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Wednesday November 25

Black Friday App Deals Include Pixelmator, Linky, Lost Wit...

Just ahead of Thanksgiving and the busy Black Friday shopping holiday in the U.S., some app developers have discounted their iOS and Mac apps for a limited time.

We have been tracking App Store price drops on our sister website AppShopper and found early deals on popular apps Pixelmator, Linky, Lost Within and more.

Pixelmator for iOS [Direct Link] has been discounted from $4.99 to $1.99, which is 60% off and the image editing app's lowest price since it went on sale for 99 cents in July 2015.Pixelmator is a powerful, full-featured, layer-based image editor that lets you touch up and enhance images, sketch and paint, as well as create advanced image compositions on iPad and iPhone alike....

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Apple Shares 'Someday At Christmas' Ad With Stev...

A day before Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States, Apple this morning shared a new Christmas-themed ad for 2015, starring artists Stevie Wonder and Andra Day. The 90-second ad centers on Wonder performing his 1967 holiday classic "Someday At Christmas" with family members.

The iconic artist uses a handful of Apple products and apps -- like a MacBook and GarageBand -- to perform his heartfelt song "Someday at Christmas" alongside Day and presumably some younger members of his family. Day can be seen wearing an Apple Watch about one minute into the advertisement.Tag: Apple ads Discuss this article in our forums

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Apple Files Trademarks for 'GameplayKit' and...

Today the European Patent and Trademark Office published three of Apple's latest trademark filings that were officially filed yesterday. All three trademarks were filed under the same International Class ...

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China's Largest Semiconductor Packaging Provider has...

A new supply chain report today claims that Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET), China's largest semiconductor packaging and test services provider, has reportedly grabbed assembly orders for SiP (system-in-package) modules from Apple ...

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T-Mobile Offers Sprint Customers $200 Credit Per Line to S...

T-Mobile has announced a second "Un-carrier Unwrapped" promotion that offers Sprint customers a $200 bill credit for each line switched to a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan starting Thursday, November 26.

The offer is valid for Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile postpaid and prepaid customers, with no device trade-in required for the bill credit.

Sprint customers can still take advantage of T-Mobile's Carrier Freedom offer, which provides up to $650 towards a balance owing or to pay off early termination fees (ETFs) with an eligible device trade-in.Just switch any Sprint number – including postpaid, prepaid, Boost and Virgin Mobile – over to a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan starting this Thursday, November 26 and you’ll automatically get a $200 credit on your bill. That’s $200 multiplied by as many...

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Next-Gen Wireless Standard 802.11ay Could be ready as earl...

Apple's latest iDevices come with the wireless standard 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. So what's next for the 802.11 standard? The next-gen standard that is in the works is IEEE 802.11ay. It is an amendment that defines ...

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Another Rumor Claims to Confirm Apple's Acquisition o...

In the video below Faceshift’s Brian Amberg (CTO) and Nico Scapel (Creative Director) talk about face tracking to bring virtual characters to life, using Intel's RealSense depth camera. We first reported on this story that claimed that Apple may have possibly acquired this Swiss start-up back in September. Late yesterday ...

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Tuesday November 24

Confirmed: Apple Acquired Real-Time Motion Capture Firm Fa...

Earlier this year, MacRumors uncovered some evidence suggesting Zurich-based real-time motion capture firm Faceshift was acquired by Apple, and as of today, that acquisition has been confirmed by Apple in a statement given to TechCrunch.

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Prior to being acquired by Apple, Faceshift worked with game and animation studios on technology designed to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including Faceshift Studio software with plugins for Maya and Unity. The company was also working toward consumer-facing software like a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for...

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Best Buy Offering Up to $100 Off Apple Watch Today Only in...

Best Buy is hosting an early access online-only sale today that includes significant discounts on the Apple Watch and...

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Teardown Shows Off the Guts of the iPad Pro's Smart K...

Following teardowns of the Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro itself, iFixit today completed a disassembly of Apple's new first party Smart Keyboard accessory. The teardown of the keyboard doesn't provide much in the way of surprising internal revelations, but does give those interested a closer look at the accessory's conductive fabric, dome switches underneath the keys, and underlying circuit board powering the device.

iFixit first noted the "high tech fabric" lining the outside of the Smart Keyboard, guessing that the fabric could be nylon due to its tactile similarities to a windbreaker. Once peeled back, the stripped away fabric reveals a row of dome switches beneath, along with a stiffening weight placed in the spacebar for a more...

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2017 Mirage Will Be First Mitsubishi Vehicle in U.S. to Su...

Mitsubishi has announced that the 2017 Mirage will feature both CarPlay and Android Auto, becoming the first Mitsubishi vehicle in the U.S. to support Apple's in-dash system. The new subcompact hatchback, introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, is positioned as Mitsubishi's entry-level vehicle in its current lineup.

Mitsubishi's 2017 Mirage GT

Mitsubishi also unveiled its 2016 Outlander Sport with a 6.1" in-dash touchscreen, but the crossover still uses the Japanese carmaker's proprietary audio system. Mitsubishi plans to expand CarPlay to future vehicles in multiple markets, but the carmaker's popular Lancer and Outlander models remain without CarPlay in the U.S.

Mitsubishi joins several other CarPlay partners, including ...

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Apple Hoping to have Apple Pay Kick Start in China in Q1 2...

We noted in a report in September titled "Apple Pay Entering Last Phase before Entering China's Marketplace," that companies which want to launch online payment operation in China need to gain approvals from Chinese regulators like the central bank. Should Apple win final approval, Apple Pay would then be able to enter the market. Today, it's being reported that ...

