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Tuesday November 25

17:30
The DOJ Turns to a 225 Year Old Law to Force Either Apple...

On October 16 we posted a report titled "CBS 60 Minutes: Apple has the Power to Upend the Rule of Law." The report covered an interview with FBI Director James Comey who revealed his views about internet surveillance in general and in context with Apple and Google's latest encryption technology specifically ... A new report has surfaced this evening ...

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16:47
Intel Bringing Biometrics to PCs for Better Security

Biometrics are coming to PCs: Intel's Kirk Skaugen, corporate vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, noted during his keynote at CES 2013 that Intel would be bringing Biometrics to the PC. Today we learn that during an event last week Intel's Skaugen stated that Intel and McAfee will be bringing a biometric solution to better secure PC's by the end of the year.

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16:03
The iPhone 6 Wins the Wall Street Journal's Top Smart...

The Wall Street Journal has voted Apple's iPhone 6 as the number one smartphone ...

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10:24
Yahoo and Microsoft Court Apple as Google's Safari Se...

Apple renewed its maps and search partnership with Google in 2010, but with that contract reportedly set to end in 2015, both Yahoo and Microsoft are actively vying to be the next default search provider for Apple's Safari products, reports The Information.

Both Microsoft and Yahoo have existing relationships with Apple, with Yahoo providing stock data to iOS and Microsoft supplying Siri with Bing search results. Executives from both companies have reportedly already approached Eddy Cue, Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, about a potential agreement that could see one of them displace Google to become the default search engine for iOS devices and Macs. There is no indication Apple has made any decision which company, if any, will...

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07:09
Apple's Market Capitalization Hits Record $700 Billio...

Apple's stock continues its strong recent performance, hitting another milestone today with a market capitalization of $700 billion and once again setting a new standard as the highest market cap in history before pulling back slightly. The mark comes less than two weeks after Apple's market cap passed $660 billion to set its first new high in two years.

The company's market capitalization has doubled since Tim Cook was named CEO in August 2011.

Apple's stock is up nearly 60 percent over the past year and up 24 percent since the company's October 16 media event, which was followed just days later by a strong earnings report. Looking forward, Apple is expected to show blockbuster iPhone sales for the holiday quarter, and Wall Street is anticipating continued strong performance into 2015 as Apple looks to add yet another product category to its mix with the Apple Watch.

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06:21
Apple Cuts App Store Pricing in China to Spur on Sales

It's being reported in China today that Apple has a new campaign to grow its App business. Apple has reportedly cut its US 98 cent minimum down to ...

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04:17
Apple Granted 25 Patents Today Covering Camera Stabilizati...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 25 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three distinct inventions. The first is for a possible future MacBooks with Wi-Fi + Cellular capabilities that may also support a phone call app. The second invention envisioned an audio user interface like Siri as far back as 2003 ...

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Monday November 24

19:40
Universal Studios Picks Up Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs...

Just under a week after Sony Pictures dropped the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie, Universal Studios has picked it up, according to The Wrap. X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender is also now attached to star as Jobs.

Universal Pictures has picked up the Steve Jobs biopic less than a week after it was dropped by Sony, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.Sony suddenly dropped the film last Wednesday after it had developed it for two years. One report indicated the studio dropped the movie because of the shooting schedule. Director Danny Boyle wanted to start shooting in January 2015, when Fassbender would be available to shoot. Sony, however, wanted to shoot a little later, which would have...

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18:33
Apple Releases Two New iPhone 6 Ads: 'Reservations...

Apple today launched two new ads featuring the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are once again voiced by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and highlight features like the iPhone 6's gaming capabilities and its ability to relay phone calls to Macs and iPads.

In the first humorous ad, entitled "Gamers," the focus is on the A8 chip in the iPhone 6, with the ad showing off the recently released multiplayer online battle arena game Vainglory. "The A8 chip is so powerful it brings gaming to the next level. I mean if you're into that kind of thing," says Fallon, before bantering with Timberlake about the gameplay.

The second ad, entitled "Reservations," highlights Continuity and the ability for the iPhone to relay calls to Macs and iPads. "Did you know you can use an iPhone 6 to make a call from almost any...

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15:19
Job Listing Points Towards Apple's Continued Interest...

Over the past several years, Apple has expressed an interest in both virtual reality and augmented reality, and has applied for a number of patents related to both technologies. The company has explored a goggle-like video headset that would possibly allow for 3-D viewing, much like the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, it's looked into a motion-sensing virtual 3D user interface for iOS devices, and it's explored 3-D "hyper-reality" displays.

While many companies are following in the footsteps of Oculus VR and have...

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11:56
Video: Take Apple TV to the Next Level with Onecue

Check out the Future of Apple TV from eyeSight: With Apple acquiring PrimeSense, the company behind Microsoft's Kinect last year, we know that Apple is likely working on ways to advance Apple TV to work without a remote ...

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11:36
iCloud Development Held Up By 'Deep Organizational Is...

Development on new features for iCloud is being held up by "deep organizational issues," according to a new report from The Information, which suggests organizational problems are complicating iCloud products and holding up releases. Much of The Information's report requires a subscription to access, but the article's introduction gives a hint at what's going wrong at Apple.

With iOS 8, Apple introduced some major overhauls to iCloud, including iCloud Drive, which allows users to see all of their files in a dedicated folder on the Mac, similar to Dropbox, and iCloud Photo Library, an ambitious project that lets users upload all of their photos to iCloud.

It seems these features may not be as fully fleshed out as Apple would like, especially when it comes to iCloud Photo Library. iCloud Photo Library wasn't...

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11:25
2015 Hyundai Sonatas at L.A. Auto Show Promoting CarPlay

It's being reported today that Apple CarPlay is being showcased at Hyundai's area at the LA Auto Show.

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10:08
L.L. Bean First to Leverage iAd with MediaMath's Mark...

Today, MediaMath, the creator of the TerminalOne Marketing Operating System for digital marketers, announced a first-of-its kind integration with Apple's iAd platform to offer marketers the ability to run ad campaigns within more than 250,000 apps on Apple devices across more than 100 countries.

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09:08
Mayhem at Samsung May Lead to big Changes in Mobile Divisi...

It's being reported today that Samsung is considering a major leadership shake-up, according to people familiar with the matter, part of an attempt to revive its fortunes after a difficult year that has hurt its profitability, market share and stock price. In one scenario under discussion, co-chief executive and mobile head J.K. Shin who had presided over Samsung's rapid ascent, could be moved out. Earlier in the month we reported that Shin lost his $630K bonus due to lack of performance with their current line-up of Galaxy phones, tablets and watches. Samsung's massive profit downturn is rippling through the market and causing turmoil and infighting that began as early as July. Big changes are likely in the making and news of the shake-up is expected to happen in the coming weeks ahead.

