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Friday August 1

05:56
The Cost for Beats Just went up another $404 Million

Apple's largest and most costly acquisition to date was for Beats, clocking in at a whopping 3 Billion dollars. Today, the price for Beats just increased by another $404 million after ...

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05:43
Home Button and Sensor Flex Cables From 4.7-Inch and 5.5-I...

Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] has published several high-resolution images purportedly showing flex cables from both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. These latest images add to the growing number of flex cables and other internal components for the iPhone 6 that have surfaced in the past few months. These images include a possible look at the home button cables from both iPhone 6 models. The photos show two different designs for the part, each with a square section for the Touch ID sensor but distinct from the iPhone 5s part. While Apple's iPads are also rumored to be...

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04:49
Apple Files for "CarPlay" Trademark in the US an...

After filing for the "CarPlay" trademark in China yesterday, Apple has now filed for this trademark in both the US and Europe under various International Classes for protection. For those unfamiliar with the "CarPlay" brand name, it's a standard developed by Apple ...

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Thursday July 31

13:16
Apple Files for CarPlay Trademark in China

Today the Trademark Office in Hong Kong China published a trademark application from Apple concerning a new iOS icon. The new trademark represents Apple's upcoming CarPlay.

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11:55
Initial iWatch Shipments May Be Limited Due to Sapphire Is...

Echoing his earlier iWatch predictions, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today suggested (via AppleInsider) that Apple's iWatch will be available in limited quantities in 2014, with only three million devices hitting store shelves before the end of the year. Kuo says that while market predictions point towards shipments between 5 and 10 million smart watches before the end of 2014, his own prediction based on supply chain checks is at three million units due to the iWatch's late production date. Traditional watch-style iWatch concept by Gábor Balogh Earlier this month, Kuo...

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11:00
Apple and IBM Products: The Rise of Mobile Enterprise

App Annie is a business intelligence company and analyst firm, co-headquartered in Beijing, China and San Francisco, USA. It produces a range of business intelligence tools and market reports for the apps and digital goods industry. Today, App Annie posted a brief report on the Apple – IBM partnership.

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09:31
Microsoft's Office for iPad Apps Gain New Picture Too...

Microsoft's Office for iPad apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint received a major update today that adds several new user-requested features to each app. All three apps have gained the ability to export files as PDFs, and each one has also gained new Picture Tools that let users crop to focus on the right part of an image. Third-party fonts have also been added to each app. Excel now includes improved external keyboard support to make the experience of using Excel on the iPad more like a desktop usage experience. There are more print options available, and a new "Flick to Select" feature lets users flick to select all data in a row or column. Word didn't gain new features beyond the Picture Tools, Fonts, and ability to send PDFs, but PowerPoint has seen some improvements. The app has a new Presenter View that lets users view and edit speaker notes, see next slides, and jump to other slides while presenting...

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09:21
Apple's Content Delivery Network Now Live, Making Fas...

Apple's content delivery network is now live in the US and Europe, reports analyst Dan Rayburn of Frost & Sullivan (Via ArsTechnica). The CDN may deliver multiple terabits of data per second, allowing Apple to more efficiently to distribute software updates and other content to its customers. Apple's CDN apparently went live recently as current trace routes provided by Rayburn show that OS X downloads are piped directly from Apple to internet service providers, such as Comcast. Apple is paying for this direct route in order to avoid congestion and other issues during times of high volume traffic, such as when a new version of OS X is released. Other providers who possibly have...

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07:18
Apple Trimming 200 Employees From Beats Team to Streamline...

As part of its pending acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music, Apple has begun making offers to Beats employees that will see roughly 200 of Beats' 700 positions phased out over the next few months. News of the job cuts was first reported by 9to5Mac yesterday, with additional detail provided by the New York Post. According to the reports, most of the job cuts will be in human resources, finance, and other areas where there is overlap between Apple and Beats staff. Some Beats employees will reportedly transfer to Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, while others will remain at Beats' current facility in the Los Angeles area. Apple has issued a statement...

