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Friday April 17

11:58
A Microsoft Gaming Invention Reveals a Wild Projector Came...

Earlier this month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that revealed a real science fiction type of invention that they've been working on for years. They call it a "Concurrent ...

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06:40
Apple Pay Launch in Canada Planned for November

Apple Pay is planned to launch in Canada in November, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report claims Apple is in negotiations with six Canadian banks about launching the mobile payments service in the first country outside of the United States. The six Canadian banks reportedly in talks with Apple include the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and National Bank of Canada. The financial institutions, which together account for more than 90% of Canadian bank accounts, are open to supporting Apple Pay in Canada, although have expressed concern about fees and potential security issues."The banks are open to an agreement, but they aren’t happy with Apple’s fee proposals and are concerned about security vulnerabilities like the ones that U.S. banks experienced as they rolled out the service, the people said."Developing…...

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06:06
Apple Watch Goes on Display in Milan, Phil Schiller and Ma...

After being announced to appear at Milan's Salone Del Mobile Design Fair earlier in the week, today the Apple Watch was displayed for the first time to the public, outside of a retail store or pop up shop, at the design fair (via Macitynet) [Google Translate]. The Apple Watch on display in the Carlo e Camilla restaurant On display at the Carlo e Camilla restaurant in Segheria, the Watch is displayed in long rows of glass-topped tables, identical to its presentation in Apple's own retail locations. The fair is even allowing customers to experience the same try-on appointments happening in retail stores since pre...

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05:29
Apple Watch With Custom Red Sport Band, Folding UK Plug Sp...

British cyclist and former professional rugby player Will Carling has shared a pair of new photos on Twitter that appear to reveal two unreleased Apple products. The first photo shows a stainless steel Apple Watch with what looks like a custom red sport band, while the second photo provides a side-by-side look at an Apple charger with a unique folding plug design for use in the United Kingdom. Carling claims that Apple design chief Jony Ive provided him with the folding charger, which could be the official charger for the Apple Watch in the United Kingdom, and it is likely that is who gifted him the Apple Watch with a custom red sport band as well. Ive grew up in England and is known to be a rugby fan, and Carling was the former captain of England's national rugby team from 1988 to 1996. It is possible that the photo is actually of an...

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Thursday April 16

15:30
Apple Stores to Offer 'Apple Watch Basics' Works...

Starting on April 24, it appears that Apple will be offering "Apple Watch Basics" workshops in some of its retail stores around the world, helping customers who begin receiving their watches on that day to learn how to use them. The classes are not yet listed on the company's website, but in the "Stores" section of the Apple Store app, the workshops are listed as an available option on April 24 for some retail stores both in the United States and other countries. Workshops take place at 1.5 hour intervals all day long in most locations and are also available on Saturday and Sunday. It appears that some locations may be offering extended hours to allow more time for hosting workshops. Customers who are interested in attending one of these workshops to learn more about the Apple Watch can schedule an appointment beginning today in a store where the appointments are listed. Not all stores are showing the workshops that will be available on April 24, however. Some...

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11:58
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos for OS X app to the public. The new beta, build 14E7f, can be downloaded from the Mac Developer Center. It is not yet clear what's new in the 10.10.4 beta, but according to the release notes, the update "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac." Earlier OS X Yosemite updates, including OS X 10.10.1 and OS X 10.10.2 brought only minor changes to the operating system in the form of bug fixes and performance enhancements. OS X 10.10.4 may serve the same purpose. OS X 10.10.3, released last week, was the first major update to OS X Yosemite that brought new features, including the Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, and new diversified emoji. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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09:29
J.J. Abrams Wears Apple Watch During Star Wars Panel in An...

Famous film director and producer J.J. Abrams is the latest celebrity to be spotted with an Apple Watch, which he's wearing right now during the Force Awakens Panel at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. Abrams appears to be wearing a stainless steel Apple Watch with a blue band. It is possible that the band is the Blue Modern buckle for the 38mm Apple Watch, but there's also a possibility that it's a custom made navy blue Sport Band created specifically for Abrams. Along with Abrams, several other celebrities have been seen wearing the Apple Watch. Pharrell Williams wore it on reality TV show The Voice, and both Katy Perry and Drake shared Instagram photos of themselves wearing gold Apple Watch Edition models. Yesterday, a photo surfaced of designer Karl Lagerfeld with a custom gold Apple...

