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Thursday February 4

12:04
Apple Pay is Charging into 2016 with Two Million Retail Lo...

A new BloombergBusiness report noted that Apple has said that its mobile-payment service is now available in more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, ...

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08:40
A Revolving Verdict against Apple in Patent Infringement C...

In November 2012 Apple lost their FaceTime patent lawsuit to VirnetX who was awarded $368.2 million. Apple appealed and ...

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07:54
App Store and iTunes Experiencing Issues for Many Users Wo...

Apple has updated its System Status page to reflect that many users may be unable to access, purchase, or update apps on the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Multiple other iCloud services are or were also experiencing downtime, including the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, iCloud Drive, and iWork for iCloud.

The issues began shortly before 7:00 a.m. Pacific and appear to be widespread, affecting customers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere, according to social media posts. Apple TV services and Apple's Volume Purchase Program are also affected by the service issues.

Update (9:10 a.m. Pacific): Apple's System Status page shows that the App Store, iTunes, and other iCloud services have been restored.Tags: App Store, iTunes,...

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07:49
Apple Revisits a Key Flexible Display Invention that Once...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published continuation patent application 20160033994 from Apple. This particular patent application originally ignited the excitement behind the idea of a future iWatch.

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07:13
Five Original Apple Watch Interface Patents Surface Coveri...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple that are primarily related to the Apple Watch. The entire series of applications are identically titled "Context-Specific User Interfaces" and presents current and future ideas.

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04:19
Apple Inventions Reveal Original 3D Touch System & Fut...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a pair of patent applications from Apple relating to next-generation force and/or 3D Touch. One involves a new touch force deflection sensor system ...

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04:18
Apple Pay Coming Soon to Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A a...

Apple Pay is now available at more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain set to accept the system in stores imminently, reports The Business Times.

Online clothing retailer Zappos.com also added Apple Pay to its iPhone and iPad apps on Tuesday, following a number of requests from customers to use the feature.

The announcement by Apple comes alongside news that the mobile payment service exceeded the company's goal to make it available at 1.5 million locations by the end of 2015. In-app purchases using the service also more than doubled in the last six months of 2015 compared with the first half, says the company.

Despite the upbeat announcement, Apple still has work to convince U.S. customers to use Apple Pay at retail stores. According to a survey by consumer researcher...

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Wednesday February 3

14:57
Apple Ordered to Pay $625 Million in VirnetX Patent Disput...

Apple was today found guilty of willfully infringing on four patents in an ongoing dispute with VirnetX and has been ordered to pay $625 million in damages, reports CNBC.

The patents in question relate to virtual private networking (VPN) protocols and in today's ruling, the jury decided that Apple's FaceTime and iMessages service, along with the iOS devices that support those services, infringe on VirnetX's intellectual property.

The patent dispute between Apple and VirnetX dates back to 2010, with a jury initially awarding VirnetX $368 million in 2012 after Apple was found guilty of infringing on VirnetX patents. That decision was...

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11:10
Sony's Dual Camera to See Inclusion in Devices From...

Sony, the manufacturer behind many the camera sensors used in Apple's iOS devices, recently confirmed that its dual-lens camera platform will be featured in devices from "major smartphone players" in 2016. The information was shared by Sony CFO Kenchiro Yoshida during the company's recent Q3 2015 earnings call and was highlighted by Xperiablog.

Sony's camera technology is used by a wide range of smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, and Yoshida declined to name specific companies that would take advantage of Sony's dual-lens camera platform. Dual-lens technology has previously been used in smartphones such as the HTC M8, but it may soon become a more popular option following rumors that Apple plans to incorporate a dual-lens system into its...

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08:56
Apple Now Selling Square's New NFC Reader for Apple P...

Square has announced that its new NFC reader that enables small businesses to accept Apple Pay, Android Pay, and other contactless payments can now be purchased from Apple online or in U.S. stores for $49.

The reader is compatible with NFC-equipped smartphones, including the iPhone 6 or newer, and contactless Chip-and-PIN debit and credit cards based on technologies like American Express ExpressPay, MasterCard PayPass, and Visa payWave.

The small square-shaped reader functions like other NFC-enabled payment terminals, allowing users to wave an iPhone, paired Apple Watch, or contactless Chip-and-PIN card near the reader for a few seconds to complete a purchase.

The NFC reader, which connects wirelessly with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, also works with Chip-and-PIN cards that are inserted rather than tapped. Square includes a magstripe reader in the box for accepting...

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08:07
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Client Apple to Receive NY Landmar...

Long time Bohlin Cywinski Jackson client, Apple Inc., will receive the New York Landmarks Conservancy's 2016 Chairman's Award ...

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07:18
VR Team Members from Apple Spotted Attending Cutting Edge...

Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab where they're working on some fascinating projects ...

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05:50
Apple Acquired Legbacore to Advance Security for Macs

Thunderstrike 2 was the first of its kind firmware worm for Macs that was almost impossible to remove. The worm could easily bypass any updates to the system, or even ...

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Tuesday February 2

18:30
Apple Acquired Firmware Security Company LegbaCore Last No...

