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Tuesday February 10

13:08
Tim Cook: Our Objective With Apple Watch is to Change the...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the annual Goldman Sach's Technology and Internet Conference today, where he covered a range of topics from Apple's dedication to the environment, the major products the company launched in 2014, and his thoughts on the Apple Watch. When asked by Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn what makes the Apple Watch different from other smart watches on the market, Cook recalled the MP3 industry.If you think about the MP3 industry, we weren't the first company to make an MP3 player, there were lots of companies in this. They weren't used very much. They were fundamentally hard to use -- the user interface was bad and you almost needed a PhD to use them. They're not memorable. [...] I see the smart watch category very much like that. There are several things that are called smart watches, but I'm not sure you could name any. There hasn't been one that changed the way people live...

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12:35
Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaking Live at 2015 Goldman Sachs Tec...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference today, with the session kicking off at 3:30 PM Eastern / 12:30 PM Pacific. Cook's presentation is being broadcast on Apple's website and MacRumors will be updating this post to summarize Cook's comments. Cook has spoken at the annual conference a number of times over the years, although he did not appear in 2014. While Cook has not made any major announcements at the venue in the past, he has at times offered an interesting perspective into Apple's business, so it generally worth paying attention to his comments. Cook will almost certainly be asked about Apple's blockbuster iPhone sales and earnings in the last quarter, the company's strategy for managing cash and capital return to investors, company philosophy and more, and he is generally fairly open and thoughtful in sharing his ideas on many topics....

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10:29
Apple's CEO Live at Goldman Sachs Technology & In...

Apple has announced that they'll be providing live coverage of the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference scheduled for later today at ...

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10:07
Tim Cook Speaking at Goldman Sachs Conference Today, Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be speaking at the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference this afternoon, beginning at 12:30 PM Pacific Time. While Cook was not present at last year's conference, he has attended many times in the past. Cook is not likely to make product announcements during today's session, but previous conferences have seen him divulging details on Apple's philosophies and business practices. In 2013, for example, he spoke about Apple's cash usage, innovation, design choices, retail strategy, iPhone growth, and more. Streaming audio of the Goldman Sachs conference will be available beginning at 12:30, and ...

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08:52
New DisplayPort 1.4a Standard Points to 8K Notebook and Al...

The Video Electronics Standard Association (VESA) yesterday announced a new Embedded DisplayPort Standard, version 1.4a, that the association claims "enables a higher video data transfer rate for increased panel resolution, greater color depth and higher refresh rates." Along with other upgrades, the new standard will be able to take advantage of more advanced GPU video performance and display technologies, meaning a wider range of computing devices - laptops and all-in-one PCs like the iMac in particular - will be able to produce 8K content sometime next year. The new standard is for "embedded" panels with the ability to produce up to 8K quality display images, meaning eDP 1.4a won't work with external displays. The current DisplayPort standard is 1.2a, with VESA having announced the next-generation...

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08:24
President Obama to Address Cybersecurity and Secure Paymen...

Stanford University will be welcoming President Obama on Friday the thirteenth to speak about cybersecurity and secure payment technologies at the Cemex Auditorium, Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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07:19
Next-Generation iPhone Said to Feature Upgraded Touch ID W...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has provided reliable information about Apple's upcoming product plans in the past, claims that Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature an upgraded Touch ID module with reduced reading errors for an improved and safer Apple Pay experience. "We think the new iPhone,expected to launch in 3Q15, will be equipped with an upgraded Touch ID module, with which Apple (US) intends to offer a better and safer Apple Pay user experience with reduced reading errors. We therefore raise our 2015F shipments of Touch ID module by 12.4% to 262mn sets, boosted by Apple Pay and new iPhone models."Kuo wrote in a note to investors that he expects the next-generation iPhone to ship in the third quarter of 2015, lining up historically with past releases of iPhones in September. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Sprint and T-Mobile Make Improvements in 2014, but Continue to Trail Verizon...

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07:00
'Anki Overdrive' Bringing Modular Tracks and New...

Anki today announced a sequel to its innovative iOS-compatible Anki Drive slot car racing game. Called "Anki Overdrive" and set for launch in September, it will include brand new cars, a customizable track - courtesy of magnetically interlocking track pieces and "bridges" that adjust track height - and even jump ramps (via Re/code). Originally debuted on stage at WWDC 2013, Anki has slowly grown support for the original Anki Drive by adding new cars and track support but keeping the same basic static roll-out mat technology. The sequel, which the company plans to announce today at the New York Toy Fair, will retain the same...

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04:44
Apple's Stunning iPhone 6 Performance in Japan Humili...

In November we posted two reports on just how well the iPhone 6 was selling in Japan (one and two). Apple is so loved in Japan that even Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was pleased to announce that "Apple has decided to undertake cutting-edge R&D in Japan." 2014 was also the year that ...

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03:46
Apple Granted 30 Patents Today Covering Motion-Based Devic...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 30 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover a few of Apple's granted patents. One covers motion-based device operations, another covers Gradient Refractive Index Optics ...

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02:50
Apple Granted a Patent for a Powerful Camera Flash Accesso...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 30 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention and granted patent covering an illumination accessory supporting the iPhone camera. Apple makes a case as to why a remote illumination system ...

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01:54
Apple Granted a Second Radical Axis Based Multidimensional...

In 2013 Apple acquired 18 patents from Canada-based Maya-Systems, Inc. related to "innovative axis-based user interface technology." Apple was granted their first patent relating to this technology a year ago this month. Today Apple was granted their second patent related to this project.

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00:40
JetBlue is the First Airline to Accept and Promote Apple P...

