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Thursday January 8

06:26
One of Apple's Technical Touch ID Patents comes to Li...

On Jan 8, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals certain aspects of the technology behind fingerprint sensors that measure fingerprint patterning ...

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05:14
Apple Patent Points to a Possible Future 3D Camera and Ext...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple that shows that they're updating their 3D invention. The additions are key and in sync with a newly discovered patent in Europe regarding a 3D camera.

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Wednesday January 7

19:54
iPod Shuffle Shipping Times Worsen as Retail Stores Run Ou...

Supplies of Apple's lowest priced iPod, the $49 iPod shuffle, are temporarily dwindling as shipping times on Apple's website drop to 7 - 10 days and Apple Retail Stores run out of stock around the country, reports 9to5Mac. According to multiple sources, supplies of the iPod Shuffle are dwindling across Apple’s physical retail and online channels. In fact, Apple has warned its retail employees that Shuffle supplies will be short for an unspecified period of time and that customers seeking to buy a Shuffle via a retail store should be directed to Apple’s online store.The other two iPod lines, the nano and touch, aren't seeing the same dwindling of supplies as they both display 24 hour shipping times and are available now in most of Apple's retail stores. It's unclear why the shuffle is seeing supply problems, but one possibility is that Apple is seeing a temporary...

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14:13
MailOnline CEO Verbally bombed all Apple Watch Competitors

MailOnline is the world's biggest English language newspaper website. In June the company announced the appointment of Jon Steinberg as its North America Chief Executive Officer. Jon is a world-leading, senior digital media executive who joined the MailOnline North America from BuzzFeed where he was President and COO. Jon is a CNBC contributor to Squawk Alley, the network's technology and...

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13:45
Apple Seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Build 14C94b to Develope...

Apple today seeded a fourth beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, nearly four weeks after the previous beta release. The interval between seeds was slightly longer than usual for recent updates, presumably due to the holiday pause. The new beta, build 14C94b, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Apple continues to ask developers to focus their testing on Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver. Wi-Fi in particular has been an issue for some OS X Yosemite users since the operating system's October launch, and OS X 10.10.1 released in November failed to resolve all of those problems. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • August Launches 'Connect' Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet...

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13:34
Apple's iCloud Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit

A non-practicing entity by the name of Hall Data Sync Technologies has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iCloud.

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11:52
Graphene based Batteries Could Charge an iPhone in 10 Minu...

The top tech need on the mind of most Americans isn’t sharper televisions, smarter watches; its better batteries.

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10:20
Q4 iPhone Sales Estimates Point to between 67-71 Million U...

According to InvestCorrectly, current sell-side average analyst's estimates appear to be in the 64 to 65 million range for iPhone sales in calendar Q4, AAPL's Q1. However, using the UBS Evidence Lab Phone Monitor is raising its first quarter estimate for iPhone sales to 70.9 million units.

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09:38
Apple Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit Relating to Bluetooth

Nevada's Adaptive Data has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's use of Bluetooth in a manner ...

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08:11
AT&T Announces New Limited Data Rollover Feature for M...

Following T-Mobile's recently announced "Data Stash" program allowing customers to roll over unused data to subsequent months, AT&T today announced it will launch a similar data program later this month. The new feature will be available at no additional charge to the 50 million users on the carrier's Mobile Share Value plans. "Rollover Data is an added benefit of being an AT&T Mobile Share Value customer and it’s just another way that we’re saying thanks to our more than 50 million plus Mobile Share Value subscribers," said Glenn Lurie, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility. "We’re providing even more value and flexibility, and the best part is it’s simple, shareable and easy to track for our customers. All Mobile Share Value...

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07:56
iOS 8 Now Installed on 68 Percent of Active iOS Devices

Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 has seen its adoption rate grow to 68 percent of compatible iOS devices, according to new numbers posted on the Apple Developer Support page. With Apple updating data publicly every few weeks, this latest data point represents a four percentage point bump in adoption since the last update on December 23. The significant increase highlights Apple's strong performance in device activation numbers over the holidays to add to the company's iOS 8 user base. Over the longer term, installation numbers are up 5 percentage points over the past month and up 12 percentage points in the past two months. iOS 7 usage has...

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07:47
Is Apple's Radical Universal Connector Ready for Prim...

Back in October 2013, Apple filed for a patent regarding a radical new connector that could replace the standard USB, HDMI ...

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06:53
Strong iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Sales Lead to Smartphone Market...

The latest smartphone sales data released today from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech highlights good news for Apple on the strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, with Apple gaining share year-over-year in every country surveyed except for Japan. The report, focusing on the September-November 2014 period, points out that Android market share dropped in most European markets and saw its first decline in the U.S. since September 2013. In the surveyed period, Apple reached 42.5 percent of UK sales, up 12.2 percentage points from the same time in 2013. In the U.S., the Cupertino-based company's share of smartphone sales grew 4.3 points to reach 47.4 percent of the market, an unsurprising performance given the strong early sales of the company's latest iPhones. More data from Apple...

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06:20
Apple's iPhone 6 Grows Market Share Globally, with UK...

In July we reported that the iPhone 5S and 5C were the top selling smartphones in Britain and more surprisingly that iPhone users accounted for close to 50% of the country's web traffic. Today, new data shows that Apple's new iPhone 6 models have boosted iPhone sales to ....

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Tuesday January 6

17:33
CES 2015: Reach79's iPhone 6 Case Claims to Double Si...

