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Thursday May 21

09:20
Apple's Stock Rises Today on Bullish Note from Morgan...

Apple shares are up $1.40 to US$131.46 today (as of 1PM EST) following a bullish note from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty ...

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08:35
Apple Invents Compact and Powerful Hotspot Devices

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals two new Hotspot devices enabling internet connectivity through a cellular network for devices like the non-Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad or any MacBook that doesn't have built-in wireless connectivity.

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08:28
Apple to Remodel Flagship Regent Street Store in United Ki...

Apple is planning to remodel its flagship Regent Street retail store in United Kingdom per a recent application filed with the City of Westminster in England. The company has contracted award-winning architecture firm Foster and Partners to design the layout of the new store and commissioned Donald Insall Associates to conduct a historic building report that justifies the renovations in the iconic shopping area. A view of the current Apple Store facade facing Regent Street (Foster and Partners) The proposed renovation will consist of the partial removal of the existing mezzanine floor at the front of the store, the relocation of three columns to create a more spacious feel, the removal of the existing main glass stairs leading up to the mezzanine level and replacement with two new side staircases, and re-...

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07:39
Apple Planning Transit Routing in iOS 9 Maps, Advances on...

Apple is planning to add a new Transit view to Maps in iOS 9 that features bus, subway, and train routing and directions, according to 9to5Mac. The much-rumored Apple Maps feature would bring native transit routing back to the iPhone for the first time since Apple ditched Google as the default mapping provider on iOS. The report also claims that Apple has made advancements on its indoor mapping project."Sources said last year that the transit functionality for Maps includes larger icons for users to more quickly spot airports, subway stations, and train stations within the Maps app. In addition to the main functionality, there is also a trip planning feature for transit, and a new Transit view alongside the existing Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views."Transit features in Apple Maps were originally expected to...

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06:15
Apple Watch Bands Now Available in Select Apple Stores

Apple Stores in the United States, United Kingdom and possibly other launch countries began stocking standalone Apple Watch bands for purchase as confirmed by MacRumors and multiple users on social media. The photo below shared by Twitter user Apple Radar shows an Apple Store in Miami stocking the Sport Band in multiple colors, and he says that the Classic Buckle is also available. Apple is selling individual Sport Bands for $49, while the Classic Buckle, Milanese Loop and Leather Loop retail for $149 each. The Modern Buckle is costlier at $249 and the Link Bracelet is the most expensive Apple Watch strap available at $449. The prices listed are based on the United States and will vary in international countries based on local currencies and exchange rates. Apple Watch bands can also be ordered online through the Apple Online Store....

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05:02
Apple adds a new Series of Ideas that Could Power a Next-G...

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another stylus related invention. Apple's latest stylus would work with the iPad but could be used to sign documents on a MacBook Trackpad. Apple also hints ...

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04:32
Apple Could Unveil Next iPhones in August, Launch to Follo...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, has issued a research note to clients that claims Apple will announce its next iPhones in August ahead of a September launch. Apple has never unveiled an iPhone in August, having introduced early iPhone models at or around WWDC in June, the iPhone 4s in October 2011 and all subsequent iPhone models in September. It is worth noting that Kuo has sometimes been off with his launch timing predictions in the past. The research note, a copy of which was first obtained by The China Post, also claims that Foxconn is expected to secure between 60% to 70% of orders to assemble the new iPhones. Kuo notes that Foxconn has a higher yield rate for iPhones, helping it secure the majority of orders, and adds that the Taiwanese manufacturing company will also serve as the sole...

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03:31
iCloud, Mail, Photos and Other Apple Services Experiencing...

Apple has updated its system status page to reflect ongoing issues with eleven iCloud-related services: Back to My Mac, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Account & Sign In, iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Mail, iMovie Theater, iWork for iCloud Beta, Photos and Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. The services have been affected since around 12 AM Pacific. iCloud is having issues since 3:11 AM EDT. http://t.co/z2kUNXWrcN RT if it's down for you as well #iclouddown— DownDetector (@downdetector) May 21, 2015 Multiple users have turned to Twitter and the MacRumors discussion forums to confirm the issues, which range from services running slow for some users to being down entirely for others. The issues follow a prolonged...

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02:56
Apple Invents Spatially Interactive 2D/3D Displays and Nex...

On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to computing devices, and more specifically to computing devices capable of displaying a spatially interactive, combined two-dimensional and three-dimensional ...

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00:53
TSMC to Supply Apple with Fingerprint Sensors for Next iPh...

A new supply chain report today is claiming that TSMC will reportedly manufacture fingerprint sensors ...

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Wednesday May 20

15:32
Photos Reveal Secrets Behind Apple Watch Retail Display Un...

In its retail stores, Apple uses special Apple Watch display units to allow customers to test the Apple Watch ahead of making a purchase. The units, which have been available in stores since try-on appointments began on April 10, combine a functional Apple Watch (secured to prevent theft) with an iPad mini that gives details on various aspects of the device. Most of us probably haven't stopped to wonder about how these units work, but new Brazilian regulatory documents and images shared by Blog do iPhone [Google Translate] give us a fascinating inside look at how Apple engineered the display units....

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13:15
A Business Site in Russia Claims that Apple's new Mus...

It's being reporting today that the Russian business daily Vedomosti reported that "Apple plans to launch its streaming service in Russia and is in negotiations with labels, according to a local media report.

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12:11
U2's Bono Gives a Nod to Jony Ive and Dedicates a Son...

An invigorated U2 tore through anthems and new stuff under a reconstituted sight-and-sound show in San Jose on Tuesday. Enormous speakers from the ceiling spread out sound more evenly in the arena. Dazzling screens ...

