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Friday February 13

10:51
Apple Watch Roundup Updated

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple's goal with the Apple Watch is to "change the way you life your life," and that everyone is going to find a feature they can't live without in the device.

He also recently shared news that the Apple Watch will be released in April. Check out our roundup to find out more.

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10:50
Apple Recruiting Automotive Experts to Work in 'Top-S...

Apple is recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts to work in a new "top-secret research lab," according to Financial Times. The report adds that a number of Apple designers working under design chief Jonathan Ive have also been regularly meeting with automotive executives and creators in recent months, and even trying to hire them in some cases.

A team of Apple employees, led by experienced managers from Apple's iPhone unit, are said to be researching automotive products at a secretive location outside of the Cupertino-based company's One Infinite Loop headquarters. The new research lab was allegedly set up late last year, shortly after the unveiling of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

Financial Times claims that Apple may be developing an advanced software platform that builds upon the CarPlay dashboard system,...

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10:36
Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks at White House Cybersecurity Sum...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection which is occurring now, and he is expected to speak for approximately 10 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific Time, ahead of a presidential address set to take place at 11:15.

The summit is being streamed live on YouTube and can be watched below.

The White House is expected to unveil its next executive action on cybersecurity at today's summit. The event includes tech executives, academics, government officials, with several panels on topics like payment security, and improving cybersecurity practices at consumer oriented businesses.

Update: During his speech at the Summit, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted Apple's commitment to privacy and security, once again pointing out that Apple makes its money by selling...

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08:50
Apple Executives Mingled at Pre-Grammy Party Amid Discussi...

While the Grammy Awards happened last weekend, information on a few Apple-related conversations happening at and around Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party are just now beginning to emerge, reports Billboard. Representing Apple at the gala were Tim Cook, Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine and iTunes VP Robert Kondrk, with the Apple executives chatting with a number of music industry representatives during the event.

The party came as Iovine has reportedly been meeting with senior executives from many record labels in recent weeks, and while Billboard reports "a nondisclosure agreement preceded every sit-down," details on some of the discussions are beginning to trickle out. One of the main takeaways appears to be a targeted spring/summer launch window for the ...

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08:37
Apple to Open New Offices in a Seaside City in Israel Tues...

Israel's Calcalist news website reported yesterday that Apple's CEO Tim Cook is expected to arrive on Tuesday for the inauguration of the new company offices in Herzliya. While in Israel Cook ...

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06:08
Surprise! The iPad holds a Whopping 83% Market Share in Ko...

Apple's iPhone 6 growth has been so earth shattering to Samsung that the Korean Government is stepping in to find ways to thwart Apple's future growth in that country. Samsung, being one of the largest employers in that country, has a lot of sway with the government. Samsung thought that pushing the government ...

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05:04
iWork for iCloud Beta Apps Now Accessible Without an Apple...

Apple on Thursday made Pages, Numbers and Keynote accessible to users without an Apple device through iCloud Beta. Starting last night, anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access the trio of iWork for iCloud beta apps for free. Each account comes with 1GB of complimentary iCloud storage for use with the productivity software.

While the offer is currently limited to the iCloud Beta website, it is likely that Apple will rollout the feature to the regular version in the future. To create a free Apple ID account, navigate to iCloud Beta and click on the get started link in the top banner to begin the signup process.

Apple introduced iWork for iCloud at WWDC 2013, bringing Pages, Numbers and Keynote to the web. After receiving "overwhelming response," Apple eventually opened the service...

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Thursday February 12

19:17
Apple Rejecting Violent App Screenshots for Infringing Lon...

Apple has been rejecting a number of apps with screenshots that depict violence or guns from being released or updated on the App Store, as reported by Pocket Gamer. As a result, developers have been forced to modify their app screenshots to either completely remove or blur any violent materials in order to get through the approval process.

A screenshot with a blurred gun to adhere to Apple's guidelines
Apple has long required developers to ensure all front-facing App Store materials are appropriate for children, although it has been more aggressively enforcing its stance against violent screenshots in recent weeks. Earlier today, Instapaper developer Marco Arment pointed towards language in the App Store Review...

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15:48
Is Apple Abandoning their Iconic "Genius Bar" Lo...

An original and significant element of Apple’s retail stores is disappearing...

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14:52
Apple Legal is Busy Filing Trademark Applications for Appl...

