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Wednesday April 1

05:18
Apple's new Music Streaming Service Could Create the...

On Monday the reinvented Tidal music steaming service was launched. It's a streaming music service owned and directed by a select number of musicians that include Jay Z, Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna, Chris Martin (Cold Play), Alicia keys and others. It created a lot of buzz in the music industry. It's another new entrant in this new market segment that will have the biggest near term impact until Apple’s forthcoming music subscription service ....

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04:22
Happy April Fools' Day 2015: HiRise Toast, Pets Unlea...

As happens every year on April 1, today is April Fools' Day, and readers should be wary of hoaxes and claims at both news and rumor sites. Today also represents Apple's 39th anniversary, with their partnership having officially been founded on this day in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. As has become tradition, a number of today's pranks have focused on Apple and tech, and here are a few of the more interesting ones to surface so far today. Keep in mind that some hoaxes may be mildly NSFW, so turning down your volume or watching later may be best if you are at work or in a public space. iFaxit Repair your Apple products using iFixit's repair manuals, now sent through fax. HiRise Toast for iMac Twelve South announced the HiRise Toast, an iMac stand that doubles as a toaster. T-Mobile Pets Unleashed T-Mobile introduced Pets Unleashed, a...

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Tuesday March 31

16:30
Pandora CFO Calls Apple a 'Frenemy,' Says Music...

When Apple's CarPlay feature launched last year, Apple partnered with several music services to offer a variety of listening choices on the platform, including Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Rdio, and more. Noticeably absent from CarPlay was Pandora, but that appears to be set to change. Pandora CFO Mike Herring spoke to Fox Business Network yesterday and said Pandora will "definitely be in CarPlay" and integrated into the Apple Watch as well. Though Herring did not provide a timeline for the possible launch of a Pandora CarPlay app, his statement to Fox is the closest Pandora's come to revealing its plans for the platform. Last year, Pandora told MacRumors that Apple was a valued partner and though it did not have a CarPlay offering at the current time, it was...

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14:31
The NYTimes to Offer a Free Apple Watch News App on April...

Our attention span is getting shorter by the day with messaging and tweeting. The micro-trend is now about to extend to news on the new Apple Watch. The New York Times said on Tuesday ...

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12:48
Verizon Wireless Lets Customers Opt Out of Tracking '...

Last year, Verizon and AT&T made headlines when researchers discovered they had been engaging in some unsavory customer tracking techniques, using unique identifier numbers or "perma-cookies" to track the websites that customers visited on their cellular devices to deliver targeted advertisements, a practice called "Relevant Advertising." Following customer backlash, AT&T stopped using the hidden web tracking codes to keep tabs on the websites that its customers visited, but Verizon continued on with its Relevant Advertising program, which it's been using for approximately two years. While there was an option to opt out of Verizon's program, opting out did not stop the intrusive code from being inserted into the URLs of Verizon customers, leaving a security hole that could let advertisers exploit Verizon...

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11:04
HBO CEO: We Partnered With Apple for HBO NOW Based on HBO...

Apple and HBO recently inked a deal that will see Apple becoming the exclusive launch partner for HBO's upcoming "HBO Now" web-based streaming service, and in an interview with CNBC, HBO CEO Richard Plepler explained why the company chose to partner Apple. According to Plepler, the main reason why HBO opted to team up with Apple was due to the success of its existing cable-based service, HBO GO. 60 percent of HBO GO traffic comes from Apple devices, including the Apple TV, Macs, and the iPhone and the iPad. HBO GO apps have been available on iOS devices since 2011 and the service has been available on the Apple TV since 2013. Plepler also pointed towards the popularity of Apple devices as a...

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10:34
Apple Begins Accepting Apple Watch App Submissions From Al...

Apple announced on Tuesday that all registered developers can now submit Apple Watch app submissions based on WatchKit for approval on the App Store. A number of popular apps have already been updated with Apple Watch support on the App Store over the past week, and the approval process is now extended to all members of Apple's Developer Program. Apple has updated its WatchKit website with details on how developers can optimize the design and development of their Apple Watch apps, including the app's name, description, icon, screenshots, keywords, version number and build number. Apple Watch apps, excluding the ones that have already appeared on the App Store, should be steadily approved leading up to and following the launch of the wrist-worn device. A select number of testers and...

