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Wednesday June 17

10:57
Publishers Upset Over Apple's Opt-Out Terms for Inclu...

Apple recently sent a mass email to news publishers to introduce them to Apple News, an upcoming Flipboard-inspired app for iOS 9 that will deliver curated news and magazine stories with custom layouts, photo galleries, videos and animations optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The email has ignited some controversy in the news and blogging community over the past week, according to the BBC, which reports that some writers are disappointed about Apple's decision to automatically include a website's RSS feeds in Apple News unless they specifically opt out by replying to the email."Let me get this straight, Apple: you send me an e-mail outlining the terms under which you will redistribute my content, and you will just assume that I agree to your terms unless I opt out?" wrote Plausible Labs programmer Mike Ash on his...

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09:23
OS X El Capitan Roundup Updated

OS X 10.11 El Capitan is Apple's next-generation operating system for the Mac, set to be released to the public this fall. Our roundup has everything you need to know about El Capitan, covering the multitude of performance improvements and new features in the OS, like an updated look for Mission Control, a way to use two full screen apps at once, new features for Safari, improvements for Mail, and more. Click to read our OS X El Capitan roundup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • UK Indie Labels Say Apple Music Free Trial Could 'Literally Put People Out of Business'Apple Yet to Contact Indie Publishers for Apple Music Streaming RightsReview: Customize...

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08:49
The FCC to Impose Largest Fine in the Agencies History aga...

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it plans to fine AT&T Mobility $100 million for misleading customers about ...

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08:33
AT&T Fined $100 Million by FCC for Unlimited Data Thro...

The United States Federal Communications Commission today announced plans to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about its unlimited mobile data plans. Following an investigation, the FCC is accusing AT&T of severely slowing down the data speeds of customers with unlimited data plans and failing to adequately warn them about the slower data speeds.In 2011, AT&T implemented a "Maximum Bit Rate" policy and capped the maximum data speeds for unlimited customers after they used a set amount of data within a billing cycle. The capped speeds were much slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised and significantly impaired the ability of AT&T customers to access the Internet or use data applications for the remainder of the billing cycle.The FCC says AT&T...

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08:21
Apple's iOS Feature "QuickType" is now a Re...

On June 17, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for "QuickType" which was officially granted late yesterday. Apple originally filed ...

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07:23
Next-Generation iPhone Again Rumored to Adopt 7000 Series...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a note to investors, a copy of which was obtained by Japanese blog Mac Otakara, in which he corroborates rumors that the next-generation iPhone will adopt 7000 Series aluminum as used in the Apple Watch Sport. Kuo also claimed that Apple will retain the same design as the iPhone 6, although the smartphone may have slightly different dimensions. The report claims that the next-generation iPhone could be wider and taller by about 0.15mm to account for the stronger 7000 Series aluminum design, while the smartphone may also be about 0.2mm thicker due to the addition of Force Touch. The new dimensions are marginal enough that most iPhone 6 users are unlikely to notice much of a difference with the so-called "iPhone 6s" design. Apple explains the properties of 7000 Series aluminum...

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06:34
Apple Maps Vehicles Begin Surveying England, Coming to New...

Apple's fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data has arrived in the United Kingdom as planned, with the first verified sighting in Solihull, England, approximately two hours northwest of London. While camera-equipped fifth-generation Dodge Caravans have been used to collect mapping data in the United States, Apple appears to be using Mercedes-Benz Vito vans marked with "Apple Maps" in Europe. Apple Maps van driving in Solihull, England in June 2015 Apple confirmed earlier this month that it is driving vehicles around the world to collect data to improve Apple Maps, and the mapping imagery is almost certainly being used to create a Google Maps "Street View" competitor. Apple Maps vehicles are also taking photos of businesses and storefronts in major metropolitan areas to replace current imagery provided by third-...

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06:34
A Recent U2 Concert Dynamic Could become a Possible Future...

We noted last month that the legendary U2 rock band gave an on-stage nod to Jony Ive and dedicating a song to Laurene Powell Jobs during a recent concert in San Jose. The band has now partnered with ...

