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Sunday January 31

09:07
iPad Air 3 Cases to Fit Four Speakers, Rear Flash, and Sma...

Last week, a design drawing surfaced claiming to show an iPad Air 3 with a few differences compared to the current iPad Air 2, most notably a stereo four-speaker design similar to the iPad Pro and an apparent LED flash located below the rear camera.

The design drawing likely came from a third-party manufacturer, and these companies apparently now feel comfortable enough to begin producing cases based on the design, as seen through Chinese site Alibaba's 1688.com business portal (via Nowhereelse.fr).

The new low-cost cases currently selling at around $3–4 each in quantities of 500 or more and even cheaper for greater quantities match the earlier design drawing,...

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07:45
Apple's iPod Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit over its...

A patent troll by the name of Meraloc LLC has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple regarding the iPod's flash drive. Considering that this patent troll has only been in business for a little over a month, it was quite humorous to read Meraloc state that ...

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06:30
Apple Granted Five Design Patents in China for Cables/Adap...

On Friday the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple five design patents covering various cables and adapters such as ...

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Friday January 29

14:17
Apple's Eddy Cue is on a Mission to Win Original TV S...

Apple, who is still struggling to line up networks and cable channels for its long-delayed 'skinny bundle' offering of a lower-priced video service, is now trying a new tack by talking directly with TV producers and Hollywood studios about investing in TV shows that could be offered exclusively to its iTunes customers ...

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12:25
Apple's 'Secret' VR Team isn't that Se...

It was just last week that Apple hired a top U.S. VR researcher from Virginia Tech with VR experience in respect to gaming, sports, 3D user interfaces and beyond. To go along with that major hire is a new context that the Financial Times now reveals as being Apple amassing a major new team of VR experts that are already prototyping future ...

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10:58
With Apple Showing the Slightest Sign of Weakness, the Mea...

When Steve Jobs passed away, beyond his family, it was an absolute blow to the company, its employees, his inner circle and to all who loved the man for his tenacity of returning to Apple and reinventing it to a point that it is now the number one technology company in the world that just broke a record with $18.4 billion … in revenue!

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10:07
Apple Has Secret Team Working on Virtual Reality Headset

Apple has expanded its research efforts in virtual and augmented reality, building out a large team that is experimenting with headsets and other technologies, reports Financial Times in a detailed post on the company's virtual reality work that covers recent hires and acquisitions.

Hundreds of employees are part of a "secret research unit" exploring AR and VR, with the team consisting of experts hired through acquisitions and poached from Microsoft and Lytro, the company that developed the Immerge, a Light Field power camera able to blend live action and computer graphics for a live action VR experience. Apple has also hired Doug Bowman, said to be one of the leading virtual reality experts in the United States.

In addition to recent AR/VR-related...

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08:19
Apple May Develop Original TV Shows Exclusively for iTunes...

Apple has met with TV producers and Hollywood studios about developing original TV shows to offer exclusively to its iTunes customers, according to TheStreet. The article comes by way of independent contributor Ronald Grover, a longtime entertainment business journalist who has previously covered the media and entertainment industry for Reuters and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

The original content could spearhead Apple's plans to launch its oft-rumored streaming TV service, which has reportedly been placed on hold due to the iPhone maker's...

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06:31
Apple Finally getting Serious about Wireless Charging Syst...

After years of covering Apple patents on wireless charging it appears that Apple may be working on a new wireless charging system for some time in 2017.

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05:29
Apple's Impressive Growth in China Defied their Criti...

Apple's strategy for China has been working even when critics, and more importantly analysts, kept harping on rumors that the party was over for Apple in China. During this week's financial conference call, Apple's CEO Tim Cook addressed this issue head on.

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04:15
Apple Ceases Free iTunes Radio Streaming Worldwide

Apple today officially ended free streaming of its iTunes Radio channels worldwide, incorporating the catalogue of stations into its subscription-based Apple Music service.

The change follows Apple's announcement earlier this month that its free radio-listening feature would be discontinued at the end of January but would remain available to Apple Music subscribers.

As of this morning, iOS Music app users who tap on a radio station are bounced to a screen prompting them to join Apple's premium streaming music service.

Likewise, iTunes users on a Mac who attempt to access the stations or create their own are met with a dialog window asking them to "Get on Our Wavelength" and join Apple Music.

Users with an iTunes Match subscription are also no longer able to access the stations. However, Apple's Beats 1 radio channel remains available to iTunes users worldwide as a free...

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Thursday January 28

20:41
Apple Developing iPhone With Extended Range Wireless Charg...

Apple is reportedly developing a wirelessly-charged iPhone for as soon as 2017, according to Bloomberg. The company is working with its partners in both the U.S. and Asia to create the technology.

Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. The iPhone maker is looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed, they said.Current wirelessly-charged devices require users to place their phones or other devices on charging mats. In September 2012, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said that the company...

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15:01
Apple Acquires Popular Education-Technology Startup LearnS...

It's being reported today that Apple has acquired education-technology startup LearnSprout, which creates software for schools and teachers to track students’ performance.

