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Sunday April 10

11:06
New Apple TV Ad 'Father Time' Released Starring...

Apple has released a new television ad for the fourth-generation Apple TV called "Father Time" starring NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan. It is the tenth ad for the new Apple TV since it launched in late October.

The one-minute spot centers upon Bryant and Jordan using the Apple TV and Siri Remote to open the NBA app, play a movie, and fast forward to a specific time in the movie. The ad uses the same trailer backdrop as the earlier "The Kiss" spot.

The underlying "Father Time" theme of the ad lightly pokes fun at how Bryant's all-star career with the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he will play the last game of his 20-year career for on Wednesday, is coming to an end.

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05:18
Cellebrite may have just cracked an iPhone 6 to the Deligh...

On April 2 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Father Pleads in Vain with Tim Cook to open his Dead Son's iPhone because Touch ID Failed to Work when needed." In that report we recounted Leonardo Fabbretti's pleading with Tim Cook to help him see the photos stored on his dead son's iPhone. The Israeli firm Cellebrite was supposedly to be limited to cracking iPhones up to the iPhone 5 model ...

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Saturday April 9

18:24
Drake's New Album 'Views from the 6' will b...

Last summer, it was rumored that Apple offered him an estimated $19 million. But the deal should prove to be lucrative for both parties, as ...

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14:25
Google Invents Global Communications Satellite Constellati...

Although Google has been filing patents for the design of an advanced high-altitude balloon network for some time now and CEO Larry Page talking up Project Loon with Charlie Rose at a TED Conference, it appears that they're simultaneously dreaming of another Moon Shot project related to a communications satellite constellation wrapped around the globe.

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07:29
Did Enron's Ex-CFO Compare his Company's Complex...

So what does Enron's history have to do with present day Apple? Well, according to a new article posted today, Enron's ex-CFO Andy Fastow was recently speaking at an event with over 200 professionals and confessed ...

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05:12
Apple Wins Design Patents for Apple Watch Packaging while...

This week in Apple IP news we were first to report on an exciting futuristic MacBook that completely eliminates the physical keyboard and trackpad.To round off this week, Patently Apple discovered three design patents in Hong Kong ...

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Friday April 8

16:20
Former NSA Director Hopes the Gov't and Silicon Valle...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to force Apple to help unlock the iPhone of a gunman in December’s San Bernardino, California, shooting ignited a national debate over privacy and security. Today former head of the U.S. National Security Agency said that "The U.S. government and Silicon Valley need to find ...

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14:33
The First Draft of the New Feinstein-Burr 'Compliance...

This week we noted in a new report that Feinstein and Burr were working on a new bill to limit the use of encryption in consumer technology that's expected to be made public in the weeks to come." Today, the first draft of the new bill was leaked online and we get to take a peek at some of the framework that is likely to make it into the final version in the weeks ahead.

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12:48
Senate Draft Encryption Bill Called 'Absurd,'...

A draft of an encryption bill created by Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein was released last night, revealing the scope of the legislation that would require technology companies to decrypt data and share it in an "intelligible format" when served with a legal order.

The Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, a copy of which was shared by Re/code, starts out by declaring "no person or entity is above the law." It says that all providers of communication services and products, from hardware to software, must both protect the privacy of residents of the United States through "implementation of appropriate data security," while still respecting the "rule of law" and complying with legal requirements and court orders to provide information stored...

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09:49
The DOJ Files an Appeal in NY Case to Compel Apple to Extr...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Attorney General: Do we let one Company Decide this Issue for all of us?" wherein we posted Judge James Orenstein's full ruling that rejected the government's case in Brooklyn New York compelling Apple to help investigators extract data from a locked iPhone based on the 18th century All Writs Act. Today, the...

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07:52
Up to 40% Thinner Apple Watch 2 Predicted to Debut at WWDC...

Apple analyst Brian White of Wall Street firm Drexel Hamilton, who is currently on a Chinese tech tour, today issued a pair of research notes highlighting his upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone expectations through the end of 2016.

Foremost, White cites a source who believes only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual camera system, echoing the same prediction made by often-accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week.