It's being reported today that Apple Pay is poised to take off — quite literally, on JetBlue flights

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00:15
Apple Granted Patent for a Wearable Presentation Device

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published another granted patent for Apple covering a wearable presentation device designed by iTunes Ecosystem Design Lead Christopher Sanders.

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Monday February 9

23:17
JetBlue to Become First Airline to Accept Apple Pay In-Fli...

Passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights will be able to use Apple Pay to purchase things in-flight starting next week, according to USA Today. It will become the first airline to accept Apple Pay in-flight. Starting next week, passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights can use Apple Pay on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets to buy food, drinks and certain onboard amenities when the plane reaches cruising altitude. You'll be able to upgrade to available premium seats, too.Eddy Cue, Apple's VP for Internet software and services, told USA Today that "somebody else doing it always puts pressure on the other guy" and that other airlines could follow suit. JetBlue's flight attendants will have iPad minis outfitted with a special case that will accept both credit cards and Apple Pay. Starting next week, only intercontinental flights from JFK to...

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15:22
Who will be first to introduce a 3D Camera in Mobile Devic...

In 2013 Intel predicted that their breakthrough 3D camera for mobile devices would debut in 2014. While that didn't happen on schedule, Intel vowed that it would show up in products in 2015, and it did. Their 3D camera ...

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15:07
Apple Working On Project That Will 'Give Tesla a Run...

Following last week's news of a mysterious Apple-leased vehicle roaming the streets of Northern California, an Apple employee has given some details to Business Insider, suggesting Apple is working on a project that will "give Tesla a run for its money."After writing about how the van could be used for a self-driving car, we got an unsolicited email from an employee at Apple about "vehicle development" at the company. [...] "Apple's latest project is too exciting to pass up," the person said. "I think it will change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money."According to the site's source, who was verified to be an Apple employee, Tesla employees are "jumping ship" and choosing to work at Apple because of this unidentified project. Last week's pictures...

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12:23
iOS 8.4 in Development With Possible Support for New Music...

Along with iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, both of which have been seeded to developers in beta form, Apple is also said to be working on an iOS 8.4 update. According to 9to5Mac, the beta is codenamed "Copper," and set to be released later this year at some point after the Apple Watch becomes available for purchase in April. Given the release timing after iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, it's possible that iOS 8.4 will be the update that introduces Apple's new streaming music service. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple's existing Beats music service will be rebranded, revamped with a lower price tag, and integrated into iOS and OS X. A...

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10:32
Apple Seeds First iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers With Wireless...

Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.3 to registered developers for testing purposes, just a week after seeding the fifth beta of iOS 8.2, which is also currently in testing. The beta, build number 12F5027d, also includes Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2. It is not clear at this time what the iOS 8.3 beta introduces, but it likely includes several bug fixes. As a .1 update, it may also introduce new features. Xcode 6.3, included with the beta, introduces a new version of the Swift language. According to Apple's release notes, Swift 1.2 includes "a number of noteworthy changes" to the language. Xcode 6.3 also includes enhancements to ease interoperability between Swift and Objective-C code. New Features in iOS 8.3: Based on our testing, iOS 8.3 appears to remove the "beta" label from iCloud Photo Library and it offers new CarPlay features, in the form of wireless connectivity...

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09:33
iOS 9 to Focus Heavily on Stability and Optimization

With iOS 7, Apple introduced a major design overhaul and with iOS 8, we gained features like Continuity, Apple Pay, and new app abilities like extensions and widgets. Following these two ambitious OS updates, it seems iOS 9 may be somewhat less flashy, focusing heavily on stability and optimization. Sources who spoke to 9to5Mac have suggested that Apple will market iOS 9 similarly to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which was also a maintenance upgrade that resulted in improved performance and better efficiency.For 2015, iOS 9 is going to include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. Sources tell us that iOS 9 engineers are putting a "huge" focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system, rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions. Apple will also continue to...

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09:08
Xiaomi is holding a Press Conference in San Francisco this...

A surprising report coming from China's Commercial Times today confidently states that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is set to hold a press event in San Francisco on Thursday Feb. 12.

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07:45
Samsung's Smart TV Spying Policy is compared to a Pas...

The Daily Beast set off a firestorm last week with a story that was basically about how Samsung's Smart TV could be spying on their customers.

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07:41
Apple Watch Set to Include Third-Party Glucose Tracking Ap...

Medical device manufacturer DexCom over the weekend announced the company is developing an app for the upcoming Apple Watch that will display all of a user's glucose and blood sugar-related health data on their wrist (via The Wall Street Journal). The company, whose expertise lies in "continuous glucose monitoring systems for diabetes management," says the app is expected to be ready when the Apple Watch launches in April. The app would sync to existing monitors manufactured by DexCom that use a "hair's width sensor" located under the user's skin to measure and report blood glucose levels every five minutes, a more seamless process than traditional skin-prick glucose monitors, according to the company. Though most health-related apps have been...

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06:48
Apple Rumored to Update Non-Retina MacBook Air Line in Lat...

The much-anticipated 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is believed to launch sometime in the middle of 2015, but a new rumor out of foreign news website Letem svetem Applem [Google Translate] points to a smaller refresh of the existing MacBook Air line hitting as early as February 24. The website, citing sources from the Czech reseller network, states the update will come with no fanfare or keynote presentation, unsurprising considering a lack of major changes for the lineup. The company also won't discuss the long-rumored ultra-slim MacBook Air around the launch of the new refresh, hoping the "quiet" update...

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06:19
The Engineering Group Known as the IEEE has Ruled on Chang...

In early December we posted a report titled "Apple, HP, Microsoft and Intel await Important IEEE Vote this Saturday on the Future of Wireless Technology Licensing Fees." The result of that vote only came to light yesterday and it could affect the lawsuit Ericsson brought against Apple at the beginning of the year.

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