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Wednesday July 16

10:05
Amazon Testing 'Kindle Unlimited' E-book Subscri...

Amazon appears to be testing a new e-book and audiobook subscription service it's calling "Kindle Unlimited," which brings unlimited access to 600,000 e-books and thousands of audiobooks for a fee of $9.99 per month. According to information discovered by users on the KBoards Kindle forum (via Gigaom) the Kindle Unlimited service will be available on all devices, including the iPhone and the iPad likely via Amazon's Kindle app. Amazon has pulled the pages that were found this morning, but information on the service can still be seen through Google Cache and a...

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09:03
News Flash: Apple Agrees to Pay $450 Million in e-Book Set...

Apple has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims the iPad manufacturer conspired ...

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08:55
Apple to Pay $450 Million to Settle E-Book Price Fixing Ca...

According to court records filed on Wednesday, July 16, Apple will pay $450 million as part of an out-of-court settlement with class action lawyers and state district attorneys over e-book price fixing, reports Reuters. Apple first reached a settlement agreement with the 33 U.S. states and territories involved in the lawsuit in June, successfully avoiding a lengthy and expensive damages trial. Settlement details were sealed at that time, however, pending court approval. $400 million of the $450 million is earmarked for consumers. The settlement is contingent on a pending appeals case Apple filed in February with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. In the...

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08:51
Apple's Premium Smartphones are outselling Samsung...

It's being reported in India that Apple is now offering record margins to retailers and resellers for its flagship iPhone 5S as it looks to hit the 1 million mark for its smartphones in India in the year ending September, ...

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07:49
Samsung Loses Market Credibility by Delaying Tizen Smartph...

Last month at an event in San Francisco, J.D. Choi, Samsung’s lead man on the Tizen project, held up a smartphone and said that the device, the Samsung Z, would go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of the year. The official launch of the Samsung Z was to occur last week at a Tizen event in Moscow, complete with market-ready products. Then at the last moment Samsung bailed out and failed to deliver the Samsung Z. This was a repeat of their embarrassing failure to launch a Tizen phone with NTT Docomo earlier this year. Samsung is now losing all market credibility by delaying their Tizen phone.

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07:42
Wico and Goophone Beat Apple to Market with Android-Based...

Months before Apple is expected to release its next-generation iPhone, functional iPhone 6 clones already are starting to appear in China's mobile phone marketplace. One of the first clones, the Wico i6, is profiled by 86DIGI (via Nowhereelse.fr) in a two-part hands-on video. (Note: Contains fairly loud soundtrack of The Carpenters' "Top of the World") Like most clones, the Wico i6 is quite detailed for a fake, with authentic-looking FCC labeling and the characteristic Apple branding. The phone also closely mimics the rumored styling of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 with a thin chassis that houses a side-mounted power button and elongated volume buttons. Wico isn't the only clone maker ready to enter the mobile phone black market, however. Chinese clone maker...

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05:59
iOS 8 Beta 4 Reportedly Coming Monday, July 21

As iOS 8 proceeds through development and testing, the fourth beta version will be seeded to developers on Monday, July 21, according to BGR. A release on that date would mark a two-week interval since the release of the third beta on July 7, down from a roughly three-week interval between the second and third betas. BGR regularly publishes reports predicting future release dates for iOS betas, and while the predictions are sometimes off by a day or two as was the case with beta 3, they are usually close to the actual date barring any last-minute schedule changes by Apple. As a result, it is reasonable to believe the fourth beta should arrive early next week rather than the following week. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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04:33
Apple's Supply Chain Suppliers reveal that all of App...

It's been reported on many occasions that Apple's 5.5 inch iPhone 6 is to be very thin and light. To date battery suppliers have had a difficult time figuring out how they can provide a good enough battery for the next gen iPhone. News today confirms that the battery issue may have been solved and that the larger iPhone 6 in general will have thinner components overall.

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03:22
Alleged iPhone 6 Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor Shown Off in...

Nowhereelese.fr (Google Translate) shares some new photos of an alleged Touch ID fingerprint sensor said to be for the iPhone 6. The component appears to be mostly similar in design to the Touch ID component used for the iPhone 5s, aside from relocated screw holes that line up with the metal housing of the device. iPhone 5s Touch ID sensor (top) and alleged iPhone 6 Touch ID component (bottom) Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is said to have provided the first batch of fingerprint sensors for the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 in May. A report last month...

