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Saturday May 28

10:23
The California Institute of Technology Sues Apple over Wi-...

The California Institute of Technology has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Broadcom and Apple (and Avago Technologies owned by Broadcom). The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iPhones beginning with the iPhone 5, the iPad, MacBook Air, Apple Watch and more. Apple's use of ...

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08:34
Apple Store Worker Says Staff Routinely Get Death Threats...

Business Insider UK this morning published a detailed interview with an alleged UK Apple retail employee that provides an intriguing insight into what it's like to work in an Apple Store.

The interview is unusual because every Apple staffer signs a confidentiality agreement on their first day in the job, which apparently prevents them from speaking publicly or announcing their new employment on social media, and even bans them from taking a selfie wearing their Apple T-shirt.

According to the veteran staffer – who remained anonymous in fear that Apple would pursue a legal action against them – Apple pays about £8 per hour in the UK (around $11.70) and staff receive no bonus incentives for sales, leaving many unable to afford the products they sell.

The worker claims that although positions in the company's stores are highly prized, Apple doesn't promote internally in the...

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07:36
Samsung Presented a VR Smartphone Display this Week that P...

At the Display Week conference in San Francisco this week, Samsung made a big splash in presenting a rather interesting high resolution 4K screen for a future generation smartphone for their Gear VR

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05:59
Microsoft's Panay makes it Clear: Surface is to Compe...

Back in May 2014 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Microsoft's New Surface Pro 3 Thinks it's a Notebook." In that report we pointed out that Panos Panay, Microsoft's Corporate VP for Surface, was obsessed during his Surface Pro 3 introductory keynote about their tablet hybrid being a better notebook than Apple's MacBook Air. Now in a new interview Panos Panay make it clear ...

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Friday May 27

16:35
Samsung has a New Smartphone for China that Mirrors the iP...

In early April we posted a report titled "Samsung has one Smartphone Strategy for 2016: Slash Prices." In that report we noted that the Wall Street Journal made it clear that Samsung lost its number one status in China, India and other countries last year and continuing until this day. How are they dealing with that? Massive price cuts. Today we're learning that the going after Apple's iPhone 6 ...

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09:58
Apple's Amazon Echo Competitor Could Feature Camera,...

Apple's rumored product designed to compete with the Amazon Echo could come equipped with a camera and facial recognition capabilities, reports CNET. Citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans, CNET says the device would be "self aware," able to detect the people in the room through facial recognition technology.

Once the device determines who is in the room, that information could be used to pull up each person's preferences, "such as the music and lighting they like," allowing for a customized interactive experience for each member of the home. Facial recognition is something Apple has previously expressed interest in, both through patent filings and...

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07:55
AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Out of Stock at U.S. Appl...

Following a rare firmware update for the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule earlier this week, a few readers have contacted us about the Wi-Fi base stations being out of stock at their local Apple retail stores in the United States.

Specifically, the tipsters informed us that the AirPort Extreme was out of stock at the Apple Store, Sagemore location in Marlton, New Jersey, an outer suburb of Philadelphia, and the Apple Store, Beverly Center location in Los Angeles, California.

"I was trying to buy an AirPort Extreme today from the Beverly Hills Apple Store and an employee told me that Apple had asked for all of them back from all the stores," wrote one anonymous tipster.

To verify the tipster's claim, we contacted an Apple support representative who confirmed that Apple has pulled AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule stock from all U.S. stores...

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07:46
Apple Distributor Redington Discusses Apple Stores in Indi...

A popular TV show in India by the name of ET Now interviewed Raj Shankar, Managing Director of Redington, a major Apple distributor. He was asked whether or not Apple wanting to open their own flagship stores in India was seen as a threat to their relationship going forward.

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06:24
Samsung to Introduce 'SamsungPay Mini' Next Mont...

Earlier today we reported that Apple is hoping to rapidly expand Apple Pay throughout Asia and Europe this year. Now we're learning that Samsung wants to shake things up for SamsungPay as well. According to a new Asian report "Samsung Electronics is releasing ‘SamsungPay Mini’ ...

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05:53
Apple Expands iPhone Trade Up Program to France, Italy, an...

Apple today expanded its "Trade Up with Installments" program for iPhone to France, Italy, and Spain, enabling customers to trade in an eligible older-generation iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone smartphone and put the value of that device towards a new iPhone based on a 24-month payment plan.

When a customer in Italy trades in a used 16GB iPhone 5s for a new 16GB iPhone SE, for example, an amount of €16.98 must be paid each month for the duration of the two-year installment plan. A total of €425.52 would be owed after interest rates are applied to the price. Exact prices vary depending on the combination.

The program is effectively a loan handled by Apple as...

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05:00
With the Election Season Heating up, the Democrats put the...

It's an election year and the democrats want the support of Silicon Valley and so the war on encryption will go silent, for now. A half dozen people familiar with the White House deliberations on the encryption issue said that they were hamstrung by a long-standing split within the Obama Administration ...

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04:00
Political Will for Encryption Law Has Weakened Since Apple...

Support for encryption legislation in the U.S. has flatlined and the push for changes in federal law following the San Bernardino shootings has petered out, according to sources in congressional offices, the administration and the tech sector (via Reuters).

