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Saturday December 13

10:52
Apple EU Patent Reveals Apple TV based FaceTime Conferenci...

Yesterday, a new Apple patent surfaced in Europe that revealed a multi-participant video conferencing system with TV Conference Room Mode using Apple TV, either as a set-top-box or internet enabled TV for the home or work. So in evolutionary fashion we're seeing a more focused project emerging to advance Apple TV in whatever form it takes in the future.

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06:30
Apple's "Glass Lantern" Store in Istanbul T...

The Structural Awards 2014 ceremony culminated in the presentation of the ultimate accolade - the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence. This year it was awarded to The Glass Lantern, a feature at the new Apple store in Istanbul, ...

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Friday December 12

17:45
Former iTunes Engineer Claims Apple Aimed to Block '1...

As a part of the ongoing class action iPod lawsuit Apple is facing in court this week, former iTunes engineer Rod Schultz testified that he worked on a project designed to block third-party music from playing on the iPod, reports The Wall Street Journal.A former iTunes engineer testified in a federal antitrust case against Apple Friday that he worked on a project "intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients" and "keep out third-party players" that competed with Apple’s iPod.Subpoenaed by the plaintiffs to prove that Apple's moves to block outside music from playing on the iPod drove up prices, Schultz told the court that his project was codenamed "Candy" and that he didn't really want to talk about his work on iTunes from 2006 to 2007. Schultz went...

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11:22
A National Class Action lawsuit has been filed against App...

Patently Apple was the first Apple site to cover the original Class Action filed against Apple for defective MacBook logic boards. We also covered the second Class Action over this issue in May of this year. The plaintiff's council wrote in the latter case that Apple's "cover-up" shows that they "had knowledge of the defect, yet willfully and intentionally decided to hide the defect, resulting in continuing damage to the Class." By far, it's been a contentious issue and we've had the most email sent in to us on this issue than any other report we've ever covered. Now the battle goes north to Canada where a new Class Action request has been filed on behalf of a resident of Montreal. The difference here ...

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10:18
Apple Adds 'Anti-Beats' Master & Dynamic Hea...

Though Apple acquired its own headphone brand with the purchase of Beats Electronics earlier this year, the Cupertino company is demonstrating that there's still room for competitors in its Apple Store with the new addition of premium headphones by Master & Dynamic. As of this week, Apple is now selling the Master & Dynamic MH30 On-Ear Headphones and the Master & Dynamic MH40 On-Ear Headphones in its online store and in select retail stores. Priced quite similarly to premium Beats headphones, the $349 and $399 Master & Dynamic headphones focus on both design and high-quality audio, much like Beats. In a July post, ...

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08:58
Hit Dystopian Game 'Papers, Please' Lands on iPa...

The popular PC "dystopian document thriller" Papers, Please launched on the iPad early this morning, after hitting Mac earlier this year and originally being released on Steam in August of 2013. As noted by our sister site TouchArcade, however, the new iOS version is bringing a bit of controversy with it as one of the game's somewhat adult elements has been removed after facing Apple's family-focused App Store censorship rules. The game sets players as unlucky border control guards working for the fictional nation of Arstotzka. The entire game revolves around checking the documents of people attempting to immigrate into the country, cross-checking passports, ID cards, and work releases to ensure only those with proper documentation get past. The focus of Apple's...

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08:10
Rev. Jackson's Group Disrespectfully Stormed Apple Ca...

On December 9 we reported that Rev. Jesse Jackson and Apple's Tim Cook met again over diversity issues in the workplace. Jackson noted that he was impressed with Cook and the conversation that they had. You'd think that Apple working with Jackson would have produced some positive fruit. But according the Mercury news, the group that Jackson supports stormed Apple's Silicon Valley campus last night in the latest call for the company to improve its workers' living standards.

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07:15
Samsung Can't Confirm that they Have Apple Chip Order...

