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Tuesday November 18

Apple Granted a Patent for Devices with a Transparent Disp...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover Apple's granted patent relating to electronic devices with transparent touch displays. Users will be able to see objects, people or scenery behind their display while working.

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SunTrust Bank and BI-LO, Winn-Dixie, Harveys Grocery Store...

Apple Pay this week continued its retail expansion with the mobile payment service now being adopted by SunTrust bank and Bi-Lo holdings, which manages BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie grocery stores. The latter announcement follows our earlier report of Winn-Dixie and BI-LO beginning to go live with Apple Pay support late last week ahead of an official debut, despite not being included on Apple's "Coming later this year" list. Customers with a SunTrust credit or debit card will be able to add their card to Apple Pay and use it to make purchases at participating retailers. Headquartered in Atlanta, SunTrust bank has 1,497 bank branches...

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Apple to Begin Allowing Accessory Manufacturers to Include...

While Apple's Lightning connector has become ubiquitous across the company's iOS device lineup over the past several years, third-party accessory manufacturers have so far been unable to include ports for the connector on their products. That appears set to change in the relatively near future, however, as Apple has informed members of the company's MFi program that it will begin shipping a version of the Lightning port for third-party use early next year, reports 9to5Mac.Allowing accessory makers to build-in a Lightning port provides a number of benefits, according to manufacturers briefed during Apple’s MFi Summit. One of the biggest benefits is to reduce costs for manufacturers and simplify the product experience for users by using Lightning to provide power to both an accessory and the iOS device. Dock or...

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Apple Found Guilty of Infringing Patents Related to Wirele...

Patently Apple originally covered a patent infringement case back in April 2013 titled "Mobile Telecommunications Technologies Sue Apple over iMessage." We noted that Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTEL), the company behind SkyTel, had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple claiming that they had infringed upon seven of their patents. The patent infringement lawsuit concerned Apple's iMessage, Airport Express, Airport Extreme, Time Capsule and devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Today we learn that Apple has lost this case.

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Apple Granted Patent for Possible Future Magic Mouse that...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a unique invention that could one day add a scanner to Apple's Magic Mouse.

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Apple Granted a Major Patent for an Original Siri Inventio...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of the original patents related to Siri.

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Let's go shopping with Eddy Cue who Demos Apple Pay

What better way to see how Apple Pay works than a personal tour with Eddy Cue the man behind Apple's new mobile wallet service. (The video takes a few seconds to start. After the ad, the story begins.) Nearly a million credit cards were linked to the Apple Pay service within the first days of its launch. KTLA reporter Rich...

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Some OS X Yosemite Users Still Experiencing Wi-Fi Connecti...

Yesterday, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, which brought improved Wi-Fi reliability after a number of users reported connection issues with the new operating system. However, Computerworld reports that a number of users on Apple's support forums are still claiming to have issues with Wi-Fi even after updating to OS X 10.10.1, with some saying that they are still not able to connect at all while others note that their Wi-Fi has remained significantly slow. The largest thread on Apple's support forums discussing the Wi-Fi problems in OS X Yosemite has grown to 1,120 replies with more users reporting issues with a number of Macs and a variety of router types...

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Monday November 17

Apple's Eddy Cue Shows Off Apple Pay at Panera Bread,...

Earlier tonight, KTLA 5's The Tech Report aired a segment (via AppleInsider) centering around Apple Pay, which featured Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue using the mobile payments solution around Santa Monica. The segment, which can be viewed here, followed Cue and reporter Rich Demuro as the Apple executive utilized his iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Pay to purchase a meal at Panera Bread, sunglasses at Bloomingdale's, and merchandise from the Disney Store. For their meal at Panera Bread, Cue is shown utilizing Apple Pay inside of the restaurant's official app to pre-order food simply and...

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The Official IBM MobileFirst Website Launches on Schedule

On July 15, 2014 Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. Today IBM launched their official IBM MobileFirst website.

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Chinese Authorities Shut Down WireLurker Distribution Site...

Last Friday, Chinese authorities arrested three individuals that are suspected of developing the "WireLurker" malware, which infected thousands of mobile devices in China after Mac users installed malicious software from a third-party App Store. According to a police post on Chinese social network Sina Weibo, the three men were arrested in Beijing on suspicion of "manufacturing and distributing" WireLurker after police received a tip from Chinese security company Qihoo 360 technology. In addition to arresting the suspects involved in the creation of the malicious software, Chinese authorities also shut down the site that was spreading it. First publicized...

