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Thursday May 12

05:54
Taylor Swift Dances Like No One's Watching in Newest...

Taylor Swift this morning tweeted out a new ad for Apple Music, this time showcasing a playlist called "Friday Night Rocks!" recommended to the singer within the For You tab of the music streaming service.

The new commercial plays out in a way similar to Swift's previous ad, which saw her lip syncing to Jimmy Eat World as she prepared for a night out. This time, however, she dances around her living room alone to the tune of The Darkness' "I Believe In A Thing Called Love."

Dance like no one's watching @AppleMusic @thedarkness...

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05:10
Apple Named World's Most Valuable Brand Despite Recen...

Apple has been named the world's most valuable brand in 2016, according to the latest Forbes rankings, despite posting its first negative-growth quarter since 2003 with declining sales across its iPhone, iPad, and Mac product lines.

Apple's recent slowdown was not enough to prevent the company from securing the number one position in the list for the sixth consecutive year, ahead of rivals Google and Microsoft. Forbes placed Apple's brand value at $154.1 billion, up 6-percent from 2015 and nearly double Google's value of $82.5 billion.

Coca-Cola, Facebook, Toyota, IBM, Disney, McDonald's, GE, Samsung, Amazon, AT&T, BMW, and Cisco rounded out the top fifteen. Apple Watch fashion partner Hermès ranked 48th on the list. Other notable companies listed include Intel (17th),...

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04:11
Two Apple Patent Filings illustrate their Fanatical Attent...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals techniques for forming an environmental seal around a sensor disposed beneath the button cap of the Home Button on iOS devices. Today we present two of Apple's patent filings that show the level of detail Apple puts into creating their products so that they function just right and always look their best.

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02:46
Apple Confirms that the iPhone Belonging to a Florida Boy...

Although it was refreshing last month to hear that Apple would do their best to help a Florida family unlock their lost son's iPhone, it was truly a longshot at best. Last night the family lawyer revealed that Apple ...

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Wednesday May 11

15:03
Apple Considering the Historic Tower Theater in L.A. for a...

Apple has been known to restore old building for Apple Stores and they were given the New York preservation award for repurposing historic buildings back in February. One of their next projects for a classic Apple Store could be the historic Tower Theater in Los Angeles...

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14:02
Forbes Crowns Apple the Number One Brand of 2016

Despite the gloom-and-doom sentiment surrounding Apple's first bad quarter in over a decade, Forbes saw through the smoke and mirrors of the media and market bears and still found Apple to be the most valuable brand ...

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13:12
Nutty Rumor: Apple to Dump iTunes Downloads within 2 Years

In February we posted a report titled "Profitless Spotify Cruises Past the 28 Million Paid Subscriber Mark." While Spotify loves to have their great subscription numbers blindly repeated in the press, the fact is that they make no money ...

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13:11
Apple Aiming to End iTunes Music Downloads in Two Years [U...

Apple allegedly has an aggressive plan to "terminate" music downloads from iTunes within two years, reports Digital Music News citing sources with "close and active business relationships" with Apple.

Apple is also rumored to be considering a three to four year timeline for the shutdown of iTunes downloads, but overall discussions with Apple executives are said to focus on "not on if, but when" the company should retire music downloads. Termination of music downloads could be staggered by country based on the popularity of streaming content in different regions.Back to the story, the sources indicated that a range of shutdown timetables are being considered by Apple, though one executive noted that "keeping [iTunes music downloads] running forever isn't really on the table anymore." Also under discussion is a plan to "ride the [iTunes music download offering] out...

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11:39
iPhone 7: Everything We Know So Far

New iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus blueprints point towards no headphone jack and no stereo speakers, along with a dual camera, a Smart Connector, and 3GB RAM limited to the larger-screened iPhone 7 Plus. New rumors also suggest Apple is working on a single dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus model, nullifying past rumors suggesting both a single-lens and dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus could launch.

Make sure to read the rumors about the iPhone coming in 2017 at the bottom of the roundup - it's rumored to have features like an edge-to-edge display with embedded Touch ID...

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10:21
2017 iPhone May Feature Edge-to-Edge Display With Embedded...

Rumors suggest Apple's 2016 iPhone 7 will look very similar to the iPhone 6s, with major changes to the iPhone's form factor actually coming in 2017, the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the device's initial launch. Apple blogger John Gruber recently shared some tantalizing details about the 2017 iPhone, which may see some radical design tweaks.

In the latest episode of his podcast The Talk Show, Gruber said he's heard "scuttlebutt" suggesting the 2017 iPhone will include an edge-to-edge display that eliminates the top and bottom bezels on the device, with the front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors hidden under the display.

Concept image via ...

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09:51
Apple's Suppliers Projecting Weak Demand for iPhone 7...

Apple recently reported its first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales, with CEO Tim Cook claiming one of the reasons is that the upgrade cycle for the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series has stretched out longer than it anticipated.

Despite the launch of the lower-priced iPhone SE, that decline is expected to continue into the second half of this year. In reporting its first negative-growth quarter since 2003, Apple forecasted another revenue drop next quarter.

The sales decline is placing downward pressure on Apple's overseas suppliers...

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09:09
Rumor Season Kicks into High Gear with Questionable new...

