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Sunday January 25

21:46
Samsung to Produce Majority of Apple's A9 Chips for N...

Samsung will be the main supplier of Apple's upcoming A9 chip that will power the next-generation iPhone, reports South Korean newspaper Maeil Business (via Reuters). The newspaper notes that Samsung will supply around 75% of chips for the next iPhone, and that the processors will be produced at the company's factory in Austin, Texas.

Apple's A8 chip
Last month, a report from Korea's ET News said that Samsung had begun work on the processor in Texas. Previous reports noted that Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would be producing the A9 chip, although Samsung was chosen to be the primary supplier in a...

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09:01
Microsoft's Kinect Camera Could be used in another Cr...

On January 1, 2015 the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application titled "Touch Free User Recognition Assembly for Activating a User's Smart Toilet's Devices."

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Saturday January 24

16:31
Apple Reported to Begin Shipping Apple Watch in March, 12-...

Apple will begin shipping the Apple Watch in March and will also look to launch its new 12-inch MacBook Air during this quarter, according to a new report by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. The analyst also predicted that iPhone shipments would beat expectations for Q1 2015 with over 61 million units shipped, while iPad shipments are expected to total to 10 million units.

Kuo notes that Apple may reveal more details about the Apple Watch before its official launch, revealing specifics on battery life and the start of pre-orders. Most components of the Apple Watch will see high shipments during the quarter, but other key components are expected to see low production yields which may cause a constrained supply. Kuo predicts that Apple will ship 2.8 million Apple Watch units in Q1 2015, and his estimate for a March launch falls in line with...

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11:49
Samsung Invents Future Displays with Bendable Device Contr...

In November Samsung's VP of the Business Strategic Team at Samsung Display, Kwon Oh-hyeon, threw a Hail Mary at investors during their Samsung Investor Forum in New York.

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05:55
Apple Opened Store Number Fourteen in China Today

Right on schedule, the Hangzhou Apple Store opened today with Apple's typical fanfare.

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Friday January 23

11:39
Intel to Announce a New Stylus Alliance & Standards in...

Today there's news that Intel is forming a new Stylus alliance that will be formally announced in February. Their first standards-compliant stylus is set to roll out sometime in Q3. It sure looks 2015 will be the year that the stylus undergoes its biggest overhaul in decades.

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11:04
Apple 'Excited' About HomeKit Partners Despite S...

It's been more than six months since Apple first introduced HomeKit at its June 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, but HomeKit-compatible products have yet to hit store shelves and may not do so until this spring, almost a year after Apple first detailed its home automation system.

HomeKit's launch has gone slower than expected, and according to sources that spoke to Re/code, the two major reasons were a "slower-than-expected" launch of the HomeKit MFi program, which began in November, and the late launch of chip specifications, which weren't sent out to chip makers until October. Apple's high performance standards for hardware manufacturers and chip makers are also said to be a factor.

Elgato's upcoming line of HomeKit-compatible products
January's Consumer Electronics Show saw the debut of several HomeKit-compatible products, including the...

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09:34
New Class Action Filed Against Apple over iTunes Radio

Zenbu Magazines has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and a separate class action against Beats Electronics. Zenbu owns the copyrights to many of the songs found in Apple's iTunes Radio. Patently Apple presents you with the facts of the case along with the specific Class Action allegations as presented in Zenbu's court filing.

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08:56
Apple's OS X 10.10.2 to Fix Security Vulnerabilities...

Google's security team, Project Zero, this week disclosed to the public several security vulnerabilities in OS X, some three months after the issue were shared with Apple (via Ars Technica). While Apple has not commented officially on the issues, it appears one has already been patched and iMore reports the remaining two are fixed in OS X 10.10.2, which is currently in developer testing.

Project Zero works to discover security vulnerabilities of various operating systems and software, giving their owners 90 days notice to patch the issues before publishing their findings to the public. In their markup of Apple's OS X, problems involving memory corruption, kernel code execution, and...

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07:43
Study: Apple's iPhone Web Traffic Domination State-by...

Despite iPhones remaining the largest source of smartphone Internet traffic in North America, Chitika's latest interesting study finds a relatively high degree of variation of iPhone usage rates on a state-by-state basis. Our report presents you with two large charts that spell it all out quickly.

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07:07
Apple Took Half of U.S. Phone Activations in Q4 2014 as De...

Both analysts and metrics are suggesting Apple will report record-breaking iPhone sales for the just-ended December 2014 calendar quarter, and new data released today by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals the Cupertino company may have set a high bar against its competitors, grabbing half of all phone activations in the United States.

While CIRP's survey included only 500 users and thus may include a significant margin of uncertainty, the data shows Apple's U.S. activation market share increasing from 28 percent in the July-September 2014 quarter to 50 percent in the October-December quarter. The significant jump was clearly fueled by strong consumer interest in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. "The strength of the September 2014 launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus fueled Apple’s dominance in US mobile phone sales this quarter," said Josh Lowitz, Partner and CoFounder of CIRP. "...

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05:48
Apple May Allow Product Security Inspections by Chinese Go...

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly consented to security inspections of the company's products by Chinese government officials, reports The Beijing News [Via ITworld]. The inspections will look for backdoors that provide third-party access to sensitive and private data stored on Apple devices.

These spot inspections were part of an agreement forged between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Lu Wei, director of China's State Internet Information Office. The pair met last year to talk about the security of Apple's products, including the upcoming Apple Watch. Wei expressed concerned that Apple's devices may compromise the security of the Chinese government and the privacy of Apple device owners in China...

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05:28
The iPhone 6 was the Top Smartphone in Taiwan for December

Last month we reported that the Apple iPhone 6 ranked as the number one smartphone in Taiwan in November in terms of both sales volume and sales value. Apple's iPhone 6 took 4 out of the top 5 smartphones sold. Today,

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Thursday January 22

20:36
Photos of 12-Inch MacBook Air Display Show Black Glass Cov...

