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Tuesday April 14

'Workflow' for Apple Watch Brings Automated Task...

Popular iOS app Workflow was today updated with support for the upcoming Apple Watch, bringing its highly useful task automation capabilities to the wrist-worn device. For those of you unfamiliar with Workflow, it's a powerful automation app that was first launched on iOS last December. Workflow lets users create actions and connect apps to automatically perform a huge range of tasks on the iPad or the iPhone. Workflows can be built from a series of actions to perform tasks like making GIFs from a series of photos, creating PDFs from websites, appending content or recordings to Evernote, seeing older versions of websites, getting images from websites, and translating text on the clipboard. There are hundreds of actions that can be combined for an endless number of different workflows. On the Apple Watch, Workflow...

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Apple Announces WWDC Dates While Hinting that Incredible N...

Apple officially announced that their World Wide Developer Conference will take place between the dates of June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco's Moscone West. Apple's Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, hinted ...

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Foxconn Subsidiary Now Sells Second-Hand iPhones & Mor...

According to new Tencent (Chinese-language news site) report, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been engaged in selling second-hand iPhones

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Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering the iPad Smart Cov...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the iPad Smart Cover magnetic assembly and three design patents.

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Monday April 13

IBM to Put Health Data from Apple Watches into the Hands o...

According to a new report this afternoon, IBM has struck partnerships with Apple and the world’s biggest makers of medical devices, to put health data from Apple Watches into the hands of doctors and insurers, and to create personalised treatments for hip replacement patients and diabetics.

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Intel's IDF Event in Shenzhen China was packed with L...

Intel's Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group, Intel Corporation, presented a keynote on day two of Intel's IDF event in Shenzhen last week that centered on Intel's new processors including the new Atom x3, x5 and x7 along with Skylake.

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Apple Seeds First iOS 8.4 Beta to Developers With New Musi...

Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, just five days after releasing iOS 8.3 to the public. The beta is available for download from the iOS Developer Center. iOS 8.3 introduced several new features like diversified emoji, an updated emoji picker, new Siri abilities, and Wireless CarPlay support. It is not clear yet what updates iOS 8.4 will bring, but it has been rumored to be the update that will include Apple's new music service. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOSList of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models...

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The Success of the Apple Watch over the Weekend will Help...

It's being reported today that the success of the Apple Watch preview that started on Friday, it's highly likely that Apple will quickly ramp production ...

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Foxconn May be Working on iPhone Assembly Plants in India

The Taiwan press is reporting today that late on Saturday news broke that the Foxconn Technology Group would soon be investing in three new production plants in India that could be used in part to assemble iPhones for Apple.

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The New iPhone Plant and Supply Chain in Brazil is Lost in...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Hon Hai Posts Highest Ever Profits due to Apple's iPhone 6." The iPhone accounts for one in four smartphones in China and according to Tim Cook, iPhone unit sales in BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) were up 97%. Apple had wanted to duplicate the success that they're enjoying in China with Foxconn in Brazil. According ...

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Sunday April 12

Apple Watch Received Estimated 1 Million Pre-Orders in U.S...

Apple Watch received an estimated 957,000 pre-orders in the United States on April 10, the day the wrist-worn device became available for purchase, according to Slice Intelligence (via Quartz). The digital commerce tracking firm claims that nearly two-thirds of customers purchased the Apple Watch Sport model, with the 42mm space gray case the most popular version sold on the first day. Slice Intelligence's sales projection is based on e-receipt data from 9,080 online shoppers that opted-in to have their inboxes tracked for email receipts. The report finds that 71% of Apple Watch pre-orders on April 10 were for the larger 42mm case, with 32% of aluminimum Sport customers purchasing the smaller 38mm version compared to 24% of stainless steel Apple Watch...

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Hon Hai Posts Highest Ever Profits due to Apple's iPh...

News out of Taipei late yesterday noted that the world's biggest electronics manufacturer for hire, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., posted higher sales ...