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07:09
Researcher Details USB-Based Attack That Circumvents All K...

Security research Karsten Nohl of Berlin's SR Labs has revealed a flaw in USB devices that potentially allows hackers to evade all known security measures used by a computer. In a report by Wired, Nohl says his BadUSB exploit is "almost like a magic trick" because "you cannot tell where the virus came from." The exploit takes advantage of a flaw that allows a hacker to tamper with the firmware that controls the functions of USB devices such as mice, thumb drives and keyboards.Because BadUSB resides not in the flash memory storage of USB devices, but in the firmware that controls their basic functions, the attack code can remain hidden long after the contents of the device’s memory would appear to the average user to be deleted. And the two researchers say there’s no easy fix: The kind of compromise they’re demonstrating is nearly impossible to counter without banning the sharing of USB devices or filling your port...

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05:46
Apple Files Inventions Regarding In-App Programs, Fingerpr...

Only a few Apple inventions per week out of dozens filed present fresh ideas of things to come. Today we published an interesting one about future iWallet security features. Beyond this main invention, we noticed a few other inventions that might interest a few Apple fans. In March Apple

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03:48
Apple reveals new Security Control Features for Future iWa...

On July 31, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new security control features for their future iWallet application. The new security system will work with an iPhone and Apple's iTunes Store on a Mac. The controls will allow ...

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01:29
Samsung Reports Mobile Division Profits Fell 30% while Hin...

We reported on July 8 that "Samsung Profits Plummet 24% on Slow Smartphone Sales." The numbers were based on preliminary estimates of what was to be announced later in the month. A report that we posted yesterday presented Samsung's decline in smartphone market share in Q2. Today, Samsung's official Q2 financial results were announced in Korea and it was actually worse than expected ...

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00:13
iPhone 6 Said to Launch on Tuesday, October 14, Part of...

Apple may be planning to launch the iPhone 6 on Tuesday, October 14 as the month itself will be an incredibly busy one for the company, according to a source that spoke to MacRumors citing an internal Apple Retail Store meeting. The source notes that a senior Store Leader mentioned October 14th as being an "immense" day for Apple, adding that the whole month of October would be very busy for stores and the company itself. Apple is also said to planning a media event for Tuesday, September 16, coming a month ahead of the device's launch. 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockups compared to iPhone 5s To this point, most reports have pointed to a September announcement and launch for the iPhone 6. However, a report last week claimed that Apple is planning a mid-September event for the iPhone 6 and iOS 8...

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Wednesday July 30

23:00
Shazam Brings Always-On Music and TV Recognition to Mac Wi...

Music recognition service Shazam, which was one of the early App Store hits and has continued to see good success on mobile platforms, is now bringing its services to the desktop in the form of the first music, TV show, and ad recognition app for Mac. Running as a menu bar item, Shazam for Mac quietly monitors audio around the user's Mac and provides not only pop-up notifications of the content being played but also easy access to supplemental content such as lyrics, additional tracks from the album, purchasing options such as the iTunes Store, music videos, social sharing options, and more. Once content has been identified by Shazam, a standard Notification Center pop-up appears onscreen, and an entry for the item is added to the running list of Shazam IDs in the menu bar app. Clicking in either location takes the user to a dedicated page on the web for the identified content. MacRumors spoke with Shazam's Chief Product Officer Daniel...

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14:40
FCC Questions Verizon Plan to Throttle Some Unlimited Data...

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today sent a letter [PDF via Gigaom] to Verizon Wireless, questioning its plan to throttle customers that have unlimited data plans during peak usage times. Verizon first announced its intention to throttle high-usage customers on grandfathered unlimited LTE plans last week. In the letter, Wheeler says that he is "deeply troubled" by Verizon's decision to throttle its unlimited users, as the company described its efforts as necessary for "Network Optimization." Wheeler stated that he does not believe slowing the data speeds for select...

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12:35
Samsung Debuting Next-Gen Note Smartphone September 3 to B...

