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Monday June 22

09:07
Will Google's Patent Battle over Street View Mapping...

It's being reported today that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up Google's appeal in respect to infringing patents held by Vederi LLC regarding Street View mapping software ...

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07:20
Tim Cook: Chinese Consumer Tastes Fueling Gold Color Optio...

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed China's integral part in the company's decision to pursue a gold design option in many of its devices. Speaking with a Chinese-language version of Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook stated that the addition of a gold option within the iPhone 5s lineup in 2013 "reflects in part the popularity of that color among Chinese users." Apple Inc. takes Chinese consumer tastes into account when it designs many of its products, Chief Executive Tim Cook said, underscoring the country’s importance to the iPhone maker. The decision to offer a gold iPhone last year reflects in part the popularity of that color among Chinese users, he added. Greater China, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, is now Apple’s second-largest market and has become a battleground for the company as it vies with Samsung Electronics Co. and Xiaomi Corp....

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06:14
Apple Looking to Eliminate Home Button on iOS Devices, Int...

Apple is seeking to develop an in-house single-chip solution for integrating both the touchscreen and display drivers for mobile devices onto one chip, according to a new report today from Taiwanese site DigiTimes. The touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips would also include "integrated fingerprint sensors", potentially allowing Apple to do away with the iconic home button. Apple is internally developing touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions for its iPhones, according to sources in Taiwan's IC design industry. The TDDI single-chip solutions will also come with integrated fingerprint sensors, said the sources. The integrated design would fit into future iPhone designs – models with ultra-thin and ultra-narrow displays, and with a whole plane design eliminating the Home button.TDDI is a new advance in the industry, with Synaptics...

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06:10
Apple's iPhone Gold was Inspired by Chinese Consumer...

Last month we reported that Apple's CEO met with China Telecom while on a PR tour of Apple Stores and meeting with Shanghai party Secretary Han Zheng. While on tour Cook was interviewed by ...

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04:07
Apple Reportedly working on a Full iPhone Display that Dro...

A new and surprising supply chain report has surfaced this morning that reveals that Apple is internally developing ...

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03:31
Taylor Swift's PR Move Pushes Apple to Reverse Course...

Yesterday we reported that Taylor Swift's PR move on Sunday of publicizing an open letter to Apple was to make up for the PR stumble on Friday by her record label who abruptly blurting out that there would be no deal for her album "1989" with Apple Music. Sunday's public roar prompted Apple's Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services ...

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Sunday June 21

19:34
Apple Reverses Course, Will Pay Artists During Apple Music...

Apple's Eddy Cue posted on twitter: #AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015 We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015 Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Use Your iPhone With HomeKit-Enabled DevicesReview: SchuttenWorks 'Wave' is a Compact, Elegant Apple Watch Charging StandBuyer's Guide: Deals on iPad Mini 3, MacBook Air, Apple Accessories, and More •...

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05:16
Taylor Swift Fumbles with Public Letter Explaining why her...

Before New York's Antitrust Bureau Chief Eric Stock began investigating Apple's new music streaming service "Apple Music" there was a DOJ and European investigation into Apple upcoming service that began with an unidentified complaint. A report from Bloomberg in April set the tone by stating that Taylor Swift and others were in talks with Apple to bring exclusive content to Apple's new music service. Today, Taylor Swift has weighed in on the matter with a public announcement.

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04:08
Taylor Swift Criticizes Apple Music's Free Trial in O...

A couple days ago BuzzFeed reported that Taylor Swift's new album, "1989", would not be available to stream on Apple Music, denying the service of one of the best-selling albums of the last two years. Today, Swift penned an open letter to the Cupertino company explaining her decision. I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.Swift, who calls Apple one of her best partners in selling her music, says that while she is able to take care of herself and her band, crew and management with...

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Saturday June 20

06:16
Ex-Chicago Apple Store Manager Sues for Retaliatory Discha...

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple in Chicago by a former Apple Store manager by the name of James Bruno. The case falls under the "Civil Rights: Americans with Disabilities - Employment Jurisdiction." The case involves a number of charges including unlawful sexual discrimination and retaliatory discharge. The latter charge involves the Plaintiff's account ...

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03:51
Google Invents a Camera Related Wearable Device

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent Office published one of Google's latest patent applications that related to a new wearable camera system ...

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Friday June 19

16:07
Taylor Swift Bites Apple Music Announcing No Deal for...

Last week we posted a report titled "Is the Investigation into Apple Music now Turning to Taylor Swift?" In that report we rehashed the news that New York's Antitrust Bureau Chief Eric Stock was investigating the Universal Music Group (UMG) over their dealings with Apple ....

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15:29
Right Winger Newt Gingrich Reviews the Apple Watch … Kinda

Believe it or not, the right wing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is now a tech reviewer for Mashable. His first assignment was the Apple Watch

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10:02
Apple Announces Replacement Program for 27" iMac 3TB...

Apple is announcing that they've determined that a very small number of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems, may fail ...

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09:40
Apple Launches 27" iMac 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Pr...

