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Wednesday July 29

13:10
First Volkswagen Cars With CarPlay Support Arriving at Dea...

Volkswagen today announced that its first 2016 cars with CarPlay support are arriving at dealerships this week, equipped with the company's next-generation CarPlay-enabled MIB-II infotainment system. In addition to supporting CarPlay, the MIB-II system also includes support for Android Auto and it comes equipped with Volkswagen's own Car-Net apps, enabling features like remote lock control, remote honk and flash, parking info, stolen vehicle location, automatic crash notifications, diagnostics, and vehicle monitoring. While CarPlay and the MIB-II system don't carry a subscription fee, the Car-Net suite of apps will be priced at $199 per year with 6 months free up front. Volkswagen was not one of the first CarPlay partners announced during CarPlay's debut, but the manufacturer promised CarPlay support in its 2016 models back in January. According to Volkswagen,...

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12:29
IDC Continues to Sully Tablet Statistics using Hybrid Note...

IDC continues their trend of counting 2-in-1 notebook tablets as tablets and sullies the true statistics of what the pure tablet market really is.

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11:28
Apple Releases Third OS X El Capitan Public Beta

Apple today seeded the third beta OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, one week after seeding the second set of beta and just under three weeks after first providing the OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes. The third public beta follows the launch of the fifth OS X El Capitan developer beta, which was seeded to developers late on Monday afternoon. No outward-facing changes were introduced with the beta, suggesting it's an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App...

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06:57
Apple Granted Two Registered Trademarks for Apple Watch

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published three of Apple's latest registered trademarks (RTM) that were officially issued late yesterday.

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05:51
iPad Market Share Falls Below 25% as Tablet Market Continu...

The latest numbers from market research firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker show that Apple remains the largest vendor in a declining tablet market, shipping 10.9 million iPads in the second quarter of 2015. While the iPad continues to be the best-selling tablet, its worldwide market share fell below 25% as Apple faced increased competition from low-cost rivals Lenovo, Huawei and LG. Samsung continued to be the second largest tablet vendor with 7.6 million tablets shipped in the second quarter and 17% market share, a 12% year-over-year unit decline. Lenovo, Huawei and LG Electronics rounded off the top five, with 2.5 million, 1.6 million and 1.6 million global tablet shipments in the second quarter respectively. All other tablet vendors had a combined 45.6% market share. iPad sales have declined for six consecutive quarters year-over-year in what has become a stagnated tablet market over the past...

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05:31
Many Surprised to Learn that HomeKit Requires Custom ID Ch...

According to a new report published late yesterday, Apple requires anyone making a device compatible with its HomeKit environment to buy and use a special identity chip.

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04:28
Intel-Micron Introduce 3D XPoint Memory that will Advance...

Yesterday Intel Corporation and Micron Technology unveiled 3D XPoint (verbalized as CrossPoint) technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service. Apple technologies that could be impacted include Siri, future hand gesturing and advanced biometrics.

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Tuesday July 28

20:07
AT&T Urges FCC to Drop $100 Million Fine, Says Data Th...

Last month the United States Federal Communications Commission announced that it would fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about its unlimited data plans and not adequately warning customers about throttling their data speeds. AT&T has since responded, arguing that data throttling doesn't harm customers, the company is being prejudged and that its First Amendment rights are being violated in a response first found by The Hill (via Ars Technica). The Commission’s findings that consumers and...

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16:03
T-Mobile Offers Apple Music Streaming for Free while Offer...

Last year, T-Mobile began letting consumers stream music for free on a number of popular music services, including Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, Slacker, and Spotify. On Tuesday, Apple Music joined the list ...

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14:56
Samsung Invents a Fascinatingly Absurd Smartwatch Interfac...

Earlier this month Samsung revealed another future idea in a patent application for their Gear smartwatch. The latest idea is to use a built-in camera in the watch interface that could determine where the user's face is and ...

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14:14
Intel and Micron Unveil New Memory Class That's 1,000...

Intel and Micron today announced 3D Xpoint, a new class of memory that the companies are calling a "major breakthrough in memory process technology." 3D Xpoint (pronounced cross point) is said to be up to 1,000 times faster and more durable than the NAND Flash storage that's currently used in mobile devices and solid state drives. It's the first new memory chip to come to the market in 25 years. Intel and Micron say that 3D Xpoint was built to create a non-volatile, high-performance high-capacity storage and memory solution that was also affordable. In addition to being faster than NAND Flash, it's also 10 times denser than the DRAM chips used in computers, which means much more data can be stored closer to the processor and accessed quickly. A smartphone equipped with 3D Xpoint technology would potentially see much faster performance than a...

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12:49
More than 75,000 People have Enrolled in Health Studies us...

In March, a Bloomberg report noted that Stanford University researchers were stunned to find that 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study using Apple's new ResearchKit, less than 24 hours after the iPhone tool was introduced. In a new report that was published just yesterday, we learn that more than 75,000 people have enrolled in health studies that use specialized iPhone apps.

