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Thursday September 18

07:59
Apple Files Patents for CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep Audio...

On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple covering such matters as CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep Audio and more. While it's impossible to have high profile inventions roll every week, especially with Apple's Tim Cook trying to be more secretive that Jobs ever was, there's still a lot of intellectual property to appreciate exploring today.

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07:00
iOS 8 Downloads Cause Spike in Web Traffic as Adoption Rat...

Apple yesterday released iOS 8 to the public, opening the doors for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners to download and install Apple's latest version of iOS on their devices. According to The Guardian, this release caused internet traffic to surge in the UK by as much as 60 percent compared to the same time the previous day as millions of iOS users rushed to update their devices. LONAP web traffic data from iOS launch timeframe (blue) vs. previous day (red) Data from LONAP shows that web traffic surged just as iOS 8 was released at 6:00 PM UK time. Traffic remained strong for several hours, with a peak at 8:00 PM in the UK as more than 70 gigabits per second were being transferred through LONAP's exchange. iOS 8 adoption from Mixpanel iOS 8 may have caused web traffic to...

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05:47
A Stunner: A New Patent Surfaces Listing Steve Jobs as the...

Most Apple fans knew that Steve Jobs owned a super yacht called Venus that was designed by Philippe Starck's design company Ubik and built by Feadship. Knowing Steve Jobs, he likely had a hand in every aspect of the design. At a cost of US$100 million you could bet on that. In fact, to control his new yacht Jobs wanted to use an iPhone and/or an iPad. How do I know this? Simply put, I stumbled upon a new patent application earlier this morning while doing some research.

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04:10
Apple Working with U2 on New Music Format to Boost Digital...

Apple and U2 have a long history of working together, producing a special edition U2 iPod in 2008 and more recently releasing the band's latest album, "Songs of Innocence," for free. According to Time, Apple and U2 now are collaborating on a new music format that will boost digital music sales. Details on the music format or the secret project surrounding it were not revealed, but U2's Bono says it will help musicians sell their music.Bono tells TIME he hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music—whole albums as well as individual tracks. The point isn’t just to help U2 but less well known artists and others in the industry who can’t make money, as U2 does, from live performance. “Songwriters aren’t touring people,” says Bono. “Cole Porter wouldn’t have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn’t coming to a...

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03:17
Apple Records their Thirtieth Stylus Related Invention

On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications from Apple that reveal their ongoing work on developing a future advanced stylus. For the record, Apple now has 30 patent applications on advancing a stylus on record.

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01:10
Long Lines Forming for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch in Austr...

With Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus going on sale in the first group of launch countries beginning on Friday, September 19, long lines have already started to form across the world as many anticipate the release of both devices. Apple retail customers in Australia will have the first opportunity to purchase the new handsets at 8 AM on Friday, as some have already begun lining up outside of the company's various retail locations. Currently, it is 7:10 PM on Thursday, September 18 throughout many parts of Australia. Image credit: @beth_blanchard One photo taken by Guardian Australia writer Bethanie Blanchard shows many customers lining up outside the Apple...

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Wednesday September 17

17:47
Apple Aims for Greater Transparency With Comprehensive New...

Apple today launched a new privacy site that outlines all of the privacy features of Apple's products and services, offers tips on managing privacy, details government information requests, and explicitly states Apple's Privacy Policy. The site comes alongside a letter on privacy from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who says that the company respects user privacy and protects it with "strong encryption." Privacy and security are of the utmost importance to Apple, according to Cook, and the company designs all of its hardware, software, and services with privacy in mind. In the letter, Tim Cook says that Apple is aiming to be more transparent about what happens with...

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16:30
Samsung Learns that Smartphones with Biometric Sensors hav...

In a new business report that was published in South Korea earlier this week we've learned that Samsung Electronics' smartphone sensor technology has been dragged down by technological and legal problems. The legal issue revolves around smartphones integrating biometric sensors have to be clearly labelled as medical devices. Whether this problem could spill over to the iPhone 6 being sold in certain countries like South Korea is unknown at this time.

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16:00
Apple Releases OS X 10.9.5 With Reliability Improvements,...

Apple today released OS X 10.9.5, after approximately a month of testing and two months after the release of OS X 10.9.4. The update, which is recommended for all Mavericks users, improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication and it improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server. Also included with OS X 10.9.5 is Safari 7.0.6. OS X 10.9.5 will likely be the final update to Mavericks ahead of the release of OS X Yosemite, which is expected in October. OS X Yosemite brings several improvements to the operating system, including a revamped look and several new features that improve integration with iOS. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple TV Updated With Beats Music Channel, Revamped...

