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Tuesday November 4

17:41
Google's own Stats Point to Android Phones only Good...

During the Mobile First World global media conference held in Taipei today Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, said that Asia will be the mobile leader replacing traditional powerhouses like the U.S. in the coming years.

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12:39
Michael Fassbender in Talks to Play Steve Jobs in Upcoming...

Following yesterday's news that Christian Bale had opted to pull out of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin, Variety has shared news that Michael Fassbender is now in talks to take on the role of Steve Jobs.

According to the site, Fassbender is in "early talks" with director Danny Boyle and Sony executives about possibly starring in the film. Fassbender, while less well known than Christian Bale and previous Jobs candidate Leonardo DiCaprio, has been in several high profile movies including Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave, and The Counselor. He's perhaps most widely known for his role as...

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11:42
Law Firm Investigating Potential for Class Action Suit Aga...

Law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe, specializing in class action lawsuits, has announced that it has launched an antitrust investigation into CVS and Rite Aid over their decision to stop accepting Apple Pay in their retail stores.

The firm says that it is looking into a potential class action lawsuit that would aim to restore Apple Pay at CVS and Rite Aid stores, and it is currently asking to speak with consumers who may have been affected by the stores' decision to stop offering the payment method.In light of this situation, Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe is investigating whether CVS and Rite Aid violated the antitrust laws by banding together with other MCX members in a decision to boycott other payments systems, including Apple Pay. Consumers with phones that support Apple Pay may be able to...

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10:03
Apple Granted Second Patent for a 3D Apple TV Remote/Wand

This year Apple's CEO Tim Cook has cranked up the volume on Apple TV with interviews with NBC's Brian Williams and more recently with Charlie Rose. Apple's latest patent application about Apple TV was published only weeks ago about a modern Apple TV remote user interface. Apple has filed many patent applications over the years about advancing their Apple TV remote. Today, Apple has won their second patent on the topic of a TV Remote referred to as a wand.

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10:01
Emoji to Gain Expanded Racial Diversity With Skin Tone Mod...

The Unicode Consortium has released a technical report (via Emojipedia) detailing a new method for handling the representation of multi-ethnic groups in emoji. Previous guidelines have stated that emoji people be "as neutral as possible regarding race, ethnicity, and gender". Unless the emoji calls out specific gender or racial cues, then a "generic (inhuman) appearance, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette" should be used in its place.

A forthcoming update, Unicode 8.0, plans to change all of that. It proposes to introduce a skin-tone modifier which could be added to certain emoji, allowing users to send any emotion using any skin tone. Plans even reach as far as to allow emoji couples to feature individually different skin tones. Planned for release in the middle of...

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08:48
Apple Adds New DC Lobbyist for IP Issues and Beyond

In October we reported that "Google and Facebook Handily Outspent Apple on Lobbying." Google spent $3.94 million between July and September while Facebook spent $2.45 million, according to disclosure data published Tuesday. Considering Apple's sheer size and importance in the tech sector, it was strange to find that Apple had only spent a little over a million in the quarter for lobbying. Today we learn that could be changing as they hire a new DC lobbyist.

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08:00
Microsoft Adding Dropbox Integration to Mobile and Web Off...

Microsoft and Dropbox today announced a partnership that will bring Dropbox support to Microsoft's suite of Office mobile apps. Microsoft will add this new Dropbox feature in upcoming versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and iPad.

The new Dropbox integration would allow Office users to open, edit and share files that are stored in Dropbox. After adding a Dropbox account to an Office app, users will be able browse their Dropbox contents, which appear alongside OneDrive and locally stored files. All mobile edits will be synced to Dropbox automatically with a sharing option available within the Office app.Over the coming weeks, we’re updating Office apps so that they work with Dropbox, too. With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPhone, iPad and Android Phone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your...

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07:56
Owners of 128 GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models Reporting Cras...

A number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have been reporting an issue with the device that causes it to crash and remain stuck in a boot loop following a restart. The issue appears to primarily affect 128 GB models, particularly those with larger app libraries, and some suggest it may be a hardware problem associated with the increased storage available on that device.

While the exact cause of the issues has not been determined, speculation by industry contacts speaking to BusinessKorea (via G for Games) suggests the problem may lie in the controller for the TLC (triple-level cell) NAND flash included in the device. This issue reportedly is new to...

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07:49
Mossberg Takes a Stand, Switches Merchant over Apple Pay

As October was closing out we posted a report titled "Merchants Going to War with Apple Pay will lose." We presented the views of an Apple Pay competitor called the Merchant Customer that were expressed by Bloomberg's Editor-at-Large Cory Johnson. Our report pointed to why the likes of CVS and Walmart want to support Apple's competitor along with Apple's view point as presented in slides from Apple's keynote that covered the introduction of Apple Pay. At the end of the day ...

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07:02
Samsung Getting the Big Squeeze from Apple and Xiaomi

The world's top volume smartphone maker Samsung who had their profits plunge by 60% last quarter has to quickly regroup and find a new strategy to take on China's Xiaomi Corp. that has wickedly rocked the Chinese market and more importantly rocked Samsung out of the spotlight. Samsung is now stepping up its mid- to low-end lineups in an attempt to stop their eroding profits.

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04:46
Samsung Desperately Vies for Apple Chip Business while Mic...

On October 7 we reported that TSMC was confident in landing Apple A9 Orders in 2015 and likely the majority of orders as is the case today with TSMC leading A8 and A8X production roughly at 70% with Samsung having 30%. With Samsung's profits plunging 60%, it's no wonder that a rumor has surfaced this morning trying to prop Samsung up with the possibility of gaining Apple's A9 processor business.

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04:17
Apple Looking to Raise $1.2 Billion from Bond Sale Involvi...

Following yesterday's report that Apple was preparing to hold a new bond sale that includes a component denominated in euros, the company today filed a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission outlining its general plans, which include two chunks of debt with staggered maturities. The Wall Street Journal has more details on the prospectus and how its yields will the lowest ever for 8-year and 12-year debt: The iPhone maker is seeking to raise at least €1 billion ($1.2 billion) from two chunks of euro debt maturing in eight and 12 years.

