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Monday November 10

16:15
Apple Expanding Focus on Enterprise, Developing Dedicated...

Apple is planning an aggressive expansion into the enterprise market, hiring a sales team focused on talking with key enterprise customers, reports Reuters. The sales team may also work alongside "a dozen or so" developers focused on creating corporate-facing apps. Apple is said to have developed partnerships with several app development startups, including ServiceMax and PlanGrid, both of which build customized industry-specific apps. ServiceMax, for example, already has customers that could be valuable to Apple, including Procter & Gamble and DuPont. Apple is also pursing other relationships with similar corporate app developers, possibly for an initiative aimed at providing custom-made apps for corporate customers. Apps developers and other sources familiar with Apple's...

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15:37
WSJ Posts Full Video of Tim Cook Discussing Apple Pay, App...

In late October, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California, where he commented on an array of topics including the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple TV, the discontinuation of the iPod classic, and more. While we covered the content of interview at the time, The Wall Street Journal has today posted the full 30 minute video of Tim Cook's appearance at the conference, which is well worth watching in its entirety. Some highlights of the video include an explanation of why the iPod classic was discontinued (it's impossible to get the parts), the...

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15:14
Apple's iPhone 6 is Dominating Japan's Smartphon...

Apple fans in Japan love the iPhone 6: Today it's being that Apple’s iPhone is dominating Japan’s smartphone sales once again.

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14:40
The iOS Masque-Attack is Laughably Puny Compared to the Ma...

Cyber Security Nightmares Continue: Today the US Postal Service was hacked with 500,000 of its employee's personal data and possibly social security numbers has been compromised as reported on by CNBC. Days ago ...

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13:36
FireEye Releases Details of Masque-Attack on iOS in Q2

Last week we reported that Apple rapidly moved to block malware from launching in China. This afternoon Reuters is reporting that researchers have warned that a bug in Apple's iOS operating system makes most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to cyber-attacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices.

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11:03
Apple's iOS Gains Enterprise Activations in Q3 due to...

Noteworthy is the fact that the Good Technology report noted that Apple's iOS activations in the enterprise continued to grow in Q3 thanks to the iPhone 6. The report further noted that iOS reversed a decline in activation share and won share from Android.

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10:58
'Masque Attack' Vulnerability Allows Malicious T...

Just a week after new WireLurker iOS malware surfaced, there's yet another vulnerability in iOS that can potentially be used to install malicious third-party apps. Called Masque Attack for its ability to emulate and replace existing legitimate apps, the flaw was discovered by security research company FireEye. Masque Attack works by luring users to install an app outside of the iOS App Store, by clicking a phishing link in a text message or email. For example, in a demo video, an SMS message with a link attached was sent with the following text "Hey, check this out, the New Flappy Bird." Once clicked, the link directs to a website, which prompts the user to install an app. The app in the video isn't Flappy Bird, but a malicious version of Gmail that installs...

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09:48
Apple Hires Developers Behind Defunct 'Pin Drop'...

Rumors have suggested that Apple is aiming to open a new research and development facility in Cambridge, England, over the coming weeks, and it appears the company has also made some hires in the area. According to TechCrunch, Apple has hired five employees that created the Pin Drop mapping app. The hires are not part of an acquisition of the Pin Drop technology, but have included multiple former Pin Drop employees. Pin Drop was a map app that allowed users to drop custom created tags and pins that could be shared with others to point out interesting landmarks and spots to visit. Pins could be kept private, shared with friends, or shared with the community. Pin Drop's service was shut down on October 31 and the app was removed from the App Store. On Facebook, the app's...

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08:51
US President Obama Talks about Net Neutrality on Video

US President Obama stated today that "An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. By lowering the cost of launching a new idea, igniting new political movements ...

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08:31
Pegatron Reportedly Boosting iPhone 6 Production, Adding i...