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05:22
Apple Loses their Anti-Competitive Case in Taiwan

Earlier today Apple lost their anti-competitive lawsuit in Taiwan where the court fined them ...

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05:21
iOS and OS X Security Flaws Enable Malicious Apps to Steal...

A team of six researchers from Indiana University, Georgia Tech and Peking University have published an in-depth report exposing a series of security vulnerabilities that enable sandboxed malicious apps, approved on the App Store, to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data stored in other apps, including iCloud passwords and authentication tokens, Google Chrome saved web passwords and more. The thirteen-page research paper "Unauthorized Cross-App Resource Access on Mac OS X and iOS" details that inter-app interaction services, ranging from the Keychain and WebSocket on OS X to the URL Scheme on OS X and iOS, can be exploited to steal confidential information and passwords, including those stored in popular password vaults such as 1Password by AgileBits."We completely cracked the keychain service - used to store passwords and other credentials for different Apple apps - and sandbox containers on...

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04:23
Sharp Preparing IGZO Displays with new In-Cell Technology

Back in April we reported that Apple had decided to use Oxide TFT LCD because it offers a lower power base and allows Apple to design even slimmer designs. The report further noted that Apple planned to obtain oxide TFT via a number of suppliers including LG Display, Samsung Display, and SHARP. Today, Sharp announced two developments for future displays.

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Tuesday June 16

16:17
Apple Watch Now Available for Purchase in Apple Retail Sto...

We reported this morning that Apple Watch shipments had begun arriving at Apple Stores in the United States ahead of the imminent launch of in-store availability, and it now appears that in-stores sales of the Apple Watch will indeed begin tomorrow, on June 17. It's now after 10:00 a.m. on June 17 in some parts of Australia, and Apple Stores in the country have begun offering in-store Apple Watch reservations and pickups. In the Australian online Apple Store, when selecting a watch, there's now an option that says "Interested in buying in-store?" with a link that allows buyers to check reservation availability. After choosing to select a reservation, there's a drop down menu that shows nearby Apple Stores, letting users see whether a particular Apple Watch is in stock. If a watch is in stock, the site displays a green checkmark and the next available reservation time. Making a reservation...

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14:10
Monster's General Counsel See's Apple as a Big B...

Monster is considered one of the world's leading manufacturers of high performance cables that connect audio/video components for home, car and professional use as well as computers and computer games. In fact Monster had been making licensed accessories, including Lightning charging cables ...

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13:32
Apple Watch on watchOS 2 Hacked to Run Truly Native Apps I...

Since watchOS 2 was released last Monday, several developers have been tinkering with the software and have managed to get games like Canabalt and a Flappy Bird clone to run natively on the Apple Watch using frameworks like UIKit and SpriteKit, which are not available to developers for Apple Watch apps. One of the main features Apple added to watchOS 2 is the ability for developers to create "native" apps that run on the device itself instead of the iPhone, but as it turns out, developers are restricted to using WatchKit for Apple Watch interfaces and are not able to use more advanced frameworks available on for iPhone apps like UIKit, SpriteKit, and SceneKit. Last week, developers Steven Troughton-Smith, Adam Bell, and Jay Freeman were able to get apps using UIKit and SceneKit to run on the Apple Watch, and in...

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11:42
Apple Revokes Monster's 'Made for iPhone' L...

Apple has suspended audio accessory maker Monster's right to make licensed accessories for Apple devices following a lawsuit Monster filed against Apple-owned Beats Electronics in January, reports The Wall Street Journal. Monster produces Lightning charging cables and headphones that are certified to work with Apple devices under Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) certification process, and it has done so since 2005. As of May 5, Apple is ending its agreement with Monster and will no longer allow the company to make MFi certified accessories. Monster's general counsel David Tognotti said Noreen Krall, Apple's chief litigation counsel, told him that their agreement was being terminated, effective May 5, because the relationship between the two companies is no...

