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Tuesday October 6

Apple Wins a Patent for a New 3D Camera Accessory & De...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single invention relating to a 3D camera that could be used with a wide variety of mobile and stationary computers. One aspect of the invention covers a unique desktop stand with a virtual projector attached.

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Apple Acquires Perceptio for iPhone AI, Facial Recognition...

Late yesterday Apple acquired Perceptio, a startup developing technology to let companies run advanced artificial intelligence systems on smartphones ...

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Monday October 5

New Apple Watch Ads Showcase Messaging, Fitness, Maps and...

Apple debuted a new series of Apple Watch ads aimed at simply showing off specific features. The new ads, which are all set against bright backgrounds and feature people using their Watches for specific purposes, show off the device's fitness and messaging capabilities in addition to Apple Pay and Maps. The first two ads, "Sing" and "Date" feature people using Apple Watch's messaging capabilities to live their lives. In "Sing", the user sends someone an audio message of a song he's singing. In "Date", actress Lake Bell, who is the narrator of the iPhone 6s commercial, enjoys a night out and is updated on her child via Messages. The second two ads, "Train" and "Cycle", showcase the Apple Watch's fitness capabilities. In "Train", a user can be seen checking his heart rate as he air boxes. In "Cycle," a user is completing their indoor cycling exercise and watching it get recorded by the Apple Watch. In "Ride", a user is shown driving around until they stop to ask...

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Apple Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup Perceptio

Apple has purchased Perceptio, a small startup focused on artificial intelligence, reports Bloomberg. Founded by Nicolas Pinto and Zak Stone, Perceptio was developing technology that would let smartphone companies create advanced artificial intelligence systems "without needing to share as much user data" in the cloud. Perceptio's goals were to develop techniques to run AI image-classification systems on smartphones, without having to draw from large external repositories of data. That fits Apple's strategy of trying to minimize its usage of customer data and do as much processing as possible on the device.According to Bloomberg, both Stone and Pinto are established artificial intelligence researchers who specialize in creating image-recognition systems using deep learning. There's little information available about Perceptio, but Re/code...

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Apple Responds to YiSpecter Malware, Says Fix Was Implemen...

Over the weekend, security site Palo Alto Networks detailed a new iOS malware that's able to infect non-jailbroken Apple devices using enterprise certificates and private APIs. It originated in Taiwan and China and was installed through several methods, including hijacking traffic from ISPs, an SNS worm on Windows, and offline app installation. Called YiSpecter, the malware is able to download, install, and launch apps, doing things like replacing existing apps, displaying advertisements in legitimate apps, changing Safari's default engine, and uploading user information to remote servers. A popup ad that was able to install YiSpecter on iOS devices In response to the detailing of YiSpecter, Apple has released an official statement to ...

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Fiery Irish Finance Minister Says They'll Fight any N...

The findings of a probe into Apple Inc.’s tax affairs in Ireland won’t hurt the country, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who vowed to go to court to fight any negative ruling from European Union watchdogs.

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Apple Now Selling 'Made for Apple Watch' Lugs fo...

Apple has begun selling official Apple Watch lugs through authorized distributor Avnet that may only be used in third-party bands that adhere to the company's Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch. Apple-designed stainless steel lugs are each marked with "Made for Apple Watch" laser etching to verify their authenticity. The stainless steel lugs are available in 38mm and 42mm sizes and are compatible with all Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition models. However, at the time of publication, Space Gray, Space Black, Yellow Gold and Rose Gold lugs are not listed for sale. Apple has published Apple Watch Lug Assembly Guidelines that provide accessory makers with step-by-step instructions and a list of required tools for assembly,...

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Microsoft Working on Fix for Office Bugs in OS X El Capita...

Since OS X El Capitan was released to the public last week, Microsoft Office users have noticed some serious bugs when attempting to use the software. MacRumors has received multiple emails from people having issues with Office 2016, and there are several threads about the problem on our forums. Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint are crashing for many Microsoft users who have installed Office 2016, and Office 2011 users are also noticing problems with Outlook. Microsoft is aware of the problems with its software and has been responding to customer complaints. In a thread on the Microsoft forums,...

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Apple Watch Hermès Collection Debuts in Select Apple &...

Apple today officially launched the Apple Watch Hermès collection, which the two companies announced at the September 9 "Hey Siri" event. The collection includes three different strap options for customers -- Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff -- alongside a stainless steel Apple Watch casing. None of the new Hermès bands are available to purchase separately, however, and are only included in one of the collection's ten available models. Hermès offers four different colored versions of the Double Tour band, including Bleu Jean and Etain gray, but only in 38 mm sizes. Those interested in the Single Tour can choose between three different colors, two of which come in both 38 mm and 42 mm, but one -- the red-tinted Capucine Leather band -- is only offered in 38 mm. Alternatively, the Cuff option is a bit more simplistic for buyers, due to its...

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Forbes Writer Thinks that Apple Music is a 'Sprawling...

It's definitely Dump on Apple Music Week. Yesterday CNET Writer Sarah Mitroff posted a report as to why she ditched Apple Music for Spotify and today it's Forbes writer Ewan Spence stepping into the ring ...