Just days after a report claiming Apple supplier Quanta Computer has begun ramping up production of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, Chinese site iFanr shares some photos [Google Translate] of what it says is the display assembly for the machine (via SlashGear).

The photos depict the claimed display and metal shell from the upcoming 12-inch machine alongside both a 13-inch MacBook Pro and a 9.7-inch iPad, with its sizing appearing to measure up to previously reported dimensions. The display does, however, have two noticeable differences from current MacBook Air. First, instead of a...

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17:54
A Microsoft Patent Surfaces at the U.S Patent Office with...

As the New Year began, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published one of Microsoft's patent applications covering the basics of their new Surface Hub interactive display that our Patently Mobile IP blog discovered today. The patent filing shows us some new customized gestures...

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15:00
Apple CEO Tim Cook Earned $9.2M in Fiscal 2014, Doubling 2...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's compensation for fiscal 2014 was $9.22 million, according to a newly released SEC filing. That breaks down to a salary of $1.7 million and non-equity incentive compensation of $6.7 million, double the $4.3M compensation he received in 2013.

Apple's newest executive hire, Angela Ahrendts, received $73 million in cash and stock. That includes a $400,000 salary, a $500,000 bonus, and $70 million in stock. Ahrendts, who joined Apple in May of 2014, was previously making $37 million at Burberry, and her offer package included an RSU award with a value of $37 million to compensate her for her unvested Burberry awards along with an RSU award of $33 million as a new Apple hire.

As for other Apple executives, Eddy Cue and Jeff Williams made over $24 million in...

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12:14
Apple Aiming for 19 Hours of Apple Watch Battery Life With...

One of the biggest mysteries about the upcoming Apple Watch is its battery life. Previous rumors have hinted that it will need to be charged once a day, and Apple CEO Tim Cook himself said that users will want to charge it on a daily basis, but concrete battery life information has yet to be revealed.

New details on the Apple Watch's possible battery life have now surfaced from inside sources that spoke to 9to5Mac, revealing information on the battery life Apple was aiming for and what it may actually be able to achieve.

As of 2014, Apple was reportedly aiming for 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use with 19 hours of active/passive use, plus 3 days of pure standby time and four days if the...

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09:10
Apple is the First U.S. Company Agreeing to have their Pro...

Back in September we posted a report about Apple having to ensure China's Ministry that there were no hidden back doors to Apple's iOS 8 for the iPhone. The report noted that China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it conducted "rigorous security testing" on the iPhone 6 ...

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09:05
T-Mobile's 'Smartphone Equality' Program En...

T-Mobile today announced a new program that makes it easier for customers with poor credit to receive discount pricing on devices and other deals previously only available to credit-worthy customers. CEO John Legere kicked off the new "Smartphone Equality" promotion with a video blog that explains the rationale behind the program.

Legere notes that half of Americans do not qualify for most carrier-advertised phone deals due to poor credit or a lack of credit history, and T-Mobile aims to change that by "putting our relationship with you above some number pumped out by a credit bureau, some huge faceless bureaucracy."

With its new "Smartphone Equality" program, T-Mobile is emphasizing the customer's relationship with the carrier instead of their credit score. As part of the initiative, customers who have paid their wireless bill on...

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07:34
BlackBerry CEO Says U.S. Government Should Force Apple to...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen yesterday published a blog post adaptation of a letter in which he presses U.S. government officials to support not only net neutrality but also "application/content neutrality". In Chen's view, all apps and content should be available on all platforms, and he points specifically to Apple's iMessage and Netflix's streaming services as examples of discrimination against BlackBerry.

Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple’s iMessage messaging service. Netflix, which has forcefully advocated for carrier neutrality, has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them. Chen believes BlackBerry is a leader for content and application neutrality and pushes U.S. government officials to require these same neutral...

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07:31
USPTO Publishes Apple Touch ID & Orientation Audio Pat...

On January 22, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three new Touch ID patent applications from Apple in addition to one that covers orientation based audio that Apple first revealed back in 2013.

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06:27
Apple Patent Reveals that Future iDevices may Adopt New En...

On January 22, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on improving the technology related to iDevice backlight units.

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03:58
Apple Invention Focuses on Virtual Gaming Controls for the...

Last week we reported on an Apple invention relating to the iPhone or iPad Home Button doubling as a gaming joystick. It was so simple and yet so right. I had noted at the end of that report that it was a nice feature, even though it wasn't a total gaming solution. I guess the gaming gods wanted to remind us today that Apple indeed has other technology on hand to advance game-play functionality on iDevices.

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Wednesday January 21

17:47
Google Inks Deal With Sprint, T-Mobile to Become Wireless...

Google has signed deals with Sprint and T-Mobile that will allow it to sell wireless service directly to consumers, reports The Wall Street Journal, adding to a report released by The Information earlier today. The publication's sources suggest that Google's entry into the wireless service industry may be part of an effort to persuade carriers to bolster speeds and cut down on pricing. Positioning itself as a wireless carrier is also part of Google's larger effort to provide better Internet coverage across the United States.

Currently, there are four major carriers in the United States: T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, and while T-Mobile has made efforts to shake up the wireless industry with its Un-Carrier initiatives, wireless service...

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13:58
Microsoft Shoots for the Stars with their New HoloLens Hea...

Last week we reported on the Google Glass Project going underground until further notice. Google had taken the decision to reinvent their augmented reality device that just wasn't connecting with the consumer as first hoped for. In hindsight it now makes sense why Google chose to make that announcement so public at that particular point in time. Today Microsoft introduced HoloLens, an all-new holographic headset that will be powered by Windows 10.

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13:44
Logic Pro X for Mac Gets Major Update With New Drummers, T...

Logic Pro X for Mac today received its most significant update in the last year and a half, adding a slew of new features to the pro-oriented audio software produced by Apple.

Version 10.1 of the software, which is available for free for existing users, introduces new drummer profiles and more tools to make music creation a simpler task, plus it adds in new sounds with a focus on electronic and hip hop music.

