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Friday May 6

03:54
Apple's CEO Set to meet with Senior Chinese Officials

In a report that we posted on Sunday titled "Apple's CEO doesn't see Carl Icahn's Dark Cloud Over their business in China, he sees Growth Ahead," we noted that "China's crackdown on iTunes at the moment is limited in its scope and it appears to be a cultural conflict on the types of content being available. oday we're learning that Apple's CEO will be going to China ...

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03:14
TSMC is already Preparing Apple's 2017 iPhone A11 Chi...

With TSMC being Apple's number one supplier for the iPhone 7's A10 chip, a new supply chian report published today claims that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently begun to ...

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00:37
Apple Introduces Apple Music Student Membership Option Wit...

Apple will today introduce an Apple Music student plan that discounts the streaming service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university (via TechCrunch).

The new plan means any academic student in the United States can now pick up an individual Apple Music membership for $4.99 a month, rather than pay the standard $9.99 subscription rate.

U.S. students won't be the only ones to benefit though, as the plan is also open to students in the U.K., Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The actual cost is expected to vary slightly from country to country, but all markets will see 50 percent off the standard subscription rate.

The student discount is offered for up to four continuous or non-continuous years after sign-up, so...

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Thursday May 5

19:37
Apple Seeking 'Large Expanses of Real Estate' fo...

Apple is looking to purchase "large expanses of real estate" in the San Francisco Bay Area for its much-rumored car project, codenamed Project Titan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google parent company Alphabet and several car manufacturers, such as Tesla and Mercedes Benz, are also on the hunt for more space, according to Hudson Pacific, one of the Bay Area's largest landlords.

Map of Apple's newly-purchased real estate in San Jose“We’re seeing the Toyotas of the world, the Teslas of the world, BMWs, Mercedes. Ford now is out in the marketplace looking for space,” [Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman] said on the landlord’s quarterly investor call. “I haven’t even mentioned the 400,000 square feet that Google’s looking to take down and the 800,000 square feet that Apple’s looking to take down for their...

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16:37
Immersion Misses Q1 Earnings & Announces their Litigat...

Today, Immersion reported on their financials where they noted that they're down 16% from Q1 2015. To mask some of their pain, their press release updated their ongoing litigation with Apple, Samsung and Sony. With Apple, Immersion is adding MacBooks to the list of products that allegedly infringe upon Immersion's IP as well as extend their list of patents involved in the case.

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16:07
Immersion Files Second Haptic Feedback Lawsuit Against App...

Immersion, a company that develops and licenses haptic touch feedback technology, today filed a second lawsuit against Apple and AT&T, accusing the MacBook and MacBook Pro of violating one patent and the iPhone 6s of violating three additional patents not mentioned in the original lawsuit.

According to Immersion, iPhone 6s and MacBook features like 3D Touch and the Force Touch trackpad infringe on its intellectual property. The four patents included in today's lawsuit are as follows:

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13:13
Apple Rocks the Enterprise Market with New SAP Partnership...

On July 15, 2014 Apple and IBM formed a landmark partnership to transform the way work got done in the enterprise. Today Apple takes the iPhone & iPad revolution to new heights. Apple and SAP have announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes ...

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13:12
Tim Cook's Charity Lunch Auction Raises More Than $50...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth annual CharityBuzz auction ended this afternoon, raising more than $500,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The auction, which garnered more than 40 bids, includes a one hour lunch date with Tim Cook At Apple's Cupertino headquarters along with passes to a forthcoming Apple keynote event.

Two people are able to attend the lunch meeting with Cook, with the experience set to last for approximately one hour. While lunch is included in the price of the auction, travel and accommodations are not. The offer expires on May 5, 2017, and the winner will be able to schedule their appointment on a "mutually agreed upon date."

In the final hours of the auction, bidding ramped up significantly, jumping from $275,000 yesterday afternoon to the more...

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11:48
Apple and SAP Announce New Enterprise Partnership

Apple today announced a new partnership with SAP to "revolutionize" the mobile work experience for its enterprise customers by combining native iPhone and iPad apps with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Under the partnership, Apple and SAP will create a new software development kit and training academy to help developers and enterprise customers create tailored business-focused iOS apps.

"This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP's deep expertise in business software," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad....

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09:15
Apple Granted RTM Certificate for 'Final Cut Pro...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the figurative version of 'Read it on Apple News' that was originally filed last week. Apple also received ...

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08:03
As India's Middle Class Grows, Apple's Brand is...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple is the Second Fastest-Growing Smartphone Vendor in India while Samsung Plunged in Q1." Now a second report has surfaced in India noting that Apple is appealing to the growing middle class in that country.

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06:39
Cupertino Mayor at War with Apple saying that they're...

Cupertino's current Mayor Barry Chang bluntly says that Apple abuses their fine city. Many in Cupertino, a 60,000-person town in the heart of Silicon Valley, are beginning to organize around their overburdened city. They claim ...

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05:14
Apple is the Second Fastest-Growing Smartphone Vendor in I...