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14:02
Wells Fargo and Bank of America to Add Apple Pay Support t...

Bank of America and Wells Fargo are working on implementing Apple Pay into their ATMs, reports TechCrunch, citing a source with knowledge of the project. Both companies are said to have engineers working on the technology that would likely allow Apple Pay to be used at an ATM in place of a physical debit card.

When questioned about the possibility of Apple Pay at ATMs, Wells Fargo head of ATMs Jonathan Velline suggested the information was accurate and that Wells Fargo was working on adding support for mobile wallets that would meet all of its customers needs.Wells Fargo's head of ATMs Jonathan Velline implied Apple Pay would come to its ATMs. He confirmed that "We've been working on the technology that allows us to hook to digital wallets, leveraging NFC on mobile phones to replace the card at the transaction at the ATM. Right now the wallet that we support is Android Pay." [...]

"But we're also...

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11:26
Apple Acquires Education Analytics Company LearnSprout

Apple has purchased education-technology startup LearnSprout, reports Bloomberg. LearnSprout is a company that develops software for schools and teachers to track student performance and other metrics. Apple will likely use its technology to build out its classroom tools to encourage schools to adopt iPads and other Apple products.

Apple confirmed the acquisition with the standard statement it gives on purchases: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

According to its website, LearnSprout software is already used in more than 2,500 schools across the United States. It aggregates all student grades across the school, letting teachers and administrators hone in on students that may need more help. LearnSprout...

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09:01
Samsung Widens Gap Over Apple in Worldwide Smartphone Mark...

The latest numbers from market research firm Strategy Analytics reveal that Samsung increased its lead over Apple as the world's largest smartphone maker, after shipping 81.3 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of the 2015 calendar year. Apple announced earlier this week that it sold a record 74.8 million iPhones during the same three-month period encompassing the busy holiday shopping season.

Global smartphone shipments grew 12 percent annually from 1.28 billion in 2014 to a record 1.44 billion in 2015, according to the data. Samsung and Apple contributed 317.2 million and 192.7 million smartphone sales respectively to that worldwide total, while Huawei, Lenovo-Motorola, and Xiaomi rounded off the top five...

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08:24
Apple is Voluntarily Recalling AC Wall Plug Adapters from...

Today, Apple announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

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07:57
Apple Files for 'Genius Grove' and 'Apple 3...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published one of Apple's latest trademark filings for 'Genius Grove.' The actual filing date is noted as being January 22, 2016. A Google search for the term produced zero results. While it's not officially known what Apple may have in mind for this, their filed International Classes would strongly suggest that it's some...

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07:55
Skylake Mac Notebooks May See Staggered Launch in 2016, Le...

Apple is expected to refresh its MacBook lineup in 2016 with Intel's faster Skylake processors and Thunderbolt 3 with USB-C, and supply chain sources now indicate the updated notebooks may see a staggered launch throughout the year.

The company's manufacturing partners are expected to start producing new 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro models around late March or early April, followed by 15-inch MacBook Pro models in the third quarter, according to the sometimes-reliable Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

If accurate, new 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro models could debut at Apple's rumored March media event,...

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07:09
Apple Recalls Some International Wall Adapters Due to Risk...

Apple today issued a voluntary recall for certain two-prong AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand, and South Korea, due to the risk of electrical shock if touched in very rare cases. Apple has also advised customers to stop using affected plug adapters.

Apple is offering a new, redesigned adapter for free to affected customers.Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to exchange affected wall plug adapters with a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge.The recalled wall plug adapters shipped with Macs and some iOS devices sold between 2003 and 2015, and were also included in the Apple World...

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05:50
Apple Advances Projection System for Possible Future In-Ai...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another PrimeSense derived projection system for future iDevices that will use 3D mapping for various applications including interpreting in-air gesture recognition.

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04:43
Apple Invents a Stereo System with an Adaptive Room Equali...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a stereo speaker system that measures the impulse response of a listening area so as to provide listeners with exceptional quality audio depending on the room's configuration ....

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04:31
DigiTimes Says iPad Air 3 Will Have 4K Display and Up to 4...

Taiwanese touch panel makers General Interface Solution and TPK will share production of a third-generation "4K" iPad Air set to debut in March, according to sources out of the China supply chain (via DigiTimes).

The same sources claim that in addition to a 4K resolution touch panel, Apple's new 9.7-inch tablet will feature up to 4GB RAM and improved battery life, and is scheduled to enter mass production in the second quarter of 2016.

The report goes on to state that both display makers expect a slight on-year increase in demand for touch panel products from Apple in the first half of 2016 due to orders of products equipped with 3D Touch. This comes despite previous rumors suggesting the iPad Air 3 will not adopt the pressure-sensitive display technology due to the production difficulties involved with...

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03:47
San Jose Approves New Apple Campus that will Bring 16,000...

San Jose city leaders Tuesday unanimously approved an updated development agreement that clears the way for Apple to begin building its 86-acre campus in North San Jose,

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03:26
Apple Invention Covers Haptic System for Apple Watch, Spor...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the haptic vibration alert system for the Apple Watch, Sports bands and possible future biometric monitors.

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