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Wednesday March 25

12:11
Apple Adds CNNGo Channel to Apple TV

Just a day after adding TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood channels to the Apple TV, Apple has added yet another new channel to its set-top box -- CNNGo. CNNGo is CNN's service that lets users watch live news coverage and see segments from the past 24 hours. It also includes recent CNN coverage and films on demand. The service has previously been available on CNN.com and via the CNN iPad app. Much of the content within CNNGo requires authentication through a cable provider. Live television and full shows require authentication, but clips can be watched without a cable subscription. Today's new CNNGo channel comes as Apple is preparing to reveal both a new set-top box and a new television service at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The...

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11:13
Gold Apple Watch Buyers to Get Special Purchasing Experien...

As of April 10, Apple will begin scheduling appointments in its retail stores for customers who are interested in trying on the Apple Watch before deciding to pre-order or make a purchase. We've known that most try-on appointments will be scheduled in 15-minute intervals to allow Apple employees to get to as many customers as possible, but it seems that customers who are interested in purchasing the Gold Apple Watch Edition will get some extra time with the device. According to the International Business Times, two Apple Stores in Manhattan have confirmed that customers looking to spend upwards of $10,000 on an Apple Watch Edition will get 30 minute appointments with Apple employees instead of 15 minute appointments. Given the high price of the Apple Watch Edition, it's...

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10:35
'Becoming Steve Jobs': Rare Insights into Steve...

After an initial teaser post from John Gruber earlier this month and several leaks and excerpts, the new Steve Jobs biography Becoming Steve Jobs debuted yesterday, and we've had a chance to read through the book that offers a new look into the life of the Apple co-founder. While Walter Isaacson's best-selling 2011 biography of Jobs was undertaken with Jobs' authorization and participation, many close to him felt it didn't offer an accurate reflection of his personality. In the wake of that book's debut, former Fortune and Wall Street Journal reporter Brent Schlender, who interviewed Jobs numerous times over the final 25 years of Jobs' life, teamed up with former Fortune colleague and current Fast Company executive editor Rick...

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09:02
2015 MacBook Air Can Drive 4K Displays at 60Hz

The recently refreshed 2015 MacBook Air can drive 4K external displays at a refresh rate of 60Hz, as confirmed by Ars Technica. The report claims that Intel's new Broadwell processors with integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000 support 4K output at 60Hz using a DisplayPort 1.2 cable, whereas previous-generation notebooks with Haswell processors were limited to lower resolutions at 30Hz. Apple's tech specs page for the new MacBook Air lists the notebook as capable of supporting one external display at up to 2,560×1,600 pixels, which clearly is not the case. Apple may be electing not to advertise 4K support for the new MacBook Air on purpose, however, as performance can still be somewhat laggy or jerky and the company has a shortlist of supported displays and...

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07:13
Santa Clara Valley Approves Recycled Water Project for App...

According to a new report this morning, the Santa Clara Valley Water District board approved a $17.5 million project last night that will ...

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06:20
Apple's R&D Center in Yokohama on Track for the e...

In December we reported that Japan's Jiji news service covered Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo announcing that Apple would be building a cutting-edge R&D facility ...

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05:43
All 650 Members of UK's Parliament to Receive Apple...

According to a new UK report, all 650 Members of Parliament will be given an iPad Air 2 and a laptop in the wake of the general election in May.

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05:00
'Fantastical 2' Launches for Mac With Yosemite-S...

Flexibits today launched the much-anticipated Fantastical 2 for Mac, a completely new app that overhauls the existing Fantastical for Mac app and introduces a long list of new features. Flexibits CEO Michael Simmons spoke with MacRumors about the new Fantastical 2 update for Mac, and he told us that while the original Fantastical app reinvented calendar apps, the new update reinvents Fantastical. The Flexibits team took everything they learned from Fantastical 2 for iOS and brought it over to the Mac. To begin with, Fantastical 2 has been designed from the ground up to fit in with the Yosemite aesthetic, adopting a flat design, simple outlines, cleaner fonts, and brighter, bolder colors with two available color themes. It's also adopted many Yosemite-only features like a Notification Center widget, Handoff, and Action and Share Extensions. The biggest change to ...