Today a new series of trademark applications filed by Apple legal in Europe and Hong Kong China were published. We covered eleven trademark filings that were published in the U.S. yesterday...

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12:50
Apple Two-Step Verification Now Available for iMessage and...

Apple's two-step verification system now covers FaceTime and iMessage, reports The Guardian. Signing into an iMessage or FaceTime account will ask users to input an authentication code from a verified device on accounts that have two-factor verification enabled to prevent unauthorized entry attempts.

Two-factor verification is an opt-in system that was first introduced in March of 2013 to increase the security of Apple ID accounts. Prior to today, a verification code was only required for making changes to an account, signing into iCloud, or making iTunes/App Store purchases from a new device.

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12:26
Apple Promotes Games Without In-App Purchases in App Store

Apple today made one of its weekly updates to the App Store, adding a new featured category that highlights "Pay Once & Play" games in the App Store. As noted by MacStories, the section includes a list of popular game titles that do not include in-app purchases. The new feature has appeared in European App Stores already and should be making its way to other countries as the weekly update propagates.

"Pay Once & Play" offers a range of titles that are organized into the following categories: Recent Releases, Blockbuster Games, and App Store Originals. Some of the featured titles include Thomas Was Alone, Minecraft - Pocket Edition, ...

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11:51
Did Copycat Samsung Get Sucker Punched by this Apple Paten...

The late Steve Jobs did have his own geeky sense of humor. He and the Woz liked to play jokes on people. When introducing the original iPhone during a 2007 keynote, Steve Jobs showed a slide of an iPod with a rotary dial that made many laugh. The funny thing is that it wasn't just a one-time photo, it was part of a prank iPhone patent as we noted back in 2010. That prankster side ...

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11:50
Apple Increases Maximum App Size from 2GB to 4GB

Apple today announced that it is increasing the maximum app size from 2GB to 4GB, letting developers release apps that are up to 4GB in size. The extended limits will likely be useful for high-quality game titles that need the extra space to introduce improved graphical effects or longer playtimes.The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.Apple's 2GB size limit has been in place since the App Store first launched, so today's new 4GB limit marks the first-ever size increase. The 2GB size limitation has prevented some games from being available on the App Store, such as Final Fantasy VII. In 2013, Square Enix producer Takashi Tokita said that a...

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09:33
Apple Reveals a Zoom Lens Breakthrough for Future iDevices

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on delivering a real zoom lens mechanism for future iDevices like the iPhone.

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09:00
'Phorm' Case Adds Morphing Tactile Keyboard to i...

For the last several years, Tactus Technology has been working on displays that take advantage of microfluidic technology, with buttons that raise up and disappear on demand for a superior touchscreen typing experience.

As of today, the company is ready to unveil its first product to the world, an iPad mini case called "Phorm." An all-in-one case, keyboard, and screen protector, Phorm can dynamically add and remove tactile buttons on the iPad mini's screen to add texture to the on-screen keyboard.

As seen in the video above, sliding the bar on the back of the Phorm case to the right causes small fluid-filled physical buttons to pop up on the screen protector portion of the case, giving users a tactile typing experience while still allowing them to use the default iOS keyboard. Shifting the bar to the left causes the buttons to disappear again, allowing the touchscreen to...

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07:37
Apple Invents a New Apple Pay Lower NFC Power Mode Feature

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new Apple Pay feature that will be able to lower NFC power drain when not in use.

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05:48
Apple Continues their Work on Two High Profile Infrared Pr...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that reveal their ongoing work on two high profile projects that uses infrared beam technology.

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04:04
Apple Reveals the Technology behind the Apple Watch's...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals some of the details behind the new Apple Watch's Digital Crown.

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01:58
Apple's iPhone with Wraparound Display Invention is F...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on an iPhone with a wraparound display.

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Wednesday February 11

21:58
New 'App Pins' Allow Users to Install iOS Apps R...

Pinterest today announced a new partnership with Apple to launch "App Pins" that will allow users to install iOS apps on their devices without ever needing to leave the Pinterest app.

Let’s say you’re Pinning workout inspiration to your Marathon Training board. If you see a fitness app that helps you reach your goals, you can download it right from Pinterest.

When you come across an app Pin, tap Install to download the app right to your iPhone or iPad without ever leaving Pinterest (you’ll only see app Pins when you’re using the Pinterest app on your iPhone or iPad).As part of the rollout, Apple is also launching its own App Store board on Pinterest, giving the company a place to feature apps on a variety of topics within Pinterest. Apple is currently featuring a number of apps and other pins focused on fashion...