The analyst claims that iPhone 7 production is expected to begin in July, and the next-generation smartphone is...

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Thursday April 7

16:42
AT&T Raises Smartphone Upgrade Pricing From $15 to $20...

Starting last year, AT&T began charging a $15 activation fee for customers who wanted to upgrade to a new smartphone purchased outright or through an AT&T Next plan, and as of yesterday, that fee has been increased from $15 to $20.

As Droid Life noticed yesterday, AT&T updated its wireless activation and upgrade fees document to reflect the new $20 pricing on April 6, matching Verizon's recently implemented fee.

On Monday, Verizon started charging $20 for activating smartphones purchased through an installment plan or at full retail price, $5 less than AT&T was charging at the time. Less...

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15:08
Cyber Weapons Dealer Offers $1MN for Tools to Hack iPhone

CNNMoney's Jose Pagliery discusses cyber weapons dealer Zerodium, which sells hacking tactics to governments and corporations.

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14:10
Apple Releases 'Behind the Scenes' with Cookie M...

On March 16 Apple promoted a new 'Hey Siri' TV ad for the iPhone 6s starring Da Cookie Monster. Today Apple is following up ...

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13:08
Apple Shares 'Behind the Scenes' Look at Recent...

Last month, Apple shared a charming iPhone 6s ad starring well-known Sesame Street character Cookie Monster, who used the iPhone 6s and the always-on "Hey Siri" feature as a cookie-baking aid.

The spot, which garnered more than 8 million views on YouTube, is one of the most popular ads in Apple's recent history, which is likely why the company today released a followup "Behind the Scenes" video depicting a humorous second look at Cookie Monster as he shoots the ad.

In the ad, we see some before and after shots, showing more footage of Cookie Monster waiting for his cookies. Cookie Monster asks over and over again when his cookies will be ready, and has a cute conversation with Siri where he offers her a cookie when...

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12:59
Apple Seeds First iOS 9.3.2 Beta to Public Beta Testers

Apple today released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update for public beta testers, just a day after seeding the first iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 comes just over two weeks after the public release of iOS 9.3 and a week after the release of iOS 9.3.1, a followup bug fix update.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X...

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12:40
Samsung has one Smartphone Strategy for 2016: Slash Prices

Samsung's massive 2-for-1 sale in the US right out of the gate for their new flagship S7 was a sign of desperation no matter how you try to justify it. Today, the Wall Street Journal makes it clear that Samsung lost its number one status in China, India and other countries ...

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09:30
Samsung Reports that Profits Rebounded last Quarter yet wi...

On Tuesday we posted a report titled "Samsung's Bad Quarterly News Begins Dripping out of Korea" wherein we questioned whether Samsung was trying to get the bad news out of the way before announcing their positive news for the Galaxy S7 or whether the news was going to be bad all the way around. Today we got our answer.

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08:27
Apple's Mac Lineups to See Significant Graphics Upgra...

Major graphics processing providers AMD and Nvidia are set to unveil new GPU products this year featuring Global Foundries' 14 nm FinFET and TSMC's 16 nm FinFET Plus processor nodes, respectively, allowing for significant improvements in graphics performance.

AMD's "Polaris" and Nvidia's "Pascal" architectures both utilize the latest FinFET silicon processes and will represent the first GPU process node change since 28 nm GPUs debuted in 2011. Both AMD and Nvidia skipped the intermediate 20 nm node, elongating the typical release cycle of consumer graphics processors.

While TSMC had traditionally provided multiple process offerings within a node, including one...

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07:41
The FBI Tells Law Makers that the Encryption on the iPhone...

Late yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled 'President Obama Withholds Support for Encryption Legislation." In that report we noted that "The FBI isn't keeping its new iPhone attack secret from everyone. The FBI has already briefed Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on the methods used to break into the iPhone at the center of Apple's recent legal fight. So what was revealed to the two Senators? Today we get a partial answer.

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06:37
New Patent Filings provide us with Insights into Apple Wat...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a pair of patent application from Apple that reveal some of the original thinking behind Apple Watch's Digital Crown and the iPhone 6s's Force Touch / 3D Touch display.

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06:06
Reddit Launches Official iOS App With Free Gold for Early...

