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Friday August 21

11:30
Apple Hiring Autonomous Vehicle Experts, Including Tesla E...

Apple recently hired a senior engineer from Tesla Motors, presumably to work on its secret car project. As highlighted by Reuters, former Tesla Motors Autopilot Firmware Manager Jamie Carlson's LinkedIn page says he now works at Apple on "Special Projects." His profile doesn't go into detail on what he did for Tesla, but he was working on the company's autonomous vehicle firmware project and could be taking on a similar automotive firmware role at Apple. Reuters also points out several other previously unknown hires with similar expertise in autonomous driving, including Megan McClain, a former Volkswagen engineer, Vinay Palakkode, a graduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon...

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09:49
NYTimes: Dr. Dre Apologizes to the Women He's Hurt

A new story from the New York Times is bound to ripple throughout the Apple blogosphere today and throughout the music industry. Apple issued a statement today stating that "Dre has apologized for the mistakes ...

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09:37
Dr. Dre Addresses Abuse Accusations With Apology, Apple Re...

With the recent release of the movie Straight Outta Compton detailing Dr. Dre's hip-hop group N.W.A, unsavory moments from Dre's past were unearthed as critics questioned why the movie didn't cover his abuse towards women. During the 1990s, Dr. Dre was accused of assaulting several women, including his girlfriend at the time Michel'le and television host Dee Barnes. In response to the allegations, Dr. Dre has given a statement to The New York Times apologizing for his actions and saying he deeply regrets what he did in his youth. "Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I've been married for 19 years and every day I'm working to be a better...

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08:24
Daimler Sees Cooperation with Apple for Advanced Software

Over the weekend we posted a report titled "Are the New Round of Car Rumors Believable?" I took a look at the latest rumors and really didn't find enough to conclude or rush to judgement that in fact Apple is building a car. Today, statements made by Daimler's CEO Dieter Zetsche placed emphasis on working with Apple and Google in context with advanced software.

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06:20
Spotify Fans Raise Hell Over new Anti-Privacy Policies

Today the Guardian published a report stating that the music-streaming service Spotify is facing a backlash over its new privacy policy, which gives the company the right to read personal information on users’ phones ...

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05:27
Foxconn Restricts Days Off Prior to the iPhone 6s Launch...

China's Commercial Times is reporting today that Foxconn is forbidding its employees in the Zhengzhou plant from having day-offs one week prior to the launch of iPhone 6S in September.

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04:51
Mercedes-Benz Maker Remains Open to 'Different Types...

Amid rumors that Apple is working on a top-secret automotive project ranging from its own electric car to a CarPlay-related technology platform for vehicles, Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG remains open to "different types" of cooperation with Apple, reports Reuters."Many things are conceivable," Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said in an interview with quarterly magazine Deutsche Unternehmerboerse published on Friday.Silicon Valley is becoming increasingly important for automakers as vehicles become more deeply integrated with the latest technologies such as CarPlay and Android Auto, and companies such as Apple and Google could play an even bigger role as self-driving vehicles hit the streets over the next five-plus years."Google and Apple want to provide system software for cars and bring this...

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04:11
New iPhone Ad Promotes Apple Pay in Over 1 Million Stores

In Apple's latest "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" ad, they promote that Apple Pay...

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03:28
Samsung Desperately Tries to Win Back Galaxy Smartphone De...

During Apple's latest Financial Conference Call, CEO Tim Cook stated that the iPhone unit sales grew 35% which was almost 3X the rate of growth of the smartphone market overall and gained share in all of their geographic segments. More importantly, Cook noted that they experienced the highest switcher rate in Android than they ever measured. Multiple recent studies have...

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Thursday August 20

20:32
Samsung Launches Free Trial Program for iPhone Users

Samsung today launched a new promotion called Ultimate Test Drive, a program designed to get iPhone users to switch away from their Apple devices to Samsung ones (via Engadget). The Test Drive coincides with the launch of Samsung's newest devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. For just one dollar, you can try one of our latest Samsung phones for 30 days with no obligation. Your test drive kit will come with the phone of your choice, an activated sim card, and a step-by-step guide to help you start your test drive.To sign up for the promotion, iPhone users have to visit SamsungPromotions.com on their device and select their phone. Samsung tells Engadget that the promotion is compatible with any U.S. carrier. It's...

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16:57
Apple Debuts New 'Apple Pay' Ad in Ongoing...

Apple today debuted a new iPhone-focused video featuring Apple Pay as part of its ongoing "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" advertising campaign. The video, available on the company's YouTube channel, features an iPhone being used to make different Apple Pay purchases. The iPhone is centric to the video and is shown going through several different Apple Pay transactions as a voiceover explains Apple Pay and its features in a clever rhyme. At the end of the video, Apple ends with its latest signature tagline, "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone." This is an iPhone. And this is Apple Pay. Which lets you shop in a faster, simpler way. For groceries, and kicks, toys, and your lunchtime fix. It's safer than a credit card and keeps your info yours. And you can already use it in over one million stores."Apple Pay" is the fifth ad in this...

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11:13
Apple TV Fell to Fourth Most Popular Streaming Media Devic...