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19:01
Sneak Peak at Apple Campus 2 Offers New Look at Constructi...

Apple's new spaceship-shaped Apple Campus 2 is under construction, and the company gave KQED News a tour of the site, providing them with new details and a ground-based look at its progress.

As previously revealed, the building has an enviromentally-conscious design, with features like using recycled water to flush toilets and solar arrays to power its functions. Keeping with this theme, the building also uses recycled parts from older buildings.

Photo of Apple Campus 2 main office, via KQED News.“What Apple inherited on the property was several older buildings, all of which were broken down and deconstructed,” says KQED Science reporter Amy Standen, who got a tour of the site. “...

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18:09
Apple Publishes Supplier Responsibility Progress Report 20...

In December there was a BBC documentary about Apple's Broken Promises to better the working condition of workers in Chinese factories where Apple products are made. We posted a report on the matter titled "The BBC Report about Apple is Motivated by Politics and Unions," showing that the BBC was most definitely being led by China's Union in the making of their documentary. It's still a contentious issue ...

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16:30
J.P. Morgan Forecasts 26 Million Units of Apple Watch will...

Samsung first introduced their Gear smartwatch sixteen months ago with sugar plumbs dancing in their heads that they would sell tens of millions of the new device. From October 2013 until June 2014, under 500,000 smartwatches were sold and not all by Samsung. One of the first reviews of Samsung's smartwatch ...

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15:58
Apple Outlines New Ban on Bonded Labor at Supplier Factori...

Apple on Wednesday released its 2015 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report [PDF] and updated its Supplier Responsibility website, giving new details on its efforts to improve the lives of the workers that assemble its products.

For its ninth annual progress report, Apple conducted 633 audits covering more than 1.6 million workers in 19 countries, and called an additional 30,000 workers to survey them on working conditions.

One of Apple's main achievements in 2014 was putting an end to bonded labor. In October, the company told all of its suppliers that as of 2015, no worker employed on an Apple line could be charged recruitment fees. Employees have, in the past, faced significant fees levied against them by third-party recruiters, who offer them a job at an Apple factory in exchange for money. In some cases...

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10:18
iPhone 6 Plus Owners Use Twice as Much Data as iPhone 6 Ow...

There's a new mobile analytics report out from Citrix [PDF] and it's filled with interesting data on mobile usage, including a tidbit that suggests iPhone 6 Plus owners use far more data than other iPhone owners.

People who own the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus consume twice as much data as people who own the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus data usage is 10 times higher than data usage on the 3.5-inch iPhone 3GS. That last statistic isn't surprising -- along with a small screen, the iPhone 3GS is much slower with hardware that's almost six years old.

Citrix suggests that the higher iPhone 6 Plus data usage is due to its users treating it like a tablet, consuming more media like streaming movies on the device.iPhone 6 Plus subscribers generate the most data volume, double that of an iPhone 6. This increase impacts...

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10:06
Apple Seeks Trademarks for Ten Round "Apple Watch...

Last Friday Apple filed a series of ten trademark applications covering various "Apple Watch" app icons that were published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today. Although all were filed under International Class 9, the specific verbiage for each has been custom tailored for each of the specific Apple Watch icons.

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09:36
Apple Confirms Aperture to Be Removed From Mac App Store A...

Shortly after last week's deployment of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, Apple updated its official Aperture page on its website, adding a notice stating that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the Photos for OS X app launches.

The same notice can also be found in the app's Mac App Store description, as noted by MacGeneration [Google Translate]. Once removed from the Mac App Store, it will no longer be possible for new users to obtain the Aperture software, but those who have...

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09:25
Apple Shares Continue to Surge as Record-Breaking Market C...

Apple shares are currently valued at roughly $124 each in intraday trading, giving the Cupertino-based company a record-breaking market cap exceeding $720 billion. Apple stock continues to rise after the iPhone maker became the first U.S. company to close with a market cap over $700 billion on Tuesday, the same day in which CEO Tim Cook spoke live at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference.

Apple shares have risen over 48% since the start of 2014, despite some critics suggesting that the company has faced a lack of innovation since the passing of late co-founder Steve Jobs. Apple has been particularly successful in China, which Cook claims has grown from a $1 billion to $38 billion market for the company in the past five years. Apple plans to expand from 19 to 40 retail stores in China over the next year...