Apple's assembly partner Pegatron is boosting its production capacity in order to help Apple increase inventory of the popular iPhone 6, reports Nikkei. According to local press sources, Apple may also be turning to Pegatron to supplement production of the iPhone 6 Plus, which has seen tight supplies as Foxconn has struggled to meet demand. Local press reports suggest Apple may also tap Pegatron to produce the iPhone 6 Plus since Foxconn has been struggling to cope with demand. Pegatron officials did not comment directly on the media speculation.Pegatron's Chief Executive Jason Cheng confirmed in a recent earnings conference call that the company has invested more than $200 million this year in capital expenditures to boost production output, with an additional $300 million planned for 2015. Pegatron repeatedly...

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08:00
Barclaycard Launches New Apple Rewards Visa Card With 3x P...

Barclaycard last week announced a revamped version of its credit card partnership with Apple, the Barclaycard Apple Rewards Visa, offering a new Apple rewards program and financing deals (via AppleInsider). The new reward card offers three points per dollar spent at the Apple Store (iTunes and App Stores do not qualify), two points spent in restaurants, and one point on all other purchases. Once a customer breaks 2,500 points, they receive a $25 Apple Store gift card. Within the first thirty days of opening an account, users can also finance purchases made through Apple with deferred interest. Purchases under $498 can be financed for six months, $499-$998 for twelve months, and $999 and over for eighteen...

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06:15
Russia's Rostec Introduces First Dual-Display Smartph...

Chinese president Xi Jinping has become the owner of the world's first dual-screen smartphone branded the YotaPhone courtesy of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The smartphone was developed by Russia's state-owned tech company Rostec.

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05:35
Apple Expands their R&D Footprint to Cambridge England

Last year we learned that Apple had opened their third R&D center in Israel. The UK's Business Weekly now confirms that Apple is set to open its first office in Cambridge ...

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03:36
Apple Reportedly Opening New R&D Center in Cambridge,...

Apple is planning to open a new facility that includes research and development operations in Cambridge, England within the next few weeks, reports Business Weekly (via MacGeneration). 90 Hills Road, which is said to be location of Apple's new offices in Cambridge The company's new offices are said to be located at 90 Hills Road, which is described as a prestigious corporate building and is located near the likes of headquarters belonging to Microsoft and Sony. More than 1000 technology companies have established offices in Cambridge since 1998, with the region earning the nickname of "Silicon Fen" in reference to Silicon Valley. Other companies including microprocessor manufacturer ARM and wireless communications...

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Sunday November 9

16:55
Apple Launches Web Tool to Deregister Phone Numbers from i...

Apple today released a new web tool for users to deregister their phone number from iMessage in the event they switched to a non-Apple device. To deregister a phone number from iMessage, users simply enter their phone number in Apple's web tool, receive a free text message containing a code, and submit the code to complete the process. Users who still have their original iPhone can also transfer their SIM card back to the device and go to Settings -> Messages to turn iMessage off. Users switching from an iPhone to another device were often unable to receive SMS messages from another iPhone due to their phone number still being linked to iMessage. These specific errors with iMessage have been a well-known issue since 2011, which is when the messaging service debuted with iOS 5. They...

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12:32
Apple Seeks Documentary Evidence in Case against GPNE in C...

On October 22 we reported that a patent troll by the name of GPNE Lost their patent infringement case against Apple. Now Patently Apple is first to discover that there may be a little more to this case. Late on Friday Apple applied to the US District Court in Hawaii an ex parte for an order granting Apple leave to obtain targeted discovery from GPNE Corp. for use in a foreign proceeding.

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11:28
'Pangu' Jailbreak for iOS 8.x Now Available for...

The Pangu development team today updated its jailbreak for iOS 8 and 8.1, bringing full support for the Mac. The update comes a week after the program saw an update for Windows that brought an automatic installation of Cydia and support for the English language. Pangu's jailbreak tool for iOS 8 is the first that is compatible with any device running iOS 8.0 to iOS 8.1, including newer devices such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. The jailbreak method allows users to install content like themes, tweaks, and apps from other sources than the App Store. The Pangu development team recommends that users backup their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches before using the tool, and notes that devices upgraded over-the-air may need to be restored before being jailbroken. Cydia administrator Jay Freeman noted on his Twitter that the Pangu jailbreak is "stable enough" and said that...