A new report this morning notes that India's smartphone market grew 12% on year to 24.4 million units in the first quarter of 2016. Among the top-10 vendors during the quarter, Lenovo grew the most with shipments up 63%, while Apple saw its shipments climb ...

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04:38
App Store Experiencing Widespread Search Issues [Updated]

A significant number of users on Reddit and Twitter, corroborated by multiple tips we have received, are affected by an ongoing App Store issue preventing a number of popular iOS apps from showing up in search results unless already installed, including Google, Periscope, Spotify, Tidal, Tumblr, Uber, Vine, Waze, and many others.

The search issues appear to be widespread, affecting iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, and elsewhere since early Thursday morning. Apple has yet to update its System Status page with any reported issues as of 6:00 a.m. Pacific, but it has historically been slow in reflecting outages.

Update: The search issues also appear to extend to iTunes and the...

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04:19
L.A. Police Investigators Find Forensic Cellphone Expert t...

Los Angeles police investigators obtained a method to open the locked iPhone belonging to the slain wife of 'The Shield' actor Michael Jace.

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03:26
The Secret behind the iPhone 6's Speedier Touch ID is...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the invention behind Apple's secret to making the iPhone 6s Touch ID work twice as fast.

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02:53
Hardened Security Features of iPhone 5s Successfully Hacke...

Los Angeles police investigators have discovered a workable method to bypass the hardened security features of a locked iPhone 5s, according to The Los Angeles Times.

In court documents seen by the newspaper yesterday, LAPD detectives found a "forensic cellphone expert" who could unlock the iPhone 5s belonging to April Jace, the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace, who is accused of killing her at their L.A. home in 2014.

The claim appeared in a search warrant filed during the same period that the FBI was demanding Apple unlock the earlier model iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. In that high-profile case, the FBI eventually unlocked the phone with the help of professional hackers, paying them up to $1 million for a tool exploiting...

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Wednesday May 4

16:02
Siri Creators Debuting New AI Assistant 'Viv' Ne...

Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, co-founders of Siri, the virtual assistant now built into all of Apple's iOS devices, are set to demonstrate their newest artificial intelligence project on Monday, reports The Washington Post. Viv, the name of the AI bot, is more advanced than Siri and is able to carry out complex tasks by mimicking the "spontaneity and knowledge base" of a human assistant.

Viv can, for example, set up a dinner reservation and purchase movie tickets all based on one query, parsing ticket prices to find deals and offering suggestions if a movie is sold out or a restaurant has no seating available. Completing the same task with Siri would require multiple commands and human interaction. In an example given by The Washington Post,...

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14:32
New Class Action Filed Against Apple over iTunes Violating...

Thomas Silkowski, a citizen of the State of New Jersey, has filed a class action law suit against Apple alleging violations of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA). Mr. Silkowski alleges that Apple's iTunes violates the New Jersey Act.

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11:02
YouTube Working on 'Unplugged' TV Subscription S...

Internet-based subscription television plans are growing in popularity, and YouTube is the latest company rumored to be working on a standalone television service. According to Bloomberg, YouTube is developing a paid subscription service called "Unplugged," offering a bundle of channels for a set price.

YouTube has already built the infrastructure necessary for the service and is prioritizing its development for a 2017 debut. YouTube has been in talks with major media companies like NBCUniversal, Viacom, Fox, and CBS, but has not yet been able to secure rights for the service.

YouTube is said to be aiming to build a streaming service similar to the service Apple hoped to offer before putting its...

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07:52
Apple Warns of new UK Phishing Scam

A new phishing scam is being reported on in the UK today. The scam aims to take advantage of unaware iPhone users as scammers attempt to send them requests for personal information.

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07:22
Did Samsung's Fake Galaxy S7 Sales Place them as the...

Samsung finally got the headline they coveted: They're the number one smartphone maker in the U.S. with 28.8% market share surpassing Apple at 23 percent due to "strong sales of its latest Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone.

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05:54
Kohl’s Becomes First Retailer to Support Store Payments an...

Kohl's has announced that customers can now pay for their purchases with Kohl’s Charge Cards or other credit or debit cards and simultaneously earn Yes2You Rewards loyalty points with a single tap using Apple Pay.

The combined functionality is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl’s stores in the United States, and the department store chain expects one-tap checkout to be available in all stores nationwide later this month.

Kohl's is the first retailer to offer a one-tap solution for payments and rewards using Apple Pay. Customers can simply add both their Kohl's Charge Card or other payment method and Yes2You Rewards card to Apple Pay and...

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05:10
Apple Set to Deliver a Reinvented Apple Music UI in Time f...

During Apple's financial conference on April 26, Apple's CEO noted that "We feel really great about the early success of Apple's first subscription business and our Music revenue has now hit an inflection point after many quarters of decline." Cook added that "Apple Music continues to grow in popularity with over 13 million paying subscribers today." We had learned that...

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04:35
Chinese Handbag Maker Wins Case to continue using 'iP...

Apple fought a trademark case in China to stop a handbag company from being able to use the "iPhone" trademark in China.

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