Reddit today released an official iOS app for browsing, searching, commenting, and upvoting within subreddits on iPhone or iPod touch.

Reddit for iOS replaces Alien Blue, which has now been removed from the App Store, as the website's official mobile app for Apple users.

Alien Blue previously served as Reddit's official iOS app after the company acquired it from developer Jase Morrissey in 2014. Alien Blue Pro users recently received four years of Reddit gold for free to help bridge the transition.

The...

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04:13
Apple is Focusing on a Game Changing Notebook Design

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work and refinement of the reconfigurable MacBook that basically eliminates the physical keyboard and rigidly set trackpad. While some PC OEM's think that innovation is simply about making a device thin, Apple thinks differently and seeks to deliver that which is game changing.

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02:44
HP Claims Innovation Over Apple With 'World's Th...

Amid rumors that Apple is working on ultra-thin 13 and 15-inch "MacBooks", HP yesterday announced the "world's thinnest laptop" in the form of the Core-i powered 13.3-inch Spectre, with a design that the company said offered proof that it is driving innovation faster than Apple.

Created with a focus on "luxury and artisanal craftsmanship", the HP Spectre is 10.4mm thick and weighs in at 2.45lbs, sporting a twin-tone aluminum and carbon fiber chassis with an edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass IPS 1080p display. Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook is 13.1mm thick and weighs 2.03lbs by comparison.

The copper and dark gray body has contrast bronze edging and a full-size, recessed backlit keyboard with 1.3 mm travel, and includes a pair of arcing piston hinges that fold flush for a "...

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Wednesday April 6

15:19
President Obama Withholds Support for Encryption Legislati...

Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "President Obama Sheds Light on the Government's take on Smartphone Encryption and Apple's 'Black Box' Position." While President Obama clearly acknowledged that strong encryption is important to safeguard against the disruption of financial systems or air traffic control, he wondered if it made sense to create a security system with no door at all ...

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14:36
A Backlash is Brewing against Google's Nest

At Apple's WWDC 2014 Craig Federighi introduced Apple's Home Automation plan with HomeKit with dozens of companies like iHome, Honeywell, Philips, Texas Instruments on board to create compatible products that could be controlled on our iPhones. At the same time Google was rushing to get into the headlines about their Home Automation ...

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13:47
Apple Campus 2 to Feature Custom Designed 18-Foot Tables I...

Apple Campus 2 has been designed from the ground up to meet Apple's exacting specifications, and the same careful attention is also being applied to the interior of the building, including the furniture. In a recent visit to the Apple Campus, design-focused site Design Milk was given a small tidbit of information regarding one element of the interior design of Apple Campus 2 -- the tables.

Apple is having 500 custom white oak tables created for Apple Campus 2, each one measuring in at 18-feet long, 4-feet wide, and 660 pounds. The tables are being designed by Dutch company Arco from a single sheet of wood with skateboard-style rounded edges and a seamless surface.

The closest approximation that popped into my head was an enormous naked wood skate deck designed for a colossus...

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12:51
Huawei Takes a Shot at Apple with the First High-End Smart...

Rumors of Apple adopting a dual lens camera solution for their Next iPhone began in November 2014 and by June 2015 the pieces of the puzzle were coming together, making the rumors sound more than plausible. Such rumors were taken very seriously by Apple competitor Huawei, who launched their new flagship smartphone the P9 yesterday with a dual camera system.

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10:55
Huawei Introduces Dual Camera Smartphone with Refocusing a...

Amid rumors that Apple plans to release a dual camera feature in the iPhone 7 Plus, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei today unveiled the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, a set of smartphones that are equipped with impressive dual camera setups with some interesting capabilities.

The 5.2 and 5.5-inch P9 and P9 Plus both come with dual 12-megapixel rear cameras equipped with Leica-certified lenses. Hardware wise, the lenses include 1.25-micron pixel sizes for superior low light performance and an f/2.2 aperture, which will also improve performance in poor lighting conditions. There's also a dual-tone LED flash and a laser focusing module that works in tandem with the two cameras for faster focusing at short ranges.

