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Thursday April 2

04:10
Apple Watch Featured on Cover of Canadian Fashion Magazine...

Apple Watch continues to be marketed around the world leading up to its highly-anticipated launch in April, this time making its Canadian debut in the upcoming May issue of fashion magazine Flare. The publication features actress Hailee Steinfeld wearing an Apple Watch Sport on two separate covers in both silver and space gray, accompanied by an article listing things you can do with your Apple Watch. In addition to the fashion shoot, the magazine outlines more than a dozen ways the Apple Watch can be used beyond timekeeping, such as for ordering a coffee, boarding a flight, learning a new language, hailing a cab, managing finances, tracking health and fitness, identifying songs, controlling a vehicle, becoming a karaoke star, controlling an Apple TV, unlocking a hotel room...

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03:24
Apple Invents Inductive Charging Interfaces for Mobile Dev...

On April 02, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new inductive charging interfaces with magnetic retention for electronic devices and accessories. To date, Apple has filed a for a patent regarding "Wireless charging via Near Field Magnetic Resonance," while implementing USB Type-C ...

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01:57
Apple's Invention Covering the Butterfly Hinge Mechan...

On April 2, 2015, The European Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application WO2015047612 that reveals their new butterfly hinge mechanism that debuted with the new MacBook earlier in March. This is another patent fulfilled.

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Wednesday April 1

15:02
Early Benchmarks Put Retina MacBook CPU Performance in Ran...

Though the Retina MacBook isn't officially launching until April 10, an early 64-bit Geekbench benchmark of the entry-level machine was spotted this afternoon, giving us our first glimpse at how the new ultra thin MacBook measures up to existing products in Apple's notebook line. The 1.1GHz entry-level Retina MacBook with an Intel Core M-5Y31 processor was benchmarked twice, giving two single-core scores of 1924 and 2044, and multi-core scores of 4038 and 4475. Comparatively, the 2015 entry-level MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor has seen scores in the neighborhood of 2881 (single-core) and 5757 (multi-core), so it's a good bit faster than the new MacBook. Performance wise, the Retina MacBook seems to be par with the higher-end 2011 MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Core i7 processor...

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12:53
Apple Looking for TV Networks to Bear Streaming Costs for...

For its upcoming streaming TV service, Apple is asking its content partners to take on the job of streaming television shows and movies to its customers, reports Re/code. Rather than hosting streaming content itself, Apple is requesting that its partners build out the necessary infrastructure and take on the related costs.Apple is asking TV networks to handle the responsibility and cost of the streaming infrastructure associated with its Web video service, industry executives say. That issue is one of many unresolved questions about the proposed service, which Apple would like to launch next fall but can't until it lines up programming deals.Negotiations for the streaming service are reportedly being conducted by iTunes chief Eddy Cue, who has told networks and potential partners that Apple wants to concentrate on software and hardware, areas where it...

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07:40
Piper Jaffray: Apple will Sell One Million Apple Watch Uni...

This morning, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple, and a $160 price target, writing that "we believe investors may begin to focus on opening weekend metrics."

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07:31
New Retina MacBook Appears in Early Unboxing Video

With the official launch of the new ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook with Retina display still over a week away on April 10, Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn has managed to get its hands on the brand-new silver MacBook and has shared an unboxing video and photos. The entirety of the video is in Vietnamese, of course, but is still worth a watch to check out the design of the new MacBook, the USB-C adapter, and the edge-to-edge keyboard in someone's hands outside the confines of Apple's media event last month. Additional photos from the unboxing can be found on the Tinhte.vn official website, with the full video located on the site's YouTube channel. The new MacBook launches on April 10, and Apple has yet to announce whether it will be offering pre-...

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06:57
The Obama Administration Launches First-Ever Sanctions Pro...

The Obama administration has just launched the first-ever sanctions program to financially punish individuals and groups outside the United States that are engaged in malicious cyber-attacks.

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06:28
Apple Showcases 8 New MobileFirst Apps for Healthcare, Ind...

