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Monday March 16

13:35
Alibaba's Jack Ma Introduces Facial Recognition for t...

The annual IT & Digital Business expo CeBIT 2015 that takes place from March 16-20 in Hannover Messe. Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, opened CeBIT 2015 on Sunday, March 15.

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13:30
Apple Launches 'Global Volunteer Program' to Enc...

Apple today notified its employees about a new volunteer program that it's launching, which is designed to encourage Apple employees in select locations to volunteer in their local communities. Under the new Apple Global Volunteer Program, Apple is offering employees a way to receive training and tools to help them create and publicize local volunteer events to better their communities. The program, currently available in the United States, Sydney, and Cork, also aims to help employees find activities to volunteer for. Since its launch in 2011, the Apple Matching Gifts Program has been an astounding success, with a combined total of over $78 million donated to charities and non-profits around the world. Now employees in the U.S. have a new way to make an even bigger impact on the causes they care about where they live: the Apple Global Volunteer Program. The...

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09:54
Apple to Lure Android Users to iPhone With New Trade-In Pr...

Apple plans to lure Android switchers to the iPhone by offering them Apple gift cards in exchange for their Android devices, reports 9to5Mac. The gift cards will be available under a new recycling and trade-in program that will provide in-store credit for users who trade in old smartphones, including those that come from rival smartphone manufacturers. The new program will work similarly to Apple's existing trade-in program, which provides users with gift cards for older Apple devices that can be used towards a new purchase. Value of the gift cards provided to Android switchers will vary based on the individual device, its age, and its condition. Apple has been making efforts in recent months to attract users...

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09:32
'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' Film Debuts...

Following the premiere of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine this weekend at SXSW in Austin, Texas, reviews of the film have begun circulating in the media. The Guardian notes that the documentary portrays Jobs as "a man with dazzling talent and monomaniacal focus, but utterly lacking in empathy," with director Alex Gibney showing several examples of the late Apple co-founder's less-desirable behaviour that are typically overshadowed by his successes. "Yet this man, whose belief in his own righteousness was unshakeable, also terminated Apple’s philanthropic programmes, presided over huge corporate tax evasion, paid Chinese workers making iPhones a pittance, and only stumped up maintenance for his first daughter after dragging his ex-girlfriend through the courts,...

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09:01
Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to Developer...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of OS X Yosemite to developers and public beta testers, almost a month after seeding the first OS X 10.10.3 beta and just days after releasing the third beta to developers. Today's beta appears to be nearly identical to the third 10.10.3 beta released last week, but it appears to solve a problem that prevented beta 3 from working with the new 2015 Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The new beta, build 14D105g, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Earlier betas of OS X 10.10.3 have brought several new features to Yosemite, including the new Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo Library, Photos for OS X is a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture and is on...

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06:46
Retina MacBook Pro Users Complain of Anti-Reflective Displ...

A growing number of users have turned to the Apple Support Communities, MacRumors discussion forums and Facebook in recent weeks to voice their complaints about the anti-reflective coating on Retina MacBook Pros becoming stained or wearing off. The long-standing display issue appears to affect several MacBook Pros, including mid-2012 to mid-2014 models sold between June 2012 and present. The anti-reflective coating appears to be wearing off under a variety of circumstances, including the pressure of the keys and trackpad on the display and the use of third-party cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths. While the issue is typically isolated to small areas of the screen, some users have shared pictures showing the anti-reflective coating...

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05:11
The Race is on to double the iPhone's Battery Life...

The topic of batteries has been in the news a lot lately. In February we learned that Apple had been sued by an advanced battery company called A123 Systems for "employee raiding" or poaching. The technology could be for a car battery but also for advanced smart-device batteries. Last week Apple ...

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03:35
Apple's Strong Calendar Q1 2015 Sales Acknowledged as...

A report from Korea today notes that UBS is expecting that iPhone sales will reach 58 million this quarter while Barclays ...

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Sunday March 15

07:38
IBM Works with BlackBerry and Samsung on New "SecuTab...

In November we posted a report titled "BlackBerry and Samsung Form Alliance to Challenge Apple-IBM." It marked the very first time that the two companies had teamed up for a major product. The new partnership was designed to compete head-on with the new Apple-IBM alliance. Last night it was reported that the two companies are working ...

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06:42
Apple Granted Three Design Patents in China for "Tab...

It was discovered today in Hong Kong China's Patent Office database that Apple had received three design patents for their iOS feature known as "Tab View," late last month. An example of Apple's Tab view feature is presented in a screenshot below. This creative iOS feature was first introduced with iOS 7 for the iPhone and was then later added...

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Saturday March 14

10:51
The New MacBook makes you Dream of What Could Be

Our only coverage of the Spring Forward Special Event this week centered on the new MacBook. When Apple's CEO Tim Cooked was cuing up the introduction of the MacBook he stated that "We challenged ourselves to take everything that we had learned designing iPhone and iPad and do something incredibly ambitious and bold. We challenged ourselves to reinvent the notebook ...

