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Saturday November 22

09:29
Apple Invents Secrets-based Security Measure Relating to t...

According to a New York Times report published this week, a particularly nasty mobile malware campaign targeting Android users has hit between four million and 4.5 million Americans since January of 2013. In a mid-January security report published by Cisco, they claimed that ninety-nine percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices. And while security firms have tried to sully Apple's iOS reputation for not having malware with reports about the recent Masque attack, Apple responded quickly. They also noted that they "…designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software." This week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals systems and methods for a security measure that prevents ...

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07:16
U.S. Judge Signs Off on Apple's e-Book Conspiracy Dea...

According to a new report published this morning, a US judge has signed off on Apple's $450 million legal deal to compensate consumers harmed by an illegal price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books. The settlement ...

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06:29
Digital Scientists Promote Rately Browser for iBeacon Shop...

Tom Klein, CEO of Digital Scientists, recently moderated the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Retail Society’s Panel on Location-Based Experiences featuring leaders in the field of proximity sensing / location-based technology. The first presentation at the event was made by Apple's Sr. Systems Engineer Orlando Luna on Apple's beacon technology. Our report covers the basics of the presentation and an overview of the Rately Browser for iBeacon Shopping.

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Friday November 21

17:27
A8 Chip in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Playing 4K Video

The dual-core A8 chip powering Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appears to be capable of handling 4K video playback, despite the fact that the two iPhones have native resolutions of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, respectively.

4K video playback on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was first discovered by the developers behind WALTR, a Mac app that's designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone for native playback, and reported by TUAW.

Image via iFixitThe discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, a great Mac app that allows users to quickly upload video files to their iPhone which aren't supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV files. While testing the app...

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12:20
Microsoft's New TV Ad Mocks Siri & Backfires for...

Microsoft has flipped in trying to compare their digital assistant Cortana with Apple's Siri as a reason to consider purchasing a Microsoft phone. The second question posed by Microsoft's digital assistant to Apple's Siri is this ...

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12:18
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Users Experiencing Issues With YouTu...

The latest update to OS X Yosemite, 10.10.1, appears to be causing some users to be unable to play YouTube videos in Safari. According to threads on the Apple Support forums and Google's Product forums, some users that attempt to play YouTube videos are seeing only black screens with audio clipping or are experiencing problems loading videos.

Other users are able to play videos, but are seeing a brief error message before a video begins to play, and still other users are getting complete browser crashes when attempting to watch a video. For some users, the problems just started a few hours ago, suggesting the issue may be on YouTube's end.

I installed Yosemite on my iMac (20-inch, Mid...

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11:59
Apple Filed for Three Trademarks in Europe and China this...

Patently Apple has discovered today that Apple filed for three trademarks in Europe this week, with one already showing up in Hong Kong's trademark database.

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11:33
Microsoft Pits Cortana Against Siri in New Ad Showcasing C...

Microsoft today launched a new video advertisement that compares its Cortana virtual assistant to Apple's own digital assistant, Siri, showcasing Cortana's contextual reminders and traffic alerts, two functions that Siri does not have.

In the ad, entitled "Siri vs. Cortana: Bigger," Cortana and Siri have a "conversation" where Cortana queries Siri about her new abilities in the iPhone 6 and Siri continually responds that she just "got bigger."

Cortana: Hi Siri, looks like you're in a new phone. Congratulations.
Siri: Yes, I got bigger.
Cortana: Oh, are you more like me now? Can you give reminders based on who calls or texts?
Siri: No, I got bigger.
Cortana: How about traffic alerts? Can you tell people to leave early based on traffic reports?
Siri: No, seriously, I just got bigger.
Cortana: That's okay....

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10:46
iCloud.com Photos App Gains New Uploading Capabilities

Following two weeks of testing on the iCloud beta site for developers, the consumer-facing iCloud.com site has gained support for uploading images to iCloud Photo Library (via iFun.de [Google Translate]).

Before the addition of the new uploading tool, the standard iCloud.com site allowed users to view all of their iCloud Photo Library images, as well as download and delete them, but it did not have a tool to allow users to upload photos captured with non-Apple devices.

New toolbar with upload support on iCloud.com site at top, previous iCloud.com toolbar on bottom
The new...

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09:59
Intel acknowledges that they're Still Paying the Pric...

Don't Count Intel out Just Yet: During Intel's Investor conference held yesterday, they noted that they were on track to exceed its goal of seeing its chips used in 40 million tablets by the end of 2014...

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09:25
Square Announces Plans to Begin Accepting Apple Pay in 201...

Speaking with CNN, Square founder Jack Dorsey confirmed that the payment processing service will support Apple Pay in the coming months, bringing Apple Pay to small business owners. In the interview, Dorsey reiterates his opinion that he does not view Apple Pay as a competitor and wants to add the mobile payments service as an available option for Square users."We're not building a credit card. We're not building a payment device. We're building a [cash] register, and this register accepts all these forms of payments," Dorsey told CNN in an interview. While the existing Square Reader can process credit card payments via an iPad or iPhone, the hardware is not equipped to handle the wireless transactions required...

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08:52
Chase Offers Apple Pay Users Free David Guetta Songs as Mo...

Credit card issuer and major bank Chase has been one of the highest profile Apple Pay partners since the service was announced in September and launched one month ago. This weekend, the bank has launched a plan to entice more Chase Visa card holders into Apple Pay with a free early-access music download.

From November 21-23, users who add a Chase Visa card into Apple Pay will receive exclusive early access to fourteen songs off of David Guetta's new album "Listen." Apple Pay users can receive their iTunes Store redemption codes through the Chase app, which received an update today that is required for the Apple Pay promo to appear.

The new album from Guetta officially launches on Monday, and is currently...

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07:26
Tickets.com has launched Apple Pay Integration

Tickets.com, provider of state-of-the-art technology solutions to more than 1,000 sports and entertainment clients around the world, has officially announced that it has launched the first venue ticketing integration with support for Apple Pay ...

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06:04
iWork for iCloud Updated with Eight New Languages, 50 Font...

Apple today updated iWork for iCloud with support for up to eight new languages and more than 50 new fonts. The changes were added to the cloud-based versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote and were first reported by German blog Macerkopf.

