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Tuesday September 22

Belligerent Samsung Dismisses Judge Koh's Judgement a...

It looks like Christmas has arrived early for Apple. Last week we posted a report titled "Court Rules Against Samsung & Sets a Great Precedent for Protecting Future Apple Products." And late yesterday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California entered a $548 million judgment for Apple ...

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Live Photos Called 'Best New Feature,' Composed...

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus include several new camera features that have been highly popular in reviews thus far, but there's also a fantastic update to the way photos are displayed on the two devices. With Live Photos, exclusive to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a bit of motion is captured alongside each photo, enabling short animations that bring each image to life. To enable Live Photos, the iPhone captures 1.5 seconds before every picture is taken and 1.5 seconds afterwards. The motion is then displayed whenever a 3D Touch force press is used on a photo, activating the animation to add a bit of context. With iPhone 6s reviews coming out today, we've learned several interesting details about the Live Photos feature, including some negative aspects that Apple's working to improve. We're also able to get an in-depth look at what the reviewers thought of the feature, giving us an idea of whether it's...

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Apple to Alert Users Who Installed Apps Compromised by Xco...

Apple has added an XcodeGhost question and answer page to its Chinese website today that explains what the malware is, how some users may be affected and next steps the company is taking to ensure that developers and end users alike are protected against malicious software going forward. Apple claims that it has no evidence to suggest that XcodeGhost has been used for anything malicious, such as the transmission of personally identifiable information, stipulating that the code is only able to deliver some general information about apps and system information. Nevertheless, Apple says it is working closely with developers and will soon list the top 25 most popular apps impacted by XcodeGhost on its Chinese website. The company will also be alerting users to let them know if they have downloaded apps that could have been compromised. Many...

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Mossberg Reviews the iPhone 6s and Thinks that it's...

Today the reviews on the iPhone 6s are flooding in prior to the release of Apple's new smartphones this Friday. Earlier today we covered the review by Bloomberg Businessweek that also linked to other reviews by USA Today and TechCrunch. Now the Grand Daddy of reviewers is stepping in.

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Apple Outlines Steps for Developers to Validate Xcode Foll...

Following last week's disclosure of new iOS malware called XcodeGhost, which arose from malicious versions of Xcode hosted on third-party servers, Apple has outlined instructions for developers to ensure the version of Xcode they are using is valid. When downloading Xcode from the Mac App Store, or Apple's website so long as Gatekeeper is enabled, OS X automatically checks the app's code signature and validates it against Apple's code. If you must obtain Xcode elsewhere, follow these steps:To verify the identity of your copy of Xcode run the following command in Terminal on a system with Gatekeeper enabled: spctl --assess --verbose /Applications/ where /Applications/ is the directory where Xcode is installed. This tool performs the same checks that Gatekeeper uses to validate the code signatures of applications. The tool can...

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iPhone 6s Puts Focus on Its Cameras With Higher-Quality Ph...

With the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus a few days away, the first reviews for the new devices have begun appearing online today. Many reviewers touted Apple's inclusion of the new 3D Touch technology and the overall performance enhancements that were brought in thanks to the A9 processor. One of the biggest points of attention given in a number of the reviews, however, was the 12-megapixel camera, which has the ability to capture Live Photos and shoot 4K video. In one of its two in-depth reviews on the iPhone 6s, The Verge simply called the new smartphone's camera, "the best camera most people will ever own." Still, the site thought that the overall camera improvement from the iPhone 6's 8-megapixel offering was a "mild" update in the grand sense, given that most customers probably...

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Apple Files Trademarks for 'Works with Apple HomeKit...

While Apple has long ago filed for the HomeKit trademark, today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's trademark application for the logo associated with 'Works with Apple HomeKit' as noted in our cover graphic.

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New Apple TV Teardown Provides Closer Look at A8 Chip, Lar...

iFixit has posted a hardware teardown of the new fourth-generation Apple TV, providing a closer look at the set-top box's A8 chip, flash storage, redesigned power supply with a larger heat sink and other logic board components. The website also provided a teardown of the accompanying Siri Remote. Under the hood, the new Apple TV features a dual-core, 64-bit Apple A8 chip with 2GB of SK Hynix LPDDR3 SDRAM, custom Apple memory controller, SK Hynix NAND flash storage, Universal Scientific Industrial Wi-Fi module and SMSC USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller. Apple TV 4 Components List

  • Apple A8 APL1011 SoC
  • Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00045 Wi-Fi module
  • SMSC LAN9730 USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet controller
  • Apple 338S00057 custom memory controller
  • Texas Instruments PA61
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    Businessweek and USA Today Give the iPhone 6s Two Thumbs U...

