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Friday March 3

06:00
CPUG Network announces 16th annual Las Vegas...

The Creative Pro User Group Network says the 16th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in the Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

This SuperMeet will celebrate the 16th anniversary of holding SuperMeets in Las Vegas and promises to be the single largest gathering of Adobe, Avid, DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro X editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2017 NAB Show. 

The SuperMeet agenda hasn’t been announced, but will feature user driven presentations from Blackmagic Design, Adobe, HP|NVIDIA, Other World Computing, FCPWORKS and more. Rounding out the evening will be the"World Famous Raffle" where tens of thousands of dollars worth of valuable prizes will be handed out. Earlybird tickets are on sale online through March 27 for $10 each, plus a ticket fee, and $7 for students and teachers with a valid student ID. 

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05:30
How to stop pop-up ads in macOS Sierra’s Safari

Do pop-up ads annoy you as much as they annoy me? If so, you can stop ‘em fro popping in macOS Sierra’s Safari web browser. Here’s how:

Start by closing any pop-ups that are open on your Mac. Press the Close button on the pop-up. If the pop-up reappears or will not close, you can click the “x” on the tab or close the entire Safari window.

Close Safari. The next time you open the web browser, hold down the Shift key while Safari opens. This prevents Safari from automatically reopening any windows.

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05:19
Apple quietly re-launching iPhone 6 in a gold 32 GB...

Apple is re-launching the iPhone 6, originally released in 2014, in a 32 GB gold configuration. This model is technically ‘new’ as Apple never sold the iPhone 6 in a 32 GB SKU before; it debuted with 16/64/128 GB options.

The 32 GB iPhone 6 is going on sale at select carriers in Asia as a low-end model; the device is not sold by Apple retail. The device is launching on Taiwan Mobile on March 10 and has been quietly available in China since late February …

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05:08
City Guides coming to Facebook app, suggests places...

Facebook is testing a City Guides feature in its iOS app. When you’re visiting a city, the feature points you to popular attractions, upcoming events and places locals visit – but with the friend focus you’d expect from Facebook. The app highlights places friends have visited, and events friends are attending …

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05:00
FineReader Pro for Mac makes it easy to management...

By Aaron Lee

ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac allows you to easily edit, share, archive and search through your documents by turning them into popular electronic file formats, as well as copy and quote text from scans, PDFs and digital photos. By providing accurate text recognition, intelligent reconstruction of layout and formatting, and a straightforward interface, FineReader Pro for Mac offers a reliable alternative to manual retyping.

The tool provides tools for scanning documents and converting images of documents such as scans, photographs and PDFs into popular formats including DOCX, ODT, RTF, XSLX, searchable and protected PDF and PDF/A, PPTX, HTML, EPUB, and FB2. In addition, it allows users to process and recognize only selected areas on a document to quickly copy and quote information they need without having to process the entire document. FineReader Pro for Mac can also be effectively used to prepare documents for use by various text-to-...

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04:37
Report: iPhone 8 to start mass production in...

Digitimes is today reporting that Apple has developed a custom fingerprint sensor replacement for Touch ID, which will allow Apple to offer biometric fingerprint recognition in the iPhone 8 — a device that is rumoured to have no bezels at all. The report describes the component as a ‘built-in’ sensor which very much implies that it is integrated into the screen.

Rather than use Synaptic or Qualcomm technology, Apple will reportedly be building its own system using Authentec algorithms and Privaris glass tech. Strangely, the report also says that the iPhone 8 will not go into mass production until September …

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Thursday March 2

20:49
Apple CEO Tim Cook attends Silicon Valley screening...




Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out of his schedule to attend former vice president and current Apple board member Al Gore's new film, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," which was screened for a select audience in Silicon Valley on Thursday.

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20:23
After contradicting reports, do you think the iPhone...

Over the past few days, we’ve heard two conflicting reports regarding what sort of connection the upcoming iPhone 8 will feature. First, The Wall Street Journal reported that the upcoming iPhone will feature USB-C, with Apple shifting away from Lightning.

Then, earlier today, KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the iPhone 8 will feature Lightning connectivity with internal changes to support a faster charging.

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20:04
Tim Cook introduces Al Gore’s new movie ‘An...

Former vice president and current Apple board member Al Gore today debuted his new movie “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” in Silicon Valley. The movie comes as a sequel to the original film debuted in 2006.

In attendance of the debut in Silicon Valley today were Apple CEO Tim Cook and VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson…

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18:05
Spotify reaches 50 million paid subscribers

Spotify this afternoon announced that it has hit a new milestone, reaching a total of 50 million paying subscribers. That’s up from 40 million in September, suggesting Spotify is growing at a rapid pace despite the surging popularity of Apple Music.

I wonder where all of these people are coming from. Are the Tidal and Pandora users or are they new users that have never used streaming services before? Clearly, there’s still a lot of growth in the streaming business.

