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Sunday April 10

Cellebrite may have just cracked an iPhone 6 to the Deligh...

On April 2 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Father Pleads in Vain with Tim Cook to open his Dead Son's iPhone because Touch ID Failed to Work when needed." In that report we recounted Leonardo Fabbretti's pleading with Tim Cook to help him see the photos stored on his dead son's iPhone. The Israeli firm Cellebrite was supposedly to be limited to cracking iPhones up to the iPhone 5 model ...

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Saturday April 9

Drake's New Album 'Views from the 6' will b...

Last summer, it was rumored that Apple offered him an estimated $19 million. But the deal should prove to be lucrative for both parties, as ...

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Google Invents Global Communications Satellite Constellati...

Although Google has been filing patents for the design of an advanced high-altitude balloon network for some time now and CEO Larry Page talking up Project Loon with Charlie Rose at a TED Conference, it appears that they're simultaneously dreaming of another Moon Shot project related to a communications satellite constellation wrapped around the globe.

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Did Enron's Ex-CFO Compare his Company's Complex...

So what does Enron's history have to do with present day Apple? Well, according to a new article posted today, Enron's ex-CFO Andy Fastow was recently speaking at an event with over 200 professionals and confessed ...

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Apple Wins Design Patents for Apple Watch Packaging while...

This week in Apple IP news we were first to report on an exciting futuristic MacBook that completely eliminates the physical keyboard and trackpad.To round off this week, Patently Apple discovered three design patents in Hong Kong ...

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Friday April 8

Former NSA Director Hopes the Gov't and Silicon Valle...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to force Apple to help unlock the iPhone of a gunman in December’s San Bernardino, California, shooting ignited a national debate over privacy and security. Today former head of the U.S. National Security Agency said that "The U.S. government and Silicon Valley need to find ...

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The First Draft of the New Feinstein-Burr 'Compliance...

This week we noted in a new report that Feinstein and Burr were working on a new bill to limit the use of encryption in consumer technology that's expected to be made public in the weeks to come." Today, the first draft of the new bill was leaked online and we get to take a peek at some of the framework that is likely to make it into the final version in the weeks ahead.

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Senate Draft Encryption Bill Called 'Absurd,'...

A draft of an encryption bill created by Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein was released last night, revealing the scope of the legislation that would require technology companies to decrypt data and share it in an "intelligible format" when served with a legal order.

The Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, a copy of which was shared by Re/code, starts out by declaring "no person or entity is above the law." It says that all providers of communication services and products, from hardware to software, must both protect the privacy of residents of the United States through "implementation of appropriate data security," while still respecting the "rule of law" and complying with legal requirements and court orders to provide information stored...

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The DOJ Files an Appeal in NY Case to Compel Apple to Extr...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Attorney General: Do we let one Company Decide this Issue for all of us?" wherein we posted Judge James Orenstein's full ruling that rejected the government's case in Brooklyn New York compelling Apple to help investigators extract data from a locked iPhone based on the 18th century All Writs Act. Today, the...

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Up to 40% Thinner Apple Watch 2 Predicted to Debut at WWDC...

Apple analyst Brian White of Wall Street firm Drexel Hamilton, who is currently on a Chinese tech tour, today issued a pair of research notes highlighting his upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone expectations through the end of 2016.

Foremost, White cites a source who believes only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual camera system, echoing the same prediction made by often-accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week.

The analyst claims that iPhone 7 production is expected to begin in July, and the next-generation smartphone is...

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Thursday April 7

AT&T Raises Smartphone Upgrade Pricing From $15 to $20...

Starting last year, AT&T began charging a $15 activation fee for customers who wanted to upgrade to a new smartphone purchased outright or through an AT&T Next plan, and as of yesterday, that fee has been increased from $15 to $20.

As Droid Life noticed yesterday, AT&T updated its wireless activation and upgrade fees document to reflect the new $20 pricing on April 6, matching Verizon's recently implemented fee.

On Monday, Verizon started charging $20 for activating smartphones purchased through an installment plan or at full retail price, $5 less than AT&T was charging at the time. Less...

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Cyber Weapons Dealer Offers $1MN for Tools to Hack iPhone

CNNMoney's Jose Pagliery discusses cyber weapons dealer Zerodium, which sells hacking tactics to governments and corporations.

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Apple Releases 'Behind the Scenes' with Cookie M...

On March 16 Apple promoted a new 'Hey Siri' TV ad for the iPhone 6s starring Da Cookie Monster. Today Apple is following up ...

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Apple Shares 'Behind the Scenes' Look at Recent...

Last month, Apple shared a charming iPhone 6s ad starring well-known Sesame Street character Cookie Monster, who used the iPhone 6s and the always-on "Hey Siri" feature as a cookie-baking aid.

