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Monday May 16

05:48
The Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, Now Holds Apple Stock

Last month Carl Icahn dumped Apple's stock and ran for the exit over concerns of a crackdown on Apple's iTunes in China. Today we're learning that the Oracle of Omaha sank his teeth into Apple stock on March 31. Aside from Apple, IBM is the only other technology company that Berkshire owns a significant stake in. The Financial Times reports...

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04:59
Tim Cook Visits Beijing, Shares Ride to Apple Store Using...

As planned, Apple CEO Tim Cook arrived in Beijing on Monday for his latest visit to China, where the iPhone maker has experienced a turbulent few months. Earlier today, he caught a ride using Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-sharing service that Apple just invested $1 billion in, alongside the Uber rival's president Jean Liu.

Cook meets with Liu, left, and developers at an Apple Store in Beijing (Image: CNBC)

While an earlier report said Cook plans to meet with senior Chinese government officials to discuss a range of issues, including ...

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04:52
Apple's CEO Attended Developer Event in Beijing Apple...

This weekend Apple's CEO was in China and spent time with the President of the hail-riding service Didi Chuxing, Liu Qing at a developer event at a Beijing Apple Store

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Saturday May 14

05:06
Apple's iOS 9 Hits 84% Adoption Rate vs. 7.5% for Goo...

As WWDC 2016 draws nigh, Apple's iOS 9 latest adoption rate has climbed to 84%. Next week the Google I/O developer conference begins and their latest OS version branded Marshmallow introduced last May has a dismal adoption rate of 7.5%, less than 1/10th the rate of iOS 9. Android Lollipop, introduced in 2014, holds 35.6% and KitKat, released in 2013,...

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Friday May 13

16:42
Apple Confirms Music Deletion Glitch, Says Fix Incoming in...

Apple today confirmed reports of an issue that causes music from personal collections to be deleted, telling The Loop it only affects a small number of users and that a fix is incoming in an iTunes update next week.

“In an extremely small number of cases users have reported that music files saved on their computer were removed without their permission,” Apple said. “We’re taking these reports seriously as we know how important music is to our customers and our teams are focused on identifying the cause. We have not been able to reproduce this issue, however, we’re releasing an update to iTunes early next week which includes additional safeguards. If a user experiences this issue they should contact AppleCare.”Last week, debate raged over...

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14:07
Samsung's Global VP of Research Reveals his SixthSens...

Pranav Mistry is Samsung's Global Vice President of Research at Samsung and the head of Think Tank Team. He is best known for his work on SixthSense, Samsung Galaxy Gear and Project Beyond. Patently Apple first covered the SixthSense project back in 2009 when it debuted at a TED presentation. Now with Samsung, Mistry is able to ...

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10:23
Apple's $1 Billion Investment in Didi Chuxing Aligned...

Apple announced yesterday that it has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing, but CEO Tim Cook refused to elaborate on the reasoning behind the move, beyond saying that it will help the company better understand the Chinese market and "deliver a strong return" on its invested capital over the long term.

Nevertheless, a pair of new reports suggest that Apple's ambitions behind its investment in the Uber rival could relate to its oft-rumored electric vehicle plans and broader push into the automotive industry.

The Wall Street Journal wrote that Didi Chuxing is "not only an important ally in a key market, but also a rich data...

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09:18
Dan Lyons, Fake Steve Jobs: Silicon Valley has a Cult Ment...

Daniel Lyons was a senior editor at Forbes magazine and a writer at Newsweek and was the man behind the Fake Steve Jobs character ...

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07:23
Intel Invents a New Hybrid 2-in-1 Notebook Hinge & Arc...

This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published two Intel patent filings that cover a new kind of hinge designed for hybrid 2-in-1 notebooks.

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03:08
Mac Users Reporting Widespread System Freezes With OS X El...

A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple's Mac OS.

Hundreds of MacRumors forum members have been posting to a dedicated thread to discuss the issue, which spans 20 pages at the time of writing. The problem appears to be concentrated on 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros (Early 2015) running 10.11.4. Users report that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot.

The issue was initially reported by MacRumors forum member...

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02:42
Apple Invests $1 Billion in China's Largest Uber-Like...

Investors are eagerly watching to see whether Apple will enter the automotive business, especially after the news about Apple secretly working on a partnership with Magna. Apple continues to hire a wide range of automotive experts, and the company is exploring building a self-driving car. Late last night the news broke that Apple had invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service called Didi Chuxing.

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Thursday May 12

19:43
Apple Invests $1 Billion in Chinese Ride-Sharing Company D...

Apple has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing company and Uber competitor Didi Chuxing, reports Reuters. The move is a strategic investment that will help the Cupertino company better understand the Chinese market, CEO Tim Cook told Reuters.

"We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market," he said. "Of course, we believe it will deliver a strong return for our invested capital over time as well."Didi Chuxing, which has raised several billion dollars in funding, says the investment from Apple is the largest it's ever received. Didi Chuxing dominates the ride-sharing market in China, completing more than 11 million rides a day and owning 87 percent of the market in the...

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15:59
One Email Discovered from Android's Co-Founder Could...

One e-mail sent by Android cofounder Andy Rubin in 2006 may end up costing Google billions in its ongoing legal war with Oracle...

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15:08
Apple's iPad Program in 114 Schools is winning over T...

In Yuma, Arizona, fourth-grade teacher Blanca Rivera wasn't thrilled when she heard that Apple would be providing each of her 31 students with an iPad. She thought iPad's were "just for games," and wondered how they would help students learn...

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14:14
Isaacson: Steve Jobs Thought his Greatest Accomplishment w...

Apple, which has really been to the school of hard knocks recently, is more than ever missing the magic of Steve Jobs, said Walter Isaacson, author of the best-selling biography of the late co-founder of the tech giant.

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08:55
Google Again Surpasses Apple as Most Valuable Company in t...

With Apple shares dipping below $90 this morning, Google's parent company Alphabet briefly overtook Apple as the world's most valuable company hitting a market cap of $498 billion compared to Apple's market cap of $494 billion. Apple and Google shares continue to fluctuate and the two companies are neck-and-neck for the top valuation, but Google remains in the lead.

Apple's stock has seen steep declines in recent weeks, following its first ever drop in iPhone sales and its first year-over-year revenue decline since 2003. Apple's share price is down again amid rumors of weak demand for the upcoming iPhone 7 and there's no relief in sight as Apple is also expecting a...

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07:16
Apple R&D Spending on Track to Top Record $10 Billion...

While much attention has been placed on Apple's first quarterly revenue decline in thirteen years, with some suggesting that the iPhone maker may push deeper into services to combat the slowdown, there is evidence to suggest that Tim Cook and company have bigger plans in store.

Apple analyst Neil Cybart of Above Avalon notes that Apple is now on track to spend a record $10 billion on research and development this year, up nearly 30 percent from 2015 and significantly more than the little over $3 billion per year it was spending on R&D just four years ago.

Cybart believes that the most likely explanation for Apple's increased R&D spending is that the company is looking to make a long-term pivot beyond the iPhone, which currently accounts for nearly...

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06:13
Future Apple Devices will Automate Home Automation Process...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an accessory management system and in particular to an automated environment that can implement automated behaviors based on aggregation of individual user routines. Effectively Apple wants to go far beyond just providing users with a simple ABC app ...

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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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