, but it was available in only 11 countries. Now, Apple has added plethora of countries to the list where users can activate two-step verification, bringing the total number to 59.