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Monday October 6

08:39
Construction Continues at Apple Campus 2, Foundation Nears...

The City of Cupertino, where Apple is building its spaceship-shaped second campus, has today shared an update on the progress of the campus along with a new aerial photo. Construction continues at a rapid pace, with workers on site throughout the weekday and weekend. Apple appears to have completed much of the foundation of the main circular building and concrete mixers have been on site for the last several weeks. Much of the construction continues to be hidden from view at street level, but heavy construction equipment is visible. Traffic around the area of the campus remains congested, as several roads continue to be shut down. Pruneridge Avenue is permanently closed, and there have been several lane reductions on Wolfe Road and Homestead Road, which surround the campus. Along with a new aerial photo shared by the city, a drone...

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07:15
Apple's Sapphire Supplier Files for Bankruptcy under...

Surprising twist of events: It was recently reported that Brian Blair from Rosenblatt Securities had stated that Apple Watch’s production was once again experiencing a setback. While it was initially believed that Apple Watch would enter mass production in November, the analyst noted that it was beginning to look more like January. While news today states that Apple Watch chipsets are being ordered by Apple, there could be some disruption with Apple's sapphire glass production ...

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06:53
Claimed iPhone 6 Prototype Appears on eBay With Bids Reach...

eBay seller kimberlyk1018 claims to have received a prototype iPhone 6 by accident and is auctioning the device with bids reaching over $89,000 since the auction's posting late last week. While the high bids are undoubdtedly not genuine, the auction is obviously attracting a significant amount of attention. According to a rather suspect story from the auction description, the device supposedly is a prototype 64 GB iPhone 6 that was shipped to the seller from Verizon Wireless. Apple does NOT let these phones out of their possession yet I was accidentally sent one upon renewing my contract. As you can see from the photos, iOS8 has not been placed on this device, rather it is in the true developer mode. There are no FCC markings on the rear of the device or a model number. This is the real deal!!! The lightening port is red which is a sure sign of a prototype. The authenticity of the device and the story behind it cannot be verified, but several photos that accompany the listing...

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06:20
Apple's Sapphire Partner GT Advanced Technologies Fil...

GT Advanced Technolgies, Apple's partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, today announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize its businesses. The company remains positive that it will continue to be able to meet its obligations during this time of transition. GT indicated that as of September 29, 2014 it had approximately $85 million of cash. In addition, it is now seeking debtor-in-possession financing, which, once obtained, would provide the company with an immediate source of additional funds. These funding sources will enable GT to satisfy the customary obligations associated with the daily operation of its business, including the timely payment of employee wages and other obligations. [...] "GT has a strong and fundamentally sound underlying business," said Tom Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of GT. "Today's filing does not...

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06:15
Apple asks Suppliers to Prepare 250 Million Chipsets for Q...

In the last few days we've heard that the iPhone 6 is nearing or will even surpass the 20 million mark in the first 30 days and that the iPhone 6 pre-orders in China are on Fire. The news only gets better today with a new supply chain rumor pointing to Apple asking their suppliers to significantly boost their chipsets for the first quarter of 2015.

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05:00
Adobe Updates Line of iOS Apps With New Features, Enhanced...

At its Adobe MAX conference today, Adobe is announcing updates for nearly all of its iOS apps, bringing new features that emphasize the creation of shapes and brushes along with enhanced syncing with the company's Creative Cloud services. The updates come alongside a new Creative SDK to allow developers to build mobile apps connecting to Creative Cloud, as well as a number of enhancements to the core Creative Cloud apps. Building on its existing Adobe Kuler app, which allows users to create color palettes using any photo and which is now being rebranded Adobe Color CC, the company is now rolling out two additional "Capture" apps for mobile: Adobe Brush CC, which turns photos into brushes for use throughout Photoshop and Illustrator apps, and Adobe Shape CC, which automatically converts high-contrast photos of objects into vector art for use in Illustrator. Adobe Shape CC (left) capturing a...

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04:59
HP to Separate into Two Better Focused Companies

HP reinvents itself: Today Hewlett-Packard confirmed that it will break into two companies. The company intends to divide itself into a company aimed at business technology, including computer servers and data storage equipment, software and services, and a company that sells personal computers and printers. Both companies will be publicly traded ...

