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Friday March 13

04:35
Microsoft's Digital Assistant Cortana May Be Heading...

Microsoft is beefing up "Cortana", its virtual voice assistant found in its line of Windows Phones, with plans to provide her contextual reminders and various other features on iOS and Android devices later this year, according to Reuters. Announced for Windows 10 desktops earlier this year, Microsoft is planning to upgrade Cortana's functions even more through research from an artificial intelligence project called "Einstein." Reuters notes that the new iteration of Cortana would double-down on her being less reactive, akin to iOS users needing to instigate Siri commands themselves, and more proactive. The virtual assistant, named after an artificial intelligence character who appears in most of the main Halo games, could...

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Thursday March 12

15:13
Tim Cook Calls Jim Cramer on 'Mad Money', Talks...

Apple CEO Tim Cook called into "Mad Money" on CBNC today to speak to host Jim Cramer in honor of the show's 10th anniversary, where he shared some thoughts on ResearchKit, Apple's competitors, Apple Pay, the next frontiers of product development, and more. When asked what he believes the "next frontiers" will be when it comes to product development, Tim Cook highlighted health as "the biggest one of all," along with cars and the home. According to Cook, devices like the Apple Watch and services like ResearchKit and the Health app that allow people to track their own health and fitness are part of a market that's "probably significantly underestimated." Cook called ResearchKit, which the company debuted on Monday, "an absolute game changer." ResearchKit is an open source software framework aimed at researchers, and several apps...

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15:08
Samsung Thinks that their New Flexible Smartphone Design C...

There's no doubt that Samsung is in search for new smartphone form factors that involve flexible displays ...

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12:53
The leading offline Navigation app HERE is now available o...

Nokia's HERE is a global leader in the mapping and location intelligence business. HERE maps can be found in four out of five cars in North America and Europe with integrated in-dash navigation. And while most Apple fans will prefer to stick with Apple Maps and enjoy it with CarPlay, there are many ...

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12:42
'Becoming Steve Jobs' Leaks: Tim Cook Offered Jo...

There's a new Steve Jobs book coming out later this month, written by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life, and Rick Tetzeli, editor at Fast Company. The book, Becoming Steve Jobs, isn't set to be released until March 24, but Cult of Mac discovered some of the contents could be read using Amazon's "Look Inside the Book" feature and shared a few interesting tidbits that we haven't heard before. One of the best parts is a story about Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, which took place when Steve Jobs first got sick. When Jobs was ill and needed a new liver, Tim Cook offered to donate a portion of his own liver because the two shared a blood type. Jobs turned down Cook's offer and later received a full liver transplant in 2009.After discovering that...

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11:41
Alibaba will Have Alipay Ready for the Apple Watch in Apri...

A report from China today noted that immediately after the Apple Watch launch, e-commerce giant Alibaba Group had announced ...

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10:48
Apple Launches New iOS Beta Testing Program, Seeds iOS 8.3...

Apple today made a pre-release version of iOS 8.3 available to those who sign up for the company's public beta testing program, giving them early access to a new version of iOS for the first time ever. The version of iOS 8.3 being distributed to beta testers is the third iOS 8.3 beta, which was seeded to developers a few hours ago. The launch of today's iOS beta testing program has also been accompanied by an overhaul to Apple's Appleseed Beta testing site. Previously the language on the site was heavily focused on OS X, but a site revamp gives it a more general focus to encompass both iOS and OS X testing. iOS 8.3 was first seeded to developers on February 9, while iOS 8.2...

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10:45
IDC's Tablet Report See's a Microsoft Miracle on...

IDC has published one of its worst reports on tablets to date. Firstly, following the first year-over-year decline in worldwide tablet shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014 IDC has had to scale back their five year forecast for the product category. In other words, their previous forecasts were completely off the mark. Secondly, IDC continues to count Windows based 2-in-1 devices as tablets ...

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09:01
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of OS X Yosemite to developers, almost a month after seeding the first OS X 10.10.3 beta and a week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 to public beta testers. The new beta, build 14D98g, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Apple has also released OS X Server 4.1 for developers. According to the release notes, today's 10.10.3 beta includes developer APIs for the new Force Touch trackpad in the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and the upcoming Retina MacBook, which will allow developers to create apps that take advantage of Force Touch. There's also a new feature that adds additional data sources when using "Look Up." When right-clicking on a...

