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Thursday October 1

Apple introduces us to the Apple Ring in all its Glory

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of their next wearable computers in the form of a ring that incorporates touch-sensitive surfaces, gesture sensors, and/or voice-input recognition, a camera, microphone and more. Apple ring could be used with a smart TV, according to Apple, be wirelessly charged in your car wireless via a smart steering wheel and much more.

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Wednesday September 30

Samsung Patent Reveals an In-Depth Glass Project that coul...

Earlier in September the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals a Google-Glass-like Invention that indicates a real depth that could signal that they're in fact miles ahead of Google on this form of wearable computer.

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Apple Bans iFixit Developer Account and Removes App After...

After the new fourth-generation Apple TV was announced on September 9, Apple provided developers with Apple TV Dev Kits to be used to create tvOS apps for the device. Teardown site iFixit took apart one of those Apple TV units meant for developers and has now run into some repercussions for doing so. According to a post on the iFixit blog, the teardown, which unveiled all of the internal components of the new Apple TV, violated Apple's terms and conditions. As a result, iFixit's developer account was banned, leading to the removal of the iFixit app from the App Store. iFixit's Apple TV unit was sent directly from Apple with the same restrictions placed on Apple TV units sent to other developers, but iFixit ignored the fine print. "We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder, and tore down the Apple TV anyway,"...

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Apple Releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan With Improved Spotlig...

Apple today released OS X 10.11 El Capitan to the public, making the newest Mac operating system available for free to Mac users around the world. OS X El Capitan went through eight developer betas before the golden master version of the software was released on September 9. OS X El Capitan is still rolling out to users, but it can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store, and it will run on all Macs capable of running OS X Yosemite. Here is a direct link for the update: OS X El Capitan. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. As an update complementary to OS X Yosemite, as the OS X El Capitan name suggests,...

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Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2 With Bug Fixes, Performance Impro...

Apple today released iOS 9.0.2, a minor update that introduces bug fixes and performance improvements to iOS 9. The iOS 9.0.2 update comes one week after the release of iOS 9.0.1, the first update to iOS 9, and two weeks after iOS 9 was released to the public on September 16. iOS 9.0.2 is available immediately to all iOS 9 users as an over-the-air update. Like iOS 9.0.1, iOS 9.0.2 is a minor update that focuses on introducing some much-needed bug fixes and performance enhancements to Apple's newest operating system. This update contains bug fixes and improvements including: - Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage - Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users - Resolves an issue where an iCloud backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup - Fixes an issue...

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Apple Seeds Third iOS 9.1 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 9.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, three weeks after seeding the first iOS 9.1 beta following its fall "Hey Siri" event and one week after releasing iOS 9.0.1, the first minor update to iOS 9. Apple has also just released iOS 9.0.2, another minor update to iOS. The new beta of iOS 9.1, build 13B5130b, is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center. iOS 9.1 includes new features for the iPad Pro, adding support for accessories like the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, both of which are deeply integrated into the operating system. It also includes features that will allow the iPhone to interact with the new Apple TV. iOS 9.1 also includes Unicode 8, adding support for emoji like the taco, burrito, cheese wedge, middle...

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New iFixit Teardown discovers yet another Apple Patent Com...

After Apple's Special event earlier this month we posted three reports about patents being fulfilled (one, two and three) which covered many products and new categories. Yesterday, thanks to the great investigative work done by iFixit's Jeff Suovanen, yet another Apple invention/patent may have been fulfilled.

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New Mac Exploit Easily Bypasses Gatekeeper Security, Could...

Apple introduced Gatekeeper in 2012, creating it as a method of protection for users against malicious threats by adding various layers of security during installation of Mac apps. The feature is intended to ensure that apps users try to install on their Macs are legitimste and signed by a registered developer, minimizing the threat of malware. But now, a security researcher has discovered a simple method of bypassing Gatekeeper using a binary file already trusted by Apple to attack a user's computer (via Ars Technica). Gatekeeper is meant solely to check the initial digital certificate when an app is downloaded on a Mac, ensuring that the program has been signed by an Apple-approved developer or at least comes from the Mac App...

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Improved Water Resistance of iPhone 6s Attributed to New G...

iFixit began its teardown of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus after the new smartphones became available last Friday, discovering the specifics of the smaller batteries, Taptic Engine, and 3D Touch display. After a few iPhone fans began extensive water resistance testing over the weekend, iFixit decided to revisit its teardown of the new devices with a renewed focus on components placed by Apple that could point to the company's interest in a more liquid-proof smartphone. The site closely inspected a strip of glue that acts as a gasket surrounding the entire inside edge of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, accounting in total for a slight 0.3mm increase in width when in comparison to last year's models. Described as "a string of sticky goop," iFixit theorizes that if Apple hadn't placed the gasket there to hold components in, perhaps "it was...