Those would beat the lowest yields ever paid for euro-denominated, corporate bonds of these maturities, according to Dealogic data, reflecting solid confidence that the bonds represent a safe bet. Bankers managing the bond sale suggested...

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03:44
Apple Granted 38 Patents Today covering 3D Maps Navigation...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three key patents. The first covers Apple's iCloud service known as Find my iPhone ...

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Monday November 3

20:35
Apple Releases First iOS 8.1.1 Beta to Developers

Following this afternoon's release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 beta, Apple has seeded the first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers. The iOS 8.1.1 beta comes two weeks after the release of iOS 8.1, which included support for Apple Pay, SMS Forwarding, and more.

The beta, build 12B432, is available though Apple's over-the-air update system on iOS devices and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta.

As a minor update, iOS 8.1.1 includes fixes for several bugs, but major new features rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad, will be reserved for major iOS 8 updates that are also in development.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
AT&T...

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18:58
Apple Acquires Cloud Networking Startup Union Bay Networks...

Apple acquired Seattle-based cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks sometime in the last couple of months and has opened an office in the city that houses more than 30 engineers, reports GeekWire. The site uncovered Apple's acquisition and Seattle office after former Union Bay Networks co-founder Benn Bollay posted a job opening for a Systems Software Engineer that read "Ever wanted to work at Apple, but didn't want to live...

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18:01
HomeKit-Enabled Chips Begin Shipping to Smart Home Device...

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple announced HomeKit, a platform designed to allow smart home devices to seamlessly integrate with iOS devices via Bluetooth and Wi-FI. As part of the certification process for Apple HomeKit, manufacturers must purchase their Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips from Apple-approved chipmakers like Marvell, Texas Instruments and Broadcom. Those Apple-approved chips have begun shipping to smart home accessory makers, according to Forbes.These chipmakers have begun shipping their chips loaded with HomeKit firmware to device manufacturers, Broadcom and Texas Instruments have confirmed to me. That means we could begin seeing HomeKit-certified devices show up on store shelves sometime soon. Although Apple hasn’t officially launched HomeKit yet, device makers can at least start putting together their...

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15:10
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update to developers, nearly three weeks after first releasing OS X Yosemite to the public.

The new beta, build 14B17, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and will be available through the Mac Dev Center shortly.

While it is unclear what improvements the first update to OS X Yosemite will bring, there are several bugs in the operating system including a major Wi-Fi issue that has caused connection problems for a number of users.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
AT&T and Verizon Announce Voice Over LTE Interoperability for 2015
Microsoft Announces 'Skype Translator' Early Preview for Windows...

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14:52
Apple's New Mystery Office in Seattle Related to iClo...

New Mystery Project: A new report published today states that Union Bay co-founder Benn Bollay is now working as a "Manager" for Apple in Seattle. Beyond that, this past Friday he ....

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13:40
Sketchy Report Claims Apple May Discontinue iPad Mini to F...

Apple may be planning to discontinue its iPad mini lineup in order to focus its efforts on the upcoming larger-screened "iPad Pro," according to a somewhat questionable rumor from Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google Translate] (via GforGames). The site believes Apple will cease updating the 7.9-inch iPad mini next year, making the new iPad mini 3, released in October, the last tablet in the series.

A preference towards larger screen sizes, the introduction of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, declining iPad sales, and "fierce competition" in the tablet market are said to have led to Apple's alleged decision to discontinue the tablet.

It was a bit of a...

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11:10
Christian Bale Pulls Out of Upcoming Steve Jobs Biopic

Christian Bale will not be starring as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor has reportedly decided that he was "not right for the part," deciding to withdraw from the film.

Bale was announced as the star of the film just last week, with Sorkin saying that Christian Bale was "the best actor in a certain age range" to play Jobs, and that he had agreed to the part without an audition.

Set to be directed by Danny Boyle, who also directed the Oscar-winning hit Slumdog Millionaire, the upcoming Steve Jobs project focuses on three continuous 30-minute scenes that depict three of Apple's product launches.

While it is now unclear who will play Steve Jobs in the movie, Seth Rogen is reportedly in talks to play Apple...

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10:48
MCX Executive: Social Security Number Won't Be Requir...

Composed of a large group of retailers aiming to introduce the QR code-based "CurrentC" payments system, Apple Pay competitor Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after the removal of Apple Pay support from Rite Aid and CVS, two prominent MCX members.

Following a hacking incident and negative press focused on CurrentC's convoluted QR code payment process and privacy issues, MCX has been scrambling to reverse the public's negative perception of CurrentC.

After a press conference last week where executives suggested MCX was under attack for "challenging the status quo" of large, entrenched payments systems, MCX...

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09:33
Southwest Airlines Teams up with Apple's Beats Music...

If you're a Southwest Airlines® customer, you're in luck. Southwest just announced that it's giving customers a new reason to pack their headphones! Beginning today, Apple's Beats Music is providing a uniquely curated music experience onboard Southwest Airlines WiFi-enabled aircraft. The only catch is that at the moment the service is limited to specific flights that use the official Beats Music-decaled Boeing 737 aircraft.

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08:30
Smartphones with Solar Energy Displays are Around the Corn...

Over the weekend we posted a report asking the question "Could Apple use Triboelectric Technology in Future iDevices?" We noted in that report that Apple's current work on energy harvesting was focused in the area of solar cells. The timing of that report was perfect as today we're learning that solar energy harvesting will likely make it to market ahead of triboelectric technology. It's being reported that Kyocera may be the first to ...

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08:22
Southwest Airlines Adds Beats Music to In-Flight Entertain...

Starting this week, travelers on select Southwest Airlines flights will be able to listen to music streamed via Apple's Beats Music service. The airline today announced this new Beats Music option and provided a live demonstration onboard a 737 emblazoned with the Beats Music logo.

Southwest adopted Beats Music in response to growing consumer interest in streaming music. "Southwest connects our Customers to what is important in their lives and in this case, it's music," said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer. "We continue to enhance our onboard offerings to remain current as our Customers' needs evolve, and with the addition of Beats Music on our entertainment portal, we're doing just that." The in-flight service is free and includes hundreds of music lists compiled by Beats' own expert curators. It is available on WiFi-enabled...

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08:07
Digital Audio Veteran Peter Eastty Joins Apple as Director...

