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Friday November 20

Samsung Cut 5,000 Jobs in 2015 with half coming from their...

According to new statistics published by Korea's Financial Supervisory Service, Samsung Group employees decreased by 5,000 over the last year ...

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Microsoft wants in on Apple's 'Project Titan...

The mere knowledge that Apple has a team of several hundred people working on car designs changed the conversation at this year's Frankfurt International Motor Show. Today we learn that Microsoft want's in on the buzz surrounding this trend.

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Apple Expands Personal Pickup to United Kingdom

Following the launch of Personal Pickup in Australia and Canada earlier this week, Apple today expanded the in-store pickup service to the United Kingdom. Personal Pickup allows customers to place an order on the Apple Online Store or Apple Store app and pick it up at a nearby Apple Retail Store, generally within an hour.

Personal Pickup launched in the U.S. in 2011, but was unavailable elsewhere until this week. The service is offered for several Apple products, including Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and the Apple Watch. Apple notifies customers via email or text message when their order is available for in-store pickup with a valid photo ID.

MacRumors broke the news earlier this month that Apple was planning an international expansion of Personal Pickup in...

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Thursday November 19

China Seeks to Build its Own Secure Smartphones to Ensure...

With the press noting this week that the US government will pressure and legislate companies like Apple and Google to create a back door in their software for security reasons, a report out of China may be the news that Apple was trying to avoid. Today the Wall Street Journal reports that China aims to build its own secure smartphones.

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Best Buy Missed their Numbers for the Quarter, See's...

Hubert Joly said during Best Buys financial conference call that "Demand for tablets has been particularly weak ...

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Jimmy Iovine Criticized After Making Controversial Comment...

Apple recently debuted a new Apple Music ad, starring singer Mary J. Blige and actresses Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington, during the 2015 Emmy Awards.

In the one-minute spot, focused on Apple Music playlists, Washington says that Apple's curated playlists are like having "a boyfriend who creates you a mixtape -- in your laptop."

Jimmy Iovine, who joined Apple in 2014 following the company's acquisition of Beats Electronics, has made headlines today following controversial comments he made about women on CBS This Morning today in relation to the ad.

CBS has made the video clip unavailable to viewers outside the U.S. —...

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Over 100 Million iPhones Now in Use in U.S., Nearly Two-Th...

More than an estimated 100 million iPhones are being used in the United States, according to new data shared by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners [PDF]. At the end of the September 2015 quarter, more than 101 million iPhones were in use, and two-thirds of those iPhones were newer iPhones that have been released in 2014 and 2015.

An estimated 58 million of the 101 million iPhones in use were the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, while four million were iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models. The iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus are the four iPhones that have larger 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens, and the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 appears to be the most popular model. CIRP's data was gathered in September, shortly after the iPhone 6s launch. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus numbers are likely much higher now.

"The analysis shows the continued strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, now one year old," said Mike Levin,...

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Apple 'Investigating' iPad Pros Unresponsive Aft...

Shortly after the launch of the iPad Pro, buyers began complaining about an issue that caused the iPad Pro to become unresponsive after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality.

Apple has now responded to those complaints with a support document letting customers know it's looking into the problem and recommending the aforementioned hard restart as an interim fix.

To get back to using your iPad Pro, force restart it by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

Apple is aware of this issue and is investigating.After being charged, affected iPad Pros appear to be completely frozen, unresponsive to touch and other interactions. The screen remains dark until a reset is performed. The issue appears to be quite widespread, with complaints...

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Jimmy Iovine on CBS This Morning with Mary J. Blige

Apple Music is out with a new ad, starring Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson. Music legend and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine leads ...

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Compared to Surface Pro 4 and Su...

Apple released the iPad Pro last week as a direct competitor to Microsoft's new Surface Pro 4. The high-end tablets are primarily targeted at creative professionals, with the companion Apple Pencil and Surface Pen available as precise input tools to complement your finger.

iMore has shared a new video that compares sketching with the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro to the Surface Pen on Microsoft's new Surface Book, which has equivalent display technology as the Surface Pro 4.

Editor Serenity Caldwell found the Surface Pen to be "about as responsive" as the Apple Pencil, but said Microsoft's stylus pressure was slightly harder to control and had more trouble at writing small type.

The Verge has created a similar video that provides more of a high-level comparison of the iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4...

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Apple is Silent as Canadian Apple Fan Reports his Apple ID...

A Calgary man says he's lost about $750 in music, movies, apps, and unspent Apple gift cards after an unknown hacker broke into his Apple account.

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Apple's Smartphone Market Share Expected to Grow in 2...

With the smartphone market becoming less profitable, iPhone will still have the highest margin next year compared with products from rival vendors.

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A New Surge in iPhone 6s Sales Hits India

On Tuesday we posted a report titled "Apple is stepping up their Focus in Both Enterprise & Educational Markets in India." Today we're learning from an Indian report that after a tepid start to sales of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, there's been a sharp turnaround ....

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Apple Places More Apple Watch Orders for Christmas Sales W...

A new supply chain report states that Apple has placed orders for four million Apple Watches for the fourth quarter, targeting mainly demand from the year-end holidays.

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Apple Makes Terrorism Cases 'Go Cold' Says Manha...

