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Thursday January 21

Apple's CEO Met with the EU's Antitrust Chief ov...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Ireland's Sinn Fein Party Says it will Pursue Apple for Taxes Owed if the EU Commission finds them Guilty later this Year." Before we were even able to blink, the news of Apple's CEO pushing back hard ...

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California Joins New York in Effort to Weaken Smartphone E...

As the argument over smartphone encryption continues on between device manufacturers like Apple, devoted to strong encryption, and U.S. federal government officials pushing for backdoors to access data, several states have gotten involved in the fray.

New York State Assemblymember Matthew Titone introduced a bill last summer that would require smartphone manufacturers to create devices that can be decrypted or unlocked or face fines, and now California State Assemblymember Jim Cooper is following in his footsteps.

Cooper on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require any smartphone manufactured after January 1, 2017 and sold in California to "be capable of being decrypted...

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Microsoft's Office 365 Introduces Major new Features...

Today Microsoft announced a number of improvements and ways to work with Office for the Mac, iPad and iPad Pro.

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Productivity App Sale Offers 50% Off Clear, 1Password, Du...

Apple is offering 50 percent off a range of productivity apps as part of a "Get Productive" iOS App Store promotion that's taking place this week. Each app is available at a 50 percent discount from its regular App Store pricing. Many well-known apps like Clear, Things, Drafts 4, and Deliveries are included in the promotion.

Available apps cover a wide range of productivity tasks, from note-taking and editing PDFs to creating to-dos, making scans, converting currency, and more. A full list of apps and their pricing with the discount is below:

- PDF Expert 5, a PDF editing tool - $4.99

- Duet Display, for using an iPad or iPhone as a second monitor - $7.99


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University of Notre Dame Law School submits a 'Friend...

On Monday we posted a report titled "Major Tech Coalition is Once Again Backing Samsung in Patent Case against Apple that may go to the Supreme Court" The coalition in question which includes such tech heavyweights as HP, Google and Facebook filed their Friend-of-the-Court brief with the Supreme Court which warned the that the outcome against Samsung "will lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies because of the long-term impact on how patent law is applied to technology products such as smartphones." Today ...

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Apple's Supreme Court Brief Points to the Lower Court...

According to a new report published late this morning, Apple is pulling out all the stops in its bid to overturn a ruling that it fixed ebook prices. In a new filing to the Supreme Court ...

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California's new 'Bill 1681' Could Force Ap...

Last week we posted a report titled "Could Apple's iPhone 6s be the Last iPhone Model to Offer End-to-End Encryption?" Like New York's proposal, California assembly member Jim Cooper (D-9th) has now introduced new legislation ...

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Claimed 4-inch iPhone in Leaked Video Likely Just an iPhon...

A number of tech blogs have shared a video from Chinese website M.I.C. Gadget that claims to provide the first real look at Apple's next-generation 4-inch iPhone, but there are some clues to suggest the mystery smartphone may simply be a regular 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.

First and foremost, the distance between the speaker grille, pentalobe screws, Lightning connector, headphone jack and microphones appears to be the same as the iPhone 6s. If this were truly the so-called "iPhone 6c," those components would need to be closer together on the bottom of the smartphone.

The display width also appears to resemble an iPhone 6s compared to the size of the home button, but exact measurements are hard to determine without an object for scale. The lack of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus for comparison also...

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Will Google Dethrone Apple as the Most Valuable Company in...

We all know that Apple has been considered the world’s most valuable company since 2013 when it surpassed Exxon Mobil in market capitalization, but that status might be threatened in the coming days ahead by Alphabet, Google’s new parent company.

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Ireland's Sinn Fein Party Says it will Pursue Apple f...

There's to be a new election in Ireland within the next three months and some, like Goldman Sachs is a little worried that the party Sinn Fein, once the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, is on track to double its support ...

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Unease is Engulfing Samsung Electronics as Employees Bonus...

A new Korean report surfacing this morning claims that there's a real sense of frustration that pervades the halls of Samsung Electronics as incentives for the year 2015 ... are anticipated to plunge ...

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Apple Officially Opens their First European iOS App Develo...

Earlier this morning we posted a report titled "Apple to Open New Canadian Office in Automotive Industrial Park," that was noted as possibly being a new research center. Now Apple has just posted a press release titled "Apple Opening Europe’s First iOS App Development Center in Italy."

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Foxconn and Innovation Network Corp. Battle to Acquire Sha...

Back in March 2015 we posted a report titled "Foxconn to Make Second Attempt at Acquiring a Stake in Sharp." Today it's being reported that Foxconn is making a new bid ...

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Apple Revisits Inventions Relating to an iPhone with a Wra...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple that indicate that they're revisiting their technologies that are related to indoor parking, and more importantly, a possible future iPhone with a wraparound display.

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Apple Revisits and Advances their Invention Relating to Co...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to electronic devices, and more particularly to advancing gyroscopes in electronic devices. Still more particularly, the present invention relates to ... gaming ...