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10:18
Square Enix to Bring Final Fantasy VII to iOS in 2015

During Square Enix's E3 event that was held this morning, the company announced plans to bring iconic game Final Fantasy VII to iOS "before the end of summer" this year. Little detail was made available on the game aside from an upcoming release date, but it appears it's a port of the original PS1 game and not the Final Fantasy VII remake that was announced by Sony earlier this week. Square Enix has made the first six Final Fantasy games available on iOS devices, but Final Fantasy VII for iOS will mark the first Final Fantasy port coming from a PlayStation game. Released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII was the first game in the Final Fantasy series created for PlayStation and it quickly became one of the most popular Final Fantasy games. In 2013, Square Enix producer Takashi Tokita...

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08:28
iOS 9 Roundup Updated

Apple's next-generation operating system will be released to the public this fall. It introduces several performance improvements that boost battery life and shrink install size, plus it has a bunch of new features including a more intelligent Siri and search, a new Notes app, transit directions for Maps, split-screen multitasking for the iPad, and tons more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Discussed Delivery Deal With Uber Before Postmates AgreementiPhone Photography Awards Showcase Best Photos of 2015Bethesda Releases 'Fallout Shelter' for iOSAhead of 'iPhone 6s' Debut, a Look at Feld & Volk, the Biggest Source of iPhone 6 Leaks •...

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05:55
Apple Watch Shipments Arriving to Apple Stores, In-Store A...

Apple Stores in the United States have begun to receive shipments of the Apple Watch to fulfill in-store reservations through Personal Pickup, according to BGR. The report claims the Apple Watch will be available for in-store pickup starting today or tomorrow, but the exact product mix remains unclear at this point. A spot check of the Apple Online Store reveals that the Personal Pickup option remains unavailable for the Apple Watch at brick-and-mortar Apple Store locations in New York and elsewhere in the United States. A dedicated Reserve and Pickup page for the Apple Watch that was live in early April also continues to redirect to the main Apple Watch product page on the company's website. Apple Watch orders have been taken exclusively...

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05:03
TSMC is Entering the CMOS Image Sensor Market to Capture S...

According to a new supply chain report this morning, TSMC has teamed up with US based InVisage Technologies to supply high-end CIS.

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04:35
Apple Files Four More Apple Music Trademark Applications t...

Yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) published Apple's first "Apple Music' trademark filing covering International Class 009. Today, USPTO published four new trademark filings for Apple Music covering four additional....

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03:43
Apple Granted 32 Patents Today Covering Liquid Metal, AMOL...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover patents relating to AMOLED displays for ...

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01:56
Apple Granted Design Patents for their Shanghai Apple Stor...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of five granted design patents for Apple Inc. today which includes their Shanghai Apple Store glass entrance.

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Monday June 15

20:01
Adobe Announces 2015 Creative Cloud Updates, New Integrate...

Adobe today announced that all of its Creative Cloud desktop apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and more, will receive updates as part of the company's 2015 Creative Cloud Update. The updates bring new features and performance enhancements with "Adobe Magic" to all of Adobe's Creative Cloud apps, notably including Linked Assets that will allow assets within Creative Cloud Libraries to be updated whenever a change is made, ensuring the update is available to all team members in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Photoshop CC is gaining Artboards, letting artists create multiple design surfaces within a single document for a bird's-eye view of all designs at once. There's also a new preview feature called Photoshop Design Space, which lets users create design-focused desktop tool layouts that ignore unnecessary tools. The exporting experience has been improved, and the Spot Healing Brush and Patch tools are...

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17:35
Apple Adds Four New "Shot on iPhone 6" Short Vid...

Apple added four new videos in their "Shot on iPhone 6" series of films today that are archived in their "World Gallery in motion." Plus, iPhone photography award winners were announced today.

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16:06
Apple's Full WWDC Keynote 2015 is now in our "Ap...

Apple's full keynote video is now available for viewing on YouTube. We've archived the video under "Apple Events" should you ever wish to quickly review it for a particular segment.

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