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Thursday October 23

11:11
Foxconn Wants More Apple Business & is Investing Big t...

We learned earlier today that Apple's 4.7" iPhone 6 orders are pretty much split between Foxconn and Pegatron quite evenly. Foxconn used to make all of Apple's iPhones and the drop in business has been a stress on Foxconn's bottom line. One of the ways to keep their profits up is to find new ways to supply Apple with more iPhone parts ...

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10:30
'Continuity Activation Tool' Enables Handoff on...

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced "Continuity," a set of features designed to allow for deeper integration between Macs and iOS devices. Unfortunately, some Continuity features are limited to Macs with Bluetooth 4.0, which leaves many older Macs unable to access the new features. Additionally, even though the 2011 MacBook Air and 2011 Mac mini include Bluetooth 4.0, Apple has opted not to allow them to access Continuity features. Luckily, many resourceful members of the MacRumors forums have come up with solutions to allow them to enable Continuity on their older Macs, and discussion on our forums has led to the creation of a set of instructions and a Continuity Activation Tool that should get Continuity working on Macs unable to explicitly support the feature. Created by Dokterdok (based on instructions compiled by...

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10:00
Apple to Continue Evaluating GT's Sapphire Production...

Earlier today, GT Advanced Technologies officially announced its settlement with Apple, which will see the two companies dissolving their partnership, ending their production agreement, and eliminating contractual ties that kept GT from selling its sapphire to other parties. Under the agreement, GT Advanced will be selling off its remaining sapphire, along with 2,000 sapphire furnaces, with much of the proceeds going to Apple to repay the $439 million loan it provided to get the operation underway. Apple has now commented on the settlement with GT Advanced, telling Re/code that GT's sapphire manufacturing process simply wasn't ready for production, and that a relationship in the future remains a possibility as the company's sapphire production techniques improve. GT will continue research work...

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08:37
Rite Aid Disables Apple Pay Support After Initially Accept...

A growing number of Apple Pay users are angry with retailer Rite Aid following the reported disabling of the mobile payment service within the past 24 hours. Apple Pay should technically be compatible with any point-of-sale systems supporting NFC technology, but customers who made successful Apple Pay payments earlier this week have found their payments were being denied yesterday and today. Among the disgruntled users was Josh Hundall, who shared his experiences and his conclusions that Rite Aid is deliberately crippling its payment systems to prevent Apple Pay transactions. Today, Allison asked me to pick up a few things on my way home from the office, and I’m a major nerd, so naturally I was all too happy to oblige. I was equally disappointed, then, when my transaction was declined with a message on the terminal...

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08:03
Apple's CEO Tim Cook Laughs it up on Foxconn's F...

Yesterday we reported that Apple's CEO met with Vice Premier Ma Kai reportedly to exchange views on "protection of users' information" as well as "strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields." While in China, Cook made sure to get out to Foxconn and spend some time on the Foxconn factory floor ...

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06:24
Nike CEO Hints at Continued Partnership With Apple to Deve...

Nike CEO Mark Parker sat down with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the company's brand and product strategy (via The Guardian). During the 13-minute-long "Market Makers" segment, Parker confirmed that he is bullish on Apple and the wearables market, hinting at a continued partnership between the two companies at the 9:45 mark. Though Nike recently discontinued further development on its FuelBand fitness wearables, the sports and fitness company is not ready to abandon the wearables market, instead waiting for the market to mature beyond it current geeky status. "I think it’s going to be a big part of the future, absolutely," said Parker. "I think the form it takes is critical. You can go from the very geeky kind of wearables today – we’ve all seen...

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06:08
Apple Reveals their Enhanced Next Generation 3D Memory Inv...

In March of this year NVIDIA unveiled their next-gen graphics processor with 3D memory. In May, Samsung announced that they were shifting their focus to highly advanced 3D NAND flash memory chips that will also be used in future solid state drives. This is where the memory chip industry is going. It also happens to be the subject of one of Apple's latest patent applications that were published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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05:53
GT Advanced Technologies Officially Announces Sapphire Set...

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Apple and its sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies had reached an agreement to effectively dissolve their partnership and allow GT to shut down operations at the Apple-owned sapphire production plant in Mesa, Arizona. Under the deal, GT will seek to sell off the over 2,000 sapphire furnaces currently installed at the facility, with the majority of the proceeds from those sales going to Apple to help repay $439 million in loans Apple made to help the operation get underway. GT has now officially announced the deal and published the full agreement, redacting only the amounts Apple will be paid per furnace sold.Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which is subject to approval by the Bankruptcy Court, GT...

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05:13
Christian Bale Hired for Steve Jobs Role in Sorkin Biopic...

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has confirmed in a Bloomberg interview that actor Christian Bale will indeed star as Steve Jobs in Sorkin's upcoming biopic based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography of the Apple co-founder. Bale, who was said last week to be in talks for the role, met with Sorkin but did not have to audition for the part. “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming edition of “Studio 1.0.” “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” Shooting for the film will begin in the coming months in what will be a challenging role for the established actor. Bale reportedly will appear in every frame of the movie with speaking parts that exceed three movies...

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04:06
Apple Invents an iPad GUI for Class Group Reading and Scor...

During Apple's latest Financial Conference Call Apple's CEO pointed out that Apple currently has 90% of the tablet market in education. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new Graphical User Interface for group reading environments such as the education market. The system uses an iPad...

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02:44
Video: Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs i...

Super Hero Batman plays Super Hero Steve Jobs: Today In an interview with Bloomberg's Emily Chang, Aaron Sorkin confirmed the rumors that Christian Bale ,,,

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02:15
Apple Beefs up their Apple Watch Patent Claims for Gesturi...

