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Wednesday June 24

05:46
New Estimates Released show that Samsung's Illusionar...

Late on Monday a new report out of Korea potentially delivers disastrous news about the new Galaxy S6.

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04:15
Apple Music Lands Over 20,000 Indie Labels as Beggars Grou...

Apple Music has signed two major indie music rights holders Beggars Group and Merlin Network, which represent over 20,000 indie labels and distributors, reports Billboard. The licensing agencies agreed to sign up for Apple Music after Apple changed course and agreed to pay artists on a per-stream basis during the streaming music service's three-month trial period. British singer Adele is signed to Beggars Group label XL Recordings (via DeviantArt)"I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other...

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02:47
Apple's "Wallet" Icon & "Yosemite...

On June 24, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademarks for "Wallet" icon and "Yosemite" which were granted ...

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Tuesday June 23

16:22
Apple Hits Number 16 on MIT's Smartest Top 50 Compani...

While MIT's top 50 Smartest Companies ranks Apple at number 16, they think that Tesla, Xiaomi, Netflix, Google and Amazon beat Apple. MIT said that sometimes they hear that technology companies have lost their ambition ....

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15:09
A new Rumor Suggests that Samsung is Pushing for the Galax...

At the top of the month we reported that Samsung could quickly shift tactics against Apple's iPhone by leaping to larger displays ...

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13:22
Liquidmetal Technologies Extends Master Agreement with App...

Today it was revealed in Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that they have formally entered ...

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12:34
Apple Renews Exclusive Rights to Liquidmetal Technologies...

Apple has renewed its exclusive rights to use Liquidmetal Technologies' unique metal alloys in its line of products, according to a document filed today with the SEC. The new agreement extends Apple's relationship with Liquidmetal Technologies until February 5, 2016, and was initially signed on February 5, 2015.On June 17, 2015, Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. (the "Company") and Apple Inc. ("Apple") entered into a third amendment (the "Third Amendment") to the Master Transaction Agreement that was originally entered into on August 5, 2010 and amended on June 15, 2012 and May 17, 2014 (the "MTA"). Under the MTA and its first two amendments in 2012 and 2014, the Company was obligated to contribute to Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC, a special purpose subsidiary of the Company, all intellectual property acquired or developed by the Company from August 5, 2010 through February 5, 2015,...

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11:58
LG Joins Apple in Designing a Future Smartphone that'...

Yesterday we posted a report that revealed that Apple is working on a full iPhone display that will eventually eliminate their iconic Home button. Today we're learning that LG has been granted a U.S. design patent ...

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11:29
iOS 9 Beta 2 Tidbits: iPad Keyboard Tweaks, New Podcasts I...

Apple today released the second beta of iOS 9, introducing a number of performance improvements, feature updates, and bug fixes to the beta software that was first seeded to developers on June 8. iOS 9 beta 2 includes several minor design tweaks and feature updates that have been introduced as Apple works to refine the software ahead of its public release this fall. With the changes, the beta is already feeling faster and more polished, with a much improved search function. We've gathered up a full list of the minor changes we've found in iOS 9 beta 2 below. Podcasts - The Podcasts has a newly updated icon that's bolder. The layout of the app has also been updated slightly, changing the position of some of the download buttons. Handoff - Handoff is again being displayed in the...

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10:23
iOS 9 Includes New Auto App Delete/Reinstall Feature for O...

Developers who are installing the second beta of iOS 9 have discovered a highly useful iOS 9 space management feature, which will help users who have little space on their devices install major operating system updates. When attempting to install iOS 9 on a device with insufficient space, there's a popup that offers to temporarily delete some apps in order to make room for the update. Apps that are deleted are then reinstalled and replaced after the operating system update is completed. With iOS 8, many users with 16GB devices were disappointed with the large installation size of the operating system. As it was over 4GB, few users with 16GB devices had the space for the update, which may be one of the main reasons that iOS 8 installation rates were slow for several months following release. Given...

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09:02
Google Announces a Freemium Music Service ahead of Apple M...

Late last month during Google's developer conference they announced that "Google Photos" would be made available to iOS users free with Unlimited Storage. Apple's CEO struck back against Google's recent move by stating that "We believe the customer should be in control of their own information ...

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09:02
Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to Developer...

Apple today released the second beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. Any new changes found in the second El Capitan beta will be detailed below. The update, build 15A204h, is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. Apple has also released OS X Server 5.0 beta 2. OS X El Capitan largely builds on the features introduced with OS X Yosemite, focusing on improving performance and user experience. Behind-the-scenes improvements in El Capitan have made a number of apps and processes on the Mac much faster, and the introduction of Metal makes system-level graphics rendering 40 percent more efficient. Along with a new systemwide font, El Capitan includes a revamped Mission Control...