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08:57
Apple Seeds Third iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 8.3 to developers, more than two weeks after seeding the second iOS 8.3 beta and more than a month after releasing the first iOS 8.3 beta. Today's third beta release comes just days after the public launch of iOS 8.2, which included support for the Apple Watch. The beta, build 12F5047f, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6.3 beta 3. Though iOS 8.2 introduced Apple Watch support, it brought only minor bug fixes and security updates to the operating system. iOS 8.3 brings more consumer-facing updates, like a new emoji picker and all new diversified emoji and skin tone modifiers. It also introduces...

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08:39
Seven of Apple's Biometric Patents Surface today cove...

On March 12, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a series of seven Biometric related patent applications from Apple. The patents cover a wide range of technical features related to credential verification processes that are used in relation to Apple's Touch ID, Apple Pay, unlocking redacted documents and much more.

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06:14
iPad Seen as 'Weakest Link' in Stagnating Tablet...

IDC on Thursday reduced its five year forecast for worldwide tablet shipments following the tablet market's first year-over-year decline in the fourth quarter. The research firm estimates that 234.5 million tablets will be shipped during 2015, representing marginal growth of 2.1% from 2014. Android is expected to remain the market leader among platforms throughout the course of the forecast, whereas the iPad is predicted to be the "weakest link" and see its volume share of the market continue to decline in 2015. IDC believes that iOS will drop from its present 27.6% market share to 23% through 2019. The research firm also estimates that Microsoft could see its worldwide tablet market share nearly triple from 5.1% today to 14.1% market share in 2019...

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04:32
Apple invents A High-End iPhone Docking Station with a Dis...

Every once and a while Apple's engineering teams take a crack at inventing Apple's next docking station. In 2012 Apple invented an inductive charging dock and in 2014 two dock station inventions surfaced regarding lightning connector based docks that featured a flexible dock connector. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another docking station invention that's a little more elaborate.

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03:06
Apple Advances their Synchronized, Interactive Augmented R...

In 2011 we posted a detailed patent application report titled "Apple Developing Applications for Smart Transparent Displays." In November ...

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01:57
Apple's Invention Regarding the Creation of New Gold...

During Monday's Special Spring Forward Apple Event we learned a little more about the Apple Watch which is launching on April 24, 2015. We specifically learned more about the new customized metal alloys that will provide the Apple Watch with such value. Apple states that ...

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Wednesday March 11

23:00
Apple's 'Force Touch' Trackpad Fools Users...

At its "Spring Forward" event on Monday, Apple announced a brand-new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pros with a fully redesigned trackpad called the Force Touch trackpad. Like on the Apple Watch, Force Touch allows the device to distinguish between a light press and a deep press, opening up new methods for interaction. For example, while a light press could be a simple click, a deep press while browsing in Safari could bring up a Wikipedia entry in a pop-up window. The Force Touch trackpad on the MacBook and new MacBook Pros achieves this through a total reinvention of the way the trackpad works. Apple ditched the "diving board" structure of older trackpads for a new design with four sensors, called Force Sensors. These Force Sensors allow the user to click anywhere on the...

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16:40
Apple is Working with Intel on a New Special Smartphone fo...

Back in January 2013 we posted a report titled "Apple Preparing Low Cost iPhone for Emerging Markets." We noted that there were rumors out of Asia's supply chain claiming that Apple was working on a low-cost version of the iPhone aimed at emerging markets with China being Apple's first focus. New information surfacing yesterday now supports the initial rumor.

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16:00
Apple Ceases Selling Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband as Apple Wa...

With the Apple Watch set to launch in April, Apple has decided to stop selling many competing fitness products in its retail stores. Re/code checked several popular Apple Stores in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and New York, and found that Apple had ceased carrying the Jawbone UP and the Nike+ Fuelband. The two fitness bands are also unavailable through the company's online store, and it appears the only remaining fitness band available for purchase is the MIO Alpha Heart Rate Monitor Watch. Apple is still selling non-wrist worn fitness tracking devices, like the Jawbone UP Move and the...