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07:27
Apple Releases a New "Make Music with iPad" Vide...

Apple has released a new "Make Music with iPad" video as noted above featuring the tune "All or Nothing" by Elliphant.

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06:46
Apple Seeks to Trademark a Key "Apple Watch" Use...

Last Friday Apple filed a trademark application for a key "Apple Watch" user interface graphic. Today the U.S. and European Patent & Trademark Offices published Apple's application filed under International Class 9 which covers all manner of computers, interfaces for computers and beyond.

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05:51
Pegatron's Pegacasa Team to Introduce Designer iPhone...

Taiwan-based Pegatron, a contract electronics supplier for Apple and other brands, has unveiled a new product line of mobile accessories to cater to big-screen iPhone users.

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05:26
TMSC and Foxconn Report Strong Growth Due to the iPhone 6

Due to iPhone 6 mania sweeping the globe, both TSMC and Foxconn Electronics have reported strong year-over-year growth ...

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05:04
Kill Switch Adoption has Smartphone Theft down Dramaticall...

A year ago we posted a report titled "New Smartphone Kill Switch Legislation Tabled in California may Force Apple and Others to Comply," and a follow-up report in April. The proposed law was designed to require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen ...

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Tuesday February 10

15:06
Samsung, the Great Copycat Machine, Decides to Introduce A...

With Samsung's profits plunging for the second quarter in a row, it appears that Samsung will be once again tapping into Apple's designs and business methodologies in the hopes of returning to profitability later this year. Rumors have the Galaxy S6 looking a lot like an iPhone 6 instead of being original. There's little new there. Though a report out of Korea tells us that Samsung is out to copy another idea of Apple's relating to using authentication chips in third party devices.

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13:53
In 2014 the iMac with Retina 5K Displays Blew us Away and...

Apple was the first PC vendor to introduce a 5K display for a desktop this past holiday season with their new iMac that sported a 5K Retina Display. Now the industry ...

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13:08
Tim Cook: Our Objective With Apple Watch is to Change the...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the annual Goldman Sach's Technology and Internet Conference today, where he covered a range of topics from Apple's dedication to the environment, the major products the company launched in 2014, and his thoughts on the Apple Watch.

When asked by Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn what makes the Apple Watch different from other smart watches on the market, Cook recalled the MP3 industry.If you think about the MP3 industry, we weren't the first company to make an MP3 player, there were lots of companies in this. They weren't used very much. They were fundamentally hard to use -- the user interface was bad and you almost needed a PhD to use them. They're not memorable. [...]

I see the smart watch category very much like that. There are several things that are called smart watches, but I'm not sure you could name any. There hasn't been one that changed the way...

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12:35
Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaking Live at 2015 Goldman Sachs Tec...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference today, with the session kicking off at 3:30 PM Eastern / 12:30 PM Pacific. Cook's presentation is being broadcast on Apple's website and MacRumors will be updating this post to summarize Cook's comments.

Cook has spoken at the annual conference a number of times over the years, although he did not appear in 2014. While Cook has not made any major announcements at the venue in the past, he has at times offered an interesting perspective into Apple's business, so it generally worth paying attention to his comments.

Cook will almost certainly be asked about Apple's blockbuster iPhone sales and earnings in the last quarter, the company's strategy for managing cash and capital return to investors, company philosophy and more, and he is generally fairly open and thoughtful in sharing his ideas on...

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10:29
Apple's CEO Live at Goldman Sachs Technology & In...

Apple has announced that they'll be providing live coverage of the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference scheduled for later today at ...

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10:07
Tim Cook Speaking at Goldman Sachs Conference Today, Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be speaking at the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference this afternoon, beginning at 12:30 PM Pacific Time. While Cook was not present at last year's conference, he has attended many times in the past.

Cook is not likely to make product announcements during today's session, but previous conferences have seen him divulging details on Apple's philosophies and business practices. In 2013, for example, he spoke about Apple's cash usage, innovation, design choices, retail strategy, iPhone growth, and more.

Streaming audio of the Goldman Sachs conference will be available beginning at 12:...

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08:52
New DisplayPort 1.4a Standard Points to 8K Notebook and Al...

The Video Electronics Standard Association (VESA) yesterday announced a new Embedded DisplayPort Standard, version 1.4a, that the association claims "enables a higher video data transfer rate for increased panel resolution, greater color depth and higher refresh rates."

