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Monday October 13

07:59
Finland's Prime Minister Still Blames Apple Products...

Last July we posted a report titled "Finland's PM Blames Apple's Success for their Financial Crisis." I had received a few private emails telling me that the Prime Minister's comments got lost in translation. I didn't buy it then and today we hear it directly from the Prime Minister in English during a CNBC interview as noted above.

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07:58
No Retina MacBook Air Introduction Planned for Apple'...

With rumors of a new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air circulating in recent months and the latest reports suggesting small-scale production has already begun, many have been wondering about Apple's plans for introducing the product. According to a new report from Re/code, the Retina MacBook Air will not be unveiled at this Thursday's media event. Apple may well have a new MacBook Air with Retina Display in the pipeline, but it’s not going to unveil it this week. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that the company’s latest reimagining of the ultralight laptop won’t be shown off at its Thursday event.In line with previous rumors, the report claims Thursday's event will focus on new iPads, Retina iMacs, and OS X Yosemite. One source has also claimed...

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07:37
Debuting in 2015: Blistering fast Wi-Fi at 5x Today's...

Apple's new iPhone 6 comes with the next generation Wi-Fi that could deliver speeds up to 3 times faster than the previous generation when used with the new AirPort Extreme or equivalent device. We don't even have time to really appreciate this recent leap when news of the next gigantic leap is already being announced. The next generation 802.11ad standard s reportedly up to 5 times faster than the newly released 802.11ac and could make it to market as soon as next year.

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07:27
Finnish Prime Minister Again 'Blames' Apple for...

Finland's Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told CNBC in an interview that Apple is to blame for the decline of the country's two primary export industries, information technology (led by Nokia) and paper. "The iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the paper industry, but we’ll make a comeback," said Stubb in response to a question about Finland's business environment following the country's recently downgraded credit rating. While the comment certainly appears to be more of a pithy jest than an outright accusation against Apple, it does aptly describe how several of the country's major boom industries have seen their fortunes slip in the face of a changing marketplace. As noted by TechCrunch, this isn't the first time Stubb has singled out Apple in reference to his country's economic decline...

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05:59
Apple's iPhone 6 Invasion set to roll into to 36 More...

The iPhone 6 Invasion Continues: Today, Apple announced that the iPhone 6 will be rolling into 36 more Countries and Territories this month including Latin America, India, South Korea, Thailand and more. It'll be interesting to see how well ...

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05:30
Apple Legal will Attempt to stop their Sapphire Plant Plan...

n a new Financial Times report that was posted today, they note that the abrupt bankruptcy filed by GT Advanced Technologies last week has brought the confidential deals that Apple strikes with its suppliers into the spotlight.

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04:56
Apple To Launch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 36 Additional Count...

Ahead of Apple's Chinese launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus later this week, Apple today confirmed the launch of its new handset models in 36 additional countries and territories by the end of October. In its fastest rollout ever, Apple expects to launch the iPhone in 115 countries by the end of the year. The next round of launches coming this month will include countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. • Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco • Thursday, October 23: Israel • Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa • Thursday, October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait • Friday, October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia,...

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04:27
China's iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Rocket to 20 Million

In September, Apple set a new record for pre-orders, with the iPhone 6 clocking in at 10 million. That number covered the first ten countries that the iPhone 6 was selling into. Today we're learning ...

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Sunday October 12

15:54
Apple Pay Setup Process Revealed as Retail Employees and P...

Apple has begun preparing its retail employees and retail partners for the upcoming launch of its Apple Pay mobile payments service with a host of new training materials that show the feature in action, reports 9to5Mac. Users will be able to set up Apple Pay in Passbook or through the Settings app, as up to eight credit or debit cards be connected with an iTunes account or by scanning one in with the iPhone's camera. Every card connected to the service will allow users to access a number of features, including the ability to see a simple transaction list, the ability to turn on push notifications, and an area that allows quick access to a bank's phone number and an accompanying app. Passbook will also be able to automatically update an expired card with a new expiration date without the...

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11:47
UK's Guardian thinks that the Apple Watch will beat G...

Here are two giants of the technology industry, with respected worldwide brands; they vie for top position among the best-known and most-valued technology brands. And they’re both moving into the wearable technology space.