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17:50
Bare Bones Software to retire TextWrangler in favor...




Bare Bones Software recently announced it has halted development of popular -- and free -- OS X text and code editor TextWrangler in favor of BBEdit, the company's professional-level HTML and text editor.

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17:48
Amazon says human error caused outage that affected...

Earlier this week, Amazon’s Web Services suffered from a significant outage, bringing down a number of online services and plaguing Apple’s own iCloud platform. While not much was known about what caused the lengthy outage at the time, Amazon has published a new blog post detailing what exactly went wrong, pinpointing it on a human error.

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17:37
Spotify testing lossless audio versions for some...

Spotify is preparing to launch a lossless audio version of its streaming service, according to multiple sources. The offering, which is currently called Spotify Hi-Fi, will offer lossless CD-quality audio to users — similar to what Tidal offers in its Hi-Fi service.

I’m interested to see what the response will be to this service. Lossless isn’t something Apple ever seemed to be keen to offer users, but they may be forced into it if Spotify’s becomes popular.

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17:11
Apple board members receive restricted stock grants...




Each member of Apple's board of directors recently received an automatic grant of restricted stock units currently worth more than $253,000, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings show.

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17:09
Amazon S3 disruption was caused by human error

The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) team was debugging an issue causing the S3 billing system to progress more slowly than expected. At 9:37AM PST, an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process. Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended. The servers that were inadvertently removed supported two other S3 subsystems.

It’s good that Amazon got to the bottom of this and let all of its customers know exactly what happened.

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16:32
The Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard is the...

Although I’m a big fan of tactile, clicky mechanical keyboards, I also enjoy the sleekness, quiet keys, and wireless nature of Apple’s Magic Keyboard. I wish Apple would make a full-size Magic Keyboard, but that doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon.

Thankfully Matias, a computer accessory manufacturer that’s been around since the 90s, is offering its own take on what an Apple-made full-sized wireless keyboard could be like. The end result — the $99 Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard — is an impressive rendition of Apple design principles, coupled with a few bonus features that truly make this keyboard worth considering.

Have a look at our full video walkthrough for a hands-on look at the Space Gray...

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16:08
Apple expands ongoing legal battle against Qualcomm...

Apple today further expanded its ongoing legal battle against Qualcomm. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has now sued Qualcomm in a U.K. court over the same patent and royalty dispute that prompted lawsuits in other countries, including the United States.

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15:37
Apple Daily Report for March 2, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple has sued Qualcomm in a U.K. court, adding to lawsuits across the globe in a sprawling battle over patents and licensing fees between the iPhone developer and the largest designer of mobile phone chips.

Bare Bones, the maker of the  text editors BBEdit and TextWrangler, is planning to retire the free TextWrangler and make BBEdit free for basic features.

Apple has added the...

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15:31
Notable apps and app updates for March 2, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Rapid Turtle Games has introduced Drop Files 1.0. In the free game, players must drag and drop incoming files to the right folders, handling simple tasks, and dealing with viruses and trash files. Each file has its own folder, like photos go to the photos folder, music files to music folder and more.

Nexon and developer Neople have launched After the End: Forsaken Destiny. In the 3D puzzle adventure game, players discover an ancient world rendered with shades of natural light, while embarking on the parallel journey of father and son, separated by time. After the End: Forsaken Destiny can be downloaded for $3.99 on the...

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15:29
Apple Music rival Spotify hits 50 million paid...




Spotify on Thursday announced a milestone of 50 million paid Premium subscribers, keeping up a strong lead over its main rival in on-demand music streaming, Apple.

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15:28
Chevrolet is first automaker to offer in-vehicle...

Chevrolet has announced today that they are offering a new unlimited plan for U.S. Chevrolet owners who have an in-vehicle OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The unlimited option will also be available standard for all new Chevrolet models. The new plan is priced at $20/month with service provided by AT&T.

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14:51
Report: Apple’s iOS and macOS lose market share to...

Apple’s iOS and macOS platforms both lost share to Chrome OS in the US K-12 education market last year, according to new data from Futuresource Consulting (via The New York Times).

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14:32
Bare Bones Software sunsetting TextWrangler,...

Bare Bones Software announced this week it will no longer develop new versions of its free code editor app TextWrangler. While the software will continue to work barring any future show stopping bugs, Bare Bones says it won’t release updates to TextWrangler for the next version of macOS.

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14:27
Spotify tops 50 million paid subscribers as it...

The streaming music subscription battles continue to be fierce as Spotify announces today that it has crossed 50 million paid subscribers for its service. This is up from 40 million in September, an increase in user-base of 25% over about five months.

Apple last announced that the $9.99 Apple Music subscription had more than 20 million paying paid subscribers in December 2016, and is yet to release an up-to-date number …

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13:42
Apple's Macs and iPads fall to third place in...




Apple's Macs and iPads have lost significant ground in the U.S. educational market during the last three years, in 2016 slipping to third place behind Chromebooks and Windows devices, according to new research.

