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Friday December 5

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Apple Announces 'Hour of Code' 2014 Campaign for...

Apple today announced that it will once again join'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, 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 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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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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Sketchy Rumor Claims Apple Planning New 4-Inch iPhone for...

Apple is reportedly planning to expand its 2015 iPhone lineup to include a new 4-inch model, according to Asian sources [Google Translate] cited by G for Games. The smaller form factor would bring back the ease of one-hand usage that was lost when Apple introduced its larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. The supply chain sources suggest the new phone may debut in the second half 2015 with female users as the targeted audience for the smaller phone. Even without a new 4-inch model, Apple's history of product lineups suggests the 4-inch iPhone 5s would remain in the lineup in 2015...

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Patent Fulfilled: Apple's Camera Burst Mode Patent Re...

A year ago Apple added the camera function known as Burst Mode to iOS 7. At the top of the year Apple acquired a one-man photo technology startup called "SnappyLabs," which specialized in a camera app for burst mode capture. Today, Apple's Burst Mode patent filing comes to light.

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Apple's Future Mass Transit Commute App comes to Ligh...

Apple was busy in the summer of 2013 acquiring several mass transit app companies such as HopStop, Locationary and most notably Embark that had a great app for customizing trips in your city or in a new city you're visiting. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their future mass transit "Commute App" that's in the works.

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Apple invents a Laser Beam Mapping System for iDevices

On December 4, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a unique laser beam mapping invention. A future mapping application for an iDevice like an iPhone will use a laser sensor and laser beam to gather measurements of a room that includes shapes, distances, attributes of environmental objects and volume...

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Apple Files their Tenth Smart Pen Patent of the Year

On December 4, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new stylus invention relating to an advanced signal detection and demodulation architecture. For a company that supposedly has no interest in a stylus it's amazing that this year alone they've applied for ten new patents covering this type of device. It's evident that Apple has plans of introducing a next-gen smart pen at some point in the future. It's just a matter of time.

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Wednesday December 3

Type More Than 100 Words Per Minute With the New NinType K...

Third-party keyboards like Swype and Fleksy promise to make typing on iPhones and iPads faster with features like predictive text and swiping, but new third-party keyboard NinType goes even further, combining taps, swipes, and shortcuts to allow users to type more than 100 words per minute. Created by app developer Yose Widjaja, NinType's magic comes from its ability to support two-handed swipe-based gestures for spelling out words. Using two thumbs, it's possible to use a combination of taps and swipes to write words and insert punctuation quickly. The NinType typing experience is significantly different from the standard iOS typing experience, so it does take some time to adjust to the two-handed swipe and tap input. Users are advised to use the keyboard as a standard keyboard to begin with, inserting swipe-based words gradually to adjust to the difference. NinType has a built-in game-like tutorial that's designed to walk users through all...

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Apple Secretly Deleted iPod Owners' Songs Downloaded...

Between 2007 and 2009, Apple stealthily deleted content that iPod owners had downloaded from rival music services, reports The Wall Street Journal. The information came to light during an ongoing class action iPod lawsuit that Apple is fighting in court this week, where the Cupertino company is accused of having violated antitrust law by locking its original iPods to the iTunes ecosystem. According to plaintiff attorney Patrick Coughlin, a user who downloaded music from a competing music service to iTunes and then tried to sync the content to an iPod would receive a nondescript error message. The vague message would advise the iPod owner to restore the device to its factory settings, deleting the music that had been downloaded from a rival service and preventing it from being played....

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Photographer Doug Menuez Narrates a Brief Video of Steve J...

A few weeks back photos from documentary photographer Doug Menuez were released and presented on several tech sites. Today the BBC released a short video ..

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipping Times Improve to 3 to 5 Days...

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Apple Store shipping estimates for both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have seen significant improvement, with many models in the online Apple Store now carrying a shipping estimate of 3 to 5 days in the United States. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in all colors and from all carriers in 16 and 64GB configurations now ship within 3 to 5 days, while the more constrained 128GB versions ship within 7 to 10 days. Though the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have been severely constrained since their September debut, Apple has been working hard to improve supplies. The company has reportedly delayed mass production on the iPad Pro to focus on producing more iPhone 6 Plus units, a move that's bolstered available supply. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus stock...

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Apple, HP, Microsoft and Intel await Important IEEE Vote t...

Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of mobile-phone chips, earns more than 60 percent of its profits from businesses licensing its patented wireless technology, collecting $30.5 billion in licensing fees over the past five years. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a professional association that is the world's largest association of technical professionals, is holding a crucial vote this...

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Apple Releases Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1

Apple today released Safari 8.0.1 for OS X Yosemite, Safari 7.1.1 for OS X Mavericks and a Safari 6.2.1 for older versions of OS X. The release comes nearly three weeks after the Safari betas were first seeded to developers. The new Safari builds can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Safari 8.0.1 for OS X Yosemite requires OS X 10.10 or 10.10.1, while Safari 7.1.1 for OS X Mavericks requires OS X 10.9.5 and Safari 6.2.1 for OS X Mountain Lion requires OS X 10.8.5. According to the release notes, Safari 8.0.1 fixes an issue that could prevent history from syncing across devices without iCloud Drive turned on, fixes an issue preventing saved passwords from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain, improves WebGL graphics performance on Retina displays, and allows users to import usernames and passwords from Firefox. Recent Mac and iOS Blog...

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Huawei: Nobody Made Money in Windows Phone

A new report out from Sina Tech out of China today delivered bad news for Microsoft. According to their report "Chinese tech giant Huawei has said neither they nor any company ever made money producing Microsoft's Windows phones." Ouch, that's a zinger.

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