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Monday December 8

09:07
Tim Cook Shows Off Apple Watch to Chinese Internet Officia...

China's minister of the Cyberspace Administration recently sat down with Tim Cook for a meeting that included discussion about the Apple Watch and Chinese security concerns, reports China.com.cn (via Bloomberg Businessweek). Lu's visit to the U.S. also included meetings with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Cook was photographed showing off his wrist watch to Internet Information Officer Lu Wei, who is holding the device in his hand. Though the device is not identified in the source photo, it certainly appears to be the Apple Watch with white Sport Band frequently worn by Cook, and a translation of...

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08:50
MasterCard Teams Up With Gwen Stefani to Promote Apple Pay...

In the latest phase of its Priceless Surprises promotion that rewards cardholders for simply using their credit and debit cards, MasterCard is partnering with Gwen Stefani to offer private performances, unique experiences, and other surprises for customers. The campaign comes with a new ad featuring Apple Pay and Stefani's new single, "Spark the Fire." To kick things off, MasterCard will debut a new 30 second TV spot today featuring Stefani who, with the help of a “Surprise launcher,” sends Priceless Surprises to cardholders paying with their MasterCard with Apple Pay. The spot features Stefani’s new song, Spark The Fire. Surprises include everything from handbags and golf experiences to concert tickets, and even a chance to hang out with Gwen Stefani herself. The spot, directed by Sophie Muller of Wondros, exemplifies...

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06:27
Apple Continues Beefing Up Digital Audio Expertise by Hiri...

Apple is continuing to expand its digital audio expertise with the recent addition of digital signal processing (DSP) expert Dana Massie to its team as an SoC Audio Architect. Massie has over 30 years of extensive experience working with DSP hardware and software architecture with high-profile companies such as Audience and Waves, as well as prior brief stints at Apple and NeXT. While at Audience for the past nine years, Massie was the Director of DSP chip architecture, focused on developing "the most advanced audio processing algorithms available for speech enhancement." Massie also formerly worked at Apple starting in 2002 as the manager of audio hardware. In his year-long stint, Massie was responsible for the audio input/output system on Apple desktops and notebooks. Apple and Audience have a history of working together, with Apple licensing Audience's voice processing technology to use in its iPhone 4 and 4s...

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03:06
Apple's Best of the iTunes Store 2014: 'Elevate...

Apple today released the 2014 version of its iTunes Store awards, which highlights the best music, movies, TV shows, apps, books and podcasts of the year. Here are some of the top-level winners for 2014: Apps: iPhone App of the Year: Elevate - Brain Training iPhone Game of the Year: Threes! iPad App of the Year: Pixelmator iPad Game of the Year: Monument Valley Music: Best Artist: Beyoncé Best Album: 1989 by Taylor Swift Best Song: Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) by Iggy Azalea Best...

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Sunday December 7

13:32
Apple Debuts New iPad Air 2 TV Ad 'Change' with...

Apple today debuted a new ad for the iPad Air 2 named "Change" which showcases the new tablet being used in a wide variety of professions and situations. The ad shows the tablet being used by artists, motorcycle enthusiasts, photographers, and schoolteachers as its full-screen visuals shrink to resemble the form of the device itself. Apple has also posted a new "Change" section on its website, spotlighting the apps used inside of the ad such as illustration app Tayasui Sketches, cinematography app iStopMotion Plus, automotive app OBD Fusion, and AutoCAD 360. The...

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08:19
Apple Files for iCloud Drive and iBooks Icon Trademarks

On Friday the US Patent & Trademark Office published two of Apple's latest trademark filings for iCloud Drive and the Mac's iBook icon. They were originally ...

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06:58
A Ford Patent Reveals Work with Vehicle Interface UI with...

A Ford Global Technologies (part of Ford Motor Company) patent application published this week by the US Patent Office revealed their work on an-vehicle system using Siri.

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Saturday December 6

15:03
China Grants Apple 27 Design Patents Covering iOS UI'...

On Friday the Hong Kong Patent Office granted Apple a mix of 27 icons and user interfaces relating to iOS. The one exception was the iBooks icon for the Mac. Why these icons were filed and registered as design patents and not trademarks is perhaps a finer point of Chinese law. It's clear that Apple is ...