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09:42
Checkout Problems Hindering Growth in Apple Pay Usage

Apple Pay growth is being stymied by issues people are experiencing at checkout, including cashiers unfamiliar with the service and problems getting payment terminals to work. According to a new study conducted by Phoenix Marketing International (via Bloomberg) in February, these ongoing problems are resulting in fewer repeat usage attempts and missed payment opportunities. Two out of three iPhone buyers surveyed linked a credit card to their iPhones to enable Apple Pay, and 88 percent of those used the service once in the past four months. On average, Apple Pay users made 2.6 in-store transactions using the payments service during its first four months of availability. Two-thirds of Apple Pay users claimed to have run into problems at checkout, making...

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05:58
Economical Microsoft Surface Hybrid Device to Launch in Ma...

Panos Panay, head of Microsoft's Surface team introduced their latest Surface 3 hybrid tablet/notebook today. What's different about this version is that the "Pro" has been dropped to reflect this new economical Surface model which is out to tempt students and everyday users.

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05:32
Microsoft Announces Intel Atom-Based Surface 3 With Window...

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Surface 3 tablet with Windows 8.1, available in May for a starting price of $499. The latest iPad competitor is designed to be a laptop replacement, running full Windows, including desktop applications, and delivering all-day battery life. Surface 3 comes with 64GB storage and 2GB of RAM for $499, while a 128GB option with 4GB of RAM costs $599. Both Wi-Fi only and 4G LTE models are available. Surface 3 is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, a significant shift from ARM processors used in previous models. The tablet also features a 10.8" full HD display at 1,920×1,280 pixels resolution, full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, headphone jack, cover port, micro USB charging port, Bluetooth 4.0 and three-position kickstand. The tablet will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 when available, and includes a one-year Office 365 subscription to...

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04:23
Apple Granted 36 Patent Today Covering Facial Recognition,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover three specific granted patents as noted in our byline. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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02:34
Apple Granted a Powerful Patent that allows Users to View...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent that Apple has acquired from 3 North Carolina engineers represented by the law firm Ober | Kaler. The granted patent covers a user interface that allows control of the image (scrolling and magnification) on the device display by uniquely tilting the device.

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Monday March 30

16:13
U.S. ITC to Investigate Apple After Ericsson Patent Infrin...

The ongoing conflict between Apple and Ericsson escalated this afternoon as the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed to launch an investigation into claims that Apple infringed on as many as 41 of Ericsson's cellular technology patents with its iPad and iPhone devices, reports PCWorld. Apple and Ericsson first clashed in January, after the expiration of a 2008 licensing agreement between the two companies. Despite two years of negotiations, the companies failed to establish a new agreement that would let Apple use Ericsson's cellular technology patents. Apple filed a complaint suggesting Ericsson was both demanding excessive royalties for LTE patents and...

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15:07
The New Tidal Music Streaming Service Launched Today to Ta...

Hip-hop mogul Jay Z, who recently purchased Tidal, a Scandinavian-based music service, held an event in New York this afternoon introducing the "owners" of Tidal. While Tidal is a lesser-known competitor to music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora, it's suddenly on the market ahead of Apple's revamped music streaming service and it has the potential of causing Apple a headache.

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14:41
U.S. International Trade Commision to Investigate Apple...

On February 27 we posted a report titled "In Court Filing Details First of Two Ericsson Patent Lawsuits against Apple," and quickly filed a follow-up report ...

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13:52
Apple's Q2 FY15 Financial Conference Call is set for...

Apple has just announced the timing of their Q2 FY15 Earnings Release.

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13:02
Apple Seeds Sixth OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to Developers...

Apple today seeded a new beta of OS X Yosemite to developers and public beta testers, a week after seeding the fifth OS X Yosemite beta and almost two months after releasing the first OS X 10.10.3 beta. The new beta, build 14D127a, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center. OS X Yosemite Recovery Update 1.0 is also available, improving the reliability of Yosemite Recovery when restoring from a Time Machine backup. OS X 10.10.3 includes several new features, like the Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo Library and the Photos app on iOS, the Photos for OS X app is a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture. Reviews have suggested that while Photos is a suitable replacement for iPhoto, with more advanced...

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09:36
iPad Pro Dummy Points Towards Dual Lightning Ports or USB-...