A report out of Korea today states that Taiwan's TSMC began the risk production of the 16nm FinFET plus (16FF+) process, and began to produce chips in July, much earlier than the original anticipated Q3. Apple is adjusting the A9 chip production quantity shuttling between Samsung (SEC) and TSMC. Although the report hints of Samsung working on the A9 processor in Austin Texas, the report clearly states there's no firm order.

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07:08
Samsung Starts Manufacturing Apple's A9 Chip for 2015...

Manufacturing of Apple's A9 processor is reportedly underway in Samsung's Austin, Texas plant, according to Korea's ET News (via The Verge). Samsung is believed to be handling the bulk of the orders for the A9 using its 14-nanometer chip process, with rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) contributing a supplementary supply. Samsung and TSMC have been competing for Apple's lucrative A9 processor contract after Apple in 2013 signed a multi-year deal with Taiwan's TSMC to supply A-series processors for Apple's iOS devices. TSMC took lead on the A8 chip, fabricating...

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06:25
Apple iPhone Orders for Catcher and Simplo Rings in Profit...

It's being reported in Taiwan today that chassis maker Catcher Technology and battery maker Simplo Technology both announced revenue growths for November due to Apple's hot iPhone orders.

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06:10
As Expected Ford Dumps Microsoft's Car Platform for C...

According to a new report published late yesterday, Ford has updated its Sync in-dash infotainment platform, and that’s bad news for Microsoft. Ford had signed unto to Apple's CarPlay back in July.

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04:48
Apple's Zorlu Store Receives 'Supreme Award...

Accolades for Apple's Zorlu store in Istanbul, Turkey continue to roll in with the company's Zorlu store winning the both the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence and the award for best Commercial or Retail Structures at the Structural Awards 2014. This Supreme award is given to the building that exemplifies the "finest example of structural engineering design" for the year. Apple was recognized for the intricate and minimalist structural design of its flagship store in the upscale Zorlu shopping center in Istanbul, Turkey. Created in conjunction with structural engineering firm Eckersley O'Callaghan and architects Foster + Partners...

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Thursday December 11

18:20
Apple Online Store Now Accepting PayPal Payments

Apple's online stores in the United States and the United Kingdom have begun accepting PayPal payments, reports Re/code. PayPal was previously available as a payment option in iTunes and the App Store, but it is now also accepted for product purchases made at Apple.com. Payments with PayPal can be made as of today from the online Apple Store by choosing the PayPal option when checking out. Along with accepting PayPal payments, Apple will also promote PayPal Credit payment methods, letting Apple online shoppers pay for items over $250 with monthly payments over the course of 18 months with no interest. Now that Apple offers a PayPal competitor with Apple Pay, the two companies have had some minor disputes. Back in September...

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15:54
Walmart Want's to sell you a new iPhone 6 at a Discou...

Want an iPhone 6 at a discount? It's being reported this afternoon that Walmart Stores are seeking to attract customers after the post-Thanksgiving rush and is now selling the iPhone 6 for as little as $...

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15:33
New Video Gives Inside Look at Corning's Gorilla Glas...

Corning, producer of Gorilla Glass, has been a long time partner of Apple. Its ultra tough Gorilla Glass has been used in several generations of iPhones and iPads, including the recent iPad Air 2 and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While Corning has published several videos that show how its Gorilla Glass is produced and tested, uBreakiFix recently visited the company's Gorilla Glass facility in Corning, New York, and has created a set of videos explaining how Gorilla Glass works and showing off some of the equipment that Corning uses to test Gorilla Glass. The first video explains the details behind Corning's ion exchange glass strengthening procedure and its focus on "damage resistance," which sets Gorilla Glass apart from its competitors. It also shows tests between Gorilla Glass and...

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14:48
Steve Jobs Biopic Filming to Take Place in 'Two Audit...

Earlier this week, leaked emails and data from the recent Sony hack revealed some interesting details on the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic that's currently in the works, including Sorkin's desire to cast Tom Cruise as Steve Jobs. Additional emails shared today by The Verge from Aaron Sorkin, prospective director David Fincher and Walter Isaacson shed more light on the project, including where filming will take place and what Fincher and Isaacson thought of the script. Though Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionare will direct the Steve Jobs movie, executives involved in the film...