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09:05
Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 Supplemental Update With Video...

Following the April 8 public release of OS X 10.10.3, Apple has today released a supplemental update for software, which fixes a video driver bug that prevented Macs from starting when running certain apps that are designed to capture video. Today's supplemental update is available immediately for all OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 users from the Mac App Store.The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video.OS X 10.10.3 brought several new features to Apple's desktop operating system, including the new Photos for OS X app, a revamped emoji picker, new diversified emoji, Spotlight suggestions for lookup, and a bunch of bug fixes and performance improvements. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Brings...

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08:32
Civil Rights Movement Leader John Lewis Befittingly Writes...

Time Magazine has once again published their list of the top 100 most influential people in the world. They broke down their list into the categories of titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons. While Kanye West was at the top of the titan category, Apple's CEO Tim Cook was listed in fourth position and described as being a "Courageous Innovator....

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07:24
L.A. School District Seeks Refund from Apple and Pearson o...

Last August we posted a report titled "L.A. School District Suspends a Massive iPad Contract." The report was about the second largest school system in the U.S. cancelling a one billion dollar contract with Apple for iPads...

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06:56
SunPower and Apple form Solar Power Joint Venture in China

Today, SunPower announced their joint venture with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in ...

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05:40
Supply Chain Sources Claim that Apple is Already Testing F...

We've covered Force Touch from patents through to Apple Watch and beyond. And although the rumor has been around for months that Apple was likely to bring force touch to the next version of the iPhone, it's being confirmed today that Apple is ...

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04:59
Apple invents Gesture Control Pad for Future Apple TV Remo...

On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible future Apple TV remote that includes a touchpad that could operate in both gesture or character modes.

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03:55
Apple Watch Orders Will Remain Exclusively Online Through...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts issued an internal memo to retail employees on Thursday that helps eliminate some of the confusion surrounding the launch of the wrist-worn device. The memo, a roughly translated copy of which was obtained by iGen.fr, states that Apple Watch orders will continue to be taken exclusively online through May and that deliveries will begin April 24 as planned."The feedback from customers is overwhelmingly positive. They are excited about Apple Watch, and your teams are fantastic experiences for creating them. Customers who pre-ordered will start receiving deliveries next Friday as planned, and I know you will do a great job helping set them up. Many of you have been asking if we will have the Apple Watch available in stores on April 24 for walk-in purchases. As we announced last week, due to high global interest combined...

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03:21
Apple to Bring Z Depth Mapping to Final Cut Pro X

On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple's invention relating to Z Depth image segmentation for Final Cut Pro X.

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02:17
Apple Invents a Simple Voice Command to unlock your iPhone

On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Speech Recognition Wake-Up of a Handheld Portable Device." I think that most iPhone users would appreciate a simpler way of waking up their iPhone ...

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01:20
Apple Focuses on Multiple Sensors for an Active Stylus Inv...

On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on an "Active Stylus." The patent is focused on protecting new aspects of the original patent that Apple ...

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Wednesday April 15

17:24
Ming-Chi Kuo: Global Apple Watch Pre-Orders Exceed 2.3 Mil...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple, has issued a new note to investors estimating that global pre-orders for Apple Watch has exceeded 2.3 million units. Previously, a study from Slice Intelligence estimated that there were 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders in the United States. We estimate production of Apple Watch around 2.3mn units in March-May. Mass production of Apple Watch began in March and will likely reach 2.3mn by end of May. Considering that most consumers who preordered will not get the device until June, we estimate global preorders of over 2.3mn units, with Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition representing a respective order allocation of 85%, 15% and less than 1%.Kuo notes that Apple plans to expand the supply chains for Apple Watch, with the Cupertino company targeting production of 2 - 3 million units...

