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Wednesday May 13

12:32
Supplies of 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Continue to Tighten...

For the past several weeks, high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro shipping times have been quietly slipping, first to one to two weeks and then to two to three weeks, sparking questions from MacRumors readers about whether a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro update is imminent. While it's true we're approaching the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where Apple often announces new products, Broadwell chip availability remains an issue that makes it unclear whether we might get a refresh announcement at the event. We have heard no word on the status of Broadwell chips appropriate for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro for several months. The last update on the chips came from a roadmap released in the summer of 2014, which suggested Broadwell chips appropriate for the notebook would be released in July or August of...

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11:04
Apple Watch Vulnerable to Theft With No Activation Lock

Our iPhones and iPads are protected by Activation Lock, a security feature that prevents thieves from wiping and using a stolen Apple device with a new account, but the recently released Apple Watch has no similar security feature. As pointed out by iDownloadBlog in a detailed post on the security of the Apple Watch, there is nothing that stops a lost or stolen Apple Watch from being wiped and paired with a new iPhone. The Apple Watch has a passcode option that requires a sequence of numbers to be entered every time it's removed from a wrist, but the passcode protects only data. The passcode is also easily bypassed with a reset. Pressing down on the side button of the Apple Watch brings up the power down options and a force press on this screen brings up an option to Erase All content and Settings. Erasing the Apple Watch in this manner erases the passcode...

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10:31
A Top Israeli Technology Executive Notes that Apple's...

Sol Gradman is a seasoned executive of high-technology companies. Gradman gained his rich managerial and global experience while living both in Israel and the US and working for multinationals such as IBM, Orbotech and ASP Computer Products. Gradman was speaking at ChipEx 2015 ...

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09:18
A new book titled "Strategy Rules" by Harvard an...

A new book titled "Strategy Rules" by Harvard and MIT professors, analyzes the strategies, principles, and skills of three of the most successful and influential figures in business—Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs—offering lessons for all managers and entrepreneurs on leadership, strategy and execution.

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07:21
Apple and Lithium Battery Maker A123 Systems in Final Stag...

In February Patently Apple was first to extensively report on A123 Systems, an advanced lithium battery maker, suing Apple on several counts including Employee Raiding and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets. Today ...

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06:45
Apple and A123 Systems Nearing Settlement in Battery Engin...

Apple and A123 Systems are close to reaching a settlement in an ongoing battery engineer poaching lawsuit between the two companies, according to The Boston Globe. A123 Systems, an advanced battery manufacturer, originally filed suit against Apple in February for poaching key battery engineering employees to join its own automative team, including former chief technology officer Mujeeb Ijaz."On Tuesday, a federal judge granted A123 more time to finalize the settlement with Apple," reports The Boston Globe. "In a court filing, the two sides reported that they 'have reached an agreement, signed a term sheet, and are in the process of drafting a final settlement agreement.'"Apple's much-rumored automotive team reportedly consists of...

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06:18
Foxconn Invests in Cyanogen, the Company that Vows to put...

Foxconn has become an investor in Cyanogen, the company that wants to take Android away from Google. Cyanogen Inc. announced the strategic investment from Foxconn ...

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05:21
Desperate Samsung is going to try a Steve Jobs Tactic in J...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S6 Sales Disaster in Japan is Embarrassing!," that presented the facts from the Japanese market research firm BCN that showed that the Galaxy S6 Edge ranked 26th in the Japanese smartphone weekly sales rankings from April 27 to May 3. The Korean press ...

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04:33
First Wave of Space Black, Leather Loop and Modern Buckle...

Nearly five weeks after Apple Watch pre-orders became available on April 10, the first stainless steel Apple Watch orders with Space Black Link Bracelets, Leather Loops and Modern Buckles are now being prepared to ship. A growing number of users tracking their Apple Watch orders within the MacRumors discussion forums confirmed the shipping status changes within the past twelve hours. The stainless steel Apple Watch with Space Black Link Bracelet, Leather Loop and Modern Buckle were the last three models of the wrist-worn device that had yet to see movement, remaining in the Processing stage on the Apple Online Store until late Tuesday. Now, some orders have been updated to Preparing for Shipment in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and...

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03:48
Samsung wants to Collaborate with Microsoft on HoloLens

It's being reported today that Samsung Electronics is seeking a partnership with Microsoft related to HoloLens to sharpen its wearable technology.

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Tuesday May 12

11:49
Apple's CEO Bullish on Apple Pay in China with Progre...

During Apple's Financial Call back in January Apple's CEO Tim Cook had noted that Apple pay was off to very fast start with over 750 banks and credit unions already signed on to bring Apple Pay to their customers and that 2015 was going to be the Year of Apple Pay. Since then ...

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11:21
Distracted Driving Laws Yet to Catch Up With Apple Watch

While several states and countries have laws in place that make operating a handheld device such as a smartphone or portable media player illegal, the release of the Apple Watch has created a gray area in terms of distracted driving legislation. Given that the Apple Watch is technically not a handheld device, the laws in many jurisdictions are left open to interpretation at this point. Regardless of the laws in your local area, it is highly recommended that you keep your eyes on the road and remain focused on driving at all times. Using your Apple Watch while driving is dangerous for both you and the drivers sharing the road with you, no matter how skilled of a driver you may be, and distracted driving in general is still a punishable offense in many jurisdictions. United States In the United States, many states have similar distracted driving laws with different conditions that must be followed. All states except Arizona, Missouri and Montana have a text...