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04:33
Apple's iPhone Mania Still Hot in Q1 while Android De...

A supply chain report is claiming that sales of Apple's iPhone 6 have been strong particularly in China. While more than 50 million iPhone 6 devices were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2014, shipments are set to remain ...

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Tuesday March 24

14:56
Apple Acquires Next-Gen Database Company FoundationDB

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that specializes in speedy, durable NoSQL databases.

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14:28
Apple Acquires 'Rock-Solid High-Performance' Dat...

Apple has acquired database company FoundationDB, reports TechCrunch. FoundationDB is a company that "develops scalable and fault tolerant databases that support multiple data models." A notice on the company's site says that it has ceased to offer downloads after deciding to "evolve [the] company mission." According to TechCrunch, FoundationDB may have been an attractive purchase for Apple due to its ability to handle ACID-compliant transactions (aka data transfers) quickly and its strong scalability. A company blog post suggested it could achieve 54 billion writes per hour at a cost-per-write of 3 nano dollars. FoundationDB's attractiveness came in the speed at which it handled ACID-compliant transactions...

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14:18
HP Moves from Beats to Bang & Olufsen for New PC &...

The contract between HP and Beats is winding down and HP has chosen Bang & Olufsen audio solutions for their next generation high-end Spectre, Omen, Envy and some other commercial PCs.

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13:51
HP Partnership With Apple's Beats Officially Ends as...

When Apple acquired Beats Electronics, several companies that had deals and partnerships with the headphone company were forced to sever their agreements, including Hewlett-Packard (HP). At the time of the acquisition, HP was selling laptops with "Beats Audio" branded speakers, through a partnership with Beats that was originally established in 2011. HP was only allowed to continue development on products using Beats Audio technologies through the end of 2014, leaving the company without an audio partner and without the "cool" factor Beats brought to the partnership. Ahead of the end of its partnership with Beats, HP began using its own in-house audio solution and ceased using Beats branding and logos, but it was unclear if that solution was based on Beats audio technology, as suggested by ...

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08:57
Apple Seeds Fourth iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers, Public Beta...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.3 to developers, nearly two weeks after seeding the third iOS 8.3 beta and more than a month and a half after releasing the first iOS 8.3 beta. Today's beta is also available for public beta testers. The beta, build 12F5061, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6.3 beta 4. Previous iOS 8.3 betas have included features like a new emoji picker and all new diversified emoji and skin tone modifiers, new country flag emoji and updated emoji icons to represent the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch. Along with those emoji changes, iOS 8.3 brings wireless CarPlay connectivity, support for Google 2-step verification, Apple Pay for the China UnionPay network, several new Siri languages...

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07:27
Third-Party Mac Developers Begin Embracing Force Touch, Le...

Following its March 9 media event where it introduced "Force Touch" trackpad technology for the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and upcoming 12-inch MacBook, Apple opened up the feature to third-party developers by delivering developer APIs starting with the third beta of OS X 10.10.3. The APIs will allow developers to support the ability of Force Touch trackpads to sense multiple levels of pressure and perform different actions depending on how hard the trackpad is being pressed. Apple has already taken steps to build Force Touch support into its own apps, as outlined in a support document. At the simplest level, the new Force Touch trackpads support a new "Force click" functionality, which allows a user to click on an item and then press a bit harder to...

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06:19
Apple Adds New Apple TV Channels TED, Tastemade and Young...

Apple added three new TV channels to the Apple TV set-top box on Tuesday in the United States: TED, Tastemade and Young Hollywood. The three new channels bring non-profit TED Talks and a wide selection of premium food, travel and celebrity programming to the Apple TV and should be available beginning today. The new channels arrive just over three months after the additions of UFC, The Scene, Fusion and Daily Motion. TED Talks given by the non-profit organization are hosted by guest speakers that cover a wide range of influential topics, including science, religion, technology, education and more. Meanwhile, Tastemade provides hundreds of episodes of premium food and travel programming, and Young Hollywood delivers the latest celebrity-related programming including entertainment news and exclusive interviews. Tastemade channel on Apple TV features food and travel programming...

