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Saturday March 21

10:51
Video of the Tag Heuer, Google & Intel Smartwatch Anno...

On Thursday we posted a brief report titled "As Predicted, Tag Heuer Partners with Intel for New Smartwatch." In this report we cover Intel's video of the announcement and more.

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08:51
Foxconn to Make Second Attempt at Acquiring a Stake in Sha...

In November we posted a report titled "Foxconn Partners with Innolux on New Display Plant for 2015" showing that the company was full steam ahead for manufacturing display for the iPhone and beyond. Earlier in the year we had reported that Foxconn was attempting to access Sharp's new brilliant backlight technology for future iDevice display. Now Foxconn wants to make a second attempt ...

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Friday March 20

21:17
Apple Collected Over 18,000 Hours of Health and Fitness Da...

ABC was recently invited to Apple's top-secret health and fitness lab for the Apple Watch for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the testing facility, accompanied by Apple executives Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik. The network shared a preview of its visit on Good Morning America earlier today, and has now provided a closer look at the facility on the latest episode of late night show Nightline. The five-minute interview behind closed doors revealed that Apple collected over 18,000 hours of health and fitness data based on over 10,000 workout sessions that Apple employees participated in over the past two years at the company's secretive fitness lab. Blahnik, director of fitness and health technologies at Apple, also confirmed that the company tested the Apple Watch outdoors based on a variety of activities. Apple Watch will be...

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11:54
Apple Stops Supporting Windows 7 in Boot Camp on New MacBo...

Apple's newly refreshed MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models no longer support running Windows 7 with Boot Camp, according to Apple's Boot Camp support document. Boot Camp on the new notebooks only works with Windows 8 or later, so it is impossible to use Boot Camp to install Windows 7 on the machines. For those unfamiliar with Boot Camp, it is Apple's software designed to allow Mac users to install Microsoft Windows on their machines. Apple also dropped Windows 7 Boot Camp support in the 2013 Mac Pro, suggesting the software would cease to be supported by future Macs, but Macs released in 2014 continued to offer Windows 7 installations. The 2014 MacBook Air and the 2014 MacBook Pro will be the last Apple notebooks that support Windows 7. It is not surprising that Apple has opted to phase out support for Windows 7, given its advanced...

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07:20
Hon Hai Executive Overseeing iPhone Production in China Su...

It's being reported today in China that New Taipei District prosecutors on Thursday summoned a Hon Hai Precision Industry executive for questioning on allegations that he had stolen 4,000 iPhone 6 handsets.

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07:00
Apple to Debut New A8-Based Apple TV Box With App Store an...

Apple plans to announce its next-generation Apple TV set-top box at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, according to BuzzFeed News. The report, citing sources familiar with the plans, claims that the new Apple TV will be a "significant overhaul" of the streaming TV box, featuring both Siri and an App Store with an SDK available for developers to create apps. The new Apple TV will feature Apple's latest A8 system-on-a-chip and a "dramatic increase" in internal storage, well beyond the 8GB included in the current third-generation set-top box. The addition of Siri will enable Apple TV owners to control a wide selection of HomeKit-enabled home automation devices through the set-top box, according to the report. The new Apple TV will be part of Apple's ambitious plans to improve the TV experience, an area that iTunes chief Eddy Cue...

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06:36
ABC Exclusive: The Top Secret Apple Watch Lab Revealed

Apple, known for keeping its product developments under the strictest of lock-and-key, gave ABC News exclusive access into its top secret health and fitness lab, where only Apple employees became test subjects for the new Apple Watch. Apple engineers, managers and developers have been secretly volunteering for the past year in this state-of-the-art lab to participate in rowing, running, yoga...

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06:17
China Mobile: It's Time to Expand our Collaboration w...

According to a new report that was published in South China late yesterday, Mobile China could be poised to broaden its 14 month-old alliance with Apple ...

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06:03
'Good Morning America' Goes Inside Apple's...

ABC News this morning revealed an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Apple's testing facility for the upcoming Apple Watch, showing off dozens of Apple employees covered in various sensor-tracking technology used to gather data for the health and fitness areas of the wearable device. Apple executives Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik accompanied ABC on a tour of the facility. Employees of the company, from engineers to managers and developers, have volunteered to participate in the tests for nearly two years, not knowing of the reason behind the facility until recently. Wearing masks that measure changes in breathing and other various statistics, the volunteers were put through various workout regimens including rowing, yoga, and running, in order to collect data for the Watch. “[The employees] knew they were testing something, but they didn't know it was...