Along with other upgrades, the new standard will be able to take advantage of more advanced GPU video performance and display technologies, meaning a wider range of computing devices - laptops and all-in-one PCs like the iMac in particular - will be able to produce 8K content sometime next year.

The new standard is for "embedded" panels with the ability to produce up to 8K quality display images, meaning eDP 1.4a won't work with external displays. The current DisplayPort standard is 1.2a, with VESA having announced the next-generation...

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08:24
President Obama to Address Cybersecurity and Secure Paymen...

Stanford University will be welcoming President Obama on Friday the thirteenth to speak about cybersecurity and secure payment technologies at the Cemex Auditorium, Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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07:19
Next-Generation iPhone Said to Feature Upgraded Touch ID W...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has provided reliable information about Apple's upcoming product plans in the past, claims that Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature an upgraded Touch ID module with reduced reading errors for an improved and safer Apple Pay experience. "We think the new iPhone,expected to launch in 3Q15, will be equipped with an upgraded Touch ID module, with which Apple (US) intends to offer a better and safer Apple Pay user experience with reduced reading errors. We therefore raise our 2015F shipments of Touch ID module by 12.4% to 262mn sets, boosted by Apple Pay and new iPhone models."Kuo wrote in a note to investors that he expects the next-generation iPhone to ship in the third quarter of 2015, lining up historically with past releases of iPhones in September.

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07:00
'Anki Overdrive' Bringing Modular Tracks and New...

Anki today announced a sequel to its innovative iOS-compatible Anki Drive slot car racing game. Called "Anki Overdrive" and set for launch in September, it will include brand new cars, a customizable track - courtesy of magnetically interlocking track pieces and "bridges" that adjust track height - and even jump ramps (via Re/code).

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04:44
Apple's Stunning iPhone 6 Performance in Japan Humili...

In November we posted two reports on just how well the iPhone 6 was selling in Japan (one and two). Apple is so loved in Japan that even Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was pleased to announce that "Apple has decided to undertake cutting-edge R&D in Japan." 2014 was also the year that ...

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03:46
Apple Granted 30 Patents Today Covering Motion-Based Devic...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 30 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover a few of Apple's granted patents. One covers motion-based device operations, another covers Gradient Refractive Index Optics ...

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02:50
Apple Granted a Patent for a Powerful Camera Flash Accesso...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 30 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention and granted patent covering an illumination accessory supporting the iPhone camera. Apple makes a case as to why a remote illumination system ...

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01:54
Apple Granted a Second Radical Axis Based Multidimensional...

In 2013 Apple acquired 18 patents from Canada-based Maya-Systems, Inc. related to "innovative axis-based user interface technology." Apple was granted their first patent relating to this technology a year ago this month. Today Apple was granted their second patent related to this project.

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00:40
JetBlue is the First Airline to Accept and Promote Apple P...

It's being reported today that Apple Pay is poised to take off — quite literally, on JetBlue flights

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00:15
Apple Granted Patent for a Wearable Presentation Device

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published another granted patent for Apple covering a wearable presentation device designed by iTunes Ecosystem Design Lead Christopher Sanders.

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Monday February 9

23:17
JetBlue to Become First Airline to Accept Apple Pay In-Fli...

Passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights will be able to use Apple Pay to purchase things in-flight starting next week, according to USA Today. It will become the first airline to accept Apple Pay in-flight.

Starting next week, passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights can use Apple Pay on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets to buy food, drinks and certain onboard amenities when the plane reaches cruising altitude. You'll be able to upgrade to available premium seats, too.Eddy Cue, Apple's VP for Internet software and services, told USA Today that "somebody else doing it always puts pressure on the other guy" and that other airlines could follow suit.

JetBlue's flight attendants will have iPad minis outfitted with a special case that will accept both credit cards and Apple Pay. Starting next week, only intercontinental...

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15:22
Who will be first to introduce a 3D Camera in Mobile Devic...

In 2013 Intel predicted that their breakthrough 3D camera for mobile devices would debut in 2014. While that didn't happen on schedule, Intel vowed that it would show up in products in 2015, and it did. Their 3D camera ...

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15:07
Apple Working On Project That Will 'Give Tesla a Run...