There are 10 new drummer profiles to use in the new version of Logic Pro X, which can be used to produce beats in styles like Techno, House, Trap, and Dubstep, and there's also a new drum machine plug-in for tweaking drum sounds and making mixes. Each drummer has eight preset patterns, but they can be customized and users can create their own patterns as well.

Logic Pro X screenshot courtesy of CNET
The update introduces 200 synth patches and 10 new...

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12:05
One of the First Apple Watch Games Shown off in Mockups fr...

Though developers have had access to the WatchKit API for the upcoming Apple Watch since the debut of iOS 8.2 in November, we've still learned very little about what apps will be able to do and what kind of apps we can expect to see when the device launches.

We know that common Apple apps like Messages, Mail, and others will be available on the Apple Watch based on what Apple shared in the keynote and on its dedicated Apple Watch website, but third-party developers have not divulged much about their plans for the device, though hundreds of innovative apps and experiences are undoubtedly in the works.

One major game developer, NimbleBit, is working on a new game that will be playable on the Apple Watch. Shared by our sister site ...

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11:29
Microsoft Debuts 84-Inch Surface Hub Touch Display, HoloLe...

Alongside officially debuting Windows 10, Microsoft today unveiled two new futuristic hardware products, the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset, and the Microsoft Surface Hub, an 84-inch 4K touch screen tablet with multi-touch and multi-pen support, dual camera, and advanced sensors.

The Microsoft Surface Hub runs a version of Windows 10 that's been adapted for the huge 84-inch display, and Microsoft showed the device being used in workplace meetings, as a hub for communication. The screen was used for making drawings and notes, and content projected to the Surface Hub was then shared to all people on a Skype conference call. The Surface Hub was also demonstrated using various Microsoft apps adapted for a larger screen.

Microsoft Surface Hub, image via The Verge
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10:35
Microsoft Demos Free Windows 10 Update, Debuts New 'P...

In the fall of 2014, Microsoft announced its newest operating system, Windows 10, and gave a brief preview of the upcoming software, which is designed to incorporate elements of both Windows 8 and Windows 7, in an attempt to make it more appealing to users who have thus far not upgraded to Windows 8.

Today, Microsoft is holding an official unveiling of Windows 10, sharing new details on the OS and demonstrating how it works across a range of devices. With Windows 10, Microsoft is hoping to cut down on operating system fragmentation with one unified platform thats designed to run on PCs, tablets, phones, and more.

Microsoft's tagline for Windows 10 is "More personal computing," a philosophy that's evidenced in its three design guidelines that it used when developing the software: mobility of experience, trust, and natural interaction, through a range of different input options from mice and...

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09:26
Apple's Time Machine, Cover Flow, and Safari for iOS...

Patent holding company TriDim Innovations this week filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, accusing the companying of violating two 3D workspace patents the company owns. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California with a judge assignment still pending.

TriDim asserts in the suit that Apple is infringing on U.S. patents 5,838,326 and 5,847,709, both of which address document management in 3D workspaces. Specifically, Apple Time Machine, Cover Flow, and Safari for iOS 7 and 8 are claimed to be infringing on the patents.

One embodiment of the document display space disclosed in TriDim's patents
Both of TriDim's patents were originally filed in 1996 and awarded to Xerox in late 1998, although they have changed hands several times in recent years. Patent ’326 details a method of moving and...

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08:59
Samsung's New Tizen OS Based Smartphone is seen as a...

A year ago we reported on Samsung's embarrassing misstep trying to introduce their Tizen OS with Docomo jumping off the Tizen bandwagon at the last moment and instead focused on Apple's iPhone. Since that time ...

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07:24
Apple Acquires Music Analytics Service Semetric

According to a new report published this morning, Apple has acquired British based Semetric, an analytics service company that created a popular music industry analytics tool called Musicmetric.

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05:10
Apple's iPhone 6 Smashes Smartphone Sales Record on S...

On January 9 we posted a report from Kantar that told us tells us that the iPhone 6 had won the war by a wide margin in the U.S. Today, the news is even sweeter: Apple's iPhone 6 is the first smartphone by a foreign company to ever go beyond 20% market share in South Korea. In fact Apple smashed that record by a wide margin by taking Samsung's Galaxy smartphone line-up head on.

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00:53
Apple Acquires Media Analytics Company Semetric Ahead of B...

Apple has acquired British media analytics company Semetric and will look to roll in the company's Musicmetric tracking service into its relaunch of Beats Music later this year, reports The Guardian.

In documents filed with Companies House earlier in January, Semetric’s registered address was changed to 100 New Bridge Street in London – the office of law firm Baker & McKenzie, which is also the registered address of Apple Europe Limited.

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plan,” said Apple in a statement provided to the Guardian, although Semetric declined to comment. First launched in 2008, Musicmetric is known for its expansive tracking of music sales, downloads, and social networking...

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Tuesday January 20

14:59
Apple Steps up their D.C. Lobbying and Ensures that iDevic...

Today we learned that Apple got more involved with various agencies in Washington D.C. in December. Specifically, Apple wanted to ensure that their products such as the Apple Watch wouldn't get snared in any last minute red tape regarding the addition of new medical sensors.

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12:55
NBC to Stream Super Bowl XLIX on iPad and Mac for Free, No...

NBCUniversal today announced that it's debuting a new "Super Stream Sunday" promotion, which will allow all U.S.-based users to watch 11 continuous hours of NBC content through the NBCSports.com website and through the NBC Sports Live Extra app on the iPad/iPod touch without the need for a cable subscription.

Super Stream Sunday, which starts on February 1 at noon Eastern Time, will include Super Bowl XLIX, the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show with Katy Perry, and the Super Bowl XLIX pre- and post-game shows. It will also feature an episode of The Blacklist.

Accessing NBC content through NBC.com or within the NBC Sports Live Extra app typically requires a cable...

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12:00
'123456' Named 2014's Worst Password of the...

Despite the multitude of password management apps that are available, like 1Password and LastPass, many people continue to use easily guessable words and number strings to protect their sensitive information.

