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Thursday January 21

05:48
Foxconn and Innovation Network Corp. Battle to Acquire Sha...

Back in March 2015 we posted a report titled "Foxconn to Make Second Attempt at Acquiring a Stake in Sharp." Today it's being reported that Foxconn is making a new bid ...

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05:20
Apple Revisits Inventions Relating to an iPhone with a Wra...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple that indicate that they're revisiting their technologies that are related to indoor parking, and more importantly, a possible future iPhone with a wraparound display.

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04:27
Apple Revisits and Advances their Invention Relating to Co...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to electronic devices, and more particularly to advancing gyroscopes in electronic devices. Still more particularly, the present invention relates to ... gaming ...

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03:08
The Apple Watch 'Raise Gesture' Invention Comes...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of four patent applications from Apple that reveal the interworkings of the original Apple Watch invention that relates to their 'raise gesture.'

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01:53
Apple to Open New Canadian Office in Automotive Industrial...

It was reported late yesterday that Apple has established a presence in Ottawa, Canada. Sources say they believe that a 22,100-square-foot suite located at 411 Legget Drive in the Kanata Research Park will be devoted to an Apple research ...

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Wednesday January 20

23:37
Apple to Open iOS App Development Centers, Starting in Ita...

Apple has announced that it will be opening its first iOS app development center in Europe at a partner institution in Naples, Italy. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world in the future.

The center will provide a specialized curriculum for students to learn practical skills and training on developing iOS apps, and Apple will work with partners around Italy who train developers to create additional opportunities for students.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company's ecosystem now supports 1.4 million jobs in Europe, including 1.2 million jobs attribute to the app economy. In Italy, specifically, Apple said over 75,000 jobs are linked to the App Store.“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the...

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18:12
Apple Canada's iOS 9.3 Preview Page Hints at Night Sh...

With the iOS 9.3 beta, Apple introduced a new feature called Night Shift. It's designed to cut down the amount of blue light an iOS device puts out in the evening, as Apple noted that studies have shown that blue light can negatively impact sleep by altering the body's circadian rhythm. Today, reddit user nickjosephson spotted a Night Shift toggle in Control Center on Apple Canada's iOS 9.3 preview page.

The Night Shift toggle sits next to the brightness slider in Control Center with two options available: "Turn On For Now" and "Turn On Until Tomorrow." While the toggle is shown on an iPad Air, it's likely the new feature works on iPhones as well, though it's unclear where the toggle would fit on the iPhone's smaller Control Center.

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17:29
Hands-On With Apple's New Music Memos iOS App and Gar...

Since the launch of Apple Music and its included Apple Music Connect social platform, Apple has been focusing efforts on its music creation tools, as evidenced by today's surprise release of a brand new iOS app called Music Memos and a significant update to the iOS version of GarageBand.

Available for free, Music Memos is designed to allow musicians and songwriters to record, analyze, and manipulate high-quality uncompressed audio directly on an iPhone or iPad. Music Memos is accompanied by an update to GarageBand that introduces some fun new tools for musicians and average iPhone owners alike. We went hands-on with Music Memos and the revamped GarageBand to give MacRumors a closer look at what the apps are capable of.

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Music Memos...

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16:34
Apple Engineers may be working on Delivering Next-Gen Li-F...

Imagine using your car headlights to transmit data ... or surfing the web safely on a plane, tethered only by a line of sight. Inventor Harald Haas has been working on this for some time now.

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15:29
New App Annie Report shows that Apple's App Store Cru...

A new App Annie report notes that "Worldwide iOS revenue surged in part due to incredible gains in China, the United States and Japan ...

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14:40
Top Tech Companies Take their Battle over Encryption to Da...

A new report this afternoon states that tensions are now rising between governments and big U.S. technology companies over widening surveillance demands, part of a broader debate over how to reconcile online privacy with the fight against terrorism. The battle resurfaced today at the World Economic Forum ....

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13:00
New Chegg/USA Today Student Poll Numbers Give Android Devi...

It's generally understood that Apple's future rests in making sure its premium-priced products keep, or regain, their status as a must-have purchase for a younger generation in the U.S. and internationally. It's equally understood that Apple's iPhone ...

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11:58
Music Memos for iOS: Recording, Editing, Tuning, Exporting...

Apple today released Music Memos, an all-new iPhone and iPad app that is essentially an enhanced version of the stock Voice Memos app for songwriters.

Music Memos is designed for musicians and songwriters to quickly and easily capture their impromptu song ideas on the fly, whenever inspiration strikes.

The app has a simple user interface at first glance, with nothing but a small recording button, but tucked away behind tiny icons are several useful features.

Recording

To begin recording, simply open the Music Memos app and tap on the blue circle button. The user interface will turn red while recording. Alternatively, you can tap on the "Auto" label in the top-left corner and the app will automatically start and stop the recording based on your voice.

As you are recording, the circle will pulsate to your voice, or musical instruments, and there is a...

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09:56
Lesser-Known 3D Touch Features: Peek and Pop Safari Tabs,...

The launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus brought a new range of gestures to the iPhone, introducing 3D Touch. 3D Touch adds a pressure dimension to the traditional multi-touch controls on iOS devices to enable Peek and Pop, Quick Actions, pressure-sensitive drawing, and more.

Because 3D Touch is an entirely new feature, it can be difficult to adjust to all of the available gestures and to find the hidden things that can be done with it. In the video below, we've rounded up some of the neatest 3D Touch abilities including a Peek gesture to view all Safari tabs, useful third-party Quick Actions, and cursor control.

