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Monday May 11

TSMC Snapped up Orders from Apple for SSD Controller Chips

According to a new supply chain report, TSMC snapped up new orders from Apple for SSD controller chips.

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Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to Developers...

Apple today seeded the third beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, approximately two weeks after releasing the second OS X 10.10.4 beta and three weeks after releasing the first OS X 10.10.4 beta. OS X 10.10.4 has been in testing since mid-April, following the early April release of OS X 10.10.3, which included the new Photos for OS X app. The beta, build 14E17e, can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center. Apple is asking developers to focus on Photos, Migration, and Arabic and Hebrew languages. OS X 10.10.3 introduced several consumer-facing changes including the new Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, new diversified emoji, and more, but OS X 10.10.4 appears to be an under-the-hood update that brings performance enhancements and bug fixes. Thus far, OS X 10.10.4 betas have not included outward facing design changes or...

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Apple Seeds Third iOS 8.4 Beta With Revamped Music App to...

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second iOS 8.4 beta and three weeks after releasing the first iOS 8.4 beta. iOS 8.4 has been in testing since mid-April, following the early April release of iOS 8.3. Today's beta is also available to public beta testers. The beta, build 12H4098c, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6.4 beta 3 to developers. iOS 8.4's major feature is an all-new Music app that includes a revamped look. The Music app's new design shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and it offers a new MiniPlayer with a redesigned look for "Now Playing." There are personalized...

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Scott Forstall Proud to be Part of Tony Nominated Play

Scott Forstall, once senior vice president of iOS Software who helped ignite the iPhone and iPad revolution at Apple from 2007 until October 2012 has resurfaced ...

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12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Could Have Flexible Touch P...

Apple is exploring the possibility of equipping the much-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" with an improved touch panel that uses silver nano wire (AgNW) material instead of ITO-based clear film, according to South Korea's Electronic Times (via G4Games). The flexible touch panel would reportedly have greater accuracy and sensitivity and be able to recognize multiple pressure levels, which could allow for Force Touch. A purported "iPad Pro" blueprint from December 2014 with possible dimensions The report claims that Apple requested samples of the touch panel ready for mass-production from LG Display, Samsung Display, Japan Display and other major display manufacturers at the start of this week, and predicts that the company will release...

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Spotify's Pathetic Freemium Statistics Justifies the...

Today we got to see the failure of the freemium music service business model in living color in segments of a Spotify management report that accompanied their latest financials written by directors Martin Lorentzon and Pär-Jorgen Pärson.

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Apple's 2016 iPad Display may use Next-Gen Touch Pane...

In an exciting new report this morning from Asia they note that "Apple is planning to apply a new nano material on a touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire material, it plans ...

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Apple Bucks the Downward Trend in Smartphone Sales in Chin...

A new analyst report published this morning shows that China's smartphone market contracted by 4% year-on-year (YoY) with 98.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined ...

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Apple Set to Expand their Renewable Energy & Environme...

Earlier today Apple announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China ...

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Good Technology Report: Apple's iOS still dominates t...

In February we posted a report titled "A Major Report by Good Technology Shows that iOS Activations in the Enterprise Climbed to 73% in Q4 2014 and Much More." Today, Good Technology released their Q1 2015 report covering the latest data in app, platform and device preferences in the enterprise.

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Apple Announces Renewable Energy and Forestland Initiative...

Apple today announced a new multi-year project with World Wildlife Fund to protect up to 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests in China, which the company says provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products. The new forestland program is part of Apple's goal to run its worldwide operations on 100% renewable energy. Apple's 40-megawatt solar farm in Hongyuan, China Apple also confirmed plans to expand its industry-leading renewable energy projects to manufacturing facilities in China, three weeks after the company announced a partnership with SunPower Corporation to build two 20-megawatt solar power plants that will provide more than enough energy to power all of Apple's corporate offices and retail stores in the world's most populous country.“We’ve set an...

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Sunday May 10

Hon Hai Reports Record Breaking April due to the iPhone 6

It's being reported by a Taiwan news site today that sales of Hon Hai, the world's largest contract electronics maker, hit their highest level recorded for the month of April ....

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Apple Stores will begin Selling the New MacBook in 2 Weeks

It's being reported today that "The recently released 12-inch MacBook will be available for purchase at all Apple Stores globally beginning the week of May 25th ...

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Fiat's CEO Marchionne Recently Met with Tim Cook over...

Marchionne, speaking on the sidelines of the opening of a Maserati dealership near Toronto, said he had met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook ...

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Saturday May 9

Samsung May Launch new Round Smartwatch in September

Yesterday the Telegraph reported that Samsung has reportedly pushed back the launch of its round smartwatch, believed to be called the Gear A, to let the hype over the Apple Watch die down.

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Apple issued a rare type of Subpoena from "Five Night...

Late yesterday, an attorney representing the video game designer Scott Cawthon issued a DMCA Section 512(H) Subpoena to Apple in an effort to ...

