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Tuesday December 9

13:32
Aaron Sorkin Envisioned Tom Cruise as Steve Jobs, Maguire...

Just over two weeks ago, hackers attacked Sony Pictures, acquiring up to 100 terabytes of data that included huge amounts of sensitive information like emails, Social Security numbers, films, scripts, and more. Data from the hack has been leaking out for the last several days, and as of today, new emails have been found discussing the Steve Jobs biopic that Sony was producing before it sold the film to Universal Studios. According to leaked data shared by Ars Technica, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who penned the script from Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, originally had his eye on Tom Cruise to...

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13:23
Optikos Invents Night Vision Camera Accessory for the iPho...

Optikos Corporation has invented a cool iPhone camera accessory that will allow users to take close-up and distant night vision video or still shots when under poor lighting conditions.

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13:02
Tim Cook Met With Jesse Jackson for 'Positive and Pro...

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with civil rights activist Jesse Jackson on Monday, reports USA Today. Though Jackson declined to comment on what he and Cook discussed, Jackson is currently in the Bay Area for his Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which is hosting a workshop at Intel on racial diversity at technology companies. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a non-profit organization that champions social justice, civil rights, and political activism, and recently, it has been targeting tech companies for not employing more women and minorities. At its Silicon Valley meeting, taking place on December 10, the Coalition is expected to discuss ways tech companies can improve diversity in the workplace. The Coalition,...

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10:01
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2 With Fix for Disappearing Rington...

Apple today released iOS 8.1.2 to the public, introducing bug fixes and addressing an issue that caused ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store to be removed from an iOS device. Apple advises users who have lost ringtones to restore them by visiting itunes.com/restore-tones from their iOS devices. iOS 8.1.2, carrying a build number of 12B440, was not seeded to developers before being released to the public. The software is available immediately as an over-the-air-download. Like iOS 8.1.1, released on November 17, iOS 8.1.2 is a minor update that focuses solely on bug fixes. 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. Apple is also working on iOS 8.2 with the WatchKit SDK, which was seeded to developers in mid-November. Recent Mac and iOS Blog...

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09:54
The Apple Pen will have to Conquer Latency if it's to...

Last week we posted a report titled "Apple Files their Tenth Smart Pen Patent of the Year." Apple's smart pen project has been one of the longest running projects at Apple. They've covered smart pens for graphics, for handwriting and forms, as part of a collaboration system, for paper and everything in between. Sony, as noted in the video above, has developed a new A4 digital notepad that is the first in the world to use E Ink Mobius, a new flexible electronic paper display (EPD) technology that was first introduced in 2013. It's super light and writing with it is oh so close to the real thing. But that's the leading issue that plagues digital pens today: the "latency" factor. If a future Apple Pen is to be a winner, then it has to deliver one that finally defeats latency.

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09:42
iPod Lawsuit Loses Last Plaintiff as Judge Discusses Halt...

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, presiding over Apple's iPod/iTunes lawsuit that began last week, has disqualified the last plaintiff in the case and judged that the trial will continue while lawyers scramble to find a replacement, reports Associated Press. That last plaintiff, Marianna Rosen, was disqualified by Judge Rogers after Apple successfully proved that the devices Rosen bought were either not from the timeframe covered by the lawsuit or were purchased using a credit card issued to her husband's business. With all plaintiffs now removed from the case, Apple has attempted to have the case dismissed, claiming it is too late to name a new plaintiff. The original plaintiff's attorneys were given a deadline of today to name a new lead plaintiff, but The Wall Street Journal's Jeff Elder reports the judge is conferring with attorneys for both sides this morning to discuss a...

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07:27
YouTube Apple TV App Updated With Streamlined Interface, V...

As noted by Re/code, YouTube today updated its app for the Apple TV, improving its appearance and expanding the content available to stream. With this update, the Apple TV version catches up to the Xbox, PlayStation and other similar streaming devices. Besides a refreshed design, the new YouTube Apple TV update adds features such as personalized recommendations, channel subscriptions and predictive search. It also now supports all YouTube content, including music videos, vlogs and even advertisements. The new YouTube experience should be rolling out today for all Apple TV owners. It follows several recent notable updates that added new channels such as today's addition of UFC.TV, The Scene, Fusion, and Dailymotion, as well as earlier additions of...

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07:24
Apple Adds New Apple TV Channels for UFC, The Scene, Fusio...