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10:43
Ireland's Finance Minister Confident Case Involving A...

The Irish love a good Fight: Ireland's Finance Minister Michael Noonan said late on Friday that a European Commission case against Ireland over tax breaks given to Apple ...

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08:41
The Second Largest Insurance Company in China Sues Apple

Lufax, a company from Pudong, Shanghai, China is suing Apple under four counts for allowing a "counterfeit app" to be sold on iTunes App Store after Apple failed to respond to their request within 60 days.

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Saturday November 8

08:40
China Grants Apple Design Patents for iTunes Radio & M...

Late yesterday the Patent and Trademark Office equivalent in Hong Kong China granted Apple several new design patents with two of them specifically being for iTunes Radio.

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Friday November 7

14:30
Apple Grabs Record US PC Market Share On Strong Mac Sales...

As forecasted, the third calendar quarter of 2014 was a stellar quarter for Mac shipments, with Apple gaining ground on its competitors in the US. According to IDC's quarterly PC tracker (via Re/code), Apple reached its highest PC market share ever reported, a metric that accounts only for Mac shipments and does not include the iPad. The company gained ground with 13.4 percent of the US PC market, edging out Lenovo (10.7 percent) to grab the number three spot behind HP (27.7 percent) and Dell (24 percent). Shipments in the US climbed to more than 2.26 million in the third calendar quarter of 2014. Globally, Apple's market share climbed 5.7 percent year over year, with the company selling a record-breaking...

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13:41
Bloomberg Realistically Points the Finger at GTAT for thei...

Bloomberg TV briefly covered the Apple-GTAT saga today after the court unsealed GTAT's Chapter 11 Supplemental Declaration. Today Bloomberg's Editor-at-Large Cory Johnson reminds us that while the unsealed document reveals some of Apple's hard hitting practices, the fact is that GTAT when accepting the deal pounded the table of how great an opportunity it was with them on Wall Street and enjoyed their stock rising 160% on their positive presentation.

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13:21
FCC Document Details New Apple-Developed Wireless Beats So...

The first Beats product to be released under Apple's guidance has been unveiled in documents recently submitted to the FCC, suggesting Apple will soon be releasing a pair of Beats Solo2 headphones that include wireless Bluetooth functionality. As seen in diagrams, the design of the new wireless Solo2 headphones is nearly identical to Beats' existing Solo2 line. The Solo2 headphones are the company's newest product, released in May, just a day after Apple's Beats acquisition became official. The Beats Solo2 headphones will contain Bluetooth and BLE radios, allowing them to function wirelessly. Beats currently offers a wireless version of its more expensive Studio headphones, but its Solo2 line is somewhat more affordable. The company's current non-...

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12:11
Unsealed GT Advanced Court Documents Give Insight Into App...

Though Apple and GT Advanced fought to keep documents related to their sapphire agreement sealed after GT's bankruptcy filing, a judge recently ruled that the documents did not contain trade secrets and would be largely unsealed. One of those documents, an unedited affidavit from GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller, gave insight into the terms of the deal between the two companies, but another, the original privacy agreement that GT Advanced signed, gives a rare look into how Apple does business with its suppliers. According to the documents, Apple and GT's sapphire deal was known internally as "Project Onyx," and was subject to strict confidentiality agreements. GT employees were forbidden from referring to Apple or the project by anything other than code names, and they were also required to undergo training regarding confidentiality and security in addition to signing extensive non-disclosure agreements....

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11:14
GT Advanced COO: Apple Told Us 'Put On Your Big Boy P...

Apple and GT Advanced fought to keep key documents related to their sapphire agreement out of the public eye after the latter company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, but earlier this week, a judge ruled that the documents did not contain trade secrets or confidential information, and would thus be largely unsealed. As of today, those previously sealed documents are now available for public inspection, including an unedited affidavit [PDF] from GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller. Squiller submitted a revised affidavit on October 28, which gave some insight into the deal between Apple and GT Advanced, but the newly available unedited version expresses much stronger negative feelings towards the...

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