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04:40
Banks See Apple Pay as Convenient, Secure and Private

Banks Give Apple Pay two Thumbs Up: Banks are confident in Apple Pay security. According to a new report that was published late yesterday, there have been several banks that have spoken out regarding Apple Pay. One is Navy ...

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Saturday October 11

15:20
X-Files Star Attends NY Apple Store "Meet the Authors...

Gillian Anderson first made a name for herself playing Dana Scully in the famed TV show called The X-Files which debuted in 1993 ...

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11:50
Walgreens Planning for October 18 Apple Pay Launch

An internal memo addressed to Walgreens employees designed to prepare them for the upcoming launch of Apple Pay suggests that Apple's new payments service might be going live on Saturday, October 18. A Saturday launch is unusual, but it could make sense as Apple Pay is designed for in-store shopping and a weekend debut would give customers time to try the service. It is, however, also possible that Apple Pay will go live shortly before the October 18 date, following the company's Thursday, October 16 iPad event, with support coming to Walgreens a day or two later. At its October 16 event, Apple is expected to debut a new iPad Air, Retina iMacs, and possibly a new Retina iPad mini. The event, which will also likely see Apple previewing OS X Yosemite one last time before its public debut, would also be an opportune time to divulge more information about Apple Pay and possibly even launch the payments service. As announced on September 9, popular drug store Walgreens is one of...

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07:26
Video: The Coming 3D Printing Revolution

Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems spoke at TED recently talking about the coming 3D printing revolution where scanning-and-printing in ways never imagined will be an everyday act. A revolution that will allow all of us to create and manufacture clothing, objects and even custom tailored food in the comfort of our home. The presentation includes a tiny segment on Google's Project Ara ...

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01:33
New Images of iPad Air 2 Parts Show Touch ID Home Button C...

Apple.club.tw (Google Translate) has shared new images that appear to show a variety of components from the iPad Air 2, which include pictures of the logic board, home button flex cable, front panel, and volume control flex cable. The home button flex cable appears to contain a space for a Touch ID home button, complete with the stainless steel ring. Previous reports claimed that Apple's forthcoming iPads would receive Touch ID functionality, and these newest pictures likely confirm that the feature will at least be on the iPad Air 2. Meanwhile, the...

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Friday October 10

14:45
Apple Rolling Out Revamped iTunes Store to iTunes 12 Users...

Apple has started rolling out a new iTunes Store design for OS X Yosemite testers that have iTunes 12 installed. The revamped storefront takes several design elements from the iTunes Store and App Store on iOS, adopting a cleaner, flatter look that does away with a lot of shadowing and texture that was previously seen in the design. The revamped look fits in with the design of iTunes 12, which takes on the flatter, more iOS-like look seen across OS X Yosemite. For example, the top bar of the iTunes Store that currently displays cards in a rotating carousel for featured music, movies, apps, and TV shows in their respective categories has been flattened out into a scrollable banner with the new iTunes Store design, doing away with the previous card-style layout. The slight bit of shadowing that used to highlight app icons, music icons, and categories, has been eliminated and as can be seen in the screenshot below, Apple is using a slightly lighter and larger font for menu...

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12:19
Many Retailers Hesitant About Offering Support for Apple P...

Though Apple is launching Apple Pay with a number of high-profile retail partners including Macy's, Disney, Whole Foods, Sephora, Walgreens, and Staples, among others, there's a long list of retailers who have decided not to offer Apple Pay in their stores. Walmart and Best Buy, for example, have been two high-profile companies that have vocally opted out, and The Daily Dot has compiled a list of several other retail outlets that have current no plans to support Apple Pay. Clothing store H&M said that it has no plans to accept Apple Pay at this time, as did high-end retailer Coach. A Bed, Bath & Beyond spokesperson said the company was "unable to participate," while a spokesperson for retailer Belk also said "we don't have the capability to accept Apple Pay right now," suggesting the store has...

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10:03
GT Seeks to Void 'Oppressive and Burdensome' Agr...

Yesterday, lawyers for Apple's bankrupt sapphire production partner GT Advanced Technologies notified the court that court that the company would be seeking to "wind down" operations at its sapphire production facilities in Arizona and Massachusetts, while also pursuing efforts to escape from contracts related to those operations. In a pair of filings today, GT has followed through on those plans, with one filing asking for court approval to void its contracts related to the operation, calling the terms of its contracts with Apple "oppressive and burdensome."As discussed in detail in the Supplemental First Day Declaration, the agreements imposed oppressive and burdensome terms and obligations on GTAT. The contracts and leases...provide no benefit to GTAT's estates, and GTAT's continued...