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08:22
Daiwa Securities: TSMC has Won Most of Apple's A9 Bus...

Today we posted a report titled "Samsung Wins SSD Contract with Apple for new MacBook." The news from Korea also noted that Samsung had won 80% of Apple's next generation A9 processor business ...

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03:46
Samsung Wins SSD Contract with Apple for new MacBook

Now that Samsung has reportedly sown up 80% of Apple's A9 processor business for the next generation iPhones, news out of Korea late yesterday claims that Samsung Electronics has struck another major chip deal with Apple with an estimated monetary value ...

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Friday March 13

17:15
John Gruber: Apple Invented USB Type C

During its Spring Forward Apple media event, Apple announced that the new 12-inch MacBook would adopt the new USB standard USB Type C, which is a multifaceted port that can do multiple things like video and charging. In the newest episode of his podcast The Talk Show, John Gruber mentioned that Apple may have invented the new standard. I have heard, can't say who, but let's call them "informed little birdies", that USB-C is an Apple invention and that they gave it to the standard bodies. And that the politics of such is that they can't really say that. They're not going to come out in public and say it, but they did. It is an Apple invention and they do want it to become a standard....

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12:24
New Survey Results: 69% of Americans will say No to Apple...

A new report this afternoon is claiming that Apple's new smartwatch may be a tough sell, with 69 percent of Americans indicating they are not interested in buying the gadget, according to ...

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10:39
Benchmarks Confirm New MacBook Air Brings Decent Speed Imp...

Earlier this week, we shared some Geekbench benchmarks for the Broadwell processors in the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and the new 13-inch MacBook Air, which pointed towards speeds that were comparable to mid-2014 models. At the time, we noted the results might shift once more data came in and the machines got past their initial housekeeping tasks, and Primate Labs' John Poole has now shared additional benchmarks for all stock versions of the new machines. The new data indicate that performance improvements may indeed be somewhat better than initially thought, though still relatively moderate. On the new MacBook Air, both the default 1.6 GHz Core i5 chip and the 2.2 GHz Core i7 chip available as an upgrade performed somewhat better than their predecessors on the 32-bit single-core test, but there were more...

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09:40
Apple Watch Companion App Revealed in New Screenshots From...

iOS developer Hamza Sood has shared further screenshots of the official Apple Watch app on iOS 8.2, providing a closer look at what the companion software looks like after pairing an Apple Watch. In particular, the screenshots reveal an Apple Watch setting menu for configuring the app layout, notifications, glances, brightness and text size, sounds and haptics, individual apps, internal options, and more. Apple Watch settings are similar to those found on iPhone, with About, Software Update and Automatic Downloads menus under General alongside options to adjust the watch orientation, accessibility, language and region, and Apple ID settings. Two toggle switches allow for Handoff and wrist detection to be enabled, the latter of which locks your Apple Watch when you're not using it to keep your information secure.A few more interesting things...

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06:51
Apple's 'Project Titan' Car Research May Be...

Apple's "Project Titan", its secretive and much-rumored electric car project, may involve a campus leased by Apple last year that is located in Sunnyvale, California, just a few minutes from the company's main 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, reports AppleInsider. According to "two people with knowledge of the project", the company has been receiving shipments that may be related to the project's development at the Sunnyvale address, though it remains unclear if that location is indeed the headquarters of the car project. According to one AppleInsider source familiar with "Titan," many of Apple's new auto-related hires, including recruits from Tesla, have been working out of the Sunnyvale campus. This person claims that some of the projects underway there have been...

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05:49
'Activity' Companion App for Apple Watch Found H...

iOS developer Hamza Sood has tweeted a series of screenshots from iOS 8.2 that provide a closer look at the upcoming "Activity" companion app for Apple Watch previewed on the Apple Watch microsite. Activity does not show up on iPhone until an Apple Watch is paired with the device, at which point the app provides a comprehensive overview of your daily activity and workout history.So the Fitness app does exist on 8.2, it's just hidden until you connect an Apple Watch pic.twitter.com/R1BgnKYRHe— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) March 12, 2015 The main History tab allows you to view your Activity rings on a calendar to track how much walking, standing and exercise you have done, sorted over the course of a day, month or year. A second Achievements tab...

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05:41
Apple Wastes no Time in Filing a Trademark for "Resea...

On Monday March 9, Apple introduced ResearchKit, a healthcare research open source platform that has the power to transform medical research. Today ...

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04:35
Microsoft's Digital Assistant Cortana May Be Heading...

Microsoft is beefing up "Cortana", its virtual voice assistant found in its line of Windows Phones, with plans to provide her contextual reminders and various other features on iOS and Android devices later this year, according to Reuters. Announced for Windows 10 desktops earlier this year, Microsoft is planning to upgrade Cortana's functions even more through research from an artificial intelligence project called "Einstein." Reuters notes that the new iteration of Cortana would double-down on her being less reactive, akin to iOS users needing to instigate Siri commands themselves, and more proactive. The virtual assistant, named after an artificial intelligence character who appears in most of the main Halo games, could...