New iCloud languages include French, German, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese, Arabic (Pages only) and Hebrew (Pages only) with Pages receiving 8 new languages and Number and Keynotes now supporting six. Apple also expanded the number of available fonts, adding 50 new font types that improve the creative options available to users as well as add support for the new languages. Other changes include a revised main toolbar that now allows users to easily change the name of a document and other-app specific improvements like the ability to undo the deletion of section breaks while editing in Pages.

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Thursday November 20

15:25
iPhone 6 Plus Shipping Times Improve Slightly, Now 7 to 10...

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, shipping estimates for the iPhone 6 Plus have improved slightly, with the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus in all colors and from all carriers now carrying a shipping estimate of 7 to 10 days in the United States. Shipping estimates for the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus in all colors and from all carriers have also seen improvement, going from 3 to 4 weeks to 2 to 3 weeks.

While shipping estimates for the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 Plus have improved, shipping estimates for the harder-to-find 128GB iPhone 6 Plus remain at 3 to 4 weeks, suggesting the higher-capacity model is the most constrained.

Apple is also seeing improved supply of the iPhone 6, and the 16GB device now has a shipping estimate of 5 to 7 days, down from 7 to 10 days. Higher-capacity 64 and 128GB iPhone 6 models continue to ship in 7 to 10 days.

Many other countries in Europe and Asia are also seeing the same improved shipping times, as are Canada, Australia, and New Zealand...

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15:01
Google Agrees to Settle Patent Case with Rockstar Consorti...

According to a new report this afternoon, Google has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar, though the terms of the deal weren't disclosed in a court filing made public this week. Rockstar, which counts Apple as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products...

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14:32
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite Beta to Developers...

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, just three days after releasing OS X 10.10.1 to the public.

The new beta, build 14C68k, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon. The beta also includes Safari 8.0.2 and an update to the Mail app (version 8.2).

Like OS X 10.10.1, as a minor update, OS X 10.10.2 is likely to bring bug fixes and performance improvements to the operating system. OS X 10.10.1 introduced several reliability enhancements, including improvements to Wi-Fi, but many users have still been reporting issues with Wi-Fi stability in Yosemite.

Update: It appears that OS X 10.10.2 is causing the latest version of Google's Chrome browser to crash. Retina iMac owners...

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12:53
Billboard 200 Chart to Incorporate Digital Track Sales, On...

Billboard is planning a major overhaul of its Billboard 200 chart in the coming weeks, which will take into account the growing popularity of streaming music. Billboard's new methodology will shift away from simply tracking album sales, adding both digital track sales and streaming music into its algorithm.

Published weekly, the Billboard 200 is a chart that ranks the 200 best selling music albums in the United States. At the current time, the Billboard 200 chart only takes into account retail (both physical and digital) album sales, but the addition of digital track sales and streaming music from services like Beats and Spotify will allow the chart to give a clearer picture of overall popularity by taking into account consumption activity rather than measuring based on straight sales.

Beginning on December 3, and measuring data...

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11:03
Best Buy Offers Pre-Black Friday Deals, Discounts iPad Air...

Like Walmart, Best Buy has decided to offer some pre-Black Friday sales, which start today and last through the weekend.

Best Buy is discounting all of its original iPad Air stock by $80 to $100, dropping the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air to $319.99. Higher-capacity Wi-Fi only models are discounted by up to $85, while some cellular models are discounted by as much as $100. For example the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air...

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09:41
Apple's Claims of Improved Performance on iPhone 4s a...

Following the launch of iOS 8 back in September, many iPhone 4s users reported widespread issues ranging from slow performance to choppy animations. With Monday's release of iOS 8.1.1 promising "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S", Ars Technica has now put those claims to the test.iOS 8.1.1 improves performance in a few specific places, ones that may well be important to heavy users. However, it doesn't improve responsiveness or consistency, two of the problems you'll notice the most if you upgrade from iOS 7. Let's look at the short list of things you can expect to improve if you're using an older iDevice and...

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08:26
Clear Geographic Split Shows iPhone 6 Plus Especially Popu...

Apple's iPhone 6 continues to outsell the iPhone 6 Plus around the world, but the larger-sized phone is proving to be a significant hit in some markets, reports AppLovin in its latest November 2014 report.

According to AppLovin's analytics data, the iPhone 6 outsold the 6 Plus in an 80/20 ratio overall in the first 45 days of availability. While Europe, North America and Australia roughly follow this global sales distribution or lean slightly more heavily toward the iPhone 6, the trend changes in Asia, where the iPhone 6 Plus typically accounts for 35 percent or more of iPhone sales.

South Korea, home to rivals Samsung and LG, is the only Asian country studied with an iPhone 6 Plus adoption rate below 35 percent. The country has a lower 71/29 split, perhaps related to competition from Samsung's Galaxy Series and LG's G3 phone in the large-screen market or simply due to customer preference for...

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08:09
Apple Executive Takes a Shot at Xiaomi at Chinese Conferen...

Today a new report out of China states that top executives from Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at the World Internet Conference being held in Wuzhen China ...

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07:49
Foxconn Plans to Spend $2.6 Billion on Dedicated Apple Dis...

Foxconn Technology Group has plans to spend NT$80 Billion, or $2.6 billion, over the course of the next two years on a new factory in Taiwan to produce displays exclusively for Apple, according to Bloomberg.

In a conversation with Sophia Chang, a public relations representative for Foxconn's display unit Innolux Corp., Chang stated that equipment installation will begin next month, although she would not confirm that Apple is the client for the facility. Following an urgent request for exclusive capacity, the mass production of panels is expected to begin by the end of 2015.

Chang also mentioned that the advanced sixth-generation display plant will be built at Innolux's Kaohsiung Science Park campus in Southern Taiwan. The forecast details that the funds for the plant will be spent over a two-year building period with the company planning...

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07:29
A Second Report Confirms that Foxconn's New Display P...

Good News is Worth Repeating: In late October we reported that one of the ways that Foxconn could gain more orders from Apple was to find components of interest to Apple. With Apple's iPhone 6 orders on fire, Apple has had trouble finding suppliers for their larger iPhone 6 Plus displays that are still on backorder. So Terry Gou came up with another ambitious plan ...

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06:56
Apple Invents a Digital Pen with Dynamic Visual Indicators

While Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs wasn't a big fan of the "dumb stylus" of yesteryear when he first introduced the iPhone back in 2007, he knew that one day the technology would give rise to an advanced iPen that would finally provide iDevice users with true to life writing capabilities on an iPhone or iPad. While Microsoft, Samsung and others have offered digital pens for many years, Apple has been quietly working on an advanced digital pen. Their R&D in this area has been extensive as you'll find reviewing our smart pen archives. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple regarding a digital pen. This invention adds dynamic visual indicators such as

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06:32
Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 Promises Stronger Protectio...