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15:36
List of iOS 8 Apps That Offer Touch ID Integration

iOS 8, released to the public earlier today, included a slew of new APIs for developers. One of those APIs opened up Touch ID to third-party apps, letting developers use the fingerprint scanner for authentication purposes within apps. Quite a few apps have been updated to take advantage of Touch ID integration, replacing passwords and PIN codes. We've gathered up a comprehensive list of the most popular apps that have integrated Touch ID support below. - 1Password (Free) [Direct Link] - Password management app 1Password allows Touch ID to replace a Master Password, providing access to the app. - LastPass (Free) [Direct Link] - Like 1Password,...

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14:57
A Deeper Look at New Apple, Under Tim Cook's leadersh...

After Apple's September ninth event where they introduced the iPhone 6 with a new 5.5 inch version, Apple Pay and Apple Watch, Apple's Tim Cook has gone on a massive PR tour. In the past week we've covered the in-depth Charlie Rose interview and now a new Bloomberg Businessweek has surfaced where we find Tim Cook and his team really opening up about new Apple in ways much different than we found in the Rose interview.

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14:12
Comprehensive List of iOS 8 Apps with Notification Center...

iOS 8 was released today, which means hundreds of app developers are releasing newly updated apps that take advantage of all the APIs introduced with the operating system upgrade. Those include third-party keyboards, which we covered earlier today, and app extensions, a set of APIs that allows apps to interact in new and innovative ways. One of the neatest app extension features lets developers create widgets that show up in the Today view of the Notification Center. These widgets let users interact with apps and get information at a glance. Several apps have been updated to take advantage of Notification Center widgets, and we've rounded up a comprehensive list below. Many of these app updates are already available, but some will be coming later today and tomorrow. Dropbox (Free) [...

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12:41
'Epic Zen Garden' Metal Demo Shown Off at WWDC N...

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple unveiled Metal, an API designed to improve game performance on iOS. Epic Games took the stage during the event to show off Epic Zen Garden, a game built using the Unreal 4 Engine and the Metal API. The game, which was designed to show off the impressive graphic enhancement features possible with Metal, demonstrated an expansive world with a fully interactive environment. Users could touch a tree to send a cascade of leaves and cherry blossoms swirling to the ground or interact with a group of koi fish. As of today, Epic Zen Garden is available for download, letting users see some of the things that will be possible in iOS games in the near future. The game supports a resolution of 1440 x 1080 at 30fps, and can display 3,500 butterflies at once. One of the major features of Metal is that it allows for more draw calls, letting a huge number of objects be displayed on the...

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12:17
Apple Confirms HealthKit Bug, Promises Fix by End of Septe...

Just before the public launch of iOS 8 earlier today, we noted that Apple had begun pulling HealthKit-related apps from the App Store, apparently due to a last-minute issue that cropped up in the new operating system. The issue has put a significant dent in the usefulness of the Health app that was to be a key feature of iOS 8, while also subjecting a number of third-party developers to uncertainty about the fate of their apps. While details on the issue are still unknown, Apple has confirmed to Tim Bradshaw of Financial Times that it has discovered a "bug" in HealthKit that will require a software update to fix. Unfortunately, Apple is not necessarily promising an immediate turnaround on the fix, saying only that the company is aiming to "have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month". iOS 8 is available now to owners of recent-...

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11:32
List of Third-Party Keyboards Now Available for iOS 8 User...

iOS 8, released to the public today, includes an API that allows developers to create system-wide third-party keyboards for the first time, which will let users select from a range of different keyboards with unique functions. We've rounded up a list of the best third-party keyboards currently available to you find the keyboard best suited to you. Some of these keyboards are in the App Store now, while others will begin rolling out today following the launch of iOS 8. SwiftKey (Free) - SwiftKey is a gesture-based keyboard that allows users to type by dragging their fingers from key to key. Along with offering predictive suggestions, SwiftKey integrates with SwiftKey Cloud to let a user's preferences be backed up and synced across all devices....

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10:31
"Designed by Apple in California" is now a Regis...

On September 17, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for "Designed by Apple in California" under ...

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10:31
iOS 8 Hidden Features Video: Battery Usage By App, Hidden...

Apple released iOS 8 to the public today, giving millions of users their first look at the new operating system. Along with all of the major features, like Continuity, Notification improvements, Messages upgrades, and the introduction of third-party keyboard/Touch ID access, there are also dozens of other minor tweaks and changes that have been introduced in iOS 8, both ahead of the OS's initial launch to developers and across the beta testing period. Outlined in the video below are some of the most interesting and handy tweaks in iOS 8, including automatic credit card scanning, expanded weather options, quick access to contacts, a hands-free mode for Siri, hidden photos, and more. We've been collecting and cataloguing minor feature changes to iOS 8 since the first beta was released, documenting the development of new features and providing a one-stop location for all the changes that have largely gone...