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08:26
NY Apple Store Stage for Over the Top Die-In Protests

Popular, well-known sites, such as the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue, Times Square, Macy's and the area around the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, were caught up in Friday's "die in" protests. Demonstrators angry over a grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman in the death of an unarmed African-American man, Eric Garner, converged on Friday on some of New...

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Friday December 5

15:23
Steve Jobs Deposition Video Shown in Ongoing iPod Class-Ac...

Apple is in court this week dealing with an ongoing class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of purposefully crippling competing music services and inflating prices by locking iPods and iTunes music to its own ecosystem. Evidence from Steve Jobs, in the form of a series of emails, has played a large role in the case so far, and today, the former Apple CEO was featured in the trial again, when a deposition videotaped in 2011 was shown in court. CNET has been attending the trial since it started earlier this week, and has relayed what Jobs had to say. In the deposition, taped six months before his death, Steve Jobs echoed much of what...

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13:38
Early Apple Employee Bill Fernandez Shares Details on Stev...

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are widely recognized as the major driving forces behind the creation of Apple computer, but there were also several other key employees in the early years who helped establish what is now one of the most valuable companies in the world. TechRepublic has published an in-depth profile and interview with Bill Fernandez, who was Apple's first employee when the company was incorporated in 1977. Fernandez, who helped build the first Apple I and Apple II computers and is credited with introducing Jobs and Wozniak, shares some details on working with a young Steve Jobs, the early days of Apple, and more in the piece. Image courtesy of Bill Fernandez, via TechRepublic Fernandez, who grew up in the heart of Silicon...

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12:32
Intel is on a Roll of Late with Wearables and they Just Mi...

Shortly after Apple introduced their new Apple Watch, the knives came out. One of the leading Swiss watch companies headed by Jean-Claude Biver lashed out at the Apple Watch for being too feminine amongst other things. Of course what he didn't reveal at that time was that his company was secretly racing to come up with a smartwatch that would eventually compete with Apple. Yesterday a rumor surfaced pointing to Intel as likely being the partner that they'll work with to power their first smartwatch.

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09:54
Google Invents a Complicated Iris Scanning System

Biometrics is a class of user verification with the focus of identification of humans using characteristics unique to a particular human. Google thinks that conventional biometric systems and techniques of today are relatively inconvenient to use. The inconvenience is exacerbated as the number of secure devices continues to grow. As such, ..

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07:14
Foxconn Robots Proving Unsuitable for iPhone Assembly, Upd...

Foxconn recently deployed robots to help assemble iPhones and other Apple devices, but so far the program may not be as successful as first anticipated. According to the Chinese economic website Jiemian (via G for Games), the first-generation Foxconn robots are not precise enough to meet Apple's standards. In the first stage of deployment, the "Foxbots" have been tasked with menial jobs that include the assembly of larger components and tightening screws. Unfortunately, the bots are proving to have an accuracy to 0.05 mm, which is above the 0.02 mm tolerance required to assemble Apple's products. Part of the issue involves the lineage...

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04:37
Apple to Support a New Franchise of 500 iOS Stores in Indi...

In 2013 a report came to light that Apple set a goal to have 200 stores selling their products in India. The goal now may be to support a plan backing a new franchise of 500 "iOS" stores.

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Thursday December 4

14:15
The First-Ever 3D-Printed Bust of a U.S. President

The Smithsonian recently teamed up with the White House to take a 3D portrait of President Obama. The first-ever 3D-printed bust of a U.S. President -- a life-size replica of Obama -- is now on display at the Smithsonian Castle after a project that was inspired by the life masks of President Abraham Lincoln. But unlike Lincoln, Obama didn't have...

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14:07
Apple Hiring Maps Engineer to Work on Improved Community C...

Apple is continuing to work on improvements to its Maps app for iOS and OS X, and a new job listing suggests that better use of crowdsourcing and integration with Siri and Passbook are the next features the company will introduce to provide a better Maps experience. The job posting, first shared by 9to5Mac, seeks a "Maps Community Client Software Engineer" to join Apple's Maps team. The engineer will focus on "building and extending the Maps application to allow Apple to crowdsource improvements to the Maps experience," and the position calls for high-level UI development and refining of the "Report a Problem" feature in Maps. According to the job description, deeper integration between Maps and other system services like Passbook and Siri may be on...