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08:04
Apple Details Special (RED) Shopping Day Gift Card Amounts...

As part of its campaign announced late yesterday to support the upcoming World AIDS Day, Apple has also confirmed its annual Black Friday sale on November 28, which is branded this year as the (RED) Special Shopping Day Promo.

The U.S. promotion is offering (RED) gift cards to customers who purchase a qualifying product on Black Friday. Unlike last year, Apple is including the iPhone in the (RED) promotion this year, offering a $50 gift card for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c purchases except for those made with no money down through the online store.

Gift card amounts for other products vary and include $100 on select Macs, $50 on qualifying iPads, and $25 each on qualifying Apple TV, iPods, and Beats hardware. Some of these...

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07:19
iPhone 6 Launch Drives Record App Store Downloads in Octob...

Interest in Apple's iPhone and iOS platform remains high with continued strong hardware sales driven by the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch pushing App Store downloads to record-setting levels in October, reports mobile marketing firm Fiksu.

According to Fiksu's October App Store Competitive Index, app downloads reached a record-setting high of 7.8 million per day across the top 200 free iOS apps. This is a 42 percent jump from September and a 39 percent increase year-over-year, with the trend expected to continue into the holidays.

Fiksu also highlights a disparity between rising advertising costs and a drop in marketing costs per loyal user for app developers, pointing to how nurturing a loyal user base can ensure users immediately add their favorite existing apps to new devices.Despite the marked rise in advertising costs particularly on iOS, the Cost Per Loyal User Index (CPLU) indicated a slight decline...

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05:01
Chase Launches Apple Pay Ad Campaign Featuring Jack Antono...

Following this past weekend's promotion that saw Chase customers being offered free early downloads of David Guetta's upcoming album just for adding their cards to Apple Pay, the bank has launched a new national campaign touting Apple Pay. The new campaign begins today with a 30-second ad featuring Fun front man Jack Antonoff's side project Bleachers using Apple Pay at several locations around locations as they prepare for a rooftop concert.

While much of the attention surrounding Apple Pay has been focused on the major retailers supporting (or not supporting) the mobile payment service, Chase's ad shows the potential for small businesses to also benefit from Apple Pay. Small businesses signed on with the Chase Paymentech service for payment processing can use Chase's Future Proof...

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01:56
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipments Expected to Rise to 71.5 Mil...

Shipments of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are expected to surge to 71.5 million units in Q4 2014 before the company decreases shipments to an estimated 49.4 million units in Q1 2015, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. The analyst also estimates that the iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S will experience quarter-over-quarter growth in Q1 2015 before Apple ceases production of both phones during the year.

Kuo also notes that he expects shipments of the iPhone 6 to outnumber shipments of the iPhone 6 Plus by a 2:1 ratio: We attribute the shortage of iPhone 6 Plus partly to less smooth production than iPhone 6. Moreover, while iPhone 6 Plus attracted greater attention when it was launched, we think more consumers will prefer iPhone 6 as they can operate the handset with one hand. Eventually, iPhone 6 shipments will outperform those of the iPhone 6 Plus model. Sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone...

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Sunday November 23

18:26
Apple Announces World AIDS Day 2014 Campaign for (Product)...

Apple today announced its campaign for World AIDS Day 2014 done in collaboration with (Product) RED, noting that it will offer a special Apps for (RED) section in the App Store that will contain 25 apps with exclusive new content that will benefit the Global Fund to fight AIDS. In addition to these special apps, Apple will also donate a portion of its retail and online sales on Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1. “Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of...

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Saturday November 22

09:29
Apple Invents Secrets-based Security Measure Relating to t...

According to a New York Times report published this week, a particularly nasty mobile malware campaign targeting Android users has hit between four million and 4.5 million Americans since January of 2013. In a mid-January security report published by Cisco, they claimed that ninety-nine percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices. And while security firms have tried to sully Apple's iOS reputation for not having malware with reports about the recent Masque attack, Apple responded quickly. They also noted that they "…designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software." This week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals systems and methods for a security measure that prevents ...

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07:16
U.S. Judge Signs Off on Apple's e-Book Conspiracy Dea...

According to a new report published this morning, a US judge has signed off on Apple's $450 million legal deal to compensate consumers harmed by an illegal price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books. The settlement ...

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06:29
Digital Scientists Promote Rately Browser for iBeacon Shop...

Tom Klein, CEO of Digital Scientists, recently moderated the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Retail Society’s Panel on Location-Based Experiences featuring leaders in the field of proximity sensing / location-based technology. The first presentation at the event was made by Apple's Sr. Systems Engineer Orlando Luna on Apple's beacon technology. Our report covers the basics of the presentation and an overview of the Rately Browser for iBeacon Shopping.

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Friday November 21

17:27
A8 Chip in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable of Playing 4K Video

The dual-core A8 chip powering Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appears to be capable of handling 4K video playback, despite the fact that the two iPhones have native resolutions of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, respectively.

4K video playback on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was first discovered by the developers behind WALTR, a Mac app that's designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone for native playback, and reported by TUAW.

Image via iFixitThe discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, a great Mac app that allows users to quickly upload video files to their iPhone which aren't supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV files. While testing the app...

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12:20
Microsoft's New TV Ad Mocks Siri & Backfires for...

Microsoft has flipped in trying to compare their digital assistant Cortana with Apple's Siri as a reason to consider purchasing a Microsoft phone. The second question posed by Microsoft's digital assistant to Apple's Siri is this ...

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12:18
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Users Experiencing Issues With YouTu...

The latest update to OS X Yosemite, 10.10.1, appears to be causing some users to be unable to play YouTube videos in Safari. According to threads on the Apple Support forums and Google's Product forums, some users that attempt to play YouTube videos are seeing only black screens with audio clipping or are experiencing problems loading videos.

Other users are able to play videos, but are seeing a brief error message before a video begins to play, and still other users are getting complete browser crashes when attempting to watch a video. For some users, the problems just started a few hours ago, suggesting the issue may be on YouTube's end.

I installed Yosemite on my iMac (20-inch, Mid...

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11:59
Apple Filed for Three Trademarks in Europe and China this...

Patently Apple has discovered today that Apple filed for three trademarks in Europe this week, with one already showing up in Hong Kong's trademark database.

