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Apple watchers keen for next big thing

As Apple polishes its culture-changing gadgets to gleam during the holiday shopping season, pressure is growing for it to deliver the next big thing. The California tech giant known for dazzling innovation orchestrated by late legendary co-founder Steve Jobs has rolled out impressive improvements to its iPhones, iPads, and Macintosh computers since Tim Cook took over as chief in 2011.

Apps aim to revive tradition of hand-written notes

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - Whether it's a heartfelt note to a loved one or a thank you letter following a job interview, new apps are aiming to revive the tradition of hand-written notes with a high-tech twist. Bond Gifts, a free app for iPhones, lets users write a digital message that is converted into a hand-written note. A robot called Giles at the company's New York headquarters writes the letter with a fountain pen on embossed stationery.

Fashionistas refresh wardrobes, swap clothes with new apps

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - Women with bulging closets who still feel they have nothing to wear can turn to new apps that will help them find designer dresses to rent or to swap clothes with other fashionistas. Rent the Runway's new iPhone app also lets shoppers take photos of clothes they see in stores and will find similar garments for them to rent.

LA school officials say 71 iPads went missing during trial run of $1 billion tablet rollout

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - At least 71 iPads, including 69 from a single campus, went missing last year as the Los Angeles Unified School District tested a program intended to equip every student with one of the Apple tablets, officials said. The lost devices are among iPads used in a 13-school trial run, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/16uB6PI ). Officials told the newspaper that since the thefts, new security measures were implemented to keep track of the tablets, which cost nearly $700 apiece and are intended to be sent home with students.

Vermont orchard program could have some pickers netting a different kind of Apple

MONTPELIER, Vt. - It kind of gives a whole new meaning to the phrase Apple picking. Sixteen Vermont pick-your-own orchards are participating in this year's version of a special contest, in which lucky pickers coming across a wooden apple will win an Apple iPod, iPod Shuffle or iPad. The promotion is being sponsored by Woodchuck Hard Cider, Small Dog Electronics, Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.

Apple expected to expand iPhone reach with new models

Apple's highly anticipated event Tuesday looks to extend the reach of the iPhone to new markets as the tech giant moves to regain momentum in the smartphone segment.

NY judge promises not to intrude unnecessarily in Apple's business after antitrust finding

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A judge who ruled that Apple Inc. colluded with publishers to fix e-book prices promised on Tuesday not to intrude much on how it runs its business. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote made the observation as she revised the remedies that government lawyers proposed after their antitrust victory last month.

Wet noses to the touchscreen, iPads go to the dogs

You may or may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you can certainly try to get Fido to use an iPad. New York dog trainer Anna Jane Grossman has done just that, with success -- although a lack of apps limits the possibilities. "It's a novelty. It's just sort of a fun thing to do," Grossman told AFP at School for the Dogs, the canine classroom she runs with partner Kate Senisi near Manhattan's Union Square.

'Boyfriend Tracker' app stirs up Brazilians following revelations about US spying on Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security Agency's overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls and emails swept up in Washington's top secret surveillance program.

US judge denies Apple Inc. request to suspend her ruling in e-books antitrust case

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A judge has refused a request by Apple to temporarily suspend her ruling that it violated antitrust laws by conspiring with publishers to raise electronic book prices in 2010, and she said it appeared collusion was continuing even after her findings. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, ruling Friday from the bench in Manhattan, declined to withdraw the effect of last month's ruling while Cupertino, California-based Apple Inc. appeals.
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