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Wednesday August 19

04:20
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Released With Windows 10 and...

Parallels today announced the release of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac with dual support for OS X El Capitan, Windows 10 and always-on access to Microsoft's intelligent personal assistant Cortana. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition were also released for business customers, developers, designers and power users. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is virtualization software that enables users to use OS X El Capitan and Windows 10 side by side without rebooting, including full support for Windows and Mac apps. The software includes a setup assistant for switching from PC to Mac, one-click optimization settings, Linux and Google Chrome support, advanced security features and more. The latest version of Parallels Desktop also features Quick Look for Windows documents, Travel Mode for...

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03:33
Parallels 11 Desktop for Mac with Windows 10 is now Availa...

Since 2006 Parallels has been providing Parallels Desktop for Mac, software that provides hardware virtualization for Macs with Intel processors and today they're introducing Parallels 11 ...

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Tuesday August 18

19:58
Apple to Demote iPod Stock to Accessory Shelves In Retail...

Apple will relocate iPod stock from the sales floor and back storage area to the accessory shelves and remove the iPad-based Smart Signs that sit next to many display devices starting on Wednesday, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. The changes are an effort by Apple to simplify the shopping experience in its retail stores. Apple is preparing to make significant changes to its stores to simplify the experience by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, according to several Apple Retail managers briefed today on the plans. Apple will begin rolling out these notable changes overnight on Tuesday to stores in the United States so that customers who begin coming in on Wednesday see the refreshed look.Apple's signature products, the iPad, Mac, iPhone, iPod and Apple Watch, have typically been stored in the back storage area of an Apple Store. A...

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14:06
Apple Watch Hacked to Display Custom Watch Faces

Apple doesn't allow developers to create custom watch faces for the Apple Watch, preferring to maintain control over the general look of the device, but that hasn't stopped iOS developer Hamza Sood from tinkering with the Apple Watch and getting a custom watch face uploaded onto the device. In a tweet posted this afternoon, Sood shared a video of a custom animated watch face with multiple color options. After some haxx... Custom watch faces on Apple Watch!

Watch face source code is on GitHub:
https://t.co/7ZvOz8nK34 pic.twitter.com/nQGJKlp6kt— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) August 18, 2015 The watch face source code that was used to create the custom watch face has been made available on...

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12:42
The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern takes Carplay...

In June we posted a report titled "The First Corvettes Roll off the Production Line with CarPlay." Today, the Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern takes CarPlay for a spin ...

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12:11
Apple Pay to Successfully Tap into Worldwide Mobile Paymen...

In a new IDC report published today they predict that worldwide mobile payments will account for $1 trillion USD in value in 2017, up 124% from the less than $500 million USD expected in 2015.

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12:10
CarPlay Praised as Wider Rollout Begins, but Lacks Smarts...

Despite being announced just over two years ago, CarPlay is only now becoming a built-in option in select new 2015 and 2016 vehicles by Chevrolet, Honda, Volkswagen and other car manufacturers. The in-dash system enables drivers to use Siri for hands-free access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts and third-party apps such as Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio and MLB At Bat. CarPlay touchscreen on dashboard of 2016 Corvette Stingray (Image: WSJ) With CarPlay starting to become a feature car buyers will be considering, Joanna Stern of ...

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10:50
Apple Files for ResearchKit Icon Trademark in Europe, Wins...

On August 7 Apple filed for two trademarks covering 'ResearchKit.' Today, the EU Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's trademark application for their ResearchKit Icon. Apple was also granted a design patent ...

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09:09
Apple Seeds Fifth OS X El Capitan Beta to Public Beta Test...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, two weeks after seeding the fourth beta and a month after providing the first OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes. Today's beta has a build number of 15A262c. It is not clear what is included in the fifth public beta as Apple has not released a new seventh OS X El Capitan developer beta, breaking its pattern of seeding betas to developers ahead of public testers. Past betas have featured no outward-facing changes, so it's likely this beta also focuses on internal performance improvements and bug fixes to get the operating system ready for its public launch. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program and already have the public beta...

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08:41
Nearly Half of Apple Music Users in U.S. No Longer Using F...

A new study by consumer research firm MusicWatch finds that 77% of iOS users in the United States are aware of Apple Music, with 11% currently using the streaming music service. Additionally, among those that signed up for Apple Music's three-month trial, 48% said they are no longer using the service and 61% reported they have turned off the auto-renewal subscription option in iTunes. Apple Music has attracted more users from Spotify Premium than ad-supported services such as Spotify Free and Pandora:More than one quarter (28 percent) of Spotify Premium customers also use Apple Music, but the draw from popular ad-supported services is more modest: Just 11 percent of Spotify Free users, and 6 percent of Pandora users, now use Apple’s offering. “In terms of benchmarking Apple Music, 40 percent of iOS users are buying digital downloads from iTunes, suggesting trial of Apple Music could be higher...

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08:37
A MusicWatch Apple Music Survey Shows that 61% of those tr...

According to a new survey by MusicWatch, nearly half the people who have tried the six-week old Apple Music streaming service are not currently using it. In fact 61% of survey respondents ...

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07:07
Apple Seeks to Invalidate a Patent in Ongoing Patent Infri...