During Apple's Financial Conference Call in January, Apple's CEO Tim Cook noted that the IBM Partnership was strong. In December the Alliance delivered their first 10 applications. Today, the alliance launched a new round of MobileFirst Apps for Healthcare, Industrial Products and more.

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05:18
Apple's new Music Streaming Service Could Create the...

On Monday the reinvented Tidal music steaming service was launched. It's a streaming music service owned and directed by a select number of musicians that include Jay Z, Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna, Chris Martin (Cold Play), Alicia keys and others. It created a lot of buzz in the music industry. It's another new entrant in this new market segment that will have the biggest near term impact until Apple’s forthcoming music subscription service ....

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04:22
Happy April Fools' Day 2015: HiRise Toast, Pets Unlea...

As happens every year on April 1, today is April Fools' Day, and readers should be wary of hoaxes and claims at both news and rumor sites. Today also represents Apple's 39th anniversary, with their partnership having officially been founded on this day in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. As has become tradition, a number of today's pranks have focused on Apple and tech, and here are a few of the more interesting ones to surface so far today. Keep in mind that some hoaxes may be mildly NSFW, so turning down your volume or watching later may be best if you are at work or in a public space. iFaxit Repair your Apple products using iFixit's repair manuals, now sent through fax. HiRise Toast for iMac Twelve South announced the HiRise Toast, an iMac stand that doubles as a toaster. T-Mobile Pets Unleashed T-Mobile introduced Pets Unleashed, a...

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Tuesday March 31

16:30
Pandora CFO Calls Apple a 'Frenemy,' Says Music...

When Apple's CarPlay feature launched last year, Apple partnered with several music services to offer a variety of listening choices on the platform, including Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Rdio, and more. Noticeably absent from CarPlay was Pandora, but that appears to be set to change. Pandora CFO Mike Herring spoke to Fox Business Network yesterday and said Pandora will "definitely be in CarPlay" and integrated into the Apple Watch as well. Though Herring did not provide a timeline for the possible launch of a Pandora CarPlay app, his statement to Fox is the closest Pandora's come to revealing its plans for the platform. Last year, Pandora told MacRumors that Apple was a valued partner and though it did not have a CarPlay offering at the current time, it was...

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14:31
The NYTimes to Offer a Free Apple Watch News App on April...

Our attention span is getting shorter by the day with messaging and tweeting. The micro-trend is now about to extend to news on the new Apple Watch. The New York Times said on Tuesday ...

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12:48
Verizon Wireless Lets Customers Opt Out of Tracking '...

Last year, Verizon and AT&T made headlines when researchers discovered they had been engaging in some unsavory customer tracking techniques, using unique identifier numbers or "perma-cookies" to track the websites that customers visited on their cellular devices to deliver targeted advertisements, a practice called "Relevant Advertising." Following customer backlash, AT&T stopped using the hidden web tracking codes to keep tabs on the websites that its customers visited, but Verizon continued on with its Relevant Advertising program, which it's been using for approximately two years. While there was an option to opt out of Verizon's program, opting out did not stop the intrusive code from being inserted into the URLs of Verizon customers, leaving a security hole that could let advertisers exploit Verizon...

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11:04
HBO CEO: We Partnered With Apple for HBO NOW Based on HBO...

Apple and HBO recently inked a deal that will see Apple becoming the exclusive launch partner for HBO's upcoming "HBO Now" web-based streaming service, and in an interview with CNBC, HBO CEO Richard Plepler explained why the company chose to partner Apple. According to Plepler, the main reason why HBO opted to team up with Apple was due to the success of its existing cable-based service, HBO GO. 60 percent of HBO GO traffic comes from Apple devices, including the Apple TV, Macs, and the iPhone and the iPad. HBO GO apps have been available on iOS devices since 2011 and the service has been available on the Apple TV since 2013. Plepler also pointed towards the popularity of Apple devices as a...

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10:34
Apple Begins Accepting Apple Watch App Submissions From Al...

