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Sunday November 15

Apple Files Multiple Trademarks for 'Apple News'...

On Friday, Apple filed for several 'Apple News' related trademarks in Europe while filing a single trademark filing for the 'iPad Pro' in Hong Kong. Apple News was introduced with the iPhone 6s under iOS 9 in September and only in limited markets. Earlier this week a report ...

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Friday November 13

The Woz says he doesn't like being in the Apple Ecosy...

The Woz came out earlier today and said he's not a big fan of the Apple Watch and that he's still a laptop guy more than an iPad user.

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Apple Improves App Store Search Algorithms

Apple appears to have made some significant improvements to the way App Store searches work in recent weeks, returning more relevant, intelligent results whenever a keyword search for an app is conducted, reports TechCrunch.

Several developers, including Tapbots' Paul Haddad and Contrast's David Barnard began noticing changes to App Store search results starting in early November, with a major algorithm update occurring on November 12.

App rankings for search results now appear to take into account factors that go beyond simple keyword listings, like partial keyword matches and competitor brand names, somewhat de-emphasizing the keywords that developers enter manually. As an example, a search for "Twitter" now brings up relevant apps like...

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Tim Cook Reminds Employees 'Apple Is Open' After...

Earlier this week, a group of black teenagers were asked to leave an Apple Store in Australia by employees who were concerned about theft. The exchange was caught on video and has since gone viral, leading to a series of apologies, from the store's senior manager and from Apple.

Image via The Sydney Morning Herald

Apple has released two statements on the matter, one from Apple CEO Tim Cook who said he wants "every customer visiting our stores or calling for support to feel welcome," and a second general statement clarifying Apple's core values."Inclusion and diversity...

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Verizon Gets Green Light on FCC Waiver Needed for Wi-Fi Ca...

Verizon Wireless is the only major carrier in the United States that has not introduced Wi-Fi calling, but it appears that could change in the near future as the FCC today approved the company's request for an FCC waiver [PDF] that will allow it to move ahead with its plans.

Like AT&T, Verizon applied for an FCC waiver to delay implementing a teletypewriter (TTY) service for deaf and hard-of-hearing people until December 31, 2017. Verizon plans to use real-time text (RTT) as an alternative and the waiver will allow it to avoid offering a TTY service until its RTT technology is deployed and operational.

On its website, Verizon says it plans to support Wi-Fi calling "in the future," but has not specified when Wi-Fi calling could be implemented. When AT&T was approved for Wi-Fi...

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Quanta Reportedly Developing Next-Gen Apple Watch for 2016...

Quanta Computer is reportedly working with Apple on development of the next-generation Apple Watch, according to Chinese-language website United Daily News [Google Translate].

The report is based on recent comments made by Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam, who allegedly said development of Apple's next wearable device is underway. Quanta assembles the current Apple Watch.

UDN claims the new Apple Watch will launch late in the second quarter of 2016, with volume shipments beginning in...

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A New Security Study States that iOS is no Safer than Andr...

According to a new study conducted by Israeli cyber-security start-up Checkmarx, sixty percent of all smartphone apps, have "high" or "critical" security problems in several of seven security protocols studied. The Israeli report specifically added that "iPhone owners needn’t be smug about the results ...

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CNN's Review of the iPad Pro Includes an Incredible G...

Back in 2014 Patently Mobile covered Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 in context with the use of their digital pen for art, specifically art by Phil Galloway. While the artwork was very nice, it wasn't the kind of artwork that demanded fine details. Flash forward to the present and CNN's review of the iPad Pro included ...

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Samsung Working on New OLED Display Contract with Apple be...

It's being reported today that Samsung Display has been recently in negotiations with Apple about supplying OLEDs for iPhones.

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Apple Shares 2015 Gift Guide as Free Shipping Begins for H...

Apple has posted a holiday gift guide on its website featuring the new Apple TV, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, Apple Watch, Retina MacBook, iTunes gift cards, apps, accessories and more. The buying guide is split into six categories: gaming, photography, music, fitness, learning and travel.

The gaming section is centered upon the new Apple TV, iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2, iPod touch, and related apps and accessories available for each device, including the SteelSeries Nimbus and Gamevice controllers, Guitar Hero Live, Beats Studio wireless headphones and more. Apple also features a trio of drones by Parrot and Sphero.

The photography section features the iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, Retina MacBook and accessories like the Olloclip Active Lens, JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Video tripod, MeFOTO Sidekick360 adapter, Shure MOTIV MV5 microphone...

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Thursday November 12

Apple's Former Beats Music Service Officially Ending...

Apple's former Beats Music streaming service will be officially shuttered on November 30, 2015, according to a new support document posted today on the Beats Music support site. All existing Beats Music subscriptions will be canceled at that time, with any remaining customers being encouraged to switch over to Apple Music.

Beats Music ends on November 30. Your subscription will be cancelled, but you can move your picks and preferences over to Apple Music right now.

All the pros that curated music for you are still crafting more amazing experiences. Plus, on Apple Music, you'll get even better recommendations based on music you already listen to and love, 24/7 global radio with Beats 1, exciting material from your favorite artist, and more.Sonos is also sending out emails to customers letting them know the Beats Music service is ending on November...

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While Apple's CEO Scoffs at the Future of the x86 PC,...

A new CNBC video report today has Lenovo's EMEA President, Eric Cador saying that "First of all, (the PC market) is not dead. I mean 260 million units shipped per year, you cannot say it's dead."

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iPad Pro's Lightning Port Supports USB 3.0 Transfer S...

