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Friday August 15

07:08
Earphones Filled With Health and Fitness Sensors Ready to...

As Apple moves closer to launching its rumored health and fitness oriented iWatch, there has been significant focus on the types of sensors Apple might be looking to deploy. Among the intriguing options have been sensor-equipped earphones, which Apple has filed patent applications on in the past and which saw renewed attention following the posting of an unfounded rumor about EarPods with embedded biometric sensors earlier this year. Earphones with health and fitness sensors do continue to be a topic of interest, and other manufacturers are preparing to bring their own products to the wearables market later this year. One biometric headphone attracting attention is a new offering from Intel and SMS Audio, which has musician 50 Cent as a co-founder (via...

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06:00
Apple's iDevice Orders are so massive that it's...

There have been wild rumors over the last few months with claims that Apple has put in iPhone orders in the range of 70-120 million units. Yet today's new revelation would almost confirm that Apple has record breaking orders in for chips with TSMC. According to a new report published today in Asia, "The impact of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's production of Apple CPUs ...

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05:18
Apple Adapts to Post-Snowdon World by Storing Data Locally...

According to several sources, Apple's decision to begin storing some of its users’ data on mainland China underscores how technology companies are adapting to digital nationalism in a post-Snowden world.

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04:04
The Rumor Mill spins a new Tale that the iPhone 6 may use...

Rumors are spun everyday over supposed Apple parts for the iPhone 6 to keep the rumor mill well oiled. Today a new rumor has sprung from the minds of the good folks over at NowhereElse.fr. Their latest rumor-report is trying to put a square peg into a round hole about Apple adopting the new reversible USB standard for the iPhone 6.

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03:07
Apple Now Using China Telecom as Data Center Provider in C...

Apple has officially added China Telecom as a data center provider in China, reports The Wall Street Journal. The move comes after 15 months of "stringent tests and evaluation" by the Fuzhou city government, as Apple states that all data stored on the servers is encrypted. According to Reuters, Apple says the new data center will help improve the speed and reliability of iCloud and the iTunes Store in the region. "Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously. We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China," it said. The move could also help ease tensions between Apple and China as of late, as the...

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02:28
Photos Claiming to Be of New Lightning Cable with Reversib...

Apple may be shipping a new Lightning cable that features a reversible USB connector with forthcoming iOS devices, reports Chinese website Dianxinshouji.com (Google Translate, via Nowhereelse.fr). The source shares a few photos of the new cables said to be from Apple supplier Foxconn, with the images showing a USB connector that is attached to the center of its metal casing. By comparison, the USB connector on Apple's current Lightning cable attach against the bottom of the metal housing's inner surface. While it is unable to tell for sure whether these cables are legitimate or not, it is possible that Apple could ship new Lightning cables to match the forthcoming USB 3.1 cables that will soon come...

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00:29
Apple Hiring for Future Retail Store in United Arab Emirat...

Apple today posted retail job listings for a future store to be located in the United Arab Emirates, indicating that the company may be soon opening its first store in the Middle East. The postings were initially spotted by ifoAppleStore and show typical openings for Specialists, Creatives, and Experts, as well as managerial positions for Store Leader and Market Leader. The report speculates that the store could already been under construction for an opening in February 2015 based on hiring schedules. Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the UAE, posing for photos at various Apple resellers and meeting with UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. While...

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00:00
Apple Sued by Shareholders Over Anti-Poaching Agreements w...

Apple shareholder R. Andre Klein is suing Apple on behalf of all of its shareholders over the company's anti-poaching agreements, reports Patently Apple. The lawsuit claims that Apple's no-hire agreements with other companies including Google, Adobe, and Intel caused the company to grossly mismanage its assets, mislead its investors, breach the duty of "honest services", and hurt its overall value. The suit seeks damages for all shareholders through a jury trial, and names a number of Apple executives as individual defendants including current CEO Tim Cook and even former CEO Steve Jobs. The suit follows a rejection of a $324 million settlement proposal between the four tech companies and tech workers by a California...