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09:00
Apple Seeds Second iOS 9 Beta to Developers

Apple today released the second beta of iOS 9 to developers for testing purposes, just over two weeks after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. Changes that are new to iOS 9 beta 2 are covered in our iOS 9 beta 2 tidbits post. The update, build 13A4280e, is available as an over-the-air update and it is also available for download through the Apple Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 7 beta 2. According to the iOS 9 beta 2 release notes, today's update includes fixes for many bugs and problems that were present in the first beta. AirPlay connectivity is improved, changing a password in the Family section of iCloud Settings now works, restoring from a backup created in iOS 9 is faster, Mail no longer crashes when trying to print a message, and third-...

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08:53
Apple Seeds Second WatchOS 2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the second watchOS 2 beta to developers, just over two weeks after announcing the new operating system update at its Worldwide Developers Conference. watchOS 2 requires iOS 9 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. watchOS 2 is the first major update to watchOS, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new software brings many new features that Apple Watch developers can take advantage of, including native apps that run on the Apple Watch itself instead of the iPhone. It also allows developers to access the Taptic Engine and a number of other sensors in the Apple Watch, including the heart rate monitor, the microphone, and the accelerometer. Along with these features for developers, which will lead to much more complex and full-featured third-party Apple Watch apps, the update introduces new...

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08:41
Google Music Gains Free Ad-Supported Radio Tier in U.S.

Google today announced that it's adding a free tier to its Google Music subscription service, just a week ahead of the launch of Apple Music. Apple Music doesn't include a free listening tier, but it is accompanied by a free ad-supported radio service that provides users with a way to access music without shelling out cash. Google's free listening tier is built around Songza, the radio-based streaming service that Google purchased last July. It includes curated radio stations and playlists, which Google describes as human-curated and crafted "song by song" for moods and activities like working out or driving. It's currently available in the United States and rolling out to Android and iOS devices this week. At any moment in your day, Google Play Music has whatever you need music for--from working, to working out, to working it on the dance floor--and...

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07:52
Apple wants Unwired Planet to pay $15 Million in Attorney...

Back in in 2012 we posted a report titled "Say what? Unwired Planet Sues Apple for… Well … Everything!." We apparently hit the nail on the head with that byline because last Friday Apple filed a motion against Unwired Planet ...

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07:08
Buick and GMC Announce CarPlay Coming to Select 2016 Vehic...

General Motors today announced that select 2016 model year Buick and GMC vehicles will support CarPlay and Android Auto through the IntelliLink system, including the 2016 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and 2016 GMC Canyon, Yukon and Sierra. Buick and GMC will support CarPlay at the beginning of the model year and add Android Auto compatibility to select vehicles later in the model year. The built-in IntelliLink screen will indicate when a CarPlay or Android Auto compatible smartphone is connected via USB, enabling quick and easy access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts and third-party apps such as Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio, CBS Radio and MLB At Bat. CarPlay also uses Siri voice control and interfaces with your vehicle's knobs...

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06:42
Apple Granted 52 Patents Today Covering a Diamond Cutting...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a tool designed to create the chamfered edges found on the iPhone 5S and the apertures found in all iPhones. Apple's second patent ...

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05:53
Apple is Granted Three Key Mobile Map Patents Covering Tex...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover three granted patents relating to maps.

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02:59
Apple Granted 9 Design Patents Today Covering a Gaming Hea...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of nine newly granted design patents for Apple Inc. today covering a wide range of products including an all-new design for a gaming headset.

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01:56
Apple Granted a 3D Camera Patent Focused on Time-Coded Ill...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple another patent for 3D mapping related to a possible future 3D iDevice camera.

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Monday June 22

11:19
The First Corvettes Roll off the Production Line with CarP...

As the momentum builds, Chevrolet showed off their new Corvette Z06 rolling out of production equipped with Apple's CarPlay.

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10:43
First Chevy CarPlay Vehicle, 650-HP Corvette Z06, Heading...

In late May, General Motors and its Chevrolet brand announced that its first 2016 cars equipped with CarPlay would be available later this year. Less than a month after the announcement, the first Chevy CarPlay vehicle, a silver Corvette Z06, has rolled off the production line. Chevy shared images of the maiden Corvette with TechCrunch, and told the site its Corvette Z06 vehicles are now heading to dealerships and consumers. Chevy's Corvette Z06 is the second vehicle with CarPlay that's actually available for consumers to purchase, following the Ferarri FF. The Ferarri FF has been the only vehicle sold with built-in CarPlay support since CarPlay was...

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10:42
Smashing Pumpkins Lead Singer Reacts to Apple Music's...

Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan stated earlier today that Apple's decision to reverse its policy on paying artists during Apple Music's three-month trial period shows that the company is only aware of the needs of top-tier artists, and that this is a mistake.

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09:07
Will Google's Patent Battle over Street View Mapping...

It's being reported today that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up Google's appeal in respect to infringing patents held by Vederi LLC regarding Street View mapping software ...

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Vector 2 is Officially a Thing and it...
Vector is a pretty cool parkour-driven runner that's gotten a pretty decent following since it first came out - although personally I think more people could stand to show it some love. Anyway, Nekki has announced that a sequel isofficially on its way and will be coming to the App Store later this year. [Read more] | Read more »
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