Back in 2012 Apple was sued by EON Corporation over Apple TV and iTunes interactive video services using four patents. Late yesterday Apple filed a lawsuit against EON. More specifically,

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04:24
Apple Announces this Year's Apple Music Festival in L...

Earlier today Apple announced that Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are among the headliners at the 2015 Apple Music Festival at London’s Roundhouse this September.

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03:00
Apple Watch Users Embracing Apple Pay for Everyday Purchas...

Apple Pay on iPhone is a convenient and secure way to make payments without taking a debit or credit card out of your wallet, but you still need to take the smartphone out of your pocket to make a purchase. For that reason, Apple Pay has proven more transformative on Apple Watch, since the device is worn on the wrist and readily available for contactless payments. Apple Pay with a phone is still just taking something out of your pocket. Not transformative. With a watch it's amazing. End of friction— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) June 28, 2015 The latest data from research firm Wristly supports that notion, with 80% of the over 1,000 respondents surveyed in the U.S. and U.K. claiming they have used Apple Pay on an Apple Watch at least once. The remaining 20% of respondents indicated they "do not perceive a benefit" to Apple Pay, have security concerns or believe their...

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02:31
Apple Granted 39 Patents Today Covering Technology behind...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a fingerprint invention that's a part of Apple's Touch ID system and a motion pattern and gesture recognition system.

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00:58
Apple Granted Patent for iBeacon Indoor Location Mapping

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's future iBeacon based indoor location mapping for iOS devices. Granted Patent Title: Enhancing User Services with Indoor Traffic Information Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to techniques for monitoring device locations within...

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Monday August 17

22:13
Apple Music Festival Bringing Pharrell, One Direction, and...

Apple today announced its 2015 Apple Music Festival lineup for next month, a free concert series that will bring Pharrell, One Direction, Florence + The Machine, and more to London's Roundhouse. A revamped version of the previous iTunes Festival, the 2015 version will see a scaled-down lineup with ten dates from September 19–28, down from the usual 30 nights extending throughout the month. Apple will broadcast performances to music fans around the world for free, which can be viewed live and on-demand on Apple Music. The Apple Music Festival lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers with coverage on Beats 1℠ alongside backstage news and footage straight from the artists on Apple Music Connect. “We wanted to do something really special for music fans this year,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and...

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19:51
USPTO Invalidates One of Apple's iPhone Design Patent...

FOSS Patents reported tonight that the Central Reexamination Division of the United States Patent and Trademark Office has reexamined one of the key iPhone design patents in the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit. The validity of one of the patents (618,677) has received a non-final rejection: The problem the D'677 patent faces here is that the USPTO has determined (for now) that this patent "is not entitled to benefit of the filing date" of two previous Apple design patent applications because the design at issue was not disclosed in those earlier applications. As a result, certain prior...

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14:56
Apple's MacBook Air Leads the Industry in Ultraportab...

According to a new IDC report, Apple’s MacBook Air continues to lead all ultraportable PCs. The ultraportable category covers netbooks, laptops ...

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14:16
Microsoft Unofficially introduces the 'NewsCast'...

Microsoft Bing is testing a new iOS app called 'NewsCast' that uses text-to-voice technology to help iOS users...

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13:41
Developer Skips Reporting OS X Security Hole to Apple

Engadget reports this afternoon that a developer revealed a Mac security hole without telling Apple.

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13:10
Apple Display Supplier LG Develops 'Game Changing...

Apple had decided long ago to explore AMOLED displays when they recruited a former senior researcher at LG Display, Dr. Lee Jeung-jil ...

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09:45
iOS 9.1 Web Activity Tapers Off After Surfacing in July

Even as we await the public launch of iOS 9 in September, Apple is already looking ahead to iOS 9.1. During a two week span in July, Apple engineers appear to have focused their attention on developing the first major update to iOS 9, as seen in the MacRumors visitor logs from Apple IPs. Beginning on July 21, we started seeing a small number of hits from devices running iOS 9.1. Visits picked up on July 22 and peaked in the dozens on July 28, before dying down as August approached. The majority of hits we received came from an iPad or iPad mini-sized device, while the rest came from a device the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus. It is not clear if the visits came from existing iOS devices or from new devices that are in testing, including the iPhone 6s Plus and the iPad mini 3. Visits to MacRumors.com from devices running iOS 9.1 Visits from iOS 9.1 devices have since tapered off, suggesting Apple's iOS team is once again working on getting iOS 9 ready for...

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09:10
German Carriers Preparing for September 18 iPhone 6s Launc...

Two of the three major mobile providers in Germany are said to be preparing for an iPhone 6s launch on Friday, September 18, reports German Apple news site Macerkopf [Google Translate]. Carriers expect the iPhone 6s to be available for purchase beginning on that date, which is in line with previous rumors and past launch timelines. Earlier this month, BuzzFeed's John Packzkowski, who has reliably predicted several Apple event dates in the past, said Apple would hold its iPhone 6 launch event on Wednesday, September 9. After launch events, Apple typically accepts pre-orders on the Friday...

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05:39
Russia's New Internet Law Kicks in September First wi...

Last July we reported on two stats from Apple's financial conference call regarding Russia. The first was that Russia was in the top five countries for App Store downloads in calendar Q1; the second ...

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