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Thursday March 26

01:28
Foxconn and Apple to Introduce a New iPhone Trade-in Progr...

A new report claims that Chinese consumers will be able to take their older iPhones or Android smartphones to Apple stores in China for credit against the company’s products ...

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01:11
News Confirms Apple will Tap into Emerging Markets with Re...

On March 14 we were the only Apple blog to report that Apple was working with Intel on a new special smartphone for emerging markets. Today the news is flooding in from supply chain insiders that Apple reportedly has plans to release a new 4-inch iPhone model, tentatively referred to as iPhone 6C ...

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00:45
TSMC Reportedly Wins the Bulk of Apple's iPhone Chip...

On March 14, Daiwa Securities' Rick Hsu and Olivia Hsu came out and directly contradicted all previous rumors supporting the position that Samsung had already won Apple's A9 business and claimed that it was TSMC that would win the bulk of Apple's business. Today supply chain news is supporting that position.

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Wednesday March 25

19:53
iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and 4-Inch iPhone 6C Rumored for...

Apple is planning on releasing three new iPhone models in the second half of 2015, according to a new report from DigiTimes. The site claims that a 4-inch iPhone model will join the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. Apple will release three different iPhones in the second half of 2015, the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and a 4-inch device currently being referred to as iPhone 6C, according to industry sources.A new 4-inch iPhone was also rumored in December 2014, with a report claiming that the device would be aimed toward female users. However, even if a new 4-inch iPhone isn't introduced, Apple will presumably have the iPhone 5s to offer for free on a two-year contract once the current models slide down. DigiTimes notes the 4-inch iPhone 6c is likely to be manufactured by Wistron while both the 6s and 6s Plus...

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16:21
Apple fails to get Pricing Concessions from Record Labels...

The New York Times is reporting this evening that Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.

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16:19
Facebook Turns Messenger Into a Platform, Allows Third-Par...

At today's F8 Facebook Developer Conference, Facebook debuted its new Messenger Platform, a major update to the Messenger service that allows users to send content like GIFs, photos, videos, and more from third-party apps within the Facebook Messenger app for iOS. Beginning today, iOS app developers can build Facebook Messenger support into their apps, making them directly accessible within the Facebook Messenger app. Facebook has already worked with more than 40 developers, so apps with Messenger support are already available in the iOS App Store. Apps can be accessed in the Facebook Messenger app for iOS when the "More" icon is tapped within a conversation. This opens up a list of available apps that can be installed, and when tapping install, you'll be taken to the app's install page in the iOS App Store. The way third-party apps work with Messenger on iOS is a...

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16:02
Apple creates new Apple Pay Merchant Website for Ordering...

Merchants supporting Apple Pay can now order Apple Pay decals for their store front windows and registers to let their customers know that ...

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15:19
Former Beats Execs Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor Leading D...

Rumors about a revamped Apple-branded Beats streaming music service have been circulating since September of last year, but as the launch of the service draws nearer, information on pricing and content has been leaking out. In a detailed report on the upcoming service published today, The New York Times confirms some previously known information and adds new details on the roles Trent Reznor and Jimmy Iovine are playing in the development of the music service. The report also divulges some information on Apple's interest in exclusive album releases and the company's work on an iTunes Radio revamp. Apple's upcoming streaming music service is said to take on many of the characteristics of the existing Beats Music service, with a focus...

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14:11
China's Proposed Cutback on Business Tax Breaks Could...

A new report this afternoon states that Foxconn and other foreign businesses in China are fighting to save tax breaks and other benefits promised by Chinese cities ...

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13:29
MasterCard's Global Chief Downplays Apple Pay's...

At the end of an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald MasterCard's global chief, Ajay Banga admitted that if banks don't issue cards, MasterCard's revenue will decline. Understanding the bottom line, we can understand why 95% of the article downplays Apple Pay.

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12:47
Today Apple TV added the CNNgo Channel for U.S. Market Onl...

While Apple TV added new channels like TED, Tastemade and Young Hollywood for the U.S. and Canada recently, today Apple TV gains the CNNgo channel – but for the U.S. market only.

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12:11
Apple Adds CNNGo Channel to Apple TV

Just a day after adding TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood channels to the Apple TV, Apple has added yet another new channel to its set-top box -- CNNGo. CNNGo is CNN's service that lets users watch live news coverage and see segments from the past 24 hours. It also includes recent CNN coverage and films on demand. The service has previously been available on CNN.com and via the CNN iPad app. Much of the content within CNNGo requires authentication through a cable provider. Live television and full shows require authentication, but clips can be watched without a cable subscription. Today's new CNNGo channel comes as Apple is preparing to reveal both a new set-top box and a new television service at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The...

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11:13
Gold Apple Watch Buyers to Get Special Purchasing Experien...

As of April 10, Apple will begin scheduling appointments in its retail stores for customers who are interested in trying on the Apple Watch before deciding to pre-order or make a purchase. We've known that most try-on appointments will be scheduled in 15-minute intervals to allow Apple employees to get to as many customers as possible, but it seems that customers who are interested in purchasing the Gold Apple Watch Edition will get some extra time with the device. According to the International Business Times, two Apple Stores in Manhattan have confirmed that customers looking to spend upwards of $10,000 on an Apple Watch Edition will get 30 minute appointments with Apple employees instead of 15 minute appointments. Given the high price of the Apple Watch Edition, it's...

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10:35
'Becoming Steve Jobs': Rare Insights into Steve...