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03:25
Samsung Headed for another Ugly Quarter as Profits Plunge

It could get ugly for Samsung this week: We posted a report on September 24 titled "Samsung Rushes their Galaxy Note 4 to Market as their Stock Price Plunges after Apple's iPhone Sales are Realized." Now a new report is stating that Samsung is heading for its roughest quarter in years amid rising competition from Apple and China’s Xiaomi.

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Sunday October 5

15:23
Apple's iPhone 6 Sales Nearing 20 Million Mark in fir...

Apple's iPhone 6 sales are rocking': Today a new report looks at the latest iPhone 6 sales stats that are being tracked by the pros and everything is pointing to the iPhone 6 is likely to break all records for first month sales.

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09:56
CEO of T-Mobile on Bendgate: That's such Horseshit

Don't be shy: John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile speaks his mind and mocks the creator of the Bendgate video and the controversy in general. Legere said that "this is a super computer in your hand, what the fuck are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for!

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08:43
Steve Jobs: The Man that Almost did Everything Right

TIME Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs: Time looks back at the life of Steve Jobs with a compilation of seventeen photos to remember.

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Saturday October 4

19:34
Apple Updates Malware Definitions to Protect Against Botne...

Last week, Russian anti-virus firm Doctor Web disclosed a newly discovered piece of OS X malware known as Mac.BackDoor.iWorm that at the time had affected roughly 17,000 machines around the world. While the exact mechanism of infection was unclear, an interesting twist to the story involves compromised machines running search queries on Reddit to obtain instructions about which command and control servers should be used to manage the botnet.It is worth mentioning that in order to acquire a control server address list, the bot uses the search service at reddit.com, and -- as a search query -- specifies hexadecimal values of the first 8 bytes of the MD5 hash of the current date. The reddit.com search returns a web page containing a list of botnet C&C servers and ports published by criminals in comments to the post minecraftserverlists under the account vtnhiaovyd.Once connected to a command and control server,...

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08:02
iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China are on Fire

A Real Sizzler: A new report tracking Apple's iPhone 6 pre-orders in China show that their hunger for Apple's new iPhone 6 is really hot!

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07:20
NFL Players Banned From Wearing Beats Headphones on Camera

Thanks to a new marketing deal with Bose, NFL players will no longer be allowed to wear Apple's line of Beats headphones around television cameras, according to Re/code. The restriction is in place for TV interviews during training camp, practice sessions and game day, running from before the game or event through 90 minutes after play has ended. Many professional athletes have sponsorship deals with Beats, with the headphones frequently spotted around the necks of players both before and after games. Beats accounts for more than 60 percent of the premium headphone market. "Over the last few years athletes have written Beats into their DNA as part of the pre-game ritual," a Beats spokesperson said. "Music can have a significant positive effect on an athlete’s focus and mental preparedness and has become as important to performance as any other piece of equipment." Beats, which has seen...

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04:17
Tim Cook's Email: A Respectful Remembrance of Steve J...

Tomorrow will mark the third anniversary of Steve Jobs passing. While Steve Jobs was one of the most creative CEO's of our time, for my generation he was inspirational force like no other. Yesterday, Apple's CEO Tim Cook ...

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Friday October 3

12:13
Tim Cook Asks Apple Employees to Remember Steve Jobs on Th...

Ahead of the third anniversary of Steve Jobs' passing, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo to Apple employees (via iClarified), asking them to take some time to remember the "many ways Steve made our world better." Team, Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve's passing. I'm sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will. I hope you'll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most creative people on earth use them to compose symphonies and pop songs, and write everything from novels to poetry to text messages. Steve's life's work produced the canvas on which artists now create masterpieces. Steve's vision extended far beyond the years he was alive, and the values on which he built Apple will always be with...

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11:57
Chinese Model Hints at Fashion-Oriented Advertising Push f...

Chinese model Liu Wen may be involved in a fashion-oriented advertising campaign for the Apple Watch, according to an image that she recently shared on Instagram. In a photo that shows her trying on the Apple Watch at Parisian fashion boutique Colette, Wen writes "My second meeting with the #AppleWatch, this time in Colette. The first time? Well, you'll see soon." Several fashion publications have taken Wen's statement to mean that she is somehow involved in marketing the Apple Watch, possibly taking part in an upcoming advertising campaign designed to promote Apple's wearable device. Liu Wen is a well-known fashion model, who has...

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10:36
The Competition sharpens their Strategies to Challenge the...