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05:06
Apple's iPhone Success has Rocked the Korean Smartpho...

In a January report, Counterpoint's Research Director based in Korea, Tom Kang commented on Apple's performance in Korea in this way: "No foreign brand has gone beyond the 20% market share mark in the history of Korea's smartphone industry. It has always been dominated by the global smartphone leader, Samsung – but ...

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Thursday March 19

22:13
New Interview Offers 'Inside Look' at Potential...

ResearchKit, Apple's new open-source medical framework, was one of the unexpected announcements during the company's Spring Forward media event. Dr. Stephen Friend, one of the key members of the ResearchKit team, talked about the potential genesis of the project in a new interview with Fusion (via iMore). In September 2013, nearly one and a half years before ResearchKit was unveiled, Friend was at Stanford's MedX conference giving a talk about the future of medical research. He explained how he envisioned an open source system where users could upload their medical data to the cloud for researchers to use in trials. Sitting in the audience that day was Michael O'Reilly, M.D., the former Chief...

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17:05
Apple Removes Intego's 'VirusBarrier' From...

Apple appears to be cracking down on "anti-virus" apps in the iOS App Store, in an effort to prevent customers from believing iOS devices are capable of contracting viruses and malware. Intego, a company that produces anti-virus software for Mac and iOS, recently had its VirusBarrier iOS app pulled from the App Store. VirusBarrier was an app designed to scan external files stored in the cloud or attached to emails, to detect viruses that might be sent on to vulnerable devices. Intego CEO Jeff Erwin announced the removal of the app from the iOS App Store yesterday, and pointed towards a larger culling of all anti-virus apps available on Apple's platform. MacRumors spoke to Erwin this afternoon to shed some light on why Apple opted to remove VirusBarrier after four...

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16:17
With TV à La Carte Just around the Corner is Apple's...

Mediatech Capital Partners' Porter Bibb was on Bloomberg TV yesterday and downplayed Apple's next move into TV bundling. Bibb stated: "I think Apple is ‘too little, too late,' and the cable industry is really not bothered by Apple's entry." He later added that Apple has been fooling around with television for over a decade and that Apple TV was a consumer product failure.

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15:35
Fitness Magazine Shares Behind-the-Scenes Details on New A...

The Apple Watch has already been spotted within the pages of several fitness and fashion-oriented magazines during the month of March as Apple makes an advertising push ahead of the device's launch, and as of this week, it's also scored a spot on the cover of Fitness Magazine. On the cover, model Kate Bock wears an Apple Watch sport with an aluminum band. The Apple Watch feature focuses heavily on images and doesn't offer much in the way of details compared to other Apple Watch magazine spots, but Fitness shared some information about the shoot with MacRumors, giving us an interesting inside look at Apple's Apple Watch marketing efforts. Apple first reached out to the magazine about HealthKit following the launch of the iPhone 6, which developed into a relationship that allowed Fitness to be the first women's magazine to photograph the Apple Watch back in early December. The prototype Apple...

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13:45
Airlines Embrace Apple Watch With Upcoming Apps

At its Apple Watch event on March 9, Apple highlighted several apps that will be available on the Apple Watch, including an app from American Airlines, which will let users receive flight information, check in for their flights, and more. Since then, several other airlines have also announced upcoming apps for the Apple Watch, giving us a hint at some of the ways the Apple Watch will be used to make our lives easier. British Airways, for example, has just announced a British Airways app for the Apple Watch, which will be available beginning on April 24. Through a glance option, which is accessed by swiping right on the watch face, the British Airways app will display a summary of a customer's next flight, offering details like flight number, flight status, a countdown to departure time, and the weather at the destination. All of that information will be available at a single glance, preventing users from needing to...

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11:15
Apple Watch Band Adapters Begin Hitting Crowdfunding Sites...

The Apple Watch is still several weeks away from making its official debut, but that hasn't stopped dozens of inventors from coming up with accessories for the device, and many of those ideas are showing up on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Along with charging stands, band adapters are a popular category for crowdfunding campaigns, and several different projects have been started with the hope of creating solutions that will allow the Apple Watch to be used with third-party watch bands. Earlier this month, we covered the Click Apple Watch band adapter, showing off a 3D printed prototype, and now that project has been further developed and launched on...