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10:41
Apple's CEO Joins Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights...

Apple's CEO told Bloomberg back in 2014 that when he arrives at his office each morning, he's greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. These were his heroes. Today, Apple's CEO Tim cook was honored when Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights proudly announced that he was now on their board of directors.

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10:07
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Beta to Develope...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan update to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after releasing OS X 10.11.4, the fourth major update to the OS X 10.11 operating system.

The new OS X 10.11.5 update can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center.

We don't yet know what improvements the fifth update to OS X El Capitan will bring, but like prior updates, it's likely to focus on security enhancements, performance improvements, and bug fixes to address issues that have been discovered since the release of OS X 10.11.4. We'll update this post with any changes that are discovered in the beta.

Related Roundup: OS X El Capitan
Tag: OS X 10.11.5...

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09:50
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 9.3.2 to Developers With Bug...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after the public release of iOS 9.3. iOS 9.3, the third major update to iOS 9, introduced Night Shift mode and other feature improvements. iOS 9.3.2 also comes a week after the release of iOS 9.3.1, a bug fix update that addressed an issue causing Safari and other apps to crash after a web link was tapped.

The iOS 9.3.2 beta, build 13F51a, is available for download immediately from the Apple Developer Center and may be made available to public beta testers later this week.

We don't know what changes iOS 9.3.2 will bring to iOS 9, but...

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09:29
Tim Cook Joins Robert F. Kennedy Center Board of Directors

Apple CEO Tim Cook today joined the board of directors for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights after being a longtime supporter of the organization. Cook counts Robert F. Kennedy as one of his personal heroes and has said there are two photos of Kennedy in his office that he looks at each day."Growing up, I was inspired by Robert Kennedy's infinite hope for humanity and his belief that people at their core are good, sharing universal goals for themselves and the world in which we live," said Cook. "Robert Kennedy spoke to our highest aspirations, calling Americans from all walks of life to fight for something better. He was and is a hero and role model to me, and I am honored to serve alongside Kerry and the rest of the board to advance his message of justice...

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09:22
iPhone SE Availability Tightening Online and at Apple Stor...

Nearly one week following the launch of the iPhone SE, availability of the new 4-inch smartphone continues to tighten. Apple now lists a standard delivery estimate of around April 22-27 in the U.S. for the majority of iPhone SE models, while in-store stock is depleted in many major cities.

AT&T

16GB/Silver: April 22-27

16GB/Gold: April 12-14

16GB/Space Gray: April 12-14

16GB/Rose Gold: April 12-14

64GB/Silver: April 22-27

64GB/Gold: April 22-27

64GB/Space Gray: April 22-27

64GB/Rose Gold: April 22-27

Verizon

16GB/Silver: April 12-14

16GB/Gold: April 12-14

16GB/Space Gray: April 12-14

16GB/Rose Gold: April 12-14

64GB/Silver: April 22-27

64GB/Gold: April 22-27

64GB/Space Gray: April 22-27

64GB/Rose Gold: April 22-...

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08:48
New iTunes Metadata Suggests Users May Soon Be Able to Hid...

Apple may be laying the groundwork to allow users to remove or hide stock iOS apps, such as Compass and Tips, from their iPhones in an upcoming version of its mobile software, based on recently added metadata keys showing up on App Store apps.

As discovered by AppAdvice, Apple several weeks ago added a new pair of keys called "isFirstParty" and "isFirstPartyHideableApp" to the metadata of every App Store listing in iTunes. The new keys allow for a Boolean value of "true" or "false" to denote whether the app would be allowed to be hidden or removed from the user's iPhone. It's unclear whether the metadata is referring to an Apple-approved way to simply hide the first-party apps, or remove them altogether.

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07:56
Foxconn to Develop OLED Displays Following Sharp Takeover

Following multiple reports claiming Apple will release its first OLED-based iPhone as early as 2017, DigiTimes Research says that Apple manufacturer Foxconn will develop AMOLED displays through its recent investment in troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp.Sharp will set up one 4.5G and two 6G AMOLED production lines with monthly capacity of 13,000, 11,500 and 34,500 glass substrates respectively, with total monthly capacity of 9.85 million 5.5-inch equivalent panels.Given its longstanding relationship with Apple, the move could position Foxconn as a frontrunner among AMOLED display suppliers for iPhones. Recent reports said Apple was closing in on deals with...