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Apple Wins 12 Design Patents for New Display Stands that c...

Late yesterday Apple was granted a series of twelve display stand design patents in Hong Kong China ...

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Friday May 8

The Quest for Quality: Five of the Most Useful Apple Watch...

While Apple CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed that there are over 3,500 apps available for the Apple Watch, many reviewers and early adopters have complained that many fail to provide useful functionality on the wrist. Despite strict approval guidelines, the App Store for Apple Watch is cluttered with basic or poorly designed apps for the wrist-worn device, likely due in significant part to the apps having been developed before the Apple Watch was available. To help users discover some high quality watch-based experiences, MacRumors reached out to its forum community and skimmed through the App Store to handpick five Apple Watch apps that we've found particularly useful. Some of the useful Apple Watch apps worth mentioning include Workflow, Philips Hue, Things, Calcbot and Clear. Workflow Workflow is an automation tool that enables you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create custom workflows for completing various tasks. You can, for...

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It's Hard to Believe, but Apple will sell more Watche...

The Apple community along with its cult component have created a powerhouse movement that's almost impossible to stop.

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Apple to Push Paid Streaming Music Service With Free Trial...

Ahead of the rumored debut of Apple's upcoming streaming music service, Re/code has shared several details on the initiative, sourced from industry insiders. As we've learned previously, Apple will charge $9.99 per month for the service and will not offer a freemium streaming tier as other music services like Spotify do, but the company is aiming to introduce ways to let people listen to some content for free. First and foremost, Apple hopes to offer listeners a free trial period, which lasts between one and three months, letting them sample the music service for an extended period of time before opting for a full subscription. The length of the trial will depend on what Apple is able to negotiate with music companies. Apple is also working on a feature that may let artists and...

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Nike CEO Mark Parker: More from Nike & Apple to Come

CNBC Interviewed Mark Parker, Nike CEO & President earlier today ...

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Nintendo's First Smartphone Game Due This Year, 5 Pla...

In Nintendo's financial results briefing posted today, which relays the company's past fiscal year ending in March 2015 and looks ahead to the future, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata provided a few more details regarding the company's future release plans with mobile gaming partner DeNA. Essentially, the first game in the lineup will launch "by the end of this calendar year," with the current long-term plan to release five games in total by the end of the company's next fiscal year ending in March of 2017, just under two years away. Iwata promises that while that estimation for a release schedule seems low, the company hopes to retain its well-known degree of polish and customer satisfaction when transitioning to mobile, and taking a quality over quantity approach is its way of doing that. You may think it is a small...

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Samsung Continues their Apple-Mirroring S6 Ad Campaign

On Monday we posted a report titled "Samsung just can't Resist Mirroring Apple's Design Master's Style." We noted how Samsung's new ad campaign promotes the Galaxy S6 using a video style first created by Apple. Today ...

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comScore Ranks Apple as the Top U.S. Smartphone OEM

According to a new report by comScore, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42.6 percent OEM market share ...

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Ericsson Extends Patent Lawsuit Against Apple to Europe

Ericsson has filed lawsuits against Apple in Germany, United Kingdom and the Netherlands after failing to reach a global licensing agreement with the company over both standard-essential and non-standardized patents. Ericsson claims that Apple continues to sell the iPhone, iPad and other products that infringe upon its patented technologies, some related to 2G and 4G LTE standards, even though its licensing agreement expired in January. Ericsson has been attempting to license its standard-essential patents with Apple on terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND), but the two companies have failed to reach an agreement following over two years of negotiations. Unable to resolve the situation outside of the courtroom, Ericsson has since filed patent lawsuits against the iPhone maker in the United States, and now Europe, for...

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This Week at 148Apps: May 18-22, 2015
May Days at 148Apps How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been... | Read more »
Biz Builder Delux (Games)
Biz Builder Delux 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Ah, there's nothing like the rhythmic bustle of a burgeoning business burg... especially when you're the one building it! That's right, from a video game store to the corner fast food joint, run what YOU want as the town... | Read more »
Auroch Digital is Bringing Back Games Wo...
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Blades of Brim is a New Endless Runner f...
SYBO Games, the minds behind the ever-popular Subway Surfers, have announced their latest project: Blades of Brim. [Read more] | Read more »
Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age...
Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Productivity Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Draggy Dead (Games)
Draggy Dead 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Ditch your dead end job and take up a rewarding career in Grave Robbing today!Guide the recently deceased to a fun filled life of Meat eating mayhem, be careful of the many traps and enemy's | Read more »
Bad Dinos (Games)
Bad Dinos 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
The Apple Watch isn't Great as a Fi...
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Show the World What You See With
Live broadcasting is getting popular on mobile devices, which is why you can now get, by Infinite Takes. [Read more] | Read more »
PhotoTime's 2.1 Update Adds Apple W...
The latest PhotoTime update is adding even more functionality to the handy photo organizing app. Yep, including Apple Watch support. [Read more] | Read more »
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