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09:49
Apple Watch Leading to Healthy Lifestyle Changes Among Ear...

Less than four months after the Apple Watch launched, many early adopters are finding that the wrist-worn device has motivated them to make healthy lifestyle changes. From walking and exercising more often to making healthier choices and playing more sports, market research firm Wristly found that many Apple Watch buyers are taking full advantage of the wearable's health and fitness features. Greater than 75% of survey participants among Wristly's panel of nearly 1000 Apple Watch buyers indicated that they "Strongly Agree" or "Agree" that they have been standing more since receiving the Apple Watch. Similarly, 67% of participants agreed that they walk more, 59% agreed they make better health choices and 57% said they exercise more often with the Apple Watch. Early adopters are generally satisfied with the Apple Watch's health and fitness features, especially those included...

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07:10
T-Mobile Adds Apple Music to Music Freedom, Offers Free...

T-Mobile today announced that it has added Apple Music to Music Freedom, allowing Simple Choice customers to listen to the streaming music service without the cellular data counting against their monthly 4G LTE data plan. Apple Music joins dozens of other streaming music services supported by Music Freedom, including Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud and SiriusXM. T-Mobile also announced that customers who purchase an iPhone 6 for $15 per month through the JUMP! On Demand trade-in program will be automatically eligible to receive a free upgrade to the next iPhone -- the so-called "iPhone 6s" -- when it is released, with the $15 monthly promotional price carrying over to the new smartphone. Purchasing an iPhone 6 through JUMP! On Demand will also land you priority access to the next...

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06:10
The New York Film Festival Selects the Movie "Steve J...

The Film Society of Lincoln Center was pleased to announce earlier today that the movie "Steve Jobs," written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin

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05:20
Apple Introduces 3 Apple Watch Ads about Apps & More A...

Today, Apple has launched three new upbeat Apple Watch ads covering music, fitness and travel apps ...

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04:20
Amazon Launches Prime Music Service in the UK in an Effort...

Amazon has launched its music streaming service, Prime Music, in the UK, offering Amazon Prime members access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists at no additional cost to their membership. According to "The Official Charts Company" streaming music in the UK has almost ...

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04:09
Apple Pay Now Supports HSBC and First Direct in the UK

Apple Pay today expanded its participating issuers list within the United Kingdom, adding support for both HSBC and First Direct customers. Both banks were announced as starting partners for the UK branch of Apple Pay, but were delayed until late July at the last minute. HSBC and First Direct join a list of UK Apple Pay partners that includes: American Express, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. Still listed as coming soon are: Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank and TSB. Although Barclays has confirmed "imminent" support for the contactless payment service, the bank has yet to be listed on Apple's Apple Pay UK site. Along with the announcement of HSBC and First Direct support, customers using...

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03:16
UK Bank HSBC now on Board with Apple Pay – That Just Works

A new UK report states that while the iPhone wasn't the first handset that could work like a contactless credit card, it's definitely taken off in the way rival smartphones have not. That's mostly due to the fact that Apple Pay is so easy to use.

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02:35
Apple Granted 47 Patents Today Covering Biometrics with Ta...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's original biometric patents that describe adding a tactile feedback feature to future ...

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01:01
Apple Wins Patent for a Photonics Optical Projection Modul...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single granted patent for another PrimeSense invention relating to optical projection.

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Monday July 27

17:40
Apple Debuts Three New Apple Watch Videos Highlighting Mus...

Apple today introduced three new Apple Watch videos on its YouTube channel, highlighting third-party apps designed for the wrist-worn device. Each of the three videos focuses on a different subset of apps, covering music, fitness, and travel. The videos all depict a single Apple Watch that displays a series of apps on the screen, with a selection of app icons in the surrounding space. Icons are enlarged to denote which app is on the screen. In the "Music" video, for example, music discovery app Shazam, DJing app Pacemaker, and ticket-purchasing app Stubhub are shown in quick succession. The "Fitness" video highlights the Nike+ running app, the WaterMinder hydration tracking app, and sports scores provided by the MLB.com app. The third and final...

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15:16
Apple Seeds Fifth OS X El Capitan Beta to Developers

Apple today released the fifth beta of OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, less than one week after releasing the fourth El Capitan beta and nearly two months after unveiling the operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. Today's update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. It is not clear if this update will add any outward-facing changes to El Capitan, as the past few betas have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of its public release. We'll add new features and bug fixes in beta 5 to this post should any tweaks be discovered. As an update complementary to OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan builds on the myriad features...

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15:12
Keith Richards Launches his New "Trouble" Tune...

The new Keith Richard's single called "Trouble" from his new LP "Crosseyed Heart" debuted on Apple Music's Connect service. You could view the video courtesy of Apple here.

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14:20
President Obama Launches the American Business Act on Clim...

Today at the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry and senior White House officials will host 13 of the largest companies from across the American economy who are standing with the Obama Administration to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge: Alcoa, Apple, Bank of America ...

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