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09:57
The Apple Watch Made LG the Smartwatch Display King

Back in September we posted a report titled "LG Wins Contract for AMOLED Apple Watch Displays & Apple Fulfills Patent." According to a new report published today, Apple's contract with LG for Apple Watch displays catapulted their position in the market to that of leader overnight.

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09:06
Samsung's Galaxy S6 Sales Disaster in Japan is Embarr...

In late April we posted a report titled "Samsung is so Despised in Japan that they decided to remove their Logo on the Galaxy S6 going on Sale in Japan this Week." The report spelled out that Samsung had been thinking of pulling out of the smartphone market in Japan like they did years ago with televisions. In an effort to gain market share growth in the Japanese market ...

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07:57
Apple Tops Greenpeace Clean Energy Index Based on Renewabl...

Apple continues to set the bar among technology companies for its commitment to running its worldwide operations on renewable energy, topping Amazon, Facebook, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Yahoo and other large corporations in Greenpeace's Clean Energy Index included as part of its 2015 Click Clean Report [PDF]."The report found that Apple continues to be the most aggressive in powering its data center operations with renewable energy. Despite continued rapid growth, Apple appears to have kept pace with its supply of renewable energy, maintaining its claim of a 100% renewably powered cloud for another year, followed by Yahoo, Facebook and Google with 73%, 49% and 46% clean energy respectively. Greenpeace found that Amazon’s current investments would deliver an energy mix of 23% renewable energy for its operations."The annual...

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06:34
Apple Granted 29 Patents Today Covering 3 Camera Patents,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 29 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Beyond covering Apple's granted patents earlier today for a 3D sensing device, Liquid Metal Screws and unique design patents, this report points you to three camera patent wins along with ...

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04:54
Apple Wins Unique Design Patents for a Light Fixture, Beat...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 29 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's four design patents. For the first time in years, Apple surprises us ...

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03:29
Next A9-Based iPhone Predicted to Have 12MP Camera, 2GB RA...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, issued a note to investors today that offers eleven predictions for the next-generation iPhone in 2015. The new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones are expected to enter mass production in mid-to-late August, while no new 4-inch iPhone model will be released in 2015. The main selling point of the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will be the addition of Force Touch, the pressure-sensitive display technology built into Apple Watch and new MacBook trackpads. Other predicted features for Apple's next iPhone include, many of which have already been rumored, include an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, improved 12-megapixel camera, a new rose gold color option, possible sapphire cover lenses and more.(1) Force Touch will be the biggest upgraded selling point, but also one of the main bottlenecks of the supply chain. Force Touch can enhance user experience due to more input...

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03:27
Apple Granted a Patent for the Creation of Liquid Metal Sc...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another Liquid Metal based patent covering the making of superior strength and fitting screws. When you see inventions covering the making of the tiniest parts for an Apple device with such precision, you see the maniacal focus ...

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02:10
Apple Granted another Major 3D Sensing Patent that could b...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another fascinating PrimeSense patent that Apple has inherited that covers a 3D sensing device that works with distinct gestures that could control items on a display or TV.

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Monday May 11

15:41
First Apple Watches With Link Bracelets Begin Shipping to...

Though the Apple Watch officially launched on April 24, several of the stainless steel Apple Watch configurations have been unavailable to ship for weeks due to supply shortages. Customers who ordered Apple Watches with Link Bracelets, Modern Buckles, and Leather Loops right after pre-orders began are still without their devices. As of today, the first orders of these rarer watches appear to be shipping out. Several customers on the MacRumors forums who ordered the Apple Watch with Stainless Steel Link Bracelets are seeing their credit cards charged and have begun receiving shipping information from Apple. The first orders should be arriving to customers tomorrow. There are many customers who are still waiting for their Link Bracelet Apple Watch orders to ship, but it appears the wait may not be much longer now that the first shipments are going out. Customers who ordered the Space Black...

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15:22
Apple Will be entering the Paid Music Streaming Business J...

While the "freemium" streaming services remain a thorn in the music industry's side overall, that doesn't mean that paid subscriptions for streaming music aren't doing well ...

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15:05
Warner Music Earned More Revenue From Streaming Services T...

Apple's upcoming revamped music service may be coming at the perfect time, right as revenue from streaming music is beginning to surpass revenue from digital downloads. Streaming music services have been growing in popularity over the last several years, and in an earnings call today (via Re/code), Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper told investors that for the first time, the company earned more revenue from streaming music services than from digital downloads. Warner Music Group saw a 33 percent increase in its revenue from streaming music services from companies like Spotify and YouTube during the second quarter of 2015, while revenue from digital downloads like those from iTunes grew only seven percent. During the call,...

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14:57
Interesting New Video Shows Apple Watch Assisting the Deaf

On March 25, Apple was granted a patent for improved features for a hearing aid and Apple has carried through with new features for the deaf on the Apple Watch.

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12:08
Australia Cracks Down on Tax Avoidance by Multinational Co...

Last month Apple has warned investors that it could face ‘material’ financial penalties from the European Commission’s investigation into its tax deals with Ireland ...

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