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Thursday May 7

09:03
'Redacted' Hits Number 8 Spot in Mac App Store W...

App developer Sam Soffes today published a blog post detailing the early monetary performance of his new app Redacted [Direct Link], which allows users to easily obscure sensitive information on personal photos. Screenshot of Redacted's image obscuring features After launching the app earlier this week, the $4.99 Redacted app quickly broke into the top paid app lists on the U.S. Mac App Store. Specifically, by the end of its launch day on May 5, Redacted was eighth in overall paid apps and first in top paid graphics apps. After some friends began questioning him about his expected profit, Soffes realized he hadn't really even begun to think about the possible profit the photo-obscuring app would rake in for him. Yesterday, Soffes...

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07:53
Apple reveals their Invisible Light Technology that's...

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to the transmission of invisible light and, more particularly, to the transmission of data using invisible light via a display assembly of an electronic device like an iPhone, Apple Watch or other future devices. The technology is already working with the Apple Watch ...

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06:15
Apple Patent Reveals a Current Overview of Apple Pay

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals techniques for authenticating financial transactions conducted by electronic devices via wireless communication. In short, Apple's patent provides us with an overview of Apple Pay in its most current state.

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06:13
AT&T Scales Back Throttling of Grandfathered Unlimited...

AT&T has quietly updated one of its policies to reflect that it will now only throttle customers that are connected to a cell tower experiencing network congestion, reports Ars Technica. The carrier previously throttled all grandfathered customers with unlimited data plans that exceeded 5GB of 4G LTE data usage in a single monthly billing period, regardless of network congestion. The updated policy reads as follows:"As a result of AT&T's network management process, customers on a 3G or 4G smartphone or on a 4G LTE smartphone with an unlimited data plan who have exceeded 3 gigabytes (3G/4G) or 5 gigabytes (4G LTE) of data in a billing period may experience reduced speeds when using data services at...

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05:29
TestFlight Experiencing Extended Downtime for Many Develop...

It has not been a good week for Apple's developer services. Less than a day after iTunes Connect experienced a lengthy outage that lasted several hours, TestFlight is now unavailable for many developers. The beta testing service for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch apps has been returning a "currently unavailable" message since as early as Wednesday afternoon around 6:00 PM Pacific. Because hardly a day can go by without #itunesconnect or #testflight screwing up. pic.twitter.com/682GTFEm5g— dhcmrlchtdj (@dhcmrlchtdj) May 7, 2015 Apple has yet to update its system status page for developers to reflect the outage, although the company has historically been rather delayed at doing so. The outage has been confirmed to be affecting developers in the United...

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04:08
Apple Executive Jeff Williams to Speak at Code Conference...

Apple's Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams will speak at the annual Code Conference, held this May 26-28 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, reports Re/code. Williams joined Apple in 1998 and leads a team responsible for the company's supply chain management, and during the past two years has also overseen development of the Apple Watch and health initiatives such as ResearchKit. Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi spoke at the inaugural Code Conference last year, with Cue discussing how today's TV experience "sucks" and is a complicated problem to solve. Code Conference is a successor to the D: All Things Digital Conference that Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, among other Apple executives, have...

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04:06
Apple's Invention Reveals New Methods for Strengtheni...

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals methods for reducing the weight of a device housing without adversely affecting its structural integrity.

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02:46
Apple Reveals a Social Network for Lifestyle-Based Social...

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new kind of social network for lifestyle-based groups.

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00:49
Fox Sports Now has joined the Apple TV Platform

FOX Sports has joined the Apple TV platform with FOX Sports Now.

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Wednesday May 6

15:10
Apple Launches new "Everything Changes with iPad...

With Apple's iPad losing a little steam this quarter, they've decided to launch a new iPad webpage called "Everything changes with iPad." The new campaign ...

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14:14
Google Suffers a Significant Blow as Mountain View City Co...

With Apple Campus 2 well under way, Google wanted to show the world their vision for a new headquarters that they had plans for in Mountain View back late February. The dreamy canopy structures...

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11:27
Apple Launches New 'Everything Changes With iPad...

Apple today launched a new microsite focused on the iPad, exploring the way the iPad can "change the way you do things every day." The site offers up a selection of apps and usage ideas for the iPad, organized into several categories: Cooking with iPad, Learning with iPad, Small Business with iPad, Traveling with iPad, and Redecorating with iPad. Like the company's past advertising efforts, this new campaign aims to portray the iPad as a tool that's useful in all aspects of life that goes far beyond mere content consumption, as can be seen in the introductory video on the site. The video, which should be uploaded to YouTube soon, features people using the iPad in a whole range of situations, from cooking to managing a business. Each section of the new site includes imagery covering what the iPad can do and a wide range of recommended apps for each purpose. "...

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11:07
Tim Cook Charity Lunch Auction Ends, Earns $200,000 for RF...

Tim Cook's third annual CharityBuzz auction ended this afternoon, earning $200,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The auction, which had more than 20 bids, includes a one hour lunch date with Tim Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino and two VIP passes to an Apple keynote event to watch Apple unveil new products. Though the auction earned an impressive $200,000 for the RFK Center, it brought in less money than previous auctions held in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, the inaugural CharityBuzz auction for a coffee date with Cook brought in an impressive $610,000, and 2014's lunch auction ended at $330,001. Today's auction winner will be able to bring one additional person to have lunch with Cook, with the cost of lunch being included in the auction price. Transportation and accommodations to Cupertino are not included, however, and the exact date of the lunch will...