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The Apple Watch 'Raise Gesture' Invention Comes...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of four patent applications from Apple that reveal the interworkings of the original Apple Watch invention that relates to their 'raise gesture.'

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Apple to Open New Canadian Office in Automotive Industrial...

It was reported late yesterday that Apple has established a presence in Ottawa, Canada. Sources say they believe that a 22,100-square-foot suite located at 411 Legget Drive in the Kanata Research Park will be devoted to an Apple research ...

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Wednesday January 20

Apple to Open iOS App Development Centers, Starting in Ita...

Apple has announced that it will be opening its first iOS app development center in Europe at a partner institution in Naples, Italy. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world in the future.

The center will provide a specialized curriculum for students to learn practical skills and training on developing iOS apps, and Apple will work with partners around Italy who train developers to create additional opportunities for students.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company's ecosystem now supports 1.4 million jobs in Europe, including 1.2 million jobs attribute to the app economy. In Italy, specifically, Apple said over 75,000 jobs are linked to the App Store.“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the...

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Apple Canada's iOS 9.3 Preview Page Hints at Night Sh...

With the iOS 9.3 beta, Apple introduced a new feature called Night Shift. It's designed to cut down the amount of blue light an iOS device puts out in the evening, as Apple noted that studies have shown that blue light can negatively impact sleep by altering the body's circadian rhythm. Today, reddit user nickjosephson spotted a Night Shift toggle in Control Center on Apple Canada's iOS 9.3 preview page.

The Night Shift toggle sits next to the brightness slider in Control Center with two options available: "Turn On For Now" and "Turn On Until Tomorrow." While the toggle is shown on an iPad Air, it's likely the new feature works on iPhones as well, though it's unclear where the toggle would fit on the iPhone's smaller Control Center.

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Hands-On With Apple's New Music Memos iOS App and Gar...

Since the launch of Apple Music and its included Apple Music Connect social platform, Apple has been focusing efforts on its music creation tools, as evidenced by today's surprise release of a brand new iOS app called Music Memos and a significant update to the iOS version of GarageBand.

Available for free, Music Memos is designed to allow musicians and songwriters to record, analyze, and manipulate high-quality uncompressed audio directly on an iPhone or iPad. Music Memos is accompanied by an update to GarageBand that introduces some fun new tools for musicians and average iPhone owners alike. We went hands-on with Music Memos and the revamped GarageBand to give MacRumors a closer look at what the apps are capable of.

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Music Memos...

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Apple Engineers may be working on Delivering Next-Gen Li-F...

Imagine using your car headlights to transmit data ... or surfing the web safely on a plane, tethered only by a line of sight. Inventor Harald Haas has been working on this for some time now.

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New App Annie Report shows that Apple's App Store Cru...

A new App Annie report notes that "Worldwide iOS revenue surged in part due to incredible gains in China, the United States and Japan ...

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Top Tech Companies Take their Battle over Encryption to Da...

A new report this afternoon states that tensions are now rising between governments and big U.S. technology companies over widening surveillance demands, part of a broader debate over how to reconcile online privacy with the fight against terrorism. The battle resurfaced today at the World Economic Forum ....

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New Chegg/USA Today Student Poll Numbers Give Android Devi...

It's generally understood that Apple's future rests in making sure its premium-priced products keep, or regain, their status as a must-have purchase for a younger generation in the U.S. and internationally. It's equally understood that Apple's iPhone ...

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Music Memos for iOS: Recording, Editing, Tuning, Exporting...

Apple today released Music Memos, an all-new iPhone and iPad app that is essentially an enhanced version of the stock Voice Memos app for songwriters.

Music Memos is designed for musicians and songwriters to quickly and easily capture their impromptu song ideas on the fly, whenever inspiration strikes.

The app has a simple user interface at first glance, with nothing but a small recording button, but tucked away behind tiny icons are several useful features.


To begin recording, simply open the Music Memos app and tap on the blue circle button. The user interface will turn red while recording. Alternatively, you can tap on the "Auto" label in the top-left corner and the app will automatically start and stop the recording based on your voice.

As you are recording, the circle will pulsate to your voice, or musical instruments, and there is a...

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Check out the new Pirate Attack update i...
Love pirates and board games? Well, you'll love the new Pirate Attack themed update that just launched in Game of Dice. It adds a bunch of new content themed around pirates, like an all new event map based on a pirate ship which revamps the toll system to better suit the rogueish nature of the seafarers. [Read more] | Read more »
Splash Cars guide - How to paint the tow...
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Four apps to help improve your Super Bow...
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LooperSonic (Music)
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Space Grunts guide - How to survive
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Dreii guide - How to play well with othe...
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Kill the Plumber World guide - How to ou...
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Planar Conquest (Games)
Planar Conquest 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $12.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: IMPORTANT: Planar Conquest is compatible only with iPad 3 & newer devices, iPhone 5 & newer. It’s NOT compatible with iPhone 4, iPad 2 and earlier devices. | Read more »
We talk to Cheetah Mobile about its plan...
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