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Tuesday July 15

14:33
A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about...

In 1991 Apple and IBM created the PowerPC alliance that included Motorola. They worked on a new OS called Taligent and a mobile OS called TalOS. The alliance never reached its dreams and Apple eventually went on to acquire NeXT Computer and the rest is history. Today, a new chapter between these two companies has been announced. According to Apple's press release ...

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12:49
Apple and IBM Team Up For Major Enterprise Mobility Partne...

Apple and IBM today announced plans for an exclusive partnership that will see them teaming up to "transform enterprise mobility" through a series of new business apps and services for iOS devices that will undoubtedly skyrocket Apple's enterprise sales. IBM will begin selling iOS devices to its corporate customers and will also create industry-specific native apps built from the ground up for the iPhone and the iPad. Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni RomettyThe landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change--grounded in four core capabilities: - a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad; - unique IBM cloud services optimized...

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11:55
iPhone 6 Cases and Images Circulating on Amazon Based on R...

Prior to the launch of a new iOS device, accessory manufacturers often create cases months in advance in an attempt to gain publicity and score pre-orders from users eager to protect their new devices. These cases are often created based on leaked schematics and the manufacturers themselves rarely have any information on the devices they're creating cases for beyond what's seen on rumor sites. While third-party cases for the iPhone 6 have been available for purchase for months, several different cases from popular accessory manufacturer Spigen have been generating a growing amount of interest on Amazon.com. Spigen has listed multiple cases, both for the 4.7-inch iPhone and the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, which it has taken to calling the "iPhone Air." MacRumors has been contacted several times in regard to these cases, which many readers believe offer legitimate...

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11:47
Knock-Offs of the iPhone 6 are now hitting the Streets in...

A new report from China Today claims that Chinese imitators have beaten Apple to the punch by launching clones of the highly anticipated iPhone 6 ahead of its official release date. While the world awaits Apple's ...

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08:59
Apple's iPhone 5S Crushes Samsung's S5 Globally...

The Korean Press this morning is perplexed, stunned and confused at how Apple's iPhone 5S was able to remain the number one smartphone in the world. We reported earlier this month that in Q1 Apple was the number one smartphone in the world. Now the latest stats from Technology Research firm Counterpoint confirm smartphone statistics for May which finally reveals that the iPhone 5S retained its number one status and this time against the Galaxy S5 head on.

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06:23
Former White Houses Press Secretary in the Running for App...

It's being reported that former White House press secretary Jay Carney is reportedly in the running to be Apple's next PR chief. Apple's been looking for a new PR head ever since Katie Cotton, the 'Queen' of PR Tech retired back in May and Carney just might fill the bill just right. In another rumor that surfaced yesterday we learned...

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06:03
Apple Said to Be Planning Three iWatch Models from 1.6 to...

According to a new report [Google Translate] from Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via G for Games), Apple is planning to launch three versions of the iWatch in the third quarter of this year. The lineup is said to include a model with a 1.6-inch display and two models with 1.8-inch displays, with the high-end version of the larger size coming with a sapphire display cover for durability. The display range of 1.6-1.8 inches has been the focus of most rumors dating back many months, but last month Reuters claimed the device's display will be as large as 2.5 inches. The launch timeframe for the iWatch has also...

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04:46
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering a Major 3D Camera...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two key patents. The first covers an advanced haptics system for iDevices. The second is for a new 3D camera system that could apply to future iDevices and/or a standalone camera. In April we posted a report titled "Future High-End Android Smartphones with 3D Cameras will be using Apple's PrimeSense Technology." It now appears that Apple has their own surprise in the works.

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01:29
Apple Granted a Second 3D Imaging & Display System Pat...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's wild 3D imaging and display apparatus. Just last month Apple was granted a patent for different aspects of the same invention. The differences between the patents could easily be found in the finer details of Apple's patent claims. Whether the recent activity regarding this invention means Apple is any closer to delivering such a device is unknown at this time.

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00:08
Apple Launches 'iTunes Pass' at Japanese Stores,...

