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Sunday October 4

Vice President Joe Biden Praised Tim Cook Last Night durin...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored at the Human Rights national dinner last night and praised by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as noted in our report's opening video clip. Cook received the LGBT advocacy organization's Visibility Award ...

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Saturday October 3

Apple to Open Up Apple TV's Universal Search to Addit...

One of the key features of the new Apple TV set to launch later this month is universal search, which allows users to find content across a number of different services using text entry or, in some countries, Siri voice search. Universal search will work across iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime at launch, but it was initially unclear whether the feature would be expanded to include additional content sources over time. In a follow-up story on his interview with Tim Cook last month, BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski relates some additional details on Apple TV shared by Cook, including word that developers will indeed be able to make their content available to universal search via an API.“At launch we’ll have iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, and HBO — so we’ll have five major inputs into universal search initially,” Cook...

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Microsoft Likely to Introduce New Iris Scanner for Next-Ge...

Now that Apple and Google have updated their hardware for the Christmas season, it's now Microsoft's turn to do so this coming Tuesday. They'll be introducing next-gen ...

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SquareTrade Kicks the Hell out of the iPhone 6s in New Tes...

SquareTrade, famous for their device testing, released their torture tests on the new iPhone 6 line this week.

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Friday October 2

Apple Bull Kevin O'Leary is 'Bitterly disappoint...

"Shark Tank" Investor and O'Leary Financial Group Chairman Kevin O'Leary defends his bullish Apple position against short seller Don Kaufman – but is currently bitterly disappointed in Apple.

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Apple has Acquired Vocal IQ, a Company with Amazing Focus...

As our cars, mobile devices and wearables become more powerful and feature-rich, our current interaction paradigms are becoming a hindrance - and in some cases, even dangerous. That's what Vocal IQ states on one of their company webpages. This is the company that Apple has just acquired. Vocal IQ stated that in one of their blogs that existing digital assistants have fallen 'well short of consumer expectations," singling out Siri as a mere "toy."

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Apple Acquires Speech Technology Startup VocalIQ

Apple has purchased VocalIQ, a startup located in the United Kingdom that has developed a natural language API to allow computers and people to have a more natural dialogue, reports Financial Times. According to VocalIQ's website, the company has developed a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation. It's not always clear how Apple uses the technology from companies that it purchases, but with this acquisition, it's likely Apple will use the API to improve its voice-based personal assistant, Siri. Financial Times also believes Apple could use the technology for its upcoming car project, as VocalIQ specialized in in-car applications among other things. While VocalIQ's speech processing and machine learning technology could be incorporated into devices...

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New Apple TV Only Supports Two Bluetooth Controllers at On...

Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV includes support for a full App Store, making it possible for developers to create games and apps for the device for the first time. A platform like the Apple TV seems well-suited to multiplayer games, but it appears the new Apple TV will only support two Bluetooth controllers at once and three Bluetooth-connected devices total. Our sister site TouchArcade got in touch with several developers who have Apple TV Dev Kits to test the limits of multiplayer gameplay on the devices, and these developers found they were only able to connect two controllers in addition to the Apple Remote control. That means that at the current time, the Apple TV supports a total of three players for local gameplay using controllers, which will likely be the preferred method of control for games like first person shooters and...

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Apple's new Sunnyvale Campus Reflects Tim Cook's...

When Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke with NBC's Brian Williams back in 2013 about the future of TV, Cook noted that TV was a "market that we see that has been left behind. I used to watch the Jetsons as a kid ...

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AT&T Delays Wi-Fi Calling Support Amid Wait for FCC Wa...

Originally tested in an iOS 9 public beta back in August, AT&T ultimately held back on a wide public release for Wi-Fi calling due to its decision to wait for an FCC waiver that would temporarily relieve the carrier of needing to offer support options for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The Federal Communications Commission's rules state that all calling services need support for a teletypewriter (TTY) service for the deaf, but AT&T wants the old-fashioned TTY replaced with real-time text (RTT) support instead. Both TTY and RTT offer support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing to conduct non-voice conversations, but AT&T's RTT service wouldn't be ready until 2016, leading to the carrier's request for a temporary waiver from needing to implement TTY support until then. Yesterday, AT&T resubmitted its request for such a...

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While TSMC is seen as a Leading A10 Chip Supplier in 2016,...

Looking to next year's iPhone 7, the Chinese media wasted no time in claiming that TSMC would be the exclusive iPhone-7 A10 chip supplier. Yet "GlobalFoundries plans to develop 10nm process technology in-house ...

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Apple is Considering a Shift in Display Technology for 201...

Apple is considering a shift in display technology for 2017. Apple is expected to continue exploring other possible solutions such as switching ...

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Apple Watch to Be Sold at All U.S. Target Stores by Octobe...

Popular retailer Target this morning announced that the Apple Watch would begin arriving at some of its stores this week, with a plan to have the wearable device available at all of its United States retail locations by October 25. Customers who are interested in buying the device online on Target's website can do so beginning October 18. The move sees Target gearing up for the holiday season, calling Apple's wearable "one of the season’s hottest gift items." The retailer says it will carry a total of 20 models of the Apple Watch, in both 38mm and 42mm sizes, specifically noting the availability of space gray and rose gold color options. "Select models and bands" will be available for customers at Target's physical locations, but the company notes that an "expanded assortment" of Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport will be found online. Prices are said to range from $349 to $599, so undoubtedly customers can...