After an initial teaser post from John Gruber earlier this month and several leaks and excerpts, the new Steve Jobs biography Becoming Steve Jobs debuted yesterday, and we've had a chance to read through the book that offers a new look into the life of the Apple co-founder. While Walter Isaacson's best-selling 2011 biography of Jobs was undertaken with Jobs' authorization and participation, many close to him felt it didn't offer an accurate reflection of his personality. In the wake of that book's debut, former Fortune and Wall Street Journal reporter Brent Schlender, who interviewed Jobs numerous times over the final 25 years of Jobs' life, teamed up with former Fortune colleague and current Fast Company executive editor Rick...

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09:02
2015 MacBook Air Can Drive 4K Displays at 60Hz

The recently refreshed 2015 MacBook Air can drive 4K external displays at a refresh rate of 60Hz, as confirmed by Ars Technica. The report claims that Intel's new Broadwell processors with integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000 support 4K output at 60Hz using a DisplayPort 1.2 cable, whereas previous-generation notebooks with Haswell processors were limited to lower resolutions at 30Hz. Apple's tech specs page for the new MacBook Air lists the notebook as capable of supporting one external display at up to 2,560×1,600 pixels, which clearly is not the case. Apple may be electing not to advertise 4K support for the new MacBook Air on purpose, however, as performance can still be somewhat laggy or jerky and the company has a shortlist of supported displays and...

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07:13
Santa Clara Valley Approves Recycled Water Project for App...

According to a new report this morning, the Santa Clara Valley Water District board approved a $17.5 million project last night that will ...

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06:20
Apple's R&D Center in Yokohama on Track for the e...

In December we reported that Japan's Jiji news service covered Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo announcing that Apple would be building a cutting-edge R&D facility ...

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05:43
All 650 Members of UK's Parliament to Receive Apple...

According to a new UK report, all 650 Members of Parliament will be given an iPad Air 2 and a laptop in the wake of the general election in May.

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05:00
'Fantastical 2' Launches for Mac With Yosemite-S...

Flexibits today launched the much-anticipated Fantastical 2 for Mac, a completely new app that overhauls the existing Fantastical for Mac app and introduces a long list of new features. Flexibits CEO Michael Simmons spoke with MacRumors about the new Fantastical 2 update for Mac, and he told us that while the original Fantastical app reinvented calendar apps, the new update reinvents Fantastical. The Flexibits team took everything they learned from Fantastical 2 for iOS and brought it over to the Mac. To begin with, Fantastical 2 has been designed from the ground up to fit in with the Yosemite aesthetic, adopting a flat design, simple outlines, cleaner fonts, and brighter, bolder colors with two available color themes. It's also adopted many Yosemite-only features like a Notification Center widget, Handoff, and Action and Share Extensions. The biggest change to ...

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04:33
Apple's iPhone Mania Still Hot in Q1 while Android De...

A supply chain report is claiming that sales of Apple's iPhone 6 have been strong particularly in China. While more than 50 million iPhone 6 devices were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2014, shipments are set to remain ...

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Tuesday March 24

14:56
Apple Acquires Next-Gen Database Company FoundationDB

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that specializes in speedy, durable NoSQL databases.

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14:28
Apple Acquires 'Rock-Solid High-Performance' Dat...

Apple has acquired database company FoundationDB, reports TechCrunch. FoundationDB is a company that "develops scalable and fault tolerant databases that support multiple data models." A notice on the company's site says that it has ceased to offer downloads after deciding to "evolve [the] company mission." According to TechCrunch, FoundationDB may have been an attractive purchase for Apple due to its ability to handle ACID-compliant transactions (aka data transfers) quickly and its strong scalability. A company blog post suggested it could achieve 54 billion writes per hour at a cost-per-write of 3 nano dollars. FoundationDB's attractiveness came in the speed at which it handled ACID-compliant transactions...

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14:18
HP Moves from Beats to Bang & Olufsen for New PC &...

The contract between HP and Beats is winding down and HP has chosen Bang & Olufsen audio solutions for their next generation high-end Spectre, Omen, Envy and some other commercial PCs.

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13:51
HP Partnership With Apple's Beats Officially Ends as...

When Apple acquired Beats Electronics, several companies that had deals and partnerships with the headphone company were forced to sever their agreements, including Hewlett-Packard (HP). At the time of the acquisition, HP was selling laptops with "Beats Audio" branded speakers, through a partnership with Beats that was originally established in 2011. HP was only allowed to continue development on products using Beats Audio technologies through the end of 2014, leaving the company without an audio partner and without the "cool" factor Beats brought to the partnership. Ahead of the end of its partnership with Beats, HP began using its own in-house audio solution and ceased using Beats branding and logos, but it was unclear if that solution was based on Beats audio technology, as suggested by ...

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08:57
Apple Seeds Fourth iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers, Public Beta...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.3 to developers, nearly two weeks after seeding the third iOS 8.3 beta and more than a month and a half after releasing the first iOS 8.3 beta. Today's beta is also available for public beta testers. The beta, build 12F5061, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6.3 beta 4. Previous iOS 8.3 betas have included features like a new emoji picker and all new diversified emoji and skin tone modifiers, new country flag emoji and updated emoji icons to represent the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch. Along with those emoji changes, iOS 8.3 brings wireless CarPlay connectivity, support for Google 2-step verification, Apple Pay for the China UnionPay network, several new Siri languages...

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