One of the most popular passwords in 2014, for example, was "123456," according to a list of leaked 2014 passwords gathered by SplashData (via Re/code). The second most used password was "password," followed by "12345," "12345678," and "qwerty." Both "123456" and "password" have also been popular in past years, ranking as the top two most commonly used passwords in 2013.

Similar number strings were the sixth and seventh most popular 2014 passwords, followed by the words "baseball," "football," and "dragon."

"Passwords based on simple patterns on your...

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09:02
Analysts See Record-Breaking Sales for iPhone and Mac in H...

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may boost Apple's iPhone sales to a new record in the company's year-ending Q1 2015 quarter, says Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty in a recent investor note. In line with other analyst predictions, Huberty and her team expect iPhone sales in the December holiday quarter to reach as high as 69 million units, eclipsing last year's quarterly record of 51 million units sold in Q1 2014.

Huberty also predicts strong Mac sales based on IDC's estimate of 5.8 million units, well above Morgan Stanley's earlier estimate of 5.2 million units and exceeding the record-setting 5.5 million Macs the company sold in fiscal Q4 2014. While the iPhone and Mac climb, iPad demand year-over-year is expected...

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08:48
Samsung's Galaxy S6 Rumored to be Packing Heavy Specs

Apple's iPhone 6 and especially the iPhone 6 Plus ran over Samsung's Galaxy and Galaxy Note products this past Christmas. And although Samsung will be focusing a lot of their energy on taking the smartphone war to China's Xiaomi in the year ahead, the upcoming Galaxy S6 is squarely aimed at striking back at the iPhone.

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07:30
TAG Heuer to Combine Swiss Watch Expertise With Technology...

LVMH luxury watch chief and TAG Heuer interim head Jean-Claude Biver spoke recently with Bloomberg, revealing some early details about the company's upcoming smartwatch product. Biver was a notable early critic of the Apple Watch, saying Apple's wearable effort looked like it was designed by "a student in their first trimester," although he appears to have shifted his perspective more recently.

In this week's Bloomberg interview, Biver recognizes the technological shortcomings of the Swiss watch industry, which lacks the communications and hardware background to produce a smartwatch. Instead, TAG Heuer will develop its smartwatch using a "different craftsmanship" that merges the...

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07:00
The FDA Publishes a Draft Covering Policy for Low Risk Dev...

In a report that we posted in September we learned that Samsung smartphone sensor technology had been dragged down by technological and legal problems. The legal issue revolved around smartphones integrating biometric sensors having to be clearly labelled as medical devices. At the time we wondered if this same problem could catch up with Apple's iDevices. Today the FDA released a draft relating to "General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices."

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06:55
Apple Patents Eye-Tracking Software Feature for Possible U...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted an Apple patent, originally filed in April of 2012, that deals with eye-tracking technology used to control a user interface on a computer or smartphone (via AppleInsider). The specific invention involves a method for ensuring users do not lose track of a cursor while controlling their devices through eye-tracking movements.

The patent, with inventor credit going to David P. Julian, describes future Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices that could include the new camera technology, allowing movements of a user's eye to translate to...

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05:44
Jean-Claude Biver Revs up the Rhetoric about TAG Heuer...

In December we reported on the rumor that Intel may provide the chip to power Tag Heuer's first smartwatch in 2015. Today a new report covers some of Jean-Claude Biver most recent insights into the Tag Heuer smartwatch.

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04:27
Apple Granted a Patent Relating to Advanced UI Gaze Contro...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 12 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent that relates to eye tracking and gaze controls that will apply to all future iDevices, the MacBook and more importantly, for use in your car, in a future ...

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03:37
Apple Granted 12 Patents Today covering their Ion-X Glass...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 12 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today which represents one of the slowest granted patent days in recent years. In this report we cover a single invention relating to strengthening iDevice cover glass. This new process is behind the new Apple Watch and has been branded as Ion-X Glass.

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Monday January 19

11:25
Samsung Invents a Smartphone and e-Pen Dock that could dou...

Yesterday an Apple Pen rumor surfaced stating that Apple would be releasing their first digital pen as an accessory option for their upcoming larger iPad pro tablet. Today we've discovered that Samsung has invented a new kind of smartphone and electronic pen docking station that would allow ...

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09:43
Photos of Montblanc's Watch 'e-Strap' Show...

Luxury watch maker Montblanc earlier this month announced the "e-Strap", an accessory band that will add notifications, music control, and other smartphone-connected functions to a traditional analog wristwatch, marking one of the first efforts by traditional watchmakers to offer smartphone integration as the Apple Watch's launch nears.

Alexander Linz of the Watch-Insider blog had the opportunity to examine the e-Strap first hand during a demonstration by Montblanc CEO Jerome Lambert that was held over the weekend in Geneva.

Detailed photos of the watch accessory reveal how it sits on a traditional watch band to rest firmly on the underside of the wrist. The display portion appears rather bulky, making discomfort a possible issue during daily use.

Other photos showcase the 0.9-...

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07:02
Apple's Homepage Honors Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. Today Apple's homepage ...

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06:25
Apple Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Its Home Page

Apple today updated its website to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a full page memorial on the company's home page. The image on the site is accompanied by a message to honor the civil rights leader and his work, “Today we reflect on the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the work that continues in service of the broader concerns of humanity.”

Following the rollout of the website change, Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted his own commemoration that highlighted Apple's remembrance of King's legacy.

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLK Apple http://t.co/ngqL0bym8y

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 19, 2015
Previously, Tim Cook has publicly expressed...

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Sunday January 18

08:34
A New Apple Pen Rumor Surfaces as an Accessory for iPad Pr...

Today to a new rumor has surfaced that an iPen or Apple Pen is being aimed for release with Apple's large 12 or 12.9 inch iPad as an accessory sometime in the first half of 2015. How elaborate Apple's first digital pen could be is unknown at this time ...