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16:49
L.A. School District Cancels iPad Pearson Curriculum, Asks...

Following the end of the $1.3 billion education initiative that would have seen all students in the Los Angeles school district outfitted with an iPad, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has notified Apple that it will no longer be using or paying for the Pearson Education curriculum that was meant to accompany the iPads. In a letter sent to Apple and shared in part by the Los Angeles Times, the LAUSD asked for a refund and said it has no plans to "accept or compensate Apple for new deliveries of [Pearson Education] curriculum." When the school district entered into a contract with Apple, it paid approximately $768 per iPad, which included approximately $200 towards a three-year license for math and English curriculum from Pearson that was meant to replace many...

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14:06
Apple Updates Apple Watch 'Guided Tours' Site Wi...

Earlier this month, Apple launched a new "Guided Tours" section on its dedicated Apple Watch website, showcasing several Apple Watch walkthrough videos designed to teach prospective buyers how various features work on the device. As of today, Apple has updated the site with four new videos, covering Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, and Music. The first video, on Phone Calls, walks users through how phone calls work on the Apple Watch. It displays options for answering incoming calls and making outgoing calls. There are several options when receiving a phone call -- it can be muted by covering the Apple Watch with a hand or a...

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12:23
App Store Increases Revenue Lead Over Google Play in Q1 20...

Apple's App Store increased its revenue lead by 10 percentage points over Google's Play Store in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest numbers from App Annie obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The App Store's revenue was also almost 70% higher than the Play Store, despite Google Play receiving 70% more app downloads during the three-month period ending March. Apple's increased App Store revenue helped it reverse a trend that saw Google Play slowly catch up in revenue over recent quarters, although the Play Store continued to widen its lead in overall downloads. Apple previously held about a 60% advantage in App Store revenues over Google Play during the third quarter of 2014, but that figure rose to about 70% in Q1 2015 on the strength of the United States and China."China was a bright spot for Apple – mirroring the strong market share gains...

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10:30
Apple Gives Custom Apple Watch With Gold Link Bracelet to...

Several celebrities like Katy Perry, Drake, and Pharrell Williams have been spotted with the gold Apple Watch Edition ahead of the device's launch, but Apple gifted designer Karl Lagerfeld with something even more special -- a custom gold Apple Watch with a gold Link Bracelet. In an image shared on Instagram by Lagerfeld's assistant and bodyguard Sebastian Jondeau, Lagerfeld wears a yellow gold Apple Watch with the one-of-a-kind yellow gold Link Bracelet, which Jondeau says was "specially made" by Apple. Karl Lagerfeld is a well-known fashion designer who's the head of both Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his own fashion house. Lagerfeld was present at the Apple Watch's first public appearance at French Parisian boutique Colette and as a style icon, he...

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08:34
Tim Cook Auctions Apple HQ Lunch Meeting, VIP Passes to Ap...

For the third year in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is participating in a charity auction through CharityBuzz, offering whoever bids the most the chance to enjoy lunch with him at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. This year's auction also includes two VIP passes to an Apple keynote event to watch Apple unveil new products. Two people can have lunch with Cook, and the experience will last for approximately one hour. Lunch is included in the auction price, but the winning bidder will need to cover travel and accommodations. The exact date of the lunch will be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time after the auction ends on May 6, 2015. Join me for lunch (and a keynote!) and help a great cause. @RFKHumanRights is working toward a more just world. https://t.co/QxaKne4itb— Tim Cook (@tim_cook)...

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07:50
Apple Expands Scholarships to 350 in 2015 to Promote Diver...

In a December press statement, Apple spokeswoman Kristen Huguet said: "Apple is deeply committed to diversity within our company and the advancement of human rights around the world....

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07:20
Microsoft Offers a Free iOS 8 Office 365 update for "...

Late yesterday Microsoft released enhancements to Office 365 for iOS users that run iOS 8.0+. The updated Delve app for the iPhone is available for users in the U.S., Ireland and Norway markets today and expand to all supported markets in the following weeks.

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