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Thursday July 7

A new Apple Patent Covers Flexible LED Display Technology...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the first patents to surface from the engineers at LuxVue, a micro LED Company that Apple acquired back in May 2014.

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Apple Invents a Structured-Light Projector for Cameras tha...

On Tuesday Patently Apple posted a granted patent report titled "Apple Wins a Patent that may Relate to the new iPhone 7 Dual Camera System." The patent related to a future camera system that is likely to first debut on the iPhone 7. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that is yet another PrimeSense original invention titled "Integrated structured-light projector."

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Wednesday July 6

Apple's CEO and VP of Internet Services are Schmoozin...

Once again Apple's CEO and Eddy Cue are at this week's summer camp for billionaires where media giants gather in Sun Valley. It’s also where big corporate deals are secured.

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Six Google Patents describe a new Home Automation System C...

Late last month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a series of six Google patents regarding a future home security system that will part of a larger home automation system that will be revealed over time. During last month's World Wide Developer Conference, Apple revealed that Siri is now open to all developers and those with home automation products could immediately take advantage of this feature to reach out to Apple customers this fall. In today's brief non-Apple patent report we cover an overview of Google's six patents ...

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Verizon Revamps Plans With More Data, Carryover Data, Unli...

Verizon has announced a series of changes to its monthly service plans effective July 7 and introduced a new version of its My Verizon app in tow.

The biggest change is that Verizon's unlimited talk and text plans now offer at least 30 percent more data, albeit at higher price points.

Old Plans

- S: 1GB for $30/month

- M: 3GB for $45/month

- L: 6GB for $60/month

- XL: 12GB for $80/month

- XXL: 18GB for $100/month

New Plans

- S: 2GB for $35/month

- M: 4GB for $50/month

- L: 8GB for $70/month

- XL: 16GB for $90/month

- XXL: 24GB for $110/month

A new Carryover Data feature allows Verizon customers to keep their unused data for an additional month. Carryover data automatically...

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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 9.3.3 to Developers and Publ...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to developers and public beta testers, one week after seeding the fourth beta of iOS 9.3.3 and more than a month after the release of iOS 9.3.2, a minor bug fix update. iOS 9.3.3 has been in testing since May 23.

The fifth iOS 9.3.3 beta update can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

As a minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 features under-the-hood bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address issues discovered since the release of iOS 9.3.2. No outward-facing changes or obvious bug fixes were discovered in the first...

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What You Need to Know About Mac Malware 'Backdoor.MAC...

Internet security software company Bitdefender's research lab has disclosed new malware targeting Macs called Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor [PDF]. Learn more about the malware and how to keep your Mac protected against attackers.

What is Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor?

Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor is new macOS malware arising from a malicious third-party app called EasyDoc Converter, which poses as a drag-and-drop file converter.

What is EasyDoc Converter?

"EasyDoc" is a third-party Mac app that poses as a drag-and-drop file converter. The app has the following fake description:EasyDoc Converter is a fast and simple file converter for OS X. Instantly convert your FreeOffice (.fof) and SimpleStats (.sst) docs to Microsoft Office (.docx) by dropping...

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Apple's iPhone Status has dropped to Number Five in G...

Apple's first quarterly sales drop since 2003 hit them in April with many wondering if Apple's best days are behind them. Sales aren't going to improve this quarter either. Now Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has dropped to fifth place in Chinese smartphone shipments...

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Latest iPhone 7 Design Renderings Show Stereo Speakers and...

With around three months remaining until Apple is expected to announce the tentatively named iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, detailed renders of the next-generation smartphones continue to surface on the web.

The latest CAD renders, posted on Chinese social media and shared by French website NWE, provide a closer look at the possible design of the smartphones and paint a clearer picture of which features may be included.

iPhone 7 Plus with dual-lens camera (left) and iPhone 7 with larger camera (right)

The 3D renders are consistent with many previous iPhone 7 leaks, showing an iPhone 6s-like design with repositioned antenna bands,...

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Blueprint: Piecing Together the Next iPhone & Dreaming...

A new report that surfaced late yesterday told us the obvious: It's a bad time to buy an iPhone. But if you're a newbie or are simply not plugged-in to tech trends of late, it's a bad time to buy an iPhone because Apple will be releasing a new model in September. While we know some of what is to introduced, there could be some surprises on the way.

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Tuesday July 5

'Pokemon GO' Begins Rolling Out in the App Store

Nintendo, The Pokemon Company and Niantic's augmented reality game Pokemon GO is rolling out in the App Store now. The game is available in New Zealand, Australia and is propagating through the App Store around the world and in the U.S.

The game uses augmented reality and real-world maps to allow users to venture into the real world to look for Pokemon to capture. Once collected, Pokemon can be leveled up, traded and used for battle. They can also be assigned to defend Gyms from other players. Gyms, like Pokemon, can be found by wandering out into the real world.

When a player is wandering through their neighborhood and a Pokemon is nearby, the game will send the player a notification. Certain Pokemon and items are only available in select locations. For instance, water Pokemon are available near bodies of water while certain PokeBalls are located near museums and other points of interest.


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Xiaomi Set to Launch a Phablet with a 6.4" Display to...

China's Xiaomi is attempting to distance itself from the lower end of the market, as Chinese buyers shift their attention primarily to device upgrades. Hugo Barra, the company’s vice president of international, said on Tuesday it continues to direct its efforts at becoming a premium brand.