Audio expert Peter Eastty of Oxford Digital Limited has left the company he co-founded to work for Apple. According to his LinkedIn profile, Eastty joined Apple in September of this year as the Director of SoC (System on Chip) Audio Processing.

Eastty's career in digital audio spans more than 40 years, including oversight of a pioneering digital audio team at Solid State Logic, a 13-year stint at Sony as a chief consultant engineer, and more than eight years as CTO at Oxford Digital. Most of his work has focused on digital audio and digital signal processing for audio equipment. "I’ve worked in the application of digital and computer technology to audio since I graduated from college and I still find the problems fascinating as well as the answers." Details on Eastty's role as Director of SoC Audio Processing are unknown, but he likely is using his DSP...

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07:53
Next Wave of Apple Pay Bank Launches Begins With Navy Fede...

Apple's October 20 debut for Apple Pay included support from many of the biggest banks in the United States, including Chase, Citi, Capital One, and Bank of America, but the company has said it has over 500 other banks working to roll out support for the mobile payments service. A few of the larger ones are listed on Apple's site as launching Apple Pay support "later this year", and it appears that this next wave is now beginning to roll out.

Navy Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the United States with over 5 million members, today announced the immediate launch of Apple Pay support."We're excited to make this new service available to our members starting today," said Randy Hopper, vice president of credit cards and business optimization at Navy Federal. "Our members live fast-paced and...

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06:37
Starwood Begins First Phase of Mobile Phone Hotel Room Key...

Following an initial pilot program at a pair of its properties, hotel chain Starwood today announced the official launch of its SPG Keyless program that will allow hotel guests to use their iPhones or Android phones to check in for their stays and unlock their doors via Bluetooth. The system will go live this Wednesday in ten hotels around the world under Starwood's Aloft, Element, and W brands and expand to 150 hotel comprising 30,000 hotel room doors by the end of next year.

SPG Members must register their phone once through the SPG App and allow push notifications. After booking a reservation at a keyless hotel and approximately 24 hours before arrival, SPG members are invited to opt-in to SPG Keyless. Guests will...

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06:03
Apple's iPhone 6 Sales are on Fire in South Korea and...

Last Wednesday we reported that Apple's thrashing of Samsung on its home turf could translate to outselling the Galaxy Note 4 by tenfold. On Saturday we noted that loyal Apple fans stood in the cold rain in Korea to get their hands on the iPhone 6. That kind of news could definitely get under Samsung's skin and did. After a great weekend of Apple iPhone 6 sales, the government promised to punish Apple resellers for illegal subsidies.

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03:45
Apple Reportedly Planning for Investor Call Today Ahead of...

Apple is planning to hold an investor call today ahead of a potential bond sale, reports The Wall Street Journal. A banker working on the deal says that Apple may begin issuing bonds in Euros, as Deutsche Bank AG and Goldman Sachs Group are said to be arranging the call.Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs Inc. are arranging a call for the firm with investors Monday, and a deal, possibly at least partly in euros, could come as soon as this week, according to a person familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker has never issued debt in currencies other than the dollar before. Apple last entered the bond market in April with a $12 billion sale, which followed last year's $17...

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02:07
Microsoft Launches New Ad Comparing MacBook Air to Lenovo...

Microsoft today launched a new ad targeting the MacBook Air and comparing the notebook to Lenovo's Yoga 3 Pro convertible laptop. The latest spot, which is titled "Let's Dance", features both laptops side-by-side and highlights the differences between the form and functionality of both.

Microsoft first highlights the thickness of both devices, showing that the MacBook Air is 17mm thick while the Yoga 3 Pro measures in at 13mm thick. Next, both laptops are shown in a "tablet" and "tent" position, showcasing the Yoga 3 Pro's ability to fold back while the MacBook Air is unable to do the same. Microsoft finally highlights the Yoga 3 Pro's touchscreen, which is then shown as a non-feature on the MacBook Air.

The new ad comes after Microsoft launched a new round of Surface Pro 3 ads targeting the MacBook Air in August, which...

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Sunday November 2

20:44
Apple Watch Launching in 'Spring' According to A...

In a video message sent out to retail employees, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts revealed that the Apple Watch will be launching in the Spring of next year, reports 9To5Mac. The timeframe given is slightly more specific than Apple's own launch projection of "early next year", which was shared during its initial unveil of the Apple Watch back in September.

"So, again, we do - you guys were hired because you're the best people in the world. And you know how to service customers, but we are sprinting a marathon and it's not going to stop. Right? We're going into the holidays, we'll go into Chinese New Year, and then we've got a new watch launch coming in the spring." The report also notes that Apple will be training its retail employees on...

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08:10
Could Apple use Triboelectric Technology in Future iDevice...

Late last year Professor Wang at the Georgia Institute of Technology revealed their ground breaking work on technology known as the triboelectric effect ...

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04:52
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Honored Jony Ive Fr...

It was reported late yesterday that Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, was honored as a "San Francisco Treasure" by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art who described Ive as the most influential designer in the world.

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Saturday November 1

20:24
Intel Launches New Broadwell Core M Processors, Likely Des...

While Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors for most Macs are not shipping until early 2015 or even later, the company began shipping some ultra low-power Broadwell chips known as Core M a couple of months ago. These chips are designed to run at just 4.5 watts and are intended for next-generation fanless PCs and tablets, fitting perfectly with circulating rumors of a thinner, fanless 12-inch MacBook Air, potentially with a Retina display.

The first batch of Core M chips launched in early September consisted of the 5Y10/5Y10a...

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13:12
Apple to Announce a Major Deal in Vietnam for iPhone Distr...

Earlier this week reported on Apple wanting to compete with Samsung in Iran by working with so-called premium resellers as they do in certain countries like South Korea. Today we've learned that Apple is going to make a major announcement in two weeks about a major distribution deal with one of Vietnam's ...

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10:15
Loyal Apple Fans in Korea Stood in the Rain for the iPhone...

Two Thumbs up for Loyal Korean Apple Fans: As expected, loyal Apple fans faithfully stood in line on a rainy Friday in Seoul, South Korea ...

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06:17
Rumor: Apple's upcoming iPad Pro to have 12.2" D...