Corning today unveiled its new Gorilla Glass 4, its next-generation glass production that is even more resistant than previous versions to glass shattering drops. According to Corning, the company extensively studied shattered screens to understand how and why they break.

Corning scientists examined hundreds of broken devices and found that damage caused by sharp contact accounted for more than 70 percent of field failures. The scientists then developed new drop-test methods that simulate real-world break events, based on thousands of hours analyzing cover glass that had broken in the field or laboratory. The culmination of this testing was Gorilla Glass 4, which reportedly is two times stronger than competing products and can survive 80 percent of face-down falls onto rough surfaces such as sandpaper. The...

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03:54
Apple Aims to Embed a Fire Detector into Future iDevices...

On November 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new invention that generally relates to using networked electronic devices like Apple iDevices and Macs as smoke detectors for your home. As part of a smart home system, Apple illustrates how future iDevices will act as smoke detectors and be able to automatically call 911 for emergency assistance. The system will be able to supply emergency services with information about how many occupants ...

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Wednesday November 19

19:34
Sony Drops Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie, Universal...

Despite Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie being in the casting process and moving towards full fledged production, Sony Pictures has dropped the movie and put it "in turnaround", which allows another large studio to purchase the movie and take over, reports Deadline. The report also notes that Universal Studios is the likely landing destination for the film.

In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong play for the movie. The film, an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography, has Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct, with Michael Fassbender recently courted to play Jobs. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.It's unknown why Sony Pictures, who has been...

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19:06
A Real Profit Killer: Pictures of GTAT's Sapphire Bou...

The GTAT debacle began publicly on Oct 6 when the news of their filing Chapter 11 was made public in a press release. The shock of the news quickly rippled throughout the industry and beyond. We then learned that GTAT's COO sold at the first sign of trouble which led the SEC to begin an investigation. Then the judge in the Chapter 11 case wanted the document unsealed against Apple wishes and the report was inflammatory without a doubt. Then Bloomberg reminded us all of how GTAT was talking up the deal with Apple at the very time everything began to unravel. But Apple and GTAT made a deal to lessen the burden on GTAT but now GTAT creditors aren't happy with that and want's the courts to step into this mess again. And late tonight, a new report has come to light to show us the nightmare production of rejected sapphire proving that this project was on the fast track to nowhere.

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15:58
With the iPad Pro in the Wings, HP Intro's a New Tabl...

New Enterprise Class Tablet-Hybrids: Going all the way back to May 2013 we've covering the rumor about a larger iPad in the making. Over time the rumor has shifted from a 12.9 to a 12.2 inch display. Each report we do we remind fans that Apple is likely to offer some form of keyboard option as noted below in our graphic. Both images come from Apple patent-pending inventions. HP has now entered the market with a new ...

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15:30
Mismanagement and Inexperience Contributed to GT Advanced...

It's widely known by now that Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire partnership fell apart after the latter company was unable to produce enough high-quality sapphire to meet Apple's production needs, but *The Wall Street Journal* has taken a deeper look into GT Advanced's failures and its defective sapphire boules, which ultimately led the company to file for bankruptcy.

Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire partnership may have been doomed from the start because GT Advanced had no experience with mass producing sapphire before it inked a deal with Apple. Its first attempt at a large 578 pound sapphire boule, created just before the deal was finalized, was reportedly "flawed and unusable."

Images of cracked and...

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14:42
Walmart Kicks Off Black Friday Sales Early With Discounted...

Walmart today announced that it is planning to offer discounts on select Apple products a week ahead of Black Friday, with the deals kicking off on Friday, November 21 at 8:00 a.m. at Walmart stores across the United States."The retail environment is incredibly competitive and we know that our customers are looking to us for the lowest prices and great deals all season long," said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. "That's why we've more than doubled the amount of items included in our Pre-Black Friday Event. Combined with our Black Friday weekend, there is absolutely no other place to shop this holiday season."Walmart will be selling the new 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 for $489, with a $100 Walmart gift card included in the purchase. That drops the price down to $389, an impressive $110 off...

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11:48
GTAT Creditors Vexed by Settlement Deal with Apple

According to a new report, creditors of GT Advanced Technologies complained in a bankruptcy court filing that the sapphire company may have gotten too little in its proposed settlement with Apple over legal claims stemming from a deal to supply sapphire screens. GT Advanced Technologies CEO had said in court papers that the iPhone maker pulled a "bait and switch"...

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11:05
Financial Times: Apple to Bundle Beats Music Subscription...

According to the Financial Times, Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

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10:07
Samsung Throws a Hail Marry at Wall Street Analyst Meeting

It's Hail Mary Time: Samsung privately demoed smartphones with truly bendable displays at CES earlier this year. In late December 2013 we had reported that Kwon Oh-hyeon, vice-chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics, had told analysts at a meeting that they "would lead innovation by introducing the 'foldable' display in 2015." Flash forward to this week where Samsung is now saying, oops, it'll be another year.

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10:06
Beats Music to Be Bundled Into iOS Early Next Year, Will R...

As part of Apple's revamp of its recently acquired Beats Music streaming service, the company plans to bundle Beats directly into iOS, reports Financial Times.Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

The inclusion of the paid-for Beats service in an iOS software update could happen as early as March, according to people familiar with the situation.The report notes that Beats will continue to be a paid service and will likely be rebranded under the iTunes umbrella. The move could come alongside the launch of the Apple Watch, with users able to push Beats music from their iPhones to the wearable device.

While Apple has praised the Beats Music model,...

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09:58
Apple Replaces 'Free' Purchase Button Labeling W...

Apple has changed the wording for free games in its App Store, and the app purchase buttons that once read "Free" for apps with no cost now read "Get" instead. The change has been implemented on both the iOS App Store and the desktop App Store.

Apps that have an upfront cost continue to be listed with a price underneath, but apps that do not now display the new wording. "Get" has replaced "Free" in the main App Store view on iOS, on the App Store Top Charts, and on individual app pages. The main App Store view on the desktop is still using the former "Free" wording, but it's likely to update soon.