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11:33
Microsoft Pits Cortana Against Siri in New Ad Showcasing C...

Microsoft today launched a new video advertisement that compares its Cortana virtual assistant to Apple's own digital assistant, Siri, showcasing Cortana's contextual reminders and traffic alerts, two functions that Siri does not have.

In the ad, entitled "Siri vs. Cortana: Bigger," Cortana and Siri have a "conversation" where Cortana queries Siri about her new abilities in the iPhone 6 and Siri continually responds that she just "got bigger."

Cortana: Hi Siri, looks like you're in a new phone. Congratulations.
Siri: Yes, I got bigger.
Cortana: Oh, are you more like me now? Can you give reminders based on who calls or texts?
Siri: No, I got bigger.
Cortana: How about traffic alerts? Can you tell people to leave early based on traffic reports?
Siri: No, seriously, I just got bigger.
Cortana: That's okay....

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10:46
iCloud.com Photos App Gains New Uploading Capabilities

Following two weeks of testing on the iCloud beta site for developers, the consumer-facing iCloud.com site has gained support for uploading images to iCloud Photo Library (via iFun.de [Google Translate]).

Before the addition of the new uploading tool, the standard iCloud.com site allowed users to view all of their iCloud Photo Library images, as well as download and delete them, but it did not have a tool to allow users to upload photos captured with non-Apple devices.

New toolbar with upload support on iCloud.com site at top, previous iCloud.com toolbar on bottom
The new...

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09:59
Intel acknowledges that they're Still Paying the Pric...

Don't Count Intel out Just Yet: During Intel's Investor conference held yesterday, they noted that they were on track to exceed its goal of seeing its chips used in 40 million tablets by the end of 2014...

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09:25
Square Announces Plans to Begin Accepting Apple Pay in 201...

Speaking with CNN, Square founder Jack Dorsey confirmed that the payment processing service will support Apple Pay in the coming months, bringing Apple Pay to small business owners. In the interview, Dorsey reiterates his opinion that he does not view Apple Pay as a competitor and wants to add the mobile payments service as an available option for Square users."We're not building a credit card. We're not building a payment device. We're building a [cash] register, and this register accepts all these forms of payments," Dorsey told CNN in an interview. While the existing Square Reader can process credit card payments via an iPad or iPhone, the hardware is not equipped to handle the wireless transactions required...

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08:52
Chase Offers Apple Pay Users Free David Guetta Songs as Mo...

Credit card issuer and major bank Chase has been one of the highest profile Apple Pay partners since the service was announced in September and launched one month ago. This weekend, the bank has launched a plan to entice more Chase Visa card holders into Apple Pay with a free early-access music download.

From November 21-23, users who add a Chase Visa card into Apple Pay will receive exclusive early access to fourteen songs off of David Guetta's new album "Listen." Apple Pay users can receive their iTunes Store redemption codes through the Chase app, which received an update today that is required for the Apple Pay promo to appear.

The new album from Guetta officially launches on Monday, and is currently...

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07:26
Tickets.com has launched Apple Pay Integration

Tickets.com, provider of state-of-the-art technology solutions to more than 1,000 sports and entertainment clients around the world, has officially announced that it has launched the first venue ticketing integration with support for Apple Pay ...

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06:04
iWork for iCloud Updated with Eight New Languages, 50 Font...

Apple today updated iWork for iCloud with support for up to eight new languages and more than 50 new fonts. The changes were added to the cloud-based versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote and were first reported by German blog Macerkopf.

New iCloud languages include French, German, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese, Arabic (Pages only) and Hebrew (Pages only) with Pages receiving 8 new languages and Number and Keynotes now supporting six. Apple also expanded the number of available fonts, adding 50 new font types that improve the creative options available to users as well as add support for the new languages. Other changes include a revised main toolbar that now allows users to easily change the name of a document and other-app specific improvements like the ability to undo the deletion of section breaks while editing in Pages.

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Thursday November 20

15:25
iPhone 6 Plus Shipping Times Improve Slightly, Now 7 to 10...

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, shipping estimates for the iPhone 6 Plus have improved slightly, with the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus in all colors and from all carriers now carrying a shipping estimate of 7 to 10 days in the United States. Shipping estimates for the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus in all colors and from all carriers have also seen improvement, going from 3 to 4 weeks to 2 to 3 weeks.

While shipping estimates for the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 Plus have improved, shipping estimates for the harder-to-find 128GB iPhone 6 Plus remain at 3 to 4 weeks, suggesting the higher-capacity model is the most constrained.

Apple is also seeing improved supply of the iPhone 6, and the 16GB device now has a shipping estimate of 5 to 7 days, down from 7 to 10 days. Higher-capacity 64 and 128GB iPhone 6 models continue to ship in 7 to 10 days.

Many other countries in Europe and Asia are also seeing the same improved shipping times, as are Canada, Australia, and New Zealand...

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15:01
Google Agrees to Settle Patent Case with Rockstar Consorti...

According to a new report this afternoon, Google has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar, though the terms of the deal weren't disclosed in a court filing made public this week. Rockstar, which counts Apple as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products...

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14:32
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite Beta to Developers...

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, just three days after releasing OS X 10.10.1 to the public.

The new beta, build 14C68k, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon. The beta also includes Safari 8.0.2 and an update to the Mail app (version 8.2).

Like OS X 10.10.1, as a minor update, OS X 10.10.2 is likely to bring bug fixes and performance improvements to the operating system. OS X 10.10.1 introduced several reliability enhancements, including improvements to Wi-Fi, but many users have still been reporting issues with Wi-Fi stability in Yosemite.

Update: It appears that OS X 10.10.2 is causing the latest version of Google's Chrome browser to crash. Retina iMac owners...

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12:53
Billboard 200 Chart to Incorporate Digital Track Sales, On...

Billboard is planning a major overhaul of its Billboard 200 chart in the coming weeks, which will take into account the growing popularity of streaming music. Billboard's new methodology will shift away from simply tracking album sales, adding both digital track sales and streaming music into its algorithm.

Published weekly, the Billboard 200 is a chart that ranks the 200 best selling music albums in the United States. At the current time, the Billboard 200 chart only takes into account retail (both physical and digital) album sales, but the addition of digital track sales and streaming music from services like Beats and Spotify will allow the chart to give a clearer picture of overall popularity by taking into account consumption activity rather than measuring based on straight sales.

Beginning on December 3, and measuring data...

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11:03
Best Buy Offers Pre-Black Friday Deals, Discounts iPad Air...

