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Wednesday May 20

10:59
iOS 9 Could Feature 'Home' App For Controlling H...

Apple is planning a new "Home" app that would enable users to wirelessly discover, securely manage and control HomeKit-based accessories using an iOS device, according to 9to5Mac. The report also reiterates that the Apple TV would serve as a hub for all HomeKit connected devices. The report claims that Home could be introduced alongside iOS 9 at Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next month, although the app may not be finalized in time and could remain limited to internal usage by employees only. HomeKit was announced at WWDC last year as a software framework for communicating with and controlling connected devices in the home, but the home automation platform has experienced delays since then...

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10:38
Spotify Announces Major Update Focused on Entertainment an...

Three weeks ahead of the rumored debut of Apple's new streaming music service, Spotify has announced some feature additions to its own streaming service, with a major focus on curated content and original tracks, plus an expansion into entertainment with video and news clips. Spotify is introducing a new "Now" start page that offers mood-based music playlists to users, much like Beats Music's "The Sentence," which provides users with curated music options to fit different moods and scenarios. Spotify's "Now" music feature will include curated song selections and its recommendations adapt over time to fit an individual user's tastes. Another new feature, Spotify Running, focuses on original music. It combines "running compositions written by the world's foremost DJs and composers" with song recommendations based on...

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09:30
There's Even an Apple Watch App to Assist Religious J...

For religious Jews around the world who take prayer seriously, the new Apple Watch Siddur from RustyBrick may just seem like a gift from heaven. Its features ...

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09:18
Apple to Use 'San Francisco' Apple Watch Font in...

Though iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 are set to debut in three weeks at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, we've heard little detail on the content Apple might include in the new operating system updates. Neither operating system is expected to get a major visual overhaul, but there may be one significant design change for both iOS and OS X -- a new system font. Apple has plans to use the new San Francisco font that was introduced with the Apple Watch to replace the Helvetica Neue font used in iOS 7/iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The font will be used for menu items, app names, and more, throughout the operating systems. Ever since switching to particularly thin weights of Helvetica Neue in iOS 7, Apple has been chastised for using a font that emphasizes clean lines over readability, and San Francisco is intended to solve this....

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08:54
The New Active Lens by olloclip could add Telephoto and Ul...

Summer is almost here and that always means more photos to be taken – especially with your new iPhone 6 or 6-Plus that you're excited about. If you'd like to add a little pizazz ...

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08:10
Apple Watch Demand Flattening as 42mm Models Estimated to...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors today that claims Apple Watch demand may be slowing down, resulting in shipment forecasts being revised down by 20% to 30% to 5-6 million units in the third quarter. Kuo expects total Apple Watch shipments to fall within the 15 million range for the 2015 fiscal year, lower than the consensus of 20-30 million units, but remains upbeat about the Apple Watch and long-term wearable trends. KGI Securities conducted a survey that reveals most Apple Watch orders are scheduled to ship in June, and concludes that 2Q15 production output is likely sufficient for the orders placed so far. Kuo also notes that over 80% of orders are for larger 42mm models, implying a male-dominated customer mix based on the assumption that 42mm and 38mm watches are mainly purchased by men and women respectively. "We have learned that 42mm Apple Watch accounts for 60-70% of production. However, the shipping times of 38mm models are generally...

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07:33
Microsoft Leak Points to new iPhone Chat App in the Works

According to a new report, Microsoft seems to be developing a new application called "Flow" for the iPhone ...

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07:02
Apple Considering Major Corporate Expansion in North San J...

Apple is considering a major corporate office expansion in northern San Jose, California, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The report claims that Apple is shopping at least two properties that it could lease in the city: Ellis Partners' 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building along Orchard Parkway and the 1.5-million-square-foot Coleman Highline development site near the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Ellis Partners' 296,000-square-foot 101 Tech R&D building along Orchard Parkway With limited real estate options remaining in its Cupertino, California hometown, Apple has expanded to nearby Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in recent years. But with a growing demand for additional office space, beyond its existing One Infinite Loop and upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, the company could soon make its first...

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06:53
Russian Ministry of Communications Aims to Reduce Reliance...

Last July we reported that the Russian Parliament had passed a bill requiring internet companies to store Russians' personal data inside the country that would easily apply to Apple who stores Russian consumer data from the Apple Store in the US. Weeks later Russia demanded Apple's source code to ensure security. Yet with all of the politics playing out, young Russian consumers are still favoring Apple's iDevices ...

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05:47
Heads Should Roll at Google for "Nigger House" a...

There comes a point when an apology just doesn't cut it. It's time for Google to show some leadership here and fire those responsible for the recent childish and racially charged antics playing out in their mapping division.

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05:05
Apple Developers are Snubbing Microsoft's Windows 10...

During last month's Windows Build developer conference, Microsoft introduced a tool that Microsoft plans to release allowing Apple developers to directly convert their Objective C code built for iOS devices to work on Windows 10 devices with "very few" modifications.

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Tuesday May 19

17:12
Samsung Invents a Human Wearable Robot to Give Soldiers Ex...

Three weeks ago the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a series of patent applications from Samsung that relate to a human wearable robot and a method of controlling it ...