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13:24
Human error caused Amazon Web Services outage, Apple...




Tuesday's major Amazon Web Services outage was caused through human error, the retailer has confirmed, with the downtime that impacted a number of online services, including Apple's, traced back to a single wrongly-entered command performed during debugging.

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12:59
Google is making Allo chats a lot more animated

If you've been sad at how Allo manages your GIFs and emojis, a new upgrade for the mobile-only chat app is here on Android. Today's update brings an easier way to access GIFs, 10 new animated emoji and a shortcut to Google Assistant.

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12:30
Apple adds to Qualcomm legal battles with new UK...




Apple on Thursday filed a fresh lawsuit against Qualcomm in the U.K., further escalating the legal row between the two tech firms over patent royalties and chip deals.

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12:22
Google director hints at advanced Assistant tech...




Google Assistant -- the chief rival to Apple's Siri -- could be coming to the iPhone and iPad in the future, a Google director hinted on Thursday.

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11:46
Netgear's R6300v2 dual-band 802.11ac router is...

If you’ve been waiting for an dual-band 802.11ac router to drop below $100, you’re in luck. Amazon is selling the Netgear AC1750 R6300v2 smart router today for $70. That’s about $22 off Amazon’s list price and well below other online retailers, and a return to the lowest price we’ve seen.

The R6300v2 has a few features in common with Netgear’s R6400, which we reviewed in August 2015—though the two routers look nothing like each other. Like the R6400, the discounted R6300 features a maximum throughput of 1300 Megabits per second on...

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11:42
Report: iPads, Macs both losing ground in the U.S....

Apple’s iPads and Macs — which accounted for about half of the mobile devices shipped to schools in the United States in 2013 — are steadily losing ground to inexpensive Chromebook laptops, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting.

In fact, devices running iOS and macOS have hit a new low, falling to third place behind both Google-powered laptops and Windows devices in the education market, notes the research group. However, sales of mobile computers in the U.S. K-12 sector continued to develop in 2016, with annual shipments growing 18% year-on-year in 2016, reaching 12.6 million units, up from 10.7 million in 2015. Futuresource Consulting says the outlook for 2017 is also positive with market shipment growth forecast to remain in double figures.

At an operating system level, Chromebooks continue to gain market share, reaching 58% in 2016, up from 50% in 2015. According to Futuresource...

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11:36
New Apple Watch Stand Looks Like the 128K Mac

With the W3 Stand for the Apple Watch, Elago has tapped into Apple nostalgia while solving a practical problem: a charging stand that looks like the classic 128K Mac. With a watch positioned sideways within the accessory in Nightstand Mode, users get a geeky bedside clock.

 

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11:15
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to speak at April...




Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts will be one of the featured speakers at next month's Global Retailing Conference in Tucson, Ariz., according to the event's website.

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11:00
How to set up Apple's carrier billing on your...




In select countries -- notably excluding the U.S. so far -- people wanting to pay for iTunes, iBooks, App Store, or Apple Music purchases can do so through carrier billing, which simply adds the cost onto monthly phone bills. Here's how to set that up, whether you're on an iPhone or another device.

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10:36
Patent-holding company’s $533M verdict against Apple...


A representative patent image showing how Smartflash's "data storage and access system" works. (credit: USPTO)

It looked like Smartflash LLC had Apple right where it wanted it after a jury awarded the patent-holding company $533 million—one of the largest patent verdicts in history.

The dreams of patent riches have gone up in smoke after a panel of appeals judges ruled that all three of Smartflash's patents are invalid as overly abstract. At this point in history, a one-employee patent-holding company with no novel legal argument has an...

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10:35
Twitter Adds Heft to Anti-Harassment Toolbox


Twitter over the next few months will roll out changes designed to increase the safety of users, including the following: Its algorithms will help identify accounts as they engage in abusive behavior, so the burden no longer will be on victims to report it; users will be able to restrict their tweets to followers for a set amount of time; new filtering options will give users more control over what they see from certain types of accounts; and new mute functionality will let users mute tweets from within their home timelines.

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10:31
RapidWeaver 7.3

Brings a number of improvements and bug fixes to the Web design and publishing software. ($99 new, free update, 87.7 MB)

 

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10:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro...

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10:25
Apple Watch saw 'best quarter ever' with 4...




Thanks to the Series 1 and Series 2, the Apple Watch saw its best-ever performance in the December quarter, according to research estimates shared on Thursday -- even if Apple was eclipsed in the wearables market by the likes of Xiaomi.

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09:41
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts appearing at next...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts is set to appear as a featured speaker at this year’s Global Retailing Conference scheduled for next month in Tucson, Arizona. Ahrendts has led Apple’s retail and online stores since leaving her CEO position at Burberry between 2013 and 2014.