We reported earlier this month that Apple's iPhone processor partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) had reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015. A new report is claiming that the new iPad Pro could sport a 12.2" display instead of the rumored 12.9" display.

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06:13
'iPad Pro' Said to Feature 12.2-Inch Display, 7-...

Apple's rumored "iPad Pro" has reportedly been in the works for some time, although the most recent rumors have indicated the company has pushed back its plans for the device as it seeks to give its manufacturing partners time to catch up to iPhone 6 Plus demand. Development work on the project is likely still continuing and a new report from Mac Otakara claims to share some new details on the device.

According to the report, the larger iPad will include a 12.2-inch display, somewhat smaller than the 12.9-inch measurement most commonly rumored for the device. Sources also indicate the device will contain speakers and microphones on both the top and bottom edges, opening the door to an improved stereo audio experience.Product design concept seems to be based on iPad Air 2, pair of speakers and microphones will be...

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05:47
Cops can compel you to unlock your iPhone via Touch ID

A new report published late yesterday revealed that cops can't make you give them your smartphone password -- but they can compel you to slap your finger onto your Apple Touch ID device to unlock it, a Virginia court ruled Thursday.

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Friday October 31

12:37
Trent Reznor Admits to Working with Apple on Special Proje...

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails says that he's been a life-long Apple consumer, fan and advocate. He's now working on a secret project with Apple.

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12:10
First Third-Party SSD With Native OS X TRIM Support Launch...

With the growing popularity and declining cost of solid-state drives (SSDs) for Macs and other personal computers, users have becoming increasingly interested in putting third-party SSDs into their machines. But one issue Mac users have been running into involves support for TRIM, a system-level command that allows the operating system and the drive to communicate about which areas of the drive are considered unused and thus ready to be erased and rewritten to.

Without TRIM, writes to the drive can see significant slowdowns as the system must read and erase each block on the fly before writing new data. But unfortunately for users looking to install third-party SSDs into their machines, Apple only officially supports TRIM on Apple-branded SSDs. Workarounds such as Trim Enabler have naturally been developed to enable TRIM on non-Apple SSDs, but a new...

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11:25
Court Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones With...

A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads.

According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint.

The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which protects memorized information like passwords and passcodes, but it does not extend to fingerprints in the eyes of the law, as speculated by ...

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10:14
Samsung Responds to Microsoft's Lawsuit in Court by C...

In August we reported that David Howard – Microsoft's Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, wrote on their legal blog that they didn't take lightly filing a legal action against Samsung, a company with which they enjoyed a long and productive partnership with over the years. Late yesterday, Samsung filed their official response to Microsoft's claims in court.

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09:59
Trent Reznor Working on 'Challenging' Music Deli...

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who serves as Chief Creative Officer of Beats Music, became an Apple employee alongside Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre when Apple acquired Beats back in May.

In a new interview with Billboard, Reznor revealed that he joined the company because Apple was "interested in tapping his creative energy" and that he's currently working on designing a product related to music delivery for Apple. According to Reznor, no one has hit "the right formula" when it comes to streaming music.

Beats Music co-founder Jimmy Iovine with Trent Reznor, image courtesy of USA Today"I am on the side of streaming music, and I think the right streaming service could solve everybody's problems,"...

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09:21
Swiss Watch Makers Small and Large are bracing for the App...

A new report this morning begins by noting that "Forty years ago, the Swiss watch industry nearly died. The advent of Japanese quartz watches, cheaper and more accurate than their mechanical Swiss rivals, drove many traditional watchmakers out of business. Two generations on, a new question is occupying the country’s watch industry: will Apple’s new smartwatch be the prelude to a similar upheaval?

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07:05
Apple Seeks Trademarks for "Handoff" and "M...

Today the European Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "Handoff" under number 013420203. Apple's marketing for the new OS X Yosemite feature called Handoff states that a user can...

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06:48
Microsoft Launches New Outlook for Mac, Next Office for Ma...

Microsoft today announced the immediate launch of a new Outlook for Mac for Office 365 users, bringing a new look and a number of improvements as leaked earlier this week.The new Outlook for Mac includes:

- Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
- A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
- Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
- Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
- Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
- Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange...

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06:37
Apple's Jony Ive Talks Apple Watch at SFMOMA Lifetime...

Apple design chief Jony Ive on Thursday was honored by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in an event that celebrated Ive's 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award. The award, bestowed by the Modern Art Council (MAC), recognizes creative individuals who have influenced visual culture.

"Ive is our generation’s most innovative and influential figure in the field of industrial design—no other design mind has done more to transform the way we visualize and share information," said SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. "SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast to establish a department of architecture and design, and we’re thrilled to celebrate Ive’s revolutionary achievements." Speaking during the award ceremony, Ive commented on the Apple Watch and the challenge of...

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06:01
Indian Firm iVoice Enterprises Challenges "iPhone...

A crazy Indian Company is asking India's Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) to remove Apple's "iPhone" trademark from the Trademark Registry. I read about this case last week and decided not to cover it thinking that the request would be instantly quashed by IPAB. I was wrong.

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04:44
Apple's 10-K Filing Warns EU Ruling Could Significant...

It's being reported today that in Apple's annual 10-K filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, they note that while most of the company’s ...

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Thursday October 30

13:12
Google Patents a Micro Projector for Google Glass

Yikes, distractionitis! Today the US Patent Office revealed a patent from Google for a micro projector for a future version of Google Glass. Technically ...

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11:11
Seth Rogen to Star as Steve Wozniak in Sony's Steve J...

Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony's upcoming Jobs biopic, reports Variety. Rogen will have the opportunity to get advice directly from Wozniak, who is working as a consultant on the film.

Rogen is a popular actor who has starred in movies like Neighbors, 22 Jump Street, and This Is the End. While Rogen often stars in comedic films, he has demonstrated his ability to do more serious work in movies like Take This Waltz and 50/50.

Image courtesy of Variety
After several months of limbo after writer Aaron Sorkin finished the screenplay, production on Sony's Steve Jobs movie is picking up. Danny Boyle, who directed...

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10:43
Some OS X Yosemite Users Plagued With Wi-Fi Connection Iss...