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Microsoft's Upcoming Flagship Store on New York'...

Last year at this time we reported that Microsoft had confirmed its prime New York location for a retail store near Apple's famous Glass Cube Store. Today Microsoft announced that its Manhattan flagship store will open ...

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iPhone 6s Plus Component Costs Estimated to Begin at $236,...

IHS iSuppli has once again taken apart the newest set of iPhones in an attempt to come as close as possible to estimating the actual component cost of the new devices. According to IHS iSuppli's teardown of the iPhone 6s Plus, the bill of materials for a 16 GB version comes to $231.50, with manufacturing costs and other minor items raising the overall price slightly to $236. One of the biggest areas of increased cost is related to 3D Touch, which adds about $10 to the overall component cost of the iPhone 6s Plus when combined with Apple's Taptic Engine used to fuel the new feature. It's these improvements that have boosted the new iPhone 6s Plus to cost around $16 more to manufacture than last year's iPhone 6 Plus, according to IHS Technology senior director of cost benchmarking...

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Apple has made Chinese owners of Biel Crystal Billionaires

Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Apple has used Biel Crystal materials for its cover glass which earned them the position of being the 'King of touchscreens' on a global level. Biel is owned by ...

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Apple's 'WatchKit' is now a Registered Trad...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially deemed Apple's 'WatchKit' a Registered Trademark (RTM). Our report also covers ...

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The One-Time iPads-for-All Project in Los Angeles Ends wit...

In December 2014 we posted a report titled "FBI Raids L.A. Unified and Removes Documents related to the ill-fated "iPads-for-all Project. Late last week the final chapter to this story finally surfaced with the Los Angeles Unified School District having reached ...

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Apple's Free OS X El Capitan Available (Later) Today...

Apple has announced that for the first time, customers in China will have access to Apple’s entertainment ecosystem with music, movies and books right at their fingertips. And, later today, Apple will make OS X El Capitan available for free.

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Tuesday September 29

Google tries again to Challenge the iPhone 6s with Two Nex...

Today Google introduced two new Nexus smartphones, the Nexus 6P at $700 and Nexus 5X at $559 along with the new Google Pixel C Tablet that's a unique 2-in-1 device that's a combined tablet and magnetised keyboard.

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Box launches a Free & Exclusive Business Oriented Phot...

While Apple's CEO attended the BoxWorks Fireside event today as scheduled, Box Inc. announced a new mobile application for Apple's iPhone and iPad called Box Capture. The business-oriented photo/video app comes as Box seeks to become more ingrained in ways employees work outside of offices.

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Google Maps for iOS Gains Apple Watch App

Google today updated its Google Maps app for iOS to version 4.11.0, adding support for the Apple Watch. As of today, there's a Google Maps app that delivers directions on Apple's wrist-worn device. Along with a new Apple Watch app, today's update also includes a tool for comparing estimated travel times across driving, transit, walking and biking directions, and it adds a feature for calling businesses and getting directions from a list of places. As with most updates, there are also unspecified bug fixes. What's New - Easily compare ETAs across driving, transit, walking & biking - Call business & get directions directly from a list of places - Get directions to places now on your Apple Watch - Bug fixesThis isn't Google's first app for the Apple Watch, but it will arguably be the most useful as there are many iOS users who still prefer to use Google Maps over Apple Maps. Google Maps can...

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Microsoft is granted a Design Patent for HoloLens

In early 2015 Microsoft introduced HoloLens during a Windows 10 Special Event by Alex Kipman who is considered one of the 'Fathers of the Kinect' was assigned the HoloLens project. Today Microsoft ...

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A9 Chip Manufacturing Split 60/40 Between TSMC and Samsung...

Teardowns of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have revealed two different A9 chips inside the devices, one created by TSMC and one developed by Samsung, which is slightly smaller in size, having been manufactured on a 14-nanometer process instead of a 16-nanometer process. There was early some speculation that the chips were divided by model, with the iPhone 6s getting the smaller Samsung chip and the iPhone 6s Plus receiving the larger TSMC chip, but new data collected by an iOS developer suggests that is not the case. Hiraku Wang has created an app that's able to determine whether an iPhone has a TSMC chip or a Samsung chip, and has shared some data on results gathered from users who have installed his app. According to results from approximately 2,500 iPhones, there are more TSMC chips than Samsung chips. TSMC chips were found to be installed on 58.96...

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Apple Seeds Second OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 Beta to Develop...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming OS X El Capitan update to developers for testing purposes, more than a week after releasing the first OS X 10.11.1 beta and one day before the scheduled public release of OS X El Capitan on September 30. The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. The first beta of OS X 10.11.1 introduced support for Unicode 8 and new emoji like taco, burrito, cheese wedge, hot dog, middle finger, and unicorn head. It is not clear what other improvements the first update to OS X El Capitan will bring, but it's likely to be a minor update that includes bug fixes and performance improvements for issues encountered following the operating system's official release. According to Apple's release notes, the beta offers stability, compatibility, and security improvements. Recent...