At CES 2015, Antenna79 announced a new brand of cases called Reach79 , which claims to boosts signal strength and performance up to two times for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. “We all want to get the most from our smartphones, and that’s exactly what Reach79 cases were designed to do,” said David Vigil, CEO, Antenna79. “Powered by patented antenna technology, Reach79 cases are the first performance-enhancing smartphone cases designed for speed. Each case is embedded with a micro-thin, gold-plated antenna that works to increase your smartphone’s signal strength so your phone can do more for you.”Reach79 says that the stronger signal strength provided by its cases can improve battery life as the phone woudln't have to work as hard to pick up a signal. Additionally, the company says it improves user experience with less dropped calls and faster download speeds and greater signal coverage. The cases also come with military grade drop protection. The...

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12:51
Apple Targeting March for Apple Watch Launch, Retail Train...

While Apple has yet to publicly announce a specific launch date for the Apple Watch beyond "Early 2015", sources speaking to 9to5Mac say the company is currently planning for a March debut in the initial wave of countries. Sources in the retail segment indicate that select store employees will undergo centralized Apple Watch training the week of February 9, with those employees in turn training others at their individual stores in the days leading up to the device's launch. One or two representatives from many Apple Stores in the United States, depending on store and market size, will be sent to Apple offices in either Cupertino, California or Austin, Texas to learn first-hand about the Watch. These training programs will take place between February 9th and February 16th.The report indicates Apple has been continuing to refine various aspects of the Apple Watch since its September unveiling, focusing mostly on...

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11:46
Apple's 12-Inch Retina MacBook Air Shown in Artist...

In a set of artist renditions, 9to5Mac offers a look at Apple's long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The renditions and details shared in the report are consistent with previous reports on the machine, although plans do sometimes change during the development process. As previously described in rumors, the next MacBook Air will have roughly the same footprint as the current 11-inch model, but include a 12-inch display nestled inside narrower bezels. The machine's keyboard will also extend from edge to edge while the speakers move to a set of grilles above the keyboard. Comparison of 12-inch Retina MacBook Air (left) with current 11-inch MacBook Air (right) As part of Apple's effort to reduce the thickness of the MacBook Air, the new 12-inch model will...

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08:15
CES 2015: 'Schlage Sense' Smart Lock Allows Siri...

Schlage, a division of technology-focused safety and security company Allegion, has announced at CES this year the Schlage Sense, a touch-pad enabled smart lock for homeowners that most notably allows users to command Siri to unlock their doors thanks to integration with Apple's HomeKit. The company's first Bluetooth-enabled lock, the Schlage Sense allows users to simply enter a code to gain access to their house using the back-lit touchpad or a smartphone with a free-to-download app. HomeKit integration also brings added security and end-to-end encryption and authentication when the Schlage Sense lock interacts with a user's smartphone via the app.The Schlage Sense system has the ability to manage and schedule up to 30 codes at the same time through a dedicated, easy-to-use app, which offers an additional layer of key-free convenience. The Schlage Sense app allows...

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06:59
CES 2015: AT&T Announces 4G LTE Smartcase With MicroSD...

AT&T today announced the upcoming availability of its new Modio smartcase that will add 4G LTE connectivity to a Wi-Fi-only iPad or iPad mini. The Modio smartcase will be compatible with the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini. The Modio will allow Wi-Fi iPad owners to connect to AT&T's 4G LTE network using the data available on the customers' Mobile Share plans. Mobile Share allows customers to pay for a monthly data allotment that is shared between smartphones, tablets and other connected devices. Beyond cellular connectivity, the Modio smartcase also includes its own 4,600 mAh battery to support up to 10 hours of use, along with a microSD card slot that can be used to store up to 32 GB of media and other files. Case owners can install the accompanying...

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06:13
Apple Granted 28 Patents Covering an Active Stylus and a D...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 28 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two main patents. The first covers an active stylus and the second one covers an emergency 911 system. The latter is designed to assist an iPhone user in case of an emergency such as a car accident...

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04:20
Apple Granted a Patent for an Ambitious Lifestreaming Mobi...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 28 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. About a year ago Apple acquired BroadMap and today we cover one of their inventions relating to lifestreaming and smart-glasses that could record important events and life's greater moments, naturally.

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02:26
Unlocked, SIM-Free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models Now Availabl...

As indicated yesterday, Apple has begun selling unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on its U.S. online store. Pricing for the SIM-free versions of both phones are the same as the other unsubsidized models. The 16, 64, and 128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 are sold for $649, $749, and $849 respectively, while the 16, 64, and 128GB configurations of the iPhone 6 Plus run $100 higher than the aforementioned iPhone 6 models. The SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the same as the full-priced, carrier-specific models that have been sold by Apple since the launch of both phones. For example, the iPhone 6 models offered by T-Mobile have been unlocked since launch, although it is unknown why Apple chooses...

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01:52
Apple Granted a Patent for Advanced Flexible iPhones &...

Back on April 10 2013 Patently Apple was first to discover and report on Apple's advanced invention for not only flexible displays but also for possible future flexible iPhones and other iDevices. The patent was discovered in Europe. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent for this invention.

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Monday January 5

16:24
Apple's Q1 FY15 Conference Call Scheduled for January...

Apple has announced that Q1 FY15 Earnings Release is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

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15:53
Fire Phone Flops, Heads Roll, Amazon Sings a Defensive Tun...

In October we reported that Amazon Q3 Financials had shown that their newly hyped Fire Phone had gone down in Flames and that it didn't look like it would be any better going into the holiday season. Today we learned that a lot of heads rolled over the disastrous Fire Phone and Echo results - even though Amazon is trying to spin it.

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