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Monday July 27

15:16
Apple Seeds Fifth OS X El Capitan Beta to Developers

Apple today released the fifth beta of OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, less than one week after releasing the fourth El Capitan beta and nearly two months after unveiling the operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. Today's update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. It is not clear if this update will add any outward-facing changes to El Capitan, as the past few betas have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of its public release. We'll add new features and bug fixes in beta 5 to this post should any tweaks be discovered. As an update complementary to OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan builds on the myriad features...

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15:12
Keith Richards Launches his New "Trouble" Tune...

The new Keith Richard's single called "Trouble" from his new LP "Crosseyed Heart" debuted on Apple Music's Connect service. You could view the video courtesy of Apple here.

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14:20
President Obama Launches the American Business Act on Clim...

Today at the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry and senior White House officials will host 13 of the largest companies from across the American economy who are standing with the Obama Administration to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge: Alcoa, Apple, Bank of America ...

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12:29
Parallels 11 With Windows 10 to Allow Mac Users to Access...

When Windows 10 is released to the public next week, Windows users will have desktop access to Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant designed to compete with Apple's Siri. It appears Mac OS X users may also be able to access Cortana on OS X, using an updated version of the Parallels Windows virtualization software. For those unfamiliar with Parallels, it's software that's designed to let you run Windows and Windows apps on your Mac. According to a now-deleted leaked site that details upcoming features in Parallels 11, the software is gaining a new Windows 10 feature that will let Cortana be accessed on OS X while Windows 10 is running in the background. As explained by ...

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07:54
Apple Appears to Have Ditched Plans for 4-Inch 'iPhon...

While several reports since last December claimed that Apple was planning to release a new 4-inch "iPhone 6c" as a low-cost option alongside the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" later this year, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri recently told investors that supply chain evidence of the rumored smartphone has seemingly disappeared since around March. Arcuri, in a research note obtained by Business Insider, speculates that Apple may have delayed or dropped plans to release the "iPhone 6c" due to concerns that the budget smartphone would cannibalize the iPhone 6, which has experienced record-breaking sales and could continue to be a hot product for Apple if given a price reduction alongside the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" in September."I think one...

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07:34
Wired: Apple Music's Edge may be Unfair, but Likely n...

Earlier this month we posted a report titled "Spotify Complained and now the FTC is Considering an Investigation into Apple Music." Spotify has been banging the table to get various U.S. and European regulators to investigate Apple's new Apple Music service on several fronts including its predatory Apple Store practice. Today, Wired takes a look at the noise that Spotify has been making and thinks ...

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06:58
Apple's New Mapping Vehicle Schedule Massively Extend...

In June we posted a report titled "Today Apple Sets the Story Straight about Apple Maps Vehicles" that mocked a rash of Apple Van stories as being equivalent to UFO sighting reports by some in the Apple blogosphere. More importantly, it listed Apple's first round of locations that the "Apple Maps vehicles" would be working in that included various cities in the US and England. Today, Apple Introduced round two of their schedule that vastly expands ...

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05:41
iPad Mini 4 Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2, A...

Apple's fourth-generation iPad mini could be a miniaturized version of the iPad Air 2, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The report claims that the iPad mini 4 will adopt some of the same features and specifications as the iPad Air 2, including an 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, ultra-thin 6.1mm design and possibly a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating. Mac Otakara claims that Apple may release the new iPad mini alongside an A9-based iPad Air 3, contrary to a sketchy report last week from Taiwan's Economic Daily News that said no new iPad Air will be released in 2015 and that the iPad mini 4 could be Apple's last 7.9-inch tablet as the company focuses on its larger-sized iPad Air and much-rumored "iPad Pro" in the future. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track...

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05:20
A Beijing Factory Producing Fake iPhone 6 Models Busted

A new report this morning states that police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones ...

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03:54
Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying France and Sweden i...

Apple has announced that its fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data in multiple countries will begin surveying France and Sweden between August 1 and August 31. The vehicles will be driving through the Malmö and Stockholm metropolitan areas in Sweden and Île-de-France region of Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne in France. Apple Maps vehicles will also begin surveying Tennessee later in August, raising the total number of U.S. states that Apple has driven through to 30. Apple began collecting street-level mapping data in 13 more U.S. states this month, including Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wyoming. Apple confirmed in June that it is driving vehicles around the world to...

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03:30
The Apple Watch Launches at Best Buy Next Friday

This Friday the Apple Watch Arrives in New Zealand, but the bigger news today is that the Apple Watch will be landing in Best Buy stores next Friday. It'll be the first mass retailer to sell the Apple Watch as production and inventories improve. Whether this news will directly translate to more Apple Watches coming to Apple Stores is still unknown.

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Sunday July 26

19:04
Best Buy to Begin Selling Apple Watch on August 7

Best Buy today announced it will begin selling the Apple Watch in some its U.S. retail stores and online on August 7, marking a substantial expansion of retail availability for the device. Starting with 100 stores and expanding to 300 over the next few months, he company will offer 16 models from the aluminum Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch collections, as well as nearly 50 accessories including stands and watch bands. Starting Aug. 7, Best Buy will be the first national retailer, other than Apple Stores, where customers can buy the Apple Watch. It will begin to arrive in more than 100 Best Buy stores and will also be available on BestBuy.com. Another 200 of our stores will have the Apple Watch in time for holiday shopping. “The Apple Watch is an important addition to an emerging product category, and we know our customers want it,” said Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy. “We are excited to bring Apple...

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Saturday July 25

10:09
Apple is Granted a Pair of iPad Air 2 Design Patents in Ch...