    While nothing looks different on the outside, a lot has changed on the inside of the new iPhone 6S. Bloomberg's Sam Grobart reviews the Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and notes that the A9 processor is ludicrously fast.

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    Office 2016 for Mac Now Available as One-Time $150 Purchas...

    Microsoft has announced that Office 2016 for Mac is now available as a one-time $149.99 purchase without an Office 365 subscription. Office Home & Student 2016 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for home use on one Mac. Office 2016 for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later. The standalone version of Office 2016 for Mac features offline storage and 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage, but lacks Outlook, Publisher, Access, tablet and phone support, 60 minutes of Skype calling, instant updates and technical support included with the Office 365 version. Office Home & Business 2016 for Mac is also available for $229.99 and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook on one Mac. Comparatively, subscription-based...

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    iPhone 6s Reviews: 'Performance Beast' with a...

    With the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus just three days away on September 25, the first round of reviews for the new smartphones have begun showing up online. Most sites have been able to experience the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for about a week, and have largely come away with positive impressions of the devices that bring in some notable improvements to the line, in spite of its "S" generation designation. The Verge was one of the most positive on their review unit of the iPhone 6s, noting that if it's Apple's job to create a reason for customers to upgrade to a new iPhone each year, they've "done it again" with the new iPhone. Although they note the premium pricing and odd storage tiers, the site believes that 3D Touch will become as necessary as pinching and zooming, and adds to an experience that overall feels like "the best version ever of the best smartphone on the...

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    Foxconn Seeks Funding from Apple to Buyout Sharp's LC...

    According to a new report this morning, Foxconn Electronics is looking to buy Sharp's LCD business and is also looking to seek funding from Apple to make the move ...

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    Apple Granted an Alternative Headset Connector Patent that...

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 26 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a headphone connector invention and design that may already be dead in its tracks. Another 2014 granted patent supports Apple's MFi program's choice of connector which is the lightning connector for future audio.

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    Apple Granted 26 Patents Today Covering the Apple Watch Ma...

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 26 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the Apple Watch magnetic mechanism and the Mac ...

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    Monday September 21

    Lucky Customer Receives Rose Gold iPhone 6s Nearly Five Da...

    A visual designer named Adrienne from San Diego, California is among the first customers to receive the brand new iPhone 6s, nearly a whole five days before the latest smartphone launches in the U.S. and eleven other countries. Adrienne shared photos of the new iPhone 6s on her Twitter account on Monday afternoon, noting that her pre-order from AT&T arrived much earlier than expected. The all-new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus officially launch September 25. Apple each year requests that couriers like UPS and FedEx hold new iPhone deliveries until the same day the smartphones become available in stores, but a few lucky customers often receive their devices ahead of time due to logistical error. Adrienne also shared unconfirmed Geekbench 3 screenshots that show the iPhone 6s has a single-core score of 2292 and a multi-core...

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    FlightAware Once Again Offers Tool to Track iPhone Pre-Ord...

    Apple began shipping iPhone 6s and 6s Plus pre-orders on Saturday and now FlightAware, a site that offers live flight tracking, has once again begun offering a tool that allows users to track the flights carrying their iPhones after they receive their tracking number. FlightAware also offered the tool last year. FlightAware says that users who have their UPS tracking number can use their tool to match their "departure scan" with one of the departure times listed in their tool to determine which flight their iPhone is on. The tool will be updated as FlightAware learns more about Apple's shipping strategy for the new phones. Currently, many flights are on their way to Louisville, Kentucky's Worldport, which is UPS' worldwide air hub. Additional flights are on the...

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    Microsoft to Launch their Microsoft Band 2 in October and...

    Today we learned that 2 leaks show that the Microsoft Band 2 shows a more friendly wearable that's likely to debut on October 6. We also learned today that Microsoft has invented next-gen skin-sensors for future wearables in a patent application that came to light via the U.S. Patent Office.

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    Apple Allegedly gives Green Light to Triple Project Titan...

    Asked last week by late-night talk-show host Stephen Colbert about Apple’s interest in a driverless car, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said: "We look at a number of things along the way, and we decide to really put our energies in a few of them." No one at Apple will comment on whether Apple is making a car but somehow the Wall Street Journal is able to magically find sources pointing to 2019 or thereabout for launch time frame.

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    No Walk-in iPhone 6s Sales at Apple Stores in 4 U.S. State...