Following last week's news of a mysterious Apple-leased vehicle roaming the streets of Northern California, an Apple employee has given some details to Business Insider, suggesting Apple is working on a project that will "give Tesla a run for its money."After writing about how the van could be used for a self-driving car, we got an unsolicited email from an employee at Apple about "vehicle development" at the company. [...]

"Apple's latest project is too exciting to pass up," the person said. "I think it will change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money."According to the site's source, who was verified to be an Apple employee, Tesla employees are "jumping ship" and choosing to work at Apple because of this unidentified project.

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12:23
iOS 8.4 in Development With Possible Support for New Music...

Along with iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, both of which have been seeded to developers in beta form, Apple is also said to be working on an iOS 8.4 update. According to 9to5Mac, the beta is codenamed "Copper," and set to be released later this year at some point after the Apple Watch becomes available for purchase in April.

Given the release timing after iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, it's possible that iOS 8.4 will be the update that introduces Apple's new streaming music service. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple's existing Beats music service will be rebranded, revamped with a lower price tag, and integrated into iOS and OS X...

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10:32
Apple Seeds First iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers With Wireless...

Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.3 to registered developers for testing purposes, just a week after seeding the fifth beta of iOS 8.2, which is also currently in testing.

The beta, build number 12F5027d, also includes Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2. It is not clear at this time what the iOS 8.3 beta introduces, but it likely includes several bug fixes. As a .1 update, it may also introduce new features.

Xcode 6.3, included with the beta, introduces a new version of the Swift language. According to Apple's release notes, Swift 1.2 includes "a number of noteworthy changes" to the language. Xcode 6.3 also includes enhancements to ease interoperability between Swift and Objective-C code.

New Features in iOS 8.3:

Based on our testing, iOS 8.3 appears to remove the "beta" label from iCloud Photo Library and it offers new CarPlay features, in the...

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09:33
iOS 9 to Focus Heavily on Stability and Optimization

With iOS 7, Apple introduced a major design overhaul and with iOS 8, we gained features like Continuity, Apple Pay, and new app abilities like extensions and widgets. Following these two ambitious OS updates, it seems iOS 9 may be somewhat less flashy, focusing heavily on stability and optimization.

Sources who spoke to 9to5Mac have suggested that Apple will market iOS 9 similarly to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which was also a maintenance upgrade that resulted in improved performance and better efficiency.For 2015, iOS 9 is going to include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. Sources tell us that iOS 9 engineers are putting a "huge" focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system, rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions. Apple will also...

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09:08
Xiaomi is holding a Press Conference in San Francisco this...

A surprising report coming from China's Commercial Times today confidently states that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is set to hold a press event in San Francisco on Thursday Feb. 12.

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07:45
Samsung's Smart TV Spying Policy is compared to a Pas...

The Daily Beast set off a firestorm last week with a story that was basically about how Samsung's Smart TV could be spying on their customers.

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07:41
Apple Watch Set to Include Third-Party Glucose Tracking Ap...

Medical device manufacturer DexCom over the weekend announced the company is developing an app for the upcoming Apple Watch that will display all of a user's glucose and blood sugar-related health data on their wrist (via The Wall Street Journal).

The company, whose expertise lies in "continuous glucose monitoring systems for diabetes management," says the app is expected to be ready when the Apple Watch launches in April. The app would sync to existing monitors manufactured by DexCom that use a "hair's width sensor" located under the user's skin to measure and report blood glucose levels every five minutes, a more seamless process than traditional skin-prick glucose monitors, according to the company.

Though most health-related apps...

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06:48
Apple Rumored to Update Non-Retina MacBook Air Line in Lat...

The much-anticipated 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is believed to launch sometime in the middle of 2015, but a new rumor out of foreign news website Letem svetem Applem [Google Translate] points to a smaller refresh of the existing MacBook Air line hitting as early as February 24.

The website, citing sources from the Czech reseller network, states the update will come with no fanfare or keynote presentation, unsurprising considering a lack of major changes for the lineup. The company also won't discuss the long-rumored ultra-slim MacBook Air around the launch of the new refresh, hoping the "quiet"...

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06:19
The Engineering Group Known as the IEEE has Ruled on Chang...

In early December we posted a report titled "Apple, HP, Microsoft and Intel await Important IEEE Vote this Saturday on the Future of Wireless Technology Licensing Fees." The result of that vote only came to light yesterday and it could affect the lawsuit Ericsson brought against Apple at the beginning of the year.