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PricewaterhouseCoopers see's Apple's iPhone 6s b...

What consumer products will be hot this Holiday season? The holidays are the most important time of the year for retailers as well as some shoppers: about a third of some stores' profits are made in the last two months of the year ...

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Tim Cook Commemorates Steve Jobs on Fourth Anniversary of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent an internal email to employees (via The Telegraph) to commemorate the fourth anniversary since the death of late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away October 5, 2011 following a lengthy illness. Cook described Steve as a "brilliant person," encouraging Apple employees to ask their co-workers about "what he was really like," and reminded his staff about the "privilege and responsibility" of continuing the work that he "loved so much."Team, Today marks four years since Steve passed away. On that day, the world lost a visionary. We at Apple lost a leader, a mentor, and many of us lost a dear friend. Steve was a brilliant person, and his priorities were very simple. He loved his family above all, he loved Apple, and he loved the people with whom he worked so closely and achieved so much...

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Apple Remains World's Most Valuable Brand Per Latest...

Apple has retained the number one spot in Interbrand's annual ranking of the world's most valuable brands, a position it has held onto since 2013 when it knocked Coca-Cola out of the top spot. Following close behind the Cupertino-based company are brands like Google, Microsoft, and Samsung in second, fourth, and seventh place, respectively. Since last year's ranking, Apple has grown in brand value a total of 43 percent, earning it one of Interbrand's "Top Riser" designations. Overall, the company increased from $118.9 billion last year to $170.3 billion in this year's survey, up a total of about $51.4 billion in brand valuation from 2014 to 2015. Other companies like Amazon and Facebook...

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Apple's CEO Sends email to Staff Remembering Steve Jo...

Today Tim Cook has asked Apple staff to honor the late Steve Jobs on the fourth anniversary of his death, urging them to stop each other to "ask what he was really like."

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Interbrand Lists Apple as the Number One Global Brand for...

Madison Avenue may be the center of the advertising industry, but Silicon Valley is home to the most valuable brands. For the third consecutive year, Apple tops the annual Interbrand Best Global Brands report.

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Sunday October 4

Drama from Steve Jobs Movie Director: Companies like Apple...

English film Director, producer and screenwriter Daniel Boyle who directed the biographical drama based on the life of Steve Jobs has quite the dramatic flair. After Aaron Sorkin put a bullet in the film 'Steve Jobs' by lashing out at Apple's current CEO Tim Cook recently, Boyle was out in full force ...

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CNET Writer: Why I Ditched Apple Music for Spotify

CNET's Sarah Mitroff wrote today that "After signing up, I decided to make Apple Music my only music service during its initial three-month trial period. I canceled my Spotify subscription and worked on personalizing Apple [Music] to suit my ...

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Phillip Elmer-Dewitt: 7 Things I can't Image Steve Jo...

Fortune's Phillip Elmer-Dewitt wrote today that it was hard for him to watch Tim Cook's acceptance speech last night at the Human Rights Campaign "on the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death and not think ...

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Tim Cook Clarifies Universal Search in New Apple TV

When Apple’s next-generation Apple TV arrives at market in October it will include a new universal search feature that will allow you to search for a movie or TV show once, and see results from all sorts of different sources

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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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Balloony Land offers a fresh twist on th...
Balloony Land by Palringo offers a fresh twist on the match three genre and is out now on iOS and Android. First-off, you'll be popping balloons instead of crushing candy and the balloons will float up and fill the empty spaces instead of dropping down. With a grand total of 96 different levels set in five different themed-worlds there's plenty... | Read more »
Graphic - vector illustration and design...
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Sago Mini Babies (Education)
Sago Mini Babies 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Introducing the Sago Mini babies. Boys and girls love caring for these adorable characters. Feed Robin her favorite mush, play dress-up with Jinja, change Harvey’s stinky diaper, then take a dance break with Jack. With... | Read more »
PAUSE - Relaxation at your fingertip (H...
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Super Sharp (Games)
Super Sharp 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Your finger has never been so sharp! Cut with skill to complete the 120 ingenious physics levels of Super Sharp and become a cut master!What's NewiOS 9 performance improvement Super Sharp | Read more »
Assembly - Graphic design for everyone...
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Dub Dash (Games)
Dub Dash 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ARE YOU READY FOR THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE?UNIQUE SYMBIOSIS OF MUSIC AND GRAPHICS | Read more »
Leave Me Alone (Games)
Leave Me Alone 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: 33% off launch sale!!!Somewhere between the 1980s and 1990s there exists a world that never was. A world of skatepunks, mutants, and madtastic ruffians who roam the streets causing terror and havoc wherever they go. A world... | Read more »
YAMGUN (Games)
YAMGUN 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The invasion has begun!Protect the walls of the citadel against waves of enemies! But watch out, you will soon run out of ammo... Thankfully, you are able to recycle destroyed enemies into brand new ammunition!Eradicate the invaders... | Read more »
Chesh (Games)
Chesh 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: It’s like chess, only not at all.***40% off for a limited time to celebrate our launch!***Chesh is a game of skill, strategy, luck, and – above all else – randomness.“[Chesh] is surrendering your expertise, flying blind in a familiar... | Read more »
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