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Monday April 7

20:54
iWatch Rumored to Include UV Light Exposure Sensor

Apple’s long-rumored “iWatch” smartwatch may include a UV light exposure sensor provided by Texas-based Silicon Labs, according to a new research note from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis (via AppleInsider). The digital ultraviolet sensor, which was announced in February, is described by Silicon Labs as “ideal for activity-tracking wrist and arm bands, smart watches and smartphone handsets.” In addition to tracking UV sun exposure, the sensor is also said to track heart/pulse rate and blood oximetry levels and provide proximity and gesture control. Traditional watch-style iWatch concept by...

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20:01
Adobe Debuts 'Lightroom Mobile' for iPad, Enabli...

Adobe's professional photo editing software Lightroom has finally made its way to iOS devices with Adobe's new Lightroom mobile app for the iPad, allowing photographers who use the desktop version of Lightroom to edit and organize photos from anywhere. Integrating seamlessly with the full version of Lightroom 5 for PCs and Macs, Lightroom mobile allows users to log in to the app with an Adobe ID to access the library of content stored in a desktop version of Lightroom. The app downloads Smart Previews of files from the desktop app, allowing for very fast content transfers between the desktop and the mobile app.The new Lightroom mobile app brings powerful Lightroom tools to the iPad,...

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16:08
WWDC 2014 Ticket Lottery Ends, Winners Being Notified Via...

Because of overwhelming demand for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple enacted a lottery to determine who would be able to attend the 2014 event, accepting entries from Thursday, April 5 to April 7 at 10:00 AM PT. The ticket lottery has now ended and Apple has begun notifying lottery winners by email. According to the WWDC site, all applicants who submitted an entry were supposed to know if they had won (or lost) by 5 PM PT, but it appears the emails are taking a bit longer to be sent out. In 2012, Apple sold tickets on a first come first serve basis, with the available tickets selling out in just under two hours. A year later, in 2013, those tickets were gone in just two minutes, though Apple...

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15:27
Harvard's New Case Study Supplement about Apple is a...

According to the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business School (HBS) is creating a new kind of case study program that illustrates high profile companies like Apple via comic books. The first one is about the early years at Apple. The Wall Street Journal is saying that Harvard is trying to make case studies more relatable, especially for foreign students or just visual learners. Yet some of the comic book illustrations are terrible. One particular image was rather provoking if you’re an Apple fan. You have to wonder what's being taught about Apple at Harvard these days.

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13:23
iOS 7 Adoption up to 87% Ahead of WWDC's Likely iOS 8...

iOS 7 adoption continues to grow, with Apple seeing the operating system on 87 percent of devices connected to the App Store, according to Apple's App Store developer support page. The numbers come seven months after the operating system's original release and two months ahead of the expected preview of iOS 8 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in two month's time. Apple has traditionally seen speedy adoption of its new iOS releases because it makes it easy for customers to upgrade to the new operating system without too much trouble, and it's likely that iOS 8 will see similar adoption after its expected release this fall. iOS 8 is expected to include upgrades to Apple's Maps app, including possible support for public transit directions and...

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11:12
Emails Show Phil Schiller's Displeasure with Ad Agenc...

Multiple insider details on Apple and its business practices are surfacing during the company's second patent trial with Samsung, including a series of tense emails between Apple's head of marketing Phil Schiller and Apple's longtime ad agency, TBWA/Media Arts Lab (via BusinessInsider). Following the January 2013 release of an article from The Wall Street Journal entitled, "Has Apple Lost Its Cool to Samsung?" Schiller emailed Media Arts Lab and told them "We have a lot of work to do to turn this around…." In the article, The Wall Street Journal lauds Samsung's aggressive marketing campaign for the Galaxy S3, which had the clever tagline "The next big thing is already here." Samsung has...

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08:38
Apple's Angela Ahrendts Recognized as Honorary Dame F...

In the coming months, former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will assume her new position as the senior vice president in charge of Apple's retail and online sales efforts. Before she leaves the fashion world for technology, Ahrendts will be made an honorary Dame of the British Empire for her work at Burberry, reports The Daily Mail. Because she is American, Ahrendts won't receive the honor from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and she won't be allowed to use the title Dame, only the initials DBE (Dame of the British Empire) at the end of her name. She will be honored at a small ceremony to be held today at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in Westminister with the UK's business secretary Vince Cable...

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08:10
Apple's iBeacon is ready for Minnesota Twins Game Ope...

Earlier this morning we reported on Apple's three new trademark applications for iBeacon icons in color and black and white. Yet the news on Apple's iBeacon doesn't stop there. Today, sources in Minneapolis reports that iPhone-toting Minnesota Twins fans will have ...