The spot, which garnered more than 8 million views on YouTube, is one of the most popular ads in Apple's recent history, which is likely why the company today released a followup "Behind the Scenes" video depicting a humorous second look at Cookie Monster as he shoots the ad.

In the ad, we see some before and after shots, showing more footage of Cookie Monster waiting for his cookies. Cookie Monster asks over and over again when his cookies will be ready, and has a cute conversation with Siri where he offers her a cookie when...

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Apple Seeds First iOS 9.3.2 Beta to Public Beta Testers

Apple today released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update for public beta testers, just a day after seeding the first iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 comes just over two weeks after the public release of iOS 9.3 and a week after the release of iOS 9.3.1, a followup bug fix update.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X...

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Samsung has one Smartphone Strategy for 2016: Slash Prices

Samsung's massive 2-for-1 sale in the US right out of the gate for their new flagship S7 was a sign of desperation no matter how you try to justify it. Today, the Wall Street Journal makes it clear that Samsung lost its number one status in China, India and other countries ...

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Samsung Reports that Profits Rebounded last Quarter yet wi...

On Tuesday we posted a report titled "Samsung's Bad Quarterly News Begins Dripping out of Korea" wherein we questioned whether Samsung was trying to get the bad news out of the way before announcing their positive news for the Galaxy S7 or whether the news was going to be bad all the way around. Today we got our answer.

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Apple's Mac Lineups to See Significant Graphics Upgra...

Major graphics processing providers AMD and Nvidia are set to unveil new GPU products this year featuring Global Foundries' 14 nm FinFET and TSMC's 16 nm FinFET Plus processor nodes, respectively, allowing for significant improvements in graphics performance.

AMD's "Polaris" and Nvidia's "Pascal" architectures both utilize the latest FinFET silicon processes and will represent the first GPU process node change since 28 nm GPUs debuted in 2011. Both AMD and Nvidia skipped the intermediate 20 nm node, elongating the typical release cycle of consumer graphics processors.

While TSMC had traditionally provided multiple process offerings within a node, including one...

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The FBI Tells Law Makers that the Encryption on the iPhone...

Late yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled 'President Obama Withholds Support for Encryption Legislation." In that report we noted that "The FBI isn't keeping its new iPhone attack secret from everyone. The FBI has already briefed Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on the methods used to break into the iPhone at the center of Apple's recent legal fight. So what was revealed to the two Senators? Today we get a partial answer.

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New Patent Filings provide us with Insights into Apple Wat...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a pair of patent application from Apple that reveal some of the original thinking behind Apple Watch's Digital Crown and the iPhone 6s's Force Touch / 3D Touch display.

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Reddit Launches Official iOS App With Free Gold for Early...

Reddit today released an official iOS app for browsing, searching, commenting, and upvoting within subreddits on iPhone or iPod touch.

Reddit for iOS replaces Alien Blue, which has now been removed from the App Store, as the website's official mobile app for Apple users.

Alien Blue previously served as Reddit's official iOS app after the company acquired it from developer Jase Morrissey in 2014. Alien Blue Pro users recently received four years of Reddit gold for free to help bridge the transition.


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Apple is Focusing on a Game Changing Notebook Design

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work and refinement of the reconfigurable MacBook that basically eliminates the physical keyboard and rigidly set trackpad. While some PC OEM's think that innovation is simply about making a device thin, Apple thinks differently and seeks to deliver that which is game changing.

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HP Claims Innovation Over Apple With 'World's Th...

Amid rumors that Apple is working on ultra-thin 13 and 15-inch "MacBooks", HP yesterday announced the "world's thinnest laptop" in the form of the Core-i powered 13.3-inch Spectre, with a design that the company said offered proof that it is driving innovation faster than Apple.

Created with a focus on "luxury and artisanal craftsmanship", the HP Spectre is 10.4mm thick and weighs in at 2.45lbs, sporting a twin-tone aluminum and carbon fiber chassis with an edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass IPS 1080p display. Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook is 13.1mm thick and weighs 2.03lbs by comparison.

The copper and dark gray body has contrast bronze edging and a full-size, recessed backlit keyboard with 1.3 mm travel, and includes a pair of arcing piston hinges that fold flush for a "...

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Wednesday April 6

President Obama Withholds Support for Encryption Legislati...

Earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled "President Obama Sheds Light on the Government's take on Smartphone Encryption and Apple's 'Black Box' Position." While President Obama clearly acknowledged that strong encryption is important to safeguard against the disruption of financial systems or air traffic control, he wondered if it made sense to create a security system with no door at all ...

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A Backlash is Brewing against Google's Nest

At Apple's WWDC 2014 Craig Federighi introduced Apple's Home Automation plan with HomeKit with dozens of companies like iHome, Honeywell, Philips, Texas Instruments on board to create compatible products that could be controlled on our iPhones. At the same time Google was rushing to get into the headlines about their Home Automation ...

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