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Thursday March 12

15:13
Tim Cook Calls Jim Cramer on 'Mad Money', Talks...

Apple CEO Tim Cook called into "Mad Money" on CBNC today to speak to host Jim Cramer in honor of the show's 10th anniversary, where he shared some thoughts on ResearchKit, Apple's competitors, Apple Pay, the next frontiers of product development, and more. When asked what he believes the "next frontiers" will be when it comes to product development, Tim Cook highlighted health as "the biggest one of all," along with cars and the home. According to Cook, devices like the Apple Watch and services like ResearchKit and the Health app that allow people to track their own health and fitness are part of a market that's "probably significantly underestimated." Cook called ResearchKit, which the company debuted on Monday, "an absolute game changer." ResearchKit is an open source software framework aimed at researchers, and several apps...

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15:08
Samsung Thinks that their New Flexible Smartphone Design C...

There's no doubt that Samsung is in search for new smartphone form factors that involve flexible displays ...

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12:53
The leading offline Navigation app HERE is now available o...

Nokia's HERE is a global leader in the mapping and location intelligence business. HERE maps can be found in four out of five cars in North America and Europe with integrated in-dash navigation. And while most Apple fans will prefer to stick with Apple Maps and enjoy it with CarPlay, there are many ...

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12:42
'Becoming Steve Jobs' Leaks: Tim Cook Offered Jo...

There's a new Steve Jobs book coming out later this month, written by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life, and Rick Tetzeli, editor at Fast Company. The book, Becoming Steve Jobs, isn't set to be released until March 24, but Cult of Mac discovered some of the contents could be read using Amazon's "Look Inside the Book" feature and shared a few interesting tidbits that we haven't heard before. One of the best parts is a story about Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, which took place when Steve Jobs first got sick. When Jobs was ill and needed a new liver, Tim Cook offered to donate a portion of his own liver because the two shared a blood type. Jobs turned down Cook's offer and later received a full liver transplant in 2009.After discovering that...

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These are All the Apple Watch Apps and G...
The Apple Watch is less than a month from hitting store shelves, and once you get your hands on it you're probably going to want some apps and games to install. Fear not! We've compiled a list of all the Apple Watch apps and games we've been able to find so far. Games Rules! By TheCodingMonkeys App Store Description: RULES! is a cute puzzle game... | Read more »
Appy to Have Known You - Lee Hamlet Look...
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Hands-On With Allstar Heroes - A Promisi...
Let’s get this out of the way quickly. Allstar Heroes looks a lot like a certain other recent action RPG release, but it turns out that while it’s not yet available here, Allstar Heroes has been around for much longer than that other title. Now that copyright row is out of the way, I can say that Allstar Heroes seems pretty fun. It’s not out here... | Read more »
Macho Man and Steve Austin Join the Rank...
WWE Immortals, by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WWE, has gotten a superstar update. You'll now have access to Macho Man Randy Savage and Steve Austin. Both characters have two different versions: Macho Man Randy Savage Renegade or Macho King, and Stone Cold Steve Austin Icebound Watcher or Texas Rattlesnake. | Read more »
Fearless Fantasy is Fantastic for the iF...
I actually had my first look at Fearless Fantasy last year at E3, but it was on a PC so there wasn't much for me to talk about. But now that I've been able to play with a pre-release version of the iOS build, there's quite a bit for me to talk about. | Read more »
MLB Manager 2015 (Games)
MLB Manager 2015 5.0.14 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 5.0.14 (iTunes) Description: Guide your favorite MLB franchise to glory! MLB Manager 2015, officially licensed by MLB.com and based on the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball series, is the most fun and realistic baseball game ever created for... | Read more »
Breath of Light (Games)
Breath of Light 1.0.1421 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.1421 (iTunes) Description: Hold a quiet moment.Breath of Light is a meditative and beautiful puzzle game with a hypnotic soundtrack by Winterpark.BEAUTIFULInspired by modern minimalism combined with a range of meditative art styles, from Zen... | Read more »
WWE WrestleMania Tags into the App Store
Are You ready to rumble? The official WWE WrestleMania app, by World Wrestling Entertainment, is now available. Now you can get all your WrestleMania info in one place before anyone else. The app offers details on superstar signings, interactive venue maps, event schedules, WrestleMania Superstore hours, stadium information, and more. You can also... | Read more »
Bio Inc's New Expansion is Infectin...
Bio Inc., by DryGin Studios, is the real time strategy game where you infect a human body with the worst virus your evil brain can design. Recently, the game was updated to add a whole lot of new features. Now you can play the new “Lethal” difficulty, which chakllenges even hardcore players. If you aren't quite there yet you can still enjoy the “... | Read more »
The Monocular Minion is Here! Despicable...
Despicable Me: Minion Rush, by Gameloft, is introducing a new runner to the mix in their latest update. Now you can play as Carl, the prankster minion. Carl has a few new abilities to play with, including running at a higher speed from the start. Gameloft has also added Eduardo's House as a new area. You'll be able to race through the infamous El... | Read more »
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