It is not entirely clear why Apple has decided to replace Free with Get, but it may have to do with the growing sentiment that apps with in-app purchases are not free. Earlier this year, the European Commission asked Apple and Google to implement changes to the way they sell apps, to avoid misleading...

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07:46
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Phone Charger 'Upp' Launches...

Energy technology group Intelligent Energy Holdings today announced the retail launch of the Upp in the United Kingdom. The Upp device is a portable power solution driven by a hydrogen fuel cell that is used to charge USB-compatible devices.

A rumor this past summer claimed Intelligent Energy was partnering with Apple on a patent acquisition and to potentially produce fuel cell technology for future Macbooks and other portable devices. It is unclear if this Upp sales deal is related to that rumored partnership, but Apple patent applications have revealed the company's interest in fuel cell technology over the years.

Using miniaturized hydrogen fuel cells, Upp can deliver instant energy boosts to any...

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07:04
Samsung's NAND Market Share Crashes to New Two Year L...

The bad news just keeps on pouring in for Samsung. We reported yesterday that Samsung's mobile profits fell off a cliff, down 74%, and that Samsung was now operating in emergency mode. Today the Korean press is reporting more bad news and this time around it's about their NAND Flash business.

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06:37
Apple Email Campaign and Online Store Update Highlight Hol...

Apple today revamped its online store and sent out emails to customers in preparation for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The new holiday promotion emphasizes gift ideas with a focus on iOS devices, Macs and Beats audio hardware.

Immediately below the tagline "From one gift come many," Apple places its focus on its iPad line of tablets, which recently were refreshed with the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. The company promotes the utility of the devices, noting how people can use the tablets to complete a variety of tasks, including choreographing a recital or exploring the North Pole.

Apple next highlights the Mac with an advertorial that entices people to create the next holiday classic in a subtle reference to last year's award-winning "...

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05:57
The DOJ's War with Apple & Google Heating up over...

According to a new report this morning a top official at the Justice Department delivered a blunt message to Apple executives last month. The new encryption technology that renders locked iPhones impervious to law enforcement would lead to tragedy.

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05:01
Apple WatchKit: Tapping into Top Mobile Developer Communit...

The Apple Watch Gold Rush Begins: Apple released their new WatchKit late yesterday tapping into the top mobile developer community in the world that currently supports and fuels their iDevices. Apple's senior VP ...

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Tuesday November 18

16:44
Apple Plans to Repurpose Mesa, Arizona Sapphire Plant to P...

Apple is not planning to abandon its now-defunct Mesa, Arizona sapphire facility, reports Bloomberg. The company has told city officials that it remains committed to bringing jobs and manufacturing to Mesa, Arizona, following the bankruptcy that caused hundreds of GT Advanced employees to be laid off."They've indicated their commitment to us: They want to repurpose that building and use it again," Mesa City Manager Christopher Brady said in a recent interview. Apple has said it's focused "on preserving jobs in Arizona" and promised to "work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps."Back in October, Apple confirmed in a statement that it would look for other ways to utilize its Mesa, Arizona facility, stating that it "remained committed to the city" and planned to...

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15:40
Microsoft Looks to Sway More Apple Fan Business their Way

PowerPoint RIP: Over the years, PowerPoint lost out to young executives who chose to use Apple's Keynote or the popular Prezi app. Microsoft knew this trend away from PowerPoint was taking place and devised a refreshing new presentation app called "Sway." It's clearly cross platform as two images in the video show the new app running on an iPad and iPhone.

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14:30
Apple's iPhone 6 has put a Bullet into Samsung's...

Samsung's mobile-phone unit is faltering as Apple offers bigger screen iPhones similar to Samsung’s marquee Galaxy range and Chinese newcomer Xiaomi is now selling stylish phones at low prices. On one hand it looked like Samsung was gearing up for a real fight with their new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5. But iPhone 6 mania is sweeping the globe and Samsung is in emergency mode.

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12:57
Apple May Introduce 'Biggest Camera Jump Ever' i...

Apple may introduce its "biggest camera jump ever" in the next-generation iPhone, according to Daring Fireball's John Gruber (via The Tech Block). In a recent episode of his podcast The Talk Show, Gruber said that he heard "from a birdie of a birdie" that Apple is working on major camera improvements.The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. I don't even know what sense this makes, but I've heard that it's some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.Gruber says that he's heard that Apple's rear camera could incorporate a two-lens system, which sounds somewhat similar to the...

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12:04
The Texting Speed Demon from Brazil Breaks Guinness World...

The iPhone 6 Beats Samsung Galaxy in Texting Record: Who even knew there was a category in the Guinness Book of World Records for speed texting? But it makes sense. We've all been in lines for a movie or concert and have seen these teens speed text in warp speed. It's crazy. And a Brazilian teen by the name of Marcel Fernandes Filho is the current champ. Last year ...

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11:33
Apple Watch Screen Resolutions: 312 x 390 for 42mm Version...

With the WatchKit SDK now in the hands of developers, some new information about Apple's wearable device is coming out, including its display resolution, which was not previously disclosed by Apple.

According to Apple's human interface guidelines, the two separate Apple Watch models have different screen resolutions. The smaller 38mm Apple Watch has a resolution of 272 x 340, while the larger 42mm Apple Watch has a resolution of 312 x 390.

Apple directs developers to provide image assets for different screen sizes "as needed." Developers can use the same image resources as long as they "look good on both screen sizes," but if not, developers will need to provide separate image resources for both devices. Content displayed on Apple Watch "should be the same regardless of the device's screen size," and Apple says developers should "let items expand or contract naturally" to fill available...

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10:44
Apple Seeds iOS 8.2 With WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Apps...

Apple today announced that its set of WatchKit development tools are now available for developers, allowing them to begin creating apps and software for the company's upcoming Apple Watch.

"Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine."WatchKit is being released as part of the iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta, both of which have been...

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10:41
Apple was Granted 44 Patents Today Covering a Sensing Syst...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we focus on an advanced sensing system designed for Apple's iDevices while touching on three additional patents relating to mapping, image compression and a possible future

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10:05
Apple Cracks Down on Notification Center Widgets, Says...

Apple is cracking down on Notification Center widgets in iOS once again, this time telling Neato that its note taking widget is unacceptable and will need to be removed due to the fact that it includes a keyboard.

First launched in early November, Neato installs a quick note taking widget in the Notification Center, letting users type directly in the widget. Notes can be sent instantly to either Evernote or Dropbox. As a widget-focused app, Neato has no other functionality, which means the removal of its keyboard will essentially kill the app.