    While Apple has ended launch-day pre-orders and in-store reservations for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the company is suggesting that those customers still intent on purchasing one on launch day visit an Apple retail store Friday for a chance at scoring some of the remaining launch-day stock at those locations. But for customers in four U.S. states, China, Japan, and Hong Kong, these walk-in sales are not an option, notes The Oregonian. The disclosure was made in a footnote on Apple's press release this morning making a final announcement about Friday's launch plans and reporting record adoption of iOS 9: "iPhone is available by reservation only in China, Hong Kong, Japan and US stores in tax-free states." The four U.S....

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    Apple Releases First OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan Public Beta

    Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan to public beta testers, just days after first releasing the beta to developers and roughly a week and a half before OS X El Capitan will be released to the public on September 30. The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. The first beta of OS X 10.11.1 introduced support for Unicode 8 and new emoji like taco, burrito, cheese wedge, hot dog, middle finger, and unicorn head. The emoji are also included in iOS 9.1, which is also in testing. Beyond new emoji, there have been no other outward-facing changes discovered, suggesting OS X 10.11.1 is a minor update that will bring bug fixes and performance enhancements. According to Apple's release notes, the beta offers stability, compatibility, and security improvements. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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    Apple Car Development Speeds Up, 2019 Launch Date Targeted

    Apple is speeding up development on its electric car project, reports The Wall Street Journal, giving it a "committed project" label and targeting 2019 as a prospective shipping date. To facilitate a faster launch, Apple will be greatly expanding the number of people working on the car.The go-ahead came after the company spent more than a year investigating the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meetings with two groups of government officials in California. Leaders of the project, code-named Titan , have been given permission to triple the 600-person team, the people familiar with the matter said.Apple has already been aggressively hiring for its car project, poaching employees from companies like Ford, General Motors, Tesla, Volkswagen, and more. Many of its recent hires have expertise in...

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    Apple Ends Launch Day Online Pre-Orders and In-Store Reser...

    With four days to go until the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple is no longer offering launch-day delivery of any iPhone 6s or 6s Plus models ordered online and is no longer allowing customers to make reservations for in-store purchases, including through Apple's new iPhone Upgrade Program, on Friday. While shipping estimates for iPhones 6s Plus models in particular quickly slipped to 2-3 weeks or longer following the start of pre-orders on September 12, many iPhone 6s models remained available for launch day delivery until today. Customers looking to place online pre-orders for iPhone 6s models that had until recently remained available for...

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    Apple Releases WatchOS 2 With Native App Support, New Watc...

    Apple today released watchOS 2 to the public, making the first major update to the watchOS software available to all Apple Watch owners. The update requires iOS 9 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. watchOS 2 was originally scheduled to launch on Wednesday, September 16 alongside iOS 9, but Apple delayed the launch in order to address a major bug that was found shortly before the software was set to debut. As the first significant update to watchOS, watchOS 2 introduces a lot of new features to the Apple Watch, mainly through new developer tools. watchOS 2 brings native apps that run on the watch itself instead of the iPhone, and it lets developers access several sensors and hardware features including the Taptic Engine, heart rate monitor, microphone, and accelerometer. The new time-lapse watch faces in watchOS 2...

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    iPhone 6s Plus Has Smaller 2750mAh Battery

    Apple's iPhone 6s Plus includes a 2750 mAh battery, according to images shared by Taiwanese site AppleClub [Google Translate]. That means the battery in the iPhone 6s Plus is smaller than the 2915 mAh battery found in the existing iPhone 6 Plus. We've already learned the iPhone 6s has a smaller 1715 mAh battery because it was spotted in a video Apple created to highlight 3D Touch, but there's been no visual confirmation on the iPhone 6s Plus battery until now. Ahead of the debut of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, rumors suggested both devices would...

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    New USB-C Batteries to Charge Retina MacBooks at Full Spee...

    Apple's Retina MacBook uses a brand new USB-C connector for power, which means that it's able to be charged by external USB battery packs much like an iPhone or an iPad. But because of its higher 29 watt power requirements, there aren't any current battery packs that pump out enough power to charge the MacBook at full speed. Instead, most USB battery packs used with the MacBook today just keep the battery steady, without adding additional power. That's set to change, however, as companies are starting to debut accessories and battery packs that will let the Retina MacBook charge at its full 29 watt rate. As of today, Hyper, known for its line of external battery packs designed for Apple's notebooks, is launching a Indiegogo project for the HyperJuice...

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    Balloony Land offers a fresh twist on th...
    Balloony Land by Palringo offers a fresh twist on the match three genre and is out now on iOS and Android. First-off, you'll be popping balloons instead of crushing candy and the balloons will float up and fill the empty spaces instead of dropping down. With a grand total of 96 different levels set in five different themed-worlds there's plenty... | Read more »
    Graphic - vector illustration and design...
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