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Tuesday June 14

10:50
watchOS 3 Tidbits: Face Gallery, Disable Screenshots, New...

Apple this week previewed watchOS 3, the next major version of its Apple Watch software platform. The first beta has been seeded to registered developers, allowing for early adopters to take a closer look at what's new in the update.

Many tidbits in the new watchOS have already been discovered that were not given much or any stage time during Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote, including improvements to the Apple Watch companion app on iPhone, new first-party apps and watch faces, minor user interface tweaks, and more.

Face Gallery

A new Face Gallery section has been added to the companion Watch app on iPhone, allowing users to browse and switch between watch faces, customize the color scheme, and configure complications.

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10:33
Safari in macOS Sierra Deactivates Flash and Other Plug-in...

In Safari 10, set to ship with macOS Sierra, Apple plans to disable common plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime by default in an effort to focus on HTML5 content and improve the overall web browsing experience.

As explained by Apple developer Ricky Mondello in a post on the WebKit blog, when a website offers both Flash and HTML5 content, Safari will always deliver the more modern HTML5 implementation. On a website that requires a plug-in like Adobe Flash to function, users can activate it with a click as can be done in Google's Chrome browser.

Most websites that detect that Flash isn't available, but don't have an HTML5 fallback, display a "Flash isn't installed" message with a link to download Flash from Adobe. If a user clicks on one of those links, Safari will inform them that the plug-in is already installed...

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09:10
Apple Confirms Rich Notifications Will Come to Devices Wit...

Despite only showcasing iOS 10's new rich notifications feature on an iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus during WWDC, Apple has confirmed in beta notes that devices without the pressure sensing technology of the newest iPhone models will also be getting rich notifications. Still, the feature is relegated -- and "optimized" -- for the 6s and 6s Plus in the first iOS 10 beta, with full functionality coming to older-model iPhones in the future.

"Support for rich notifications is optimized for 3D Touch, and in iOS 10 beta 1 the feature is available only on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Future betas will provide access to this functionality for users of iPhone models without support for 3D Touch." Rich notifications function as a way for users to pop into apps...

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07:25
Apple to Update Macs with a new File System and iOS 10 Bet...

Apple notes that if you update to iOS 10 Beta, you can remove some built-in apps from the home Screen of your iPad or iPhone. Apple also introduced a new macOS File System.

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06:28
One of the Steve Jobs Pre-iPhone Practical Joke Patents Gr...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of two patents that were practical joke Steve Jobs patent ideas.

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05:31
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering Original Touch Ges...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a major touch related patent that first surfaced prior to the launch of Apple's iPad. We covered some of it in a special report titled " Apple: The Tablet Prophecies." The original patent goes back to the year the iPhone first debuted. The invention covers pinch and zoom...

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02:47
Apple Wins a Patent for Smart Transparent Displays for Fut...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention titled "Transparent Electronic Device." The invention gives users the ability to see objects, people or scenery behind their display while working. It's an invention that also covers smart transparent displays that could be used in conjunction with possible future Augmented Reality applications.

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02:17
Apple Granted a Patent for a Possible Future iPhone with a...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention for an iPhone with a wraparound glass display. There's been a long standing rumor this year that Apple will release an all-new curved glass iPhone in 2017...

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01:14
macOS Sierra Tidbits: Apple File System, RAID Support, and...

Apple yesterday announced macOS Sierra, the latest version of its Mac software platform and renamed successor to OS X El Capitan. The first beta was released to developers following yesterday's keynote, providing early adopters with a closer look at what's new.

Apple File System

Apple File System, or APFS, is a next-generation file system for Apple products based upon the iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS software platforms, ranging from the Apple Watch to a Mac Pro.

APFS, which supports nearly all of the features of HFS+, is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing,...

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Monday June 13

18:25
Watch Apple's Two-Hour 2016 WWDC Keynote in 7 Minutes

Apple today unveiled new versions of iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS, all of which are jam-packed with new features. iOS in particular was referred to as Apple's biggest iOS update ever, with major improvements to Messages, Apple Music, Siri, and tons of other minor features.

It took Apple two hours to go over all of the features in the four operating systems and it was still a lot to take in, so we made a...

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17:09
A Number of Apple Patents came to Life Today in new Featur...

Apple held their annual developer conference today (WWDC) marking their 27th developer conference to date Apple noted that they currently have 13 million registered developers with over 5,000 attending this week's event. Developers from 74 countries are attending the confernce with 72% of those being first time attendees. This brief report is to simply point out some of the patents that came to light today relating to future features coming to Apple products this year.

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14:56
iOS 10 Tidbits: Individual Read Receipts, Wake Alarm, Musi...

Apple today announced iOS 10, the next major version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software platform. The update is available in beta for Apple developers starting today, allowing early adopters to update and take a closer look at what's new. A public beta will be available in July, followed by an official launch in the fall.

iOS 10 includes a number of changes that Apple neglected to mention in greater detail on stage during its WWDC 2016 keynote, including a new Wake Alarm in the Clock app, individualized read receipts, a new option in the Music app to optimize storage, and many other features outlined below.

Remove Stock Apps

iOS 10 enables users to...

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13:23
Apple Shares Full Video of Today's WWDC Keynote Prese...

As Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote has wrapped up, the company this afternoon posted a full video of the event on its website, letting anyone who happened to miss the event catch up in their own time. Apple is expected to upload the full-length video to iTunes and YouTube later in the day.

As usual, Apple shared a few feature-specific videos within the keynote, focusing on app updates to Messages within iOS 10 and new apps like Swift Playgrounds, which we've listed below.