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07:25
Samsung Reportedly Preparing New Standalone Smartwatch

According to a Korean press source, a new standalone variant of the Samsung Gear 2, equipped with a universal subscriber identity module, or USIM, will likely be christened the Samsung Gear Solo. Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom are jointly preparing to release the new smartwatch.

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07:03
Samsung's Goals for 2012: 'Beating Apple is #1 P...

Internal documents included in the second patent trial between Samsung and Apple last week revealed how Apple viewed Android, calling for a "Holy War" against Google and expressing concern about competition from larger-screened, lower-priced Android phones. A new set of documents reported by Re/code and AppleInsider reverses this perspective, showing how Samsung was laser-focused on Apple with the objective of beating the Cupertino company as its "#1 priority" in 2012. The internal...

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05:50
Apple Files Three New Trademarks for "iBeacon" I...

Back in November Apple filed four iBeacon trademark applications which covered future financial services, e-commerce, consumer loyalty programs and much, much more. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published three new Apple trademark applications covering the iBeacon icon in color and black and white. The applications were actually ...

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Sunday April 6

11:54
Apple Acknowledges Consumers Want Larger and Cheaper Phone...

The latest internal documents coming out of the Samsung/Apple trial show some candid insight into Apple's analysis of the future of the smartphone market. The documents posted by Re/code include an Apple slide deck from April, 2013 for 2014 planning. The document includes graphs showing that Apple's growth rates are slowing quarter after quarter. The main reason for the decline amongst consumers? Consumers want less expensive and larger screen smartphones: In a further breakdown, Apple acknowledges that "consumers want what we don't have" -- which shows that the majority of smartphone growth is in both >4" screen sizes and <$300 markets. Apple has been heavily rumored to be introducing a larger iPhone 6 this fall. The size of the...

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08:33
Apple Sued Samsung in the US, yet a Euro Patent Expert Con...

Apple's new patent infringement case against Samsung began last week. Before the trial began Samsung tried to stop a video from being shown to the jury because it showed Apple products in a light suggesting that "Apple's products are innovative and patentable." Thankfully Judge Koh overruled Samsung objection. As the trial began, Samsung focused on trial theatrics with trying to paint Apple's Executive of Worldwide marketing as being panicked by a silly Samsung ad. Then jumped to Apple declaring a "Holy War" against Google trying to say Apple battle is really with Google. Yesterday AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger posted an extensive report about Samsung's slavish copying that took years to copy Apple's "Slide to Unlock." Yet today, a European patent expert tries to tear down AppleInsider's editorial. The problem, however, is that ...

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Saturday April 5

12:00
Google Preparing 'Android TV' Set-Top Box with N...

Google is gearing up to release a new Android TV set-top media box that utilizes a simple card interface with native apps and games, voice search, and a proactive recommendation system, according to new documents obtained by The Verge. The documents note that while Android powers the box’s experience, the interface will be represented by a simple “cards” interface that represent a variety of mediums, including movies, shows, apps, and games. Users will be able to scroll through the interface with a four-way directional pad that contains Enter, Home, and Back buttons, with the set-top box reportedly featuring “optional” game controllers. “Access to content should be simple and magical,” reads one Google document, which adds that it should never take more than three clicks or gestures to go from the homescreen to enjoying a new piece of content. Even search appears to be secondary to intuitively...

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11:37
Apple's iMovie is Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit

Texas based Patent Harbor has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iMovie and the Mac products that run that particular Apple application.

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09:11
Samsung's Big Strategic Point at Trial about Apple De...

In the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial that began this week, Samsung submitted a series of email exhibits from Apple discussing their product road-map that would be discussed at their "Top 100" executive sales retreat where the best minds of Apple would annually brainstorm for the year ahead. Samsung attempted to make hay with a single entry in these emails about a "Holy War with Google." Yet in context and under scrutiny their argument fails to ...

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Friday April 4

18:09
Apple TV 2, Magic Wand Outlined in New Steve Jobs Email

Steve Jobs outlined a potential future for the Apple TV in an email correspondence with top Apple executives in 2010, a year before his death, noting potential plans for the "Apple TV 2" that included TV subscriptions, apps, browser and a "magic wand" control device. The email was published today as a part of Apple's lawsuit trial with Samsung (via The Verge). 8. Apple TV 2 - David Moody, Jeff Robbin - Strategy: stay in the living room game and make a great "must have" accessory for iOS devices - sales so far, projections for this holiday season - add content: - NBC, CBS, Viacom, HBO, ... - TV subscription? - where do we go from here? - apps, browser, magic wand? While the potential Apple TV features aren't mentioned in concrete terms, they do provide insight into...

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13:02
Apple Spent Years Designing iPhone for 'Normal People...

Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie took the stand today in Apple's second patent trial against Samsung, where he shared some details on the development of the "Slide to Unlock" function Samsung is accused of copying and gave additional details on the development of the original iPhone. One of Apple's major arguments against Samsung is the fact that developing the iPhone was a serious risk for the company as it was new territory, a point that Christie reiterated in his testimony as he described the three year journey of the iPhone's development (via CNET). The iPhone went through hundreds of different design tweaks as Apple worked to make the phone function in a way that anyone could understand. The company's focus on simplicity remains to this day, with Apple designing for "...

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11:51
Apple's Sales Team Expressed Fears iPhone Growth Coul...

Apple is worried about larger-screened, lower-priced Android phones, according to an internal document shared today in the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit (via Re/code). The document, which is from the company's sales department, notes that iPhone growth could drop due to competition from smartphones that have larger screens or lower prices than the iPhone."Competitors have drastically improved their hardware and in some cases their ecosystems," a member of Apple's sales team wrote in a document that was prepared as part of a fiscal 2014 offsite meeting. Portions of the document were shown Friday to the jury in the Apple-Samsung case. Other concerns noted in the document included the idea that Android rivals were "spending 'obscene' amounts of money on advertising and/or carrier channel to gain traction" and that mobile carriers had an interest in limiting...

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10:42
Pixar President: 'Steve Jobs Changed Pixar Even as Pi...

Steve Jobs is best known as the co-founder of Apple and the man who spurred the company to greatness, but he also co-founded Pixar Animation Studios, another company that's both highly successful and widely admired for the quality animated movies that it produces. In a new book that's slated to be released next week, Pixar president and co-founder Ed Catmull gives an inside look at Pixar and what made the company so successful. An early excerpt describing Steve Jobs and his influence on the company has been published at Gizmodo, giving an inside look at Jobs' later years. Though Jobs is often described as obsessed with perfection and relentlessly tough on his employees, Catmull notes that he underwent a significant transformation as he matured, becoming sensitive to other people's feelings and their "value as contributors to the creative...

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09:41
Apple's (Product) RED Charity Contributions Reach $70...

Apple's (Product) RED contributions towards the fight against AIDS have reached $70 million, according to a Friday tweet from the (RED) Twitter account. That's up $5 million from $65 million in July of 2013, with 100 percent of that total going towards HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. Great news to end the week! Apple's total for @RED reaches $70 MILLION. 100% goes to fight #AIDS. Thank you all for buying (APPLE)RED.— (RED) (@RED) April 4, 2014Apple has collaborated with (RED) since it was created in 2006, first releasing a special edition (RED) iPod nano. Since then, Apple has released a number of (RED)...

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09:14
New Stunning Maps of the US, Canada & Other Countries...

Earlier this morning we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone is King of Manhattan as Shown in Stunning Map." In that report we covered Business Insider's viewpoint that the iPhone's success in Manhattan proved the great divide in America between the rich and poor. They chose a series of New York maps to prove their point. However, that was a subjective slant to support their position. While I appreciate their report bringing some of this to light, the fact is that if you work with the source mapping service, you'll find a somewhat different reality that expands on Business Insider's viewpoint. Our report will provide with a large selection of maps outside of New York that paints a slightly different picture of the iOS vs. Android War.

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08:27
Amazon's Fire TV Is Powerful, but Voice Search Limita...

Earlier this week, Amazon launched its Fire TV media streaming box, entering a crowded market with devices from Roku, the Chromecast from Google and the Apple TV. With the Fire TV delivering a number of features rumored for a future Apple TV, reactions to Amazon's new box have certainly been of interest to Apple fans. With an immediate launch for Fire TV, the device has already landed in the hands of reviewers and at popular repair shop iFixit, which promptly tore the device down. Early analysis of the Fire TV suggests the device has market-leading hardware that is hindered by less-than-perfect software. On the hardware front, iFixit confirms the Fire TV is a powerhouse with a quad-core, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Krait 300 processor, Qualcomm Adreno...

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06:32
Apple's iPhone is King of Manhattan as Shown in Stunn...

They say that a photo is worth a thousand words. This is a clear example proving that out. The map illustrated in our cover graphic was created by Mapbox. It clearly shows us just how hot the iPhone really is in the richest part of New York: Manhattan. The iPhone is king in Manhattan in stark contrast to Newark, New Jersey where ...

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04:24
Samsung's AP Business Fell off a Cliff in Q4 Thanks t...

A Korean news site this morning picked up on data from a Strategy Analytics report released yesterday. It revealed that Samsung Electronics’ global mobile AP market share (based on sales) as of the fourth quarter last year fell off a cliff.

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