Late yesterday Apple was granted a series of nine new design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office. Seven of them related to the Apple Watch, Apple Watch bands and specific parts. The last two covered the iPad Air 2 design.

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09:17
The Apple Watch Sport with its Fluoroelastomer Band Wins a...

Last week Apple was granted 38 design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office for Apple Watch. This week another 7 design patents were issued covering various bands and Apple Watch parts. In the last Apple Watch design patent within this current series we cover Apple Watch Sport with its high-performance fluoroelastomer band that is both durable and strong.

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08:18
Apple Watch with Link Bracelet Wins Design Patent in China

Last week Apple was granted 38 design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office for Apple Watch. This week another 7 design patents were issued covering various bands and Apple Watch parts. In this particular report we cover Apple Watch with Link Bracelet in three sets of jumbo graphics that provides incredible detail.

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07:34
Apple Wins 3 Apple Watch Design Patents Covering the Digit...

Last week Apple was granted 38 design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office for Apple Watch. This week another 7 design patents were issued covering various bands and Apple Watch parts. In this particular report we cover three design wins that include the Apple Watch "link for band" ...

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07:04
Apple Watch with Milanese Loop Band Wins Design Patent in...

Last week Apple was granted 38 design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office for Apple Watch. This week another 7 design patents were issued covering various bands and Apple Watch parts. This report covers Apple Watch with the Milanese Loop band in three sets of jumbo graphics.

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05:39
A New Round of Apple Watch Band Design Patents Surface in...

Last week Apple was granted 38 design patents by the Hong Kong Patent Office for Apple Watch. This week another 7 design patents were issued covering various bands and Apple Watch parts.

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Friday July 24

18:13
New Report Says Apple Was in Talks to Use BMW i3 as Basis...

Apple and BMW were in negotiations to use the German car manufacturer's car platform for its electric i3 for Apple's rumored car project, code-named "Project Titan", according to a new report from German business magazine Manager Magazin [Google Translate]. The Cupertino company was interested in the body of the i3, which is a small hatchback that has a shell made out of carbon fiber, helping keep the car light. The two companies began talks in autumn 2014, but broke off talks before committing to check in with each other and their plans periodically. The...

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14:53
Apple Has a Personal Message for Potential Androider Switc...

During Apple`s Financial Conference call in January of this year Apple`s Tim Cook noted without being specific, that the Android switcher rate was the highest when compared to the previous three major iPhone upgrades. During Apple`s latest Financial Conference Call Cook noted that the strong iPhone results were broad based in both developed and emerging markets and they experienced the highest switcher rate in Android than they ever measured ...

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12:47
Apple Launches 'Why There's Nothing Quite Like i...

Building on a series of recent ads centered around the "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" tagline, Apple today rolled out a new web campaign for the iPhone under the theme of "Why there’s nothing quite like iPhone." The new campaign is highlighted on Apple's main home page as well as its iPhone pages, and it includes a scrolling feature page drawing attention to a number of aspects of Apple and the iPhone that make the device stand out from its competitors.Every iPhone we've made – and we mean every single one – was built on the same belief. That a phone should be more than a collection of features. That, above all, a phone should be absolutely simple, beautiful, and magical to use.The page proceeds to highlight the iPhone's integration of hardware and...

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09:45
First Trailer for 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine...

Magnolia Pictures has shared the first trailer and movie poster for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine with Mashable, just over four months after the film premiered at SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas. The upcoming documentary, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, portrays Jobs as both a tech visionary and unapologetic leader throughout his career at Apple. Apple senior executive Eddy Cue expressed disappointment in the documentary following its debut, describing the film on Twitter as "an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend" and "not a reflection of the Steve I knew." Cue added that the best portrayal of Jobs is in the book Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, which he...

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08:20
Apple Pay Rival CurrentC Launching in Limited Trial Next M...

The Merchant Customer Exchange's contactless payment system, CurrentC, is gearing up for a limited trial run next month in the stores of the companies that began backing MCX in 2012, including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, according to unnamed sources speaking with Bloomberg. The service is backed by a large roster of retailers, from Sears to Wendy's, who support the platform as a way to avoid losing integral shopping data to an increasingly competitive market thanks to the likes of Apple and Google. CurrentC is different from Apple Pay however, using barcodes and RFID scanners in place of NFC terminals Apple took advantage of with Apple Pay. As Bloomberg points out, it also has a major hurdle regarding the signing of deals with major credit card companies,...

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07:49
Intel Skylake Processors: Up to 20% Performance Boost, 41%...

Less than two weeks before Intel announces new desktop Skylake processors at the Gamescom trade show in Germany on August 5, likely to be used in future Macs, FanlessTech has leaked an Intel slide deck that offers a closer look at some of the performance enhancements the next-generation processors will deliver for both desktop computers and notebooks. The leaked slides reveal that Skylake processors will provide a 10%-20% CPU performance boost in single and multi-threaded applications, with lower power consumption, and 30% faster Intel HD integrated graphics performance on average compared to current-generation Broadwell processors. The improved energy efficiency will also result in up to 30% longer battery life. The specific performance improvements to the four main Skylake families are outlined below based on preliminary data, with the MacBook model appropriate for each chip listed in...

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05:52
Ericsson Seeks Discovery with Apple's Korean Supplier...

At the top of the month we reported that Ericsson had filed two Letter Rogatory Motions with the Court to obtain discovery from two of Apple's foreign battery makers Simplo (Taiwan) and Shenzhen Desay Batter (China). Today we've learnt that Ericsson had recently filed a "Motion ...

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