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09:58
Ive on Apple Watch: One of the Most Difficult Projects I...

In a wide ranging interview with Bloomberg covering culture changes at Apple, Tim Cook's personality, the company's move into Apple Pay, and the development of the Apple Watch, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Jeff Williams share some fascinating details on the work that went into creating Apple's new wearable device. According to Jony Ive, Apple first began developing the Apple Watch three years ago, before wearables caught on in Silicon Valley. The Apple Watch, he says, is "probably one of the most difficult projects I have ever worked on." A huge amount of research was conducted for the watch, which was touched on at Apple's introductory keynote event. Apple invited several watch historians to speak at Cupertino, with one, French author and antique expert Dominique Fléchon saying that discussion centered around "the philosophy of instruments for...

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08:57
Apple may have just become a Regulated Financial Instituti...

A recent report posted by Georgetown law professor Adam Levitin after Apple announced their mobile payments service called "Apple Pay," brought up some rather interesting twists that should be noted, if only for interest sake. Levitin is one of 14 academics who write for a blog about credit, bankruptcy, consumers, and financial institutions. Levitin noted that Apple's ambition may have accidentally taken it where most companies fear to tread — into the land of financial regulation.

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08:55
Apple Releases iOS 8 With Continuity, Third Party Access t...

Apple today released iOS 8 to the public, making the download available to all users who have an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or later, 5th-generation iPod touch, or iPad mini. The update can be downloaded via iTunes or through an over-the-air update accessible by going to the Settings app and tapping General ---> Software Update. While iOS 8 is currently available for download, it may take a few minutes for the update to propagate to all users due to demand. In past years, Apple's servers have been overwhelmed with traffic. iOS 8 includes the same general design elements introduced with iOS 7, but introduces several under-the-hood improvements. Improved integration between Apple devices, both mobile and desktop, is a major focal point of iOS 8, with Apple introducing several new "Continuity" features designed to connect the iPhone, iPad, and Mac "like never before." The operating system also includes interactive notifications, app widgets in the Notification Center, and...

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08:15
Apple Apparently Finds Last-Minute HealthKit Problems, Pul...

Apple appears to have discovered a significant last-minute issue with its HealthKit services for iOS 8, a problem that will result in a delay for the launch of new and updated apps that include HealthKit functionality. Apple reportedly has pulled HealthKit-compatible apps from the App Store and is confirming this issue to affected developers. As highlighted by MacStories' Federico Viticci, both CARROT Fit and MyFitnessPal have disappeared from the App Store after being updated with HealthKit support earlier today. Well that’s a relief. Just got a call from Apple, there’s nothing wrong with CARROT Fit. HealthKit is just broken and isn’t ready to launch.— Brian Mueller (@BrianMueller333) September 17, 2014 While the exact issue is unclear, it is certainly...

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07:56
Apple Said to Plan October 21 Media Event to Launch New iP...

With its iPhone 6 announcement completed, Apple reportedly is preparing a second announcement event that will will launch new iPad models, claims AppleInsider, citing a trusted insider familiar with the company's pre-launch logistics. The report points to the second half of October for the event, but The Daily Dot has gone a step further and predicted an October 21 event based on its own sources.A person familiar with the company's pre-launch logistics says Apple has set internal project and marketing deadlines of mid-October, ahead of the planned unveiling of major new products during the second half of the month. That would align with an anticipated media event previously rumored to be held at some...

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06:54
LG Wins Contract for AMOLED Apple Watch Displays & App...

In February 2013 Apple hired a high profile leader in AMOLED displays from LG Display. So it's no wonder that Apple's new Apple Watch display using an AMOLED display will be manufactured by LG Display. Reportedly LG Display will supply ...

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06:06
iPhone 6 Mania: Pre-Orders in Taiwan Sold out in 40 Minute...

Earlier this morning we reported that TSMC, Apple's A8 processor supplier, placed new follow-up orders for iPhone 6 parts due to high demand. Now the news continues ...

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05:37
TSMC has Placed Follow-Up Orders for iPhone 6 Parts to kee...

Projected sales for the iPhone 6 had been in the 80-100 million-range prior to its release on September ninth. Those projections may have a chance of becoming a reality with positive news out of Taiwan today in context with new demand for iPhone parts from TSMC.

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