In a stark report issued Wednesday, the Manhattan District Attorney's office makes a detailed case showing how modern day privacy tools protect criminals -- and get in the way of police investigations." The report specifically called out Apple and Google.

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Apple Pencil Teardown Reveals Antenna, Battery and Tiny Fo...

iFixit has completed an Apple Pencil teardown, removing the outer plastic casing to reveal the pencil's inner metal cylinder. The teardown provides a closer look at several Apple Pencil components, including the antenna, battery, pencil nib, Lightning connector and miniature folded logic board.

Apple Pencil has two emitters in the tip that enable the iPad Pro to determine the pencil nib's angle and orientation relative to the display, and adjust the pen stroke accordingly, explains iFixit. iPad Pro has a digitizer that likely determines the distance from each emitter to the screen.

At the core of the Apple Pencil is a tiny 0.329 Wh lithium-ion rechargeable battery that holds just 5% of the charge of an iPhone 6s battery, next to a small cylindrical black and gold antenna. There is also a small ribbon cable that connects the Apple Pencil's battery with its Lightning connector for charging.

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Apple Reveals Third Waterproofing Patent this Month &...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that cover waterproofing and ejectable corner iDevice corners that are designed to protect a device when hitting a surface in a dropping incident. These shock absorbers also double as

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Beats Solo2 Wireless and urBeats Headphones Now Available...

Apple has released Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones and urBeats In-Ear Headphones in a new Rose Gold color to match the iPhone 6s lineup and select Apple Watch models. The headphones remain available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray colors released earlier this year.

The Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, $299.95, were released in November 2014 as the first Beats product since Apple's acquisition of the company officially closed. Beats launched new Solo2 Wireless headphones in Gold, Silver and Space Gray, colors that match several Apple products, last...

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Apple's Most Advanced OLED Display Invention to date...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their most advanced OLED display technology to date for an iDevice. Apple reveals a unique silicon-OLED display that will be ...

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Wednesday November 18

Sprint Launches LTE Plus Network, Offers 50% Off Verizon,...

Sprint today launched its LTE Plus network, which is available today in 77 major markets in the U.S. To celebrate, the carrier is announcing what its calling "the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history", offering 50 percent off of T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T rate plans. The offer runs from November 20 to January 7, 2016 and the pricing remains in place until January 8, 2018.

“We’ve made tremendous strides with our network because we know consumers want wireless service that provides consistent speed and reliability,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “We are so confident that customers will have an amazing experience that we are encouraging them to give us a try with the biggest wireless offer in the history of our industry. Customers switching to Sprint will never need to look elsewhere. They will learn what our 58 million...

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Hands-On With the iPad Pro Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil has technically been available for purchase since last week, but supplies of the iPad Pro accessory have been tight. Orders placed on launch day, November 11, are just starting to arrive to customers this week, and retail stores only began receiving reliable shipments starting yesterday.

We picked up an Apple Pencil yesterday afternoon and did a hands-on video to give MacRumors readers a look at the highly sought iPad Pro accessory.

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The Apple Pencil is an accessory that's unique to the iPad Pro and was built from the ground up alongside the tablet....

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Apple Pay Launches in Australia for American Express Cardh...

Apple Pay has launched in Australia in partnership with American Express, expanding iPhone-based mobile payments to a fourth country following Canada earlier this week. The service can be used at Coles, Harvey Norman, Kmart, McDonald's, Starbucks, Woolworths and other select Australian stores that accept American Express and have NFC-equipped payment terminals.

American Express cardholders can add credit cards in the Wallet app on iOS 9.1 by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option. Apple Pay currently only works with cards issued directly by American Express, and not bank-issued cards like the CommBank Awards American Express or Westpac Altitude Black American Express cards.

Apple says Australian...

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Apple Releases Third Beta of tvOS 9.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming update to tvOS, the new operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Today's beta comes just over one week after Apple seeded the second tvOS 9.1 beta and three weeks since the tvOS was released alongside the fourth-generation Apple TV.

The third tvOS beta is available as an over-the-air update to those who have installed the first two betas. Installing an initial tvOS beta is a more involved process than installing a beta update for iOS or OS X. The update requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes.

We don't yet know exactly what is included in the new version of tvOS, as most changes thus far appear to be under-the-hood updates. Apple's...

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Apple Seeds Fourth iOS 9.2 Beta to Developers and Public B...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 9.2 to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, just over one week after seeding the third iOS 9.2 beta and a full month after releasing iOS 9.1 to the public. As a .1 upgrade, iOS 9.2 will mark the second major update to iOS 9.

The fourth beta of iOS 9.2, build 13C5075, is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center. Public beta testers can download the update over the air. Apple has also released Xcode 7.2 beta 4.

Earlier betas of iOS 9.2 included changes to the Safari View Controller, which is what allows a pop-up Safari window to be used in third-party apps. In iOS 9.2, Safari View Controller supports third-party Action Extensions, letting apps like ...

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McCain, Feinstein & Head of Senate Intelligence Commit...

It's being reported today that yesterday Senator John McCain told reporters that he would hold a series of hearings and eventually pursue legislation that would require companies provide the government with access to encryption.

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