According to the developers behind Neato, who spoke to Gizmodo, Apple contacted the company after it became popular, hitting the top 10 business list in more than 65 countries.We were expecting Neato to be featured by Apple but instead...

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08:30
Nokia Unveils Android-Powered N1 Tablet With iPad Mini-Ins...

During today's opening of the Slush 2014 conference, Nokia announced its new N1 tablet, the first device from the Finnish company following the sale of its mobile division to Microsoft. With its aluminum casing, curved styling and 7.9-inch screen, the N1 is a dead ringer for Apple's iPad mini.

Powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop and Nokia's Z launcher, the Nokia N1 ships with a 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor, PowerVR GPU, 2GB of RAM and a 7.9-inch Retina-resolution display. Other hardware specs include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera and connectivity options that include 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0.

Similar to Apple's Lightning connector, the N1 includes a reversible USB Type-C connector for charging and syncing. The port is located on the bottom edge of the tablet and is nestled between the tablet's...

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07:45
Apple Granted a Patent for Devices with a Transparent Disp...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover Apple's granted patent relating to electronic devices with transparent touch displays. Users will be able to see objects, people or scenery behind their display while working.

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07:26
SunTrust Bank and BI-LO, Winn-Dixie, Harveys Grocery Store...

Apple Pay this week continued its retail expansion with the mobile payment service now being adopted by SunTrust bank and Bi-Lo holdings, which manages BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. The latter announcement follows our earlier report of Winn-Dixie and BI-LO beginning to go live with Apple Pay support late last week ahead of an official debut, despite not being included on Apple's "Coming later this year" list.

Customers with a SunTrust credit or debit card will be able to add their card to Apple Pay and use it to make purchases at participating retailers. Headquartered in Atlanta, SunTrust bank has 1,497 bank...

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06:30
Apple to Begin Allowing Accessory Manufacturers to Include...

While Apple's Lightning connector has become ubiquitous across the company's iOS device lineup over the past several years, third-party accessory manufacturers have so far been unable to include ports for the connector on their products. That appears set to change in the relatively near future, however, as Apple has informed members of the company's MFi program that it will begin shipping a version of the Lightning port for third-party use early next year, reports 9to5Mac.Allowing accessory makers to build-in a Lightning port provides a number of benefits, according to manufacturers briefed during Apple’s MFi Summit. One of the biggest benefits is to reduce costs for manufacturers and simplify the product experience for users by using Lightning to provide power to both an accessory and the iOS device. Dock or...

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06:30
Apple Found Guilty of Infringing Patents Related to Wirele...

Patently Apple originally covered a patent infringement case back in April 2013 titled "Mobile Telecommunications Technologies Sue Apple over iMessage." We noted that Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTEL), the company behind SkyTel, had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple claiming that they had infringed upon seven of their patents. The patent infringement lawsuit concerned Apple's iMessage, Airport Express, Airport Extreme, Time Capsule and devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Today we learn that Apple has lost this case.

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06:06
Apple Granted Patent for Possible Future Magic Mouse that...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a unique invention that could one day add a scanner to Apple's Magic Mouse.

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04:37
Apple Granted a Major Patent for an Original Siri Inventio...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of the original patents related to Siri.

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02:59
Let's go shopping with Eddy Cue who Demos Apple Pay

What better way to see how Apple Pay works than a personal tour with Eddy Cue the man behind Apple's new mobile wallet service. (The video takes a few seconds to start. After the ad, the story begins.) Nearly a million credit cards were linked to the Apple Pay service within the first days of its launch. KTLA reporter Rich...

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02:32
Some OS X Yosemite Users Still Experiencing Wi-Fi Connecti...

Yesterday, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, which brought improved Wi-Fi reliability after a number of users reported connection issues with the new operating system. However, Computerworld reports that a number of users on Apple's support forums are still claiming to have issues with Wi-Fi even after updating to OS X 10.10.1, with some saying that they are still not able to connect at all while others note that their Wi-Fi has remained significantly slow.

The largest thread on Apple's support forums discussing the Wi-Fi problems in OS X Yosemite has grown to 1,120 replies with more users reporting issues with a number of Macs and a variety of router...

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Monday November 17

23:35
Apple's Eddy Cue Shows Off Apple Pay at Panera Bread,...

Earlier tonight, KTLA 5's The Tech Report aired a segment (via AppleInsider) centering around Apple Pay, which featured Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue using the mobile payments solution around Santa Monica. The segment, which can be viewed here, followed Cue and reporter Rich Demuro as the Apple executive utilized his iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Pay to purchase a meal at Panera Bread, sunglasses at Bloomingdale's, and merchandise from the Disney Store.

For their meal at Panera Bread, Cue is shown utilizing Apple Pay inside of the restaurant's official app to pre-order food simply...

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18:53
The Official IBM MobileFirst Website Launches on Schedule

On July 15, 2014 Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. Today IBM launched their official IBM MobileFirst website.

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16:39
Chinese Authorities Shut Down WireLurker Distribution Site...

Last Friday, Chinese authorities arrested three individuals that are suspected of developing the "WireLurker" malware, which infected thousands of mobile devices in China after Mac users installed malicious software from a third-party App Store.

According to a police post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo, the three men were arrested in Beijing on suspicion of "manufacturing and distributing" WireLurker after police received a tip from Chinese security company Qihoo 360 technology. In addition to arresting the suspects involved in the creation of the malicious software, Chinese authorities also shut down the site that was spreading it.

First...

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16:11
Intel Introduces a Surprising Smart Bracelet in Time for C...

Tech companies have learned many lessons from Apple over the years, but the one that stands out this month is the "surprise factor." At the top of the month Amazon surprised the market with a new home device they call "Echo." Today it's Intel that's taking the market by surprise by introducing a new highly fashionable smart bracelet with a hard to love name of "My Intelligent Communications Accessory." It will be sold in the US in the coming days ahead.

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12:22
Apple Supplier Sony Debuts 21-Megapixel Image Sensor With...

Sony today announced a new advanced image sensor designed for use in smartphones, which uses a new "stacked" design to cut down on size while introducing improved image quality and faster speeds. Apple uses Sony sensors in its iPhones and iPads, so it is likely that Sony's stacked sensor technology will make it into future iOS devices at some point.