Like Walmart, Best Buy has decided to offer some pre-Black Friday sales, which start today and last through the weekend.

Best Buy is discounting all of its original iPad Air stock by $80 to $100, dropping the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air to $319.99. Higher-capacity Wi-Fi only models are discounted by up to $85, while some cellular models are discounted by as much as $100. For example the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air...

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09:41
Apple's Claims of Improved Performance on iPhone 4s a...

Following the launch of iOS 8 back in September, many iPhone 4s users reported widespread issues ranging from slow performance to choppy animations. With Monday's release of iOS 8.1.1 promising "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S", Ars Technica has now put those claims to the test.iOS 8.1.1 improves performance in a few specific places, ones that may well be important to heavy users. However, it doesn't improve responsiveness or consistency, two of the problems you'll notice the most if you upgrade from iOS 7. Let's look at the short list of things you can expect to improve if you're using an older iDevice and...

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08:26
Clear Geographic Split Shows iPhone 6 Plus Especially Popu...

Apple's iPhone 6 continues to outsell the iPhone 6 Plus around the world, but the larger-sized phone is proving to be a significant hit in some markets, reports AppLovin in its latest November 2014 report.

According to AppLovin's analytics data, the iPhone 6 outsold the 6 Plus in an 80/20 ratio overall in the first 45 days of availability. While Europe, North America and Australia roughly follow this global sales distribution or lean slightly more heavily toward the iPhone 6, the trend changes in Asia, where the iPhone 6 Plus typically accounts for 35 percent or more of iPhone sales.

South Korea, home to rivals Samsung and LG, is the only Asian country studied with an iPhone 6 Plus adoption rate below 35 percent. The country has a lower 71/29 split, perhaps related to competition from Samsung's Galaxy Series and LG's G3 phone in the large-screen market or simply due to customer preference for...

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08:09
Apple Executive Takes a Shot at Xiaomi at Chinese Conferen...

Today a new report out of China states that top executives from Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at the World Internet Conference being held in Wuzhen China ...

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07:49
Foxconn Plans to Spend $2.6 Billion on Dedicated Apple Dis...

Foxconn Technology Group has plans to spend NT$80 Billion, or $2.6 billion, over the course of the next two years on a new factory in Taiwan to produce displays exclusively for Apple, according to Bloomberg.

In a conversation with Sophia Chang, a public relations representative for Foxconn's display unit Innolux Corp., Chang stated that equipment installation will begin next month, although she would not confirm that Apple is the client for the facility. Following an urgent request for exclusive capacity, the mass production of panels is expected to begin by the end of 2015.

Chang also mentioned that the advanced sixth-generation display plant will be built at Innolux's Kaohsiung Science Park campus in Southern Taiwan. The forecast details that the funds for the plant will be spent over a two-year building period with the company planning...

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07:29
A Second Report Confirms that Foxconn's New Display P...

Good News is Worth Repeating: In late October we reported that one of the ways that Foxconn could gain more orders from Apple was to find components of interest to Apple. With Apple's iPhone 6 orders on fire, Apple has had trouble finding suppliers for their larger iPhone 6 Plus displays that are still on backorder. So Terry Gou came up with another ambitious plan ...

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06:56
Apple Invents a Digital Pen with Dynamic Visual Indicators

While Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs wasn't a big fan of the "dumb stylus" of yesteryear when he first introduced the iPhone back in 2007, he knew that one day the technology would give rise to an advanced iPen that would finally provide iDevice users with true to life writing capabilities on an iPhone or iPad. While Microsoft, Samsung and others have offered digital pens for many years, Apple has been quietly working on an advanced digital pen. Their R&D in this area has been extensive as you'll find reviewing our smart pen archives. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple regarding a digital pen. This invention adds dynamic visual indicators such as

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06:32
Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 Promises Stronger Protectio...

Corning today unveiled its new Gorilla Glass 4, its next-generation glass production that is even more resistant than previous versions to glass shattering drops. According to Corning, the company extensively studied shattered screens to understand how and why they break.

Corning scientists examined hundreds of broken devices and found that damage caused by sharp contact accounted for more than 70 percent of field failures. The scientists then developed new drop-test methods that simulate real-world break events, based on thousands of hours analyzing cover glass that had broken in the field or laboratory. The culmination of this testing was Gorilla Glass 4, which reportedly is two times stronger than competing products and can survive 80 percent of face-down falls onto rough surfaces such as sandpaper. The...

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03:54
Apple Aims to Embed a Fire Detector into Future iDevices...

On November 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new invention that generally relates to using networked electronic devices like Apple iDevices and Macs as smoke detectors for your home. As part of a smart home system, Apple illustrates how future iDevices will act as smoke detectors and be able to automatically call 911 for emergency assistance. The system will be able to supply emergency services with information about how many occupants ...

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Wednesday November 19

19:34
Sony Drops Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie, Universal...

Despite Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie being in the casting process and moving towards full fledged production, Sony Pictures has dropped the movie and put it "in turnaround", which allows another large studio to purchase the movie and take over, reports Deadline. The report also notes that Universal Studios is the likely landing destination for the film.

In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong play for the movie. The film, an adaptation of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography, has Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct, with Michael Fassbender recently courted to play Jobs. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.It's unknown why Sony Pictures, who has been...

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19:06
A Real Profit Killer: Pictures of GTAT's Sapphire Bou...

The GTAT debacle began publicly on Oct 6 when the news of their filing Chapter 11 was made public in a press release. The shock of the news quickly rippled throughout the industry and beyond. We then learned that GTAT's COO sold at the first sign of trouble which led the SEC to begin an investigation. Then the judge in the Chapter 11 case wanted the document unsealed against Apple wishes and the report was inflammatory without a doubt. Then Bloomberg reminded us all of how GTAT was talking up the deal with Apple at the very time everything began to unravel. But Apple and GTAT made a deal to lessen the burden on GTAT but now GTAT creditors aren't happy with that and want's the courts to step into this mess again. And late tonight, a new report has come to light to show us the nightmare production of rejected sapphire proving that this project was on the fast track to nowhere.

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15:58
With the iPad Pro in the Wings, HP Intro's a New Tabl...

New Enterprise Class Tablet-Hybrids: Going all the way back to May 2013 we've covering the rumor about a larger iPad in the making. Over time the rumor has shifted from a 12.9 to a 12.2 inch display. Each report we do we remind fans that Apple is likely to offer some form of keyboard option as noted below in our graphic. Both images come from Apple patent-pending inventions. HP has now entered the market with a new ...

