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Thursday February 26

06:33
Apple Files for "Taptic Engine" Trademark in Eur...

Today, both Hong Kong and Europe Trademark Offices have published Apple's latest trademark filing for "Taptic Engine." Apple introduced ...

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05:56
Brikk Announces Diamond-Studded Apple Watches Costing Up t...

While the Apple Watch is not expected to be released until April, luxury and couture product design company Brikk today announced a line of 30 luxury models for the upcoming smartwatch that they claim, "will afford unmatched opulence to an exclusive clientele worldwide." Similar to the Apple Watch in terms of sizes, the line of Lux Watches will be available in 38mm and 42mm, with color options of 24-karat yellow gold, 18-karat pink gold, and 950 platinum alongside varying band options. There are also three editions to the line: Standard, Deluxe, and Omni. All versions of the Lux Watch are prepared through disassembling Apple Watches that the company then repurposes with their luxury materials in a "state-of-the-art laboratory." The basic...

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05:22
Apple's Expanded Presence in Israel Focused on Chip D...

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit to Israel this week, the company's increasing interest in the country is said to relate to chip design, according to The Wall Street Journal. Apple recently opened new research and development offices in Israel north of Tel Aviv, with the facilities serving as the iPhone maker's second-largest R&D operations outside of the United States.“Apple’s Israeli acquisitions and its expanding local workforce show that the company is becoming more and more independent on the chip level, where it once had to rely on external suppliers,” said Shlomo Gradman, chairman of the Israeli Semiconductor Club. Apple may be looking to increase development of chips internally to the costs associated with relying on third-party suppliers, although it still relies heavily on vendors such as Samsung to produce chips for iPhones. Apple has acquired two Israel-based...

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05:00
A Major Report by Good Technology Shows that iOS Activatio...

A new report published today by Good Technology™, the leader in secure mobility, presents key findings indicating that as enterprises are mobilizing content and apps, they are also fortifying their cyber resiliency ...

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Wednesday February 25

18:03
Tim Cook Will Give 2015 Commencement Address at George Was...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will give the keynote address to graduates at George Washington University this May, the university announced today. Cook will speak on May 17 on the National Mall and was nominated for the honor by students earlier this year. The university also plans to give Cook an honorary doctorate of public service. "I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year's commencement address on the National Mall," George Washington President Steven Knapp said. "I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation." Cook's last commencement speech...

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15:43
Google Planning New Canopy-Like Mountain View Headquarters

The companies BIG and Heatherwick Studio are collaborating on a new headquarters building for Google in Mountain View, California.

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14:14
While Apple's CEO is in Israel to Open New Offices we...

Last week we reported that Israel's Calcalist news website reported that Apple's CEO Tim Cook was expected to arrive this week for the inauguration of the new company offices in Herzliya. Right on cue ...

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13:51
Google Challenges Apple-IBM MobileFirst with "Android...

In July 2014 Apple and IBM forged a new exclusive global enterprise centric alliance. The goal of the landmark partnership is to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change. The official ...

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12:02
Apple Showcases Final Cut Pro X Usage in Production of Hol...

Just a few days before the release of the Hollywood romantic comedy film Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, Apple has provided a behind-the-scenes look at how Final Cut Pro X was used to produce the movie. The feature page provides an in-depth profile of how Final Cut Pro X was used for editing, screen-ready effects and post-production. Focus directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra opted to use Apple's professional video editing software because they found it provided a fast and straightforward workflow. The software gave the directors fine-tuned control over all aspects of the film and provided the flexibility to easily move between editing on a Mac Pro and working with a MacBook Pro on location.After researching several workflows, Requa and Ficarra decided to cut their major studio feature entirely in Final Cut Pro X. The...

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11:41
Apple Adds 'GasBuddy' and 'GreatSchools...

Apple added several new companies to its Apple Maps Acknowledgements page over the course of the past month, possibly hinting at future plans for improvements to its mapping app. The Acknowledgements page lists all of the sources that provide information to Apple for the Maps app. New listings include GasBuddy/OpenStore and GreatSchools, two additions that AppleMapsMarketing speculates could lead to Maps upgrades like gas prices on gas station locations and school data for school locations. GasBuddy.com is a site that is designed to highlight local gas prices, helping users find the cheapest gas in any given area. GreatSchools.org...

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09:34
Apple Files for "WatchKit" Trademark in the U.S....

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published two of Apple's latest trademark filings for "WatchKit" ...

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09:19
Apple Expands Apple Watch Marketing Efforts With New Multi...

Apple appears to be gearing up for a big marketing push for the Apple Watch ahead of its April launch, featuring the device on several magazine covers. The Apple Watch made its U.S. magazine cover debut earlier this month in the March issue of Self, and it's also being featured in a multi-page spread in the March issue of Vogue. The Apple Watch is shown on multiple pages of the magazine, depicting different watch casings and band designs in clean ads that feature nothing but the Apple Watch itself. The images are actual size, giving readers an idea of how big the watch is in real life. There's a heavy focus on Apple Watch bands, several of which are depicted in close up images that show off details on their construction. The Milanese Loop is featured on one page, while the navy-colored Leather...