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Thursday August 14

17:12
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Phil Schiller Take On 'Ice Bucket...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today took the "Ice Bucket Challenge," which is designed to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The challenge asks people to pour buckets of ice water over their heads (documented on film and shared on social media sites) and then tag three friends to do the same. Friends unwilling to complete the challenge are asked to donate money towards ALS, but as noted by The Verge, many participants have chosen to participate and donate money to the cause. According to Instagram and Twitter photos, Tim Cook had a bucket of ice water dumped on him at Apple's Cupertino campus this afternoon during the company's weekly beer bash, after...

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14:39
Sprint Sees Apple as a Crucial Part of Sprint's Reinv...

According to The Street, Sprint may soon aggressively cut its wireless prices under new Marcelo Claure, according to analysts who have met with the telecom’s incoming CEO. Claure could time Sprint’s price cuts with Apple's rollout of the iPhone 6...

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14:39
Sprint Sees Apple as a Crucial Part of their Reinvention

According to The Street, Sprint may soon aggressively cut its wireless prices under new Marcelo Claure, according to analysts who have met with the telecom’s incoming CEO. Claure could time Sprint’s price cuts with Apple's rollout of the iPhone 6...

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11:17
Higher-End 4.7 and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 to Get Sapphire Displ...

Apple has plans to use a sapphire crystal display in the higher-end models of the two versions of the iPhone 6 that it plans to debut this fall, reports The Wall Street Journal. Because of the higher cost of sapphire, Apple may also charge more for the high-end versions of the devices.Apple is considering using sapphire screens in more-expensive models of the two new, larger iPhones it plans to debut this fall, if it can get enough of the material, people familiar with the matter say. Some analysts expect Apple to charge more for the phones than previous new models, because of increased component costs.Multiple iPhone 6 rumors have speculated that sapphire could be constrained to either the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 or the higher-end models due to cost and production issues, but The Wall Street Journal is the first mainstream publication to confirm those rumors...

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10:37
Intel Preparing to Launch New Xeon Processors for Potentia...

After nearly three and a half years with only a minor processor bump, Apple late last year launched its redesigned Mac Pro, moving to a compact cylindrical design relying on a slew of Thunderbolt 2 ports for expandability. While the new machine began shipping in the last few days of 2013, extreme shortages of the machine persisted for months and it wasn't until two months ago that shipping estimates reached the "within 24 hours" level and Apple's own retail stores began stocking the Mac Pro for immediate purchase. Potential Mac Pro customers may now, however, be starting to look forward to the first update for the redesigned Mac Pro, as Intel appears set to launch new processors appropriate for the Mac Pro next month. As...

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10:19
IDC's New Smartphone Report illustrates that the iPho...

According to a new IDC report, the worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone in the second quarter of 2014, moving past the 300 million unit mark for the first time in its history. Vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide in 2Q14, up 25.3% from the 240.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2013. The...

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08:45
Apple Invents In-Cell for OLED Displays & Touch ID for...

Apple was granted a patent this week for their In-Cell or "Integrated Touch" display technology. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's patent application for their latest technology regarding "In-Cell for LED" or OLED/AMOLED displays. In a secondary patent filing Apple focuses on fingerprint imaging and quality characterization. One of the patent figures illustrates the iPad integrating Touch ID which is likely to debut this fall.

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07:14
Apple Meets With Thai Officials to Discuss 'iPhone 6...

According to a report from Thailand's Thai Rath newspaper [Google Translate], Apple has already met with officials at the country's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to discuss the recent disclosure that two iPhone 6 models have been approved by the government agency for import into the Asian country. NBTC secretary Takorn Tantasith earlier this week released the approval information on two "iPhone 6" models A1586 and A1524, reportedly in accordance with guidelines that require the public announcement of approved hardware. The declaration, which he also broadcast on Twitter, contained only the product name and...