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13:41
Teardown Reveals New 13-Inch MacBook Air SSD is Nearly Twi...

Apple on Monday refreshed its MacBook Air lineup, adding Broadwell chips and Intel 6000 graphics. Both models received the same processor updates, but the 13-inch MacBook Air got an extra boost -- new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is "up to two times faster" than the flash storage used in the previous generation MacBook Air. The 11-inch MacBook Air did not receive the same flash storage update. iFixit decided to test Apple's "two times faster" claim by comparing SSD speeds between a new 11-inch MacBook Air and a new 13-inch MacBook Air, with results that suggest the SSD in the 13-inch MacBook Air is indeed nearly twice as fast as the SSD in the MacBook Air. Average write speeds for the 11-inch MacBook Air using Black Magic's Disk Speed Test were 315MB/s, while average read speeds were 668MB/s. The 13-inch MacBook Air saw average write speeds of 629.9MB/...

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12:38
Apple Again Said to Adopt Intel LTE Chips for iPhones in 2...

Some of Apple's iPhones produced in 2016 will use wireless modem chips supplied by Intel rather than Qualcomm, reports VentureBeat. iPhones (presumably the iPhone 7) sold in emerging markets in Asia and Latin America will reportedly use an Intel 7360 LTE modem. Intel has been gunning hard during the past year for a place in the iPhone and now appears to have succeeded, at least partly. The 7360 chip will ship inside a special version of the iPhone that will be marketed to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, the sources said.The 7360 LTE modem chip [PDF] from Intel features up to 450Mbps downlink and it supports 29 LTE bands. It will begin...

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11:30
Google Announces New Chromebook Pixel With USB-C, $999 Pri...

Google today launched an updated version of its Pixel Chromebook, which is equipped with USB-C, much like Apple's new Retina MacBook. With USB-C, the Chromebook's 12-hour battery can be fully recharged in approximately 90 minutes, and a 15 minute charge supplies two hours of power, according to Google. The new Chromebook Pixel features an aluminum body, a 13-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2560 x 1700 and an aspect ratio of 3:2, an Intel Core i5 Broadwell processor, 8GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage space. Unlike the Retina MacBook, the Chromebook Pixel has multiple ports, including two USB-C ports, but it can't compare to the Retina MacBook in size -- the Pixel is more than a pound heavier at 3.3 pounds. It also outweighs the standard 13-inch MacBook Air. Early reviews from sites like Re/code and ...

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09:59
The Music Industry is frowning on Freemium Streaming Servi...

The music industry has been re-thinking the so-called "freemium" music streaming business model. The issue exploded onto the scene with the very public incident of Taylor Swift yanking her music from Spotify. In November the Rolling Stone noted that Taylor Swift had never been ...

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08:50
ResearchKit Receives Thousands of Sign-Ups Following Launc...

Less than twenty-four hours after Apple unveiled ResearchKit, the open source medical framework had received thousands of sign-ups, according to Bloomberg. The report claims that Stanford University researchers awoke on Tuesday morning, the day after Apple's "Spring Forward" media event, to discover that 11,000 people signed up for MyHeart Counts, a cardiovascular disease app built using ResearchKit.“To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year and 50 medical centers around the country,” said Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health. “That’s the power of the phone.”ResearchKit is an open source...

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07:18
Apple Watch May Gain Additional Casing Material Options La...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record in providing information on yet-to-be released Apple products, today released a report predicting that up to three new casing options for the Apple Watch will launch sometime this fall. Kuo points out that the Apple Watch's sale momentum could stall entering the fourth quarter of the year, and thinks the release of new casing options for the device could reinvigorate it heading into the 2015 holiday shopping season. Rumors stating that Apple was looking into a platinum casing for the Watch right before the "Spring Forward" event could point toward the option becoming available down the road. Aside from current casing materials of aluminum, stainless steel and 18k gold, we believe 1-3 new versions of Apple Watch featuring new casing materials are likely to go into mass production in 4Q15. If this is the case, we think it...

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06:38
As Expected, Apple Watch Knock-Offs Hit China right on Cue

In July we posted a report titled "Knock-Offs of the iPhone-6 are now hitting the Streets in China." When you saw the photos of the knockoffs, they were definitely convincing. Even though only the naïve would buy such a product ...

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