The new 21-megapixel Exmor RS IMX230 sensor is built with a chip that stacks a pixel section and a circuit section on top of one another, which allows Sony to build improvements into each aspect of the sensor individually, leading to dramatic improvements. Sony's been using stacked sensor technology since 2012, but its newest sensor introduces new autofocus and HDR technology.

According to Sony, the IMX230 sensor is the first CMOS sensor for smartphones that includes plane phase detection autofocus signal processing with 192 autofocus points,...

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10:08
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1 With Bug Fixes, Performance Impro...

After two weeks of testing, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3.

iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download. Apple has also released new Apple TV software and an update to OS X Yosemite, OS X 10.10.1.

According to Apple's release notes, iOS 8.1.1 includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system.

iOS 8.1.1 may offer several bug fixes, but as a minor update, it does not bundle in any of the major new features that are rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad. These updates may come in iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, both of...

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10:07
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 With Wi-Fi Reliabilit...

Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the first update to the new operating system since its initial October release. Testing for OS X 10.10.1 began on November 3, with Apple seeding two betas to developers before launching the software publicly.

The new software is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

The OS X 10.10.1 update is recommended for all Yosemite users. It improves the stability and compatibility of your Mac. This update:

- Improves Wi-Fi reliability
- Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange Server
- Improves reliability sending Mail messages when using certain email service providers
- Improves reliability when connecting to remote computers...

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07:45
Microsoft Launches New Holiday Ad Comparing Surface Pro 3...

Microsoft yesterday launched the latest in its series of ads comparing the Surface Pro 3 to Apple's MacBook Air. The new ad, entitled "Winter Wonderland", compares and contrasts the two machines to the jingle of the Christmas melody.

The ad's predominant assessment of the Surface Pro 3 is how powerful the device is in comparison to the MacBook Air, offering similar performance while also supporting pen input. Microsoft also highlights the use of the Surface Pro 3's kickstand and touch screen as major advantages over the MacBook line, as the Microsoft user in the ad goes about using the Surface to design a Christmas-themed coffee mug. Finally, the ad highlights the Surface Pro 3's ability to detach from its magnetic keyboard for easy travel and its robust array of ancillary ports, such as its USB port. "I think I like your Surface Pro 3," the MacBook Air user states at the ad's end. "No seriously, where can I get one?"

Since the Surface Pro 3 was...

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07:26
Alibaba Executive Talks about a Possible Apple Pay Allianc...

Apple has certainly gone all out to fast track "Apple Pay" into China and has made it crystal clear that it's a top priority. Today the buzz is about the Apple-UnionPay deal that was just announced but for the past several weeks there was a lot of press surrounding a possible deal being hammered out with Alibaba to form a payment system alliance. An alliance with Alibaba would allow Apple Pay and/or at least their one-tap purchase process to work for iPhone customers making purchases with Alibaba that has a massive online market share footprint in China. Today, an interview with Alibaba's ..

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07:21
Apple Retail Making Gift Card and Uniform Changes for Holi...

As is typical for this time of year, Apple is planning to spruce up its retail operations ahead of the end-of-the-year holiday shopping season. This year's changes in the company's retail offering include new colors for store gift cards and holiday-colored shirts for Apple employees, with retail head Angela Ahrendts reportedly introducing these holiday updates in an internal company video.

Anonymous sources claim Apple's new gift cards will move to solid silver, gold and space gray designs to match the current styling of the iPad and iPhone. Similar to previous gift cards, these new gift cards can be used in store or online with a value up to $2000. They will debut starting today, November 17.

Other retail changes include the rollout of red holiday t-shirts to replace the traditional blue shirts for employees and the removal of the neck lanyard from the employees' standard retail...

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06:20
Did Apple Really Sign a Deal with Samsung for 80% of their...

In early October we reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which is currently using its 20nm process to produce Apple's A8 processors for iPhone 6 devices, was confident that it would continue to land orders for A9 processors, which was contrary to rumors of the day stating the opposite. Even the Samsung executive quoted in other rumors never said...

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06:13
Samsung Chosen to Supply 80 Percent of Apple's Future...

Apple has reportedly chosen Samsung over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the primary supplier for its future application processors in a deal worth billions, claims The Korea Times (Via G for Games) citing sources familiar with the deal.

Starting in 2016, Samsung reportedly will supply 80 percent of Apple's supply of 14 nm application processors with TSMC supplying the remaining 20 percent. The key factor that boosted Samsung was its recent partnership with GlobalFoundries, a relationship which will enable Samsung to produce sufficient supply of processors to meet Apple's demand. "Apple has designated Samsung as the primary supplier of its next A-series chips powering iOS devices from 2016 as the alliance with GlobalFoundries (GF) enabled Samsung to cut off capacity...

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04:54
Samsung Display is Bullying Suppliers to Drop Prices by 30...

It's being reported today that Samsung Display is demanding supply chains including backlighting makers to reduce pricing for components by as much as 30% during the fourth quarter of 2014 as the company aims to drop overall pricing for small- to medium-size applications. Supply chains are now seeing increased pressure to report reduced pricing ...

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04:07
Apple Publicizes their Apple Pay Deal with China's Un...

In May Patently Apple was the first in North American to report on Apple reaching a deal with China's UnionPay for the coming iWallet now Apple Pay. The deal hinged on Apple integrating NFC into their next iPhone which they did with the release of their new iPhone 6 in September. Today, their secret deal has gone public ...

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Sunday November 16

23:25
Apple Now Accepting UnionPay as Payment Option for App Sto...

Apple today announced that it is now accepting UnionPay as a payment option for App Store customers in China. Established in 2002, UnionPay is the most popular payment card company in China with over 4.5 billion cards issued. With today's announcement, users can simply link their UnionPay debit or credit card for easy purchases. “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.” The acceptance of UnionPay in the App Store is the latest move by Apple to expand its presence in China. The company is also...

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12:54
A $99 Intel-Based Tablet Debuts at Walmart on Black Friday

The Cheap Intel Tablet Attack Begins: Intel is pumping up E FUN's new 8-inch Nextbook that uses an Intel Atom processor and Windows. The new tablet device that will attempt to compete with Apple's iPad mini will hit Walmart stores on Black Friday and will retail for just $99.

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10:17
An iPhone vs. Android Shoot Out over 15 Basic Tasks

A new visual report by CNN covers 15 basic tasks that could be performed on the iPhone and Android smartphones. Who won this battle? Check out our report and see if you agree with CNN's final findings.