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06:15
Apple Predicted to Launch Optional Stylus Accessory Alongs...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with another report outlining his belief that Apple will launch a stylus as an optional accessory for the company's rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro". With the new iPad's larger screen, it will likely prove popular with enterprise and creative users who tend to have more need for a stylus and Kuo believes Apple will fill that need with an in-house solution.Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases. Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.Apple's proposed haptic stylus from a 2010 patent application, not necessarily reflective of the company's current thinking on such a device
Kuo believes the stylus will be an optional accessory rather than included standard...

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Saturday January 17

07:05
Apple Files Update to "iPhone" Trademark with U....

On January 17, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "iPhone" which was filed late yesterday.

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Friday January 16

11:30
Work Continues on iOS 8.1.3 With Retail Employees Receivin...

Apple is continuing its behind-the-scenes work on the upcoming iOS 8.1.3 update, and as of yesterday, retail employees that have been testing the software received a second iOS 8.1.3 beta, build 12B466, which is six builds newer than the previous seed they received on Wednesday, January 7.

Last week, we speculated that the iOS 8.1.3 beta was close to release due to the fact that it was shared with quite a few retail employees, but it appears there are still bugs that Apple is working on fixing before it provides the 8.1.3 update to the public. MacRumors continues to see an uptick in the number of visits received from devices running iOS 8.1.3, and while we expect the update will be released to the public in the next week or two, it is not clear exactly when a launch could come.

Overall visitors to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 8.1.3
According to our...

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09:14
Details of Ericsson's Patent Infringement Lawsuit aga...

U.S. based Ericsson Inc. and Sweden's Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (together, "Ericsson") are suing Apple over their refusal to license their patent portfolio of Essential Patents via ETSI standards. Ericson states in their formal complaint before the court that "Apple and Ericsson previously entered into a license agreement that is now expired, yet Apple continues to sell products that comply with...

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08:06
Intel CEO Responds to Rumors of ARM-Based Macs, Says Relat...

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich appeared today on CNBC’s Squawk Box to talk about the financial future of the technology company. Following discussions about Intel's disappointing Q1 forecast and flat PC sales, CNBC anchor Betsy Quick questioned the executive about rumors that Apple may eventually drop Intel chips from its Mac computers in favor of its own processors.

Unfazed by the questioning, Krzanich toed the company line, revealing no new information about the future of Intel's relationship with Apple and simply calling it a "strong" one.I just hear the same rumors. Our relationship with Apple is strong and their products are great. Apple is always going to choose the supplier who can provide them the most amount of capability in innovation for them to build on, for them to innovate. They're a company based on innovation. Our job is to continue to deliver parts that have that capability give them that, that are better than our...

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05:43
Retina 5K iMac Models Now Available From Apple's Onli...

Apple recently started selling the 27-Inch iMac With Retina 5K Display in the refurbished section of its online store, as first noticed by 9to5Mac. These refurbished models offer customers the chance to save up to 15 percent off the retail price of a brand new model.

Several 27-inch Retina iMac models are available, including the entry-level model which is availablee for $2119 and includes a 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB Fusion Drive. Other available Retina iMacs include a $2,419 model with 16GB of memory and a 3TB Fusion Drive and...

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04:35
Samsung Reportedly to Gain 70% of Apple's A9 Process...

There's been a propaganda war going on over who will produce Apple's next generation processors. Every time that there's a report that TSMC will retain Apple's chip business, a counter report is soon to follow stating the contrary. In late December it was reported that GlobalFoundries was experiencing tooling delays. So today, to counter that report, magically Samsung will gain ...

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Thursday January 15

13:27
The Google Glass Project goes underground until Further No...

We posted an extensive report in November titled "Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice." The report showed how developers were losing interest in the project and how the press kept hammering the project. The UK Guardian had called "Google Glass a fascinating failure" and ...

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12:13
Popular 'Monument Valley' Game Earned More Than...

Ustwo, the developers behind the hit game Monument Valley today published a detailed infographic that gives a rare inside look at what it takes to develop an ultra popular game and the rewards developers can reap from creating an app that soars to the top of the App Store charts.

For those unfamiliar, Monument Valley is a highly popular indie puzzle game that asks players to lead the main character through a series of mazes spanning 10 separate levels. The game was highly praised for its design, which included a unique and striking art style.

According to Ustwo's infographic, it took Ustwo's eight person team 55 weeks and $852,000 to develop the original version of Monument Valley ahead of its April 2014 launch. The app's Forgotten Shores expansion, released in late November, took an additional 29 weeks and $549,000 to develop.

Monument Valley received some negative...

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11:36
'iPod Father' Tony Fadell to Take Charge of Goog...

Following some leadership changes that Google has implemented, Tony Fadell, creator of the Nest thermostat and "iPod Father," will oversee Google's Glass division, reports The Wall Street Journal. Google is planning on splitting out Glass, its wearable headset computer, from the Google X research lab into its own unit, led by Ivy Ross, who will report to Tony Fadell. Fadell will be in charge of Glass, and will provide "strategic guidance" on the product.

Largely seen as a failure at this point, Google Glass failed to drum up enough developer interest to truly establish itself in the wearable market and Google has continually pushed back the product's mass market release.

Google has opted to cease selling...

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10:47
Apple Opening New Stores in China at an Accelerated Rate

On Monday we reported that Apple had opened a new store in Henan province, its first in central China, bringing the number of Apple stores in mainland China to thirteen. The new store opened last Saturday in a shopping mall in downtown Zhengzhou. Our cover graphic shows the massive crowds that gathered to experience the first Apple Store in that region. Today it's being report from several Chinese news sites that Apple will have another ...

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10:34
Apple's iBooks Platform Seeing 1 Million New Users Pe...

Apple's iBooks platform is seeing an average of a million new users per week after the company's decision to ship iOS 8 with the app pre-installed, according to Apple Director of iBooks Keith Moerer, who spoke today at the Digital Book World Conference.