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14:27
Failing to Win Apple's Display Business, Wintek shuts...

A new report today claims that Taiwanese group Wintek, formerly a major supplier of touchscreens for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, has shut down two plants in southern China and axed 7,000 jobs, leaving unpaid suppliers to chase debts of US$37million. While Wintek was the largest supplier of touchscreens for the iPhone 4, Apple switched to a different technology in 2012 for its iPhone 5, eliminating much of Apple’s need for Wintek’s technology.

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13:46
Apple Patent Reveals Maps Night Mode for CarPlay

On December 11, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple's new iOS 8 Maps App Night Mode coming to CarPlay and working in sync with special in-vehicle conditions.

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12:20
French Regulators Send Apple Notice that their In-Store Ca...

Apple’s Retail Stores in France have been under watch by France’s data regulator for the last year, and apparently the watch continues.

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11:44
Samsung Drops the Ball Again with Tizen OS for Smartphones

It's being reported in Korea today that Samsung Electronics is set to reveal a Tizen OS driven TV by CES 2016. In the world of technology, that's a lifetime away. Just think back to February of this year when Samsung embarrassingly dropped the Tizen OS ball big time and it wasn't the first time either. This week Samsung blew it again when it came to delivering a Tizen based smartphone in India. Developers are discouraged and close to giving up.

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11:32
Apple Releases Safari 8.0.2 for OS X Yosemite to Replace P...

Eight days after releasing and then quickly pulling Safari 8.0.1 for OS X Yosemite, Apple today released Safari 8.0.2 to the public. The release notes for Safari 8.0.2 are identical to those for Safari 8.0.1 except for the addition of a line noting the problems with the 8.0.1 release.- Fixes a rare issue in which some users were unable to access Safari after installing the 8.0.1 update.Other bundled changes from Safari 8.0.1 include fixes for syncing history across devices, autofilling saved passwords, WebGL performance on Retina displays, and Firefox username and password import. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google App for iOS Updated With Material Design, Maps IntegrationSmartphone-Compatible Digital Driver's...

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10:54
Apple Introduces New Guidelines Requiring iPhone Cases to...

Apple recently updated its Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing guidelines for case manufacturers, requiring all future cases designed for the iPhone to protect the device from falls up to one meter on hard surfaces. As described by sources that spoke to 9to5Mac, to comply with Apple's new guidelines, case manufacturers will need to ensure that a 1 meter (or 3.2 foot) drop from any orientation will not cause any damage to the phone, on its front, back, or sides. Cases are also required to protect the iPhone's glass screen when laying face down on a surface, with a lip that offers a buffer of at least 1mm between the glass display and the surface or a case that covers the display entirely. Apple's own iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases are compliant with these requirements, providing both drop protection and a ridge around the edges of the device to protect the display. Apple has also updated its guidelines...

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10:26
Canada's Competition Bureau Investigating Apple'...

Reuters is reporting this afternoon that Canada's Competition Bureau is investigating allegations that Apple's Canadian unit used anti-competitive clauses ...

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10:06
Foxconn & Pegatron Enjoy Healthy Growth in November du...

It's being reported today in Taiwan that Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported record monthly consolidated revenues of US$16.5 billion for November, ...

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10:01
Apple Reverses Course, Allows Transmit to Reinstate '...

Earlier this week, file management app Transmit from developer Panic gained some attention after Apple required the company to remove a key sharing feature that let files be sent to multiple services like Dropbox and iCloud Drive. Apple's concern was Transmit's ability to send files to iCloud Drive, which it said violated one of the iOS Data Storage Guidelines. Apple asked Panic to remove the feature, but unfortunately, due to an unalterable Share Sheet, sending files to iCloud Drive was tied to sending files to other services, requiring the company to completely remove the feature from the app. Unalterable Share Sheet in iOS 8 Shortly after several news sites wrote about the confusing position Panic had been put in with its Transmit app, Apple...

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