On October 23, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an extension of their originally granted iTime patent which we covered back in July of this year. Apple's second filing ...

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01:03
Apple Rumored to be Offering Temporary Bonus Payments to F...

A new supply chain side rumor today states that due to higher-than-expected iPhone 6 Plus demand, Apple is rumored to be considering raising its payments ...

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00:51
Apple's 4.7 inch iPhone 6 Orders to Reach 50 Million...

A new supply chain report published this morning states that strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6 has boosted Pegatron Technology's orders for 2014 and the maker is expected to ship close to ...

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Wednesday October 22

16:17
Sprinklr's CEO Provides Overview of Twitter's Ne...

Note Xcode Developers: In this most recent video report from Bloomberg, Ragy Thomas, founder and CEO of Sprinklr, discussed Twitter's plans to introduce "Fabric," a tool for building mobile apps. Twitter has a special page dedicated to Xcode developers.

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15:45
Patent Troll GNPE Loses Patent Infringement Case against A...

According to a new report published today, a patent troll by the name of GPNE has lost their patent infringement lawsuit against Apple today.

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14:26
Google Introduces their new email App Called Inbox

Gmail users take note: Today, Google introduced their new email app called Inbox. It was designed by ...

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14:23
iFixit Tears Down iPad Air 2, Confirms Smaller Battery, A8...

Now that the iPad Air 2 is being delivered to customers and showing up in retail Apple Stores, iFixit has acquired one of the new tablets and has begun one of its traditional teardowns to see just what's inside Apple's thinner, more powerful iPad Air 2. According to iFixit, the "gapless" front panel is more rigid than previous iPad models, and feels sturdier when it's being pried up with the company's proprietary iOpener. As with all iPads, the glued down display is the only access point to the tablet. As noted in reviews, the iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery than the original iPad Air, coming in at 27.62 Whr and 7,340 mAh. The first generation tablet had a 8,827 mAh/32.9 Whr battery life. iFixit's teardown confirms the existence of both the more powerful...

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12:22
Video Report: Apple Pay Glitch on Bank of America Transact...

Oops, Double Dipping Glitch: Today CNN’s Samuel Burke discovered that "Apple Pay" has been double-charging some Bank of America customers on transactions, including himself.

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11:48
According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Ap...

Patently Apple has just discovered that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has given Apple the final approval on the "Thunderbolt" trademark. While published today, the approval or "allowance" was officially granted last Friday.

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11:28
iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Now Available In Stores via Person...

Apple's new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have begun hitting retail stores, as we reported earlier, and the tablets are now available for in-store pickup for a limited number of retail locations that have received shipments. It appears that in-store availability is limited to Wi-Fi only tablets at this time. Many stores on the east coast of the United States are showing wide availability of both tablets as stores receive shipments and unpack boxes. Availability on the west coast is still limited as it is earlier in the day and stores are not yet prepared to begin retail sales. Apple store employees appear to be unaware that stores are receiving stock today, as several phone calls placed by MacRumors resulted in responses suggesting the tablets would not arrive in stores until later in the week or early next week. The iPad Air 2 is still showing shipping estimates of two to four days when ordered online, and some rumors have suggested that supplies are limited, which...

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11:21
Apple Encouraging Chrome and Firefox Users to Download Saf...

Chrome and Firefox users that install OS X Yosemite are receiving notifications suggesting they give Safari a try, according to multiple reports on Twitter (via Tom Davenport). After upgrading to Yosemite, Apple is sending popups that read "Try the new Safari. Fast, energy efficient, and with a beautiful new design." The interactive notification comes with "Later" and "Try Now" options, and it seems that users may be receiving the messages when opening Chrome or Firefox for the first time after installing the operating system update. Apple made several updates to Safari in OS X Yosemite, including adding a new "blazing-fast [Nitro] JavaScript engine" and energy saving technologies to make Safari both faster and more energy efficient. According to Apple, Safari is significantly faster than...

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10:21
Apple Pay Glitch Causes Bank of America Customers to Be Ch...

With Apple Pay positioned as a brand new service that requires banks, credit card companies, and vendors to all work together, it seems that some glitches in the system are inevitable. Some Bank of America customers have been running into a serious problem when using Apple Pay to make purchases, with two charges showing up on their credit card statements. A CNN report from this morning first suggested that multiple Bank of America customers had been double charged, which Bloomberg later confirmed. Hundreds of customers are said to be affected. A Bank of America representative contacted by CNN said that the issue was on Apple Pay's end and after some confusion about who should be contacted for a refund, Bank of America was able to refund the money.Bank of America transferred me to Apple Pay customer...

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09:49
Nike's CEO Says Apple & Nike to Expand into Weara...

Something's brewing: Today, in an interview with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle, Nike CEO Mark Parker said that he was quite bullish on their relationship with Apple and made an interesting statement about working with Apple on wearables.

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07:10
MasterCard Airs 'Priceless Surprises' World Seri...

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball and MasterCard announced a partnership that has seen Apple Pay support roll out at concession stands at ballparks in San Francisco and Kansas City for the World Series. As part of its World Series promotional push, MasterCard also debuted a pair of television ads during last night's Game 1, featuring Apple Pay and the company's "Priceless Surprises" program that has seen cardholders surprised with various rewards. One spot features former New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera and longtime Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, while the second features Kansas City Royals legend George Brett, with MasterCard promoting surprises such as meet-and-greets with the stars and tickets to World Series games. On its Priceless Surprises website, MasterCard notes it has surprised over 70,000 cardholders with various rewards,...

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