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07:14
The Apple Watch "Activity" App Logo is now a US...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for their Activity app logo ...

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04:58
WhatsApp Announces Full End-to-End Encryption Now Availabl...

In mid-February Patently Apple posted a report titled "WhatsApp CEO is in the same Boat as Apple & Applauds Cook's Stance on Fighting Court Order Compliance." Today, the WhatsApp blog noted in-part that "WhatsApp has always prioritized making your data and communication as secure as possible. And today, we're proud to announce that we've completed a technological development that makes WhatsApp a leader in protecting your private communication ...

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04:23
For the First Time Since 2014, Apple's iOS Share Decl...

Kantar Asia reports today that "For the first time since August 2014, iOS share did not grow in urban China in ...

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03:29
Bernie Sanders Mirrors Donald Trump's Position on wan...

Late on Monday the New York Daily News sat down with Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders for a long interview as the primary in New York takes place on April 16. The first question for Sanders was about Apple.

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Tuesday April 5

17:32
Apple Fixes Siri Bug Allowing Access to Photos and Contact...

A Siri vulnerability that allowed access to a user's photos and contacts on a locked iPhone running iOS 9.3.1 was patched server-side this afternoon by Apple.

Shared last night by Jose Rodriguez, the vulnerability used Siri's ability to access Twitter to find an email link or phone number, which could be pressed to open up an editable list of contacts even on a device that was locked. Through access to contacts, a user's full photo library was also visible.

As seen in the video below, the vulnerability relied on asking Siri to perform a Twitter search. If an email address, phone number, or other contact related detail came up, it would give direct access to Photos and Contact data. While the method worked on the...

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17:26
A Published FBI Contract with Israeli Firm Cellebrite all...

An Israeli newspaper wrote today that "A search of the General Services Administration website — which lists all public expenditures in the US — indicates that the FBI signed a contract with Cellebrite in late March for ...

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16:24
FBI: It's 'Simply Too Early' to Tell if Inf...

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation is still working on analyzing the information found on the iPhone of San Bernardino Shooter Syed Farook, reports The Wall Street Journal. FBI general counsel James Baker shared news on the iPhone earlier today at the International Association of Privacy Professionals conference, where he said it's too early to tell if the data on the device is useful.

"We're now doing an analysis of that data, as we would in any other type of criminal terrorism investigation,'' Mr. Baker said, adding: "That means we would follow logical leads." But because the agency has only had access to the data for a short period of time, he said "it's simply too early'' to say whether anything found on the phone has been valuable to investigators.After a very public legal battle in...

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15:23
Bernie Sanders Wishes Apple Would Move Some Manufacturing...

Bernie Sanders, candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in the United States, was today queried about Apple in an interview with the Daily News, where he commented on the company's manufacturing policies and rumors that Apple dodges taxes.

When asked if Apple is part of corporate America that is "destroying the fabric of our nation," a question inspired by statements made by Sanders' himself, Sanders said he does not believe that to be the case, instead pointing the finger at big banks like JPMorgan Chase and corporations like General Electric. He went on to clarify that he would, however, like Apple to move manufacturing of some devices to the United States and pay a fair share of taxes.No, Apple is not destroying the fabric of America. But I do wish they'd be manufacturing some of their devices, here, in the United States rather...

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11:43
Apple News Gains Twitter Account to Promote Content

Apple this morning launched a new Twitter account for Apple News, giving its Apple News team a way to promote stories and content on the social network. Created last year but activated today, the Apple News Twitter account will be used to share "top stories" and "great reads" curated by Apple News editors in the United States.

Thus far, the account has shared two new stories covering the Panama Papers and an NCAA Tournament championship game from publishers Wired and SBNation.

Follow us here for top stories & great reads from your favorite publishers, curated by our U.S. editors. pic.twitter.com/eLyGKZHVMl

— Apple News (@applenews) April 5, 2016 Apple has recently been bolstering its presence on Twitter, and the...

