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Wednesday June 22

06:51
Company That Sued Apple for iPhone 6 Patent Infringement...

Shenzhen Baili, the Chinese company that claimed the iPhone 6 violated the patent of its 100c smartphone, is reported to "barely exist" following its victory in the Beijing Intellectual Property Office against Apple.

In response to Shenzhen Baili's patent lawsuit, The Wall Street Journal investigated the company, along with its parent Digione, and found that the latter company had collapsed, "brought down by buggy products, mismanagement and fierce competition, according to former employees and investors." Digione has apparently been absent from China's mobile phone market for nearly a year.

iPhone 6 (left) and Shenzhen Baili's 100c (right) Phone calls to the company, Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services...

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06:45
Apple files Trademarks for: 'Mac - Works with iMovie...

Over the years Apple has filed for various 'Works With' trademarks such as 'Works with AirPrint' and iBeacon and 'Works with CarPlay.' Today the US Patent and Trademark Office published three new 'Works with' trademarks that were filed last Friday by Apple. The three cover a new series specifically for the Mac...

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03:40
iOS 10: Taking a Closer Look at Apple's 'Swift P...

At WWDC last week, Apple revealed its all-new Swift Playgrounds iPad app, which aims to help younger users learn how to code in Apple's programming language by making the experience more interactive and fun.

For those unfamiliar with Swift, the open-source language was announced by Apple at WWDC 2014, and developed over four years to be "concise and expressive" in order to make coding for iOS, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch more approachable.

Using Swift Playgrounds, Apple invites users to "solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift" and "take on a series of...

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Tuesday June 21

15:31
Check Out iOS 10's Redesigned Apple Music Experience

iOS 10 introduces an all new Apple Music experience and a redesigned Music app, which is aimed at making it easier for users to find new content to listen to. As seen in the video below, the new look of the Music app focuses on album art with a bright, simple aesthetic featuring big, bold headlines and lots of white space.

At WWDC, Apple execs said the redesigned app was meant to bring "greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience."

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Along with a bolder look, the Music app features the following tabs: "Library," "For You," "Browse," "Radio," and "Search." Gone is the "Connect" tab that allowed for direct access to the built-in social networking service where fans can follow artists, but Connect posts continue to show up in the "For You" section...

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14:54
iOS 10 Beta Features Unencrypted Kernel Making it Easier t...

Apple's iOS 10 preview, seeded to developers last week, does not feature an encrypted kernel and thus gives users access to the inner workings of the operating system and potential security flaws, reports MIT Technology Review. It is not known if this was an unintentional mistake or done deliberately to encourage more bug reports.

Security experts say the famously secretive company may have adopted a bold new strategy intended to encourage more people to report bugs in its software--or perhaps made an embarrassing mistake.In past versions of iOS, Apple has encrypted the kernel, aka the core of the operating system, which dictates how software uses the iPhone's hardware and keeps it secure. According to experts who spoke to the MIT Technology Review, leaving iOS...

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10:07
Apple's 2016 iPhone Update to Focus on Headphone Jack...

Rumors have suggested the 2016 iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not feature major design changes aside from the removal of the headphone jack, information that has been confirmed in a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus will continue to feature 4.7 and 5.5-inch displays, with only "subtle changes" to the exterior of the devices. Past rumors indicate the two devices will be the same general size as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span across the back of the bodies.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the removal of the headphone jack will make the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus thinner while also improving its water resistance. Just how thin is a...

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10:06
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 9.3.3 to Developers and Publ...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second beta of iOS 9.3.3 and more than a month after the release of iOS 9.3.2, a minor bug fix update. iOS 9.3.3 has been in testing since May 23.

The third iOS 9.3.3 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

As a minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 features under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements to address issues discovered since the release of iOS 9.3.2. No outward-facing changes or obvious bug fixes were discovered in the first...

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07:50
Korea's Fair Trade Commission Set to Investigate Appl...