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09:35
9to5Mac writers talking tech kit: Ben Lovejoy

Time moves quickly in the tech world. Back in 2013, I thought it would be fun to share the Apple kit I use, and to invite you to do the same in the comments. Three-and-a-half years later, some of that kit looks almost comically dated – like the iPad 2.

So it’s time for an update, and this time I’m taking a slightly broader approach and talking about both Apple and non-Apple tech. So, as before, let’s begin with the things on my desk …

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09:30
Apple investigating hide-able, attachable Apple...




Apple is continuing to work on solving the problem of storing the Apple Pencil when it isn't required by the user, with a patent application published on Tuesday revealing designs for Pencil loops incorporated into iPad Pro cases and covers, keeping the stylus close at hand.

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09:29
The pure cinema of Alfred Hitchcock

I’ve been a huge Hitchcock every since I found out one of my relatives worked with him in the 1950s. As the article points out, we think of him as a director of suspense films but his visual artistry and manipulation of your emotions through images was incredible.

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09:29
2 million people have watched this 8-year-old...

Hockey isn’t the only thing we Canadians do on ice. We can bust a move, too.

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09:01
Chrome for MacOS will block rogue ad injections and...

Google has expanded its Safe Browsing service, allowing Google Chrome on macOS to better protect users from programs that locally inject ads into webpages or that change the browser’s homepage and search settings.

The Safe Browsing service is used by Google’s search engine, as well as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, to block users from accessing websites that host malicious code or malicious software. The service is also used in Chrome to scan downloaded files and block users from executing those that are flagged as malicious.

“Safe Browsing is broadening its protection of macOS devices, enabling safer browsing experiences by improving defenses against unwanted software and malware targeting macOS,” Google said in a blog post Wednesday. “As a result, macOS users may start seeing more warnings when they navigate to dangerous sites or download dangerous files.”

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08:52
Facebook's video app rolls out on Apple TV

Facebook recently rolled outs its promised video app for Apple TV, which the company calls “a new way to enjoy Facebook videos on a bigger screen.” After spending some brief time with the app, it feels like this could be a big hit for people who want to strip out everything but videos from their Facebook feed.

Facebook for Apple TV is simply called "Facebook Video" in the Apple TV App Store. Similar to other TV apps, you can log in from your mobile device. In Facebook Video’s case, that means using the Facebook mobile app, or via the web at Facebook.com/device.

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08:50
IDC: Apple Watch’s record Q4 makes it #3 in...

IDC today released its latest numbers on the worldwide wearable market for 2016— including both smartwatches that run apps and more basic fitness and health trackers— highlighting gains during the fourth quarter for Apple, Xiaomi, and others at the expense of market leader Fitbit.

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08:34
Apple fulfilling LG UltraFine 5K display orders...




A multitude of reports claim that a LG UltraFine 5K order placed as recently as a week ago will be shipped much earlier than expected, with some people expecting the order as soon as this afternoon.

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08:20
KGI reports Apple iPhone 8 will not switch to USB-C...

KGI is refuting claims made in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 would replace Lightning with a USB-C port.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo today writes that this is not the case, all three new 2017 iPhones (two modest updates to existing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and one radically-redesigned OLED bezel-less device) will retain the proprietary Lightning port. Apple will add fast charging capabilities with internal component changes …

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08:02
Analyst: Apple won’t ditch Lightning ports for USB-C...

There was a rumor this week that Apple will ditch the Lightning port for a USB-C port on the upcoming “iPhone 8.” I said it wouldn't happen and apparently KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo agrees.

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — he says the Lightning port will remain on all of Apple's three new iPhones coming later this year. Apple is expected to utilize "Type-C Power Delivery" technology in this year's iPhones, the analyst adds.

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07:52
All of Apple's 2017 iPhones will include fast...




While the underlying technology behind the charging may change, the Lightning port will remain on all of Apple's three new iPhones coming later this year -- including the flagship "iPhone 8" --?according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

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07:28
Apple declares second-gen Apple TV 'obsolete,...




Apple this week added the second-generation Apple TV to its list of "vintage" and "obsolete" products, rendering it ineligible for repairs in most parts of the world.

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07:27
Samsung leads LG, Apple as the most-sued patent...

Samsung again leads LG Electronics and Apple as the most-sued patent defendant in 2016, according to the fourth annual Patent Litigation Year in Review report from Lex Machine, creator of the Legal Analytics program. Tech and pharmaceutical companies comprise the top 10, with Amazon, Asus, Actavis and AT&T among the top patent defendants.

The report examines key 2016 patent litigation trends and provides insights gleaned from quantitative data about federal district court cases, PTAB trials and ITC investigations. Among the report's key findings:

  • In 2016, 4,537 patent cases were filed – a 22% decline from 2015 (5,819 cases).
  • Patent filings were down in all Top 10 districts except the Northern District of Illinois (+51.5%), the Southern District of California (+13.8%) and the Southern District of Florida (+0.8%).
  • The Eastern District of Texas...
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07:17
Apple's Angela Ahrendts to speak at the 21st...

