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Wednesday January 7

07:56
iOS 8 Now Installed on 68 Percent of Active iOS Devices

Since launching in September alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iOS 8 has seen its adoption rate grow to 68 percent of compatible iOS devices, according to new numbers posted on the Apple Developer Support page. With Apple updating data publicly every few weeks, this latest data point represents a four percentage point bump in adoption since the last update on December 23. The significant increase highlights Apple's strong performance in device activation numbers over the holidays to add to the company's iOS 8 user base. Over the longer term, installation numbers are up 5 percentage points over the past month and up 12 percentage points in the past two months. iOS 7 usage has...

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07:47
Is Apple's Radical Universal Connector Ready for Prim...

Back in October 2013, Apple filed for a patent regarding a radical new connector that could replace the standard USB, HDMI ...

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06:53
Strong iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Sales Lead to Smartphone Market...

The latest smartphone sales data released today from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech highlights good news for Apple on the strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch, with Apple gaining share year-over-year in every country surveyed except for Japan. The report, focusing on the September-November 2014 period, points out that Android market share dropped in most European markets and saw its first decline in the U.S. since September 2013. In the surveyed period, Apple reached 42.5 percent of UK sales, up 12.2 percentage points from the same time in 2013. In the U.S., the Cupertino-based company's share of smartphone sales grew 4.3 points to reach 47.4 percent of the market, an unsurprising performance given the strong early sales of the company's latest iPhones. More data from Apple...

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06:20
Apple's iPhone 6 Grows Market Share Globally, with UK...

In July we reported that the iPhone 5S and 5C were the top selling smartphones in Britain and more surprisingly that iPhone users accounted for close to 50% of the country's web traffic. Today, new data shows that Apple's new iPhone 6 models have boosted iPhone sales to ....

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Tuesday January 6

17:33
CES 2015: Reach79's iPhone 6 Case Claims to Double Si...

At CES 2015, Antenna79 announced a new brand of cases called Reach79 , which claims to boosts signal strength and performance up to two times for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. “We all want to get the most from our smartphones, and that’s exactly what Reach79 cases were designed to do,” said David Vigil, CEO, Antenna79. “Powered by patented antenna technology, Reach79 cases are the first performance-enhancing smartphone cases designed for speed. Each case is embedded with a micro-thin, gold-plated antenna that works to increase your smartphone’s signal strength so your phone can do more for you.”Reach79 says that the stronger signal strength provided by its cases can improve battery life as the phone woudln't have to work as hard to pick up a signal. Additionally, the company says it improves user experience with less dropped calls and faster download speeds and greater signal coverage. The cases also come with military grade drop protection. The...

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12:51
Apple Targeting March for Apple Watch Launch, Retail Train...

While Apple has yet to publicly announce a specific launch date for the Apple Watch beyond "Early 2015", sources speaking to 9to5Mac say the company is currently planning for a March debut in the initial wave of countries. Sources in the retail segment indicate that select store employees will undergo centralized Apple Watch training the week of February 9, with those employees in turn training others at their individual stores in the days leading up to the device's launch. One or two representatives from many Apple Stores in the United States, depending on store and market size, will be sent to Apple offices in either Cupertino, California or Austin, Texas to learn first-hand about the Watch. These training programs will take place between February 9th and February 16th.The report indicates Apple has been continuing to refine various aspects of the Apple Watch since its September unveiling, focusing mostly on...

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11:46
Apple's 12-Inch Retina MacBook Air Shown in Artist...

In a set of artist renditions, 9to5Mac offers a look at Apple's long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The renditions and details shared in the report are consistent with previous reports on the machine, although plans do sometimes change during the development process. As previously described in rumors, the next MacBook Air will have roughly the same footprint as the current 11-inch model, but include a 12-inch display nestled inside narrower bezels. The machine's keyboard will also extend from edge to edge while the speakers move to a set of grilles above the keyboard. Comparison of 12-inch Retina MacBook Air (left) with current 11-inch MacBook Air (right) As part of Apple's effort to reduce the thickness of the MacBook Air, the new 12-inch model will...

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08:15
CES 2015: 'Schlage Sense' Smart Lock Allows Siri...