In 2016 we posted a report titled "Apple Completes their Work with Korea's Fair Trade Commission to revise their 'Unfair' Service Agreements." Just as we thought all was settled and bam, Korea's Fair Trade Commission announced that they're set to open yet another probe against Apple, just as the company is preparing for the launch of their iPhone 7 this September.

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06:50
Apple SIM Now Available in 140+ Countries in Partnership W...

Apple SIM partner GigSky has announced that it has expanded availability of its pay-as-you-go cellular data plans for iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 and 4 to over 140 countries, up from more than 90 countries and territories in June 2015.

The new additions, among others, include Afghanistan, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Argentina, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Dominica, Ecuador, Honduras, Isle of Man, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, Venezuela, Zambia, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands....

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06:31
Apple Announces 2016 Summer Camps for Kids at Retail Store...

Apple has opened registration in the U.S. and a number of other countries — links below — for its annual Apple Summer Camp, where kids aged 8 to 12 can attend a company retail store and learn how to create interactive books and movies using Apple products and software, ranging from iBooks Author on Mac to iMovie on iPad.

Apple's summer workshops will be hosted between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. local time, on various dates between July 11 and August 12, in the United States, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong,...

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06:21
Dozens of Former Apple Employees Team Up to Launch ‘RearVi...

A group of three former Apple engineers, along with around 50 various designers and workers also formerly employed by Apple, have created a new startup in the vehicle accessory market, called Pearl, and today announced pre-orders on their product "RearVision." The $500 device is an attachable license plate accessory that connects via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android smartphone, displaying a 180-degree rear-view field of vision when backing up your car (via The Verge).

The RearVision unit comes with a dongle that connects with a vehicle's on-board diagnostic port to help communicate and determine the car's speed, and battery power isn't a concern since the device charges using an integrated solar panel. Bryan Gardner, one of the co-founders...

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05:34
Apple Granted 33 Patents Today Covering the Apple TV Syste...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the Apple TV system, advanced gesture password system, the original mystery iPad design and more.

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03:11
Apple Granted Two Apple Store Patents Covering Security Di...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two inventions relating to Apple Stores.

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Monday June 20

16:38
Hands-On With watchOS 3: Instant App Launching, Favorites...

watchOS 3, set to be released this fall, introduces some radical changes to the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. There are new apps and watch faces, interface tweaks overhaul the way we interact with watchOS, and a new feature for keeping apps running in the background allows for instant launch times.

Since most of us won't be able to check out watchOS 3 until the fall of 2016 following an extended beta testing period, we've created a video to highlight the must see features.

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Glances are gone in watchOS 3, replaced with a "dock" accessible by pressing the side button. 10 favorite first and third-party apps can be added to the dock, where they'll be kept continually up to date and able to launch in a second. Changing watch faces is done with a left and right...

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16:32
Supreme Court Upholds Patent Rules that Assist Tech Compan...

In July 2015 Patently Apple posted a report titled Apple Remains the Number One Target of Patent Trolls in 2015. The statistics showed that Apple, Actavis and Amazon were the most frequently sued, with Apple facing 25 patent suits in the first half of 2015 while Actavis and Amazon each faced 21 suits. Today there was a ruling from the US Supreme Court that will make life a little harder for patent trolls.

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13:21
iPhone 7 Rumored to Ship With Standard 3.5mm EarPods and L...

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be manufactured without a 3.5mm headphone jack, leading to speculation about the accessories that will be included alongside the two devices.

Lightning-equipped EarPods and wireless EarPods are two rumors that have been bandied about, but a new report from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggests Apple may ship the iPhone 7 with standard 3.5mm headphones and a 3.5mm jack to Lightning adapter to allow them to connect to the new devices.