Apple acquired firmware security company LegbaCore in November 2015, according to security researcher Trammell Hudson, who revealed the acquisition in his presentation at the 32C3 conference in December. LegbaCore's goal, according to founder Xeno Kovah, is "to help build systems that are as secure as we know how to make."

In November, Kovah and fellow LegbaCore founder Corey Kallenberg revealed that they had joined Apple as full-time employees. Just a couple days before that, LegbaCore's website announced that it would "not be accepting any new customer engagements", noting that the website would remain up "to serve as a reference for LegbaCore's past work."

LegbaCore had collaborated with Hudson on...

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11:52
First Details on iPhone 7 Design: Flush Rear Camera, No An...

Apple's iPhone 7 isn't expected to launch until the usual September timeframe, but we're starting to get our first hints of what we might be able to expect for the new device. According to a source who has provided reliable information in the past, the iPhone 7 body will appear very similar to the design used for the iPhone 6 and 6s, with two significant exceptions.

The first involves the rear camera, which protrudes slightly on the iPhone 6 and 6s. On the iPhone 7, the camera is said to sit flush with the rear casing, enabled by a thinner camera module. Recent rumors have indicated Apple is considering equipping the iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens rear camera, but the smaller iPhone 7 is expected to include a more traditional camera.

Mockup of iPhone 7 case showing flush rear camera and no antenna bands across rear

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07:58
An Apple Fan from Wales Sues Apple for Refusing to fix his...

According to a new UK report, "A man who took Apple to court after he spotted a crack in his smartwatch has successfully sued the tech giant after a six-month battle.

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06:44
Apple Targets March 15 for Next Apple Product Event

Apple is currently aiming to unveil the new 4-inch the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new Apple Watch band options at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, according to ...

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06:38
Apple's iPad Air 3 and 'iPhone 5se' Event M...

Apple's next media event, where it is rumored to announce updates across three product categories, is tentatively planned for Tuesday, March 15, according to 9to5Mac. The date could change over the next six weeks.As the scheduled event is still a month-and-a-half away, the date could conceivably still shift or turn into an online announcement. The media event would be Apple’s first since September, and much like the fall event, is planned to touch on three major product categories for the company.At the media event, its first since September, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives are expected to introduce the new 4-inch "iPhone 5se" and iPad Air 3, alongside...

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06:21
Google Planning to Copy Apple-like Control over Devices

A new report published yesterday is claiming that Google wants to take "greater control" over the design ....

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04:59
Apple Reportedly Ready to Test Dual Lens Cameras for iPhon...

Last week we posted a detailed report titled "This Year's Camera Trend for Smartphones will be Dual Cameras and it's likely to Debut on the iPhone 7 Plus." In supply chain news today we read that Apple's adoption of this technology is getting closer to reality.

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04:36
Apple to Begin Testing Dual-Lens Camera Samples for iPhone...

Taiwan-based Largan Technology as well as Japan- and China-based camera lens makers have sent dual-lens camera test samples to Apple for potential inclusion in its next-generation iPhone, according to sources from the upstream supply chain (via DigiTimes).

The same source notes that Largan currently supplies over 60 percent of Apple's smartphone cameras, leading some market analysts to believe Apple is seeking dual-camera products from other makers to lower potential risks.

iPhone 7 mockup with dual-lens camera system (Image: Computer Bild)

Taiwan-based website DigiTimes has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, but its sources within the upstream supply chain have proven reliable in the past.

The report also follows predictions by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that...

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04:36
Apple to Order over 1 Billion MEMS Microphones for the iPh...

According to a recently published IHS report, Apple will purchase more than one billion MEMS microphones in 2016 for the iPhone. The move to four microphones is currently being driven by hands-free calling and ...

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02:42
Apple Granted a Second Patent for Multitouch Sensor Detect...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 35 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's second granted patent in the last year regarding the detection and processing of multi-touch and hover events.

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Monday February 1

14:31
Google, the Moonshot King, Kick Starts 2016 by Dethroning...

On January 21 we posted a report titled "Will Google Dethrone Apple as the Most Valuable Company in Silicon Valley in February?" At the time of the report it seemed to be a little out of reach, but lo and behold, it's happened according to a new Reuters report. Reuters is reporting that "Alphabet Inc. has surpassed Apple as the...

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12:53
Google Briefly Surpasses Apple as World's Most Valuab...

Google's parent company, Alphabet, is encroaching on Apple's status as the most valuable company in the world, reports CNN. While Apple is currently on top, a surge in Alphabet shares today gave it a market valuation of $533.4 billion, briefly surpassing Apple's valuation of $532.7 billion on a 1 percent stock drop.

Alphabet shares dropped shortly after, leaving Apple at a higher valuation, but the numbers could shift again tomorrow following Alphabet's first financial earnings report this afternoon. Alphabet is expected to announce overall revenue growth of close to 15 percent with a 20 percent increase in earnings per share.

Over the course of the last several months, Apple shares have fallen steadily, dropping its peak valuation of $740 billion to ~$540 billion. Despite record earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2016, with revenue of $75.9 billion and net...

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