The Apple TV was the fourth most popular streaming media device in the United States in 2014, according to new data compiled by Parks Associates. Sales of the Apple TV were eclipsed by sales of devices from Roku, Google, and Amazon. Roku continues to be the most popular brand when it comes to streaming media devices, representing 34 percent of units sold, while Google and its Chromecast were responsible for 23 percent of device sales. Amazon's Fire TV was the third most popular choice, while Apple came in fourth. In 2013, the Apple TV was the third most popular streaming media device, but in 2014, it fell behind the newly introduced Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Combined, streaming media devices from Apple, Roku, Google, and Amazon were responsible for 86 percent of all streaming media device...

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10:21
Apple Creates Massive Floral Window Installation at Selfri...

Apple today launched a new Apple Watch advertising effort in London, decorating the 24 windows of the Selfridges department store with a massive floral installation. Each window has flowers that were inspired by the flowers that can be found within the "Motion" face on the Apple Watch. Design magazine Wallpaper has shared photos and details on the installation, which uses 3D flowers created through a range of methods from resin casting to 3D printing. Each window also displays an Apple Watch with a watch face that matches the flowers. Image via Wallpaper There are eight different flower variations decorating the windows, each of which was scaled, sculpted, and hand-painted by artists, a process Wallpaper describes...

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10:12
Apple Invents Advanced Parallax Depth Rendering for Next-G...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their intent to advance their parallax technology for iOS to the next level by driving parallax depth rendering.

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08:13
To shake things Up, Apple may Add Cellular Voice Capabilit...

On August 20, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that Apple is serious about trying to provide the iPhone with a next-gen wireless headset that supports Voice over LTE or VoLTE. Better yet, ...

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04:32
An Advanced Force Touch Patent for the iPad Surfaces in Eu...

In July we learned more detail about Force Touch for the iPhone in an Apple Patent application. Earlier in May we discovered a few more details about Force Touch as it applied to an iPad using a stylus as a paint brush. Today, a new technical patent application from Apple has surfaced in Europe regarding Force Touch on an iPad employing ...

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04:00
'iPad Pro' Production Reaffirmed for September-O...

Taiwanese website DigiTimes today reported the "iPad Pro" will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth quarter, corroborating a recent KGI report that said the rumored 12.9-inch tablet would enter mass production in September-October. "iPad Pro" mockup places 12.9-inch tablet alongside iPad Air and iPad mini The report claims the "iPad Pro" will be released in the fourth quarter, with an estimated 4-5 million shipments in 2015. DigiTimes reported in July that the "iPad Pro" could launch in mid-November as Foxconn prepared to start supplying components at the time, but the release timeframe remains uncertain. The report claims Sharp will be the main supplier of LCD...

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01:47
Apple Bucks the Downward Trend in China According to Gartn...

A new report by Gartner states that worldwide smartphone sales recorded the slowest growth rate since 2013 in the second quarter of 2015. One of the bright spots going against the downward trend in China was Apple.

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00:52
Apple's iPad Pro to Enter Production in September wit...

Taiwan supply chain sources claim that Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth. Sharp will provide ...

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Wednesday August 19

19:26
Square Enix's 'Final Fantasy VII' Now Avail...

Square Enix today released a long-awaited port of Final Fantasy VII for iOS devices. Originally released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII was the first game in the Final Fantasy series created for PlayStation and it continues to be one of the most popular Final Fantasy games. At E3, Square Enix promised to launch Final Fantasy VII before the end of the summer in 2015, so with tonight's release, the company is living up to its word. Square Enix has previously made the first six Final Fantasy games available on iOS devices, but Final Fantasy VII for iOS marks the first Final Fantasy port from a PlayStation game. According to Square Enix, the iOS version of Final Fantasy VII is a port of the PC version, with no changes or additions to the storyline.With its unshakeable monopoly over Mako energy production, the evil Shinra Electric Power Company holds tight to the reigns of wold power. One day, a Mako reactor serving the...

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15:56
Another Google Moon Shot falls from the Sky, So what'...

Today we've learned that Project Ara is the latest project being delayed until 2016 or whenever it's convenient for Google to delay it again.

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15:18
Samsung to Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Ongoing Patent...

Samsung is planning to take its ongoing patent war with Apple to the United States Surpreme Court, reports the San Jose Mercury News. In court papers filed today, Samsung said that by November it would ask the Supreme Court to hear its latest appeal."The questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries," Samsung's legal team wrote in a bid to hold off paying Apple hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for the patent violations.Samsung's decision comes following a rejection from the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals last week, where the court refused Samsung's request for a new trial. Samsung had asked the court to...

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14:29
No Surprise: Samsung Seeks to bring Apple iPhone Design Ca...

Last week we posted a report titled "While the Court Rejects Samsung's Appeal in Apple Case, Expect this to go to the Supreme Court." Big surprise: Samsung plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court by November ...

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13:49
IDF Keynote Elevated 'Sensification' Computing v...

Intel's IDF developer conference is in full swing this week and the opening keynote video by CEO Brian Krzanich was delayed until mid-morning. The sense that I generally got from the keynote was that Intel is shifting gears and is about to cover the computing industry in a whole new dimension covering the internet of things, wearables and technologies far from just processors. In fact, the most in-depth segment of their opening keynote revolved around their RealSense 3D camera technology

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12:13
Apple Seeds 7th OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to Developers,...

Apple today released the seventh beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the sixth El Capitan beta and two months after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple has also re-seeded the fifth public beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers. The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. In recent weeks, Apple has been pushing rapid updates for OS X El Capitan, all of which have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of its public debut. Few design changes have been made in the most recent betas. OS X El Capitan is designed to improve features introduced with OS...

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