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Tuesday July 4

10:05
Report Says U.S. Government Filed to Intervene in Apple...

The U.S. government has filed an application with the General Court of the European Union to intervene in an ongoing tax-related case between Apple and the European Commission, according to Reuters."I can confirm the United States filed an application with the European Union General Court to intervene in the case involving the retroactive application of state aid rules to Apple," said the source, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.The report did not specify when the application was submitted, so it's unclear if it occurred under the Barack Obama or Donald Trump administrations.

Last August, following a three-year investigation, the European Commission found Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland. The iPhone maker allegedly paid between 0.005 percent and 1...

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07:09
The Wall Street Journal Catches on that Samsung is working...

Last Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung is aiming to Beat Apple to Market with Gesture Controls for Notebooks, Smartphones and Smart Speaker Device" The first set of patent figures shown below show a possible Bixby smart speaker device that surfaced at US Patent Office last week. A second set of patent figures presented below were from a Samsung design patent that was published in late May. Samsung no doubt wants to provide their new digital assistant with home so it can compete with Microsoft's Cortana, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. Today the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) now believes that Samsung is developing a voice-activated speaker powered by its virtual assistant Bixby. It's nice to see that they're catching on.

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04:34
Apple Won 43 Patents today covering AirPods with built-in...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. One patent that stands out in this group is granted patent 9,699,546 which marks Apple's third patent win regarding future AirPods with biometric sensors built-in this year alone. The iPhone 6 won a design patent and there's a crazy disconnected patent about a golf cart.

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01:26
Apple granted a patent relating to Xcode's 3D Renderi...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 43 granted patents for Apple Inc. today. One of the patents is titled "Unwrapping 3D meshes into low-distortion texture maps." One of the inventors worked on Apple’s 3D rendering engine related to Xcode.

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00:04
Pegatron Claims that Microsoft Surface Device Orders have...

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft set to Layoff Thousands of Sales Staff around the World" Today we're learning that Microsoft's hardware isn't moving well. According to Microsoft hardware supplier Pegatron, orders for Microsoft's Surface devices have been smaller than expected.

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Monday July 3

23:07
Apple Reportedly signed a Deal with 3D-Sensing Module Supp...

On June 23 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Some of Apple's new 'iPhone X' suppliers have been identified associated with Technologies like 3D Sensing & more." The three 3D sensing suppliers mentioned in the report were Lumentum, Finisar and Viavi Solutions that covers 3D motion sensing. It was reported yesterday that Viavi signed a deal with Apple for ...

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16:27
Advanced 3D Facial Recognition for Secure Authentication i...

Earlier today Patently Apple posted a report titled "KGI Analyst publicizes his Latest Round of iPhone Predictions." Within that report analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made an oddball prediction that the anniversary iPhone with the OLED display would come with 3D sensing Facial Recognition and eliminate Touch ID. This afternoon Bloomberg also weighed in on the matter who leans towards Apple testing the feature for ....

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13:42
All 2017 iPhone Models Said to Include Standard 5W USB-A A...

Well-regarded KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this morning released a note for investors in which he made 10 predictions related to the three iPhones slated for release in 2017, including the elimination of Touch ID in the "iPhone 8."

We've now gotten our hands on Kuo's full note, and it includes several additional details that were not covered in our original post.

iPhone 8 renders from iDrop News

First and foremost, on the topic of Touch ID, Kuo's note clearly says the iPhone 8 will not support fingerprint recognition, a prediction some MacRumors readers thought was ambiguous in the first post based on the included wording. Direct from the note:As the OLED iPhone will not support...

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13:05
Apple Working on 'Improved' Security System for...

Following a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting the next-generation "iPhone 8" will do away with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor entirely, Bloomberg says Apple is working on an "improved" security system that will let customers unlock their iPhones and make Apple Pay payments with facial recognition technology.

Apple's new facial recognition engine is powered by a 3D sensor rumored to be built into the front-facing camera, and according to Bloomberg's sources, Apple is also said to be testing eye scanning to "augment the system." Using facial recognition, the iPhone can be unlocked within a few hundred milliseconds and it allegedly works even when the device is lying on a table. It's said to capture more data points than a fingerprint scan,...

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09:32
LeEco's Founder who said that Apple was an outdated C...

In May Patently Apple posted a report titled "Brash CEO of LeEco who Likened Apple to Hitler Steps Down as CEO and out of the Limelight." In April 2016 this brash CEO Jia Yueting also confidently stated on CNBC that Apple was simply an outdated company. Since then LeEco has been in a death spirial while Apple has been raking in corporate billions quarter in and quarter out. Today the news got worse for the former CEO ...

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07:55
KGI Analyst publicizes his Latest Round of iPhone Predicti...

Disciples of the Apple analyst KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo will be happy to know that that the Apple guru has posted yet another round of predictions from his crystal ball today.

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07:03
Microsoft set to Layoff Thousands of Sales Staff around th...