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10:12
Sony's PlayStation Remote Play Feature Expanding to M...

Sony today announced plans to bring the PlayStation 4's Remote Play capabilities to the PC and Mac through an update that will be released tomorrow. With the update, PS4 owners will be able to play games remotely through a PC or a Mac.

Remote Play is a feature that lets the PlayStation 4 send audio and video to a peripheral device, but it was previously only compatible with Sony's handheld console, the PlayStation Vita, the PlayStation TV set-top box, and select Sony smartphones and tablets. Remote Play has been around since the PlayStation 3 and the PSP, but Sony has never made an effort to expand it before.

The decision to bring Remote Play to PCs and Macs comes after Microsoft introduced a remote gameplay feature for the Xbox One, allowing Xbox games to be played using a PC that...

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09:24
Samsung's Bad Quarterly News Begins Dripping out of K...

On March 30 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Are Samsung's Upbeat Expected Earnings Really Due to Galaxy S7 Sales?" The report from Korea on that day was forecasting positive sales for the first quarter due to positive Galaxy S7 sales. However, two Korean Press reports published today are providing us with a glimpse of Samsung's potential losses ...

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08:12
Apple Granted 63 Patents Today Covering an Electro-Optic V...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an iSight camera module that incorporates a solid-state electro-optic variable aperture to provide iDevices with improved focusing and greater depth of field. Apple was granted a second camera related patent today for ...

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07:02
HP Introduces the Thinnest Notebook on the Market Today

Yesterday we posted a report titled "HP Unveils New Notebooks Tomorrow with the Hope of Stealing the Innovation Thunder away from Apple." 24 hours later and HP has launched the new HP Spectre, the world's thinnest laptop.

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05:25
Apple Granted a Patent for Synchronized, Interactive Augme...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple patent 9,305,402 today which covers a highly advanced synchronized and interactive augmented reality (AR) display...

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04:43
Apple Granted a Patent for Future Magic Mouse with Force T...

Back in August 2015 Patently Apple covered a European Apple patent filing that pointed to force touch being applied to future devices such as a touchpad, display or magic mouse. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent specifically for a future Magic Mouse with integrated force touch sensors.

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03:43
Barclays Finally Supports Apple Pay at more than 400,000 C...

Today Barclays is officially supporting Apple Pay at more than 400,000 contactless points around the UK. Barclay customers could now ...

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02:43
New Apple Store Policy: Goodbye Plastic. Hello Paper

It was revealed yesterday that Apple Stores will be transitioning away from plastic bags to paper as their next move on the environmental front. Apple sent out a memo to all U.S. Apple Store managers and employees ...

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02:07
Security Flaw in iOS 9.3.1 Allows Access to iPhone Photos...

A video surfaced online yesterday purporting to show a vulnerability in iOS 9.3.1 that allows anyone to access photos and contacts on a locked iPhone without having to enter a passcode.

The YouTube video, uploaded by Jose Rodriguez and first spotted by The Daily Dot, depicts a user performing a Siri search followed by a series of relatively simple steps, one of which involves 3D Touch, limiting the exploit to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices.

The procedure starts by invoking Siri on the locked phone by holding the home button or using the "Hey, Siri" function, and then asking the personal assistant to initiate a Twitter search. When the returned results include contact details...

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Monday April 4

23:35
Barclays Finally Supports Apple Pay in United Kingdom

Barclays appears to have enabled much-anticipated support for Apple Pay in the United Kingdom during the early morning hours on Tuesday.

A growing number of Barclays customers on Twitter have been successfully able to add their debit or credit cards from the large British bank to Apple Pay since shortly after midnight local time.

Screenshot courtesy of MacRumors reader James Richards

Barclays was notably absent from the list of banks and participating issuers supporting Apple Pay when the mobile payments service first expanded to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in July 2015.

Barclays cardholders can set up Apple Pay through the Wallet app on iOS 8.1 or later. Bank-issued cards can be scanned...

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17:14
Apple to Phase Out Plastic Bags for Environmentally Friend...