According to a new Korean report, Samsung Electronics will be unveiling its new phablet ― the Galaxy Note 4 in Berlin on September third. The executives at Samsung's ...

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12:05
Apple Seeds First OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the first build of OS X 10.9.5 to developers, one month after releasing OS X 10.9.4 to the public. The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store should be listed soon in the Mac Dev Center. The software has a build number of 13F7. OS X 10.9.5 follows new seeds of 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 for Mavericks and Mountain Lion, which were released to developers last night. It is unclear what improvements the 10.9.5 update will bring to Mavericks, but it is likely to include bug fixes and stability enhancements. The last Mavericks update, 10.9.4, added several Wi-Fi fixes and improved wake from sleep reliability. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Reminding Shoppers of Upcoming 'Sales Tax Holiday' Discounts •...

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12:02
The Church of Hate is to Protest Apple in Cupertino Next M...

The Westboro Baptist Church, an insane cult that is widely described as a 'hate group', will picket Apple's headquarters on August 12th from 1:15 – 1:45 PM ...

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11:15
Samsung Wins Four New US Smartwatch Design Patents

Patently Mobile, our other IP blog, covered a very important Samsung patent application this past June regarding the future of their smartwatch development in a report titled "Samsung Reveals New Circular Interface Smartwatch with Rotating Ring Controller, 3 Gesture Levels, new Charger & More." It was a meaty patent filing that you could really sink your teeth into and get a real feel for where Samsung wants to go with their smartwatch. Yesterday, the US Patent and Trademark Office published four new smartwatch related design patents ...

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10:50
Revamped Apple TV Debut Likely Delayed Until 2015 Due to N...

For several months now, rumors have continually suggested Apple is working on a revamped Apple TV, which may include capabilities like support for games and apps and expanded access to television content. Every rumored release date has come and gone thus far, and according to a new report from The Information, an updated Apple TV is not likely to appear until 2015. A source that spoke to The Information has suggested that Apple engineers who are working on the device have been informed that the product will not launch in 2014, largely due to ongoing contractual issues with cable companies and Comcast's pending purchase of Time Warner Cable.Apple engineers who are working on aspects of the device have been told by their bosses not...

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09:52
Best Buy CEO: Tablets Boomed and are now Crashing

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly sat down with Walt Mossberg today. One of the top topics was tablets. The tablets boomed and now are crashing. The volume has really gone down in the last several months. But Best Buy's CEO thinks that the laptop has something of a revival because it's becoming more versatile. So, with the two-in-ones ...

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09:00
'Modbook Pro X' Tablet Based on 15-Inch Retina M...

Modbook, the company with a history of offering pen-based Mac tablets using the internals of Apple's notebooks, is announcing a new Kickstarter campaign today to support the launch of a new Modbook Pro X based on the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The $150,000 campaign will allow users to send in their own machines for conversion at $1999 or reserve complete systems directly from Modbook starting at $3999. An innovative computer modification product, the Modbook Pro X incorporates the original hardware of a Retina-display Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-inch base system running the OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system. The expansive drawing and writing surface of the Modbook Pro X has a scratch-resistant ForceGlass screen with paper-emulating texture that covers a crisp, clear 15.4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels....

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08:11
Russia Demands Apple's Source Code to Ensure Security

On July 11, we posted a report titled "China's CCTV Raises NSA Fear Tactics against Apple's iPhone." We posted a follow up report days later covering Apple's official response to the allegations. According to a new report, "Russia has proposed that Apple and SAP hand the government access to their source code to make sure their widely used products are not tools for spying on state institutions."

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07:28
Foxconn may be seeking to enter the iPhone Battery Busines...

We reported on July 16 that Apple had signed up with a new supplier which has already solved the battery design bottleneck for Apple's larger 5.5 inch iPhone 6. The supplier who provided Apple with a flexible battery solution was Simplo. Today we've learned that Apple's largest OEM Foxconn is now planning to enter the battery business in an effort to gain more contracts from Apple.

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