Apple's larger-screened iPad Pro includes a Lightning port that's capable of supporting USB 3.0 speeds, according to both an iFixit teardown and several sources that have spoken with Apple. When taking apart the iPad Pro, iFixit discovered a Fresco Logic FL1100 4-port USB 3.0 Host Controller, pointing towards support for USB 3.0 transfer speeds.

In its recent iPad Pro review, CNET also mentioned the tablet will support "USB 3-level speeds with forthcoming adapters," which reviewer Scott Stein confirmed was information that came directly from Apple. Photographer Jeff Carlson also claims a source has told him the Lightning port on the iPad Pro is capable of transferring data at USB 3.0 speeds.

Support for USB 3.0 speeds is notable because...

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Checkout the iPad Pro iFixit Teardown Video

For the longest time iPads has been criticized for being "just a big iPhone." But Apple is looking to change that reputation with their latest iPad model called the 'iPad Pro' with an improved processor ...

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YouTube Music Debuts Giving Jimmy Iovine another Headache

Today YouTube Music finally debuted and is now available as a free download at Apple's iTunes App store. It's a stand-alone app spotlighting the massive YouTube music library, with a different twist than what you'll find on music services like Spotify or Apple Music.

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iPad Pro Videos: 4K Video Exporting, Cases and Apple Penci...

Apple launched the iPad Pro yesterday online and in stores, and early adopters are now receiving their deliveries around the world. The trio of videos below provide a closer look at the iPad Pro, Smart Cover and Silicone Case accessories and a comparison between Apple Pencil and Surface Pen tracking.

YouTube creator Jonathan Morrison shared a video called My First Day with the iPad Pro, proving how powerful the iPad Pro's A9X processor and 4GB of RAM are by exporting 30 seconds of 4K video in around only 38 seconds. He also provided a quick rundown of the 12.9-inch tablet's tech specs, benchmarks and camera.

Despite his 4K video test, Morrison concludes that the iPad Pro's hardware is mostly unutilized, due to the lack of true professional apps like Final Cut Pro X that take advantage of the processing power. Those apps could...

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Apple Apologizes to 6 Black Students & their School Pr...

Apple has officially apologized to six schoolboys asked to leave one of their Apple Stores in Australia, in what the students described as a racist incident.

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Some Mac App Store Apps 'Damaged' Due to Expired...

A growing number of MacRumors readers and Twitter users have been experiencing an issue with some Mac App Store apps displaying a "damaged" error when opened since late Wednesday. The issue has affected popular apps such as 1Password, Acorn, Byword, DaisyDisk and Tweetbot.

Mac App Store apps with a "damaged" error (Image: Graham/Twitter)

Mac users are prompted with this error message when opening Mac App Store apps:“App Name” is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete “App Name” and download it again from the App Store.Tweetbot developer Paul Haddad tweeted that the issue appears to be related to security certificates that expired on November 11, 2015, and he further speculated that the receipts now using SHA256 encryption may be causing problems with older OS X versions.Wonder if the receipt now being SHA256 is causing problems with old OS...

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Apple's Second Waterproofing Invention Surfaces this...

Last week we posted a patent report titled "Apple Working on waterproofing iDevice Speakers & Microphone." Today, part two of the invention has come to light that provides a new method relating to the expulsion of liquid from iDevice acoustic cavities of an acoustic module.

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The Patent behind Apple's Next-Gen Display Tables tha...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple's latest Apple Store related invention that covers next generation product display tables that have built in pop-up ports for supplying power and/or data to electronic devices.

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Wednesday November 11

iFixit Teardown Reveals iPad Pro's Four Speaker Desig...

iFixit is in the process of tearing down the iPad Pro, providing a closer look at how Apple organized the internals of the larger iPad. While the majority of the internal layout is similar to the iPad Air 2, there are some significant differences, including the inclusion of a brand new four-speaker audio setup.

Each corner of the iPad Pro has a speaker driver sitting next to a capped resonance chamber. Each speaker is designed identically, as the iPad Pro shifts the speaker's function depending on the orientation of the device. The two speakers on top provide higher frequencies while the bottom speakers provide lower frequencies.

Once it removed the speaker drivers, iFixit uncapped the volume chambers, which Apple says gives the iPad Pro's speakers 61 percent more "back volume" than previous...

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Apple's Patent-Pending Person-to-Person Payment Servi...

In July Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Working on new Apple Pay Wallet service for Person-to-Person Financial Transactions." Today we're learning that Apple is taking their patent-pending idea to several U.S. banks to create a Vermo-like platform ...

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Apple Working on Mobile Person-to-Person Payment Service

Apple is in talks with U.S. banks over a potential person-to-person mobile payments service, reports The Wall Street Journal. Such a service would perhaps be positioned as an expansion to Apple Pay, and it would allow people to send each other payments, much like PayPal's Venmo or Square's Square Cash service.

Little is known about the talks at this early date, but The Wall Street Journal says communication between Apple and the banks is ongoing and it's not known if Apple has inked any concrete deals. Apple is said to be speaking to Chase, Capital One, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bank, but key details "remain in flux" and the technical details still need to be worked out. It isn't clear how Apple intends to make money from the service. Indeed, the company may view a person-to-person offering mostly as a way to get more consumers...

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Apple's CEO Oddly Strikes out at Microsoft's Sur...

It's being reported today that while Apple's CEO was at Dublin's Trinity College, he expressed out of character sharp words against Microsoft's latest product.

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Britain's Director of Eavesdropping Agency Denies App...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "The Telegraph Interviews Apple's CEO on the iPad Pro, Apple TV, Apple Watch and the Hot Button Issue of Encryption." In that report Cook stated that "Any backdoor is a backdoor for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a backdoor can have very dire consequences."

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