Images of what appear to be a mockup version of the upcoming larger-screened "iPad Pro" depict either a secondary Lightning port or a USB-C port on one side of the device, suggesting it could potentially have multiple methods of charging and/or the ability to support accessories like keyboards and mice. The pictures, which show the mystery port, a headphone jack/speakers, and the camera, originated on microblogging site Sina Weibo and were shared by Italian site HDBlog. Case manufacturers and other accessory makers often create dummy models of upcoming Apple devices to get an early start on the development process, and the tablet pictured in the photos is likely one of these mockups. Most of these models are based on rumors and leaked schematics, and while they're frequently accurate, there have been...

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07:21
Leaked Images Provide First Look at Purported Rear Shell o...

Chinese parts supplier Future Supplier (via Nowhereelse.fr) has posted leaked images of what it believes could be the rear shell for the so-called "iPhone 6c." The rear housing looks similar to the plastic iPhone 5c, with two notable differences being a pill-shaped LED flash cutout and two rows of speaker grilles on the bottom of the smartphone. The size of the rear shell indicates that the device's screen size could fall within the 4-inch range. The pill-shaped LED flash design and two rows of speaker grilles are also found on the iPhone 5s, indicating that the iPhone 6c could have the same internals as the two-generation-old smartphone with a plastic shell. The smartphone would likely be positioned at the low end of the iPhone lineup as Apple's free smartphone, alongside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and next-...

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06:09
Apple's Smartphone Trade-In Program Launches in Unite...

Apple has expanded its Reuse and Recycling Program in the United States, Canada and several European countries to cover eligible Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones. The new trade-in program is available online and in-store and provides customers with the option to mail in eligible non-Apple smartphones, including certain Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Sony and BlackBerry models, for credit in the form of an Apple Store gift card or bank transfer. The smartphone trade-in program has gone live in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany and Canada in partnership with third-party device buyback and trade-in company Brightstar...

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05:52
FDA Takes an Almost Hands-off-Approach to Apple Watch Heal...

It's being reported today that With Apple and fellow Silicon Valley companies edging further into health care, the U.S. agency in charge of oversight says it will give the technology industry leeway to develop new products without aggressive regulation.

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05:17
Hon Hai's Net Profits Rise 22% on Strong Sales of the...

According to NASDAQ, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest manufacturer of electronics said its 2014 net profit rose 22% from a year earlier, thanks to strong sales of larger-screen Apple Inc. iPhones.

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04:34
Samsung Display Creates a Specialty Team to Slavishly Cate...

A somewhat odd report surfaced in Korea this morning. According to this new report "Samsung Display is creating an exclusive group for focusing only on Apple’s product development and management." To clarify ...

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04:16
Tim Cook Calls 'Religious Freedom' Legislation...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called recent "religious freedom" legislation passed in Indiana and Arkansas "very dangerous" in a public op-ed letter published by The Washington Post. Cook argues that there are nearly 100 pro-discrimination bills in the United States that "go against the very principles" the country was founded on and "have the potential to undo decades of progress towards greater equality." Cook's letter comes in response to Indiana governor Mike Pence passing the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act...

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Sunday March 29

19:21
Apple Won't Allow Swapping of Bands at Apple Watch...

The Apple Watch will be available for in store previews and Try-On appointments starting on April 10th. The Apple Watch comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and band-types which can make the decision of how to pick a band and Apple Watch combination complicated. Apple has a number of recommended combinations highlighted on their online store, but also sells bands separately, allowing customers to potentially mix and match between the various Apple Watches and bands. Some combinations could yield a mix of materials that readers feared may not look natural together, such as an aluminum Apple Watch Sport and a stainless steel accented band. The stainless steel Apple Watch is the most...

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Both Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spa...
Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike, by Microsoft, have officially landed on the App Store. Spartan Assault pits you against the Covenant with missions geared to tell the story of the origin of Spartan Ops. In Spartan Strike you'll delve into the events surrounding Halo 2 as you lead UNSC troops against the Promethean forces. | Read more »
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Mad Skills Motocross 2 fans got some good news this week as Turborilla has given the game its biggest update yet. Now you'll have access to Versus mode where you can compete against your friends in timed challenges. Turborilla has implemented a leveling system and added a new, faster motorcycle called the #8. You can also try out 12 new tracks in... | Read more »
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