Apple's decision to ship iOS 8 with several new apps pre-installed, including Podcasts and iBooks, was somewhat controversial because pre-installed default apps are unable to be deleted from a user's device. At the same time, though, default apps that come automatically installed introduce the content to a range of new people who might not have otherwise discovered it in the App Store.

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09:22
Pink Floyd's Nick Mason Thinks that Apple's iTun...

Nick Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd to have played a part in every one of the band's often turbulent incarnations. He bluntly stated in a new GQ interview that he thinks that Apple's iTunes is rather passé.

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07:58
iPhone 6s Rumored to Include 2GB of Faster RAM and 'F...

Apple may boost the amount of internal RAM and use faster LPDDR4 RAM technology in its next-generation iPhone 6s, claims TechNews Taiwan (via G Gor Games). These RAM modules offer low power consumption and a significant performance increase over the 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM used in the current-generation iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

According to supply chain sources, the LPDDR4 RAM modules for the iPhone 6s will be supplied primarily by Hynix, Samsung, and Micron-Elpida. Elpida reportedly was behind schedule, but the company allegedly improved its manufacturing process to a level that will meet Apple's demand. Micron-Elpida and Hynix were identified in...

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07:45
Samsung Rumored to be Sidelining Qualcomm's Snapdrago...

Last month we reported that Samsung and LG were getting really nervous that they'd be forced to delay their next generation smartphone models due to overheating problems with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. While Qualcomm played up their 810 processor at CES, behind the scenes there was still worry about overheating issues. In a new report published today there are claims that Samsung ...

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07:12
iPhone Home Button That Transforms Into Gaming Joystick Sh...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published an Apple patent application revealing the company's interest in an iPhone or iPad home button that transitions form its normal functionality into a small joystick for gaming (via Patently Apple).

The "multi-function input device" would serve its normal home button functions, ostensibily with Touch ID and all other current features, but with a simple pressure click would pop up and transform into a slightly elevated thumb joystick.

Home button mode (left) and joystick mode (right)
A simple push of the elevated home button back into a...

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06:51
Apple Patent Reveals Customizable Drum Loops for GarageBan...

On January 15, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that discusses how GarageBand and/or Logic apps can create unique and customized drumming loops ...

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06:25
Save Mart Supermarkets Adds Apple Pay as Bank of America A...

Apple Pay was introduced last year during Apple's September iPhone event and debuted alongside iOS 8.1. Months after launch, the service continues to expand with two major announcements today that mark the further expansion of the mobile payments service into regional supermarket chains and the continued adoption by consumers.

Starting today, California supermarket chain Save Mart Supermarkets is rolling out Apple Pay to all 217 Northern California and Nevada stores it operates under the Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky, Maxx Value Foods, and FoodMaxx brands. Save Mart Co-President & Chief Strategy and Branding Officer Nicole Piccinini Pesco said that the grocery store chain is adding Apple Pay for the "benefit and convenience"...

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05:26
Three Key Apple Patents Detail Apple Pay and Touch ID Syst...

On January 15, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications from Apple that detail the specifics behind Apple Pay via Touch ID. The patent filings meticulously detail ...

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03:06
Apple Invents a Home Button that Doubles as a Gaming Joyst...

On January 15, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible next-generation multi-functional iDevice Home Button. In the first mode, the Home Button retains its standard functionality. In the second mode, the Home Button transforms into a pure gaming joystick.

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Wednesday January 14

13:55
Wireless Charging Looks to Go Mainstream in 2015

As the largest consumer electronics show in the world, CES often gives us a hint of the technologies we can look forward to in the near future, based on the products that are shown off at the show. In 2013 and 2014, there was a heavy focus on wearables, and this year's emphasis on home automation suggests 2015 will be a big year for connected home products.

There's one other important emerging technology that we may see explode over the course of the next few years -- wireless charging. Several companies, including Energous and WiTricity, demoed upcoming wireless charging solutions, and the Alliance for Wireless Power had a booth showing off how wireless charging will work in the Home of the...

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13:27
Samsung Offering to Buy BlackBerry for $7.5 Billion

It's being reported this afternoon that Samsung is offering to buy BlackBerry out in order to get their hands on their highly valued intellectual property portfolio.

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13:23
Samsung in Talks to Buy BlackBerry for $7.5 Billion

Samsung has recently been in talks with BlackBerry about a potential takeover, reports Reuters. The South Korean company has reportedly offered to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion, in the hopes of acquiring BlackBerry's extensive patent portfolio. Executives from both companies are said to have met last week in order to discuss the potential deal.South Korea's Samsung proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, which represents a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry's current trading price, the source said.The offer price would imply an enterprise value of $6 billion to $7.5 billion for BlackBerry, assuming conversion of $1.25 billion of convertible debt, according to the documents.

BlackBerry has struggled with flagging sales in recent years, and in 2013, the company received a takeover bid worth $4.7 billion...

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12:00
Google to Launch World's First Modular Smartphone in...

Today we've learned that the Google is going to tippy toe into the new daring market of modular smartphones in the second half of the year.

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11:00
Samsung Advances Iris Scanning ID Project for Smartphones

After Apple introduced Touch ID on the iPhone 5S, rumors began to surface that Samsung was working on a biometric ID system of their own involving an iris scanner. Samsung struggled with bringing a fingerprint scanner ...

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08:24
Apple's iOS "iBook" Icon is now a Registere...

Apple's iBooks was first announced alongside the iPad at a press conference in January 2010. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's ...

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07:15
Apple Diversifies Chip Orders for iOS Device and Apple Wat...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has frequently offered accurate information on Apple's product plans based on supply chain information, has released a new report outlining his expectations for the company's chips over the next several years. Kuo highlights a diversified supplier lineup for Apple's A-series chips used in its iOS devices, with TSMC, Samsung, and GlobalFoundries all contributing to production.

Kuo sees the 2015 chip breakdown with the A9 chip destined for this year's iPhones being shared by Samsung and GlobalFoundries, while TSMC handles the A9X that would be used in iPad models. That split is projected to flip in 2016, with TSMC handling the A10 iPhone chips and Samsung being responsible for A10X iPad chips.