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15:30
Mismanagement and Inexperience Contributed to GT Advanced...

It's widely known by now that Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire partnership fell apart after the latter company was unable to produce enough high-quality sapphire to meet Apple's production needs, but *The Wall Street Journal* has taken a deeper look into GT Advanced's failures and its defective sapphire boules, which ultimately led the company to file for bankruptcy.

Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire partnership may have been doomed from the start because GT Advanced had no experience with mass producing sapphire before it inked a deal with Apple. Its first attempt at a large 578 pound sapphire boule, created just before the deal was finalized, was reportedly "flawed and unusable."

Images of cracked and...

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14:42
Walmart Kicks Off Black Friday Sales Early With Discounted...

Walmart today announced that it is planning to offer discounts on select Apple products a week ahead of Black Friday, with the deals kicking off on Friday, November 21 at 8:00 a.m. at Walmart stores across the United States."The retail environment is incredibly competitive and we know that our customers are looking to us for the lowest prices and great deals all season long," said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. "That's why we've more than doubled the amount of items included in our Pre-Black Friday Event. Combined with our Black Friday weekend, there is absolutely no other place to shop this holiday season."Walmart will be selling the new 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 for $489, with a $100 Walmart gift card included in the purchase. That drops the price down to $389, an impressive $110 off...

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11:48
GTAT Creditors Vexed by Settlement Deal with Apple

According to a new report, creditors of GT Advanced Technologies complained in a bankruptcy court filing that the sapphire company may have gotten too little in its proposed settlement with Apple over legal claims stemming from a deal to supply sapphire screens. GT Advanced Technologies CEO had said in court papers that the iPhone maker pulled a "bait and switch"...

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11:05
Financial Times: Apple to Bundle Beats Music Subscription...

According to the Financial Times, Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

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10:07
Samsung Throws a Hail Marry at Wall Street Analyst Meeting

It's Hail Mary Time: Samsung privately demoed smartphones with truly bendable displays at CES earlier this year. In late December 2013 we had reported that Kwon Oh-hyeon, vice-chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics, had told analysts at a meeting that they "would lead innovation by introducing the 'foldable' display in 2015." Flash forward to this week where Samsung is now saying, oops, it'll be another year.

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10:06
Beats Music to Be Bundled Into iOS Early Next Year, Will R...

As part of Apple's revamp of its recently acquired Beats Music streaming service, the company plans to bundle Beats directly into iOS, reports Financial Times.Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

The inclusion of the paid-for Beats service in an iOS software update could happen as early as March, according to people familiar with the situation.The report notes that Beats will continue to be a paid service and will likely be rebranded under the iTunes umbrella. The move could come alongside the launch of the Apple Watch, with users able to push Beats music from their iPhones to the wearable device.

While Apple has praised the Beats Music model,...

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09:58
Apple Replaces 'Free' Purchase Button Labeling W...

Apple has changed the wording for free games in its App Store, and the app purchase buttons that once read "Free" for apps with no cost now read "Get" instead. The change has been implemented on both the iOS App Store and the desktop App Store.

Apps that have an upfront cost continue to be listed with a price underneath, but apps that do not now display the new wording. "Get" has replaced "Free" in the main App Store view on iOS, on the App Store Top Charts, and on individual app pages. The main App Store view on the desktop is still using the former "Free" wording, but it's likely to update soon.

It is not entirely clear why Apple has decided to replace Free with Get, but it may have to do with the growing sentiment that apps with in-app purchases are not free. Earlier this year, the European Commission asked Apple and Google to implement changes to the way they sell apps, to avoid misleading...

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07:46
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Phone Charger 'Upp' Launches...

Energy technology group Intelligent Energy Holdings today announced the retail launch of the Upp in the United Kingdom. The Upp device is a portable power solution driven by a hydrogen fuel cell that is used to charge USB-compatible devices.

A rumor this past summer claimed Intelligent Energy was partnering with Apple on a patent acquisition and to potentially produce fuel cell technology for future Macbooks and other portable devices. It is unclear if this Upp sales deal is related to that rumored partnership, but Apple patent applications have revealed the company's interest in fuel cell technology over the years.

Using miniaturized hydrogen fuel cells, Upp can deliver instant energy boosts to any...

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07:04
Samsung's NAND Market Share Crashes to New Two Year L...

The bad news just keeps on pouring in for Samsung. We reported yesterday that Samsung's mobile profits fell off a cliff, down 74%, and that Samsung was now operating in emergency mode. Today the Korean press is reporting more bad news and this time around it's about their NAND Flash business.

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06:37
Apple Email Campaign and Online Store Update Highlight Hol...

Apple today revamped its online store and sent out emails to customers in preparation for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The new holiday promotion emphasizes gift ideas with a focus on iOS devices, Macs and Beats audio hardware.

Immediately below the tagline "From one gift come many," Apple places its focus on its iPad line of tablets, which recently were refreshed with the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. The company promotes the utility of the devices, noting how people can use the tablets to complete a variety of tasks, including choreographing a recital or exploring the North Pole.

Apple next highlights the Mac with an advertorial that entices people to create the next holiday classic in a subtle reference to last year's award-winning "...

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05:57
The DOJ's War with Apple & Google Heating up over...

According to a new report this morning a top official at the Justice Department delivered a blunt message to Apple executives last month. The new encryption technology that renders locked iPhones impervious to law enforcement would lead to tragedy.

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05:01
Apple WatchKit: Tapping into Top Mobile Developer Communit...

The Apple Watch Gold Rush Begins: Apple released their new WatchKit late yesterday tapping into the top mobile developer community in the world that currently supports and fuels their iDevices. Apple's senior VP ...

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Tuesday November 18

16:44
Apple Plans to Repurpose Mesa, Arizona Sapphire Plant to P...

Apple is not planning to abandon its now-defunct Mesa, Arizona sapphire facility, reports Bloomberg. The company has told city officials that it remains committed to bringing jobs and manufacturing to Mesa, Arizona, following the bankruptcy that caused hundreds of GT Advanced employees to be laid off."They've indicated their commitment to us: They want to repurpose that building and use it again," Mesa City Manager Christopher Brady said in a recent interview. Apple has said it's focused "on preserving jobs in Arizona" and promised to "work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps."Back in October, Apple confirmed in a statement that it would look for other ways to utilize its Mesa, Arizona facility, stating that it "remained committed to the city" and planned to...

