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Tuesday August 25

10:29
For Patently Apple, Twitter is both a Blessing and a Curse

Twitter has a lot of problems with finding the right CEO to run the company and their stock price keeps falling due to a lack of profits. Twitter's Interim CEO Jack Dorsey said earlier this month that "Twitter has not done enough to make the platform easier to use and added that attempts to spur user growth have stalled."

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09:58
Logic Pro X and MainStage Updated With Alchemy Integration...

Early this year, Apple acquired popular music plug-in and effect maker Camel Audio, largely known for its Alchemy software, which bundled a range of plug-ins, synthesizers, effects, and sound libraries. Alchemy's powerful audio manipulation tools have now been built into Apple's own music software, Logic Pro X and MainStage 3, via updates that are available today. Described by Apple as "the ultimate sample manipulation synthesizer," Alchemy introduces additive, spectral, formant, granular, sampler, and virtual analog sound generators, along with 3,000 presets for electronic music ranging from electronic dance to hip hop and rock. There's a built-in preset browser built around keywords that's designed to let users find sounds quickly, and reshaping them can be done with the Transform Pad. Up to four synth modules can be...

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09:21
Michael Stuhlbarg Speaks on Filming Steve Jobs Movie:...

Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays early Apple employee Andy Hertzfeld in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs movie, spoke with Collider about his experience shooting the movie and shared some insight into the three-act structure of the film. According to Stuhlbarg, the Steve Jobs movie was a "very unique project" with a rehearsal process that was split between each of the acts, with the actors spending two weeks rehearsing and then two weeks shooting the movie at each different location where the product unveilings took place. The film is centered around three product launches for the original Mac, the NeXT Computer, and the iMac. This shooting method, says Stuhlbarg, was "unlike anything I've ever done to this point and probably unlike anything I'll ever do again. He said it brought the actors together "in an extraordinary way."Also, it kind of gave us something in the...

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08:14
IDC: Apple's iOS Market Share to Steadily Drop by 201...

IDC reports today that despite Apple's continued success with its variants of the iPhone, the story among operating systems is not expected to change throughout the forecast period between 2015 and 2019...

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07:47
Best Buy CEO Says Apple Watch Sales are So Strong that the...

Best Buy's latest quarterly results delivered a rise of sales by 3.8% for their second quarter which was well ahead of Wall Street's expectations and posted a better than expected profit. Surprisingly Best Buy pointed to Apple products being hot ...

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07:18
Best Buy Accelerating Apple Watch Rollout to All 1,050 Sto...

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly today announced that the company plans to accelerate support for the Apple Watch by having the wearable device be sold in every one of its 1,050 retail locations across the United States "by the end of September" (via Fortune). The move follows Best Buy's initial plan to deploy retail support for the Apple Watch in just 300 of its stores by the holiday season, but recent strong sales of the device have encouraged the retailer to back Apple in not just Apple Watch support, but with all of the Cupertino company's products. Currently undergoing renovations at 740 locations in the United States are the Apple branded sections of Best Buy's retail stores, "including new fixtures and more display tables for phones, computers, and tablets." The company has already completed the update at 350 of its stores...

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06:16
Apple Wins Patent for Simplifying iPad Multitasking Gestur...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent that makes operations that are designed for users interacting with touch-sensitive surfaces via multitouch gestures accessible to users who can or prefer to just provide single touch inputs.

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04:00
VMware Launches Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro With Windows 10,...

VMware today launched Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro, the latest versions of its virtualization software for running Windows apps on a Mac without rebooting. Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro include full support for Windows 10, OS X El Capitan and the latest Retina Macs, in addition to always-on access to Microsoft Cortana. Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro have 3D graphics acceleration with support for DirectX 10, Open GL 3.3, USB 3.0 and multiple monitors with different DPIs. The virtual machine platform also delivers full 64-bit support with up to 16 vCPUs, 64GB RAM and an 8TB hard drive for a single virtual machine. Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro are optimized for the latest Macs, including the iMac with Retina 5K Display and 12-inch MacBook. DirectX 10...

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03:19
Apple Granted 45 Patents Covering Several Apple Watch Desi...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover several Apple Watch design patents along with patents covering NFC and Touch ID. We wrap up this week's granted patent report ...

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Monday August 24

16:20
This Year's BoxWorks Fireside Conversation Event will...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook will be one of the keynote speakers at this year's BoxWorks event being held at Moscone between September 28-30 along with John Chambers of Cisco and Ed Catmull Co-founder and President of Pixar.

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15:19
Microsoft Invents Next-Gen Surface Keyboard with Integrate...

Microsoft has been working on several keyboard advances to be applied to future versions of their Surface 2-in-1 device. The ideas have ranged from integrating touch and gestures to introducing holographic interfaces and even adding gaming functionality. In the last few days Microsoft Research has introduced ...

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10:17
Apple's $99 'One to One' Tutoring Program M...