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08:51
Tim Cook Talks Apple Watch Water Resistance and European A...

While on a trip in Germany to visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and meet with a few German-based Apple staff members, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Apple Store employees in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch constantly, "even in the shower", according to iGen.fr [Google Translate]. The new piece of information from the Apple CEO could mean the company's been working on adding more water resistant features to the upcoming wearable, since at its early-September reveal event the company warned off wearing the device in the...

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08:03
Samsung Introduced the Industry's First 10nm Technolo...

In December there was still a glimmer of hope that TSMC would retain the bulk of Apple's iDevice chip business in 2015 due to GlobalFoundries 14nm tooling delays being reported. Then earlier this month re/code reported that Apple had chosen Samsung to be the supplier for their A9 processor based on ...

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06:53
Apple and Other High Profile U.S. Tech Companies have been...

We reported back in August that China's government had officially excluded Apple iPads and MacBook laptops from the list of products that can be bought with public money because of security concerns ...

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06:15
Students around the Globe that use Macs and iDevices May b...

Now millions of students around the world that use Macs, iPads and/or PC's are eligible for Microsoft's free Office offer.

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04:38
Apple Ordered to Pay $532.9 Million in iTunes-Related Pate...

A federal jury in Tyler, Texas has ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC for using its patents without permission, reports Bloomberg. The court found certain iTunes apps to be infringing upon the Texas-based company's patents related to digital rights management, data storage and managing access through payment systems. Apple argues that Smartflash is exploiting the patent system and plans to appeal the decision.“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system...

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03:50
Smartflash wins their Lawsuit against Apple who Vows to Ap...

Back in May 2013 we were first to report that Smartflash had sued Apple over Apple's iTunes Store, Apple TV, iOS and more. A number of gaming developers ...

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Tuesday February 24

20:11
Chase: Over 1 Million Wallets Provisioned on Apple Pay

During its investor call today, Chase announced (via AppleInsider) that over 1 million customers have provisioned their credit and / or debit cards for use with Apple Pay. Additionally, the company provided a look at the demographics of its Apple Pay users. Eileen Sierra, CEO of Chase Card Services, said that its customers who use Apple Pay tend to be young and have higher incomes, with 69 percent of their Chase card Apple Pay transactions credit based. Sierra also revealed that the financial company has seen "good growth" in the number of its customers provisioning their cards on Apple Pay. Those customers have been using their Chase cards through Apple Pay at the top five merchants 58 percent of the time, with all remaining merchants making up the remaining 42 percent. While Apple hasn't...

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14:54
Apple's iPhone-iOS Growth leapt by 46.1% in Q4 While...

According to new data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, up slightly from 95.6% in 4Q13. Android outpaced the overall smartphone market ...

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13:57
IBM MobileFirst Enterprise Apps will Include Location Awar...

Enterprise apps built with IBM’s MobileFirst management and development platform can now be made more aware of their surroundings.

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13:26
Microsoft Follows Apple's Example by Patenting their...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Microsoft six design patents. Out of the six there was one of particular of interest. Microsoft was granted a design patent for their Microsoft Store storefront. It was Apple who began ...

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11:19
iOS and Android Combine for 96.3% Smartphone Market Share...

The latest numbers from research firm IDC reveal that the smartphone market continues to be a largely two-horse race between iOS and Android, which accounted for 19.7% and 76.6% market share in the fourth quarter respectively. The mobile operating systems combined to dominate Windows Phone, BlackBerry and all other platforms with 96.3% market share during the three-month period ending December. iOS increased 2.2 percentage points to 19.7% during the fourth quarter over its 15.1% market share in the year-ago quarter, while Android experienced a marginal year-over-year decline as its market share slipped from 78.2% to 76.6%. Apple shipped a record-breaking 192.7 million iPhones during 2014 on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while overall Android device shipments on the year surpassed the 1 billion mark. Android and iOS continue to dominate the smartphone operating system race, resulting in a...

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10:19
Will Apple Sign On with Visa Europe for Apple Pay?

According to a new Reuters report, Visa Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers via smartphones. Visa Europe said on Tuesday that it would introduce to member banks by mid-April a "tokenisation" service which substitutes random numbers for a user's credit card details when a merchant transmits transaction data, reducing the risk of online...

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08:33
Apple Eats Samsung's Lunch While Taking 71% of Japan...

A new Korean report today reviews the basics of a report for paid clients only from U.S. market research firm Strategy Analytics. The report published yesterday showed that for the first time since 2011 Samsung Electronics’ global smartphone market share fell ...

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