On February 16, a U.S. federal judge ordered Apple to help the FBI to unlock the iPhone owned by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December 2015 attacks in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead.

Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein.

The FBI asked Apple to create a version of iOS that would both disable passcode security features and allow passcodes to be entered electronically, allowing it to then brute force the passcode on the device.

Apple announced that it...

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03:53
Apple Working Rapidly to Expand Apple Pay in Asia and Euro...

As promised by Tim Cook last month, Apple Pay entered Singapore with support of five local banks that cover 80% of cards in that country. Apple's VP of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, made it clear that Apple is "working rapidly in Asia and also in Europe.

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02:04
Apple 'Working Rapidly' to Bring Apple Pay to Mo...

Apple this morning elaborated on its plans to expand Apple Pay coverage and achieve its goal to deliver the mobile payment service to "every significant market" the company is involved in.

Currently Apple Pay is available in six countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, and China, with plans already underway to bring the platform to Hong Kong and Spain. Earlier this week the service expanded its presence in Singapore to support five major banks and cover over 80 percent of cards, and VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey says many more rollouts are on the way.

Speaking to TechCrunch, Bailey said that Apple is "working rapidly" in Asia and Europe to extend the service,...

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Thursday May 26

14:24
2015 & Newer Hyundai Vehicle Owners Can now Update the...

You can now update your 2015 or newer compatible Hyundai vehicle to start using Apple's CarPlay.

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14:03
Jury Sides with Google in Oracle's $9 Billion Copyrig...

Earlier this month we posted a report titled "One Email Discovered from Android's Cofounder Could Cost Google More in Trial Damages." The trial that has bounced around the courts for some time now is over (until another appeal), and in the end ...

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13:12
One of the Patents behind Apple Pencil's Responsivene...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the ways they reduced noise in their touch sensor system so as to allow the Apple Pencil to respond more accurately which gives us the sense of no lag ...

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11:46
Apple's Rumored Amazon Echo Competitor Could Be a Nex...

Earlier this week, The Information said Apple was actively developing an in-home hub that would compete with the Amazon Echo and the Google Home, and now VentureBeat has shared new details on the product and its prospective features.

Citing an unnamed source, VentureBeat says rather than developing a new product, Apple could add Echo-like features to a revamped version of the Apple TV. The Amazon Echo, for those unfamiliar, is an in-home personal assistant device with a built-in speaker and a robust AI system. The Echo is able to perform a wide range of functions, from giving weather reports and answering queries to controlling smart home devices.

A future version of the Apple TV may gain a dedicated microphone and...

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09:07
The Shaky Rumor Persists that Apple is thinking of a Time...

In January Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Reportedly Eying Purchase of Time Warner to Boost Apple TV." At the time, the New York Post had reported Time Warner Inc. wasn't really on the block just yet, but Apple was staying extra close to any possible movement on that front. Today, the Financial Times is reporting that "A top Apple executive ...

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08:02
VirnetX Files Injunction to Force Apple to Shut Down Paten...

Patently Apple first covered the VirnetX vs. Apple patent infringement case back in November 2011. Since then it's bounced around the courts (One, two and three) with VirnetX winning their case in February 2016. Today we're learning that VirnetX is going for the jugular and asking the Court to shut down ...

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07:05
Apple Invents an Advanced Wi-Fi Direct Capable Communicati...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an advanced Wi-Fi Direct capable communications headset. With such a headset you could be at a busy conference or trade show with colleagues who are visiting different company product booths at the same time and still be able to communicate with each other cutting out the noise of the crowd.

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05:52
Apple to Ramp Up Original Content, Considered Buying Time...

iTunes and services chief Eddy Cue proposed the idea of Apple bidding on media conglomerate Time Warner at the end of last year, according to the FT.

The discussions reportedly never progressed beyond the preliminary stage, however, and did not involve Apple CEO Tim Cook or Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.

The meetings had reportedly been arranged for the companies to discuss other partnerships, such as the inclusion of Time Warner assets in Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service.

Time Warner and its subsidiaries own...

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04:32
Patent for 3D Camera Technology that could be used in Appl...

This week Apple was granted two 3D Depth mapping patents. One covered a specialized 3D mapping processor and the second covered using 3D mapping to accurately handle in-air gesturing. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new methods and devices for projection and capture of optical radiation, and particularly to compact optical scanners.

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Wednesday May 25

12:09
Apple Music is now a Registered Trademark

Yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office approved Apple's latest registered trademark for "Apple Music" and published it today ...

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11:44
Apple Not Able to Open Retail Stores in India Without Sell...

Apple's plan to open three Apple Store locations in India may fall through following a ruling from the Indian finance ministry that says Apple must sell locally sourced goods if it wants to open stores in the country, reports Reuters.

In India, 30 percent of goods sold by foreign companies must be manufactured or produced in the country, a requirement Apple does not meet as its products are largely made in China. India last year exempted retailers selling state-of-the-art goods from the rule, prompting Apple to file a new application with the Indian government.

Apple was expected to receive an exemption from the rule, earning a recommendation from country's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion...

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