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Sunday January 24

15:47
The Brits see Apple vs. EU Commission as King Kong vs. God...

The Brits just have a way of expressing themselves like no others on the planet and a new report this evening from the UK is an enjoyable read indeed about the tax fight between Apple's "steely-eyed" CEO Tim Cook and the EU Commission led by Margrethe Vestager ...

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04:08
Daimler Recently met with Apple in California for 'Co...

Late on Friday we posted a report titled "Steve Zadesky, Head of Project Titan, is Leaving Apple," where the Wall Street Journal was surmising that Apple's Project suffered a setback with Zadesky's departure. Today we learn that Daimler's Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told the German weekly that Apple ...

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Saturday January 23

04:55
Google Agrees to pay £130 million in a Tax Settlement with...

It was reported late yesterday that Google, parent Alphabet Inc., has agreed to pay 130 million pounds (US$185 million) in a tax settlement with U.K. authorities. Google has avoided billions of dollars of income taxes around the world using a pair of shelter strategies known to lawyers as the “Double Irish”...

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Friday January 22

16:20
WSJ: Steve Zadesky, Head of Project Titan, is Leaving Appl...

A new report posted by the Wall Street Journal this evening reveals that Apple's Titan Project Head ...

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15:56
'Apple Car' Project Lead Steve Zadesky to Leave...

Apple VP of Product Design Steve Zadesky, who was believed to be leading Apple's electric vehicle development efforts since 2014, has informed colleagues that he will be leaving the company, according to The Wall Street Journal. He remains at Apple for now.

Zadesky, a former Ford engineer, joined Apple in 1999 and worked on the iPod and iPhone during his 16-year career in Cupertino. He is also named on several U.S. patents and documents related to Liquidmetal, a malleable alloy which Apple owns the exclusive rights to.

His impending departure from Apple is said to be for personal reasons, rather than an indication of his performance at the company, and marks a setback for Apple's...

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13:26
March Event Could See Launch of iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 and...

Apple is rumored to be planning to host a March event to unveil new products, but exact details on what will be shown off at the event have been in flux. An early December rumor from 9to5Mac suggested Apple would use the event to unveil a second-generation Apple Watch, but a report from TechCrunch indicated that rumor was false - no Apple Watch 2 is in the works for an early 2016 launch.

Instead, TechCrunch shared information indicating something smaller but still watch-related could be introduced in March, perhaps a minor update to add a FaceTime camera or new bands and partnerships similar to Apple's collaboration with Hermès. In a new report on what may come out at the March event, ...

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12:59
Apple's 4-Inch iPhone to Be Called 'iPhone 5se...

Rumors suggesting Apple is working on an updated 4-inch iPhone have been circulating since the launch of the iPhone 6, but information that's leaked out about the device has varied quite a bit between news sources. While some rumors pointed towards a 4-inch iPhone equivalent in power to the iPhone 6s, others suggested it would be a lower-end device modeled after the iPhone 5s.

New information shared by 9to5Mac and Chinese website MyDrivers [...

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12:04
iPad Pro's A9X Chip Rivals Performance of Intel'...

AnandTech today published an in-depth iPad Pro review with detailed hardware and software analysis, including an interesting performance comparison between the tablet's dual-core A9X chip and Intel's Core M processors.

The test was conducted to determine to what level Apple's custom ARM chips have caught up to the performance of Intel's Core M lineup, given Apple's continued advancements in architecture and manufacturing, compared to Intel's slower rate of growth over its last few generations of Core processors.

The review pitted the iPad Pro's A9X chip against various Core M devices, including the Broadwell-based 12-inch Retina MacBook with a low-end Core M chip and ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi with a high-end Core M chip, and Skylake-based ASUS ZenBook UX305CA with a base-tier Core m3 CPU.

The SPECint2006† benchmark results reveal that the iPad Pro is competitive with the...

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10:35
Apple Watch Hermès Collection Now Available for Purchase O...

As reported earlier in the week, the special edition Apple Watch Hermès collection today became available for purchase online, letting customers purchase the high-end editions from the online storefronts of both Apple and Hermès. The collection comes in ten models, all branching off of three band varieties -- the Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff -- and was introduced by Apple at its September iPhone event.

Each model of the Hermès collection includes a stainless steel Apple Watch case, and gives users a unique Hermès clock face for the wearable device. The pricing for the collection begins with the Single Tour band for $1,100,...

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10:23
Microsoft Plans to Rebuild their Mountain View Campus

Lately Microsoft has been chasing Apple's hardware lineup and giving away free software to lure Ex-Windows customers back to the fold. Now Microsoft ...

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09:10
Google Paid Apple a Mind-Boggling $1Billion Dollars for th...

According to a new report today, Google Inc. is paying Apple Inc. a hefty fee to keep its search bar on the iPhone. We learned from a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google that Apple received ...

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09:08
Japan Display Confirms OLED Production in 2018 Amid iPhone...

Japan Display today announced that it will begin the mass production of OLED panels in 2018 (via Reuters), confirming a rumor from December that the company would do so in attempts to be the supplier of OLED panels in a future iPhone model. This would put Japan Display -- a joint venture between Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi -- in direct competition with LG Display and Samsung in the production of the rumored OLED-supported iPhone.

"We will take advantage of our advanced thin-film transistor technology in developing OLED screens," Akio Takimoto, chief of Japan Display's research center, told reporters on Friday. Japan Display, in addition to rival Sharp, already supplies the manufacturing of LCD panels for Apple's iPhone. In 2015, estimates of an iPhone supporting OLED panels -- which would be the first non-...