Apple has determined that a small number of 3TB hard drives used in late 2012 27-inch iMacs sold between December 2012 and September 2013 may fail under certain conditions and has initiated a replacement program to replaced affected hard drives. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected hard drives free of charge. Apple is contacting affected iMac owners that provided a valid email address during product registration to inform them about the new replacement program. iMac owners can check if they are affected by entering the computer's serial number on Apple's support website, and visit the Genius Bar, visit an AASP or contact Apple Technical Support to initiate the replacement process. Apple advises that customers who paid to have their hard drive repaired contact the company for a refund. The replacement program covers affected iMac models until December 19, 2015, or three years...

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08:58
Apple Not Coercing Indie Artists Into Apple Music Deals Wi...

Earlier this week, singer-songwriter Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre took to Twitter to rant about the Apple Music terms he had allegedly been offered by Apple, accusing the company of threatening to take his music off iTunes if he did not agree to the three-month free trial period that's been a sticking point with indie artists. Calling Apple a "satanic corporation," (and mistakenly tweeting at an "Apple Official" Twitter account not run by Apple) Newcombe said Apple offered him a deal that required him to provide his music for free for three months, and when he asked what would happen if he refused, he was told his music would be removed from sale on iTunes. The biggest...

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07:25
Apple was one of Five Honorees at Yesterday's Helen K...

The American Foundation for the Blind held their 19th Annual Helen Keller Achievement Awards event was held yesterday and Apple was one of the Honorees. Apple's ...

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05:55
Apple Removes Original iPad Mini From Apple Online Store

Apple has quietly pulled the original iPad mini from the Apple Online Store this week and removed other references of the tablet from its website, as noted by 9to5Mac. The nearly three-year-old iPad mini was announced in October 2012 as a smaller 7.9-inch version of the iPad, but the tablet has since been succeeded by the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, the latter featuring a Retina display, Touch ID and 64-bit A7 processor. Apple dropped the price of the first-gen A5-based iPad mini to $299 in October 2013 and further discounted the tablet to $249 in October 2014, but the device was a hard sell given the iPad mini 2 starts at $299 with newer features. The original iPad mini remains available in the refurbished section of the Apple Online...

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05:46
Microsoft's Faster and Touchier version of OneNote fo...

Microsoft has just released a better, faster and touchier version of OneNote for iPhone and iPad. Microsoft had been working on this for some time now on things like Lists, Equations ...

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03:59
Apple Files Five Trademark Filings for Stylized Apple Musi...

Earlier this week Apple filed five trademark applications for "Apple Music." We presented these filings in two reports (one and two) covering a total of five International Classes (9, 38, 41, 42 and 45). Apple's trademark classes revealed that they could introduce concerts ...

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Thursday June 18

16:54
Apple Explored 4K Video Distribution in 2013

Apple requested 4K video content from Sony Pictures for the purpose of digital distribution and on-demand streaming testing, according to a new document [PDF] released by WikiLeaks from the Sony data breach (via AppleInsider). The document is a materials access letter from Culver Digital Distribution Inc, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, to Apple. It served as a formal agreement between the two companies for the "testing and / or preparing" of 4K content from Sony movies and TV shows. The letter is dated September 26, 2013, hinting that Apple has been exploring distributing 4K content for the past two years. The Cupertino company has been...

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13:40
Apple Seeks a Patent for New On-Cell Touch Architecture

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they have a new patent pending on-cell touch architecture on record for smartphones ...

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13:02
What You Need to Know About Recent 'XARA' Exploi...

Earlier this week, researchers from several universities published a report exposing a string of security vulnerabilities in iOS and OS X. The vulnerabilities, all labeled as XARA weaknesses, let malicious apps approved on the Mac and iOS App Stores gain access to sensitive data like passwords. The report details several methods that inter-app interaction services can use to access everything from the Keychain and Websocket on OS X to the URL scheme on iOS and OS X, giving hackers access to sensitive data, including information stored within third-party apps like 1Password, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Evernote, and more. Following the release of the report, iMore's Nick Arnott and Rene Ritchie have taken an in-depth look at the XARA weaknesses...

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11:34
Apple's new MacBook uses a Patent Pending Metal and P...

Love it or hate it, the new MacBook packs a design punch that can't be ignored. Apple reinvented the keyboard using a new butterfly mechanism; they added new precision backlighting; they included ...

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09:43
The Apple Watch's Digital Crown Patent Comes to Light

On June 18, 2015, the European Patent Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their invention related to the Apple Watch's Digital Crown. The patent reviews an input Friction Mechanism that provides the Digital Crown with its haptic feedback and more.

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Zero Punctuation: Hatfall (Games)
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Sonic Runners Guide
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Things Are Heating Up in Beast Quest...
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Just downloaded UNWYND and not sure where to start? I don’t blame you. It’s a fun game but a little confusing, especially early on. Multiple solutions means you don’t need a walkthrough, but here are some helpful tips and tricks on how best to get the hang of everything. Starting Out [Read more] | Read more »
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