Apple today added four new channels to its Apple TV set-top box, further expanding the variety of content available on the device. The new additions include ultimate fighting channel UFC.TV, digital video shorts channel The Scene, news and pop culture channel Fusion, and video sharing site Dailymotion. UFC.TV offers access to a variety of Ultimate Fighting Championship content, including free and paid video. Users can subscribe to the service's Fight Pass premium offering with a 6-month membership priced at $54.99 or a 12-month membership at $99.99. Users can also access archived pay-per-view content, although some pay-per-view content is unavailable in many countries due to regional restrictions. The Scene offers digital shorts from a variety of Condé Nast media brands, including ABC News, Epicurious, Forbes, GQ, PBS, The New Yorker, The...

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07:05
Major News Outlets Seek Permission to Share Steve Jobs...

Some of the last known video of Steve Jobs, from the deposition tape that was played in court last Friday, may be made public as a group of lawyers representing CNN, Bloomberg, and the Associated Press filed a motion earlier this week to have it released (via CNET). Up until now, both Apple and the plaintiffs in the case have asked the court to consider the video "regular testimony," which would prevent it from being shown outside the court walls. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has not yet sealed the evidence, however, leaving open the possibility of the video being made publicly available. Representing all three media outlets, attorney Thomas Burke cited public interest as a major argument for releasing the video."Given the substantial public interest in the...

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07:00
Apple to Build Cutting Edge R&D Center in Japan

Apple's iPhone and iPad have done exceedingly well in Japan. The latest iPhone 6 is still the number one phone in Japan trouncing Samsung's Galaxy offerings. So it's not all that surprising to hear from Japan's Jiji news service that Japan's Prime Minister ....

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06:55
Apple Opening Advanced R&D Center in Yokohama, Japan

Apple announced on Tuesday that it will be opening a new research and development center in Japan, reports The Wall Street Journal. The announcement followed a statement by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who revealed earlier today that Apple was eyeing Japan for its research expansion. Abe relayed the information about Apple while campaigning in Tokyo, stating that Apple planned to "conduct the most advanced research and development in Japan." Abe went on to describe the facility as being "among the largest in Asia." Apple confirmed these R&D plans in a statement released to the media."We’re excited to expand our operations in Japan with a new technical development center in Yokohama which will create dozens of new jobs," Apple said in a statement. Apple did not reveal on how it will use the future Yokohama site or how much it is investing in the facility. The...

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05:30
Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie on a Nightmare Losing Strea...

There was great interest in the Apple community when Aaron Sorkin began pumping up his new project about the biopic of Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs. Not many enjoyed the rushed "Jobs" movie that starred Ashton Kutcher, so there was a gap to fill. Sorkin later talked about writing the Steve Jobs character. Yet the main characters that were initially cast for the movie are by and large dropping out. For three of the top actors to drop out of this film in such short order, there must be something terrible ...

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04:36
Apple Granted 33 Patents Today Covering a 3D iPhone UI...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's live 3D user interface designed for iDevices like the iPhone. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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02:59
Apple Wins a 3D Mapping Laser Beam Projector System Patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 33 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's lens array projector for integration into a future iDevice for 3D mapping and beyond.

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Monday December 8

22:32
Losing Two-Factor Recovery Key Could Permanently Lock Appl...

In March 2013, Apple introduced two-factor authentication to provide additional security for Apple IDs. It expanded the feature to several new countries earlier this year and introduced it to the company's iCloud.com website this September. This was after CEO Tim Cook promised to broaden use of its two-factor authentication system in the wake of a hacking incident that saw several celebrities' iCloud accounts hacked. The system requires a user to have a second "trusted" device that is used to verify a user's identity in addition to an extra security code called the "Recovery Key". However, in a...

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16:23
Natalie Portman Passes on Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs M...

Just a couple weeks after it was revealed that Natalie Portman was in talks to play an unspecified part in Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie, Variety is reporting that the actress has decided to pass on the movie, though it's unclear why. Other actresses are already meeting with filmmakers over the potential role, and the film is still on track to begin filming in the Spring of 2015. The film is rumored to have several female parts, including Steve Jobs' daughter, Lisa Brennan, and Katie Cotton, Apple's well-known former PR lead. Image via Deadline The trade magazine also notes that X-Men: Days of Future past star Michael Fassbender will star as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen will...

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15:02
Is the Galaxy Gear VR just another Borrowed Apple from Ide...

Today a CNN video report pointed out Samsung's Gear VR glasses. The Samsung representative, around the 40 second mark of that video, states that "We have created smartphone powered virtual reality. Transforms that flat 2D map of content that we've always had, into the rounded 3D globe content we've always dreamed of." Yet the basic hardware approach that they've taken was really first invented by Apple all the way back to 2010. So how original is Samsung's VR Glasses concept? – Not very.

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14:25
Bose Products Could Be Returning to Apple Store Shelves Ne...