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08:30
Tim Cook Visits Europe to Meet EU Antitrust Chief, Pope Fr...

Apple CEO Tim Cook traveled to Europe this week to meet with European Commission antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager in Brussels on Thursday, before heading to Rome on Friday to meet Pope Francis and Italian developers.

Cook first met with Vestager to lobby against an European tax investigation that could force the iPhone and iPad maker to pay more than $8 billion in back taxes on overseas earnings, according to Bloomberg.

European Commission headquarters in Brussels (Image: Hungary Today)

Apple is accused of operating multiple subsidiaries in Ireland to avoid paying higher taxes outside the United States,...

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07:42
Samsung to Introduce a New Touch IC for their Upcoming Gal...

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported in December that Samsung Electronics would be adding a new pressure-sensitive display to their next-gen Galaxy S7 smartphone that some are speculating will attempt to mirror Apple's 3D Touch. Samsung actually ...

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06:34
Apple's CEO Met the Pope Today in Italy

After a grueling day fighting with the EU commission on Thursday over taxes, Apple's CEO decided to meet with the Pope...

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06:04
Apple Could Announce Close to $18 Billion in Profits on Tu...

Apple is scheduled to announce their financial results next Tuesday during a live conference call. Going into the weekend, a number of reports surfaced this morning covering forecasts on Apple's numbers. CNN Money notes that Wall Street Projects that Apple sold ...

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05:26
Apple Hires Top U.S. VR Researcher from Virginia Tech with...

Last February we posted a report titled "Apple is definitely working on a Top Secret VR Project," wherein we noted that Apple had been actively seeking display engineer professionals with VR environment experience. In 2013 Apple acquired Israeli company PrimeSense and shortly thereafter ...

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04:14
New Apple TV ad Promotes the Future of Television with 3D...

Apple's latest ad for Apple TV surfaced last night ...

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Thursday January 21

19:01
Google Paid Apple $1 Billion in 2014 to be Default iOS Sea...

It's common knowledge that Apple and Google have a monetary agreement that ensures Google's position as the default search engine on Apple's iOS devices, but the details of that deal have been kept under wraps, until now. A recent court transcript from Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google was obtained by Bloomberg and sheds some light on the agreement, suggesting Google pays out a lot of money to keep its search bar on Apple's iPhones and iPads.

Apple receives a percentage of the revenue that Google earns from searches made on iOS devices, and in 2014, Apple's payout from Google totaled $1 billion. That information mirrors a similar rumor from 2012 that also suggested Google was paying Apple upwards of $1...

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18:04
Apple Hires Leading Virtual Reality Researcher

Apple has hired Doug Bowman, one of the U.S.' leading virtual reality experts, according to a new report from the Financial Times. Bowman joined Apple after going on sabbatical from his job as a computer science professor at Virginia Tech.

His experience spans both fully immersive VR, as used in Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive headsets, as well as augmented reality, where transparent visors such as Microsoft’s Hololens, Google Glass and secretive start-up Magic Leap mingle digital images with the real world still visible.Bowman has been director of Virginia Tech's Center for Human-Computer Interaction for the past five years. He's also the lead author of the book "...

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17:04
Refurbished 2015 Retina MacBook Now Available From Apple...

Apple recently began offering the 12-inch Retina MacBook in its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the Retina MacBook have been made available for purchase.

Released in April of 2015, the Retina MacBook is Apple's thinnest, lightest Mac product, measuring in at just 13.1mm thick and weighing 2 pounds. The machine has a full edge-to-edge keyboard, a fanless design enabled by a low power Core-M chip from Intel, and a Retina Display.

While the main refurbished site does not yet have a listing for the Retina MacBook, refurbished models are available on a dedicated MacBook page. All of the refurbished machines are available at a 15 percent discount.

Apple has...

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16:39
Apple Shares New Apple TV Ad Focused on Apps

Apple today shared a new Apple TV ad on its YouTube channel, highlighting the many apps and games that are available on the device through the dedicated tvOS App Store. Entitled "The Future of TV is Apps," the ad features an Apple TV set-top box that morphs to match the theme of each app that's shown off in the spot.

Netflix, Apple Music, WatchESPN, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Disney Infinity, Gilt, GrubHub, Showtime, Crossy Road, HBO Now, and Fox Now, are among the apps that are featured. The ad ends with the brightly colored television test bars that have been used in all fourth-generation Apple TV advertisements.

Since the Apple TV 4 launched in October, Apple has been promoting it through a series of television ads, colorful billboards displayed across a number of cities, web ads, and...

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15:31
Apple's CEO Met with the EU's Antitrust Chief ov...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Ireland's Sinn Fein Party Says it will Pursue Apple for Taxes Owed if the EU Commission finds them Guilty later this Year." Before we were even able to blink, the news of Apple's CEO pushing back hard ...

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15:15
California Joins New York in Effort to Weaken Smartphone E...

As the argument over smartphone encryption continues on between device manufacturers like Apple, devoted to strong encryption, and U.S. federal government officials pushing for backdoors to access data, several states have gotten involved in the fray.

New York State Assemblymember Matthew Titone introduced a bill last summer that would require smartphone manufacturers to create devices that can be decrypted or unlocked or face fines, and now California State Assemblymember Jim Cooper is following in his footsteps.

Cooper on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require any smartphone manufactured after January 1, 2017 and sold in California to "be capable of being decrypted...

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14:59
Microsoft's Office 365 Introduces Major new Features...

Today Microsoft announced a number of improvements and ways to work with Office for the Mac, iPad and iPad Pro.

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