Since OS X Yosemite's October 16 launch, MacRumors has been receiving a number of complaints from users who have been experiencing Wi-Fi issues. Extensive threads about Wi-Fi problems have surfaced on both the MacRumors forums and on Apple's own Support Communities as well, suggesting there are quite a few users who are seeing Wi-Fi connection issues after installing Yosemite.

According to the complaints, Wi-Fi connections are sometimes extremely slow, resulting in long loading times, and in some cases, users are seeing their Wi-Fi connections disconnect continually after just a few minutes of being connected.Since upgrading to Yosemite, my previously-stable (with Mavericks) wifi connection keeps dropping. I have to click the wifi icon and re-select my network every minute or two. I have turned off bluetooth and uninstalled/...

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09:12
IDC: Apple Still Top Tablet OEM in Volume and Profits

The Market is flooded with cheap unprofitable tablets: Today a new IDC report was published regarding the top five tablet vendors for Q3 2014. Despite a continued shipment decline for its iPad product line, Apple maintained its lead in the worldwide tablet market, shipping 12.3 million units in the third quarter.

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09:00
Apple Reverses Course on iOS 8 Notification Center Calcula...

Yesterday, Apple told PCalc developer James Thomson that the Notification Center widget portion of his popular calculator app PCalc would need to be removed, as Notification Center widgets "cannot perform any calculations."

Following significant media coverage of the issue, Apple has now reversed course on the decision and according to an Apple spokesperson that spoke to TechCrunch, both PCalc and its Notification Center widget will be allowed to remain in the App Store, along with all other apps that contain calculator widgets.

The initial decision to remove Pcalc's widget was reportedly the result of a use case that Apple had not anticipated. Because it was not within the guidelines, an App Store reviewer told Thomson the...

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08:18
ABI Looks at CarPlay vs. Android Auto while Favoring the L...

ABI Research has a new report out about Apple's CarPlay vs. Android Auto. They note that just as in the smartphone industry, Apple and Android are now tough rivals in new the battle for automotive dashboard integration. While CarPlay from Apple (the software platform that synchronizes iPhones to vehicle infotainment systems) was first-to-market ...

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07:51
Apple's Lead in Tablet Market Share Shrinks as Consum...

Apple continues to rank among the world's top tablet manufacturers both in customer satisfaction and shipments, according to reports released today by J.D Power and IDC, although the company is showing some signs of weakness as lower-cost competitors gain momentum and consumers look for more innovation in Apple's tablet lineup. Apple fell slightly behind Amazon in J.D. Power's semiannual customer satisfaction survey, while the company's lead in worldwide tablet shipping volume continues to shrink.

Worldwide tablet shipments in 3Q14 in millions of units (Source: IDC)
According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, Apple remains the global tablet market leader, despite a 12.8 percent decline in quarterly shipments...

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06:10
Apple's CEO is Proud to be Gay, Now Let's Move o...

Cook states in a new Bloomberg report that "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy." While I think everyone ...

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04:20
Apple Files Patents that Advance Haptics & New iOS Met...

The US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple today that reveal their ongoing work regarding advanced haptics and new iOS interface elements and metaphors for consumers and the enterprise. At a basic level, Apple's advanced haptics invention may have played a role in Apple's new Apple Watch.

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04:03
Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay in Letter Dec...

In a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay while declaring his support for equality.

Cook, who has typically kept a low profile on his personal life, says that his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender. I’m an engineer, an uncle, a...

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03:02
It's Official, Samsung Profits Plunge 60% with Q4 Loo...

CNN reports that Samsung earnings plunged in the third quarter as the company's smartphone business was squeezed by competitors at both ends of the cost spectrum. The South Korea-based firm posted operating profit of 4.1 trillion won (US$3.9 billion) for the third quarter -- a 60% decline from the previous year.

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01:44
Apple Revisits their Major 3D Imaging System Invention

On October 30, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a continuation patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on an advanced 3D imaging and display system.

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Wednesday October 29

19:28
Microsoft Unveils $199 'Microsoft Band' Fitness...

Shortly after apps on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store revealed Microsoft's fitness wearable, the company has revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable to Re/code. The device will go on sale tomorrow at Microsoft's online and retail stores.

The Microsoft Band is designed to last 48 hours on a single charge and can be worn all day and all night, as it tracks both physical activity and sleep. It includes 10 sensors that track standard health statistics like heart rate as well as unique points of data that other fitness bands do not track, like a UV sensor to measure sun exposure and galvanic skin response, which can identify stress. Like smart watches, the Band can also receive notifications from a user's smartphone.

Microsoft is also...

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18:04
'Microsoft Health' App for Upcoming Wearable Lea...

As Apple completes the launch of HealthKit and the Health app for iOS, its competitors Microsoft and Google have been preparing their own entrances into the health sector. Today, Microsoft apps for an upcoming fitness wearable have leaked in app stores as Google launched a new HealthKit-like initiative.

In July it was reported that Microsoft was working on a fitness band that would work with iOS. Now, the official app for the device, which appears to be called the Microsoft "Band", has appeared on the Mac App Store. The "Microsoft Band Sync" app, which was first discovered by WindowsCentral, appears to allow users to sync the data on their device to the app for tracking.

Another app called Microsoft Health has also been revealed for iOS and appears to include many of the same options as the "...

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16:23
Apple Wants to Compete with Samsung in Iran

For Apple, Iran’s 77 million people offer a particularly attractive new market. Iran’s population is relatively young, with 42% of its people under age 25. Iran also boasts a relative large middle class. And despite decades of animosity between Tehran and the West, many well-off Iranians still embrace Western brands and trends. Today, Samsung is successfully selling their mobile devices in Iran and Apple wants in on the action.

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15:26
The Classic BlackBerry Bold will be Back for Christmas

For some it's the addictive CrackBerry: BlackBerry's CEO John Chen quoted an old adage in an open letter recently saying that "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." BlackBerry's CEO just announced in an interview with Walt Mossberg that they'll be bringing back the BlackBerry Bold Classic with it's small sized physical keyboard and trackpad. It'll have updated software but take on the BlackBerry Bold's look and feel. For some lawyers and politicians it's a welcomed announcement. The addictive BlackBerry was once called the CrackBerry and Kim Kardashian just happens to be one those addicts. You'll hear all about her addiction in our report.

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12:39
MCX Says Merchants Doing What's Best for Customers, B...