Back in October, Apple removed all Bose audio products, both demo and sellable, from its retail stores around the world, but it appears the company may be planning to reintroduce Bose products to store shelves in the near future. According to a source that spoke to French Apple website iGen.fr [Google Translate], some Apple retail stores have begun receiving shipments of Bose products with orders to put the products back on store shelves next week. It was not clear why Apple removed Bose products from its retail stores, but the decision did follow...

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12:53
Tim Cook Nominated for TIME's 2014 Person of the Year

TIME today posted its shortlist of people who are being considered for the publication's annual "Person of the Year" award, and Tim Cook is once again on the nomination list. TIME is recognizing Cook for the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and his recent decision to come out as gay. Back in late October, Tim Cook made the bold move of announcing his sexual orientation in a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, where he said that his decision was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." Alongside Tim Cook, other nominees include the Ferguson protestors, the Ebola caregivers, Russian president Vladimir Putin, pop artist Taylor Swift, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, acting president of the Iraqi Kurdish Region Masoud Barzani, and...

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12:25
Apple Forces Transmit to Remove Send to iCloud Drive Featu...

Panic's file management app Transmit made its way to iOS with the launch of iOS 8, bringing several useful capabilities that took advantage of iOS features, including "Extensibility" options that let any app upload files to a server using Transmit and a "Send" feature that let files be shared to multiple services like Dropbox and iCloud Drive. As of last week, the function that let files be sent to Dropbox or iCloud Drive was removed from Transmit, at the request of Apple. As Panic explains in a blog post, Apple has asked the company to remove the "Send" feature from Transmit because Apple's rules state that apps cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless content was created in the app itself.In short, we're told that while Transmit iOS...

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09:25
MasterCard Teams up with Gwen Stefani to Promote Apple Pay

Grammy Award-winner Gwen Stefani is taking control of the Priceless Surprises launcher to help surprise cardholders every time they swipe, dip, tap or click with their MasterCard ... sends Priceless Surprises to cardholders paying with their MasterCard with Apple Pay.

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09:07
Tim Cook Shows Off Apple Watch to Chinese Internet Officia...

China's minister of the Cyberspace Administration recently sat down with Tim Cook for a meeting that included discussion about the Apple Watch and Chinese security concerns, reports China.com.cn (via Bloomberg Businessweek). Lu's visit to the U.S. also included meetings with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Cook was photographed showing off his wrist watch to Internet Information Officer Lu Wei, who is holding the device in his hand. Though the device is not identified in the source photo, it certainly appears to be the Apple Watch with white Sport Band frequently worn by Cook, and a translation of...

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08:50
MasterCard Teams Up With Gwen Stefani to Promote Apple Pay...

In the latest phase of its Priceless Surprises promotion that rewards cardholders for simply using their credit and debit cards, MasterCard is partnering with Gwen Stefani to offer private performances, unique experiences, and other surprises for customers. The campaign comes with a new ad featuring Apple Pay and Stefani's new single, "Spark the Fire." To kick things off, MasterCard will debut a new 30 second TV spot today featuring Stefani who, with the help of a “Surprise launcher,” sends Priceless Surprises to cardholders paying with their MasterCard with Apple Pay. The spot features Stefani’s new song, Spark The Fire. Surprises include everything from handbags and golf experiences to concert tickets, and even a chance to hang out with Gwen Stefani herself. The spot, directed by Sophie Muller of Wondros, exemplifies...

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06:27
Apple Continues Beefing Up Digital Audio Expertise by Hiri...

Apple is continuing to expand its digital audio expertise with the recent addition of digital signal processing (DSP) expert Dana Massie to its team as an SoC Audio Architect. Massie has over 30 years of extensive experience working with DSP hardware and software architecture with high-profile companies such as Audience and Waves, as well as prior brief stints at Apple and NeXT. While at Audience for the past nine years, Massie was the Director of DSP chip architecture, focused on developing "the most advanced audio processing algorithms available for speech enhancement." Massie also formerly worked at Apple starting in 2002 as the manager of audio hardware. In his year-long stint, Massie was responsible for the audio input/output system on Apple desktops and notebooks. Apple and Audience have a history of working together, with Apple licensing Audience's voice processing technology to use in its iPhone 4 and 4s...

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03:06
Apple's Best of the iTunes Store 2014: 'Elevate...

Apple today released the 2014 version of its iTunes Store awards, which highlights the best music, movies, TV shows, apps, books and podcasts of the year. Here are some of the top-level winners for 2014: Apps: iPhone App of the Year: Elevate - Brain Training iPhone Game of the Year: Threes! iPad App of the Year: Pixelmator iPad Game of the Year: Monument Valley Music: Best Artist: Beyoncé Best Album: 1989 by Taylor Swift Best Song: Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) by Iggy Azalea Best...

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