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Intel Introduces a Surprising Smart Bracelet in Time for C...

Tech companies have learned many lessons from Apple over the years, but the one that stands out this month is the "surprise factor." At the top of the month Amazon surprised the market with a new home device they call "Echo." Today it's Intel that's taking the market by surprise by introducing a new highly fashionable smart bracelet with a hard to love name of "My Intelligent Communications Accessory." It will be sold in the US in the coming days ahead.

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Apple Supplier Sony Debuts 21-Megapixel Image Sensor With...

Sony today announced a new advanced image sensor designed for use in smartphones, which uses a new "stacked" design to cut down on size while introducing improved image quality and faster speeds. Apple uses Sony sensors in its iPhones and iPads, so it is likely that Sony's stacked sensor technology will make it into future iOS devices at some point. The new 21-megapixel Exmor RS IMX230 sensor is built with a chip that stacks a pixel section and a circuit section on top of one another, which allows Sony to build improvements into each aspect of the sensor individually, leading to dramatic improvements. Sony's been using stacked sensor technology since 2012, but its newest sensor introduces new autofocus and HDR technology. According to Sony, the IMX230 sensor is the first CMOS sensor for smartphones that includes plane phase detection autofocus signal processing with 192 autofocus points, resulting in much...

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Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1 With Bug Fixes, Performance Impro...

After two weeks of testing, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3. iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download. Apple has also released new Apple TV software and an update to OS X Yosemite, OS X 10.10.1. According to Apple's release notes, iOS 8.1.1 includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system. iOS 8.1.1 may offer several bug fixes, but as a minor update, it does not bundle in any of the major new features that are rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad. These updates may come in iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, both of which Apple is...

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Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 With Wi-Fi Reliabilit...

Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the first update to the new operating system since its initial October release. Testing for OS X 10.10.1 began on November 3, with Apple seeding two betas to developers before launching the software publicly. The new software is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. The OS X 10.10.1 update is recommended for all Yosemite users. It improves the stability and compatibility of your Mac. This update: - Improves Wi-Fi reliability - Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange Server - Improves reliability sending Mail messages when using certain email service providers - Improves reliability when connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac. The update should fix...

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Microsoft Launches New Holiday Ad Comparing Surface Pro 3...

Microsoft yesterday launched the latest in its series of ads comparing the Surface Pro 3 to Apple's MacBook Air. The new ad, entitled "Winter Wonderland", compares and contrasts the two machines to the jingle of the Christmas melody. The ad's predominant assessment of the Surface Pro 3 is how powerful the device is in comparison to the MacBook Air, offering similar performance while also supporting pen input. Microsoft also highlights the use of the Surface Pro 3's kickstand and touch screen as major advantages over the MacBook line, as the Microsoft user in the ad goes about using the Surface to design a Christmas-themed coffee mug. Finally, the ad highlights the Surface Pro 3's ability to detach from its magnetic keyboard for easy travel and its robust array of ancillary ports, such as its USB port. "I think I like your Surface Pro 3," the MacBook Air user states at the ad's end. "No seriously, where can I get one?" Since the Surface Pro 3 was...

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Alibaba Executive Talks about a Possible Apple Pay Allianc...

Apple has certainly gone all out to fast track "Apple Pay" into China and has made it crystal clear that it's a top priority. Today the buzz is about the Apple-UnionPay deal that was just announced but for the past several weeks there was a lot of press surrounding a possible deal being hammered out with Alibaba to form a payment system alliance. An alliance with Alibaba would allow Apple Pay and/or at least their one-tap purchase process to work for iPhone customers making purchases with Alibaba that has a massive online market share footprint in China. Today, an interview with Alibaba's ..

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Apple Retail Making Gift Card and Uniform Changes for Holi...

As is typical for this time of year, Apple is planning to spruce up its retail operations ahead of the end-of-the-year holiday shopping season. This year's changes in the company's retail offering include new colors for store gift cards and holiday-colored shirts for Apple employees, with retail head Angela Ahrendts reportedly introducing these holiday updates in an internal company video. Anonymous sources claim Apple's new gift cards will move to solid silver, gold and space gray designs to match the current styling of the iPad and iPhone. Similar to previous gift cards, these new gift cards can be used in store or online with a value up to $2000. They will debut starting today, November 17. Other retail changes include the rollout of red holiday t-shirts to replace the traditional blue shirts for employees and the removal of the neck lanyard from the employees' standard retail uniform. The...