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15:40
Microsoft Looks to Sway More Apple Fan Business their Way

PowerPoint RIP: Over the years, PowerPoint lost out to young executives who chose to use Apple's Keynote or the popular Prezi app. Microsoft knew this trend away from PowerPoint was taking place and devised a refreshing new presentation app called "Sway." It's clearly cross platform as two images in the video show the new app running on an iPad and iPhone.

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14:30
Apple's iPhone 6 has put a Bullet into Samsung's...

Samsung's mobile-phone unit is faltering as Apple offers bigger screen iPhones similar to Samsung’s marquee Galaxy range and Chinese newcomer Xiaomi is now selling stylish phones at low prices. On one hand it looked like Samsung was gearing up for a real fight with their new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5. But iPhone 6 mania is sweeping the globe and Samsung is in emergency mode.

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12:57
Apple May Introduce 'Biggest Camera Jump Ever' i...

Apple may introduce its "biggest camera jump ever" in the next-generation iPhone, according to Daring Fireball's John Gruber (via The Tech Block). In a recent episode of his podcast The Talk Show, Gruber said that he heard "from a birdie of a birdie" that Apple is working on major camera improvements.The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. I don't even know what sense this makes, but I've heard that it's some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.Gruber says that he's heard that Apple's rear camera could incorporate a two-lens system, which sounds somewhat similar to the...

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12:04
The Texting Speed Demon from Brazil Breaks Guinness World...

The iPhone 6 Beats Samsung Galaxy in Texting Record: Who even knew there was a category in the Guinness Book of World Records for speed texting? But it makes sense. We've all been in lines for a movie or concert and have seen these teens speed text in warp speed. It's crazy. And a Brazilian teen by the name of Marcel Fernandes Filho is the current champ. Last year ...

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11:33
Apple Watch Screen Resolutions: 312 x 390 for 42mm Version...

With the WatchKit SDK now in the hands of developers, some new information about Apple's wearable device is coming out, including its display resolution, which was not previously disclosed by Apple.

According to Apple's human interface guidelines, the two separate Apple Watch models have different screen resolutions. The smaller 38mm Apple Watch has a resolution of 272 x 340, while the larger 42mm Apple Watch has a resolution of 312 x 390.

Apple directs developers to provide image assets for different screen sizes "as needed." Developers can use the same image resources as long as they "look good on both screen sizes," but if not, developers will need to provide separate image resources for both devices. Content displayed on Apple Watch "should be the same regardless of the device's screen size," and Apple says developers should "let items expand or contract naturally" to fill available...

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10:44
Apple Seeds iOS 8.2 With WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Apps...

Apple today announced that its set of WatchKit development tools are now available for developers, allowing them to begin creating apps and software for the company's upcoming Apple Watch.

"Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine."WatchKit is being released as part of the iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta, both of which have been...

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10:41
Apple was Granted 44 Patents Today Covering a Sensing Syst...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we focus on an advanced sensing system designed for Apple's iDevices while touching on three additional patents relating to mapping, image compression and a possible future

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10:05
Apple Cracks Down on Notification Center Widgets, Says...

Apple is cracking down on Notification Center widgets in iOS once again, this time telling Neato that its note taking widget is unacceptable and will need to be removed due to the fact that it includes a keyboard.

First launched in early November, Neato installs a quick note taking widget in the Notification Center, letting users type directly in the widget. Notes can be sent instantly to either Evernote or Dropbox. As a widget-focused app, Neato has no other functionality, which means the removal of its keyboard will essentially kill the app.

According to the developers behind Neato, who spoke to Gizmodo, Apple contacted the company after it became popular, hitting the top 10 business list in more than 65 countries.We were expecting Neato to be featured by Apple but instead...

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08:30
Nokia Unveils Android-Powered N1 Tablet With iPad Mini-Ins...

During today's opening of the Slush 2014 conference, Nokia announced its new N1 tablet, the first device from the Finnish company following the sale of its mobile division to Microsoft. With its aluminum casing, curved styling and 7.9-inch screen, the N1 is a dead ringer for Apple's iPad mini.

Powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop and Nokia's Z launcher, the Nokia N1 ships with a 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor, PowerVR GPU, 2GB of RAM and a 7.9-inch Retina-resolution display. Other hardware specs include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera and connectivity options that include 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0.

Similar to Apple's Lightning connector, the N1 includes a reversible USB Type-C connector for charging and syncing. The port is located on the bottom edge of the tablet and is nestled between the tablet's...

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07:45
Apple Granted a Patent for Devices with a Transparent Disp...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover Apple's granted patent relating to electronic devices with transparent touch displays. Users will be able to see objects, people or scenery behind their display while working.

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07:26
SunTrust Bank and BI-LO, Winn-Dixie, Harveys Grocery Store...

Apple Pay this week continued its retail expansion with the mobile payment service now being adopted by SunTrust bank and Bi-Lo holdings, which manages BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. The latter announcement follows our earlier report of Winn-Dixie and BI-LO beginning to go live with Apple Pay support late last week ahead of an official debut, despite not being included on Apple's "Coming later this year" list.

Customers with a SunTrust credit or debit card will be able to add their card to Apple Pay and use it to make purchases at participating retailers. Headquartered in Atlanta, SunTrust bank has 1,497 bank...

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06:30
Apple to Begin Allowing Accessory Manufacturers to Include...

While Apple's Lightning connector has become ubiquitous across the company's iOS device lineup over the past several years, third-party accessory manufacturers have so far been unable to include ports for the connector on their products. That appears set to change in the relatively near future, however, as Apple has informed members of the company's MFi program that it will begin shipping a version of the Lightning port for third-party use early next year, reports 9to5Mac.Allowing accessory makers to build-in a Lightning port provides a number of benefits, according to manufacturers briefed during Apple’s MFi Summit. One of the biggest benefits is to reduce costs for manufacturers and simplify the product experience for users by using Lightning to provide power to both an accessory and the iOS device. Dock or...

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06:30
Apple Found Guilty of Infringing Patents Related to Wirele...

Patently Apple originally covered a patent infringement case back in April 2013 titled "Mobile Telecommunications Technologies Sue Apple over iMessage." We noted that Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTEL), the company behind SkyTel, had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple claiming that they had infringed upon seven of their patents. The patent infringement lawsuit concerned Apple's iMessage, Airport Express, Airport Extreme, Time Capsule and devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Today we learn that Apple has lost this case.

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06:06
Apple Granted Patent for Possible Future Magic Mouse that...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a unique invention that could one day add a scanner to Apple's Magic Mouse.