Schlage, a division of technology-focused safety and security company Allegion, has announced at CES this year the Schlage Sense, a touch-pad enabled smart lock for homeowners that most notably allows users to command Siri to unlock their doors thanks to integration with Apple's HomeKit. The company's first Bluetooth-enabled lock, the Schlage Sense allows users to simply enter a code to gain access to their house using the back-lit touchpad or a smartphone with a free-to-download app. HomeKit integration also brings added security and end-to-end encryption and authentication when the Schlage Sense lock interacts with a user's smartphone via the app.The Schlage Sense system has the ability to manage and schedule up to 30 codes at the same time through a dedicated, easy-to-use app, which offers an additional layer of key-free convenience. The Schlage Sense app allows...

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06:59
CES 2015: AT&T Announces 4G LTE Smartcase With MicroSD...

AT&T today announced the upcoming availability of its new Modio smartcase that will add 4G LTE connectivity to a Wi-Fi-only iPad or iPad mini. The Modio smartcase will be compatible with the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini. The Modio will allow Wi-Fi iPad owners to connect to AT&T's 4G LTE network using the data available on the customers' Mobile Share plans. Mobile Share allows customers to pay for a monthly data allotment that is shared between smartphones, tablets and other connected devices. Beyond cellular connectivity, the Modio smartcase also includes its own 4,600 mAh battery to support up to 10 hours of use, along with a microSD card slot that can be used to store up to 32 GB of media and other files. Case owners can install the accompanying...

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06:13
Apple Granted 28 Patents Covering an Active Stylus and a D...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 28 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two main patents. The first covers an active stylus and the second one covers an emergency 911 system. The latter is designed to assist an iPhone user in case of an emergency such as a car accident...

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04:20
Apple Granted a Patent for an Ambitious Lifestreaming Mobi...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 28 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. About a year ago Apple acquired BroadMap and today we cover one of their inventions relating to lifestreaming and smart-glasses that could record important events and life's greater moments, naturally.

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02:26
Unlocked, SIM-Free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models Now Availabl...

As indicated yesterday, Apple has begun selling unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on its U.S. online store. Pricing for the SIM-free versions of both phones are the same as the other unsubsidized models. The 16, 64, and 128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 are sold for $649, $749, and $849 respectively, while the 16, 64, and 128GB configurations of the iPhone 6 Plus run $100 higher than the aforementioned iPhone 6 models. The SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the same as the full-priced, carrier-specific models that have been sold by Apple since the launch of both phones. For example, the iPhone 6 models offered by T-Mobile have been unlocked since launch, although it is unknown why Apple chooses...

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01:52
Apple Granted a Patent for Advanced Flexible iPhones &...

Back on April 10 2013 Patently Apple was first to discover and report on Apple's advanced invention for not only flexible displays but also for possible future flexible iPhones and other iDevices. The patent was discovered in Europe. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent for this invention.

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Monday January 5

16:24
Apple's Q1 FY15 Conference Call Scheduled for January...

Apple has announced that Q1 FY15 Earnings Release is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

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15:53
Fire Phone Flops, Heads Roll, Amazon Sings a Defensive Tun...

In October we reported that Amazon Q3 Financials had shown that their newly hyped Fire Phone had gone down in Flames and that it didn't look like it would be any better going into the holiday season. Today we learned that a lot of heads rolled over the disastrous Fire Phone and Echo results - even though Amazon is trying to spin it.

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15:08
'CES Unveiled' Hints at 2015's Hottest Cate...

The Consumer Electronics Show doesn't officially kick off until Tuesday, but some of the craziest and most interesting products were already on display on Sunday at CES Unveiled, a media-focused pre-event that traditionally highlights many of the best products coming out at CES. I was on-hand at CES Unveiled to represent MacRumors and managed to navigate through the madness of food and drink booths and throngs of press to get a look at some of the neatest products you can expect to see across 2015. There were multiple different wearable devices on display, ranging from traditional activity trackers to Belty, a smart belt that expands and contracts to fit your waistline, but a couple of new options stood out. Withings' new ...

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14:48
Apple to Begin Offering Unlocked, SIM-Free iPhone 6 and 6...

Apple will begin offering unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting tomorrow on its online store and at its retail locations, reports 9to5Mac. Pricing will remain the same alongside the other unsubsidized iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, with 16/64/128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 selling for $649/$749/$849 respectively, while the 16/64/128GB versions of the iPhone 6 Plus will be available for $749/$849/$949. As with other unlocked devices, the unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will allow users to insert a nano-SIM card from a compatible GSM network for cellular voice, texting, and data connectivity. Apple launched unlocked versions of the iPhone 5s last year in November, which...