Following the publication of a blog post earlier today outlining some details of its upcoming CurrentC mobile payments solution and disclosure of a hack resulting in unauthorized access to users' email addresses, Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) held a conference call with members of the press to further address questions and concerns.

During the call, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson and COO Scott Rankin clarified that MCX merchants who choose to accept Apple Pay are not subject to fines. As stated in the blog post earlier today, merchants are also free to leave the consortium entirely at any time without penalty beyond forfeiting the time and money already invested in the effort.

As a result, MCX certainly appears to be placing the blame for its member retailers' refusal to accept Apple Pay on the merchants...

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12:22
HP Introduces a Mind Blowing Next-Gen Desktop for Creative...

HP is about the shake the PC world like it hasn't in years. HP introduces Sprout, a revolutionary PC that's for 3D printing. HP's video called Hands noted above captures the spirit of Apple's Think Different ad run many years ago. I think this could be something very inspiring for artists and it could truly be the beginning of a new direction for PCs. It gave me Goosebumps just thinking about where this can take us.

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11:32
GT Advanced COO Blames Apple's Strict Sapphire Contra...

GT Advanced's Chief Operating Officer Daniel Squiller yesterday filed some revised documents with the court, giving a bit more insight into what went wrong between Apple and GT Advanced that led to the latter company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Shared by Fortune, Squiller's affidavit [PDF] delves further into the contractual obligations outlined in its agreement with Apple, which led to huge losses of money as the contract was highly favorable to Apple.

It was known that the terms of the contract prevented GT Advanced from selling its sapphire to customers other than Apple, but as it turns out, Apple also had a vast amount of control over GT's sapphire production. For example, GT was not able to modify equipment, specifications, or...

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11:05
Greg Joswiak on Video: Apple Focuses on Better Experiences

During one of Re/Code's event interviews, Walt Mossberg and Ina Fried interviewed Apple's VP of iPhone marketing Greg Joswiak. Fried gave Joswiak the scenario of Android ...

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10:58
AT&T, Verizon Using 'Perma-Cookies' to Track...

Both Verizon and AT&T appear to be engaging in some unsavory customer tracking techniques, using unique identifying numbers to deliver targeted advertisements to customers in what's called "Relevant Advertising." As outlined by Wired, Verizon is altering the web traffic of its customers by inserting a Unique Identifier Header or UIDH, a temporary serial number that lets advertisers identify Verizon users on the web.

According to Jacob Hoffman-Andrews of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the UIDH serves as a "perma-cookie" that can be read by any web server to "build a profile" of internet habits. Verizon users cannot turn off the UIDH, but opting out of the Relevant Mobile Advertising Program prevents the information from being used to create targeted ads.

Verizon has been using Relevant Advertising techniques for two years, but the tracking has gone largely unnoticed until recently,...

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10:31
Korean Report States Apple's Thrashing of Samsung on...

A new Korean report published today was refreshingly honest and rather upbeat about Apple's iPhone 6 landing in Korean stores this Friday. The report noted that "The worldwide craze over the new iPhones will hit the South Korean market on Friday when the iPhone 6 and its variant the 6 Plus go on sale here. This time, the so-called iPhone effect will have a more significant impact on the Korean smartphone market than ever before."

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09:25
Apple Disallows Previously Approved Calculator Widgets for...

Apple is forcing popular iOS calculator app PCalc to remove its Notification Center widget, which allows users to access calculator functions directly from the "Today" view of the Notification Center. According to Apple, widgets on iOS are not allowed to perform any calculations.

Apple's sudden decision to disallow PCalc's previously approved widget is somewhat surprising as the app is featured in multiple places in the App Store, including a section called "Extend Your Apps" featuring apps with unique widgets, and "Great Apps and Games for iOS 8," which also features a selection of Notification Center widgets.

Apple has told me that Notification Center widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations, and the current PCalc widget must be removed.

— James Thomson (@jamesthomson) October 29, 2014 PCalc was one of the...

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08:33
Apple's Global iPhone Market Share Gains Begin to Sur...

Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports that their latest data covering just the first few days of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have shown ...

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08:22
European 'iWatch' Trademark Holder Plans New And...

Irish firm Probendi is seeking to capitalize on Apple's announcement of the Apple Watch earlier this year by using its existing "iWatch" trademark in Europe to launch its own smartwatch device. Probendi director Daniele Di Salvo confirmed in a recent RTE Radio interview that the company will "absolutely push ahead" with its plans to build a smartwatch device that will compete with the Apple Watch, reports news site Herald.ie.

Probendi owns an iWatch trademark in Europe and has been using the iWatch name for health and safety communication software. Di Salvo acknowledges the company's existing iWatch software product, but notes that "the name is easily associated with a smartwatch" when discussing the company's future plans.

It is unclear,...

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07:43
CurrentC Alerts Users of Unauthorized Access to Email Addr...

Just hours after publishing a blog post answering some questions about its upcoming CurrentC mobile payments system and touting the security of its cloud-based storage of sensitive information, the company behind the effort, Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has alerted users of unauthorized access to their email addresses.Thank you for your interest in CurrentC. You are receiving this message because you are either a participant in our pilot program or requested information about CurrentC. Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you. Based on investigations conducted by MCX security personnel, only these e-mail addresses were involved and no other information.
Details on the unauthorized access have not been disclosed, but iMore's Nick Arnott earlier this week...

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07:03
Apple SIM Included With iPad for Customer Convenience, but...

Apple had the consumer in mind when it added a multi-carrier SIM card to its new iPads, said Apple vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS product marketing Greg Joswiak in a recent Re/code interview (via Fierce Wireless). But that motivation does not mean the Apple SIM will be making its way to the iPhone any time soon, as Joswiak noted most consumers go directly to their carriers to buy iPhones, while the iPad more often is sold through Apple's retail channels."It's about the customer experience," he said during an appearance here at Re/code's Code/Mobile conference. "We ultimately don't know who you are going to use as the carrier, [and] we want to make it as easy as possible."

Joswiak said Apple has not...

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06:31
Apple's Blowout Mac Sales Sends Wintel into Emergency...