A website that loves rumors and speculation just released 'exclusive blueprints' of the iPhone 7 case ...

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08:57
Apple to Produce Single iPhone 7 Plus Model With Dual-Lens...

Apple plans to produce a single iPhone 7 Plus that will ship with a dual-lens camera and 3GB of RAM to compensate for increased image processing demands, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that walks back from past reports suggesting Apple would produce two iPhone 7 Plus models.

Earlier rumors from Kuo indicated Apple was working on multiple versions of the iPhone 7 Plus -- a model with a single lens camera to match the iPhone 7 and a second "Pro" model with a dual-lens camera -- but Kuo now believes this is no longer Apple's plan as a single-camera iPhone 7 Plus would undermine demand for the dual-camera model. Apple is expected to continue producing two iPhone models, in 4.7 and 5.5-inch sizes.In a previous report, we said the new 5.5-inch...

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08:32
New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Drawings: Dual Camera and Smart Co...

Less than four months before Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which may have a "Pro" moniker instead, purported new blueprints of the smartphones have been shared by uSwitch on behalf of noted leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, who runs the Twitter account OnLeaks.

The drawings, purportedly sourced directly from Taiwan-based Apple casing subcontractor Catcher Technology, seemingly confirm that Apple plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus....

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08:15
Apple Issued Several Registered Trademark Certificates Rel...

Late yesterday Apple was issued three Registered Trademarks (RTMs) related to Apple Watch and one for the 'Apple Magic Keyboard.' For Apple Watch, they were granted a trademark for the figurative ...

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06:42
Apple's Notebook Sales Drop to Estimated 2.5M as Buye...

Apple reported its first negative-growth quarter since 2003 last month as iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales all declined compared to the year-ago period, and new data shows that notebook sales unsurprisingly fared no better when broken out.

MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro sales totaled an estimated 2.53 million in the first quarter of the 2016 calendar year, down from an estimated 3.4 million in the year-ago quarter, according to market research firm TrendForce.

Apple's notebook market share dropped to an estimated 7.1-percent in the first quarter, down from 8.8-percent in the previous March quarter, as Windows-based PC vendors and the overall notebook industry continue to suffer from slowing sales.

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05:52
Microsoft's Retail Stores don't have much of a P...

Microsoft's stores have a warm decor, plenty of helpful staffers and an array of PCs, phones and devices. They could use a few more customers, though ...

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04:52
End-to-End Encrypted WhatsApp for OS X is Now Available

With the governments wanting to weaken encryption around the world, WhatsApp introduces a new desktop version of their app for Mac OS 10.9+ and Windows so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work, and have your message protected end-to-end.

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Tuesday May 10

14:28
'Disney Infinity' Game Series Officially Discont...

Disney today announced the end of its Disney Infinity line of games and accompanying figurines, which are being discontinued as of today. Disney Infinity games, such as the one available on the Apple TV and iOS devices, will officially no longer be updated and the studio that developed the games is being shuttered.

In a blog post, senior vice president of Disney Infinity John Blackburn thanked fans for supporting the game and called the decision to discontinue the series "difficult."

By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you--our fans--and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for...

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10:15
VoIP-Pal Republishes Old News of a Lawsuit against Apple

On February 10, 2016 Patently Apple posted a detailed report titled "Apple's iMessage and Wi-Fi Calling Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit." VoIP-Pal.com Inc. (VPLM) is a publicly traded corporation...

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09:21
Apple Granted 65 Patents Today Covering a 3D Apple TV Remo...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple inventions relating an audio speaker design and a 3D Apple TV remote control that could provide users with superior accuracy and speed in selecting items from various menus. We wrap up ...

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08:17
Apple Hit With $2.8 Billion Patent Lawsuit Over VoIP Techn...

VoIP-Pal announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Apple in a U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, seeking over $2.8 billion in damages for alleged infringement of its patented internet communication technologies.

The Bellevue-based company calculated its $2,836,710,031 figure using a 1.25-percent royalty rate based on an apportionment of Apple's estimated historical profit from iPhone (55-percent), iPad (35-percent), and Mac (10-percent).

VoIP-Pal (VPLM) has over a dozen issued or pending patents, primarily related to VoIP technologies, a few of which it accuses Apple of infringing upon with services like FaceTime and iMessage on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.Apple employs VPLM’s innovative technology and products, features, and designs, and has widely distributed infringing products that have...

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06:52
Apple Granted a Waterproofing Patent for Liquid Contact Se...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's inventions relating to advancing waterproofing on iOS devices with liquid intrusion sensing capabilities. Rumors keep pointing to Apple advancing their waterproofing iPhone features ...

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05:22
It's a Big Day for Apple Pay in Canada as Major Banks...

It’s been a long time coming for Canada and Apple Pay, a service first launched in the United States back in October, 2014. Starting today, debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will support the payments technology ...

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04:47
Apple Awarded a Patent for a Next-Gen iPad Pro Cover with...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple patent that we originally covered back in August 2012 titled "Apple Invents Mind Boggling Next Generation Smart Cover with Multi-Touch Flexible Display, Solar Panels & Built-in Keyboard." At the time it was one of those inventions that most Apple fans thought was just too far-fetched to ever come true because ...

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