The University of Arizona’s Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing has announced the lineup of presenters for the 21st Annual Global Retailing Conference set for April 20-21 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson. Among the speakers at this leadership summit will be Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores.

The Global Retailing Conference serves as a think tank that features insights and trend perspectives from global leaders in business. Attendees include retail company executives, industry analysts and observers, and some of America’s most engaged faculty and students.

This year’s conference, will focus on “What’s In Store,” with speakers discussing ways retailers can best integrate the digital and in-store shopping experience, evolve their marketing tactics, create innovative store concepts and tackle the demands of personalization; among other topics...

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07:13
Apple Time Capsule lives on with third-party antenna...




Upgrade vendor Quickertek has upgraded stock Apple 802.11ac 2-terabyte Time Capsules with larger hard drives and a high-gain external antenna in a bid to keep the hardware relevant -- but the enhancements come at a price.

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07:11
IDC: Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 are a ‘...

The worldwide wearables market reached a new all-time high as shipments reached 33.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), growing 16.9% year over year. Shipments for the entire year grew 25% as new vendors entered the market and previous champions refreshed their product lineups. 

The year came to a close with 102.4 million devices shipped according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. The Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 proved to be a “magnificent success for the company as it was the company's best quarter ever in the wearables market,” according to the research group. 

The lower entry price point and the inclusion of GPS on the Series 2 along with a completely revamped user interface have helped the company grow its presence, according to IDC. Apple...

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07:00
MCE ships 1TB PCIe-based SSD upgrade for the Mac Pro

MCE Technologies (MCE) is shipping what it says is the world's fastest 1TB Internal PCIe-based SSD Upgrade for the Mac Pro (late 2013). Based on 4-Lane PCIe bandwidth, the MCE 1TB SSD Upgrade features read speeds of up to 1400MB/sec and write speeds of up to 1150MB/s. 

All necessary tools to perform the installation, an illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software are included. The MCE 1TB Internal SSD upgrade costs $699 and is available for immediate shipment.

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06:56
Apple lends support to transgender school student...

Apple has lent its support to a legal brief supporting a transgender school student’s fight in the Supreme Court regarding the right to use the bathroom appropriate to his gender identity, reports the NYT. It follows the company last week voicing opposition to President Trump’s ruling to roll back protections for transgender kids in schools.

Apple is one of 53 companies to sign the brief, many of them tech companies …

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06:39
Patent report: retractable displays, language...

Future iPhones and iPads — and perhaps even Macs — could have displays that fold like paper. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170060183) for “electronic devices with retractable displays.”

In the patent filing, the company says the use of rigid display substrates can cause displays and electronic devices to be more bulky than desired. Although devices can be reduced in size by using smaller displays, this may result in viewing areas that aren’t as large as desired. Apple thinks flexible, retractable displays could be the answer.

In other patent news, future iPhones and Apple Watches could translate languages on-the-fly. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170060853) for a “mobile device having human language translation capability with positional feedback.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that a basic need for most people when traveling in a foreign country is human language translation. For example, you may want...

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06:15
Rumor: Apple may release 128-gigabyte iPhone SE...

The iPhone SE could be upgraded to a 128-gigabyte model.

An internal memo circulating through U.S. retailer Target has indicated that some Target stores are being told to return certain iPhone SE units to Apple.

The memo requests that stores return six unlocked 16- and 64-gigabyte models —in all four colors —as well as two Sprint configurations. An anonymous worker meanwhile stated that her shop hasn’t received any iPhone SE shipments since before the iPhone 7 was announced in September.

One possibility is that Apple is reclaiming unsold inventory to repurpose it, rather than sell it at a discount. Sales have likely fallen off, as Apple is still charging at least $399 for the device despite it offering specifications like a 2015 A9 processor and a default 16 gigabytes of storage. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come with at least 32 gigabytes, and use faster A10 chips— but also cost at least $250 more.

A current rumor has stated that Apple is preparing a 128-...

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06:00
Yahoo discloses third data breach in six months

The hits just keep on coming.

Yahoo today revealed a third major hack, wherein some 32 million accounts have been accessed by intruders over the past two years. These accounts are in addition to the accounts affected by the two data breaches the company had previously disclosed.

The accounts were apparently compromised via forged cookie files. Yahoo has stated that the accounts were accessed by the “same state-sponsored actor beloved to be responsible for the 2014 hack.” The 2014 hack was the one that affected at least 500 million accounts.

“Based on the investigation, we believe an unauthorized third party accessed the company’s proprietary code to learn how to forge certain cookies,” Yahoo said in its latest annual filing.

To remedy the issue, Yahoo says that it has invalidated those cookies so that they cannot be used to access user accounts any longer.

Finally, Yahoo also announced today that it would not be awarding CEO Marissa Mayer a cash...