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13:07
CES 2015: iDevices Announces HomeKit-Enabled 'Switch...

iDevices today announced its upcoming Switch smart plug, a HomeKit-enabled device that allows users to remotely control a variety of devices around the home. The system takes advantage of the existing iDevices Connected app to give users control over the plug, which plugs into a standard electrical outlet and connects to the home's Wi-Fi network to provide control over a device plugged into Switch. With HomeKit integration for Switch, users will be able to take advantage of a number of iOS features in the system, including the ability to use Siri to control their devices. Switch requires no dedicated hub device or subscription services, making it simple to set up.- Siri – Switch’s HomeKit integration provides an easy, secure way to control Switch using Siri on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can even create your own...

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11:32
Supply Chain Sources Claim Rumors of New 4-Inch iPhone Are...

Just over a month after sparking discussion of a possible new 4-inch iPhone in 2015 based on supply chain sources speaking to Taiwanese media, Chinese site Feng.com now claims [Google Translate, via G for Games] its own sources are seeing no indication of such a device. Feng.com's sources claim the Cupertino company has not placed any orders with its supply chain related to a new 4-inch version of the iPhone for release in 2015. While the...

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10:31
TapSense Announces Platform to Bring Contextual Ads to App...

Amidst the new and upcoming product launches at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, mobile marketing firm TapSense today unveiled its plans for a "programmatic ad platform" targeting Apple's upcoming wearable, the Apple Watch. The platform is promised to provide a full suite of programming solutions, including an SDK for app developers and programmatic APIs for brands, to get them started on making advertisements for the new Apple Watch. Though the platform not yet released, TapSense hopes the service provides businesses with a proof-of-concept demonstration on how ads can be delivered to customers using the new technology.“Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) are the next frontiers in the mobile revolution. We are excited to announce industry’s first programmatic ad platform for Apple Watch developers and brands. ” said Ash Kumar, Co-Founder and CEO of...

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10:15
HP Introduces a New 27" 5K Display Debuting in March...

News from CES tells us that HP will be introducing a 27" 5K display this March for a nice economical price that might interest some owning or thinking of buying a Mac Pro. If you don't care about the cool and sexy styling of Apple's Thunderbolt Display, then this just might be right for you, especially if you want a 5K display for work or for playing future video games.

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09:31
CES 2015: Bandstand Dock Leads Accessory Makers' Appl...

The Apple Watch may not be launching for a few more months, but that hasn't stopped accessory makers from showing off their ideas at CES this week. iOS device stand and accessory maker Standzout is one of the early entrants, announcing its upcoming Bandstand docking station and showing off prototypes of the accessory at CES. The new Bandstand dock was designed from the ground up for Apple's upcoming Watch, offering both a watch stand and charging functionality in a single dock. The new Bandstand dock features a pivoting platform that will securely hold the Watch and allow users to adjust the angle of the display for optimal viewing. More than just a holder, the Bandstand will support induction charging of the Apple Watch using Apple's upcoming cable while also providing a pair...

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08:52
Intel Launches New Broadwell Chips Appropriate for MacBook...

Intel today announced the launch of a full set of "Broadwell-U" processors, opening the door for updated versions of Apple's MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The chip launch is essentially in line with a leaked timeline from last July that also pegs the release of more powerful Broadwell chips appropriate for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro as late as July or August of this year. As outlined by AnandTech, the new Broadwell-U chips include a set of four 28-watt chips ranging from 2.5 GHz to 3.1 GHz in base frequency and featuring new Iris 6100 integrated graphics. The Core i5-5257U, Core i5-...

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08:28
Intel Races to Bring Biometric Security to PCs

In November we reported that Intel was bringing biometrics to PC's in 2015. In Q4 fingerprint technology could be introduced with Intel's Skylake processor in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows 10. But to kick-off the year, Intel introduced facial recognition software at CES over the weekend.

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07:16
Foxconn Eying OLED Displays for Smartphones and Wearables

In November we reported that Foxconn was partnering with Innolux on a new display plant for 2015 for one client exclusively that sources claim is Apple. Today we've learned that the new plant will also manufacture OLED panels ...

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