In July 2015, Microsoft cut 7,800 job cuts and wrote down $7.6 billion associated with its Nokia acquisition. In 2016, the Seattle Times reported that Microsoft announced they would cut 2,850 jobs. For 2017, it's being reported that Microsoft is about to make another round of job cuts in the thousands as they reorganize their sales force.

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06:28
Ming-Chi Kuo Predicts iPhone 8 Will Omit Touch ID Entirely...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today made ten predictions related to the 2017 debut of the "iPhone 8," "iPhone 7s," and "iPhone 7s Plus," which are expected to be announced in September and launch sometime afterwards (via StreetInsider).

Kuo's predictions today largely fall in line with all the rumors we've been hearing about the 2017 iPhones over the past few months, with a few new tidbits that suggest the iPhone 8 will be industry-leading in terms of its edge-to-edge design, come in limited color options, and that Apple may be removing Touch ID completely from the OLED smartphone.

A combination of leaked iPhone 8 parts via Benjamin Geskin

According to...

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05:31
Apple and LG are reportedly in Negotiations for OLED Produ...

On June 21 Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Korean Press is Convinced that LG will Enter Apple's OLED Supply Chain by 2019." Today a new Korean report is claiming that Apple is now in talks with LG Display to invest about two billion dollars in equipment to secure OLED displays for Apple in LG's new plant that we reported on back in May.

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04:45
An Australian Bank is trying another Tactic to Force Apple...

Today we're learning that Apple's controversial decision to order Westpac Banking Corporation to disable a mobile banking feature that let customers make payments in chat apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger has caught the attention of Australia's competition watchdog, amid concerns it could be attempting to remove rivals to its own upcoming service.

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Sunday July 2

12:21
Apple and Microsoft are set to Face-Off for Market Leaders...

When Microsoft introduced their new HoloLens, they believed that they had finally gotten the jump on Apple with mixed reality. It was something that they could tout was there's alone and miles ahead of Apple. After entering the hardware market with 'Surface Pro' to challenge the iPad, the Surface Book to challenge the MacBook Pro and the Surface Studio to challenge the iMac, they've yet to make a dent in Apple sales. So the HoloLens was supposed to be the Next Big Thing for Microsoft. Then came Apple's WWDC 2017 and Apple pulled off a shocker with their new ARKit and a demo from Wingnut AR that blew everyone away. For sure it was a surprise left hook Microsoft never saw coming.

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06:18
Suspect in Custody for Stealing $50,000 worth of iPhones a...

Earlier this month we reported that the Apple Store in Valencia Town Center was Robbed and today we've learned of another case involving the robbery of Apple products. According to a newly published report, a San Jose man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of taking about $50,000 worth of Apple iPhone and iPad devices ...

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04:57
Samsung's Note 7, the Fiery Blunder, Re-enters the Ma...

Samsung's President of Mobile Communications, D.J. Koh, announced during a special presentation earlier this year that 4.7 million Note 7 smartphones were produced in 2016 and that 96% of them had been returned to them after the recall due to battery related fires. Samsung further noted that they would sell their refurbished Note 7s at a later date. That date has now been confirmed as next Friday, July seventh.

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03:36
Uniloc Continues their War against Apple with three Counts...

It seems as though the Australian patent scammer Uniloc Corporation is making Apple their number one target. We have them on record suing Apple in April, May and early June accounting for 11 counts of patent infringement based on patents they own by assignment. In many cases they note in their court filings that they're the exclusive 'licensee' giving them the right to sue and recover past damages. Meaning they didn't invent anything, they didn't make any product, they only license patents for the sole purpose of suing companies like Apple Their latest lawsuit against Apple was filed on Friday that covers iDevices using ...

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Saturday July 1

18:53
Apple's First Retail Location in Taiwan Officially Op...

Apple officially opened up its first retail store in Taiwan at 11:00 a.m. local time on July 1. Located in Taiwan's capital of Taipei, and called Apple Taipei 101, the store is situated on the ground floor and basement level of the Taipei 101 skyscraper. Apple Taipei 101 is another expansion of Apple's next-generation retail plans and features the company's latest store designs and principles, including various "Today at Apple" programs.

Similar to the opening of Apple Orchard Road in Singapore, Apple Taipei 101 is the first major Apple store in its country and has received much attention in the weeks leading up to its grand opening. Apple originally announced...

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11:09
Taipei Apple Fans stay overnight to cheer on first Apple S...

On Thursday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's First Store in Taiwan Opens this Saturday in Taipei" and today some of the photos came in from opening day. Crowds of customers started gathering overnight at Taipei 101 for the grand opening of Apple’s first store in Taiwan on Saturday. Check out our five jumbo photos from opening day

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10:06
Apple Patent filing in Australia Delves into all Aspects o...

In December 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Invents Siri for Home Automation." Today Patently Apple has discovered an Apple patent filing in Europe that was filed in Australia June 22, 2017 titled "Intelligent automated assistant in a home environment." While the two patents cover the same title, they in fact cover different graphics and more. Apple's Australian patent filing incorporates five Apple patents relating to home automation in context with an intelligent automated assistant that were filed between 2014 and 2016.

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Monday January 3

14:52
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