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07:36
Getting a First Glimpse of Apple Pay's Success with R...

It will be a month this week that Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment and digital wallet service was introduced for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Days before launching, the excitement was riding high with tech analyst Christina Warren who bluntly stated that Apple Pay was going to be a BFD. Late yesterday a new report was published that shows that Apple fans have been eager to use Apple's new mobile wallet service right out of the gate.

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Saturday November 15

08:34
Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice

When Google Glass first launch, tech blogger Robert Scoble said that he loved Google Glass so much he even showered with the device. He further noted that "I will never live a day of my life from now on without it." Well, that old saying of "Never say never" once again prevailed as months later Scoble went on record to say that he thought Google Glass was Doomed. Google Glass was the first project to emerge from Google’s X division, the secretive group

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07:40
Aaron Sorkin on Jobs Biopic: Casting Announcement Imminent...

In a new interview with The Independent, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin shares a few more details regarding his upcoming movie about Steve Jobs, noting that while there is no word on who will play the leading role yet, an announcement is imminent.Leonardo DiCaprio and, more recently, Christian Bale, pulled out, the latter because of the sheer demands of the role: “It’s a 181-page script, about 100 of it is that one character,” says Sorkin. The frontrunner is now believed to be Michael Fassbender. Sorkin, today, can confirm only that an announcement is imminent.As previously shared by Sorkin, the film will focus on three 30-minute scenes showing Jobs backstage before the announcement of the Mac, NeXT, and the iPod.

Sorkin also reveals in the new interview that the character of Jobs' daughter Lisa...

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Friday November 14

17:46
Apple Pay Doubled Mobile Wallet Transactions at Walgreens,...

Apple Pay has been available in quite a few retail stores since its release more than three weeks ago on October 20, but thus far there's been little concrete indication of its popularity with customers. A new report from The New York Times, however, sheds some light on Apple Pay's early success.

McDonald's, an early Apple Pay partner that accepts the payment system in all of its 14,000 restaurants in the United States, saw Apple Pay accounting for 50 percent of all of its tap-to-pay transactions. At Walgreens, a drugstore chain of more than 8,000 stores, Apple Pay doubled the number of mobile wallet payments being made.

As shared earlier this month, Whole Foods processed 150,000 Apple Pay transactions between October 20 and November 6, which equated...

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14:13
Apple Eyeing the Huge Corporate Card Market for Apple Pay...

Apple's new Apple Pay is making headlines everywhere and with a likely Apple-Alibaba alliance in the wings, it's only going to expand at an accelerated rate. Even though Apple Pay only got off the ground on October 20th, FIS Global is on record as stating that a major part of Apple Pay that is missing relates to corporate cards and that "Apple is missing out on many opportunities by not allowing commercial cards to be used with Apple Pay."

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12:29
AT&T Stops Using 'Perma-Cookies' to Track Cu...

In late October, researchers discovered that AT&T and Verizon had been engaging in some unsavory customer tracking methods, using unique identifying numbers or "perma-cookies" to track the websites that customers visited on their cellular devices to deliver target advertisements.

Following significant negative attention from the media, AT&T today told the Associated Press that it is no longer injecting the hidden web tracking codes into the data sent from its customers' devices.The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that a consumer visits. It can be used to track subscribers across the Internet, a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal users...

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12:02
First Look at the New Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones

Earlier this week, Beats Electronics introduced new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first product the company has released since its acquisition by Apple became official back in August. While the headphones are not yet available for purchase on the Beats website, Mike Liang, aka HiFiGuy on YouTube has gotten an advanced first look at the new Solo2 Wireless headphones and has shared both photos and first impressions with MacRumors.

The Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones share the same design as the Solo2 headphones that Beats introduced back in May, with Beats' signature large cups emblazoned with the Beats logo. Aside from some small print on the box, there's no Apple...

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11:05
Grocery Store Chains Winn-Dixie and BI-LO Begin Accepting...

Following in the footsteps of office supply store Staples, Winn-Dixie and BI-LO have become the second and third retail chaisn this week to begin accepting Apple Pay in their retail locations.

According to a tipster who spoke to MacRumors, Apple Pay will officially be supported at Winn-Dixie beginning on Monday, November 17, but multiple reports on Twitter suggest that both Winn-Dixie and its sister store BI-LO have already begun processing Apple Pay payments.

Winn-Dixie is is a major grocery store chain that operates in the southeastern United States, with more than 500 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Similarly, BI-LO, a grocery store chain owned by the same parent company, consists of more than...

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10:02
Apple, HP & others Defeat Patent Troll which opens the...

A Patent Troll goes down in Flames: Late yesterday a "patent troll" by the name of US Ethernet Innovations that had sued a number of major technology companies over four Ethernet patents that it said their networking products contained has been defeated in court and was ordered to pay costs. This technically now opens the door for the Apple v. Oracle case to resume.

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09:52
U.S. Customers Favoring iPhone 6 Over 6 Plus by 3:1 as 91%...

Following the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus back in September, a new survey of U.S. customers by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) details the adoption rate of the first thirty days of the devices' lifespan.

The survey data, shared in a research note published today by UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, indicates that 91 percent of iPhone owners bought either an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in the first four weeks of launch, rising from 86 percent in the first two weeks. Uptake of the new models also compares favorably to last year's iPhone launch, which saw 84 percent of customers in the first thirty days opting for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

Most of the increase in share for the new models since the initial launch period has come from the iPhone 6, which saw an increase of six percentage points to 68 percent, while the iPhone 6 Plus remains at around 23-24 percent of purchases, despite...

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09:33
GT Advanced's Failure Reveals the High Stakes Risk of...

Apple and manufacturer partner GT Advanced parted ways after the sapphire supplier filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. While most Apple supplier relationships are kept secretive, the background story behind the GT-Apple partnership was revealed in a series of court documents filed by GT that were recently made public.

A follow-up report by The Guardian provides an interesting look at how a deal with Apple often can make and sometimes break a supplier. While the report does not introduce any significant new information, it is a good summary of the chain of events and may help some readers get caught up on the story...

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08:23
Samsung's Mobile Chief Lost his $630,000 Bonus for La...

Do you remember one of our reports this summer titled "Angry Samsung Takes Back Billions in Bonuses from 100 Samsung Mobile Division Executives for Poor Performance?" Well, a new report published today tells us that Samsung's mobile chief J.K. Shin didn't get a bonus this quarter because of Samsung's profits imploding mainly due to poor smartphone and mobile device sales.