Apple today debuted its new iTunes Pass service in its Japanese retail stores, allowing customers to purchase iTunes Store credit directly without the need for physical gift cards, reports 9to5Mac. To use the service, customers add a new iTunes Pass inside of the existing Passbook application found in iOS, and then locate a Specialist inside an Apple Retail Store. Once the iTunes Pass is presented to the Specialist, the customer can say how much money they want added, which is then instantly transferred to an iTunes account. It is not known when the new service will be rolled out to Apple Retail Stores worldwide, however it is likely that the company is testing the program in Japan ahead of a larger rollout. In 2012, Apple...

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Monday July 14

22:41
Apple Searching for Retail Employees to Test Upcoming Phot...

Apple is actively looking for retail employees that are "passionate photography enthusiasts" to test the upcoming Photos app for OS X, reports 9to5Mac. We are seeking a technical and passionate photography enthusiast to join our Quality Assurance team working on Photos for OS X. You will be part of a fast moving team of specialists tasked with delivering the next generation of photography tools for Apple. Photos for OS X was briefly introduced at WWDC 2014, as Apple will launch the software early next year. It was also reported last month that the new Photos app will be replacing Apple's existing iPhoto and Aperture programs. Apple...

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15:58
Apple Considering Former White House Press Secretary Jay C...

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is one of the candidates being considered to replace Katie Cotton as Apple's new PR head, reports Re/code. In a piece on Uber, Re/Code's Kara Swisher suggests that Carney's name is "being bandied about" for the position. Carney served as White House Press Secretary from 2011 until June of 2014, when he officially resigned. Prior to that, Carney served as director of communications for Vice President Joe Biden and before that, he was the Washington bureau chief for Time magazine. Katie Cotton, who was Apple's VP of worldwide corporate communications before retiring back in May, served for more than 20 years under both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. Cotton was known for being fiercely...

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14:22
Mobile Devices with Nickel including Apple's iPad may...

A new report published today, that is in-part presented in the accompanying video, claims that Apple's iPad may be the culprit to certain types of rashes. It turns out that the iPad may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. The simple use of an "iPad Smart Case" solved the issue for one child with this allergy.

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13:11
A Weak UK Rumor Connects Apple to Fuel Cell Adoption

Earlier this month Samsung went on the offensive in a desperate attempt to breathe some new life into their terrible selling Galaxy S5. The ad which was called Wall Huggers, pointed to the iPhone having lousy battery life. The tech news site BGR posted a report stating that Samsung’s new iPhone-bashing ad was truer than Apple would like to admit. Some agree, some disagreed, but the issue of today's mobile devices having miserable battery life in general came to the fore once again. So is it any wonder that those in the fuel cell business want to stir a little interest their way by dumping Apple's name into a fresh new rumor ...

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11:12
Apple May Part Ways With Ad Agency TBWA, Plans to Tap Beat...

Apple may be planning to part ways with longtime ad agency TBWA/Media Arts Lab, according to a new report from The New York Post. Citing industry buzz, the report suggests that Apple is ready to put its entire advertising account "up for grabs." The Cupertino company is also said to be planning to leverage Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine to bolster its marketing efforts. Beats is well-known for its aggressive marketing tactics and clever advertising campaigns that have skyrocketed its headphones to popularity. Most recently, Beats launched a "The Game Before The Game" advertisement for the World Cup, featuring key players wearing Beats headphones. Beats' most recent advertisementWhat's more, the industry is...

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10:04
Eddy Cue Auctions Lunch and a MacBook Air to Benefit Baske...

Following in Tim Cook's footsteps, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue is auctioning his time to benefit the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation. Cue is widely known as a huge basketball fan, and has been seen at many basketball games, including those of his favorite team from Duke University, his alma mater. In an auction on CharityBuzz, Cue is offering a one hour lunch meeting at Apple's Cupertino headquarters and a 13-inch 1.4Ghz MacBook Air with 256 GB of storage, a $1,199 value. The meeting is valid for two people, with lunch included, at a mutually agreed upon date. Have lunch with Apple, Inc., Senior Vice-President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue at the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California, and bring home a 13-inch MacBook Air! Eddy...

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