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Friday January 9

Samsung May Have Just Landed Apple Watch Chip Orders

Today supply chain rumors are flying high claiming that Samsung has landed Apple Watch chip orders.

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Samsung Supposedly Wins Orders to Produce Apple Watch Comp...

Samsung has won the orders to produce Apple's S1 system-in-a-package for the Apple Watch, reports DigiTimes. The S1 produced by Samsung will combine multiple components including the processor, mobile DRAM, NAND flash, and other chips into one package. A report in November shared similar information, noting that Apple would be relying heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch components. Namely, Apple was said to be concerned about NAND flash, with its cheaper and slower TLC (triple-level cell) flash memory for larger-capacity iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models said to be the source of crashing issues. Those issues, along with Samsung's competitive prices, were said to be the primary reasons in bringing Apple back to negotiations with the South Korean company. Apple is said to be...

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Apple's Online Store in U.S. Now Listing All iPhone 6...

Apple's Online Store in the U.S. is now listing all capacities and colors of iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus from all carriers as in stock, with the company now appearing to have now achieved supply and demand balance. The SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are also showing an avaliability of 1 business day. Last month, shipping estimates for the 16/64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus improved drastically, with estimates improving to 3 to 5 days in early December and jumping to 1 to 3 day and 1 day estimates later in the month. The larger-capacity 128GB devices were...

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Thursday January 8

Chinese Company Hyperdon Sold Fake Apple Watches at CES

While Apple is rumored to be aiming for March as the launch month for the Apple Watch, Chinese company Hyperdon was at CES selling fake versions of the new Apple product called Smart Watch, according to Mashable. Fake Apple Watch known as the Hyperdon Smart Watch. Image via MashableThe watch's screen only displays when it's turned on, and many of its icons are blatant ripoffs of Apple designs. The pairing process took a few tries, but once connected to my iPhone 6, I was able to make phone calls and play music through the watch. It even vibrates when I get a call.Mashable was able to purchase the watch for $27. It comes with a pedometer, stopwatch, alarm and a feature referred to as "Anti lost", which Mashable estimated could be used to alert a user to when the watch is out of Bluetooth range. The...

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Upcoming Ultra-Thin 12-Inch MacBook Air Design Imagined in...

Following a set of artist renditions that gave fans a basic look at Apple's long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air earlier this week, well-known 3D modeler and designer Martin Hajek has created a set of realistic renderings of the unannounced notebook on his blog. Hajek follows details found in previous reports of the machine, creating the model with an edge-to-edge keyboard relocating the on-board speakers to grilles above the keyboard. Though the display will be 12 inches diagonally, the new MacBook Air will keep roughly the same footprint as the current 11-inch model thanks to slightly narrower bezels surrounding the screen. Apple's further attempt to thin out the next generation of...

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Apple Celebrates Successful Year with Record-Breaking App...

App Store customers worldwide set a new record in the first week of 2015, Apple announced today. According to the company, customers spent nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases in the first week of January, with New Year's Day marking the biggest day ever for App Store sales. As noted by Apple, this opening salvo for 2015 follows in the footsteps of a successful 2014 that saw billings rise 50 percent to generate over $10 billion in app revenue for developers, pushing total developer earnings since the App Store's inception to over $25 billion. The steady climb of user acceptance for iOS 8, along with the strong success of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and App Store specials like the (Product) RED Holiday Campaign,...

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2014 App Store Sales has set a new Milestone at $15 Billio...

Apple has stated that total billings from paid apps and purchases made within apps for its mobile devices rose 50% last year ...

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Manufacturing Mold for 'iPad Pro' Rear Shell or...

A user on China's Weibo microblogging site today posted a new photo (via Letem svetem Applem) simply labeled "iPad Pro". The photo shows what appears to be a mold for the rear shell of Apple's rumored larger tablet with a display in the range of 12-13 inches, although it is unclear whether this mold is supposed to be for an actual iPad Pro shell or for a dummy unit such as the one that surfaced in a photo last May. Few details can be discerned from the relatively poor quality photo, although it does appear to show faint details that could represent an Apple logo in the center and perhaps a rear camera feature in a corner. Exact size is also unknown, but it certainly appears larger than an iPad Air. The relatively simple design of the mold suggests this may be an...

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Patent Brief: Apple Adds Multimedia to Future Digital News...

On January 8, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a little more of their work on their recently granted patent regarding a future digital newspaper or periodical.

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Philips Unveils Lightning-Based Fidelio NC1L Noise Canceli...

Philips today added to its lineup of Lightning-equipped headphones with the new Fidelio NC1L. Similar to its predecessor the Fidelio M2L, the NC1L headphones use a 24-bit digital to analog converter to provide high-quality audio playback. As detailed by The Verge, the Fidelio NC1L headphones plug directly into the Lightning port, providing a direct digital connection to the phone and a power supply for the headphone's onboard noise cancellation technology. The Lightning connector power allows Philips to provide a valuable feature like noise cancellation without requiring the additional bulk of a battery. Digital Trends went hands-on with a prototype of the new headphones and found they offered solid performance.As for the performance, our initial audition of the cans...

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One of Apple's Technical Touch ID Patents comes to Li...

On Jan 8, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals certain aspects of the technology behind fingerprint sensors that measure fingerprint patterning ...

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Apple Patent Points to a Possible Future 3D Camera and Ext...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple that shows that they're updating their 3D invention. The additions are key and in sync with a newly discovered patent in Europe regarding a 3D camera.

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Wednesday January 7

iPod Shuffle Shipping Times Worsen as Retail Stores Run Ou...

