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Apple acquires chip designer Passif Semiconductor

Tech giant Apple Inc. has confirmed that that it has acquired California-based communications chips developer Passif Semiconductor Corp., apparently to boost the development of iWatch-like wearable devices.

Founded by two graduate students at University of California, Passif Semiconductor is committed to creating small & power-efficient chipset for devices that use Bluetooth technology.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant, however, neither revealed any financial details of the deal nor purpose behind the acquisition.

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Analysts suggest a price cut for iPad Mini to boost sales

As Apple Inc suffered a considerable year-on-year decline in iPad sales in the quarter ended June 30 analysts prompted to suggest that the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant should slash the prices of the iPad Mini.

Apple's iPad sales lipped to 14.6 million units in the April-June quarter of this year, considerably down from 19.5 million units in the March quarter and 17 million units in the April-June quarter of last year.

Revenue from iPad sales slipped a whopping 27 per cent year-on-year.

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Apple, Samsung in private talks to settle patent disputes: report

Apple Inc. and its biggest rival Samsung have reportedly been conducting private talks to find an amiable solution to their ongoing patent disputes.

According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Apple and Samsung had conducted face-to-face talks in Seoul in December last year and that they had reached close to settling in February but the negotiations suddenly went astray.

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Apple to probe electrocution-by-iPhone report

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. has assured that it would fully investigate into reports that an electrocution by iPhone snatched the life of a young woman in China.

As per media reports, 23-year-old Ma Ailun in the north-western city of Xinjiang died after she was electrocuted while trying to use an iPhone while the device was recharging.

The deceased's brother said in an interview that her sister received a shock when she was trying to answer a call on the iPhone that was getting recharged.

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Apple to appeal district court’s ruling e-book price-fixing case

Apple has announced its decision to appeal against the recent ruling in which a US court said that the Cupertino-based tech giant conspired to fix e-book prices to restrain trade.

US District Judge Denise Cote ruled on Wednesday that Apple was responsible for facilitating as well as encouraging publishers to collectively make efforts to end price competition for e-books. Pronouncing the verdict, Cote also said that late CEO Steve Jobs' comments helped prove the allegations of a conspiracy.

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