Perhaps most enticingly, Kuo projects that Apple could begin launching ARM-based Macs in the next year or two based on its custom chip designs.Apple may launch Mac products that use own AP in next 1-2 years. This prediction is based on...

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06:40
Samsung Introduces a Cheap Tizen OS Driven Phone in India

Almost a year ago we reported on Samsung's embarrassing misstep trying to introduce their Tizen OS with Docomo jumping off the Tizen bandwagon at the last moment and instead focused on Apple's iPhone. In September Samsung vowed to advance Tizen OS in smartphones, wearables and beyond yet once again in December embarrassingly dropped the ball ...

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05:29
No Agreement between Apple and Ericsson Leads to Lawsuits

Last month we reported that the Indian High Court had banned Xiaomi from selling, importing and advertising smartphones in their country. In that case it was Ericsson who brought a lawsuit against them regarding Essential Patents. Today it's being reported that Apple and Ericsson are suing each other ...

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Tuesday January 13

13:34
Apple Watch iPhone Companion App Reveals New Details About...

Apple's latest iOS 8.2 beta includes a reference to an Apple Watch companion app that will be installed on the iPhone to give users a way to access settings on their Apple Watch devices, and a new report from 9to5Mac using code created by developer Steven Troughton-Smith (which can be found on Github), details some of the functionality that can be found in the upcoming app and in the Apple Watch.

Called the Apple Watch "Companion," the app is described as housing both settings for the Apple Watch itself and settings for various Apple Watch applications. As we learned from the WatchKit SDK included in...

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09:00
Samsung to Launch the Galaxy A7 to Compete against Low-End...

According to a Yonhap report, Samsung on Tuesday revealed their plans to launch its slimmest smartphone later this month at home and in major emerging countries to bolster low-end sector amid the rise of Chinese rivals eating into its shares. That translates to being rivals such as Xiaomi – not Apple and the the higher end iPhone 6.

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08:00
Federal Review Blames Lack of Resources and Planning for L...

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Education has found the Los Angeles Unified School District's $1.3 billion "iPad-for-all" education initiative, announced in the summer of 2013, had been "plagued by lack of resources and inadequate planning for how the devices would be used in classrooms," reports the Los Angeles Times.

The iPad initiative was officially canceled last month amidst an investigation by the FBI focusing on the relationship between Apple executives and former LAUSD superintendent John Deasy. The investigation was sparked by claims the bidding for the deal had been altered to favor Apple and Pearson, the higher-education company providing content...

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07:38
Struggling Quanta is charging into 2015 with MacBook Air a...

... The good news for Quanta is that they're beginning to ramp up for Apple's new 12 inch MacBook Air and Apple Watch which is bound to increase revenues in the months ahead.

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06:53
Apple Granted a Patent for a Superior GoPro-like Camera Sy...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent report we cover a single invention that relates to a camera system. What's interesting here is that Apple's invention that was filed in 2012 appears to now incorporate intellectual property from Kodak that they acquired back in November 2013. In one implementation, Apple's invention could directly move into GoPro's territory ...

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06:28
Apple Quietly Ends Free iTunes 'Single of the Week...

Apple has seemingly ended its weekly iTunes "Single of the Week" promotion that gave out a free music single download each week on the iTunes storefront. As noted by Business Insider, a member of the Apple discussion forums claims an Apple support employee informed him the company decided to drop the weekly promotion.

I contacted iTunes Support and they told me the decision was made to drop the free Single of the Week. Seems they don't want people browsing the Store anymore. I told them that the free single each week got me to the Store and I usually bought a few songs. Now, there's less reason to go. They've stopped the free single in other countries too. The "Single of the Week" promotion began in 2004, and in a similar vein to Apple's "App of the Week" promotion on the App Store, it gave out free singles every week from...

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05:05
Apple Granted Patent for Display-Based Speakers for iDevic...

In December we posted a report titled "Apple's Patented Idea of Displays Doubling as a Speaker Could Come to Life with New Gorilla Glass from Corning" which covered an MIT Technology Review article about Corning's new glass that had properties that could turn displays into speakers. Apple's first granted patent on this type of invention surfaced ...

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03:10
Apple Granted an In-Depth 3D In-Air Gesturing System Paten...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent that Apple inherited from PrimeSense about a 3D Air Gesturing System for a future computer or 3DTV. Shortly after Apple acquired PrimeSense we posted an extensive report on the patents that Apple inherited. It included a number of patents regarding gaze and air gesturing controls for ...

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00:46
Apple Ramping Up Production of 12-Inch MacBook Air for Q1...

Apple supplier Quanta Computer has begun ramping up production of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air ahead of a release during the first quarter of 2015, reports Digitimes.

The company has stepped up its efforts to recruit more workers for its production efforts on the notebook, and is looking to bring in a total of 30,000 workers during the quarter to also help with the Apple Watch. Sources close to Quanta further note that the 12-inch MacBook Air will replace the existing 11-inch MacBook Air, with Apple choosing to keep the 13-inch MacBook Air.

Rendering of 12-inch MacBook Air done by Martin Hajek
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Monday January 12

14:19
Apple Maintains Mac Sales Momentum in Holiday Quarter

Apple saw an increase in its U.S. PC shipments during the recent holiday quarter, according to PC shipping estimates from Gartner. Apple shipped over 2.1 million Macs in 4Q14, up from 1.9 million Macs in 4Q13, marking an 11.5 percent increase. Though the company's shipments were up, its growth rate slightly trailed the overall market, resulting in a share of 11.7 percent down from 11.9 percent in the year ago quarter.

With its 11.7 percent share of the market, Apple is the third largest PC vendor in the United States, behind HP and Dell, which captured 29.2 and 22.6 percent of the market, respectively. Lenovo and ASUS came in behind Apple, with 10.2 and 6.8 percent of the market, respectively.

Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q14 (Thousands of Units)
Overall, U.S PC shipments totaled 18.1 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a 13.1 percent increase...

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10:00
Apple Seeds Fourth iOS 8.2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.2 to developers, nearly a month after seeding the third beta and more than two months after releasing the first iOS 8.2 beta.

The beta, build 12D5461b, is available immediately to registered developers as an over-the-air update and it can also be downloaded from the iOS Developer Center. Today's update also includes Xcode 6.2 beta 4 with WatchKit.

iOS 8.2 includes the WatchKit SDK, allowing developers to create apps, Glances, and notifications for Apple's upcoming wearable device ahead of its 2015 launch. The first iOS 8.2 beta, with WatchKit SDK and developer documentation, revealed several new details about the Apple Watch, including its heavy reliance on the iPhone and the different types of content developers can create for the device.

The...

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09:49
Chevrolet's Upcoming 2016 Volt Plug-in Hybrid Spotted...

GM today at Detroit's North American International Auto Show showcased the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and as spotted by The Verge, the latest Volt model includes an option for CarPlay as well as MirrorLink in the vehicle's entertainment system settings.

2016 Chevy Volt in-dash entertainment system by The Verge
GM was listed as a CarPlay partner when the technology was announced in early 2014, but the company was not expected to incorporate CarPlay into its automobiles right away. Almost one year after the announcement, GM appears to finally be bringing CarPlay to its automobile lineup starting with the 2016 Volt, although the new model is not expected to go on sale to the public until the second half of this year.

Chevrolet has previously been involved...

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08:14
IBM Granted Most Patents in 2014 with Apple in Eleventh Pl...

Today IFI CLAIMS the leading producer of global patent databases released its annual tabulation of the top U.S. patent recipients for 2014.

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08:11
Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket Launching First iBeacon Pl...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket today are announcing the launch of a new iBeacon platform throughout Marsh's 75 supermarket locations that will enable Apple Watch users to receive interactive alerts and other content on their devices based on their proximity to Marsh's beacons. The program is the first integration of iBeacon technology with Apple's wearable product, which is expected to launch to the public in the next several months."iBeacons have created new ways to connect with mobile shoppers in the store, and inMarket allows us to reach many of our shoppers through the apps they love and use everyday," said Amit Bhardwaj, Senior Director of Customer Loyalty, Marsh Supermarkets. "Now with wearable integration, shoppers who use Apple Watch will enjoy the same digitally-augmented, real-world shopping experience."Marsh and inMarket are working together to develop a platform that will initially include...

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07:18
Apple Passes Nikon to Become Second Most Popular Camera Br...

Flickr over the weekend released data detailing the most popular camera rankings of 2014 for the online photo sharing service. With 100 million users uploading 10 billion photos last year, the usual standouts of Canon and Nikon edged out most of the competition, but most interesting was Apple moving past Nikon to take second place in the rankings (via The Next Web).

Focusing solely on the top 5 camera brands used on the service last year, Canon took first place with 13.4 percent, followed by Apple with 9.6 percent and Nikon with 9.3 percent. Samsung and Sony round out the other top spots.

Individual iPhone models have long registered as the most popular camera devices on Flickr, but in looking at overall brand performance, major traditional camera manufacturers Canon and Nikon with as many as several hundred different models on the...

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05:36
First Apple Store in Central China Opens

According to a new report from China, Apple has opened a new store in Henan province ...

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05:04
Apple Plays Role in TSMC's Record Q4 Sales Beating Es...

It's being reported today that consolidated revenues at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) totaled US$6.97 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 ...

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Sunday January 11

14:45
New Selma Movie Sullied by Soundtrack Lyrics Referencing F...

I went to see the Movie Selma yesterday like millions of others in North America. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 98% approval rating and those seeing the movie gave it 87%. It was an interesting look back at the events of Selma, Alabama in March 1964. While I generally liked the movie, my rating would be 60%. I thought it much closer to that of a movie made for TV – but that's just me. Then again, I strongly objected to a part of the movie's closing tune called "Glory" that made a reference to the recent Ferguson tragedy. To be honest, ...

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05:46
Siri Control of HomeKit Devices While On the Go Requires A...

One of the major focuses at CES this year was home automation, with a number of vendors announcing their plans for devices integrating with Apple's new HomeKit ecosystem. One of the key features of these HomeKit devices has been the ability to control them from iOS devices via Siri, allowing users to turn lights on or off, close garage doors, and more with just their voices.

As noted by The Verge, however, users hoping to accomplish such tasks while away from home will need to have an Apple TV on their home network to serve as the hub for these devices.So, while commands like "Siri, turn off the lights in the living room" will always work while connected to your home Wi-Fi network, they won’t from the airport unless you have an Apple TV. But that’s it — you can still switch off the lights with an app, no Apple TV required. This behavior has been confirmed...

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Saturday January 10

07:36
Apple Inherits PrimeSense's IP Relating to a 3D Scann...

Over the last month we've seen a few 3D patents surface at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from Apple, with two of them coming from PrimeSense, a company that they acquired. PrimeSense's technology was and/or still is behind Microsoft's Kinect. In December we posted two reports covering two of their patents that are now Apple's titled "Apple Patent Reveals...

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Friday January 9

12:12
Minor iOS 8.1.3 Update Likely Coming Next Week

In mid-December, we reported that Apple was working on a minor iOS 8.1.3 update as developers test iOS 8.2, and it appears that the iOS 8.1.3 update could be close to seeing a public release.

According to BGR's sources, Apple is planning on debuting an iOS 8 software update "sometime in the next week" and while the site cannot confirm whether it's a new beta or a public release, our own data suggests the upcoming update is most likely iOS 8.1.3.

Over the course of the past week, MacRumors has seen an increase in visits from devices on Apple's networks that identify themselves as running iOS 8.1.3, and as of yesterday, that number jumped significantly, suggesting a larger number of Apple employees are now testing the software ahead of a public launch.

The first hints of iOS 8.1.3 appeared on...

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