Mac Otakara's information comes from sources at Computex Taipei 2016 and the reliability of those sources cannot be confirmed. Shipping EarPods with a 3.5mm jack included seems like an unusual choice for Apple, even if an adapter is included in the box.At Computex Taipei 2016, many manufacturers showcased their new Lightning audio adaptors, and it seems there has...

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12:02
By 2019 Twenty-Five Percent of Home Services will be deliv...

When Google surprised everyone with their Google Home device at their developer conference in May, it was clear that the gloves were off and challengers were lining up to take on Siri that had been drifting for the longest time with little progress. With so much activity occurring in the area of digital assistants, the timing of a new Gartner report on this subject couldn't have been any better.

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10:39
Spotify Has Twice as Many Paid Subscribers as Apple Music

Spotify confirmed to The Telegraph today that it now has more than 100 million monthly active users worldwide, including approximately 30 million monthly paying subscribers.

Comparatively, Apple services chief Eddy Cue announced at WWDC 2016 last week that Apple Music has 15 million paying subscribers, just two weeks before the streaming music service turns one year old. Apple Music was at 13 million subscribers in April and 11 million subscribers in February, meaning that it has been growing at a rate of about 2 million subscribers every two months.

Spotify, which launched in Europe in October 2008 and expanded to the...

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09:16
Comcast is taking their New Digital Assistant to the Rio G...

Apple's mantra Apple TV is "the future of television is apps." Yet its recent Apple TV updates that were revealed during their developer conference last week showed us that it's trying to advance Siri to push the boundaries of their app framework. Apple seems to be positioning Siri to be the central interface of TV moving forward, a digital assistant that will grab you the content you want. But now enters Comcast with their X1 platform that's ready to go to the next level ...

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08:10
Swift, McCartney, U2 and Others Send Open Letter to Congre...

Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Trent Reznor Bashes Google for building their Music Video Platform on Stolen Content." Today it's being reported that the music industry has signed up Taylor Swift and U2 in its fight against YouTube.

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07:52
iPhone 7 May Have Dual SIM Trays for Use With Multiple Car...

Chinese smartphone repair shop Rock Fix recently shared photos of alleged iPhone 7 components on microblogging service Weibo, potentially including dual-SIM trays that would allow for the smartphone to send and receive calls and messages from multiple phone numbers (via Engadget).

Dual SIM technology would also enable iPhone 7 users to use multiple carriers based upon network coverage, pricing, and other competitive differences. A customer in the United States, for example, might elect to use AT&T for nationwide voice and text messaging and T-Mobile for cheaper and unlimited 4G LTE data.

Dual SIM support would differ slightly from the Apple SIM, which allows cellular iPad users to easily switch between different...

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07:19
New Delhi Police Cyber Units are Declaring War with Smartp...

New Delhi Police officers say that they were left helpless when asked to probe cases that required high-level cyber investigation. From economic offences to terror cases, the cops have had to rely on forensic laboratories or private investigators for assistance. Evidence in such cases often have to be retrieved immediately ...

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06:20
New Photos App Detects 4,432 Total Searchable Objects and...

One of Apple's first party apps that's getting a makeover in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra is Photos, bringing intensive new facial recognition and "Siri intelligence" features to the picture accumulating app. Over the weekend, a Reddit user discovered a few lines of code within the framework of Apple's beta of the macOS Sierra Photos app, possibly detailing both the specific facial expressions that the app recognizes and every single searchable object users can find in both Sierra and iOS 10.

In a more detailed Medium post, Redditor vista980622 explained that Photos will...

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05:24
The Indian Government is Giving Apple a Three Year Grace P...

The Hindustan Times is reporting this morning that "Apple India finally might have the opening to spread its wings free with exclusive Apple retail outlets as the government on Monday relaxed FDI rules ...

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04:57
Apple Shares could Tumble Further as Apple Loses Weighting...

After dropping more than $200 billion in market capitalization in one year, Apple shares could fall further as they are set to lose their weighting and be reclassified in the annual reconstitution of the widely followed Russell indexes ...

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