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Sunday April 5

18:56
Apple Maps Now Includes Hotel Reviews From TripAdvisor and...

Since the release of Apple's in-house Maps app as part of iOS 6 back in 2012, Yelp has been the company's sole partner for integrating customer reviews of businesses and other points of interest. In recent days, however, Apple's Maps app has begun including reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com on select hotel listings. It is currently unclear what the criteria are for determining whether a given hotel listing includes reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor, or Booking.com, but based on a spot check of several cities, the vast majority of hotel listings in the United States continue to display Yelp reviews. Other types of business listings also continue to use Yelp reviews on Apple Maps. Internationally, Booking.com in particular seems to be more strongly represented, with brief surveys of London, Paris, and Sydney all showing reviews from that site on a majority of hotel listings viewed. Apple has...

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13:21
No 4K Video Streaming Support for Upcoming Apple TV Set-To...

Following up on last month's claim that Apple is planning to show off a revamped Apple TV set-top box with App Store and Siri support at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, BuzzFeed now reports that the new box will not include support for 4K video streaming even though several services like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube offer content in the high-resolution format.“4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” said one source familiar with Apple’s thinking. Enabling 4K video support in Apple’s first major overhaul of Apple TV in three years might seem like a smart bit of future-proofing — particularly given reports that the A8 chip in the guts of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is 4K-capable. But it’s arguably an unnecessary one at this point.The report points out that 4K streaming is...

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08:46
Apple's In-Store Reservation System for Viewing and P...

Last month we covered the topic of the Apple Watch a minimum of six times (01, 02, 03, 04, 05 and 06). The topics ranged from Apple winning the International Forum designer award for Apple Watch to co-inventor of Swatch saying that the Apple Watch could bring forth an Ice Age to Switzerland's watch market through to Piper Jaffray ...

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05:21
A Korean Company Sues Apple over Apple Map Technology

A Korean Company by the name of Porto Technology Co. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns the use of systems related to Apple Maps on Apple iDevices.

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Saturday April 4

10:48
The Hysteria about the Coming Apple Watch in Switzerland T...

We noted back last October that Jean-Claude Biver head of watch brands (Tag Heuer, Zenith, and Hublot) at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA stated that that because of Apple's sheer size and influence you have to take them seriously. Biver added that "Others have done smartwatches before, but when Apple does it, it will sell." Now a new twist ...

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Friday April 3

19:40
Apple Watch In-Store Reservations Available Beginning Apri...

Apple on Friday updated its online store with instructions on how to purchase the Apple Watch, reiterating that the wrist-worn device can be ordered online or reserved for in-store pickup. The new section appears to confirm that Apple Watch in-store reservations will be available beginning April 10, allowing customers to reserve a specific Apple Watch for pickup at an Apple Store beginning April 24. The wording and timing of the new section suggests that Apple Watch in-store reservations will be available April 10, a move that would generate more foot traffic in Apple Stores on Apple Watch launch day. Nevertheless, there remains a slim possibility that reservations will begin on April 24. Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment, although we will update this post if we receive confirmation. Last week, Apple Store training documents obtained by MacRumors indicated that Apple will...

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13:08
Apple Adds New 'Guided Tours' Page to Apple Watc...

Apple today updated its dedicated Apple Watch website with a brand new "Guided Tours" section that includes several Apple Watch walkthrough videos. The introductory video on the site, entitled "Welcome to Apple Watch," walks users through all of the things the Apple Watch can do. The site also includes dedicated videos on various Apple Watch features, like Messages, Faces, and Digital Touch. Other video walkthroughs on features like Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, Music, Apple Pay, and more, are labeled as "Coming soon" and should be uploaded over the course of the next few hours. These videos are also referenced within other areas of the Apple Watch site, with a Fitness video, for example, available in the fitness section, and the Messages video available in the "New Ways to Connect" section. Today's walkthrough videos from Apple come a week ahead of Apple Watch pre-orders, which...

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09:39
Apple Announces Apple Watch Pre-Orders Will Kick Off at 12...