Apple announced on Tuesday that all registered developers can now submit Apple Watch app submissions based on WatchKit for approval on the App Store. A number of popular apps have already been updated with Apple Watch support on the App Store over the past week, and the approval process is now extended to all members of Apple's Developer Program. Apple has updated its WatchKit website with details on how developers can optimize the design and development of their Apple Watch apps, including the app's name, description, icon, screenshots, keywords, version number and build number. Apple Watch apps, excluding the ones that have already appeared on the App Store, should be steadily approved leading up to and following the launch of the wrist-worn device. A select number of testers and...

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09:42
Checkout Problems Hindering Growth in Apple Pay Usage

Apple Pay growth is being stymied by issues people are experiencing at checkout, including cashiers unfamiliar with the service and problems getting payment terminals to work. According to a new study conducted by Phoenix Marketing International (via Bloomberg) in February, these ongoing problems are resulting in fewer repeat usage attempts and missed payment opportunities. Two out of three iPhone buyers surveyed linked a credit card to their iPhones to enable Apple Pay, and 88 percent of those used the service once in the past four months. On average, Apple Pay users made 2.6 in-store transactions using the payments service during its first four months of availability. Two-thirds of Apple Pay users claimed to have run into problems at checkout, making...

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05:58
Economical Microsoft Surface Hybrid Device to Launch in Ma...

Panos Panay, head of Microsoft's Surface team introduced their latest Surface 3 hybrid tablet/notebook today. What's different about this version is that the "Pro" has been dropped to reflect this new economical Surface model which is out to tempt students and everyday users.

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05:32
Microsoft Announces Intel Atom-Based Surface 3 With Window...

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Surface 3 tablet with Windows 8.1, available in May for a starting price of $499. The latest iPad competitor is designed to be a laptop replacement, running full Windows, including desktop applications, and delivering all-day battery life. Surface 3 comes with 64GB storage and 2GB of RAM for $499, while a 128GB option with 4GB of RAM costs $599. Both Wi-Fi only and 4G LTE models are available. Surface 3 is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, a significant shift from ARM processors used in previous models. The tablet also features a 10.8" full HD display at 1,920×1,280 pixels resolution, full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, headphone jack, cover port, micro USB charging port, Bluetooth 4.0 and three-position kickstand. The tablet will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 when available, and includes a one-year Office 365 subscription to...

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04:23
Apple Granted 36 Patent Today Covering Facial Recognition,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover three specific granted patents as noted in our byline. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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02:34
Apple Granted a Powerful Patent that allows Users to View...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent that Apple has acquired from 3 North Carolina engineers represented by the law firm Ober | Kaler. The granted patent covers a user interface that allows control of the image (scrolling and magnification) on the device display by uniquely tilting the device.

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Monday March 30

16:13
U.S. ITC to Investigate Apple After Ericsson Patent Infrin...

The ongoing conflict between Apple and Ericsson escalated this afternoon as the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed to launch an investigation into claims that Apple infringed on as many as 41 of Ericsson's cellular technology patents with its iPad and iPhone devices, reports PCWorld. Apple and Ericsson first clashed in January, after the expiration of a 2008 licensing agreement between the two companies. Despite two years of negotiations, the companies failed to establish a new agreement that would let Apple use Ericsson's cellular technology patents. Apple filed a complaint suggesting Ericsson was both demanding excessive royalties for LTE patents and...

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15:07
The New Tidal Music Streaming Service Launched Today to Ta...

Hip-hop mogul Jay Z, who recently purchased Tidal, a Scandinavian-based music service, held an event in New York this afternoon introducing the "owners" of Tidal. While Tidal is a lesser-known competitor to music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora, it's suddenly on the market ahead of Apple's revamped music streaming service and it has the potential of causing Apple a headache.

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14:41
U.S. International Trade Commision to Investigate Apple...

On February 27 we posted a report titled "In Court Filing Details First of Two Ericsson Patent Lawsuits against Apple," and quickly filed a follow-up report ...

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13:52
Apple's Q2 FY15 Financial Conference Call is set for...

Apple has just announced the timing of their Q2 FY15 Earnings Release.

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