In our report covering Apple's latest Financial Conference Call we noted that Apple had sold 5.5 million Macs. Cook had stated that for Macs, it was a "blowout" quarter and that "it doesn't get better than that" at 21% growth year over year. Apparently Apple's surging Mac sales and Google's Chromebook gaining ground, Microsoft has decided to go into emergency mode to protect their only stronghold remaining, Windows PCs.

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05:43
MCX Confirms Retailer Exclusivity for CurrentC Mobile Paym...

Much of the Apple news in recent days has centered around Apple Pay and what Tim Cook referred to on Monday as a "squirmish" in which several retailers backing a competing mobile payments initiative known as CurrentC have shut down NFC payment functionality in their stores to prevent customer use of Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and other similar services.

Numerous sources have indicated that retailers backing CurrentC are contractually prohibited from accepting alternative forms of mobile payments, and sources told The New York Times that retailers breaking those contracts would "face steep fines."

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), the consortium of retailers backing CurrentC, has now...

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05:13
Apple's Dream of Revolutionizing TV Got the Nod from...

Earlier this month we posted a report titled "Are we on the Cusp of a Revolutionary Shift in Television?" We noted that "two possible major television properties are saying that they're getting ready to offer online programming away from the cable subscription model that's been holding back a la carte programming choices for consumers. It seems like we're on the cusp of a revolutionary shift ...

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03:29
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Boost Apple's Customer Base in Eu...

Research firm Kantar WorldPanel has released a new report (via TechCrunch) highlighting global smartphone sales over the July-September period which saw the debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The report found that Apple's market share in major European markets is now higher when compared to the prior-year-period that saw the debut of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. However, Apple's share in countries like the United States and Japan were found to be lower when compared to the same timeframe last year.

Our latest data covers the first few days of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus being available in Europe and it is clear that demand has been high for the eagerly awaited new models. In Great Britain, where the new iPhone models started shipping on 19 September, Apple saw its sales share up...

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Tuesday October 28

14:46
iOS 8 Now Installed on Over Half of Active iOS Devices

After five and a half weeks of availability, Apple's iOS 8 operating system is now installed on 52 percent of iOS devices, according to new numbers posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers.

iOS 8's installation numbers have increased approximately four percent over the course of the two weeks, which means adoption numbers are on the rise after several weeks of stagnation. During Apple's October 16 iPad-centric event, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iOS 8 was installed on 48 percent of devices as of October 13, and before that, the OS was installed on 46 percent of devices on September 21.

The jump in iOS 8 installation numbers follows the October 20 release of...

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11:17
Apple VP Greg Joswiak Apologizes for iOS 8.0.1 Bug, Points...

Apple's VP of iPhone marketing, Greg Joswiak, sat down for an interview with Re/code's Ina Fried and Walt Mossberg this afternoon, discussing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus supply, the flawed iOS 8.0.1 update, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch.

According to Joswiak, the major iOS 8.0.1 bug that caused many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to lose access to both cellular service and Touch ID was caused by the software distribution rather than a flaw in the software. "It wasn't the software itself, it was the way it was distributed, said Joswiak. "We're very sorry."

The iOS 8.0.1 bug surfaced shortly after the software was first released, bricking many iPhone 6 and 6 devices. Apple pulled the update a few hours later, directed users to downgrade to iOS 8, and ...

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09:51
Merchants Going to War with Apple Pay will Lose

During one of Bloomberg TV's latest business video reports posted yesterday, Emily Chang discussed Apple’s mobile payment technology known at Apple Pay with Piper Jaffray Senior Research Analyst Gene Munster and Bloomberg's Editor-at-Large Cory Johnson. Apple Pay, which now works at Walgreens, the number one pharmacy chain in the U.S, was purposely disconnected by a rival pharmaceutical chain store(s) CVS (and Rite Aid) which has erupted into an online war over the mobile wallet of the future.

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09:36
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Apple Over 2011 MacBook...

Back in January, we highlighted graphics issues being experienced by a number of owners of 2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models, with many users needing to pay for (sometimes multiple) expensive logic board replacements due to the issue. The apparent widespread nature of the issue has led to claims that it is a manufacturing defect that should be covered by Apple, with a change.org petition seeking relief from Apple now exceeding 20,000 signatures and affected users organizing in a Facebook group of over 5,000 members.

We noted in August that law firm Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP had begun researching the issue, soliciting...

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09:28
FTC Sues AT&T Over 'Misleading' Unlimited Da...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States today filed a federal court complaint against AT&T, accusing the carrier of misleading its smartphone customers by charging them for unlimited data while reducing their data speeds by up to 90 percent.

According to the FTC, AT&T did not adequately explain to customers with unlimited data plans that they would be throttled if they reached a certain amount of data during a billing cycle. AT&T also did not inform customers of the throttling when they renewed their unlimited contracts.

"AT&T promised its customers 'unlimited' data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. "The issue here is simple: 'unlimited' means unlimited."AT&T ceased offering unlimited data plans to customers several years ago, but has...

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06:52
iPad Air 2 Material Costs Hold Steady Starting at $275, bu...

As it always does with Apple's major new iOS devices, research firm IHS iSuppli has torn down the new iPad Air 2 in an attempt to estimate Apple's component costs for the device (via Re/code). According to IHS iSuppli's estimates, the 16 GB iPad Air 2 costs Apple roughly $275 to build, just one dollar more than last year's iPad Air.

The report unsurprisingly points out that Apple benefits from stronger profit margins as users move to higher capacity models, with Apple paying only about $50 more for 128 GB of storage compared to the base 16 GB configuration while charging users $200 for the upgrade. Still, Apple's move to eliminate the 32 GB option and slide the 64 GB and 128 GB models down $100 has slightly eroded...

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06:21
More Details on Next Version of Office for Mac Include Pla...

Following yesterday's leak of several screenshots from the next version of Microsoft's Outlook for Mac, Chinese site cnBeta now shares much more information [Google Translate] about the upcoming version of Microsoft's productivity suite for Mac.

The report shares several presentation slides outlining some of the features of the next Office for Mac, as well as a timeline showing a planned release sometime in the first half of 2015. Microsoft team members had previously suggested the suite would launch this year.

The slides point to four key focus areas for Microsoft during the development cycle of the next Office...

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05:08
Apple Revelations Point to Highest R&D Spending Since...