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06:00
Sorry, Apple, the Headphone Jack Isn't Going...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Rob Pegoraro via Yahoo Finance: Two things unite almost every phone on display here at Mobile World Congress 2017: Android and a headphone jack. Apple doesn't exhibit its wares at this trade show, so the domination of Google's operating system is predictable. But the headphone jack's persistence did not look so inevitable when Apple cut it from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last September. Lenovo's Motorola subsidiary had already shipped a phone without a headphone hack, the Moto Z, and Apple's influence over the rest of the smartphone industry remains formidable -- indeed, within months, the Chinese firm LeEco had debuted a lineup of Android phones devoid of headphone jacks. As my colleague David Pogue predicted in a post approving Apple's move: "Other brands worldwide will be following suit." The hardware on display here at the world's largest mobile tech conference, though, suggests otherwise. Two days of walking around the show floor...

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05:54
Looking for new iPhone wallpaper? Here are almost 1,...

There’s no shortage of iPhone wallpaper sites out there, but trawling through them to find decent images can be a tedious process. One Reddit user, however, has done the work for you, pulling together some 944 images from wallpaper sites across the web …

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05:33
Camera sales report for 2016: lowest sales ever on...

If you are a camera manufacturer, these are absolutely brutal numbers. While the camera on your iPhone may not have killed the DSLR market (yet), it has certainly decimated the point and shoot and consumer DSLR segments. The industry had hoped mirrorless cameras would take off but the numbers show no evidence of that.

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05:30
Patent application shows Apple Pencil holder for...

A patent application spotted by Patently Apple shows a feature you might have expected Apple to have introduced alongside the Apple Pencil: a holder to attach it to an iPad when not in use.

The approaches aren’t exactly hi-tech, ranging from a short elasticated loop attached to a Smart Keyboard to a full-length spring clip attached to a Smart Cover. The patent application also repeats earlier references to use of an Apple Pencil with an iPhone …

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05:30
How to use Keychain in macOS Sierra’s Safari

iCloud Keychain keeps the website login information and credit card information you use with AutoFill in Safari on macOS Sierra (and iOS). The Wi-Fi network information up to date across all your Macs running macOS 0.9 or later) and iOS devices running iOS 7.0.3 or later.

iCloud Keychain also stores account settings, so your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media accounts can be added automatically to another Mac when you sign in to iCloud on that Mac. Likewise, Exchange, Google, and other Internet accounts you use with Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, and Messages can also be added automatically.

Everything stored in iCloud Keychain is secure. What’s more, your iCloud Keychain can’t be set up on another Mac or iOS device unless you approve. To set up iCloud Keychain on your Mac:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
  • Select Keychain, then follow the onscreen instructions.

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05:08
Outlook 2016 for Mac adds support for Google...

This additional interoperability can only be good for users and it’s great to see Microsoft opening up to other services like this. Gone are the days when all their customers used their products exclusively and helping users integrate “third party” services helps everyone.

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05:04
Apple updates Home app webpage with new promotional...

I love that Apple is doing this and I hope they do much more to promote HomeKit. People have endless frustrations in trying to create this kind of automation in their home and HomeKit promises to make things much simpler — in theory.

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05:00
Horcrux Email Backup works automatically and...

By Aaron Lee

Questions about data sovereignty, data security and cloud computing may seem most appropriate for corporations and governments, but the issues are important for every person who has an email account. Technichor's Horcrux Email Backup is a Mac app that lets email users automatically keep their data rather than surrendering it to third party services. And it’s useful because it runs in the background, so you don’t have to give it a lot of thought.

Most people who use email use one of the major third-party providers like Appl Mail or Gmail. The data which is stored with these providers actually belongs to the provider, not to the user. As a result, some folks have been surprised to discover that they can lose access to their data without any recourse.

Horcrux is a background app that takes daily snapshots of email account state similar to Apple's Time Machine. The app allows users to browse the emails and undelete specific emails....

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04:53
Prisma photo editing app launches store with...

iOS photo editing app Prisma proved an almost instant hit when it launched last summer, its AI-powered filters offering higher quality and more diverse results than competing apps. An update to the app yesterday means you can now download even more filters through a ‘filter store’ …

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04:51
Corporations show support for transgender boy in...

Very interesting to see the list of companies who have signed this brief.

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04:31
EagleFiler 1.7.4

Adds the capability to capture entire mailbox hierarchies from within Apple Mail. ($40 new, free update, 18 MB)

 

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03:04
Apple invents futuristic digital scroll-like device...




An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes a portable device with a flexible OLED screen capable of retracting into two hollow casings, suggesting the company is looking into alternative hardware formats for flagship products like iPhone and iPad.

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03:00
Google Chrome Users On Apple MacOS Get Enhanced Safe...