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07:12
Video: A New Service gives you a 50% Chance of resurrectin...

In a new CNN video published this morning we learn that TekDry, a relatively new start-up company, has a mission of saving the world from wet phones. In the test noted above, round one didn't revive an iPhone while in round 2 it did. So it's not a miracle process, but it may be a last ditch solution if you've out of options.

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06:22
Crazy: Russia's Entire Market Cap Falls below that of...

A Crazy Stat worth Noting: In today’s Bloomberg TV "Bart Chart," Bloomberg’s Mark Barton takes a look at the valuation of Apple shares compared to the Russian stock market.

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Thursday November 13

20:30
Apple Responds to 'Masque Attack' Vulnerability,...

Just a couple days after the discovery of an iOS vulnerability referred to as Masque Attack because of its ability to emulate and replace existing legitimate apps with malicious ones, Apple has responded in a statement to iMore. 
"We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software," an Apple spokesperson told iMore. "We're not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and to pay attention to any warnings as they download apps. Enterprise users installing custom apps should install apps from their company's secure website."Masque Attack works by luring a user to install an app outside of the iOS App Store by clicking a...

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17:05
U.S. Spy Program Uses Secret Technology on Planes that cou...

We reported in late September that the iPhone 6 was only given the green light to be sold in China after rigorous regulatory scrutiny which led Apple to reassure the Chinese government that their new smartphones didn't have security "backdoors" through which U.S. agencies could access users' data. Just when you thought that the U.S. Government learned its lesson about spying on their people and foreigners around the world, a new report opens that old wound. According to a new report this evening, The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of cellphones through fake communications towers deployed on airplanes, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations.

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16:09
An Unflattering Report Paints Ex-Apple Fadell as being Mer...

We briefly noted in a 2012 report that a new BBC Interview with Ex-Apple Executive Tony Fadell revealed a very bitter man who was pleased to see Scott Forstall, Former VP of iOS Software, "get what he deserved." Considering that Forstall was legally unable to defend himself at that point in time, the remarks by Fadell seemed to be a cheap shot. Obviously Steve Jobs didn't have a problem with Fadell's leaving the company. And now a new report shows that Mr. Humble Pie is really a tyrant as much or worse than Scott Forstall ever was, if you believe the feedback of his own employees that is.

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15:33
U.S. Justice Department Accused of Using Fake Cell Towers...

The United States Justice Department has been using fake communications towers installed in airplanes to acquire cellular phone data for tracking down criminals, reports The Wall Street Journal. The program has reportedly been in place since 2007 and uses Cessna airplanes that operate out of "at least five" metropolitan-area airports.

Aircraft in the program out outfitted with "dirtbox" devices produced by Boeing that are designed to mimic cellular towers, fooling cellphones into reporting "unique registration information" to track down "individuals under investigation." According to the WSJ, these devices let investigators gather "identifying information and general location" data from thousands of cellular phones in one flight, and Apple's encryption policies don't prevent the collection of data.

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14:27
BlackBerry and Samsung Form Alliance to Challenge Apple-IB...

At a BlackBerry event held earlier today in San Francisco they announced a new management-services partnership with rival Samsung Electronics. This is the very first time that the two companies have teamed up for a major product. The new partnership is designed to compete head-on with the new Apple-IBM alliance.

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13:49
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission Seeks Privacy Assurances...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is seeking assurances from Apple that it will prevent sensitive health data collected by its upcoming smartwatch and other mobile devices from being used without owners' consent.

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13:37
FTC Questioning Apple About Health Data Protection Policie...

The United States Federal Trade Commission has met with Apple representatives several times over the past few months to discuss Apple's privacy practices covering health data collection, reports Reuters. The FTC is reportedly seeking assurance that Apple will prevent health data collected by the Apple Watch and other iOS devices via the Health app from being used without express user consent.The two people, both familiar with the FTC's thinking, said Apple representatives have met on multiple occasions with agency officials in recent months, to stress that it will not sell its users' health data to third-party entities such as marketers or allow third-party developers to do so.An Apple spokesperson told Reuters that the company "works closely with regulators around the world" to make its built-in data protections clear. "We've been very encouraged by their...

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12:55
U.S. Government Issues Bulletin on iOS Masque Attack Threa...

It was just Monday that we posted a report titled "FireEye Releases Details of Masque-Attack on iOS in Q2. The attacks were apparently occurring in China alone. Today the U.S. government stepped in ...

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11:40
U.S. Government Warns iOS Users About 'Masque Attack...

The United States government today issued a bulletin warning iPhone and iPad users about the recent "Masque Attack" vulnerability, a security flaw that first surfaced on Monday of this week, reports Reuters. Masque Attack is a vulnerability that can allow malicious third-party iOS apps to masquerade as legitimate apps via iOS enterprise provision profiles.

Written by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Teams, the bulletin outlines how Masque Attack spreads -- luring users to install an untrusted app through a phishing link -- and what a malicious app is capable of doing.An app installed on an iOS device using this technique may:
-Mimic the...

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27-inch 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on...
 B&H Photo has the new 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on sale for $2299 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $200 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available... Read more
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B&H Photo has the new 21″ 1.4GHz iMac on sale for $979.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $120 off MSRP. B&H will also include free copies of Parallels Desktop... Read more
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B&H Photo has lowered their price on the 13″ 1.4GHz/256GB MacBook Air to $1059.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $140 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price for this... Read more
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The Apple Store has restocked Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros for up to $400 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping... Read more
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 Adorama has the 2014 13″ 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $899.99 including free shipping plus NY & NJ tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. B&H Photo has the 13″ 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook... Read more
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Apple and Samsung combined accounted for 62 percent of the nearly 36 million branded tablets shipped in 3Q 2014, according to early vendor shipment share estimates from market intelligence firm ABI... Read more
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Stratos, Inc., creator of the Bluetooth Connected Card Platform, has announced results from its 2014 Holiday Mobile Payments Survey. The consumer survey found that nearly one out of three (30 percent... Read more
2014 1.4GHz Mac mini on sale for $449, save $...
 B&H Photo has lowered their price on the new 1.4GHz Mac mini to $449.99 including free shipping plus NY tax only. Their price is $50 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this new... Read more
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Best Buy has the 64GB iPod touch on sale for $249 on their online store for a limited time. Their price is $50 off MSRP. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for... Read more

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