Supplies of Apple's lowest priced iPod, the $49 iPod shuffle, are temporarily dwindling as shipping times on Apple's website drop to 7 - 10 days and Apple Retail Stores run out of stock around the country, reports 9to5Mac. According to multiple sources, supplies of the iPod Shuffle are dwindling across Apple’s physical retail and online channels. In fact, Apple has warned its retail employees that Shuffle supplies will be short for an unspecified period of time and that customers seeking to buy a Shuffle via a retail store should be directed to Apple’s online store.The other two iPod lines, the nano and touch, aren't seeing the same dwindling of supplies as they both display 24 hour shipping times and are available now in most of Apple's retail stores. It's unclear why the shuffle is seeing supply problems, but one possibility is that Apple is seeing a temporary...

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MailOnline CEO Verbally bombed all Apple Watch Competitors

MailOnline is the world's biggest English language newspaper website. In June the company announced the appointment of Jon Steinberg as its North America Chief Executive Officer. Jon is a world-leading, senior digital media executive who joined the MailOnline North America from BuzzFeed where he was President and COO. Jon is a CNBC contributor to Squawk Alley, the network's technology and...

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Apple Seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Build 14C94b to Develope...

Apple today seeded a fourth beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, nearly four weeks after the previous beta release. The interval between seeds was slightly longer than usual for recent updates, presumably due to the holiday pause. The new beta, build 14C94b, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Apple continues to ask developers to focus their testing on Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver. Wi-Fi in particular has been an issue for some OS X Yosemite users since the operating system's October launch, and OS X 10.10.1 released in November failed to resolve all of those problems. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • August Launches 'Connect' Wi-Fi Bridge to Add Internet...

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Apple's iCloud Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit

A non-practicing entity by the name of Hall Data Sync Technologies has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iCloud.

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Graphene based Batteries Could Charge an iPhone in 10 Minu...

The top tech need on the mind of most Americans isn’t sharper televisions, smarter watches; its better batteries.

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Q4 iPhone Sales Estimates Point to between 67-71 Million U...

According to InvestCorrectly, current sell-side average analyst's estimates appear to be in the 64 to 65 million range for iPhone sales in calendar Q4, AAPL's Q1. However, using the UBS Evidence Lab Phone Monitor is raising its first quarter estimate for iPhone sales to 70.9 million units.

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Apple Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit Relating to Bluetooth

Nevada's Adaptive Data has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's use of Bluetooth in a manner ...

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AT&T Announces New Limited Data Rollover Feature for M...

Following T-Mobile's recently announced "Data Stash" program allowing customers to roll over unused data to subsequent months, AT&T today announced it will launch a similar data program later this month. The new feature will be available at no additional charge to the 50 million users on the carrier's Mobile Share Value plans. "Rollover Data is an added benefit of being an AT&T Mobile Share Value customer and it’s just another way that we’re saying thanks to our more than 50 million plus Mobile Share Value subscribers," said Glenn Lurie, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility. "We’re providing even more value and flexibility, and the best part is it’s simple, shareable and easy to track for our customers. All Mobile Share Value...

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iOS 8 Now Installed on 68 Percent of Active iOS Devices

Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 has seen its adoption rate grow to 68 percent of compatible iOS devices, according to new numbers posted on the Apple Developer Support page. With Apple updating data publicly every few weeks, this latest data point represents a four percentage point bump in adoption since the last update on December 23. The significant increase highlights Apple's strong performance in device activation numbers over the holidays to add to the company's iOS 8 user base. Over the longer term, installation numbers are up 5 percentage points over the past month and up 12 percentage points in the past two months. iOS 7 usage has...

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Is Apple's Radical Universal Connector Ready for Prim...

Back in October 2013, Apple filed for a patent regarding a radical new connector that could replace the standard USB, HDMI ...

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Strong iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Sales Lead to Smartphone Market...

The latest smartphone sales data released today from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech highlights good news for Apple on the strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, with Apple gaining share year-over-year in every country surveyed except for Japan. The report, focusing on the September-November 2014 period, points out that Android market share dropped in most European markets and saw its first decline in the U.S. since September 2013. In the surveyed period, Apple reached 42.5 percent of UK sales, up 12.2 percentage points from the same time in 2013. In the U.S., the Cupertino-based company's share of smartphone sales grew 4.3 points to reach 47.4 percent of the market, an unsurprising performance given the strong early sales of the company's latest iPhones. More data from Apple...

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Apple's iPhone 6 Grows Market Share Globally, with UK...

In July we reported that the iPhone 5S and 5C were the top selling smartphones in Britain and more surprisingly that iPhone users accounted for close to 50% of the country's web traffic. Today, new data shows that Apple's new iPhone 6 models have boosted iPhone sales to ....

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Tuesday January 6

CES 2015: Reach79's iPhone 6 Case Claims to Double Si...

At CES 2015, Antenna79 announced a new brand of cases called Reach79 , which claims to boosts signal strength and performance up to two times for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. “We all want to get the most from our smartphones, and that’s exactly what Reach79 cases were designed to do,” said David Vigil, CEO, Antenna79. “Powered by patented antenna technology, Reach79 cases are the first performance-enhancing smartphone cases designed for speed. Each case is embedded with a micro-thin, gold-plated antenna that works to increase your smartphone’s signal strength so your phone can do more for you.”Reach79 says that the stronger signal strength provided by its cases can improve battery life as the phone woudln't have to work as hard to pick up a signal. Additionally, the company says it improves user experience with less dropped calls and faster download speeds and greater signal coverage. The cases also come with military grade drop protection. The...

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Unlock Sunshine Girl in Ironkill with th...
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Crossroad Zombies Review
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I AM BREAD, the Toast of the Town, is Ro...
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Destructamundo Review
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The Sandbox Gets Exclusive Update, Adds...
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Mean Girls: The Game Review
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