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05:42
Apple Granted 60 Patents Today Covering Depth Mapping for...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 60 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two of Apple's distinct granted patents. The first one was first highlighted in our 2013 report titled "Take a Peek at a Few Key PrimeSense Patents that Apple Gained." The patent covers in-depth 2D and 3D mapping in context with face detection ...

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04:21
Apple Granted a Patent for a Cooperative Magnetic Attachme...

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 60 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent report we cover Apple's advanced magnetic attachments units that could lead to a possible dual iPad configuration supporting ...

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04:05
Italian Regulators Conclude Corporate Tax Investigation Ag...

Italian regulators have completed an investigation into allegations that Apple failed to pay €879 million ($964 million) in corporate taxes, according to Reuters. The report claims that, under Italian law, prosecutors can now ask a judge to bring the case to trial. Apple claims that it has paid all necessary taxes in countries that it operates and remains confident that the case will be resolved. Apple's flagship Via Roma retail store in Torino, Italy The investigations accuse Apple of booking profits generated in Italy through an Irish subsidiary in an effort to lower its taxable income base and save nearly €900 million from 2008 through 2013. Apple argues that it's "one of the largest tax payers in the world and paid every euro of tax it owed wherever it did business," and remains confident that the allegations are without merit and will be resolved.It said the...

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02:31
Apple Granted a Major Camera Patent that could lead to a T...

In February we posted a report titled "Apple Reveals a Zoom Lens Breakthrough for Future iDevices." In order for Apple to deliver a true zoom lens system with moveable lenses in the future, there must be a new kind of light splitter integrated into Apple's iSight camera. Such a light splitter

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01:13
Apple Granted a Patent for the Force Sensor Interface in t...

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 60 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent report we cover Apple's new Force Sensor Interface that is now being used in Apple's all-new MacBook.

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Monday March 23

12:53
New iOS 8.3 Features: Speaker Calls With Siri, No Password...

The most recent iOS 8.3 beta was seeded to developers on March 12, but even though its been in the hands of testers for over a week, people are still discovering hidden features. Over the weekend, two new iOS 8.3 features were found, including an update to Siri and an update to app purchase settings. With the iOS 8.3 beta 3 installed, users can now ask Siri to make phone calls using the iPhone's speaker. If you ask Siri to "Call [name] on speaker," the call will be made via speakerphone, enhancing Siri's hands-free capabilities. If you make the same request in iOS 8.2, Siri ignores the "on speaker" part and places the call as normal. The new feature makes it possible to activate Siri while plugged in by saying "Hey Siri" and make a phone call, all without needing to touch the phone or put on a headset for hands-free operation. In the Settings menu of an iOS device running iOS 8.3...

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10:33
A Look at ioSafe and Synology: Two Storage Solutions for P...

Many of us keep backups of our data on hard drives, using Apple's Time Machine, but how many of us keep multiple copies? And copies that are protected from not only disk failures, but also natural disaster? Estimates suggest 30 percent of people have never backed up their data, and the number of people who keep multiple backups is even lower. With World Backup Day coming up, we teamed up with ioSafe and Synology to explore the consumer-oriented backup options they offer and to demonstrate the importance of keeping several copies of your data by simulating the effects of a house fire on the hardware. If you're not familiar with ioSafe and Synology, ioSafe is best known for its disaster proof solutions, producing a range of hard drives that can withstand fire and water damage. Synology is known for its...

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09:38
Apple Granted Two User Interface Design Patents in China

Late on Friday Hong Kong's Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple two user interface design patents.

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09:05
Apple Seeds Fifth OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to Developers...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of OS X Yosemite to developers, almost a month after seeding the first OS X 10.10.3 beta and just a week after releasing the fourth beta to developers. The new beta, build 14D113c, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Yosemite Recovery Update 3.0 is also available. With today's update, Apple has continued polishing the Photos for OS X app, and there are just two remaining known issues with the software, including an issue with favorites and a problem with missing thumbnails when restoring an Aperture-upgraded Photos library with Time Machine. Earlier betas of OS X 10.10.3 have brought several new features to Yosemite, including the new Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo...

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