Apple today updated the Apple Watch page of its online store to note that online pre-orders for the Apple Watch will begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time on Friday, April 10. Just after midnight on the West Coast is Apple's typical time for pre-orders, and the company will likely take the store down beginning at 9PM to prepare for orders. Apple Watch pre-orders will go live simultaneously in all of the first-wave launch countries, meaning U.K. customers will be able order at 8:01 AM local time while Australian pre-orders will go live at 5:01 PM AEST. Here's a full list of pre-order times by country (in local time): - U.S., Canada: 12:01 a.m. (Pacific Time), 3:01 a.m. (Eastern Time) - U.K.: 8:01 a.m. - Germany: 9:01 a.m. - France: 9:01 a.m. - Australia: 5:01 p.m. - Hong Kong: 3:01 p.m. - China: 3:01 p.m. - Japan 3:01 p.m. Apple will accept orders both through its website and through its Apple Store app on the iPhone....

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09:26
FDA Approves Advanced Israeli Medical App Aimed for the iP...

This week the FDA approved an app by an Israeli health-tech firm called Voyant, now owned by BrainLab. The app helps doctors plan hip replacement surgery on mobile devices like Apple's iPad. It's considered a Class II medical device ...

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07:53
Carly Fiorina lashes out at Tim Cook's Reaction to In...

Carly Fiorina, once a Fortune 50 chief executive herself, has made it crystal clear that she's disgusted with how CEOs rushed to condemn Indiana’s new religious freedom law.

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07:21
AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Pricing: $59 for Sport, $79 for...

We've known that AppleCare+ will be available for the Apple Watch since Apple's March 9 media event, but pricing for the extended support has thus far remained a mystery. A source has now shared some purported pricing information with MacRumors that may shed some light on the cost, suggesting AppleCare+ for each version of the watch will be priced differently. According to the claimed internal Apple screenshots, AppleCare+ for the entry-level aluminum Apple Watch Sport will be priced at $59, while AppleCare+ for the middle-tier stainless steel Apple Watch with Sport Band will be priced at $79. AppleCare+ for a $15,000 gold Apple Watch Edition will be significantly more expensive at $999. It is unclear from the information we have received whether band choice will affect AppleCare+ pricing, as band prices vary significantly. While we can't verify the legitimacy of these claimed screenshots...

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07:08
Samsung's Galaxy S6 Bends as Easily as iPhone 6 Plus

Third-party warranty firm SquareTrade recently released a video showcasing the durability of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and HTC One M9, discovering the Galaxy to bend at 110 lbs of pressure and the One M9 to bend at 120 lbs of pressure. Although the Galaxy S6 Edge's pressure limits are comparable to the iPhone 6 Plus' testing, the Galaxy's screen ended up cracking under the pressure instead of slightly bending similar to Apple's plus-size iPhone model. The HTC One M9 lasted further than its two competitors, reaching 120 lbs of pressure, but the phone was rendered useless thanks to a faulty power button following the pressure test. Testing to the point of "catastrophic failure", the iPhone 6 Plus survived 179 lbs of pressure, beating out the Galaxy S6 Edge's 149 lbs stress test. As SquareTrade points out, the Galaxy's stress tests proves the phone could be worse for users due to the smartphone's screen cracking under intense...

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06:27
Apple's iOS Sales Reach All-Time High in Urban China

According to a new report by Kantar, phone sales data for the three months ending in February 2015 shows that Apple's iOS sales have reached an all-time high in urban China where it captured 27.6% of the smartphone market. Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports that "There has been a strong appetite for Apple's products in...

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06:09
Apple Watch Wins Red Dot 'Best of the Best' Desi...

Still three weeks away from being released to the public, the Apple Watch has received another design award for Apple ahead of launch, this time receiving the "Best of the Best" designation by the German Red Dot design awards (via aBlogtoWatch). Previously winning the Gold Award, and being called "an icon", at the International Forum Design awards earlier in March, the Red Dot award counts a second win for the wearable in the design category before its April 24 launch date. The Apple Watch wasn't alone in the smartwatch category, however, as the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate horological smartwatch also received the "Best of the Best" designation. The Red Dot jury judged the Apple Watch, and all products in the category, on...

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05:08
The Galaxy S6 Edge Bends faster than the iPhone 6 Plus in...

During the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in Barcelona last month, Samsung's head of global marketing, IT and Mobile Division Young-Hee Lee stated the following about the Galaxy S6: It's "The most advanced smartphone in the world ...

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Thursday April 2

21:14
No One Seems to Know who Won Apple's iPhone Chip Busi...

On Mar 26, we posted a report titled "TSMC Reportedly Wins the Bulk of Apple's iPhone Chip Business in 2015 including the new iPhone 6C." Earlier that month we posted another report titled "Daiwa Securities: TSMC has Won Most of Apple's A9 Business for 2015." Today, the latest rumor de jour ...

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17:38
Samsung Confirmed to Produce A9 Chips for Apple's Nex...