When a customer buys an Apple product in an Apple retail store, it's packaged in a white plastic drawstring bag emblazoned with an Apple logo, something that's become an iconic part of the Apple experience. Starting later this month, Apple is introducing changes to its bagging policy, phasing out plastic bags in favor of a more environmentally friendly paper option.

Apple is planning to switch from the plain white plastic bags to paper bags made from 80 percent recycled materials, which Apple says will further its goal of leaving the world "better than we found it." Apple informed employees of the impending change in a note, which was shared by 9to5Mac.

In addition to handing out paper bags, employees are also being asked to adopt a new policy of querying customers as to whether a bag is needed at all instead of simply providing one.

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16:27
Shake-up: Two Top Intel Executives in Charge of PC's...

Intel has just revealed that two of its most prominent executives have decided to leave the company, the latest sign of turmoil at the chip giant following a recent management change and continued failure to penetrate the mobile-device market.

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13:47
Believe it or Not, Apple Could sell its 2 billionth iPhone...

In November 2014, Apple sold its 1 billionth iOS gadget, which includes iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. This past January, Apple said it has 1 billion devices that are currently in use by customers. And now...

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10:38
Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Recent Progress on Spaces...

Construction on Apple's second campus in Cupertino, California is slated to wrap up at the end of 2016, and with just eight months to go until the deadline, work on the site is continuing around the clock. As he does at the beginning of each month, drone pilot Duncan Sinfield captured new aerial video of Apple Campus 2, allowing us to see the progress that has been made over the course of the last 30 days.

This month's video gives the closest look we've seen yet at the ring-shaped main building and other areas on the campus, with today's construction juxtaposed with video taken over the last several months to give us an idea of how rapidly work on the campus has progressed.

At the main ring-shaped building, additional windows and window awnings have been added, and solar panels designed to sit atop the roof are...

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09:58
iPhone SE Component Costs Estimated to Start at $160

Component costs for the new 16GB iPhone SE are estimated to be at about $160, according to a preliminary teardown report from IHS iSuppli. When a new iPhone is released, IHS often takes it apart to estimate the cost of each component to ultimately predict how much Apple spends on hardware.

IHS estimates that the materials for the device cost $156.20, rounded up to $160 with the addition of manufacturing costs. Apple is believed to have kept the base cost of the iPhone SE relatively low by using a number of parts designed for the iPhone 5s, 6, and 6s, allowing the device to be sold to consumers at a $399 starting price due to price drops on the...

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07:40
iPhone SE Sales Forecasted as 'Lackluster' Over...

While it appears that Apple has elected not to share first weekend sales numbers for the iPhone SE, as it has done in the past for some flagship models, multiple analysts have forecasted that sales of the new 4-inch smartphone were "lackluster" during its first three to four days of availability.

In a research note issued today, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo questioned last week's CNBC report claiming that iPhone SE orders topped 3.4 million in China, and added that demand for the iPhone SE "has been significantly lower than that of past new models" since launching on March 31.Lackluster iPhone SE demand supports our view. Although there exists a market survey that indicates iPhone SE preorders top 3.4mn units in China, we couldn’t find...

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HP Unveils New Notebooks Tomorrow with the Hope of Stealin...

HP’s forthcoming laptop that is slated to be unveiled at an event tomorrow in Versailles, France, organized by the New York Times is out to be the thinnest notebook. More importantly, they want to steal the "cool" factor away from Apple.

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Teardown of 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Examines Speakers and Rear C...

After discovering that a handful of iPhone SE components are interchangeable with those of the iPhone 5 in a teardown last week, iFixit today shifted its sights to the other major release from Apple's "Let Us Loop You In" media event - the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

iFixit surmised that the new iPad Pro is essentially the offspring of the iPad Air 2 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, acquiring the looks of the former and specs of the latter. The site found, however, that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro acquired the "ugly genes" of the family when it comes to its internals as Apple continues to cram ever...

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Fitbit's CEO Thinks that Apple Watch just does Too Mu...

James Park is on a mission to make you fitter, faster, stronger and more productive. His company Fitbit has put its activity trackers on millions of wrists in the nine years since it was founded. Fitbit's CEO says that the Apple Watch is a great product and Apple's a great company, but ...

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