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Did Apple Really Sign a Deal with Samsung for 80% of their...

In early October we reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which is currently using its 20nm process to produce Apple's A8 processors for iPhone 6 devices, was confident that it would continue to land orders for A9 processors, which was contrary to rumors of the day stating the opposite. Even the Samsung executive quoted in other rumors never said...

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Samsung Chosen to Supply 80 Percent of Apple's Future...

Apple has reportedly chosen Samsung over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the primary supplier for its future application processors in a deal worth billions, claims The Korea Times (Via G for Games) citing sources familiar with the deal. Starting in 2016, Samsung reportedly will supply 80 percent of Apple's supply of 14 nm application processors with TSMC supplying the remaining 20 percent. The key factor that boosted Samsung was its recent partnership with GlobalFoundries, a relationship which will enable Samsung to produce sufficient supply of processors to meet Apple's demand. "Apple has designated Samsung as the primary supplier of its next A-series chips powering iOS devices from 2016 as the alliance with GlobalFoundries (GF) enabled Samsung to cut off capacity risk...

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Samsung Display is Bullying Suppliers to Drop Prices by 30...

It's being reported today that Samsung Display is demanding supply chains including backlighting makers to reduce pricing for components by as much as 30% during the fourth quarter of 2014 as the company aims to drop overall pricing for small- to medium-size applications. Supply chains are now seeing increased pressure to report reduced pricing ...

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Apple Publicizes their Apple Pay Deal with China's Un...

In May Patently Apple was the first in North American to report on Apple reaching a deal with China's UnionPay for the coming iWallet now Apple Pay. The deal hinged on Apple integrating NFC into their next iPhone which they did with the release of their new iPhone 6 in September. Today, their secret deal has gone public ...

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Sunday November 16

Apple Now Accepting UnionPay as Payment Option for App Sto...

Apple today announced that it is now accepting UnionPay as a payment option for App Store customers in China. Established in 2002, UnionPay is the most popular payment card company in China with over 4.5 billion cards issued. With today's announcement, users can simply link their UnionPay debit or credit card for easy purchases. “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.” The acceptance of UnionPay in the App Store is the latest move by Apple to expand its presence in China. The company is also...

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A $99 Intel-Based Tablet Debuts at Walmart on Black Friday

The Cheap Intel Tablet Attack Begins: Intel is pumping up E FUN's new 8-inch Nextbook that uses an Intel Atom processor and Windows. The new tablet device that will attempt to compete with Apple's iPad mini will hit Walmart stores on Black Friday and will retail for just $99.

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An iPhone vs. Android Shoot Out over 15 Basic Tasks

A new visual report by CNN covers 15 basic tasks that could be performed on the iPhone and Android smartphones. Who won this battle? Check out our report and see if you agree with CNN's final findings.

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Sacred G...
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Castaway Paradise – Tips, Tricks, and St...
Ahoy there, castaways: Were you curious about our own thoughts regarding this pristine shipwreck? Check out our Castaway Paradise review! Castaway Paradise is out for iOS, finally giving mobile gamers the opportunity to enjoy the idyllic lifestyle of an Animal Crossing-like game. Though it may seem straightforward, these tips will go a long way... | Read more »
Castaway Paradise VIP Subs are on Sale f...
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Master of Tea Kung Fu Review
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Monster Strike Review
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Proun+ Review
Proun+ Review By Jennifer Allen on November 28th, 2014 Our Rating: :: TWITCHY RACINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Twitchy racing aplenty in Proun+, an enjoyably tricky title.   | Read more »
Lucha Amigos (Games)
Lucha Amigos 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Forget Ninja Turtles, and meet Wrestlers Turtles! Crazier, Spicier and…Bouncier!Sling carapaces of 7 Luchadores to knock all your enemies out! | Read more »
Record of Agarest War Zero (Games)
Record of Agarest War Zero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $7.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: HyperDevbox Holiday Turkey Black Friday Special Pricing!To celebrate the opening of the holiday season HyperDevbox is announcing a special price on their newest title Record of Agarest Zero. Now, for a limited time... | Read more »
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