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05:26
iPhone 6s Rear Camera Rumored to Retain 8-Megapixel Sensor

iPhone camera module supplier Largan Precision is expected to face limited earnings growth this year amid rumors that Apple's next-generation smartphone will retain an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera sensor, according to Taipei Times (via GforGames).

The report cites Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu, who claims the iPhone 6s will have the same camera hardware specifications as previous models. Apple first introduced an 8-megapixel rear camera on the iPhone 4s in 2011 and used similar modules for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Pu said that the camera specifications of the next-generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6S, will stay the same as the current iPhone 6 at 8-megapixels, limiting potential catalysts to push Largan’s stock price higher in the second half of the year. [...] Pu said that although...

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Sunday February 8

17:43
Apple Debuts Music-Themed iPad Air 2 Ad Ahead of Grammy Aw...

Ahead of tonight's telecast of the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Apple has debuted a new music-themed iPad commercial titled "Change" featuring Swedish singer Elliphant, Los Angeles-based producer Gaslamp Killer, and English DJ Riton.

The ad shows the three musicians composing a remix to Elliphant's "All Or Nothing" entirely on an iPad, from initial songwriting, production, recording, and more. Apps shown throughout the add include Apple's GarageBand for songwriting, iMPC Pro for production, Serato Remote for live performances and Manual Camera for filming video.

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09:09
TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade Secrets

Late last week a report surfaced telling us about how TSMC is suing a former employee for giving away their ...

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Saturday February 7

11:12
TSMC Breaks Ground on New Plant for 10nm Processors Next M...

Today a report from China notes that TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor foundry, is set to invest US$15.8 billion in the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP). TSMC will start building their 18-inch wafer foundry in March ...

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08:16
Apple Wins 9 Detailed iPhone 6 Design Patents that could P...

On August 24, 2012 the jury in Apple's first patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung returned a verdict largely favorable to Apple. It found that Samsung had willfully infringed on Apple's design and utility patents and had also diluted Apple's trade dresses related to the iPhone. The jury awarded Apple $1.049 billion in damages. Within the verdict were design patents that covered iPhone's features ...

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Friday February 6

15:13
Corning Unveils 'Project Phire' Super Scratch-Re...

Corning today unveiled a new material that it's been working on, which combines the strength of its existing Gorilla Glass with ultra scratch-resistance like that of sapphire, reports CNET. The material, which goes by the name "Project Phire," was shown off during an investor meeting by Corning Glass president James Clappin."We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn't fare well when dropped," Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, told the crowd at the event. "So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire."Corning's existing Gorilla Glass product is used in a range of smartphone and tablet displays, from Samsung's Galaxy line to Apple's own iOS lineup. Apple planned to move away from Corning's Gorilla Glass with the iPhone 6...

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13:01
Universities Scramble to Deal with Apple Watch in Exam Hal...

With the Apple Watch due to arrive sometime in April, there's been an unexpected side-effect rippling through the University scene in London that is likely to escalate to Universities around the globe. Forget the ..

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12:49
OS X 10.10.3 Beta Adds Support for Google 2-Step Verificat...

In addition to a new Photos app and emoji improvements, yesterday's developer release of the first OS X 10.10.3 beta also includes new direct support for Google's 2-Step Verification when setting up Google services in the Internet Accounts section of System Preferences.

2-Step Verification is an optional security setting that requires users to enter not only their account password but also a unique code sent by Google via phone app, text message, or voice call to a previously registered device or phone number, greatly enhancing account security.

Not all devices and apps support Google's 2-Step Verification, however, and as a backup Google also allows users to generate...

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08:17
OS X 10.10.3 Puts More Focus on Emoji, Lays Groundwork for...

While the featured addition in yesterday's OS X 10.10.3 developer seed was the new Photos app, Apple is addressing other issues with the forthcoming update, and one of these focus areas is emoji, which is seeing several changes and improvements.

One immediately evident change is the menu option used to bring up the character palette where emoji and other symbols can be browsed and selected. The Character palette a is systemwide option generally accessed through the "Edit" menu in most Mac apps. On OS X 10.10.2 and earlier, the menu item is called "Special Characters," while on OS X 10.10.3, it is labeled "Emoji & Symbols". The change offers a clearer description of what can be accessed through the menu item while specifically giving a strong visibility boost to emoji.

Another significant change for...

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Monday January 3

13:52
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