BrianFagioli quotes a report from BetaNews: As more and more consumers buy Mac computers, evildoers will have increased incentive to write malware for macOS. Luckily, users of Apple's operating system that choose to use Google Chrome for web surfing will soon be safer. You see, the search giant is improving its Safe Browsing initiative to better warn macOS users of malicious websites and attempts to alter browser settings. "As part of this next step towards reducing macOS-specific malware and unwanted software, Safe Browsing is focusing on two common abuses of browsing experiences: unwanted ad injection, and manipulation of Chrome user settings, specifically the start page, home page, and default search engine. Users deserve full control of their browsing experience and Unwanted Software Policy violations hurt that experience," says Google. The search giant further explains, "The recently released Chrome Settings API for Mac gives developers the tools to make sure users stay in...

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Wednesday March 1

23:52
Apple updates Home app webpage with new promotional...




In an update to its webpage on Wednesday, Apple refreshed the design of a mini-site dedicated to iOS 10's Home app and debuted a video showing off some of the smarthome software's best features.

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23:10
Apple among corporations supporting transgender...




Apple and 52 other major U.S. corporations have signed a legal brief in support of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student whose case involving public bathroom usage rights is being heard by the Supreme Court.

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22:06
Apple gives Home app webpage a facelift, shares new...

Though not yet shared on the company’s YouTube channel, Apple this evening updated the HomeKit page on its website with a new 45-second ad showcasing what the Home app in iOS 10 is capable of. Apple has also made some general updates to that Home-focused website.

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21:31
iFinance 4.2

Updates the financial management app with a number of new features and improvements. ($39.99 new, free update, 23.4 MB)

 

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21:13
Oculus Rift won't support Apple's Mac...




In an interview on Wednesday, Oculus co-founder and head of Rift operations Nate Mitchell said that while support for macOS is not currently on the company's roadmap, it might revisit the topic of Apple integration in the future.

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20:49
As Spotify’s plans for higher quality audio leak,...

According to a leaked slide obtained by The Verge, Spotify is planning to introduce a more expensive price tier that offers higher quality lossless audio streaming. The tier is said to be priced at $10 more than Spotify’s standard offering, meaning it will come in at $20 per month.

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20:05
Apple shareholders again reject proposal to...




For the second year in a row, Apple shareholders on Tuesday voted against a proposal that would force the company to actively recruit "people of color" to high-ranking management positions and its board of directors.

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19:05
Court Throws Out $533 Million Verdict Against Apple...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit made a decision today to throw out the verdict of a two-year old legal case against Apple based on data storage patents. The original verdict reached by a Texas jury stuck Apple with $533 million in damages. Smartflash LLC targeted game developers who largely all settled out of court in 2014, but Apple defended its use of data storage management and payment processing technology in court. Reuters has more on the new developments: "The trial judge vacated the large damages award a few months after a Texas federal jury imposed it in February 2015, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said on Wednesday the judge should have ruled Smartflash's patents invalid and set aside the verdict entirely. A unanimous three-judge appeals panel said Smartflash's patents were too 'abstract' and did not go far enough in describing an actual invention to warrant protection."

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18:50
Oculus co-founder says Mac support isn’t on the...

Last year, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey had some choice words when it came to the company supporting macOS with its virtual reality headset, saying that they wouldn’t support Mac until Apple “releases a good computer.”

Now, the company’s other co-founder Nate Mitchell has again touched on the company’s willingness to support macOS…

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17:13
Yahoo discloses yet another data breach, its third...

Continuing the ongoing trend, Yahoo today revealed that some 32 million accounts have been accessed by intruders over the past two years. These accounts are in addition to the accounts affected by the two data breaches the company had previously disclosed.

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16:28
Hands-on with CalDigit’s 1- and 2-meter Thunderbolt...

Several of the Thunderbolt 3 accessories that I’ve been able to test since the release of the 2016 MacBook Pro have come with Thunderbolt 3 cables. However, most of the pack-in cables are of the shorter variety, usually around 0.5m long.

The reason for this is because cheaper passive cables support full Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth at lengths up to 0.5m long, while passive cables over 0.5m max out at 20 Gbps data transfer. In order to have a longer cable with full 40 Gbps data transfer, the cable must be of the more expensive active variety.

CalDigit sent over two long active Thunderbolt 3 cables — a 1-meter cable and a 2-meter cable — and each are capable of full data transfer and can deliver up to 100 watts of power to charge any 2016...

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16:09
SpamSieve 2.9.28

Ensures compatibility with Apple Mail in macOS 10.12.4 and continues to improve filtering accuracy. ($30 new, free update, 13.6 MB)

 

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16:05
Zorin Desktop Is a Crowd Pleaser


Zorin OS developers on Tuesday released Version 12.1, offering Linux users a patchwork of software and hardware updates with some performance enhancements and bug fixes. Zorin 12.1 follows the introduction three months ago of the project's 12 series. It is a minor update, but the amount of tweaking applied makes it worth upgrading to the .1 release. For instance, Zorin OS 12.1 introduces an updated hardware stack. It also includes Linux kernel 4.8, an upgrade from kernel version 4.4, and an updated X server graphics stack.