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Saturday April 11

LG Joins Apple and Samsung with a Patent for a Future Hybr...

Samsung has been working on several flexible display devices for some time now. They have several very futuristic patents on record like this one that covers a wide curved display for a future smartwatch. Samsung's newest Galaxy S6 "Edge" smartphones offer double sided curved edged displays which is just the tip of the iceberg as to where they want to go with this technology. This week ...

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Retail Apple Watches Still Have a Hidden Diagnostic Port

The Apple Watch became available for pre-orders on Friday as well as for try-on appointments in Apple retail stores around the world. One MacRumors reader, Louis, was able to slip off the bottom band during his Apple Watch try-on appointment to discover that the hidden diagnostic port on early models still remains in the retail versions. The presence of the diagnostic port was first reported in March by TechCrunch with speculation that it could eventually open up the market for "smart" band accessories that can interface with the Apple Watch, itself. Apple, however, has made no such promises and doesn't even acknowledge the presence of the port in any...

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Faster 'NVM Express' SSD Interface Arrives on Re...

Apple has quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives in their latest OS X 10.10.3 update as well as in the new Retina MacBook which was released on April 10th. System Report on new Retina MacBook The NVMe software interface replaces the AHCI software interface in Apple's previous notebooks, and offers improved latency and performance over the old protocol. Anandtech offers a good overview between the technologies:AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn't rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As a result...

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Nonend Inventions Who First Sued Spotify is now gunning fo...

Nonend Inventions, a Dutch company that claims to have over 40 patents on record sued Spotify back in 2012 regarding streaming music. They're now gunning for Apple with four counts of patent infringement.

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Apple Granted Three iOS Related Design Patents

Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published three of Apple's newly granted design patents related to iOS user interfaces for Mail and Messages.

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The In-Store Apple Watch Experience is Perfectly Paced

Prior to yesterday's debut of the Apple Watch at Apple Stores, I had read a number of confusing reports about how simply seeing an Apple Watch in an Apple Store was going to be an arduous affair starting with having to first sign up online for a reservation just to see the new watch. It sounded like complete overkill.

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Friday April 10

Apple in Talks with Taylor Swift and other Major Artists t...

Last month we posted a report titled "The Music Industry is frowning on Freemium Streaming Services just as Apple's New Service is Around the Corner." In that report we noted that the music industry had been re-thinking the so-called "freemium" music streaming business model. The issue exploded onto the scene with the very public incident of Taylor Swift yanking her music from Spotify.

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Apple in Talks With Florence and the Machine, Taylor Swift...

Apple couldn't establish lower pricing for its upcoming music service to distinguish it from competing services, so the company is hoping to draw in subscribers by offering exclusive content. Apple has asked Florence and the Machine and a dozen other artists for exclusive deals to promote the upcoming music service, reports Bloomberg. Apple is said to be in talks with Florence in the Machine about limited streaming rights to a track for the band's upcoming album in June, and Apple execs have also approached Taylor Swift and others in the hopes of establishing a deal. An exclusive deal with Taylor Swift could be a big win for Apple as she's opted to pull her music from some streaming services like Spotify. Such exclusives could bring in music-loving subscribers that might...

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Tim Cook Visits Palo Alto Apple Store, Says Apple Watch Or...

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the Palo Alto Apple Store in Palo Alto, California this morning as it opened its doors to let customers get their first look at the new Apple Watch. Cook was spotted chatting with potential customers and having a conversation with The Loop's Jim Dalrymple and iMore's Rene Ritchie. Image courtesy of CNET's Shara Tibken Several members of the media were on hand at the Palo Alto Store opening, as it's one of the flagship Bay Area stores that often sees visits from Apple executives. Tim Cook spoke to CNBC, telling the news site that pre-orders for the Apple Watch have been "great."It has been incredible. You know this morning, I got reports from all the way around...

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Beats Launches New Solo2 Wireless Headphones in iPhone Col...