- iOS 10 - Hey Hi Hello

- New Beginnings

In addition to the videos posted online, you can catch up with all of the WWDC 2016 coverage by checking out our list of keynote highlights below,...

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08:37
Apple Announces iOS 10 With Overhauled Messages App, Rich...

At today's WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled iOS 10, the latest version of its mobile operating system that will launch in the fall. Apple's list of new features for iOS 10 is extensive, focusing on revamping established apps (like Messages, Photos, and Apple Music), introducing new aspects of the user interface, and doubling down on privacy.

One of the more notable updates in iOS 10 centers around Messages. Apple hopes the handful of new Message features in iOS 10 will bring more "personal and expressive" ways to communicate with friends and family, with a roster of new text message abilities including text balloon animations, invisible ink, enlarged emoji, and handwritten notes.

“iOS 10 is our biggest...

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08:36
Apple Unveils macOS 'Sierra' With New Continuity...

Apple used its WWDC 2016 keynote on Monday to unveil macOS 'Sierra', the successor to its OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system for the Mac, promising window tab support across multiple apps, copy and paste between devices, Siri integration, and more.

The announcement of a change in naming convention also means that Apple now has a consistent naming structure across all its software platforms: iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Apart from Siri's introduction to the Mac desktop, Apple focused on a handful of new Continuity-themed features exclusive to macOS Sierra, one being the ability to access files on the desktop and in the Documents folder...

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08:35
Apple Announces watchOS 3 With Dock, Control Center, New W...

Apple today announced watchOS 3, the next major version of its Apple Watch software platform. The update includes several performance and navigation improvements, new watch faces and apps, several fitness-related features, and more.

"Apple Watch is the ultimate companion for a healthy life and with watchOS 3, there's now even more to love," said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. "Favorite apps launch instantly and are simple to access, and the breakthrough new fitness and health features like the Breathe app make it feel like a whole new watch."• Apple Watch users can press the side button to access the new Dock, where they can tap to launch native and third-party apps instantly and have the latest information in...

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08:34
Apple Debuts New tvOS Features Including 'Single Sign...

Today at WWDC, Apple announced an updated version of tvOS that includes new functionality and features for Siri, single sign-on and more. Apple also announced that a few new apps will be arriving on tvOS, including Sling, Fox Sports Go, Molotov TV, and a handful of game-based apps like Minecraft Story Mode and Sketch Party.

Siri has gained a handful of new abilities, including the ability to search for movies by topic. For instance, a user can now ask Siri to find the latest superhero movies or documentaries about cars. Siri can even partner themes with other pieces of context, like searching for high school comedies from the 80s. Siri will also be able to search through YouTube later this month.

Siri can also be directed to tune-in to live channels within apps now. For example, if a user asks Siri to "Watch CBS News" or "Watch ESPN," Siri will instantly open the...

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08:33
Live Coverage of Apple's WWDC 2016 Keynote: iOS 10, m...

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today in San Francisco with the traditional keynote being held for the first time at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the same location Apple used for its "Hey Siri" media event last September.

Photo by Walt Mossberg

The keynote begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time, and we're expecting to see a number of announcements focused primarily on software updates including iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, as well as new versions of watchOS and tvOS. We may also see some updates to Apple's services such as Apple Pay, iCloud, and perhaps...

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08:22
Are New Political Dark Clouds Forming Over Apple Regarding...

I think we all knew that while Apple appeared to win round one with the government over encryption, that the government was in this fight for the long haul and that the battle would continue behind the scenes.

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06:25
Microsoft Acquires LinkedIn for $26 Billion

Microsoft and LinkedIn Corporation on Monday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion...

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05:55
WWDC 2016: Sometimes the Boring Outstrips the Flash

At the end of the day one of Apple's core strengths is the scale of its ecosystem. Apple claims to have more than a billion active devices around the globe. The strength of its ecosystem is underestimated by most analysts.

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03:58
Political Winds Say Apple Could Open Stores in India if th...

According to a new report this morning, "India is seeking a commitment from Apple Inc. to bring manufacturing facilities to the country before the government will approve the iPhone maker’s request to open its own retail stores ...

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01:16
Concept Imagines What a 'Deep Blue' or 'Dar...

Following rumors that Apple is prepping a "Deep Blue" or "Dark Blue" color option to replace the Space Gray color for the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such handsets might look like.

Hajek's renderings reflect myriad rumors pointing towards only minor changes for the 2016 iPhone. When it comes to size and thickness, the iPhone 7 is expected to be almost identical to the iPhone 6s, with some minor antenna band changes.

Apple is likely to remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, but whether or not the space will be filled with a second speaker is contested. Some rumors suggest dual speakers for stereo audio, but others say the iPhone 7 will...

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Sunday June 12

03:55
Siri References OS X 'Finder' Ahead of WWDC 2016

Expectation that Apple is set to announce Siri for the Mac at WWDC 2016 has intensified over the weekend, thanks to an apparently unprompted reference to OS X leaked by none other than the personal assistant on iPhone.

Simply asking Siri the question "Open settings in the window" opens the iOS Settings app. But the same question with the word 'Siri' included at the beginning of the sentence evokes the spoken response: "It doesn't look like you have an app named 'Finder'."

'Finder' appears to be a reference to the OS X file manager application, since no such app of that name exists for iOS. The discovery was revealed in a blog post by Brian Roemmele, and suggests...

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Saturday June 11

06:15
It's Inevitable: Amazon's Streaming Music Servic...

Amazon overtook Walmart to become the largest US retailer last year. Barron's reported this month that Amazon could be the largest U.S. Company by 2020. Last Summer Amazon launched Prime Music in the UK as a starting point to compete with Spotify and yes, Apple Music. Yesterday a new report pointed to the service now being prepared to to go global.

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