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04:37
Apple Granted a Major Patent for an Original Siri Inventio...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of the original patents related to Siri.

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02:59
Let's go shopping with Eddy Cue who Demos Apple Pay

What better way to see how Apple Pay works than a personal tour with Eddy Cue the man behind Apple's new mobile wallet service. (The video takes a few seconds to start. After the ad, the story begins.) Nearly a million credit cards were linked to the Apple Pay service within the first days of its launch. KTLA reporter Rich...

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02:32
Some OS X Yosemite Users Still Experiencing Wi-Fi Connecti...

Yesterday, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, which brought improved Wi-Fi reliability after a number of users reported connection issues with the new operating system. However, Computerworld reports that a number of users on Apple's support forums are still claiming to have issues with Wi-Fi even after updating to OS X 10.10.1, with some saying that they are still not able to connect at all while others note that their Wi-Fi has remained significantly slow.

The largest thread on Apple's support forums discussing the Wi-Fi problems in OS X Yosemite has grown to 1,120 replies with more users reporting issues with a number of Macs and a variety of router...

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Monday November 17

23:35
Apple's Eddy Cue Shows Off Apple Pay at Panera Bread,...

Earlier tonight, KTLA 5's The Tech Report aired a segment (via AppleInsider) centering around Apple Pay, which featured Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue using the mobile payments solution around Santa Monica. The segment, which can be viewed here, followed Cue and reporter Rich Demuro as the Apple executive utilized his iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Pay to purchase a meal at Panera Bread, sunglasses at Bloomingdale's, and merchandise from the Disney Store.

For their meal at Panera Bread, Cue is shown utilizing Apple Pay inside of the restaurant's official app to pre-order food simply...

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18:53
The Official IBM MobileFirst Website Launches on Schedule

On July 15, 2014 Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. Today IBM launched their official IBM MobileFirst website.

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16:39
Chinese Authorities Shut Down WireLurker Distribution Site...

Last Friday, Chinese authorities arrested three individuals that are suspected of developing the "WireLurker" malware, which infected thousands of mobile devices in China after Mac users installed malicious software from a third-party App Store.

According to a police post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo, the three men were arrested in Beijing on suspicion of "manufacturing and distributing" WireLurker after police received a tip from Chinese security company Qihoo 360 technology. In addition to arresting the suspects involved in the creation of the malicious software, Chinese authorities also shut down the site that was spreading it.

First...

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16:11
Intel Introduces a Surprising Smart Bracelet in Time for C...

Tech companies have learned many lessons from Apple over the years, but the one that stands out this month is the "surprise factor." At the top of the month Amazon surprised the market with a new home device they call "Echo." Today it's Intel that's taking the market by surprise by introducing a new highly fashionable smart bracelet with a hard to love name of "My Intelligent Communications Accessory." It will be sold in the US in the coming days ahead.

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12:22
Apple Supplier Sony Debuts 21-Megapixel Image Sensor With...

Sony today announced a new advanced image sensor designed for use in smartphones, which uses a new "stacked" design to cut down on size while introducing improved image quality and faster speeds. Apple uses Sony sensors in its iPhones and iPads, so it is likely that Sony's stacked sensor technology will make it into future iOS devices at some point.

The new 21-megapixel Exmor RS IMX230 sensor is built with a chip that stacks a pixel section and a circuit section on top of one another, which allows Sony to build improvements into each aspect of the sensor individually, leading to dramatic improvements. Sony's been using stacked sensor technology since 2012, but its newest sensor introduces new autofocus and HDR technology.

According to Sony, the IMX230 sensor is the first CMOS sensor for smartphones that includes plane phase detection autofocus signal processing with 192 autofocus points,...

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10:08
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1 With Bug Fixes, Performance Impro...

After two weeks of testing, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3.

iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download. Apple has also released new Apple TV software and an update to OS X Yosemite, OS X 10.10.1.

According to Apple's release notes, iOS 8.1.1 includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system.

iOS 8.1.1 may offer several bug fixes, but as a minor update, it does not bundle in any of the major new features that are rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad. These updates may come in iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, both of...

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10:07
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 With Wi-Fi Reliabilit...

Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the first update to the new operating system since its initial October release. Testing for OS X 10.10.1 began on November 3, with Apple seeding two betas to developers before launching the software publicly.

The new software is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

The OS X 10.10.1 update is recommended for all Yosemite users. It improves the stability and compatibility of your Mac. This update:

- Improves Wi-Fi reliability
- Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange Server
- Improves reliability sending Mail messages when using certain email service providers
- Improves reliability when connecting to remote computers...

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07:45
Microsoft Launches New Holiday Ad Comparing Surface Pro 3...

Microsoft yesterday launched the latest in its series of ads comparing the Surface Pro 3 to Apple's MacBook Air. The new ad, entitled "Winter Wonderland", compares and contrasts the two machines to the jingle of the Christmas melody.

The ad's predominant assessment of the Surface Pro 3 is how powerful the device is in comparison to the MacBook Air, offering similar performance while also supporting pen input. Microsoft also highlights the use of the Surface Pro 3's kickstand and touch screen as major advantages over the MacBook line, as the Microsoft user in the ad goes about using the Surface to design a Christmas-themed coffee mug. Finally, the ad highlights the Surface Pro 3's ability to detach from its magnetic keyboard for easy travel and its robust array of ancillary ports, such as its USB port. "I think I like your Surface Pro 3," the MacBook Air user states at the ad's end. "No seriously, where can I get one?"

Since the Surface Pro 3 was...

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07:26
Alibaba Executive Talks about a Possible Apple Pay Allianc...

Apple has certainly gone all out to fast track "Apple Pay" into China and has made it crystal clear that it's a top priority. Today the buzz is about the Apple-UnionPay deal that was just announced but for the past several weeks there was a lot of press surrounding a possible deal being hammered out with Alibaba to form a payment system alliance. An alliance with Alibaba would allow Apple Pay and/or at least their one-tap purchase process to work for iPhone customers making purchases with Alibaba that has a massive online market share footprint in China. Today, an interview with Alibaba's ..

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07:21
Apple Retail Making Gift Card and Uniform Changes for Holi...

As is typical for this time of year, Apple is planning to spruce up its retail operations ahead of the end-of-the-year holiday shopping season. This year's changes in the company's retail offering include new colors for store gift cards and holiday-colored shirts for Apple employees, with retail head Angela Ahrendts reportedly introducing these holiday updates in an internal company video.