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Apple Granted First Major Public Transit Related Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 31 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's first granted patent relating to a public transit app and system that determines an estimated time of arrival of public transit vehicles. This system debuted with Apple's iOS 9.

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Apple Pay Expected to Launch in China by February 2016

Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in mainland China before the weeklong Spring Festival starting February 8, 2016, also known as the Chinese New Year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The report claims Apple recently reached deals with China's big four state-run banks to launch Apple Pay, but the iPhone maker could still face regulatory hurdles in the country.

China's big four state-run commercial banks include the Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China.

Alipay and Tenpay are currently the two largest electronic payment platforms in China, with nearly 64% combined market share, according to the report, citing research firm Analysys.

China's only interbank network UnionPay holds a monopoly on the country's credit and debit card processing, effectively blocking...

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Apple Granted a Patent for Solid-State Battery Technology...

On July 25, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that revealed charging techniques for Solid-State batteries. Solid-State batteries fall into low-power density and high-energy density categories. On the latter side of the equation, Toyota is working on a Solid State battery for 2020 vehicles that will deliver 3 to 4 times battery life. In the short term Apple is likely interested in the low-power side of Solid-State batteries for iDevices and likely future wearable computers.

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Apple Wins a 3D Mapping Patent Related to Gaming

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 31 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a 3D imaging related patent. Apple has been, via Primesense, creating a vast library of 3D related patents over the last year (One, two, three, four, five and more). One aspect of the invention relates to 3D imaging for a gaming console.

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Monday November 23

New Apple TV Billboards Start Popping Up in U.S. Cities

Apple has launched (via AppleInsider) a brand new outdoor ad campaign for the Apple TV a week after debuting its first TV commercials for the new set-top box. The new ads feature a variation of the SMPTE color bars, a television test pattern, as a backdrop to the simple Apple TV logo.

Image via SMPTE Connect

The color bars are also featured in the TV ads, dispersing in different ways as the ad showcases its apps or games. Thus far, the billboards have been spotted in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, ...

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HP Announces two new Smartwatch Partnerships for iOS &...

Last November we posted a report titled "Gilt Launches the New Smartwatch from HP & Michael Bastian." It was HP's first push into the smartwatch market. This month HP's team announced their expansion into the smartwatch market by revealing their work with the Movado Bold smartwatch that sells for US$795. Today, HP announced that they've been worked with Titan, the world's fifth largest watch company in the world ...

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T-Mobile Announces 'Un-carrier Unwrapped' Promot...

T-Mobile today announced a new holiday promotion it's calling "Un-carrier Unwrapped," offering free unlimited LTE data for all of its Simple Choice customers for the next three months. All existing Simple Choice postpaid customers as of the end of the day on November 23 will get the unlimited data.

T-Mobile also plans to unveil additional "gifts" for the next month, with a new gift coming each week. The company is teasing a "special holiday gift" for Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon customers, with one gift per carrier per week.

"We've had a fantastic year, and we're going to spread that T-Mobile cheer by starting with the most important people first... our existing customers! Now you get Unlimited LTE data on our blazing fast network for three full months as a gift from the Un-carrier to you," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "But that's not all....we know that Verizon, AT&T and...

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Square Launches NFC Reader to Bring Apple Pay to Smaller B...

Mobile payments company Square today announced the launch of its new NFC reader within 100 small businesses around the country, letting stores who previously were unable to accept Apple Pay -- due to the lack of a required contactless reader -- begin supporting the service (via USA Today). The small square-shaped reader will act like all other Apple Pay-accepting terminals, letting users wave an iPhone or Apple Watch near the device to complete a purchase.

"Until now, technology like our new reader has been out of reach for local businesses," said Jesse Dorogusker, head of hardware at Square, told USA TODAY via email. "Now Square sellers across the country can quickly and easily accept the new forms of payment that are crossing their counter tops." Business owners can buy the Square...

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Visa Europe Launches a new Two Month Marketing Campaign Pr...

Today Visa officially launched a new marketing campaign that says Visa’s 'Ready. It's a campaign that communicates the role that Visa plays in the whole Apple Pay experience ...

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MasterCard Offers Apple Pay Users Free Public Transit in L...

In an effort to increase adoption of contactless payments, major credit card issuer MasterCard has launched a limited time "Fare Free Mondays" promotion, offering free public transit to Apple Pay users in London on Mondays between November 23 and December 14, 2015.

Starting today, and on the next three Mondays, MasterCard customers using Apple Pay to touch in and out on London's public transit network will have up to £27.90 in daily fares refunded by MasterCard. The promotion is valid for travel on the Tube, buses, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.

Mark Barnett, president of MasterCard UK&I:“The move by TfL last year to accept contactless cards and devices on London Underground has been a phenomenal catalyst to the growth in contactless payments across the UK. Now that Apple Pay...

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Sunday November 22

Story of the Week: Law Enforcement Challenges End-to-End E...

One of this week's top news stories surrounded the issue of end-to-end encryption. Apple's iOS 9, an app called the 'Telegram,' the Sony Playstation 4 and other apps like Whatsapp took a beating from law enforcement and governments around the globe with the loudest complaints emanating from this week's Cybersecurity Conference held in New York City.

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Saturday November 21

Video Report Shows Police Arresting Man for Wielding a Sam...

In light of recent terror attacks in Paris and Mali tensions are running high in high profile public locations. Yesterday, Police tackled...

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Apple Files for 'Apple TVOS', iPad Pro & Wal...

Today the European Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "Apple TVOS" which was originally filed on Thursday. Noteworthy in this case is that Apple adds a section at the end that covers home automation ...

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