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05:58
Apple Reportedly Preparing to Remove Bose Audio Products F...

Apple is preparing to remove all Bose audio products, both demo and sellable, from its retail environment, according to a reliable source who spoke to MacRumors. The inventory change will begin early next week, with instructions for removal being sent to employees in the coming days. The reasons behind this removal were not disclosed, but it is very likely tied to to Apple's recent acquisition of Beats Electronics. As part of this deal, Apple obtained the popular Beats headphone division as well as the company's subscription music streaming service. With Beats now featured prominently by Apple, either Bose or Apple may have decided to end their retail relationship. Bose also has a new sponsorship deal with the National Football League that has seen the league prohibit players from wearing Beats headphones while in the presence of television cameras at practice...

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04:32
Jony Ive Admired Steve Jobs for his Incredible Focus

Yesterday Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter interviewed Jony Ive at a San Francisco event called the New Establishment Summit – The Age of Innovation. Carter first asked Ive about what life lessons he took away working with Steve Jobs. The first thing that I've revealed was that Steve Jobs had incredible focus. "Steve was the most remarkably focused person that...

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Thursday October 9

16:55
Apple to Live Stream Upcoming October 16 iPad Event

Apple has plans to offer a live stream of its October 16 event, according to a source that spoke to MacRumors. As with its September 9 iPhone event, Apple will likely offer a stream of the event both on its website and through a dedicated channel on the Apple TV. Invitations for the October 16 event, which will be held at the Town Hall auditorium on the company's Cupertino campus at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, went out earlier this week with the tagline "It's been way too long." At the event, Apple is expected to introduce an updated iPad Air and possibly a new Retina iPad mini, as well as updated iMacs with a 27-inch model that has a high-resolution Retina display. OS X Yosemite is also likely to be previewed one more time before its public launch, and updated Mac minis, which are rumored to be in the works, might possibly see an announcement at the event. In addition to Apple's live stream, ...

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16:37
Jony Ive Details Apple Design Process, iPhone 6 Design Cho...

Apple's head of design Jony Ive today gave a live interview at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. In the interview, which BusinessInsider attended, Ive gave some rare insight into the design process at Apple and some of the design choices the team made with the iPhone 6. According to Ive, he has a great design team that's quite small, numbering 16 or 17 employees. During a typical day, Ive says that designers gather around tables like those in the Apple Store to draw. The team meets three or four times a week. One of the major advantages of being part of a design team that's been together so long is that it's given them time to develop a design process. Ideas, Ive says, don't really come along until the design team has created a physical object from their drawings. "It really galvanizes and focuses our team," said Ive...

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16:14
GT Advanced Asks Court for Permission to 'Wind Down...

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week, Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced has asked for the court's permission to "wind down" operations at its Mesa, Arizona manufacturing plant, reports Re/code and The Wall Street Journal. GT is said to be filing motions to get expedited hearings to cease certain operations and get out of both contracts and leases connected to those operations. The facility, which was purchased and outfitted by Apple and run by GT Advanced, has operated for less than a year. Approximately 700 employees are employed at the manufacturing plant, where GT Advanced was rumored to be creating sapphire for use in Apple products...

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15:24
Apple Watch to be Featured in November Issue of Vogue Chin...

Earlier this month, Chinese model Liu Wen hinted that she might be involved in a fashion-oriented advertising campaign for the Apple Watch. As it turns out, Liu Wen will be featured in Vogue China's November issue, wearing the Apple Watch on the cover of the magazine. Wen appears to be wearing the 18-karat yellow gold Edition Apple Watch, which features a red Modern Buckle Band. She's also featured wearing other Apple Watch models on a spread inside the magazine. In an interview with The Business of Fashion, Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung has revealed the details behind the partnership between Vogue and Apple that led to the device being featured on the popular magazine's cover. According to Cheung, she met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and...

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14:52
Apple Releases Third OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate...

Apple today released a third golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, just two days after releasing the second candidate golden master and the fifth public beta. The first golden master candidate was seeded to developers on September 30. The latest Yosemite update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple's Mac Developer Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. Over the...

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