Anonymous sources claim Apple's new gift cards will move to solid silver, gold and space gray designs to match the current styling of the iPad and iPhone. Similar to previous gift cards, these new gift cards can be used in store or online with a value up to $2000. They will debut starting today, November 17.

Other retail changes include the rollout of red holiday t-shirts to replace the traditional blue shirts for employees and the removal of the neck lanyard from the employees' standard retail...

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06:20
Did Apple Really Sign a Deal with Samsung for 80% of their...

In early October we reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which is currently using its 20nm process to produce Apple's A8 processors for iPhone 6 devices, was confident that it would continue to land orders for A9 processors, which was contrary to rumors of the day stating the opposite. Even the Samsung executive quoted in other rumors never said...

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06:13
Samsung Chosen to Supply 80 Percent of Apple's Future...

Apple has reportedly chosen Samsung over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the primary supplier for its future application processors in a deal worth billions, claims The Korea Times (Via G for Games) citing sources familiar with the deal.

Starting in 2016, Samsung reportedly will supply 80 percent of Apple's supply of 14 nm application processors with TSMC supplying the remaining 20 percent. The key factor that boosted Samsung was its recent partnership with GlobalFoundries, a relationship which will enable Samsung to produce sufficient supply of processors to meet Apple's demand. "Apple has designated Samsung as the primary supplier of its next A-series chips powering iOS devices from 2016 as the alliance with GlobalFoundries (GF) enabled Samsung to cut off capacity...

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04:54
Samsung Display is Bullying Suppliers to Drop Prices by 30...

It's being reported today that Samsung Display is demanding supply chains including backlighting makers to reduce pricing for components by as much as 30% during the fourth quarter of 2014 as the company aims to drop overall pricing for small- to medium-size applications. Supply chains are now seeing increased pressure to report reduced pricing ...

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04:07
Apple Publicizes their Apple Pay Deal with China's Un...

In May Patently Apple was the first in North American to report on Apple reaching a deal with China's UnionPay for the coming iWallet now Apple Pay. The deal hinged on Apple integrating NFC into their next iPhone which they did with the release of their new iPhone 6 in September. Today, their secret deal has gone public ...

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Sunday November 16

23:25
Apple Now Accepting UnionPay as Payment Option for App Sto...

Apple today announced that it is now accepting UnionPay as a payment option for App Store customers in China. Established in 2002, UnionPay is the most popular payment card company in China with over 4.5 billion cards issued. With today's announcement, users can simply link their UnionPay debit or credit card for easy purchases. “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.” The acceptance of UnionPay in the App Store is the latest move by Apple to expand its presence in China. The company is also...

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12:54
A $99 Intel-Based Tablet Debuts at Walmart on Black Friday

The Cheap Intel Tablet Attack Begins: Intel is pumping up E FUN's new 8-inch Nextbook that uses an Intel Atom processor and Windows. The new tablet device that will attempt to compete with Apple's iPad mini will hit Walmart stores on Black Friday and will retail for just $99.

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10:17
An iPhone vs. Android Shoot Out over 15 Basic Tasks

A new visual report by CNN covers 15 basic tasks that could be performed on the iPhone and Android smartphones. Who won this battle? Check out our report and see if you agree with CNN's final findings.

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07:36
Getting a First Glimpse of Apple Pay's Success with R...

It will be a month this week that Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment and digital wallet service was introduced for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Days before launching, the excitement was riding high with tech analyst Christina Warren who bluntly stated that Apple Pay was going to be a BFD. Late yesterday a new report was published that shows that Apple fans have been eager to use Apple's new mobile wallet service right out of the gate.

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Saturday November 15

08:34
Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice

When Google Glass first launch, tech blogger Robert Scoble said that he loved Google Glass so much he even showered with the device. He further noted that "I will never live a day of my life from now on without it." Well, that old saying of "Never say never" once again prevailed as months later Scoble went on record to say that he thought Google Glass was Doomed. Google Glass was the first project to emerge from Google’s X division, the secretive group

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07:40
Aaron Sorkin on Jobs Biopic: Casting Announcement Imminent...

In a new interview with The Independent, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin shares a few more details regarding his upcoming movie about Steve Jobs, noting that while there is no word on who will play the leading role yet, an announcement is imminent.Leonardo DiCaprio and, more recently, Christian Bale, pulled out, the latter because of the sheer demands of the role: “It’s a 181-page script, about 100 of it is that one character,” says Sorkin. The frontrunner is now believed to be Michael Fassbender. Sorkin, today, can confirm only that an announcement is imminent.As previously shared by Sorkin, the film will focus on three 30-minute scenes showing Jobs backstage before the announcement of the Mac, NeXT, and the iPod.

Sorkin also reveals in the new interview that the character of Jobs' daughter Lisa...

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Call of Duty: Heroes: Tips, Tricks, and...
Hello Heroes: What’d we think of Call of Duty‘s take on Clash of Clans? Check out our Call of Duty: Heroes review to find out! Just downloaded Call of Duty: Heroes and need some handy tips and tricks on how to get ahead of the rest? As we often do,... | Read more »
Call of Duty: Heroes Review
Call of Duty: Heroes Review By Jennifer Allen on November 25th, 2014 Our Rating: :: CLASH OF FRANCHISESUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Mix Clash of Clans with Call of Duty, and this is what you get.   | Read more »
Slider Review
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oh my giraffe (Games)
oh my giraffe 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Eat fruits while being chased by lions. Cut the vines to send fruit plummeting onto the lions. Don't worry, your flexible... | Read more »

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Early Black Friday MacBook Pro sale: 15-inch...
 Best Buy has posted early Black Friday prices on 15″ Retina MacBook Pros, with models on sale for $300 off MSRP on their online store for a limited time. Choose free local store pickup (if available... Read more
A9 Chips Already?
It’s barely more than a couple of months since Apple got the first A8 systems-on-chip into consumer hands, but rumor and news focus is already turning to the next-generation A9 SoC. Apple Daily... Read more
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NewerTech has announced updates to its family of Impact X-Orbing Screen Armor bringing military grade, triple layer protection to Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Like all models in the NuGuard KXs... Read more
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The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more
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Jumptuit has launched Windows 8.1 support for One-Tap iTunes Sync. with which Windows 8.1 users can now easily sync their iTunes libraries with Microsoft OneDrive. Jumptuit provides easy access from... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished 13-inch 2014 Retin...
The Apple Store has restocked Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ 2.6GHz Retina MacBook Pros for up to $230 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
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A new study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) finds that electronics recycling receives the continued and growing support of consumers. According to the CEA,s Recycling and Reuse Study,... Read more
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