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11:03
Former Apple Retail Chief Ron Johnson Discusses 'Enjo...

Ron Johnson, who served as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple between 2000 and 2011, today unveiled his new online retail startup called Enjoy Technology that will begin selling high-end consumer electronics, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, speakers and drones. The Menlo Park, California company will sell about 60 products starting today. Enjoy aims to differentiate itself from Amazon and other competitors by providing free personal in-home setup service for products, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. When you purchase a product, Enjoy will send a representative to your home to help set it up, with visits lasting approximately one hour. AT&T, GoPro, Microsoft, Samsung and Hewlett-Packard are among the early partners with the service. Johnson was interviewed by ...

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10:50
The American Foundation for the Blind Honors Apple for the...

Today, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the names of four honorees who will receive the prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Awards at a special gala in New York City on June 18th.

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09:48
Apple's Award-Winning Accessibility Features Help Bri...

Apple today was honored as a recipient of a Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for the company's accessibility efforts, particularly VoiceOver's ability to give vision-impaired users access to iOS devices. With the advent of the Apple Watch, many of those accessibility features are now also migrating over to the wrist. Coincidentally, MacRumors' sister site TouchArcade today took a look at the possibilities for accessibility features in iOS gaming. The report...

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07:46
Apple Preparing In-Store Pickup Option for Apple Watch

Apple is preparing to offer an in-store pickup option for the Apple Watch in the United States and other launch countries, listing the option as "available soon" on the Apple Online Store and Apple Store app. The new option remains grayed out on Apple's website and app, making it unavailable to select, and Apple's Reserve and Pickup system for the Apple Watch has yet to go live. To date, Apple Watch orders have been taken exclusively online and shipped via UPS or other couriers to residential or business addresses, but soon customers will gain the option of ordering online and visiting a local Apple retail location for in-store pickup. Customers will be required to present a valid government-issued photo ID upon pickup, and must match the name on the reservation to pick up the product. Apple originally planned to offer in-store pickup of the Apple Watch...

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07:27
Apple's iPhone 6-Plus Took 44% of the U.S. Phablet Ma...

Today, a new Kantar report informs us that Phablets claimed 21% of all US smartphone sales in Q1 2015 ...

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06:57
Gamers get Ready, the Oculus Headset Goes on Sale in Q1 20...

The Oculus team stated today that they're incredibly excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016, with pre-orders later this year."

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06:24
The European Union to Step up their Attack on U.S. Tech Co...

Last year the European Parliament ruled that Apple had to use the Micro-USB Standard Port for European iDevices by 2017. It was a bizarre intrusion into the tech market. Then in April of this year we posted a report about European regulators sticking their nose into Apple's streaming music business before it even gets off the Ground. And who can't forget Finland's PM blaming Apple's success for their financial crisis. Europe is behind the U.S. on most everything internet related including the very devices that consumers in Europe use to access the net. If they can't beat ...

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05:23
Extensive Report: Open TV Sues Apple over Content Streamin...

Many in the tech sector believe that Apple is going to be introducing a new TV service this fall and that Apple could reveal this new service during their upcoming World Wide Developer Conference next month. Yet before Apple even has the chance of introducing their new service, they've been slapped with a new patent infringement lawsuit from Open TV, Nagravision S.A. (Switzerland) and Nagra France S.A.S.

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05:15
Apple Confirms 'Applebot' as In-House Web Crawle...

Apple yesterday gave a few interesting details on something it's calling "Applebot", the company's in-house web crawler that is used to help power services like Siri and Spotlight on iOS and OS X platforms (via Apple Insider). In the past, Apple has partnered with companies like Google and Bing to provide search results in a few of its own products like Siri, but this week's news could be an additional hint at Apple introducing its own complete search platform in the future. Most recently, in early February, a job listing provided more fuel to a rumor that the Cupertino company was doing just that, although it was likely to be describing ongoing efforts to improve Spotlight and was never legitimized. What we now know...

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Tuesday May 5

19:55
FTC Also Investigating Apple's Upcoming Music Streami...

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Apple's efforts to set up deals with record labels as it prepares to launch its new music streaming service, a rebranded version of Beats Music, according to Bloomberg. This would make the FTC the third government body to look into the new music service after the U. S. Department of Justice and European Commission. The FTC's investigators, still in the early stages, of their inquiry, are asking whether Apple’s efforts will change the way music labels work with other streaming services, for example curtailing ad-supported music and pushing more songs into paid tiers of service at higher rates, according to one of the people.A...

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13:55
Home Depot Preparing to Accept Apple Pay Later this Year

According to a new report published this afternoon, Home Depot Inc. plans to enable Apple's mobile-payment platform at its more than 2,000 stores, making it the largest retailer to accept Apple Pay.

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13:19
Home Depot to Begin Supporting Apple Pay Following Retail...

Home Depot plans to officially support Apple Pay in its home improvement stores following a retail system upgrade, reports Bloomberg. Though there's no timeline on when Apple Pay support will be introduced in Home Depot stores, a spokesperson said the payment service would be available after a revamp to the company's point-of-sale machines. News of Home Depot's plans to support Apple Pay come following earlier reports suggesting the retailer was shutting off Apple Pay access in its stores. Home Depot has NFC-based terminals in its stores allowing for unofficial use of Apple Pay, but as of this morning, a customer discovered he could no longer use Apple Pay at Home Depot. Contacting customer support resulted in a message stating that while Apple Pay was not...

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