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13:47
White House Photographer uses his new iPhone 6 Plus to Cap...

A new report today covers photographer Brooks Kraft who has been covering the White House since 2000, and over the years, he’s had plenty of opportunities to document the unveiling of Christmas decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This year, however, he decided to mix things up a bit — and shot the event with Apple’s new iPhone 6.

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13:19
Eddy Cue Speaks on Apple's DRM Policies in iPod Antit...

In an ongoing class action lawsuit that alleges Apple deliberately crippled competing music services by locking iPods and iTunes music to its own ecosystem, Apple iTunes chief Eddy Cue today testified on Apple's Digital Rights Management (DRM) policies. In the early days of iTunes and the iPod, all iTunes music purchases were encoded with Apple's FairPlay DRM, preventing music bought via iTunes from being played on music players other than the iPod. In the two-pronged antitrust lawsuit that covers both iTunes music being restricted to the iPod and iPods being unable to play content from third-party services, Apple's use of restrictive DRM is one of the major complaints against the company. According to Eddy Cue, in testimony shared by The Verge, Apple was against DRM but was forced to...

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12:36
Apple in Full Support of Naming Alabama Anti-Discriminatio...

Alabama Representative Patricia Todd is introducing a new anti-discrimination bill that will share a name with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Called the Tim Cook Economic Development Act, the forthcoming bill aims to put an end to work-place discrimination based on sexual orientation. Todd was inspired to name the bill in honor of Tim Cook after he condemned discrimination against LGBT employees in Alabama in October after being inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor. "As a state, we took too long to step toward equality," Cook said during his acceptance speech. "We were too slow on equality for African-Americans. We were too slow on interracial marriage, and we are still too slow on equality for the LGBT community." Just days after giving that speech in Alabama, Tim Cook...

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12:30
Samsung asks the U.S. Appeals Court to Throw Out an Order...

According to a new report published this afternoon, Samsung Electronics asked a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to toss out an order that it pay Apple $930 million for infringing on iPhone patents to make its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets.

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11:39
Samsung and LG Could Stumble in 2015 as Qualcomm's Ne...

According to a new Korean report published today, Samsung, LG and other Android smartphone OEMs that design and sell premium smartphones that compete with Apple's iPhone 6 are getting really nervous that they'll be forced to delay their next generation smartphone models that were due out in the first half of 2015. Why? Because Qualcomm is having major problems with their next generation Snapdragon 810 processor that will take more time to solve. That could possibly upset production of new smartphones that were originally scheduled for the first half of the year.

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10:08
Myth Buster: the Woz Reveals the Apple Computer wasn'...

Woz, The Myth Buster: On Monday we read that Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Mythbuster Kari Byron have teamed up to make a new reality show where the two text futuristic new gadgets. The show, called The Woz," hasn't been picked up yet, but the two have been working together filming for potential episodes. Today, the Woz reveals a Myth Buster of his own that will shatter the Apple start-up Myth of it all beginning in Steve Jobs' garage.

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09:47
Apple Announces 'Hour of Code' 2014 Campaign for...

Apple today announced that it will once again join Code.org's "Hour of Code" campaign, hosting a free one-hour introduction on the basics of computer programming at various Apple Stores on December 11. The company also plans to host other workshops and special events for Computer Science Education week, from December 8 to 14. "Hour of Code" is an initiative that's sponsored by non-profit website Code.org, which hosts a variety of tools for learning and teaching programming. Each year, the site hosts a global movement aimed at reaching millions of students through a free workshop that teaches basic programming techniques.Computer Science Education Week is December 8-14. We're supporting Code.org by hosting workshops and other special events at your local Apple Store. Join us on December 11 for the Hour of Code, a free one-hour introduction to the basics of computer...

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09:11
Apple Invents a Way for Service Technicians to replace an...

Apple has invented an apparatus that will make it easy for Apple's service team to replace an iPhone or MacBook battery quickly yet securely. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Battery Removal Apparatus," which covers various methods for removing a device battery. The good news is that it may allow technicians to save an iPhone out of warranty by replacing a battery rather than having to purchase a new costly iPhone. So while Apple isn't giving users direct access to the battery, it's the next best thing.

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