Samsung will provide Apple with A9 chips for its next-generation iPhone and other devices, reports Bloomberg, confirming a previous report in early February. Over the past couple of months there had been confusion and conflicting reports as to whether Samsung, Apple's longtime supplier and rival, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would produce the chips. Samsung will start making Apple A9 processor chips at its Giheung plant in South Korea, the people said, asking not to be identified because the contract hasn’t been discussed publicly. Additional orders will go to Samsung’s partner...

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14:22
Drexel University intros an iPad Vending Machine for Stude...

Last year we read about Drexel University's vending machine for MacBooks project and they've now followed up with a new iPad vending machine for students.

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10:34
Microsoft Introduces "Office Lens" Scanner App f...

Microsoft introduced "Office Lens" today for the iPhone. Microsoft's Office Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens can convert images to editable Word, PowerPoint, and PDF files.

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10:14
Apple Seeds Seventh OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to Develope...

Apple today seeded the seventh beta of OS X Yosemite to developers, three days after seeding the sixth OS X Yosemite beta and two months after releasing the first OS X 10.10.3 beta. The new beta, build 14D130a, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. In today's beta notes, Apple has added Safari and Mail as focus areas for testing, in addition to previous testing areas that include Wi-Fi captive networks, screen sharing, and Arabic/Hebrew system languages. The known issues section lists just one remaining issue with missing thumbnails when using Time Machine to restore a Photos library upgraded from Aperture. OS X 10.10.3 includes several new features, like the Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo...

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09:46
European Regulators Sticking their Nose into Apple's...

Sticking their nose in Apple's business is becoming an annual affair with European Regulators of one kind or another. Last year they warned Apple that they had to adopt the charging standard for mobile devices that was adopted by Android because, well, they felt like it. Now, one year later, and they're at it again.

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07:49
Apple Reveals Inventive Next-Gen Stackable MagSafe Connect...

Earlier today we posted a patent report about a new connector titled "Apple Invents Inductive Charging Interfaces for Mobile Devices." The new connector used magnetic retention like MagSafe. In a second major patent relating to next-generation MagSafe connectors, Apple introduces us to stackable MagSafe connectors ...

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07:24
iPhone's Force Touch Tech May Track Contact Area Inst...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming plans, issued a note to investors on Thursday that claims the next-generation iPhone will have a FPC-made capacitive Force Touch sensor under the backlight, laminated with metal shielding. Kuo adds that the change may be significant enough for Apple to call its next iPhone the "iPhone 7" instead of the so-called "iPhone 6s." The analyst claims that the hardware design of Force Touch will be different than the technology used in the Apple Watch and 12-inch Retina MacBook. Instead of directly detecting the pressure applied by fingers, the new improved Force Touch hardware will monitor the contact area where a finger presses to determine how much pressure is being applied. The sensor will use capacitive technology and thin FPC material to save space."We believe that iPhone’s Force Touch sensor doesn’t directly detect the pressure applied by fingers. Instead, it monitors the...

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05:54
Force Touch Could Be Exclusive to 'iPhone 6s Plus...

Apple's pressure-sensing Force Touch technology could be exclusive to the so-called "iPhone 6s Plus," according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via GforGames). The report, which claims Taiwanese manufacturer TPK will be responsible for supplying Apple with the Force Touch sensors, makes no mention of the "iPhone 6s," leading to speculation that the technology could be reserved for the larger iPhone 6s Plus. It has been reported that Apple will include Force Touch technology on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on at least three occasions since the beginning of this year. TechNews Taiwan reported that the iPhone 6s will gain Force Touch and 2GB of RAM in January, while AppleInsider...

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05:27
Kevin Lynch and Alan Dye Share Behind-the-Scenes Details o...

In a new interview with Wired, Apple vice president of technology Kevin Lynch and head of human interface design Alan Dye shed some light on the intricate origins of the Apple Watch, from its secretive beginnings to its legacy in a post-Steve Jobs Apple. Leaving a job at Adobe, Lynch walked onto the Apple Watch project blind and found a team of Apple engineers working away with bare-bones prototypes that included everything from vague sketches to the inclusion of an old-school iPod click wheel. The team created a new typeface, San Francisco, specifically for the Watch Lynch was immediately tasked with spearheading the group in designing a wrist-worn device that would, as Wired points out, aim to be Apple's fourth major game changer following the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Apple decided to make a watch and only then set out to discover what it might be good for (besides, you know, displaying the...

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