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3D Touch is limited to the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus at the current time, but there have been rumors suggesting Apple is...

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08:51
Apple Launches 'Music Memos' App, Releases Major...

Apple today announced it has released a free iOS app called Music Memos that enables musicians and songwriters to record and analyze high-quality, uncompressed audio using the iPhone's built-in microphone, or an external microphone. The app is currently rolling out on the App Store worldwide.

Music Memos displays a small recording button when first opened, along with a waveform at the bottom of the screen while recording. The app can analyze rhythm and chords of acoustic guitar and piano recordings, and instantly add drums and a bass line to provide a virtual, customizable backing band.Music Memos automatically analyzes the basic arrangement and suggests chords you played for each track. Then you can hear how your music sounds with a realistic virtual drummer and bass...

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07:00
New 'Music Tracker' App Monitors Your Apple Musi...

Music Tracker, from developer Ben Dodson, is a new app designed to keep an eye on changes made to the music library on your iOS device. After downloading, the app scans a user's music library and then tracks all changes that are introduced, including new song additions, deletions, and metadata changes to details like the title, artist, album, and genre of owned tracks. Whenever a change is discovered, a notification is sent.

While this is useful for those who like to monitor content and changes made manually to a music library to keep personal logs, it's perhaps best suited to Apple Music subscribers. There are instances where content available through the Apple Music service is deleted or changed due to licensing issues with record labels, and this app will allow users to keep track of potential deletions to replace missing music.

As an example, Dodson cites a recent change to a studio recording of Billy Joel'...

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06:47
On Friday, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Experimented with...

In order to win over millennials to classical music, orchestras around the U.S. have been trying a number of new ways to blend social media and technology to better engage a younger audience. One such effort is being led by the Boston Symphony Orchestra...

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06:28
New CarPlay Vehicles From Honda, Kia and Lincoln Debut at...

A trio of carmakers have unveiled new vehicles with CarPlay and Android Auto support at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month, including the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2017 Kia Forte5 and 2017 Lincoln Continental. All three models will be available in the first half of 2016.

Kia's all-new 2017 Forte5 will feature CarPlay and Android Auto support

The 2017 Ridgeline will mark Honda's return to the North American pickup truck market, which it exited after discontinuing the mid-size sport utility truck in 2014. Meanwhile, the 2017 Forte5 and 2017 Continental will be among Kia's and Lincoln's first CarPlay...

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03:44
Apple Officially Reapplies to Open Apple Stores in India a...

Back in 2014 we posted a report titled "Apple Blocked by the Indian Government to Open Apple Stores." Today, it's being reported that Apple is once again filing an application with department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) for permission ...

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Tuesday January 19

17:09
Apple to Sell Hermès Apple Watch Collection Online Startin...

Starting on Friday, January 22, both Apple and Hermès will begin offering the special edition Apple Watch Hermès via their online storefronts, reports Fashionista. Since its October debut, the Apple Watch Hermès collection has only been available for purchase in select boutique and Apple retail locations in major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Milan, Paris, London, Tokyo, and Beijing.

First introduced at Apple's September iPhone-centric event, the Hermès collection was made possible through a partnership between Apple and luxury brand Hermès. The collection consists of...

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14:39
Ben Keighran who Oversaw Apple TV's Look & Feel i...

Re/code reports this afternoon that Australian born internet entrepreneur "Ben Keighran, who joined Apple four years ago when it bought a startup he co-founded...

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13:10
ESPN President thinks tvOS Delivers a Great Experience...

John Skipper, president of sports at TV giant ESPN, runs a corner of the Walt Disney Empire that has long been a star performer, and rarely a source of anxiety for Wall Street. Yet the mood among investors dramatically began to shift last August ...

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12:33
Apple Frustrated by Inability to Reach Deals With TV Progr...

ESPN president John Skipper spoke with The Wall Street Journal in an interview this morning, revealing some insider details on Apple's struggle to establish deals with content providers for a streaming television service.

According to Skipper, Apple is "frustrated" by its ongoing inability to find a mutually advantageous way to work with programmers. Though no deals have been established, ESPN "continues" trying to work with Apple on some kind of partnership.

They are creating a significantly advantageous operating system and a great television experience and that television experience is fabulous for sports. We are big proponents of believing it would be a fabulous place to sell some subscriptions. We have ongoing conversations. They have been frustrated by their ability to construct something which works for them with programmers. We continue...

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11:50
LG Wins a Design Patent for a Smartphone with a Two-Sided...

Earlier this month LG was granted a design patent for a possible future smartphone that will offer consumers a two sided wraparound display with rounded edges. The market is definitely looking for a smartphone design that finally breaks away from the pack and LG's design just might fit the bill.

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11:09
Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference Will Lik...

Each June, Apple holds its Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco, California, giving thousands of developers from around the world a chance to meet up with Apple engineers and sit in on valuable workshops and software sessions.

Apple has not yet announced the dates for its 2016 conference, but based on scheduling information available from the Moscone Center, it appears there's only one narrow window that's potentially available -- June 13 to June 17.

Dates in red are unavailable at Moscone West

During the first, second, fourth, and fifth weeks of June, Moscone West is booked for a Travel Association Luncheon, a Biotechnology Industry Organization conference, an International Society for Stem Cell Research convention, and the Red Hat Summit. There's nothing on the calendar for the third week of June...

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