Apple-owned headphone company Beats by Dre today announced the launch of several new Solo2 Wireless headphones, in colors that match Apple's iPhone, iPad, and new MacBook. Available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, the headphones are otherwise identical to the company's existing Solo2 Wireless headphones. The Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones were released in November, and were the first product released by Beats since Apple's acquisition of the company officially closed. The Solo2 Wireless are a wireless version of the wired Solo2 headphones that are a staple in the Beats headphone lineup. New Day. New Colors. #Solo2Wireless— Beats By...

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Videos Showcase the Apple Watch Try-On Appointment Experie...

Following the opening of pre-orders for the Apple Watch on Apple's Online Store this morning, Apple Retail Stores in first-wave countries today opened their doors to fans waiting for Apple Watch try-on appointments. Below, MacRumors has rounded up a collection of videos made by both fans and tech blogs, showcasing the busy but excited atmosphere no doubt permeating throughout most Apple stores today. First is a video uploaded to Hong Kong-based Chan Xin's YouTube channel. In the video he tries on both 38mm and 42mm Sport model cases, and is put through a short demo presentation of the Watch by an employee, ending the video by checking out the Stainless Steel Milanese Loop option. The Telegraph has a video interview with a big Apple fan at London's Selfridges Apple Store on...

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A Peek at What an Apple Watch Appointment Might be Like

Apple Watch day has finally arrived! A new report published this morning gives us a peek at what it could be like if you have an appointment to try on the Apple Watch today or this weekend.

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Many Apple Stores Not Carrying Retina MacBook Stock on Lau...

A significant number of users have turned to Twitter and other social networks to voice their frustration that Retina MacBook in-store stock and display models at many Apple Stores in the United States and other launch countries are nowhere to be found. MacRumors has independently confirmed that the Retina MacBook will be limited to online purchases in many locations around the world at launch. It looks like Apple Stores are NOT stocking Retina MacBooks today.— Andrew Kunesh (@andrewkunesh) April 10, 2015 A spot check of several Apple Stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom resulted in us being given the same response about Retina MacBook stock being unavailable at each location, at least on launch day. April 10 is already an eventful day for Apple as...

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Create Your Perfect Vacation Day With Ma...
The Make My Day app, by Lonely Planet, gives you access to a new series of mobile guidebooks that focus on some of the worlds most famous cities. [Read more] | Read more »
Jelly Reef (Games)
Jelly Reef 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: You are the ocean. Touch the sea with your fingers and guide jellyfish through a roguelike underwater world. | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: April 20-24, 2015
The Apps of April How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been... | Read more »
The Dynamic Duo of Tile and Your Apple W...
If you often lose things like your wallet, keys, purse, or pants, Tile could be your new best friend. [Read more] | Read more »
Desktop Dungeons: Enhanced Edition is Co...
Desktop Dungeons, the puzzle roguelike game, is adventuring onto your mobile devices soon, giving you all the excitement of Desktop Dungeons wherever you go. [Read more] | Read more »
Now You Can Control ProCamera 8 With You...
ProCamera 8 + HDR, the photo, video, and editing app by Cocologics, recently updated to add Apple Watch controls and a few other fun functions. [Read more] | Read more »
Discover Your Reflexes With Minimalist G...
Discover O, BYOF Studios, may look simple at first with its' color matching premise and swipe controls, but as you speed up the task becomes more daunting. [Read more] | Read more »
Here's Another Roundup of Notable A...
Now that the Apple Watch is publically available (kind of), even more apps and games have been popping up for it. Some of them are updates to existing software, others are brand new. The main thing is that they're all for the Apple Watch, and if you're looking to expand the wearable's library then we've got a list for you. Our previous list is... | Read more »
Use Batting Average and the Apple Watch...
Batting Average, by Pixolini, is designed to help you manage your statistics. Every time you go to bat, you can use your Apple Watch to track  your swings, strikes, and hits. [Read more] | Read more »
Celebrate Studio Pango's 3rd Annive...
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