Apple may soon end its $99 "One to One" tutoring program for Mac and iOS users, according to a source that has provided MacRumors with reliable information in the past. Our source says Apple is stopping the program to allow retail employees to focus on hosting a greater number of free workshops, which multiple people are able to attend at once. One to One is a long-running Apple program that allows customers who purchase a Mac to pay an additional $99 for one year of Mac, iPhone, and iPad instruction from Apple retail employees. One to One sessions include 30 or 60 minute Personal Training sessions, 90-minute Group Training sessions, and 90-minute group-based Open Training sessions. One to One members can get help with a wide variety of topics, like getting started with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac and using Apple services like iCloud, and iTunes. Training sessions on Apple apps, including Photos, Mail, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and more, are also included.One to One will...

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09:23
Intelligent Energy's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Ca...

British power technology company Intelligent Energy has developed an iPhone 6 prototype with a built-in fuel cell that supports hydrogen cartridges delivering up to a week's worth of battery life, according to The Telegraph. It also demonstrated a hydrogen-powered MacBook Air. The patented fuel cell system, reportedly poised for its first major commercial deployment in cell towers across India over the next few weeks, creates electricity based on the chemical reaction of combining hydrogen and oxygen, which produces only small amounts of water vapor and heat...

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06:37
Apple's CEO emails Jim Cramer to Ensure Market that A...

Apple's CEO was up early this morning emailing CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer with this message: "I can tell you that we have continued to experience ...

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06:06
Apple's Tim Cook was interviewed on Good Morning Amer...

The ABC show Good Morning America this morning reported that Apple is part of the White House initiative known as ConnectED that is focused on connecting 99 percent of U.S. schools to good technology. Apple's CEO Tim Cook spoke ...

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04:54
Apple Shares Drop Below $100 Amid Wider Stock Market Downt...

Apple shares dipped below $100 in pre-market trading today amid a wider Dow Jones and stock market downturn, with AAPL fluctuating around the $98-$100 mark prior to the New York Stock Exchange opening bell at 9:30 AM Eastern. Apple shares last dipped below $100 in October 2014, four months after opening at $92.69 following a 7-for-1 split that took effect in June 2014. Apple shares closed at $105.76 on Friday Apple shares closed at $105.76 on Friday and are down over $35 from a 52-week high of $134.54 set on April 28, but many analysts remain bullish about the stock and believe that the current dip presents a buying opportunity for investors. The company is expected to announce new iPhones and iPads alongside the launch of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan through the end of October. Last March, Apple replaced AT&T on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is currently down over 500 points. The...

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Saturday August 22

06:36
Samsung's New Galaxy S6 Slammed for having no Added V...

A new report we learned today that Samsung continues to slip as businesses favor Apple's iPhone and that Samsung's new Galaxy S6 edge+ is already bombing. And just in case you missed it this week, Mr. Bendgate himself was back in the news with his more scientific test on the upcoming iPhone 6s frame ...

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04:10
Apple is sued over their 2-Step Apple ID Verification Syst...

A Nevada based company is suing Apple for patent infringement alleging that Apple's 2-step Apple ID verification system/process violates their patent.

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Friday August 21

16:12
Proof is Mounting that Apple's Project Titan is about...

Earlier today we posted a report tilted "Daimler Sees Cooperation with Apple for Advanced Software." The emphasis on Daimler's part was definitely on working with Apple on advanced system software for cars. Later this afternoon technology in cars was front and center in the news again.

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13:44
Apple Launches iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhon...

Apple today launched an iSight Camera replacement program for the iPhone 6 Plus, which will see the company replacing the camera module in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices that have a faulty rear-facing camera. According to a new support page dedicated to the replacement program, some iPhone 6 Plus units that were sold between September of 2014 and January of 2015 could have a component that can fail and cause photos to look blurry. iPhone 6 Plus units that are producing blurry photos and have an eligible serial number will get their cameras replaced from Apple at no charge. Replacement units can be obtained through Apple's online support team, an Apple retail store, or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's...

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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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Spirit Hunter is an Upcoming Collectible...
Boomlagoon, the team behind hybrid CCG/runner Monsu, has announced their newest project: a collectible card game/action RPG named Spirit Hunter. [Read more] | Read more »
Zen Brush 2 (Entertainment)
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Huzzah! Farming Simulator 16 Supports Cl...
As though it weren't difficult enough to resist the siren call of Farming Simulator 16, now it's been updated with cloud saves - so you can jump between devices without missing any of that precious crop-harvesting time. [Read more] | Read more »
Don't Starve: Pocket Edition Finall...
I've made no effort to hide my enjoyment of Don't Starve: Pocket Edition, but I will admit I was a tiny bit disappointed that it was only available for the iPad. Well nuts to that, because Klei Entertainment has made it universal! [Read more] | Read more »
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KORG iELECTRIBE for iPhone (Music)
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Toca Life: City Just Got a Bunch of New...
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My Country 3D is More About Cities than...
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