The Financial Times reports today that Apple’s spending on research and development leapt by a third in the past year, reaching its highest level relative to revenues since 2007, the year the iPhone was released.

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03:57
Samsung's Four Year Business Plan is proving to be a...

Yesterday we reported just how well Apple's iPhone 6 pre-orders were doing in South Korea. Analysts estimated that total presale figures for the new iPhones had reached roughly 100,000 units, which topped an estimated 30,000 units for the Galaxy Note 4 over a similar time frame. Today the Korean press revealed Samsung's ongoing problems. It's not just a matter of losing smartphone market momentum; it's about their disastrous business plan that was laid out four year ago.

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02:36
Apple Granted 39 Patents Today Covering the Secure Enclave...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three inventions. The first covers Apple's iDevice chemical tempered glass. The second covers a halogen-free flame retardant material for Apple hardware. The third patent covers Apple's secure enclave used to protect both a user's fingerprint and information regarding safe transactions for Apple Pay.

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01:46
Apple's 2014 Annual Report: Insight on Employee Numbe...

Apple today filed its 2014 10-K annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, offering a look at how the company has grown over the past year. Among the interesting details included in the report:

- The iTunes Store generated a total of $10.2 billion in net sales during 2014, up from $9.3 billion in 2013. Apple credits the growth to an increase in revenue from app sales, but acknowledged that digital music sales were in decline and partially offset the growth.

- Apple noted that it now has 92,600 full-time equivalent employees, up from 80,300 at the end of fiscal 2013. The majority of that growth was outside of the company's retail division, which grew by 3,400 to 46,200 full-time equivalent employees.

- Apple's...

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Monday October 27

20:20
Apple Had More Than 1 Million Card Activations During Firs...

During the first 72 hours that Apple Pay was available, Apple saw more than one million credit and debit card activations, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook who took the stage today at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California.

Cook himself told the audience that he used Apple Pay himself at Whole Foods after the service launched, commenting on how easy it was. "You're no longer fishing for your credit card," he said. "It's the first mobile payments system that's easy, secure, and private."

According to Cook, the early ramp of Apple Pay "looks fantastic," and though it's only been available for a short time, Apple Pay accounts for more mobile wallets in the U.S, than all other mobile payment options combined.

During the interview, Cook commented on CVS, Rite Aid, and other retailers' decisions to opt out of Apple Pay, saying that "over the...

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20:09
Tim Cook on Apple Watch: 'You're Going to Wind U...

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California, where he commented on an array of topics including the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple TV, and more.

Unsurprisingly, Cook said that Apple is "excited" about the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, and he's impressed that Jony Ive and his team had the foresight to understand that "something you wear has to be personal" and that it can't be "geeky."

Cook divulged some new information on the Apple Watch's battery, which has previously gone unmentioned by Apple. Cook says that people will use it so much that it will need to be charged on a daily basis. "You're going to wind up charging it daily," he said, declining to provide a specific battery life for the device as Apple is still examining how people use it.

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19:36
T-Mobile's John Legere Talks Apple SIM, iPhone 6 Dema...

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today took the stage at Re/code's Code/Mobile event in Half Moon Bay, California, where he spoke on the new Apple SIM, demand for the iPhone 6 Plus, and the importance of selling the iPhone.

According to Legere, the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was T-Mobile's biggest phone launch the company had ever seen, and Legere called demand for the iPhone 6 Plus "mind blowing." He said that it skewed very differently from what the company anticipated, and while he couldn't comment on the current demand ratio, he said at one point it was around 55/45 rather than the 75/25 or 80/20 projected in favor of the iPhone 6. Legere said that while the backlog is coming down, it will be awhile before the company is able to provide devices to everyone.

While on stage, Legere sorted out much of the confusion...

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19:26
Apple Set to Donate $100 Million in Grants to 114 U.S. Sch...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook was proud to state during their last Financial Conference Call that Apple's iPad held 90% of the education market. Tonight it's being reported that Apple plans to dole out $100 million in grants to U.S. schools ....

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17:24
Apple owns the Market's Mind Share because they'...

During one of Bloomberg TV's business videos posted today, Emily Chang had Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger on to talk about Google, Amazon and Motorola. Yet at the 3:26 mark of this 4:39 minute video, the topic surprisingly shifted to an Apple mind share vs. Android market share discussion that was quite interesting.

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16:22
LG Uplus under Attack for their Excessive iPhone 6 Marketi...

The Korean press reported earlier today that LG Uplus, the nation's smallest mobile carrier, has come under attack for its "excessive" marketing strategy in its bid to sell more Apple iPhones.

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15:16
Korean Press Attacks Apple for not Opening a Flagship Stor...

Earlier this morning we were greeted with the good news about iPhone 6 pre-orders in India and South Korea over the weekend. In India, Apple pre-orders of the iPhone 6 sold out in 72 hours. In South Korea, the numbers for the iPhone 6 were phenomenal, outpacing presales of Samsung's new smartphones handily. But that good news didn't sit well South Korea's press who immediately began to attack Apple.

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12:46
Amazon Launches $39 'Fire TV Stick' to Compete W...

Amazon today announced the launch of a new Fire TV Stick, designed to compete with Google's Chromecast and Apple's Apple TV. The Fire TV Stick is a media streaming stick much like the Chromecast, designed to allow users to plug it in to the HDMI port of a television to access content like TV shows, movies, games, and more.

The Fire TV Stick offers a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, and dual-band/dual-antenna MIMO Wi-Fi. It can be controlled with a remote control, a smartphone, or voice control through an app. According to Amazon, it offers 50 percent more processing power than the Chromecast, along with 2x the memory and 32 times more storage.

"Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available--a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi, included remote control, voice search with...

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15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $17...
 B&H Photo has the 2014 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale today for $1749. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. B&H will also include free copies of Parallels Desktop... Read more
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
21-inch 1.4GHz iMac on sale for $979, save $1...
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
13-inch 1.4GHz/256GB MacBook Air on sale for...
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
Save up to $400 with Apple refurbished 2014 1...
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
New 13-inch 1.4GHz MacBook Air on sale for $8...
 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
Apple Expected to Reverse Nine-Month Tablet S...
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
Stratos: 30 Percent of US Smartphone Owners t...
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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