The 200 million annual shipments milestone for branded tablets continues to elude OEM vendors and overall growth for 2014 is set to come in at a disappointing 2.5%. Apple and Samsung continued to lead branded vendors in unit share during 1H 2014 although with mixed fortunes. Apple iPad units were down 13% year-over-year in the first six months of the year. Apple's CEO Tim Cook addressed the drop during their last financial conference call and made it a point to emphasize that significant innovation was on the way for the iPad and so all eyes will be on Apple's next event for the iPad. Although the iPad is expected ...

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08:53
Apple to Unveil New iPads, Retina iMacs, and OS X Yosemite...

Apple is planning to hold its next fall event on Thursday, October 16, where it is expected to introduce new iPads, reports Re/code. The company is also expected to introduce new Retina iMacs and release OS X Yosemite to the public. According to the site, the iPad event will be more low-key than its September iPhone event, and it will be held at the company's Town Hall Auditorium. Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad AirApple has a few more new products to unveil before the year is out, and it plans to show them off in a couple weeks. Sources tell Code/red the company will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16 -- not the 21st. Headlining the gathering: The latest updates to its iPad line, along with those new iMacs that 9to5Mac told us about earlier this week. Also: OS X Yosemite.Apple's next-generation iPad Air and iPad Retina mini are both expected...

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06:26
Early Apple CarPlay Reviews Cite Ease of Use, Excellent Si...

Apple and several of its partners showed off CarPlay at its official unveiling earlier this year, mainstream users are finally getting their hands on the system with Pioneer's release of its promised CarPlay update for for several of its aftermarket car audio receiver yesterday. Early reviews of CarPlay from Consumer Reports and Australian technology and car blog EFTM suggest the system is indeed easy to use and effective at reducing driver distraction, thanks to excellent Siri integration. Consumer Reports points out the many benefits offered by Siri, which allows you to send text messages, get directions, set reminders, and...

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06:14
Apple Seeks Trademark for "Passbook" Icon Reflec...

On October 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for their updated "Passbook" icon which adds the new Apple Pay component to the top layer of the icon as noted in the ...

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04:32
Apple's iPhone 6-Plus may account for 60% of iPhone S...

The top ten iPhone 6 Plus reviews that are noted in Engadget's report covers The Verge, TechRadar, TechCrunch, CNET, The New York Times and others, with all giving Apple's new phablet two thumbs up. Apparently, the iPhone 6 Plus is doing so well that it's outgunning the iPhone 6 in spite of the hoopla associated with Bendgate.

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01:53
iPhone 6 Plus Reportedly Accounting for 60% of Total iPhon...

The iPhone 6 Plus is expected to account for 60% of total iPhone 6 device shipments as sales of the device are exceeding initial expectations, reports Digitimes. The information comes from industry sources observing parts shipments to longtime Apple suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron. Foxconn is said to be responsible for the production of the iPhone 6 Plus, while Pegatron is in charge of the iPhone 6. While parts shipments to both suppliers were even as the launch of both devices neared, Foxconn appears to have received more parts shipments for the iPhone 6 Plus as of late. Apple announced last month that it opening weekend sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped ten million units, although the company did not specify how that number was divided between both units. Shipping estimates for new iPhone 6 orders...

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Thursday October 2

15:52
Apple Asking Music Labels to Cut Prices on Music Streaming...

Apple is asking music labels to cut prices on music streaming subscription services so that it can offer its new, revamped Beats Music service for less than $10 a month, reports Re/code. The Cupertino company is also looking to add new features to the service. Sources say Apple is talking to the big music labels about a new set of rights and features it would like to include in a revamped version of the Beats Music service it bought earlier this year. Among the things Apple wants is a new pricing structure that would allow it to sell the service for less than the $10 level it’s at now.Apple isn't planning on overhauling Beats Music until next year, and discussions with music labels are in early stages. In late September, it was rumored that Apple was planning on introducing a...

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14:32
Leonardo DiCaprio Withdraws from Sony's 'Steve J...

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has withdrawn from negotiations to play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming film about the late Apple co-founder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio was set to begin work on the movie after finishing work on The Revenant, but sources close to the actor have said that he plans to take a lengthy break soon. Now with DiCaprio out, the studio is eyeing a number of actors to take on the iconic tech figure, who has been both worshipped and reviled. Christian Bale, who Fincher wanted for the title role, is on Sony’s wish list, as is Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper (though Affleck seems unlikely given that he just signed on for the thriller The Accountant). The report also notes that the movie will be directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, who was said to be...

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