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10:53
Refurbished iPad Air 2 Models Now Available From Apple Sto...

Apple today added several iPad Air 2 models to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase. Released in October of 2014, the iPad Air 2 features a slimmer body than the original iPad Air, plus a triple-core A8X processor, an 8-megapixel camera Touch ID, and a gapless display with an anti-reflective screen coating. Apple is currently offering several refurbished iPad Air 2 models, ranging from the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 to the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air 2. All models are discounted by 15 to 17 percent, dropping prices by $80 to $160. For the entry-level Wi-Fi only 16GB model...

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09:48
Apple Watch Will Be Available in Apple Retail Stores Start...

During a recent visit to China, Tim Cook met with employees at Apple's China headquarters and confirmed that the company is aiming to have the Apple Watch in Apple retail stores by June in multiple countries around the world, including China. In the meeting, details of which were shared by 9to5Mac, Cook reportedly told employees that the Apple Watch launch "could not be going better," and joked that he wished the company had more operational staff for a smoother launch. Apple's plan to start selling the watch in stores by the end of the month of May was first hinted at by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who said in an employee memo in April that the Apple Watch would be available exclusively online through May. The Apple Watch's launch was highly unusual for Apple...

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08:54
Apple Releases First Apple Watch Software Update With Bug...

Apple today released the first software update for the Apple Watch, upgrading it to Watch OS version 1.0.1. Released to the public on April 24, the Apple Watch initially shipped with version 1.0 of Watch OS, the operating system unique to the Apple Watch and deeply linked to iOS. The new software can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to Settings --> General --> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must be placed on the charger and it must be in range of the iPhone. Watch OS 1.0.1 includes performance improvements and bug fixes for Siri, measuring stand activity, calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, distance and pace during outdoor walking and running workouts, accessibility, and third-party apps. The software update also includes support for new the emojis found in iOS 8.3 and it provides additional language support for Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and...

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08:00
Apple Raises Prices in Europe and Canada as U.S. Dollar Re...

While the high-end 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display was discounted from $2,499 to $2,299 today, Apple has raised the prices on several other products in Europe and Canada as the U.S. dollar continues to remain strong against the euro and other international currencies. The affected countries in the European Union include Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Finland and multiple others. iMac prices increased by between €150 to €300 in Europe per configuration All non-Retina 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models in affected countries are now between 150 to 300 euros more expensive starting today. The base configuration iMac, for example, increased from €1,099 to €1,249, while the high-end 27-inch iMac without Retina display rose from €1,799 to €2,099. Prices may vary slightly between countries due to applicable local taxes and tariffs. Apple also increased the price of the Mac Pro by between 400 to 600 euros, with the base model going from €2,999 to €3...

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06:49
Apple Finally Introduces a Lightning Based iPhone Dock

Today, beyond updating their MacBook Pro and introducing a new entry level 27-iMac, Apple introduced an iPhone 6 with lightning connector dock.

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06:15
Apple has launched an Updated MacBook Pro with Force Touch...

Today, Apple updated their 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics, delivering even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro line. Apple also today introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac ...

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06:05
Apple Introduces New iPhone Dock With Lightning Connector...

Apple today started selling a new Lightning connector dock compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch. The dock retails for $39 on the Apple Online Store in the United States, with an estimated shipping date of 1-3 business days as of publication time. The dock is also available in other countries, although prices vary depending on the local currency. The long-anticipated Lightning dock arrives nearly three years after the Lightning connector made its debut on the iPhone 5 in September 2012, and succeeds the original 30-pin dock that Apple previously sold. Of course, given that Apple's official Lightning dock is long overdue, a number of accessory makers have already released third-party docks over the past several months and years. The new Lightning dock has a smaller form factor that no longer cradles the device, making it...

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05:35
Apple & 140 Tech Companies Sign Letter Urging Obama to...

It's being reported this morning that Apple, Google, other tech giants and a number of noted cryptologists have signed a letter to the Obama administration urging the US government to preserve strong encryption against pressure from law enforcement and surveillance agencies.

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04:49
Apple Releases New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch an...

Apple today announced updates to its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display lineup and a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, confirming a recent rumor that said new models of the computers would be released as early as Wednesday. The refreshed MacBook Pro and iMac models are available through the Apple Store, Apple Online Store and authorized resellers beginning today. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro gained all the expected updates similar to its 13-inch sibling: a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and better graphics. The new MacBook Pro comes in 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz configurations for $1,999 and $2,499 respectively. Both configurations come with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics cards, with the higher-end 2.5GHz model gaining expected...

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04:39
Apple Granted 37 Patents Today Covering Liquid Metal for t...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover patents related to the Mac Pro tower, liquid metal used to create a major component of the iPhone and more.

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03:04
Apple Wins a Patent that Kick Started Passbook and Apple P...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent report we cover Apple's famed Concert Ticket patent that we covered back in 2010 ...

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02:26
Apple Granted a 3D In-Air Gesture System that Controls Act...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a second PrimeSense 3D user interface control system ...

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01:06
Apple Wins Patent for a Projector System Designed for Cont...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent covering a pattern projector.

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