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06:46
University Students Get a Deal if they buy a Mac before Se...

In a new email promotion, Apple is now offering students who buy a Mac before September 9 will get a ...

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05:54
Apple Reveals a New Audio System Designed for thin Devices...

On August 14, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Long-Throw Acoustic Transducer." Apple's invention generally relates to the field of audio speakers that use a moving magnetic piston as the sound producing element. The invention will be able to produce more vibrant audio for music and alerts with vibrations for future iDevices. Apple notes that their invention may be advantageous for acoustic transducers that are used in "thin" devices ...

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05:27
Assembled iPhone 6 Logic Board Revealed in New Photo

With under four weeks to go until the expected introduction of the iPhone 6, increasingly complex parts are continuing to leak. Just weeks ago, photos showing two bare logic boards similar to but distinct from corresponding parts from existing iPhones surfaced, lending credence to rumors of two larger iPhone 6 models. One of those logic boards has now been revealed in what appears to be a fully assembled state in a photo reposted by Apple.club.tw [Google Translate]. While several physical features such as the nano-SIM slot, a number of...

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04:18
Apple Shareholder Files Class Action against Members of Ap...

Revelations have surfaced in a court filing that the estate of Apple founder Steve Jobs is being sued by one of the company's shareholders. The class action lawsuit claims that Apple misled investors and damaged the value of the company by striking a controversial hiring agreement with other corporations. The action formerly lists the defendants in this case as being Tim Cook, William Campbell, Millard Drexler, Arthur Levinson, Robert Iger, Andrea Jung, Fred Anderson and the Estate of Steven Jobs.

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03:21
Apple Reveals their New Fraud Detection Identity System

An Internet-facing identity management system is vulnerable to a variety of attacks, including account take over, fraudulent activities, creation of fraudulent accounts and denial of service attacks. As hackers and fraudsters are getting better and more sophisticated in online transaction attacks, there is a need to detect and remediate fraud in real-time to protect consumers and businesses. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new fraud detection ID management system. To a certain degree Apple is ...

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01:48
Apple Reveals Advancing Magic Mouse with Force Sensing

Apple introduced a vision for a future version of their Magic Mouse back in 2010 that was the most descriptive patent filing on this subject matter. It described and illustrated how the next generation Magic Mouse would be able to sense a plurality of forces and applied velocities. It went into great detail about advanced gesture profiles for new "brush, scoop, tilt, and slide" capabilities. In 2013 Apple was granted their first patent on force sensing related to the Magic Mouse. Today, Apple has applied for a second patent on this future feature with refinements. In one example ...

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00:13
Pegatron Snags up to 50% of Apple's 4.7 inch iPhone 6...

On Monday we reported that Taiwan's Pegatron expected revenue from assembling communication devices such as Apple's next-generation smartphone to rise sharply in the third quarter. More specifically, the report noted that Pegatron stated that projected revenue from devices excluding PCs were to rise by 20 to 30% from the second quarter, thanks to iPhones that are widely expected to join the trend toward larger screens." Today the news gets even better for Pegatron as they have reportedly gained more of Apple's iPhone business than originally thought.

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Wednesday August 13

23:12
Pegatron Reportedly Lands 50% of 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Orders...

Apple supply partner Pegatron has won a contract that will see it produce 25 million of the estimated 50 million 4.7-inch iPhone 6 units to be shipped this year, reports DigiTimes. It was reported in January that the company would be awarded 50% of the orders, however a report in May pegged that number at 15%. The report also notes that the rest of the orders for the iPhone 6 are expected to go to Foxconn, who has helped produce iPhone 5s and other Apple devices. Pegatron's relationship with Apple is said to also have grown tighter recently, as the supplier has managed assembly for the iPad mini and the iPhone...

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17:09
Google Reveals a Future "Glass" Component System...

Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals a possible future component system for their wearable computer known as "Glass." The system shows that users may one day soon be able to attach "Glass" components to a prescription glasses frame designed by ...

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