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07:31
The New Salesforce App for "Outlook for the Mac"...

Everyday millions of people around the world use Outlook and Salesforce to help run their businesses. In Office 2013, Microsoft introduced Apps for Office to let their partners add capabilities to Office, to extend it and integrate it with the services that users use every day to help them be even more productive in Office. As part of our ongoing...

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06:04
Tag Heuer Partnering With Google and Intel to Build Connec...

Swiss luxury watch maker TAG Heuer on Thursday at the Baselworld watch convention in Switzerland announced that it is partnering with Google and Intel to create a connected smartwatch. TAG Heuer will be responsible for designing and manufacturing the watch, which will have an Intel microprocessor and use Google's Android Wear platform. The smartwatch will be released later this year, at which point specific pricing and features will be revealed. TAG Heuer's Carrera contemporary luxury sport watch TAG Heuer has high expectations for its upcoming smartwatch, with CEO Jean-Claude Biver calling it his "biggest announcement ever" in 40 years of working in the industry. The executive also predicted that the product will be the "greatest connected watch" available...

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06:04
As Predicted, Tag Heuer Partners with Intel for New Smartw...

In early December we reported that one of the leading Swiss watch companies headed by Jean-Claude Biver lashed out at the Apple Watch for being too feminine amongst other things. Of course what he didn't reveal at that time was that his company was secretly racing to come up with a smartwatch that would eventually compete with Apple.

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05:03
Apple Invents New Touch Technology and a Unique Hybrid Dev...

On March 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that's about touch displays. Of interest is one very large touch display.

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02:52
Apple continues their Work on a Virtual Keyboard for the i...

On March 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their continuing work on a virtual keyboard for the iMac using ...

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Wednesday March 18

15:13
'Launcher' Returns to the App Store After Apple...

Back when iOS 8 first launched, Launcher was one of the first apps to take advantage of the new widgets allowed in the Notification Center, and it introduced shortcut functionality that let users launch an app or complete a task like calling a specific person with a single tap. Apple approved the app and allowed it to exist in the App Store for over a week, but then the company made the decision to remove Launcher from the App Store, calling it a "misuse" of widgets. Since then, Apple has gone on to make a series of questionable decisions about widgets, banning apps for similar widget offenses and then later changing its mind. Up until now, Apple has not reversed course on Launcher, but that didn't stop Launcher...

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11:18
Apple Employees Receiving Final Watch Training, Apple Stor...

As we approach the launch of the Apple Watch, retail employees who will be demoing the devices have been sharing information with various rumor sites, including MacRumors and 9to5Mac, detailing what they're learning about the Apple Watch and how the upcoming try-on process will work. Apple Watch employees have already been receiving training on the Apple Watch, but special meetings will take place at retail stores starting next week to give all retail employees a chance to go hands-on with the watch. Many employees will see the watch in person for the first time at this point, and Apple will use the meetings to give them further training on the device. In its training materials, Apple has told employees they will "be the first to see Apple Watch, the first to try it on and the first to share it with the world." ...

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09:59
T-Mobile Debuts New Business Plan, Other Perks at Un-Carri...

At an event in New York City this morning, T-Mobile unveiled its ninth Un-carrier initiative, which is aimed at business owners. T-Mobile CEO John Legere took the stage to unveil a simple new plan for businesses small and large, which is priced up to 40 percent lower than similar business plans from AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile's new business plan is priced at $16 per line for businesses that use under 20 lines, and at over 20 lines, the price drops to $15 per line. 10 lines (the minimum allowed), for example, costs $160, while 100 lines costs $1,500. At 1000 lines, the price drops even further, to $10 per line. Each line comes with 1GB of data, and T-Mobile is giving businesses multiple options for purchasing additional data. Data can be purchased per line or pooled and distributed between many employees. Pooled data costs $4.75 per GB at a 100GB minimum and drops to $4.25GB at 1TB, but there are also...

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09:50
Sony's New Vue TV Service Launching in 3 Cities today...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "The Industry knows that the Pay-TV Ice Cube is Melting," that described how TV as we knew it was going to radically change over the next year with multiple new TV services. The report estimated that Apple's new Apple TV service would cost somewhere in between $25 and $35 per month. There was no price known for Sony's upcoming service until now.

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