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Tim Cook Discusses Apple's Enterprise Efforts at BoxW...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is participating in a "fireside chat" today with Box CEO Aaron Levie at BoxWorks 2015, following Apple's record-breaking iPhone launch weekend. Given that this is an enterprise conference, the interview naturally begins with a discussion of Apple's enterprise efforts, although Cook notes that to some degree there is no such thing as an "enterprise phone" any more than there are enterprise cars and that Apple has been quietly numerous phones and tablets to companies. Cook does, however, highlight some of Apple's enterprise partnerships, including Cisco and Box, emphasizing how transformational mobile is for businesses. Mobility enables significant increases in productivity and gives companies the opportunity to rethink their business processes. But nobody, including Apple, is way out in front on this. Levie then gives Cook a "layup" question, asking why this sort of transformation can't happen on Android, with...

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OS X El Capitan Reviews: 'Solid as a Rock' and a...

Following the release of the golden master version of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers earlier in the month, the first reviews for the newest iteration on Apple's desktop operating system have begun to hit this morning, ahead of the wide public release tomorrow, September 30. After testing El Capitan for a few weeks, most sites agree that while OS X 10.11 isn't a massive overhaul, its performance enhancements and speed boosts make upgrading to the free new OS essentially a no-brainer. Macworld calls El Capitan "solid as a rock," noting improvements to features like Mission Control and the introduction of Split View as big...

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Behind-the-Scenes Moments & Cast Interviews From Upcom...

With publicity for the new Steve Jobs movie ramping up ahead of its October 9 release, a new video was shared by ScreenSlam over the weekend, showing a few behind-the-scenes moments of the creation of the film, along with some cast and crew interviews. Seth Rogen, who stars as Steve Wozniak, praises screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's unique approach to the story and describes the movie as so "cinematic" and different from any other biopic, that it almost feels more like fiction than reality. Director Danny Boyle also described the movie as a natural extension of Sorkin's previous movie, The Social Network, with both films centering around individuals who "create this modern world" and the repercussions their innovations have on themselves, their friends and family, and everyone who uses what they built. ScreenSlam also posted a lengthier 37-minute video --...

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Apple Introduces the Apple Music How-To Video Library

Apple released a new series of six 'how-to' videos covering 'Radio,' ...

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Balls & Holes - Tips and tricks to h...
Balls & Holes is a gorgeous new endless runner that challenges you to make it as far up a mountain as possible before inevitably being sliced into a load of gooey bits. Making this task more difficult are both the wide variety of balls that come hurtling at you and the cliff edges that threaten to send you plummetting to your death. If you... | Read more »
Balloony Land offers a fresh twist on th...
Balloony Land by Palringo offers a fresh twist on the match three genre and is out now on iOS and Android. First-off, you'll be popping balloons instead of crushing candy and the balloons will float up and fill the empty spaces instead of dropping down. With a grand total of 96 different levels set in five different themed-worlds there's plenty... | Read more »
Graphic - vector illustration and design...
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Sago Mini Babies (Education)
Sago Mini Babies 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Introducing the Sago Mini babies. Boys and girls love caring for these adorable characters. Feed Robin her favorite mush, play dress-up with Jinja, change Harvey’s stinky diaper, then take a dance break with Jack. With... | Read more »
PAUSE - Relaxation at your fingertip (H...
PAUSE - Relaxation at your fingertip 1.1 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Healthcare & Fitness Price: $1.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Super Sharp (Games)
Super Sharp 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Your finger has never been so sharp! Cut with skill to complete the 120 ingenious physics levels of Super Sharp and become a cut master!What's NewiOS 9 performance improvement Super Sharp | Read more »
Assembly - Graphic design for everyone...
Assembly - Graphic design for everyone 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Assembly is the easiest most powerful design tool on the App Store. Create anything you can imagine like beautiful logos, characters, icons and illustrative scenes immediately. Professional level... | Read more »
Dub Dash (Games)
Dub Dash 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ARE YOU READY FOR THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE?UNIQUE SYMBIOSIS OF MUSIC AND GRAPHICS | Read more »
Leave Me Alone (Games)
Leave Me Alone 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: 33% off launch sale!!!Somewhere between the 1980s and 1990s there exists a world that never was. A world of skatepunks, mutants, and madtastic ruffians who roam the streets causing terror and havoc wherever they go. A world... | Read more »
YAMGUN (Games)
YAMGUN 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: The invasion has begun!Protect the walls of the citadel against waves of enemies! But watch out, you will soon run out of ammo... Thankfully, you are able to recycle destroyed enemies into brand new ammunition!Eradicate the invaders... | Read more »
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