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Thursday October 1

Some iPhone 6s Owners Seeing Their Phones Randomly Turn Of...

Since the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have been available on September 25, many users have begun reporting that their 6s or 6s Plus will randomly turn itself off, even when it's left unattended. It's unknown what causes the shut off, but some users have also reported their home button feels warm to the touch. Users on Reddit, the Apple support communities and the MacRumors forums have experienced the issue. While 6s and 6s Plus users have seen the majority of incidents, some iPhone 6 users have also reported the issue, indicating that iOS 9 may the root of the problem. After the bug turns off the phone, the only way...

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Tim Cook Addresses Privacy, Government Requests in New NPR...

Just days after Apple updated and expanded its privacy site to explain how it handles personal information, CEO Tim Cook sat down with NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about how the Cupertino company protects user data and when and where it uses that information. Image via NPR Cook starts off by noting that Apple designs its products with privacy in mind after being asked about government data requests. Apple wants the user to control the data and who gets to see or use it. However, we design our products in such a way that privacy is designed into the product. And security is designed in. And so if you think about it...

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Apple Seals Deal for New Sunnyvale California Campus that...

It's being reported today that Apple has sealed a deal for a new curvaceous, 777,000-square-foot project in Sunnyvale California that's expected to look like nothing else ever attempted in Silicon Valley.

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Many AT&T iPhone Users Unable to Download Apps and Str...

A growing number of AT&T subscribers on the MacRumors forums appear to be having issues downloading apps and streaming music over LTE, with some claiming AT&T is throttling App Store downloads and Apple Music content. When connected to Wi-Fi, users report that apps download normally, but over LTE, app downloads do not progress. Other users are reporting issues streaming content from the Apple Music app, with songs that start and then hang. As described by MacRumors reader Blizaine:I have three different iOS devices. Two are running iOS 9.0.1 and one is running iOS 8.4.1. When they are connected to wifi, apps download fine. When on LTE, the app just sits there and the progress bar does not move, even after a very long period of time. When I run a...

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Apple's Diversity Program is put into Action as they...

Apple issued a press release earlier today announcing that James A. Bell, former chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors.

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Apple Likely Trying to File for 'AirPods' Tradem...

Apple may be taking steps to protect the name "AirPods," based on recent trademark filings in a number of countries. While Apple itself is not directly linked to these applications, the pattern of filings is consistent with Apple's usual strategy and MacRumors believes Apple is indeed responsible for them. A trademark application for "AirPods" was made in the United States on September 22 by a company called Entertainment in Flight, LLC, a Delaware firm housed at the Corporation Trust Center, a strategy Apple has used a number of times in the past to hide its trademark work. The company was created in early September and appears to have no visible operations other than last week's trademark filing. We have been unable to find a concrete link between Apple and the AirPods trademark, but the evidence we've gathered is highly suggestive that Apple is indeed behind the...

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A New Defense Bill Passed by the House Could benefit Apple

Last month we posted two reports covering Apple having worked with the Israeli Military and that the Pentagon is looking to Apple for advanced wearable devices. The latter makes you wonder if the new Apple Ring ...

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Amazon to Cease Selling Apple TV, Google Chromecast Over...

Amazon plans to stop selling some streaming video devices that compete with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, reports Bloomberg. It will no longer offer Google's Chromecast or Apple's Apple TV for sale in its online store. Amazon today sent an email to marketplace sellers notifying them of the upcoming change. The site plans to disallow new listings for the product and remove existing inventory on October 29. As a reason for the removal, Amazon is citing compatibility with its Prime Video streaming service, which is not available on devices from Google and Apple."Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said in the e-mail. "It's important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion."Other set-top boxes and consoles, including those from Roku...

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Apple Releases Second OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan Public Beta

Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan to public beta testers, just days after releasing the second beta to developers and a week and a half after seeding the first public beta. Today's second beta comes just after the public launch of OS X El Capitan. The beta is available to those who are participating in Apple's Beta Testing program and can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. The first beta of OS X 10.11.1 introduced support for Unicode 8 and new emoji like taco, burrito, cheese wedge, hot dog, middle finger, and unicorn head. The emoji are also included in iOS 9.1, which is also in testing. Beyond new emoji, there have been no other outward-facing changes...

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Eddy Cue Talks Apple Music Subscriptions as Initial Three-...

Prior to the release of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Eddy Cue sat down with Evening Standard to discuss a handful of topics, including the launch of the new smartphones, the impending end of the first wave of free trial users for Apple Music, and the issue of roaming charges on iPhone users traveling abroad. Cue also addressed the topic of the Apple Music Festival, which ended its ten day run this week in London, calling the acts nabbed by Apple for the event "the best of the best" and pointing toward the "global" feel of the UK-based festival that would perhaps be lost in another city like New York or Los Angeles. When asked about his worry for the end of Apple Music's first set of three-month free trial users -- which were...

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Apple Reveals their Latest Inductive Charging Invention

When it comes to Apple delivering an advance wireless charging system, their most comprehensive system without a doubt was revealed two years in our report titled "Apple Reveals Master Details of Wireless Charging System." While it’s the most advanced, it's certainly isn't the only invention Apple has worked on in respect to inductive charging.

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Apple introduces us to the Apple Ring in all its Glory

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of their next wearable computers in the form of a ring that incorporates touch-sensitive surfaces, gesture sensors, and/or voice-input recognition, a camera, microphone and more. Apple ring could be used with a smart TV, according to Apple, be wirelessly charged in your car wireless via a smart steering wheel and much more.

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