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Google Asks the Court to Sanction Oracle's Lawyer for...

The protracted copyright case between Google and Oracle produced a very revealing tidbit: How much Google paid Apple for its position as a search provider on iPhones. That $1 Billion figure, Google says, was supposed to be a highly confidential secret ...

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Video Walkthrough of New Features and Changes in iOS 10 Be...

Today's release of the second developer beta of iOS 10 brought a number of tweaks and improvements, and we'll undoubtedly see more as Apple continues through the development and testing process ahead of a full public release likely in September.

In addition to the tidbits we listed in our original coverage, we've also put together this overview video to help highlight some of the changes and new features in the second beta. It takes a look at the new Messages App Store with some sticker packs from Apple, changes to the Control Center 3D Touch actions, Apple's new organ donor signup, and more.

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iPhone 7 to Start at 32GB of Storage, Replacing 16GB Base...

In a wide-ranging commentary piece about why now is a bad time to buy a new iPhone, The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that the iPhone 7 will start with 32GB of storage, replacing the infamous 16GB base tier offered since the iPhone 5.The new iPhones are expected to have more storage for those photos. Instead of 16GB as a starting point for the entry-level iPhone, the new starting point will be 32GB, according to a person familiar with Apple’s iPhone plans. Hallelujah! I’ve long said that keeping the 16GB iPhone was just a ploy for Apple to get people to buy the 64GB model—for $100 extra.The bump from 16GB to 32GB of entry-level storage has already been widely rumored by multiple Asian sources connected with Apple's supply chain, but confirmation...

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Apple Seeds Second Beta of macOS Sierra to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of macOS Sierra, the newest operating system designed for the Mac, to developers. macOS Sierra beta 2 comes three weeks after the software was first unveiled at Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The update can be downloaded through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center.

macOS Sierra is a major update that brings Siri to the Mac for the first time, allowing users to conduct voice searches to quickly find files, look up information, and more. New Continuity features offer an "Auto Unlock" option for unlocking a Mac with an Apple Watch and a Universal Clipboard for copying something on one Apple device and pasting it on another.


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Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 10 to Developers

Apple today released the second beta of iOS 10 to developers for testing purposes, just over three weeks after first unveiling the new operating system at its 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Today's update is available as an over-the-air download to those who installed the first beta or the beta configuration profile and it's available for direct download through the Apple Developer Center. The update is accompanied by a new beta of Xcode 8.

iOS 10 is a major iOS update with a host of new features and design tweaks, including a new Lock screen experience with 3D Touch-enabled notifications, a more easily accessible camera, a redesigned Control Center, and a new widgets screen.

Messages has been entirely overhauled with features that include background animations, bubble effects, Digital Touch, handwritten notes, Tapback replies, predictive emoji,...

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BlackBerry Officially Pulls the Plug on the 'BlackBer...

USA Today reported yesterday that the "Senate staff will no longer receive new BlackBerry phones. Today, BlackBerry gave up the ghost and made it public that the BlackBerry Classic is history.

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Apple Granted 47 Patents Today Covering Apple Watch, Light...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Earlier today we covered patents relating to the iPhone 7's dual camera system for 3D mapping and sensing along with one covering one of Apple's initial inventions for a future video headset. In this report we cover design patents for Apple's lightning based iPhone dock and Apple's fifth Apple Watch design patent since May. A few other granted patents of interest to point out today include ...

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While Samsung Electronics is Poised for a Positive Quarter...

A new report this morning claims that Samsung Electronics is poised to issue guidance for its best quarterly profit in more than two years, propelled by a surge in mobile earnings on the back of robust sales of its flagship Galaxy S7 smartphones. But not all is rosy ...

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Apple Pushing iPhone Supply Chain Partners for Price Cuts

It's being reported today that with the worldwide smartphone shipment growth slowing down, Apple has been cutting its existing upstream component suppliers' quotes ...

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Apple to Add Organ Donor Registration Option to Health App...

Apple is set to give U.S. users of its mobile Health app a one-tap option to sign up as organ donors when the company releases iOS 10 this fall (via CNBC).

The option to enroll in the national donor registry will be made available via a button in the operating system's native Health app, which allows users to view and manage their health and fitness data.

Speaking to The Associated Press, CEO Tim Cook said he hoped the new option would help ease a longstanding donor shortage, a problem that hit home when Steve Jobs endured an "excruciating" wait for a liver transplant in March 2009.

Cook reportedly offered to donate a portion of his...

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Apple Wins Patent for one of their Original Video Headset...

In January Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's 'Secret' VR Team isn't that Secret Anymore," which covered a Financial Times report claiming that Apple was amassing a major new team of VR experts that are already prototyping future VR headsets designed to keep up with Facebook's lead with the Oculus Rift or even Microsoft's HoloLens. Today, one of Apple's original inventions ...

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Apple Wins a Patent that may Relate to the new iPhone 7 Du...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another 3D mapping patent. Apple's iPhone 7 is to introduce a dual lens camera system. The advantage of such a camera ...

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Monday July 4

Samsung Invents a Hingeless Dual Display Smartphone

According to a new U.S. Patent Office filing, Samsung has invented a possible future smartphone with a dual display form factor that's hingeless so that it could be lighter than any of their previous designs ...

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