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15:29
McDonald’s plans mobile ordering/payment and...

While McDonald’s was an early Apple Pay partner and saw the payments service adopted quickly among its customers, the fast food chain has been late to the game as far as mobile ordering goes. That will soon change as the company today announced plans to not only introduce mobile ordering and payment options through its mobile app, but also plans to introduce delivery (via Fortune).

The new mobile ordering and payment features will be available for all US stores by the end of the year:

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14:57
AAPL continues hitting record highs as anticipation...

Apple’s stock price continues hitting record highs as anticipation builds for the company’s upcoming spring iPad event and next-generation iPhones.

AAPL today closed at a high of 139.79 per share following several record breaking days over the last month. The stock price also hit a high for intraday trading today reaching 140.15 before closing. The record stock prices put Apple’s market cap at 733.74B, not far off from its highest ever $775 billion record achieved back in 2015.

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14:35
Court tosses out jury verdict against Apple and for...

A federal appeals court has tossed a jury verdict that had required Apple to pay $533 million to Smartflash, a patent holding company (which some might calla a “patent troll”), which claims that claimed the Cupertino, California-based company’s iTunes software infringed its data storage patents, reports Reuters.

The trial judge vacated the large damages award a few months after a Texas federal jury imposed it in February 2015; however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said on Wednesday the judge should have ruled Smartflash's patents invalid and set aside the verdict entirely. A unanimous three-judge appeals panel said Smartflash's patents were too "abstract" and didn’t go far enough in describing an actual invention to warrant protection.

Filed in 2013, the original lawsuit claims that the iTunes Store, the iOS and Mac App Store,...

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14:32
Apple Daily Report for March 1, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Target this week instructed its stores to return a number of iPhone SE models to Apple by today, March 1, according to a company memo obtained by MacRumors. iPhone SE devices that are to be returned include six unlocked 16GB and 64GB models in Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, and Space Gray, and two Sprint models. 

Apple has implemented carrier billing in Italy, Austria, and Singapore, allowing some people in those countries to charge iTunes, iBooks, App Store, or Apple Music expenses to their phone bill instead of a credit card.

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14:32
Notable apps and app updates for March 1, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

PlayToddlers has launched Sweet Home Stories 1.0. The free educational doll house game allows children aged 2 to 8 to join a family of six characters in their day-to-day life at their house. Every room is an exploring adventure itself, filled with hundreds of interactive objects and dozens of activities.

macOS Apps/Updates

BinaryNights has released Forklift 3.0, an update to their file manager and file transfer utility for macOS (10.11 and higher). The tool allows Mac users to connect and manage their files via FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and more. 

Forklift offers a way to remotely sync, preview, and edit files....

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14:23
Spotify app prompts hint at $20 lossless audio...




Spotify is testing out the pricing for a new service providing lossless audio streams, with reports claiming a prompt for "Spotify Hi-Fi" offers the higher quality audio tracks and other benefits to subscribers, in exchange for a higher monthly fee.

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14:03
Google's Chromebook Pixel ends up another F for...




In a meeting with journalists at Mobile World Congress, Google's senior Vice President of hardware Rick Osterloh reportedly described the "end of the line" for the company's premium notebook bearing the Pixel brand, after shipping just two editions of the product since 2013.

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13:54
US federal appeals court tosses $533M Smartflash...




A U.S. federal appeals court on Wednesday tossed a $533 million verdict in favor of patent holder Smartflash, which in an earlier court battle had argued that Apple violated its data storage concepts by way of iTunes.

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13:39
Murderball is the toughest sport you’ve never heard...

You probably know it as “wheelchair rugby” but that name doesn’t do it justice. It really can be awfully, wonderfully brutal.

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13:33
iMac Deals: Save $145 to $275 on 27-inch iMac 5K...




In the market for a new iMac? Readers this week can save $145 to $275 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans. Or take $145 to $245 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks bundled with AppleCare. Apple's 21" iMac HD line is also up to $170 off with our exclusive coupon -- all with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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13:30
AAPL beats $140 per share in mid-day trading, inches...




Apple's stock price on Wednesday afternoon broke $140 per share and is only a few dollars short of both a pre-split $1000 valuation and breaking the company's previous market capitalization record of $774.69 billion set in 2015.

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13:10
Microsoft adds Google Calendar & Contacts...




Microsoft on Wednesday launched preliminary support for Google Calendar and Contacts data in Office 2016 for the Mac, filling in a significant gap in the email and scheduling app. Along the same lines, Gmail accounts can now make better use of Outlook features.

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13:08
Appeals court rules in Apple’s favor in iTunes...

A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury verdict that had originally required Apple Inc to pay $533 million to Smartflash LLC, a technology developer and licenser that claimed Apple’s iTunes software infringed its data storage patents.

Not only did they win the appeal, the judge said the patents should have been ruled invalid.

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