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New Apple iOS 8 Mobile Software to arrive on Wednesday

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SAN FRANCISCO: New generation Applesoftware to feed their coveted mobile devices is scheduled for release on Wednesday, two days before the arrival of its latest iPhones.

The iOS mobile operating system will be available free for download for iPad iPhone and many models and will be pre-installed on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which was released on Friday.

Apple introduced iOS 8 at its annual developer conference in San Francisco in June.

The new management software is designed to provide a seamless experience for users flitting between mobile devices and popular Apple Macintosh computers.

Along with updates to the operating system, the California company unveiled the HealthKit software to manage personal and HomeKit health care for home appliances. They are integrated into the latest system update.

HealthKit provide a safe haven for the data gathered by devices such as fitness band that tracks activity and sleep.

Apple also synchronized HomeKit 8 to iOS software that could let iPh…

Will Apple kill PayPal Pay?

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PayAppleturnsiPhone intocredit cardApplewants toget ridof ourpocket cardsand credit cards.WallStreetis nervousthat consumerscan tiponline payment servicePayPalalso.Shares ofPayPalownereBay (EBAY, Tech30) fell 3% on Wednesday. Thisdown 3% Tuesday after Apple(AAPL, Tech30) released its mobileApplePayfollows.

Isjustified6%sellon eBay?DoesApplereally onlymakeobsoletePayPal?Yes and no.

"There is the potential forAppleto disruptthe competitive position ofPayPalTheseare legitimate concerns. - For phones in particular," saidVictorAnthony, an analyst at TopekaCapitalMarkets.



However,AnthonythinksPayPalwill continue to reportstrong results fromeBayfor the coming quarters. He says therisk ofAppleis one ofthe longer term.
PayPaliseBaymakingsexy: Butit's understandable whyinvestorswould benervouseBay. PayPal,after all,is the most excitingpart of the businessofeBay.PayPalrevenuesaccounted for over 40% of all eBay salesin its most recentquarter.Andpaysalesrose 18% from a yearago,comparedw…

Apple introduces new iPhones, SmartWatch, software

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For the firsttime in years,AppleiPhoneswere not thestar of the show. Applereleased aSmartWatchTuesday, aportable devicethat marksthe first majorentry of the companyinto anew product categorysince the debut oftheiPadin 2010.
The move issignificant dueto recentquestions about whetherApplestill has theability to innovateafter the deathof 2,011co-founder SteveJobs.

The introduction oftwo newdeviceeclipsedtheiPhones, largercompany thatdoes not quite havelarger screens; they will havea newlandscape modeto take advantage ofthe larger screen.

TheiPhone 6will have ascreen that measures4.7 inches, while theiPhone 6Pluswill be 5.5inches.In both cases,application developerscan designapplicationsthat can be vieweddifferently whenthe phone ishorizontal.

Apple also introduceda systemto use the phoneto makecreditcard paymentsinretail stores.

Appleis turningto the past,as it exposestheir future.The companyis holdingthe event at theFlintCenterfor the PerformingArts,the same location whereJobs introducedt…

Is there a 'dark side' to Amazon drones, Google robots?

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I've got Amazon.com drones in my future.

I use Amazon's Prime delivery service for everything from rechargable batteries to art books to beef jerky, and so I was quite taken aback when CEO Jeff Bezos showcased a drone delivery system called Prime Air on 60 Minutes this past weekend. The idea is that packages below five pounds could be delivered straight from Amazon distribution centers to customers within 30 minutes using drones.

For now, it seems like half pipe dream, half pseudo-marketing: As many have observed, it probably wasn't a coincidence that the 60 Minutes segment aired on Sunday ahead of Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year -- a good time for Amazon to be in the news.

Since Sunday's show, media coverage of Bezo's plan has overwhelmingly focused on the technical and logistical aspects of Prime Air.

For example, will the FAA be okay with all these drones flying around? Are they safe enough to fly around crowded cities an…

Apple shares hit high for 2013 on holiday hope

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Apple products are not only hot selling items this holiday, they are also popular online buying tools
 Apple shares rose to the highest level this year as investors bet products like the latest iPads and iPhones will be hot sellers this holiday, helping the consumer technology giant kick-start earnings growth again.

The stock climbed 1.9% to $556.07 Friday. Earlier in the day, it touched $594.59, a 2013 high.

Apple unveiled two new iPhones earlier this year and more recently launched the new iPad Air and an upgraded iPad mini.

The iPad mini was among top sellers at Walmart on Thanksgiving, while Target said the iPad Air was a hot item at its stores. On eBay.com, one iPad was selling every second as of midnight on Thanksgiving.

"Apple products should be the holiday gift of choice this year," said Brian Marshall, an analyst at ISI Group. "The company has a great product cycle currently, the stock is cheap and we expect $600 within the next several months."

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