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11:45
Apple's Streaming Music Negotiations in Russia Confir...

Apple's Beats Music and iTunes Radio streaming services are available in a limited number of countries, but Apple is working on launching its upcoming music service in a number of countries around the world. Previous rumors have suggested Apple's upcoming music service will launch in multiple countries when it debuts in June, and a new report from Billboard confirms that Apple is seeking to establish deals in Russia. According to Russian newspapers, leading Russian record labels have hinted at the negotiations and have suggested that Russia will be among the first countries where the new music service will launch. Apple is said to be working on deals with local labels that would expand its digital rights to streaming services. Currently, Russian...

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10:59
iOS 9 Could Feature 'Home' App For Controlling H...

Apple is planning a new "Home" app that would enable users to wirelessly discover, securely manage and control HomeKit-based accessories using an iOS device, according to 9to5Mac. The report also reiterates that the Apple TV would serve as a hub for all HomeKit connected devices. The report claims that Home could be introduced alongside iOS 9 at Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next month, although the app may not be finalized in time and could remain limited to internal usage by employees only. HomeKit was announced at WWDC last year as a software framework for communicating with and controlling connected devices in the home, but the home automation platform has experienced delays since then...

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10:38
Spotify Announces Major Update Focused on Entertainment an...

Three weeks ahead of the rumored debut of Apple's new streaming music service, Spotify has announced some feature additions to its own streaming service, with a major focus on curated content and original tracks, plus an expansion into entertainment with video and news clips. Spotify is introducing a new "Now" start page that offers mood-based music playlists to users, much like Beats Music's "The Sentence," which provides users with curated music options to fit different moods and scenarios. Spotify's "Now" music feature will include curated song selections and its recommendations adapt over time to fit an individual user's tastes. Another new feature, Spotify Running, focuses on original music. It combines "running compositions written by the world's foremost DJs and composers" with song recommendations based on...

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09:30
There's Even an Apple Watch App to Assist Religious J...

For religious Jews around the world who take prayer seriously, the new Apple Watch Siddur from RustyBrick may just seem like a gift from heaven. Its features ...

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09:18
Apple to Use 'San Francisco' Apple Watch Font in...

Though iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 are set to debut in three weeks at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, we've heard little detail on the content Apple might include in the new operating system updates. Neither operating system is expected to get a major visual overhaul, but there may be one significant design change for both iOS and OS X -- a new system font. Apple has plans to use the new San Francisco font that was introduced with the Apple Watch to replace the Helvetica Neue font used in iOS 7/iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The font will be used for menu items, app names, and more, throughout the operating systems. Ever since switching to particularly thin weights of Helvetica Neue in iOS 7, Apple has been chastised for using a font that emphasizes clean lines over readability, and San Francisco is intended to solve this....

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08:54
The New Active Lens by olloclip could add Telephoto and Ul...

Summer is almost here and that always means more photos to be taken – especially with your new iPhone 6 or 6-Plus that you're excited about. If you'd like to add a little pizazz ...

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08:10
Apple Watch Demand Flattening as 42mm Models Estimated to...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors today that claims Apple Watch demand may be slowing down, resulting in shipment forecasts being revised down by 20% to 30% to 5-6 million units in the third quarter. Kuo expects total Apple Watch shipments to fall within the 15 million range for the 2015 fiscal year, lower than the consensus of 20-30 million units, but remains upbeat about the Apple Watch and long-term wearable trends. KGI Securities conducted a survey that reveals most Apple Watch orders are scheduled to ship in June, and concludes that 2Q15 production output is likely sufficient for the orders placed so far. Kuo also notes that over 80% of orders are for larger 42mm models, implying a male-dominated customer mix based on the assumption that 42mm and 38mm watches are mainly purchased by men and women respectively. "We have learned that 42mm Apple Watch accounts for 60-70% of production. However, the shipping times of 38mm models are generally...

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07:33
Microsoft Leak Points to new iPhone Chat App in the Works

According to a new report, Microsoft seems to be developing a new application called "Flow" for the iPhone ...

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07:02
Apple Considering Major Corporate Expansion in North San J...

Apple is considering a major corporate office expansion in northern San Jose, California, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The report claims that Apple is shopping at least two properties that it could lease in the city: Ellis Partners' 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building along Orchard Parkway and the 1.5-million-square-foot Coleman Highline development site near the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Ellis Partners' 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building along Orchard Parkway With limited real estate options remaining in its Cupertino, California hometown, Apple has expanded to nearby Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in recent years. But with a growing demand for additional office space, beyond its existing One Infinite Loop and upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, the company could soon make its first...

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06:53
Russian Ministry of Communications Aims to Reduce Reliance...

Last July we reported that the Russian Parliament had passed a bill requiring internet companies to store Russians' personal data inside the country that would easily apply to Apple who stores Russian consumer data from the Apple Store in the US. Weeks later Russia demanded Apple's source code to ensure security. Yet with all of the politics playing out, young Russian consumers are still favoring Apple's iDevices ...

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05:47
Heads Should Roll at Google for "Nigger House" a...

There comes a point when an apology just doesn't cut it. It's time for Google to show some leadership here and fire those responsible for the recent childish and racially charged antics playing out in their mapping division.

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05:05
Apple Developers are Snubbing Microsoft's Windows 10...

During last month's Windows Build developer conference, Microsoft introduced a tool that Microsoft plans to release allowing Apple developers to directly convert their Objective C code built for iOS devices to work on Windows 10 devices with "very few" modifications.

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